2022 7-Round NFL Mock Draft: Aidan Hutchinson, Kenny Pickett first at their positions

It's once again time for a full 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Where do things stand on the draft board as we approach the new year?

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2022 NFL 7-Round Mock Draft | Round 2, picks 33-48

Round 1 gets all the hype, but Round 2 is where teams can snag the Round 1 talent that’s fallen down the board. Who wins big in Round 2 in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft?

Note: The draft order is current as of Friday, December 10. Check back in the late afternoon on Tuesday (December 14) when our newest mock draft is released based on the conclusion of Week 14’s action.

33) Detroit Lions: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

We know Amon-Ra St. Brown is a future Hall of Famer, but the Lions still need to beef up their receiving corps. The addition of Jahan Dotson in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft can help with that. Dotson has speed, explosiveness, hip sink, and wicked hands at the catch point.

34) Houston Texans: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

The secondary is no longer secondary for the Houston Texans, who’ve used their first two picks on the unit in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Lewis Cine is a rangy, physical complement to Booth, who can line up anywhere from the slot to single-high.

35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan

The Jaguars might have a future tandem in Shaquill Griffin and Tyson Campbell, but they still need more talent to tie the secondary together. Daxton Hill, with his elite athleticism, fluidity, and physicality, can be a versatile slot-safety hybrid for Jacksonville.

36) New York Jets: David Bell, WR, Purdue

Zach Wilson has an elite separator in Elijah Moore. But with his playstyle, he’s going to give receivers many contested opportunities as well. Subsequently, it makes sense to add David Bell, who thrives in those situations more than most other WRs in this class.

37) Chicago Bears: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

It’s not an ideal year for the Bears to lack a first-round pick. Still, they have so many impending needs that they can almost go BPA here. With Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols potentially leaving, Perrion Winfrey‘s explosiveness, twitch, and motor earns him the pick.

38) New York Giants: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College

If Daniel Jones is going to get another chance, the Giants need to do everything in their power to make sure it’s a good one and not another lame-duck year with a bad blocking unit. Zion Johnson files in nicely at guard with his length, leverage, and tenacity.

39) Seattle Seahawks: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

It’s looking more and more like Russell Wilson won’t be a member of the Seahawks in 2022. Meanwhile, in a weak QB class, a passer could fall to Seattle at this pick. Sam Howell doesn’t quite have Wilson’s upside, but he’s tough, accurate, and athletic.

40) New York Jets: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

A Kyle Shanahan disciple, Mike LaFleur mixes a lot of outside zone into his scheme. That’s a perfect fit for Breece Hall, who thrives with vision, short-area burst, and creative capacity at 6’1″, 220 pounds. Running behind Neal and Becton, Hall can put up major numbers.

41) New Orleans Saints: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA

As magical as the Saints’ cap wizardry can appear at times, New Orleans has several contracts coming up and not a lot of money. If Terron Armstead leaves, Sean Rhyan could be an able replacement with his mobility, physicality, and core strength.

42) Atlanta Falcons: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina

Now that the Falcons got their blue-chip offensive tackle in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, it’s time to hit defense — hard. Kingsley Enagbare helps revitalize this group of edge rushers. He’s long and quick off the snap but also has nice bend, hand usage, and a tireless motor.

43) Miami Dolphins: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

Don’t worry, Dolphins fans. We’re sticking with Tua Tagovailoa in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. And to help take some of the pressure off his shoulders, we’re giving him a running back who can instinctively create for himself at an elite level: Kenneth Walker III.

44) Minnesota Vikings: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

You know this edge class is strong when Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie isn’t even one of the first five mentioned. At 6’3″, 253 pounds, Ebiketie is a dense, explosive rusher with great power and surprising bend. His high-motor style should lend him success in Minnesota.

45) Philadelphia Eagles: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati

The Eagles are scheduled to lose Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, and Genard Avery in free agency this offseason. Myjai Sanders helps fill the void opposite Josh Sweat. Sanders has great burst, length, and bend, but his instincts truly give him an edge.

46) Pittsburgh Steelers: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

Coming from Washington State, Abraham Lucas is often lauded for his pass protection — and deservedly so. But the 6’7″, 319-pound monolith is also a stellar athlete with great run-blocking ability. Getting an athletic, experienced player like Lucas helps reset Pitt’s OL.

47) Las Vegas Raiders: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

The hands remain an issue for Romeo Doubs, but the Nevada WR had his best season yet in 2021. As long as he keeps improving, he can answer the Raiders’ call for help as a vertical receiver. He has great explosiveness and twitch and the length to capitalize.

48) Cleveland Browns: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech

If he declares, Erik Ezukanma could be a potential riser later in the process. He doesn’t have elite production, but he’s a phenomenal athlete at 6’3″, 220 pounds, with burst, contact balance, lateral agility, and elite contested ability. He also blocks at a high level.

2022 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2, picks 49-64

Which prospects close out the second round of our latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft?

49) Denver Broncos: Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

The prerequisite for Carson Strong is that the offensive line improves for Denver. But after adding Cross, there’s an added level of confidence there. Strong processes well, works the pocket, and has the arm strength to push the ball into tight windows. He’s also tall, so there you go, Elway.

50) Indianapolis Colts: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

It’s fitting that Wan’Dale Robinson‘s name sounds like a bad undercover name for Rondale Moore because the two players have some distinct similarities. Like Moore, Robinson is a dangerous RAC player with rare burst and elusive ability. He’s also a great deep threat.

51) Washington Football Team: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

This isn’t a “need” pick for Washington, but if the Football Team sticks with Heinicke, adding a tall boundary threat who can bail him out downfield is a wise option. Jalen Tolbert, Terry McLaurin, Dyami Brown, and Curtis Samuel make a nice receiver group.

52) San Francisco 49ers: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Other selections pushed Trent McDuffie down the board, but the Washington cornerback is no doubt a steal for the 49ers. McDuffie is an elite athlete with great burst and fluidity. He combines those traits with quick processing and play recognition up top.

53) Cincinnati Bengals: Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky

We’ll give Cincinnati a little bit of credit for ever-so-slightly improving their line, but there’s still more work to be done. As a natural right tackle with the straight-line athleticism and raw strength to dominate, Darian Kinnard is a valuable add — if he can improve his hands.

54) Los Angeles Chargers: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

The 2022 NFL Draft is super deep at tight end, but it’s also completely bereft of first-round talent. The first TE off the board might end up being Trey McBride. He’s not an elite athlete, but he’s exceptional literally everywhere else. He’ll have a long, productive NFL career.

55) Buffalo Bills: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

The Bills love size on the offensive line. Naturally, they jump at the chance to add the biggest tackle in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Daniel Faalele. He’s a little stiff, but Faalele moves well for his 6’8″, 370-pound frame. And his raw power often dwarfs defenders.

56) Denver Broncos: Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

The edge is going to be a major area of concern for the Broncos this offseason. Luckily, in this deep class, they can find difference-makers outside of Round 1. Nik Bonitto is a great scheme fit, and he has the searing explosiveness and bend to quickly disrupt QBs.

57) Kansas City Chiefs: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

Mike Hughes and Charvarius Ward are scheduled to be free agents for Kansas City. The Chiefs save some money here and refill the void with Roger McCreary. He has short arms but also a long history of producing against the nation’s best receivers.

58) Baltimore Ravens: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

The Ravens ship offensive line help all the way from Austria in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Bernhard Raimann will be an older rookie, but he was dominant at Central Michigan with his athleticism, grip strength, and tenacious style. The upside is big here.

59) Dallas Cowboys: Dare Rosenthal, OT, Kentucky

Hiccups with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins this year have to have the Cowboys thinking about the future at tackle. If Dare Rosenthal‘s character checks out, he has the raw explosiveness and power at 6’7″, 327 pounds, to be a stud blocker for years on end.

60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor

You’d be hard-pressed to find a player in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft who plays faster than Baylor’s Jalen Pitre. Although he’s a bit undersized, he flies around the box with unreal instincts. Pitre’s shown he can cover as well. Put him anywhere, and let him make plays.

61) Atlanta Falcons: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

The revamp of the Falcons’ defensive line continues, this time with the addition of Devonte Wyatt. Alongside Grady Jarrett and with Ta’Quon Graham in the wings, Wyatt makes Atlanta’s front formidable with his explosiveness, lateral agility, power, and balance.

62) Green Bay Packers: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

The Packers need a safety to add to their rotation. In Round 2 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Jordan Battle helps with that. Battle has great size and instincts on the back end, and his ability to read plays and react gives him good growth potential.

63) New England Patriots: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

With J.C. Jackson’s future uncertain, the Patriots may soon need to re-invest in the cornerback position. At the bottom of Round 2, Derion Kendrick provides appealing traits in both man and zone coverages. His fluidity, length, and physicality stand out.

64) Arizona Cardinals: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

James Conner has been solid this year, but if the Cardinals had a choice between paying him and drafting Kyren Williams, I’d take Williams. He’s a bit smaller but explosive, creative, and physical beyond his size. He fits the Cardinals’ running scheme nicely.

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