2022 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2, Picks 33-48
Let’s carry on with Round 2 of our November 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Tons of Day 2 upside exists.
33) Detroit Lions: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
If Detroit takes a chance on a player like Pickett, they need to give him support. Treylon Burks most certainly fits the bill in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. He’s a stellar size/speed athlete with dual-sided contested-catch prowess and run-after-catch ability.
34) Houston Texans: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
It’s easy to love the traits with Malik Willis, but it’s hard to love the player. Willis has galactic levels of upside with his creation capacity and arm strength. But too often, he gets in his own way. Behind Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills, he gets the chance he needs to sit and learn.
35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA
Operation “Support Trevor Lawrence” is a full go. First, we gave him Garrett Wilson to throw to. Now he’ll have UCLA mauler Sean Rhyan protecting him up front. Although Rhyan is a shorter-armed tackle, he brings great athleticism, core strength, and physicality.
36) New York Jets: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
Few linebackers have helped themselves this year more than Brandon Smith — but the Penn State defender still flies under the radar at times. He’s a stellar athlete at 6’3″, 240 pounds, and he has proven three-down ability, versatility, and astronomical potential.
37) Miami Dolphins: Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
If you’re looking to revamp the Dolphins’ line, looking for athletic, big, and nasty guys is probably a good start. Darian Kinnard checks those boxes. People are split on whether he projects to tackle or guard. He has great upside at both spots.
38) Seattle Seahawks: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
Derion Kendrick has revitalized himself at Georgia. Now, he’s once again in the fringe first-round discussion. Particularly in Seattle, Kendrick’s burst, fluidity, physicality, and length would be valued greatly. He’d slot in as the Seahawks’ CB1 immediately.
39) Chicago Bears: Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
Now that they have Justin Fields, the Bears’ top three to-do list items are as follows: 1) Protect the QB, 2) Protect the QB, and 3) Protect the QB. Zion Johnson fulfills that purpose. With his athleticism, leverage, length, and power, he can play either guard or tackle at a high level.
40) Washington Football Team: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The Washington Football Team’s defense — heralded as a potentially elite unit heading into the season — has been one of the league’s worst through mid-November. Trent McDuffie brings athleticism and smarts to the CB room. I have him as a top-20 prospect overall.
41) New York Giants: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
There are a few things that go into consistent pressure generation. You need to have the traits, but you also need to have the motor. Kingsley Enagbare has both. He’s a stellar athlete at 6’4″, 265 pounds. And his motor helps him project well for the Giants.
42) Philadelphia Eagles: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
The defensive overhaul continues for the Eagles. This time, they score a great value deal by snagging Drake Jackson in Round 2. There are reasons Jackson might fall. His motor runs hot and cold at times. But his mix of athleticism and power capacity provides stellar potential.
43) Atlanta Falcons: Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
My colleague Oliver Hodgkinson recently scouted Travon Walker and described him to me as “the good kind of disgusting.” When you’re 6’5″, 275 pounds, and can drop back in coverage as well as you can rush the 3-technique, I’d say that’s an accurate analysis.
44) Minnesota Vikings: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
Edge rusher is one of those positions you don’t just throw mid-round picks at until someone sticks. Hopefully, the Vikings learn that this offseason. Jermaine Johnson is too good of a talent to pass up in Round 2 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
45) San Francisco 49ers: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
The 49ers have had problems with health and consistency at the wide receiver position. Romeo Doubs can provide stability and three-level production all at once. He’s one of my favorite receivers — with twitch and explosiveness that translates at every distance.
46) Indianapolis Colts: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
Rock Ya-Sin has rebounded after taking some lumps early, but Xavier Rhodes’ long-term future is slowly souring. The Colts will need to invest in the 2022 CB class, and Garrett Williams is a great pick. He’s not as long, but he’s ultra-competitive with great ball skills.
47) Cleveland Browns: Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
If the Browns are worried Baker Mayfield isn’t the guy, they can’t sit around waiting for two years to know for sure. The roster is close. Perhaps Carson Strong, with his near-elite arm and adept processing ability, can glean more from it. Either way, a good risk in Round 2.
48) Denver Broncos: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
The Broncos will miss Von Miller for a while, but they can’t waste any time looking for a replacement. Myjai Sanders is an excellent fit in Round 2. Sanders is explosive and instinctive off the snap, but he also has great bend capacity at 6’5″, 258 pounds.
2022 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2, Picks 49-64
Who closes out Round 2 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft? Several high-upside picks exist, including a top-five pick from PFN’s NFL Draft Big Board.
49) Las Vegas Raiders: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Chris Olave is the eighth receiver off the board in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft for those of you counting. His lacking physicality at the catch point may push him down a bit. However, the second round is nothing to scoff at. And the Raiders get a steal with Olave’s speed and polish.
50) Cincinnati Bengals: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
Nothing is set in stone, but it feels like the Bengals and star safety Jessie Bates are heading toward an eventual divorce. Lewis Cine might be the top potential replacement for Bates in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. He brings the same range, zeal, and playmaking ability.
51) New York Jets: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
The Jets can’t afford to exacerbate Zach Wilson’s discomfort in Year 2. Wilson’s protection and weapons both need to be upgraded. Isaiah Likely helps bring some talent at tight end. He’s an athlete with great body control, speed, and blocking ability.
52) New Orleans Saints: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Saints’ quarterback position is dicey. Jameis Winston was at least providing competent play before his injury. But he’s a free agent after this year. If Will Levis declares, he’s a young ascending passer with excellent physical upside and stalwart poise.
53) Los Angeles Chargers: Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
The Chargers have Joey Bosa and Jordan Davis after Round 1. Now, it’s time to complete the puzzle with an EDGE opposite Bosa. Arnold Ebiketie has the athleticism to play standing up and the elite length and power to be consistently disruptive.
54) Kansas City Chiefs: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
If there’s a level of speed that is legally unacceptable for an offense, the Chiefs may have reached that level with this pick. Jameson Williams adds a dangerous extra element with his dynamic ability — but he’s not just a speed threat. He’s a legit pass catcher.
55) Pittsburgh Steelers: Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College
Phil Jurkovec’s stock is hard to gauge at this point, but he’d be a solid Day 2 addition for a team like Pittsburgh. He brings great size and athleticism, a good arm, and a willingness to stretch the field when he has opportunities.
56) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
Isaiah Spiller may be the choice for some here, but I can see Kyren Williams being a better fit in the Buccaneers’ eyes. Williams isn’t as big as Spiller, but he’s a great all-around back, possessing explosiveness, agility, speed, contact balance, and receiving ability.
57) New England Patriots: Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech
With interception machine J.C. Jackson set to be a free agent, the Patriots would be well-advised to dip into this strong CB class. Virginia Tech’s Jermaine Waller provides the length, proactivity, and smooth athleticism they seek.
58) Baltimore Ravens: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
Nakobe Dean gets the hype, but Quay Walker has quietly been solid for the Georgia Bulldogs this year. Walker doesn’t play quite as fast as Dean (who does?), but his 6’4″, 240-pound frame provides some versatility. He’s also a solid tackler in every phase.
59) Denver Broncos: Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah
Every year, several small-school offensive linemen drastically improve their stock at the Senior Bowl. Denver picked Quinn Meinerz last year, and they pick riser candidate Braxton Jones in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Jones is a legitimate NFL athlete with vines for arms.
60) Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
The Cowboys’ defense has noticeably improved under Dan Quinn, but there’s still room for greater talent infusion on the back end. Alabama’s Jordan Battle would be a solid pick. He’s got great size at 6’1″, 210 pounds, but he’s also quick to react and close in coverage.
61) Buffalo Bills: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
The Bills could do more work to strengthen their interior defensive line rotation. Perrion Winfrey helps with that in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Winfrey has 4.5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss this year. His twitch and burst at 6’4″, 292 pounds has a lot to do with it.
62) Arizona Cardinals: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
Aptly nicknamed “EZ,” Erik Ezukanma is an easy selection for Arizona. He’s one of the most underrated receivers in this class. At 6’3″, 220 pounds, he brings near-elite downfield and run-after-catch ability — both important in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.
63) Atlanta Falcons: Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama
In 2020, Atlanta picked up a long, athletic cornerback with still-developing ball skills in A.J. Terrell. He’s grown to become one of the best in the league. Alabama’s Jalyn Armour-Davis has similar upside. He plays fast, sticks to receivers, and has true starting potential.
64) Green Bay Packers: Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
Green Bay’s edge-rushing corps might see a major remodel in the 2022 offseason. Zach Harrison fits the mold of what they look for at that position. He’s long and burly but also extremely explosive with north-to-south movement. The potential is sky-high with this pick.