2022 NFL Mock Draft: Indulging early-season overreactions

Humans overreact. It's what we do. Let's acknowledge and analyze early-season overreactions with this latest 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

2022 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2, Picks 33-48

The second round of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft features plenty of exciting players, including two small-school offensive linemen who could rise as the draft process plays out.

33) Houston Texans: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

However they can, the Texans need to add safe, steady players to improve their core. It doesn’t get much safer than an Iowa offensive lineman, and Tyler Linderbaum is that.

34) Detroit Lions: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas

The Lions have an exciting young core of talent on defense, but they could use more help on the second level. DeMarvion Overshown can be a dynamic, versatile catalyst.

35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Jordan Davis was a game-wrecker against Clemson, and he’s slowly reaching his potential. He’s explosive and also powerful, and he can add needed talent to the Jaguars’ interior.

36) New York Jets: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

The Jets have some exciting young talent in their cornerback room, but Ahmad Gardner is a tier above everyone there right now. He can be an impact starter out of the gate.

37) Cincinnati Bengals: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA

Although Zach Charbonnet has been the star of UCLA’s early-season rise, Sean Rhyan is the machine’s engine. The mauling, athletic tackle can elevate the Bengals’ unit.

38) New York Jets: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

How likely is it that Tyler Kroft returns as the Jets’ starting TE next year? Not likely. But Isaiah Likely can provide an upgrade. He’s a stellar athlete with natural receiving ability.

39) Philadelphia Eagles: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati

Although the Eagles have a strong EDGE rotation, they’ll be experiencing some turnover fairly soon. Myjai Sanders is an energetic, bendy rusher who adds raw talent to mold.

40) Las Vegas Raiders: Lecitus Smith, G, Virginia Tech

During Virginia Tech’s victory over North Carolina, Lecitus Smith was sensational. He’s a powerful, authoritative guard with good athleticism, power, and finishing ability.

41) New York Giants: Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College

The Giants passed on a QB in Round 1 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Nevertheless, Daniel Jones might at least have competition next year. Phil Jurkovec can win that competition.

42) Atlanta Falcons: Adam Anderson, EDGE, Georgia

Finally, the Falcons have an edge rusher. Adam Anderson can stand to add more weight, but he’s explosive, bendy, and trending up with his hand usage.

43) Chicago Bears: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Trevor Penning played against Iowa State EDGE Will McDonald in Week 1 and shut him down. He could be another UNI tackle to go on Day 2 this coming offseason.

44) Washington Football Team: Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas

This feels slightly unfair. The prospect of putting hyperactive Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon behind Washington’s defensive front is too exciting to pass up.

45) Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama

The Cardinals passed up a cornerback in Round 1, so CB was a necessary addition in Round 2. Josh Jobe is a feisty cover man with length, physicality, and upside.

46) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

Having declined Terrell Edmunds’ fifth-year option, the Steelers may need a complement to Minkah Fitzpatrick. Jordan Battle is an excellent fit beside his ‘Bama brethren.

47) Denver Broncos: Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky

Right tackle is one of the Broncos’ few needs, and Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard is one of the few natural right tackles in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. He can be an impact starter.

48) Minnesota Vikings: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

In contrast to Washington’s anemic offense last Saturday, Cade Otton was steady, catching 8 passes for 82 yards. He can be that rock in the passing game for Minnesota as well.

Round 2 | Picks 49-64

The 49ers, Rams, and Seahawks all have their first selections within this window. Can they add dynamic talent late in Round 2?

49) New England Patriots: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

Chemistry is one of the most important elements for any offense. Bill Belichick can ensure that Mac Jones has that by gifting him dynamic receiver John Metchie III in Round 2.

50) Los Angeles Chargers: Drake London, WR, USC

Not long ago, Drake London was mocked to the Chargers in Round 1. This is just an example of how the board can fall. Los Angeles gets an absolute steal with this one.

51) Miami Dolphins: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

Bernhard Raimann could be a massive riser come draft season. He played well against Missouri last week. He’s a Feldman Freak with a 33-inch vertical, and he’s on the Senior Bowl watch list.

52) Philadelphia Eagles: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

The Eagles have a solid rotation at running back, but they can’t pass up the opportunity to get PFN’s No. 1-rated running back in Round 2 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Isaiah Spiller has workhorse potential.

53) Dallas Cowboys: Thayer Munford, OL, Ohio State

For now, Dallas’ offensive line is looking better than it was in 2020. Nevertheless, it never hurts to have depth and starting upside. Thayer Munford provides that at several spots.

54) New Orleans Saints: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

When he’s available, David Onyemata is a stalwart lineman. Still, the Saints need more beside him. With his twitch, energy, and power, Perrion Winfrey offers great potential.

55) Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder looked great in his first game, but like other QBs, he has to show week-to-week consistency. Still, he has high-end traits to develop behind Matt Ryan.

56) Seattle Seahawks: Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon

The Seahawks stick to the northwest with their first pick in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, selecting Oregon CB Mykael Wright — an intense, athletic cornerback with starting chops.

57) Cleveland Browns: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

The Dawg Pound seems like a match made in heaven for Romeo Doubs. He’s a twitchy, explosive receiver who can separate and become a reliable option for Baker Mayfield.

58) Los Angeles Rams: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

Let’s perform a wellness check on the Rams’ linebacker room. Status report — not great. With his elite athleticism and physicality stacking blocks, Owen Pappoe can help with that.

59) San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern

Brandon Joseph wasn’t very sharp in Week 1 against Michigan State, but it’s a long season. With his natural playmaking ability in coverage, he can be a great value deal for the 49ers.

60) Baltimore Ravens: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State

Rasheed Walker was very much up and down in his debut game against Wisconsin, but he still has impressive raw talent. With his size and length, he’s a worthwhile investment for Baltimore.

61) Green Bay Packers: Zachary Carter, DL, Florida

Zachary Carter had a huge Week 1, putting up 3 sacks and a forced fumble. At 6’4″, 285 pounds, he can play 3-technique for Green Bay, but he can also shade out to the edge.

62) Buffalo Bills: Zonovan Knight, RB, NC State

Zonovan Knight has the burst, contact balance, and fearsome energy you need behind that Buffalo line. His nickname is “Bam.” Enough said.

63) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina

Joe Tryon is pulsating with potential, but why not add more? Kingsley Enagbare is a similarly twitched-up athlete with 265 pounds on his frame. His energy is infectious.

64) Kansas City Chiefs: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Alright, it’s over. Throw in the towel. The Chiefs are scoring 60 points a game in 2022. Zay Flowers is the explosive, game-breaking threat no one wants Andy Reid to get a hold of.

Ian Cummings is a Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and his voice and face on Pro Football Network Daily. Follow him on Twitter @ian_cummings_9.

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