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2022 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Derek Stingley Jr. climbs up draft board, Jets trade up to select first wide receiver

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

The market shifted wildly Monday with Walker now the favorite. I’m actually sort of mad at myself for not moving Hutch out of here earlier. Hutch’s arms don’t meet Trent Baalke’s requirements in terms of length, and he played for Jim Harbaugh in college. No chance Baalke gives Harbs that shine at first overall. There is still a small chance this could still be an OL (Ickey most likely), but I’ll ride with Walker.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The easy move is to put Hutch here, and he may very well be the No. 2 overall pick. But Thibs has massive upside and Brad Holmes was laser locked in on him through this process. The Lions also have intel via his former teammate Penei Sewell. Too much is made of the Michigan stuff and Dan Campbell making the selection of “one of his guys” here.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I’ve been thinking OL here for the Texans for a while now, or maybe even the best available EDGE player. But this is a “bad” draft class and there aren’t many elite players. One guy who might flip that narrative is Sting, who would have been a stone-cold lock at No. 1 this year if the only thing people saw was his 2019 tape. Skills are repeatable, so why wouldn’t the Texans reach for the stars with one of their first-round picks?

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Shocking drop here for Hutchinson given how the draft process has played out, but it’s not really that unrealistic to think he falls here, or even further. He has the production, but lacks the traits NFL teams want from top draft picks, and it’s possible he’s more of a floor than ceiling guy. The Jets would likely be pretty thrilled to add a “safe” edge rusher they never thought they’d see in this spot.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Giants are in a weird spot because they have Andrew Thomas, but he wasn’t drafted by this regime and Ickey is the best player on the board at this point.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 179 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Jets stole Hutch at four and now can move up to grab Williams. New York has been in on every trade block WR, and we saw GM Joe Douglas move up to get his guy in Alijah Vera-Tucker last year. Williams can do what the Jets wanted Tyreek to do and help out Zach Wilson by providing a deep threat. The Jets aren’t a 2022 playoff team, so no need for Williams to be ready ASAP, although I tend to think he will be back way earlier from his ACL injury than anyone expected. If the Jets NEED to make this move, 38 gets it done immediately. If not they can throw 69 and some other stuff at Carolina. (Scott Fitterer loves to trade down.) Seattle was a consideration here for sure.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

James Bradberry is almost a guarantee to be gone from the roster by the start of the season, and “Sauce” gives them a second stud player in the top 10 of this draft.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Falcons traded Matt Ryan and correctly acknowledged they are rebooting. At No. 8, you could take a safe play or just draft the biggest physical freak the NFL has ever seen. Reminder — Davis weighs 340 pounds and ran a sub-five 40. If someone yells “two-down player” at you just ignore it. Davis is Thanos.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Predicting a Seahawks draft pick is like predicting what kind of mood your significant other will be in when you wake up. There’s a lot of variance. Johnson was getting top-five heat this week and is just random enough to be the Seahawks’ first-round pick. Definitely thought about Evan Neal here.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Dream scenario for Carolina? There are some medical concerns with Neal, but he has dominated at a position the Panthers sorely need. Just trade down, get more picks and draft the lineman. If this trade happens and the Seahawks take Neal, I’m not 100% sure what the Panthers do, but the Carolina front office would sign in blood for this right now.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kyle Hamilton was definitely a consideration here, but the Commanders have to do whatever they can to make the Carson Wentz experiment succeed.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Everyone points to defense for the Vikings, but Adam Thielen isn’t guaranteed after this year, so let’s give Justin Jefferson a partner in crime moving forward.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This is probably too late for Cross, whose over/under has dropped to 6.5 with a ton of juice to the under. But with the way things fell, he just happens to drop more than expected. Locking in three OL in the top 10 is just tough given the whole board available here.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Jordan Davis was going to be my pick here (the Haloti Ngata comps), but with the big man from Georgia gone, the Ravens shore up their secondary instead.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Eagles feel like a prime candidate to dip back into the WR pool, despite their first-round investments the last few years.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

8th

The idea of the Saints trading in front of the Chargers just to draft an OL seems crazy, but it doesn’t mean they won’t draft an OL here.

Boston College

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with doubling and tripling down on protection for Justin Herbert if you’re the Chargers.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Linderbaum’s highly rated but falling because … people don’t want a center? He gets Jason Kelce comps, so why not grab him to replace … Jason Kelce?

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Maybe I end up looking stupid for having Hamilton drop this far, but this first round is going to be wide open.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Steelers have made it very obvious they would be willing to take a QB here, and with Willis falling to them at 20, the upside of what Kevin Colbert could leave the franchise in his final draft is simply too tantalizing to ignore.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

The Pats need to revamp the offensive line, especially when you’ve got a young QB like Mac Jones you need to protect. Obviously a trade down is a consideration here.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

It would be incredible if the Packers DIDN’T draft a wide receiver in the first round Thursday night. People would go nuts for like 24 straight hours. I’m sort of rooting for it.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

Pretty obvious spot of need for the Cardinals with Chandler Jones leaving in free agency.

Central Michigan

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 303 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

5th

Checks the “official visit” box for the Cowboys, who secretly need to reload on their offensive line thanks to attrition over the last few years from what was once the league’s best unit.

Washington

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

7th

I know everyone loves mocking a RB to the Bills, but I think they’ll learn a lesson on that from their conference rivals in the Chiefs, who appear to have burned a first rounder on Clyde Edwards-Helaire. It’s a luxury pick, and Brandon Beane/Sean McDermott don’t strike me as anything other than lunchpail guys.

Cincinnati

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 211 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

70th

POSITION RNK

5th

I’ll bite on the Mike Vrabel/Luke Fickel connection here and give the Titans a replacement for Ryan Tannehill, who doesn’t seem thrilled about something. I would guess it’s contract related and/or involves Tennessee looking for a new QB.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

7th

Maybe they go defense here, but let’s not forget Chris Godwin’s coming off a torn ACL and Tom Brady is finally done — ONE WOULD HOPE — pounding the table for Antonio Brown.

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Packers could totally go two wideouts here, but I’d expect they would like to add a defensive piece in the first round as well.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Chiefs have a “need” at wideout thanks to the Tyreek Hill trade, but they have a lot of needs on the other side of the ball, too.

North Dakota State

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

8th

Not exactly a perfect replacement for Hill, but a cheap option who will have time to develop in Andy Reid’s offense.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

6th

After using free agency to shore up their offensive line, the Bengals can use the draft to get some depth at cornerback.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

6th

The offseason injury is a concern, but the Lions aren’t a “next year” team so they can be patient with a potential star on a discount. Additionally, the first-round selection allows them to utilize the fifth-year option if Ojabo ends up developing into a star.

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