The 2022 NFL Draft is right around the corner and we’re excited for one of the first drafts in a while that has no clear top selection or even top 10 for that matter. Anything can happen this year and we’re breaking down the first 2 days of rounds 1-3 in HeatCheckSport’s mock draft complete with mock 4 mock trades that add on to the madness.
Atlanta Falcons gives Cincinnati picks #43 & #58 for #31
Green Bay Packers give Minnesota Vikings Picks #22 & #28 for pick #12
Cleveland Browns send Baker Mayfield to Seattle for pick #72
Arizona sends pick #55 & a 2023 3rd round pick to Minnesota for #46
Mock Draft Round 1:
Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars – Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The Jacksonville Jaguars go big with the best overall talent in Aidan Hutchinson finally giving previous 1st round pick Josh Allen some much needed help.
Pick 2: Detroit Lions – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
All signs point to the Lions selecting Thibodeaux after being in the bottom portion of the league in sacks and moving on from Trey Flowers, Thibodeaux is their guy.
Pick 3: Houston Texans – Evan Neal, OL, Alabama
Outside of Laremy Tunsil, the Texans don’t have much going for them on the offensive line. Thankfully for them, they land the top-rated offensive lineman in this class who can line up on almost any position in the line.
Pick 4: New York Jets – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
With Hutchinson and Thibodeaux both gone, it’s too hard to pass up the star power of defensive standout Sauce Gardner.
Pick 5: New York Giants – Ikem Ekonwu, OL, NC State
To help keep Saquon Barkley, the Giants make the smart decision in taking offensive lineman Ikem Ekonwu here.
Pick 6: Carolina Panthers – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
The Carolina Panthers make a huge splash and revert back on all comments they made about Sam Darnold remaining the starting QB and draft Kenny Pickett shocking the NFL.
Pick 7: New York Giants (From Chicago) – Travon Walker, DL, Georgia
The Giants make another smart move and fill a much needed role with Travon Walker who is in discussions himself to be the #1 overall pick in the draft.
Pick 8: Atlanta Falcons – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
After letting Russell Gage walk in free agency and Calvin Ridley getting suspended for the season, the Atlanta Falcons fill arguably their weakest position with the best wide receiver of the class in Garrett Wilson.
Pick 9: Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) – Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State
The Seahawks have a lot of positions they need to fill and one area with top talent in the class for this spot is with the defensive lineman. There is a lot of talent this year and if Hutchinson, Walker, & Thibodeaux are all selected already, Seahawks go for the next best option in Jermaine Johnson II.
Pick 10: New York Jets (From Seattle) – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
The Jets are committed to 2021 1st round selection Zach Wilson and giving him more depth at wide receiver alongside Corey Davis & Elijah Moore.
Pick 11: Washington Commanders – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
If Washington opts to keep this pick and not trade down, they go for value with a top 3 player overall from a talent standpoint in Kyle Hamilton which also fills a hole they have on defense after cutting Landon Collins.
Pick 12: Green Bay Packers (Mock trade with Minnesota) – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
After trading Davante Adams and letting Marquez Valdes-Scantling walk, the Packers are in desperate need of a wide receiver #1. The Packers are finally going to draft their dry spell of not drafting a wide receiver in the 1st round and trade up to get their wide receiver of the future in Chris Olave during their rare division trade with the Minnesota Vikings.
Pick 13: Houston Texans (From Cleveland) – Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU
The Houston Texans take a risk on a cornerback who hasn’t had an interception since 2019.
Pick 14: Baltimore Ravens – Charles Cross, OL, Mississippi State
The Ravens hope to not endure another season plagued by injuries to their running backs or Lamar Jackson so they go for one of the top offensive tackles in the class in Charles Cross.
Pick 15: Philadelphia Eagles (From Miami) – Drake London, WR, USC
The Eagles hope to change their history with 1st round busts at wide receiver with Drake London & Devonta Smith. Devonta Smith looks like the start of turning around their poor fate and Drake London would be the next step in getting this franchise draft failures back on track.
Pick 16: New Orleans Saints (From Philadelphia) – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
With Jameis Winston’s injuries and age, the Saints can’t fully commit to him being the quarterback of the future. The Saints go big in round 1 and draft a quarterback.
Pick 17: Los Angeles Chargers – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
The Chargers biggest need in the offseason was to fix their defense which they went out and got both Khalil Mack & JC Jackson. At this spot in the draft, the Chargers would be overpaying for a defensive player here and decide to give Justin Herbert another wide receiver to form a lethal trio of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Treylon Burks.
Pick 18: Philadelphia Eagles (From New Orleans) – Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
Darius Slay is 31 and his performance over the last couple seasons isn’t as great as he was in his prime. The Eagles don’t have a solid option to accompany Slay and go with McDuffie in the 1st to give them a solid #2 to potentially take over as #1.
Pick 19: New Orleans Saints – Bernhard Raimann, OL, Central Michigan
With another risky pick, the Saints draft the former wide receiver turned tight end turned offensive lineman in Bernhard Raimann to protect the quarterback they just drafted 3 spots prior.
Pick 20: Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
With Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, the Pittsburgh Steelers are needing to invest in their quarterback of the future. Whether it comes from free agency or the draft is up for deliberation, but the Steelers are just ready for the next chapter. They’ve already added Mitch Trubisky via free agency and will draft Malik Willis to compete for the starting job.
Pick 21: New England Patriots – Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Belichick plays it safe with addressing an important need of an every-down linebacker in Devin Lloyd.
Pick 22: Minnesota Vikings (Mock trade with Green Bay) – Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson
The Vikings brought back Patrick Peterson and in their mock trade with the Packers land the perfect person to pair alongside him.
Pick 23: Arizona Cardinals – George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
With Chandler Jones headed to Las Vegas, the Arizona Cardinals find his replacement in George Karlaftis.
Pick 24: Dallas Cowboys – Trevor Penning, OL, Northern Iowa
The Cowboys took a beating this offseason and have a lot of work to repair the damage done. One main spot is losing multiple offensive lineman which they hope to replace one spot with this first selection.
Pick 25: Buffalo Bills – Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
The Bills defense was a turnover machine throughout the season, but when push came to shove in the playoffs, they just collapsed. After losing to Kansas City, the Bills signed Von Miller and will look to add a cornerback in the draft.
Pick 26: Tennessee Titans – Tyler Linderbaum, OL, Iowa
Keeping workhorse back Derrick Henry safe is the goal of the game and look to strengthen their interior line play with the guard/center out of Iowa.
Pick 27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
The Buccaneers have a tough decision to make here with replacing the departure of offensive lineman for one more season of Tom Brady or strengthen the holes in their defense to give Brady the ball more. The Buccaneers choose the latter hoping this will be the right play.
Pick 28: Minnesota Vikings (Mock trade with Green Bay) – Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
In the 2nd pick they received from the Packers in the mock trade, the Vikings add another member to their secondary which was among the league’s worst last season.
Pick 29: Kansas City Chiefs (From Miami) – Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
After trading Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins in a blockbuster deal, they use the 1st round they received this year from the Dolphins to select another receiver in Christian Watson who joins other new receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Juju Smith-Shuster on a new look offense.
Pick 30: Kansas City Chiefs – Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
As apparent in the playoffs, the Chiefs have a large gap at cornerback allowing Joe Burrow & Josh Allen to have field days against their defense. Getting a corner within the first two rounds is a priority.
Pick 31: Atlanta Falcons (Mock trade with Cincinnati) – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
The Atlanta Falcons move up to get another pick in the 1st round trading two 2nd round picks for the 31st overall spot. After passing on a quarterback with their first selection, it seems the Atlanta Falcons are set on Marcus Mariota, but they too like Pittsburgh end up drafting a mobile quarterback to compete with a more experienced backup for the starting job.
Pick 32: Detroit Lions (From LA Rams) – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Detroit looks to continue bolstering their defense after their Kayvon Thibodeaux selection with Nakobe Dean giving them a significant step up in their run defense.
Mock Draft Round 2:
Pick 1 (33): Jacksonville Jaguars – Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
The Jaguars are thrilled to land a top-tier offensive lineman in the 2nd round with Kenyon Green who will help set up the future for a franchise going through a massive rebuild.
Pick 2 (34): Detroit Lions – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
The Lions bring in competition for Jared Goff as they are not fully convinced he is the quarterback of the future. Goff is in a prove-it season and bringing in a rookie if they decide to move on from Goff is what they’re convinced is going to set them up for better long-term success.
Pick 3 (35): New York Jets – Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
The Jets continue their defensive overhaul with bringing in sack machine Boye Mafe to improve a lowly defensive line.
Pick 4 (36): New York Giants – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
After years of inconsistent play from Evan Engram, the Giants finally moved on and draft a new tight end with top tight end prospect Trey McBride who should be an improvement over Engram.
Pick 5 (37): Houston Texans – Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
With the abundance of veteran backs that the Texans have used, the Texans finally are seeking someone young and fresh to take over for one of the league’s worst running teams.
Pick 6 (38): New York Jets – Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia
After 2 home run picks in Gardner and Mafe, the Jets score again with Devonte Wyat in a huge improvement to their defense giving them 3 opening day starters.
Pick 7 (39): Chicago Bears – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
In a crap shoot of a 2021 season due to Matt Nagy’s awful coaching, the Bears should be fully committed to 2022 being a fresh start with just Justin Fields as their starting quarterback. With Allen Robinson gone and Darnell Mooney not fully established, the Bears draft Penn State standout Jahan Dotson to compete with Mooney for the #1 spot.
Pick 8 (40): Seattle Seahawks – Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Seahawks could not retain D.J. Reed in the offseason letting him walk, forcing them to draft for need rather than want with this pick in cornerback Kaair Elam.
Pick 9 (41): Seattle Seahawks – Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
The Seahawks quarterback situation remains a mystery, but regardless of who is under center, they are going to need to protect him and Zion Johnson is someone who could make their starting lineup in a couple different spots on the line.
Pick 10 (42): Indianapolis Colts – George Pickens, WR, Georgia
After trading for veteran QB Matt Ryan, the Colts show they are committed to setting the gunslinger up for the best chance of succeeding with red zone threat George Pickens to be wide receiver #2 behind Michael Pittman Jr.
Pick 11 (43): Cincinnati Bengals (Mock trade with Atlanta) – Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
With the 1st pick they received from the Falcons in the trade, the Bengals add safety Jaquan Brisker to strengthen a weak secondary.
Pick 12 (44): Cleveland Browns – DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
After Myles Garrett has single-handedly led the defensive line of the Browns for years, they add DeMarvin Leal to hopefully give him some help.
Pick 13 (45): Baltimore Ravens – David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
Left in unfamiliar territory, the Ravens are the ones looking to revamp their defense after they’ve been so successful for so many years.
Pick 14 (46): Arizona Cardinals (Mock trade with Minnesota) – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
The Vikings move down once again as they look to acquire more assets for their future while the Cardinals trade up to replace Christian Kirk who chased the money all the way to Jacksonville.
Pick 15 (47): Washington Commanders – Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
The Commanders go with another value pick in linebacker Leo Chenal after snagging Kyle Hamilton in the 1st round.
Pick 16 (48): Chicago Bears – John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
After drafting Dotson in the 1st, the Bears add another receiver in Metchie III who was a day 1 projection at the beginning of the season to add to the options for 2nd year quarterback Justin Fields who fully takes over this offense.
Pick 17 (49): New Orleans Saints – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
After losing both Marcus Williams and Malcolm Jenkins in the offseason, the Saints added Marcus Maye which will help but he might not even play for a good portion of the season due to recovering from an ACL injury and even if he is physically healthy to play, he might get suspended for a DUI arrest. The Saints need to address the safety spot and do so with Lewis Cine.
Pick 18 (50): Kansas City Chiefs – Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
The Chiefs defense was MIA against Joe Burrow and company in the AFC Championship game which was surprising since the Bengals offensive line was playing so poorly the rest of the playoffs. In the game before against the Titans and the Super Bowl game after they faced the Chiefs, the Bengals gave up a combined 16 sacks, but against the Chiefs only allowed 1. Chiefs get a pass-rushing specialist in Ebiketie.
Pick 19 (51): Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
The Eagles play it safe drafting one of the top safeties in the class in Jalen Pitre to bolster their weak secondary.
Pick 20 (52): Pittsburgh Steelers – David Bell, WR, Purdue
After not retaining Juju Smith-Shuster in free agency, the new look Pittsburgh Steelers enter the season with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool who are both injury prone. The Steelers are looking to add a third into the mix with David Bell to ensure that at least one of the 3 can play on any given Sunday.
Pick 21 (53): Green Bay Packers – Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston
After trading up in the 1st, the Packers address one of their other goals of the draft in getting a reliable edge rusher.
Pick 22 (54): New England Patriots – Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
The Patriots double down at linebacker with landing Christian Harris who slipped into the 50s.
Pick 23 (55): Minnesota Vikings (Mock trade with Arizona) – Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma
Minnesota continues its long-needed investment into their defense with another solid pick in Perrion Winfrey for their interior defensive line.
Pick 24 (56): Dallas Cowboys – Travis Jones, DL, UCONN
With Randy Gregory headed to Denver, the Dallas Cowboys get a knock-off replacement in Travis Jones.
Pick 25 (57): Buffalo Bills – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
After whiffing on Zack Moss & Devin Singletary in recent drafts, the Bills give it a go one more time with dynamic running back Breece Hall out of Iowa State.
Pick 26 (58): Cincinnati Bengals (Mock trade with Atlanta) – Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa
With the added pick they acquired from the Falcons, the Bengals continue their commitment to revamping the offensive line. After already spending big in free agency on the line, the Bengals should draft another lineman in the first couple rounds to protect their franchise quarterback at all costs.
Pick 27 (59): Green Bay Packers – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
The Packers are in deep WR trouble with Aaron Rodgers set to have the weakest receiving corps of his entire career. After trading up in the 1st to get their WR #1 in Olave, they enter the 2nd round getting their wide receiver #2.
Pick 28 (60): Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia
After passing on more protection for Brady in the 1st, the Buccaneers fortunately are able to grab Salyer with the 60th pick as more teams went defense heavy in the 2nd.
Pick 29 (61): San Francisco 49ers – Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
To complement Nick Bosa, the 49ers go for another edge rusher in Drake Jackson.
Pick 30 (62): Kansas City Chiefs – Darian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky
The Chiefs need to protect Patrick Mahomes and continue their investment in tightening the offense despite the departure of Tyreek Hill. Chiefs go with one of the best offensive line options left.
Pick 31 (63): Cincinnati Bengals – Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
After CJ Uzomah’s surprising departure in free agency, the Bengals are left with a gap at tight end. Even with Uzomah, the Bengals didn’t have the consistency with him that other teams like the Chiefs, Ravens, or Lions experienced. The Bengals need to get a starting tight end if they hope to return to the Super Bowl.
Pick 32 (64): Denver Broncos (From LA Rams) – Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
The Broncos made big splashes this offseason, but still have a lot of room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos need to strengthen their defense if they want to prove to Russell Wilson that their situation is any better than where he just came from in Seattle.
Mock Draft Round 3:
Pick 1 (65): Jacksonville Jaguars – Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
After raiding the Mountain West Conference, the Dick Butkus Award finalist, Chad Muma will take his skills over to the underdog of the NFL in the Jaguars.
Pick 2 (66): Detroit Lions – Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
With Amon-Ra St. Brown as your leading receiver, then you know you need receiving help. This isn’t to say anything negative about St.Brown, an extremely talented player who exceeded expectations. But compared to other teams in the NFL, there is a huge gap in talent level between Lions receiving corps compared to anyone else’s. The Lions need at least 1 receiver in this loaded draft class.
Pick 3 (67): New York Giants – Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
With trade rumors for James Bradberry floating around, the Giants are potentially in the market to get a day 2 corner in this draft.
Pick 4 (68): Houston Texans – Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
The Texans need a lot of help and need to go for positions that will make the most impact in the long-run. A linebacker is a priority for them after already addressing the offensive line, running back, and cornerback early on.
Pick 5 (69): New York Jets – Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
After Zach Wilson’s disappointing rookie campaign, the Jets need to get him weapons capable of producing. Corey Davis & Elijah Moore were inconsistent and with their abundance of draft picks, Jets look to get 2 more options for the 2nd year quarterback in the first 2 days.
Pick 6 (70): Jacksonville Jaguars (From Carolina) – Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
After 1st round draft pick Travis Etienne went down with an injury, the Jaguars turned to James Robinson who narrowly avoided injuries throughout the season with their lackluster offensive line protecting him. With Etienne back, Robinson & Etienne make a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield. Jaguars should look to give them all the help they can get.
Pick 7 (71): Chicago Bears – Abraham Lucas, OL, Washington State
The Chicago Bears already took care of the first piece of the puzzle earlier in the draft with acquiring receivers, now they need to work on that offensive line to protect their quarterback of the future.
Pick 8 (72): Cleveland Browns (Mock trade with Seattle) – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
The Browns completed a blockbuster trade earlier in the offseason for disgruntled Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. This leaves us with a big unanswered question, what’s next for Baker Mayfield. Our team predicts the Browns will ship the former 1st round pick off on a draft night trade to Seattle for a 3rd round pick in a trade mutually beneficial for both teams. For the Browns, they use the pick they acquired to bring in another receiver to pair with recently traded for receiver Amari Cooper.
Pick 9 (73): Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Wydermeyer, TE, Texas A&M
The Colts make a smart choice with selecting Jalen Wydermeyer to find Mo Alie Cox’s replacement as he’s slowing down. This gives Matt Ryan one more young talented receiving threat in the process.
Pick 10 (74): Atlanta Falcons – Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
After Mike Davis’s stint at running back failed, the Falcons turned to veteran Cordarelle Patterson who had the best season of his career late. Patterson is not the running back of the future and shouldn’t have another season the way he did. Even if Patterson gets similar playing time, he should be used more as a wild card than an every down back which sets up the opportunity for Spiller to come into the equation.
Pick 11 (75): Denver Broncos – Daniel Faalele, OL, Minnesota
With the package the Broncos sent for Russell Wilson, the Broncos need to do a better job of protecting him than they ever did with Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater.
Pick 12 (76): Baltimore Ravens – Nik Bonnito, LB, Oklahoma
The Ravens love selecting defensive players and get an under the radar steal in Nik Bonnito.
Pick 13 (77): Minnesota Vikings – Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Irv Smith Jr. spent a significant portion of last season on injured reserve while Tyler Conklin filled in tight end duties. Conklin played well enough to land him a starting job elsewhere while Smith Jr. is still recovering. The Vikings get Smith Jr. a tight end to split duties with to not take the load on by himself.
Pick 14 (78): Cleveland Browns – Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
In an effort to get Myles Garrett much needed help on the other end of the defensive line, the Browns hope that Cameron Thomas out of San Diego State pans out.
Pick 15 (79): Los Angeles Chargers – Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
The Chargers took significant strides this offseason with acquiring JC Jackson & Khalil Mack, two difference makers that will transform their defense. The Chargers secondary was bad last season oftentimes causing Herbert and the offense to play catch up. The Chargers can’t let that happen again and need to pick up some of the slack in coverage.
Pick 16 (80): Houston Texans (From New Orleans) – Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
Arguably one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the NFL, the Texans have needs at almost every position. This late in the 3rd, the Texans need to go with value as Brandin Cooks isn’t going to be able to produce at his numbers for much longer, he’s approaching 30.
Pick 17 (81): New York Giants (From Miami) – Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
The Giants had one of the worst defenses in the league for a reason. The Giants should be coming out of day 2 with at least 3 defensive players that all could be day 1 starters.
Pick 18 (82): Atlanta Falcons (From Indianapolis) – Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
Atlanta Falcons go for value as they take one of the top secondaries remaining in the draft to improve a defense that was ranked towards the bottom of the league.
Pick 19 (83): Philadelphia Eagles – Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
Outside of Darius Slay, the Eagles secondary doesn’t have much going for them and they could use all the help they could get.
Pick 20 (84): Pittsburgh Steelers – Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
The Steelers brought in Levi Wallace on a two-year deal to replace the spot that Joe Haden left. If Wallace is hoping to have as much success as Haden, he’ll need some assistance to take the load off his plate which is where Jones comes in.
Pick 21 (85): New England Patriots – Nick Cross, DB, Maryland
The Patriots are going to feel the pain after one of the market’s biggest free agents tested the waters in JC Jackson. Patriots are hopeful they can make up some of the difference.
Pick 22 (86): Las Vegas Raiders – Dylan Parham, OL, Memphis
After trading a large haul for Davante Adams, the Raiders first selection of the draft comes in the 3rd round at #86 overall. The Raiders are confident in their starters they have as any player this late is a fringe starter or a higher end backup. The Raiders use
Pick 23 (87): Arizona Cardinals – Cole Strange, OL, Chattanooga
The Cardinals lone weak spot on the offensive line is at guard. They have one of the better lines in the NFL and look to make it even better with drafting one of the top guards in the draft in Cole Strange.
Pick 24 (88): Dallas Cowboys – Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
Cowboys look to repair a mangled defense after the off-season tore them apart. Cowboys go for a safety hoping for Cook to get some quality playing time in.
Pick 25 (89): Buffalo Bills – Nicholas Petit-Frere, OL, Ohio State
With a couple players on expiring deals, it is definitely in play for the Bills to draft a lineman here to let them develop and take over next season.
Pick 26 (90): Tennessee Titans – Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
The Tennessee Titans parted ways with veteran receiver Julio Jones after a brief stint. After AJ Brown, the Titans receiving corps is non-existent now. Titans should look to grab a couple in this draft but missed out earlier.
Pick 27 (91): Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
With Rob Gronkowski’s future uncertain and OJ Howard jumping ship to Buffalo, Tampa Bay doesn’t have a clear #1 tight end right now. Even if Gronk comes back, he doesn’t have much time left in him. Buccaneers give Brady a gift with Jeremy Ruckert and someone who could see their role grow over time.
Pick 28 (92): Green Bay Packers – Cade Otton, TE, Washington
Packers go receiver heavy this draft and now land a tight end after selecting 2 wide receivers earlier. The Packers are in trouble and if they want to get back on track they need as many options for MVP Aaron Rodgers as they can get because when you take away a top 3 wide receiver in the NFL, you are in trouble.
Pick 29 (93): San Francisco 49ers – Ed Ingram, OL, LSU
49ers have some gaps in the guard spot after a couple departures and use this spot to recoup some of the damage done.
Pick 30 (94): Kansas City Chiefs – Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
2020 1st round selection Clyde Edwards-Helaire has not panned out the way that the Chiefs were hoping for. It’s risky taking a running back in the 1st round and while CEH has been decent, nowhere near the hype he had coming out of LSU. Kansas City brought in veteran competition this past season to take some snaps away from CEH and do it again this season with a rookie who could take over the lead spot.
Pick 31 (95): Cincinnati Bengals – Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
After the collapse in the Super Bowl, the Bengals need to work on their secondary. They should enter day 3 having drafted both a cornerback and a safety.
Pick 32 (96): Denver Broncos (From LA Rams) – Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama
To continue the trend of working on the defense, Broncos add in another stronghold on the defensive line with Phidarian Mathis who was solid in his own right but overlooked by the talent surrounding him at Alabama.
Pick 33 (97): Detroit Lions – Cam Taylor-Britt, S, Nebraska
The Lions land a steal late in the 3rd with Cam Taylor-Britt out of Nebraska.
Pick 34 (98): New Orleans Saints – Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
Linebacker isn’t a top priority for New Orleans as they have a lot of holes they’re looking to fill, but the main ones they’ve addressed earlier and could afford to get someone who is versatile like Asamoah who can line up in multiple different spots.
Pick 35 (99): Cleveland Browns – Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
Cleveland continues adding pieces to their defense which hasn’t looked very good outside of Pro Bowler Myles Garrett. With multiple day 2 defensive additions, the Browns are building a future that fans can be excited about.
Pick 36 (100): Baltimore Ravens – Max Mitchell, OL, Louisiana
The Ravens need to keep their players healthy to avoid the devastation they faced last season and get their 2nd offensive lineman of the draft before day 3.
Pick 37 (101): Philadelphia Eagles (From Saints) – Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
The Eagles signed veteran Haason Reddick this off-season who has a couple dozen sacks over the last 2 seasons. Reddick also does well in coverage and the Eagles should look to get someone who can let Reddick do that while they go in for the sack.
Pick 38 (102): Miami Dolphins (From 49ers) – Sam Williams, LB, Ole Miss
With their 1st pick in the draft not being until pick #102, the Dolphins aren’t going to be getting a player that they can expect to make an impact right off the jump. This is a want pick for the Dolphins who are looking to make the playoffs in their revitalized team.
Pick 39 (103): Kansas City Chiefs – Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
Kansas City finished the season ranked 29th in sacks in the league. The Chiefs need to do better if they want to solidify their status as a contender.
Pick 40 (104): Los Angeles Rams – Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama
The Super Bowl Champions don’t have many weak spots on their team. Their biggest focus at this point is retaining Odell Beckhan Jr. and company. The Rams won the Super Bowl for a reason and this pick should be used for a future starter who can jump into certain play schemes now while he develops.
Pick 41 (105): San Francisco 49ers – Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
Whether or not Deebo Samuel stays in San Francisco, the 49ers need to set up Trey Lance for success and giving him a young reliable route runner is the perfect way to do just that.