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2022 NFL Mock Draft | Way Too Early Mock Draft presented by Draft Diamonds

2022 NFL Mock Draft
NFL Draft Diamonds writer Antoine Tshiyombo provides his way too early 2022 NFL Mock Draft. There is a surprise, Check it out!

1. Detroit Lions: Spencer Rattler QB Oklahoma: QB might not be the biggest problem but Jarred Goff Shouldn’t prevent you from drafting one on top of the boards. Spencer Rattler has all the physical tools and has made a tone of big time throws. Maturity might come to question but like me the NFL is often a sucker for talent. Getting him around a leader like Dan Campbell who knows how to be a pro should help. 

2. Houston Texans: Emory Jones QB Florida: This is gigantic projection. Jones was amazing in his limited time. I saw enough in his flashes and if he could turn those flashes into a full game now as the starter, he very well could end up as the #1 pick. Jones is a nightmare to have to guard because of mobility but showed enough in the passing game that you can get him on the field. He is uber talented and will be polarizing. 

3. New York Giants Via Chi: J.T Daniels QB Georgia: J.T Daniels came on like gang buster at the end of the season giving Georgia a legitimate passing . Daniels has arm talent accuracy, Is quick to process and has been homing his mechanics he is going to win the chalk board. I have seen the progress from bright eye Freshman ask to Carry a blow average USC team to now he has improved mightily. 

4. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux E Oregon: This is my kind of guy Thibodeaux does the two things I like from edge rushers bend and first step Quickness and he is elite at both. He doesn’t have sand in his pants but his length is a problem. Once he learns how to use his hands I expect top production at the next level. 

5. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Stingley Jr CB Louisiana State: If this was a ranking I would have this guy as my top rated guy. Derek Stingley walked in to college football and immediately Became the best player in his position. If you take away the Alabama games the last two years he has had been near perfect. Size Speed field vision he has it all. 

6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sam Howell QB North Carolina: Sam Howell won’t likely match his first two season as it is his biggest test. Howell how ever has escapability, good pocket movement with an Above Average arm, and Throws a sexy deep ball I could see him going as high as #1 with another performance like last year. Also could see him having a slightly worst season and fall off completely out of day 1. 

7. Minnesota Vikings: Zach Harrison E Ohio State: Harrison is the Next Top Level Edge Rusher from The Ohio State University. With has not only become a factory for Edge Rushers in the NFL it’s Defensive line Coach Larry Johnson Sr has these guys ready. Harrison is still refining his technique but he seem ahead of many of his counterparts in this class. Harrison showed much improvement as he notched 19 hurries in a 7 game season his game vs Michigan State last year was one of the best tapes I have watched so far all do it didn’t result into a single sack he consistently won reps. Now if he can finish more consistently he should be a top 15 player in next years class 

8. Tennessee Titans: DeMarvin Leal DL Texas A&M: This is a guy I want to watch more tape on. The two games I have watched he smells like a top 15 Draft pick. He was disruptive 3 technique with 20 QB Hurries according to PFF, 3 sacks with an interception. Leal steps in and probably could also man the 5 technique in a gap base scheme. Really never have to take him out. 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chris Olave WR Ohio State: Olave Would have been likely the fourth WR taken last years draft but he returned to school. He only played in 7 games but end up with 7 TD with a 143.4 rating when targeted.when thrown too plus 20 yards he came down with 66.7 Olave is the best deep threat in the class. 

10. Carolina Panthers: Zion Nelson OT Miami FL: Zion Nelson is lean and has been one of Most improved pass Protection as a tackle from 2019 to 2020 but if he can keep on his upward projection he Can end up being a top 10 pick. Definitely has the length and foot quickness to do it. 

11. Las Vegas Raiders: Kaiir Elam CB Florida: All Do Elam was one of the best Man to man CB in college football last season I still think he has the skills set to fit in a zone heavy concept. At 6”2 Elam has the length has to improve his tackling if he can excel but has the vision and Ball skills to excel in both man and zone with some coaching and film studying. 

12. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jobe CB Alabama: Jobe has really come on to his own now as a full time starter at 6”1 Jobe has the size but plays extremely physical. Needs to learn how to play with his feet 11 penalty last year 16 in his career. Also has to show better ball skills 1 career interception on 82 targets isn’t impressive. 

13. Cincinnati Bengals: Boye Mafe E Minnesota: Mafe is one of the biggest freaks in all of college football. He was extremely productive last year in a shorten season. 6 sacks 15 total pressures in 6 games. I fully expect Mafe to test out great in Work outs next winter. 

14. Denver Broncos: Thayer Munford OT Ohio State: Offensive Line consistency is something that should never be overlooked. Thayer Munford could of came out in last year stacked OT class but elected to return to school. Did allow a single sack or had a penalty. Thayer 2019 was the only year he struggled but up his game last year but I worry that he has nearly peeked. He made a big jump in the Run game as well. 

15. New York Giants: Drake Jackson DE Southern California: Drake Jackson was one of the best Playmakers on defense he was above average in coverage for his position as a stand up Edge for the Trojans. His freshman year was much more productive as a pass rusher but if you look deep at the fact that he didn’t get as many rush opportunities but in 2021 he was much better in per rush base. If he can get a full season I don’t see why he can’t be a first round pick 

16. Detroit Lions via LAR: Kyle Hamilton S Notre Dame: A huge safety with a tone of range. Solid tackler and is not a liability in the run game. Ideally I would have Hamilton as a box guy but he also has shown the ability to play Split safety. Might not be the top 10 guy people are making out because the NFL just doesn’t view Safety as a high priority position but excelled in Coverage. 

17. Dallas Cowboys: Evan Neal OT  Alabama: Neal been a starter at Alabama since day one something that requires top level talent to d. Has experience at guard and tackle and will be moving to left tackle for this season. He still a bit raw with a lot of work to do. Yet he still had a 98.6 pass rush rate. Needs to not lunge and he could end up even higher come draft day. 

18. Los Angeles Chargers: Drake London WR Southern California: A big Physical WR who runs through tacklers. Has plenty of wiggle for a guy who is 6”4 and has the skills to find space. London won in the slot but is expected to move more outside. London was a basketball player at USC who now becoming a football player full time 

19. Philadelphia Eagles via IND: Ventrell Miller LB Florida: This guy is a true Middle Linebacker he communicate and has an extremely high football IQ doesn’t take a lot of Miss Steps. He is a Above Average tackler and Not a liability. If football was played how it was 15 years ago this guy would be easily a top 10 pick in the draft in my opinion. But there is still a place for the type of player Miller is and he will be an instant starter for most team based on the film he has displayed so far. He is how ever a little stiff and probably shouldn’t be covering Slot WRs. 

20. New Orleans Saints: Justyn Ross WR Clemson: Coming back from a spinal neck injury. Ross looked like A first round pick after his freshman year and flashed in his sophomore year. Ross makes Spectacular catches look routine and has the High weight speed that should have offensive Coordinators drooling. 

21. Atlanta Falcons: Daxton Hill S Michigan: Dalton is one of the fastest Safety on tape has speed to keep up with the fastest WRs doesn’t miss very many tackles and had great ball instincts. Played a lot in the slot and as a box safety but I don’t think he would be out of place if you lined him deep as a free safety on single high. The possibility’s with this guy are endless. He does how ever have a extremely ugly game vs Minnesota to start the year in 2020 and is more straight line speed. 

22. New England Patriots: Sevyn Banks CB Ohio State: Seyvn Banks isn’t elite yet but his natural ability to move and ball skills. Better in man than in zone at this point will need to learn to look at the QB more so then Player in his area. 

23. New York Jets via Sea: Martin Emerson Jr CB Mississippi State: Big long Press man CB who fits the scheme. I am stoked to see if he can repeat last year high production. He would make a great Cover 3 CB. Allowed only 55 percent of passes targeted and 1 TD last year. Would like him to up his Interception total he has 1 in his first two years. 

24. Philadelphia Eagles via Mia: : Ochaun Mathis E Texas Christian: at 6”4 247 pounds Mathis has the size and length to give tacked fits. His 9 sacks last year makes him a coveted name for next year. Mathis was getting pressure his first two years but just never had the sack numbers. It finally showed up this year. 

25. Green Bay Packers: Jaxson Kirkland OT Washington: Didn’t allow any pressure in 4 games last year or a sack. At 6”7 has the frame to bulk up but has the feet to Match Speed rushers. Has experience at both guard before 2020 and at tackle. 

26. Miami Dolphins via SF: Henry To’otoo’o LB Alabama: A bit of a projection he hasn’t had the production to warrant a first round pick. To’otoo’o can run Solid in coverage and can man overhang or as a stack linebacker. Is transferring from Tennessee to Alabama 

27. Buffalo Bills: Coby Bryant CB Cincinnati: His teammate on the opposite side of him gets more hype But Bryant display much better tape. Bryant play the field side CB and at 6”1 it’s not common and is ask to cover more ground out of 65 passes targeted only 56 was completed. Has great awareness. 

28. Baltimore Ravens: Darian Kinnard OT Kentucky: Kinnard is has heavy hands. Has a great anchor with functional strength. Can play both Guard and Tackle 

29. Washington Football Team: Cain Madden OG Ex- Marshall: Madden is a little older but was one of the most enjoyable films and background I got to watch. He is a road grader. A hoss in the run game and was dam near perfect in pass Protection. May be closer to his max than most of the other players in the class. 

30. Kansas City Chiefs: Dominic Blaylock WR Georgia: Missed all of 2020 but in 2019 was great as a freshman in a small sample size. Averaging 17.2 yards per Catch on 18 catches and 5 TDs. Has yet to drop a pass. He isn’t as big of a deep threat but give him a quick pass and he has the ability make yards after catch. 

31. Cleveland Browns: Dion Novil DL North Texas: A guy who can bring pass rush from the middle makes himself inevitable. Novil has 9 career sacks on 47 Pressures at 62 320moves like he is 40 pounds lighter. Isn’t a big name but after the All Star games I fully expect people to start talking more about the top 50 more then look at this sleeper. 

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Metchie III WR Alabama: The next big play Alabama WR to go in the first. Metchie took over Joe Jaylen Waddle after his injury last year and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Finishing with 916 yards and 6 TDS in a quick passing offense had a average depth of target of 12 yards that’s 2 more yards than the last year Heisman trophy winner Devonta Smith. Isn’t likely to test out of the water in workouts and isn’t bigger or faster than the other guys in the first round mix.

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