Vendetta Sports Media 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Blogger Editions
Welcome to the Vendetta Sports Media 2022 NFL Mock Draft, a group of our bloggers came together to create this absolute masterpiece. Do you think you can draft better than any of us? This draft was based on what we would do, NOT what we think will happen (that becomes very clear VERY quickly as Trey banjaxed everyone’s board).
1.1 Jaguars l Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon – Karl
Thibs has the highest ceiling in the draft, and I think people are overthinking him at this point. He’s an athletic freak who needs to work on his pass rushing moves, but he gets off the line lightning fast and can be a cornerstone of the Jags defense for years to come.
1.2 Lions l Ikem Ekwonu, T, North Carolina State – Scott
Time to get some surprising picks going in this 2022 NFL mock draft. This is a team with many needs, after failing to field worthy offers of this pick we decided to pick a player that would give us the best chance of succeeding early. There are pleanty of edge defenders and wide receivers, but there is not a true mauler avaialbe like Ekwonu. The idea here is to shift him inside to guard and then proceed to delete front sevens.
Jets send: 4 & 10
Texans send: 3 & 13
We’re not sure what the Texans are going to do here, they could go OL, CB, S, QB?? We’re just not sure. We’re going to trade up and not let them ruin our chances of getting Derek Stingley Jr. we move down from 10 to 13 so it’s not a huge sacrifice. We want to make sure we get our guy.Chickster’s thoughts on the trade
1.3 Jets l Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU – Chickster
The best defensive player on the board and the best corner in the draft. Yes I know, the Jets could use offense for the young Zach Wilson but we’re going to start building this defense to get ready for the Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, and Stefon Diggs in this division.
1.4 Texans l Evan Neal, T, Alabama – Garrett
When we saw Evan Neal on the board at 4, we practically sprinted to turn in the card. We want to see what we have in Davis Mills this year and we will support him as much as we can. The chance to take the top tackle prospect in the class where we got him is a win.
1.5 Giants l Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia – Trey
The jets must have hacked our computer data base because we were pretty convinced Derek Stingley would be there at pick 5. We went with Jordan Davis because we simply feel he was the best talent at that spot. They don’t make 360 pound defensive tackles running 4.8. They don’t exist.
1.6 Panthers l Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State – Scott
I do think the Panthers take a quarterback in real life, but with me being the new GM in this 2022 NFL mock draft, I know that won’t solve anything. I tried trading back and getting more picks but no one wanted to move up, so I took the best tackle on the board in an effort to make this offensive line not suck.
1.7 Giants l Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa – Trey
Same philosophy goes for Tyler Linderbaum. He was the best player available. Yes, it’s bat shit to take a center that high but we think this guy could wind up being the best one in the league by a wide margin.
1.8 Falcons l Aiden Hutchenson, EDGE, Michigan – Jackson
I had no idea Hutchinson would fall this far. Atlanta is going to be terrible next season, so might as well go with the best player on the board and start to build that defense. It’s going to take some work, but Hutchinson would be a step in the right direction.
1.9 Seahawks l Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia – Garrett
We had our eye on Travon Walker for weeks now, and his massive upside has is excited what he can bring his rookie year and what he can turn into. We are looking to build for the future, and he will be a key part of that
1.10 Texans l Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati – Garrett
While it was tempting to double down on offensive players, we had sauce Gardner high on our boards, high enough to take him at 10. We love his confidence and swagger he plays with, and he has a chance to step into this division and be the best corner in the AFC South
1.11 Commanders l Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State – Karl
The Commanders now have an awesome Ohio State wide receiver tandem. Wilson is extremely well-rounded as a receiver and even if I have doubts about Carson Wentz’ ability to play well, Washington should just get the best weapons they can and worry about the rest later.
1.12 Vikings l Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington – Scott
This team is a long ways away, but the defense sucked and their corners are flatout terrible, so it’s 2022 and you need corners in the nfl so it’s time to fix that in this mock draft. McDuffie helps us get better at a position of high value. We’re stuck with Kirk Cousins and I don’t view any of this quarterbacks as good enough to be picked here at 12.
1.13 Jets l Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia – Chickster
When I picked swapped, this is what I was worried about: I was worried there would be solid talent still on the board. But that’s not the case. We got the best LB in the draft in Nakobe Dean. Not only we got the best CB, but we have the best LB in this draft. The Jets can address the offense later on, there was no way I was passing on this guys.
1.14 Ravens l Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia – Trey
Our goal was to just get our hands on one of these Georgia defenders. Need to get back to having a real ravens defense because fixing the offense didn’t make a ton of sense given we’re stuck with Lamar for just this year. Devonte Wyatt is a beast. His predraft process alone makes him a top 15 talent. We like the player a lot.
1.15 Eagles l Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama – Jackson
Decided with my first pick for the Eagles to go with a WR. I’m still not sold Hurts is the guy, but the Eagles have two first round picks next season if they want to go QB hunting. That being said, why not keep the Alabama connection going with Jameson Williams? There are lots of good WR in this class and Williams will get his chance to shine in Philly.
1.16 Saints l Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State – Karl
Drafting Olave allows the Saints to open up the offense with a real deep threat. He’s speedy, has good body control and good hands with added skill as a route runner. He’s fairly skinny and might get pushed around off the line a bit, but with guys like Devonta Smith succeeding I don’t think that’s a major red flag.
1.17 Chargers l Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College – Garrett
While we may have had some different directions we wanted to go, we love the route we took. Zion Johnson gives us great flexibility on our offensive line to maximize protection for Justin Herbert. He will likely start at guard and can flex out if need be.
1.18 Eagles l Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah – Jackson
Second Eagles pick decided to go defense. Philly needs a guy in the middle of the field that has a high IQ that is fast and super athletic. Lloyd is that guy. The Eagles have a lot of holes on defense, and if the right players were available, maybe Philly should consider going defense with both picks and getting a skill position player in the second round. Either way, Philly here gets its defensive anchor it desperately needs.
1.19 Saints l Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame – Karl
Hamilton might be a generational safety prospect. He’s awesome in both coverage and run support. While running a 4.7 definitely didn’t do him any favors in terms of draft stock, he’s absolutely a top-20 prospect in this draft class. If the Saints can get him at 19th overall, that’s a win in my book.
1.20 Steelers l George Pickens, WR, Georgia – Garrett
The loss of Juju Smith-Schuster was going to have an impact on our team, and adding a big body receiver like George Pickens is a clear plug and play option to fill his role. He brings a great contrast in what we have with Diontae Johnson.
1.21 Patriots l Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson – Chickster
With George Pickens getting picked RIGHT BEFORE US, the Patriots were devastated. We almost had a gift in our lap. I did try to negotiate a trade with the Seahawks for DK Metcalf, but the trade was just too much. We don’t get a premier WR1 for the young Mac Jones, but we do find a young replacement for JC Jackson in Andrew Booth Jr. The other WRs on the board are not deserving to go this high so we don’t reach on a deep WR class that we can get later on in the draft and get the 3rd best corner in the draft.
Seahawks send: WR DK Metcalf
Packers send: 22, 2023 first-round pick
1.22 Seahawks l Lewis Cine, S, Georgia – Garrett
First, we want to thank DK for three great years in Seattle. It was hard to let him go, but our trade we got we thought was too good to pass up. This team is looking towards the future, and this helps get where we want to be. Lewis Cine is fast, mean and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He loves to get in there and try and make a play, and we would love to add that to our defense. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor left some big shoes to fill, and the pairing of Jamal Adams and Cine we thought was too good to pass up.
Cardinals send: 23
Giants send: James Bradberry
With the bounty of receiver talent not only in our division but in the NFC as a whole, if we wanted to compete we needed to be able to slow down these guys. James Bradberry puts us right in the mix in the NFC West. We love his man coverage and his nose for the football.Garrett on the trade
1.23 Giants l Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State – Trey
We can’t believe James Bradberry fetched a first round pick. We were thrilled to collect an extra pick. Jermaine Johnson sliding down to 23 works for us.
1.24 Cowboys l Daxton Hill, CB, Michigan – Chickster
Cowboys really hate the board at this point. With the pieces lost on the OL, they would love to go OL here but that would be reach on the talent that’s available right now. Then the Giants traded for the 23rd pick and took Jermaine Johnson II. That’s tough. We still don’t like our secondary all that much so we go with Daxton hill here, the 3rd best safety in the draft.
1.25 Bills l Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas – Karl
Burks is just a solid receiver that would be a great fit for a Buffalo team that is in need of a WR2. He’s big, has good contested catch ability, and he makes up for a lack of elite speed by doing a great job of selling defenders on routes. He fits a need for the Bills and has a lot of upside.
1.26 Titans l Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida – Trey
After failed attempts to make a number of deals we settled for Kaiir Elam. Not even sure it’s a super state pick but this guy was productive at Florida and has the requisite talent to be a first rounder. If we didn’t get Elam we were shooting darts next round to find a corner later.
1.27 Buccaneers l Roger McCreery, CB, Auburn – Scott
You can never have too many corners. Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean are both going to be free agents after this season. Drafting McCreery means the Buccaneers will not be desparate at corner.
1.28 Packers l Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State – Trey
After trading Devante Adams, we had to get a receiver. Two preferably. Trading DK Metcalf made way too much sense given the names that were available. When Treylon Burks is gone before pick 22, we are playing with real fire. Metcalf solves a lot of issues. Doubling up was the preferred route. Would have liked to get Johan Dotson later but the WR class was thinning quick. Dotson has real speed and was a gamer at Penn State.
1.29 Chiefs l George Karlaftis, EDGE, Perdue – Karl
I don’t think Karlaftis is super far off from Aidan Hutchinson as a prospect, and the Chiefs needed a solid edge rusher. He doesn’t have great bend, but he’s an underrated athlete who can definitely pan out.
Chiefs send: 30
Commanders send: 47, 2023 second-round pick
1.30 Commanders l Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State – Karl
I’d be a fraud if I didn’t have my favorite team trading back into the first round to give Punt God that fifth-year option. Araiza is a weapon, and I wrote a whole post about how awesome he is already. Kind of did this for the memes, but also I’m kind of not joking.
1.31 Bengals l Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State – Chickster
The Bengals did well to address their OL in this offseason. They have Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon in their offense. I would say there’s not a of reason to go offense here so we’re looking at the defense. The Bengals we’re hoping out for Kaiir Elam or Roger McCreary but they got picked a little before their pick. We’re still going to stay in the secondary though and pick Jaquan Brisker to pair up him and Jessie Bates III together. After the Bengals addressed the OL, it’s up to the defense to do their part for the Bengals to win.
Lions send: 32
Steelers send: 52, 2023 third-round pick, WR Chase Claypool
1.32 Steelers l Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi – Garrett
Look, I know that we signed Mitch this off-season. We like what we see and if he develops into something long term, great. But we are hedging our bets here with who we consider to be QB1 in this class and the most pro-ready pending he has to get in there. Losing Claypool wasn’t ideal but after adding Pickens we felt comfortable with it.
(Negotiating this trade was at least 10% of the total time length for this NFL mock draft and the real 2022 could have happened during this time.)
This concludes our Vendetta Sports Media 2022 NFL Mock Draft! We fixed your favourite team in this draft, hope your GM is as smart as we are.