8 Expert Predictions For The 2022 NFL Mock Draft 

Predictions For The 2022 NFL Mock Draft  

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The 2022 NFL Draft is just days away, and for the 200+ former college stars, Thursday, April 28th, is when dreams become a reality. 

This year’s draft starts on Thursday, April 28th, and will be hosted by the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The three-day event will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, NFL Network, and ABC.

​​Day One (Round One)

Date: Thursday, April 28th 

Start time: 8 p.m. ET

Day Two (Rounds Two and Three)

Date: Friday, April 29th

Start time: 7 p.m. ET

Day Three (Rounds Four, Five, Six, and Seven)

Date: Saturday, April 30th

Start Time: 12 p.m. ET

The NFL Draft Rules

The NFL Draft works by assigning each of the 32 clubs one pick in each of the seven rounds of the NFL Draft. The reverse order of finish determines the selection order in the previous season. Barring any trades between clubs, each round starts with the team that finished with the worst records and ends with the Super Bowl champions.

By the time the 2022 NFL Draft is completed, there will be 262 players selected.

Considering that the first round of this year’s draft may look slightly different from years past; currently, eight teams own two picks in the first round. Below is the list of those right teams and what picks they now have.

Creating or reading NFL Mock Drafts is almost a must during draft season. Reading what experts this will happens gives a sneak peek of what may happen during draft night. 

The hard part is separating what mock drafts are accurate and what is just for fun. The HuddleReport keeps a score of experts’ mock drafts and describes who has the most accurate mock draft over the past five years.

According to TheHuddleReport.com, Brendan Donahue of Sharp Football Analysis has had the highest 5-year average for NFL mock drafts.

Josh Norris of Underdog Fantasy took last year’s crown of the most accurate NFL Mock Draft per TheHuddleReport.

Mock Drafts can change daily based on information released in the days leading to the draft. Tops picks are also changed daily or from mock draft to mock draft.

If you were looking at the early mock drafts back around Thanksgiving, Oregon Defensive End Kayvon Thibodeaux was the favorite to be the #1 overall pick. According to the best offshore betting sites, Georgia’s Defensive star, Travon Walker, is the favorite to be selected at #1.

Other Top 5 picks could include

  • Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
  • Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
  • Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU.

 

Below are 8 Predictions I think could happen in this year’s NFL Draft.

Prediction #1 – Aidan Hutchinson Goes #1

As I mentioned earlier, Aidan Hutchinson has been the favorite to go #1 overall the last month. Over the past 48 hours, another pass-rusher (Travon Walker) has taken over as the favorite. 

Aidan Hutchinson is the most complete, well-rounded pass rusher in the draft. He is not as flashy as guys like Walker or Thibodeaux, but the on-field production back this pick up. The former Wolverine racked up 14 sacks which were 4th best in the nation last season.

Prediction #2 – Kayvon Thibodeaux Falls Out Of The Top 5

Thibodeaux is a freak athlete and can be one of the best pass-rushes when he touches the field. His character and reported selfishness could cause him to drop in this year’s draft. If Kayvon can show that he is a team player, he can have a Myles Garrett-type impact on any defense.

Prediction #3 – Carolina Panthers Draft Kenny Pickett at #6

With all the issues Carolina had at Quarterback, I am surprised they didn’t address that position when free agency started. There were reports that they were all in on Deshaun Watson before choosing the Cleveland Browns.

Since they haven’t made a move for Baker Mayfield of Jimmy G, I expect the Panthers to draft Kenny Pickett at #6. Pickett is one of the most accurate QBs in this year’s draft, throwing 42 touchdowns with only seven interceptions last year. He is super-accurate, but he has never thrown double-digit INTs in a single season. He is brilliant and will not crack under pressure.

Prediction #4 – Green Bay Packers Draft a WR 

It may be one of the more obvious predictions of the NFL Draft. Green Bay traded Their Pro-Bowl WR to the Las Vegas Raiders and needs to find his replacement.

The Packers have two first-round picks and could use one to move up in the draft and take a WR like Treylon Burks, Drake London, and Chris Olave. If they don’t trade up and stay put, they could target guys like Jahan Dotson or Skyy Moore.

 

Prediction #5 – Minnesota Vikings Draft a WR

The Vikings is another team I can see taking a WR at #12. I think their dream scenario would be Derek Stingley Jr. falling to them, but I highly doubt that happens, so they beef up their WR room by taking a guy like Jameson Williams or Drake London. Adam Thielen is 31 years old and not getting younger. New Head Coach Kevin O’Connell loves to use 11 personnel, allowing three wideouts on the field simultaneously. 

Prediction #6 – Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Malik Willis at #20

Mitch Trubisky nor Mason Rudolph are the answers for the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh plays in the same division as dual-threat QBs like Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. It’s time they get their dual-threat QB in Malik Willis.

Per PFF.com, ​​Willis broke more tackles (89) than any player on the ground, including running backs. He also put up the third-highest bigtime throw rate we’ve charted in a single season (11.0%).

Prediction #7 – Jermaine Johnson Sneaks into the Top 10

There is always one or two players that gain a lot of steam heading into the draft. This year one of them is defensive end Jermaine Johnson. Johnson accumulated 14 sacks last season at Florida State, tied for 4th in the nation with top-prospect Aidan Hutchinson. Teams like the Jets or Giants could draft Johnson inside the Top 10.

Prediction #8 – A QB Will be Taken at #32

The Detroit Lions currently hold the #32 draft pick, and a QB could be in play with the Lions and other teams. QB needy teams like Atlanta, Seattle, Or even Tennessee could trade back up in the first round to draft guys like Sam Howell, Matt Coral, or Desmond Ridder.

Draft season is like the Holiday Season, it’s an exciting time, and you never know what gift you will receive, so sit back and relax and hope your team takes your favorite prospect.

 

Kurt Blakeway – Sporting Betting Analyst

Kurt is a Sports Betting Analyst for Safest Betting Sites. He enjoys all things MLB, NFL, CFB, and CBB. While he is a fan first, he is always trying to gain an edge on the books to make a little bit of money.

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