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2022 NFL mock draft: Seahawks move up for QB, Kenny Pickett slides, plus seven projected trades

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Protecting Trevor Lawrence is paramount, but Hutchinson is the surest thing in the top crop of impact pass-rushers. Maybe Trent Baalke values upside, but Jacksonville could really use an instant star off the edge, and Travon Walker is better suited for a role in the trenches, not standing up.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Dan Campbell likes them nasty, and Walker has the physical tools to be just that, giving Detroit a much-needed upgrade up front and off the edge.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Kayvon Thibodeaux makes a lot of sense here, as does an offensive tackle, but Gardner is the lock-down stud of the corner class, and Houston has a dire need at the position, not to mention a defensive mind running the show in Lovie Smith.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Don’t rule out a tackle here; Joe Douglas loves investing up front. But they still need more juice off the edge, and Thibodeaux brings requisite size and skill (and then some). He’d be an instant fan favorite in New York.

Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

And here we go. Seattle hasn’t had to think about QB in this way for a long time, and Willis’ tantalizing arm and legs could sell them on a quick pivot from one dual threat (Russell Wilson) to another. They’ve got the ammo to move up after parting with Russ.

NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

With Seattle jumping up to secure the draft’s high-upside QB, the Panthers stick to their board despite their own dire need for a signal-caller, securing a long-term left tackle for Sam Darnold and/or another addition (Baker Mayfield?) under center.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 337 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

“Sauce” Gardner would’ve been a major get here, but instead, New York wisely invests in the trenches, giving Daniel Jones (and a future/potential 2023 successor) a much-improved line.

Florida State

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Atlanta isn’t afraid to buck the consensus on draft day, and while Johnson isn’t necessarily a popular top-10 pick, his combination of size, strength and ascending production could be too enticing to pass up for a club that’s long lacked a pass rush.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Stingley brings durability concerns, but the Giants badly need talent at corner, with James Bradberry’s future unclear. Missing out on “Sauce,” they get the next best thing.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 183 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

With pass-rusher addressed Joe Douglas gets Zach Wilson much-needed pass-catching help — a ready-made WR1 who can work opposite Corey Davis.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Ron Rivera might salivate over this one. Hamilton’s range and versatility essentially help Washington satisfy two needs (LB, S) with one pick.

Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

After acquiring an extra first with the Eagles, the Saints have the ammo to make a bigger splash. A QB would be spicy (and understandable), but with Terron Armstead gone, their left-tackle need is just as prominent. Cross gives them a long-term No. 1.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 219 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

A pass-rusher would be more preferable, but with guys like Jermaine Johnson off the board, London stands out as a potential Mike Evans for Lovie Smith, who drafted the real Evans with the Buccaneers in 2014.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 341 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

An edge rusher or corner could be in play, but Davis offers power and pass-rushing potential for the interior, always a priority in Baltimore.

Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

The Eagles have been burned by early-round Washington corners before, but McDuffie’s toughness is worth the bet, especially with only Darius Slay proven in their secondary.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With the top three corners off the board, the Vikings roll with No. 4, securing a long-term partner/successor for Patrick Peterson as the new regime gets underway.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 237 lbs

Linebacker isn’t necessarily an urgent need, even with Kyzir White gone, but boy does Lloyd’s athleticism give yet another boost to Brandon Staley’s reloaded defense, now featuring Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 179 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Hello, Tyreek Hill replacement. Kansas City makes a big leap, dealing with Andy Reid’s old friends to secure maybe the top playmaker of this year’s receiver class. They can afford to be patient with Williams’ injury recovery, securing a fifth-year option and allowing him to grow with Patrick Mahomes.

Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 187 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

With a new tackle secured earlier in the first, the Saints shift gears to wide receiver, where Michael Thomas needs a running mate. Olave possesses the all-around skill set to be an instant target funnel for Jameis Winston.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 307 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Surprise! With all but one of the top QBs still on the board, Mike Tomlin and Co. stay patient, instead adding some serious muscle to the trenches of an already-stout defense. Cameron Heyward isn’t getting any younger, and they like themselves a nasty D-line.

Purdue

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

Chandler Jones is gone, and J.J. Watt is old. While cornerback also deserves a big investment, Arizona moves up to secure the top remaining pass-rusher on the board, adding a plug-and-play starter at defensive end.

Northern Iowa

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

8th

Everyone wants a receiver for Green Bay here, but with two first-rounders, Brian Gutekunst bolsters the trenches first, securing a Day One replacement for former right tackle Billy Turner. Gotta keep Aaron Rodgers upright!

Georgia

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

After pulling off a Bill Belichick signature — the trade down — the Patriots hold off on addressing receiver and corner to get a new heart for their vaunted defense. Dean’s potential as a tackling machine gives New England an immediate upgrade on the inside.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

A trademark Cowboys selection, Linderbaum gives Dallas a short- and long-term building block for the O-line. Dak Prescott’s health takes priority.

Ole Miss

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Dan Campbell, you dog, you! After adding Travon Walker near the top of the draft to shore up the D-line, Detroit uses some of its extra ammo to move up from No. 32 and swipe maybe the most aggressive QB of the class ahead of the Titans, a dark-horse landing spot for signal-callers. Get ready for the camp battle with Jared Goff.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

They have quite a few needs yet, but protecting Ryan Tannehill and paving the way for the Derrick Henry-led run game is key. Green has enough talent to start just about anywhere up front.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

Another Howie Roseman trade! That makes two first-round swaps just since their pre-draft deal with the Saints. This time, he moves up two spots to snag a running mate for DeVonta Smith, giving Nick Sirianni’s run-heavy attack a potential Deebo Samuel.

Penn State

• Sr

• 5’11”

/ 178 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

7th

And there’s Aaron Rodgers’ receiver. Dotson does a lot of little things well, which makes him a logical target for a clockwork offense managed by A-Rod.

Boston College

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

7th

Tampa Bay slides back and still gets one of the top interior blockers of the class, shoring up Tom Brady’s front for another run at a title.

Michigan

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 191 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This draft is all about betting big on the long term for the Chiefs, and after adding Jameson Williams in their big trade up earlier, K.C. gets a ready-made Tyrann Mathieu replacement to pair with Justin Reid.

Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Boom! Remember the old days, when they shook up the first round by moving up for Julio Jones? Here, they seize on the opportunity to stop Pickett’s slide, trading back in to secure a fifth-year option for the potential next face of their franchise. Falcons ownership adored Matt Ryan for both his on- and off-field leadership, and Pickett has the character to earn their respect early on.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 241 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

99th

POSITION RNK

12th

A corner or running back would be just as smart for Buffalo here, but Walker allows them not to lean too much on Tremaine Edmunds’ continued development in the middle of Sean McDermott’s playoff defense.