Miller Mock Draft: Hurry Up Offense Style
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Today felt like a good day to dust off the Big Board, take an updated look at the NFL draft order (thanks to Tankathon) and piece together a new mock draft. It’s important to note that this order is based on today’s standings and not a prediction of who will or won’t make the playoffs. And similarly, we’re projecting a lot of underclassmen in this mock draft who may decide (thanks to NIL money) to stay in college for another year.
But, mock drafts are supposed to be fun so we’re going to unveil a fun but realistic look at how the first round would go if the 2022 NFL Draft were today.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars — OT Evan Neal, Alabama
The Jaguars have one of the worst left tackles in the NFL in Cam Robinson. This is a no-brainer selection for whomever the general manager and head coach are. They must protect Trevor Lawrence and Neal is one of the best handful of prospects in the nation.
2. Detroit Lions — QB Malik Willis, Liberty
Jared Goff isn’t the only problem in Detroit, but it sure feels like Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell will want to select their own guy at quarterback. Also, history tells us that a team drafting in the top five with an unsettled quarterback situation almost always opts to add a passer here. Malik Willis is carving teams up on a weekly basis and has taken his elite athletic traits and turned them into high-end quarterback ability.
3. Houston Texans — QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Davis Mills hasn’t been that bad, but if the Texans have a chance to select a top-tier quarterback prospect they have to do it. Corral has improved drastically in the last year thanks to a cut down on turnovers and improved mechanics. He’s still rough around the edges, but he profiles as an NFL starter with very good feet and athletic ability on top of a huge arm.
4. New York Jets — DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
Not the biggest need, but the Jets cannot pass up the best overall player in the 2022 draft class being available at this spot. Especially with another pick coming in Round 1 thanks to the Jamal Adams trade, general manager Joe Douglas can afford to go with value here over a need.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)—DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
The Eagles hit the lottery with three selections in the top 10 thanks to previous trades. They also hit the lottery with Aidan Hutchinson on the board to fill an obvious need at defensive end. Hutchinson has arguably been the best overall player in college football this year and is the type of high-intensity, highly-athletic pass-rusher this team lacks.