I’ve recently done my first One-Round Mock Draft and wanted to examine the potential dynasty implications for the offensive players selected. The 2022 draft is meant to be a very defense-heavy draft, so I wasn’t extremely surprised when I only had eight write-ups to do out of the first 32 picks.
As the off-season progresses, I will be doing more mocks and will eventually progress to three-round mocks before ultimately releasing my full seven-round mock draft. While there is very little chance I’ve got all eight of the landing spots below correct, and at this point, I wanted to take a look at where some of our favorite future fantasy stars could end up. There were four quarterbacks and four wide receivers taken in my first mock draft, with no running backs or tight ends being selected in round one.
Pick 5: New York Giants, Kenny Pickett from PITT (QB)
While a lot may change in the next few months, it surely seems that Pickett is on his way to being the first quarterback drafted in 2022. The Giants, coming in with a new GM and new head coach, will be looking to make some big changes in year one, which will start with their new franchise quarterback. Pickett would step in for a “QB competition” against Daniel Jones, though given the front office will have little relations left with Jones, the starting job would likely be passed to Pickett sooner rather than later.
He’d have the best chance of any rookie at being an immediate starter at the quarterback position if he were to land with the Giants. While I wouldn’t consider him a legitimate threat in the ground game, he’s still got the wheels to get it done when needed. While he had an excellent season in 2021, he’s still largely unproven but would still factor in as the QB2 of this class if he lands in New York.
Pick 6: Carolina Panthers, Sam Howell from UNC (QB)
Howell was a three year starter at North Carolina and it looks like he’ll be poised to make many more starts in Carolina after being drafted by the Panthers sixth overall. Howell has been consistent as they come over the last three seasons, and despite a major blow to his supporting cast in 2021, he was still able to put together a respectable year.
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I’d argue that his accuracy is second to none in this class and he could be a legitimate dual-threat quarterback if deployed correctly. Joining forces with Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore would make me more than comfortable to name him as the QB1 of this class. He’d enter the 2022 season behind Sam Darnold (who will likely be on a VERY short leash) before becoming the full time starter down the road.
Pick 8: Atlanta Falcons, Matt Corral from Ole Miss (QB)
Corral has got excellent athletic ability, though I’m not insanely excited about him as a prospect. His effect in the running game would be a welcomed sight to Atlanta, but I fear that his work as a passer could leave a little to be desired. Regardless, Corral landing in Atlanta is one of the best spots for him to fall.
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While I can’t imagine him having much upside in 2022, the team would likely be his to run by the following season. There’s not a ton to hate about a guy that will have the opportunity to make a career throwing the ball to Kyle Pitts. Corral is currently the QB3 of this class for me and that wouldn’t change with this landing spot.
Pick 15: Philadelphia Eagles, Treylon Burks from Arkansas (WR)
Alright… how can Philly screw this one up? It’s no secret that their receiver selections (outside of Devonta Smith) have been abysmal lately and they’ve got a lot of wrongs to right. That’s where Treylon Burks comes in. He’s the complete package of what they’re looking for. They need a big-bodied receiver to draw attention away from Smith, and Burks should have no issues with that.
He’s practically the size of a house but has the speed of a track star. While I have some concerns with his ability to gain separation, I’d say this would be a no brainer pick for Philly. He’s fantastic at making the contested catch and could open up a lot of new things for the Eagles’ offense. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Philly wouldn’t be my favorite thing, but I’d still consider him as a top-three rookie choice at the wide receiver position.
Pick 18: New Orleans Saints, Garrett Wilson from Ohio State (WR)
Wilson is going to be firmly in the WR1 conversation for this draft class and landing in New Orleans could be a great scenario for him. While the short-term is less than appealing, Wilson’s long-term potential would include him being THE guy for the Saints for many years to come. It’s no secret that they have to figure things out on offense, especially at the quarterback position, but drafting Wilson would be a step in the right direction.
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He’s quick, sure-handed and shifty as they come. His route running is a thing of beauty and I honestly think he is the most talented receiver in this class. I’m battling with myself as to who I want to name as the overall WR1 of the class, but landing in a spot like this would tip the scales in favor of Wilson for me.
Pick 22: Las Vegas Raiders, Jameson Williams from Alabama (WR)
Williams is noted as one of the most talented and efficient receivers of this class. Unfortunately, he’s currently nursing a season-ending ACL injury that he had incurred during the National Championship. However, he’s still good enough to warrant being selected on day one of the draft. The Raiders need to revamp their receiving corps, especially with the sudden loss of Henry Ruggs in 2021 (I won’t get into that, but anyone who follows me on Twitter knows how I feel about Ruggs), and they’ll start that revamp with Jameson Williams.
While I think I am lower than most are on Williams, there is no disputing the simple fact that he’s likely the fastest guy in the entire draft. Speed kills at all levels of football, but Williams has the natural ability to make it count. Williams finished the 2021 season with 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns over 15 games. He’s a deep-threat and has the wheels to give opposing NFL teams quite the headache over the next several years. From a fantasy perspective, the landing spot is not my favorite. He’ll likely be outside of my Top-5 receivers if he is drafted by the Raiders, but he will be well inside the Top-10.
Pick 26: Miami Dolphins, Chris Olave from Ohio State (WR)
Olave is a prospect that has confused me over the last two years. I did my research on him about a year ago when he had a chance to declare for the 2021 draft and was perplexed as to how I wanted to rank him. Here I am, one year later, facing the same dilemma. In my opinion, Olave is going to make a good (not great) NFL receiver. He’s not the type of guy a team would be able to lean on as the Alpha WR. With that being said, Miami is one of the best landing spots you could ask for for a guy like Olave.
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He won’t have the pressure of being the WR1 (as that responsibility will solely belong to Jaylen Waddle) which means that coaching staff (whoever it ends up being) will be able to use Olave to stretch the field as well as get creative with plays for him. I’m not entirely convinced of his route-running ability, but he is fast as all hell and has a great eye for the ball. Olave is currently the WR5 in my pre-draft rankings but could see a little bump if he lands in a situation as ideal as this.
Pick 28: Detroit Lions, Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati (QB)
I’ll admit, Ridder is a guy that I still owe some research to. I haven’t been able to dive into his tape as much as I’d like to, but it does seem likely that he could sneak into the first round on draft day. Ridder is a dual-threat quarterback that should be able to do plenty of damage on the ground as a pro. He’s also got a very strong arm and seems to have enough poise in the pocket to hang on until the last minute.
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While his accuracy is far from bad, it seems like his decision making is a bit inconsistent. He’ll be a work in progress for Detroit but given his play style, could mesh pretty well with Dan Campbell and that offense. Ridder would have plenty of opportunity to take the starting job from Jared Goff and would likely stay firm as the QB4 of this class in my rankings.