NFL Mock Draft: Part 1
We are now in playoff season, which means the NFL Draft is just around the corner! Although we are typically known for our sports mystery boxes, specifically our NFL Mystery Boxes, we also like to dabble in things outside of autographed jerseys and signed mini helmets. So without further ado, here are the first 10 selections of our 2022 mock draft!
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kayvon Thibodeaux, Defensive End - Oregon
There were several directions the Jags could go here, but many would argue that Thibodeaux is the best overall player in the class. When a team has as many holes as this one does, you absolutely SHOULD go best available.
2. Detroit Lions - Aidan Hutchinson, Defensive End - Michigan
Hutchinson was already a highly regarded prospect before the Ohio State game, but after his performance against the bitter rival, his stock skyrocketed. We have him staying in state and playing for the Dan Campbell lead Lions.
3. Houston Texans - Kenny Pickett, Quarterback - Pittsburgh
Pickett is a super senior, but he has seen his stock soar over the 2nd half of the season. Solid athlete with great accuracy that plays big in big games. Mills has made this selection difficult though with his excellent play over the last few weeks. With being the first skill position player off of the board, you know Ultimate Autographs will look to get Pickett into our Mystery Box NFL rotation!
4. New York Jets - Evan Neal, Offensive Tackle - Alabama
The Jets have invested a decent amount of capital into the O-line lately, but Neal can play all over the offensive line and any time you can improve your line for a young quarterback, you do it.
5. New York Giants - Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Tackle - N.C. State
Andrew Thomas has been improved from 2020, but they could absolutely still use A TON of help up front, regardless if Daniel Jones is their starting quarterback in 2022 or not.
6. Carolina Panthers - Sam Howell, Quarterback - North Carolina
Many had pegged Howell as the top quarterback in this class preseason, but he has seen his stock slip a bit since opening day. Despite this team now having Cam and Sam Darnold, it's clear they need an actual franchise quarterback and Howell at least has a chance to be that guy.
7. New York Giants (via Chicago Bears) - Kyle Hamilton, Safety - Notre Dame
Hamilton is the definition of built different. At 6’4 and 220 lbs he has the frame of a linebacker and the speed of a corner. Any defense would be lucky to have this kid.
8. Atlanta Falcons - George Karlaftis, Defensive End - Purdue
Giving them a quarterback to begin the rebuild is tempting, but I think this team still believes it can win with Matt Ryan. There’s many holes on the defensive side of the football and outside of Grady Jarrett, there isn’t much else on the defensive line.
9. Denver Broncos - David Ojabo, Edge - Michigan
After losing the face of the franchise via trade in the offseason, the Broncos will be looking to add someone across from Bradley Chubb. Ojabo could be that guy. Good athlete with a great motor.
10. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks) - Garret Wilson, Wide Receiver - Ohio State
This might be a bit of a reach, but once again, you have to find ways to make Zach Wilson successful. Pairing him with Elijah Moore would give them one for the best young duos in the NFL.
That's it for our first 10 selections! If you would like to see picks 11 - 21 then click here! Don't forget to visit Ultimateautographs.com for all of your NFL live break needs including signed footballs, autographed NFL helmets and more!