Mocking the first 38 picks leading to Chicago Bears pick
The Chicago Bears do not pick until 39th overall, which makes it hard to get a great gauge for who will be there, and what positions will be available for the team to select in the 2022 NFL draft. Still, with a little under three weeks until the Bears make that selection, we can do an early mock draft to get an idea.
Most mock drafts go for 32 picks, so why not add six more and see who will be available to them In round two. Keep in this is more of a look into what range these players will go and who will surely be off of the board.
2022 NFL Mock Draft
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, DE, Aidan Hutchinson
The Jaguars have depth at tackle and kept Cam Robinson which keys them into Aidan Hutchinson, who dominated football last year.
2. Detroit Lions, DL Travon Walker, Georgia
Dan Campbell said that he wants a day one starter, and he loves run defenders. Walker was so good at a run defense that Georgia arguably handicapped his pass-rush upside. Detroit will love his run defense and take more advantage of his pass rush.
3. Houston Texans, Kayon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
The run-on pass rush continues. You can debate all three for the top at their respective position so it is no surprise they go in order.
4. New York Keys, Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
The combination of length and physicality has to remind Robert Saleh of his former player Richard Sherman.
5. New York Giants, Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC State
The top offensive lineman falling this far makes it easy for the Giants. Ekwonu having versatility makes him a fit for the Giants who have Andrew Thomas.
6. Carolina, Evan Neal, OL, Alabama
The Panthers could go quarterback here, but knowing they have Jimmy Garopolo as a backup option they can focus on arguably the top player in the draft.
7. New York Giants, Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
The Giants know the Panthers will not go cornerback which allows them to get their top pick at OL, then see Derek Stingley fall to pick seven.
8. Atlanta Falcons, Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
It seems as though the media is lower on Davis than the NFL is. This is a rare player who impacts games, and most NFL circles have noted that he is a top 10 talent. He stays in his home state here.
9. Seattle Seahawks, Jermaine Johnson, DL, Florida State
Most see Johnson going in the top ten, and his run defense and toughness fits what Seattle likes to do.
10. New York Jets, Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
The way that Zach Wilson wins is darts down the field and Wilson may have the best downfield tracking ability in this draft class. It could be a great fit.
11. Washington Commanders, Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The love for the Ohio State wideouts is apparent in NFL circles and they could fly off of the board very fast. The Commanders complete an OSU Trio with Olave, Terry McLaurin, and Curtis Samuel.
12. Minnesota Vikings, Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The Vikings love their cornerbacks, and McDuffie has the athleticism and coverage skills that will have him drafted high.
13. Houston Texans, Charles Cross, OL, Miss State
The top offensive lineman cannot fall much farther than this, and the Texans have to love the combination they bring in that beefs up both lines.
14. Baltimore Ravens, Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Even if the Ravens may not see this as their biggest need they value versatility in the secondary more than anybody and it is tough to see him falling much further.
15. Philadelphia Eagles. Drake London, WR, USC
The size of London can pair well with the size of Devonta Smith. The duo combined with Quez Watkins could finally complete the Eagles wide receiver group.
16. New Orleans Saints, Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt
The Saints signed two quarterbacks, but feel good about adding another pick this year, and being able to have their top quarterback fall to them.