With the first wave of NFL-free agency and a few league-shaking quarterback swaps past us, team needs become clearer ahead of the 2022 NFL draft. We’ve seen which teams have been aggressive in adding veterans and which have sat free (and saved space on the pay ceiling) while looking at a deep draft class with wide receivers and edge-rushers.
Let’s get into a new post-free agency first round of mock drafts. I made my previous mock just before the combine earlier this month, so this one has some notable changes, with the Seahawks (No. 9) going into the first round and the Texans (No. 13) and Packers (No. 22) adding a second round 1 selection. Where is the first quarterback going? Could the lions shake things up at No. 2? And what’s the Falcons’ plan now?
As a reminder, I will project the 32 best picks based on a combination of my rankings, team needs and what I hear from leaders, scouts and coaches in the league. Round 1 begins on April 28, which means there is plenty of time for more changes to come.
The order of all 262 selections is set, and see our one-hour SportsCenter Special at. 17.00 ET on ESPN2 and ESPN +. Here we go: