Bucky Brooks 2022 NFL mock draft 4.0: Steelers take Malik Willis; Vikings land Jameson Williams

With the 2022 NFL Draft just around the corner, teams are beginning to hone in on their draft-day wish lists. While it is impossible to figure out what teams are really thinking, here is my final attempt to predict the first round on Thursday:

Jacksonville Jaguars
Ickey Ekwonu

Doug Pederson wants to build an impenetrable wall in front of Trevor Lawrence, and Ekwonu is a foundational block in that barrier.

Detroit Lions
Aidan Hutchinson

Dan Campbell gets a blue-collar pass rusher with outstanding athleticism and technical skills. 

Houston Texans
Sauce Gardner

The long, rangy cover corner is perfect for Lovie Smith’s scheme. 

New York Jets
Travon Walker

The versatile frontline defender gives Gang Green a top-notch run defender with raw pass-rush skills. 

Carolina Panthers
Charles Cross

Mississippi State · OT · Sophomore (RS)

Solidifying the edges is a top priority for a Panthers offense that needs more production, both through the air and on the ground. 

New York Giants
Derek Stingley Jr.

New defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale wants to play man-to-man coverage on the perimeter, and Stingley is a five-star talent with the tools to play at an All-Pro level on the island. 

Seattle Seahawks
Kayvon Thibodeaux

Pete Carroll cannot resist taking a dynamic edge defender with the perfect skill set to fill the LEO role in the Seahawks’ defense. 

New York Jets
Drake London

The big-bodied pass catcher will expand the strike zone for Zach Wilson in the passing game. 

Washington Commanders
Kyle Hamilton

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound playmaker could add a dimension to Washington’s defense as a versatile box safety with outstanding instincts, awareness and ball skills.

Minnesota Vikings
Jameson Williams

Adding the Alabama standout would give the Vikings a dynamic three-receiver package; Williams could eventually replace Adam Thielen in a year or two, when his salary-cap number becomes unmanageable. 

Houston Texans
Jermaine Johnson II

Florida State · Edge · Senior (RS)

The Texans must prioritize bringing in an explosive pass rusher after struggling to get to the passer last season.

Baltimore Ravens
Jordan Davis

The league’s No. 1 rush defense gets that much better after adding the 6-6, 341-pound Davis up front.

Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Olave

Yes, this would be the third consecutive receiver drafted in Round 1 by the Eagles, but the bottom line is, Olave’s big-play ability should make life easier for Jalen Hurts in the pocket. 

New Orleans Saints
Trevor Penning

Northern Iowa · OT · Senior (RS)

Replacing Terron Armstead with a rugged edge blocker like Penning will help the Saints play smash-mouth football in a revamped offensive scheme. 

Los Angeles Chargers
Trent McDuffie

The AFC West is loaded with superstar quarterbacks, which makes stocking up on defensive backs a sensible choice for the Chargers, who already inked free agent CB J.C. Jackson.

Philadelphia Eagles
Devonte Wyatt

It is time for the Eagles to fortify the interior, with the 31-year-old Fletcher Cox nearing the end of his career. 

New Orleans Saints
Treylon Burks

Pairing the Arkansas standout with Michael Thomas would give the Saints a supersized pass-catching duo on the perimeter. 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Malik Willis

Liberty · QB · Senior (RS)

The ultra-athletic playmaker would enable offensive coordinator Matt Canada to utilize some of the creative concepts he brought with him from the collegiate level. 

New England Patriots
Devin Lloyd

Lloyd adds more speed and athleticism to a linebacker corps that has been one of the slowest in the league. 

Green Bay Packers
Bernhard Raimann

Central Michigan · OT · Senior

The Packers are not afraid to invest top picks in their offensive line. As a former tight end-turned-offensive tackle, Raimann is a nimble athlete with the balance and body control to handle athletic rushers on the edges. 

Dallas Cowboys
Zion Johnson

Boston College · OG · Senior

Fixing the offensive line will help the Cowboys’ offense regain its explosiveness. 

Buffalo Bills
Breece Hall

The do-it-all running back would alleviate some of the pressure on Josh Allen to carry the offense. 

Tennessee Titans
Kenyon Green

Green is a bully-ball specialist with the movement skills and road-grading ability to clear a path for Derrick Henry between the tackles.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Travis Jones

Connecticut · DT · Senior

Putting an athletic big body beside Vita Vea would make the Buccaneers’ defense downright scary in the middle.

Green Bay Packers
Quay Walker

The speedy linebacker would team with De’Vondre Campbell to give the Packers sideline-to-sideline coverage against the run and pass. 

Kansas City Chiefs
Daxton Hill

Hill is a prototypical nickel defender with “hit, run and cover” skills that make him a hot commodity for a team that loves to attack with pressure. 

Kansas City Chiefs
Boye Mafe

Minnesota · Edge · Senior (RS)

An athletic edge rusher with the speed, quickness and burst to create havoc off the edges, Mafe will add some juice to the Chiefs’ front.

Cincinnati Bengals
Logan Hall

The Bengals’ workmanlike defensive front could use another interior disruptor with pass-rush skills. Hall’s energy and effort make him an intriguing option for a defense that wears down opponents with its physicality and versatility.

Detroit Lions
Arnold Ebiketie

Penn State · Edge · Senior (RS)

The Lions need more athletic defenders on the field to have a chance to close the gap on their rivals. Ebiketie flashes impressive first-step quickness and closing speed as a “bend-and-burst” rusher off the edge. 

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