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DKrom’s Mock Draft 4.0: Trade Time

With Easter Sunday and Passover Seders in the rearview mirror (hope all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend), we are now just 10 days away from the 2022 NFL Draft. I promised my fourth mock draft of this cycle would have several trades, and not only did I keep that promise (there are six), I kind of wish I had snuck in a seventh trade. As Peter King reported last week, we shouldn’t be surprised if the trade market on draft day is as robust as the market that produced the historic flurry of trades in March. Then again, no mock draft is perfect and mocks are only supposed to be exercises in the hypothetical. So without further ado, I present to you DKrom’s Mock Draft 4.0. Eat it up!  

1. Jaguars: Travon Walker (EDGE, Georgia)

    -Buzz that Walker is the apple of GM Trent Baalke’s eye is only getting louder

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson (EDGE, Michigan)

    -If the Jaguars pass on Hutchinson, you can put it in sharpie that he will remain in the state of Michigan

3. Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux (EDGE, Oregon)

    -Thibodeaux might not be in for as big a fall as some think…and Lovie Smith is the type of coach that can fully maximize his potential

4. Jets: Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)

    -Chatter that Sauce could go as high as three has emerged in recent days, and I would be pretty surprised if he fell past the Giants at seven

5. Giants: Evan Neal (OT, Alabama)

    -If the Giants keep this pick, do not be surprised if they select either one of Neal, Ikem Ekwonu or Charles Cross

6. Chargers [via Panthers]: Ikem Ekwonu (OT, North Carolina State)

    -As I mentioned in the previous mock, the most ideal situation for the Panthers is to trade out of this pick and the Chargers, who sorely need a right tackle, are an underrated candidate to be a potential trade partner

7. Saints [from Giants via Bears]: Malik Willis (QB, Liberty)

    -If Willis slides by the Panthers, it may be a safe bet that somebody will trade up to this spot and take him

 8. Falcons: Derek Stingley, Jr. (CB, LSU)

    -GM Terry Fontenot may not be able to resist pairing Stingley with A.J. Terrell, which would potentially give the Falcons the best cornerback duo in the NFL for many years

9. Seahawks [via Broncos]: Trevor Penning (OT, Iowa State)

    -The Seahawks will likely be running the ball even more than in recent years with Russell Wilson now in Denver…and Penning’s physicality in the run game may intrigue Seattle’s decision makers

10. Jets [via Seahawks]: Drake London (WR, USC)

    -London moves surprisingly well for a jumbo-sized receiver, and he would be an ideal target for Zach Wilson on deep balls

11. Commanders: Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)

    -If Washington ends up with a wide receiver here, it will either be Wilson or his fellow Buckeye Chris Olave

12. Vikings: Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)

    -I can easily see the Vikings selecting Kyle Hamilton to be the heir to Harrison Smith, another Notre Dame safety

13. Texans [via Browns]: Charles Cross (OT, Mississippi State)

    -In the event Cross is still available here, I have a hard time seeing GM Nick Caserio passing on an opportunity to get two solid bookend offensive tackles for Davis Mills

14. Ravens: Jermaine Johnson II (EDGE, Florida State)

    -After re-signing Calais Campbell, EDGE is clearly the biggest need remaining on the Ravens roster and Johnson would be FANTASTIC value here

15. Eagles [via Dolphins]: Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)

    -Devin Lloyd can also upgrade Philly’s pass rush in addition to the middle of their defense

16. Giants [from Saints, via Eagles, via Colts]: George Karlaftis (EDGE, Purdue)

    -The Giants need more help getting after the QB and Karlaftis fits the profile of the type of pass rusher Joe Schoen helped draft during his days in Buffalo

17. Panthers [via Chargers]: Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati)

    –Albert Breer recently threw cold water on the Panthers/Kenny Pickett buzz and suggested they prefer either one of Malik Willis, Matt Corral or Ridder instead. I gave them Ridder because no QB has had a better pre-draft process than he has

18. Packers [from Eagles, via Saints]: Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)

    -If the Packers want any of the top-five WR’s in this class, they will likely need to trade up here, if not higher

19. Saints [via Eagles]: Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)

    -Olave is the vertical threat that would make an ideal complement to Michael Thomas 

20. Steelers: Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)

    -Pickett ends up falling to the Steelers in this mock, but don’t be surprised if they go corner instead if they’re not enamored with him or any of the QB’s left on the board at this point

21. Chiefs [via Patriots]: Boye Mafe (EDGE, Minnesota)

    -Boye Mafe would be one of THE best possible picks for the Chiefs in the first round, and in this mock, they use their six picks in the first three rounds to move up and secure him 

22. Eagles [from Packers via Raiders]: David Ojabo (EDGE, Michigan)

    -Despite his torn Achilles, Ojabo can still go in the first round and if not, expect him to go VERY early on Day 2

23. Cardinals: Zion Johnson (G, Boston College)

    -Very few players in this class have as high of a floor as Johnson

24. Cowboys: Kenyon Green (G, Texas A&M)

    -The Cowboys need new blood on the interior of their offensive line, but if there’s a WR they love that’s still available, do not be surprised if they go that direction instead

25. Bills: Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State)

    -Corner (outside of Tre’Davious White) is the only remaining hole on Buffalo’s roster but if no corner available meets the value of this pick, do not be surprised if the Bills opt for the best running back in this class. They reportedly highly considered trading up to take Najee Harris or Travis Etienne in the first round last year

26. Titans: Bernhard Raimann (OT, Central Michigan)

    -The Titans have questions at right tackle and guard. Drafting Raimann could answer both of those questions as he’ll slide into RT, kicking Dillon Radunz inside to RG

27. Seahawks [via Bucs]: Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)

    -There has been buzz linking the Seahawks and Corral, but if they love the Ole Miss star as much as they appear to, they may have to use one of their two second-round picks to trade back up into the first round for him

28. Packers: Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)

    -It is unlikely Davis will fall this far but if he does, it would be hard for the Packers to pass on his freakish athleticism

29. Patriots [from Chiefs, via Dolphins, via 49ers]: Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)

    -The Patriots need a lot more young bodies in their secondary and Hill’s positional versatility is exactly what Bill Belichick looks for in a defensive back

30. Chiefs: Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia) 

    -Getting Boye Mafe and Wyatt to team up with Chris Jones would give the Chiefs a lethal pass rush. Travis Jones of UConn is another possibility here if Kansas City decides to go this direction

31. Bengals: Kaiir Elam (CB, Florida)

    -Although Tyler Linderbaum would be appealing here, corner is an even bigger need for the defending AFC Champions right now and Elam brings a ton of upside 

32. Lions [via Rams]: Lewis Cine (S, Georgia)

    -Many around the league are reportedly big fans of Cine and he would allow the Lions to play the dime packages that DC Aaron Glenn prefers far more often

Disclaimer: This will be the final mock draft that is released on the blog. Mock Draft 5.0 will be done on a special episode with Carmen Vitali of The Draft Network that will be recorded later this week

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