Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave should be a first-round target for the Cleveland Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, March 1 (UPI) -- The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is here, and so is my first mock draft of the off-season. Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal is the first player I expect to come off the board when the Jacksonville Jaguars announce the No. 1 overall pick April 28.
Look for Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson to follow as the Detroit Lions' first pick. Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon is another elite pass rusher and should be the No. 3 player selected.
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and North Carolina state offensive tackle Ickey Ekwonu also land inside the Top 5 in my mock draft.
Several NFL franchises enter the off-season with concerns at the quarterback position, but this draft does not appear to be loaded with arm talent.
Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett and Liberty's Malik Willis are the only two quarterbacks that I see coming off the board on the draft's first day.
Overall, my first-round mock draft features nine offensive linemen, eight defensive linemen, six defensive backs, five wide receivers and two linebackers, in addition to the passing duo.
Hundreds of prospects will be in Indianapolis this week to conduct interviews with teams and media members, participate in drills and be measured for the physical traits and abilities. Scouting combine workouts air from Thursday through Sunday on NFL Network.
Coverage starts at 4 p.m. EST Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday's coverage, which features defensive backs, starts at 2 p.m. EST on NFL Network.
The 2022 NFL Draft runs from April 28 to 30 in Las Vegas.
NFL Mock Draft
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Michigan
3. Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
4. New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
5. New York Giants: Ickey Ekwonu, OT, NC State
6. Carolina Panthers: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
7. New York Giants: Drake London, WR, USC
8. Atlanta Falcons: Travon Walker, Edge, Georgia
9. Denver Broncos: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
10. New York Jets: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
11. Washington Football Team: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
12. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
13. Cleveland Browns: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
14. Baltimore Ravens: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
16. Philadelphia Eagles: David Ojabo, DE/OLB, Michigan
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
18. New Orleans Saints: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
19. Philadelphia Eagles: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
21. New England Patriots: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
22. Las Vegas Raiders: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
23. Arizona Cardinals: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
24. Dallas Cowboys: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
25. Buffalo Bills: George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
26. Detroit Lions trade with Tennessee Titans: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
27. Cincinnati Bengals trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
28. Green Bay Packers: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
29. Miami Dolphins: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
30. Kansas City Chiefs: Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade with Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
32. Tennessee Titans trade with Detroit Lions: Zion Johnson, C/G, Boston College