1. Jacksonville – Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) EDGE
    • The rumor mill suggests Jacksonville has expressed interest in moving out of this pick, but they haven’t had much luck given there are no top-tier QB prospects in this draft. We think Jacksonville stays put and takes the best player available in Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. As far as fantasy is concerned, it’s a step in the right direction for a Jacksonville DEF/ST desperate for star power. They’re still a unit to pass on fantasy draft days but do make for an interesting week-to-week flyer knowing they play 6 divisional games against Tennessee, Indianapolis, and Houston.
  2. Detroit – Travon Walker (Georgia) DL
    • Detroit’s pre-draft predictions have been all over the board from Kayvon Thibodeaux to Drake London to Evan Neal. We see them “settling” on the highest upside player of them all, Travon Walker. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound, freak athlete isn’t going to singlehandedly make this Detroit DEF/ST unit fantasy-relevant but combine his addition with the return of fellow top-3 pick CB Jeff Okudah and you’ve got a unit that’s at least heading in the right direction. Leave this defensive unit undrafted on fantasy draft day but keep them in mind as quiet streaming sleepers if they start out with a soft schedule.
  3. Houston – Evan Neal (Alabama) OL
    • Houston needs help everywhere, so pegging exactly what they’re going to do here is almost impossible. We’re not predicting anybody trades out of the top 3, given there are no QBs deemed worth it, but if anyone needed to accumulate some draft capital it would be Houston. Keep an eye on that possibility. In the meantime, we’re forecasting the gargantuan Evan Neal to be Houston’s guy. His impact should have a positive impact on a dormant running game, making Marlon Mack an interesting mid-round flier in re-draft. Houston sounds committed to Davis Mills in 2022 so it makes all the sense in the world to invest in protecting him. Combine Neal with Laremy Tunsil, Lane Tayler & Justin Britt and you’ve got what’s shaping up to be an above-average offensive line in Houston.
  4. New York (J) – Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) EDGE
    • Once lauded as a future no-brainer #1 pick, Thibodeaux never quite lived up to the billing in Oregon though he was still a force to be sure. A dominant combine, prior to withdrawing early, came as no surprise to anybody and only further ensured Thibodeaux doesn’t make it out of the Top 5. He’ll slide right into an up-and-coming NYJ DEF/ST that carries some streaming appeal in 2022.
  5. Seattle (trade with NYG) – Malik Willis (Liberty) QB
    • Our first mock trade finds Seattle trading the No. 9 pick they acquired from Denver this year, as well as this year’s No. 40 and Denver’s 2nd Rounder next year to leapfrog Carolina and draft Russell Wilson’s replacement, Malik Willis. Sentiment around the league is that Malik Willis needs a redshirt season (a-la Trey Lance), making Seattle a perfect landing spot. Drew Lock opens the season as the starter and in success plays out the season with Seattle handing the reigns over to Willis in 2023. That said, Lock has never played a full 16 or 17 game schedule due to injury or ineffectiveness making it seem more likely than not that we see some Malik Willis in 2022. His fantasy upside is tantalizing just on rushing ability alone and he’d have some of the best offensive weapons at his disposal in the entire league. This perfect storm makes for an attractive QB1 upside if and when he gets an opportunity to start.
  6. Carolina – Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh) QB
    • Carolina’s hand is forced in this spot as they must settle on the (likely) #2 QB on their board. Kenny Pickett is probably the most NFL-ready signal-caller but is hardly anything to be excited about from a fantasy standpoint. This offense has weapons, but that didn’t stop Sam Darnold from being historically bad last season. Pickett has some streaming upside if the matchup is right, but there will likely be better options on the waiver wire. In success, his addition means a slight bump for DJ Moore and Tommy Tremble and a bigger bump for Christan McCaffery though likely, his addition means much of the same for this befuddled offense.
  7. New York (G) – Ikem Ekwonu (NC State) OL
    • New York’s trade with Seattle guarantees them they can have Gardner or Stingley Jr at #9. Assuming they have similar grades on the two, as most do, this move gives them the flexibility to address their seemingly never-ending need for talent on the offensive line by grabbing one of the clear-cut top two offensive linemen in the draft, Ikem Ekwonu. Some analysts rank Ekwonu over Neal, some Neal over Ekwonu. Whatever the case, one thing is clear, it’s these two then everybody else. Ekwomu’s versatility on the offensive line gives New York something they’ve been missing for years. His addition can only mean good things for all the skill position players in New York but in particular Saquon Barkley.
  8. Minnesota (trade with Atlanta) – Ahmed (Sauce) Gardner (Cincinnati) CB
    • Minnesota sees as clearly as we do that New York intends on going with a CB at No. 9 so they make the move to jump up from No. 12 and get their guy. The move makes perfect sense for Atlanta, sliding back a few spots with all the top pass catchers still on the board. Meanwhile, Minnesota believes they can win now, and GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah comes from a long line of aggressive front offices, so he has no issues giving up picks No. 12, No. 46, & No. 184 to move up four spots and address what they feel is their only dire need, CB. Sauce Gardner provides the length and athleticism long associated with Minnesota Vikings defensive backs and will have an excellent mentor in Patrick Peterson. Outside of Pat Surtain, top-10 rookie CBs don’t have a great track record for immediate success in recent years but if Gardner can live up to his draft position on Day 1, the Minnesota D/ST unit is one to grab on fantasy draft day.
  9. New York (G) (trade with Seattle) – Derek Stingley Jr (LSU) CB
    • We’ve foreshadowed this one for a few picks now and finally, it comes to fruition. Like the offensive line, the Giants have had a perpetual need for defensive backs and at No. 9 they grab the one many believe to be the best in the draft, Derek Stingley Jr. The NYG DEF/ST is still one to avoid in fantasy re-drafts but they do earn real-life brownie points for making some savvy draft day moves and addressing two needs in the first nine picks.
  10. New York (J) – Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) S
    • An embarrassment of riches at No. 10 for the NYJ, as they can take their pick between the best safety in the draft or the best WR in the draft. I certainly could see them going Drake London here but ultimately, I think they like what they have at WR. Corey Davis is in year 2 of the new contract, they recently resigned Braxton Berrios to a deal that suggests he’s going to see substantial playing time, and Elijah Moore shined as bright as any fellow rookie WR not named Ja’Marr Chase last season. In a full-circle moment, the Jets finally find the permanent replacement for Jamal Adams with one of the picks they acquired when they traded him. Kyle Hamilton joins Kayvon Thibodeaux on a suddenly very enticing NYJ DEF/ST unit that is led by defensive-minded HC Rob Saleh. This defense suddenly makes for an interesting target on draft day with over half of their schedule projected to be against poor fantasy offenses.
  11. Washington – Garrett Wilson (Ohio State) WR
    • The board couldn’t have fallen better for the Commanders, who all along seemed likely to add a pass catcher. There is no consensus #1 WR in this draft but Garrett Wilson is the closest thing to it. Wilson has re-draft appeal as the clear-cut #2 option in an offense that is likely to see a lot of double teams against Terry McLaurin. Wilson has exceptional after-the-catch ability, which should profile well in a perpetually conservative offense. In the middle of April, it’s tough to project where Wilson will end up on fantasy draft day but you could do worse for Flex options.
  12. Atlanta (trade with Minnesota) – Drake London (USC) WR
    • The board fell exactly how Atlanta probably thought it would when they traded with Minnesota, and they get the guy they desperately need to be their alpha following Calvin Ridley’s suspension. We’re trying to figure out if we just really want to see Drake London paired with Kyle Pitts or if this actually makes sense. Either way, the thought of pairing arguably the most physically gifted WR prospect over the last decade with inarguably the most physically gifted TE prospect ever is too exciting to pass up. Matt Corral might make some sense here but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Atlanta use some draft capital later to make a move at QB. For now, they find their permanent replacement for Julio Jones. London profiles as probably the first receiver off the board in re-draft.
  13. Houston – Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State) EDGE
    • Houston’s mission to add talent continues as they take the top player left on the board. Everything is a need in Houston and, because of that, we don’t think this move has much impact in the fantasy world. Most experts have Jermaine Johnson II going in the top 10 so Houston feels good to see him sitting here at 13. The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year should add an immediate boost to a HOU D/ST that should remain firmly off the fantasy radar.
  14. Baltimore – Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa) OL
    • Baltimore’s offensive line has taken some steps back in recent years and Trevor Penning profiles as an ideal fit for the mauling Baltimore running game. This 6-foot-7 mountain of a man should be able to slide right in and provide a boost to a running game that struggled much of last season. His addition should be a big boost for Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins, and co.
  15. Philadelphia – Jameson Williams (Alabama) WR
    • The run on WRs continues as Jameson Williams rejoins his ‘Bama teammate Devonta Smith. Williams is a candidate to open the year on the PUP list but that hasn’t stopped teams from raving about his upside. He has speed for days and profiles as an ideal complement to his college teammate. In terms of his fantasy outlook, the even bigger concern than perhaps his injury is his QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts might be a fantasy stud but it isn’t exactly because he’s throwing the ball all over the yard. This makes for a better real-life fit than a fantasy fit, at least initially, though you could do worse for late-round fliers if your league has an IR slot.
  16. New Orleans – Charles Cross (Mississippi State) OL
    • WR is a distinct possibility here but New Orleans simply cannot ignore the loss of Terron Armstead. Charles Cross is unlikely to completely fill Armstead’s shoes but he is the best offensive lineman available and some scouts even have him ranked as high as the #2 OL in the draft. He fills an immediate need on an offense looking to re-find their pre-Winston injury form. His addition should ensure the loss of Armstead has no impact on Kamara, Thomas, & Winston’s 2022 fantasy outlook.
  17. Green Bay (trade with Los Angeles) – Chris Olave WR
    • In an act of true symbolism, the Green Bay Packers trade the two picks they acquired from the Davantae Adams trade (picks No. 22 & NO. 53) to move up 5 slots and draft Tae’s replacement, Chris Olave. Many experts have Olave to LAC here, but we don’t see it. Los Angeles just invested big money in Mike Williams and should like what they saw out of Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer. They spent a 3rd round pick on Palmer in 2021 to be the exact field-stretching threat that Olave is promised to be, which is why this move makes perfect sense for both sides. Green Bay fills a long-standing need for a true downfield playmaker and finally gets Aaron Rodgers his first-round weapon.
  18.  Philadelphia – Jordan Davis (Georgia) DT
    • Philadelphia lands a mountain of a man in Jordan Davis with the 18th pick. Fletcher Cox is on the back nine of his playing career and who better to fill his shoes than a 6-6, 341-pound menace. We’re barely a decade removed from an NFL in which Jordan Davis absolutely goes in the top 5 but in today’s faster-paced game, the giant DT has lost some of its luster. Davis more than makes up for that with his athleticism. He’s one of the best players left on the board and his presence should continue to ensure that the Philadelphia D/ST remains a fantasy-relevant streamer.
  19. New Orleans – Matt Corral (Ole Miss) QB
    • WR is a possibility here but with a new coach in place and the cap purgatory the Saints find themselves in, it feels necessary for them to finally commit to a long-term solution. In success, Jameis Winston is going to prove difficult to afford for New Orleans. Drafting Matt Corral provides New Orleans with a long-term solution no matter what. Many analysts agree that Corral has the highest upside of any QB in this year’s draft. We don’t anticipate much year-one fantasy appeal here, but we believe out of all this year’s signal-callers, he’s the name to target in dynasty or keeper leagues.
  20. Pittsburgh – Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) OL
    • QB is the popular pick here but we all saw how ineffective this front five was last season. There is simply no point in Pittsburgh drafting a young quarterback if they cannot protect said, young quarterback. Insert Tyler Linderbaum. Linderbaum is a plug-and-play guy that should immediately help add some much-needed stability to this lineup. His addition means Pittsburgh is fully committed to riding it out with Trubisky, two things we think will be positives for Najee Harris’ fantasy outlook.
  21. New England – Treylon Burks (Arkansas) WR
    • The popular consensus among analysts has New England going defense here. That’s as good a reason as any to go in the complete opposite direction. New England has invested a lot in WR but you’re not fooling us into thinking New England is comfortable entering the future with Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, and Nelson Agholor as the top pass catchers for their young franchise QB. Treylon Burks gives New England a true #1 receiving threat to grow with Mac Jones. He’s nothing more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues as New England can afford to bring him along slowly with their current cast of veteran WRs and they have a pattern of bringing young offensive talent along slowly.
  22. Los Angeles (C) (trade with Green Bay) – Devonte Wyatt (Georgia) DT
    • Needs are few and far between in Los Angeles following a free-agency spending spree. Devonte Wyatt profiles as a day one starter on a defense that has built itself on versatility. Is he a 4-3 DT? Is he a 3-4 DE? Who cares! We know the LAC don’t! Wyatt should fill about the only remaining need on a star-studded defense, locking the LAC D/ST unit in as a top 5 fantasy option in 2022 season-long formats.
  23. Arizona – Boye Mafe (Minnesota) DL
    • The fit here is simple. Boye Mafe was a combine freak. Arizona loves defensive combine freaks. The talented lineman ran a 4.5 and posted a bonkers 38-inch vertical. He makes perfect sense in the position-less Arizona defense looking to replace Chandler Jones. To think he can immediately fill Jones’ shoes would be foolhardy, but his addition keeps the Arizona D/ST unit in the fantasy draft day conversation.
  24. Dallas – Jahan Dotson (Penn State) WR
    • The smart pick here? Offensive line. Names like Zion Johnson, Tyler Smith, and Nick Petit-Frere are still on the board. The real pick? Jahan Dotson. If you think Jerry Jones is going anything other than WR after trading away Amari Cooper and losing Cedrick Wilson, then you haven’t been paying attention. Dotson is the best remaining available pass catcher, so he gets the nod here for Dallas. After losing La’El Collins and Connor Williams, I’d really like to see Dallas make the correct move and jump at an o-lineman, but we don’t make mock drafts to predict what should happen. We make them predict what will happen and all signs point to Dallas grabbing the last remaining pass catcher with a first-round grade at No. 24. Dotson profiles as an interesting mid-late round flier in a high-octane offense. If Michael Gallup starts the year on the PUP list, Dotson could push for the first WR off the board in re-draft with a strong training camp & preseason.
  25. Buffalo – Andrew Booth Jr (Clemson) CB
    • Another roster with very few needs and one of them can be addressed here with Andrew Booth Jr. heading to Buffalo. A lot of buzz surrounding Buffalo going RB here, but Devin Singletary performed well down the stretch, and let’s face it… An RB isn’t going to help you slow down the Chiefs offense in the playoffs. A CB will help do that and Andrew Booth Jr is the best one left on the board. His addition further solidifies Buffalo as a Top 3 fantasy D/ST yet again.
  26. Tennessee – Devin Lloyd (Utah) LB
    • I’m sure Tennessee faithful are hoping for the QB of the future with this pick, but I don’t see it. This team continues to move forward with a win-now mentality and in doing so drafts the best player left on the board and the most NFL-ready, Devin Lloyd. Lloyd’s presence fills a need and adds another valuable piece to an already over-performing defensive unit. Vrabel should get the best out of this young talent and his addition should help secure the Tennessee D/ST unit a selection on fantasy draft days.
  27. Tampa Bay – Zion Johnson (Boston College) OL
    • Mock drafts and analysts alike are all over the board this year. One thing they all agree on is Zion Johnson in Tampa. His addition should help fill one of the very few holes left on the Super Bowl contending roster following the retirement of Ali Marpet. Johnson should help ensure that all Tampa Bay offensive fantasy weapons remain as relevant as ever.
  28. Green Bay – Tyler Smith (Tulsa) OL
    • Green Bay adds another piece to their offense while filling a distinct need on the offensive line with Tyler Smith. Smith has good versatility which is something Green Bay covets. Pairing him with Elgton Jenkins provides for one of the more versatile offensive lines in all of football. If David Bakhtiari can return to form, this front 5 should return to one of the best in the league. Continue to fire up all Green Bay’s offensive weapons, particularly Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, with complete confidence.
  29. Kansas City – Daxton Hill (Michigan) S
    • Following the departure of Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City fills a distinct need with the selection of Daxton Hill. Like Mathieu, Hill is extremely versatile and can play both safety and slot corner. He should be able to slide right in and help Kansas City in their defense of the suddenly dominant AFC West. His presence should help keep Kansas City’s D/ST unit in the fringe draft day/high-end streaming conversation.
  30. Atlanta (trade with Kansas City) – Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati) QB
    • Conventional wisdom, and many draft analysts, suggest Kansas City stay put here and draft a WR. I certainly see Kansas City using an early selection on WR, but this class is deep so they can wait to get their guy in the 2nd round. Meanwhile, they continue to stockpile draft picks to help fill out their salary cap-challenged roster in the form of a trade with Atlanta. Atlanta gives up their No. 43 selection and the No. 46 selection they acquired from Minnesota to leapfrog Detroit and draft Desmond Ridder. Ridder won 44 games in Cincinnati and did so with a 145.8 passer rating. He’s erratic at times, but profiles as a good project for a team with weapons and patience. Atlanta has both of those things. Marcus Mariota will inevitably cede starts to Ridder in 2022 be it through injury or ineffectiveness. Ridder does offer rushing upside but probably ends up being nothing more than a week-to-week, matchup-dependent streamer at his best in 2022. He’s an interesting dynasty hold in an offensive suddenly rich with young weapons.
  31. Cincinnati – Trent McDuffie (Washington) CB
    • Cornerback is a position that Cincinnati simply does not have a long-term answer for. They look to address that here with the selection of Trent McDuffie. The talented young defensive back is the best remaining DB on the board and profiles as a day 1 starter for the Super Bowl runners-up. Cincinnati’s DEF/ST unit remains nothing more than a high-end week-to-week matchup-dependent streamer until proven otherwise.
  32. Detroit – Christian Watson (North Dakota State) WR
    • First-round seems like a bit of a reach for Christian Watson, but two things are generally true in the draft regardless of the year. 1) There is always one WR whose off-the-charts combine skyrockets his value & 2) team’s generally aim to make a splash with that final pick of the night. Christian Watson checks both of those boxes. This combine-freak ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at a hearty 6-5, 208 pounds. Detroit has been vocal about addressing WR in this draft and Watson profiles as a perfect complement to the smaller Amon-Ra St. Brown. We love Watson as a dynasty draft target but predicting his re-draft value next year is a bit of a moving target. There is bound to be a learning curve coming from a small school but the upside here is tantalizing. If you’re in a league with a lot of bench spots, he’s as good a stash as any.

Long time no talk my fellow fantasy nerds! You didn’t really think the FOX Fantasy Insiders would sit on the sidelines while the rest of the NFL community releases mock drafts, did you? Here’s our official 1.0 Mock Draft, with trades and fantasy-relevant analysis for each pick:

-Cory, FOX Fantasy Insider