It’s draft day and the mock draft community remains flummoxed. This is as tough to predict as any draft in recent memory, but the FOX Fantasy Insiders will continue to bring you their picks and fantasy analysis following the latest buzz around draft day 2022. A lot of change in our final mock. Let’s get to it…

  1. Jacksonville – Travon Walker (Georgia) EDGE – Previously 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. Following the latest scuttlebutt, we’re flip-flopping our picks at 1 and 2. Sounds like Travon Walker is the guy here for Jacksonville. He has the length and athleticism that GM Trent Baalke long-covets. 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 – Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) EDGE – Previously Travon Walker (Georgia) EDGE
    • Detroit’s pre-draft predictions have been all over the board from Kayvon Thibodeaux to Drake London to Evan Neal. It appears the race has been narrowed down to Kayvon Thibodeaux and Aidan Hutchinson with Travon Walker going off the board at No.1. We think Detroit elects the hometown hero in Hutchinson. He fits everything HC Dan Campbell is all about. This move doesn’t make Detroit DEF/ST unit fantasy-relevant yet but combines 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 defense undrafted on fantasy draft day but keep them in mind as a quiet streaming sleeper if they start out with a soft schedule.
  3. Houston – Derek Stingley (LSU) CB – Previously Evan Neal (Alabama) OL
    • By all reports it appears Houston is down to Ickey Ekwonu and Derek Stingley. With a defensive-minded HC in Lovie Smith and a clear need in the secondary, we are leaning Stingley with this pick. Houston does have strong tackle play in Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard, suggesting an Ekwonu or, as previously mocked, Neal selection here would mean either player would start out at guard. No.3 is a little high for any guard that isn’t the caliber of Zack Martin or Quinton Nelson and we don’t think any of the OL in this draft fit that bill. Houston D/ST is a long way off from fantasy relevance despite this selection.
  4. New York (J) – Sauce Gardner (Cincinnati) CB – Previously Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) EDGE
    • The rumor mill is sure making it sound like the NYJ are not nearly as high on Thibodeaux as other teams. In fact, if they go EDGE here, it’s been suggested they may go to Jermaine Johnson. We think they opt for the rangy CB Sauce Gardner. He’ll slide right into an up-and-coming NYJ DEF/ST that carries some streaming appeal in 2022.
  5. New York (G) – Ickey Ekwonu (NC State) OL – Previously Seattle (trade with NYG) Malik Willis (Liberty) QB
    • And, there you have it, the entire Top 5 is different in Mock Draft 3.0 after no changes in 2.0. Welcome to 2022. The G-Men elect to stand pat and grab the highest upside OL in the draft after the top two corners came off the board earlier than anticipated. We did have the NYG grabbing Ickey Ekwonu in our previous mocks at No. 7 but we think they make sure they grab him here at No. 5 with the Panthers sitting at No. 6 rumored to be connected to the mauling Ekwonu. Charles Cross has been connected to New York by a lot of analysts but that seems like a reach. Perhaps some deception from the Giants front office? 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.
  6. Carolina – Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh) QB – No Change
    • Finally, some stability in this draft… Carolina’s hand is forced in this spot as they must go QB with rumors suggesting their not keen on a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. 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) – Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon) EDGE – Previously Ickey Ekwonu (NC State) OL
    • New York stops Kayvon Thibodeaux’s slide. Once heralded as a sure-fire future #1 selection out of high school, the uber-athletic Thibodeaux never quite lived up to the hype at Oregon but still played at an All-American level. The G-Men couldn’t land their CB in this draft so they go with the best player available and the position most crucial in helping CB’s. New York’s D/ST remains nothing more than a week-to-week streamer in 2022. If they retain James Bradberry, they could have some relevance with four games against the turnover-prone Washington Commanders and Philadelphia Eagles.
  8. Atlanta – Garrett Wilson (Ohio State) WR – Previously Minnesota (trade with Atlanta) – Ahmed (Sauce) Gardner (Cincinnati) CB
    • With the two big corners off the board, Atlanta doesn’t find any trade partners and takes the top WR in the draft Garrett Wilson. Atlanta is a prime trade-back candidate since they can address this need several picks later in the draft, and they may be able to find some takers if Thibodeaux makes it here, but we don’t see it happening. We had previously mocked Wilson to Atlanta at No. 12 with their mocked trade with Minnesota, but they settle on getting their guy at No. 8 instead. Many believe Wilson to be the best WR prospect in this year’s loaded class so Atlanta’s happy to have him. He fills the void left by Calvin Ridley’s one-year suspension and profiles to be an excellent complement to Kyle Pitts. Wilson should push to be the first rookie WR off the board on fantasy draft day. Wilson profiles as probably the first receiver off the board in re-draft.
  9. Seattle – Evan Neal (Alabama) OL – Previously New York (G) (trade with Seattle) – Derek Stingley Jr (LSU) CB
    • Seattle’s phone is ringing off the hook with teams trying to leapfrog New York to grab Drake London or Jermaine Johnson, two players long-connected with the Jets. Seattle elects to stand pat and draft a perpetual need by grabbing Evan Neal. Neal’s the best offensive lineman remaining on the board and Seattle probably didn’t think he’d be here for the taking at No. 9. His presence is a boost to Rashaad Penny’s draft stock (and Carson, assuming health) and it certainly won’t hurt the prospects of Drew Lock or Baker Mayfield, assuming that deal gets done. Any fantasy boost to the QBs in this offense is perhaps more impactful for the fantasy prospects of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Noah Fant. All Penny/Metcalf/Lockett/Fant drafters will welcome this addition with open arms.
  10. San Francisco (trade with NYJ) – Drake London (USC) WR – No Change
    • This blockbuster trade seems like an increasingly growing long shot given that Deebo Samuel will need to pass a physical before tonight but deadlines often spur action. If New York stands pat, they’re going Jermaine Johnson here, but we ultimately believe a deal gets done. The connections to New York make too much sense here. New York has the draft capital, the need, and the coaching connections to make this deal work. Deebo is reportedly a fan of HC Robert Saleh. You have to believe the NYJ HC and the front office feels the same way. San Francisco uses the first pick in the trade package to draft Deebo’s replacement, Drake London. London may not be as versatile as San Francisco’s former unicorn but he does make for an explosive option opposite of fellow first-rounder Brandon Aiyuk and gives the young QB Trey Lance another weapon to build with. London’s addition makes the San Francisco offense one of the more interesting offenses in all of fantasy following Aiyuk’s late-season breakout and George Kittle’s return to full health. This is probably a hit to Drake London’s fantasy value versus the 1.0 mock in which I had him going to Atlanta, but he’s still a solid bench stash with flex consideration.
  11. Washington – Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) S – No Change
    • The board couldn’t have fallen better for the Commanders. They seemed destined to take a WR here but they’ll settle for the best player on the board who also fills a positional need. At times, Kyle Hamilton was considered one of the top three or four prospects in this draft. He’s been slept on late in the draft process as other teams clamor over the CBs and QBs. Washington gets a true steal here at No. 11 as their DEF/ST unit looks to redeem themselves after a uber disappointing 2021. Expect Washington’s defense to be a prime bounce-back candidate in 2022 and one that you can probably steal on draft day.
  12. Minnesota – Trent McDuffie (Washington) CB – Previously Atlanta (trade with Minnesota) – Garrett Wilson (Ohio State) WR
    • Through 12 picks, we continue to see no trades. Minnesota couldn’t get high enough to get the top 2 corners so they get the third guy on their board, Trent McDuffie. It’s a bit of a reach at 13 but it remains a real need on a team that believes they can contend now. His addition continues to add to the appeal of this Minnesota DEF/ST unit. They should be drafted on fantasy draft day and may flirt with Top 10 production.
  13. Houston – Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State) EDGE – No Change
    • I bet the phone rings off the hook here with many teams believing Johnson is a top ten, or even Top five, talent. Houston needs everything, so a trade back could make sense, but more than anything they need star power so we think they jump at the opportunity to grab Jermaine Johnson II. 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 Johnson 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 – Jordan Davis (Georgia) DL – Previously Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa) OL
    • The latest buzz has Baltimore jumping at the opportunity to grab the gargantuan defensive lineman out of Georgia, Jordan Davis. Baltimore’s D/ST isn’t what it used to be but the addition of Davis should help them in their quest to get back to the glory days. In years gone by, Jordan Davis would be a Top 5 pick but in today’s NFL, the big-bodied DT is becoming less of a commodity. That said, Davis is too special to slide any further than this and it appears teams are starting to realize that. You could do worse than this defense on fantasy draft day but they’re probably best left undrafted and utilized as a week-to-week streamer.
  15. Philadelphia – Jameson Williams (Alabama) WR – No Change
    • 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 – No Change
    • A lot of buzz around Charles Cross rocketing into the Top 10, maybe even the Top 5 but we think he stays right where we’ve had him slotted all along at No. 16. 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 – No Change
    • We have had this one all along and we’re sticking to it. 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 – Andrew Booth Jr (Clemson) CB – Previously Jordan Davis (Georgia) DT
    • What Philadelphia is going to do at No. 18 is all over the place. With Jordan Davis off the board, we think they go best available DB remaining and that is Andrew Booth Jr. His addition ensures that Philadelphia’s D/ST remains a fantasy-relevant weekly streaming option.
  19. New Orleans – Treylon Burks (Arkansas) WR – Previously Matt Corral (Ole Miss) QB
    • No pre-draft reports are linking Treylon Burks to New Orleans but it appears clear that they’re probably not going QB in this draft and when you consider that reality, the only big need remaining on this roster is WR so we’re thinking they go with the best player available in Burks. Burks profiles as an interesting late-round flier. If Jameis can continue to perform at pre-ACL tear levels, Burks could prove to be a steal in fantasy leagues
  20. Pittsburgh – Malik Willis (Liberty) QB – Previously Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) OL
    • With Malik Willis sliding to Pittsburgh, they don’t have to spend any extra draft capital to get their potential QB of the future which they never seemed willing to do. This is a popularly mocked selection here at No. 20 and we think it makes all the sense in the world. Willis can sit for a year behind competent starter Mitch Trubisky, as many analysts believe this to be a necessity for Willis. Willis probably won’t have much impact in the fantasy world in year one but he is worth stashing in dynasty and has tasty QB1 upside if Trubisky gets injured or proves ineffective.
  21. New England – Quay Walker (Georgia) LB – Previously Treylon Burks (Arkansas) WR
    • Quay Walker has been a popular name as a late riser in the draft community. Vegas has moved his over/under position from 31.5 to 21.5, suggesting they see New England as a good fit as well. Walker continues to add punch to an already very fantasy-relevant NE D/ST unit that should absolutely be considered on fantasy draft days.
  22. Los Angeles (C) (trade with Green Bay) – Devonte Wyatt (Georgia) DT – No Change
    • 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. Tennessee (trade with Arizona) – Jahan Dotson (Penn State) WR – No Change
    • The great WR re-shuffle of 2022 has created some uncertainty in Tennessee surrounding the future of AJ Brown. Tennessee takes this opportunity to move up a few spots to leapfrog Dallas, the only real threat to take a WR and grab the last remaining WR with a first-round grade, Jahan Dotson. I don’t necessarily believe the drafting of Dotson signals an end to AJ Brown in Tennessee but I do think it provides some much-needed comfort for Tennessee in their negotiations. Tennessee has hurt for passing game options opposite of AJ Brown for quite some time and this selection addresses that need. Dotson profiles as a low-risk late-round flier on draft days and will likely have a few big games throughout the year but will probably be inconsistent and matchup dependent.
  24. Dallas – Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa) OL – Previously Christian Watson (North Dakota State) WR
    • If you’ve been following along then you know we’ve long mocked a reach on a WR here. All it took was the fall of Trevor Penning to get Dallas to make the right move here. The 6-foot-7 mountain is a much-needed addition to a Dallas offensive line that suffered big losses this offseason. His addition doesn’t immediately restore the Cowboys to the prestigious all-time great offensive lines of late 2010s, but it’s a step in the right direction and will help lessen the fantasy impact of the losses on that O-line for Dak and all of Dallas’ offensive skill players.
  25. Buffalo – Breece Hall (Iowa State) RB – Previously Andrew Booth Jr (Clemson) CB
    • It’s CB or Breece Hall here for Buffalo. Worst kept secret in the NFL. With the top corners all off the board, Buffalo sees no need to reach with much of their top-notch defense returning to town. Hall’s immediate fantasy impact will be tough to predict. Early on, we’d evaluate him similarly to Javonte Williams of last season. His dynasty prospects are as good as they get but in the short-term he does face competition for carries. Singletary performed well down the stretch last year and is a talented back that will get work. Best case scenario feels like Hall emerging with a 60/40 split with Singletary over the long run, giving him mid-round appeal in season-long fantasy drafts.
  26. Arizona (trade with Tennessee) – Boye Mafe (Minnesota) DL – No Change
    • Arizona smartly recognizes no real threat to their desired selection and decide to trade back a few spots, accumulate a pick or two, and get the guy we had mocked to them all along, Boye Mafe. The narrative around this fit remains the same. Mafe is a physical specimen and combine freak. Arizona loves to draft defensive combine freaks. Mafe also fills a void left behind by Chandler Jones. While he certainly won’t replace Jones one-for-one, he will ensure that this Arizona D/ST unit doesn’t fall too far out of fantasy relevance. They should push for fantasy draft relevance if they get a soft schedule to start the season.
  27. Tampa Bay – Zion Johnson (Boston College) OL – No Change
    • 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 – No Change
    • 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 – No Change
    • 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) – Matt Corral (Ole Miss) QB – Previously 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 Matt Corral. This is the spot to target if anybody wants to jump into the first round and get ahead of Detroit to grab Corral. Rarely do teams actually use back-to-back selections in the first few rounds. Corral seems likely to get playing time in year one given Mariota’s history of injury/ineffectiveness. He’s worth a roster spot in dynasty but better left alone in re-draft.
  31. Cincinnati – George Karlaftis (Purdue) EDGE – Previously Trent McDuffie (Washington) CB
    • After an offensive line spending spree in free agency, Cincinnati has no real dire need except adding talent to the defense. They could really use a cornerback here, but none of the remaining corners have first-round grades. Kaiir Elam & Kyler Gordon are possibilities but we believe they just go best pass rusher available and that is George Karlaftis. Some are mocking Karlaftis as high as the teens so Cincy will be more than happy to have him here at 31. Cincinnati’s DEF/ST unit remains nothing more than a high-end week-to-week matchup-dependent streamer until proven otherwise.
  32. Detroit – Devin Lloyd (Utah) LB – No change
    • Detroit nets (arguably) the steal of the first round with Devin Lloyd falling all the way to the final pick of the round. Once a popular mock to Denver all the way up at No. 9, prior to the Russell Wilson trade, Detroit will be skipping to the podium to find this type of value with the pick they acquired from Los Angeles. With this selection, Detroit’s DEF/ST suddenly profiles as a potential high-end fantasy streamer with three first exciting first-round talents in Jeff Okudah, Travon Walker, and now Devin Lloyd.

-Cory, FOX Fantasy Insider