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Acme Packing Company writers’ 2-round mock draft

The Packers double-dip at wide receiver, but do so with a different player than most recent mock drafts.

Draft week has finally arrived. The 2022 NFL Draft is finally almost upon us, beginning with round one on Thursday evening. With the event on our doorstep, Acme Packing Company recently conducted a two-round mock draft, making each selection from one through 64.

Each year, we run through this exercise and give several APC writers the opportunity to make the picks for specific teams. For the 2022 mock, we had seven writers participating, giving us four writers with five teams each and three writers making selections for four teams. We assigned the honor of making the Green Bay Packers’ selections through the luck of the draw, and Paul Noonan won that right this year.

Here are our picks for the first two rounds of the draft.


ROUND ONE

1. Jaguars (Paul Noonan): Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The top pick of our mock is no surprise; Hutchinson has been penciled in as the top pick since the Combine, and Paul isn’t buying the rumors about the Jaguars going in a different direction with a tackle or another edge like Walker. Hutchinson seems like a pretty sure thing in a draft with few of those at any position.

2. Lions (Tyler Brooke): Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

The second edge comes off the board immediately, as the Lions grab Thibodeaux to boost their pass rush. Effort concerns seem overblown with Thibodeaux, who should immediately slot in as a starter on the edge.

3. Texans (Jon Barnett): Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State

The first offensive tackle to hear his name called, Ekwonu is in a group of three players at the position who seem to have separated themselves a bit from the rest of the pack. He’ll likely play right tackle for the Texans to start, as the team still has Laremy Tunsil on the left side, but don’t rule out a move to the blind side eventually.

4. Jets (Tex Western): Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

The Jets need to swing for the fences yet again, and Walker seems like a great schematic fit in Robert Saleh’s defense. That gives the Jets a solid front four with Carl Lawson, Quinnen Williams, and Sheldon Rankins, provided Walker can deliver on the immense promise that his athleticism presents.

5. Giants (Justis Mosqueda): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

With the top three edge defenders off the board, the Giants rush to the table with their card bearing the name of the best offensive tackle remaining. It feels like a no-brainer that their pick will come at one of those two positions, depending on how the top four picks land.

6. Panthers (Kris Burke): Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Carolina OC Ben McAdoo said that Sam Darnold is the team’s starter for now, then said he shouldn’t have said it. That’s probably because Carolina finds a QB early on in this draft, but whether that’s Pickett or Malik Willis will depend on one’s personal preferences.

7. Giants (Justis): Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

A guy with the name “Sauce” seems like he’d be a great fit in a big media market like New York. Especially given the questions about the Giants potentially trading James Bradberry, this would make a lot of sense.

8. Falcons (Jon): Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

The Falcons look to 2023 Draft to solve their QB question, instead grabbing an athletic pass-rusher to help an edge group that is largely bereft of talent at this point.

9. Seahawks (Tex): Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Is there a more clear need for any team in this year’s draft than the Seahawks’ need at offensive tackle? They would likely be thrilled to see Cross fall to 9 here, with Trevor Penning being a solid consolation if Cross gets picked earlier.

10. Jets (Tex): Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

With an edge in the top five, the Jets start the wide receiver run by getting the explosive Wilson to match up with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore. That’s a diverse set of skills and body types in that room, and it should give Zach Wilson plenty of weapons to give him a chance to show he’s worthy of a top-two pick last year.

11. Commanders (Rcon14): Derek Stingley, Jr., CB, LSU

Instead of continuing a receiver run, however, the Commies get some secondary help in Stingley, who would likely start on the outside opposite William Jackson. Don’t rule out a receiver though, especially if Terry McLaurin ends up on the move by draft day.

12. Vikings (Justis): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Instead of a receiver run, it’s a cornerback run, with Elam coming off the board a little earlier than most project. The Vikings certainly look to need the help at that position, however, and Elam brings some much-needed speed (4.39) to a group that includes an aging Patrick Peterson and plodding Cameron Dantzler (4.64).

13. Texans (Jon): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

The most athletic defensive tackle in history (he hit a 10 on the RAS scale), Davis should help plug the middle for a Texans defense that has few strong options on their front four. That defense needs help at all levels, and Davis is a piece to build around in the middle.

14. Ravens (Rcon): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Offensive linemen don’t come more athletic than Linderbaum, and the Ravens need a new option at center with last year’s starter, Bradley Bozeman leaving for Carolina in free agency. This seems like a seamless fit, as Linderbaum would start on day one and probably could be a ten-year player.

15. Eagles (Kris): Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

McDuffie’s 40 time and jumps were great at the Combine, putting him squarely in the mid-first round conversation. Philly seems like a nice fit, where he could play opposite Darius Slay on the boundary.

16. Saints (Tyler): Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Here’s the second quarterback off the board, as the Saints take a gamble on the big arm. Willis will need some time to develop, but the Saints can let him sit for a bit behind Jameis Winston.

17. Chargers (Paul): Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

The Chargers desperately need some help on the defensive interior, and Wyatt provides just that. He’ll help both as a penetrating tackle as well as a run-stopper, giving the Chargers some push in between Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack.

18. Eagles (Kris): Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Packers fans dreams of Olave die in Philly at 18 of this mock. Olave and DeVonta Smith give the Eagles a pair of lean receivers (though Smith still looks like a string bean even compared to Olave) with great speed and route-running skills. Together, they would give defensive coordinators fits.

19. Saints (Tyler): Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Take the QB at 16 and take his long-term blind side protector three picks later. That’s the approach here for Tyler with the Saints, as he gets a road-grading run-blocker for the left tackle spot who has the athleticism to develop into a plus pass-blocker as well.

20. Steelers (Justis): Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Another QB! The Steelers have all but telegraphed that they plan to take a quarterback early in this draft, but with Pickett and Willis off the board, they settle for the third one to go in round one. This effectively guarantees that Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph will duke it out for the starting job in week one with Corral viewed as the long-term solution.

21. Patriots (Tyler): Andrew Booth, Jr., CB, Clemson

The last pick before Green Bay’s selection goes defense, where the Patriots need to replace the departed J.C. Jackson at cornerback. Booth was a great player for a mediocre Clemson team in 2021, but injuries at some unfortunate times have prevented him from working out, likely dropping him down boards from a possible top-15 pick.

22. Packers (Paul): Drake London, WR, USC

With the first of a pair of picks in round one and with a few talented receivers still on the board, Paul has the Packers going for the big body in London rather than the speedster who’s still recovering from a torn ACL in Jameson Williams. London can do some of what Davante Adams did on short passes and screens, while also giving Aaron Rodgers a massive target who has a catch radius the size of Lake Winnebago.

23. Cardinals (Tex): George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

Chandler Jones makes the trip a few hours north to Las Vegas, so the Cardinals need some help on the edge. Enter Karlaftis, who I think would be a steal anywhere in the late teens or later and whose almost maniacal approach to football will make him a perfect pairing with J.J. Watt.

24. Cowboys (Jon): Zion Johnson, G, Boston College

Dallas lost a pair of starters on the offensive line in free agency, with Connor Williams and La’el Collins heading out. Johnson is arguably the most athletic guard prospect this year and could even kick out to right tackle.

25. Bills (Justis): Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Buffalo has to be thrilled to find the draft’s top deep threat still available at 25. Does Josh Allen really need more receiving weapons? There’s no harm in finding out.

26. Titans (Kris): David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

The Titans have Bud Dupree and Harold Landry on the edge, but Ojabo would give them a great third option as a rotational pass rusher whenever he is able to return from the injury he suffered at Michigan’s Pro Day.

27. Buccaneers (Tex): Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

The Bucs saw starting left guard Ali Marpet retire this offseason. Enter Green, who is likely a plug-and-play player at that spot.

28. Packers (Paul): Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan

Is safety a need or not for the Packers? What about slot corner? If you think the answer is yes to either of those, then Hill is a perfect fit. He played deep safety for a few years for the Wolverines before transitioning to the Star position last year, and he excelled at both. He also blew up the Combine. We know the Packers like to address “need” positions a year early (except for at wide receiver), and both of their starting safeties are currently set to have their contracts expire after 2022, plus he comes from a blue-blood program that produced multiple current Packers starters (Rashan Gary, Jon Runyan). It all seems to fit.

29. Chiefs (rcon): Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

After transferring from Temple, Ebiketie terrorized the Big Ten for the Nittany Lions last year. The Chiefs need another pass-rusher to line up opposite Frank Clark, and Ebiketie seems like a great fit.

30. Chiefs (rcon): Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor

Tyrann Mathieu remains unsigned as a free agent, but the Chiefs could get a perfect replacement as a defensive Swiss Army Knife. Pitre’s aggressiveness makes him a great blitzer and slot defender, so schematically the team could use him much in the same way they deployed Mathieu in recent years.

31. Bengals (Tyler): Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa

The Bengals remade their offensive line this offseason, but you can never have too much depth. If Smith is ready to start on day one at right tackle, he probably allows them to move new arrival La’el Collins to guard to get the best 5 on the field.

32. Lions (Tyler): Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Detroit closes out the first round with the fourth quarterback of the day, getting a guy who is at the top of some draft analysts’ boards. Ridder might not be the flashiest player, but he’s a smart, consistent player who Dan Campbell will surely love leading his offense.


ROUND 2

33. Jaguars (Paul): Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
34. Lions (Tyler): Devin Lloyd, ILB, Utah
35. Jets (Tex): Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
36. Giants (Justis): Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
37. Texans (Jon): Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

To start round two, the Jaguars get a Laviska Shenault clone. Maybe Shenault gets dealt for a day-three pick later on in the weekend? Lloyd is finally the first off-ball linebacker to go and should be another Dan Campbell favorite. Then there’s a mini-run on edges once again — the Giants getting some pass rush help to match up with Sauce from round one.

38. Jets (Tex): Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia
39. Bears (rcon): Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
40. Seahawks (Tex): Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
41. Seahawks (Tex): Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

Tex had three out of four picks in this grouping, giving the Jets a hyper-athletic linebacker to play next to C.J. Mosley. Then the Bears show up to land a productive receiver for Justin Fields while the Seahawks feel like they get a steal with a local cornerback before finding a slot receiver to play inside of DK Metcalf (if they can convince him to stick around).

42. Colts (Tyler): Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
43. Falcons (Jon): George Pickens, WR, Georgia
44. Browns (Tex): Logan Hall, DL, Houston
45. Ravens (rcon): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
46. Vikings (Justis): Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

Two of the highest-ceiling wideouts leave the board in the middle of the second, as Pickens and Watson go to Atlanta and Baltimore. Watson could make for a fun pairing with Hollywood Brown if the team turns Lamar Jackson’s strong arm loose on deep balls. Meanwhile, Pierce lands in Minnesota to give the Vikings even more athleticism at the position.

47. Commanders (Rcon): Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
48. Bears (Rcon): Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
49. Saints (Tyler): Travis Jones, DT, UConn
50. Chiefs (rcon): Darrian Kinnard, OL, Kentucky
51. Eagles (Kris): Leo Chenal, ILB, Wisconsin
52. Steelers (Justis): Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

Ahead of the Packers’ first pick of round two, there are several great athletes coming off the board. Jones feels a bit like Kenny Clark from 2016, while Chenal goes to a team that likes Badger linebackers (T.J. Edwards has started 26 games for the Eagles over the last two seasons). Unfortunately for the Packers at 53, an ideal right tackle prospect comes off the board one pick too early, as Lucas fits all of Green Bay’s athletic testing thresholds and seems like a logical Packers pick in round two.

53. Packers (Paul): Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

The Packers manage to draft both Drakes who played at USC, this time grabbing the edge rusher. The Packers have had varying levels of success with Trojan edge rushers in recent years, having drafted Clay Matthews in 2009 and Nick Perry in 2012. Jackson is a little on the smaller side at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 254 pounds, but he has very long arms (34”) and posted excellent explosiveness and agility times. He didn’t run a 40 at the Combine, but even with his size he managed an 8.6 RAS while totaling 12.5 sacks in the equivalent of 2.5 seasons of college football. He also just turned 21 years old two weeks ago.

54. Patriots (Tyler): Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
55. Cardinals (Tex): Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
56. Cowboys (Jon): Chad Muma, ILB, Wyoming
57. Bills (Justis): Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
58. Falcons (Jon): Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Between the Packers’ picks, few likely Green Bay targets go off the board. The Patriots take the first running back of this mock, while the Bills take Brisker, who might have been a Green Bay candidate if they hadn’t already found their safety/slot guy in Hill at 28.

59. Packers (Paul): Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

Now the Packers finally get their speed at wide receiver. Pairing Tolbert with Drake London gives Green Bay some variety in these two players — Tolbert’s 4.49 40 is plenty fast to make him a viable deep threat, and his 1.49 10-yard split shows his explosiveness off the line. He was basically South Alabama’s entire offense in 2021, racking up 1,474 yards and eight scores at 18 yards per reception (no other Jaguar had more than 630 yards from scrimmage).

60. Buccaneers (Tex): Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
61. 49ers (Paul): Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
62. Chiefs (Rcon): Troy Anderson, ILB, Montana State
63. Bengals (Tyler): Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
64. Broncos (Kris): Marcus Jones, CB, Houston

As we close out the second round, the first tight ends appear in the mock, with McBride going to Tampa to help replace Rob Gronkowski and Packers media favorite Jelani Woods landing in Cincinnati.


Here’s the full draft board for our two-round mock, with a reminder of who the Packers selected:

22. Drake London, WR, USC
28. Daxton Hill, S/CB, Michigan
53. Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
59. Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

APC 2-round mock draft

Pick Team Writer Player Position College
Pick Team Writer Player Position College
1 JAX Paul Aidan Hutchinson EDGE Michigan
2 DET Tyler Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE Oregon
3 HOU Jon B Item Ekwonu OT NC State
4 NYJ Tex Travon Walker EDGE Georgia
5 NYG Justis Evan Neal OT Alabama
6 CAR Kris Kenny Pickett QB Pitt
7 NYG (from CHI) Justis Sauce Gardner CB Cincinnati
8 ATL Jon B Jermaine Johnson EDGE FSU
9 SEA (from DEN) Tex Charles Cross OT Mississippi State
10 NYJ (from SEA) Tex Garrett Wilson WR Ohio State
11 WAS rcon Derek Stingley Jr CB LSU
12 MIN Justis Kaiir Elam CB Florida
13 HOU (from CLE) Jon B Jordan Davis DT Georgia
14 BAL rcon Tyler Linderbaum IOL Iowa
15 PHI (from MIA) Kris Trent McDuffie CB Washington
16 NO (from IND via PHI) Tyler Malik Willis QB Liberty
17 LAC Paul Devonte Wyatt DL Georgia
18 PHI (from NO) Kris Chris Olave WR Ohio State
19 NO (from PHI) Tyler Trevor Penning OT Northern Iowa
20 PIT Justis Matt Corral QB Ole Miss
21 NE Tyler Andrew Booth Jr CB Clemson
22 GB (from LV) Paul Drake London WR USC
23 ARI Tex George Karlaftis EDGE Purdue
24 DAL Jon B Zion Johnson G BC
25 BUF Justis Jameson Williams WR Alabama
26 TEN Kris David Ojabo EDGE Michigan
27 TB Tex Kenyon Green G Texas A&M
28 GB Paul Daxton Hill CB/S Michigan
29 KC (from SF via MIA) rcon Arnold Ebiketie EDGE Penn State
30 KC rcon Jalen Pitre CB/S Baylor
31 CIN Tyler Tyler Smith OT Tulsa
32 DET (from LAR) Tyler Desmond Ridder QB Cincinnati
33 JAX Paul Treylon Burks WR Arkansas
34 DET Tyler Devin Lloyd LB Utah
35 NYJ Tex Roger McCreary CB Auburn
36 NYG Justis Josh Paschal EDGE Kentucky
37 HOU Jon B Boye Mafe EDGE Minnesota
38 NYJ (from CAR) Tex Nakobe Dean LB Georgia
39 CHI rcon Jahan Dotson WR Penn St
40 SEA (from DEN) Tex Kyler Gordon CB Washington
41 SEA Tex Skyy Moore WR Western Michigan
42 IND (from WAS) Tyler Bernhard Raimann OT Central Michigan
43 ATL Jon B George Pickens WR UGA
44 CLE Tex Logan Hall DL Houston
45 BAL rcon Christian Watson WR NDSU
46 MIN Justis Alec Pierce WR Cincinnati
47 WAS (from IND) rcon Lewis Cine S Georgia
48 CHI (from LAC) rcon Kingsley Enagbare EDGE South Carolina
49 NO Tyler Travis Jones DT UConn
50 KC (from MIA) rcon Darrian Kinnard OL Kentucky
51 PHI Kris Leo Chenal LB Wisconsin
52 PIT Justis Abraham Lucas OT Washington St.
53 GB (from LV) Paul Drake Jackson EDGE USC
54 NE Tyler Breece Hall RB Iowa State
55 ARI Tex Cam Taylor-Britt CB Nebraska
56 DAL Jon B Chad Muma ILB Wyoming
57 BUF Justis Jaquan Brisker SAF Penn State
58 ATL (from TEN) Jon B Daniel Faalele OT Minnesota
59 GB Paul Jalen Tolbert WR South Alabama
60 TB Tex Trey McBride TE Colorado State
61 SF Paul Dameon Pierce RB Florida
62 KC rcon Troy Andersen LB Montana St
63 CIN Tyler Jelani Woods TE Virginia
64 DEN (from LAR) Kris Marcus Jones CB Houston
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