With all of the 2021 NFL Draft picks over, there is one natural thing to do next: Project what the picks might look like a year from now in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s never too early for a simulation project far too early. Think of this as a top prospects watchlist, which is set to change several times over the next 12 months as the college football season will provide players with many more answers and the NFL season will bring several more questions about each team.
For now, based on the talent we’ve seen and the potential for growth, here’s the match between these players and the teams. Sporting News first round selection order 1 to 32 is based on upcoming early records and playoff projections:
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1. Houston Texans
- Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
The Texans are set to split with Deshaun Watson in one form or another and they will quickly find that Davis Mills is not the answer. For a team in need of QB, the best place to start is the latest athletic double threat from Lincoln Riley’s offense.
2. Detroit Lions
The Lions will look to their future at the position beyond Jared Goff in 2022. Slovis should have a breakout season as an efficient and precise passer up front.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars will find they need to improve their pass protection for Trevor Lawrence starting in year two. Neal is a passing protection force and a boulder for the running game.
4. New York Jets
- Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Once Robert Saleh gets a good idea of the impact pieces on his defense rebuild, he will realize that he needs to find his version of Nick Bosa. He should already be thinking of Thibodeaux wreaking havoc since his first seven.
5. Denver Broncos
- Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Unless the Broncos pull off a blockbuster for Aaron Rodgers, they won’t be too happy with anything that comes from Drew Lock vs. Teddy Bridgewater. Howell, Rattler and Slovis will have a big battle ahead to see who emerges as the first QB.
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6. Las Vegas Raiders
- Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Stingley, despite a past family connection to the franchise, has Jalen Ramsey-style closing cover and big play potential to bolster a passing defense that will still be in shock in 2021.
7. Cincinnati Bengals
- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre-Dame
The Bengals did well with second round Jessie Bates II and can give him a lot of support against passing and running with this lanky tackle with a good nose for the ball.
8. Carolina Panthers
- Charles Cross, OT, State of Mississippi
The Panthers haven’t approached the offensive tackle well and Cross should have a lot of appeal as a natural pass protector, whether it’s Sam Darnold or someone else at QB.
9. Atlanta Falcons
- DeMarvin Leal, DT / DE, Texas A&M
The Falcons could use a versatile disruptor for their forward four on either side of Grady Jarrett and Leal would be ideal.
10. Washington Football Team
- Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Washington was fine passing the quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his bridge and he will be happy to know he will be better placed for a growing double threat in the first round in 2022.
11. Philadelphia Eagles
- Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M
The Eagles can still try to move Zach Ertz, but that’s unlikely as they haven’t drafted a tight volley with one of their nine recent picks. They should be more comfortable moving on from his next year with Wydermer on the verge of cranking up his stock as a receiver.
12. New York Giants
- Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
The Giants will be interested in a second leave mass cleanup for Patrick Graham and Harris grows to be the next class’ Micah Parsons.
13. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals shrugged off the pass rush early on despite a present and future need, so they should get to know Jackson as a prospect fairly quickly.
14. New England Patriots
- Chris Olave, WR, State of Ohio
The Patriots have been working to reshape their wide receiving body a bit from the big craziness on the tight end. Olave can be a much better potential No.1 with a combination of great playing ability and red zone flair than N’Keal Harry was as a first round.
15. New York Giants (Bears vs. Justin Fields)
The Giants felt okay with delaying the search for a better candidate for the left tackle after using a tighter Andrew Thomas on the right side in 2020. They’ll be eager to replace Nate Solder with that extra first round.
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16. Saints of New Orleans
- Garrett Wilson, WR, State of Ohio
The Saints didn’t go looking for the flashy receiver stretching out onto the pitch to better complement Michael Thomas. They should be comfortable going back to the Buckeyes to land him.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
The Steelers later invested picks on offensive linemen during the transition up front, but there’s a good chance they’re looking for a boulder for the left tackle to better protect Ben Roethlisberger or someone. else.
18. Tennessee Titans
- George Pickens, WR, Georgia
The Titans got an intriguing receiver in Dez Fitzpatrick, but they should make position a higher priority to further complement AJ Brown.
19. New York Jets (from Seahawks to Jamal Adams)
- Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
The Jets will double down once again in the first round and Saleh wouldn’t mind having that quick, disrupting force to the backfield that has a bit of DeForest Bucker and Javon Kinlaw in him.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (dolphins)
The Eagles have touched on their high school a bit this year, but they should be more in the reliable starting cornerback market. That big ball could be huge for them on the outside.
21. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have brought TY Hilton back for one more season so as not to meet the need for a number one catcher. Ross would be a perfect fit for Carson Wentz.
22. Minnesota Vikings
- Sevyn Banks, CB, State of Ohio
The Vikings can’t expect Patrick Peterson to be a long-term away fix, so returning to that position in the first round with the size of a familiar program makes sense for now.
23. Los Angeles Chargers
- John Metchie, WR, Alabama
The Chargers didn’t think about upgrading the wide receiver as much as needed for Justin Herbert, so Metchie would follow strong in the first round Rashawn Slater.
24. Dallas Cowboys
- Zach Harrison, EDGE, State of Ohio
The Cowboys haven’t focused their defensive transport much on the pass rush in 2021, so Harrison needs to be an early consideration.
25. Baltimore Ravens
- Battle of Jordan, S, Alabama
The Ravens have offered to improve their playing ability in this position, but tapping into their favorite programs for a solid fix makes sense.
26. Detroit Lions (Rams for Matthew Stafford)
- Aidah Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The Lions, having used their first pick to replace Goff, should be stuck in a more defensive assist here. The edge is expected to call after solidifying the tackle in the 2021 draft.
27. Green Bay Packers
- George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
The Packers should know that the Smith “Brothers” – Za’Darius and Preston – will soon be in their 30s and won’t be signed until 2022. Karlaftis can help the team get a head start on replacing one. of them in their 3-4.
28. Cleveland Browns
- Cade Mays, G / C, Tennessee
The Browns got some tackle depth in James Hudson. They could benefit from more indoor versatility and contingency with Mays.
29. Miami Dolphins (from 49ers for Trey Lance)
- Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
The Dolphins have been pretty successful in tackling Tua Tagovailoa’s tackles, but they will likely need to focus more on the inside line next year.
30. Buffalo Bills
- Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
The Bills once took on a running back named Spiller with OK results early in the first round. They haven’t drafted an alternative to Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in 2021, which may make the positional need more pressing next year.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have delayed any major away corner upgrades this year, but it should interest them in serving the good-sized Jobe.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are bringing some defensive depth to the 2021 draft, but they need to think about preparing Lavonte’s successor David, who turns 32 next January.