Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh finds their QB in full 2022 first-round mock
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers mock draft:
Zion Johnson and Kendrick Green could get drafted in the same range. With Green off the board, the Dolphins bolster their offensive line with a sound technician in Zion Johnson. This might have been their preference all along. Johnson has prototype traits for an NFL guard but also proved at the Senior Bowl that he could be a center at the next level as well. He’s one of the safest picks in this draft.
The Kansas City Chiefs came very close to another Super Bowl appearance this past season, and they will no doubt be in the discussion again in 2022. With an elite offense, most of their needs fall on the defensive side of the ball, and the Chiefs could be losing a few cornerbacks to free agency this offseason. Andrew Booth becomes very good value at this point.
Jessie Bates is sticking around for at least the 2022 season, but he and fellow safety Vonn Bell both have expiring contracts after next season. Daxton Hill is a very good safety prospect, and it wouldn’t be hard for Cincinnati to find a role for him right away. The Bengals might prefer to beef up their offensive line here, but there’s nobody else worth taking on the OL this early. Zac Taylor grabs the best player on his draft board.
If the Lions want a quarterback this year, getting one with the 32nd overall pick might be the way to go. Detroit can still take a top-flight talent like Kavon Thibodeaux while getting the fifth-year option with e quarterback in the final pick in the first round — one that is far less risky if the QB is a bust. Matt Corral and Desmond Ridder are both options the Lions could consider, but I have them giving the edge to Corral as they try to get a little more creative with their stagnant offense.
Offseason trades and free-agent signings will certainly shake things up once more. As of now, this is my early stab at a full first-round NFL mock draft following the NFL Combine.