NFL Draft 2022: Final 32-pick Round 1 mock with trades

"THE PICK IS IN" for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2018 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
"THE PICK IS IN" for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2018 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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With the 2022 NFL Draft under a month away, it’s time for a now traditional mock draft to be used as a useless distract until the real thing comes onto our screens.

I truly must say, NFL Draft day is my favorite time of the offseason by leaps and bounds, and nothing is a more interesting exercise than a mock draft.

The real draft is impossible to predict even without trades flying all over the place, so doing a mock now and then seeing how wrong you really are when the dust settles is always enjoyable.

And with the San Francisco 49ers without a draft choice on Thursday night as of writing this, it’s an even more enjoyable pursuit without having to go back and forth guessing what the team is going to do.

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Mock drafts indeed are the pursuit of the insane, I’ve done mock drafts for the last two seasons and have managed to screw up so many things such as:

  • In 2020, mock quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert to the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins, respectively
  • Mocked wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to the 49ers
  • Put Tristian Wirfs at No. 4 to the New York Giants, starting a domino effect where I got every single tackle pick wrong
  • In 2021, mock Justin Fields as the 49ers quarterback selection
  • Did the pick I thought the Cincinnati Bengals should have made in tackle Penei Sewell as opposed to receiver Ja’Marr Chase

I was able to get some things right such as putting corner Damon Arnette and tackle Alex Leatherwood as first-round selections against the general consensus (not coincidentally both taken by the Las Vegas Raiders, who don’t seem to use the same draft boards as everyone else), but in general, they’re just fun ways to get everything wrong.

So why stop now? It’s time to get some things wrong again!

We’ll even add some trades because it won’t just be the selections that go horribly wrong in this mock, oh no.

I’ll do my best to explain each pick to the best of my abilities however because otherwise, it’s just not as fun to read. Also as a special bonus, at the end of the mock NFL Draft, I’ll be mocking the 49ers’ first pick of the draft, slotted in at No. 61 overall.

So, let’s get to it!