Cincinnati Bengals 2022 first-round mock draft

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 01: Fans waiting for Machine Gun Kelly to perform onstage after the final round of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on May 01, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 01: Fans waiting for Machine Gun Kelly to perform onstage after the final round of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on May 01, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans. Devin Lloyd. 13. player. 10. . Linebacker

Texans GM: Alex

Sticking with their best player available strategy, Houston gets a linebacker who can get to the quarterback and play the entire field.

Reaction: The Texans stay on the defensive side of the ball and take the best linebacker prospect in this draft. Thibodeaux and Lloyd are two pieces the Texans and Lovie Smith can build around for years to come. Texans fans shouldn’t be too upset about passing on offensive players in this first round. – Bennett

14. player. 26. . Cornerback. Baltimore Ravens. Andrew Booth

Ravens GM: Rob

Andrew Booth hasn’t been tested and has stuff in the hips but the Ravens need help in the secondary and I like him better than what’s left.

Reaction: Once projected as a top-ten pick, Andrew Booth fell down the draft board due to some injuries during the draft process. He hasn’t been able to test officially, but in this scenario, Baltimore doesn’t seem to mind. They add depth to a secondary that was depleted with injuries last season. – Bennett

Garrett Wilson. 15. player. 54. . Wide Receiver. Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles GM: Bennett

The Eagles will make it three straight drafts with a receiver selected in the first round. If Garrett Wilson is available at pick 15 this will be a no-brainer. While some prospects at his position have more upside, Wilson has the safest floor of any receiver in this draft.

Reaction: Another draft, another wide receiver to the Eagles in the first round. Hopefully Garrett Wilson is good enough that they don’t have to do this again next year. – Leigh

Offensive Tackle. New Orleans Saints. Evan Neal. 16. player. 15.

Saints GM: Leigh

The Saints tried to trade into the top 10 but both the Seahawks and Jets opted to stay put so that left NOLA at No. 16 and things played out pretty well for them. Evan Neal was once thought to be a top-5 pick and he slid all the way to New Orleans at 16.

With Terron Armstead leaving in the offseason, the Saints needed help at the offensive tackle spot and Neal gives them a good option. He can either slot in at right tackle and Ryan Ramczyk can move to left tackle or the black and gold could try their luck at putting the rookie on the left side.

Reaction: This I’d a dream come true for the Saints. Landing Neal this late is one of the best case scenarios for New Orleans. – Alex 

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