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Saccopoo Memorial Draft Forum>*** 2022 Mock Draft Megathread ***
duncan_idaho 12:45 PM 11-23-2021
Got a mock? Pop it in this thread. Include a picture if you want. Explain your reasoning if you want. Talk about your crushes... if you want.

See a good "pro" mock? Link it up in here and I'll add it to the OP.

Duncan's latest mock

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The Draft Network This mock seems to be the most accurate site right now, so I go with this one. I don't pay for it, so no trades here. The plan is for this to be my last mock. I'm going to do it differently, though. I'm running 3 scenarios, and eschewing the 7th round picks, which I would use on a big swings on athleticism and potential. Lotto tickets. James Houston IV is one of them. Note: I used PFF to simulate the trade action, then manually backed up in the 2 "trade" drafts to make selections. Laborious, but gives you best of both worlds, IMO. I think PFF's trade tool is the best, but its board is whack.

Draft slot: 29

Scenario 1: The Chiefs sit pat with their picks and don't make any moves at all. Seems the least likely, but hey...
1.29 | George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue.
1.30 | Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota.
2.50 | George Pickens, WR, Georgia.
2.62 | Travis Jones, DT, UConn.
3.94 | Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State.
3.103(Comp for Poles) | Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State.
4.121 | Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati.
4.135 | Velus Jones, Jr., Tennessee

Scenario 1 Debrief:
So, sitting and waiting to see what comes to me was pretty successful here. The Chiefs FLOOD the defensive line with reinforcements, including at least 1 ready-made starter and two guys who should - at minimum - be in 50/50 rotations at their spots by year end. The Chiefs still get a big outside WR with tantalizing potential. They add some crazy athletic small-school guys, and a mid-round corner who just fits in the system, and a dynamo return man who might be more at WR.

This looks pretty good. Though I have a hard time believing Karlaftis just falls to 29...

Scenario 2: The Chiefs get aggressive and trade up. But for what? In this case, let's go wide receiver. In this run, Kansas City trades picks 29, 62, and a 2023 3rd to Houston for pick 13 and a 2023 4th, because they ARE as obsessed with a WR as people expect and are aggressive to go get him when the board falls right. They then trade BACK from 30 to 35 with the Jets, also including pick 94 in order to get 69 back. Then, last but not least, KC gets aggressive one more time and moves 103 and 121 for 85 from New England, leaving the Chiefs with 6 picks in the first four rounds.
1.13 | Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama.
2.35 | Cam Thomas, DE, San Diego State.
2.50 | Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor.
3.69 | Zachary Carter, DT, Florida.
3.85 | Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss.
4.135 | Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State

Scenario 2 Debrief:
I'm not saying KC should do this or even that I think they will (more on that in a few minutes). I'm just saying, man, what will it look like if the Chiefs get aggressive a few times AND are doing the big move for a WR? In this scenario, KC obviously believes Williams is a game-changer at the NFL level and is taking a small 2022 hit to make 2023+ better. The defensive line still gets reinforced, but the reinforcements are all a shade worse than the sit-pat draft option. If you like Kingsley Enagbare or Josh PAscal more than Thomas, I get it and wouldn't quibble at one of those guys instead. Logan Hall, too. Pitre is such a screaming perfect fit for KC's D. Carter is a great physical talent you can dream about coaching up. Williams' utility is known and gives them a true RE option to pair against their higher-drafted bigger guy. Watson is a developmental corner.

I don't love it. I think Pitre makes the secondary a lot better and makes it easier to move on from Thornhill after 22. They have improved the defensive rotation, though one of the DEs would need to outperform expectations in Year 1 to get it to the same level as Scenario 1. In all, giving up the 2 extra selections in the top 4 rounds hurts the depth you can build, but I think it's more like what KC will do.

Scenario 3: Same movements as #2
1.13 | Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State.
2.35 | Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State.
2.50 | Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss.
3.69 | Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati.
3.85 | Martin Emerson, CB, Miss. State.
4.135 | Braxton Jones, T, Southern Utah

Scenario 3 Debrief:
This is the type of situation where I see KC paying the price to move up... if Johnson falls this far, I'd be shocked if KC isn't aggressively moving up. With this run, I take a risky but high upside WR in Watson (but you could sub in Pickens or Jahan Dotson or Tolbert or Metchie or Skyy Moore or really any of those tier 2 guys here if you prefer). The secondary reinforcements aren't flashy but are good fits.

In this one, I think the plan has to become adding either another safety or corner in free agency before the season. Ideally, it's someone who can handle the slot and let Sneed thriver on the outside. The DL gets a major boost and some potential star power in Johnson and Williams, and the OL gets another T option and potential long-term starter to develop.

Having completed the exercise and looking at the scenariors, I like the first one the most. But it really does come down to how the board breaks.

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JPH83 01:59 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by kccrow:
PFN Today...

29. Chris Olave WR Ohio State
Traded 1-30 to SF for 2-61, 3-93, 4-134, and 2023 2nd
50. Sam Williams EDGE Mississippi
61. Cameron Thomas EDGE San Diego State (f/SF)
62. Kyler Gordon CB Washington
Traded 3-93 and 7-259 to NO for 3-98 and 5-161
94. Rachaad White RB Arizona State
98. Brian Asamoah II LB Oklahoma (f/NO)
Traded 1-103 and 7-251 to SF for 3-105 and 2023 5th
105. Calvin Austin III WR Memphis (f/SF)
Traded 4-121 and 7-243 to BUF for 4-130 and 5-168
130. Erik Ezukanma WR Texas Tech (f/BUF)
134. Cole Strange OG Chattanooga (f/SF)
135. Kellen Diesch OT Arizona State
161. Bryan Cook S Cincinnati (f/NO)
168. Eyioma Uwazurike DT Iowa State (f/BUF)
233. Thomas Booker DT Stanford
2023 SF 2nd
2023 SF 5th

I win the draft. The end.
Holy f**k - love it. Maybe wouldn't have Williams that high but I'm nit-picking. I've been going mad and trading down loads and making about 100 picks, having an absolute blast. Obviously unrealistic given roster size but hella fun.
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JPH83 02:18 PM 03-25-2022
This is the kind of madness I've been wasting my time with. Just trading down and going berserk, I can't help myself.

PFN

30 - Treylon Burks - WR
43 - Perrion Winfrey - DT
50 - Sam Williams (yep, I'm being a hypocrite) - DE
58 - Cameron Thomas - DE
62 - George Pickens - WR
92 - Logan Hall- DT
103 - Mario Goodrich - CB
122 - Zyon McCollum - CB
135 - Kyren Williams - RB
179 - Zach Tom - OT

That's cutting off about 3 more, no idea what I do with all of these! But the above's roughly picking best players by their grading in areas of need, same for the below

PFF - with a couple of trades

30 - Kaiir Elam - CB
31 -Boye Mafe - DE - overrated for me, but best DE there by PFF grading
50 - Nik Bonitto - DE
65 - Cameron Thomas - DE
94 - Romeo Doubs - WR
95 - David Bell - WR - not a fan but best graded player there
103 - James Cook - RB
121 - Zyon McCollum - CB
135 - Neil Farrell Jr - DT
157 - Chris Paul - OT

...and so on. I've also done ones where I've traded up for Williams, then back down again from 30 and still got some decent players for the DL and secondary. I don't even think these are great drafts but jesus we'll have to do something pretty awful not to bring in some players that offer an immediate impact and upgrade.
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htismaqe 02:30 PM 03-25-2022
I did a 4-round, trading up with the Eagles, which I think is semi-realistic.

KC
19. (for 30 and 50)
George Karlaftis
EDGE Purdue

29.
Drake London
WR USC

62.
Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Penn State

94.
Kerby Joseph
S Illinois

103.
Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis

121.
Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State

135.
Alontae Taylor
CB Tennessee
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The Franchise 02:33 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by htismaqe:
I did a 4-round, trading up with the Eagles, which I think is semi-realistic.

KC
19. (for 30 and 50)
George Karlaftis
EDGE Purdue

29.
Drake London
WR USC

62.
Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Penn State

94.
Kerby Joseph
S Illinois

103.
Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis

121.
Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State

135.
Alontae Taylor
CB Tennessee
Was Jermaine Johnson there at 19? If so...I'd take him over Karlaftis.

I'd also be interested to see what other WRs were at 29 and what DEs were at 62.

Taylor and McCollum in the 4th are tits though.
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htismaqe 02:36 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Was Jermaine Johnson there at 19? If so...I'd take him over Karlaftis.

I'd also be interested to see what other WRs were at 29 and what DEs were at 62.

Taylor and McCollum in the 4th are tits though.
Johnson was off the board. Most of the 2nd round DE guys went off the board in the 50's.
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Nightfyre 02:58 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by kccrow:
PFN Today...

29. Chris Olave WR Ohio State
Traded 1-30 to SF for 2-61, 3-93, 4-134, and 2023 2nd
50. Sam Williams EDGE Mississippi
61. Cameron Thomas EDGE San Diego State (f/SF)
62. Kyler Gordon CB Washington
Traded 3-93 and 7-259 to NO for 3-98 and 5-161
94. Rachaad White RB Arizona State
98. Brian Asamoah II LB Oklahoma (f/NO)
Traded 1-103 and 7-251 to SF for 3-105 and 2023 5th
105. Calvin Austin III WR Memphis (f/SF)
Traded 4-121 and 7-243 to BUF for 4-130 and 5-168
130. Erik Ezukanma WR Texas Tech (f/BUF)
134. Cole Strange OG Chattanooga (f/SF)
135. Kellen Diesch OT Arizona State
161. Bryan Cook S Cincinnati (f/NO)
168. Eyioma Uwazurike DT Iowa State (f/BUF)
233. Thomas Booker DT Stanford
2023 SF 2nd
2023 SF 5th

I win the draft. The end.
I guess the only thing to do now is a 2023 mock offseason with the 13 picks you will have.
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Nightfyre 02:59 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by JPH83:
This is the kind of madness I've been wasting my time with. Just trading down and going berserk, I can't help myself.

PFN

30 - Treylon Burks - WR
43 - Perrion Winfrey - DT
50 - Sam Williams (yep, I'm being a hypocrite) - DE
58 - Cameron Thomas - DE
62 - George Pickens - WR
92 - Logan Hall- DT
103 - Mario Goodrich - CB
122 - Zyon McCollum - CB
135 - Kyren Williams - RB
179 - Zach Tom - OT

That's cutting off about 3 more, no idea what I do with all of these! But the above's roughly picking best players by their grading in areas of need, same for the below
Sweet baby jesus.
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kccrow 03:18 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by JPH83:
Holy f**k - love it. Maybe wouldn't have Williams that high but I'm nit-picking. I've been going mad and trading down loads and making about 100 picks, having an absolute blast. Obviously unrealistic given roster size but hella fun.
Coincidentally, only turned 12 picks into 13 for this year, so not much change other than the distribution. The real fun is that I didn't create an offer or change any of the trades, they were all AI.

Obviously unrealistic but I think the vast majority would actually end up on the team.

Originally Posted by Nightfyre:
I guess the only thing to do now is a 2023 mock offseason with the 13 picks you will have.
No doubt haha.
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kccrow 03:25 PM 03-25-2022
Originally Posted by htismaqe:
Johnson was off the board. Most of the 2nd round DE guys went off the board in the 50's.
Yeah, I had the same output.

Hutchinson, Thibodeau, and Walker all went by pick 9, Karlaftis went at 11, and Johnson went at 17. Every time I thought about offering a trade-up a guy would go.

Wyatt went at 27 or 28, can't remember which, but right in front of me once I decided to stay put. The only other guy besides Olave that was there was Travis Jones.

When San Fran offered me the keys to the kingdom at 30 though, all bets were off. A 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and future 2nd was just too much to pass on and figured I could get quality DT's at some point in that range. Winfrey, Leal, and Mathis all went between my pick at 50 and my pick at 61 though, which I wasn't quite expecting.
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ntexascardfan 04:31 PM 03-25-2022
Took a different approach with this one:

I made a small trade to move back a few picks with the Texans and traded 103 for 107 and 183. This is a bit higher than the draft value chart says we should get, but wasn't egregiously so.

29) Jahan Dotson; WR - Penn State
30) Arnold Ebiketie; Edge - Penn State
50) Perrion Winfrey; DT - Oklahoma
62) Cameron Thomas; edge - San Diego State
94) Jojo Domann; LB/S - Nebraska
107) Zyon McCollum; CB - Sam Houston State
121) Noah Elliss; DT - Idaho
135) Pierre Strong; RB - ND State
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RunKC 05:55 PM 03-25-2022
Just an FYI guys. We donít need to trade pick 50 to move up. If we want to move up 6-10 spots it will likely cost a 3rd, 4th and maybe a future 5th or 6th.

Hereís a similar trade from 2020 that didnít cost much to move up 6 spots from 31 to 25

49ers receive:
Ľ 2020 first-round pick (No. 25; Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk)
Vikings receive:
Ľ 2020 first-round pick (No. 31; TCU CB Jeff Gladney)
Ľ 2020 fourth-round pick (No. 117; South Carolina DE D.J. Wonnum)
Ľ 2020 fifth-round pick (No. 176; Miami WR K.J. Osborn)
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BossChief 10:38 PM 03-25-2022
I’d imagine that if we want to move up in this draft, there will be teams willing to move down. This drafts knock is that it’s strength isn’t at the top, but in rounds 2-5 and maybe halfway into the 6th depending on how things fall. Teams in the top 20 will be taking calls and I’m sure would be willing to take a bit of a discount.
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BossChief 10:49 PM 03-25-2022
We can dream

29.

Jermaine Johnson
EDGE Florida State
KC
30.

Devonte Wyatt
DT Georgia
KC
50.

Christian Watson
WR North Dakota State
KC
62.

Brandon Smith
LB Penn State
KC
94.

Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis
KC
103.

Jalyn Armour-Davis
CB Alabama
KC
121.

Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State
KC
135.

Brian Robinson Jr.
RB Alabama
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GloucesterChief 11:15 PM 03-25-2022
7 rnd PFN mock.

Pick 29: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington. CB is one of the big needs and McDuffie fell.

Pick 30: Swap 30 to Detroit for 32 and 234.

Pick 32: Jermaine Johnson, DE, FSU. The other big need is pass rush and Johnson should be an immediate starter on the DL.

Pick 50: Boye Mafe, DE, Minnisota. Doubling up on DL help. Mafe is rather raw but a superb athlete.

Pick 62: Swap 62 and 259 to Detroit for 66 and Detroit's 4th next year.

Pick 66: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama. Fast WR with good route running skills.

Pick 94: Kerby Joesph, S, Illinois. Plus athlete at S.

Pick 103: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech. Not as polished at WR due to poor coaching but there are flashes there.

Pick 121: Zachary Carter, DT, Florida. Can lineup anywhere on the D-line something that Spags loves.

Pick 135: Brian Robinson Jr, RB, Alabama. Big fast back in the mold of Derrick Henry. If D wants to go light in the box hand it to Robinson and let him maul the lighter LBs, S, and DBs.

Pick 233: Jeremiah Gemmel, LB, North Carolina. Instinctive LB with a bit better athletic profile then Niemann.

Pick 234: Velus Jones, Jr, WR, Tennessee. Speedy WR limited by Tennessee's awful offense. Can be a project but could see the field on ST.

Pick 236: Jermaine Waller, CB, VT. Pure potential pick for CB.

Pick 251: Noah Ellis, DT, Idaho. Big old run stuffing DT. Every team needs one.

KC
29.

Trent McDuffie
CB Washington
KC
32.

Jermaine Johnson
EDGE Florida State
trade icon
KC
50.

Boye Mafe
EDGE Minnesota
KC
66.

Jalen Tolbert
WR South Alabama
trade icon
KC
94.

Kerby Joseph
S Illinois
KC
103.

Erik Ezukanma
WR Texas Tech
KC
121.

Zachary Carter
DT Florida
KC
135.

Brian Robinson Jr.
RB Alabama
KC
233.

Jeremiah Gemmel
LB North Carolina
KC
234.

Velus Jones Jr.
WR Tennessee
trade icon
KC
243.

Jermaine Waller
CB Virginia Tech
KC
251.

Noah Elliss
DT Idaho
2023 DET 4th
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BossChief 11:55 PM 03-25-2022
You can never have enough CBs.

29.

Perrion Winfrey
DT Oklahoma
KC
30.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
KC
50.

Christian Watson
WR North Dakota State
KC
62.

Cameron Thomas
EDGE San Diego State
KC
94.

Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis
KC
103.

Rachaad White
RB Arizona State
KC
127.

Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State
trade icon
KC
135.

Rasheed Walker
OT Penn State
KC
170.

Otito Ogbonnia
DT UCLA
trade icon
KC
200.

Josh Jobe
CB Alabama
trade icon
KC
233.

Jermaine Waller
CB Virginia Tech
KC
243.

Kyler McMichael
CB North Carolina
KC
251.

Kana'i Mauga
LB USC
KC
259.

Nasir Greer
S Wake Forest
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