One Month Out, Where Do Nittany Lions Land In 2022 NFL Mock Drafts?
We’re just under a month away from the 2022 NFL Draft, folks.
As college Pro Days wind down, the draft is quickly approaching. Quite a few former Penn State football players expect to hear their names called during the three-day, seven-round draft weekend, and the anticipation is only growing stronger.
Mock drafts are starting to take stronger form, and projections for many Penn Staters are becoming more consistent as the draft boards take shape. Now, let’s take a look at where Nittany Lions fall in mock drafts following Penn State’s Pro Day.
Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports)
Ryan Wilson’s three-round mock draft includes a few Nittany Lions getting nabbed early.
In this mock draft, he has three Penn State players getting drafted in the second round. He has the Washington Commanders drafting Jaquan Brisker at No. 47, the New Orleans Saints selecting Jahan Dotson at No. 49, and the Buffalo Bills taking Arnold Ebiketie at No. 57.
In the third round, at pick No. 84, he has the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Rasheed Walker, which would help them increase their depth at the offensive tackle position.
The Athletic‘s Beat Writers
This week, The Athletic‘s beat writers for each NFL team pulled together to simulate a draft. Through it, Chiefs reporter Nate Taylor has Kansas City selecting Arnold Ebiketie at No. 29 overall.
In his write-up, Taylor said Ebiketie makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs (should they keep their first-round selection).
“Ebiketie adds depth at the position, and he has the talent to be an opening-day starter alongside star defensive tackle Chris Jones and veteran defensive end Frank Clark,” Taylor wrote. “In college, he showed a strong combination of speed and power in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.”
NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler agreed with Taylor, noting that a prospect like Ebiketie should fit into the defensive scheme cultivated by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Austin Gayle (Pro Football Focus)
In Austin Gayle’s mock draft, Arnold Ebiketie goes in the first round to the Cincinnati Bengals. This is a pretty rare take within the mock draft landscape, as most experts have Ebiketie getting selected in the second or third round of the draft.
The reason he thinks Ebiketie is a good fit for the Bengals is that Cincinnati needs depth at the edge-rusher position, and Ebiketie would be a promising piece on the defensive side of the ball, especially if he’s paired with either Trey Hendrickson or Sam Hubbard.
Nate Davis (USA Today)
Nate Davis made a first-round mock draft for the 2022 NFL Draft. He put just one Penn Stater in the first round, too. Unlike Gayle, he has the Kansas City Chiefs taking Jahan Dotson at pick No. 29.
He thinks the Chiefs take Dotson at No. 29 because they need a dynamic receiver to replace Tyreek Hill, who was recently traded to the Miami Dolphins. He acknowledges that it’s nearly impossible for a rookie to replicate Hill’s production, but he praises Dotson for what he could bring to the Chiefs’ offense.
“Dotson is a home run-hitter with similar stature and explosiveness and very reliable hands,” he wrote. “K.C. certainly needs another deep threat to deter defenses from ganging up too much on tight end Travis Kelce.”
Kris Rhim (AtlantaFalcons.com)
Kris Rhim made a mock draft for the entire first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He also has Jahan Dotson going in the first round, but this time, he has him going to the Green Bay Packers at pick No. 28.
The Packers, like the Chiefs, need to replace one of their most dynamic receivers after they traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Picking Dotson in the first round could be exactly the dynamic player that the Packers and Aaron Rodgers need.
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