2022 NFL Mock Draft: Michigan Star Drafted By Lions No. 1 Overall

<2022 NFL Mock Draft: Michigan Star Drafted By Lions No. 1 Overall>

The regular season in the NFL has officially come to an end, and the playoffs are set to begin.

While we can look forward to one of the more entertaining postseasons in all of sports over the next month, it also gives us a chance to see what the first half of the NFL draft will look like, and try to piece together who will go where in 2022. The first 15 spots in the draft are now set, and we know which teams will hold those picks, should they not trade it away.

For Oregon Duck fans, this gives us an opportunity to see which professional team DE Kayvon Thibodeaux could potentially be playing for. Throughout the year, he was considered the likely No. 1 draft pick off the board. Though he might have been passed up by Michigan Wolverines DE Aidan Hutchinson over the past month, it still feels like a safe bet that Thibodeaux will hear his name called within the first 5 picks. Here are the teams who are most likely to draft him:

Jacksonville Jaguars — No. 1 Overall Pick

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For the second-straight year, the Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. That feels like it’s the only thing going right for the franchise, who are in yet another coaching search after the firing of Urban Meyer.

Last year, the Jags used their No. 1 overall pick on the undisputed choice — former Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence. This time around, the top choice might not be so clear and obvious. Over the past month or so, it feels like Michigan’s Hutchinson overtook the consensus top spot after becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist, so it might make sense that they take him over Thibodeaux. However, Kayvon is still among the best players available, and nobody could fault them for drafting him with the top pick.

Detroit Lions — No. 2 Overall Pick

Wouldn’t it be awesome to see Kayvon Thibodeaux join Penei Sewell in Detroit? The Lions drafted Oregon’s legendary left tackle with the No. 7 overall pick in 2021, and could very well use their first-round pick to select another Duck this year.

Thibodeaux could be a blue-chip piece for the Lions defense to pick up, and you can guarantee that head coach Dan Campbell would love the fire that he brings to the team. However, you can also argue that there are bigger needs for Detroit to look at with such a valuable pick. While there are currently no quarterbacks who are a “must pick” at this spot, we will see over the next couple of months how that plays out. It will not at all be a shock to see the Lions sell themselves on some young signal-caller to take at No. 2. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Houston Texans — No. 3 Overall Pick

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If Kayvon Thibodeaux doesn’t happen to get drafted with the No. 1 or No. 2 overall picks, it’s pretty hard to believe at this point that he would slip past the Houston Texans at No. 3.

Ever since the Texans allowed franchise-leader JJ Watt to leave and join the Arizona Cardinals, they have been looking for a dominant defensive force to take his place. Doesn’t that feel like a perfect situation for Thibodeaux to walk into?

New York Jets — No. 4 Overall Pick

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While we don’t foresee a situation where Kayvon Thibodeaux drops to the No. 4 spot in the draft, it is incredibly enticing to think about a defensive line with both the Oregon Ducks’ superstar and NFL star Quinnen Williams. The Jets took QB Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, so they are certainly in a position to pick the best available player and not have to draft for need. If that “best player” happens to be Thibodeaux, it could be a fun fit.

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