2022 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys play it safe, Chiefs add more speed

Nov 21, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive back Daxton Hill (30) intercepts a pass intended for Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Isaih Pacheco (1) during the third overtime at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive back Daxton Hill (30) intercepts a pass intended for Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Isaih Pacheco (1) during the third overtime at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Ahmad Gardner (1) celebrates a sack of Houston Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune (3) in the second quarter during the American Athletic Conference championship football game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. 2022 NFL mock draft /

CB. 29. player. 48. Pick Analysis. Cincinnati. Ahmad Gardner. Scouting Report

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

There are nearly no flaws on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. They have talent at just about every position and it’s a huge reason they won it all following the 2020 season. Of course, their defense was also elite during that run but they have had more problems this season, especially in the secondary.

Tampa looks to address those weaknesses with the selection of Ahmad Gardner from Cincinnati. Gardner can play in zone and press and has had three picks in each of his first three seasons. His length and ball skills will pose a problem for opposing offenses.

Pick Analysis. Nakobe Dean. player. 49. Scouting Report. LB. Georgia. 30

30. Green Bay Packers: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The Green Bay Packers hoped to strike gold in recent seasons when they took on veteran players who were let go by their previous teams. First, it was Christian Kirksey who was let go by the Cleveland Browns due in large part to his injury history. Then it was Jaylon Smith who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys after being painfully unaware of anything going on around him.

Neither lasted long with Smith hardly even making an appearance. Now, they solidify the linebacker spot once and for all as they take Georgia’s Nakobe Dean.

A playmaker in every sense of the word, Dean has sideline-to-sideline speed and will instantly improve the Packers’ defense.