7. New York Giants (via CHI): Travon Walker, DL/EDGE, Georgia
The New York Giants need help off the edge and this is a great draft class for that.
Assuming the Giants don’t trade either of their top two selections in this draft for help at the quarterback position, their more pressing needs outside of that particular position fall pretty well in line with the strength of this draft class.
Draft experts seem to be fairly all over the board on where Walker will land, but he is a top-10 talent and with his combination of versatility, athleticism, and upside, it’s not hard to see him rising to this point.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
For the majority of 2022 NFL mock draft scenarios, you’ll see the Atlanta Falcons going with an edge rusher so I’m going to change it up a little bit here.
Although it’s gone fairly underrated by the masses, Falcons cornerback AJ Terrell has been a tremendous pick for them after being considered by many to be a reach a couple of years ago in the middle of the first round.
With how well he has developed to this point, the Falcons would be wise to invest in someone on the opposite side of the field that can take advantage of those targets and Derek Stingley Jr., even coming off of injury, could be the unquestioned CB1 of this class.
Edge might be a more pressing need, but Stingley is far and away the best player on the board for the Falcons here.