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The 2021 NFL season is still months away and so is the 2021 college football season. However, we have ridiculous projections for the 2022 NFL draft.
These aren’t really predictions, but more of a way to see which players will be relevant in the coming season.
Draft Wire managing editor Luke Easterling’s new mock draft for 2022 goes two rounds.
The Arizona Cardinals land a tight end and a cornerback with their selections.
They have the 18th overall pick based on current Super Bowl odds. If that is the reality in 2022, it means the Cardinals will have been the best team in the league to not make the playoffs, which would be a big disappointment.
Who are the picks and what is there to know about them? Read on.
Round 1: Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer
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Wydermyer is 6-5 and 265, so he is big. In two seasons, he caught 78 passes for 953 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Cardinals have not drafted a tight end in the first round since J.V. Cain in 1974. The Cardinals also do not feature tight ends much in their offense, either. That said, let's see what he does this coming season to see if he would be a difference-maker moving forward.
Round 2: Cincinnati CB Ahmad Gardner
Drafting talented cornerbacks early is advisable. Byron Murphy will be in his fourth season. Robert Alford, Malcolm Butler and Darqueze Dennard will be free agents and Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan were Day 3 picks this draft. Gardner offers great length at 6-2 and 188 lbs. He had three interceptions in each of his first two seasons as a Bearcat.