Round 2 NFL mock draft: Predicting landing spots for Malik Willis, Nakobe Dean, best available prospects

    Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.

Thanks to a wild, trade-happy first round of the 2022 NFL draft, the first three picks of the second round have changed hands. As of now, the Buccaneers, Vikings and Titans will kick off Day 2, giving them first dibs on some very talented prospects still on the board.

Perhaps the biggest name still available is Liberty quarterback Malik Willis. Round 1 saw only one QB get drafted (Kenny Pickett), so we could see a run on signal-callers in the second round. And despite six receivers finding new homes on Thursday, look for a few more to join franchises in Round 2. The first round didn’t have a single running back or tight end, so perhaps we could see a few on Day 2? And what about top prospects such as Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, Penn State edge rusher Arnold Ebiketie and Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.? How quickly will they be drafted on Friday night?

Here’s my prediction of how Round 2 will play out, with a number of potential Day 1 starters still available. It’s full of unpredictability, so this is a projection of what could happen if every team drafts based purely on fit and need. We begin with Tampa Bay, which traded out of its first-round selection and now gets things going on Day 2.


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