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2022 NFL mock draft: Elite defenders join pair of QBs at the top : Trending News & Rumors for Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer & More

Since the moment he took his first steps onto the field for Clemson, Trevor Lawrence was destined to become the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. There isn't the same guaranteed lock anchoring the 2022 draft. But the class will still feature plenty of elite talent at the top of the board, particularly on defense. The order for theScore's way-too-early 2022 Mock Draft was set using Super Bowl odds, while also balancing the number of clubs from each conference picking 19th-32nd - the 14 spots reserved for playoff teams.

By Dane Belbeck

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These players appear in the top 32 of our

Consensus Big Board

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