2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets fix defense, Jaguars make surprise No. 1 pick

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9. Denver Broncos: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

The first quarterback is off the board here as the Denver Broncos turn to the draft adding Liberty standout Malik Willis. With the QB market seemingly drying up, the Broncos believe the upside lies in the draft.

Willis came away as one of the biggest winners of the Combine wowing scouts both on the field and in interviews. Don't be surprised if he's the first quarterback off the board and a top-10 pick.

10. New York Jets: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

This is somewhat of a dream scenario for the Jets, provided they address the offensive side of the ball in free agency. After landing a star pass rusher in Kayvon Thibodeaux, the Jets double-down on defense and draft Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner.

Nicknamed "Sauce," Gardner provides an absurd size/speed combination with above-average ball skills and a high football IQ. The perfect player to add to a Jets' defense that's still looking for a true No. 1 cornerback.

11. Washington Commanders: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The Washington Commanders are in an interesting spot when it comes to the quarterback position. They could turn to free agency or the trade market, and I wouldn't be surprised if they do.

In this scenario, they couple any possible external addition with Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett. Pickett is a bit more polished than Willis and could compete for the starting job in year one. If Washington can overlook his hand size, Pickett might just be the pick here.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

The Minnesota Vikings have missed on their fair share of first-round cornerbacks in recent years, but Clemson's Andrew Booth Jr. could be the one to buck that trend.

Booth is a physically gifted cornerback prospect who has gotten somewhat overshadowed in such a talented class. The Vikings need secondary help and Booth has the upside they're looking for.