2022 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets build trenches, multiple surprises, and more

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25. Buffalo Bills: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

There's a lot of smoke around Breece Hall to the Bills, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if it happens. But the Bills have bigger needs to address, and arguably the most prominent is at cornerback.

The physically-gifted Kaiir Elam seems to be rising up draft boards and the Bills add him here as the search for a potential long-term starter opposite Tre'Davious White.

26. Tennessee Titans: Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

The Titans are a sneaky candidate to draft a quarterback here, and in a better class, they'd probably be even more interested. But if a name like Desmond Ridder or Matt Corral doesn't come off the board at this spot, an offensive lineman is a good guess.

Boston College's Zion Johnson put together a strong Senior Bowl performance and has a very good chance to sneak into the back half of Round 1. He's a plug-and-play starter.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

As part of a stacked Georgia front seven, Devonte Wyatt often found himself overshadowed. But he has a chance to be the best NFL player from that entire Georgia defense.

This is a dream for the Buccaneers who are looking to get younger in their defensive interior. Wyatt falls to them and the Bucs land a top target of many fans.

28. Green Bay Packers: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

Boye Mafe is another player who really improved his stock at the Senior Bowl, and he feels like a prime candidate to be picked anywhere from 23 to 32 in this draft.

The Packers already have a talented pass-rush duo in Rashan Gary and Preston Smith, but the depth behind them is sorely lacking. Green Bay tackles the strength of this draft class and adds a high-upside defensive stud.