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Live NFL Mock Draft 2022: Updated projections, rumors point to Texans getting Derek Stingley, Jets stealing Ikem Ekwonu & more

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The 2022 NFL Draft is very nearly here, and there are still countless questions to be answered about this year's draft class.

Who are the Jaguars going to take at No. 1 overall? It's looking like an edge rusher, but it's far from a sure thing. When will the first-round quarterbacks go and how many? It's looking like Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett could slide a bit if the Panthers take an offensive tackle early.

And what about trades? Most of the rumors are about teams wanting to move down in this weak draft class. But eventually, some partners that want to move up will likely emerge.

There is still so much to sort out and so little time to figure it all out. How will this year's unpredictable draft shake out? Here's a look at one of The Sporting News' final mock drafts, which will be updated throughout the day with all the latest rumors and draft buzz.

Stay tuned for all the latest news and pick changes, which will be finalized before the draft begins at 8 p.m. ET, below.

It seems likely that Walker is going to be the pick at No. 1 overall. There were reports that there could be a "surprise" with the Jaguars' top selection during draft week. The selection of Walker would be surprising enough. After all, he was once considered a fringe first-round pick, and even in recent weeks, Aidan Hutchinson was widely considered to be ahead of him in the race for the No. 1 spot. Ultimately, Walker's athletic testing at the combine gave him the nod over Hutchinson's production from last season.

2. Detroit Lions

Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

The Lions are going to take whichever of the edge defenders that the Jaguars don't take at No. 1, in all likelihood. They would be happy to landing Hutchinson, who played locally at Michigan and had 14 sacks last season. He would be a nice replacement for Trey Flowers, who never lived up to the free-agent contract that Detroit gave him.

The Texans are the biggest wild card in this year's draft and will make or break many mock drafts. They need to upgrade pretty much every position on the field, so they could go in any direction. Right now, however, offensive tackle and cornerback are where they are expected to look, so Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, Stingley and Sauce Gardner are all options here.

I've waffled between Stingley and Ekwonu here, but after flip-flopping my picks a couple of times, I'm going back to Stingley. The betting odds on Stingley being the No. 3 overall pick have moved significantly, and he is now the favorite for the selection. That doesn't necessarily mean he will be, but typically, this type of late action is indicative of some sharp bettor knowing something.

Stingley is a worthwhile choice for the Texans. He was excellent as a freshman, but he regressed in each of the next two seasons because of injuries. Still, he's one of the most talented defenders in this year's class and he has the makings of a great starting cornerback. The Texans have many holes, but they have two top-13 picks to fill two of them. So, why not take a potential-packed player with their first selection?

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