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NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah Projects Utah LB Devin Lloyd As Top 10 Pick In Mock Draft

Jan 21, 2022, 2:53 PM | Updated: 3:46 pm
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Devin Lloyd #0 of the Utah Utes celebrates sacking Brendon Lewis #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes during their game November 26, 2021 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City , Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projected Utah Utes linebacker Devin Lloyd as a top 10 pick in the first version of his mock draft for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jeremiah released the 1.0 version of his mock draft on Friday, January 21.

The former NFL scout listed Lloyd as the No. 7 overall pick to the New York Giants.

“Lloyd is a fun player to study. He flies around the field and makes a bunch of plays on the ball,” Jeremiah wrote, “His intangibles are off the charts. I could see the 2021 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year emerge as a key leader for the Giants’ defense.”

The Utah standout was the first linebacker taken in Jeremiah’s mock draft and the fifth defensive player overall.

This season, Lloyd helped the Utes to their first-ever Pac-12 Conference title and a berth to the Rose Bowl Game.

He finished the season with 111 total tackles, 66 solo tackles, eight sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four interceptions, six pass breakups, and two touchdowns.

Lloyd was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021 season.

Lloyd ended his Utah career with 256 total tackles, 150 solo tackles, 16.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, and three touchdowns.

The 2022 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas from April 28-30.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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