Cam Mellor’s 2022 7-Round NFL Mock Draft: Sam Howell anchors five first-round quarterbacks

This 2022 NFL Mock Draft goes seven rounds full of picks and analysis for every pick from No. 1 to No. 262.

2022 7-Round NFL Mock Draft | Round 2, Picks 33-48

Round 1 is in the books. Here’s what you can expect from the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Again, this is what I would do as the GM of all 32 teams.

33) Jacksonville Jaguars: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina

The Jaguars missed on an edge defender with the first overall pick, but they grab Kingsley Enagbare in Round 2. Enagbare has first-round talent himself, and the pieces fall right into place for a rebuilding Jaguars defense to get a marquee pass rusher with their haul.

34) Detroit Lions: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

As mentioned for pick 32, a quarterback could be in the works for Detroit. Instead, they shore up their coverage unit here. Trent McDuffie has positional versatility as well as great coverage skills with both his back to the football or face up against his receiver.

35) New York Jets: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

The Jets continue their building around Wilson with a talented pass catcher at tight end. Isaiah Likely has the best receiving skill set in this TE class. He’s a YAC threat and a dynamic athlete with the ball in his hands.

36) New York Giants: Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky

Like I said at the top half of Round 1, the Giants need a right tackle, and their top seven overall picks didn’t warrant grabbing one. Instead, they allow the chips to fall and secure arguably the best RT in the draft at the top of Round 2. Darian Kinnard is a massive man with plenty of athleticism to get after it in both facets on offense.

37) Houston Texans: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

The Texans have holes all along their roster but are certainly in need of a tight end. Trey McBride is a receiver in a tight end’s body with underrated athleticism. The offense at Colorado State ran through McBride in 2021, and he didn’t skip a beat in the process.

38) New York Jets: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

A smaller version of Derwin James, Jalen Pitre can play a bevy of positions on the Jets’ defense. Line him up in the slot or out wide, put him in the box as a traditional strong safety, or let him roam at free safety, odds are Pitre will make a play. He showcased at the Senior Bowl that it’s not his size that will define him, rather his physicality and fearlessness in all facets.

39) Chicago Bears: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

With their first pick of this draft, the Chicago Bears secure a need at left tackle with Jason Peters’ one-year fill-in now over. Nicholas Petit-Frere has a solid base and gets to block for his former teammate Justin Fields again.

40) Denver Broncos: Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss

Character issues aside, Sam Williams is a near-elite talent. He can bend the edge or bull rush past mismatched tackles. The Broncos secure their future edge rusher opposite Bradley Chubb here.

41) Seattle Seahawks: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA

Like the Bears, the Seattle Seahawks fill a need with their first pick of the draft in the beginning stages of Round 2. Seattle grabs Sean Rhyan to take over for longtime standout left tackle Duane Brown.

42) Washington Commanders: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

The right tackles continue to come off the board as the Commanders get new quarterback Kenny Pickett some much-needed help in front of him. Abraham Lucas showcased he can block in a variety of offenses and is terrific in space while maintaining a sound set of pass-protection skills.

43) Atlanta Falcons: David Bell, WR, Purdue

David Bell‘s body control is elite. No matter who is throwing him passes, he can go up and get just about any pass. Opposite Calvin Ridley (if he returns to Atlanta), this receiver duo should be a feared unit no matter who is throwing them passes in a few years.

44) Cleveland Browns: Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State

With potential Round 1 interest, the run on edge defenders slowed. As such, Cameron Thomas slides a bit to the Browns as they secure depth and an eventual starter off the edge on defense.

45) Baltimore Ravens: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

Throw out all preconceived notions that Roger McCreary‘s “lack of length” in his arms will be a detriment to him. All he did was lockdown SEC receivers for years at Auburn. He’ll do just fine in Baltimore’s defense.

46) Minnesota Vikings: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M

Once considered the best interior prospect, DeMarvin Leal sees a bit of a slide here based on the positional value in these selections. Nevertheless, he’s still the second interior defensive linemen taken and can impact the game in a variety of ways for the Minnesota defense.

47) Indianapolis Colts: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

A talented EDGE class gets deeper as Drake Jackson heads to the Indianapolis Colts with their first pick of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Jackson allows the Colts to utilize him in a variety of ways, similar to how he was utilized at USC, giving them the option of rotating their edge defenders and continuing to wreak havoc on opposing QBs.

48) Los Angeles Chargers: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

The Chargers need some help on the interior as Linval Joseph is a free agent. Perrion Winfrey threw offensive linemen around like ragdolls during his career and at the Senior Bowl. He presents as a talented, multi-faceted interior defensive lineman that LA can move around as they see fit.

Round 2 | Picks 49-64

The back half of the second round is here. Positional value plays a huge factor in the selections of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Get to know some of the names your favorite team may be looking to take in April.

49) New Orleans Saints: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

After a dominant performance at the Senior Bowl, Christian Watson proved his success wasn’t based on the fact that he played inferior competition at North Dakota State. He was fast off the line, carried his pads lows, and caught everything his way.

50) Miami Dolphins: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Another gift to the Dolphins as they grab the top RB available. While there isn’t a ton of value in drafting a running back in the early rounds, Breece Hall is different. And he’s a difference-maker that Miami needs.

51) Philadelphia Eagles: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

A physical presence on the back end, Jaquan Brisker smashes backs in the run game. He also has an underrated coverage ability that he uses to cover tight ends, backs, and slot receivers from inside the box.

52) Pittsburgh Steelers: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

A hard-hitting safety that seemingly fits the Steelers’ defensive mantra perfectly, Lewis Cine adds value to Pittsburgh’s secondary. He allows Minkah Fitzpatrick to continue to play free while he also represents an upgrade over Terrell Edmunds, whose fifth-year was not picked up anyways.

53) Las Vegas Raiders: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

Las Vegas grabs Devonte Wyatt to help bolster their interior on defense. Wyatt’s pass-rushing skill set should allow for more one-on-one opportunities for the great Maxx Crosby as Wyatt will command double teams no matter where he lines up.

54) New England Patriots: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

A shifty receiver in space, Jahan Dotson should become a favorite for Mac Jones to find all over the field. Dotson can line up in the slot or outside and win all the same. He has great hands and a better first step off the line of scrimmage.

55) Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

Sticky in coverage, Kyler Gordon is tough to get past as a receiver. He’s well-coached and prepared, hailing from the Washington system. Gordon has slot experience and would be a vital addition to the Cardinals’ defense in nickel sets.

56) Dallas Cowboys: Logan Hall, DT, Houston

A fast riser due to his performance at the Senior Bowl, Logan Hall is a bulldog in the middle. He whips past bigger interior linemen or bullies his way past the inferior linemen on the inside against the run or when rushing the passer.

57) Buffalo Bills: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

You can never have enough cornerbacks in today’s NFL. Derion Kendrick enters the fold as a third CB to Levi Wallace and Tre’Davious White. He has great instincts and solid fundamentals.

58) Atlanta Falcons: Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA

Bet on the traits or bet on the athleticism, one thing is for certain, betting on Tariq Woolen is bound to pay off for the Falcons. Woolen is possibly the fastest cornerback in this class and also the biggest. At 6’3″, 200+ pounds, Woolen is rumored to be able to run sub-4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That, and his growing skill set as a WR-turned-CB are enticing enough for him to go here.

59) Green Bay Packers: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

A bit further than even I thought Chad Muma would go, the fabulous linebacker from Wyoming finally finds a home. Due to the way the board fell, Green Bay gets a steal as Muma is NFL-ready for all three downs.

60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama

The Bucs need help both on the edge and inside as their DL is getting long in the tooth. Improving depth while they remain intact in 2022 is one thing, but grabbing Phidarian Mathis as a future replacement and star on the inside is another. Big Phil pushes linemen around with ease and upsets rushing lanes with ease.

61) San Francisco 49ers: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College

A fabulous interior offensive line prospect, Zion Johnson is the pick for the San Francisco 49ers, which happens to be their first of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. With their offensive scheme, the 49ers put a value on movable interior linemen, and that is exactly Johnson’s game. Get him in space, and there isn’t a defender he can’t pancake.

62) Kansas City Chiefs: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

The Chiefs need to improve their EDGE presence, and Boye Mafe does just that. His Senior Bowl performance was a sight to behold as he dominated the action. Rushing opposite Frank Clark only makes more favorable matchups for Chris Jones on the inside.

63) Cincinnati Bengals: Travis Jones, DT, UConn

While the Bengals put an emphasis on adding to their pass-rushing last offseason, they do the same by grabbing Travis Jones to do the same on the inside. Jones was a havoc-wreaker at the Senior Bowl, routinely flashing athletic ability with his huge frame on the inside.

64) Denver Broncos: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Again, right tackles become a premium in Round 2 as the Broncos grab Daniel Faalele to close it out. With Garett Bolles locking down at LT, Faalele enters the mix with the ability to win the RT spot in Year 1. He’s a mountain of a man with great balance for his size and a solid foundation laid in his fundamentals.

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