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 4, Picks 105-115

Let’s continue the fourth round of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft with yet another quarterback selected.

105) Jacksonville Jaguars: Christopher Hinton, DT, Michigan

The battles won in the trenches will go a long way toward success for the Jaguars in 2022 and beyond. Adding Christopher Hinton to the mix certainly helps. Hinton, a true worker on the interior, has a strong pass-rushing skill set and perhaps an even better ability at disrupting the running game.

106) Cleveland Browns: Thayer Munford, G, Ohio State

The Browns have arguably the best offensive line in football. Yet, Joel Bitonio will be 31 next season. They’ve got to figure out a replacement plan sooner than later. By grabbing Thayer Munford, they do just that. Munford had a stellar season at Ohio State in 2021, his first season at guard. He could be a steal if his trajectory continues inside.

107) Carolina Panthers: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

I haven’t a clue what the Panthers are going to do with their quarterback situation this offseason. What I do know, however, is that Sam Darnold’s $18M cap hit and base salary is certainly too much given what they got out of him this past season.

Brock Purdy does just about everything you’d want a franchise QB to do but hasn’t quite lived up to the potential his traits showcase. He’s an insurance policy for Darnold as he’d need a year (at least) in an NFL offense to adjust to everything.

108) Seattle Seahawks: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor

With Bobby Wagner getting up there in age, the need for an additional linebacker is apparent. Don’t just take that from me — look at the copious amount of tackles Jordyn Brooks was forced to make. Terrel Bernard is vastly experienced and comes equipped to rush the passer, stop the run, or drop back in coverage.

109) Baltimore Ravens: Marquis Hayes, G, Oklahoma

Another OL prospect from Oklahoma heads to Baltimore as Marquis Hayes joins the fold. Kevin Zeitler will be 32 next season and under contract for just two more years, meaning Hayes has the chance for a starting spot sooner than later. He’s great in the run game but may need some time adjusting to an NFL passing attack.

110) New York Jets: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

The build around Zach Wilson continues. After selecting London and Likely, the Jets bank on traits and health by selecting Justyn Ross. All he needed to do in 2021 was prove his true freshman season was no fluke, and he did just that. Though he didn’t break the mold or impress too much, if Ross can return to that 2018-19 form, the Jets have a special player on their hands.

111) New York Giants: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

Again, call me a cynic, but there should never be a time that you select a running back as high as some teams have recently. As evidenced by some unfortunate injuries to their star back, the Giants are on the hunt for a new RB, whether he complements Saquon Barkley or not.

Brian Robinson Jr. heads to New York with significantly fewer miles than most of the top backs. Robinson also enters with an underrated ability in the passing game as he was hardly able to showcase that at Alabama.

112) Washington Commanders: JT Woods, S, Baylor

With their first pick on defense, the Commanders select JT Woods from Baylor. Seemingly all fast players come from Baylor, and Woods is no different despite playing as a box safety. Woods plays a role similar to Landon Collins but has a great ability in coverage from the slot.

113) Atlanta Falcons: Haskell Garrett, DT, Ohio State

As nice as Haskell Garrett is, he somehow plays with an incredible mean streak. Drawing from his heritage, Garrett is ready to make the NFL leap. Garrett can rush the passer and does great in the run game to boot. The Falcons need a well-rounded defensive tackle, and Garrett is their man.

114) Denver Broncos: Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State

Proving to handle top receivers incredibly well at the Senior Bowl, Tariq Castro-Fields is a potential nickel CB and future starter outside. Castro-Fields is sticky in coverage and can close on the football with swiftness. The Broncos are loaded at cornerback now and for the future.

115) Seattle Seahawks: John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas

John Ridgeway is a bigger man than people give him credit for. That’s largely because he plays with a high pad level. Yet, somehow, he still wins. Ridgeway may have a higher ceiling than most because some of the issues holding him back are coachable at the next level.

Round 4 | Picks 116-128

Round 4 presses on with me acting as the general manager of all 32 NFL teams.

116) New York Jets: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston

Single-handedly winning a game for Houston this season, Marcus Jones is not only a great cover corner but also a dynamic returner. He’s sticky in a variety of coverages and can play all across the back end. He’s not afraid to play special teams, and Jones’ biggest impact as a rookie will absolutely be as a punt and kick returner.

117) Cleveland Browns: Charleston Rambo, WR, Miami (FL)

After grabbing a WR in Round 1, the Browns hit the well again with former Miami Hurricanes and Oklahoma Sooners receiver Charleston Rambo. A defensive back’s nightmare, when Rambo has a free release, there may not be many who can catch him. Combine that with a great ability at the catch point, and you’ve got a mismatch when deployed correctly.

118) Baltimore Ravens: Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama

A technical cornerback if there ever was one, Jalyn Armour-Davis is primed to be a CB coach when his playing days are over. Fortunately for Ravens fans, his playing days are far from over, and he’ll fit in beautifully as a nickel cornerback in Year 1. Armour-Davis has sound technique and is a film junkie.

119) New Orleans Saints: Yusuf Corker, S, Kentucky

The clock is ticking on this Saints’ secondary, and with their first pick on the defensive side of the ball, they grab Yusuf Corker. An underrated strong safety with great coverage ability, Corker does his best work covering tight ends and backs. He’ll sting opposing offenses in the run game and make them pay in the passing attack.

120) Miami Dolphins: Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina

The Dolphins continue on defense with their selection of Jeffrey Gunter. Gunter has raw athleticism and terrific upside if he can learn to keep his pad level low and add to his pass-rush arsenal. He’s sound technically with his hands, and his speed is terrific already — adding that extra layer will be crucial for his development.

121) Indianapolis Colts: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

T.Y. Hilton has done great things for the Colts franchise, but it’s time to get an influx of youth in that receiver room. Alec Pierce is a big receiver who makes bigger plays. He wins from all over the offense and fills the role of WR3 alongside Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr.

122) Los Angeles Chargers: Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida

This offseason, the Chargers are in need of a few things on offense. One of those things they would be looking for, in my opinion, is a complete running back. Luckily, Dameon Pierce should be around for them on Day 2 or later. Pierce is a fabulous, ferocious runner who serves as a more-than-capable blocker in pass protection.

123) Philadelphia Eagles: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

The Eagles add another great playmaker on the perimeter with Skyy Moore. Moore is a talented speedster who has more than enough body control to come down with the tough contested catches in the end zone. He can also contribute right away on special teams.

124) Miami Dolphins: Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah

Routinely holding his own at Senior Bowl practices, Braxton Jones is far from a project at tackle. While the jury is still out on what the Dolphins do alongside the offensive line, my money is on molding Jones as a right tackle to protect Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside. He worked at both right and left tackle during Senior Bowl week.

125) Las Vegas Raiders: Isaiah Thomas, EDGE, Oklahoma

Improving depth and ensuring a backup plan for any injuries, Isaiah Thomas heads to the desert to add value immediately. He’s a great pass rusher and should be thought of as an upgrade over former first-round pick Clelin Ferrell.

126) New England Patriots: Zachary Carter, DT, Florida

The Patriots go back to the SEC for another interior defensive lineman, grabbing Zachary Carter to pair with Christian Barmore. Carter could blossom into a potential three-down starter with proper coaching.

127) Baltimore Ravens: Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (OH)

Flashing potential high-level play, Dominique Robinson made his name known at the Senior Bowl. He bull-rushed on one rep, then bent the edge on the very next play. Robinson has a complete game on the outside and will be more than a situational pass rusher with the Ravens.

128) Dallas Cowboys: Jamaree Salyer, G, Georgia

The Cowboys will look to add insurance on the interior of their offensive line sooner than later. Jamaree Salyer can play either guard spot and has excellent pad level with a better first step.

Round 4 | Picks 129-143

The back half of Round 4 rolls on with me acting as the general manager.

129) Buffalo Bills: James Cook, RB, Georgia

The Bills will need to eventually replace their running back tandem, although they can have a trio with James Cook, Devin Singletary, and Zack Moss in 2022. Cook has more tread on the tires than most backs in this class and has great elusiveness. His biggest impact, however, will be in the passing game.

130) Tennessee Titans: Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA

There’s no denying Kyle Philips’ route-running skills. He’s terrific at the line and has better top-end speed. He’ll also add immediate value in the return game for Tennessee.

131) Green Bay Packers: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State

The Packers will eventually need to replace David Bakhtiari, and they do so with the long game by selecting Rasheed Walker. He’ll need some coaching to get his fundamentals up to par, but Walker has the size and strength you can’t coach.

132) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee

As shown by their signing of Richard Sherman midway through the year, Tampa Bay needs depth at cornerback. Alontae Taylor is a sticky DB with a physical kind of play, and he’ll fit right in with the Bucs.

133) San Francisco 49ers: James Empey, C, BYU

Alex Mack isn’t getting any younger, and James Empey, at one point, was considered the top center prospect. Though injuries derailed that, Empey is more than capable of handling the load when healthy. Perhaps that’s after Mack hangs it up and Empey has had two years under him.

134) Kansas City Chiefs: Trae Barry, TE, Boston College

Sure, Trae Barry wasn’t invited to the Combine. And yes, that was a travesty. The big man from Boston College had a great year on the receiving end of passes in Chestnut Hill and could develop into a complete tight end with the Chiefs.

135) Cincinnati Bengals: Lucas Krull, TE, Pittsburgh

There won’t be many targets to go around in this high-powered offense with their trio of receivers, but Lucas Krull will make the most of it whenever he is featured in the passing game. Furthermore, he’s a terrific run blocker and should excel in Cincinnati’s rushing attack with his ability to move the pile.

136) Houston Texans: Zonovan Knight, RB, NC State

The Texans grab a talented, multi-faceted RB in Zonovan Knight. “Bam,” as he’s known, is a perfect nickname for the running back who bounces off of contact willingly and has terrific balance. Knight is a sound RB in both facets.

137) New Orleans Saints: Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama

As stated, the Saints’ secondary will need an influx in talent sooner than later. With aging stars and expiring contracts, securing a potential high-end cornerback with injury concerns is worth the risk here. Josh Jobe has all the skills required to potentially be a starting corner on the boundary, but injury concerns sparked his fall.

138) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerreth Sterns, WR, Western Kentucky

The Steelers certainly need weapons for their new quarterback Strong. Jerreth Sterns proved to be more than a system receiver at the Shrine Bowl, catching everything thrown his way. He’s got shifty routes and better body control than anticipated.

139) Baltimore Ravens: Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati

The Ravens were forced to dive deep into the RB well this past year, so grabbing a Day 3 back is almost inevitable. Jerome Ford has underrated speed and an impressive balance through contact. He may not factor as much into the passing game, but he may not have to with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards sharing the workload.

140) Green Bay Packers: Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU

More than just a run stuffer, Neil Farrell Jr. is an incredibly talented pass rusher. Farrell can push the pocket and disrupt rushing lanes all the same. Lining up opposite Kenny Clark, the two create one of the most fearsome duos on the interior.

141) Baltimore Ravens: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

A large middle linebacker, Darrian Beavers can quite literally do it all. Standing at 6’4″, 250 pounds, Beavers moves incredibly well for a man his size. He can go sideline to sideline but moves best coming downhill. He has a surprising skill set in coverage as he can body up against any tight end the NFL has to offer.

142) Los Angeles Rams: Zach Tom, G/C, Wake Forest

It’s hard to say this Rams team has many weaknesses after making the Super Bowl. That said, the interior of their offensive line is absolutely one this offseason. Both Austin Corbett and Brian Allen are unrestricted free agents, and Zach Tom fills that need. Tom played every position at Wake Forest and worked at both center and guard during his time at the Shrine Bow (with great success, I might add).

143) Tennessee Titans: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

After losing a bevy of tight ends this past offseason, Tennessee’s 11 personnel numbers looked pedestrian compared to years past. Jeremy Ruckert never got a chance to showcase his pass-catching ability at Ohio State, but he’s more than capable as a receiver.

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