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 NFL 7-Round Mock Draft | Round 6, Picks 179-199

Let’s kick Round 6 of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft off with some talented players from the Power Five.

179) Jacksonville Jaguars: Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn

Jacksonville has invested capital into the LB position before, but here we are again. Zakoby McClain does everything you’d expect a linebacker to do and does it well. He can patrol the field in run defense, rush the passer, and cover tight ends in the passing game.

180) Detroit Lions: Bo Melton, WR, Rutgers

The second receiver taken for new QB Ridder, Bo Melton is as shifty as they come. Melton has a great first step off the line and possesses enough body control to make every catch. He also presents a valued addition in the return game.

181) New York Giants: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin

Decimated by injuries this past season, the Giants need to add depth and versatility to their linebacking corps. Grabbing Leo Chenal is too good to pass up as he adds both for New York immediately.

182) Houston Texans: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

Houston needed to grab a tight end, and they grab two in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. While McBride is the pure pass catcher of the group, Cade Otton serves as essentially an extra tackle in the run game. Making matters even better, Otton is no slouch in the receiving game either.

183) Minnesota Vikings: Amaré Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

Though a bit in between positions, Amaré Barno wreaks havoc on the opposing offense when utilized correctly. Deploying him will be the Vikings’ trouble, but Barno possesses more than enough skill in his pass rush to win some early battles to the quarterback.

184) Buffalo Bills: Kyler McMichael, CB, North Carolina

A riser from the Shrine Bowl, Kyler McMichael has a future in the NFL as a potential third or fourth cornerback. With the Bills, McMichael can continue to hone his craft and presents a mismatch for smaller receivers with his blend of size and speed.

185) Chicago Bears: Julius Turner, DT, Rutgers

Drawing inspiration from Aaron Donald, Julius Turner is an undersized DT with a high motor and impressive hands. Turner will beat offensive linemen in front of him with his hand speed, strength, or fast get-off. He attributes all of those to watching Donald’s game.

186) San Francisco 49ers: Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky

A pure pass rusher with great size, Josh Paschal is more than ready to wreak havoc on quarterbacks. He’ll get lost in coverage if pressed into action but is more than capable of recording pressures against a variety of tackles in the NFL.

187) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina

Jaivon Heiligh doesn’t tip the scales as big as he plays on the field. That’s because the 6’0″ receiver has an incredible leaping ability to highpoint the football over any DB. Heiligh also models his game after some of the NFL’s best in terms of his route running and it shows.

188) Washington Commanders: Dare Rosenthal, OT, Kentucky

Dare Rosenthal enters the mix and offers some insurance for the Commanders. Rosenthal had a successful season at Kentucky after transferring from LSU. He proved he can make proper adjustments on the fly in-game and as he transitioned from one playbook to another this past season.

189) Atlanta Falcons: Obinna Eze, OT, TCU

In my opinion, the Kaleb McGary experiment has run its course. As such, the Falcons need a viable option at replacing him at right tackle. Obinna Eze hasn’t played RT since 2019, but the mere fact that he has played there before means he could be able to pick it up faster than any other tackle available here.

190) Kansas City Chiefs: Kolby Harvell-Peel, S, Oklahoma State

The Chiefs grab another defensive back as Kolby Harvell-Peel can play in nickel packages. He can cover out of the slot or be a box defender against the run. His positional versatility is terrific.

191) Minnesota Vikings: Dohnovan West, G, Arizona State

The Vikings need some help on the interior of their offensive line after they were decimated in 2021. Dohnovan West is as strong as he is sound in pass protection, although he’ll have to work on his first step in the run game.

192) Cleveland Browns: Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri

The Browns’ secondary is solid but lacks high-end depth. Akayleb Evans is a large corner who plays even longer than his length. Evans is pro-ready despite what some think of the Missouri system. He can play off coverage all the same as he can press his man at the line.

193) Denver Broncos: Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU

The Broncos have a very talented receiving corps already, and with Howell throwing to them in 2022, the addition of Reggie Roberson Jr. makes them even more potent. Aside from his overall receiving skill, Roberson also factors heavily into the return game for Denver.

194) Los Angeles Chargers: Logan Bruss, OT, Wisconsin

Rashawn Slater is locking down the left side while Bryan Bulaga handled the right for the Chargers. As Bulaga’s contract expires next season, Logan Bruss could enter the fold, having learned from one of the best for under a year. Bruss had his moments at right tackle with Wisconsin and is nearly pro-ready.

195) Baltimore Ravens: Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA

As mentioned earlier, the influx of youth on the Ravens’ defensive line continues. Otito Ogbonnia is a talented pass rusher who can possibly take the mantle held by Brandon Williams. Ogbonnia has sound technique and a great get-off, but he may need to work on finishing in the backfield.

196) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jerrion Ealy, RB, Ole Miss

With their first of back-to-back picks, the Jaguars grab a complement to the returning Travis Etienne. Jerrion Ealy does all the things Etienne does but excels in the receiving game. The shelf life of an NFL running back is as short as ever, so splitting carries and receptions is great for Etienne and Ealy’s business.

197) Jacksonville Jaguars: DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky

Possessing a high motor and even better hands, DeAngelo Malone is more than just a pass rusher, even if that’s where he excels the most. Malone can get after the quarterback from the edge and comes down the line in run defense with quicks and smarts.

198) Carolina Panthers: Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech

After they secured a plug-and-play guard earlier, the Panthers now grab their potential center of the future in Dawson Deaton. With his experience and hard-nosed level of play, Deaton could see time in Year 1. He’s NFL-ready and has great pass sets.

199) Miami Dolphins: Tyreke Smith, EDGE, Ohio State

Miami isn’t done adding to their edge ranks as Tyreke Smith enters the fold. Smith is a big man on the outside who can rush the passer from a variety of alignments. He’s not quite a complete down lineman, but his pass-rushing skill set is top-notch.

Round 6 | Picks 200-219

We’re getting there. That’s 199 picks down, just a few more to go.

200) Arizona Cardinals: Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia

Zach Ertz was a nice stopgap, but the Cardinals will need a new weapon at tight end. At 6’6″, Jelani Woods towers over those guarding him. And yet, Woods runs routes like a slot receiver. He’s a mismatch whenever he takes the field.

201) Dallas Cowboys: Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State

Imagine drafting an RB at No. 201 and replacing your former first-round pick in the process. That’s what happens here as Pierre Strong Jr. is a future bell cow for a few years in the NFL. He can also add value in the passing game better than the back he’s replacing.

202) Buffalo Bills: Tay Martin, WR, Oklahoma State

Moving around during his collegiate career, Tay Martin flashed ability from Pullman to Stillwater. He has quick feet and a terrific combination of body control and sure hands.

203) Tennessee Titans: Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, DT, Notre Dame

Though Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa is not settled into one position, the Titans can choose to deploy him as they see fit. Is he an interior defender? Probably not. Is he a pure pass rusher off the edge? Also probably not. But he can do both for the Titans in the right situation.

204) Houston Texans: Ali Fayad, EDGE, Western Michigan

Aside from Ojabo, Ali Fayad may have the draft class’ best spin move off the edge. Fayad routinely beats tackles with his speed and spin but has thrown a few other pass-rush moves in there to confuse the opposition at times.

205) Philadelphia Eagles: David Anenih, EDGE, Houston

David Anenih can whip past even the fastest offensive tackle with his athleticism. He’ll prove too much for tackles to handle with his pass-rush moves while he hones his craft against the run.

206) Houston Texans: Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State

He may not start right away, but Kellen Diesch has the length and strength to be an NFL player sooner than later. Diesch can work at both tackle spots for the Texans in his rookie season, playing behind Laremy Tunsil.

207) Minnesota Vikings: Ellis Brooks, LB, Penn State

The Vikings have holes to fill in this class, but they select Ellis Brooks out of Penn State. Brooks has a great motor and a sound pass-rushing skill set that he uses to his advantage. He assists the defensive overhaul for Minnesota in this class.

208) Cincinnati Bengals: Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State

As the saying goes, you can’t have enough cornerbacks in today’s NFL, and Cincinnati grabs another. Jaylen Watson is a big corner with the capability of shifting inside if necessary, but he should latch on well outside.

209) New England Patriots: Tycen Anderson, S, Toledo

A moveable chess piece in the secondary, Tycen Anderson could play a bevy of positions for the Patriots. Anderson proved he has all the goods to go up against some talented receivers at the Senior Bowl but will need to work on his coverage skills against faster players.

210) Los Angeles Rams: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana

With their first pick of three-in-four selections, the Rams add a talented pass-rushing linebacker in Micah McFadden. Though he isn’t quite the feared coverage backer he was to start his career at Indiana, McFadden can blitz with the best of them and come downhill in run defense all the same.

211) Los Angeles Rams: Brock Hoffman, G/C, Virginia Tech

As mentioned earlier, the Rams are going to be hard-pressed on the interior of their offensive line. Brock Hoffman, like Zach Tom, worked at both center and guard during Shrine Bowl week. He presents upside with both his versatility and his ferociousness on the inside.

212) Atlanta Falcons: Chris Paul, G, Tulsa

The Falcons also need depth help on the interior of their offensive line. Chris Paul enters with a terrific upside as he’s seemingly just scratching the surface on what could be an elite set of skills in both facets.

213) Los Angeles Rams: D’Vonte Price, RB, Florida International

Their third pick in four selections sees the Rams grab FIU’s D’Vonte Price. Price had a great week at the Senior Bowl and showcased what makes him special. He has great vision, a terrific burst, and accelerates through his breaks in space. Price is a talented player and can block in pass protection to boot.

214) New Orleans Saints: Danny Gray, WR, SMU

Speed is the name of the game for Danny Gray as new quarterback Willis will have fun finding him open as he streaks downfield. Gray can also immediately contribute in the return game and as a potential WR4 in this lineup.

215) Los Angeles Chargers: Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB

At a massive 6’7″, Alex Wright will inject fear into any tackle in front of him with just his size alone. He uses his hands and quick first step, causing more anxiety. Wright is a polished pass rusher who can use seasoning in the run game. Until then, his ability to get to the quarterback is more than enough to see the field in Year 1.

216) Arizona Cardinals: Jean Delance, OT, Florida

The Cardinals need to get younger on the offensive line, and that’s what they do here. Jean Delance had a great week at the Shrine Bowl and is a potential starter in Round 6.

217) Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Davidson, DT, Arizona State

The Colts grabbed a versatile edge rusher earlier, and now they select D.J. Davidson to cause havoc on the interior. Davidson is a strong man with a big frame that he utilizes to bully his way past smaller linemen.

218) Detroit Lions: Chris Steele, CB, USC

As I said, the Lions needed to come away with at least one player in the secondary. They come away with three total as they grab Chris Steele here. Steele is battle-tested as USC’s No. 1 CB over the past three seasons. He’s a tremendous cornerback who can cover inside or out. His play during the 2020 season was spectacular.

219) Tennessee Titans: Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech

Jermaine Waller joins his former lockdown teammate Caleb Farley in Nashville. Waller has a knack for finding the football and can cover a bevy of receivers. He isn’t quite as polished as Farley, but the two play well off one another.

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