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 Mock Draft | Round 7, Picks 220-239

We’re closing it out! The final leg of the draft is pressing forward as Round 7 kicks off.

220) Jacksonville Jaguars: Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati

The Jaguars need to add a few pieces to the puzzle before they can start competing in the AFC South. If he’s available here, grabbing Bryan Cook is a must for their coverage unit. Cook rebounded nicely from an injury that sidelined him for most of 2019 and 2020 to generate a truly special 2021 campaign. He’s great in all facets but will have to prove his best days are still ahead of him.

221) Cleveland Browns: Christopher Allen, EDGE/LB, Alabama

An injury derailed a promising career, yet Christopher Allen is primed to make a splash in the NFL. He’s a bit in between positions like that of the Browns’ earlier pick in Weatherford. But one thing is for certain: If Allen is rushing the passer or dropping back into coverage, he can make plays.

222) Miami Dolphins: Clarence Hicks, LB, UTSA

If you want to talk about sleeper prospects, Clarence Hicks is your man. My Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year for 2021, Hicks can quite literally do it all. For UTSA this past season, Hicks called plays, excelled against the run, rushed the passer, and was terrific in coverage. There’s no reason he can’t do that in the NFL.

223) Pittsburgh Steelers: Noah Elliss, DT, Idaho

In need of depth on the interior, the Steelers bank on Noah Elliss’ traits. A huge man who plays lighter, Elliss was seen moving dudes around with ease at Idaho but more noticeably against bigger foes at the Shrine Bowl. Elliss is a year or two from a starting role but can absolutely be deployed in a situational pass-rush role.

224) Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Wells, EDGE, Colorado

A situational pass rusher who gets after the passer with ease is a great find at this stage of the draft. Carson Wells presents that with an outside chance of also starting at linebacker in time. Wells excels when rushing the passer and would be a welcome addition in Cincinnati.

225) Las Vegas Raiders: James Houston, LB, Jackson State

Proving to be capable of handling a variety of assignments, James Houston could eventually become a three-down linebacker. He showcased great read-and-react ability at the Shrine Bowl, proving he has the tools to succeed in the NFL.

226) Green Bay Packers: Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State

Charlie Kolar is a big man with a ton of experience. He may not be the best separator in the passing game, but his physical presence will help wear down first- and second-level defenders in all facets.

227) Seattle Seahawks: Teagan Quitoriano, TE, Oregon State

The Seahawks have their fair share of tight ends on the roster, but none are as strong at the catch point as Teagan Quitoriano. Considering he also moves a bit like a wide receiver, Quitoriano’s biggest impact will absolutely come on the receiving end of passes for Seattle.

228) Washington Commanders: Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State

Washington secures a second-level defender who drops back into coverage very well. Mike Rose plays a similar role to Jamin Davis as he calls the shots and keeps the middle intact. He doesn’t have the runway to start right away, but that’s probably good for Rose’s game since he needs time to develop.

229) Buffalo Bills: Gerrit Prince, TE, UAB

Getting dirty with it, Gerrit Prince is no stranger to getting after it in the run-blocking game. Yet, his refined skills as a receiver were on display at the Shrine Bowl. He can be a valuable three-down tight end in a few years’ time.

230) Minnesota Vikings: Allie Green IV, CB, Missouri

Speaking of assisting in overhauling their defense, Allie Green IV is a huge cornerback with potentially a bigger upside. Things didn’t quite go as planned at Missouri in 2021, but Green’s tape at Tulsa the years prior is a thing of beauty. He routinely blanketed opposing top receivers and shut them down all the same.

231) Kansas City Chiefs: Dallis Flowers, CB, Pittsburg State

Yes, another cornerback for the Chiefs. In fact, that’s the fourth DB for Kansas City, as under my regime they know their weakness. Dallis Flowers is an incredible athlete and can leap out of the gym. That ability will go a long way as a third or fourth cornerback on this roster.

232) Detroit Lions: Dylan Parham, G, Memphis

Needing pieces left and right, the Lions are far from set at any position. The addition of Dylan Parham on the inside of their offensive line brings a vital piece of the puzzle. Parham blocks well in both facets and can hone his craft as a solid No. 2 option at either position in Detroit.

233) Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Blackwell, CB, Duke

Another cornerback for the Jaguars as they continue to improve their secondary. Josh Blackwell provides a sticky cover corner with a long reach. He isn’t the biggest corner but plays to a much higher stature.

234) Los Angeles Chargers: Vincent Gray, CB, Michigan

Needing more than one defensive back this year, the Chargers select Vincent Gray to continue their youthful resurgence. Gray is a long cornerback who can play outside or in the slot with great success.

235) New Orleans Saints: Thomas Booker, DT, Stanford

A big man with terrific upside, Thomas Booker has the chance to crack the lineup and make an impact early on in his career with the Saints. Booker is as smart as he is talented on the field, utilizing an excellent first step and hand movement to beat linemen with his pass-rushing acumen. He can line up from 0-tech to 5-tech and cause pressure all the same.

236) Los Angeles Rams: Tanner Conner, WR, Idaho State

The Rams are busy closing out this 2022 NFL Mock Draft as Tanner Conner is the pick here. Conner, a former track star, has athleticism for days and can highpoint the football well. He has a large frame, and although his routes take time to develop, Conner may develop into a valuable WR4 in LA.

237) Indianapolis Colts: Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana

They need more than just one wide receiver, and the Colts grab their second of this draft. Ty Fryfogle is a smart dude off the field and utilizes his smarts to understand defensive coverages and concepts. He also possesses a great ability at the catch point and runs crisp routes.

238) Indianapolis Colts: Blaise Andries, OL, Minnesota

Potentially playing a variety of roles in the NFL, Blaise Andries heads to Indianapolis. Andries can fill either guard spot or even play as a swing tackle in a pinch. He’d add a valuable sixth man on the offensive line for the Colts.

239) Pittsburgh Steelers: Luke Fortner, G, Kentucky

Again, the Steelers needed more than one offensive lineman in their haul in this draft. They grab Luke Fortner to secure depth as a swing guard who can play all along the offensive line with their final pick.

Round 7 | Picks 240-262

Here’s the tail end of this 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

240) Denver Broncos: Eric Johnson, DT, Missouri State

A lean 300 pounds, Eric Johnson can play straight up over the center or as far out as 5-technique (shaded inside the tackle). His ability to get after the passer with a relentless motor makes him an intriguing prospect and fun player to watch.

241) Kansas City Chiefs: D’Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State

What separates D’Marco Jackson is his coverage ability. He covers tight ends or backs out of the backfield all the same. He also has great instincts against the run.

242) Arizona Cardinals: Chance Campbell, LB, Ole Miss

The buzz surrounding Chance Campbell is oddly quiet. All he does is produce in all three facets. When given the chance, he can get the passer. If he’s in coverage, Campbell usually wins. Against the run, he’s a problem. The knocks on him are small, and if he’s the player we saw at Ole Miss this past season, the Cardinals get a steal in the final round of this 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

243) Houston Texans: Luke Wattenberg, C, Washington

Needing assistance on the interior, the Texans grab Luke Wattenberg with this pick. Wattenberg can play either guard spot but does factor well into the center of the line as he showcased he has no issues snapping at the Shrine Bowl.

244) Buffalo Bills: Aaron Hansford, LB, Texas A&M

Buffalo will look to get younger and deeper in their linebacking corps, and adding Aaron Hansford does just that. Hansford also presents a problem as an edge rusher. He can get home as a pass rusher or drop in coverage.

245) Carolina Panthers: Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin

The Panthers put a premium on linebackers when they selected Shaq Thompson in the first round years ago. They wait on Jack Sanborn here as the former Wisconsin LB excels in stopping the run. Thompson can drop back in coverage while Sanborn plays downhill.

246) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jashaun Corbin, RB, Florida State

Jashaun Corbin heads to Tampa as the former FSU and Texas A&M RB possesses all the requisite skills to lead the team in the backfield. Corbin, a film junkie, can handle the ball in between the tackles, in space, and in the passing game.

247) Green Bay Packers: Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame

Consider this an insurance pick without knowledge of the Rodgers situation. Jack Coan may never be a starting quarterback in the NFL. But he proved at the Shrine Bowl that he can adapt to an NFL offense quickly and make some throws when called upon.

248) Denver Broncos: Jeremiah Moon, EDGE/LB, Florida

A bit in between positions due to his size, Jeremiah Moon has the ability to add bulk and be a lineman. Or he can trim down a bit, add strength, and be an off-ball linebacker. I’d never question his pass-rushing ability, but it’s unclear where he fits in the NFL with his “tweener” size.

249) Kansas City Chiefs: Leddie Brown, RB, West Virginia

Seemingly NFL-ready, Leddie Brown put on a display with his vision and all-around ability at the Shrine Bowl. Brown finds the smallest of creases and has great patience in the backfield to allow his blocking to set up.

250) Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Rivas, G, Kansas State

Depth, depth, and more depth for the Bengals’ offensive line in this draft. Josh Rivas is an experienced player on the inside with a bevy of starts and thousands of snaps under his belt. He should be able to learn the playbook and play either guard position when pressed into action.

251) Los Angeles Rams: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

Though decimated with injuries at the position, the Rams could still use a viable receiving threat at tight end for the future. With the amount of 11 personnel they run, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they select a TE even earlier. Nevertheless, Grant Calcaterra is the pick here as the once-retired Oklahoma-to-SMU TE flashed elite play at the Senior Bowl.

252) San Francisco 49ers: Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh

San Francisco goes back to the CB well with Damarri Mathis. Mathis proved he can stick with receivers and has a great closing burst in coverage to break up passes in his direction.

253) Los Angeles Chargers: Britain Covey, WR, Utah

Finding a place for Britain Covey right away will not be difficult. Let him return punts and prosper while he can also be a valuable WR5 or WR6 on your roster. Covey has deceptive speed and even better quickness to make defenders look silly more often than not. Moreover, he’ll be a fan favorite with his positive attitude.

254) Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Greer, S, Wake Forest

When healthy, the Chargers may have the best safety duo in the league. However, they haven’t necessarily been healthy more often than not. Nasir Greer gives LA some insurance that they’ll have a viable backup at either safety position with his versatility.

255) San Francisco 49ers: Jalen McKenzie, OT, USC

Jalen McKenzie can play both tackle spots, as evidenced by his performances in the all-star circuit. He’s not NFL-ready yet, but like their earlier selections, the 49ers don’t need him to be. He can learn behind Williams and play if pressed into duty.

256) Los Angeles Chargers: Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA

Spencer Burford is likely not an NFL starter in Year 1 … or in Years 2 or 3, for that matter. With their current draft haul and expended draft capital, the Chargers aren’t looking for a starter at the position. Instead, they grab Burford to be a swing tackle. He has the capability of playing in a pinch on either side of the line.

257) Arizona Cardinals: Zach VanValkenburg, EDGE, Iowa

The EDGE unit receives an entire overhaul for the Cardinals after grabbing Karlaftis and Zach VanValkenburg in the same class. VanValkenburg may be a one-trick pony, but that one trick is terrific on the edge. He can also play a variety of positions on the defensive line.

258) Green Bay Packers: Brandon Sebastian, CB, Boston College

Brandon Sebastian proved his career at Boston College was wildly underrated. “The Interceptor,” as he’s known, has great ball skills and knows how to cover a variety of receivers with his athletic ability. Additionally, Sebastian is fast and can outleap most opponents.

259) Arizona Cardinals: Damarion Williams, CB, Houston

Adding value to their depleted secondary, the Cardinals nab Damarion Williams. He’s a stout cornerback who should offer value as a fifth CB and on special teams right away.

260) Kansas City Chiefs: Jequez Ezzard, WR, Sam Houston State

The Chiefs grab another receiver to add to their arsenal. Jequez Ezzard isn’t the biggest guy, but he plays like he is. He’ll bully defensive backs at the line of scrimmage and doesn’t mind blocking downfield in the run game. Oh, and he owns great hands.

261) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee

A terrific straight-line receiver, Velus Jones Jr. put on a display with previously unknown skills at the Senior Bowl. Jones showed he can highpoint the football and come down with catches through the trash. He should also immediately help in the return game.

262) San Francisco 49ers: James Mitchell, TE, Virginia Tech

With the draft’s final pick, the 49ers select James Mitchell to potentially take over their TE2 role. Mitchell is coming off an injury, but when healthy and available, he has great athleticism, speed, and hands at the catch point.

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