Martin McConnell’s Post-Free Agency 2022 NFL Mock Draft

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Jordan Davis drew play-style comparisons to Thanos earlier this year. Jordan Davis ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at 6’6 341 pounds. Jordan Davis was the lynchpin of a historically great college defense in 2021. I mean, really, need I say more? This dude rocks.

18. New Orleans Saints- Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Jameson Williams is boom or bust, and right now, I’m willing to bet on “boom.” Williams is a perfect package at receiver, and I have no doubt that if he were healthy, he’d be the clear-cut top guy in this excessively deep wide receiver class. But the fact of the matter is, of course, that Williams is far from healthy. He tore his ACL in the college national championship, and even though he’s healed terrifyingly quickly, who knows if he’ll be himself? I think that the Saints can definitely get great value for Williams, but… buyer beware.

19. Philadelphia Eagles- Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

Another pick, another Georgia defender. Truly, that defense was hilariously good in 2021. Maybe the best player on that defense (Jalen Carter) isn’t even eligible for the draft yet! But back to the task at hand, Devonte Wyatt is a brutally-physical people-mover that worked wonders next to Jordan Davis. With the addition of Wyatt, the Eagles have now added three cornerstone pieces to their defense. If this doesn’t work to fix the defense for Nick Sirianni and Co., I’m not sure anything will.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

I have to say, I would just love to put Kenny Pickett in Pittsburgh, and this is probably his realistic draft range if we’re going on talent alone, but teams reach on quarterbacks every single year and 2022 will be no different. I also thought they might go with Desmond Ridder, but they should be willing to give Mitch Trubisky at least one year. Instead, the Steelers could opt to protect the newly-acquired Trubisky with a gigantic tackle in the form of Trevor Penning. The Iowa native stands at 6’7 322 and is impressively strong even for a tackle, but his technique still needs work. If nothing else, Penning can rip open holes for running back Najee Harris to blast his way through when Trubisky inevitably doesn’t work out.

21. New England Patriots- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

The Patriots, seemingly just like always, are in the market for a No. 1 receiver, but this time, they’re doing it to help out Mac Jones and not Tom Brady or Cam Newton. I understand that Treylon Burks didn’t have a great NFL Combine performance, but I think he’s still a first-round talent. If nothing else, he’s possibly my favorite receiver of the top five. Burks is big, strong, decently fast for his size, and has what I can only describe as strangely large hands. He wears 4XL gloves. That’s insane.

22. Green Bay Packers- Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

With Davante Adams bound for Sin City, the Packers need a new receiver. I know that it’s become a joke that Green Bay refuses to draft a first-round receiver to help out Aaron Rodgers, but this time, they seriously have to draft a first-round receiver. Unfortunately for the Pack, all five top receivers are already gone, so they’ll have to settle for Penn State’s Jahan Dotson. Dotson is a bit undersized, and he’s likely only going to be a slot receiver for his entire career, but it’s something. And when it comes to first-round receivers and Aaron Rodgers, it’s really the thought that counts.

23. Arizona Cardinals- Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

If the Cardinals are going to keep Kyler Murray alive, or at the very least, in a Cardinals uniform, they’re going to need to get him some help out there. Tyler Linderbaum was perhaps the single most dominant offensive lineman in college football in 2021. The Iowa center looked like a man amongst boys during his final season with the Hawkeyes. Video exists of him (I’ve linked it below; where would you be without me?) pinning Tristan Wirfs, perhaps one of the strongest men in the NFL, in a wrestling match during their high school days. This, of course, is ridiculous.

24. Dallas Cowboys- Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

Without Amari Cooper, the Cowboys will be focusing mostly on Ceedee Lamb and Michael Gallup. I thought about maybe getting them a third receiver to replace Cooper, but anything beyond Dotson would be a major reach here. So, let’s go ahead and try to help out their offensive line with Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green. America’s Team just barely missed out on Linderbaum, which is really going to sting if they’re going for interior offensive line help, but Green is a pretty good consolation prize, all things considered.

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