Martin McConnell’s Final 2022 Mock Draft

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

I think the Chargers would prefer either Garrett Wilson or Jameson Williams at this spot, but I’m personally a huge fan of Chris Olave, and I have a gut feeling that the Chargers are too. Olave is an excessively smooth operator, and although he doesn’t have the top speed to totally maximize Justin Herbert’s arm, he’s got serviceable enough speed and a skillset that will seamlessly slot him into Brandon Staley’s offense.

18. Philadelphia Eagles- Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Philly taking Devin Lloyd feels like one of the most telegraphed picks of the draft, and for good reason. He feels like he fits their team perfectly, linebacker is a huge team need, and I think they’ll value Lloyd’s size and experience over the athleticism of a linebacker like Nakobe Dean. He’s really old for an incoming rookie, but I think they like him a lot. Lloyd to Philly at No. 18. Book it.

19. New Orleans Saints- Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

I think the Saints are a prime candidate to trade up. But I’m not allowing trades in this mock draft, and if Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett fell to New Orleans, I think they’d be super tempted to take him. Pickett’s not going to be the second coming of Drew Brees, but those who really like him have compared him to current Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. I’m not sure he’s all that great, but I’m even lower on Jameis Winston in New Orleans.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Is this a reach? Absolutely. Would I rather have gone with a corner like Kaiir Elam or Andrew Booth? You bet. But upon asking my friends who are Steelers fans, this was the one consistent player who kept coming up from out of left field. Howell checks all of Pittsburgh’s boxes; he comes from a Power 5 school, they seem to really like him, and he was consistently productive in college.

21. New England Patriots- Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

I think Bill Belichick is just the guy to figure out what to do with Nakobe Dean at the NFL level. Dean might be small for a linebacker, but he’s smart, physical, and can be trusted to lead a potent defense like he did at Georgia. I think they could go receiver here, but I love this fit if the Pats are looking for a defender.

22. Green Bay Packers- George Pickens, WR, Georgia

The Packers need to go wide receiver in the first round, and I think Aaron Rodgers would just love throwing to George Pickens. He’s not seen as a consensus first round pick yet, but Pickens is tall, strong, and fast, and I think he’s going to go a lot higher than people think. Pickens is one of my favorite prospects in this class, and there’s way too much potential here. Some team is going to bite on him as a first-rounder.

23. Arizona Cardinals- Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College

Zion Johnson feels like the perfect fit for a Cardinals offensive line that’s in need of a major pick-me-up. This line isn’t awful, but the interior is missing that “oomph” factor. Johnson is exactly the kind of guy that they need. I’m not the most knowledgeable on interior offensive linemen, but if you just watch Johnson, you can tell that he’s going to bring a certain edge to Arizona’s line.

24. Dallas Cowboys- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

I mean, it’s Jerry Jones. He’s going to go with the flashy player. He might get Dak killed out there by not taking an offensive lineman, but honestly, it’s Jerry Jones and I don’t think he really cares what I want.

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