2022 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Round 1 added.
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2022 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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Go To: Round 1 (1-16) Round 1 (17-32)

1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

Eventually, the Deshaun Watson saga will come to end and he probably will end up going to another team. Davis Mills is more of a backup-caliber player, and he won't prevent Houston from using its first-round pick on a replacement for Watson.

Rattler has a good skill set and could be primed for a huge 2021 season. In his first season as a starter, the redshirt freshman completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for six scores. Rattler (6-1, 205) is not a big quarterback, but he's taller than recent Sooner No. 1-overall picks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.


2. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

The Eagles grab a long-term quarterback.

Corral has show good development under Lane Kiffin and is starting to realize the potential that made him a top recruit. In 2020, Corral completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,337 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It was a big improvement from 2019, when he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,362 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Corral has arm talent and upside.


Click links to see the Eagles' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 21

3. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Adam Anderson, OLB, Georgia

The Lions needs a difference-maker in their front seven. Trey Flowers and Jamie Collins are not long-term building blocks. Anderson could be a tone setter and form a formidable trio with Romeo Okwara and Levi Onwuzurike.

In 2020 as a part-time designated pass rusher, Anderson was tremendous at putting heat on the quarterback, totaling 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. He only recorded 14 tackles for the season, however, because Azeez Ojulari played over him on run downs.

As a pass rusher, Anderson is tremendous and produces quarterback pressure at an insane rate. He is a bolt of lightning off the ball with an amazing first-step. Off the snap, it looks Anderson is shot out of cannon given how he explodes upfield with shocking speed. On top of being very fast, Anderson has an uncanny ability to bend his long frame. The 6-foot-4, 226-pounder needs to get stronger and improve his run defense for the NFL, but he looks like he has the potential to be a lethal pass rusher who produces some big sack totals and makes a lot of game-changing plays to limit passing attacks.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 18

4. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan

The Jets could use another edge rusher across from Carl Lawson.

Hutchinson was excellent to open 2020, collecting 13 tackles and a pass batted before going down with an ankle fracture that required surgery. He broke out as a sophomore for the Wolverines as a tough defender who flashed pass-rush ability. In 2019, he had 68 tackles with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Hutchinson (6-3, 261) has quality size for the next level and is explosive off the snap. He could be a base end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 edge rusher. Improving his pass-rush production would help Hutchinson, but he is a phenomenal run defender who can really get after the quarterback.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 29

5. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Kayvon Thibodeaux, OLB, Oregon

The Falcons need a difference-maker on their defense and a player to build around. Here's a dynamic edge rusher for Atlanta.

Thibodeaux recorded 32 tackles, three sacks and three passes batted in 2020. He had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing an excellent job of getting after the quarterback and totaling nine sacks, 35 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes batted. Thibodeaux (6-5, 242) is very fast off the edge with an explosive first-step and flashes speed to power to bull rush some offensive tackles. He could stand to refine and add more pass-rushing moves, but he has big-time ability and a lot of upside to develop.



6. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

Unless Taven Bryan turns things around and puts together a breakout season, the Jaguars could use an interior rusher for their defensive line.

Winfrey (6-3, 298) came on strong for Oklahoma late in the 2020 season. The junior college product has a really good skill set with the ability to get upfield. In 2020, he totaled 16 tackles, a half sack and three passes batted. Winfrey has a ton of upside to break out in 2021.

7. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Sam Darnold may not turn things around with Carolina. The Panthers have a weak offensive line, and that doesn't bode well for a quarterback like Darnold, who can be pressured into mistakes. Hence, the Panthers might be looking for another signal-caller next year.

Willis started out his career at Auburn before transferring to Liberty. He had a broke out in 2020, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,260 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 14 touchdowns with 944 yards on the ground. While Willis (6-1, 215) does not have great size, he has a very good skill with arm and running talent.



8. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

The Bengals continue their LSU tradition with a long-term No. 1 corner for their defense.

Stingley totaled 27 tackles, a forced fumble and five passes broken up in 2020. He struggled against Alabama and DeVonta Smith, but he was also banged up all year. Even though LSU had a returning corner who was highly touted in Kristian Fulton, Stingley took over as the Tigers' No. 1 corner during his freshman season. Stingley was phenomenal, shutting down receivers and making big plays for the LSU defense. He showed excellent instincts, size, ball skills, and cover ability. His six interceptions and 15 passes broken up in 2019 were superb production, but it really incredible considering he was a freshman. Stingley (6-1, 190) has the ability to end up being a top cornerback prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft.

9. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Brandon Smith, OLB, Penn State

This pick could end up being traded for Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson. If Denver is forced to stick and pick, a linebacker upgrade could make sense for the Broncos.

With Micah Parsons sitting out the 2020 season, Smith flashed for Penn State, showing speed and athleticism. Like Parsons, Smith is a big linebacker who has raw speed. In the shortened eight-game season, Smith collected 37 tackles, two sacks, an interception and pass broken up. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder could be even better in 2021 from gaining some experienced as a sophomore.


10. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

The Chargers could move on from Mike Williams and/or Keenan Allen in the offseason. It might cost too much to retain both. Hence, Los Angeles could keep one veteran and draft a replacement with a long-term receiver for Justin Herbert.

Ross missed the 2020 season due to a spinal condition that required surgery. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder played well for Clemson in 2019, although the offense spread the ball around to a variety of play-makers. He totaled 66 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. Ross broke out in 2018, showing off a freakish skill set alongside size and speed. While Clemson spread the ball out as well that season, Ross made the most of his receptions, totaling 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns on 46 receptions for an average of 21.7 yards per catch. Ross is brimming with upside and looks like he has high first-round potential, provided his spinal condition allows him to play.


11. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

The Steelers need a lot of young talent for their offensive line.

Penning impressed advance scouts and earned a favorable projection entering the 2021 season. The 6-foot-7, 329-pounder has good speed and athleticism to go along with his massive size. Penning has caught the attention of scouts, and he could be a riser during the 2022 NFL Draft process.


12. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

The Patriots could use some youth at safety, and Hamilton is their style of defender.

Hamilton totaled 56 tackles, an interception and six passes broken up in 2020. He put together an excellent freshman season for Notre Dame, showing good ball skills with four interceptions and six passes broken up to go along with 41 tackles. On top of playing well, the 6-foot-4, 216-pounder has upside as well as very good height and length for the position. If Hamilton can continue to develop his coverage skills and run-defense tackling, he could be high riser for his draft class.


13. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Evan Neal, OT/G, Alabama

The Giants add more offensive line talent to help protect Daniel Jones and open holes for Saquon Barkley.

Neal (6-7, 360) is a massive blocker who started at left guard as a freshman in 2019. As a sophomore, he replaced Jedrick Wills at right tackle and had a fine season for Alabama. Neal was reliable at protecting Mac Jones and opening holes for Najee Harris. Neal has enough quickness and athleticism to play tackle, but his problems with speed rushers could make him a right tackle only in the NFL. He could be the Crimson Tide's replacement for Alex Leatherwood at left tackle in 2021, and that would really test Neal's ability to block on the edge.


Click links to see the Giants' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 20

14. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M

The Cowboys were in love with Kyle Pitts. Here's a tight end upgrade for Dallas.

Wydermyer recorded 45 catches for 502 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder created a buzz with scouts for having a good skill with a ton of upside during the 2019 season. The Aggies staff raved about Wydermyer to NFL evaluators coming through College Station. In 2019, he totaled 32 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns. Wydermyer has good size to him with speed and athleticism. He could have three-down starting potential for the NFL.

15. NFL Team Logo for Redskins Washington Redskins: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Even though they drafted Sam Cosmi, the Redskins could use more young offensive line talent. They cut Morgan Moses and could consider more help at right tackle or guard.

Faalele is a massive blocker who has surprising quickness and athleticism for such a big-bodied blocker. He was very impressive for Minnesota in 2018 and 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season. It will be interesting to see how the 6-foot-8, 379-pounder performs after the long lay-off.

16. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Drake Jackson, DE, USC

Yannick Ngakoue wasn't signed to a long-term deal. The Raiders need Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby to emerge in 2021. Even if some guys from that trio stick around as solid players, a defender like Jackson could play end and rush from the inside in the sub package.

Jackson played well in 2020, recording 20 tackles, two sacks and an interception. He was more disruptive than the numbers illustrate. Jackson (6-4, 275) had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2019. He showed some pass-rush potential alongside quality size and speed. With his skill set, Jackson has the upside to improve his production as he gains more experience.


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