2022 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Round 1 added.
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2022 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Tyler Shough, QB, Oregon

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): None

The Texans might consider moving on from Deshaun Watson in the near future.

Shough (6-5, 221) has a good skill set with size, arm strength, and some athleticism. In 2020, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,480 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Shough has the upside to be a breakout performer in 2021.

2. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Kyle Pitts, TE

The Eagles grab a long-term building block for their defensive line.

Leal flashed for the Aggies in 2020 and 2019, but really looked like things were clicking for him at the end of the 2020 season. As a sophomore, he had 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and three passes defended. In 2019, he recorded 38 tackles and two sacks. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Leal has a good skill set with a ton of upside.


3. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Trevor Lawrence, QB and Christian Darrisaw, OT

Reuniting Trevor Lawrence with Justyn Ross could be too good to turn down. A receiving trio of Ross, D.J. Chark and Laviska Shenault could be deadly with Jacksonville's young franchise quarterback.

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 if his spinal condition allows him to play.

4. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Drake Jackson, DE, USC

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Penei Sewell, OT

Cincinnati is going to need to find long-term replacements for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.

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.


5. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Patrick Surtain, CB

The Panthers have veteran journeymen at safety, while Jeremy Chinn could end up being more of a full-time Will linebacker in the NFL.

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.


6. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Caleb Farley, CB

In the near future, Denver could be looking for an upgrade for the defensive backfield.

Stingley totaled 27 tackles, a forced fumble and five passes broken up in 2020. He really struggled against Alabama and DeVonta Smith, but Stingley was 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.


7. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Rashawn Slater, OL

The Chargers could stand to add some youth at corner by the 2022 NFL Draft, considering the ages of Chris Harris and Casey Hayward.

Elam played well in 2020, recording 39 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up to this point. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder was fantastic as a freshman, flashing serious ball skills even though he had a part-time role. Elam has good height and length with quickness. He could stand to fill out his frame, but considering he is only a true sophomore, he has plenty of time to do it. With his skill set and upside, he could explode.

8. NFL Team Logo for Browns Cleveland Browns: Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Carlos Basham, DE

The Browns could move on from Sheldon Richardson by next offseason and could look to the 2022 NFL Draft for his replacement.

The junior college product Winfrey came on strong for Oklahoma late in the 2020 season. He has a really good skill set with the ability to get upfield. In 2020, he totaled 16 tackles with .5 sacks and three passes batted. Winfrey has a ton of upside to break out in 2021.


9. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Zach Wilson, QB and Tyson Campbell, CB

The Jets could use more edge-rush talent.

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. It would help Thibodeaux (6-5, 242) to gain more strength, as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and get stronger over the next year.


Click links to see the Jets' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 29

10. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Jaelen Phillips, DE

The Cardinals will have to find a replacement for Patrick Peterson before long.

Banks flashed some real cover skills at times during the 2020 season. He had 12 tackles, an interception and seven passes defended over the short season, but he played better than the numbers indicate. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has a lot of upside to be even better as he gains experience.


11. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, 3-4DE, Michigan

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Micah Parsons, LB

The Lions need more talent on their defensive line, and Hutchinson would fit with Dan Campbell's mentality.

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 has excellent size for the next level in that he could be a base end in a 4-3 or a 3-4 five-technique defensive end. Improving his pass-rush production would help Hutchinson, but he is a phenomenal run defender who flashes an ability to get to the quarterback.

Click links to see the Lions' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 18

12. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Kedon Slovis, QB, USC

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Jaylen Waddle, WR

The Patriots will need to draft their quarterback of the future in 2021 or 2022.

Slovis completed 67 percent of his passes in 2020 for 1,921 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had an excellent freshman season for USC in 2019, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Slovis showed a quality arm with accuracy and impressive poise. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder needs to maintain big production due to his lack of elite size for the NFL.

13. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Jalen Green, CB, Texas

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): DeVonta Smith, WR

The Giants need more defensive talent.

In 2020, Green recorded 14 tackles, two passes broken up and an interception. He showed some impressive coverage ability and size during his first season as a starter. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder had 30 tackles and five passes broken up as a sophomore. If Green continues to develop over 2021, he could be an early-round prospect.


14. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Brenton Cox, OLB, Florida

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Justin Fields, QB

After Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley went bust, the Falcons could use a long-term edge rusher to go with Dante Fowler.

Cox had 41 tackles, four sacks and two passes broken up in 2020, but he played better than the numbers indicate. Cox has a great skill set with size, speed and athleticism off the edge. He has a lot of ability to become an early-round prospect.


15. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Bubba Bolden, S, Miami

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Alex Leatherwood, OT

The Bears have missed Adrian Amos and could use a safety upgrade to go with Eddie Jackson.

Bolden played well in 2020, recording 65 tackles, four forced fumbles, one interception, one sack and three passes broken up. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder could stand to add some weight for the NFL, but he has good length and versatility. Bolden is an instinctive defender with upside to develop.


16. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami

2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/15): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB

By the time of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Raiders could be looking at a tackle to replace Trent Brown considering his massive contract and his history of injuries.

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Nelson showed a good skill set with serious upside during his freshman debut for Miami. Nelson earned the starting left tackle job in the preseason and made all 13 starts for the Hurricanes as a freshman. He could be a fast riser for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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