Cody Carpentier’s 2022 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

by Cody Carpentier · NFL Draft

I’m back with another Mock Draft, this time version 6, featuring 7 Rounds with every pick from the 2022 NFL Draft. With the draft process all but wrapped up, we are in the final stretch now with two weeks until the NFL Draft in Primetime on April 28th in Las Vegas. Be sure to tune in on Twitter @CarpentierNFL and @RotoUnderworld for boots on the ground analysis at the NFL Draft.

In 2021, I successfully predicted 8 of 32 picks in Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft, and in 2022 we are back looking to improve even more. My Mock Draft 6.0 will be dropping this week in spurts, starting with Round 1-3 below, Rounds 4-5 on Monday, and lastly Rounds 6-7 Tuesday morning.
But until then, make sure to Check out My Top 300 Prospects and the NEW PlayerProfiler NFL Draft/Fantasy Rookie Draft Guide available on the homepage, and below. It’s officially DRAFT SEASON, so sit back, lock-in, and stay on the lookout for more, and MORE 2022 Rookie Prospect information.

Cody’s 2022 Big Board Top 300

Mock Trades

  • Philadelphia Eagles send Pick No. 15, No. 51, and a 2023 3rd to Carolina for Pick No. 6.
  • Atlanta Falcons send Pick No. 43, No. 82, and a 2023 4th to Kansas City for Pick No. 30.

Round 1 (Picks No. 1-32)

No. 1 –  Jacksonville Jaguars – Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE – Michigan

I will not pretend to enjoy this pick, as I believe it “should” be Evan Neal/Ickey Ekwonu, but all signs are pointing to Hutchinson playing in Duval in 2022. Over the last three seasons, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner has worked with the likes of Chandler Jones, Maxx Crosby, and Jason Pierre-Paul – all who profile with a similar playing style to how Hutchinson wants to approach the NFL… “In a two-point stance, rushing off the edge”.

No. 2 – Detroit Lions – Ikem Ekwonu, OL – NC State

Look for Brad Holmes to attempt to move down if the opportunity arises. He spent eight of 16 seasons with Les Snead in Los Angeles, and I would be doing this wrong if I didn’t remind folks what happened during Snead’s first draft back in 2012 while holding the No. 2 overall pick. The Jets, Atlanta, or Seattle are the three teams I’m looking at to move up.

  • If Cody was the GM: Trade Down.
  • Mock 5.0: Trade to Seattle – Malik Willis, QB – Liberty

No. 3 – Houston Texans – Evan Neal, OT – Alabama

The Texans found at least a quarterback placeholder in the Round 3 of the 2021 Draft, so at No. 3, we see Houston grab their bookend tackle. Neal joins Laremy Tunsil on the new-look offense that moved on from Deshaun Watson just a few weeks ago.

No. 4 – New York Jets – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE – Oregon

After moving Thibodeaux down in Mock 5.0, I have returned to where I sat in Mock 4.0. The Jets need help on the defensive line and on the back end, but you can only answer one question at a time. With the first of New York’s four picks inside the top 40, they grab the most talented player in the class. The Jets were linked to Chandler Jones in free agency. Robert Salah gets his Nick Bosa East.

No. 5 – New York Giants – Charles Cross, OT – Mississippi State

It is well known by now that New York needs help on both sides of the ball along the line of scrimmage. With Carolina at No. 6 needing a tackle, and quarterback. Assume they stay at No. 6, and make the decision for them. The Giants get the best player on their board at Pick No. 5.

  • If Cody was the GM: Travon Walker, EDGE – Georgia
  • Mock 5.0: Ickey Ekwonu, OL – NC State

No. 6 – Philadelphia Eagles (FROM CAROLINA) – Sauce Gardner, CB – Cincinnati

Carolina moves back from No. 6 to No. 15, also adding Pick No. 51 and a 2023 3rd round pick. Prior to the trade, Carolina had zero picks between No. 6 and No. 137. The Eagles had pre-draft visits with Sauce Gardner and Kayvon Thibodeaux, and at this point, only one has fallen. Philadelphia needs to get ahead of both New York teams and Seattle to get Sauce and pair him with Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox.

  • If Cody was the GM: Carolina – Trade Down.
  • Mock 5.0: Carolina –  Matt Corral, QB – Ole Miss

No. 7 – New York Giants – Travon Walker, EDGE – Georgia

Missing out on Sauce Gardner, the Giants pivot to Travon Walker at Pick No. 7 to pair with Leonard Williams, Justin Ellis, and Dexter Lawrence along the defensive line. Walker visited the Giants two weeks ago with fellow Bulldog James Cook. Giants GM Joe Schoen was also at the Georgia Pro Day.

No. 8 – Atlanta Falcons – Jermaine Johnson, EDGE – Florida State

Johnson has dominated during each phase of draft season, the 2021 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Reese’s Senior Bowl player of the week has it all from the mentality to the physical aspect of the game. My closest comparable from a gameplay standpoint is Danielle Hunter. Johnson’s run defense is second to none in this class, with his pass-rushing close behind. Atlanta needs a lot of help, so riding with Marcus Mariota at quarterback has to stay the plan knowing 2022 will be a long long season.

Jermaine Johnson Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 9 – Seattle Seahawks – Malik Willis, QB – Liberty

I previously thought a trade-up would be needed to land Malik, but the only team I am worried about is Atlanta and Carolina, or a New Orleans trade-up. Malik falls to No. 9 here and into the Seahawk’s lap.

No. 10 – New York Jets – Garrett Wilson, WR – Ohio State

The Jets are in on what seems to be a small batch of players, Garrett Wilson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Sauce Gardner, and Drake London. Joe Douglas takes Thibodeaux at No. 4 and comes back for the wide receiver at No. 10 with Wilson.

No. 11 – Washington Commanders – Drake London, WR – USC

Jordan Matthews, Alshon Jeffery, Michael Pittman. That has been the prototype that suits Carson Wentz (the new quarterback for the Commanders). London is better than them all and after having ankle surgery early in the process. Evaluators waited until April 15th to see him work out. He was scheduled to workout on April 4th (Ron Rivera was projected to attend), and Rivera was unable to attend on the 15th, but the Commander’s contingent was boots on the ground.

No. 12 – Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Hamilton, S – Notre Dame

Ten years ago the Vikings drafted Harrison Smith at pick No. 29 in Round 1. And since that selection, they have been looking for someone to pair with him. Now that Smith’s career is on the back nine, the once thought of top 5 pick drops to Minnesota at No. 12. Despite trade-down options, New GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah makes a splash with his first selection.

No. 13 – Houston Texans – Jordan Davis, DT – Georgia

The benefit of trading away a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson is reaping the reward with draft picks and building from within. The correct way to rebuild a franchise. Evan Neal and Jordan Davis in Round 1 is a smash.

No. 14 – Baltimore Ravens – Trevor Penning, OT – Northern Iowa

Taylor Lewan‘s doppelganger goes to Baltimore. When I asked GM Eric DeCosta at the NFL Combine what position he really enjoyed to scout in this class, he replied: “It’s an interesting draft class. Offensive Line I think is very very strong this year. We’ve had a chance to meet with some guys already. Outside linebacker for us, the 4-3 D-End, but for us, the 3-4 Outside Linebacker type guys, the EDGE players I think is a strong class, and then cornerback as well it looks pretty deep, it looks like you can get a corner pretty much at any point throughout the draft.”

Trevor Penning Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 15 – Carolina Panthers (FROM PHILADELPHIA) – Matt Corral, QB – Ole Miss

The Panthers traded down with Philadelphia and still get the quarterback they coveted.

No. 16 – New Orleans Saints – Jameson Williams, WR – Alabama

No. 17 – Los Angeles Chargers – Tyler Smith, OT – Tulsa

The Chargers do the right thing and take an offensive lineman again in 2022. Storm Norton is a bottom-five tackle in the NFL and the overall depth of the Chargers’ line is struggling. Smith can start Day 1 on the inside, and with requisite training this offseason, at right tackle.

No. 18 – Philadelphia Eagles – Treylon Burks, WR – Arkansas

Going back to Mock 2.0 with this one, Burks was in for a visit with the Eagles this month, as was Chris Olave, and Jameson Williams. Olave fits in the Devonta Smith role and would be a redundant asset as they are missing a true alpha receiver.

No. 19 – New Orleans Saints – Bernhard Raimann, OT – Central Michigan

A lot of people are pointing to Trevor Penning here, but Penning will be long gone by No. 19.

No. 20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Derek Stingley, CB – LSU

Mike Tomlin did the thing. He traveled to every Pro Day, every pre-draft event, and showed everyone his interest in Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, and Matt Corral. And unlike Mock 5.0, he will pass on all of them and this time take the value of Derek Stingley from LSU. If Stingley is healthy, this fit will be majestic.

No. 21 – New England Patriots – Zion Johnson, IOL – Boston College

It comes down to Zion Johnson or Devin Lloyd here for New England, but trading away Shaquille Mason, and losing Ted Karras opens up a need on the interior. The Patriots added Mack Wilson from Cleveland to the linebacker room and can look to wide receiver in later rounds due to the great depth in the class.

No. 22 – Green Bay Packers – Chris Olave, WR – Ohio State

The slam dunk of all 360’s between the legs right here. Olave falls to Green Bay at No. 22 as four receivers go in the top 18. Green Bay added Sammy Watkins last week, retained Allen Lazard, and still have Amari Rodgers and Randall Cobb on the roster. The only thing they are missing is a Stretch Z, and it’s no whisper that Green Bay has done its due diligence on all of the wide receivers.

No. 23 – Arizona Cardinals –  Trent McDuffie, CB – Washington

The Cardinals dip back into the Washington Husky defensive backfield.

No. 24 – Dallas Cowboys – Devin Lloyd, LB – Utah

Jerry Jones runs…hands the card to one of his “people” to run to the podium.

No. 25 – Buffalo Bills – Kaiir Elam, CB – Florida

Buffalo grabs a need, with a startable cornerback in 2022. Levi Wallace in Pittsburgh, and Tre’Davious White recovering from a torn ACL. Expect Elam to come in and start from the hippity hop.

No. 26 – Tennessee Titans – Kenyon Green, IOL – Texas A&M

It comes down to Kenyon Green vs. Tyler Linderbaum, and Jon Robinson makes another mistake by taking Green. But hey, his arms are three inches longer than Linderbaum’s, so the process is right.. right? No

No. 27 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tyler Linderbaum, IOL – Iowa

Did Tyler Linderbaum just fall into Tampa Bay’s lap? Yes. The offensive line version of what the Vikings did in 2020, taking Justin Jefferson just one pick after the Eagles took Jalen Reagor.

No. 28 – Green Bay Packers – Devonte Wyatt, DL – Georgia

Gutekunst jumps at the idea of having a National Champion on the roster, Wyatt is my No. 10 overall prospect in 2022.

Devonte Wyatt Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 29 – Kansas City Chiefs – Jahan Dotson, WR – Penn State

The Chiefs use one of their first-round picks and take the #Dynamic superstar from Penn State, Jahan Dotson.

No. 30 – Atlanta Falcons (FROM KANSAS CITY) – Kenny Pickett, QB – Pittsburgh

  • Mock 5.0: Kansas City – Boye Mafe, EDGE – Minnesota

No. 31 – Cincinnati Bengals – George Karlaftis, EDGE – Purdue

At this point, George Karlaftis becomes a value, and the loss of Larry Ogunjobi starts to wane. The Bengals pair Karlaftis with Sam Hubbard, D.J. Reader, and Trey Hendrickson to create a truly dynamic defensive line.

  • If Cody was the GM: Trade into Round 2.
  • Mock 5.0: Traded with Atlanta: Kenny Pickett, QB – Pittsburgh

No. 32 – Detroit Lions – Nakobe Dean, LB – Georgia

Detroit opts to take Nakobe Dean at 32 instead of waiting until No. 34 or No. 40 when they can answer the quarterback and wide receiver positions.

Round 2 (Picks No. 33-64)

No. 33 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Andrew Booth, CB – Clemson

No. 34 – Detroit Lions – Sam Howell, QB – North Carolina

No. 35 – New York Jets – Daxton Hill, S – Michigan

No. 36 – New York Giants – Quay Walker, LB – Georgia

No. 37 – Houston Texans – Christian Watson, WR – NDSU

No. 38 – New York Jets – Kyler Gordon, CB – Washington

No. 39 – Chicago Bears – George Pickens, WR – Georgia

No. 40 – Seattle Seahawks – Tariq Woolen, CB – UTSA

Tariq Woolen Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 41 – Seattle Seahawks – Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE – Penn State

No. 42 – Indianapolis Colts – Desmond Ridder, QB – Cincinnati

No. 43 – Kansas City Chiefs – Boye Mafe, EDGE – Minnesota

No. 44 – Cleveland Browns – Travis Jones, DL – Connecticut

No. 45 – Baltimore Ravens – David Ojabo, EDGE – Michigan

No. 46 – Minnesota Vikings – Logan Hall, DL – Houston

No. 47 – Washington Commanders – Jaquan Brisker, S – Penn State

No. 48 – Chicago Bears – Perrion Winfrey, DL – Oklahoma

No. 49 – New Orleans Saints – Lewis Cine, S – Georgia

*this is the absolute floor for Lewis Cine, and I love this landing spot.

No. 50 – Kansas City Chiefs – Martin Emerson, CB – Mississippi State

No. 51 – Carolina Panthers (FROM PHILADELPHIA) – Rasheed Walker, OL – Penn State

No. 52 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Skyy Moore, WR – Western Michigan

No. 53 – Green Bay Packers – Abraham Lucas, OL – Washington State

No. 54 – New England Patriots – Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB – Alabama

No. 55 – Arizona Cardinals – Khalil Shakir, WR – Boise State

No. 56 – Dallas Cowboys – DeMarvin Leal, DL – Texas A&M

No. 57 – Buffalo Bills – Sean Rhyan, OL – UCLA

No. 58 – Atlanta Falcons – Jalen Pitre, S – Baylor

Jalen Pitre Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 59 – Green Bay Packers – Trey McBride, TE – Colorado State

No. 60 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Isaiah Spiller, RB – Texas A&M

No. 61 – San Francisco 49ers – Cam Jurgens, OL – Nebraska

No. 62 – Kansas City Chiefs – Daniel Faalele, OL – Minnesota

No. 63 – Cincinnati Bengals – Coby Bryant, CB – Cincinnati

No. 64 – Denver Broncos – Nick Cross, S – Maryland

Round 3 (Picks No. 65-105)

No. 65 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Dylan Parham, OL – Memphis

No. 66 – Detroit Lions – Jalen Tolbert, WR – South Alabama

No. 67 – New York Giants – Charlie Kolar, TE – Iowa State

No. 68 – Houston Texans – Breece Hall, RB – Iowa State

No. 69 – New York Jets – Kenneth Walker, RB – Michigan State

No. 70 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Christian Harris, LB – Alabama

No. 71 – Chicago Bears – Jamaree Salyer, OL – Georgia

No. 72 – Seattle Seahawks – Darian Kinnard, OL – Kentucky

No. 73 – Indianapolis Colts – David Bell, WR – Purdue

No. 74 – Atlanta Falcons – John Metchie, WR – Alabama

No. 75 – Denver Broncos – Marcus Jones, CB – Houston

No. 76 – Baltimore Ravens – Phidarian Mathis, DL – Alabama

No. 77 – Minnesota Vikings – Troy Andersen, LB – Montana State

Troy Andersen Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 78 – Cleveland Browns – Justyn Ross, WR – Clemson

No. 79 – Los Angeles Chargers – Leo Chenal, LB – Wisconsin

No. 80 – Houston Texans – Nik Bonitto, EDGE – Oklahoma

No. 81 – New York Giants – Alec Pierce, WR – Cincinnati

No. 82 – Kansas City Chiefs (FROM ATLANTA) – Roger McCreary, CB – Auburn

No. 83 – Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Smith, LB – Penn State

No. 84 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Zachary Carter, DL – Florida

No. 85 – New England Patriots – James Cook, RB – Georgia

No. 86 – Las Vegas Raiders – Ed Ingram, OL – LSU

No. 87 – Arizona Cardinals – Jerome Ford, RB – Cincinnati

No. 88 – Dallas Cowboys – Jeremy Ruckert, TE – Ohio State

No. 89 – Buffalo Bills – Zamir White, RB – Georgia

No. 90 – Tennessee Titans – Nick Petit-Frere, OT – Ohio State

No. 91 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cam Taylor-Britt, CB – Nebraska

No. 92 – Green Bay Packers – Sam Williams, EDGE – Ole Miss

No. 93 – San Francisco 49ers – Joshua Williams, CB – Fayetteville State

No. 94 – Kansas City Chiefs – Velus Jones, WR – Tennessee

No. 95 – Cincinnati Bengals – Jelani Woods, TE – Virginia

Jelani Woods Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 96 – Denver Broncos – Cole Strange, OL – Chattanooga

No. 97 – Detroit Lions – Drake Jackson, EDGE – USC

No. 98 – New Orleans Saints – Calvin Austin, WR – Memphis

No. 99 – Cleveland Browns – Greg Dulcich, TE – UCLA

No. 100 – Baltimore Ravens – Mario Goodrich, CB – Clemson

No. 101 – Philadelphia Eagles – Dameon Pierce, RB – Florida

No. 102 – Miami Dolphins – Channing Tindall, LB – Georgia

No. 103 – Kansas City Chiefs – Isaiah Likely, TE – Coastal Carolina

No. 104 – Los Angeles Rams – Braxton Jones, OT – Southern Utah

No. 105 – San Francisco 49ers – Cameron Thomas, EDGE – San Diego State

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