2022 NFL mock draft: Picks 17-20
Aidan Hutchinson got all the headlines, and rightfully so. But the Chargers can’t take him. Instead, they take his teammate, who was quiet but had as much an impact as any defender on the Michigan defense had this season.
Los Angeles needs another threat alongside Joey Bosa. Ojabo can come in and be just that. 11 sacks for a Wolverines team that only lost one game en route to a Big Ten title and upset over Ohio State bears consideration. Also, who’s in the division? That would be Kansas City.
If nothing else, the only way to beat the Chiefs, as evidenced by Super Bowl LV, is to get pressure. Forget the missing tackles. No pressure means no victory. The Bolts need a charge, and the Wolverine pass rusher just might be the guy they’ve been looking for.
It has been a tumultuous year for the Las Vegas Raiders. From firing their coach to Henry Ruggs ruining the rest of his career, the silver and black need a silver lining. They get that in Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson.
Unfortunately, it’s been reported that Wilson will not be playing in the Rose Bowl. It’s disappointing. That said, it should not sway Vegas from taking the Buckeye wide receiver, as they are fortunate to be picking him here and giving the draft hometown fans a reason to cheer.
70 catches for over 1,000 yards and twelve scores while being a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award is impressive in and of itself. In 2020, he was named First-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. A quarterback’s best friend is having a reliable option to throw the ball to. Fortunately, Wilson lands in this slot and he will help change the fortunes in Vegas.
Philly’s own selection. The one they had all along. Now, they go back to the defense and address the secondary. Darius Slay can only do so much, but just imagine if he had another guy opposite of him to create panic for opposing quarterbacks. Enter Ahmad Gardner.
Cincinnati’s run to the college football playoff was not made possible by Viewers Like You but rather impactful players like Desmond Ridder and Gardner. The latter was dominant, described as a ballhawk, evidenced by three picks and three sacks at the cornerback position.
The Eagles need to keep pace within the division. Furthermore, the conference is littered with star quarterbacks. Having a potent secondary would be enough to slow down offenses just enough for the defense to get home. Gardner would instantly change life for the Eagles if inserted on Day One.
Lamar Jackson will continue to take the Ravens as far as he can, but his defense needs reinforcements. Baltimore is often known for going unconventional with their picks, not revealing it until the last moment. This time, they do it again by taking South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagabre.
It’s the right position as Baltimore needs another pass rusher to help make up for the loss of Matt Judon to New England last offseason. 44 total tackles and 4.5 sacks this year puts him among the top edge rushers in college football. Also, playing in the SEC against strong competition doesn’t hurt either.
The AFC North is still going to be decided on who controls the line of scrimmage. Baltimore has largely been the leader in that category along with Pittsburgh. To reaffirm that notion, they address the position and provide help to their offense with a high motor rookie that can be used in the rotation and eventually work his way into being a starter.