2022 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants bolster the offensive line
Picks No. 15 through 18
The Philadelphia Eagles’ run through the playoffs was short-lived, as they were throttled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round. Still, the fact that they made the playoffs was pretty impressive, and this April, they have a chance to add three first-round talents to their roster.
Watching the Bucs slice up the Eagles’ defense was tough to watch, and with their first of three first-round picks, I like them to add an edge rusher. David Ojabo is a guy who can come off the edge, or play linebacker at the next level, filling two voids on this roster.
It won’t be long before the Eagles head back up to the podium in the 2022 NFL Draft, as they have back-to-back picks in the first round. After adding a linebacker at pick No. 15, they stay on the defensive side of the ball here at No. 16 overall, bringing in one of the better cornerbacks in this draft class.
The pick here at No. 16 overall is Sauce Gardner, an incredibly gifted cornerback who helped Cincinnati to the College Football Playoff this past season. Gardner fills an immediate void in this Eagles secondary, as they continue to stack talent to be a playoff contender year in and year out.
Pick No. 17 belongs to a team that many felt would make a run to the Super Bowl this season, and that team is the Los Angeles Chargers. Unfortunately for them, they lost to the Houston Texans down the stretch and did not get the win or tie they needed to punch their ticket to the playoffs in Week 18.
One thing is for sure, however, and that is the Chargers are loaded for the long haul, especially with Justin Herbert at the helm at quarterback. Los Angeles needs to protect him better, however, and with this pick, they land a starting offensive tackle in Trevor Penning that they can team with Rashawn Slater.
In one of the early shockers of the 2022 offseason, the New Orleans Saints got word from head coach Sean Payton that he would not be returning to the team next season. Payton was a legendary coach in New Orleans, bringing the city a title after Hurricane Katrina, and is going to be a very hard person to replace.
Also, the Saints are in salary cap hell and have no idea who their quarterback is, which is a recipe for disaster. Despite playing money to Taysom Hill, and having Jameis Winston, the Saints go quarterback here at No. 18, turning the franchise over to Cincinnati star Desmond Ridder.