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Pre-Combine Week 2022 Saints NFL Mock Draft

This is our last NFL mock draft for the New Orleans Saints before the combine.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 06 Michigan State at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s that time of the week where we look at more options for the New Orleans Saints in the 2022 NFL Draft, which is 58 days away. This is also the last mock draft before the NFL Combine.

Round 1, Pick 18 - OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

When I first got to Mobile for the Senior Bowl, the first impression that I got watching practice was that Trevor Penning is cut out for the NFL. He was a man amongst men. He has experience on both sides and could play either side in the NFL from Day 1 depending on how the Saints want to use Ryan Ramczyk. This pick is obviously assuming beloved veteran Terron Armstead would be on the move in the off-season. He is strong, athletic enough, tough, has good fundamentals, and is BIG. With proper training (which the Saints should offer) he could be a franchise tackle in the NFL. No one can question his competitiveness either, he was a bully all week during the Senior Bowl in the best way possible. Never gave up. I know some fans hate the idea of drafting a tackle, but it might be a necessity depending on how the off-season unfolds.

Round 2, Pick 49 - WR David Bell, Purdue

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 06 Michigan State at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Should the Saints wait until Day 2 to take a wide receiver, there will not be a better option available than David Bell. I would be perfectly find with them taking the Boilermaker at 18, that just doesn’t seem to be where his projection puts him for now. He does everything well. A jack of all trades type of player. His weakest attribute would be his long speed, but even then it’s just around average. It also doesn’t impact his ability to make big plays. He is arguably the best pure catcher in college football. He constantly had to contort his body due to not always getting the best ball placement and made great adjustments. I think he and Michael Thomas would be a great combo, as they could both be used in a plethora of ways.


New Orleans Saints Receive

  • Pick 3.77

Minnesota Vikings

  • Pick 3.100
  • Pick 5.160

Round 3, Pick 77 - RB Breece Hall, Iowa State

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An extra fifth round pick is a small price to pay for potentially the best back in the class. We don’t have time to waste with an aging defense, and this off-season has all been about trying to pick up from how we left off last season. Not starting over. We have no clue what is going on with Alvin Kamara’s legal situation. Even if he comes back sooner than later, Hall would be a great back to go with as a bruiser in the long term. Hall has played in a similar zone run system to the one the Saints use in college, so it could be a potential plug and play with him where the Saints get early production.

Round 4, Pick 118 - TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 20 UCLA at USC Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Dulcich may be the best possible TE in the draft to pair with Adam Trautman. Trautman is an elite blocker where as Dulcich could be a better vertical threat compared to what Trautman has been so far. He’s a former receiver, so he is a natural with his ball skills and route-running. He offers what Saints fans have been begging to see for a LONG time now. He had a very productive last two years at UCLA.

Round 4, Pick 136 - DL Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 LSU at UCLA Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Otito Ogbonnia offers an elite DL skillset for what the Saints like in their linemen. He dominated the Senior Bowl 1-on-1s with his strength/explosiveness mix and pass rush skills. While he is great on passing downs he also has some great run defense to his game as well. I wanted UCLA DL Osa Odighizuwa last year, and this could be a chance to right that wrong as Otito’s former teammate has proven to be a valuable NFL player.

Round 6, Pick 213 - Zakoby McClain, Auburn

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McClain is one of the best tacklers in the draft. Right off the bat he would be a situational/developmental linebacker, but he offers a lot as a special teamer. We all know that Day 3 is Special Teams day for the Saints. He is smart and athletic, but still has some stuff to learn to be a core part of the Saints defense. Luckily though, most of the deficiencies he can work through if he’s willing to learn.

Round 7, Pick 234 - Smoke Monday, Auburn

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Smoke Monday is not too dissimilar to his former teammate Zakoby McClain that we just touched on. He projects as someone who will be a great special teams asset while developing as a safety. He could have time to learn as Malcolm Jenkins continues to eventually age out of the NFL. He is not a Day 1 plug for if the Saints lose Marcus Williams, but I like his game a lot.

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