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New Orleans Saints 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our New Orleans Saints Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New Orleans Saints from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Saints:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)

16. Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

Speaking of the Saints, I have a hard time believing the trade with the Eagles was to take a quarterback. Why wouldn't they try to move up higher? (Unless there's another move to come.) It's possible they think they are NFC contenders this season and could be put over the edge with two more starters. With that in mind, here's a tackle who could replace Terron Armstead on the left side. Penning is a nasty, physical blocker who is ready to play immediately.

19. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Even if Michael Thomas comes back healthy, the Saints should address wide receiver with one of their two first-round picks. Williams would have been in the discussion to be the No. 1 wideout in this class, but he tore his ACL in the national title game in January and could miss a little time in 2022. He could be a superstar once he's healthy; he has explosive speed and was uncoverable for the Crimson Tide last season. ACL injuries aren't even close to career-ending anymore, so I don't see this as a risky pick. Williams is worth it.

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

16. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Many thought the Saints would "punt this season away" and start a rebuild. But with the trade to acquire this pick, I believe the Saints put the NFL on notice that they are competing to get in the playoffs. With this pick, I think their draft scenario manifests and they are able to select Charles Cross to slide him into the gaping hole that Terron Armstead created when he left for the Miami Dolphins.

19. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

It can't be stated enough that the Saints need to improve their receiving corps if they want to get the best out of Jameis Winston. With this pick, they take a gamble on what can be considered the biggest playmaker in this class in Alabama receiver Jameson Williams. Williams is still available due to his injury and if he can recover to 100%, the Saints have a true playmaker to pair with Michael Thomas.

NFL.com - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

16. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

I'm sure New Orleans came into the draft expecting to take a left tackle or receiver with this choice, acquired in a trade earlier this month with the Eagles, but passing on Willis will likely be too difficult if he's there.

19. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

If New Orleans takes Willis at No. 16, it would only make sense to pair him with a speedy home-run hitter he could grow with over the long haul.

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2022 NFL Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Jameis Winston

Instead of drafting a potential future replacement at quarterback, the Saints made aggressive trades to support Winston with two first-round picks in receiver Chris Olave and left tackle Trevor Penning. Throw in the healthy return of No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas, and we should get a much better idea of how well Winston fits in New Orleans this season. The offense was decimated by injuries in 2021 when Thomas missed all 17 games, Winston missed 10 games and the top four offensive linemen missed a combined 32 games. -- Mike Triplett

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

The Saints did strong work in the first round on Thursday night, landing an explosive complement to Michael Thomas in Chris Olave and a replacement for the departed Terron Armstead at left tackle in Trevor Penning. These were both necessary moves if New Orleans hopes to see sustained improvement from Jameis Winston -- currently rehabbing after reconstructive knee surgery. The team is on track to fill another pressing need, with All-Pro safety, and Louisianan native, Tyrann Mathieu expected to sign with New Orleans. The Bucs remain the favorite in the NFC South, but the Saints should not be discounted.

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New Orleans Saints: 2022 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Saints in 2022.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sept. 11at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 2Sun., Sept. 18vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 3Sun., Sept. 25at Carolina Panthers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 2vs. Minnesota Vikings9:30 AM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 9vs. Seattle Seahawks1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 6Sun., Oct. 16vs. Cincinnati Bengals1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 7Thu., Oct. 20at Arizona Cardinals8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Oct. 30vs. Las Vegas Raiders1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 9Mon., Nov. 7vs. Baltimore Ravens8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 13at Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 20vs. Los Angeles Rams1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 27at San Francisco 49ers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 13Mon., Dec. 5at Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 14BYE
Week 15Sun., Dec. 18vs. Atlanta FalconsTBD / Tickets
Week 16Sat. Dec. 24at Cleveland Browns1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Jan. 1at Philadelphia Eagles1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 18Jan. 7 or Jan. 8vs. Carolina PanthersTBD / Tickets

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New Orleans Saints 2022 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2022 NFL Draft picks selected by the New Orleans Saints.

111Chris OlaveWROhio State
119Trevor PenningOTNorthern Iowa
249Alontae TaylorCBTennessee
5161D'Marco JacksonLBAppalachian State
6194Jordan JacksonDTAir Force

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