At the peak of football

At the peak of football

Several of the Mountain West’s top football players heard their names get called over the course of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Earlier this week on TEAM Talk, University of New Mexico Vice President/Athletic Director Eddie Nunez told us that the Mountain West has been the best “group of five” football conference for a few years now. 

With eight teams in bowl games and 11 players drafted (most since 2014) drafted, the numbers back up that claim. 

Here is the list of the Mountain West played who got drafted:

  • Round 2, Pick 23 (#55 overall)- TE Trey McBride (Colorado State)- Arizona Cardinals
  • Round 3, Pick 6 (#70 overall)- LB Chad Muma (Wyoming)- Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Round 3, Pick 23 (#87 overall)- DE Cameron Thomas (SDSU)- Arizona Cardinals
  • Round 4, Pick 7 (#112 overall)- TE Daniel Bellinger (SDSU)- New York Giants
  • Round 4, Pick 27 (#132 overall)- WR Romeo Doubs (Nevada)- Green Bay Packers
  • Round 5, Pick 5 (#148 overall)- WR Khalil Shakir (Boise State)- Buffalo Bills
  • Round 5, Pick 6 (#149 overall)- TE Cole Turner (Nevada)- Washington Commanders
  • Round 5, Pick 24 (#167 overall)- CB DaRon Bland (Fresno State)- Dallas Cowboys
  • Round 6, Pick 1 (#180 overall)- P Matt “Punt God” Araiza (SDSU)- Buffalo Bills
  • Round 6, Pick 7 (#186 overall)- OT Zachary Thomas (SDSU)- Chicago Bears
  • Round 6, Pick 15 (#194 overall)- DT Jordan Jackson (Air Force)- New Orleans Saints


  • New Mexico State OL Sage Doxtater, Undrafted Free Agent, New Orleans Saints
  • Colorado State DL Scott Pachan, UFA, Indianapolis Colts
  • Fresno State LB Arron Mosby, UFA, Carolina Panthers
  • Fresno State RB Ronnie Rivers, UFA, Arizona Cardinals
  • Fresno State DT Kevin Atkins, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
  • Hawaii CB Cortez Davis, UFA, Denver Broncos 
  • Hawaii OL Gene Pryor, UFA, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Nevada QB Carson Strong, UFA, Philadelphia Eagles
  • SDSU RB Greg Ball, UFA, Detroit Lions
  • SDSU LB Segun Olubi, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
  • SDSU DB Taylor Hawkins, UFA, San Francisco 49ers
  • SDSU S Trenton Thompson, UFA, New York Giants
  • SJSU TE Derrick Desse, UFA, Detroit Lions
  • SJSU OL Jack Snyder, UFA, LA Rams
  • UNLV RB Charles Williams, Tryout, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Utah State WR Brandon Bowling, Rookie Mini Camp invite, Chicago Bears
  • Utah State WR Derek Wright, UFA, Carolina Panthers
  • Utah State WR, Devin Thompkins, UFA, Tampa Bay Bucs 
  • Utah State WR Savon Scarver, UFA, Chicago Bears