Updated 4/30/2022 2:53 AM ET
2022 NFL Draft Day 2 Is Here!
Night one of the 2022 NFL Draft was full of excitement with nine trades going down during the first round which included the Titans trading receiver AJ Brown to the Eagles and the Ravens trading receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals. There were zero running backs taken in the first round and just one quarterback coming off the board as the Steelers drafted Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett to potentially be the Ben Roethlisberger replacement. Six wide receivers were drafted which included a three-pick stretch where Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and Jameson Williams went back-to-back-to-back between picks 10, 11, and 12. Drake London was the first receiver off the board as the Falcons look to bolster their receiving group with Calvin Ridley suspended for the upcoming season. The Jaguars made Travon Walker the first overall pick as they look to improve their defense and Michigan Wolverine Aidan Hutchinson gets to stay in Michigan as the Detroit Lions took him second overall.
There are plenty of great players still on the board and we will have you covered with pick-by-pick analysis for Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft!
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2022 NFL Draft Round 2
Pick 2.01 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Logan Hall, DE Houston Cougars
Analysis: At 6'6" and 283 pounds, Logan Hall has more of the build of an edge rusher than an interior lineman, but when he was moved to the inside his sophomore season, he excelled. His height is a touch matchup for guards, and he's improved every year in his run defense. He compiled seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2021, and he could do even more if moved to the outside in a pro system. You can't simply replace a guy like Ndamukong Suh with a rookie but the Buccanneers will do their best to fill that hole with a talented pick to kick off the second round.
Pick 2.02 - Green Bay Packers - Acquired via trade with Vikings
Christian Watson, WR North Dakota State Bisons
Analysis: After puzzling their fanbase by neglecting to draft a receiver in the first round, the Green Bay Packers traded up for Christian Watson. Perhaps the "toolsy-ist" prospect in this WR class, Watson impressed nearly everybody with his elite measurables and speed (4.36s). Watson was primarily a deep threat at NDSU with a 20.4 YPR during his college career. Due to the nature of the offense being so run-heavy plus QB issues (especially in the 2021 spring season), Watson hasn't shown he can earn target volume. Still, he's a raw prospect with sky-high upside.
Pick 2.03 - Tennessee Titans
Roger McCreary, CB Auburn Tigers
Analysis: Roger McCreary has just about everything you want to see in a cornerback profile except one important aspect - length. McCreary’s arm length is 29 1/4 inches, which is in just the second percentile. Meanwhile, a guy like Sauce Gardner is in the 96th percentile with 33 1/2 inch arms. The below-average length may hurt the Auburn product in press coverage and may push him inside to the slot with the Titans. Despite the length worries, McCreary still battled opposing SEC wideouts at Auburn and proved he can cover speedy pass-catchers. Tennessee joins the long list of AFC teams adding cornerback and secondary depth with all the QB talent in the conference.
Pick 2.04 - New York Jets - Acquired via trade with Giants
Breece Hall, RB Iowa State Cyclones
Analysis: Trading up for the second time in this draft, the New York Jets select Breece Hall. Over the past two seasons, Breece Hall became a true bell-cow back at Iowa State, carrying the ball 531 times and hauling in another 59 receptions. He produced behind a sub-par run-blocking offensive line, and the body control he displayed when placed in awkward positions is nothing short of amazing. Hall is also excellent at breaking tackles, ranking 7th in the country in 2021, but it remains to be seen whether that aspect of his game will translate to the NFL.
Pick 2.05 - Houston Texans
Jalen Pitre, S Baylor Bears
Analysis: The Houston Texans continued to bulk up their defense with the selection of Jalen Pitre. The safety from Baylor excels in run stoppage, ranking first in the nation in average depth of tackle, and he doesn't stop until he gets the football. He needs to show what he can do outside of that, but he's a key piece in this Texans' secondary.
Pick 2.06 - Atlanta Falcons - Acquired via trade with Giants
Arnold Ebikete, DE Penn State Nittany Lions
Analysis: After trading up to this pick, the Falcons go edge rusher with Arnold Ebiketie. Last year at Penn State, he racked up eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss in his first season as a full-time starter. Though he’ll have to work on being more elusive around the edge with his smaller size, Ebiketie’s great handwork should help him be productive as a pass-rusher. The Falcons needed to replace the departed Dante Fowler Jr. along the defensive line and Ebiketie could start on the edge right away.
Pick 2.07 - Chicago Bears
Kyler Gordon, CB Washington Huskies
Analysis: Kyler Gordon played both slot and outside in his college career so, depending on where he lands and their needs, he could play either role. With 31-inch arm length the ideal spot for him might end up being inside but some guys just have that "it" factor to play above their size. In his final year, the passer rating when targeting him was 47.3. The Bears have Jaylon Johnson on one side but the other side isn't quite settled - Gordon will start in the slot at the very least and should compete for that spot opposite Johnson.
Pick 2.08 - Seattle Seahawks
Boye Mafe, DE Minnesota Golden Gophers
Analysis: With their first of back-to-back picks, the Seattle Seahawks select Boye Mafe. His film doesn't show consistent big-playmaking ability, but when he does show flashes, it's impressive. He's got speed that's uncharacteristic for someone his size, and he's very good in breaking away from a blocker to focus on the ball carrier. He does need to work on his footwork, but like so many of these edge rushers, he should make massive strides after working with pro-level coaches.
Pick 2.09 - Seattle Seahawks
Kenneth Walker, RB Michigan State Spartans
Analysis: While everyone thought the Seahawks would go QB with one of their two second-round picks, they grab one of the best running backs in the draft. Kenneth Walker was a workhorse for Michigan State last season as he ranked first in the country in yards after contact, missed tackles forced, and carries of 15+ yards. His speed and elusiveness make him an ideal candidate for an every-down role and he’ll challenge Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny for the starting job right away in Seattle. There are questions surrounding Walker's ability as a pass catcher, but there’s no denying his pure rushing talent. It fits the mold of Pete Carroll and the Seahawks going with a run-heavy attack.
Pick 2.10 - Minnesota Vikings - Acquired via trade with Colts
Andrew Booth Jr., CB Clemson Tigers
Analysis: Booth wasn't a full-time starter until his junior year but he put enough on tape to garner early consideration. Across all of his snaps, he had five interceptions while only allowing four touchdowns and the passer ratings when targetting him were 70, 59.6, and 70.1 in his three years.
Pick 2.11 - New York Giants
Wan'Dale Robinson, WR Kentucky Wildcats
Analysis: The New York Giants added to their wide receiving corps with a bit of a reach for Wan'dale Robinson. He's small, at only 5'8", but he had a solid season against top-tier SEC competition, He will need to tighten up his route-running, but with the concerns currently surrounding Kadarius Toney, the Giants look to be adding some insurance with this pick.
Pick 2.12 - Houston Texans - Acquired via trade with Browns
John Metchie, WR Alabama Crimson Tide
Analysis: The Houston Texans added a much-needed offensive weapon with the WR2 out of Alabama, John Metchie III He's a tactical route-runner with elite speed, but after tearing his ACL in the College Football Semi-final, he plummeted down the draft boards. Even playing second-fiddle to Jameson Williams, Metchie still racked up over 1,000 yards on the 2021 season. A big-time playmaker is heading to the Texans.
Pick 2.13 - Baltimore Ravens
David Ojabo, DE Michigan Wolverines
Analysis: A devastating Achilles injury suffered during his pro day knocked David Ojabo's draft stock down, but assuming he comes back full-force the Baltimore Ravens got a bargain. He has only been playing football for five seasons, but he caught on quick, racking up 11 sacks last season. Ojabo needs to work on defending the run, but if he continues to learn at the pace he has been, he should be just fine, especially under the tutelage of the Ravens coaches.
Pick 2.14 - Detroit Lions
Josh Paschal, DE Kentucky Wildcats
Analysis: Detroit continued to improve their pass rush with the addition of Josh Paschal. While Paschal may lack height at 6'3", he more than makes up for with a stout 283 pound frame. His lower body provides a big anchor, making it hard for opposing linemen to move him. While his weight and height may make him a better fit for the interior, he still proved effective lining up all over the field, making him a versatile addition to a rebuilding Lions organization.
Pick 2.15 - Washington Commanders
Phidarian Mathis, DT Alabama Crimson Tide
Analysis: Washington adds another piece to its defensive line with Phidarian Mathis. The Alabama product has massive size at the defensive tackle spot and was routinely disruptive in the run game. His pass-rushing skills aren’t totally there yet, but his physicality and motor in the middle of the D-line is definitely evident on tape. Last year, he had 10 tackles for loss and had seven sacks as he showed the versatility to play multiple spots along the Crimson Tide D-line. The Commanders add yet another Alabama defensive lineman with Mathis joining Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen in Washington.
Pick 2.16 - Chicago Bears
Jaquan Brisker, S Penn State Nittany Lions
Analysis: Like Lewis Cine, Brisker is another physical safety that will likely spend a lot of time in the box. Unlike Cine though, Brisker is a bit more of a threat in the pass game as he was a college wide receiver and recorded five interceptions in his college career (compared to two for Cine). The Bears decide to double down on secondary in this round, taking Kyler Gordon then coming back for Jaquan Brisker. He has a good chance to start of Deandre Houston-Carter day one.
Pick 2.17 - New Orleans Saints
Alontae Taylor, CB Tennessee Mountaineers
Analysis: The Tennessee Titans selected defensive back Alontae Taylor with their second pick in the draft. Taylor has top end speed, running a 4.36 at the combine, and his long limbs help him gain the advantage over opposing wide receivers. It may be a reach for the Titans, as he has been projected at a back-up at best, but Taylor does have special teams potential and the ability to fill several holes on their roster.
Pick 2.18 - New England Patriots - Acquired vs trade with Chiefs
Tyquan Thornton, WR Baylor Bears
Analysis: With their second-round pick the Patriots take another surprise player - Tyquan Thornton from Baylor. There had been rumors that the Pats were interested in trading for the Panthers' Robby Anderson and that just so happen's to be Thornton's best comparable player on PlayerProfiler. His 4.28 blazing forty-yard dash puts him in quite literally the 100th percentile for size-adjusted speed.
Pick 2.19 - Philadelphia Eagles
Cam Jurgens, C Nebraska Cornhuskers
Analysis: Cam Jurgens is incredibly explosive for his size, but he's not always able to control that power. He improved dramatically from 2020 to 2021, earning a 71.4 PFF grade as opposed to his 42.7 from a year before, but there is still a lot of development left for him to do at the NFL level.
Pick 2.20 - Pittsburgh Steelers
George Pickens, WR Georgia Bulldogs
Analysis: After drafting Kenny Pickett in the first round, the Pittsburgh Steelers added another offensive weapon in George Pickens. Pickens was only able to play a few games at the end of last season thanks to an ACL tear, but left no doubt about his ability. He's lean and wiry, with a huge catch radius and will profile nicely as a downfield pass-catcher. Pickens is a bit of a boom or bust prospect, but the boom part is what makes scouts and evaluators salivate. He can be a three-level producer if he can stay out of the trainer's room.
Pick 2.21 - Indianapolis Colts - Acquired via trade with Vikings
Alec Pierce, WR Cincinnati Bearcats
Analysis: With T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal gone from last year’s team, the Colts target receiver here with Alec Pierce. The Cincinnati wideout gives new QB Matt Ryan another weapon alongside Michael Pittman Jr. now. Pierce can play the slot or on the outside in Indy’s offense after he was Desmond Ridder’s top target a year ago with the Bearcats. He’s a physical pass-catcher who was a reliable weapon for Ridder and can complement Pittman nicely in the Colts’ attack.
Pick 2.22 - Kansas City Chiefs - Acquired via trade with Patriots
Skyy Moore, WR Western Michigan Broncos
Analysis: Kansas City continued to add to their wide receiver depth after losing Tyreek Hill by adding Skyy Moore. Moore is a former quarterback and defensive back who has taken to the wide receiver like a fish in water. His short-area agility is fantastic when setting up defenders and runs a diverse route tree. He's fearless between the hashes and has superb ball skills for a smaller receiver. He's a slot receiver who is good enough to play outside if given the opportunity.
Pick 2.23 - Arizona Cardinals
Trey McBride, TE Colorado State Rams
Analysis: Despite signing Zach Ertz to a big contract in free agency, the Arizona Cardinal decided to add depth at the position with Trey McBride. McBride is not only the best two way tight end in this draft but he put up a MONSTER season as a junior with Colorado State. In 12 games he had 91 catches for 1,121 yards. We can forgive him only scoring one touchdown as the team went 3-9 and only had 15 passing touchdowns on the whole season. In fact, production in that type of situation makes you wonder how good he could have been in a better one. He may not be a playmaker right away, but he's a great long-term investment for the Cardinals.
Pick 2.24 - Dallas Cowboys
Sam Williams, DE Ole Miss Rebels
Analysis: After going O-line with their first-round pick, the Cowboys add depth to the defensive line in the second. Sam Williams showed off his acceleration and speed off the edge at Ole Miss and is a promising pass-rusher. His skills are a bit raw, but the motor and athleticism are both there to develop into an impact edge for Dallas. Williams will be a nice addition along the D-line for a Cowboys defense that has a ton of young talent already.
Pick 2.25 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Acquired via trade with Bills
Luke Goedeke, OL Central Michigan Chippewas
Analysis: Tampa Bay got Tom Brady some protection on the line by adding Luke Goedeke from Central Michigan. He was named first team All-MAC in 2021 after converting from tight end in during his freshman season. He has length and a ferocious attitude against opposing defensive linemen, as well as extreme strength and quickness. Goedeke will make an impact on the Buccaneer's line sooner rather than later.
Pick 2.26 - Atlanta Falcons
Troy Andersen, LB Montana State
Analysis: One of the most intriguing players in the entire draft, Troy Andersen can do everything. He started at running back his true freshman year at Montana State before moving to quarterback his second season, then settling in at linebacker for the rest of his college career. He's a "do everything" type of guy, but he does need to develop his linebacker IQ. However, his physical build and speed make him an ideal trait prospect for the NFL. Atlanta has several holes in their defense, and this versatile linebacker can slot in anywhere he's needed.
Pick 2.27 - Minnesota Vikings - Acquired via trade with Packers
Ed Ingram, OL LSU Tigers
Analysis: The Vikings add O-line depth here with Ed Ingram. At LSU, he showed off his pass-blocking ability against SEC rushers and boasts the size and strength to deal with bigger interior defensive linemen at the NFL level. Though he does need to work on some blocking mechanics, the raw skills are there to develop into an NFL starting guard for the Vikings.
Pick 2.28 - Cincinnati Bengals - Acquired via trade with Bills
Cam Taylor-Britt, CB Nebraska Cornhuskers
Analysis: Cam Taylor-Britt is a blazing fast cornerback, running a 4.38 at the combine. In his senior season, he led the Cornhuskers with 51 tackles, 11 pass breakups, one sack, and one interception. The Bengals needed to improve their secondary, as they were exposed several times in the 2021 season, and Taylor-Britt can help on several levels.
Pick 2.29 - San Francisco 49ers
Drake Jackson, DE USC Trojans
Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers may have not needed linebacker depth as much as some other positions on their roster, but they didn't pass up Drake Jackson. As with several younger players in this draft class, there is a lack of film due to a COVID-shortened 2020 season, but the film he does have looks great. He has an innate ability to slide out of a tackle's grasp as well as the vision to reset his angles and get to his targets. He definitely needs improvement against the run, but as with so many of these young edge rushers, that can be developed in time with the right coaches.
Pick 2.30 - Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Cook, S Cincinnati Bearcats
Analysis: The Chiefs went with cornerback Trent McDuffie in the first round and now add more secondary help with safety Bryan Cook. In Cincinnati’s elite-level defense last year, Cook proved to be a reliable tackler who played with physicality and aggressiveness from the safety spot. He has work to do in coverage, but he can definitely help Kansas City replace Tyrann Mathieu’s production and playmaking right away.
Pick 2.31 - Buffalo Bills - Acquired via trade with Bengals
James Cook, RB Georgia Bulldogs
Analysis: While he didn't have a huge role as a pure runner at Georgia, James Cook showed incredible pass-catching ability. In fact, in his career with the Bulldogs, Cook only dropped one of the 68 catchable passes thrown his way. He's lighter, so he doesn't have a huge role in pass-protection, but even if he's not an every-down back, NFL teams will still rely on his ability in the passing game.
Pick 2.32 - Denver Broncos
Nik Bonitto, DE Oklahoma Sooners
Analysis: After trading for Russell Wilson and taking their defense up a notch, the Denver Broncos chose to use their first draft pick on defense. One of the smaller edge rushers in this class, Nik Bonitto comes in at 6'3" and just under 250 pounds. However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in quickness. He processes plays in real-time and has an impressive array of moves to dominate the tackles. With that lack of size, though, he doesn't have the length needed to break out of blocks, so he'll have to improve on breaking away at the pro level.
2022 NFL Draft Round 3
Pick 3.01 - Jacksonville Jaguars
Luke Fortner, C Kentucky Wildcats
Analysis: It's rare that a center is named team captain, but Luke Fortner earned it with his character and work ethic. He has played all three interior positions, so he has the versatility to move around depending on team needs. In 848 snaps in 2021, he only allowed two sacks, one hit, and two hurries. Fortner has the upper body strength to be a big asset at the professional level.
Pick 3.02 -Minnesota Vikings
Brian Asamoah, LB Oklahoma Sooners
Analysis: Don't let Brian Asamoah's height fool you; his wingspan clocked in at an insane 6'8". This kind of length enables him to tackle side-to-side rushers with ease, and he hits with way more power than his 226 pound frame suggests. He reads plays at a fast pace, but when he's wrong, it can take him out of the play entirely. Still, there's a lot to like about this guy in coverage. Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell is converting the defense from a 4-3 to his version of Vic Fangio's 3-4 and that requires a lot of personnel change. This is a step in that direction.
Pick 3.03 -New York Giants
Joshua Ezeudu, G North Carolina Tarheels
Analysis: The New York Giants continued to bulk up their offensive line with the addition of Joshua Ezeudu. He has the ability to play tackle even though he's listed as a guard, lending some much-needed versatility to the Giants' front. Ezeudu has size and decent speed, but there are technical aspects of his game that need to be worked out before he becomes a bona fide starter.
Pick 3.04 -Cleveland Browns
Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi State Bulldogs
Analysis: Martin Emerson excels in press/man coverage, and that is exactly the type of player the Cleveland Browns needed to complement Denzel Ward. He did extremely well at Maryland staving off defenders with his aggressive tackling style, accumulating 67 in 2021, and he has the capability to match up with tight ends as well as wide receivers. In this year's stacked AFC North, the Browns took a player who could make an impact for many years to come.
Pick 3.05 -Tennessee Titans
Nicholas Petit-Frere, OL Ohio State Buckeyes
Analysis: Nicholas Petit-Frere is a versatile tackle who can easily move between the right and left sides, but he's been prone to inconsistent play at times. While he didn't allow a pressure in five of his 12 starts in 2021, he allowed 19 in another three games. He has the talent to be a big-time playmaker, but he's going to have to work on exhibiting that talent consistently. This is the perfect kind of player for the Tennessee Titans to bring in - he'll be in competition with 2021 first-round pick Dillon Radunz with the loser of that competition likely moving down to guard. Which is a win for their offensive line.
Pick 3.06 -Jacksonville Jaguars
Chad Muma, LB Wyoming Cowboys
Analysis: The Jaguars have gone all in on their defense this draft and continued to do so with their third round pick, Chad Muma. While Muma didn't face any Power Five competition in his senior season at Wyoming, there is no denying his dominant performance. In 2021, he had 115 tackles and was 2nd in the country in run stops. He needs to learn how to capitalize on his weight to maximize his power, but he has all the traits to be a successful linebacker in the NFL.
Pick 3.07 -Chicago Bears
Velus Jones, WR Tennessee Mountaineers
Analysis: There's no denying that Velus Jones Jr has elite speed, posting a combine speed of 4.31, but there are question marks regarding his ability to be an actual NFL wide receiver. His production never materialized, despite spending six seasons between USC and Tennessee. He seems better suited as a special teams player, so it's puzzling since you consider the Chicago Bears' needs at wide receiver.
Pick 3.08 -Seattle Seahawks
Abraham Lucas, OL Washington State Cougars
Analysis: Abraham Lucas was a four-year starter at Washington State, and while he leaves something to be desired in the run-blocking department, he's an efficient pass-blocker. In 2021, he only allowed one hit and eight hurries on 477 pass-blocking snaps. He also played at right tackle, making him one of the few higher-end tackles in this draft to man the right side of the line. The Seahawks pass up on quarterback once again to build their team from the inside out - they must either like Drew Lock/Geno Smith or they really don't like this quarterback class.
Pick 3.09 -Indianapolis Colts
Jelani Woods, TE Virginia Cavaliers
Analysis: Jelani Woods has an interesting story. At Oklahoma State, they didn't utilize the tight end position in the passing game so he languished there for three years. After transferring to Virginia as a senior, he broke out with almost 600 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has prototypical size and, with that narrative, we can forgive his late breakout age to a certain degree. Indianapolis added a stud in the third round with all the traits of a successful TE.
Pick 3.10 -Atlanta Falcons
Desmond Ridder, QB Cincinnati Bearcats
Analysis: Cincinnati has been on the rise over the past five seasons, and much of that success can be credited to Desmond Ridder. He started the last four years, and he made massive improvements from season-to-season, making him the most NFL-ready quarterback in this class. He has excellent vision downfield as well as the ability to make plays on the ground when he gets into open space.
Pick 3.11 -Houston Texans
Christian Harris, LB Alabama Crimson Tide
Analysis: Christian Harris is a versatile linebacker who played four years in a pro-style offense at Alabama, but he never really emerged as a great player. He was consistent in all aspects of his game, but he never developed his defense in coverage. Obviously, playing in a pro-style offense helps his draft stock, but he will have to improve all aspects of his game to be a starter. He'll get his start with the Houston Texans who run a 4-3 which should allow him to contribute as a pure run-stuffer right away and hopefully develop the kind of skills he needs in coverage to be an every-down player.
Pick 3.12 -Baltimore Ravens
Travis Jones, DT Connecticut Huskies
Analysis: As a four-year starter at UConn, Travis Jones has plenty of impressive film. While he's not particularly explosive off the line, he has the strength you want in a nose tackle. He can break through the offensive line, as he showed in 2021 with his 25 pressures and 21 run stops. He's not exactly versatile, but he has the ability to be a niche playmaker from day one. The Ravens gave up the second-most sacks in the league last season, so the addition of Jones is a step in improving that in 2022.
Pick 3.13 - Indianapolis Colts
Bernhard Raimann, OL Central Michigan Chippewas
Analysis: Although he's a converted tight end and has only played left tackle for two years, Bernhard Raimann has a case as one of the best tackles in the draft. He only allowed one sack in 2021 along with three hits and six hurries. He's well-balanced in both run and pass-blocking assignments, which should make him an immediate asset to any tackle-needy team.
Pick 3.14 -Cleveland Browns
Alex Wright, DE UAB Blazers
Analysis: Alex Wright comes from a smaller school in the University of Alabama and didn't have dominant stats, posting only 11 sacks in his whole college career as a pass rusher. But this pick is predicated on his elite attributes in terms of size and his long-term upside if he can develop. He's still only 21 and he earned a 91.1 pass-rushing grade in his final season per Pro Football Focus so the Cleveland Browns are hoping they can develop him into a long-term answer off the edge.
Pick 3.15 -Los Angeles Chargers
JT Woods, S Baylor Bears
Analysis: JT Woods is big and extremely fast, running a 4.36 at the combine. He's a former track star, and made his mark at Baylor by tying with the FBS leading six interceptions in 2021. He can play all over the field but did have a few busted assignments in coverage. The Los Angeles Chargers continue to improve their defense with this pick.
Pick 3.16 -Denver Broncos
Greg Dulcich, TE UCLA Bruins
Analysis: When it comes to early offensive production, especially for fantasy football, we want tight ends who skew pass-catching rather than blocking. That's how rookie tight ends Evan Engram and Kyle Pitts were able to break the mold - no one is asking them to block. Well, that's where Greg Dulcich falls with his athleticism and receiving prowess. After trading Noah Fant, the Broncos needed some help in the tight end room so they use a third on the young pass catcher. This sure makes things interesting for Albert Okwuedgbunam fans given Dulcich's skill set.
Pick 3.17 -New York Giants
Cordale Flott, CB LSU Tigers
Analysis: With the questions surrounding James Bradberry's future with the New York Giants, the franchise opted for some security with Cordale Flott. He's lengthy, but his weight is better suited for a wide receiver than a cornerback. He is a developmental prospect, but at least he has the length and size to play outside rather than some of these corners with no reach that are destined to play exclusively in the slot.
Pick 3.18 -Atlanta Falcons
DeAngelo Malone, DE Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Analysis: The Falcons continue to add developmental pieces in their rebuilding process with DeAngelo Malone. He is only listed at 6'3" and 243, but you would never know it by watching his film. He plays like a much bigger player but with the agility of a smaller guy. He also has great vision for the ball and is aggressive about getting to it, forcing eight fumbles in his five seasons with Western Kentucky. As a result of playing bigger than his body, he sometimes tends to overcompensate and can overrun the tackles, but he has the raw talent and super senior experience to be a real asset at the pro level.
Pick 3.19 -Philadelphia Eagles
Nakobe Dean, LB Georgia Bulldogs
Analysis: At just 5'11" tall, Nakobe Dean's height could be a turn off for some scouts, but after watching his tape, you can see he plays much bigger than that. He won the Dick Butkus Award in 2021 while at Georgia, and he did so by playing larger and faster than his profile indicates. He may have trouble guarding tight ends in the NFL, but it won't be for lack of trying.
Pick 3.20 - Pittsburgh Steelers
DeMarvin Leal, DE Texas A&M Aggies
Analysis: He burst on the scene as a starter his freshman year, then really set the bar high as a sophomore, but DeMarvin Leal took a little bit of a step back as a junior. He showed a variety of pass-rushing moves, but he lacked explosiveness off the line. At his size, he may be better suited to work the inside, but he'll need to improve on his run defense to be effective. The Steelers ranked near the bottom in run defense last season and look to improve that metric in 2022 with the addition of Leal.
Pick 3.21 -New England Patriots
Marcus Jones, CB Houston Cougars
Analysis: While he may be undersized for a cornerback, Marcus Jones is a phenomenal special teams player. In 2021, he ranked fourth in the FBS in return yards with 14.4 per punt return, first with two returns scored, and added an additional two scores on kick returns. The Patriots have a history of developing special teams projects into elite players, and they definitely took a player with potential in Jones.
Pick 3.22 -Tennessee Titans
Malik Willis, QB Liberty Flames
Analysis: After showing out at the combine, the hype surrounding Malik Willis is at an all-time high. He has the most arm strength of anyone in this class, and he's an adept scrambler, recording a league-best 89 broken tackles in 2021. There are some questions about his accuracy and consistency, but the raw talent is there.
Pick 3.23 -Arizona Cardinals
Cameron Thomas, DE San Diego State Aztecs
Analysis: Cameron Thomas is a unicorn on the defensive line with the size worthy of an edge rusher but the speed and instinct to play on the interior. He lined up at every position on the line in 2021 and excelled wherever he played, compiling 12 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He will need to bulk up his lower body to truly play the inside at an NFL level, but the speed is a huge asset that can't be taught. The Arizona Cardinals lost Chandler Jones and you simply can't replace a guy like that in the draft but shooting their shot with a high upside play like this isn't a bad move.
Pick 3.24 -Dallas Cowboys
Jalen Tolbert, WR South Alabama Jaguars
Analysis: While some were waiting for the Cowboys to take a splashy receiver in the first round, Jerry Jones opted to wait for a value player in Jalen Tolbert. He ran a 4.49 at the combine, and while that's not necessarily elite speed on its face, Tolbert's tape speaks for itself. He was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year with over 1,400 yards in 2021 and set school records in career yards and receptions. With the departure of Amari Cooper, the Cowboys were looking for a wide receiver, and they found an exceptional value in Tolbert.
Pick 3.25 -Buffalo Bills
Terrel Bernard, LB Baylor Bears
Analysis: Like several of the linebackers in this class, Terrel Bernard is undersized for an NFL linebacker, but he makes up for it with speed and overall football IQ. He was named the 2022 Sugar Bowl MVP, a game in which he compiled 20 tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup over Ole Miss. There's no denying that Bernard has the character and work ethic to play at the NFL level if he can get past his injury history and size issues.
Pick 3.26 -Las Vegas Raiders
Dylan Parham, OL Memphis Tigers
Analysis: Like Kenyon Green, Parham is another versatile player - he actually played tight end in high school before playing tackle and guard in college. And the funny thing about that is, many project him to actually play center in the NFL. And that's mostly due to his lack of size. It's hard to call a 285-pound man "undersized" but, in the modern NFL, most starting guards and tackles are over 300. So he may need to bulk up before he's ready to start. Kolton Leatherwood is locked in one one side for the Raiders so the question is whether they want Parham or Alex Leatherwood at right tackle. Should probably just get them in camp and duke it out.
Pick 3.27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rachaad White, RB Arizona State Sundevils
Analysis: Rachaad White was used as an every-down back in his senior season at Arizona State, reaching 1,000 yards rushing and adding 456 receiving yards on 43 receptions. He ranked 3rd in yards per route run in 2021 but was average in every other aspect. White possesses the ability to accelerate quickly and juke would-be tacklers, so he could have a hybrid role at the pro level. With Leonard Fournette getting older in running back years, Tampa Bay secured its future in the backfield with Rachaad White.
Pick 3.28 -Green Bay Packers
Sean Rhyann, OL UCLA Bruins
Analysis: After selecting back-to-back defensive players with their two first-round picks, the Green Bay Packers dug in hard to improve the offense, selecting offensive lineman Sean Rhyan with their third-round selection. Rhyan received first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2021 for his efforts at UCLA, only allowing 10 pressures on the year. He's a tackle but can also move to guard when needed, making him a perfect piece to protect Green Bay's expensive investment, Aaron Rodgers.
Pick 3.29 -San Francisco 49ers
Tyrion Davis-Price, RB LSU Tigers
Analysis: With several other big name running backs on the board, the San Francisco 49ers opted to go with Tyrion Davis-Price out of LSU. He led the Tigers with over 1000 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 12 starts, and he improved as the season progressed. While this pick may puzzle some of the 49ers faithful, Kyle Shanahan has a certain ability to sniff out running back talent, so we'll have to wait and see what's up his sleeve.
Pick 3.30 - Carolina Panthers
Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss Rebels
Analysis: Matt Corral was an adequate quarterback in his first two seasons, but he really came into his own under Lane Kiffin's offense. He thrived through the air and on the ground, but the rough style of running combined with his more slender frame caused several injuries throughout 2021. Corral will also have to adjust to a more pro-style offense rather than the play-action and RPOs he relied on at Ole Miss. He fits into the Carolina Panthers' style of play and could very well be a starter over Sam Darnold before the season is said and done.
Pick 3.31 - Cincinnati Bengals
Zachary Carter, DE Florida Gators
Analysis: The Cincinnati Bengals were looking for a versatile playmaker for defensive and special teams assignments, and they found their guy in Zachary Carter. He has great hands and quick feet and possesses the ability to be a difference maker by blocking kicks in critical situations. He's shown improvement every year in college and will be an excellent addition to a team trying to be back-to-back Super Bowl contenders.
Pick 3.32 - Indianapolis Colts
Nick Cross, S Maryland Terrapins
Analysis: Nick Cross is an athletic freak who ran a 4.34 forty-yard dash at 212 pounds. He's a big-time playmaker in terms of laying hits and jumping routes but that's also the biggest knock on him as his lack of discipline does tend to get him into trouble at times.
Pick: 3.33 - Detroit Lions
Kerby Joseph, S Illinois Fightin Illini
Analysis: Kerby Joseph is a role-specific safety as he's not quite explosive enough to play single high or physical enough to play in the box. He would best fit in a system that runs a lot of two-high safety looks where he can operate in quarters. Lucky for him, two high shells are popular these days.
Pick 3.34 - Washington Commanders
Brian Robinson, Jr., RB Alabama Crimson Tide
Analysis: Coming in as the biggest running back in this draft class, Brian Robinson is a bruiser. He's not the most agile guy in this draft class, but he excels in short-yardage situations and uses his big frame to extend plays. In 2021, he ranked 9th in yards after contact and 3rd in missed tackles forced. Robinson may not be explosive, but he gets the job done and will do well as a goal-line back.
Pick 3.35 - Cleveland Browns
David Bell, WR Purdue Boilermakers
Analysis: Bell's combine was in a word: putrid. He ran a 4.65s 40-time & his lack of explosiveness really put him behind the eight ball. Make no mistake, Bell is talented and was very productive at Purdue. The best way to describe Bell is with a baseball analogy of being the veteran pitcher who may not have the 95 MPH fastball anymore but uses craft and guile to succeed. Operating opposite of Amari Cooper in Cleveland may just be the recipe he needs to make it at the pro level.
Pick 3.36 - Arizona Cardinals
Myjai Sanders, DE Cincinnati Bearcats
Analysis: While his style of play may not exactly pass the eye test in a traditional sense, Myjai Sanders' results speak for themselves. He's explosive off the line and has the ability to recover quickly when he's knocked off balance. However, his power doesn't always match his speed, and he also has a problem with penalties. He drew 20 penalty flags over the past two years, and most of those penalties were for offsides infractions. The Cardinals may have found a replacement for Chandler Jones, but Sanders will have to clean up the penalties if he hopes to be successful in the NFL.
Pick 3.37 - New York Jets
Jeremy Ruckert, TE Ohio State Buckeyes
Analysis: His talents may have gone overlooked at Ohio State due to their insistence on using him as a blocker, but make no mistake: Jeremy Ruckert has the hands of a wide receiver. The New York Jets are in full "wheels up" mode this draft season, and they hit another home run with Ruckert. There isn't a ton of tape on him in the receiving game, but when he was called upon to make plays, he didn't miss.
Pick 3.38 - Miami Dolphins
Channing Tindall, LB Georgia Bulldogs
Analysis: Playing behind Butkus Award winner Nakobe Dean may have caused Channing Tindall to be overlooked, but make no mistake; this guy is a talented linebacker. He ran a 4.47 40 at the combine, and this speed allows him to move from sideline to sideline and make tackles in open space. He may just be a special teams player to start, but he should be able to eventually earn a starting job in the NFL.
Pick 3.39 - Kansas City Chiefs
Leo Chenal, LB Wisconsin Badgers
Analysis: After having somewhat of a breakout year in 2020, Leo Chenal took it to another level in 2021. He amassed 74 tackles on 607 snaps, and he ranked 2nd in the country in run-stop rate. Chenal may not be as versatile as some of the other linebackers in this class, but there is arguably no one better in defending the run.
Pick 3.40 - Los Angeles Rams
Logan Bruss, OL Wisconsin Badgers
Analysis: With their first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Logan Bruss. After the retirement of Andrew Whitworth, the Rams have a big hole to fill on their offensive line, and Bruss has all the makings of a future All-Pro. He has enormous hands, and he pairs his physical attributes with mental quickness to react quickly to a defensive line switch. Bruss also has the ability to switch to guard, making him a valuable asset to a Rams team with very few picks in this draft.
Pick 3.41 - San Francisco 49ers
Danny Gray, WR SMU Mustangs
Analysis: With the apparent changing of the guard at quarterback in San Francisco, the 49ers selected Danny Gray with the last pick of the third round. He is blazing fast, posting a combine speed of 4.33, and with Trey Lance as the heir apparent under center, Gray could be a valuable field stretcher in 2022. If contract talks with Deebo go (more) south, Gray could be the guy to work all over the field in his place.
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