Welcome to our pick-by-pick second- and third-round grades of the 2022 NFL Draft.
For those of you who think we should wait a few years before grading the picks, we disagree. NFL teams have to make decisions under uncertainty. So we should evaluate them based on what we know at the time of the pick. The grades below will reflect not only the quality of the prospects but also the process — in other words, whether it’s a wise use of resources given the state of the franchise.
Having said that, feel free to report me to Old Takes Exposed in a couple years when these look foolish.
Stats are courtesy of The Beast or Pro Football Focus unless otherwise noted.
33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Hall, Edge/DL, Houston
Hall (6-foot-6, 283) could line up at defensive end on base downs, but his value will likely come as an interior pass rusher. That’s something that every team’s looking for, and it’s hard to find. Hall had 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss last season while lining up at different spots along Houston’s front. His athleticism should pop against interior offensive linemen in the NFL. Adding pass rush makes complete sense for the Bucs.
34. Green Bay Packers: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
The Packers sent the Vikings the 53rd and 59th picks to move up to 34. Watson (6-foot-4, 208) has an impressive size/speed (ran 4.36) profile. He caught 43 balls for 801 yards and seven touchdowns last year and averaged 20.4 yards per reception in his career. He tested out as the top athlete among this class of wide receivers.
But there are some strikes against Watson. He had multiple knee surgeries during the 2019 offseason and missed three games last year because of a hamstring injury. All of Watson’s games came against FCS competition. And per PFF, he had a high 13.3% drop rate in his career.
There are obvious tools to work with, but Watson will be a 23-year-old rookie and will likely need some time to develop into a quality vertical threat in the NFL. The Packers might have been better off holding on to the two picks and throwing a couple darts at wide receiver. Watson is far from a sure thing.
35. Tennessee Titans: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
McCreary (5-foot-11, 190) had an impressive college career with 37 passes defended and six interceptions in the past three seasons (35 games). He’s sticky in coverage and competitive. But McCreary ran 4.5 and tested out as a below-average athlete. His 28 7/8-inch arms would be among the shortest for corners in the NFL.
McCreary is a classic case of film vs. measurables. I think this is a reasonable pick.
36. New York Jets: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
The Jets gave up a fifth-round pick to move up two spots. Hall (5-foot-11, 217) is a complete back who did it all for Iowa State. He carried 718 times for 3,941 yards (5.5 YPC) and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. Hall also caught 82 balls for 734 yards and six touchdowns.
Per The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, he fumbled just once every 200 touches, and Hall forced the highest rate of missed tackles in the country, per Sports Info Solutions (SIS).
Hall is an excellent prospect, but given the state of the Jets’ roster, I’m not sure they needed to spend this high of a pick on a running back.
37. Houston Texans: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
Pitre (5-foot-11, 198) is another fun safety prospect from this year’s class. He started 32 games at Baylor and filled up the stat sheet last year — 76 tackles (18 for loss), three sacks, three forced fumbles, nine passes defended and two interceptions. Pitre committed zero penalties in 431 coverage snaps. Per SIS, he lined up in the slot or in the box on 96% of his snaps.
Pitre is a hybrid defensive back who plays with a feisty personality. I like this move for Houston.
38. Atlanta Falcons: Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State
The Falcons gave up a fourth-round pick to move up five spots. Ebiketie (6-foot-2, 250) transferred from Temple to Penn State last year and produced 9.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss in 12 starts. He has 34 1/8-inch arms and tested as a top-five athlete among edge defenders in this draft class.
Ebiketie ranked in the top 10 in both quick pressure rate (how often a player produces pressure in 2.5 seconds or less) and true pressure rate (how often a player produces pressure on straight dropbacks), per SIS. He projects as someone who could begin his career as a rotational pass rusher before eventually becoming a starter. The Falcons desperately need pass rush. I don’t mind them getting a little aggressive here.
39. Chicago Bears: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
Gordon (6 feet, 194) started 17 games for Washington and finished his career with 14 passes defended and two interceptions. He played both on the outside and in the slot. Gordon ranked tied for fifth in yards per coverage snap allowed, per SIS. But he played just 69 snaps of true man coverage, per PFF. Gordon looked explosive on the field, but he ran just 4.52 and tested out as a mediocre athlete for a corner.
It’s fair to wonder when/how the Bears plan on putting supporting pieces around Justin Fields. But they just need good players at premium positions. This is a fine use of resources.
40. Seattle Seahawks: Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota
Mafe (6-foot-4, 261) came on strong last year with seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He started just 13 games in college, but there’s some reason to believe that Mafe is an ascending player. He tested out as a top-five athlete among edge defenders in this year’s class. The Seahawks need quality starters at premium positions. Drafting Mafe makes perfect sense.
41. Seattle Seahawks: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
Walker (5-foot-9, 211) was Brugler’s top-ranked running back. He carried 480 times for 2,794 yards (5.8 YPC) and 35 touchdowns in 32 games (12 starts). Walker’s 46 runs of 10+ yards were second in the country last year. Per SIS, he finished second in yards after contact per attempt (3.8), and had just one fumble in 2021.
Let’s be clear: Walker is a fine prospect and a fun player. But the Seahawks continue to show complete disregard for positional value. They’re paying Rashaad Penny $5.75 million and have massive holes up and down the roster at premium positions (including quarterback!). It’s impossible to believe that spending a high second-round pick on another running back is an optimal use of their resources.
42. Minnesota Vikings: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
The Vikings moved up 11 spots and swapped picks with the Colts. Additionally, they gave up picks 77 (third round) and 192 (sixth round). Minnesota also got 122 (fourth round) back in return.
Booth (6 feet, 194) started 15 games at Clemson and performed well (14 passes defended, five interceptions). He was called for just one penalty in 35 college games. Booth is a physical, competitive corner who should be able to play in any scheme.
The question is durability. He didn’t participate in pre-draft athletic testing because of a strained quad and double hernia surgery. And per Brugler, he missed time with a hamstring injury and a stinger last year. Booth previously had surgery to repair a tear in his patella tendon and had knee tendonitis in high school.
If Booth can stay healthy, this could be a home-run pick. But that’s obviously a big if. I don’t mind taking a swing on his upside here.
43. New York Giants: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
Robinson (5-foot-8, 178) began his career at Nebraska before transferring to Kentucky. He was terrific last year, catching 104 balls for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns. Robinson ran a 4.44. He’s tough, slippery and explosive.
Having said that, Brugler had Robinson as his 105th overall player. Taking him this high feels like a reach. My head is telling me to give the Giants a bad grade, but Robinson is just such an exciting player and has so much juice. I can’t crush them for falling in love here.
44. Houston Texans: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
The Texans moved up 24 spots here, giving up picks 68 (third round), 108 (fourth round) and 124 (fourth round) in return.
Metchie (5-foot-11, 187) was highly productive last year — 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns — before suffering a torn ACL in December. He doesn’t have eye-popping measurables and probably won’t contribute right away, given the injury, but Metchie is an excellent route-runner who plays with toughness and energy. He should be able to line up outside or in the slot.
Metchie is a fine prospect, but I’m not sure he has the ceiling to warrant an aggressive move up by the Texans, especially considering all the holes on their roster.
45. Baltimore Ravens: David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
Ojabo (6-foot-4, 250) was on track to be a first-round pick, but he tore his Achilles during Michigan’s pro day. He came on strong last year with 11 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles in 14 games. He had the highest sack rate (3.8%) of any edge rusher in this year’s class.
But Ojabo had played just 26 defensive snaps prior to last season, and now he faces a tough recovery from a serious injury. The Ravens are the right team to take this gamble. They have an information edge, given that Ojabo’s defensive coordinator from Michigan, Mike Macdonald, is now in Baltimore. And because the Ravens draft for volume, they can afford to take these types of swings on upside.
46. Detroit Lions: Josh Paschal, Edge, Kentucky
Paschal (6-foot-3, 268) has an amazing story. Per Brugler, Paschal dealt with a deadly form of skin cancer in 2018 and had a tumor removed. He came back to start 35 games the next three seasons and was a three-time captain. Pascal had 5.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2021. He has a high motor and could have the versatility to line up on the edge or as an interior pass rusher.
This feels a little high, given that Brugler had Paschal as his 83rd-ranked prospect. But I don’t have an issue with the Lions trying to add more pass rush.
47. Washington Commanders: Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
Mathis (6-foot-4, 310, 34 5/8-inch arms) started 20 games for Alabama. He had nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss last year. Mathis lined up in multiple spots and should be scheme-versatile. He projects as a disruptive player against the run and could have some pass-rush upside.
The knocks on Mathis are that he’s already 24 years old, and he’s among the worst athletes at defensive tackle in this year’s class. I don’t love that combination.
48. Chicago Bears: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Brisker (6-foot-1, 206) made 21 starts for the Nittany Lions and had 19 passes defended and five interceptions in three seasons. He’s a smart, physical player who has the skill set to play multiple roles: in the box, back deep and across the slot. Per Brugler, Brisker did not commit a single penalty over the last two years. He tested out as an average athlete among safeties but showed he can run (4.49). Brisker’s instincts and physicality give him upside as a quality starter.
Again, at some point, the Bears need to acknowledge that their offense needs players. But I really like Brisker for them.
49. New Orleans Saints: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee
Taylor (6 feet, 199) transitioned from offense to defense during his freshman year and ended up starting 31 games. He had 19 passes defended and four interceptions. Taylor ran 4.36 and tested out as a plus athlete.
Taylor has tools to work with and is new to the position. But he’ll turn 24 in December, and Brugler had him ranked as his 124th overall player. Taylor could turn into a great player, but this feels like a bit of a reach.
50. New England Patriots: Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
Thornton (6-foot-2, 181 with 33 1/4-inch arms) has a rare blend of size and speed. He ran a 4.28 40 at the combine and caught 62 balls for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
The Patriots desperately needed juice/speed on offense, and Thornton gives them that. The question is whether he can consistently beat press coverage and become a more well-rounded player. New England is known for having a shrunken draft board. Brugler had Thornton as his 176th prospect and thought he’d be a fifth-round pick. Maybe Thornton will work out, but this pick feels like a reach.
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Cam Jurgens, OC, Nebraska
Jurgens (6-foot-3, 303) began his college career at tight end before transitioning to center, where he started 31 games the past three seasons. Jurgens tested athletically as the top interior offensive lineman prospect in this year’s class. And per SIS, he gave up just one sack in his entire college career.
Jurgens is a terrific prospect. The question is whether this is a wise use of resources. Jason Kelce was an All-Pro last year and is back in 2022. That means Jurgens won’t see the field unless Kelce suffers an injury. And it’s not like the Eagles lacked a long-term plan at center. They just used a second-round pick on Landon Dickerson last year.
This pick would be more justifiable if Jurgens had guard/center versatility. And maybe the Eagles believe that will be the case. But he only played center in college. I really like the player but don’t love the use of resources here.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
There’s no denying that Pickens (6-foot-3, 195) has superstar-level traits. He’s a physical specimen who is capable of overpowering and/or out-running NFL corners. He caught 90 balls for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns in 26 college games. Pickens played just 63 snaps last year after coming back from a torn ACL he suffered during spring practices.
However, as coaches described to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, there are some “red flags” with Pickens.
But he lands in a good spot here with a terrific head coach in Mike Tomlin. The Steelers have drafted wide receivers better than any team in the league. At 52, this feels like a smart gamble. There might not be a bigger boom-or-bust player in the draft.
53. Indianapolis Colts: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
Pierce (6-foot-3, 211) caught 52 balls for 884 yards last season. He ran a 4.41 and averaged 17.5 YPR during his career at Cincinnati. Pierce can play on the outside or as a big slot and is a plus athlete.
The Colts’ offense needed to add more juice/speed at receiver. Pierce is not a finished product, but he has size and speed to work with. I think this is a fine use of resources.
54. Kansas City Chiefs: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
Moore (5-foot-10, 195) caught 95 balls for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He ran 4.41 and tested out as a plus athlete. Moore played outside in college but probably projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. He has good hands, can make plays after the catch and showed a good understanding in college of how to beat press coverage.
The Chiefs needed pass-catching help, and Moore feels like an excellent fit. The best version of Moore in the NFL would resemble Golden Tate.
55. Arizona Cardinals: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
McBride (6-foot-4, 246) caught 90 balls for 1,121 yards last year. He ran 4.56 and tested as a plus athlete. Brugler called him a competitive blocker who projects as a better version of Hayden Hurst.
The Cardinals’ plan seems to be to load up on pass-catching weapons, but they just signed Zach Ertz to a three-year deal in free agency.
They have options to play all kinds of different personnel groupings, but I’m not sure this was the best use of resources, given the other needs on the roster.
56. Dallas Cowboys: Sam Williams, Edge, Ole Miss
Williams (6-foot-4, 261) had 12.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss last year. He’s a top-three athlete among edge defenders in this class.
But there are serious concerns with Williams. He was suspended from the Ole Miss program in July 2020 following an arrest on felony sexual battery. The charges were later dropped.
Once again, the Cowboys take a gamble on a player with serious off-field concerns.
57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Luke Goedeke, G/T, Central Michigan
Goedeke (6-foot-5, 312) began his career at tight end before moving to right tackle, where he made 24 starts. He probably projects as a guard in the NFL.
Goedeke did not participate in pre-draft athletic testing because of a hamstring injury. He’s still relatively new to offensive line but has potential. Adding O-line insurance, especially if the Bucs believe Goedeke has versatility, makes sense for Tampa.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
Andersen (6-foot-4, 243) began his career as a two-way player before transitioning full-time to defense where he made 25 starts at linebacker. He tested as the most athletic off-ball linebacker in this year’s draft class and was a two-time captain.
In 15 starts last year, Andersen had 147 tackles (14 for loss), two sacks, nine passes defended and two interceptions. He needs more experience, but given the tools, Andersen has some upside. This is a reasonable use of resources by Atlanta.
59. Minnesota Vikings: Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
Ingram (6-foot-3, 307) started 35 games for the Tigers — 23 at left guard, 12 at right guard. According to PFF, he allowed two sacks and one QB hit on 484 pass-blocking snaps last year. Ingram tested out as a plus athlete.
But there are off-field concerns. Ingram was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault involving a minor in 2018. The charges were dismissed a year later, and he was reinstated to the football team.
Ingram was ranked No. 114 on Brugler’s big board.
60. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
Taylor-Britt (5-foot-11, 196) started 29 games — seven at safety and 22 at cornerback. In the past three seasons, he had six interceptions and 24 passes defended. Taylor-Britt ran 4.38 and tested out as a plus athlete.
I love what the Bengals have done with their first two picks. They’ve added two athletic, versatile defensive backs. That’s a good strategy, given the quarterbacks they’ll be going up against in the AFC.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Drake Jackson, Edge, USC
Jackson (6-foot-3, 273, 34-inch arms) is an intriguing prospect, and he’ll be playing his rookie year at just 21 years old. Jackson had five sacks and eight tackles for loss last season. He ranked fifth among edge defenders in true pressure rate, per SIS.
Jackson is young, athletic, and the advanced stats suggest he was consistently affecting the quarterback when given opportunities last year. The 49ers get a prospect with upside who plays a premium position. This is one of my favorite second-round picks.
62. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
Cook (6-foot-1, 206) began his college career playing cornerback at Howard before transferring to Cincinnati and converting to safety. He started 14 games last year and had 96 tackles (five for loss), 11 passes defended and two interceptions.
Per PFF, Cook logged more than 150 snaps playing deep, in the box and across the slot. He graded out as an excellent tackler. This is a nice addition for Kansas City.
63. Buffalo Bills: James Cook, RB, Georgia
Cook (5-foot-11, 199) carried 230 times for 1,503 yards (6.5 YPC) and 14 touchdowns during his college career. He also caught 67 balls for 730 yards. Per PFF, Cook had zero drops and zero fumbles last season.
Cook ran 4.42 and is a home-run hitter who can produce explosive plays as a runner or as a pass-catcher. This is a fun addition for an already explosive Bills offense.
64. Denver Broncos: Nik Bonitto, Edge, Oklahoma
Bonitto (6-foot-3, 248) had 18.5 sacks, 32 tackles for loss and nine passes defended in 36 games the past three seasons.He had the highest pressure rate (22%), the highest quick pressure rate (12%) and the second-highest true pressure rate (23%) among edge defenders in this year’s class.
Bonitto ran a 4.54, and his three-cone time ranked in the 76th percentile. I see a bendy edge rusher who can get after the passer and spy mobile quarterbacks. He was one of my favorite Day 2 prospects. I love this pick for the Broncos.
65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Fortner, OC, Kentucky
Fortner (6-foot-4, 307) started 36 games — 20 at right guard, 13 at center, three at left guard — during his college career. Per PFF, he gave up just two sacks and one QB hit on 429 pass-blocking snaps last season.
He has a couple things working against him. One, Fortner tested out as a below-average athlete. And two, he’ll be a 24-year-old rookie. Having said that, at this point in the draft, it’s fine to use picks on versatile offensive linemen.
66. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
Asamoah (6 feet, 226) started 19 games for the Sooners. Last year, he had 89 tackles but did not produce a single pass breakup or interception.
He is an undersized run-and-chase linebacker, and Asamoah tested out as a plus athlete.
67. New York Giants: Joshua Ezeudu, G/T, North Carolina
Ezeudu (6-foot-4, 308 with 34-inch arms) started 28 games — 20 at left guard, six at left tackle, two at right tackle. He tested out as a plus athlete.
Brugler had Ezeudu ranked as his 101st prospect, but given his size, athleticism and versatility, I have no issue with the Giants taking Ezeudu here.
68. Cleveland Browns: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
In 36 games (28 starts), Emerson (6-foot-2, 201 with 33 1/2-inch arms) had 16 passes defended and one interception. He ran 4.53 and tested out as a below-average athlete among corners.
Brugler had Emerson as his 167th-ranked prospect. But the Browns obviously felt like he could fit their scheme well.
69. Tennessee Titans: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
Petit-Frere (6-foot-5, 316) was a big-time recruit. He started 19 games — 12 at left tackle, seven at right tackle — for the Buckeyes. Per PFF, he gave up only two sacks during his college career.
Petit-Frere has the look of an NFL offensive tackle but didn’t quite put it all together in college. Given the upside of hitting on a starting tackle, I have no issue with the Titans taking a swing here.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
On one hand, there’s a lot to like about Muma (6-foot-3, 239). He was a two-time captain who piled up 142 tackles last year to go along with three passes defended and three interceptions. Brugler praised his competitiveness and football IQ.
On the other hand, how many linebackers are the Jaguars planning on playing at one time? They signed Foyesade Oluokun in free agency and traded back into the first round for Devin Lloyd. Now they use this pick on Muma.
I try to grade each pick individually, and taking Muma at this spot is perfectly reasonable. I’m just not quite sure what the Jaguars’ plan is.
71. Chicago Bears: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
Jones (6 feet, 204) had 62 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He spent six years in college — four at USC and two more at Tennessee.
Prior to last season, Jones had never had more than 280 receiving yards in a season.
Jones has excellent speed (ran 4.31), but this is a head-scratching pick by the Bears. Jones ranked 182nd on Brugler’s big board. For a team with limited resources, why spend a Day 2 pick on a soon-to-be 25-year-old rookie slot receiver with one year of production? Maybe Jones will be great, but I don’t get this pick.
72. Seattle Seahawks: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
Lucas (6-foot-6, 315) started 42 games at right tackle. He did not allow a sack on 477 pass-blocking snaps last season, per PFF. Lucas tested athletically as a top-three offensive tackle in this year’s class.
Lucas is unproven as a run blocker, and teams might view him as a right tackle-only option. But he has size and athleticism to work with. This is a fine use of resources by Seattle.
73. Indianapolis Colts: Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
Woods (6-foot-7, 253) began his college career as a quarterback at Oklahoma State before making the switch to tight end. He had 44 catches for 598 yards and eight touchdowns last season at Virginia.
Woods ran 4.61 and tested as the top athlete among tight ends in this year’s class. He held up well as a blocker and has drawn comps to Marcedes Lewis.
Woods should be a useful player for the Colts, and his athletic testing suggests some upside as a pass-catcher.
74. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
For teams without a quarterback, it’s all about taking swings.
The Athletic’s Nate Tice had Ridder (6-foot-3, 211) as his QB1 in this year’s class. Ridder completed 64.9% of his passes last year while throwing 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ran 4.52 at the combine and ran for 557 yards last year (excluding sacks).
The question is whether Ridder can demonstrate the necessary repetitive accuracy to be successful. Tice has compared the best version of Ridder to a mix of Ryan Tannehill and Dak Prescott.
Ridder might never turn into even an average starter. But a flier in the third round for a team like Atlanta? That makes perfect sense.
75. Houston Texans: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
Harris (6-foot-1, 226) is undersized, but he started 40 games in three seasons for Nick Saban, which seems hard to do unless you have outstanding intangibles. Last year, Harris had 79 tackes (12.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He ran 4.44 and tested out as a top-five athlete among linebackers in this year’s class.
Harris can blitz, spy mobile QBs and cover. Brugler had Harris as his 46th-ranked prospect. I really like this pick.
76. Baltimore Ravens: Travis Jones, DT, UConn
Jones (6-foot-4, 325) could end up being the Day 2 version of Georgia’s Jordan Davis. He had 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in 11 starts last year. SIS tracks true pressure rate (how often a player produces pressure on straight dropbacks) and quick pressure rate (how often a player produces pressure in 2.5 seconds or less). Jones ranked first and third, respectively, in those two categories last year.
In terms of athletic testing, only Davis was better among defensive tackles. I like this pick a lot for the Ravens.
77. Indianapolis Colts: Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Raimann (6-foot-6, 303) began his college career as a tight end and has only 18 starts of experience at left tackle. Having said that, he gave up just one sack on more than 700 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF.
Given his relative inexperience and the fact that he’ll be a 25-year-old rookie, I’m not sure I would have taken Raimann here. But he plays a premium position, fills a need and has upside.
78. Cleveland Browns: Alex Wright, Edge, UAB
Wright (6-foot-5, 271) started 18 games in three seasons. He had seven sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss last season. His pre-draft testing was limited after he suffered a strained pectoral muscle benching at the combine.
Wright is a long, toolsy edge rusher with upside. This is a fine use of resources by the Browns.
79. Los Angeles Chargers: JT Woods, S, Baylor
Woods (6-foot-2, 195) started 28 games at Baylor. He had eight passes defended and six interceptions last season.
Woods ran 4.36 and is a plus athlete. He needs to improve as a tackler but has speed, range and ball skills. I have no problem taking a flier on a prospect with those traits at this point in the draft.
80. Denver Broncos: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Dulcich (6-foot-4, 243) is a pass-catching tight end who is capable of producing explosive plays. He caught 42 balls for 725 yards last season and averaged 17.6 YPR during his college career. Dulcich has some shiftiness to his route-running, but his athletic testing (ran 4.69) was somewhat disappointing.
The Broncos included Noah Fant in the deal for Russell Wilson. Dulcich has the potential to be a field-stretching tight end. I like this move for Denver.
81. New York Giants: Cor’Dale Flott, CB, LSU
Flott (6-foot-1, 175) started 21 games for LSU. In 11 games last year, he had 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles and one interception.
Flott has experience playing both outside and in the slot, and he plays with a feisty demeanor. Overall, the measurables (he ran 4.5) are average to below average. The same can be said about his ball production.
Brugler had Flott ranked 169 on his big board, but the Giants obviously see a starting-caliber player.
82. Atlanta Falcons: DeAngelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky
Malone (6-foot-3, 243) spent a long time in college. He had 34 sacks in 62 games (53 starts). He also had 60 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles and eight passes defended.
Malone’s weakness is against the run, but he has upside as a pass rusher. And that’s what the Falcons need. I like the fit, and I like the pick.
83. Philadelphia Eagles: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Dean (5-foot-11, 229) was the captain of the best defense in the country last year. He had 72 tackles (10.5 for loss), six sacks, two forced fumbles, eight passes defended and two interceptions.
Dean is undersized. He did not participate in any pre-draft athletic testing. And reports surfaced in the past 24 hours that he was dealing with a pectoral injury.
It’s always risky to label a pick like this a steal, given how many teams passed on Dean. But still, he was Brugler’s 29th-ranked player. And Dean’s best traits are his tackling, his leadership and his football IQ. He goes to an Eagles team in desperate need of linebacker help.
We’ll get more information on why Dean slipped so far, but at No. 83, it’s hard not to like this pick.
84. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
Leal (6-foot-4, 283) had 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year. He was a big-time recruit who flashed upside but never quite put it all together.
I like the fit in Pittsburgh, where he’ll join a group of accomplished veterans. Given his upside as a disruptive interior lineman, Leal coming off the board here makes plenty of sense.
85. New England Patriots: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
Jones (5-foot-8, 174) started 27 games in college. In 13 games last year, he had 18 passes defended and five interceptions.
Jones is undersized, but he’s a competitive corner who has ball skills and can cover. And Jones was a prolific returner at Houston. His skill set should fit well in Bill Belichick’s defense and on New England’s special teams. I like this pick.
86. Tennessee Titans: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Quarterback decisions in the current NFL landscape come down to upside. And the best version of Willis (6-foot-1, 219) is better than the best version of the other quarterbacks in this class.
Willis completed 62.8% of his passes in college with 48 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He ran for 1,227 yards (if we exclude sacks) last year and averaged 8.4 YPC. Willis is a toolsy prospect and a dynamic athlete with a strong arm.
Willis is far from a finished product, and there will be growing pains. He took 51 sacks in 13 starts last year. The fact that he lasted this long is telling.
But the Titans can be patient. They have Ryan Tannehill for 2022 but are not tied to him beyond that. It might never work out with Willis, but this seems like a worthy swing to take.
87. Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Thomas, Edge/DL, San Diego State
Thomas (6-foot-4, 267) started 34 games and was highly productive last year with 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. He has the ability to line up at defensive end on base downs and swing inside on obvious passing situations.
The Cardinals needed to add pass rush after having lost Chandler Jones in free agency. I like this fit.
88. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
Tolbert (6-foot-1, 194) had a prolific college career, catching 178 balls for 3,140 yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging 17.6 YPR. He ran 4.49 and tested out as an average athlete among wide receivers.
Tolbert’s best chance for success will be to carve out a role as an outside receiver who can stretch the field vertically. At this point in the draft, Tolbert was a reasonable selection for Dallas.
89. Buffalo Bills: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
In 45 games for Baylor, Bernard (6-foot-1, 224) had 317 tackles (31.5 for loss), 16.5 sacks, 12 passes defended and three interceptions.
He was a captain last year but battled through a number of injuries in his career, including (per Brugler) a fractured shoulder, a torn labrum, a broken right hand and a broken foot.
Bernard is undersized, but he has the potential to develop into a starter if he can stay healthy.
90. Las Vegas Raiders: Dylan Parham, G/C, Memphis
Parham (6-foot-3, 311) started 51 games — 28 at left guard, 12 at right guard, 11 at right tackle — in the past four seasons. Per PFF, he did not allow a sack on 545 pass block snaps last season.
Parham tested well athletically and was the 72nd-ranked prospect on Brugler’s board. Given his versatility, this pick makes a lot of sense for the Raiders.
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
White (6 feet, 214) carried 224 times for 1,426 yards (6.4 YPC) and 20 touchdowns in the last two years. He also caught 51 balls for 607 yards.
White is a very good athlete and should be a nice complementary back for the Bucs who is capable of making plays in the passing game.
92. Green Bay Packers: Sean Rhyan, OG, UCLA
Rhyan (6-foot-5, 321) started 31 games at left tackle for the Bruins. He allowed just one sack on 451 pass-blocking snaps last year, per PFF.
Rhyan did not miss a game in his career and improved after starting as a true freshman in 2019. Brugler projects him to make the switch to guard in the NFL. This is a fine use of a third-round pick by the Packers.
93. San Francisco 49ers: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU
Davis-Price (6 feet, 211) carried 211 times for 1,003 yards (4.8 YPC) and six touchdowns last season. He wasn’t much of a factor as a pass-catcher (10 catches for 64 yards).
During his three-year career, Davis-Price averaged just 4.6 YPC. Given that he projects as a two-down back and that the 49ers have limited draft capital, I don’t love the use of resources here.
94. Carolina Panthers: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Corral (6-foot-2, 212) completed 67.9% of his passes with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. He also ran for 773 yards (excluding sacks).
Corral plays with a competitive, fiery personality, but that can lead to him absorbing unnecessary contact, which could be a major problem in the NFL. Decision-making and ball security could also be issues. Corral had seven intentional groundings and eight fumbles last year, per Brugler.
I preferred Malik Willis and Desmond Ridder to Corral, but scouting quarterbacks is hard. And when you don’t have a guy, you should be taking swings like this. Even if it doesn’t work out, this process makes sense for Carolina.
95. Cincinnati Bengals: Zachary Carter, DT, Florida
Carter (6-foot-4, 282) had eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss last year. He started 25 games in his career and lined up in multiple spots along the defensive line.
Opinions can vary on prospects, but Brugler saw Carter as a somewhat limited player and had him ranked 220th on his big board. This feels like a bit of a reach for Cincinnati.
96. Indianapolis Colts: Nick Cross, S, Maryland
Cross (6 feet, 212) started 21 games for the Terps. He had 18 passes defended and six interceptions in three seasons.
Cross is a young prospect (turns 21 in September) and tested as the best athlete among safeties in this year’s class.
He might not contribute right away, but Cross has the tools and versatility to develop into a starter. I really like the swing on upside here.
97. Detroit Lions: Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
Joseph (6-foot-1, 203) started 10 games at free safety last season and had five interceptions to go along with seven passes defended.
He chose not to run at the combine and then was dealing with a hamstring injury at his pro day.
Joseph projects as a rangy safety with ball skills. This is a fine pick at this spot for Detroit.
98. Washington Commanders: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
Robinson carried 545 times for 2,704 yards (5.0 YPC) and 29 touchdowns during his five seasons at Alabama. He also caught 52 balls for 446 yards.
Robinson is a physical, downhill back. He didn’t carry the load until 2021 and figures to be a complementary back in Washington.
99. Cleveland Browns: David Bell, WR, Purdue
Bell (6-foot-1, 212) was a prolific receiver last year, finishing with 93 catches for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns.
The question with Bell is whether he’ll pass the athletic thresholds necessary to beat NFL corners. He ran 4.65 and and did not rely on athleticism or explosiveness at Purdue.
Bell will lean on his smarts, savvy and toughness in the NFL. He could be an option to contribute right away as a slot receiver.
100. Arizona Cardinals: Myjai Sanders, Edge, Cincinnati
Sanders (6-foot-5, 228) had 13.5 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and 13 passes defended in 48 college games.
Per Brugler, scouts had questions about Sanders’ weight fluctuation. He weighed 228 at the combine and 247 at his pro day. Sanders was called for 24 penalties in the last three seasons, including nine offsides flags last year alone. He turns 24 in July.Sanders has some obvious factors working against him, but at this point in the draft, taking a flier on a toolsy pass rusher is fine.
101. New York Jets: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
Ruckert (6-foot-5, 252) started 16 games for the Buckeyes. He had 26 catches for 309 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Ruckert was not a prolific pass-catcher at any point during his college career, but he possesses the skill set required — both as a blocker and receiver — to develop into a starter in the NFL.
102. Miami Dolphins: Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
Tindall (6-foot-2, 230) did not start a game in college. But he still played 474 snaps last year and had 67 tackles (7.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.
Tindall ran a 4.47 and tested athletically as one of the top five linebackers in this year’s class.
This is a fine pick at this point in the draft.
103. Kansas City Chiefs: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
Chenal (6-foot-3, 250) has a couple things going for him. One, he was highly productive last year with 115 tackles (18.5 for loss), eight sacks and two forced fumbles. Two, he ran 4.53 and tested out as the second-best athlete among this class of linebackers.
Chenal’s film suggests a downhill thumper. If he can improve in coverage or find a role as a blitzer in passing situations, he has a chance to develop into a three-down player.
104. Los Angeles Rams: Logan Bruss, OG, Wisconsin
Bruss (6-foot-5, 309) started 35 games — 26 at right tackle, six at right guard and three at tight end. He did not allow a sack in 2021 or 2020, according to PFF.
O-line guru Brandon Thorn compared Bruss to former Rams guard Austin Corbett.
Taking a shot on a versatile offensive lineman who performed well in college and is a passable athlete makes plenty of sense here.
105. San Francisco 49ers: Danny Gray, WR, SMU
Gray (6 feet, 186) had 49 catches for 803 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games last year. He ran a 4.33 at the combine and is a plus athlete.
Gray had issues with drops (seven last season) and missed multiple games because of injuries in each of the past two years.
But the 49ers could benefit from a specialized wide receiver who can run and stretch the field. Gray has the potential to give them that.
(Illustration: Wes McCabe / The Athletic; photo: Ben Liebenberg via Associated Press)
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