The 2022 NFL draft resumes with 73 more players to come off the board during the second and third rounds.
An eventful first round featured plenty of surprises, including a wave of trades involving both picks and established players. The wheel and trade in Las Vegas will no doubt continue on Day 2 given the depth of talent found in this draft, not to mention an almost completely untapped pool of quarterbacks after Pitts Kenny Pickett was the only one to was selected in round 1.
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Who’s left on the board?
USA TODAY Sports Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz lists his best remaining players entering Round 2. It may surprise you to hear that there is only one quarterback among his top 10. Do not be surprised to see another early race on defenders Friday night.
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A versatile lineman who could play base than for the Bucs, yet give them a valuable presence inside when they pass downturns. The 6-6, 283-pound had six sacks and 13 tackles for losses in 2021. Even if veteran agent Ndamukong Suh returns to Tampa, he is now 35.
34. Green Bay Packers (from Detroit Lions through Minnesota Vikings) – WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State
The pack jumps up to this point by swapping both of their second-rounders (Nos. 53 and 59) for division rival Vikes. The Packers are known for hitting gold with round 2 wideouts, and Watson joins the ranks of recently retired Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings in that club. Watson does not want to replace Adams – who would? – but a goal of 6-5, 208 pounds with 4.36 speeds would be a dangerous option for QB Aaron Rodgers.
The All-SEC corner washes out a secondary who welcomed CBs Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden in last year’s draft. You will also remember that the Titans could not slow down Bengals QB Joe Burrow in the playoffs, even with the advantage of nine sacks. The 5-111, 190-pound McCreary has five INTs over the last two seasons, but is not necessarily a remarkable athlete for the position.
Gang Green continues what could be a draft watershed, coming up two places thanks to a deal with the Crosstown Giants. They add another piece to help second-year QB Zach Wilson, who beats Hall along with 2021 fourth-round Michael Carter, who rushed 639 yards as a rookie. Hall (6-1, 220) could become the leading option as his 4.39 speed could open many fights. He had 3,526 yards from scrimmage and 46 TDs during his last two seasons with the Cyclones.
A versatile DB comfortable cover in slot or roaming box, he could more than offset the loss of Justin Reid in free agency for a defense that ranked 31st overall in 2021.
38. Atlanta Falcons (from Carolina Panthers via Jets and Giants) – OLB / DE Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
After switching from Temple last season, he burst onto the scene in Happy Valley by sending 9½ sacks and 18 TFLs. He’s not the strongest guy (6-2, 250), but his specialty – chasing quarterbacks – immediately improves a team that finished last (long) in 2021 with 18 sacks in total.
They make their first choice of this draft by taking a solid corner, one that can play outside or in the slot machine and increase the league’s third-ranked passing defense. Gordon, the latest in a long line of excellent UW DBs, is likely to move into a starting role on the outside, while recent veteran signing Tavon Young remains in place.
He had seven sacks in 2021, and his fast first step was partially quantified by 6-4, 261-pound 4.53 40 clocking at the combine. He should take good care of the edge for a Seattle defense that converts to a 3-4 front. Carlos Dunlap, the Seahawks’ top-pass rusher in 2021, is a free agent.
Pretty obvious that Seattle want to return to knocking the ball to the ground, even if they do so by selection instead of with a Marshawn Lynch type. Walker (5-9, 211) joins a trio that includes Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, but who was able to quickly establish himself as the leading dog given his 4.38 speed. In his lone seasons with the Spartans, the Wake Forest transfer rushed to 1,636 yards and 18 TDs.
Vikes, who took Georgia S Lewis Cine at the end of Round 1, continue to rebuild their secondary with a talented corner that gets to learn the ropes from veteran Patrick Peterson.
His 104 catches for 1,334 yards in 2021 were records for single-season Wildcats. He weighs only 5-8 and 178 pounds and he has 4.4 speeds, but he will have to cope with a receiving rotation that (at the moment) includes Sterling Shepard, 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney and the big money acquisition Kenny Golladay.
Houston is dealing with Metchie, who like former Tide teammate Jameson Williams is on a comeback from a torn ACL. Metchie, who had 96 grips for 1,142 yards and eight goals last season, is likely to operate out of slot when he is ready to play and handle the routes below while Brandin Cooks works deep.
Despite the Achilles tear he suffered in his professional day, his upside is too much to miss. Ojabo follows Mike Macdonald, Wolverine’s defensive coordinator in 2021, back to Baltimore, where he will play for Jim Harbaugh’s brother, John. And a red shirt year would probably benefit Ojabo anyway, as he made a tackle as a sophomore in 2020. A native of Nigeria who grew up in Scotland, Ojabo (6-4, 250 pounds) exploded in 11 sacks last season and will eventually bring necessary juice for Baltimore’s pass-rush.
A triple team captain who can move up and down a line that needs more bodies despite Thursday’s acquisition of Aidan Hutchinson. Detroit’s 30 sacks were the third fewest in the NFL in 2021. Paschal, who survives cancer, should be yet another culture changer for a Detroit organization that seems to be pointing in the right direction.
A team captain for Tide who can two-gap and close running tracks. The 6-4, 310-pound also showed he could get to quarterbacks in 2021, bursting for nine sacks. He joins former ‘Bama stars Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne on Commander’s D-line.
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