After three full rounds, there’s still plenty of talent left to know where he’ll land in the NFL.
The first three rounds of the 2022 NFL Draftand the vast majority of the most recognizable names are gone.
However, there are still starters and players from Pro Bowl for being discovered in the final four rounds. Easy? Not at all. However, this is where the team executives tasked with conducting the assessments really earn their paychecks.
On the third day of the draft, the prospects can be divided into several categories: highly productive players like college kids who don’t have the measurables coveted in the NFL; prospects with some very outstanding athletic qualities, but little football experience or unrefined technique; players with medical or character questions; and prospects that have little schematic versatility. With everything and that, there is a lot of talent to be exploited, still.
After all, the draft isn’t about drafting the player he is, but the player we think he can be, and the potential is still very high for some of these prospects.
As usual, we return to alphabetical order to introduce top 10 players still available for the third and last day of selections of the 2022 NFL Draft:
Coby Bryant, esquinero, Cincinnati
No, it’s not that Kobe Bryant. But the Cincinnati cornerback did win the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation, complete with Ahmad Gardner covering the other corner. He is a two-time All-ACC first-team selection who intercepted nine passes in college with the Bearcats. His older brother, Christian Bryant, played a couple of seasons in the NFL.
Daniel Faalele, offensive tackle, Minnesota
The middle rounds are a good place to bet on prospects with extraordinary physical tools, even if they are players with a lot of technical work to do. Faalele is a great example, at 6-foot-8 and 384. He moves better than he looks with that frame, but he was slow to start playing football, so there are issues, mostly in footwork. , which needs to work. He may not work long-term, and that’s fine, but if he’s a hit, he’d be a real backbone for the right side of an offensive line.
Sam Howell, quarterback, North Carolina
Less than a year ago, Howell was projected by some to be the first player drafted this year, regardless of position. What happened? Well, the progress shown during his final season with the Tar Heels was insufficient to keep him at the top of the prospect list. Nonetheless, there are important qualities there. The question is to know if he has reached his ceiling, or if there is still room to grow, under the tutelage and within the appropriate system.
Isaiah Likely, ala cerrada, Coastal Carolina
With back-to-back 11-win seasons, Coastal Carolina has become an extremely fun show to watch Saturday through Saturday. Last year, Likely was instrumental in the Chanticleers’ success, catching 59 passes for 912 yards with 12 touchdowns. If you’re looking for an elite blocker at the position, look elsewhere, but if you want a tight end/wide receiver hybrid with ideal size and downfield athleticism, Likely will be a good addition. offensive.
Justyn Ross, receptor abierto, Clemson
At this point in the draft, it’s very difficult to find complete players. Most prospects will excel in some ways, but lack one quality or another, causing them to slip into these sites. Ross is a good example, at 6-foot-4, but without the blazing speed that makes scouts salivate. Either way, Ross began his college career as a major contributor in a golden era for the Tigers program, topping 1,000 yards as a freshman and adding 17 touchdowns in his first two years. A neck condition prevented him from playing in 2020, and he returned in 2021 with a slightly more subdued season, with just three touchdowns and 514 yards, his worst numbers as a college student. It may be a matter of time before Ross gets back into his shape, but there are tools to work with here.
Isaiah Spiller, Runner, Texas A&M
Two seasons of at least 1,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns in three college years are a strong calling card for Spiller, who shone brightly as the Aggies’ primary running back. At 6-foot-1 and weighing 215 pounds, Spiller is a physical runner who isn’t going to win any sprints. Still, he runs hard and it doesn’t take long for him to exploit the hole, which should be enough to earn him a shot as part of an NFL backfield rotation.
Carson Strong, quarterback, Nevada
The unexpected drop of Malik Willis and Desmond Ridder to the third round of the draft could lead to a subsequent drop of Strong, beyond the fourth round. In that case, it could end up being a robbery for those who dare. We are talking about a classic pocket passer with power and touch suitable for long shots. He doesn’t have the ability to create second plays when everything falls apart in the pocket, and that’s one of the trends he’s headed for. Perhaps that explains why it is still available.
Zamir White, Runner, Georgia
Part of a fairly effective tandem of running backs for Georgia with James Cook, White could fill a similar role at the next level. He may not be able to add much to the passing game of an NFL offense, and that takes away from his bonuses, but he’s a tough running back who understands when to wait for the hole to open up, and when to attack with conviction. .
Perrion Winfrey, tackle defensivo, Oklahoma
Speaking of mold, Winfrey seems better built to line up at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme than defensive tackle in a 4-3 formation, with his 6-foot-4 height and 290-pound weight. Winfrey has some speed, for an offensive lineman, and it will be a challenge to throw over him when he has his arms out. Perhaps, he lacks a better anchor against the run at this point in his career.
Tariq Woolen, cornerback, UTSA
Again, we talk about physical qualities as a selling point. Woolen is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, an exceptionally rare combination at his position. To that, we must add a very respectable speed. The problem is that Woolen is a raw talent who hasn’t had enough technical refinement to maximize his tools after transitioning from wide receiver. If he lands in a zone coverage scheme with pressure on the line — and he shows progress on his technique — he could follow in the footsteps of a Richard Sherman.