The Myth of the Second Round Quarterback

The 2022 NFL Draft is behind us, and it reveals a modern scouting trend at the league’s most important position.

The NFL draft has come and gone, and there were plenty of surprises, notably at the quarterback position. Among them, not a single quarterback was picked in the second round.

After Kenny Pickett was drafted by the Steelers at 20, the next QB didn’t go until 54 picks later, even though there were several who analysts believed were capable of going in round two.

There’s just one small problem: second round quarterbacks don’t exist.

I know it sounds like an odd — or maybe blatantly false — statement, but there is a case to be made. The success rate on round two signal-callers is pretty horrendous, and it all seems to lead to this one conclusion.

In order to come to that conclusion, however, there are a variety of different criteria. First, the types of quarterbacks and draftable skills. Second, the structure, and third, the history of these picks. Those three, when looked at together, bring a pretty shocking revelation that made me conjure up that statement above.

Drafting a Quarterback

Teams who find themselves drafting quarterbacks highly may be in a variety of spots, but there are three that are the most typical:

  1. One of the league’s worst teams, holding a high draft pick.
  2. Middling franchise, looking to make a change.
  3. Top of the league, finding the protégé for an older (on the verge of retirement) leader.

When teams find themselves in any of these positions, they must find the traits they value in a quarterback. Among those are arm talent, rushing ability, composure, ability to read the field, and more. However, there are two categories that those fall into, which, for the sake of the argument are production and potential.

To put it simply, teams judge what a quarterback is right now versus what he could be in a few years.

Scenario one

The top guys usually have a combination of both. Trevor Lawrence, who went number one to the Jaguars last year, combined national championships and Heisman ballot appearances with a 6’6″ frame and a cannon of an arm. Thus, he went to a team that I would place in the first set of criteria. The Jaguars were easily one of the worst teams in the NFL, and thus received a generational talent.

Scenario Two

Those with one of the two traits, however, have a wide range of options. For a team that’s just good enough to be picking outside of the quarterback window, they might be willing to take a chance on a potentially huge swing in their franchises history. Kenny Pickett is a prime example of this. While he doesn’t have the strongest arm or the highest ceiling, his production last season was hard to ignore. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 9-7-1 last year, decided that he was worth it at 20.

Kenny Pickett goes 20th overall.

Following that pick, there were other quarterbacks on the board, who, like Pickett, possessed one of the two main traits. Malik Willis, who some suspected may go as high as number two overall, had one of the highest ceilings in the draft, however, if he wasn’t going to go in the first, it seemed he wasn’t getting drafted until later on day 2.

scenario threE

Teams that fall in the third category (such as the Packers in 2020) have a tough decision. While they could take their chances on a high-potential pick like Jordan Love, it makes the most sense to maximize their championship window. Green Bay took that chance in 2020, and passed up elite talent because of it. Now, teams have learned from that mistake, while quarterbacks brunt the blow to their draft position.

Thus, Malik Willis, Matt Corral, Desmond Ridder, and all of the quarterbacks who many expected to go in round one, are now available in the dreaded first half of day two.

The Structure of the Second Round

On the typical draft boards, teams have a wide range of grades on prospects. It’s common to see someone who’s viewed as a top prospect by one team be a day two pick for someone else. Due to this disparity, many “first round talents” fall into the beginning of day two.

These players are quickly scooped up in what makes up roughly 25 percent of the round. This leaves the last 24 picks for guys truly viewed as round two prospects, which doesn’t leave much room for quarterbacks.

If a team would have believed in someone enough to draft them with those first eight picks, it’s unlikely he would have slipped to begin with. Teams rarely risk the opportunity of missing out their guy. This is why it’s common to see teams move up to 32. They guarantee themselves the player they want with an extra year of team control.

Lamar Jackson was drafted 32 overall.

If a team wasn’t willing to take that chance, it’s unlikely they viewed them very highly. That idea is exactly what makes the second round the worst for the quarterback. Would a team take a player who, at the most important position in the sport, they aren’t fully invested in or comfortable with — especially when there is still high-end talent on the board?

The last 24

Once you find your way out of those first eight picks, it becomes time for teams to ask themselves that question. As this draft has shown, the answer has been a resounding “no.” The later picks, which are usually the teams competing for playoff spots, would rather choose someone who can contribute right away. Bubble teams are always looking for their next big acquisition, and their philosophy is that is can come then.

Quarterbacks, as a result, usually fall by the wayside. However, there are some instances where they are picked. The results of which are rather interesting.

Modern History of the Second Round Quarterback

Over the last 20 years, there have been 20 quarterbacks selected in the second round. 20 different times, teams have weighed the ideas of production and potential, and in the last two decades, have determined it’s time to take a quarterback who likely only had one of those traits.

A list of second round quarterback selections of the last 20 years.

Of those, the results are typically a failure of epic proportions. Kellen Clemens, Deshone Kizer, Drew Stanton, Chad Henne, Brian Brohm, John Beck, Jimmy Clausen, and Geno Smith all have more career interceptions than touchdowns, while Christian Hackenberg and Kyle Trask (who’s only in his second season) never played a recorded snap.

The other options aren’t great either. Tavaris Jackson, Brock Osweiler, and Kevin Kolb all showed some flashes, but never lived up to their selection.

Five of the remaining six are polarizing. Jalen Hurts has shown flashes, but fell apart in the playoffs. Drew Lock is still young, but was just traded by the Broncos and has been shaky. Jimmy Garoppolo was able to succeed in the Kyle Shanahan offense, but was just replaced and hasn’t shown an ability to transcend the system. Andy Dalton is a similar story, having rough stints in limited playoff appearances. Lastly, Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, but has been out of the league for the better half of the last decade.

This leaves Derek Carr, who, while having only one playoff appearance and zero playoff wins, has safely cemented a spot as the Raiders quarterback for eight years. He has made three Pro Bowls, and has continued to improve. Thus making him the only second round quarterback selected in the last 20 years who can safely be called a hit.

The Bottom Line on the Second Round Quarterback

The 2022 NFL Draft was a prime example of a philosophy at work. After a quarterback goes in the first round, teams have learned from mistakes of the past. Rather than picking signal callers with clear holes in their game in the following round, they’ve gone for contributors at other positions.

Several teams would love to have the next Derek Carr, but with that comes the chance of Brian Brohm or Deshone Kizer. Just like every other selection, the second round has it’s fair share of bust potential. However, it seems that the combination of quarterback traits, draft tendencies, and a simple history lesson will tell you that it simply isn’t the same.

General managers across the league will continue to take swings on quarterbacks, but when doing so, it’s important to look at the most glaring fact:

Second round quarterbacks don’t exist.

Handing Out the Tennessee Titans 2022 Draft Grade

Top Image: Former Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks in uniform with the football
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Handing out the Tennessee Titans 2022 NFL draft grade – or any team’s, really – is a futile prospect this soon in the game. Careers have yet to be played, and we don’t even know how these prospects are going to fit into their current systems. As always, then, handing out draft grades this early in the game is a vanity project.

But, there’s a certain charm in grading a team’s gets immediately after a draft. While careers are unknown, it’s easy to form educated guesses about which direction they’ll take. Those guesses won’t always be right, but they will be good enough to form early judgments.

The Titans had one of the more interesting drafts. While commentators thought they’d draft Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green in the first, they did something far more bold — and foolish.

Titans select Treylon Burks with the 18th pick

Did the Titans select a younger, cheaper version of A.J. Brown? Probably not. But, they weren’t going to pay A.J. Brown the money he thought he could get from another team. So, they traded him to Philadelphia, who immediately gave him $100 million over the next four years.

Compare that with the Titans, who were only going to commit $16 million a year for Brown’s services. Christian Kirk may well have caused the biggest player realignment in living memory, and the Brown trade is fallout from that.

Enter Treylon Burks, who was selected with the 18th overall pick. Burks is a big receiver, weighing in at 225 pounds. The speed he shows in the open field is decent, and he was able to get separation against college defensive backs. What really stands out, however, is his hand strength, which allows him to go up and grab whatever ball he wants.

Those skills propelled him to 11th on my own big board. He’ll be a top NFL receiver, but won’t have quite the same speed or explosiveness that Brown has.

As well as the 18th pick, the Titans also got a third round pick at 101st overall, which was then flipped to the Jets.

Grade: D+

There’s no sugarcoating this; the Titans got worse in the first round of the draft. Burks is a wonderful prospect, but arrives in Nashville as an unproven WR2.

Then, the Titans ship out their 26th pick to the Jets

This was actually prudent. After getting their guy in the first round, the Titans were able to move back to 35th overall in the second round. As well as the 35th pick, they got the 69th pick, and the 163rd pick. The Jets got the 26th pick and the 101st pick.

Grade: B

Not spectacular, but good enough for them to get a position of need.

In the second round, the Titans selected Roger McCreary

Jackrabbit Jenkins became a cap casualty, and was cut after just one year with the team. Kristian Fulton was solid last year at corner, while 2021 first rounder Caleb Farley hopes to find the field this year. With only one proven corner, the Titans needed depth.

They got said depth with Roger McCreary. Although McCreary is a 5-foot-11 corner who played mostly in a cover-three scheme at Auburn, he’s got some good tools. His ability to keep strong against bigger opponents will be a plus in the NFL. When he did have the chance to play man-up on someone, he never let receivers get much separation from him.

Grade: C

It’s a perfectly fine selection, and gives you another guy you can spot start if need be. Yet, McCreary is unlikely to be a standout or steal, even if some mocks did have him as a first rounder coming into the draft.

He’s no little brother: Petit-Frere goes 69th overall

The Titans must know they drafted a lemon in 2021.

Coming into 2021, Dillon Radunz was drafted out of corn-fed power North Dakota State, and the Titans hoped he would be a starter. But, 2021 didn’t play out that way for Radunz. The tackle only appeared on offense in six out of 17 contests, and didn’t impress very much when he did get offensive snaps.

With Nicholas Petit-Frere, the Titans hope they’ve solved their right tackle issues.

Petit-Frere is a prototypical tackle at first glance. At 6-foot-5, and weighing 316 pounds, he moves very well. He has great lateral quickness and agility, and can reach block effectively. That skill especially will serve him well with the Titans’ stretch zone run they like to run, which requires a tackle to execute that block consistently.

There are holes in his game, namely how deep he sets up in pass protection. But, he would have been a 2023 first rounder had he stayed, and the Titans can afford to see out his development.

Grade: A-

Tennessee gets a tackle who can start right away for them, but also gets the benefit of a high-upside developmental prospect.

The next episode: Malik Willis is a Titan

In the biggest move for the franchise’s direction in this draft, the Titans traded up to get Malik Willis.

Ryan Tannehill will be 34 at the start of the 2022 season. With his age and a relatively streaky 2021 season playing against him, the Titans needed new blood. Tannehill will still be the starter for this season, but Willis will sit behind him and develop as his heir apparent at quarterback.

Willis was projected as a first round pick before the draft. His precipitous drop into the third round speaks more to reality, but he’s still an impressive quarterback prospect. The zip he puts on the ball is unlike anyone else in this class. Most notable though, is his running ability, which is absurd. He is unbelievable in the open field with the football, and is stout enough to take hits.

So what did NFL teams see, then, to cause his drop? His processing under pressure is not always the greatest. He can make basic passing reads, but Liberty’s simplistic offense under Hugh Freeze hurt his ability to learn more advanced passing concepts.

Grade: A

What’s not to like? The Titans are in a win-win situation with Malik Willis. Either he develops well and they got a bargain, or he isn’t the guy, and the Titans only invested a third round pick in him.

Michigan back Hassan Haskins gets drafted at 131st overall

Derrick Henry going down for the Titans last year showed the weakness of the Titans’ offense. With the team acting as an 11-man battering ram, the hope is that Henry’s size and volume will wear down the defensive front seven. The Halloween injury to Henry made the Titans use dollar store versions of Derrick Henry, though. That only got them so far, and they nearly blew the top overall seed because of a sterile, impotent offense.

Hassan Haskins is not Derrick Henry. But, what he showed at Michigan proves he could be a good backup for him. The former Wolverine is massive, coming in at 6-foot-2 and weighing 228 pounds. While not the quickest guy, he has a little open field ability that should be tested out this off-season.

Grade: C+

It isn’t an impressive pick, or even really at a position of need. But, it’s an insurance pick, and that’s perfectly suitable for a day three guy.

Maryland tight end Chig Okonkwo gets drafted at 141st overall

A staple of the Titans franchise is a good pass-catching, do-it-all tight end. In an offense where two tight ends are needed, the Titans didn’t have many options after Jonnu Smith left.

Chig Okonkwo, though, is an underrated prospect. He’ll be on the field early and often for the Titans, thanks to his good combination of size and athletic ability. This former Terrapin may blossom in a Titans offense that needs downfield options for Tannehill at tight end.

Grade: B

With their third fifth-round pick, the Titans grabbed receiver Kyle Philips out of UCLA

Receiver depth is looking dire for the Titans in 2022, and Kyle Philips will have a chance to compete for the fourth wide receiver slot right away. While Philips isn’t ever going to be a starter or even a WR3, it’s a fine pick.

Grade: C

Nashville native Theo Jackson heads to Titans in the sixth round

The former Tennessee Volunteer played the nickel corner position in college, and was awarded All-SEC honors for his play. At 6-foot-1 and nearly 200 pounds, Jackson could end up with the same role with the Titans. He could also end up as a fine gunner on special teams.

Grade: C+

With their last pick, the Titans selected Ole Miss linebacker Chance Campbell 219th overall

Chance Campbell is worth taking a flyer on, given his production at Ole Miss. But, given his lack of athleticism and pass coverage ability, it will be an uphill battle for him to make the 53-man roster.

Grade: C-

The Titans 2022 draft grade is?

There are four potential starters in this class, and two of them will surely start on opening day. Tennessee’s picks were for good value, and that’s boosted their grade as well.

On the downside, Tennessee didn’t get a great return for A.J. Brown, which hurts the Treylon Burks pick significantly. Burks will always carry that trade on his shoulder for as long as he’s a Titan.

Overall, though, the Titans had a solid draft. They’ll get good production from this group in the future.

Titans overall draft grade: B

Krumich’s Way Too Early 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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Well, the most turbulent NFL draft class that my 18-year-old mind can remember has come and gone. Now, it’s time for 2023. While last year’s draft class was a wild ride for quarterbacks, at least we have a solid QB1 this year right? RIGHT? Well not exactly, let’s get into this way too early 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

2023 NFL Mock Draft rules

All picks are in order of how they look on paper to me. All picks traded in real life are with the team that currently owns them, and I will be making no trades.

Just a reminder, this is a WAY TOO EARLY 2023 NFL Mock Draft, I could go 0/32.

Pick 1: Texans – Will Anderson EDGE

I’m sorry Texans’ fans, no QB here. You guys are getting Will Anderson, a once-in-a-generation player. Just for reference, Will Anderson was called “the next guy” by Nick Saban his first day on campus. Anderson’s unique athletic ability combined with his incredible pass rush IQ let him lead the SEC in sacks — as a true freshman during the Covid year against only SEC competition.

Pick 2: Lions – Bryce Young QB

Next, The Lions go for the “Burrow-to-Chase” type connection. The 2022 Heisman gets reunited with his favorite target, who just happens to be this year’s pick for the Lions. Jameson Williams and Young get to be back together in the NFL. Yes, C.J. Stroud could be the better pick this year. However, Young just makes too much sense.

Pick 3: Jaguars – Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

In my opinion, as of right now Jaxon Smith-Njigba is better coming out than his other two Ohio State counterparts. Now, this is a “Way Too Early 2023 NFL Mock Draft” so everything could change, but JSN had top ten tape as a sophomore. So just take that as you will.

Pick 4: Giants – C.J Stroud QB

Yeah, the Daniel Jones project failed. Joe Schoen gets his guy to build with in C.J Stroud. Stroud and Young will be battling for QB1 all year long. With the concerns over Young’s height, Stroud could very well be QB1. However in this world, the Giants get lucky and get Stroud at 4.

Pick 5: Panthers – B.J. Ojulari EDGE

The Panthers let Matt Corral have the keys late in the year after Darnold struggles, and he played them right out of the top 3. So, they go with the 6’3″ EDGE from LSU B.J. Ojulari. Ojulari will test really well come NFL Combine time, which will land him in this top 5 slot.

Pick 6: Falcons – Bryan Bresee IDL

I see the Falcons playing their way out of a QB. Unless they go Spencer Rattler, Phil Jurkovec or Hendon Hooker, which I don’t see at 6 as of right now — especially after drafting Ridder. Bryan Bresee is a monster. He is 6’5″ 300 lbs and has a very deep bag of tricks to use when pass rushing. Bresee is a bonafide NFL starter.

Pick 7: Jets – Jalen Carter IDL

Oh, would you look at that, UGA has another stud defensive lineman. In all seriousness, Jalen Carter is better than Jordan Davis in my opinion. He is quicker off the line and a better pass rusher than Davis. Carter is going to prove his worth this season, being the leading man in UGA’s new defensive line.

Pick 8: Seahawks – Spencer Rattler QB

A lot of people aren’t going to like this one — including my own co-host. Oh well. Spencer Rattler comes all the way back from the depth of despair and makes himself the blue chip guy he was before last season. Spencer has all the weapons in the world at South Carolina: Josh Vann, Corey Rucker, Antwane Wells and that’s not including a killer TE room. Look out for Rattler this year.

Pick 9: Bears – Paris Johnson Jr. OT

This offensive line class feels very weak compared to Evan Neal, Charles Cross and Ikem Ekwonu. Nonetheless, Paris Johnson is still really good. He isn’t any of those three guys in my opinion, but he is a great option for the Bears because well, protect Fields PLEASE.

Pick 10: Steelers – Kelee Ringo CB

I had a really hard time with this one. Mostly because I couldn’t pick between Eli Ricks and Kelee Ringo. As Mitch Wolfe said “Steelers first round picks are normally 1) Underclassmen 2) Power 5 kids 3) Insane athletes.” Well these two are all three of these things. I went Ringo. The crazy athletic UGA corner might actually get some targets this year, since quarterbacks might actually have time to throw the ball this year.

Pick 11: Commanders – Brandon Joseph S

I’m going to be 100% honest, I feel bad mocking Brandon Joseph here with how teams valued Kyle Hamilton. However, I don’t think Joseph will test the way Hamilton did, which could catapult him up to 11. The Northwestern transfer is going to be vital to Notre Dame’s defense this year.

Pick 12: Vikings – Myles Murphy IDL

It’s shades of 2019 in Clemson with two defensive lineman in the first round. Myles Murphy is just another one of those guys who on tape was a first rounder last year. Coming back? Oh yeah, that definitely should move him up into this range.

Pick 13: Raiders – Bjian Robinson RB

A FIRST ROUND RUNNING BACK?!? Well, Josh Jacobs probably won’t be in Vegas after this year, as the Raiders turned down his 5th-year option. So, replace him with a guy who can do it all. Watch Bijan Robinson and find me a legitimate hole in his game.

Pick 14: Eagles – Eli Ricks CB

After leaving LSU for Alabama, there is a big year coming for the physical corner. Ricks is a guy who I firmly believe in. He may end up as CB1 by the time the draft rolls around. The reason Ricks isn’t CB1 in this mock just because of the fit with the Steelers and Ringo.

Pick 15: Eagles – Nolan Smith EDGE

Nolan Smith could be the best player on UGA’s defense, but he falls here to 15 due to some off-the-field problems. Smith was driving with a suspended license and he got caught speeding. Other than that? Smith is going to be a star for UGA and will make an NFL team very happy one day.

Pick 16: Dolphins – Jahmyr Gibbs RB

Jahmyr Gibbs joins the likes of Derrick Henry and Najee Harris as a stud running back from Alabama who is going to make a huge difference in the NFL. He, much like Robinson who went three picks prior, is a complete back. Runs with power, speed, and has great hands.

Pick 17: Patriots – Michael Mayer TE

You want honesty? I took Michael Mayer here because it FEELS like a Bill Belichick pick. Mayer is good, don’t get me wrong, but he shouldn’t go this high. He is a good blocker and a good pass catcher, however he isn’t a unicorn like Pitts so I don’t see him going this high unless someone takes a big shot on him.

Pick 18: Cardinals – Trenton Simpson LB

The Cardinals used their first rounder this year on Hollywood Brown. So in 2023, look for them to add to an aging defense. Trenton Simpson is a perfect fit next to Isaiah Simmons. Simpson is aggressive, but has a great football IQ and good enough vision to be able to make sure he doesn’t over commit.

Pick 19: Titans – Kayshon Boutte WR

Imagine losing AJ Brown, replacing him with Treylon Burks, then adding a guy who was crowned as the next great LSU WR as a true freshman. Kayshon Boutte is that guy. I wrote more about Boutte a few months ago, so be sure to check that out for more info on him.

Pick 20: Colts – Jordan Addison WR

The run on wide receivers begins. Kenny Pickett and now maybe Caleb Williams? The number 1 target for those guys gets shipped out to Indy. Addison entered the transfer portal after spring ball and is likely headed to SoCal. Addison has great hands and uses his body really well in the air.

Pick 21: Texans – Marvin Mims WR

I think Marvin Mims will have a down year after losing his coach and two quarterbacks, but the talent is 100% there for the 5′ 11″, 177 lbs Oklahoma wide receiver. Mims is fast, a good route runner , and has great hands. Mims will be a good fit for Mills — if he is, in fact, the guy in Houston.

Pick 22: Ravens – Noah Sewell LB

It feels like the Ravens never stop picking up good defenders. So, I’m just going to put Noah Sewell here. Paired up with Patrick Queen, the Ravens somehow get even scarier. Sewell and his teammate Justin Flowe could easily shoot up draft boards.

Pick 23: Bengals – Byron Young IDL

The other “B. Young” from Alabama is Byron, and he is going to make waves for the Tide this year. Now, Young waited behind Christian Barmore and Phidarian Mathis, he is the next up in a long line of Alabama defensive lineman to become a difference maker. Young is strong, and it mostly comes from his explosiveness.

Pick 24: Chargers – Joey Porter Jr. CB

With Chris Harris getting older and already having J.C. Jackson and Samuel… replace the pricey Harris with Joey Porter Jr. Now you have the best young core of defensive backs in the game. Porter is very fluid in his movements and always does a good job with his hands.

Pick 25: Cowboys – Henry To’oto’o LB

Henry To’oto’o was a monster at Tennessee, had a very good year at Alabama, and chose to come back after losing the National Championship. Henry T’s biggest issue is over-commitment. He can be too aggressive and can get caught in the wrong hole, which is his downfall.

Pick 26: Seahawks – Christian Mahogany IOL

I am expecting a huge year from Boston College’s Christian Mahogany. He has to fix his feet just a bit, however, I am a firm believer in his hands and size combo. If your team needs a late first O-line this is the guy.

Pick 27: Dolphins – Isaiah Foskey IDL

After two weak interior defensive line classes, Isaiah Foskey is the fifth (and not final) IDL to come off the board. Foskey is an anchor for Notre Dame and is going to work his way into the first round come next April. The big man clogs up gaps quickly with an explosive first step.

Pick 28: Lions – Zion Tupuola-Fetui EDGE

An ABSOLUTE BEAST, Zion Tupuola-Fetui is an physical specimen. However, everyone has doubts with PAC12 pass rushers, and with little production someone will have to bet on talent. I think putting Aidan Hutchinson with Tupuola-Fetui would allow Tupuola-Fetui to grow into his role.

Pick 29: Packers – Garrett Williams CB

I would love to put Garrett Williams next to Jaire Alexander for the Packers. It is a match made in heaven, honestly. Williams is another guy who hasn’t produced much, mostly because people don’t throw at him.

Pick 30: Chiefs – Justin Eboigbe IDL

The final interior defensive lineman goes. Justin Eboigbe is another guy who you have to bet on upside with. He won’t produce much with Young, Anderson, Dallas Turner, and more on that Bama D-line . The Chiefs are in a good enough spot where they can bet on traits.

Pick 31: Bucs – Phil Jurkovec QB

THE HEIR APPARENT TO THE GOAT. Okay, let’s get serious… if Phil Jurkovec doesn’t get hurt he is probably QB1 in this past year’s draft class. He gets the short end of the stick by having to wait a year, where he is now QB4. However, he probably lands in the best spot any rookie could ask for.

Pick 32: Bills – Derick Hall EDGE

The Bills can bet on the athletic ability of Derick Hall. So far in his college career, he has been super rough around the edges. In this mock, the Bills win it all and still land an amazing athlete at the 32nd pick.

If you enjoyed this be sure to stay updated with all these players all year long on The Scouts Take. This has been my way too early 2023 NFL mock draft.

2022 Live NFL Draft Tracker Rounds 4-7

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Rounds one, two, and three of the 2022 NFL Draft have concluded and the later rounds are starting to heat up. There is still a handful of strong players on the board. Follow along here on our live draft tracker to find out where they find their new home.

Round 4

106. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Washington tight end Cade Otton

107. Houston Texans select Florida running back, Dameon Pierce

108. Cleveland Browns select Oklahoma defensive tackle, Perrion Winfrey

109. Seattle Seahawks select Cincinnatti cornerback, Coby Bryant

110. Baltimore Ravens select Minnesota offensive tackle, Daniel Faalele

111. New York Jets select Louisiana offensive tackle, Max Mitchell

112. New York Giants select San Diego State tight end, Daniel Bellinger

113. Washington Commanders select University of Louisiana safety, Percy Butler

114. New York Giants select Iowa safety, Dane Belton

115. Denver Broncos select Pittsburgh cornerback, Damarri Mathis

116. Denver Broncos select Iowa defensive tackle, Eyioma Uwazurike

117. New York Jets select Texas A&M defensive end, Michael Clemons

118. Minnesota Vikings select Missouri cornerback, Akayleb Evans

119. Baltimore Ravens select Alabama cornerback, Jalyn Armour-Davis

120. Carolina Panthers select Penn State linebacker, Brandon Smith

121. New England Patriots select Arizona State cornerback, Jack Jones

122. Las Vegas Raiders select Georgia running back, Zamir White

123. Los Angeles Chargers select Texas A&M running back, Isaiah Spiller

124. Cleveland Browns select Louisiana kicker, Cade York

125. Miami Dolphins select Texas Tech wide receiver, Erik Ezukanma

126. Las Vegas Raiders select Louisiana defensive tackle, Neil Farrell

127. New England Patriots select South Dakota running back, Pierre Strong

128. Baltimore Ravens select Iowa State tight end, Charlie Kolar

129. Dallas Cowboys select Wisconsin tight end, Jake Ferguson

130. Baltimore Ravens select Penn State kicker, Jordan Stout

131. Tennessee Titans select Michigan running back, Hassan Haskins

132. Green Bay Packers select Nevada wide receiver, Romeo Doubs

133. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select Georgia punter, Jake Camarda

134. San Francisco 49ers select UTSA offensive tackle, Spencer Burford

135. Kansas City Chiefs select Fayetteville cornerback Joshua Williams

136. Cincinnati Bengals select North Dakota offensive lineman, Cordell Volson

137. New England Patriots select Western Kentucky quarterback, Bailey Zappe

138. Pittsburgh Steelers select Memphis wide receiver, Calvin Austin III

139. Baltimore Ravens select Coastal Caroline tight end, Isaiah Likely

140. Green Bay Packers select Wake Forest tackle, Zach Tom

141. Baltimore Ravens select Houston cornerback, Damarion Williams

142. Los Angeles Rams select South Carolina cornerback, Decobie Durant

143. Tennesee Titans select Maryland tight end, Chig Okonkwo

Round 5

144. Washington Commanders select North Carolina quarterback, Sam Howell

145. Kansas City Chiefs select Kentucky offensive tackle, Darian Kinnard

146. New York Giants select Indiana linebacker, Micah McFadden

147. New York Giants select Arizona defensive tackle, DJ Davidson

148. Buffalo Bills select Boise State wide receiver, Khalil Shakir

149. Washington Commanders select Nevada tight end, Cole Turner

150. Houston Texans select Stanford defensive tackle, Thomas Booker

151. Atlanta Falcons select BYU running back, Tyler Allegeier

152. Denver Broncos select Oklahoma safety, Delarrin Turner-Yell

153. Seattle Seahawks select UTSA cornerback, Tariq Woolen

154. Jacksonville Jaguars select Ole miss running back, Snoop Conner

155. Dallas Cowboys select North Dakota offensive tackle, Matt Waletzko

156. Cleveland Browns select Cincinnatti running back, Jerome Ford

157. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select Sam Houston state cornerback, Zyon McCollum

158. Seattle Seahawks select Ohio State EDGE, Tyreke Smith

159. Indianapolis Colts select Missouri State defensive tackle, Eric Johnson

160. Los Angeles Chargers select UCLA defensive tackle, Otito Ogbonnia

161. New Orleans Saints select Appalachian State linebacker, D’Marco Jackson

162. Denver Broncos select Samford wide receiver, Montrell Washington

163. Tennessee Titans select UCLA wide receiver, Kyle Phillips

164. Los Angeles Rams select Notre Dame running back, Kyren Williams

165. Minnesota Vikings select Minnesota defensive end, Esezi Otomewo

166. Cincinnati Bengals select Toledo safety, Tycen Anderson

167. Dallas Cowboys select Fresno State cornerback, DaAron Bland

168. Chicago Bears select Southern Utah offensive tackle, Braxton Jones

169. Minnesota Vikings select North Carolina running back, Ty Chandler

170. Houston Texans select Oregon State tight end, Teagan Quitoriano

171. Denver Broncos select Washington center, Luke Wattenberg

172. San Francisco 49ers select Toledo cornerback, Samuel Womack

173. New York Giants select North Carolina guard, Marcus McKethan

174. Chicago Bears select Miami (OH) EDGE, Dominique Robinson

175. Las Vegas Raiders select Tennessee defensive end, Matt Butler

176. Dallas Cowboys select Louisiana linebacker, Damone Clark

177. Detroit Lions select Virginia Tech tight end, James Mitchell

178. Dallas Cowboys select Arkansas defensive tackle, John Ridgeway

179. Green Bay Packers select South Carolina EDGE, Kingsley Enagbare

Round 6

180. Buffalo Bills select San Diego state punter, Matt Araiza

181. Philadelphia Eagles select Kansas EDGE, Kyron Johnson

182. New York Giants select Cincinnatti linebacker, Darrian Beavers

183. New England Patriots select South Carolina running back, Kevin Harris

184. Minnesota Vikings select Illinois tackle, Vederian Lowe

185. Buffalo Bills select Villanova defensive back, Christian Benford

186. Chicago Bears select San Diego offensive lineman, Zachary Thomas

187. San Francisco 49ers select Fordham offensive tackle, Nick Zakelji

188. Detroit Lions select Oklahoma State linebacker, Malcolm Rodriguez

189. Carolina Panthers select Virginia Tech linebacker, Amaré Barno

190. Atlanta Falcons select Georgia guard, Justin Shaffer

191. Minnesota Vikings select Michigan State wide receiver, Jalen Nailor

192. Indianapolis Colts select Youngstown State tight end, Andrew Ogletree

193. Dallas Cowboys select Oklahoma State linebacker, Devin Harper

194. New Orleans Saints select Air Force defensive tackle, Jordan Jackson

195. Los Angeles Chargers select Georgia offensive guard, Jamaree Salyer

196. Baltimore Ravens select Missouri running back, Tyler Badie

197. Jacksonville Jaguars select Ouachita Baptist cornerback Gregory Junior

198. Philadelphia Eagles select SMU tight end, Grant Calcaterra

199. Carolina Panthers select Tennessee offensive tackle, Cade Mays

200. New England Patriots select defensive tackle Sam Roberts

201. Arizona Cardinals select USC running back, Keontay Ingram

202. Cleveland Browns select Oklahoma wide receiver, Michael Woods II

203. Chicago Bears select Baylor tackle, Trestan Ebner

204. Tennessee Titans select Tennessee safety, Theo Jackson

205. Houston Texans select Louisiana offensive tackle, Austin Deculus

206. Denver Broncos select Wisconsin defensive end, Matt Henningsen

207. Chicago Bears select Illinois offensive lineman, Doug Kramer

208. Pittsburgh Steelers select Michigan State fullback, Connor Heyward

209. Buffalo Bills select Virginia Tech offensive tackle, Luke Tenuta

210. New England Patriots select Louisiana offensive lineman, Chasen Hines

211. Los Angeles Rams select UCLA safety, Quentin Lake

212. Los Angeles Rams select Georgia cornerback, Derion Kendrick

213. Atlanta Falcons select Georgia tight end, John FitzPatrick

214. Los Angeles Chargers select Wake Forest cornerback, Ja’Sir Taylor

215. Arizona Cardinals select Virginia Tech offensive tackle, Lecitus Smith

216. Indianapolis Colts select Cincinnatti defensive tackle, Curtis Brooks

217. Detriot Lions select Jackson State EDGE, James Houston

218. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select Minnesota tight end, Ko Kieft

219. Tennessee Titans select Ole miss linebacker, Chance Campbell

220. San Francisco 49ers select Central Florida defensive tackle, Kalia Davis

221. San Francisco 49ers select Penn State cornerback, Tariq Castro-Fields

Round 7

222. Jacksonville Jaguars select Arkansas cornerback, Mantaric Brown

223. Cleveland Browns select defensive end, Isaiah Thomas

224. Miami Dolphins select Cal linebacker, Cameron Goode

225. Pittsburgh Steelers select Ole Miss linebacker, Mark Robinson

226. Chicago Bears select Southern guard, Ja’Tyre Carter

227. Minnesota Vikings select South Carolina tight end, Nick Muse

228. Green Bay Packers select Georgia Tech safety, Tariq Carpenter

229. Seattle Seahawks select Rutgers wide receiver, Bo Melton

230. Washington Commanders select Tulsa offensive lineman, Chris Paul

231. Buffalo Bills select Clemson linebacker, Baylon Spector

232. Denver Broncos select Wisconsin cornerback, Faion Hicks

233. Seattle Seahawks select Lenoir-Rhyne wide receiver, Dareke Young

234. Green Bay Packers select Miami defensive tackle, Jonathan Ford

235. Los Angeles Rams select Montana State linebacker, Daniel Hardy

236. Los Angeles Chargers select Ole Miss defensive back, Deane Leonard

237. Detroit Lions select Arizona State cornerback, Chase Lucas

238. Las Vegas Raiders select Ohio State offensive tackle, Thayer Munford

239. Indianapolis Colts select Yale defensive back, Rodney Thomas II

240. Washington Commanders select Oklahoma State cornerback, Christian Holmes

241. Pittsburgh Steelers select South Dakota State quarterback, Chris Oladokun

242. Carolina Panthers select Baylor cornerback, Kalon Barnes

243. Kansas City Chiefs select Washington State cornerback, Jaylen Watson

244. Arizona Cardinals select Valdosta State cornerback, Christian Matthew

245. New England Patriots select Michigan offensive tackle, Andrew Stueber

246. Cleveland Browns select Texas Tech offensive lineman, Dawson Deaton

247. Miami Dolphins select Kansas State quarterback, Skylar Thompson

248. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select Louisiana defensive end, Andre Anthony

249. Green Bay Packers select Penn State offensive tackle, Rasheed Walker

250. Las Vegas Raiders select UCLA running back, Brittain Brown

251. Kansas City Chiefs select Rutgers running back, Isaih Pacheco

252. Cincinnati Bengals select Coastal Carolina linebacker Jeffrey Gunter

253. Los Angeles Rams Kansas City safety, Russ Yeast

254. Chicago Bears select Cal safety, Elijah Hicks

255. Chicago Bears select North Carolina State punter, Trenton Gill

256. Arizona Cardinals select Penn State EDGE, Jesse Luketa

257. Arizona Cardinals select Oklahoma offensive lineman, Marquis Hayes

258. Green Bay Packers select Nebraska wide receiver, Samori Toure

259. Kansas City Chiefs select Marshall safety, Nazeeh Johnson

260. Los Angeles Chargers select Purdue fullback, Zander Horvath

261. Los Angeles Rams select Michigan State offensive tackle, AJ Acuri

262. San Francisco 49ers select Iowa State quarterback, Brock Purdy

NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Day 3 Fits

The Cleveland Browns have a multitude of picks on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft. They have pick 108, 118, and 124 in the fourth round, as well as pick 202 in the sixth round and picks 223 and 246 in the seventh round. I would be surprised if the Browns used all of these picks. Expect something to either be packaged together to move up in the draft or to be exchanged for future capital. You can check out our recap of the Browns Day 2 moves. Unlike our Day 2 Fits article, we will not be going pick-by-pick in our Browns Day 3 fits article, as a lot of them will overlap. With that said, let’s get into the Browns Day 3 fits.

As always, all RAS cards come courtesy of our friend Kent Lee Platte and his website ras.football.

Browns Day 3 Fits

Defensive Tackle

Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
Perrion Winfrey Browns Day 3 fits
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The Browns passed on Perrion Winfrey multiple times on Day 2. He is by far the best player still available at the top of the fourth round. Winfrey played as a nose tackle at Oklahoma, but showcased his ability to be a penetrating three-technique at the Senior Bowl.

John Ridgeway, Arkansas
John Ridgeway RAS Card Browns Day 3 fits
John Ridgeway RAS Card

John Ridgeway is an interesting nose tackle prospect. He has the look and toughness necessary to be a solid, early-down rotational defensive tackle. His age may be a disqualifier, as he will turn 23 on May 7.

Thomas Booker, Stanford
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Thomas Booker RAS Card

Stanford’s Thomas Booker fits a lot of the Browns markers for day three picks. Booker can be a developmental three-technique. He is an incredible athlete for the position.

Christopher Hinton, Michigan
Chris Hinton RAS Card

Chris Hinton is a solid athlete for the position, and possess strong hands. He is a developmental pick, but is one of the younger players available on day three at the position.

Tight End

Cade Otton, Washington
Cade Otton Browns Day 3 Fits
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Cade Otton is not only the youngest of the four tight ends on the list, but also the best. Otton is my personal tight end one, and would be a fantastic plug-and-play replacement for Austin Hooper. He adds more run-after-catch ability than Hooper.

Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
Isaiah Likely RAS Card

Isaiah Likely did not test well, but he is a talented player who can be useful due to his versatility. He is a good blocker in addition to his receiver ability, and can line up in a variety of positions.

Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland
Chigoziem Okonkwo RAS Card

Maryland’s Chigoziem Okonkwo is an above average athlete who is undersized for the position. Okonkwo can line up anywhere except in-line tight end and could be useful as a multi-positional player, as either a third tight end or a fullback.

Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
Daniel Bellinger RAS Card Browns day 3 fits
Daniel Bellinger RAS Card

Bellinger is not a player I watched, but his athletic profile makes him a target for the Browns. He was productive in college and is sure handed.

Safety

Leon O’Neal Jr, Texas A&M
Leon O’Neal Jr. RAS Card

Both of these safeties either don’t fit or are near not fitting the Browns typical age constraints they’ve shown under Andrew Berry. However, both will most likely be available in rounds six and seven and are much better players than that on tape.

Leon O’Neal Jr. is a good strong safety who is best coming downhill, both against the run and to play in underneath zones. He is probably best in a cover three heavy scheme with some man-to-man mixed in, such as the Cowboys, but he can be used in a variety of ways. O’Neal has shown flashes of two-high ability and can be a rotational safety for a team that doesn’t run a lot of cover three or man. He has tackling issues due to poor form at times, but brings power to every tackle.

He will fall due to his subpar forty-yard-dash time at his pro day, but his other athletic testing was solid.

Brad Hawkins, Michigan
Brad Hawkins RAS Card

Brad Hawkins is another older prospect who has good instincts as a free safety. Michigan trusted him to play single-high often, despite having Daxton Hill on the team. He is extremely experienced and can be a rotational safety found in round seven.

Defensive End

Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
Kingsley Enagbare RAS Card

South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare has the hand power, size, and production to be a successful base end in the NFL. He is an ideal 5-technique, but has fallen due to his lack of lateral mobility and poor technique.

Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
Tyreke Smith RAS Card

Tyreke Smith is a solid athlete who has some pass rush upside. Smith can come in and compete with Chase Winovich for the fourth pass rusher spot on the roster.

Linebacker

Brandon Smith, Penn State
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Brandon Smith RAS Card

Freak athlete Brandon Smith needs to improve on both the technical and mental aspects of the game. Smith can be a developmental MIKE linebacker behind Jacob Phillips and Anthony Walker.

Damone Clark, LSU
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Damone Clark RAS Card

LSU’s Damone Clark has fallen in the draft due to an injury that will most likely keep him out for the entirety of his rookie season. He is talented enough to have gone in the third round based on tape, but may be available much later on day three.

Wide Receiver

Kyle Philips, UCLA
Kyle Philips RAS Card Browns day 3 fits
Kyle Philips RAS Card

UCLA’s Kyle Philips is an immediate starter in the slot and can be productive for a long time. Phillips is my personal top available wide receiver.

Khalil Shakir, Boise State
Khalil Shakir RAS Card Browns Day 3 fits
Khalil Shakir RAS Card

Boise State’s Khalil Shakir is a versatile receiver who can do whatever you ask of him. He is most likely a fourth-round selection.

Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Romeo Doubs played in an air raid offense that allowed for only a limited route tree. Doubs did display some big play ability. He will probably go before he should, and wouldn’t be a good value.