2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis for Day 3, Rounds 6-7

Below is Mark Dulgerian's analysis for every pick by every team made in Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

NOTE: Only trades agreed to after Day 1 began are reflected below.

Buffalo Bills
(from Jaguars through Bucs)
Matt Araiza
San Diego State · P

The Bills had the second-lowest net punt average in the NFL last season. They don't punt much, but when they do, it will help to trot out the single-season NCAA record holder for punt average (51.2) and 60-yard-plus punts (17).

Philadelphia Eagles
(from Lions)
Kyron Johnson
Kansas · LB

The Eagles sought out to upgrade their linebacker group on Days 2 and 3 with rangy defenders. Johnson is undersized yet ultra-explosive (4.4 40, 39.5-inch vertical jump), with flashy pass rush tape. But he's a tweener, who may need time to settle into a specific role.

Darrian Beavers
Cincinnati · LB

The Giants dip into the linebacker well again to address a depth need. Beavers should compete with fellow rookie Micah McFadden for inside reps in Don "Wink" Martindale's 3-4 base.

New England Patriots
(from Texans)
Kevin Harris
South Carolina · RB

The Patriots are loading up their RB room, this time with more of a bruising back to compete with Pierre Strong for rookie reps. Harris' lack of dynamic running and receiving skills could make it tough for him to stand out in camp.

Minnesota Vikings
(from Jets)
Vederian Lowe
Illinois · OT

The Vikings are void of depth at their tackle position, so this is solid value with strong upside. Lowe is a four-year starter at left tackle with the finishing skills and makeup to solidify a roster spot.

Buffalo Bills
(from Panthers)
Christian Benford
Villanova · CB

Benford checks off size and athleticism boxes and offers intriguing mirror skills. He could also be a candidate to move to safety, but his early value will be on special teams if he makes the roster.

Zach Thomas
San Diego State · G

The Bears continue to add competition to their offensive line. This is a strong scheme fit for Thomas, who excels on movement blocks, particularly in the run game.

San Francisco 49ers
(from Broncos)
Nick Zakelj
Fordham · OG

Zakelj was a staple at tackle throughout his college career, but he likely moves inside to guard, which is how he was announced. 

Detroit Lions
(from Seahawks through Jaguars)
Malcolm Rodriguez
Oklahoma State · LB

Detroit will love Rodriguez's reliability as a tackler and for his special teams experience (500-plus snaps). Look for him to emerge as a core special-teamer with the ability to see the field often in sub-packages.

Carolina Panthers
(from Commanders)
Amaré Barno
Virginia Tech · Edge

Barno is a long, wiry developmental project with intriguing athletic tools (4.36 40). Coaches will likely move him around the defense and deploy him on special teams coverage units, where he's proven to be productive.

Justin Shaffer
Georgia · G

Shaffer's ability to move bodies in the run game gives him a real shot at making the Falcons' roster. There are limitations in pass protection, but the physicality and anchor could be enough to stick and develop.

Minnesota Vikings
(from Ravens through Chiefs)
Jalen Nailor
Michigan State · WR

New head coach Kevin O'Connell will install an offense infused with creativity and versatility. Nailor could be utilized as a gadget guy and can be deployed from a number of alignments.

Indianapolis Colts
(from Vikings)
Andrew Ogletree
Youngstown State · TE

The Colts aren't afraid to dip into the small-school pool and excavate hidden talent. Ogletree is super raw, but he possesses NFL size and flashy movement skills to build on as a pass catcher.

Dallas Cowboys
(from Browns)
Devin Harper
Oklahoma State · LB

Harper opened some eyes at Oklahoma State's pro day (4.49 40, 40.5 vertical) and that type of athleticism shows up in flashes on tape. He is too undisciplined to see significant defensive reps at this stage, so special teams will be his calling card early.

New Orleans Saints
(from Colts through Eagles)
Jordan Jackson
Air Force · DT

The Saints had a need for defensive line depth and were forced to wait until the sixth round to address it due to limited picks. Jackson plays with desired effort, but his game lacks the polish to consistently win against NFL opposition at this point.

Weight concerns and injuries caused Salyer to slide this far, but he has starter talent. He was the starting left tackle for the national champion Bulldogs, but he projects inside where he'll get a close look for a starting job.

Baltimore Ravens
(from Dolphins)
Tyler Badie
Missouri · RB

The Ravens dealt with a bevvy of injuries to their RB room last season, and they'll want some young bodies at the helm in case they encounter that issue again. Badie offers some explosiveness and pass-catching ability at the position.

Jacksonville Jaguars
(from Eagles)
Gregory Junior
Ouachita Baptist University · CB

Who says Ouachita Baptist doesn't produce NFL talent? Junior became the first player to be drafted out of OBU and will have a chance to showcase his explosive traits on special teams as he develops into a more reliable finisher in coverage.

Philadelphia Eagles
(from Steelers through Jaguars)

If not for his injury history, Calcaterra likely hears his name called on Day 2. Instead, the Eagles take on some risk with a player who was one of the more dynamic pass-catching tight ends in the Big 12 during his time at Oklahoma and finished his career as one of the AAC's best players.

Carolina Panthers
(from Raiders)
Cade Mays
Tennessee · OG

Mays has experience at tackle, but he'll play inside in the NFL. He projects as a reserve guard, where he stands out as a run blocker.

NW Missouri State University · DT

Roberts was one of the most disruptive interior defenders (47.0 TFL, 18.5 sacks) at the Division II level over his career. As dominant as he was against lesser competition, he'll need ample technical refinement before he's ready to see meaningful NFL snaps. 

Without quality depth behind James Conner, Ingram is in a position to take some of the load off. Ingram's comfort as a receiver out of the backfield will make him popular with offensive coaches.

Cleveland Browns
(from Cowboys)
Mike Woods
Oklahoma · WR

The Browns lack depth behind their starting receivers, so Woods will have an opportunity to win a rotational job. His length and athleticism are intriguing, but he'll need to improve his finishing skills to stick.

Chicago Bears
(from Bills)
Trestan Ebner
Baylor · RB

The Bears address special teams once again with this selection. A two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year winner, Ebner was one of the most productive returners during the last couple seasons.

Theo Jackson
Tennessee · CB

A pass defense that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league last season adds more depth to its secondary. Jackson offers some flexibility to line up in the nickel, outside or at safety.

Houston Texans
(from Packers)

Houston waited until the sixth round to add depth to a shaky offensive line. Deculus will compete for a roster spot, likely as a right tackle.

Denver Broncos
(from Bucs through Jets and Eagles)
Matt Henningsen
Wisconsin · DT

Henningsen should feel at home playing in the Broncos' 3-4 base defense, a scheme he was groomed in at Wisconsin. His blend of athleticism and football intelligence helps his chances of making Denver's roster.

Chicago Bears
(from 49ers through Jets and Texans)
Doug Kramer
Illinois · C

 An ultra-reliable five-year starter at center, the Bears add needed depth behind Lucas Patrick. Kramer played 100 percent of his snaps at the pivot, so his lack of versatility could make it an uphill battle to make it on this roster.  

Pittsburgh Steelers
(from Chiefs)
Connor Heyward
Michigan State · TE

The Steelers have lacked a true H-back in their offense, so Heyward will have ample opportunity to carve out a sub-package role. It helps to have your All-Pro brother and now current teammate (Cam Heyward) vouch for you.

Buffalo Bills
(from Bengals)
Luke Tenuta
Virginia Tech · OT

Buffalo hadn't addressed its offensive depth until this pick, so Tenuta will have plenty of opportunities to make a splash in camp. His blend of size and movement skills are intriguing.

Chasen Hines

The Patriots have had some success developing undersized pit-bull types. Hines' movement skills and ability to uproot defenders in the run game are worth developing.

A Southern California lifer, Lake stays close to home to compete for a sub-package safety/nickel role. His special teams reps in camp will be key in making the roster.

Derion Kendrick
Georgia · CB

The Rams double up on defensive backs in consecutive picks, adding a talented playmaker in Kendrick (seven INTs since 2019) who will need to work through some discipline issues. A standout with both Clemson and Georgia, Kendrick has the natural athleticism to surprise coaches in camp.

John FitzPatrick
Georgia · TE

FitzPatrick was selected here for his blocking prowess. Often utilized as an extra lineman at Georgia, he brings a dynamic that's lacking in Atlanta's TE room.

Ja'Sir Taylor
Wake Forest · CB

The Chargers look to bolster their special teams units with this pick. Taylor has extensive experience on coverage units.

Lecitus Smith
Virginia Tech · OG

Arizona adds depth to the interior of its offensive line. Smith was groomed in Virginia Tech's zone scheme, so he should feel comfortable in a similar system with the Cardinals.

Curtis Brooks
Cincinnati · DT

Brooks will compete with fifth-round pick Eric Johnson for a reserve role on the inside. He is an ascending player coming off his only full season as a starter.

James Houston
Jackson State University · Edge

Detroit is building up its defensive front with youth and a pass rush. While raw, Houston could emerge as a surprise in camp with his natural ability to uncoil and chase down QBs.

Minnesota · TE

Kieft doesn't offer much as a receiver, but that's not his game. He takes pride in his blocking ability both in the run and pass game.

Chance Campbell
Mississippi · LB

Campbell won't wow anyone with his range or athleticism, but the Titans are betting on his instincts and toughness to win a reserve role. 

San Francisco came into the draft with a need for defensive line depth. Though drafted late, Davis is in a prime spot to compete for a reserve role as a three-technique.

Castro-Fields has high-level flashes all over his tape. He is the big, physical, fast cornerback the Niners like to deploy on the outside, so he should have plenty of fans on staff.


Jacksonville's depth at cornerback is average, to put it kindly. Brown doesn't possess flashy athletic traits, but he is coming off his most productive season (five INTs), so coaches are hoping the arrow is pointing up.

Cleveland Browns
(from Lions)
Isaiah Thomas
Oklahoma · Edge

The Browns did a great job of addressing depth along their defensive line in this draft. Thomas is another scheme fit addition.

Miami Dolphins
(from Texans through Patriots and Ravens)
Cameron Goode
California · Edge

Goode has a shot at competing for a spot as a rotational edge rusher. He'll need to shine on special teams to convince coaches he's worth a roster spot.

Mississippi · LB

A former college running back, Robinson is still growing into the linebacker role. He projects as a developmental project who could carve out a career as a core special-teamer.

Chicago Bears
(from Giants through Bengals)
Ja'Tyre Carter
Southern · OG

The Bears waited until late to address a major need for offensive line depth, but they've done a great job adding competition to that pool. Carter is a four-year starter at left tackle but could garner interest as a guard in the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings
(from Panthers through Raiders)
Nick Muse
South Carolina · TE

The Vikings' depth at tight end is far from proven. Muse offers enough pass-catching ability and blocking toughness to compete for a TE3 spot.

Green Bay Packers
(from Bears through Texans)
Tariq Carpenter
Georgia Tech · LB

Carpenter projects as a reserve hybrid safety/linebacker, but he'll need to make a name for himself on special teams to stick around.

Bo Melton
Rutgers · WR

Seattle continues its quest to infuse more speed into the offense. Melton has the explosive catch-and-run ability coaches hope translate to more big plays on both offense and special teams.

Washington found solid value here in the versatile Chris Paul. He offers flexibility as a reserve guard or tackle; he has extensive starting experience at both spots.

Buffalo Bills
(from Falcons)
Baylon Spector
Clemson · LB

The Bills add more depth to the second level of their defense. A former safety, Spector is active on defense with potential to carve out a role as a core special-teamer.

Faion Hicks
Wisconsin · CB

The Broncos take a flyer on an undersized, athletic corner. He's tougher than he appears, but he'll need to improve his tackling consistency in order to make it on coverage teams.

Seattle Seahawks
(from Vikings through Chiefs)
Dareke Young
Lenoir Rhyne · WR

Young is a classic raw mold of clay with an outstanding height/weight/speed profile. He's the type of late-round project that emerges as a playmaker down the line once he refines the nuances of the position.

Green Bay Packers
(from Browns through Lions and Broncos)
Jonathan Ford
Miami · DT

The Packers could use some competition in their defensive line depth. Ford's massive frame and flashes of gap control dominance were enough to kick the tires on.

Los Angeles Rams
(Ravens through Jaguars)
Daniel Hardy
Montana State · DE

Hardy was productive at the FCS level and has some intriguing tools as a pass rusher. He's likely a practice squad stash for the Rams.

Deane Leonard
Mississippi · DB

Leonard likely positioned himself as a late-round prospect after his pro day performance, when he ran sub-4.4 40. Leonard is probably a practice squad candidate with some special teams value down the road.

Detroit Lions
(from Saints through Eagles)
Chase Lucas
Arizona State · CB

Lucas is a strong candidate to make the team with position flexibility to line up at nickel or on the boundary. His leadership could give him an edge over other fringe roster guys in camp.

Las Vegas Raiders
(from Dolphins through Rams)
Thayer Munford Jr.
Ohio State · OT

Munford's film was inconsistent but his overall production throughout his career is intriguing. He gives the Raiders some position flexibility at guard and tackle if he makes the final roster.

The Colts once again dip into the small-school talent pool. This time they'll kick the tires on a player, who possesses outstanding intangibles with high football IQ.

Washington Commanders
(from Eagles through Colts)
Christian Holmes
Oklahoma State · CB

The Commanders entered the draft needing to bolster their secondary, with this marking just the second time they have addressed it. Holmes had a strong visit with the team during the pre-draft process and offers some physicality to the DB room.

Chris Oladokun
South Dakota State · QB

It's a transitional era for the Steelers, particularly at quarterback. With so much uncertainty at the position, they nab an athletic signal-caller with functional arm talent to compete for a backup role down the line. Oladokun likely starts out his career developing on the practice squad.

Carolina Panthers
(from Patriots through Dolphins)
Kalon Barnes
Baylor · CB

The seventh round is exactly where you take a shot at the fastest defensive back at the combine since 2003, especially if you are Matt Rhule, who coached him in college. Barnes lacks the coverage instincts and technical foundation to compete against NFL receivers, but he'll have every chance to find a place to play as long as he's the fastest player on his team.

Kansas City Chiefs
(from Raiders through Patriots)
Jaylen Watson
Washington State · CB

The Chiefs need depth competition in their secondary, and Watson provides that. He'll likely be viewed as more of a safety than outside corner.

Valdosta State · DB

Matthew had a whirlwind of a college career and he's an older prospect at 25. His ability to make splash plays in camp will be vital for his short- and long-term prospects in the NFL.

New England Patriots
(from Cowboys through Texans)
Andrew Stueber
Michigan · OT

The Patriots are taking a chance on Stueber's dimensions, experience and production at a big-time program. He likely gets moved inside, where he possesses enough ability to develop into a backup.

Cleveland Browns
(from Bills)
Dawson Deaton
Texas Tech · C

The Browns have done a good job of developing the interior of their offensive line in recent years. Deaton is a positional blocker who plays a smart, consistent brand of football coaches will like.

Miami Dolphins
(from Titans)
Skylar Thompson
Kansas State · QB

Thompson offers the type of mobility that blends well with the Kyle Shanahan-style offense Miami will run. He's far from ready to command an NFL offense, but with some seasoning and maturity at the position, there are enough tools there to emerge as more than a practice squad body down the line.

There are some intriguing physical and athletic traits the Buccaneers hope to develop. Anthony will need to become more stout against the run to yield any real shot as a roster addition.

Rasheed Walker
Penn State · OT

There are health and discipline questions with Walker, but his talent and experience as a three-year starter at LT for Penn State suggest he could outplay his draft slot. He has starter ability.

Las Vegas Raiders
(from 49ers through Broncos and Vikings)

Brown's physical running style was enough for the Raiders to take a flyer on him as depth competition. He may not be dynamic enough to warrant a Day 1 roster spot, but he offers the type of tone-setting ability to eventually work his way into a rotation.

Isiah Pacheco
Rutgers · RB

The Chiefs can figure out a way to utilize Pacheco's speed and splash-play ability. He has a legitimate chance at not only making their roster, but to carve out a role as a returner and utility back.

Jeffrey Gunter
Coastal Carolina · Edge

Gunter's blend of length and athleticism on the edge was enough for the Bengals to take a shot on him late in the draft.

Russ Yeast
Kansas State · S

The Rams use a late pick on a productive defensive back with an NFL pedigree. Yeast is coming off of his most productive college season after nabbing four INTs and recording 14 passes defensed last year.

Chicago Bears
(from Chargers)
California · DB

There are some athletic limitations to Hicks, but the Bears land one of the most instinctive and productive defensive backs drafted on Day 3. Excellent value here on a player who has a knack for making plays.

Chicago Bears
(from Chargers)
Trenton Gill
N.C. State · P

Chicago ranked in the bottom 10 in the league in net punt average. Gill not only offers an upgrade at punter, he can also contribute as a kickoff specialist.

Jesse Luketa
Penn State · LB

Luketa lacks the instincts to earn consistent defensive reps, but he has ideal NFL size and range. His future is on special teams.

Marquis Hayes
Oklahoma · OG

Hayes could flash enough as a run blocker in camp to warrant a roster spot. He brings big-time mauling ability and can hold his own in pass protection. He could be a steal if he keeps his weight in check.

Samori Toure
Nebraska · WR

Toure has intriguing developmental upside as a big-play specialist -- he averaged 17-plus yards per reception in three of his four collegiate seasons. The Packers could stash Toure on their practice squad as he learns to consistently win against tight man coverage.

Nazeeh Johnson
Marshall · CB

In a continued effort to add young talent to their secondary, the Chiefs select a safety with a ton of experience and production. Johnson plays with excellent toughness and offers special teams value.

Horvath is a prototypical core special teams-type with upside as a sub-package pass catcher as an H-back or fullback.

Los Angeles Rams
(from Bucs)
AJ Arcuri
Michigan State · OT

Arcuri is an athletic, long-levered developmental project who needs a season on the practice squad to fine-tune the technicalities of his game.

Brock Purdy
Iowa State · QB

Purdy's college production and intangibles make him a prime practice squad stash with a shot at making an active roster for a "timing" offensive system like San Francisco's. His marginal physical traits will always be a hinderance, but his natural throwing ability and feel for the position should aid him as he competes for a backup role.

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