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Travon Walker DL, UGA

Height: 6-5, Weight: 275

This is purely a projection. They need edge help, but he plays more like a down 5-technique. He’s a good player, a tough player, a physical player, but he isn’t an explosive rusher. They can pair him with Josh Allen, but I would have gone offensive lineman here. (Pete Prisco)

B-

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.06 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Arik Armstead

Strengths:

Tall, long, well-built EDGE who uses his long arms to his advantage on nearly every snap. Sturdy edge-setting and can disengage because blockers rarely get into his frame. Thickness stands out on film and against the run. Not easily moved whatsoever. Tweener type who will probably be best inside in obvious passing scenarios. Strength will help him quickly acclimate to the NFL.

Weaknesses:

Good burst for his size, but not a suddenness specimen. Lacks pass-rush moves. Really just tries to bull his way into the QB/backfield. Minimal bend around the corner.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Career-highs in TFL (7.5) and sacks (6.0)
  • 2021: Started all 15 games at DT for CFP national champ

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

14

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

2

Aidan Hutchinson EDGE, MICH

Height: 6-6, Weight: 265

They need a pass rusher in the worst way, and they have to be thrilled that Hutchinson fell to them here. He is a polished edge rusher who will be an impact player right away. The Lions have to be able to impact the quarterback better than they did last year. Hutchinson will do that. But he might be a 12-sack guy most of his career, rather than a 16-sack guy. But that’s OK. (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 93.23 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jared Allen

Strengths:

Edge rusher with great combination of size, speed and strength. Capable of winning with speed and power. Displays fast, effective hands. Constantly working towards the quarterback without getting too deep. High football IQ to exploit opponent's weaknesses. Developed inside moves to pair with corner rush.

Weaknesses:

Average closing speed and change of direction. Shorter arms that could lead to difficulty against offensive tackles with longer arms to re-route him. Lacks elite top-end speed. Strictly hand-in-the-dirt player, not going to drop back into coverage.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Ted Hendricks Award winner (best defensive end)
  • 2021: Big Ten DPOY (led conference with 14.0 sacks)

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

14

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

3

Derek Stingley Jr. CB, LSU

Height: 6-1, Weight: 190

This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They play a defense that doesn’t put a premium on cornerback, yet they picked one over pass rusher. Stingley is an outstanding cover corner, but this is a little odd. Pass rusher or tackle was a better option. (Pete Prisco)

B

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.81 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: A.J. Terrell

Strengths:

Prototypical size, speed and athleticism to excel in man coverage. Willing to play downhill and make tackles in the backfield. Fights through blocks. Great hip fluidity to change directions across the field. Gets up to speed quickly. Great stop-start speed.

Weaknesses:

Injury history over the past two years is a concern. Below-average arm length. Inconsistent in run support. Tackling form is an issue.

Accolades:

  • 2019: Led SEC with six interceptions and 15 passes defended as freshman
  • 2020: First-team All-SEC

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

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Ahmad Gardner CB, CINCY

Height: 6-3, Weight: 200

If you are to win the AFC East, you have to stop the Bills and Josh Allen. That means cover corners are at a premium. Gardner is the best cover player in the draft. This should mean more man coverage for Robert Saleh and crew. Good pick. (Pete Prisco)

B+

No analysis available.

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

13

N/A

N/A

3

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Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE, OREG

Height: 6-5, Weight: 258

He is the best pure pass rusher in this draft. He has the explosive ability the Giants badly need. The question with him now is his character. Does he love the game? But I think he will get past any of that talk and become a dominant edge player. I love this pick. (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.8 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Myles Garrett

Strengths:

Explosive, twitchy, powerfully built with strong hands and a quick first step. He explodes off the snap and if he gets a half-step on offensive tackle it's over. Quickly gets into body of offensive tackle and then uses speed-to-power -- plus hand usage -- to consistently create problems on the edge. Can flip his hips like a cornerback, open up and drop into coverage, then has the athleticism and leaping ability to clog throwing lanes on short and intermediate routes. Non-stop motor and freakish strength that can wear out offensive tackles.

Weaknesses:

Occasionally gives up the edge in run support, and can sometimes play outside of responsibilities while trying to make splash plays. Sometimes disappears for stretches -- he doesn't lose off the line of scrimmage but he could be more consistently dominant at times. That said, there's a lot to love about his game.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Unanimous All-America (7.0 sacks, 12.0 TFL in 10 games)
  • Career: 19.0 sacks, 35.5 TFL in 31 games

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

10

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

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Ikem Ekwonu OL, NCST

Height: 6-4, Weight: 320

The Panthers played spinning tops at left tackle last year, so getting a tackle was a no brainer in this draft. I liked Evan Neal more, but I get this choice. Ekwonu needs to work on his pass protection some, but he is fixable. (Pete Prisco)

B+

No analysis available.

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Evan Neal OL, BAMA

Height: 6-7, Weight: 350

The Giants land the best tackle in the draft. He will step in at right tackle and give them a nice pair of bookends with Andrew Thomas. They have to protect the quarterback better, and they will. He will be a long-time starter who goes to a lot of Pro Bowls. (Pete Prisco)

A

No analysis available.

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Drake London WR, USC

Height: 6-5, Weight: 210

London is a big receiver, but he doesn't run that well. This is a team that needed to add more speed. I would have taken Garrett Wilson in this spot. He would have given them more of an immediate impact. London is good. But there were better options. (Pete Prisco)

B-

For the second year in a row, the Falcons drafted a behemoth pass-catcher with a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft, bringing London to The A. The former USC wideout plays a lot like Kyle Pitts in that he's a wide-bodied target with a huge catch radius, similar to other big-man receivers with a basketball background. But London doesn't come with a sterling pedigree, only truly breaking out for the Trojans in 2021 when he was force-fed throws (11 catches per game). Atlanta's offense has significant question marks, including how London will do getting pushed into a learn-as-he-goes role. That will lead to growing pains, but it should also produce some good target volume, which is the name of the game in Fantasy for receivers. London will get picked in PPR seasonal leagues starting in Round 7 (Round 8 in non-PPR) as a borderline No. 3 option. He's a lock to be closer to Round 6 in dynasty start-ups and keeper leagues, and a choice between second and fifth overall in rookie-only drafts.

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

8

88

1084

12.3

7

1

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Charles Cross OL, MISSST

Height: 6-5, Weight: 310

They had a glaring hole at left tackle, so they had to get a left tackle. With the run on them, they end up with a player who is good in pass protection but needs work in the run game. If Seattle wants to run it better, they picked the wrong tackle. But he is good at protecting the quarterback. (Pete Prisco)

B

No analysis available.

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Garrett Wilson WR, OHIOST

Height: 6-0, Weight: 192

I love this pick. I know there was talk about trading this pick to get Deebo Samuel, but I love staying put and taking Wilson. He is a speed player who will help Zach Wilson in a big way. He’s fast and he will be a lot cheaper than Samuel. (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 91.75 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Chad Ochocinco

Strengths:

Springy, creative receiver with high-end speed and flashes of brilliant full-extension grabs. More of a juke-based yards-after-the-catch asset than one who'll break tackles or bounce off defenders. Leaping ability stands out. Glides on the field. Will run past many corners. Good, not great releases. Athleticism is there for him to consistently win off the line in time. Impressive route runner because of his athleticism. Should have quick transition to the NFL and become a star down the road.

Weaknesses:

Smaller size but fits the modern-day NFL. Some concentration drops on film. Not a physical marvel in jump-ball scenarios; won't dominate when a corner is in the vicinity and it's a 50-50 situation.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-Big Ten second team (70 rec, 1,058 yards, 12 TDs)
  • 2020: All-Big Ten first team (723 rec yards, six TDs in eight games)

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

11

70

1058

15.1

12

1

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Chris Olave WR, OHIOST

Height: 6-1, Weight: 188

Giving up all that arsenal to get Olave is risky if you ask me. Olave is a speed receiver who will complement Michael Thomas, but this is a lot to give up to get him. Jameis Winston will be happy, but I don't love this. The Saints must. (Pete Prisco)

C+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.85 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Chris Godwin

Strengths:

Great top-end speed. Great route runner who does not tip off his break at the stem. Quick feet at the snap, which allows him to create good leverage. Does a great job tracking the ball over his shoulder and has been very productive for the Buckeyes in the red zone.

Weaknesses:

Thin-framed boundary receiver who needs to be more physical through his routes. Explosive testing was average to below average. Can do a better job of creating yards after the catch.

Accolades:

  • Two-time All-Big Ten first team (2020 and 2021)
  • Ohio St. all-time rec TDs leader (35)

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

12

65

936

14.4

13

1

12

Jameson Williams WR, BAMA

Height: 6-2, Weight: 189

This is the best receiver in the draft. The Lions can wait to get him healthy. When he is healthy, he will be a dynamic playmaker. They made a bold move to go get him, but they did give up a bunch to get him. They better hope he is what they think he can become. I think he’s a star. (Pete Prisco)

B

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jerry Jeudy

Strengths:

Sleek, fast, spindly wideout with a bouncy, flexible game. Changes gears in his route and has high-end downfield speed. Above-average separator because of his ultra-light feet. Was used in the jet sweep/screen game often, and was typically productive there. All that is a testament to his dynamic athletic traits. Showcased the ability to track the ball away from his frame. Won on the outside and in the slot. Nice releases off the line. Can be a WR1 eventually but should start as deep threat who gets some jet sweep action.

Weaknesses:

Occasionally body catches the football. Can get outphysicaled at times against press coverage. Tore his ACL in the national title game in January. Only one year of big-time production.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Led SEC in rec yards (1,572) and rec TDs (15)
  • 2021: Led country in 30-plus-yard TDs (11) and 70-plus-yard TDs (four)

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

15

79

1572

19.9

15

1

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Jordan Davis DL, UGA

Height: 6-6, Weight: 340

This is a heck of a pick for the Eagles. They needed to get a power player inside with age becoming a problem there. Davis will be a three-down player in the NFL, even if some don’t think he will be. The Eagles will be much better against the run -- that's for sure. (Pete Prisco)

B

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.07 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Brandon Williams

Strengths:

Classic oversized nose tackle who will make big defensive tackles look small on the field. Absolutely mammoth individual with length that matches his immense girth. Great athlete for his size. Has enough athleticism to get lateral on stretch runs. Block disengaging is, of course, a strength. Supreme pop on contact. Impressive closing speed in space on running backs. High floor, lower ceiling DT.

Weaknesses:

Not someone who'll win many battles with burst or quickness at the NFL level. Only good, not great against double teams because he can get a little high in those scenarios. Average pass-rush move arsenal. but does have a nice arm-over. Conditioning is good for his size, but he's unlikely to be an every-down defensive tackle.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Chuck Bednarik Award winner (best defensive player)
  • 2021: John Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman)

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

14

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

14

Kyle Hamilton S, ND

Height: 6-4, Weight: 219

The Ravens will be getting a player who will help their back end right away. I like Hamilton, but I don't love him like most. He will have some problems in coverage, but they need to use him in a variety of ways to take advantage of his talents. He isn't Ed Reed. (Pete Prisco)

B-

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.84 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Ed Reed

Strengths:

Ran in the 4.5s at the combine and then ran in the 4.7s at his pro day. On the surface, these numbers get your attention, but he's an example of playing faster in the game than in shorts and a t-shirt. Great in space, comes downhill with purpose, is a wrap-up tackler who will put the ball carrier on the ground. Can patrol deep center field with sideline-to-sideline speed, play in the box, and blitz from the slot and get to the quarterback in just a few long strides. Has a huge wingspan, which means if he doesn't get to the QB, he can get his hands up in passing lanes and be disruptive that way. High-level change-of-direction skills in short areas, which makes him hard to shake in coverage, and he can smother tight ends out in coverage and has the physicality to contest the football at the catch point.

Weaknesses:

Some NFL teams will have concerns about the slow 40 times, but the tape tells a different story. Needs to do a better job of fighting through WR blocks, and can sometimes lose his coverage responsibilities when playing out of the slot and be susceptible to big plays.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Consensus All-America despite missing final six games
  • Career: 140 tackles, 8 interceptions in 31 games

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

7

N/A

N/A

3

1

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Kenyon Green OL, TXAM

Height: 6-4, Weight: 325

They get a player who can play right tackle or inside at guard. This is a team that needs a lot of help, and Green is a player who can step in and play right away. He is a good, physical player who fits what they want to do if he plays right tackle or guard. (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.89 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dalton Risner

Strengths:

Excelled at tackle in college but could move inside in the NFL. Has long arms, athletic lower half and can dig out defensive ends to seal the edge in run support where he consistently sustains blocks. Patient and well-balanced in his pass sets, where he has a good anchor and is rarely pushed off his spot. Once he locks on it's hard for pass rushers to disengage, and he's a smooth combo-blocker who can drive defensive linemen off ball.

Weaknesses:

Sometimes can toe the line of holding in the run game, usually when trying to reach block. Can also get grabby when he's about to be beat in pass protection. Sometimes struggles to maintain blocks vs. strong and quick edge rushers, but that's not uncommon for any offensive tackle, though Green's NFL future is likely inside.

Accolades:

  • 2021: AP All-America first team
  • 2021: Two sacks allowed on 385 pass-blocking snaps

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Jahan Dotson WR, PSU

Height: 5-11, Weight: 182

They trade back and land a receiver who will give them more juice in the passing game. They needed to help Carson Wentz and Dotson will give them another speed player. Landing the extra picks and getting a a good receiver makes this a good move. (Pete Prisco)

B

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.52 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Diontae Johnson

Strengths:

Smaller, slippery, deceptively good ball skills/catch radius wideout with sneaky speed. Body control is high end. Loose hips. Hands catches with ease. Runs super-sharp routes. Can make multiple cuts in a route to separate; that part of his game is NFL-ready.

Weaknesses:

Despite the looseness in his midsection and lower half, he's not a YAC specialist. His tiny frame will leave him susceptible against bigger, more physical corners. Faster than he is quick.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-Big Ten second team (91 rec, 1,182 yards, 12 TDs)
  • PSU all-time ranks: 2,757 rec yards (fourth), 25 rec TDs (T-second)

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

12

91

1182

13

12

1

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Zion Johnson OL, BC

Height: 6-3, Weight: 316

They have to protect their quarterback. This is a player who can play guard, tackle, center for the Chargers. This about making their line better for Justin Herbert. I love Johnson. position versatility is important. He brings it. (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Rodney Hudson

Strengths:

Grappler who wants to battle in the run game and has the strength to move people in it. Plays with high-end torque through the whistle. Could stand to add more weight to his frame. Very fundamentally sound in pass pro. Knee bend and hand work are very solid. Gives it his all to recover, although he's not flat-out beaten very often. Higher-floor type on the interior with some upside. Instant high-caliber starter.

Weaknesses:

Good, not great athlete when blocking on the move or when having to deal with a pass-rushing counter.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-America first team
  • 2021: First-team All-ACC

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Treylon Burks WR, ARK

Height: 6-3, Weight: 225

They essentially exchanged a big physical receiver to replace A.J. Brown. Burks will come a lot cheaper. I am not sure he's A.J. Brown, though. But the philosophy makes sense. Draft and get a cheaper player. Burks has to keep his weight down some. (Pete Prisco)

C+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.88 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: A.J. Brown

Strengths:

Great combination of size and speed. Size allows him to bully smaller cornerbacks trying to press him at the line. Speed allows him to get around cornerbacks playing off. Does a great job of creating yardage after the catch. Great body control down the field. Soft hands. Uses his body to create separation like a power forward boxing out. Good foot quickness. Capable of throwing deep on a trick play. Great production over the past two years.

Weaknesses:

Primarily used in short-to-intermediate routes, so that limited his exposure to jump-ball opportunities. Average burst. Can improve his footwork into breaks. Disappointing combine testing.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-SEC first team (66 rec, 1,104 rec yards, 11 rec TDs)
  • Career: 2,399 rec yards; second in SEC in span (DeVonta Smith)

2021 College Stats

GP

REC

YDS

AVG

TDS

12

66

1104

16.7

11

1

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Trevor Penning OL, NOIOWA

Height: 6-7, Weight: 329

This fills a need for the Saints. They had to get a left tackle and Penning fits the bill. He is an aggressive player that will give them a nice tackle combo to go with Ryan Ramczyk. They are both maulers. (Pete Prisco)

B-

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.52 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Riley Reiff

Strengths:

Large, long, physical blocker with an NFL offensive tackle body today. Mashed the lesser competition in college. Twitch at around 330 pounds is impressive. Likes finishing his blocks with authority. Anchor/back bend are solid. As is his hand work. Typically fires on time and on the inside. Walls-off defenders well at the second level. Because of his size, short-area quickness and inherent power, he has some upside and should be able to withstand NFL DEs for the most part early in his career.

Weaknesses:

His first start against a Power 5 school (Iowa State) at the beginning of the year was rough. Not a supreme athlete with high-level lateral agility to quickly slide against inside moves or recover if he's initially beaten. Moments of off-balance plays pop up somewhat often, especially when climbing to the second level. Decently susceptible to counters if a rusher really works to soften his edge with speed.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Only OL to be selected as Payton Award finalist
  • 2021: FCS All-America first team

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Kenny Pickett QB, PITT

Height: 6-3, Weight: 220

I love this pick. They take the local kid to play quarterback and he will prove to be the best quarterback in this class. Give him a few games, and he will have the job. Pickett has the tools to become a quality starter. This works in a lot of ways. (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Derek Carr

Strengths:

Made huge strides during 2021 after being considered a Day 3 pick after his 2020 season. Consistently shows great touch on mid-range passes, and the ball comes out quickly and on time. Maximizes yards-after-catch possibility for his targets on short and intermediate routes. Good athlete who, when needed, can consistently win with his legs outside the pocket. Plays with confidence in the face of pressure while keeping his eyes downfield, and he'll stand in the pocket and deliver a strike. While he doesn't have an elite arm, he showed throughout the season that he has the ability to throw deep outs, and the ball had both velocity and accuracy.

Weaknesses:

His hand size -- the smallest among QBs since Michael Vick was drafted more than two decades ago -- will be an issue for some teams and not for others. Doesn't have an elite arm but can make every NFL throw. Sometimes has tunnel vision and misses open targets downfield and instead opts for checkdowns or looks to run. Sometimes his ball can lose steam on deep outs. Averaged more than 3.1 seconds per dropback at Pitt, and he'll lock onto a read even with other WRs coming open. Won't have that kind of time at the next level.

Accolades:

  • 2021: 42 pass TDs (ACC single-season record)
  • Pitt all-time leader in pass yards (12,303) and pass TDs (81)

2021 College Stats

GP

PYDS

PCT

TDS

INT

13

4319

67.2

42

7

1

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Trent McDuffie CB, WASH

Height: 5-11, Weight: 195

The Chiefs moved up to get McDuffie, but I think they could have waited to take his teammate, Kyler Gordon, who I think will be a better player. It fills a need at corner, and he's a good player, but they could have stayed in their spot. (Pete Prisco)

B-

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaire Alexander

Strengths:

Zone-heavy CB with high-level quicks and good closing speed on the football. Aggressive defeating blocks at the second level. Tackling reliability is good but not a super-active run defender. Twitchy with good ball skills. Speed is great. The heavy-zone scheme makes it difficult to pinpoint what he does really well in man coverage. Versatile. Can moved into the slot with ease. Awareness is quality, too. Seems like a high-floor prospect but is a bit of an enigma.

Weaknesses:

The overall athletic profile is very good but not elite. Minimal ball production relative to how much football he played in college.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-Pac-12 first team
  • 2021: Did not allow a pass TD on 287 coverage snaps

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

11

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

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Quay Walker LB, UGA

Height: 6-4, Weight: 240

This is a heck of a pick. He is a playmaking, speed linebacker who will give their defenses a nice complement to De'Vondre Campbell. I know they could have gone receiver here, but they can wait. Walker will be big time. (Pete Prisco)

A

No analysis available.

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

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Kaiir Elam CB, FLA

Height: 6-2, Weight: 193

He is a good cover player who fills a major need. The Bills had one hole on their team and that was corner. Now they add a long cover player who can give them a nice corner to go with Tre'Davious White. He does need to tackle better. Love the aggression to go get him. (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.46 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: A.J. Terrell

Strengths:

Long, physical cornerback who is quick for his size. Can flip his hips, get out of breaks in short areas, and consistently make plays on the ball. Not only does he understand leverage, he does a good job of not letting wide receivers get across his face. Also shows good recovery ability when he gets beat off the snap, though he's very good at staying in phase and then beating the wide receiver to the spot on go routes.

Weaknesses:

Can sometimes get handsy at the top of his routes, and despite his frame, needs to do a better job getting off wide receiver blocks vs. the run. For as physical as he is throughout the route, physicality in the run game is not something Elam is comfortable with yet.

Accolades:

  • 2020: All-SEC second team
  • 2020: Led SEC in passes defended (11)

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

10

N/A

N/A

1

1

24

Tyler Smith OL, TULSA

Height: 6-6, Weight: 332

This is one of my favorite picks in this draft. This kid is a mauler who will help them at right tackle right away. He needs a little help in pass protection, but the Cowboys will coach him up. Teams loved him more than analysts and his tape showed you why. This is a really good pick. (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.56 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Kelechi Osemele

Strengths:

Big, wide, ultra-physical blocker looking for a bar fight on every snap, and has the length, mass, quicks, and power to win just about all of them. For his size, he's nimble. Bounces around the field. Balance is pretty good there, but he almost exerts too much energy once he's engaged. Recovery skill is high-end. Oftentimes, it looks like he's beaten around the corner, but his gliding feet and strength keep the defender contained and pushed past the QB. Will toss defenders more so than any other blocker in this class. Menace in the ground game; devastating in that regard. Wants to drive defenders into the ground and does it often.

Weaknesses:

Technique needs a fair amount of work. Not a total project, but he has a tendency to get his hands wide in pass pro.

Accolades:

  • 2021: All-AAC second team
  • 2021: 93.9 run blocking grade best ever by AAC tackle (PFF)

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Tyler Linderbaum OL, IOWA

Height: 6-3, Weight: 290

They needed to get a center, and they got the best one. I love the idea of him taking over in the middle of their line. He will play in front of Lamar Jackson for a long time. His athletic ability is outstanding. (Pete Prisco)

B

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 91.3 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jason Kelce

Strengths:

Slender-ish, very athletic, mauler type who can get to reaches and combo blocks most centers can only dream of. Battler on the inside who definitely likes to assert his will early in the down; that leads to devastating wins. There are many high-end pass-block wins on film where he mirrors awesomely because of his athleticism. Understands leverage. Screen blocking is the best I've ever seen for an offensive lineman at any position.

Weaknesses:

There are some off-balance misses in the run game and pass pro. Can/needs to add 10-15 pounds to his frame once he gets into the NFL. Run blocking is ahead of his pass blocking. Big, long NTs give him problems. Lacking length and weight. The former is very concerning.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Dave Rimington Trophy winner (best center)
  • 2021: First-team AP All-America (one sack allowed)

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Jermaine Johnson II EDGE, FSU

Height: 6-5, Weight: 262

This is great value this late in the draft. He fell down the board a lot further than most people thought. He fits with what Robert Saleh wants in his edge rushers. He's a late bloomer, but he will continue to get better. (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Montez Sweat

Strengths:

Tall, long, active rusher with demonstrations of his best power when he can use his length to his advantage. Nasty one-arm bull rush. Moments of nice, efficient hand work but not a strength. Nasty edge setter/block defeater against the run. Flashed an occassional inside-out that's effective. Same with his spin.

Weaknesses:

Rushes are almost always high. Stalls out at the blocker more frequently than you'd like. Counter rushes aren't there yet. His inside move is great but doesn't use it often enough. Athleticism/bend are good, not great. Burst is there but won't consistently threaten NFL OTs with it.

Accolades:

  • 2021: ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2021: Led ACC in TFL (18) and sacks (12)

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

12

N/A

N/A

0

1

27

Devin Lloyd LB, UTAH

Height: 6-3, Weight: 232

They made a bold move to go get him. I love this. He's a playmaking linebacker who can do a lot of things. Think Devin White in the Tampa Bay scheme. It works. Mike Caldwell will use him a lot of different ways (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Fred Warner

Strengths:

Does a great job of using his hands to shed blocks. Has shown improvement in pass coverage. Good enough speed allowing him to play sideline to sideline. Physical player. Eyes trained on the ball.

Weaknesses:

Still a work in progress in coverage. Has room for improvement at identifying gap responsibilities. Has to get his feet moving quicker, be more proactive at times.

Accolades:

  • 2021: Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2021: 22.0 TFL (second-most in FBS behind Will Anderson Jr.)

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

14

N/A

N/A

4

1

28

Devonte Wyatt DL, UGA

Height: 6-3, Weight: 315

This has a chance to be a special player. He had some character concerns, but he was productive on a good defense. I know Packers fans wanted a receiver here, but this is as player who can really help a defensive inside. I like it. (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.89 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Smaller Marcell Dareus

Strengths:

Large, wide-bodied dancing bear who wins with power, decently deceptive quicks, and some pass-rushing moves. Plays with astounding pop on first contact. Can play 1T if needed. Good bull rush but actually his hand work is more impressive. Occasionally will win through the line with his first step.

Weaknesses:

Not a tremendous run defender, and while he can get lateral across the line, his pursuit speed is only slightly above-average. Not a pass-rush move master. Mostly won with first-step quickness in college. He'll have to diversify his rushes in the NFL.

Accolades:

  • 2021: CFP national champion
  • 2021: All-America second team

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

13

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

29

Cole Strange OL, TNCHAT

Height: 6-6, Weight: 301

They draft the replacement for Shaq Mason at right guard. This might be a little high for him, but it certainly fills a need. They get younger and cheaper. (Pete Prisco)

C

No analysis available.

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George Karlaftis EDGE, PURDUE

Height: 6-4, Weight: 275

I love this pick by the Chiefs. They needed to get pass rush help and this kid can help. He is a player who plays hard all the time. If they are to beat the Bills and the great passers in the AFC West, they have to get more pressure. This is a good pick (Pete Prisco)

A

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.9 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan

Strengths:

Big, well-built, powerful, athletic rusher who loves the arm-over/swim and is decently effective with it. Has very close to an NFL defensive end body right now and could easily get more powerful. Doesn't have much else in his arsenal besides the swim. Best way to describe his lower half is sudden, relative to his thickness. Decently bendy, too. Very talented, great size, high-floor prospect with decent amount of upside. Very young.

Weaknesses:

Bull rush could be a lot better relative to his size and girth. Doesn't have much else in his arsenal besides the swim. Feels like he should be more productive given his gifts. A touch up and down. Some games dominant; others nearly invisible.

Accolades:

  • 2021: First-team All-Big Ten (50 pressures, third in Big Ten)
  • Career: 14.5 sacks, 29 TFL, 106 pressures in 27 games

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

12

N/A

N/A

0

1

31

Daxton Hill S, MICH

Height: 6-0, Weight: 192

They have contract issues with their safeties coming up, so this is a good pick. He also has the skill to play corner, which they also could use in terms of coverage help. He's a versatile player, which they love. To beat the Chiefs and the Bills and the AFC West, you better cover. (Pete Prisco)

B-

No analysis available.

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

14

N/A

N/A

2

1

32

Lewis Cine S, UGA

Height: 6-1, Weight: 200

They need a safety next to Harrison Smith and he's getting a little older. Cine is a good-looking player who will cover and hit you. He has the range you like in the back end. This is a good, solid pick (Pete Prisco)

B+

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.64 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Juan Thornhill

Strengths:

Ran a 4.38 40 with a 36.5 vertical at the combine, and that athleticism translated to the field for the Bulldogs. Good closing speed while staying under control, and while he's not a thumper he comes downhill with purpose vs. the run. Can cover like cornerback vs. shifty slot WRs and blankets bigger tight ends. Tackling machine in open field and he'll run through the intended target, usually as the ball is arriving.

Weaknesses:

Can get locked into his responsibilities to the point of having blinders on and can miss what's going on around him. Can be a half-step slow to diagnose the play and that leaves him at least a half-step out of position.

Accolades:

  • 2021: AP All-SEC first team
  • 2021: Defensive MVP of CFP title game

2021 College Stats

GP

TKL

SACKS

INT

15

N/A

N/A

1

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Thank you to everyone that has tuned into our coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft over the past three days! Look forward to takeaways and undrafted free agents that your favorite team may still be targeting!

April 30, 2022, 11:07 PM
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CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso gave the Brock Purdy selection a 'C+.'

"Long-time starter in college who got less effective as his career wore on. Rhythm passer with good accuracy when he's not disturbed in the pocket and despite minimal athleticism he creates when things break down. Arm is average."

April 30, 2022, 11:03 PM
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Round 7, No. 262 -- San Francisco 49ers

Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

6-foot-1, 210

*Originally from Gilbert, Arizona. Purdy was rated a .8594 on a scale to 1.000 by the 247Sports Composite, which equated to the nation's No. 36 pro-style quarterback.

2018: 146 of 220 passes completed, 2,250 yards, 16 TD, 7 INT; 100 carries for 308 yards, 5 TD

2019: 312 of 475 passes completed, 3,982 yards, 27 TD, 9 INT; 93 carries for 249 yards, 8 TD

2020: 243 of 365 passes completed, 2,750 yards, 19 TD, 9 INT; 87 carries for 382 yards, 5 TD

2021: 292 of 407 passes completed, 3,188 yards, 19 TD, 8 INT; 85 carries for 238 yards, 1 TD

April 30, 2022, 11:03 PM
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CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso gave the A.J. Arcuri selection a 'C-.'

"Average-at-best athlete who will struggle with speed rushers at the next level. Anchor is quality because of his knee bend and natural strength. Run-blocking ability is slightly above average but not someone who's going to excel in space."

April 30, 2022, 11:02 PM
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CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso gave the Zander Horvath selection a 'B-.'

"Explosive big back, built like a FB. Serious yards after contact type. Not a blocker. Dealt with injuries in college. Can cut and hit bigger plays than most runners his size."

April 30, 2022, 11:02 PM
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