NFL Draft, NFL Offseason

NFC South Draft & Roster Review 2022

We’ve officially crossed the halfway point of our divisional draft breakdown series, having finished up the NFC & AFC North and East respectively!

Now it’s time to discuss the draft classes & rosters of the Falcons, Panthers, Saints & Bucs!

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NFL Draft, NFL Offseason

AFC East Draft & Roster Review 2022

Finishing up our first half of our divisional draft breakdown series, we’re wrapping up the Eastern divisions on the AFC side!

The procedure remains the same – give my personal evaluations of every single player selected, talk about their fit on the roster, each team’s class overall and then compare them against each other.

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NFL Draft, NFL Offseason

NFC East Draft & Roster Review 2022

It’s week two of our divisional draft breakdown series and we’re continuing with the NFC East!

As always, I’ll give a short scouting report on each player, talk about their roster fit & how he coincides with other moves they’ve made this offseason.

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NFL Draft, Storylines around the NFL

AFC North Draft & Roster Review 2022

Continuing our divisional draft breakdown series, where we move on from the NFC to the AFC North!

Once again, I’ll give a short scouting report on every player, talk about their fit on the roster & how that works with the other moves they’ve made in the offseason.

Be sure to follow along, as we work our way through the league, alternating between NFC & AFC!

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NFL Draft

NFC North Draft & Roster Review 2022

Kicking off our four weeks of the divisional draft breakdown series today is the NFC North!

We’ll go through every single pick of all 32 teams, give a quick scouting report on each players, talk about their fit on the roster, the draft class as a whole and then finish by comparing what those four teams inside the division were able to accomplish!

Be sure to follow along, as we work our way through the league, alternating between NFC & AFC!

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NFL Draft, NFL Free Agency

Which undrafted free agents will make an impact in 2022?

Even with 262 college prospects being selected in the NFL draft, there were still several talented young athletes left and we see it every year, where those guys make a significant impact and at worst are key to filling out rosters around the league, with very little investment being needed. About 30 percent of the league is made up of these UDFAs and while it may take a lot of them longer to earn playing time, I want to identify those, who I believe can make a name for themselves early on.

For this exercise, I looked through all the signings that were made once the draft wrapped up, compared them to my personal grades/rankings and looked at how these guys may fit into the roster they’re not a part of. So I will mention why I believe these ten players did go undrafted, give a quick scouting report of these players and break down their path to playing time or role they may inherit.

Two players I didn’t include – former Arizona State and now 49ers center Dohnovan West, who I had as a top-100 overall prospect and Nevada and now Eagles quarterback Carson Strong, who was actually my QB3 purely based on tape – I believe can both be long-time starters in this league, but have players in front of them, that won’t allow them to make an impact right away.

At the end, I also added one (more) UDFA to keep your eyes on for all 32 teams.

Here’s the list:

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Even with 262 college prospects being selected in the NFL draft, there were still several talented young athletes left and we see it every year, where those guys make a significant impact and at worst are key to filling out rosters around the league, with very little investment being needed. About 30 percent of the league is made up of these UDFAs and while it may take a lot of them longer to earn playing time, I want to identify those, who I believe can make a name for themselves early on.

For this exercise, I looked through all the signings that were made once the draft wrapped up, compared them to my personal grades/rankings and looked at how these guys may fit into the roster they’re not a part of. So I will mention why I believe these ten players did go undrafted, give a quick scouting report of these players and break down their path to playing time or role they may inherit.

Two players I didn’t include – former Arizona State and now 49ers center Dohnovan West, who I had as a top-100 overall prospect and Nevada and now Eagles quarterback Carson Strong, who was actually my QB3 purely based on tape – I believe can both be long-time starters in this league, but have players in front of them, that won’t allow them to make an impact right away.

At the end, I also added one (more) UDFA to keep your eyes on for all 32 teams.

Here’s the list:

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NFL Draft

Recapping the 2022 NFL Draft:

This year’s NFL Draft is finally in the books and while it obviously will take a few years to figure how exactly all these selections turn out for their teams, I want to recap everything that happened and mention which teams did particularly well and some others that I believed made more questionable decisions.

I’m not going to act as if teams are stupid or just completely missed on certain players, but rather I’m just making my judgements based on my personal evaluations, where I think teams played the board well or poorly and the overall strategy they applied, in accordance to the rest of their roster.

I settled on seven winners and losers, ten steals and reaches each, plus I listed a bunch of other names who I just value a lot higher or lower. I may mention some trades that happened before Thursday night and how it affected the selections, but in general I’m only taking actual picks and deals that went down during the draft into account.

 

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This year’s NFL Draft is finally in the books and while it obviously will take a few years to figure how exactly all these selections turn out for their teams, I want to recap everything that happened and mention which teams did particularly well and some others that I believed made more questionable decisions.

I’m not going to act as if teams are stupid or just completely missed on certain players, but rather I’m just making my judgements based on my personal evaluations, where I think teams played the board well or poorly and the overall strategy they applied, in accordance to the rest of their roster.

I settled on seven winners and losers, ten steals and reaches each, plus I listed a bunch of other names who I just value a lot higher or lower. I may mention some trades that happened before Thursday night and how it affected the selections, but in general I’m only taking actual picks and deals that went down during the draft into account.

 

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My ultimate 2022 NFL mock draft:

Now that all my positional draft rankings and big board are out, it’s time to talk about how I think the first round of the draft will shake out. So this is not what I would do, but rather what I think will happen, based on things that I’m hearing and partially my own thoughts, in accordance to what teams want and like from certain positions.

I ended with only three trades, since we’ve already had plenty of movement – indicated by eight(!) teams having multiple first-round picks – and with the general consensus on prospects 15-40 being similarly graded. Therefore, I could see teams want to sit back and let the draft come to them more so. Although as we know, one off-the-radar selection can throw everything else off. We don’t have the Raiders in the first round, but the Seahawks are in the top ten. So we could easily see something crazy happen.

And since I’m a giving person, I added the first pick for every team that doesn’t (currently) hold a selection in round one at the end.

 

Click the video for my full analysis:

 

 

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Now that all my positional draft rankings and big board are out, it’s time to talk about how I think the first round of the draft will shake out. So this is not what I would do, but rather what I think will happen, based on things that I’m hearing and partially my own thoughts, in accordance to what teams want and like from certain positions.

I ended with only three trades, since we’ve already had plenty of movement – indicated by eight(!) teams having multiple first-round picks – and with the general consensus on prospects 15-40 being similarly graded. Therefore, I could see teams want to sit back and let the draft come to them more so. Although as we know, one off-the-radar selection can throw everything else off. We don’t have the Raiders in the first round, but the Seahawks are in the top ten. So we could easily see something crazy happen.

And since I’m a giving person, I added the first pick for every team that doesn’t (currently) hold a selection in round one at the end.

 

Click the video for my full analysis:

 

 

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The top 100 prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft:

All the evaluations are in the books and you can check out my detailed positional rankings for every unit in the draft right here on my page. So now it’s time to combine them all and bring to you my combined big board. Unlike the positional breakdowns, this is actually taking injuries into contact, which we’re aware off at the moment, since I obviously don’t have insight into the respective medical records. NFL teams of course also have the benefit of being able to interview these young men. I don’t have that luxury of making personal connections and weighing their characters, but I see myself as a pretty damn good talent evaluator.

Three players I disqualified from this list, because I simply don’t have the medical information to judge how much I should move them on my board – Michigan edge defender David Ojabo, Nevada quarterback Carson Strong and LSU linebacker Damone Clark. All three would be inside my top-50 otherwise, in that order. You can make out where they would come in based on my positional rankings. And Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross is another guy I struggled with trying to rank, since I simply don’t have knowledge about where he stands medically.

Either way, this is how I stack up basically the first three rounds of this draft:

 

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All the evaluations are in the books and you can check out my detailed positional rankings for every unit in the draft right here on my page. So now it’s time to combine them all and bring to you my combined big board. Unlike the positional breakdowns, this is actually taking injuries into contact, which we’re aware off at the moment, since I obviously don’t have insight into the respective medical records. NFL teams of course also have the benefit of being able to interview these young men. I don’t have that luxury of making personal connections and weighing their characters, but I see myself as a pretty damn good talent evaluator.

Three players I disqualified from this list, because I simply don’t have the medical information to judge how much I should move them on my board – Michigan edge defender David Ojabo, Nevada quarterback Carson Strong and LSU linebacker Damone Clark. All three would be inside my top-50 otherwise, in that order. You can make out where they would come in based on my positional rankings. And Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross is another guy I struggled with trying to rank, since I simply don’t have knowledge about where he stands medically.

Either way, this is how I stack up basically the first three rounds of this draft:

 

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