NFL Team Report – New York Jets

NFL Team Report – New York Jets

 New York Jets – 4-13 – GM Joe Douglas / Head Coach Robert Saleh – 2nd Year

         Key Team Needs:  1. CB       2. Edge       3. WR       4. S      5. OL       
                1st Round Picks – #4 & #10 selections – 9 total picks 

1. Cornerback – Jets finished with the worst overall defense in the league. Their pass defense was horrible despite some young defenders showing promise. They have made many additions in the draft and FA over the past three years with marginal results. With 9 overall selections, they could address both corner and safety a few times again this year. They probably have a chance to select the top corner at the 4th overall in Gardner or Stingley. Both could be available at the 10th selection, though most likely one is gone. They had one of the best safety duos in the game in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye before an Adams trade and Maye FA loss terminated it. Young corners, Bryce Hall, Brandin Echols and Michael Carter showed interesting potential for their packages, though not the top cover outside man needed. They could draft into this strong class with a few top selections. They will give Kyler Gordon or Kaiir Elam consideration with one of their 2nd round choices.

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    2. Edge – The Jets anxiously wait for the return of vet Carl Lawson who was injured in training camp after showing strong edge rushing. He is counted on as a main presence in their front seven. In his absence, the Jets lacked playmakers and were among the worst in the league in pressuring the passer. In a strong edge class, they have this a high priority and most likely addressed with one of their top two selections. They are debating Travon Walker, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jermaine Johnson with their first selection. They like David Ojabo who is falling off an injury and could slide to the early 2nd round where he would be great value at #35.

  1. Wide Receiver – The Jets passing game ranked near the bottom of the league. Their receiving corps worked with rookie starting QB Zach Wilson who showed promise over a tough first year learning curve. Rookie wideout Elijah Moore showed big play ability and became a favorite of Wilson. Veteran FA signee Corey Davis had periods, though limited production and struggled with injuries. They lost Jamison Crowder in FA, but like Braxton Berrios for the slot role. Denzel Mims has been a major disappointment over his two seasons and faces a critical camp to define his role in this offense. They need more here and could address this twice with at least one a prime selection. They hope to draft a prospect with one of their top picks and like Garrett Wilson at the 10th selection. They also like Carl Pickens and Christian Watson in the 2nd round.

     Jets – Short List Players

 1st Round Prospects – #4 & #10
Kyle Hamilton                       S              Notre Dame
Ahmad Gardner                    CB           Cincinnati
Kayvon Thibodeaux              DE           Oregon
Travon Walker                       DE           Georgia
Derek Stingley                       CB           LSU

2nd Day Prospects 
 2nd Round – #35 & #38
Kyler Gordon                          CB           Washington
Christian Watson                   WR          North Dakota St
David Ojabo                            DE           Michigan
Breece Hall                              RB           Iowa State
George Pickens                       WR          Georgia

3rd Round  
Nik Bonitto                              OLB         Oklahoma
Cam Jurgins                           OL           Nebraska
Jelani Woods                          TE           Virginia
Jaquan Brisker                        S              Penn State

Insiders’ Insights  
The Jets have been 13-36 during Joe Douglas’s three seasons. He has directed two draft classes with minimal results from the 2020 group. LT Becton, wideout Mims, safety Davis and edge Zuniga all face a tough camp where they have to step up and produce. Last year’s class was a strong group in their initial season. QB Wilson holds the key and shows the talent to take the next step. Rookies, guard Vera-Tucker and Moore were excellent additions for the offense. Runner Michael Carter is a fine 1A type and fine addition. They will continue to build around Wilson. He has new FA tight end CJ Uzomah after the Jets had a season with virtually no production there. Uzomah is an excellent middle zone target. They will look to Connor McGovern to solidify the pivot. LT Mekhi Becton must prove durable and consistent after missing 16 games his first two seasons. Running back is another major need despite Carter. They like Breece Hall with the 35th selection. GM Douglas signed guard Laken Tomlinson and safety Jordan Whithead to address need areas, in addition to Uzomah. Mike backer CJ Mosley had an outstanding performance. They will pursue an edge defender after another subpar performance rushing the passer. They have not had a double-digit sack defender since 2015. Offense has pressing issues at running back and wide receiver which are earmarked with early round additions. Douglas had an aggressive FA plan and added a few quality changes. Jets hold five of the top 69 picks and 7 of the top 117 selections.

1st Round #4 Pick – Ahmad Gardner – Rare passer will be on the big stage from Day one.
Alternate Pick – Kayvon Thibodeaux – Fast edge rusher can make a difference.

1st Round #10 Pick – Kyle Hamilton – Rare passer will be on the big stage from Day one.
Alternate Pick – Derek Stingley – Cobra cover man would be excellent fit here.

NFL Team Report – Dallas Cowboys

   NFL Team Report – Dallas Cowboys

   Dallas Cowboys – 12-5 – Owner/GM Jerry Jones 
                  Head Coach Mike McCarthy – 3rd Year

             Key Team Needs: 1. OL     2. DE      3. CB       4. TE      5. WR
                      1st Round Pick #24 – 9 total picks

  1. Offensive Guard /Center /Tackle – The Cowboys have problems on their line with issues at guard and tackle plus little overall depth. Former Pro Bowlers, LT Tyron Smith and OG Zack Martin returned to previous levels. Center Tyler Biadasz is overmatched inside. LG Williams left in FA and RT La’el Collins was released. They could address this area early and like tackle Bernhard Raimann, center Tyler Linderbaum and guard Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green and will consider them with the #24th selection. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds, they have Tyler Smith, Sean Rhyan, Abraham Lucas and Cole Strange on their short list. Expect them to address this unit twice over the early rounds with only marginal backups on the roster.
  2. Defensive End – The Cowboys lost Randy Gregory in FA and have pressing needs opposite DaMarcus Lawrence. They love George Karlaftis and will consider moving up for him. They like David Ojabo who is falling in the first after a pro day Achilles injury. They like DeMarvin Leal and Boye Mafe and they will get strong 2nd day interest. Also, they like Cameron Thomas in the 3rd round. This position is a must with an early selection.
  3. Cornerback – The Cowboys have lost young starters Chidobe Awuzie and Bryon Jones in recent years. They have Pro Bowl corner Trevon Diggs along with young unproven. Vets Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were joined by rookies Kelvin Joseph and Nashon Wright with marginal results. They need to add a quality prospect with starting talent. They like Andrew Booth with the #24 pick and hope he falls after minor muscle surgery. He performed at the high level in the ACC and can be a plug and play NFL starter. They also like Roger McCreary and Zyon McCullom on the 2nd day. They have little proven depth and this area must be addressed if they expect to beat playoff caliber clubs. They also have a need at safety.

    Cowboys – Short List Players

1st Round Prospects  
Zion Johnson                     OG                   Boston College
George Karlaftis                DE                   Purdue
Andrew Booth                   CB                    Clemson
Bernhard Raimann          OT                    C. Michigan

2nd Day Prospects  
  2nd Round
 Tyler Smith                     OT                    Tulsa
DeMarvin Leal                DL                    Texas A&M
Roger McCreary             CB                    Auburn
Boye Mafe                       DE                   Minnesota

 3rd Round
Daniel Faalele                     OT                    Minnesota
Cam Jurgins                        OL                    Nebraska
Sam Williams                      OLB                  Mississippi
Zyon McCollum                  CB                    Sam Houston State
Cameron Thomas               DE                   San Diego St

Insiders’ Insights 
The Cowboys won the weak NFC East only to get bounced out in the Wildcard playoff week. The offense performed poorly in big game situations. QB Dak Prescott returned from a 2020 fractured ankle and performed very well, though had a poor playoff performance. Their highly rated offense relied on a potent passing game along with runners Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Their once powerful offensive line slipped further and is a prime area to be rebuilt through the NFL Draft.  Veteran wideout Amari Cooper was traded to create cap room and sign wideout Michael Gallup. Young CeeDee Lamb becomes the #1 receiver. Their rookie draft class had major impact from their top selection LB Micah Parsons. He provided playmaking ability for an average defense which struggled in many areas. Backer Leighton Vander Esch returns on a one-year deal. They could focus primarily on defense with high choices in this draft, though the offensive line is the highest priority. This class should focus there also especially in the early rounds. They hope to address their secondary and front line and maybe each with a top 100 selection. They could address the corner spot early and maybe by the 2nd round. They still need front four defenders, especially an edge rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence who has struggled when getting special attention after another sub 10 sack performance. They love George Karloftis and Andrew Booth with their 24th pick.

  1st Round Pick – Bernhard Raimann – Emerging developed tackle would give this line a plug and play starter.
  Alternate Pick – Zion Johnson – Blue-chip versatile lineman would give this unit a major boost.

NFL Draft Yearbook Scouting Report – LB Chad Muma – Wyoming

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Linebacker Prospect

Chad Muma #48 – 6-3, 240 – Wyoming –  Sp. 4.60
           NFL Comparison: Logan Wilson                    Rating 82
Physical dependable senior excelled both downhill and between the hash marks in his two-starting seasons for the Cowboys. Back-to-back 1st team MWC performer with over 200 tackles during that period. Aggressive and passionate and plays hard till the whistle. Good teammate and hard worker. Above average quickness and playing speed and displays a burst to consistently close. Good range sideline-to-sideline with sound angles and the ability to get through traffic and scrape. Top athleticism downhill and laterally with the agility and COD to play in space. Developing core strength at his 240 lbs. which he is beginning to use effectively as a huge hitter. Plays behind his pads and rarely on the ground. Strong active hands and has learned to use them in all facets. Potential to develop into a 3-down backer with improvement in coverage ability. Former safety is a quick study in coverage and capable of being an early three down starter. Reliable run-plugger does a plus job of stopping runs before they can turn into positive yardage. Displays good peripheral vision and decisive in his read/react ability. Goes where his eyes tell him. Takes few false steps and trusts his vision and instincts. Shows awareness and technique to slips blocks well. Maintains good balance with the instincts to react which allows him to play fast. Squares himself up to ball carriers to create an impact and make the tackle. Plays within himself and has been a consistent tackler vs a high level of competition and big games. Capable blitzer with the burst to close, though relies more on power than technique. Consistently slips/sheds blockers in space with a combination of technique and power. Sifts well through trash and tough to get off his feet. Struggles vs big interior blockers and prefers to slip with strong hands and quick feet. Able to disengage and stay on his feet. Though not a quick twitch athlete, he will be a starter in time. In pass coverage, he is proficient in zone and short area currently, though needs development in the deeper zones. Potential to cover faster TE’s up the seam, though not ready now. Good lateral range, though can be exploited by fast backs in space when asked to cover too much ground. Also, shows the versatility to play Sam in the 4-3 set. As a senior, he totaled 142 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 picks and 2 sacks, starting all 13 games. Earned DPOY and 1st team MWC honors. At the NFL Combine, he weighed in at 239 lbs. and 6’3” with 31 5/8” arms and 10” hands. Ran a 4.63 time with 27 reps and had a 40” VL, 10’9” BJ and did a 4.28 shuttle and 7.06 three cone. It was a very good workout. Top AA and play recognition ability and he is able to contribute early and possibly start. Intelligent and heady and understands assignment football while able to carry them out well. Rising savvy backer and top 50-75 prospect with fast development and the intangibles to make an impact as both a starter and special teams’ performer.
                               Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

NFL Draft Yearbook Scouting Report – WR Christian Watson – North Dakota St

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Christian Watson – North Dakota State

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Wide Receiver Prospect

Christian Watson #1 – 6-4, 210 – North Dakota State – Sp. 4.35
            NFL Comparison: CeeDee Lamb                          Rating 88
Fast sure handed senior was the go-to guy for the Bisons over his career. Earned first team honors in 2019. Good lean athletic frame with speed and the running skills to be an impact weapon in the NFL. Speed to get deep regularly on the nine route and developing the nuances as a route-runner to separate from coverage and run the full route tree. Good lean muscle development and adequate functional strength, but could benefit from adding more muscle to his frame. Smooth runner moves in a gliding style, yet showed good elusiveness as a runner after the catch with efficient footwork to create space and break the play. Outstanding hand-eye coordination and able to elevate and high point the ball. Strong hands and usually able to maintain control while taking hits. Natural athlete and polished in many critical aspects of play. With experience, he has learned to run better routes with quicker cuts. Able to maintain concentration on making the catch and separate from defenders. Alert and works his way back to pass. Reading zone coverage better and learning how to find and settle in the soft spots. Adequate as a blocker, but needs hand technique work to improve and sustain.
The Numbers: In 2021, he played in 12 games and had 43 receptions for 801 yards for 18.6 yard average and 7 TDs. At the Senior Bowl, he had a good performance, especially running routes with quick adjustments on the ball. During his career, he caught 105 passes for 2140 yards for a 20.4 average and 14 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in just over 6’4” and 208 lbs. Ran a 4.36 time with an exceptional 1.46 ten-yard split time. Added a 38.5”VL and an 11”4”BJ. It was an excellent workout. Similar to CeeDee Lamb in size, speed, body type, AA and development.
The Skinny: Fast athlete with speed to take the lid off a defense. Developing receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in a few roles both outside and in the slot. Impact in three wideout sets early. Playmaker needs to prove he will go over the middle consistently and must learn the full route tree to be a complete receiver. Fast rising top 50 prospect on my board after the NFL Combine. Probably goes in the early rounds with the strong demand at the position for playmakers. Emerging talent with the tools to continue to improve and be a huge factor in the right situation. Versatile playmaker can provide impact in time and be a difference maker. Incredible ceiling to become an NFL star.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

NFL Draft Yearbook Scouting Report – TE Trey McBride – Colorado St

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Trey McBride – Colorado State

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 1 * Trey McBride #85 – 6-3, 245             Colorado State – Sp. 4.55
NFL Comparison: Dallas Clark                     Rating 88

Athletic mobile junior flashed big play talent over his MWC career, earning first team honors in 2021. Two-time MWC honoree and John Mackey 2021 winner. Lined up as both an inline and flex performer over his four starting seasons. Fluid athlete with top athleticism to press the middle of the field and naturally run the seam. Agile and flexible to change directions or go up for the ball. Natural hands catcher with run after the catch ability that is just being tapped into in a number of formations. Fast developing receiver with huge upside as a vertical threat. Solid specimen and easy mover with some growth potential. He has improved significantly as a blocker. Quick athlete with the explosiveness off the line to get into a defender or his routes with the footwork and agility to be a very effective movement blocker with further technique work. Greatest asset is his developed playmaking ability. Early contribution as flex receiver and H-back with the receiving skills to become a difference maker. High grades for top overall development and receiving skills. Savvy route runner with very good instincts to read and adjust to coverage and sit in holes. Able to catch outside the frame with a nice receiving radius and huge hands (10 1/8”). Settles in the soft spots in zones to move the chains. Very dangerous on crossing routes with fine run after the catch ability and speed to break plays. Quick getting off the line and beats the jam to get a clean release. At the breakpoint, he separates well in coverage and creates a consistently reliable target. Tough in the shorter zones on crossing routes, hooks and underneath routes with good hands and the ability to adjust. Runs well and snatches the ball in a crowd. Difficult matchup in single coverage with a developed route tree. As blocker, he is quick on the snap with stocky athletic frame and good hand usage to get a surge at the point of attack. Needs development blocking, including a stronger punch with improved lower body power and footwork. In limited time inline, he graded out high as a blocker, relying more on toughness and athleticism than sound technique and functional strength. As a move blocker, gets into an opponent on 2nd level and shows quickness to sustain. On the move, shows the talent to seal and neutralize with the agility to reach backers, though needs technique and strength work.

The Numbers:   In 2021, he started 12 games and caught 90 passes for 1121 yards and 1 TD. Earned first team MWC and All-American honors. In 2020, he started every game and caught 22 passes for 330 yards, a 15-yard average and 4 TDs, earning 2nd team MWC honors. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 246 lbs. and just under 6’4” with 32 1/2” arms and 10 1/8” hands. Did not run and did 18 reps in the lifting. Added a 33” VJ and a 9’9” BJ. Looked very good in the positional drills with the agility to adjust to the pass. Similar to former Colts’ Pro Bowler, Dallas Clark in size, play making ability, AA and developed receiving talent. Also, similar to George Kittle in many respects.

The Skinny:  Mobile sure handed prospect with very good athleticism to play in base and multiple sets with highly developed skills and LOD as a receiver. Quality addition with the athletic talent to give an offense an early playmaker. As a receiver, he has upside with soft hands, fine movement skills and good speed to stretch the seam. Versatile and marginal top 40 and rising prospect with the talent to surprise in the right offense. Emerging playmaker with skill set to be ideal for today’s pro-offenses.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

NFL Draft Yearbook Scouting Report – LB Leo Chenal – Wisconsin

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Leo Chenal #5 – 6-3, 250                                  Wisconsin – Sp. 4.55 
            NFL Comparison: Brian Urlacher                          Rating 90                                                         
Athletic, explosive senior completed an outstanding final season during his only year as a full-time starter. Earned first team Draft Insiders’ All-American and Big Ten honors for a well-rounded performance. Strong angular frame with sideline-to-sideline speed and the power to finish. Highly developed defender with the level to be a three down NFL starter early after playing both inside and outside. Top athlete with good strong frame and fine movement skills to play any position in the 4-3 set and inside in the 3-4. At the Mike position, he can be a playmaker with the ability to fill and beat lineman in matchups and finish. Performed well when asked to cover, blitz and play in space. Keen instincts with the physical skills to respond to reads, beat blocking angles and get to the ball. He can be a devastating and decisive wrap up tackler. When he arrives at the scene, there is seldom any yards after contact by runners. Shows a strong hand punch with the ability to lock out and keep blockers off his body. Displays the ability to jolt runners and very strong when taking on blocks at the point of attack. Able to strike blockers, stack, shed and engage the runner going thru the hole. Displays fine use of leverage and keeps his feet moving. Agile and fast to stay with backs and tight ends in pass coverage. Opens his hips easily to change directions with the burst to matchup in patterns. Improved as pass rusher in 2021 when used in that capacity. Effective as a blitzer, inside or outside and times his move well to finds soft spots in protection. Also has ability as an edge rusher and can line up there in the sub packages, though better suited for inside. Usually diagnoses plays well and takes sound angles in pursuit and has learned to use his aggressiveness well. Very good range, speed and athleticism and uses fine hand technique when scraping laterally. Good body flex helps him with tight pursuit angles. Unlocks hips with the acceleration to close. Rare COD and playing speed for his size with the smooth hips to turn and run-in coverage. Interesting NFL matchup potential with tight ends in the sub packages where his good length, awareness and speed can be very effective. Excels in space where his instincts and movement skills allow him to consistently be in the play. Showed burst as a pass rusher over his final two seasons and has real upside in that role as a pro. Good timing and adept at blitzes, stunts and twists. In 2021, he started 11 games and tallied 114 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 2 FF, 5 QB hurries, no interceptions or PBU. Earned 1st team Big Ten honors. Over his three-year career, he played in 29 games and tallied 180 tackles, 25.5 TFL, 12 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR, 1 interception and 14 QB hurries.  At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’3”, 250 lbs. with 31” arms and 9 ¾” hands. Ran a 4.53 time but did not lift. Added a 40.5” VL and 10’8” BJ. At his pro day at Wisconsin, he 34 reps with a 3.94 short shuttle and 6.84 three cone. It completed an amazing postseason which elevated his stock significantly. Athlete with similar skill set and versatility of HOF Mike man Brian Urlacher and capable of filling any backer role in a front. Versatile backer and three down player for all packages. Talent to improve further with his best football in front of him. Displays a great deal of self-confidence with a competitive edge that transcends to the field and teammates. Clubs like the Patriots, Dolphins, Giants and Browns interested in late first/early 2nd round. Emerging impact and big play potential and just touching the surface as a blitz defender. Type to be every down defender early. Fast rising top 40 playmaker and probable surprise 1st round selection. Core starter for a defense and diverse three down defender.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

NFL Draft 2022 – Complete Seven Round Selection Order

Draft Insiders’ – 2022 NFL Draft Order

  Complete Seven Round – All 262 Selections

        NFL Draft 2022 – Seven Round Draft Order

 Here is the updated NFL Draft 2022 seven round order in early April. With the wild NFL Free Agency and trading period it is a continuous changing situation. In addition, many deals are done ‘On the Clock’ with player availability guaranteed. We will have a complete Seven Round Mock Draft as part of the Draft Insiders’ Yearbook which is available now. The Mock Draft and Top 300 Prospects will be available this week.

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     First Round
1         Jacksonville
2         Detroit
3         Houston
4         NY Jets
5         NY Giants
6         Carolina
7         NY Giants (Chicago)
8         Atlanta
9         Seattle (Denver)
10         NY Jets (Seattle)
11         Washington
12         Minnesota
13         Houston (Cleveland)
14         Baltimore
15         Philadelphia (Miami)
16         New Orleans (Indianapolis-Phil)
17         LA Chargers
18         Philadelphia (New Orleans)
19         New Orleans (Philadelphia)
20         Pittsburgh
21         New England
22         Green Bay (Las Vegas)
23         Arizona
24         Dallas
25         Buffalo
26         Tennessee
27         Tampa Bay
28         Green Bay
29         Kansas City (San Fran-Miami)
30         Kansas City
31         Cincinnati
32         Detroit (LA Rams)

Second Round
33         Jacksonville
34         Detroit
35         NY Jets
36         NY Giants
37         Houston
38         NY Jets (Carolina)
39         Chicago
40         Seattle (Denver)
41         Seattle
42         Indianapolis (Washington)
43         Atlanta
44         Cleveland
45         Baltimore
46         Minnesota
47         Washington (Indianapolis)
48         Chicago (LA Chargers)
49         New Orleans
50         Kansas City (Miami)
51         Philadelphia
52         Pittsburgh
53         Green Bay (Las Vegas)
54         New England
55         Arizona
56         Dallas
57         Buffalo
58         Atlanta (Tennessee)
59         Green Bay
60         Tampa Bay
61         San Francisco
62         Kansas City
63         Cincinnati
64         Denver (LA Rams)

Third Round
65         Jacksonville
66         Detroit
67         NY Giants
68         Houston
69         NY Jets
70         Jacksonville (Carolina)
71         Chicago
72         Seattle
73         Indianapolis (Washington)
74         Atlanta
75         Denver
76         Baltimore
77         Minnesota
78         Cleveland
79         LA Chargers
80         Houston (New Orleans)
81         NY Giants (Miami)
82         Atlanta (Indianapolis)
83         Philadelphia
84         Pittsburgh
85         New England
86         Las Vegas
87         Arizona
88         Dallas
89         Buffalo
90         Tennessee
91         Tampa Bay
92         Green Bay
93         San Francisco
94         Kansas City
95         Cincinnati
96         Denver (LA Rams)
97        Detroit (comp)
98         New Orleans (comp)
99         Cleveland (comp)
100       Baltimore (comp)
101       Philadelphia (New Orleans) (comp)
102       Miami (comp)
103       Kansas City (comp)
104       LA Rams (comp)
105       San Francisco (comp)

Fourth Round
106       Jacksonville
107       Houston (Detroit- Cleve)
108       Houston
109       Seattle (NY Jets)
110       Baltimore (NY Giants)
111       NY Jets (Carolina)
112       NY Giants (Chicago)
113       Washington
114       Atlanta
115       Denver
116       Denver (Seattle)
117       NY Jets (Minnesota)
118       Cleveland
119       Baltimore
120       New Orleans
121       Kansas City (Miami)
122       Indianapolis
123       LA Chargers
124       Philadelphia
125       Miami (Pittsburgh)
126       Las Vegas
127       New England
128       Baltimore (Arizona)
129       Dallas
130       Buffalo
131       Tennessee
132       Green Bay
133       Tampa Bay
134       San Francisco
135       Kansas City
136       Cincinnati
137       Carolina (Houston-LA Rams)
138       Pittsburgh (comp)
139       Baltimore (comp)
140       Green Bay (comp)
141       Baltimore (comp)
142       LA Rams (comp)
143       Tennessee (comp)

Fifth Round
144       Carolina (Jacksonville)
145       Seattle (Detroit- Denver)
146       NY Jets
147       NY Giants
148       Chicago (Houston)
149       Carolina
150       Chicago
151       Atlanta
152       Seattle (Denver)
153       Seattle
154       Philadelphia (Washington)
155       Dallas (Cleveland)
156       Minnesota (Baltimore)
157       Jacksonville (Minnesota)
158       New England (Miami)
159       Indianapolis
160       LA Chargers
161       New Orleans
162       Philadelphia
163       NY Jets (Pittsburgh)
164       Las Vegas (New England)
165       Las Vegas
166       Philadelphia (Arizona)
167       Dallas
168       Buffalo
169       Tennessee
170       New England (Tampa Bay)
171       Green Bay
172       San Francisco
173       NY Giants (Baltimore-Kansas City)
174       Cincinnati
175       LA Rams
176       Dallas (comp)
177       Detroit (comp)
178       Dallas (comp)
179       Indianapolis (comp)

Sixth Round
180       Jacksonville
181       Detroit
182       NY Giants
183       Houston
184       Minnesota (NY Jets)
185       Buffalo (Carolina)
186       Chicago
187       San Francisco (Denver)
188       Jacksonville (Seattle)
189       Washington
190       Atlanta
191       Minnesota (Baltimore)
192       Minnesota
193       Dallas (Cleveland)
194       New Orleans (Indianapolis-Phil)
195       LA Chargers
196       Baltimore (Miami)
197       Jacksonville (Philadelphia)
198       Jacksonville (Pittsburgh)
199       Carolina (Las Vegas)
200       New England
201       Arizona
202       Cleveland (Dallas)
203       Buffalo
204       Tennessee
205       Houston (Green Bay)
206       Denver (Tampa Bay-NY Jets-Phil)
207       Houston (San Fran-NY Jets)
208       Pittsburgh (Kansas City)
209       Cincinnati
210       New England (LA Rams)
211       LA Rams (comp)
212       LA Rams (comp)
213       Atlanta  (comp)
214       LA Chargers (comp)
215       Arizona (comp)
216       Indianapolis (comp)
217       Detroit (comp)
218       LA Rams (comp)
219       Tennessee (comp)
220       San Francisco (comp)
221       San Francisco (comp)

Seventh Round
222       Jacksonville
223       Cleveland (Detroit)
224       Miami (Houston-New Eng-Balt)
225       Pittsburgh (NY Jets)
226       Cincinnati (NY Giants)
227       Las Vegas (Carolina)
228       Green Bay (Chicago-Houston)
229       Seattle
230       Washington
231       Buffalo (Atlanta)
232       Denver
233       Kansas City (Minnesota)
234       Detroit (Cleveland)
235       Jacksonville (Baltimore)
236       LA Chargers
237       Philadelphia (New Orleans)
238       LA Rams (Miami)
239       Indianapolis
240       Washington (Phil-Indianapolis)
241       Pittsburgh
242       Carolina (New Eng-Miami)
243       Kansas City (Las Vegas-New Eng)
244       Arizona
245       Houston (Dallas)
246       Cleveland (Buffalo)
247       Miami (from Tennessee)
248       Tampa Bay
249       Green Bay
250       Minnesota (San Fran-Denver)
251       Kansas City
252       Cincinnati
253       LA Rams
254       LA Chargers (comp)
255       LA Chargers (comp)
256       Arizona (comp)
257       Arizona (comp)
258       Green Bay (comp)
259       Kansas City (comp)
260       LA Chargers (comp)
261       Tampa Bay (comp)
262       San Francisco (comp)

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NFL Announces 39 Compensatory Draft Choices

NFL Draft 2022

NFL Announces 39 Compensatory Draft Choices to 16 Clubs

​A total of 39 compensatory draft selections in the 2022 NFL Draft have been awarded to 16 teams, the NFL announced.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL management council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32). This year, one club, the Kansas City Chiefs, qualified for a compensatory selection under the net loss formula but will not receive that pick because the final numerical value of the CFA who was lost ranked 33rd among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Kansas City will receive a compensatory selection for one other CFA lost whose final numerical value ranked within the top 32.

In addition to the 32 compensatory selections awarded under the net loss formula, seven special compensatory selections were awarded to six clubs: the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers (two special compensatory selections), Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams under a 2020 amendment to the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs. This initiative provides that the prior employer-club of a minority employee who has been hired by another club as its head coach or primary football executive (general manager) will receive compensation in the form of a special compensatory draft selection in the third round of each of the next two drafts, or in each of the next three drafts if two minority employees from the employer-club are hired for these positions by another club or clubs. Special compensatory selections are awarded in draft selection order after all other compensatory selections in round three and are denoted with an asterisk in the following table.

The following 2022 compensatory draft picks have been awarded for the 2022 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 28-30 in Las Vegas:

Round /Round Choice/ Overall Selection / Team

Round 3
3   33-97      Detroit
3   34-98      New Orleans
3   35-99     * Cleveland
3   36-100   * Baltimore
3   37-101    * New Orleans
3   38-102   * San Francisco
3   39-103   * Kansas City
3  40-104    * Los Angeles Rams
3  41-105     * San Francisco

Round 4
4   33-138   Pittsburgh
4   34-139   Baltimore
4   35-140   Green Bay
4   36-141   Baltimore
4   37-142   Los Angeles Rams
4   38-143   Tennessee

Round 5
5   33-176   Dallas
5   34-177   Detroit
5   35-178   Dallas
5   36-179   Indianapolis

Round 6
6   33-211   Los Angeles Rams
6   34-212   Los Angeles Rams
6   35-213   Atlanta
6   36-214   Los Angeles Chargers
6   37-215   Arizona
6   38-216   Indianapolis
6   39-217   Detroit
6   40-218   Los Angeles Rams
6   41-219   Tennessee
6   42-220   San Francisco
6   43-221   San Francisco

Round 7
7   33-254   Los Angeles Chargers
7   34-255   Los Angeles Chargers
7   35-256   Arizona
7   36-257   Arizona
7   37-258   Green Bay
7   38-259   Kansas City
7   39-260   Los Angeles Chargers
7   40-261   Tampa Bay
7   41-262   San Francisco

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#          Team            W-L    Strength/schedule

1          Jacksonville      3-14      .512 – Ikem Ekwonu                 OT        6-4/320           N. Carolina St

2          Detroit              3-13-1   .528 – Aidan Hutchinson             DE       6-6/260             Michigan

3          Houston            4-13      .498 – Evan Neal                        OT        6-7/350             Alabama

4          NY Jets             4-13      .512 – Ahmad Gardner               CB        6-3/200             Cincinnati

5          NY Giants         4-13      .529 – Kyle Hamilton                  S          6-4/220             Notre Dame

6          Carolina            5-12      .512 – David Ojabo                    DE       6-5/250             Michigan

7          NY Giants (Chicago) 6-11 .524 – Travon Walker              DE        6-5/270             Georgia

8          Atlanta              7-10      .476 – Kayvon Thibodeaux         DE       6-5/255             Oregon

9          Seattle (Denver) 7-10     .484 – Kenny Pickett                  QB       6-3/220             Pittsburgh

10         NY Jets (Seattle) 7-10    .519 – Jermaine Johnson            DE       6-4/265          Florida St

11         Washington       7-10      .529 – Malik Willis                      QB       6-0/220             Liberty

12         Minnesota         8-9        .507 – Derek Stingley                 CB        6-1/195             LSU

13         Cleveland          8-9        .517 – Jordan Davis                   DT        6-6/340             Georgia

14         Baltimore          8-9        .528 – Tyler Linderbaum             C          6-3/290             USC

15        Phil (Miami)       9-8        .464 – Drake London                  WR       6-4/220             USC

16         Philadelphia (Indy) 9-8   .495 – Nakobe Dean                   ILB       5-11/225            Georgia

17         LA Chargers      9-8        .510 – Charles Cross                OT        6-5/310         Mississippi St

18         New Orleans     9-8        .512 – Matt Corral                      QB       6-1/205             Mississippi

19         Philadelphia      9-8        .472 – Trent McDuffie                CB        5-11/195            Washington

20         Pittsburgh         9-7-1     .521 – Trevor Penning              OT       6-7/320         Northern Iowa

21         New England    10-7      .481- George Karlaftis                DE       6-4/270             Purdue

22         Las Vegas        10-7      .510 – Andrew Booth                  CB        6-0/195             Clemson

23         Arizona             11-6      .490 – Garrett Wilson                 WR       6-0/190             Ohio St

24         Dallas               12-5      .491 – Devonte Wyatt                 DT        6-3/310             Georgia

25         Buffalo             11-6      .472 – Treylon Burks                  WR       6-2/225             Arkansas

26         Tennessee        12-5      .472 – Christian Harris                ILB       6-1/225             Alabama

27         Tampa Bay       13-4      .460 – Zion Johnson                 OG       6-3/315          Boston College

28         Green Bay        13-4      .479 – Chris Olave                     WR       6-0/190             Ohio St

29         Miami (San Fran) 10-7   .500 – Bernhard Raimann       OT        6-6/305       C. Michigan

30         Kansas City      12-5      .538 – Devin Lloyd                     ILB       6-3/235             Utah

31         Cincinnati          10-7      .472 – Kenyon Green                 OG       6-4/325             Texas A&M

32         Detroit (LA Rams) 12-5  .483 – Jameson Williams          WR       6-1/180          Alabama


NFL Draft Yearbook Sample Scouting Report – TJ Watt

NFL Draft Yearbook Sample Scouting Report – TJ Watt

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* T.J. Watt #42 – 6-4, 255, Wisconsin – Sp. 4.65
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan                     Rating 90

Explosive dynamic redshirt junior completed his career with an amazing breakout performance after a limited earlier stay in Madison. Brother of NFL defender JJ Watt. Like JJ, he also converted to defense from tight end entering college. Earned 1st team Big Ten and 2nd team All-American by DraftInsiders.com in 2016. Excellent combination of size, speed, athleticism and tenacity. Took his game up a few levels in 2016 where the game slowed down and he instinctively picked up schemes, blocking angles and the ball to respond naturally and quickly. Big athletic frame and the movement skills to attack the line or move laterally or in reverse. Finally, healthy from the prior knee injury, he flashed dominant skills in both run and pass defense. Tough physical defender who strikes with a powerful punch to get blockers off balance and use his good speed to make his move. Though not a refined quick twitch edge athlete, he can win with speed and will likely play more up as a linebacker in the pros. Emerged as one of the rising prospects in this draft class after an excellent final season. Shows perhaps the best technique development in this class, working out with his Pro Bowl brother JJ.  Quick burst off the ball often gets tackles off-balance and allows him to cross their face. Displays flexibility to avoid their reach and turn the corner with very good closing speed. Possesses a balanced spin move to counter inside and a better than expected bull rush. More effective playing up where he projects best to the backer role in the pro 3-4 scheme. Powerful edge defender with broad shoulders and impressive upper body development. Shows he can get hands under the tackle’s reach and walk much bigger pass-blockers back. Good pursuit speed, with the instincts and determination to chase down ball-carriers from behind. Explosive tackler and just learning to dislodge the ball on impact. Shows good ball awareness, often ripping and tugging when he gets the chance. At the point vs the run, he can anchor well vs big tackles and picks up the ball with the ability to separate and chase. At times, he takes on blockers too high and gets washed out of the play. Sets the edge very well vs the run with the girth to hold his ground and functional strength to neutralize tackles or tight ends even in combo blocks. Projects as an OLB in either front best, though could be a 4-3 weak side end in some schemes. Among the very best pure edge rushers in this draft, though could be even better with more experience and diversity in his rush moves. As a junior, he started all 14 games and had 71 tackles, a team-high 15.5 TFL, a team-high 11.5 sacks, 13 QB hurries, 2 FF, 1 pick and 4 PBU. In 2015, played in 13 games with no starts and made 8 tackles, 1.5 TFL, no sacks, 4 QB hurries and 3 PBU. First two years comprised redshirt and injury seasons in 2013 and 2014. A knee injury forced him to miss 2014. At the NFL Combine, he came in over 6’4”, 252 lbs. with long 33 1/8” arms and huge 11” hands. He ran a 4.69 time with a 1.61 ten-yard split and did 21 reps. He added a 37” VL, a 10’8” BJ and looked very sharp in the positional drills and had excellent times of a 6.79 three cone and a 4.13 in the short shuttle. Best suited for the attack backer role in a 3-4 defense where his playmaking ability off the edge shows a fast-developing elite skill set. He flashed many of the same skills as. Fast rising prospect jumped into the early rounds off a big postseason following a breakout 2016 effort. Power and fine burst with positional versatility. Similar to Ryan Kerrigan coming out of Purdue in body type, scheme versatility, pass rushing skills and overall demeanor. Rising hard-nosed defender with the intangibles to get the most out of his fast-developing skill set. Flying up the board and a top 25 pick off his impact ability. Steelers, Seahawks, Browns and Packers interested. First round bubble prospect.

Draft Projection: 1st Round