2022 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet: Final Grades

NFC South

New Orleans Saints

I’m torn on who the Saints drafted. I think Chris Olave is maybe the single most underrated prospect in this class, but Trevor Penning probably shouldn’t have heard his name called until day three. I think most of the rest of this class is pretty much a wash, but I do like Alontae Taylor more than most. The Saints didn’t have a terrific draft class in my eyes, but there are some players worth watching.

Grade: C+

Atlanta Falcons

Drake London being the first player off the board downright shocked me, but I totally see how it fits Arthur Smith’s team-building philosophy. Arnold Ebiketie is a fun prospect who I think has enough upside to be a Pro Bowl talent. Getting Desmond Ridder in the third round, when I thought he would be a first round prospect, is nothing short of a home run in the value department. If nothing else, this draft class majorly raises the fun factor on what will probably be a really bad Falcons team in 2022.

Grade: B-

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers kicked off their draft with Ikem Ekwonu, who many people believe to be the best overall player in this class. Grabbing Matt Corral at No. 94 overall is extremely good value for a prospect of his caliber. Amaré Barno is the same story, as I think many NFL teams underrated him going into day three. Much like the Chargers, this class isn’t pretty. But the Panthers got better over the weekend.

Grade: A-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers started their draft by trading down out of No. 27 to get No. 33. They opened night two with Houston’s Logan Hall, and would add players like Cade Otton, a punter in Jake Camarda, and the freakishly athletic corner in Zyon McCollum. If McCollum hits, it’s not a home run. It’s a grand slam, and then some. Is this draft a bit of a swing for the Bucs? Maybe. But I’m at least interested to watch it play out.

Grade: B

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

Charles Cross is a solid pick at No. 9, even if it wasn’t the quarterback solution a lot of Seahawks fans seemed to want. I’m a big fan of a lot of Seattle’s later picks. Boye Mafe is a solid talent at defensive end, and you can argue he could’ve gone in the first round. Coby Bryant is an enticing cornerback prospect, Tariq Woolen is a ridiculous athlete at cornerback, Kenneth Walker III is an awesome runner. How did they get Bo Melton in the seventh round? The more I see this class, the more I like it.

Grade: A-

Los Angeles Rams

I mean, what do you want me to say? The Rams barely seem to pick anymore. Logan Bruss is an okay guard prospect who might be a center in the NFL, I don’t know much about Decobie Durant. Kyren Williams is a slow, not-that-shifty running back. I guess I sort of like Daniel Hardy out of Montana State? I guess? This class doesn’t do much for me, because there’s not that much top talent in there.

Grade: C-

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers just might be the kings of value picks in the NFL. Drake Jackson at No. 61, Tyrion Davis-Price at No. 93, Danny Gray at No. 105, Nick Zakelj in the sixth round, the beat just keeps going on. Tariq Castro-Fields is a nice pick at No. 221 as well! I don’t think there are any truly special players in this San Francisco draft class, but there’s so much value.

Grade: B

Arizona Cardinals

What is Steve Keim doing? Arizona traded away their first round pick for Marquise Brown, a not-worth-a-first-rounder wide receiver who is on the last year of his rookie deal anyways. Then, they took Trey McBride, who I don’t even like that much, and who wasn’t at a position they needed. Myjai Sanders from Cincinnati is nice, but that’s the only thing saving this from being the only failing grade I give out. This class just doesn’t make sense to me at all. The Cardinals are building a team based on nonsense and name-brand players who peaked in 2014.

Grade: D-


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