2021 NFL Draft process "Haul" rankings

by Thor Nystrom
Updated On: May 26, 2021, 12:52 pm ET

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Today, we will rank all 32 "hauls" from the 2021 NFL Draft process -- a combination of prospects acquired in the draft and through UDFA. We will rank in two different metrics: Overall talent acquired, and Return on Investment (how much talent was acquired in relation to how much pick equity was spent).

Instead of using the traditional trade chart to gauge slot value, we’re going to use Michael Lopez’sblended draft chart.” This chart values slots based on overall average pick performance and star likelihood at that slot. As far as predicting future performance, it’s the best we’ve got.

Below, I give edited and condensed final thoughts on each team’s draft class and UDFA crop. For my full thoughts on each, check out my AFC Draft grades, NFC draft grades, AFC UDFA rankings and NFC UDFA rankings. Below, I’ve also noted each team’s updated 2022 NFL Draft holdings as of today. A “c” next to a pick indicates a projected 2022 comp pick.

                       2021 NFL Draft/UDFA talent acquired



                                  2021 NFL Draft equity spent



                               ROI* (most talent at least cost)


*Note: A score of "1.0" denotes the team -- as scored by my rankings -- left the draft process with exactly as much talent as would have been expected out of their draft slots alone. It should be pointed out that teams with less draft equity have a lower degree of difficulty recouping equity in this metric. 

Arizona Cardinals | 2022 Draft Picks (9): 1 2 3 5 5c 6 7 7c 7c

Talent: 22 | Equity: 23 | ROI: 17

1.16LB327Zaven Collins6'52598.72Tremaine Edmunds
2.49WR635Rondale Moore5'71819.33DJ Moore
4.136CB16141Marco Wilson6'01919.99De'Vante Bausby
6.210EDGE33283Victor Dimukeje6'12625.97Emmanuel Ogbah
6.223CB27212Tay Gowan6'11867.65L’Jarius Sneed
7.243S10135James Wiggins5'112099.7Glover Quin
7.247iOL20203Michal Menet6'4301---Brian Allen
UDFATE20418Cary Angeline6'62452.31Jackie Moon
UDFACB51452Lorenzo Burns5'101832.51Coryell Judie
UDFADL37454Cameron Murray6'22947.81Louis Trinca-Pasat
UDFATE25XBruno Labelle6'42478Kano Dillon


NFL Draft: Arizona targeted high-octane athletes at positions of need and still managed to get above-average slot value. Moore could be special if Kliff and crew can coax him from a screen-and-sprint/gadget guy into a receiver that can at least stress in the intermediate area. Wiggins was a superb flier in R7 that fit the class’ ethos. Class provides short-term help with long-term upside.

UDFA: The Cardinals and Patriots were the only teams that didn’t sign a UDFA ranked inside my top-400 overall. Angeline is a smooth receiver with an ideal frame, but he moves like it’s a senior citizen game. Burns is small and unathletic, Murray is a 294-pound fifth-year senior that was considered a run-stopper in college, and Labelle had 20 catches over four seasons at Cincinnati.

Still need: Cornerback, running back, tight end

Atlanta Falcons | 2022 Draft Picks (6): 1 2 3 4 5 6

Talent: 11 | Equity: 4 | ROI: 22

1.4TE12Kyle Pitts6'62459.66Tony Gonzalez
2.40S459Richie Grant6'01977.8Justin Reid
3.68OT960Jalen Mayfield6'53264.9Dion Dawkins
4.108CB21169Darren Hall5'111888.03Tye Smith
4.114iOL22217Drew Dalman6'32999.9Nick Hardwick
5.148DL15178Ta'Quon Graham6'32929.68Charles Walker
5.182EDGE28227Adetokunbo Ogundeji6'42606.91Jabaal Sheard
5.183CB44389Avery Williams5'81877.77Amik Robertson
6.187WR34253Frank Darby6'02015.92Riley Ridley
UDFARB12174Javian Hawkins5'91837.01Noel Devine
UDFALB26238Erroll Thompson6'02391.65Steven Daniels
UDFAQB11244Feleipe Franks6'72349.56Cardale Jones
UDFAiOL36342Joe Sculthorpe6'22956.92Conor Boffeli
UDFALB40372Dorian Etheridge6'22335.3Matthew Thomas
UDFAS31374Marcus Murphy5'111984.99Will Parks
UDFAOT31382Kion Smith6'53155.45E.J. Whitley
UDFAiOL40385Bryce Hargrove6'43103.9A. Kirk-Hughes
UDFAWR56401Antonio Nunn5'112046.66Kalija Lipscomb
UDFARB38422Caleb Huntley5'102251.83Nick Brosette
UDFAWR65439Austin Trammell5'101807.47Daniel Braverman
UDFAiOL51465Ryan Neuzil6'32858.94Chris Reed
UDFAFB8XJohn Raine6'12310.62Charles Stackhouse
UDFAEDGE45XAlani Pututau6'12435.58---
UDFAEDGE46XZac Dawe6'32754.69---
UDFAEDGE49XKobe Jones6'22491.42---
UDFAS42XDwayne Johnson Jr.6'12073.18---
UDFAS51XJR Pace6'12054.02---


NFL Draft: Atlanta did the right thing standing pat to take TE Kyle Pitts, arguably the most physically-gifted tight end to ever enter the NFL. Taking a QB was tempting, but would have alienated franchise face Matt Ryan and put a shot clock on his time in Atlanta, which, as Green Bay is seeing with Aaron Rodgers, can split a locker room. Pitts brings a Randy Moss-like impact on the Falcons’ offense immediately. Richie Grant and Jalen Mayfield were solid values at positions of need. 

UDFA: Atlanta finished No. 1 in my metrics for most UDFA talent acquired. Atlanta was also able to directly address post-draft positional needs with draftable-grade UDFAs who can make the 2021 roster. RB Javian Hawkins is my pick to be this year’s James Robinson. Hawkins combined quicks, an okey-doke spin move and legit long-speed to pile up a catalogue of explosive runs over two years as a starter at Louisville. QB Feleipe Franks, a big dual-threat with a bazooka in the Cardale Jones vein, is an intriguing flier for a team that didn’t pick a quarterback and doesn’t have future plans at the position post-Matt Ryan.

Still need: Edge rusher, cornerback, quarterback

Baltimore Ravens | 2022 Draft Picks (9): 1 2 3 3c* 4 4 4c 4c 5^

Talent: 10 | Equity: 17 | ROI: 7

1.27WR418Rashod Bateman6'01908.05Justin Jefferson
1.31EDGE326Jayson Oweh6'52579.92Danielle Hunter
3.94iOL1089Ben Cleveland6'63439.64Jeremiah Poutasi
3.104CB32271Brandon Stephens6'02139.2Quenton Meeks
4.131WR855Tylan Wallace5'111944.72Robert Woods
5.160CB22172Shaun Wade6'11969.6Jalen Mills
5.171EDGE26208Daelin Hayes6'32537.93Joe Ostman
5.184FB2183Ben Mason6'32568.97Patrick Ricard
UDFAS6100Ar'Darius Washington5'81765.13Lamarcus Joyner
UDFARB23286Nate McCrary6'02139.41JoNathan Williams
UDFATE15288Tony Poljan6'72514.71Scott Chandler
UDFAOT25299Adrian Ealy6'63212.81Daryl Williams
UDFAiOL33323Samuel Cooper6'13057.55Kasey Studdard
UDFAOT29373Foster Sarell6'63184.48William Sweet
UDFALB41375Blake Gallagher6'02242.41Beniquez Brown
UDFADL36434Xavier Kelly6'5306---Henry Anderson
UDFALB52XBarrington Wade6'12327.87Leroy Hill
UDFAWR-XXDonte Sylencieux6'1186------

*BAL received 2022 R3 comp pick for HOU hiring ex-assistant HC/passing coordinator David Culley as HC

^This is KC's 2022 R5; BAL traded conditional 2022 R5 to MIN in Yannick Ngakoue deal; acquired 2022 R5/traded 2022 R6 in Orlando Brown Jr. trade with KC

^In Ngakoue trade, BAL dealt 2021 R3 to MIN but recouped a projected 2022 R4c for losing him as UFA


NFL Draft: Same old clockwork efficiency, bargain-shopping for steals the NFL passed along. Bateman, Oweh and Cleveland were all great values. Oweh is a great fit with Baltimore in particular. He’s a few Danielle Hunter-like tweaks away from turning into the man himself. Tylan Wallace was an awesome value in R4 and fits Lamar Jackson’s game well as a slippery deep-ball maven. Even Shaun Wade, a prospect I lampooned all process, was juice worth the squeeze on a position-change dice roll on athletic traits alone at 5.160.

UDFA: TCU S Ar'Darius Washington is like a discount rack Tyrann Mathieu. A ball of muscle that plays ticked-off like a pit bull, Washington is an undersized do-it-all playmaker. Oklahoma OT Adrian Ealy was one of only two top-300 OTs on my board that weren’t picked in the NFL Draft. And the Ravens, who traded Orlando Brown to the Chiefs right the draft to open a need at tackle, hadn’t been able to take one during draft weekend. Poljan has an ideal frame, but his game has a raw and awkward feel, with sporadic flashes of ball skills as a receiver.

Still need: Offensive line, tight end, safety

Buffalo Bills | 2022 Draft Picks (8): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7*

Talent: 19 | Equity: 27 | ROI: 6

1.30EDGE533Gregory Rousseau6'72667.75Arik Armstead
2.61EDGE640Carlos Basham6'32749.38Adrian Clayborn
3.93OT1062Spencer Brown6'831110Nate Solder
5.161OT17145Tommy Doyle6'83209.9Dennis Kelly
6.204WR23166Marquez Stevenson5'101825.39Travis Rudolph
6.212S14197Damar Hamlin6'12007Juston Burris
6.213CB30259Rachad Wildgoose5'101917.2David Long
7.236iOL14131Jack Anderson6'53098.58Ben Powers
UDFACB29242Olaijah Griffin5'111762.65Aaron Colvin
UDFATE16344Quintin Morris6'22436.92Trey Burton
UDFAS30367Tariq Thompson5'112040.33Geno Stone
UDFACB46400Nick McCloud6'01938.35Jonathan Zenon
UDFAWR61425Tre Walker5'111750.54Nyqwan Murray
UDFAOT36432Syrus Tuitele6'53115.27Erik Magnuson

*Acquired ATL 2022 R7 via Lee Smith trade (March 2021)


NFL Draft: Buffalo hasn’t had a ton of draft equity in recent years, but they have a Ravens-like ethos of taking advantage of perceptual mistakes the NFL had made on certain prospects. Rousseau and Boogie Basham are both underrated edge rushers. Brown is such a tantalizing mystery box to purchase for the low-low price of 3.93. 

UDFA: USC CB Olaijah Griffin is a heady corner with good length who PFF graded No. 12 among FBS CBs in coverage grade last year. He’s got slick feet, and he can play the ball. But he’s stick-thin, gets pushed around, has an injury history, and ran a 4.53 forty with a 26th-percentile athletic composite. Bowling Green TE Quintin Morris is a former jumbo receiver who has the ball skills to hang, but he’s the size of a fullback with a receiver’s game.

Still need: Running back, cornerback, offensive line

Carolina Panthers | 2022 Draft Picks (7): 1 3 4* 5 6 7

Talent: 4 | Equity: 7 | ROI: 9

1.8CB213Jaycee Horn6'12059.99Aqib Talib
2.59WR736Terrace Marshall Jr.6'21909.77Courtland Sutton
3.70OT853Brady Christensen6'53029.84Eric Fisher
3.83TE374Tommy Tremble6'32418.91Delanie Walker
4.126RB10150Chuba Hubbard6'02108.44Tevin Coleman
5.158DL457Daviyon Nixon6'33138.38Tommie Harris
5.166CB28234Keith Taylor6'21876.54Isaiah Johnson
6.193iOL13125Deonte Brown6'33441.49Solomon Kindley
6.204WR19136Shi Smith5'91866.79Jamison Crowder
6.222LS-XN/AThomas Fletcher6'1235------
7.232DL33405Phil Hoskins6'43136.67Jason Bromley
UDFAiOL18176David Moore6'23306.82Parker Collins
UDFALB27241Paddy Fisher6'32403.36Jack Cichy
UDFARB20262Spencer Brown5'112084.89Spencer Ware
UDFAQB15307Peyton Ramsey6'22154.2Nathan Peterman
UDFAFB4343Mason Stokke6'22426.15Anthony Firkser
UDFAP8XOscar Draguicevich III5'9188------

*CAR traded 2022 R2/R4 to NYJ in Sam Darnold trade

*CAR received 2022 LAR R4 in 2021 Draft trade with HOU (originally acquired by HOU in Cooks trade)


NFL Draft: I would have taken Patrick Surtain over Jaycee Horn, but I’m not going to criticize Carolina taking my No. 13 overall player at 1.8 too harshly. It’s the rest of the class that won me over. Reuniting Terrace Marshall Jr. with college passing-game coordinator Joe Brady was a stroke of genius. The NFL shied from Marshall due to reports of a leg issue and passed Carolina a huge bargain -- assuming the leg doesn't affect Marshall's career. The Panthers also scored enormous slot values with the selections of Christensen, Tremble and Nixon. Carolina additionally did well late, finding a couple potential long-term roster cogs in R6 with Brown and Smith. 

UDFA: Carolina left the draft with the offensive line still a need area, and thus did well to agree to terms with David Moore, who tied for No. 12 in the UDFA class with $125k in guarantees. He was discounted by the NFL because of a small-school background and a sawed-off frame. But Moore has long arms to negate length concerns, and he’s a strong athlete that plays ticked off. In unathletic tackle machine LB Paddy Fisher, Carolina could get 90% of Chiefs second-rounder Nick Bolton’s skillset. And UAB RB Spencer Brown -- "The Moose" -- could offer about 90% of 2020 Packers’ second-round pick AJ Dillon’s skillset.

Still need: Safety, linebacker, quarterback

Chicago Bears | 2022 Draft Picks (5): 2 3 5 6 7

Talent: 8 | Equity: 19 | ROI: 4

1.11QB23Justin Fields6'3227---Deshaun Watson
2.39OT422Teven Jenkins6'63179.74Joe Thuney
5.151OT23258Larry Borom6'53228.66Chad Ward
6.217RB7114Khalil Herbert5'92106.18Olandis Gary
6.221WR45336Dazz Newsome5'101902.18Russell Gage
6.228CB20165Thomas Graham Jr.5'101925.65Salvion Smith
7.250DL14175Khyiris Tonga6'23257.24Danny Shelton
UDFALB10119Charles Snowden6'6243---Lorenzo Carter
UDFARB33364CJ Marable5'91903.2C. Artis-Payne
UDFAiOL43395Dareuan Parker6'5331---Jamil Demby
UDFADL35428Dan Archibong6'62953.67Jalen Wilkerson
UDFAOT37451Gunnar Vogel6'63063.71Colton McKivitz
UDFAWR76497Khalil McClain6'32142.37Quinshad Davis
UDFATE28XScooter Harrington6'52501.23Jack Doyle
UDFADL47XThomas Schaffer6'7302---Ulrich Winkler
UDFALB55XCaleb Johnson6'22208.66Quart'e Sapp
UDFACB63XDionte Ruffin5'101805.58---
UDFAiDL-XXSam Kamara6'2275------


NFL Draft: The trade-up for Justin Fields was a franchise-altering decision. The Bears, directionless and hopeless in mid-April, are now back in business. It cost next year’s first-rounder (and fourth) plus a fifth-rounder this year, juice worth the squeeze from a long-term value perspective if Fields even plateaus as a league-average starter (and if I’m right about Fields, it will be highway robbery). Another genius move came in Round 2 when the Bears traded up to stop the free-fall of top-25 talent OT Teven Jenkins. Chicago apparently intends to give Jenkins a look on the blind side early.

UDFA: According to the draft media consensus grades, the Bears had the best draft in the NFL. Chicago's UDFA process wasn’t as inspiring, but the Bears may have found a keeper in Charles Snowden, a former basketball player who posted 15 sacks/30.5 TFL in college. Snowden has a built-in-a-lab frame and length for days. He’s a good athlete for his size, chewing up ground laterally with quick shuffles of those long legs, ala his days on the hardwood. Dark horse to keep an eye on: Houston Baptist LB Caleb Johnson, a strong athlete who averaged 12.2 tackles in four 2020 games, three of them against FBS teams (North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech).

Still need: Wide receiver, cornerback, offensive line

Cincinnati Bengals | 2022 Draft Picks (8): 1 2 3 4 4c 5 6 7

Talent: 12 | Equity: 5 | ROI: 21

1.5WR15Ja'Marr Chase6'02019.81Roddy White
2.46iOL872Jackson Carman6'5317---Brandon Brooks
3.69EDGE858Joseph Ossai6'42569.49Takkarist McKinley
4.111EDGE15134Cameron Sample6'32676.98Trey Flowers
4.122DL11120Tyler Shelvin6'23500.86Terrance Knighton
4.139OT15106D'Ante Smith6'53056.16George Fant
5.149K2N/AEvan McPherson5'11185---Tyler Bass
6.190iOL27235Trey Hill6'33192.0Travis Frederick
6.202RB9138Chris Evans5'102119.85Aaron Jones
7.235EDGE31269Wyatt Hubert6'32585.99Kenny Willekes
UDFARB16218Pooka Williams Jr.5'101755.36Dexter McCluster
UDFAEDGE34290Darius Hodge6'22487.62Oshane Ximines
UDFACB45393Antonio Phillips6'0186---Kendall Sheffield
UDFAP3XDrue Chrisman6'3209---Dave Zastudil
UDFAQB20438Collin Hill6'42135.28T.J. Yates
UDFATE23488Pro Wells6'32492.6Hunter Bryant
UDFAWR75489Riley Lees6'01925.9Jordan Shipley


NFL Draft: Burrow and Chase formed one of the most devastating single-season quarterback-receiver tandems in CFB history during LSU’s run to the title in 2019. What a cool pick -- how much fun is this going to be? The Bengals clearly see Jackson Carman as an NFL OT. The reason for my lower ranking is that I don’t. But the good thing is that Carman’s going to be a mauling guard if tackle doesn’t work out. The rest of Cincy’s draft was a solid if unspectacular showing, with one particularly-interesting flier in R6 on Chris Evans, a former top recruit with a 98th-percentile athletic composite.

UDFA: Pooka Williams had 66 receptions for 534 yards and four scores in 26 games over three seasons for the Jayhawks. I don’t know if Pooka will ever be able to shake his bad habits behind the line of scrimmage to become a reliable platoon back. However, he makes for a fascinating receiving back/slot receiver hybrid proposition on a team run by Joe Burrow. Williams is a killer athlete in space, and he’s got very good hands. 

Still need: Offensive line, tight end, interior defensive line

Cleveland Browns | 2022 Draft Picks (8): 1 2 3 4 4* 5 6 7^

Talent: 9 | Equity: 20 | ROI: 3


1.26CB424Greg Newsome II6'01929.66Marcus Peters
2.52LB112J. Owusu-Koramoah6'12218.71Lavonte David
3.91WR1491Anthony Schwartz6'01866.91Phillip Dorsett
4.110OT1495James Hudson6'53133.85Charles Leno Jr.
4.132DL9112Tommy Togiai6'12968.58Derrick Nnadi
5.153LB24204Tony Fields II6'02224.92Jermaine Carter Jr.
5.169S23297Richard LeCounte5'101960.66Xavier Woods
6.211WR28224Demetric Felton5'91890.91Randall Cobb
UDFADL677Marvin Wilson6'43035.45Grover Stewart
UDFAEDGE38380Romeo McKnight6'42517.9Rahim Alem
UDFARB45487Tre Harbison5'112183.84Karlos Williams
UDFACB56XEmmanuel Rugamba5'111982.32Alijah Holder
UDFACB58XKiondre Thomas6'01857.28Jimmy Moreland

*CLE acquired DET 2022 R4 via 2021 NFL Draft trade

^CLE has right to pick-swap 2022 R7s with DET for David Blough trade Aug 2019 


NFL Draft: I was lower than much of the industry on CB Greg Newsome -- and even I think the Browns got good value on him at 1.26. The real coup came on Friday night. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a swiss-army knife of a defender with superstar upside and a low shot of busting due to his proven slot coverage chops alone, proved a bird too bright for the NFL brain trust to make heads or tails of. Schwartz and Hudson were solid value picks too -- on, respectively, legit world-class speed and moldable dancing bear tools. 

UDFA: Florida State iDL Marvin Wilson shockingly dropped out of the draft after a poor 2020 season that ended after six games with a season-ending injuru. Cleveland, in desperate need for interior players, gave Wilson the second-most guaranteed money in UDFA history. There are questions about how long Wilson's career will last. But as a UDFA, that doesn’t really matter anymore. Wilson’s game is based on power, counter moves and torque -- not raw athleticism. He’s going to make that team, and I think he cracks the rotation sooner rather than later. He’ll be a core special teamer until he does. Wilson blocked three kicks last year.

Still need: Defensive line, EDGE, receiver

Dallas Cowboys | 2022 Draft Picks (7): 1 2 3 4 4c 5 6

Talent: 12 | Equity: 6 | ROI: 19

1.12LB215Micah Parsons6'32469.59Myles Jack
2.44CB1184Kelvin Joseph5'111979.02Eli Apple
3.75DL12122Osa Odighizuwa6'22827.64Sheldon Rankins
3.84EDGE23192Chauncey Golston6'52697.58Calvin Pace
3.99CB48415Nahshon Wright6'41832.47Johnthan Banks
4.115LB541Jabril Cox6'3232---Cory Littleton
4.138OT1392Josh Ball6'83087.8Ryan Schraeder
5.179WR20139Simi Fehoko6'42229.17Josh Gordon
6.192DL19237Quinton Bohanna6'43272.28Gabe Watson
6.227CB23179Israel Mukuamu6'4212---Joejuan Williams
UDFADL20245Austin Faoliu6'3287---Treyvon Hester
UDFALB28247Anthony Hines III6'22258.22Keyaron Fox
UDFAS20250Tyler Coyle6'02099.83Sheldrick Redwine
UDFARB21270JaQuan Hardy5'92117.46Julius Jones
UDFATE14282Nick Eubanks6'42457.0Randy McMichael
UDFARB26308Brenden Knox6'02154.4Michael Hart
UDFAWR41309Brandon Smith6'12189.2Jason Avant
UDFAWR47345Brennan Eagles6'42259.0JJ Arcega-Whiteside
UDFAWR55397T.J. Vasher6'5185---Collin Johnson
UDFAWR59414Osirus Mitchell6'52065.9Hank Baskett
UDFAiOL49447Braylon Jones6'33195.7Justin Bates
UDFATE26XArtayvious Lynn6'32493.5Randall Telfer
UDFAFB-XXNick Ralston6'1240------


NFL Draft: The Cowboys rebounded in R1 from getting sniped by Carolina and Denver for the class’ two-best corners by trading back two spots and taking LB Micah Parsons. Dallas began Friday reaching for talented problem child Kelvin Joseph and ended it with a bigger reach for Oregon CB Nahshon Wright, a skyscraper with 4.49 speed. Unfortunately, it’s the build-up variety (5th- and 26th-percentile splits with a 4th-percentile vertical), and he changes directions like the captain of the stuck Suez Canal tug. I saw Odighizuwa and Golston as fourth- and sixth-round talents, respectively, two more picks that felt like in-the-moment reaches based on position-need tunnel vision.

UDFA: Smith, a primo athlete who was inconsistent on the field at Iowa, got top-10 reported guaranteed money in the UDFA class. The Cowboys also grabbed three defenders I had draftable grades on. Oregon’s Austin Faoliu seemed to suffer from the NFL panning the overall interior class. The Cowboys gave LB Anthony Hines $55,000 guaranteed, a smart low-cost move on an athletic linebacker the NFL had limited exposure on. Dallas signed S Tyler Coyle with the idea of making him a LB/S hybrid player in Dan Quinn’s defense. If anybody knows how to make use of prospects like this, it’s the architect of the “Legion of Boom" defense.

Still need: Free safety, tight end, offensive line

Denver Broncos | 2022 Draft Picks (7): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Talent: 2 | Equity: 10 | ROI: 5

1.9CB17Patrick Surtain II6'22089.96Jalen Ramsey
2.34RB131Javonte Williams5'102128.79Nick Chubb
3.98iOL452Quinn Meinerz6'33209.98Nate Davis
3.105LB780Baron Browning6'32459.98Zach Cunningham
5.152S11156Caden Sterns6'02029.59Tedric Thompson
5.164S247Jamar Johnson6'02056.22John Johnson III
6.219WR17101Seth Williams6'32116.88Laquon Treadwell
7.237CB24186Kary Vincent Jr.5'101854.11Eric King
7.239EDGE30260Jonathon Cooper6'32537.61Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
7.253DL25276Marquiss Spencer6'43019.07Titus Adams
UDFAWR44332Warren Jackson6'62192.63D. Green-Beckham
UDFALB36346Curtis Robinson6'32369.23Gerris Wilkinson
UDFAOT27359Drew Himmelman6'9323---Tyer Howell
UDFATE18361Shaun Beyer6'52507.74Robert Tonyan
UDFAiOL39381Nolan Laufenberg6'43126.4Jon Feliciano
UDFAEDGE39402Andre Mintze6'32537.77Jackson Jeffcoat
UDFACB47406Mac McCain III5'111866.62Will Redmond
UDFAWR77500Branden Mack6'52172.39Robert Meachem
UDFAWR86XDeVontres Dukes6'32164.65Brian Quick
UDFAFB7XAdam Prentice6'02555.67John Conner


NFL Draft: What a weekend for first-year GM George Paton. With his first two picks, he got my CB1 Patrick Surtain and RB1 Javonte Williams. Then he took advantage of the NFL’s hesitancy on iOL Quinn Meinerz’s small-school profile to steal him in R3. The steals kept coming. If Owusu-Koramoa isn’t the steal of the draft, Jamar Johnson just might be. Night-stalking, ballhawking goblin just beginning to flower that the NFL discounted for limited exposure (less than 10 career starts) and tackling inefficiency. 

UDFA: The Broncos most aggressively pursued Iowa TE Shaun Beyer on Saturday night post-Day 3. That was telling of Patton’s read of the TE room. Behind Beyer’s former college teammate Noah Fant, question marks. Beyer proved to be a strong athlete at 6’5/250 with a size-adjusted 7.73 RAS athletic composite, boasting above 60th-percentile explosion (jumps) and above 80th-percentile agility (3-cone/shuttle). 

Still need: Quarterback, offensive line, defensive line

Detroit Lions | 2022 Draft Picks (11): 1 1* 2 3 3c 4 5 5c 6 6c 7^ 7&

Talent: 6 | Equity: 8 | ROI: 10

1.7OT14Penei Sewell6'53318.99Trent Williams
2.41DL237Levi Onwuzurike6'32908.73Leonard Williams
3.72DL569Alim McNeill6'23178.53Javon Hargrave
3.101CB1286Ifeatu Melifonwu6'22059.69Ahkello Witherspoon
4.112WR1278Amon-Ra St. Brown6'11977.14Sterling Shepard
4.113LB12129Derrick Barnes6'02388.42Jarrad Davis
7.257RB15202Jermar Jefferson5'92062.28Ronald Jones
UDFAWR25206Jonathan Adams6'22107.53Stevie Johnson
UDFAiOL23219Tommy Kraemer6'5309---Jamon Meredith
UDFAiOL24223Drake Jackson6'2293---Joey Hunt
UDFAWR30228Sage Surratt6'22095.66Michael Floyd
UDFARB28327Rakeem Boyd5'112132.17Paul Perkins
UDFAWR46340Javon McKinley6'22157.25Noah Brown
UDFACB49426Jerry Jacobs5'102085.81Doran Grant
UDFALB45431Tavante Beckett5'102201.11Eric Striker
UDFARB39444Dedrick Mills5'10215---Rashad Penny
UDFACB54493A.J. Parker5'111822.75Bené Benwikere
UDFATE24496Brock Wright6'42579.21Jerell Adams
UDFATE29XJake Hausmann6'42421.69David Grinnage
UDFAS50XD'Angelo Amos6'01914.52---

*DET acquired LAR 2022 R1 in Matthew Stafford trade

^CLE has right to pick-swap 2022 R7s with DET for David Blough trade (August 2019)

&DET acquired conditional 2022 NE R7 in exchange for CB Michael Jackson (August 2020)


NFL Draft: Lions GM Brad Holmes took advantage of good fortune and a thrift-shopper’s eye for value throughout in landing the most impressive Lions' draft haul in years. Six of Detroit's seven selections were ranked higher on my board than the slot Detroit picked them in. This is what the draft is all about: Coming out with more talent than should have been possible in your slots. Penei Sewell is the best offensive linemen I've evaluated in five years doing this. What a pick to start things off for Holmes at 1.7. From there, he used his weak roster to his advantage -- he let the board come to him and didn't reach for a particular position of need over another.

UDFA: Detroit signed a league-high four prospects I had draftable grades on, including the No. 3 and 7 available WR Jonathan Adams and Sage Surratt, and No. 5 and 6 available iOL Tommy Kraemer and Drake Jackson. Another sign of intelligent design from an organization that’s been devoid of it for far too long. The Lions acquired Adams, Surratt and Amon-Ra St. Brown -- a third- and two sixth-round values on my board -- for the price of 4.112 and slightly over $100k in guaranteed UDFA money, per Spotrac. Slick bargain hunting. 

Still need: Wide receiver, quarterback, linebacker

Green Bay Packers | 2022 Draft Picks (9): 1 2 3 4 4c 5 6 6c 7

Talent: 27 | Equity: 24 | ROI: 30

1.29CB856Eric Stokes6'11949.37Sidney Jones
2.62iOL1199Josh Myers6'5310---Tyler Biadasz
3.85WR22149Amari Rodgers5'102115.37Devin Duvernay
4.142iOL15144Royce Newman6'53108.73Brandon Shell
5.173DL16185Tedarrell Slaton6'43307.96Khyri Thornton
5.178CB41320Shemar Jean-Charles5'101844.27Mackensie Alexander
6.214OT26349Cole Van Lanen6'43058.5Tanner Hawkinson
6.220LB17158Isaiah McDuffie6'12277.33Matthew Adams
7.256RB14198Kylin Hill5'102147.31Marion Barber
UDFAS16216Christian Uphoff6'22096.26Chris Conte
UDFADL23272Jack Heflin6'33044.94Jonathan Hankins
UDFAWR53377Bailey Gaither6'01884.2Ryan Switzer
UDFADL31378Carlo Kemp6'22812.52Maurice Hurst
UDFAOT40495Jon Dietzen6'53126.7Rees Odhiambo
UDFAOT42XJacob Capra6'53004.12---
UDFAOT43XCoy Cronk6'5325------


NFL Draft: Cleveland and Baltimore appeared to snipe Green Bay for Greg Newsome and Rashod Bateman, the fourth corner and receiver in classes that fell off after the top-4. Instead of trading down at the end of R1, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst reached for a position need to take Georgia CB Eric Stokes. Only one corner would go on to be selected over the next 14 picks. Gutekunst finally did get around to taking a WR at 3.85. But even that decision was a head-scratcher, with the Packers deciding on Amari Rodgers, a glorified running back in the Ty Montgomery mold that only catches screen passes and the like. Rodgers is a better fit for Jordan Love's game -- Love threw a lot of screens at Utah State -- than another A. Rodgers currently employed by the club.

UDFA: Whoever impresses more in camp between UDFA DT Jack Heflin and Carlo Kemp has a real shot to crash the opening-day party. San Jose State WR Bailey Gaither brings a skillset this team could use next season. Whereas third-round WR Amari Rodgers only caught 36 balls beyond nine yards of the line of scrimmage over four years in college -- the last three of them working with Trevor Lawrence -- Gaither caught 39 over 19 games the last two seasons. Rogers was 4-for-13 (30.8%) in career contested catch situations 10+ yards downfield, while Gaither was 22-for-46 (47.8%) in those circumstances the last two years.

Still need: Offensive tackle, linebacker, defensive line

Houston Texans | 2022 Draft Picks (7): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7*

Talent: 32 | Equity: 31 | ROI: 12

3.67QB697Davis Mills6'42176.6Sam Darnold
3.89WR1068Nico Collins6'42159.57Bryan Edwards
5.147TE7140Brevin Jordan6'32474.54Irv Smith Jr.
5.170LB18162Garret Wallow6'22208.12Matt Milano
6.195DL21256Roy Lopez6'23047.49Trevor Laws
UDFAiOL26231Carson Green6'63208.29Luke Joeckel
UDFAiOL34339Ryan McCollum6'53055.02Max Tuerk
UDFAWR64437Marlon Williams5'112093.29Juwann Winfree
UDFAWR71475Damon Hazelton6'32086.38Travis Fulgham

^HOU acquired DAL 2022 R7 for Eli Ankou (November 2020); traded 2022 R7 to NEP for Ryan Izzo (March 2021)


NFL Draft: Houston walked slowly down the fairway over the three-day event with bullets in both feet, having squandered most of its draft capital in advance in flights-of-fancy trades. That it had to use its first pick on a quarterback -- the only position on the roster it shouldn't need -- because the franchise face demanded a trade and then immediately tanked his trade value off the field seemed like a fitting way to start the sad march. The most interesting thing about this class was the revelation that the NFL agreed with my pessimism about Brevin Jordan.

UDFA: The Texans had the league’s easiest UDFA pitch this process and managed to botch it. Houston signed one solid, draftable iOL who’ll likely make the team (Carson Green).... and (crickets). The three -- three! -- other signings were low-tier, low-ceiling prospects. The Missouri receiver is a drop machine, the UCF product didn't pop until he was too old to be admitted into the student rec center. Egregiously lazy amateur talent acquisition strategy by a front office charged with turning around an expansion-team like talent situation. 

Still need: Defensive front-seven, running back, cornerback

Indianapolis Colts | 2022 Draft Picks (8): 2* 3 4 5 5c 6 7 7c

Talent: 24 | Equity: 25 | ROI: 19

1.21EDGE117Kwity Paye6'32619.34Cam Jordan
2.54EDGE1190Dayo Odeyingbo6'5285---Charles Omenihu
4.127FB1148Kylen Granson6'12417.72Trey Burton
5.165S9132Shawn Davis5'11202---Rayshawn Jenkins
6.218QB12261Sam Ehlinger6'12206.83Tim Tebow
7.229WR42317Mike Strachan6'52269.22Riley Cooper
7.248iOL28246Will Fries6'63098.49Dalton Risner
UDFARB22273Deon Jackson5'112188.94Justin Fargas
UDFAWR52371Tarik Black6'32139.56Keelan Doss
UDFALB44407Isaiah Kaufusi6'22212.74Jordon Dizon
UDFAWR62429Tyler Vaughns6'21841.34Dante Pettis

*IND will convey 2022 R1 to PHI if Carsons Wentz plays 75% of 2021 snaps (drops to 70% if Colts qualify for 2021 playoff) -- otherwise IND receives PHI 2022 R2


NFL Draft: Chris Ballard and crew got strong value at a position need with Kwity Paye in R1. I also liked the Shawn Davis pick in R5. I didn’t understand the rest of the draft. I struggled with the thinking on the Dayo Odeyingbo pick -- there were so many appealing options on the board, particular at OT and WR, two positions of need that weren’t really addressed. Not a disaster draft or anything, but Indianapolis didn’t gain ground on the upper-echelon of the AFC.

UDFA: Indy’s NFL-long streak of 22-consecutive years with a UDFA making the active roster is in serious jeopardy. Would you believe Indy only gave a five-figure cash guarantee to one UDFA this year? It went to Duke RB Deon Jackson, who got $45k. The contracts of Jonathan Taylor’s trio of backups -- Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins -- all expire after next season. Jackson had a workmanlike career at Duke and mostly went unnoticed by the NFL Draft community until he popped at his pro day workout with an 89th-percentile RAS athletic composite. Running a 4.42 forty at 218 pounds earned Jackson a 90th-percentile Speed Score.

Still need: Offensive line, receiver, cornerback

Jacksonville Jaguars | 2022 Draft Picks (9): 1 2 3 4 5 5* 6 7 7^

Talent: 5 | Equity: 1 | ROI: 29

1.1QB11Trevor Lawrence6'6213---Andrew Luck
1.25RB354Travis Etienne5'102159.13Reggie Bush
2.33CB1082Tyson Campbell6'11937.53Xavier Rhodes
2.45OT1171Walker Little6'73138.9Luke Joeckel
3.65S8109Andre Cisco6'1216---Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
4.106DL798Jay Tufele6'23056.46Chris Hovan
4.121EDGE13123Jordan Smith6'62552.96Arden Key
5.145TE17321Luke Farrell6'52518.63Brody Eldridge
6.209WR40295Jalen Camp6'22269.75Quincy Enunwa
UDFALB14147Dylan Moses6'1225---Mack Wilson
UDFAWR24191Tim Jones6'12039.03Kenny Stills
UDFADL22267Kenny Randall6'23028.17Sharrif Floyd
UDFAWR39291Josh Imatorbhebhe6'02188.97D. Peoples-Jones
UDFACB40318DJ Daniel6'01954.36Trumaine Johnson
UDFACB66XCorey Straughter5'101841.24---

*Acquired 2022 MIN R5 in Yannick Ngakoue trade (October 2021)

*2022 BAL R7 will convey to JAX if TE Josh Oliver makes team (March 2021)


NFL Draft: Outside of being gifted Football Jesus, Urban Meyer and Trent Baalke underwhelmed. Etienne wasn’t good value at 1.25. I’m sure a part of the thinking was Etienne would provide comfort for Lawrence during his transition to the pros -- you know who would have provided more? Rashod Bateman, who went two picks later to those clever-devil Ravens. Etienne kicked off what turned out be the theme of Jacksonville’s draft, Meyer and Baalke grabbing at shiny objects when sure-thing prospects were still on the board. Tyson Campbell, Walker Little and Andre Cisco are, combined as a trio, a collection of flash plays and recruiting headlines. 

UDFA: WR Tim Jones, one of my favorite under-the-radar prospects in the class, got $180,000 guaranteed from Jacksonville -- No. 4 overall in the UDFA class and a top-5 figure all-time. Expect him to stick. LB Dylan Moses is a former five-star recruit that led the championship-winning Tide with 80 tackles last season. His tackle number flatters him -- Moses struggled in coverage and seemed zapped of north-south explosion against the run and as a pass-rusher in his 2020 return off an ACL tear. Moses also played through a torn meniscus last season, which couldn’t have helped matters.

Still need: Tight end, linebacker, secondary

Kansas City Chiefs | 2022 Draft Picks (7): 1 2 3 4 6* 7 7^

Talent: 23 | Equity: 30 | ROI: 2

2.58LB663Nick Bolton5'112374.62Navorro Bowman
2.63iOL230Creed Humphrey6'430210Maurkice Pouncey
4.144EDGE21170Joshua Kaindoh6'62609.59Josh Sweat
5.162TE12252Noah Gray6'32406.97Tyler Conklin
5.181WR31239Cornell Powell6'02047.58James Jones
6.226iOL766Trey Smith6'53219.91Larry Warford
UDFALB25213Riley Cole6'32408.07Teddy Lehman
UDFAQB10232Shane Buechele6'12101.85Case Keenum
UDFAEDGE29254Malik Herring6'3275---Kony Ealy
UDFAS28350Zayne Anderson6'22068.24Deon Grant
UDFAS32403Devon Key6'02088.28Chris Clemons
UDFACB50441Dicaprio Bootle5'91808.23Rashard Fant
UDFACB52462Marlon Character5'111999.04Justin Bethel

*KC traded 2022 R5 to BAL and received BAL 2022 R6 in Orlando Brown Jr. trade (April 2021)

^KC traded 2022 R6 to MIN and received 2022 MIN R7 in Mike Hughes trade (May 2021)


NFL Draft: Not wanting a repeat of last year’s playoffs, the Chiefs saw Orlando Brown demand a trade to a team that would make him a left tackle and thought: We can do that! Which of course was brilliant. The Chiefs gave up a R1 and a R3 in that deal, but crucially got back BAL’s R2. Kansas City’s two-biggest draft steals, as luck would have it, came along the offensive line via Humphrey and Smith, the latter of whom only fell because of a lung issue that hasn’t cropped up or caused him to miss time over the past two seasons. The Chiefs are a talent-gobbling, efficiency-minded machine of an organization.

UDFA: QB Shane Buechele and EDGE Malik Herring were both top-2 UDFA options at their respective positions. And each, in kind, got top-15 UDFA guarantee money out of the Chiefs. I also ranked Riley Cole as the No. 6 UDFA off-ball linebacker. The Chiefs have collected a bunch of front-seven bodies to compete for bench spots in camps, so both Herring and Cole are going to have to bring their lunch pails to camp. Buechele’s signing sets the stage for a training camp Battle Royale between my two favorite UDFA quarterbacks of the last two classes, he and Anthony Gordon. With QB2 Chad Henne perhaps entering his last year with the Chiefs, that's a competition to keep an eye on. It'll be interesting to see if Kansas City elects to carry a QB3 this fall.

Still need: Defensive front-seven, secondary, receiver

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Thor Nystrom

Thor Nystrom is NBC Sports Edge’s lead CFB writer. The 2018 FSWA College Sports Writer of the Year, Nystrom’s writing has also been honored by Rolling Stone magazine and The Best American Essays series. Say hi to him on Twitter @thorku!