2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: IDP
Well we finally made it! It is a bit bittersweet but the 2022 NFL Draft is over and undrafted free agents are signing left and right. I will be here to take you through what we believe to be the IDP-relevant draft picks on Day 3 this year! I do want to note that by and large we will not have cornerbacks and defensive tackles on here; by and large they are not IDP relevant in most leagues, and that is especially true for late round picks that have a harder road to hoe to even get on the field.
2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: IDP Round 4
Pick 113 – Percy Butler (S – Louisiana) to the Washington Commanders
Butler will likely be at least a second squad safety this year, as Jeremy Reaves and Darrick Forest are the only other safeties behind presumed starter Kamren Curl and Bobby McCain. Both Curl and McCain are free agents after 2023, so Butler may have a future as a starting free safety; he has great speed and quality coverage skills from that part of the field. Likely to start off on special teams.
Pick 114 – Dane Belton (S – Iowa) to the New York Giants
More of hybrid safety/linebacker or strong safety. He didn’t fare nearly as well in deep or sideline-to-sideline coverage as he did in run support and zone coverage closer to the line of scrimmage. Could end up as a starter in a couple years if he improves in man and deep zone coverage. Not someone to draft right away.
Pick 117 – Michael Clemons (DE – Texas A&M) to the New York Jets
With Jermaine Johnson II going in the back half of the first and Carl Lawson manning one of the starting spots there is likely not a starting spot in the near future for Michael. He has great size, quickness, and burst though, so if he can stay out of off-the-field trouble he could end up as a start in a few years. For now he can be left on waivers.
Pick 120 – Brandon Smith (LB – Penn State) to the Carolina Panthers
This one is one I will be paying a lot of attention to. Smith has a decently clear path to playing time; Shaq Thompson is set as one linebacker, but two other spots are more open. Cory Littleton and Damien Wilson have not set the world on play with their prior play, and Frankie Luvu, Kamal Martin, and Julian Stanford round out the depth chart. Smith has a high RAS and excelled in coverage during college.
2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: IDP Round 5
Pick 146 – Micah McFadden (LB – Indiana) to the New York Giants
Main man in the middle Blake Martinez took a pay cut to stay with the team and is an UFA after this year. Tae Crowder appears slated to starter next to him, with Justin Hilliard and Carter Coughlin as the other veteran linebacker in an uninspiring (fantasy-wise) group of linebackers. Despite being highly athletic he likely won’t start right away but is a name to remember for the end of the year and next season.
Pick 152 – Delarrin Turner-Yell (S – Oklahoma) to the Denver Broncos
Likely a back-up safety with Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson, and Caden Sterns all clearly ahead of him, Delarrin will look to make an impact on special teams to start, where his reliable tackling will be put to good use. Poor man coverage skills may keep him from much more long-term.
Pick 157 – Zyon McCollum (CB – Sam Houston State) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What?! A cornerback?! Yes I am breaking my rule and mentioning him because he has the best RAS for a cornerback going back to 1987. Defensive minded head coach Todd Bowles getting Zyon into a veteran secondary is recipe for long-term success and he is someone I will be keeping tabs on over the next few years. If he goes get on the field he could very well end up being fantasy relevant.
Pick 161 – D’Marco Jackson (LB – Appalachian State) to the New Orleans Saints
D’Marco is another one to watch as the Saints linebackers are not sorted out long-term by any means. Demario Davis is 33 and appeared to lose a step last year. Pete Werner was a second round pick in 2021 that showed promise, but 2020 third round pick Zack Baun has not showed much thus far. D’Marco is a great run defender and will have a chance to get on the field this year or next.
Pick 165 – Esezi Otomewo (DE – Minnesota) to the Minnesota Vikings
Esezi is likely a defensive end to begin his career in the Vikings now 3-4 based defense, which generally is not that productive for IDP leagues. He has the size to move inside some too, but as someone likely not ready to start for a year or two, not much fantasy value to look for right now.
Pick 166 – Tycen Anderson (S – Toledo) to the Cincinnati Bengals
A great special teams player, that is where Tycen will start his career. There is a lot of DB depth in Cincinnati so I do not expect much out of him other than special teams for a few years.
Pick 174 – Dominique Robinson (DE – Miami [OH]) to the Chicago Bears
The Bears are rebuilding their defense as a 4-3 base after years spent as mainly a 3-4 base defense. They do not have a lot of 4-3 type of defensive ends. Dominque has great pass-rushing traits and size (6’4″, 234lbs) so he could see situational passing down work, but he needs run defense refinement to be full-time player.
Pick 176 – Damone Clark (LB – LSU) to the Dallas Cowboys
Damone could end up being a steal if healthy. Damone has spinal fusion surgery and while he is expected to make a full recovery that does not mean he will be able to play, or play for a long time, in the NFL. If healthy he was a clear Day 2 pick at a minimum so he is worth stashing to see how the recovery goes. Get him on your list for end of 2022 pickups.
Pick 179 – Kingsley Enagbare (DE – South Carolina) to the Green Bay Packers
Kingsley is a long edge player who had a lot of success getting pressure on the quarterback. He only had 15 sacks and 24 TFL over four years on college, but will be in a position to learn from Rashaan Gary and Preston Smith while providing nice edge depth. Has the potential to develop into a long-term starter.
2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: IDP Round 6
Pick 181 – Kyron Johnson (LB – Kansas) to the Philadelphia Eagles
A versatile player who could end up playing inside or outside linebacker, or edge rusher, Kyron will look to make the team as a depth piece. Not a lot to see here right now as the Eagles sort out their linebacking corps and where they want Kyron to focus on playing.
Pick 182 – Darrian Beavers (LB – Cincinnati) to the New York Giants
The Giants linebacking corps is a mess looking to the future, as we discussed with Micah McFadden. Beavers could end up moving up the depth chart with a great training camp,
Pick 188 – Malcolm Rodriguez (LB – Oklahoma State) to the Detroit Lions
Similar to the Giants the Lions do not have appear to have a lot set for the future at linebacker. The have like 10 different inside linebackers rostered right now so it will be hard to sort his way through that. That said Malcolm could rise to the top. He is a high-end athlete at linebacker, even for the NFL and had huge collegiate production; he is just undersized for what the NFL generally looks for. I really like him as a linebacker stash.
Pick 189 – Amare Barno (LB – Virginia Tech) to the Carolina Panthers
Great size (6’5″, 246 lbs) and a great athlete (check out that 4.37 40 yard dash), Barno will have a real shot to play right away on a team that does not have a lot of edge rusher depth beyond Brian Burns and 2020 2nd round pick Yetur Gross-Matos.
Pick 193 – Devin Harper (LB – Oklahoma State) to the Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys needed more linebacker depth even after taking Clark earlier. Leighton Vander Esch is on a one-year deal, Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox were 2021 picks, and there is not much beyond that. Will have a chance to compete for playing time, but special teams and depth while Clark recovers seems more likely.
Pick 204 – Theo Jackson (S – Tennessee) to the Tennessee Titans
Jackson will be a depth piece at safety. He improved throughout college and gets to stay in the state with this pick. He tested well, was a team leader in college and played cornerback as well when asked to, so the overall versatility and positive attitude give him a real chance to stick as a back-up to start his career.
Pick 211 – Quentin Lake (S – UCLA) to the Los Angeles Rams
Safety is not really set beyond starters Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp; Terrell Burgess is the other known quantity at the moment. The son of former All-Pro defensive back Carnell Lake. Lake was a ballhawk and tested out fine for a safety, so he looks like a back-up and special teams player to start off.
Pick 217 – James Houston IV (LB – Jackson State) to the Detroit Lions
A smart, speedy linebacker who knows how to get to the QB, I think he makes the team this year. He has great size, but the jump in competition may make an immediate impact hard to have. A great bet to make his name known on special teams right away and turn into a rotational player down the road.
Pick 219 – Chance Campbell (LB – Ole Miss) to the Tennessee Titans
More of a two-down thumper than new school, coverage linebacker, Campbell was productive in college at Maryland and Ole Miss. Did not have great speed or testing, and will have a hard time making it on the defense without coverage improvement.
2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: IDP Round 7
Pick 223 – Isaiah Thomas (DE – Oklahoma State) to the Cleveland Browns
He lead Oklahoma in sacks and TFL in 2020, and led them again in sacks in 2021. A true defensive end at 6’5″, 266lbs he will fight for a spot in the second unit with Alex Wright, Stephen Weatherly, Curtis Weaver, and Isaac Rochell. Chase Winovich and Myles Garrett look to be the set starters. A guy I am certainly keeping an eye on as the offseason continues.
Pick 224 – Cameron Goode (LB – California) to the Miami Dolphins
Will look to make the team as a depth outside linebacker and special teams player. Does not have ideal size, but is a high effort player who was productive at California. Has a real shot to make the team.
Pick 225 – Mark Robinson (LB – Ole Miss) to the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are still trying to sort out their inside linebacking corps with Devin Bush and Myles Jack as the apparent starters. With a bunch of veterans and higher drafted, younger players ahead of him, it will be a struggle to make the team and find playing team on defense.
Pick 228 – Tariq Carpenter (LB – Georgia Tech) to the Green Bay Packers
Quay Walker and De’Vondre Campbell are the likely starters for a few years given their draft capital and recent contract, respectively, so Tariq will be fighting with Krys Barnes, Isaiah McDuffie, Ray Wilborn, and Ty Summers to make the team and find playing time as a reserve. He is converting from playing safety in college, so if he can make the transition his positional flexibility may help him secure a spot.
Pick 231 – Baylon Spector (LB – Clemson) to the Buffalo Bills
Will be hard to find playing time with the two starting linebackers they have, and the Bills did take Terrel Bernard in the 3rd. Spector had a fine, if unremarkable, career at Clemson and will have to earn his way onto the team with special teams play. Probably tops out in the NFL as a depth piece.
Pick 235 – Daniel Hardy (LB – Montana State) to the Los Angeles Rams
Athletic but smaller in size, Hardy will have to earn his spot on special teams to start. Leonard Floyd, Terrell Lewis, and Justin Hollins are all clearly ahead of him to start. At 6’4″, 240lbs he was more of a 4-3 DE in college so will have to transition to a 3-4 DE or OLB.
Pick 248 – Andre Anthony (DE – LSU) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
More of a defensive end in college he will transition to an OLB for Tampa Bay where he will be able to learn behind Shaq Barrett and 2021 1st round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Depth is needed there so may be able to earn a back-up role if veterans are not signed.
Pick 252 – Jeffrey Gunter (DE – Coastal Carolina) to the Cincinnati Bengals
Another high-end testing athlete, and one that played defensive end and linebacker in college. He will have his work cut-out to earn a roster spot, but the athleticism, high motor and positional flexibility will give him a real shot to stick.
Pick 253 – Russ Yeast (S – Kansas State) to the Los Angeles Rams
Like with Lake prior, Yeast is the son of a former NFL player; WR Craig Yeast who played with the Bengals for a few years. He will have an uphill battle to make the team with his draft capital, but his pedigree and positional flexibility (played cornerback for three years and is a kick returner) will help.
Pick 254 – Elijah Hicks (S – California) to the Chicago Bears
The Bears needed safety depth, so Hicks has a decent shot to make the team through that and special teams play, but Dane Cruikshank, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Jaquan Brisker, and Eddie Jackson would all be slated ahead of him at this time.
Pick 256 – Jesse Luketa (LB – Penn State) to the Arizona Cardinals
Likely not much here to see, as 2020 1st round pick Isaiah Simmons and 2021 1st round pick Zaven Collins are entrenched as current starters.
Pick 259 – Nazeeh Johnson (S – Marshall) to the Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs did need to add safety depth, but with the signings of Deon Bush and Justin Reid, with starter Juan Thornhill there and Bryan Cook drafted in the second round, Nazeeh has an uphill battle for playing time.
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