2022 NFL Draft Day Three Recap: Offense
The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books, and it was certainly an eventful few days. Day 1 presented us with 7 fantasy-relevant players, 6 of which were wide receivers. On Day 2, we saw the running backs and tight ends begin to come off the board, and we got the ball rolling on some of the quarterbacks in what is clearly a QB-class that the NFL is not impressed with. Day 3 had some talent that we should not ignore and I have outlined a few key players at all four positional groups!
Pick 107 RB Dameon Pierce – Houston Texans
Not the guy I thought the Texans would take, but the opportunity is RIPE! Reports from the Senior Bowl were glowing from a competitive and character perspective. He is a guy that was not used a ton at Florida, and I could see him having a better NFL career. I think he can be an above average blocker and has the requisite explosiveness. Watch out here, he has big time upside and in deeper leagues (16 teams), you may have to use that late 1st especially when those camp reports start coming out. This kid is a dog and someone I think Houston will find ways to get the ball.
Pick 122 RB Zamir White – Las Vegas Raiders
Yeah, the two ACL tears that impacted both knees worry me. Yeah he is not an overly dynamic athlete. And yeah, he is not going to lead the league in receptions. But when the Raiders did not pick up the 5th year option for Josh Jacobs, this became very interesting. He has lead back potential in a committee which could be extremely useful in PPC style leagues. Keep an eye out for him at the end of round 2 of your rookie drafts.
Pick 123 RB Isaiah Spiller – Los Angeles Chargers
This was quite the slide for my personal RB2 prior to the draft. I know Spiller was kind of boring, and is not overly electric. But man is he consistent. I actually like the landing spot, I just wish it was a few rounds earlier. Spiller offers a rare discount for a chance to draft a RB with three down potential. Ekeler is here, but this could be Spiller’s job in 2023. Yeah I am dropping him in my rankings because I can not be too stubborn, but I am still intrigued. Likely a round two guy in rookie drafts.
Pick 127 RB Pierre Strong – New England Patriots
So this was one of my absolute favorite prospects who went to one of the least desirable landing spots in my eyes. However, after thinking about it, Strong could replace James White and offers a different skillset from what’s already on the roster. I fell in love early with his playmaking abilities and could see an opportunity here for him. If you can be patient, I could see this being a player to bet on traits and maybe the situation clears up a bit next year.
Pick 129 TE Jake Ferguson – Dallas Cowboys
I really like this fit here in Dallas and I think Ferguson is a solid player, with natural hands, and ran a variety of routes. I think he can improve upon his functional game strength, but receiving TEs are what I am after. Later round stash with developmental upside. Capped ceiling in my opinion due to modest athletic profile. I always like finding guys like this who require patience but can be serviceable TE options down the line.
Pick 131 RB Hassan Haskins – Tennessee Titans
I love when teams draft players that just make complete sense from a stylistic profile and that is what this pick was to me. Haskins is not the next Derrick Henry, but he could serve an important role and be an option for a replacement to Henry in the future. He offers early down upside as a banger inside, but is not overly dynamic, in my opinion outside of that. But this is the perfect system to utilize his skillset and should be drafted in rookie drafts as developmental depth.
Pick 137 QB Bailey Zappe – New England Patriots
So, I will be honest. As a Bills fan, I found way too much enjoyment watching the Patriots draft this year. I am sure most of that is still bitterness from the last two decades of torture. In all seriousness, this was such a bizarre pick to me that I felt obligated to list it. I do not see much from Zappe that he possesses the skills to be a starting caliber NFL QB, but it was a fascinating selections. He does not have an athletic profile that would be enticing behind Mac Jones. This pick was a head scratcher to me.
Pick 144 QB Sam Howell – Washington Commanders
Well this was quite the slide. It is a great fit from an opportunity standpoint, as I am not worried about Wentz being a long-term starter. Howell was not ready to start on day one in my opinion, and now with round 5 capital, there is very little pressure. He is a long-shot to provide prolonged starter caliber QB play, but I am intrigued on this landing spot and think he has the skills in time to be developed into the starter. Do we trust the Commanders to do that? That is my big hesitation. Like the profile, but odds are not in his favor.
Pick 148 WR Khalil Shakir – Buffalo Bills
This is a fun pick. I think he has true inside/outside abilities. What makes him so intriguing for the Bills is his ability to return punts. He will see the field early for that, and could be groomed to take the slot role from Crowder next year. Also profiles nicely to fill the Emmanuel Sanders role. Has YAC ability and although he is smaller, he has noticeable competitive toughness. His ball skills are underappreciate and I am excited to see his role, which could expand.
Pick 151 RB Tyler Allgeier – Atlanta Falcons
This is all about Mike Davis being released. He fits perfectly in that role and is a really nice complement to Patterson. Allgeier is a true banger in between the tackles. I think he is going to see his ADP rise over the summer months. I feel like his vision and contact balance will be more than sufficient at the NFL level and excels in zone run schemes.
Pick 196 RB Tyler Badie – Baltimore Ravens
He is a tough runner with natural receiving ability. Not a threat to be an every down back. Not someone I would trust to run inside with consistency. But he fits in Baltimore as a change-of-pace RB. Has quick feet and is decisive. I like his profile to bet on him as mid-to-late round prospect.
Pick 201 RB Keaontay Ingram – Arizona Cardinals
Picks this late is all about opportunity. James Conner is the lead back here and I do not anticipate a massive role for Ingram in year one. But he has an opportunity to seize the RB2 role here and if can showcase his his decisiveness as a runner. He is not overly powerful, but I thought he displayed creativity in space. Has a translatable skills that make him worth a mid round selection.
Pick 247 QB Skylar Thompson – Miami Dolphins
Swing for the fences here and that is what this is. Has interesting mobility and an athletic profile that could translate. Obviously a long-shot, but worth a late flyer and taxi squad stash. He is an older rookie (will be 25 next month) and his college production is modest at best. The few games I watched, I thought he had a decent deep ball with good accuracy. He also showed an ability to maneuver in the pocket to extend the play. As a end of the bench stash in SF leagues, it’s worth picking him up as a priority FA.
Pick 251 RB Isiah Pacheco – Kansas City Chiefs
This is all about his athletic profile and going to the Chiefs. His college production is modest, but his 8.81 RAS score (credit: Kent Lee Platte) is enticing as a late round selection. I am a sucker for athletic guys that the Chiefs target. I have nearly no expectations here, but he is a high-motor guy. I think he was not highly regarded due to his lack of YAC for a more athletic guy.
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