NFL Draft: Best Day 2 players available to Patriots?
Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft is on the books, but it doesn’t end there. Many talented prospects are still available to be drafted in the next six rounds. Wondering who your team might be looking to draft? Here is a list of the best remaining players.
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1. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Dean, though a bit undersized, is a linebacker with excellent instincts and playmaking ability. He’s really good against the run and is usually two steps ahead of everyone else on the court. It has exceptional speed and range. That’s huge value for any team that takes him to the second round.
2. Andrew Booth Jr.BC,
Booth is an athletic, fast cornerback with excellent ball skills. In media coverage, he does a good job of staying in the wide hip pocket. It’s fluid to open up and has enough speed to stay in tune with vertical lanes. He is very good on the balls thrown in front of him. Overall, Booth has the potential to be a solid No. 2 cornerback.
3. Malik Willis, QB, Freedom
Willis is the most physically gifted quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is a quarterback with elite arm strength and playing ability. He has the most advantage over any QB in this class.
4. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
Hall is a great, free-flowing runner with impressive patience and balance. On top of that, he is good at pass protection. He was the Big 12’s leading rusher with 1,472 total yards and 23 touchdowns, which earned him the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. All in all, he has an ideal skill set for today’s game.
5. Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State
Ebiketie is a long frame rusher with a non-stop motor. Overall, Ebiketie is a deft passing thrower who should rack up pressures and sacks as he learns to play the run with more consistency.
6. David Ojabo, OLB, Michigan
Ojabo was a very productive rusher for the Wolverines despite splitting playing time. He is the perfect size and explosiveness for the position. Sadly, his 2022 season is now in doubt after suffering a torn Achilles on Michigan’s pro day. On the bright side, he should bounce back thanks to modern medicine.
7. Kyler Gordon, BC, Washington
Gordon is a good athlete who plays with the physique. He has great game speed and is very instinctive in coverage. Against the run, it is often used as a blitzer. On cover, he has the athleticism and hips to be a starting outside corner.
8. Boye Mafe, OLB, Minn.
Mafe is a hovering rusher with a desirable mix of speed and power. He steadily improved throughout the season. Long-term, Mafe is still a raw prospect, but it’s moving in the right direction and delivering double-digit upside.
9. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Watson is an excellent athlete with impressive speed, agility and body control. For a larger receiver, he is particularly dynamic and displays the ability to consistently win against male coverage. In the passing game, he is extremely difficult to cover.
ten. Skyy Moore. WR, West Michigan
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Moore has unrivaled speed, playing strength and course skills. He split his time between queuing outside and in the slot. He has strong hands to attack the ball and he is very hard after the reception. It has excellent top speed when it comes to open ground. He should become a dangerous playmaker early in his career.
11. Travis Jones, DT, UConn
Jones is a dominant big defensive tackle with unexpected speed. Against the pass, he can generate an immediate recoil and collapse the pocket. Against the run, he is strong against single and double teams. He can sink his weight and withstand the pressure on the corner blocks.
12. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Ridder has been a proven winner in Cincinnati, losing just six games in 50 career starts. He has a strong arm and good ball placement. He can make throws at all three levels of the field. Ridder has the speed to extend plays, which should help him at the next level.
13. Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
Walker is a strong, compact runner with remarkable shine. He shines while running between tackles. He is patient and explodes through the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t much of a threat in the passing game, where he was mostly used on screens and checks. Overall, Walker is a dynamic runner with great potential for growth in the passing game.
14. Logan Hall, DE, Houston
Hall is a disruptive inside pass thrower who excels at crushing inside offensive linemen with explosive power. As a running defender, Hall shines when he has the opportunity to score gaps. He is an explosive athlete who plays with high motor skills.
15. Trey McBride, TE, State of Colorado
McBride is competitive when the ball is in the air and excels on contested holds. He has the speed to make plays in the seam and is strong after the catch. It is also an operational blocker.
16. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Corral’s exit is lightning fast and he gets a good zip on his passes. His deep accuracy is hit or miss, but coaches will work on that. In 2021, he completed 68% of his passes en route to throws for 3,333 yards and 20 touchdowns.
17. Roger McCreary, BC, Auburn
McCreary has quick feet and fits better into a defense that features a heavy press man. He’s mostly played away at Auburn, but he has experience playing on the slot machine and could fit better there in the NFL, given his average height and short arms. McCreary is a willing tackler in the running game, he just needs to be more physical at the next level.
18. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
Pitre is an interchangeable security that, on any given game, can switch between playing FS, SS, ILB, or OLB. He has quick feet, good instincts, and exceptional fence coverage. Pitre is an effective open-field tackle who slides blocks, shoots holes and flies around the field.
19. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Howell has the best deep ball accuracy of any quarterback in this class. His feel and placement on deep shots are excellent. He moves well in the pocket and is an efficient runner. Equally impressive is its durability. He’s started all but one game since stepping onto campus in North Carolina.
20. Bernhard Raimann, Occupational Therapist, Central Michigan
Raimann is an effective run blocker who is fast, powerful and plays off a bad streak. He has big hands and excellent upper body strength. Raimann grew up in Austria. He went from tight end to tackle in 2020. Even though he is still learning football, he has all the physical tools necessary to become a starting offensive tackle in the NFL.