After another exciting night of the NFL Draft, we only have one more day left. Plenty of value was taken off the board immediately in Las Vegas last night, and the receiver run started early. The quarterbacks lasted longer than expected. The second one in the draft didn’t come off the board until the third round when Desmond Ridder was selected by the Atlanta Falcons. Malik Willis and Matt Corral went soon after, as the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers traded up for them at the end of the third round. Here are the ten best available players heading into the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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1. Jamaree Salyer, OL, Georgia
It was astonishing to see so many different Georgia players selected on the second day of the draft. Unfortunately, Salyer wasn’t one of them. He can play multiple spots along the offensive line, and it was interesting to see players such as Joshua Ezeudu and Logan Bruss go ahead of him. It will be surprising if Salyer isn’t selected early on in the fourth round, as he has positional value and is from a powerhouse school.
2. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
When Kenny Pickett went with the 20th pick in the first round, many expected Willis or Ridder to follow suit later in the night. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Even more surprising was the fact that there wasn’t a quarterback selected until the 42nd pick of the night when Ridder was taken by Atlanta. The significant drop by Howell is a bit of a surprise following an impressive 2020 season, and it shouldn’t take long for him to be selected on day three. Teams like the Giants or Seahawks would be smart to take him in round four, but anything is possible in this quarterback class.
3. Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
While all the attention went to Ahmad Gardner in the Cincinnati secondary, Bryant was certainly no slouch in his own right. Bryant not being selected in the first 105 picks is a major surprise considering some of the players that went before him. Bryant enters day three as one of, if not the best defensive player still on the board for teams to choose.
4. Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma
Similar to the quarterbacks, the defensive linemen drastically fell down the draft board. Travis Jones didn’t go until the third round after rumors of him being a first-round selection. Winfrey was in the top 50 on most mock draft sites, including TDN’s, who had him ranked inside their top 40. Winfrey enters day three as the best interior defensive lineman still available and should hear his name called relatively early.
5. Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
It wasn’t as big of a surprise to see Strong slip onto day three of the draft. Strong may see himself waiting even longer on day three due to injury concerns. While the talent is clear, teams have shown that there are injuries that they are very afraid of, as seen by Nakobe Dean falling to the third round to the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night. Taking Strong on the final day isn’t as big of a deal as many would lead it to be, and if he’s healthy, whichever team that takes him will get a steal.
6. Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
The receivers went fast on the second day of the draft. In total, there were ten receivers selected on day two. Philips, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them. The UCLA receiver is a fantastic option out of the slot and can play on the outside too. He has great body control along the sidelines, and his route running prowess is reminiscent of Hunter Renfrow. Philips is one of the best receivers remaining in the draft, and teams looking for another receiver should take a long look at him.
7. Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
Following Bryant, Woolen is an intriguing prospect out of Texas-San Antonio. Woolen ran one of the fastest 40-yard dash times from a cornerback in NFL history, and his blend of height, weight, and speed will transform to the next level. With the NFL as pass-happy as it is, and the cornerback class taking a significant drop off following these first two, both Bryant and Woolen should be off the board early on day three.
8. Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
Five running backs were taken on day two of the draft. It was a big surprise to see Spiller not be one of them. Kenneth Walker was a massive surprise to the Seahawks in the second round, and Rachaad White was an excellent decision for the Buccaneers in the third round. The 49ers and Kyle Shanahan took a running back in the third round yet again, but Spiller is still looking for his future team heading into day three. Teams like the Texans or Giants in the fourth could be a possibility for Spiller early in the fourth round.
9. Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
Ezukanma not being selected on the second day wasn’t too much of a surprise, but he still factors into this top ten. The Texas Tech receiver enters day three as one of the best receivers available, and a team like the Packers or Ravens that need help at receiver should take him with their multiple fourth-round selections.
10. Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
Four tight ends went on the second day of the draft. None of the four were big surprises. Likely is all over the place across draft boards, with some having him as one of their top three tight ends, while others have him outside the top 10. Likely is a solid player that will carve a role in specific situations immediately, and it would be a surprise for him to not go in the fourth round.
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