The 2022 NFL Draft was full of steals throughout every round of the draft as we saw several questionable and head-scratching picks in the first 2 days of the draft leaving room for teams to sneak in and get great value players. We’ll break down the best value pick in each round of the draft.
Round 1: Pick 26, EDGE – Jermaine Johnson II, New York Jets
There’s a reason the New York Jets traded up to get a 3rd pick in the 1st round when they saw that Jermaine Johnson II was still available. The Jets already had 2 excellent picks in Ahmad Gardner at #4 overall and Garrett Wilson at #10 overall and continue building on their strong 1st round with trading up to get one of the best players available. The Jets had a great draft overall and an incredible 1st round.
Round 2: Pick 45, LB – David Ojabo, Baltimore Ravens
Another team that had a great draft overall was the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens find themselves in unfamiliar territory needing to fill in some defensive holes and after Kyle Hamilton somehow slipped to them in the 1st round, the Ravens had more magic rocking for them with the Michigan linebacker David Ojabo falling right in their laps as well.
Round 3: Pick 83, LB – Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles
In arguably the biggest steal of the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles landed Nakobe Dean all the way in the late 3rd at #83 overall. Nakobe Dean had late 1st round potential and somehow slipped this far as linebackers did not see as significant of a presence this year. With the Georgia Bulldogs crowded defense and rumors of a lingering injury, this was a factor in his slip, but definitely not enough to warrant down to the 3rd round. Dean put the injury rumors to rest as he was a full participant in minicamp.
Round 4: Pick 104, DT – Perrion Winfrey, Cleveland Browns
The Oklahoma product has the size and athleticism to succeed at the next level but could use a little improvement in his football iq. With already having an established pass rusher in Myles Garrett on the defensive line, this will allow Winfrey to focus more on developing his run defense abilities as this will be a key part of his game as an interior defensive tackle.
Round 5: Pick 153, CB – Tariq Woolen, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks followed up their 4th round selection of cornerback Coby Bryant with another cornerback in Tariq Woolen out of UTSA in the 5th round. Woolen is already being compared to Seahawks great Richard Sherman as both started their careers in different positions before transitioning to defensive back and both were selected by the Seahawks in the 5th round. We hope Woolen has the success that Sherman had for the Seahawks throughout the years and we’re looking forward to seeing the exciting playmaker in action.
Round 6: Pick 195, OL – Jamaree Salyer, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are invested in building around Justin Herbert as they see him as the future of the franchise for a long time and he certainly has deserved that honor. The Chargers spent the offseason working on improving their defense through trades and acquisitions to allow Justin Herbert and the offense more time on the field. The Chargers were somehow able to land one of the better interior offensive lineman in the draft in the 6th round in guard Jamaree Salyer.
Round 7: Pick 249, OL – Rasheed Walker, Green Bay Packers
The Packers wrapped up their draft with selecting big man Rasheed Walker. Walker has the potential to be a starter or be in a rotation for the Packers. He would line up well on the right side of the line and be best in run plays giving AJ Dillon or Aaron Jones another big body to guide the way. Walker was a fringe day 2 pick and Packers were happy to land him in the 7th.