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The 33rd Team's 3-Round Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft

Although everybody and their mother releases mock drafts in the lead-up to the NFL Draft, there’s a key problem with the vast majority of them: they’re one- or two-person affairs. While it may be the easiest way to create a mock, it’s fundamentally at odds with how the draft functions — 32 different teams with 32 different boards. 

The Process

With this 3-round mock draft, The 33rd Team enlisted 21 different members who have each been scouting draft prospects for several months. They each claimed a team (or two) and took a deep dive into their roster, scheme, and situation. As the General Manager for their team, they made, in their opinion, the best pick for the team — not necessarily the most likely to actually occur on Days 1 and 2. 

This was an enormously informative thought experiment to watch how the board fell. We each had access to our 2022 Prospect Board, but we saw players rise and drop in accordance with scheme and personal preferences. Although Kenny Pickett was only the 23rd-ranked player on our board as of publication, how high would he go solely based on being a quarterback?

Before getting to the individual selections and explanations, there are two noticeable trends that should be mentioned. First, the quarterbacks. With trades eliminated from this mock and many of our scouts choosing to wait until the heralded 2023 class, many of the quarterbacks fell much farther than expected. When choosing between the fourth- or fifth-ranked passer and a potential starter at another position, we frequently chose to build up the roster to support a future QB. This isn’t likely to be replicated in the NFL Draft, but it’s instructive to see how the QB class this year and next is viewed.

The other noticeable tendency was at the RB position. Similar to the passers, our members chose to mostly pass on a group lacking a superstar prospect. At a non-premium position that saw several backups capably replace injured stars in 2021, rushers weren’t seen as more valuable than high-potential prospects at other positions.  

Enough with the analysis: let’s get to our 3-round mock draft.

Round 1

Rd 1, Pick 1: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Alabama OT Evan Neal

Even after tagging Cam Robinson, the goal should be protecting Lawrence. Neal accomplishes this at a high level.

Rd 1, Pick 2: Detroit Lions Select Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux

The Lions have needs at every level of the defense, but Thibodeaux combines high-end pass rushing production with elite traits and upside.

Rd 1, Pick 3: Houston Texas Select Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson

Hutchinson’s rare blend of athleticism, technique, and leadership traits make him the perfect fit for a team in need of talent and a new face of the franchise. If he slips to pick three, the Texans will sprint the card in.

Rd 1, Pick 4: New York Jets Select Cincinnati CB Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner

Ekwonu is enticing, but having two quality guards and two quality tackles makes it hard to justify taking a tackle who may not see the field until year two or three. Missing out on Thibodeaux and/or Hutchinson is not ideal, but Sauce Gardner fills a huge need and should be their number one corner for years to come in a division with a couple elite receivers.

Rd 1, Pick 5: New York Giants Select NC State OT Ikem Ekwonu

No matter what your thoughts on Daniel Jones are, the Giants OL needs to get significantly better. Ekwonu's ability to play LT, RT, and OG makes him a perfect fit for the Giants. This is a no-brainer pick.

Rd 1, Pick 6: Carolina Panthers Select Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett

Though this is not the strongest QB class, Matt Rhule and company cannot afford to wait another year to find a franchise QB after back-to-back five win seasons — especially since they passed on Mac Jones and Justin Fields last year. Pickett brings a dual-threat ability that the Panthers didn't really have last season and will immediately contend for the starting job after Sam Darnold's poor 2021 campaign.

Rd 1, Pick 7: New York Giants Select Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis

The Giants have a bunch of holes and will benefit from getting the best available edge rusher. Karlaftis will make Leonard Williams' life much easier, and will be a day one starter for the Giants.

Rd 1, Pick 8: Atlanta Falcons Select Notre Dame DS Kyle Hamilton

The Falcons take best player available and fill a need on defense. Hamilton is a versatile chess piece that can fill multiple roles in the secondary.

Rd 1, Pick 9: Seattle Seahawks Select Mississippi State OT Charles Cross

Seattle's biggest hole is at offensive tackle, with both starting tackles from 2021 still free agents. Cross can step in from day one and allow Drew Lock or a QB not on the roster yet to be protected well and fairly evaluated.

Rd 1, Pick 10: New York Jets Select Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson

The Jets should be doing everything they can to help Zach Wilson succeed, and selecting the best receiver in the draft is a good start. There have been rumors of a possible trade for DK Metcalf or AJ Brown, which would possibly change this pick, but for now this is the selection. Although there are no trades in this mock draft, this is a likely spot for a trade back to get them some additional picks, especially if they do pull the trigger on a Metcalf trade.

Rd 1, Pick 11: Washington Commanders Select USC WR Drake London

London is the perfect compliment to play on the outside opposite of Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel. London has the size, athleticism, and ball skills to make plays at the catch point and after the catch. With the Commanders committing to Carson Wentz at QB, making a move for another weapon is very important.

Rd 1, Pick 12: Minnesota Vikings Select Georgia EDGE Travon Walker

Walker is a high-end athlete who will change the complexity of the Vikings pass rush. With the addition of Za'Darius Smith and with Danielle Hunter in tow, Walker not only brings great run defense, but pass rush upside across multiple position groups from 3T to 7T. The Vikings gave up 426 points (24th) and were one of only five teams to allow 4300 passing yards.

Rd 1, Pick 13: Houston Texas Select Clemson CB Andrew Booth Jr.

Booth Jr's outstanding route recognition, burst, and ball skills make him a perfect fit for Lovie Smith’s heavy cover 2 defense.

Rd 1, Pick 14: Baltimore Ravens Select Utah LB Devin Lloyd

Lloyd is the prototypical Ravens LB, showing the versatility and toughness to create nightmares for opposing offenses. After allowing the most passing yards in 2021, Lloyd will be a chess piece for new Ravens DC Mike McDonald.

Rd 1, Pick 15: Philadelphia Eagles Select Alabama WR Jameson Williams

The Eagles pursued their game-changer two years ago with Jalen Reagor, and must go back to the well with this pick. Williams' rare long speed changes the dynamics of this offense, giving them the deep ball threat they need.

Rd 1, Pick 16: New Orleans Saints Select Northern Iowa OT Trevor Penning

One of the best size/speed OT prospects to ever be available in the draft, Penning is ridiculously nasty and is exactly who the Saints should be betting on after losing Terron Armstead.

Rd 1, Pick 17: Los Angeles Chargers Select Georgia LB Nakobe Dean

Dean is an intelligent and instinctual leader on the field. He is versatile in his ability to drop into coverage, rush the passer, and defend against the run. The Chargers were worst in the NFL in run defense, and one of their only major weaknesses going into the Draft is LB.

Rd 1, Pick 18: Philadelphia Eagles Select LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.

We compared Stingley Jr. to Darius Slay in our report. Now we pair them. The Eagles draft arguably the most talented player in the draft while fulfilling a team need at CB2.

Rd 1, Pick 19: New Orleans Saints Select Liberty QB Malik Willis

The Saints need a long-term QB. Behind Winston, Willis can sit and learn for a year under the tutelage of OC Pete Carmichael.

Rd 1, Pick 20: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Iowa OC Tyler Linderbaum

With long-term uncertainty at the quarterback position, it makes sense to protect the signal-caller until a franchise player comes around, if he isn't already on the team. Building through strength in the trenches, especially with the consensus top interior offensive lineman prospect, gives Pittsburgh stability at the position.

Rd 1, Pick 21: New England Patriots Select Washington CB Kyler Gordon

After seeing star corner J.C. Jackson depart for the Chargers in free agency, a young, potential No. 1 CB becomes of utmost priority for New England and Co. Kyler Gordon can slot into New England's Cover 2 heavy defensive scheme immediately and learn under Malcolm Butler before assuming a bigger role. His versatility in the secondary and on special teams are also something that New England heavily covets with a large number of their players.

Rd 1, Pick 22: Green Bay Packers Select Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

Let's give Rodgers some weapons. Following the Davante Adams trade, Green Bay had a huge hole at receiver. They find a potential No. 1 guy here in Burks, who has the size and talent to be successful at the NFL level.

Rd 1, Pick 23: Arizona Cardinals Select Georgia iDL Jordan Davis

The Cardinals can plug in Davis right in the middle of the defensive line. His presence will command double teams and free other Cardinals defenders to make plays. JJ Watt and Davis could be a lethal duo in the NFC West.

Rd 1, Pick 24: Dallas Cowboys Select Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green

The Cowboys once strong offensive line has fallen from grace. Kenyon Green helps make that OL a strength once again and secures the LG position for the foreseeable future.

Rd 1, Pick 25: Buffalo Bills Select Florida CB Kaiir Elam

With the loss of Levi Wallace in free agency, pairing Elam with Tre'Davious White can make for a lethal duo. Elam brings size and speed to Buffalo's secondary.

Rd 1, Pick 26: Tennessee Titans Select Boston College OG Zion Johnson

The Titans released 34-year old guard Roger Saffold and have yet to re-sign David Quessenberry, who played 99.9% of the team's snaps last season. Selecting the BC Guard would help the Titans get younger along the OL and provide this run heavy offense with a mauler up front.

Rd 1, Pick 27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Washington CB Trent McDuffie

With Todd Bowles taking over the reigns in Tampa Bay, he will be acquiring an NFL-ready corner who can succeed in zone coverage. Strengthening the secondary, which had many injuries towards the end of last season, will help in the 2022 season.

Rd 1, Pick 28: Green Bay Packers Select Michigan EDGE David Ojabo

The achilles injury is a concern of course. Green Bay would focus on ensuring the injury heals well rather than rushing him on the field in the early weeks of the season. Ojabo could become a dynamic rotational rusher with Preston Smith and Rashan Gary towards the end of the year and for future seasons.

Rd 1, Pick 29: Kansas city Chiefs Select Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II

The 2022 season represents the first year of the Mahomes contract where he consumes a substantial amount of cap space. The Chiefs begin that era by getting younger and cheaper at a premium position with a player who can come in and impact right away. The importance of pass rushers in the AFC West can't be overstated in facing Herbert, Carr and now Wilson six games a year.

Rd 1, Pick 30: Kansas City Chiefs Select Ohio State WR Chris Olave

The aforementioned cap hit percentage for Mahomes has led to the Chiefs trading Tyreek Hill. Olave represents an opportunity to replace some of the speed and deep threat Hill possessed. A pristine route runner, Olave should allow the Chiefs to continue to give opposing DCs a lot to game plan for.

Rd 1, Pick 31: Cincinnati Bengals Select UConn iDL Travis Jones

The key to a good off-season will be finding pieces to rotate in with current starters and make slight upgrades at positions. Travis Jones is a versatile 1-tech or 3-tech who wreaks havoc. Rotating him with B.J. Hill and D.J. Reader will lead to a fresh, productive iDL group.

Rd 1, Pick 32: Detroit Lions Select Penn State WR Jahan Dotson

Jahan Dotson is a sure-handed and quick WR who will be able to produce early. Dotson should see more time and production than vets DJ Chark and Josh Reynolds.

Round 2

Rd 2, Pick 33: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Penn State EDGE Arnold Ebiketie

After going OL in the 1st, Jacksonville still needs pass rush help. Ebiketie has the explosiveness and length to shine across from Josh Allen.

Rd 2, Pick 34: Detroit Lions Select Michigan DS Daxton Hill

Hill's speed, length, and explosiveness are ideal for a slot defender. His ability to blow up screens, match with slots and TEs, and blitz fit well for the modern NFL at safety or slot.

Rd 2, Pick 35: New York Jets Select Penn State DS Jaquan Brisker

The Jets defense really struggled in 2021, especially against the pass. With Marcus Maye leaving via FA, Jaquan Brisker would be a great fit and has a very good chance of starting on day one.

Rd 2, Pick 36: New York Giants Select Kentucky OC Luke Fortner

Even though the Giants went with Ekwonu in round one, they should look to find more quality players to fix their offensive line. If they want to see if Jones can be the guy, they have to give him the best possible chance, and that starts up front.

Rd 2, Pick 37: Houston Texans Select Georgia WR George Pickens

The Texans add a 6-foot-3 WR with a 4.47 40 time and 5-star pedigree. Pickens would be a welcomed addition to a WR room that needs to be fortified.

Rd 2, Pick 38: New York Jets Select San Diego State EDGE Cameron Thomas

Cameron Thomas had a tough pre-draft process due to a hamstring injury that he suffered at the Senior Bowl, but he is still one of the best EDGE prospects in the class. This move will allow John Franklin-Myers to move back to his 3 tech position on passing situations, and gives the Jets more depth at a critical spot.

Rd 2, Pick 39: Chicago Bears Select Ohio State OT Nicholas Petit-Frere

The Bears did not make any additions to the OL in free agency and will jump at the opportunity to select Petit-Frere, who has the ability to play either LT or RT to protect second-year QB Justin Fields.

Rd 2, Pick 40: Seattle Seahawks Select Auburn CB Roger McCreary

Seattle neglected to address the loss of top CB D.J. Reed in FA, an underrated cover corner who redefined CB size in Carroll's scheme. The Seahawks nab the top corner on the board in McCreary with plans to play him outside from Day 1 and can move him to the slot if necessary. While he doesn't have the size or length of a typical Pete Carroll corner, he overcomes his limitations with excellent reactive athleticism.

Rd 2, Pick 41: Seattle Seahawks Select Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder

Despite Drew Lock's theoretical upside, Seattle needs to take another shot at finding a QB to replace Wilson. After passing on Willis in Round 1, Ridder is an athletic quarterback who can push the ball downfield and compete with Lock for the starting job in 2022.

Rd 2, Pick 42: Indianapolis Colts Select Colorado State TE Trey McBride

Matt Ryan loves his TEs and McBride would be an excellent fit to support the Colts offense. Equally skilled as a run blocker and pass catcher, McBride should help Ryan settle into his new surroundings.

Rd 2, Pick 43: Atlanta Falcons Select Georgia iDL Devonte Wyatt

The Falcons continue to upgrade on the defensive side of the ball by replacing the cut Tyeler Davison with Wyatt. An explosive player off the snap, Wyatt's athleticism and ability to contribute all across the line will give the Falcons an effective front when paired with Grady Jarrett.

Rd 2, Pick 44: Cleveland Browns Select Houston iDL Logan Hall

The Browns take the best DT left on the board in an effort to sure up the defensive front. Hall is a versatile and athletic player with developmental upside who can play as either a 5-technique or a 3-technique along the Browns front.

Rd 2, Pick 45: Baltimore Ravens Select Purdue WR David Bell

Although his slow 40 is concerning, Bell is a strong fit for Baltimore as a press-beater who can capitalize against Zone. Bell provides a different dimension to the pass attack and can distinguish himself from Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman.

Rd 2, Pick 46: Minnesota Vikings Select Alabama CB Jalyn Armour-Davis

The Vikings need help on the back0end, and will get a solid cover corner in both press and off man. Armour-Davis has strong plant and drive and is able to contribute physically in the run game as well.

Rd 2, Pick 47: Washington Commanders Select Georgia DS Lewis Cine

After parting ways with Landon Collins this offseason, the Commanders must address the safety position. Cine was highly productive on a talented defense throughout college and tested very well during the draft process.

Rd 2, Pick 48: Chicago Bears Select North Dakota State WR Christian Watson

Pairing Darnell Mooney with a big-bodied receiver will help Justin Fields tremendously. The Bears should be able to use Watson in a number of different ways to maximize his versatility, especially with a mobile QB.

Rd 2, Pick 49: New Orleans Saints Select Montana State LB Troy Andersen

Pete Werner has been solid, but Troy Andersen is one of the most athletic LBs to ever come through the draft. Though raw, he can take a year to really develop and pairs well with Demario Davis.

Rd 2, Pick 50: Kansas City Chiefs Select Minnesota OT Daniel Faalele

With Orlando Brown yet to sign his long-term extension, Faalele offers the chance to either provide some insurance should negotiations get tepid, or will bookend what will be the leagues tallest wall on either side of one of the leagues best quarterbacks.

Rd 2, Pick 51: Philadelphia Eagles Select Georgia LB Quay Walker

Quay Walker is the long, physical, and fast athlete in the middle the Eagles are looking for. After letting former captain Alex Singleton go into free agency, this is chance to fulfill a need with high-upside.

Rd 2, Pick 52: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Mississippi State CB Martin Emerson

Pittsburgh could use a boost at the cornerback position, and adding Emerson gives them just this. He can develop behind Wallace and Witherspoon if he doesn't start from the get-go and become a future starter for the Steelers.

Rd 2, Pick 53: Green Bay Packers Select Alabama WR John Metchie III

The receiving corps in Green Bay is really depleted right now, so we double dip at WR to grab John Metchie III. Metchie has outstanding route running ability and would be a nice compliment to Allen Lazard and our 1st round pick, Treylon Burks.

Rd 2, Pick 54: New England Patriots Select Wyoming LB Chad Muma

With the Patriots most likely not re-signing Dont'a Hightower, they are left with a hole in their inside linebacker group. It has become publicly known that the Patriots want to get younger and faster in the linebacker group, so former Wyoming LB Chad Muma makes a lot of sense here. Muma increased his production each year of school, and he also proved to be an outstanding run stopper, which is something the Patriots have desperately needed the past few seasons.

Rd 2, Pick 55: Arizona Cardinals Select Cincinnati CB Coby Bryant

The Cardinals reach for a corner here due to the fact that many corners were taken ahead of them. Bryant fills a need in the Cardinals secondary and can contribute immediately on the outside, allowing Byron Murphy to stick to the slot position. If the Cardinals aim to get a top-tier CB in this draft, they may need to trade up from this slot or take one in the first round.

Rd 2, Pick 56: Dallas Cowboys Select Illinois DS Kerby Joseph

The Cowboys have needed an impact safety for a while and Kerby Joseph is a rangy middle field safety who should fit nicely into former 33rd Team member Dan Quinn's Cover 3 Scheme.

Rd 2, Pick 57: Buffalo Bills Select Western Michigan WR Skyy Moore

The departure of Beasley allows for Skyy Moore to come in and close out a dynamic receiving corps. Moore brings speed and elusiveness to the Bulls.

Rd 2, Pick 58: Atlanta Falcons Select Central Michigan OT Luke Goedeke

Atlanta flips to the offensive side of the trenches to take a OL prospect with upside that can play at either Tackle or Guard. Goedeke adds needed competition to the Falcons OL.

Rd 2, Pick 59: Green Bay Packers Select Central Michigan OT Bernhard Raimann

Two straight Central Michigan OTs! The Packers could use a RT to allow Elgton Jenkins to concentrate playing inside. A former tight end, Raimann is raw but has the potential to develop into a solid starting tackle.

Rd 2, Pick 60: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Oklahoma iDL Perrion Winfrey

Todd Bowles will be all smiles after drafting another defensive piece as Winfrey can be moved along the line. The 21-year-old's developmental upside will serve Tampa well if he can reach his full potential.

Rd 2, Pick 61: San Francisco 49ers Select Minnesota EDGE Boye Mafe

Mafe fits into 49ers' defensive line coach Kris Kocurek's Wide-9 scheme ideally as a 9-tech and will take the role of the oft-injured Dee Ford. With extremely high-level traits, Mafe can develop into an ideal bookend rushing opposite of Nick Bosa while splitting time with Samson Ebukam to start the year.

Rd 2, Pick 62: Kansas City Chiefs Select Iowa State RB Breece Hall

The first RB finally goes off the board. In this case, the Chiefs actively wanted to avoid another early round pick on a RB, but at a certain point the players talent can outweigh the positional value. Hall offers this offense an extra dimension and will contribute heavily to the second chapter of the Mahomes era.

Rd 2, Pick 63: Cincinnati Bengals Select Chattanooga OG Cole Strange

Strange has great positional versatility, being able to play at OG and Center with ease. He will excel in Zac Taylor's Outside Zone Scheme with his raw athleticism and explosiveness off the snap to get him onto the frontside of defenders and seal holes.

Rd 2, Pick 64: Denver Broncos Select Texas A&M DL DeMarvin Leal

The Broncos scoop up Leal with their first pick in the draft. His versatility and athleticism allows him to slide right in at the 5-tech position in the Broncos 3-4 scheme.

Round 3

Rd 3, Pick 65: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Baylor DS Jalen Pitre

The Jaguars add versatility and coverage ability from a true hybrid player. Pitre's Senior Bowl performance helped alleviate concerns related to his size.

Rd 3, Pick 66: Detroit Lions Select Wisconsin LB Leo Chenal

Chenal brings speed and size to the MIKE LB spot on a Lions team lacking talent at LB. He may need some time to improve in coverage before playing on 3rd downs, but should be an upgrade over Alex Anzalone.

Rd 3, Pick 67: New York Giants Select Cincinnati DS Bryan Cook

With the loss of Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan, the Giants need some help in the secondary. Bryan Cook has a very good shot at starting day one and would make an excellent addition in a young safety room.

Rd 3, Pick 68: Houston Texans Select University of Houston CB Marcus Jones

Under Lovie Smith's defense, the Texans were a top 10 team in nickel personnel snap percentage. Jones will contribute as the prototype nickel of this class and its most dynamic returner.

Rd 3, Pick 69: New York Jets Select Alabama LB Christian Harris

Outside of CJ Mosley, there are not a lot of proven linebackers currently on the Jets roster. Although Quincy Williams was a nice surprise last season, Harris will compete for that starting Will spot and offers solid depth.

Rd 3, Pick 70: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Georgia OG Jamaree Salyer

With the departure of Andrew Nowell and Brandon Scherff's durability concerns, guard depth is an absolute must for Jacksonville. Salyer can provide depth at tackle and guard and compete at LG from day 1.

Rd 3, Pick 71: Chicago Bears Select UTSA CB Tariq Woolen

You can't teach size and speed. Bears take a chance on the 6-foot-4 CB who ran a 4.26 40-yard at the Combine and has plenty of room to develop.

Rd 3, Pick 72: Seattle Seahawks Select Oklahoma EDGE Nik Bonitto

Pete Carroll has talked about a potential shift to a 3-4 scheme and being "less arrogant" on defense. Bonitto joins free agent signee Uchenna Nwosu in bolstering an ascending pass rush as an athletic OLB.

Rd 3, Pick 73: Indianapolis Colts Select USC EDGE Drake Jackson

The Colts have discussed upgrading the defensive line this offseason. With starter upside, Drake Jackson represents a good opportunity to boost their edge pass rush.

Rd 3, Pick 74: Atlanta Falcons Select Southern Alabama WR Jalen Tolbert

With Calvin Ridley suspended and Russell Gage departed for Tampa, the Falcons are left with Olamide Zaccheaus as their top returning wide receiver. Tolbert has the physical tools to be a multi-level threat at the next level, and the Falcons will be banking on his hands developing to at least an average level.

Rd 3, Pick 75: Denver Broncos Select Georgia CB Derion Kendrick

With all the high-powered offenses in the AFC West, Denver must add to their secondary. Kendrick has a lot of upside due to his athleticism. If he can continue to improve on his technique, he can prove to be a solid starter at the next level. He could possibly play outside with Darby moving into the slot position.

Rd 3, Pick 76: Baltimore Ravens Select Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III

Baltimore learned last year that you can never have enough depth, and Walker has high-end potential to complement their offense.

Rd 3, Pick 77: Minnesota Vikings Select Ohio State OG Thayer Munford

The Vikings could use help on their IOL and Munford has the ability to kick out to tackle as well. He is versatile and has competed at the highest level throughout his career

Rd 3, Pick 78: Cleveland Browns Select Cincinnati EDGE Myjai Sanders

The Browns need more depth on the edge after losing Jadeveon Clowney. They continue to add along the front with an edge who can contribute in year one with the long term upside to be a good bookend opposite Myles Garrett.

Rd 3, Pick 79: Los Angeles Chargers Select Virginia TE Jelani Woods

Need to score points in the AFC West? Add the highest upside TE in the draft.

Rd 3, Pick 80: Houston Texans Select North Carolina QB Sam Howell

In a draft where QB1 is up for debate, to get Howell, who’s firmly in that discussion, in the 3rd round is a great value. While Mills showed flashes, teams should always be looking to add talent to their QB rooms.

Rd 3, Pick 81: New York Giants Select Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely

Isaiah Likely was a force to be reckoned with at Coastal Carolina. With the Giants losing Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph, Likely will have a good chance to see plenty of snaps early on in his career.

Rd 3, Pick 82: Atlanta Falcons Select Georgia LB Channing Tindall

The Falcons lost Foye Oluokun in free agency and lack the depth to fill that hole from within the organization. Taking Tindall with the expectation that he continues to grow as he gets more game reps and develops into the serviceable starter that he has the athletic profile to be. He will be a significant special teams contributor immediately.

Rd 3, Pick 83: Philadelphia Eagles Select Oregon DS Verone McKinley III

The Eagles bolster their secondary even further by adding an instinctual safety with great ball skills. McKinley doesn't have an ideal combination of size and speed, but he is a playmaker who constantly finds the ball.

Rd 3, Pick 84: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Kentucky OT Darian Kinnard

The Steelers elect to take another offensive lineman here, which will help strengthen the position group. A strong run blocker, Kinnard may also provide positional versatility for Pittsburgh if needed.

Rd 3, Pick 85: New England Patriots Select WR Wan'Dale Robinson

Despite the fact that the Patriots signed WR/RB Ty Montgomery this offseason, they could still stand to add more speed on the offensive side of the ball. Robinson is a player who Mac Jones can get the ball to quickly in space and allow him to make a play while also bringing special teams abilities to the tables (New England lost All-Pro Gunner Olszewski to Pittsburgh this offseason). 

Rd 3, Pick 86: Las Vegas Raiders Select Nebraska OC Cam Jurgens

With their first pick in this draft, the Raiders continue to invest in fortifying their offensive line as they attempt to compete with the rest of the firepower the AFC West has to offer. Jurgens says high-end athleticism and can plug and play at any interior spot for Las Vegas.

Rd 3, Pick 87: Arizona Cardinals Select Cincinnati WR Alec Pierce

With the loss of Christian Kirk in free agency, the Cardinals must look for a complement to Hopkins. Adding a big target such as Pierce alongside Rondale Moore in the slot will give Murray the weapons he needs to succeed this upcoming year.

Rd 3, Pick 88: Dallas Cowboys Select South Carolina EDGE Kingsley Enagbare

The loss of Randy Gregory paired with the aging of Demarcus Lawrence makes Edge Rush a need for the Cowboys. Enagbare is a great fit for the LEO role in Quinn's system and should transition in nicely on 3rd down packages as he fine tunes his game.

Rd 3, Pick 89: Buffalo Bills Select Alabama RB Brian Robinson Jr.

Devin Singletary is on the last year of his deal. Adding Robinson brings a powerful backfield duo and good blocking back to further advance an already powerful Bills offensive attack.

Rd 3, Pick 90: Tennessee Titans Select Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer

The Titans need a third receiving target outside of AJ Brown and Robert Woods (who may not be 100% at the beginning of the season). Wydermyer's blocking is suspect, and his Pro Day numbers were poor. He is still one of the better receiving tight ends in the class. He has the size that teams look for at the position.

Rd 3, Pick 91: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Memphis OG Dylan Parham

With Ali Marpet retiring and Alex Cappa signing with the Bengals, it seems logical to try to fortify the interior with replacements. They filled one spot by trading for Shaq Mason, and fill the other here.

Rd 3, Pick 92: Green Bay Packers Select Wisconsin TE Jake Ferguson

The Packers select a third weapon for Rodgers in their first five draft picks. Ferguson, an in-line TE from the state of Wisconsin, should be an effective blocking asset and middle of the field pass catcher for Rodgers.

Rd 3, Pick 93: San Francisco 49ers Select Toledo DS Tycen Anderson

With Jaquaski Tartt remaining a free agent, the 49ers have a need at safety. Here they bring in a H/W/S product with excellent length who can play in the box or as a big nickel.

Rd 3, Pick 94: Kansas City Chiefs Select Alabama iDL Phidarian Mathis

The Chiefs get a good value here in a potential plug-and-play defensive lineman with the ability to oscillate between 0-tech and 3-tech.

Rd 3, Pick 95: Cincinnati Bengals Select Memphis WR Calvin Austin III

The Bengals get a new weapon who is different than the skill position players they have in tow. Austin will likely be used in a hybrid role as a WR 3/4 and may take some backfield touches as well, providing an extremely versatile weapon on their offense.

Rd 3, Pick 96: Denver Broncos Select Washington State OT Abraham Lucas

Lucas is one of the better pass blocking OTs in the draft and protecting Wilson should be one of the top priorities for the team. Billy Turner was signed to a one-year deal, allowing Lucas to compete for the RT spot and develop.

Rd 3, Pick 97: Detroit Lions Select Nevada QB Carson Strong

Strong has an NFL arm and has shown the ability to make throws down the field and outside the numbers. It is worth getting him in the building and seeing if he can compete for a starting position, with no strong commitment if a different option becomes available in 2023.

Rd 3, Pick 98: New Orleans Saints Select Nevada WR Romeo Doubs

Two Nevada players in a row! With a new QB and OT in the building, New Orleans gets to work with a WR with speed and strong ball skills who can work with Willis as his accuracy improves.

Rd 3, Pick 99: Cleveland Browns Select Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller

Spiller presents a value pick with Kareem Hunt entering the final year of his deal after an injury riddled 2021. Spiller can pair with Nick Chubb as a long-term replacement for Hunt in the coming seasons.

Rd 3, Pick 100: Baltimore Ravens Select Baylor DS JT Woods

Woods is a highly explosive size/speed DB who needs some polish. In Baltimore he can learn from some of the best, developing behind the scenes and picking up some snaps as a 3rd safety or rotational outside CB.

Rd 3, Pick 101: Philadelphia Eagles Select Western Kentucky EDGE DeAngelo Malone

The Eagles continue to add to their defense. This time, they bring aboard a defensive end with pass rush upside. Malone can contribute on third down immediately.

Rd 3, Pick 102: Miami Dolphins Select Ole Miss QB Matt Corral

This is not the position of greatest need by any means, but with Tua Tagovailoa missing multiple games with injury for each of the last four seasons, Corrall's slide stops in Miami.

Rd 3, Pick 103: Kansas City Chiefs Select UCLA TE Greg Dulcich

The Chiefs nab an athletic tight end to back up Travis Kelce. Dulcich is a move-tight end who will give Andy Reid the ability to play more 12 personnel while keeping excellent pass catching weapons on the field.

Rd 3, Pick 104: Los Angeles Rams Select Alabama CB Josh Jobe

Without a reliable starter opposite Jalen Ramsey, the Super Bowl champs target a talented corner who has the potential to thrive in Raheem Morris' heavy-zone defensive scheme. Jobe can provide much needed special-teams depth as well.

Rd 3, Pick 105: San Francisco 49ers Select Tulsa OT Tyler Smith

With Mike McGlinchey coming off a torn quad and entering his fifth-year option, the 49ers simultaneously take the highest ceiling offensive lineman left on the board and add an elite insurance plan for the future. Smith needs to rework his technique and will be a bit of a project. Who better to learn from for a year than Trent Williams before he takes over at right tackle?