2022 NFL Draft Winners and Losers: Day 3



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By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
Published: May 5, 2022.


Third-Day Winners

    Baltimore Ravens
    The Ravens had an excellent first two days of the 2022 NFL Draft, and they brought it home on Day 3. In Round 4, Baltimore made a trio of good value picks with Minnesota offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, Alabama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis and Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar. The massive Faalele could have the potential to be a starting right tackle, and the Ravens have had success developing massive edge blockers like him. Orlando Brown was a mid-round pick and turned into a steal. It would not be ashock if Baltimore turned Faalele into a quality starter. Armour-Davis played well in 2021 and has a good skill set. At worst, he could be a quality backup for the Ravens. Kolar is a dangerous receiving tight end who could be a very good backup behind Mark Andrews.

    In the sixth round, Baltimore got an excellent backup running back in Missouri's Tyler Badie. While Badie is not a big back, he is possesses a strong build that allows him to run hard between the tackles. Badie also is a superb receiver and was consistently among the top receiving backs in college football over the past few years. He could be a superb third-down and rotational back behind J.K. Dobbins.

    It would not surprise me at all if Faalele, Armour-Davis, Kolar and Badie ended up being third-day steals for the Ravens.



    Dallas Cowboys
    The Cowboys made a risky pick in the second round with troubled Ole Miss defensive end Sam Williams, but they took some low-risk/high-reward picks on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft. In the fourth round, Dallas landed a good tight end in Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson. He should be a quality blocker and a contributing receiver as a backup tight end in the NFL.

    A year ago, the Cowboys made a superb pick on Day 3 with LSU linebacker Jabril Cox, and they repeated that this year with the selection of Cox's former teammate Damone Clark. Clark was one of the best linebackers in college football in 2021. He was a tackling machine who also showed well in pass coverage. After the season, Clark had a good week at the Senior Bowl and worked out well at the combine. He was a consensus second-round pick with the potential to sneak into the first round, but a neck injury requiring surgery was discovered at the combine, and that sent Clark to the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft. Come 2023, Clark could be a massive steal as a late fifth-round pick. Both Clark and Cox are good coverage linebackers, so their presence would allow Micah Parsons to rush off the edge exclusively.

    Two picks after Clark, Dallas took Arkansas defensive tackle John Ridgeway who could play end or tackle in the NFL. The massive Ridgeway is a good run stuffer, and he could be rotated into the game to help keep the team's edge rushers fresh. The Cowboys got excellent value out of their picks on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft.



    Green Bay Packers
    I thought the Packers were one of the losers on the opening day of the 2022 NFL Draft, but I felt they bounced back to do a better job of drafting on Days 2 and 3. In the fourth round, the Packers came away with good values who could prove to be steals. Nevada wide receiver Romeo Doubs has a quality skill set and could develop into a nice third or fourth receiver, possibly even a No. 2. Shortly later in the fourth round, the Packers took Wake Forest offensive lineman Zach Tom. He can play tackle or center, which should make him a valuable game-day backup.

    Green Bay added a quality developmental offensive lineman in Round 7 with Penn State's Rasheed Walker. He has good size, athleticism and strength, but he needs to improve his technique. Given his early round skill set, Walker was a good value in the seventh round. The Packers picks during the third day of the 2022 NFL Draft should provide quality value and depth.



Third-Day Losers

    New England Patriots
    During all three days of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Patriots made questionable picks that did not seem to make much sense. On Day 3, they took a pair of running backs despite already having a crowded backfield. It could be difficult for both Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris to make the team, and especially the Harris pick could end up being wasted. New England also used a fourth-round pick on Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe even though it has a young starter in Mac Jones. It would have made more sense to take a player like Memphis speedster wide receiver Calvin Austin, nasty Kentucky tackle/guard Darian Kinnard, or UTSA big-upside cornerback Tariq Woolen. After taking some reaches on Days 1 and 2, it looks like the Patriots may have wasted some picks on Day 3.

 





 

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