Post-Draft Dynasty Rookie Rankings
The strength of this year’s rookie class is at WR. Six WRs came off the board in the 1st round on Thursday night – and a record-tying 17 WRs went in the first 3 rounds.
But there were no 1st-round RBs and just 6 through 3 rounds. Only 1 TE made it into the first 2 rounds. And – somewhat shockingly – we had only one 1st-round QB and none in Round 2.
So, overall, it’s a weak rookie class. Don’t be afraid to trade 2022 dynasty rookie picks for proven veterans or 2023 picks. (Next year’s class looks much stronger.)
With that said, here are our top 60 overall rookies for 1-QB, PPR dynasty leagues. Below that you’ll find individual positional rankings.
Top 60 Overall
1. Breece Hall, RB, Jets
Hall got nice draft capital for a RB in this day and age, coming off the board at #36 overall. (And the Jets said in their post-draft presser that they actually tried to trade back up into the 1st round for him.)
Hall joins a backfield with Michael Carter, who’s coming off a solid rookie season. But he was a 4th-round pick and always looked like a change-of-pace back.
We’ll see exactly how big a piece of the backfield pie Hall claims, but he’ll see plenty of volume – rushing and receiving – in what should be an ascending offense if QB Zach Wilson is the answer.
2. Drake London, WR, Falcons
Atlanta made London the WR1 in the class, taking him with the 8th overall pick. He’s 1 of just 5 WRs over the last 5 drafts to get top-10 draft capital, joining Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith and Garrett Wilson.
London was our WR1 pre-draft thanks to his size, age-adjusted production and tape. This landing spot doesn’t change that.
The rookie has a clear path to the top of Atlanta’s depth chart, with Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, KhaDarel Hodge and Damiere Byrd his “competition.” QB Marcus Mariota likely isn’t the Falcons’ long-term solution, but this team should have an opportunity to address the position in a strong 2023 QB class.
3. Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets
Wilson joins a somewhat crowded WR corps alongside Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios. But Davis is only signed through 2023 (and easily cuttable next offseason), and Berrios is more special-teams ace than real target competition.
Of course, the Jets probably expect Wilson to emerge as their #1 WR considering they spent the 10th overall pick on him. Wilson’s agility, quickness and 4.38-second speed make him a good fit in OC Mike LaFleur’s offense, which is focused on getting the ball to its playmakers for run-after-catch opportunities.
Wilson’s upside will ultimately hinge on QB Zach Wilson’s development.
4. Treylon Burks, WR, Titans
The 6’2, 225-pound Burks was often compared to A.J. Brown in the pre-draft process. We don’t necessarily see it – Brown was more refined coming out of Ole Miss – but that’s exactly who Burks will be replacing in Tennessee.
Brown’s departure leaves Robert Woods (who’s 30 and coming off ACL surgery) as Burks’ only legitimate target competition. There’s longer-term QB questions with Ryan Tannehill turning 34 in July and carrying a massive $36.6 million cap hit in 2023. But 3rd-round rookie Malik Willis at least gives Tennessee a potential replacement.
The biggest question with Burks is whether he can develop as a route runner. He’s ready-made to make an impact in the deep-passing game and as an after-the-catch weapon.
5. Jameson Williams, WR, Lions
Don’t look now, but this could be an explosive Lions offense with Williams joining D.J. Chark, Amon-Ra St. Brown, T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift.
That’s a lot of target competition for Williams. But the Lions clearly expect him to emerge as a #1 WR considering they traded up 20 spots in Round 1 to nab him. (Chark, by the way, is only signed for 2022.)
Williams’ deep speed isn’t a great fit with QB Jared Goff. But Goff is cuttable next offseason if he doesn’t deliver in 2022. Williams, of course, is more of a long-term play as he rehabs his January 10 ACL tear.
6. Chris Olave, WR, Saints
We wrote in Olave’s pre-draft scouting report that he looked like a long-term #2 WR in the NFL. That’s what he’ll be in New Orleans, at least to start his career, behind Michael Thomas. Thomas is signed through 2024 – and it’d be tough for the Saints to get out of his deal.
There are long-term QB questions in New Orleans. And we’ll see what the offense looks like without HC Sean Payton.
But Olave’s sub-4.4 speed, route-running ability and reliable hands make him a relatively safe fantasy bet.
7. Kenneth Walker, RB, Seahawks
In the short term, Walker will face competition for carries from at least former 1st-round pick Rashaad Penny, and potentially from Chris Carson. Both of those guys are only signed through 2022.
Longer term, there are major pass-catching questions with Walker, who totaled only 19 grabs across 3 college seasons. Seattle’s offensive line is a potential problem, even after adding 1st-round OT Charles Cross. And the team needs to find a QB.
It’s not a great landing spot for Walker, although he does still bring plenty of rushing upside after ripping off 1,636 yards and 18 TDs on 6.2 yards per attempt at Michigan State last year.
8. Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs
Our 9th overall player pre-draft climbs a spot after getting the nut landing spot in Kansas City. It’s at least worth noting that Moore was only the 13th WR off the board in the NFL Draft. But c’mon – he’s now tied to Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid!
Moore stuffed the stat sheet at Western Michigan, brings inside/outside versatility and tested as a 75th percentile athlete at the Combine. He and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are the only WRs the Chiefs have signed past 2022.
9. George Pickens, WR, Steelers
At least some teams reportedly have significant character concerns about Pickens. That adds some fantasy risk, of course. But it also means that he might have been a 1st-round pick based on talent alone.
We certainly liked Pickens’ 2019 tape, when the 5-star recruit led Georgia in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs as a true freshman. His 2021 was wrecked by a March ACL tear, but Pickens was able to return for the final 4 games of last season and should be ready for offseason activities with the Steelers.
He has a chance to win the #3 WR job right out of the gate. And note that Diontae Johnson is set to hit free agency in 2023; Chase Claypool in 2024.
10. Jahan Dotson, WR, Commanders
Perhaps we’re too low on Dotson, who Washington made the 5th WR off the board at pick #16. But we don’t see a big fantasy ceiling on the 5’11, 178-pounder with 63rd percentile athleticism. Dotson didn’t break out until his junior season at Penn State and is not an early declare.
He does look like a relatively safe and NFL-ready WR with strong route-running ability and reliable hands. And Dotson has a good chance to win a top-3 role as a rookie alongside Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.
11. James Cook, RB, Bills
We still wonder how much volume the 5’11, 199-pounder will garner in the NFL. But Cook is 1 of the best pass-catching backs in this class and boasts big-play ability with his 4.4 speed.
Most importantly, he landed in an elite Bills offense that should elevate his per-touch efficiency. We expect Cook to immediately take over as Buffalo’s primary pass-catching back. And note that RB Devin Singletary is only signed through 2022.
12. Rachaad White, RB, Buccaneers
We were pumped to see White, our favorite under-the-radar RB in this class, come off the board in Round 3 as the RB4.
White opened his college career at Division II Nebraska-Kearney but averaged 95 rushing yards, 3.4 catches, 40 receiving yards and 1.5 total TDs across 2 years at Arizona State. He led this RB class in 2021 Pro Football Focus receiving grade, market share of receiving yards and yards per route run. The 6’0, 214-pounder registered a 99th percentile Relative Athletic Score at the Combine.
White should immediately push Ke’Shawn Vaughn to be Leonard Fournette’s handcuff. The 27-year-old Fournette is signed through 2024 – but the Bucs can get out of his deal relatively pain-free after 2023.
13. Christian Watson, WR, Packers
Watson undoubtedly lands in an awesome spot for immediate fantasy opportunity. He’ll be catching passes from QB Aaron Rodgers on a WR depth chart that’s topped by Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb.
But we question whether Watson is ready for that opportunity. He’s coming from the FCS. And the tape showed a raw route runner with shaky hands.
Watson’s long-term situation isn’t as friendly considering Rodgers is 38 and QB Jordan Love doesn’t look capable of succeeding him.
Watson’s elite athleticism gives him a path to a big fantasy ceiling that was paved clearer by this landing spot. But he still comes with big bust potential.
14. Alec Pierce, WR, Colts
Pierce’s production at Cincinnati was just OK. But the 6’3, 211-pounder tested as a 98th percentile athlete at the Combine. And the tape is intriguing: contested-catch dominance and obvious juice to win downfield.
The Colts evidently liked what they saw, making Pierce a 2nd-round pick and the 12th WR off the board. He finds plenty of opportunity in Indianapolis, where there’s little on the depth chart behind Michael Pittman.
15. Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans
Pierce was stuck in a committee backfield throughout his 4 seasons at Florida, which is at least slightly concerning. But the HC who refused to give Pierce a big workload has since been fired – certainly notable.
When Pierce did get the rock, he was awesome. He led all 173 RBs with 100+ attempts last year in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and ranked 5th in Elusive Rating. Pierce also tallied 36 catches over the last 2 seasons.
His 2022 competition in Houston: Marlon Mack, Rex Burkeahd, Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale. Mack and Burkhead are only signed for 2022.
16. Tyler Allgeier, RB, Falcons
Allgeier’s draft capital is less than ideal: He was a 5th-round pick and the 12th RB off the board.
But two-thirds of the Draft Sharks staff had him as a top-9 RB in the class pre-draft. Allgeier is a 5’11, 224-pound power back who’s coming off a 1,601-yard, 23-TD season. He’s also adept in the passing game, catching 42 balls over the last 2 seasons.
Most importantly, Allgeier is a prime candidate to climb in dynasty value this year after landing in Atlanta. With RB Mike Davis gone, Allgeier is only competing for snaps with Cordarrelle Patterson, Damien Williams and Qadree Ollison.
17. David Bell, WR, Browns
The draft was a win for Bell, who got 3rd-round capital and landed with QB Deshaun Watson.
His 40th percentile athleticism might cap his fantasy upside. But Bell checked every production box while at Purdue and flashed strong ball skills and crafty route-running on tape.
18. Jalen Tolbert, WR, Cowboys
Dallas reportedly considered pulling the trigger on Tolbert in Round 2 before eventually landing him in the 3rd.
We know that CeeDee Lamb is locked in as the Cowboys’ #1 WR. But WR Michael Gallup is rehabbing a January ACL tear. And WR Amari Cooper was dealt to Cleveland. That leaves James Washington as Tolbert’s primary competition for the #3 job.
The South Alabama product compiled 2,559 receiving yards over the past 2 seasons and is 1 of the better downfield WRs in this class. He seems like a good fit with QB Dak Prescott, who’s ranked top 12 in Pro Football Focus’ deep passing grade in 3 straight seasons.
19. John Metchie, WR, Texans
Metchie was an early-2nd-round pick and the 9th WR off the board. He landed in a nice spot to find playing time, with Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Phillip Dorsett behind Brandin Cooks on the depth chart.
We’ll need to monitor Metchie’s recovery from a December 4 ACL tear, though. And the 5’11, 187-pounder didn’t look like a high-upside prospect before that injury. He never cracked the top 50 WRs in PFF receiving grades across 3 seasons at Alabama.
20. Trey McBride, TE, Cardinals
The NFL told us that McBride is easily the top TE in this class. He went with the 55th overall pick of the draft – 18 spots ahead of the TE2 (Jelani Woods).
McBride averaged 7 catches and 91yards per game over his final 2 seasons at Colorado State and looked like a terrific receiver on tape.
The biggest problem is that TE Zach Ertz is signed for another 3 seasons, with dead cap hits that make it tough for Arizona to cut him before 2024.
You might need to be patient with McBride, but he certainly has the potential to be a perennial top-12 fantasy TE.
21. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
Robinson shows up low on this list compared with where he was drafted (8th among WRs) but high compared with what other wideouts his size have historically accomplished.
Since the NFL started tracking targets in 1992, we have seen just 6 total seasons of 100+ targets from a WR standing 5'8 or shorter and less than 180 pounds. Three of those have come from Cole Beasley, the only repeat performer in that class.
Of course, that doesn't make Robinson hopeless. If we cheat that height limit up to 5'9, we jump to 22 player seasons of 100+ targets, including multiple from Marquise Brown and Jamison Crowder. (So let's just get the kid some heels.)
Robinson enjoyed a wildly successful 2021 at Kentucky, snaring 43% of the team's receptions for 45.5% of the yards and 29.2% of TD catches. And the draft capital this new Giants staff spent should help his target outlook.
Still, there's reason for caution when talking about a player type with so little successful precedent in the NFL. If his ceiling is Cole Beasley, then it's tough to get excited.
22. Isaiah Spiller, RB, Chargers
Spiller looked like a better prospect before he ran his 40-yard dash on the wrong side of 4.6. But rather than overlook that red flag, let's use it to help explain some others. Chiefly, Spiller's final season saw teammate Devon Achane trail him by just 49 carries (179-130) while beating Spiller in yards per rush (7.0 to 5.6), rushing TDs (9-6) and receiving (10.9 yards per catch on 24 receptions, vs. Spiller's 7.6 and 25). Spiller also trailed both Achane and fellow RB Ainias Smith in yards per carry and yards per reception in 2020.
If a RB can't beat his college teammates in efficiency, he's unlikely to stand out as a pro in that area. Landing with the Chargers gives him immediate opportunity at becoming Austin Ekeler's primary handcuff. But it's tough to see much long-term upside here.
23. Kenny Pickett, QB, Steelers
We entered the NFL Draft unexcited about Pickett. But then the league (or at least the Steelers) kinda forced his to put him at the top of the QB class.
Pickett wound up going 2 rounds ahead of any other QB, and it's not like he's a terrible prospect. Comparisons with Andy Dalton and Teddy Bridgewater speak to a serviceable QB -- both in NFL and fantasy terms -- albeit with a limited ceiling.
There is some running ability here. His 4.73-second 40 time isn't far behind Mitchell Trubisky's (4.67) and rates 75th percentile among NFL QBs. Trubisky -- who failed out of Chicago after being drafted 2nd overall -- is the only hurdle between Pickett and a starting gig. And starting in Pittsburgh will mean throwing passes to Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, George Pickens, Pat Freiermuth and Najee Harris.
Coming out in a bad QB class obviously helped Pickett, but you could do worse in a fantasy QB option.
24. Tyquan Thornton, WR, Patriots
Going 10th among wideouts, in the middle of Round 2, gave Thornton stronger draft capital than most of us expected. Does getting selected by a Patriots team that sports a terrible track record of scouting and developing young WRs cancel that out, though?
We're half-joking there. But ... check out the full list of WRs New England has drafted since Bill Belichick arrived ...
We probably shouldn't knock Thornton for New England's history in this area. But it's also tough to confidently give him a boost for the unexpected draft capital.
Thornton's not a bad prospect. The speed is nearly historic (4.28-second 40 at the Combine), he averaged 15.7 yards per catch for his career, and he claimed strong market shares last season: 26.3% of receptions, 33.4% of yards and 43.5% of TD catches. (He also added a 6-yard TD throw.)
But that was his 1st year of 20%+ target share among 4 at Baylor. And Thornton joins a crowded, murky target picture with the Patriots.
25. Khalil Shakir, WR, Bills
Shakir is a nice player. He gave us the early breakout we're all looking for these days (sophomore year, age 19). He continued with good numbers through his ensuing 2 seasons. He won on market shares, including a pair of seasons with more than 28% target share. Boise State manufactured touches for him (71 career carries, 31 career returns). And Shakir rocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the Combine.
He falls short of being an exciting player, though, which is why he lingered on the board until Round 5. That disappointing draft capital is balanced some by the landing in Buffalo. If Shakir is ready to deliver on the promising portions of his profile, it's not hard to the path to him becoming a faster Cole Beasley (who was also shorter and far less accomplished in college).
Why would that be more palatable for Shakir than for Wan'Dale Robinson? Primarily because Shakir was selected 3 rounds later.
26. Malik Willis, QB, Titans
Lingering into Round 3 of the NFL Draft obviously muddies the outlook for Willis. Still, that running ability remains if he finds his way to a starting gig. Ryan Tannehill should be locked in for 2022 in Tennessee. After that, though, we'll see.
Cutting or trading the veteran ahead of the 2023 season would leave $18.8 million in dead cap space. The past couple of seasons, however, have showed us that teams are willing to eat such numbers when they're ready to move on from QBs. Even if the Titans do hang on to Tannehill through 2023, his current contract would be done afterward.
Even before the draft-weekend slide, adding Willis in dynasty seemed like it might require some patience. Now that's even more likely ... with no guarantee he gets a starting shot.
27. Brian Robinson, RB, Commanders
Robinson spent 4 years at Alabama before grabbing the backfield lead. Once he did, though, he racked up 1,343 yards and 14 TDs on 271 carries, plus a 35-296-2 receiving line -- good for 4th on the team in receptions. Robinson backed that production up with an 85th-percentile speed score at 224 pounds.
His Round 3 landing in Washington should make you cringe if you have Antonio Gibson rostered. And for Robinson, it's a decent landing. Gibson has dealt with lower-body injuries in each of his 2 seasons. And his jump in carries last year -- from 12.1 per game to 16.1 -- coincided with a loss in rushing efficiency.
At worst, Robinson looks well-positioned to operate as Gibson's handcuff for the next 2 years.
28. Zamir White, RB, Raiders
White failed to impress us as a prospect, but his landing spot looks decent.
Vegas declined Josh Jacobs' 5th-year option over the weekend, meaning he'll hit free agency after the coming season. So if White plays up to his 95th-percentile speed score (at 214 pounds) and "Zeus" nickname, he could be looking at a chance to be the Raiders' lead rusher in 2023. Of course, a Jacobs injury this season could accelerate such a timeline.
White's near-total lack of receiving in college -- 17 receptions in 37 games -- keeps his ultimate fantasy ceiling unexciting. But at least there's an upside path here.
29. Ty Davis-Price, RB, 49ers
We weren't expecting Davis-Price to come off the board Day 2. We wouldn't have bet on the 49ers drafting a RB as early as Round 3. The fact that those 2 factors came together, though, forces you to pay attention to Davis-Price.
The former LSU Tiger averaged just 4.6 yards per rush across 3 college seasons and never topped 10 receptions in a year. But his 4.48-second 40-yard dash suggests more physical upside -- just as we found with Elijah Mitchell after a lackluster college career.
30. Desmond Ridder, QB, Falcons
The displayed rushing upside of Willis has him tops among the Round 3 QBs on our board, but it's OK to rank this trio in any order.
Ridder also delivered plenty of rushing value in college, tallying 2,180 yards across 4 starting seasons. Although there's plenty of room for growth in his passing, Ridder seems closer to NFL readiness on that front and with his decision-making from the pocket than Willis.
Atlanta signed Marcus Mariota to a 2-year deal this offseason. But that contract carries just $2.5 million in dead-cap space for 2023 if Mariota gets dumped and a mere $6.75 million in guarantees. So it's not hard to find a starting path for Ridder if he puts it altogether.
Of course, the Round 3 draft capital also means there's no guarantee he gets such a shot at any point.
31. Matt Corral, QB, Panthers
If all these 3rd-round QBs make it into the lineup, Corral might be in the best spot. At the moment, at least, the Panthers still boast WR D.J. Moore and RB Christian McCaffrey. WRs Robby Anderson and Terrace Marshall sport plenty of talent as well, even if neither really displayed it in 2021.
Corral efficiently ran an RPO-heavy scheme at Ole Miss the past 2 years, and he showed enough running ability and willingness to offer a little fantasy value on that front. The rushing upside, however, doesn't approach that of either Ridder or Willis.
32. Velus Jones, WR, Bears
The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranked Jones 25th among WR prospects heading into the draft. Grinding the Mocks -- which aggregates mock drafts from various outlets -- had Jones 20th. Chicago made him the 14th WR chosen. And his prospect profile doesn't have a whole lot going for it.
Jones spent 6 years in college: 4 at USC (including a redshirt), and then 2 at Tennessee. He finished with 20 more career returns (122 kick, 18 punt) than receptions. He didn't top 24 catches in a season until last year, at age 24. And despite possessing 4.31-second speed at 6'0, 204 pounds, Jones averaged a meh 12.0 yards per catch for his career.
The early Round 3 draft capital and landing in a Chicago offense needing WRs basically forces Jones into consideration here. But we're not pushing him too hard.
33. Romeo Doubs, WR, Packers
Doubs increased his receptions, yardage and TDs every season at Nevada. He enjoyed a sophomore-year breakout, at age 19. And he sported solid -- though not top shelf -- market shares the past 2 seasons.
Doubs brings good size (at 6'2, 204 pounds) and seemingly good-enough speed. But he's a limited athlete for the position.
Landing in Green Bay certainly helps his upside, and it doesn't hurt that we're not especially high on 2nd-round Packers pick Christian Watson.
34. Calvin Austin, WR, Steelers
Austin looks at Wan'Dale Robinson and wonders how his draft classmate got so big. (They're the same height, but Austin weighed in 8 pounds lighter at the Combine.) Like Robinson, though, Austin also put up big receiving numbers.
Austin ranked top-8 nationally in receiving yards and TDs in 2020 and then increased his yards and receptions last season. Austin didn't break out until his 21-year-old junior season, but he topped 28% target share each of his final 2 years.
Austin's 4.32-second speed could quickly make him a nice fit between Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool in an offense that needs a new slot leader.
35. Pierre Strong, RB, Patriots
Strong wins on speed: 4.37-second 40; 95th-percentile speed score. He rode that to 3 seasons of 1,000+ rushing yards and 7.2 yards per rush for his South Dakota State career. Strong added a decent 15.5 receptions per year, including 20 and 22 the past 2 campaigns.
His 4th-round landing with the Patriots finds an offense that perennially favors a committee approach. We'll see whether Strong can move into a James White-type role as the incumbent nears the end of a solid career.
The fantasy upside appears limited, however, for a player likely not built for NFL feature usage.
36. Jerome Ford, RB, Browns
It took 4 years and a transfer from Alabama to Cincinnati, but Ford closed out his college career with feature work for the breakthrough Bearcats in 2021. He averaged 6.1 yards per rush across 215 carries and led the RBs with 21 receptions. Ford followed that with an 84th-percentile speed score from the Scouting Combine.
Landing in Cleveland probably doesn't seem like a great spot for a RB. But Kareem Hunt's contract is done after the coming season. And D'Ernest Johnson is on just a 1-year, restricted free agent tender (which he has yet to sign as of this writing). There's a chance at least 1 of those guys doesn't even make it to this fall's regular-season roster.
37. Ty Chandler, RB, Vikings
Transferring from Tennessee (after 4 years) to North Carolina produced career highs in carries, rushing yards, yards per rush, TDs and receiving yards for Chandler. He garnered 3 times as many carries as his nearest backfield mate. Chandler then motored to a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the Combine.
At 204 pounds, he's probably not going to lead anyone's backfield. And he'll already be 24 when his rookie season begins. But Chandler's speed will make him interesting if opportunity arrives.
38. Kyren Williams, RB, Rams
Williams' fantasy stock sank after he ran just a 4.65-second 40 at the Combine. But he still made it into Round 5 of the draft after operating as Notre Dame's workhorse the past 2 years. That included 77 receptions, more than any other RB in the class over that span.
Don't expect Williams to rise to a feature role in the pros. But his passing-game chops can carve out a long-term role of modest PPR value -- with spot-start upside in a handcuff capacity.
39. Jelani Woods, TE, Colts
97th-percentile height. 89th-percentile wingspan. 88th-percentile 40 time. Even a 73rd-percentile 10-yard split.
Woods can reasonably be called an athletic freak. He only got 1 chance in college to truly show how that can translate to receiving upside, though. After 3 quiet years at Oklahoma State, Woods transferred to Virginia and delivered a 44-598-8 receiving line across 11 games.
We'll see how much more untapped potential might be there. Landing with the Colts could be either a good spot, if Mo Alie-Cox remains a limited contributor and Kylen Granson doesn't progress. Or Woods could find 1 or both of those new teammates limiting his fantasy potential. Round 4 seems late enough for a shot at the upside, if you're in the market for a TE.
40. Greg Dulcich, TE, Broncos
Denver -- under a new coaching staff -- drafted Dulcich a round earlier than where the team selected TE Albert Okwuegbunam 2 years prior. Perhaps that doesn't matter at all, but it at least speaks to the new guy's talent.
Dulcich sports above-average speed for the position and topped 16% target share each of the past 2 seasons. His 17.6 career yards per catch would be a terrific number for a wideout. He led the team in that category last season and led all Bruins with more than 2 receptions the year before.
Although new HC Nathaniel Hackett has spoken highly of Okwuegbunam's talent and expected role, it's worth remembering that the incumbent has played just 18 pro games so far, averaging 10.3 yards across 44 receptions (2.4 per contest).
41. Sam Howell, QB, Commanders
Despite a down 2021, we’re stunned that Howell sunk to Round 5. He boasts an NFL-quality arm, ample college experience and a calmness under pressure. Howell has the ability to add some value with his legs, too.
With Carson Wentz installed as the starter, it’s quite possible Howell makes starts over the next 1-2 years.
42. Danny Gray, WR, 49ers
Gray garnered high praise from GM John Lynch. He’s a deep threat with 4.33 speed, albeit one with just a single season of high-end production (49-803-9).
A 3rd-round pick, Gray’s long-term outlook would get a boost if San Francisco is unable to lock up Deebo Samuel.
43. Justyn Ross, WR, Chiefs
On tape, Ross looked like an easy Day 2 pick. But a scary neck condition (Klippel-Feil syndrome) led him to go undrafted. As a 2018 freshman, Ross posted 46-1,000-9 en route to freshman All-American honors, so there’s no doubting his game. The 6’3, 210-pounder just isn’t a special athlete, and he’s clearly a long shot as a UDFA.
He at least landed in one of the best spots league-wide.
44. Kyle Philips, WR, Titans
Think Hunter Renfrow here. Philips has underwhelming size (5’11, 189 pounds with short arms). And he’s far from a burner. But the tape shows that he can get open from the slot (157 catches across 3 starting seasons).
Tennessee has an immediate needed for WR help, especially after shipping out A.J. Brown.
45. Kevin Harris, RB, Patriots
We’ve seen high-end play from Harris — just look to his sophomore year (185-1,138-15 rushing in 2020). He has size (5’10, 221 pounds) and youth (age-21) on his side, too. His production dipped last year, however, following offseason back surgery.
A projected UDFA in most places, Harris actually did OK to come out as a 6th-round pick. Unfortunately, the Pats are pretty stocked at the position — especially after adding Pierre Strong in Round 4.
46. Keaontay Ingram, RB, Cardinals
A big-time high school recruit, Ingram transferred from Texas to USC ahead of the 2021 season. Then he posted arguably his best college season (156-911-5 rushing, 22 catches in 10 games). He’s well built at 220 pounds and possesses excellent vision.
He’s fighting an uphill battle as a 6th-round pick, but Arizona at least provides a short-term path to the #2 job.
47. Erik Ezukanma, WR, Dolphins
A 3-year starter, Ezukanma looks like a contested-catch type with plus size (6’2, 209 pounds). In Miami, he’s buried on a depth chart that features a pair of target hogs — both locked up long term.
48. Bo Melton, WR, Seahawks
Melton brings elite timed speed (4.34 forty) and excellent burst, but his production lagged thanks to Rutgers’ supporting cast. Only 5’11, 189 pounds, Melton could stand to get stronger.
The 7th-rounder will get a long-term boost if Seattle’s unable to extend DK Metcalf.
49. Hassan Haskins, RB, Titans
Haskins won’t create many explosive plays. But he’s a load at nearly 230 pounds, so he fits right into a backfield with Derrick Henry. Haskins broke out for Michigan last year, notching 270-1,327-20 rushing in 14 starts.
Henry carries some decline risk, but he is signed for 2 more seasons.
50. Tyler Badie, RB, Ravens
Badie drew some pre-draft buzz for his plus speed and strong production profile. But he slipped into Round 6 to a Ravens squad that’s not keen on utilizing RBs in the passing game.
J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards are under contract for 2 more seasons.
51. Daniel Bellinger, TE, Giants
Bellinger lacks ideal length, but he showed high-end athleticism with his Combine testing.
The landing spot is ideal for early playing time, as the Giants only have Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins as competition for snaps.
52. Cade Otton, TE, Buccaneers
Otton was never a major producer at Washington. But his tape shows a polished player with the ability to run a variety of routes. An ankle injury that required surgery prevented him from testing pre-draft.
The 6’5, 247-pounder could slot into a starting role as soon as 2023.
53. Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Jets
Ruckert didn’t run at the Combine or his Pro Day due to a foot injury. He wasn’t much of a college producer, posting career bests in catches (26) and yards (309) as a senior. He does bring ideal size and decent draft capital (late Round 3).
New York added TEs Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah in free agency, but neither looks like a long-term starter.
54. Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Titans
Okonkwo is a major project, but he comes with plenty of upside. NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah comped him to Jonnu Smith (hopefully the pre-2021 version). The Maryland product blazed a 4.52-second 40 at the Combine but is clearly undersized for the position (6’2, 238 pounds). He also missed all of the 2020 season with myocarditis, although he started all 13 games in ’21.
The Titans — rolling out Austin Hooper on a 1-year deal — are thin at TE.
55. Charlie Kolar, TE, Ravens
Kolar checks the size box, standing 6’6 with a massive wingspan (81st percentile). The Iowa State product set school records, finishing his 4-year career with 168 catches, 2,181 yards and 23 TDs.
A short-range target and a potential red zone weapon, Kolar’s value took a hit with the move to Baltimore. Mark Andrews is signed long-term, while the Ravens added TE Isaiah Likely just 11 picks after Kolar.
56. Isaiah Likely, TE, Ravens
Likely posted monster numbers as a 2021 senior, snagging 59 balls for 912 yards and 12 scores. He’s a dependable pass catcher, although he lacks ideal size, standing 6’4 and 245 pounds.
He’s hurt by the long-term presence of Mark Andrews — and the arrival of rookie TE Charlie Kolar, who was drafted 11 picks earlier.
57. Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs
Pacheco enters the pros with 34 career starts at Rutgers. Despite some clear burst on tape, he posted just 4.3 yards per carry for his career and never topped 169 attempts in a season.
He was drafted as the RB22 near the end of Round 7, but he landed in a fine spot with Kansas City. Clyde Edwards-Helaire might not stick around beyond 2023, and Ronald Jones signed just a 1-year deal.
58. Abram Smith, RB, Saints
The Saints’ backfield is wide open behind Alvin Kamara, and Smith could provide a lift. The converted LB started for only 1 season — 2021 — but the results were massive (257-1,601-12 rushing). He brings decent size and speed, but it’s worth noting that he has 2 ACL tears in his past (2014, 2017).
59. Kennedy Brooks, RB, Eagles
Brooks was ultra-productive at Oklahoma, posting 3 seasons of 1,000+ rushing yards. He’s not a special athlete, doesn’t bring difference-making size (5’10, 209 pounds) and went undrafted.
But the landing spot is strong, as Miles Sanders is currently slated for a contract year.
60. Snoop Conner, RB, Jaguars
Playing a rotational role, Conner totaled only 304 college carries across 3 seasons. He brings plus size (222 pounds) and utilizes his frame effectively. There’s just not much explosiveness to his game, and it showed in the testing (4.59 forty-time; 29.5-inch vertical). He’ll start out in a battle for the Jags’ #3 job behind Travis Etienne and James Robinson, who’s a restricted free agent after the 2023 season.
- Kenny Pickett, Steelers
- Malik Willis, Titans
- Desmond Ridder, Falcons
- Matt Corral, Panthers
- Sam Howell, Commanders
- Bailey Zappe, Patriots
- Carson Strong, Eagles
- Chris Oladokun, Steelers
- Jack Coan, Colts
- E.J. Perry, Jaguars
- Dustin Crum, Chiefs
- Brock Purdy, 49ers
- Skylar Thompson, Dolphins
- Breece Hall, Jets
- Kenneth Walker, Seahawks
- James Cook, Bills
- Rachaad White, Buccaneers
- Dameon Pierce, Texans
- Tyler Allgeier, Falcons
- Isaiah Spiller, Chargers
- Brian Robinson, Commanders
- Zamir White, Raiders
- Ty Davis-Price, 49ers
- Pierre Strong, Patriots
- Jerome Ford, Browns
- Ty Chandler, Vikings
- Kyren Williams, Rams
- Kevin Harris, Patriots
- Keaontay Ingram, Cardinals
- Hassan Haskins, Titans
- Tyler Badie, Ravens
- Isaih Pacheco, Chiefs
- Abram Smith, Saints
- Kennedy Brooks, Eagles
- Snoop Conner, Jaguars
- ZaQuandre White, Dolphins
- Trestan Ebner, Bears
- Raheem Blackshear, Bills
- Master Teague, Bears
- Brittain Brown, Raiders
- Drake London, Falcons
- Garrett Wilson, Jets
- Treylon Burks, Titans
- Jameson Williams, Lions
- Chris Olave, Saints
- Skyy Moore, Chiefs
- George Pickens, Steelers
- Jahan Dotson, Commanders
- Christian Watson, Packers
- Alec Pierce, Colts
- David Bell, Browns
- Jalen Tolbert, Cowboys
- John Metchie, Texans
- Wan’Dale Robinson, Giants
- Tyquan Thornton, Patriots
- Khalil Shakir, Bills
- Velus Jones, Bears
- Romeo Doubs, Packers
- Calvin Austin, Steelers
- Danny Gray, 49ers
- Justyn Ross, Chiefs
- Kyle Philips, Titans
- Erik Ezukanma, Dolphins
- Bo Melton, Seahawks
- Samori Toure, Packers
- Jalen Nailor, Vikings
- Mike Woods, Browns
- Montrell Washington, Broncos
- Makai Polk, Ravens
- Dareke Young, Seahawks
- Isaiah Weston, Browns
- Kevin Austin, Jaguars
- Trey McBride, Cardinals
- Jelani Woods, Colts
- Greg Dulcich, Broncos
- Daniel Bellinger, Giants
- Cade Otton, Buccaneers
- Jeremy Ruckert, Jets
- Chigoziem Okonkwo, Titans
- Charlie Kolar, Ravens
- Isaiah Likely, Ravens
- Jake Ferguson, Cowboys
- Cole Turner, Commanders
- James Mitchell, Lions
- Grant Calcaterra, Eagles
- Teagan Quitoriano, Texans
- Austin Allen, Giants
- Gerrit Prince, Jaguars
- Peyton Hendershot, Cowboys
- Andrew Ogletree, Colts
- Ko Kieft, Buccaneers
- Nick Muse, Vikings
- Connor Heyward, Steelers
- John FitzPatrick, Falcons