2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft: Bucky Brooks' pick-by-pick analysis for Day 2

Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft is in the books. Bucky Brooks provides analysis for every player drafted in Rounds 2 and 3 below.

NOTE: Only trades agreed to after Day 1 began are reflected below.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(from Jaguars)
Logan Hall
Houston · DE

The high-motor defender from Houston is an intriguing chess piece at the point of attack. Hall is a rare inside-outside pass rusher with the capacity to create chaos as a speed-rushing defensive tackle in sub-packages or on the edges as a traditional edge defender.

Green Bay Packers
(from Lions through Vikings)
Christian Watson
North Dakota State · WR

The small-school standout is a long, rangy big-play specialist with speed to burn and outstanding leaping ability. Watson is a talented developmental prospect with huge upside as an offensive weapon.

Tennessee Titans
(from Jets)
Roger McCreary
Auburn · CB

McCreary is a stingy cover corner with a game ideally suited for a press-heavy scheme. He is an aggressive bump-and-run defender with the speed, quickness and athleticism to shadow premier receivers at the line of scrimmage.

New York Jets
(from Giants)
Breece Hall
Iowa State · RB

Hall is an ultra-productive runner with outstanding vision and quick feet. He displays exceptional stop-start quickness in the hole while flashing enough speed to take it the distance in the open field. With the Iowa State star also displaying soft hands and polished receiving skills, Hall is exactly what pro coaches covet in an RB1.

Jalen Pitre
Baylor · DB

As a versatile sub-defender with outstanding instincts, awareness, ball skills and blitz ability, Pitre is a Day 1 starter as a nickel defender in a multi-faceted defense.

Atlanta Falcons
(from Giants)
Arnold Ebiketie
Penn State · Edge

As a twitchy, explosive athlete with outstanding first-step quickness and a nonstop motor, Ebiketie is a high-end developmental prospect with intriguing upside. The Penn State product is a boom-or-bust pick who could pay huge dividends.

Kyler Gordon
Washington · CB

The ultra-fluid Washington product is a natural at the position, boasting A-plus athleticism and skills. Although he needs to refine his technique, Gordon should compete for playing time as a starter early in his career. 

Boye Mafe
Minnesota · Edge

Mafe soared up the charts as a dynamic edge defender with outstanding rush skills. The Minnesota standout wins with cat-like quickness and burst, flashing exceptional balance while turning the corner on speed rushes.

Kenneth Walker III
Michigan State · RB

Walker is a gritty runner with a combination of balance, body control and vision that makes him effective in any style of offense. Although he lacks elite speed and acceleration, the Michigan State standout is a professional runner with a knack for moving the chains with the ball in his hands. 

Minnesota Vikings
(from Colts)
Andrew Booth
Clemson · CB

Booth is a rock-solid cover corner with a loaded toolbox for the position. The Clemson standout is a scheme-friendly prospect with the ball skills, instincts and agility to thrive in man or zone coverage while also setting the edge as a dependable tackler in space.

New York Giants
(from Falcons)
Wan'Dale Robinson
Kentucky · WR

As a catch-and-run specialist with outstanding stop-start quickness and burst, Robinson is a natural slot receiver/WR3/returner.

Houston Texans
(from Browns)
John Metchie III
Alabama · WR

The crafty route runner from Alabama is the prototypical WR3 that every offense covets. Metchie wins with savvy and creativity on the perimeter, and he should enjoy a long career as a high-end possession receiver.

David Ojabo
Michigan · Edge

An Achilles injury could cost Ojabo significant time in his rookie season, but he's well worth the risk as a dynamic rusher with A-plus athletic traits. If the Michigan standout bounces back from his injury and refines his technical skills as a pass rusher, he could compete for all-star honors early in his career.

Detroit Lions
(from Vikings)
Joshua Paschal
Kentucky · DE

The power rusher from Kentucky is a rugged run defender with the strength and power to set the edge while also offering adequate pass-rush skills. Paschal is a rotational player with the potential to contribute as a situational rusher early in his career.

Phidarian Mathis
Alabama · DT

The big-bodied interior defender displays a nice combination of strength, power and explosiveness at the point of attack. Mathis is a space eater with enough athleticism and mobility to develop into more than a pocket pusher at the next level.

Jaquan Brisker
Penn State · S

Brisker is an active defender with a variety of skills that could make him a dynamic Swiss Army knife-like playmaker as a pro. He excels near the box but also flashes the instincts and awareness to be effective between the numbers.

Alontae Taylor
Tennessee · CB

As a versatile defender with outstanding instincts, awareness and ball skills, Taylor is a potential swing player with the capacity to play cornerback, nickel and safety in the defensive backfield.

New England Patriots
(from Chiefs)
Tyquan Thornton
Baylor · WR

The speedster from Baylor is an explosive straight-line athlete with the burst and acceleration to blow past defenders as a vertical threat. Thornton’s big-play potential will create opportunities for himself and others in the passing game.

Cam Jurgens
Nebraska · C

As an explosive athlete with quick feet and outstanding body control, Jurgens is an ideal fit for a zone-based scheme that prefers a mobile pivot on the front line.

George Pickens
Georgia · WR

Pickens -- who battled back from a knee injury during his final season at Georgia -- flashes natural WR1 skills as a sticky-fingered pass catcher with big-play potential.

Indianapolis Colts
(from Packers through Vikings)
Alec Pierce
Cincinnati · WR

The Cincinnati standout is a decathlete on the perimeter, with his combination of size, strength and athleticism creating problems for defenders. Although Pierce still needs to refine his route-running skills, he is a supersized playmaker with the potential to thrive as a WR2 early in his career.

Kansas City Chiefs
(from Patriots)
Skyy Moore
Western Michigan · WR

As a creative slot receiver with crafty route-running skills and sticky hands, Moore is a dynamic weapon with the potential to emerge as a chain-moving catch-and-run specialist.

Trey McBride
Colorado State · TE

McBride is an ultra-productive pass-catcher with excellent hand-eye coordination and underrated running skills. The tough, hard-nosed playmaker runs through arm tackles in the open field to turn short passes into big gains on the perimeter.

Sam Williams
Mississippi · DE

The dynamic pass rusher from Ole Miss is a spectacular sack artist with elite first-step quickness and burst. Williams has a natural feel for rushing the passer, and his exceptional sack production could translate into monster numbers for him as a situational pass rusher.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(from Bills)
Luke Goedeke
Central Michigan · OG

As a rock 'em, sock 'em robot at the point of attack, Goedeke beats up opponents with his strength, power and physicality. He excels playing within the phone booth and should thrive as a starter from Day 1.

Troy Andersen
Montana State · LB

Andersen is an explosive athlete with the size, length and strength to be effective as a run or pass defender. The Montana State standout displays the instincts and awareness to control the middle of the field as a designated playmaker in an aggressive scheme.

Minnesota Vikings
(from Packers)
Ed Ingram

As a scrappy interior blocker with good balance and body control, Ingram is a competitive phone-booth battler with upside. The LSU standout should compete for playing time early in his career. 

Cincinnati Bengals
(from Buccaneers through Bills)
Cam Taylor-Britt
Nebraska · CB

Taylor-Britt is an explosive athlete with good cover skills and intriguing versatility. The Nebraska product is a solid leader with the intangibles to excel as a role player in the defensive backfield. 

Drake Jackson
USC · Edge

The speed rusher from USC has the potential to blossom at the next level if placed in the right role. Jackson flashes enough athleticism, quickness and hand skills to be an effective pass rusher down the road.

Bryan Cook
Cincinnati · S

An aggressive run-supporter with solid instincts and impressive pop, Cook is a natural fit as a hard-hitting safety who hovers around the box. The Cincinnati product will compete for playing time as a role player early in his career. 

Buffalo Bills
(from Bengals)
James Cook
Georgia · RB

The dynamic playmaker has the potential to produce chunk plays as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. He is an intriguing option as a rotational change-of-pace back.

Nik Bonitto
Oklahoma · Edge

The undersized speed rusher from Oklahoma is a disruptive force against the passing game. Bonitto is an ideal sub-package rusher with the potential to tally 10-plus sacks as a situational defender.


Luke Fortner
Kentucky · C

Fortner is a high-IQ player with great intangibles and technical skills who makes up for his physical deficiencies with smart play at the point of attack. The Kentucky product should compete for playing time early in his career as a cerebral overachiever.

Minnesota Vikings
(from Lions)
Brian Asamoah
Oklahoma · LB

The undersized defender is a terrific space player with outstanding tackling skills. Asamoah has the potential to make an impact as a designated blitzer in sub-packages.

Joshua Ezeudu
North Carolina · OG

As a swing player capable of playing guard and tackle, Ezeudu adds value as a developmental prospect with starting potential. 

Cleveland Browns
(from Texans)
Martin Emerson
Mississippi State · CB

Emerson is a developmental prospect with upside, a natural zone cover corner with solid instincts, awareness and ball skills.

Tennessee Titans
(from Jets)
Nicholas Petit-Frere
Ohio State · OT

As a long-range project, Petit-Frere will need some time to develop before he cracks the lineup as a starter. The Ohio State product is a height-weight-speed prospect with the tools to develop into a key contributor down the road.

Chad Muma
Wyoming · LB

Muma is an ultra-productive off-the-ball linebacker with exceptional instincts, awareness and diagnostic skills. The Wyoming product displays the athleticism, versatility and playmaking ability to emerge as a dynamic defender in a pro scheme that maximizes his talents in coverage and as a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine with pass-rush ability.

Velus Jones
Tennessee · WR

As a receiver-returner with explosive speed, quickness and burst, Jones should make his mark as a WR3/WR4 and return specialist early in his career.

Abraham Lucas
Washington State · OT

Lucas is a shadow boxer on the edge with the size and length to stymie defenders in their tracks, a wide body with extensive experience pass-blocking at Washington State. Lucas needs more reps as a run blocker to round out his game as a natural right tackle.

Jelani Woods
Virginia · TE

Woods' impressive postseason performance sent his stock soaring. The super-sized tight end is an A-plus athlete; he has the length and strength to develop into a dominant playmaker as a blocker or receiver in a traditional "Y" tight end role.

Desmond Ridder
Cincinnati · QB

Ridder is an experienced field general with a winning pedigree (43 career victories) and a track record of elevating his team’s performance with his A-plus leadership skills and intangibles. He could handle QB1 duties down the road as a high-end game manager with explosive athletic traits.

Houston Texans
(from Broncos)
Christian Harris
Alabama · LB

Harris is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker with outstanding instincts, awareness and tackling ability. He is a hit-run-and-cover specialist with outstanding range and blitz ability.

Travis Jones
Connecticut · DT

A power player with active hands and a high motor, the UConn product is an intriguing prospect as a plugger at the line of scrimmage. Jones' size, strength and explosiveness could make him a disruptive force at the point of attack.

Indianapolis Colts
(from Vikings)
Bernhard Raimann
Central Michigan · OT

Raimann is a quick study on the edge; he has the size, length and athleticism to develop into an all-star-caliber pass protector.

Alex Wright

Wright is a developmental prospect, an intriguing edge defender with the size and length to emerge as an effective every-down player eventually.

JT Woods
Baylor · S

The versatile ballhawking safety can fill a variety of roles in the backfield. Woods is a rangy center fielder with the speed and instincts to control the middle of the field from numbers to numbers. 

Denver Broncos
(from Texans)
Greg Dulcich

Dulcich is a crafty playmaker with soft hands and outstanding ball skills. The UCLA product works the middle like an NBA post player setting up in the paint; his knack for creating separation between the hashes will make him a natural chain mover as a pro.

Cordale Flott

Flott is a versatile athlete with positional flexibility. The LSU standout can play outside or in the slot, and he will compete for playing time as sub-package defender.

DeAngelo Malone
Western Kentucky · Edge

The resumé of the speed-rushing freak from Western Kentucky is littered with sack production and disruptive plays off the edge. Malone is a perfect fit for a role as a designated pass rusher in a sub-package.

Nakobe Dean
Georgia · LB

Dean is a high-IQ player with outstanding diagnostic skills, a "read-and-react" defender with the anticipation and awareness that coordinators covet in green-dot wearers (the on-field defensive play-callers).

DeMarvin Leal
Texas A&M · DT

Leal is an active interior defender with outstanding athleticism and playmaking ability. He has the capacity to neutralize the run as a power player while flashing enough agility and finesse to impact the game as an inside pass rusher.

Marcus Jones
Houston · CB

As a dynamic cover corner and return specialist with exceptional ball skills and running ability, Jones could excel as a two-phase player from Day 1.

Tennessee Titans
(from Raiders)
Malik Willis
Liberty · QB

Willis is a five-star talent with A-plus arm talent and athleticism. Despite his shortcomings (in the areas of accuracy and diagnostic skills), the Liberty standout could pop as a pro, due to his superior talent and tools as a playmaker.

Cameron Thomas
San Diego State · DE

A blue-collar worker on the edges with a non-stop motor and heavy hands, Thomas will post solid production as a disruptive playmaker within the rotation. Although his playing style is not pretty, it is effective, and that could make him a valuable contributor as a backup/spot starter early in his career.

Jalen Tolbert
South Alabama · WR

The ultra-productive pass catcher is a classic WR1 prototype with strong hands and rapidly improving route-running skills. Tolbert might need a little time to acclimate to the pro game, but he has all of the tools to develop into a solid starter early in his career.

Terrel Bernard
Baylor · LB

An undersized linebacker with solid instincts and awareness, Bernard will compete for playing time as a rotational player/special teams standout early in his career.

Las Vegas Raiders
(from Titans)
Dylan Parham
Memphis · OG

The experienced interior blocker is a tough, scrappy player at the point of attack. Parham will compete for playing time immediately at guard while adding some grit and toughness to the lineup.

Rachaad White
Arizona State · RB

As an underrated running back with vision, balance and body control, White will add a dimension to the offense as a rotational playmaker in the backfield.

Sean Rhyan

The UCLA product is an intriguing prospect with the tools and talent to eventually compete for playing time with a team that employs man and zone schemes. As a backup candidate with starting potential, Rhyan is a nice find at this point of the draft.

A big, physical runner with a one-cut running style, Davis-Price fits the mold that traditionally works in a zone-based offense.

Carolina Panthers
(from Chiefs through Patriots)
Matt Corral
Mississippi · QB

Corral possesses intriguing tools as a dynamic gunslinger with enough mobility and running skill to be utilized as a dual threat. The Ole Miss standout is an impressive playmaker with the hands of an MLB middle infielder, which enable him to pick apart defenses on quick-rhythm throws and RPOs from the pocket.

Zachary Carter
Florida · DE

The Florida standout is a high-motor defender who plays with outstanding energy, effort and enthusiasm. Carter will compete for playing time as a rotational piece.

Indianapolis Colts
(from Broncos)
Nick Cross
Maryland · S

A high-risk, high-reward playmaker with speed, quickness and toughness, Cross is a thumper with enough versatility to man a few different safety spots in the secondary. 

Kerby Joseph
Illinois · S

The Illinois standout is a height-weight-speed prospect with the potential to carve out a role as a special teams standout/backup. Joseph should eventually compete for playing time as a starter.

Washington Commanders
(from Saints)
Brian Robinson
Alabama · RB

As a big-bodied runner with a hard-nosed running style, Robinson is an ideal four-minute back/short yardage-goal line specialist.

David Bell
Purdue · WR

The sure-handed pass catcher from Purdue is an exceptional possession receiver with a knack for getting open against man or zone coverage. Despite his speed deficiencies and athletic limitations, there are not many pass-catchers with a more polished game than Bell at this stage of his career.

Arizona Cardinals
(from Ravens)
Myjai Sanders
Cincinnati · Edge

The stand-up edge defender from Cincinnati flashes the first-step quickness and burst to develop into a key contributor as a situational pass rusher. Sanders is far from a finished product as a playmaker, but his potential should keep him around for awhile as a long-term project.

New York Jets
(from Eagles through Titans)
Jeremy Ruckert
Ohio State · TE

Ruckert is a rock-solid prospect with the potential to play "Y" or "H" in an offense that features heavy personnel. A rugged blocker with soft hands and polished receiving skills, he is an intriguing option as a developmental prospect to throw into the rotation.

Channing Tindall
Georgia · LB

As a dynamic athlete with outstanding speed, quickness and burst, Tindall is an ideal developmental prospect to groom for a bigger role down the road. The Georgia standout should excel as an A-plus special teams contributor until he is ready to compete for playing time as a potential starter.

Leo Chenal
Wisconsin · LB

The Wisconsin standout is a high-energy defender with solid instincts, awareness and diagnostic skills. He is a little reckless, but his bull-in-a-china-shop style makes him an effective run defender and productive tackler.

Logan Bruss
Wisconsin · OG

As a heavy-handed blocker with a strong punch and limited range, Bruss should excel as a battler in a phone booth. The Wisconsin product flashes enough skill, toughness and grit to compete for time as a developmental prospect.

Danny Gray

As a developmental prospect with A-plus speed and explosive athletic traits, Gray projects as a WR3/WR4 in the rotation.

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