The right team is crucial when talking about the rookies in the NFL and how they progress to the next level. We have seen many talented potential clients selected over the course of seven rounds during 2022 NFL Draft, but which ones landed in the perfect chart for their skill? Who has been put in the best possible position for success? Who will get the right training and professional system to increase their talents?
I chose my 10 favorite occasions – prospects who came up with teams that fit perfectly, given the scheme, inclinations and training. These players can thrive straight out of the gates in their NFL careers if they are groomed and developed in the right way. And I think they’re in the perfect places to do that.
I also picked five of my favorite value picks from the middle rounds. These are the players who were not in the top 70 but who could play early and often due to their developed physical traits and situations in the teams that selected them. Keep an eye on them through the 2022 season and beyond.
Let’s dive in, starting with a defensive back who has a great new home in the NFL.
Ten rookies who landed with the perfect team
coined: Round 1, No. 4
Why it is so suitable: In the specific coverage schemes of the Jets, Gardner is well suited as a frontier angler who can make the difference as a man and defender of the area. With his 6-foot-3 tall frame and pressing skills, Gardner will challenge the outside defense who played Cover 1 (no man) in 39% of coverage shots last season, fifth in the league.
Zone eyes are also in place, as Gardner rolls off the ball in triple-deep coverage. And when coach Robert Saleh’s defense encounters 3×1 combos, Gardner can be set to lock down the single receiver at the back of the formation, eliminating the pass catcher from the picture, which will allow the Jets to have the area numbers on the field.
coined: Round 1, No. 18
Why it is so suitable: With a physical profile similar to the previous Titans wide receiver AJ Brown, the Burks should step into the role of size as a catch-and-play target in Tennessee’s mid-field throws. Last season, the Titans quarterback Ryan Taneyhill He attempted 321 in-digit passes, fifth most in the league. So think of the pits, both shallow and sloping here, with the elements of movement mixed in. That’s where Birx can come out after a catch, using ball carrier vision, playing speed and a sturdy frame at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds to beat defenders into space.
Pyrex will also see vertical targets from aligning borders and openings, and we know he has a knack for drawing on screens, jet sweeps, and more.
coined: Round 1, No. 5
Why it is so suitable: Thibodeaux has traits to cause turmoil as a forward against running, and the straight-line juice he showed on the college bar would allow the Novice to chase ball carriers as a backside-chasing defender. But I want to focus more on the fast-passing encounters that new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale can plot from his pressure-laden multi-front system.
Giants will use appearances of overloading to give Thibodeaux individual definition or smash it up as pans to make inner gaps. And don’t be surprised if Martindale hits Thibodeau in some passing situation as a defensive move or pre-emptive style 3 to create a match with an offensive goalkeeper in protection. Thibodeaux’s quick shots of the ball and power moves to put the blockers back in her heels will allow Martindale to plan to produce fast passes this season.
coined: Second round number 63
Why it is so suitable: Cook can be posted like Alvin Camara In the pass game for new Bills playcaller Ken Dorsey this season. Beginners are surprised, as the receiver pieces and the short area speed separate themselves from coverage. Dorsey could set up Cook in the back versions against linebackers or drape him wide to expose defenders into the space. Cook can also track the ball vertically.
I see the Georgia product as another offensive target for the quarterback Josh Allen, who completed 57 assists for his appearance last season. Expect that number to jump with Cook in the mix. But the Apprentice will also make a difference as a peripheral runner, with North/South rushing to cut through the second level of defense.
coined: Round 1, No. 13
Why it is so suitable: At 6-foot-6, 341 pounds, Davis changed the dynamic of Eagles defense. On coordinator John Gannon’s odds and evens fronts, Davis can wreak havoc on a running game with a combination of power and playability. He will stack, throw and swallow ball carriers, and can also fill in gaps and lead a double team at the point of contact. You don’t move Davis off the ball constantly with individual blocks here. This will allow midfielders to fill in slopes or scrape laterally to stop runs.
While Davis doesn’t have the traits of a well-developed inside pass, his ability to pocket a thrust and account for two barriers in protection will create more head-to-heads across the Eagles defensive front on passes.
coined: Round 1, No. 14
Why it is so suitable: With new coordinator Mike MacDonald in Baltimore, anticipate deploying Hamilton as a disruptive force on multiple levels of defense. I’m looking for late laps, camouflage and post-snap moves to put Hamilton in a position to finish the ball.
With his rare combination of size (6 feet – 4, 220 pounds) and speed, Hamilton can play top-down with Baltimore in a split safety alignment or drop as a hawk to patrol the second tier. It has an explosive ability forward and will hit on contact. Additionally, in triple-safety subpackages, MacDonald could plot Hamilton as a Blitzer.
accompanied by the signature of the free agent Marcus Williams In a very versatile defensive system, we should expect Hamilton to produce numbers early in the junior season.
coined: Round 1, No. 27
Why it is so suitable: New Jaggs defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell coached his quarterbacks last season under Todd Bowles in Tampa, and we saw how the Boss deployed their second-tier defenders in coverage and as the Blitzers’ games. This is suitable for a versatile Lloyd.
Look for it to use on pressure charts, hitting gaps A and B on downhill stunts. He has the physical tools to beat running into protection, and I see a second level scope as essential to playing as a cover defender as well. Lloyd will also turn the game off, and we can see Caldwell using him as a hasty for the situational edge. Traits of fleeting impulse flashed across the bar of his university.
coined: Second round number 53
Why it is so suitable: Pierce is an X-bound target for the midfield Matt Ryan Who can also go inside to create matches outside of the slots or flight combinations, making it a really good fit for Frank Reich’s offense. He’s at his best on the go—running faded, hyper, shallow and rushing—and the Ponies family can plan a Pierce off play-action for Ryan. Watch for them to create windows on the second level or isolate the riser as a vertical target.
With his speed of foot and his power of play, Pierce is able to set up press coverage, and we know he could be a prime choice for Ryan inside the red. Throw in the slopes there and cater to Pierce’s 6-foot-3 tire and vaulting ability on end zone goals, I expect Pierce’s track tree to expand further into a pro system.
coined: Round 1, No. 21
Why it is so suitable: In Steve Spagnuolo’s plot – which features a mixture of man pressure and deep zone – McDuffie has the trait to play sticky man cover or drowning with a rear view as a zone defender. Last season, The Chiefs played a combination of high singles and 2-man, and led the league with 52 shots from zero-man (lightning man cover). Find a McDuffie to match blitz man style, with the ability to play indoors or out.
We’ll also see how urgent he is to cover the area, where he can drive from top to bottom or handle in space. McDuffie can take to the slopes quickly as a flat/stitch gun in Spags’ Cover 2 shells.
coined: Second floor number 48
Why it is so suitable: Brisker is the classic choice for Matt Eberflus’ Chicago chart as a defender with multidimensional features. His playing style reminds me of the safety of Bills Mika Hyde. With a smooth pedal, field-division range, and easy shift capability, Brisker can drive downhill on the ball from deep halves or vertically match in quarters. When the Bears are playing their single height charts, look for Brisker to spin down, track the ball into a running game or lurk beneath in coverage.
A highly instinctive player with disruptive traits, Brisker will pair it with safety Eddie Jackson In the heavily defined system of bears.
Value choices that can have an early impact
coined: Third round No. 74
I expect him to challenge Ryder Marcus Mariota To play time this season. A pace thrower who can generate speed when needed, the Ridder will make use of the play movement elements of Arthur Smith’s attack. Atlanta will create specific throws and cover gaps in early situations, while using his movement attributes in boot concepts. Plus, with his poise and composure, Ridder can read them in withdrawal situations.
coined: Round 4, No. 107
Pierce is a 5-foot-10, 218-pound downhill hammer, with light feet for dancing through the wash. He has a professional running style that makes him capable of handling the size of the NFL. Pierce can fit both area and divide plots in Houston, when he cuts it down to get to the North/South path. The Florida Producer will not be featured in the pass game, but has the ability to receive to catch the ball from the background as an under target.
coined: Third round number 82
In Dean Pees’ system, Mallon could have made an early impact as a secondary defender thanks to his upside in swiping. He jumps off the ball to attack the high side of the offensive tackles in protection, with the ability to bend and flatten to the middle. Malone is explosive with a physical style of play, and could be a blueprint for winning third defeats as a beginner.
coined: Round 4, No. 128
The Kolar doesn’t have the high-end level three stretch, but the Iowa producer wins with its 6-foot-6 frame and detachable lever as a mid-field chain drive. This is really convenient for attacking Baltimore that uses two and three narrow-ended groups in a passing game. paired Mark Andrews (And fellow rookie Possible Isaiah), Kolar can produce as another reliable target who can detect and find open grass for a quarterback Lamar Jackson.
coined: Fifth Floor No. 153
I’m betting on Woolen’s physical attributes and tools, a 6-foot-4 angled at 4.26. With professional training and more technical refinement, he has a massive bullish view as a pressure corner/area in the Seahawks’ system of defenses. Wool can match and hold vertically, with length to create production on the ball.