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News, analysis on second-, third-round picks

The 2022 NFL draft resumes with 73 more players set to come off the board over the course of the second and third rounds.

An eventful first round featured plenty of surprises, including a wave of trades involving both picks and established players. The wheeling and dealing in Las Vegas will doubtless continue on Day 2 given the depth of talent that exists in this draft, not to mention an almost entirely untapped pool of quarterbacks after Pitt’s Kenny Pickett was the lone one selected in Round 1.

Make sure to follow the instant analysis here starting at 7 p.m. ET Friday:

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Who’s left on the board?

USA TODAY Sports’ Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz lists his best remaining players going into Round 2. It may surprise you to learn there’s only one quarterback among his top 10. Don’t be surprised to see another early run on defensive players Friday night.

Mock 2

Going through mock draft withdrawal? Here’s forecast of Round 2 to tide you over until the Bucs go on the clock. Of note, the first three selections of the second round all changed hands Thursday night.

2022 NFL draft tracker: Second-round picks

33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville Jaguars) – DL Logan Hall, Houston

A versatile lineman who could play base end for the Bucs yet give them a valuable interior rush presence on passing downs. The 6-6, 283-pounder had six sacks and 13 tackles for losses in 2021. Even if veteran free agent Ndamukong Suh returns to Tampa, he’s now 35.

34. Green Bay Packers (from Detroit Lions via Minnesota Vikings) – WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State

The Pack leap up to this point by trading both of their second-rounders (Nos. 53 and 59) to the division rival Vikes. The Packers are renowned for striking gold with Round 2 wideouts, and Watson joins the ranks of recently departed Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings in that club. Watson won’t replace Adams – who would? – but a 6-5, 208-pound target with 4.36 speed would be a dangerous option for QB Aaron Rodgers.

35. Tennessee Titans (from New York Jets) – CB Roger McCreary, Auburn

The All-SEC corner flushes out a secondary that welcomed CBs Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden in last year’s draft. You’ll also recall that the Titans couldn’t slow down Bengals QB Joe Burrow in the playoffs even with the benefit of nine sacks. The 5-111, 190-pound McCreary have five INTs over the past two seasons but isn’t necessarily a remarkable athlete for the position.

36. Jets (from New York Giants) – RB Breece Hall, Iowa State

Gang Green continues what could be a watershed draft by coming up two spots courtesy of a deal with the crosstown Giants. They add another piece to help second-year QB Zach Wilson, teaming Hall with 2021 fourth-round Michael Carter, who rushed for 639 yards as a rookie. Hall (6-1, 220) could become the lead option given his 4.39 speed could bust many games open. He had 3,526 yards from scrimmage and 46 TDs during his last two seasons with the Cyclones.

37. Houston Texans – S Jalen Pitre, Baylor

A versatile DB comfortable covering in the slot or roaming the box, he could more than offset the loss of Justin Reid in free agency for a defense that ranked 31st overall in 2021.

38. Atlanta Falcons (from Carolina Panthers via Jets and Giants) – OLB/DE Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State

After transferring from Temple last season, he burst onto the scene in Happy Valley by posting 9½ sacks and 18 TFLs. He’s not the stoutest guy (6-2, 250), but his specialty – hunting quarterbacks – immediately improves a team that finished last (by far) in 2021 with 18 total sacks.

39. Chicago Bears – CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

They make their inaugural pick of this draft by taking a solid corner, one who can play outside or in the slot and augments the league’s third-ranked pass defense. Gordon, the latest in a long line of excellent UW DBs, probably moves into a starting role on the outside while recent veteran signing Tavon Young stays in the slot.

40. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) – DE Boye Mafe, Minnesota

He had seven sacks in 2021, and his quick first step was partially quantified by the 6-4, 261-pounder’s 4.53 40 clocking at the combine. He should be a good fit on the edge for a Seattle defense converting to a 3-4 front. Carlos Dunlap, the Seahawks’ top pass rusher in 2021, is a free agent.

41. Seahawks – RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Pretty obvious Seattle wants to get back to pounding the ball on the ground, even if they do it by committee instead of with a Marshawn Lynch-type. Walker (5-9, 211) joins a trio that includes Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny but could quickly establish himself as the lead dog given his 4.38 speed. In his lone seasons with the Spartans, the Wake Forest transfer rushed for 1,636 yards and 18 TDs.

42. Vikings (from Washington Commanders via Indianapolis Colts) – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

The Vikes, who took Georgia S Lewis Cine at the end of Round 1, continue refitting their secondary with a talented corner who gets to learn the ropes from veteran Patrick Peterson.

43. Giants (from Falcons) – WR Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky

His 104 catches for 1,334 yards in 2021 were single-season Wildcats records. Just 5-8 and 178 pounds, he does have 4.4 speed but will have to crack a receiving rotation that (presently) includes Sterling Shepard, 2021 first-rounder Kadarius Toney and big-money acquisition Kenny Golladay.

44. Texans (from Cleveland Browns) – WR John Metchie III, Alabama

Houston deals up for Metchie, who, like former Tide teammate Jameson Williams, is on the comeback from a torn ACL. Metchie, who had 96 grabs for 1,142 yards and eight scores last season, will likely operate out of the slot once he’s ready to play and handle the underneath routes while Brandin Cooks works deep.

45. Baltimore Ravens – DE/OLB David Ojabo, Michigan

Despite the Achilles tear he suffered at his pro day, his upside is too much to pass up. Ojabo follows Mike Macdonald, the Wolverines defensive coordinator in 2021, back to Baltimore, where he’ll play for Jim Harbaugh’s brother, John. And a redshirt year would likely benefit Ojabo anyway given he made one tackle as a sophomore in 2020. A native of Nigeria who grew up in Scotland, Ojabo (6-4, 250 pounds) exploded for 11 sacks last season and will eventually bring needed juice to Baltimore’s pass rush.

46. Lions (from Vikings) – DE Josh Paschal, Kentucky

A three-time team captain who can move up and down a line that needs more bodies despite Thursday’s acquisition of Aidan Hutchinson. Detroit’s 30 sacks were the third-fewest in the NFL in 2021. A cancer survivor, Paschal should be another culture changer for a Detroit organization that appears pointed in the right direction.

47. Commanders (from Colts) – DT Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

A team captain for the Tide who can two-gap and shut down run lanes. The 6-4, 310-pounder also showed he could get to quarterbacks in 2021, erupting for nine sacks. He joins former ‘Bama stars Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne on the Commanders D-line.

48. Bears (from Los Angeles Chargers) – S Jaquan Brisker, Penn State

He feels like a Chicago player, a DB who can bring the wood. But Brisker can do more than that, another safety who’s able to play deep, at the line of scrimmage or in the slot. He should start Day 1 at strong safety but thrives in coverage, posting 14 career pass break-ups. This selection was obtained courtesy of the Khalil Mack trade earlier this year.

49. New Orleans Saints – CB Alontae Taylor, Tennessee

The Saints fortify their pass defense, and Taylor could vie for a starting job opposite Marshon Lattimore. He only surrendered one TD pass over the past two seasons for the Vols and broke up six passes last year. Taylor posted a 4.36 40 at the scouting combine this year.

50. New England Patriots (from Miami Dolphins via Kansas City Chiefs) – WR Tyquan Thornton, Baylor

The 4.28 speed of the 6-2, 181-pounder pretty much says it all. Thornton averaged 15.7 yards over the course of his 143 receptions with the Bears. He should loosen up defenses for a passing game that’s otherwise overloaded with No. 2 receivers. Good chance Thornton’s arrival means the end of the road for former first-rounder N’Keal Harry.

51. Philadelphia Eagles – C Cam Jurgens, Nebraska

A highly athletic 6-3, 303-pound pivot who probably apprentices for a year behind Jason Kelce before taking over in the middle.

52. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR George Pickens, Georgia

He suffered an ACL tear in spring practice a year ago but made it back in time to participate in the Bulldogs’ 2021 championship drive, averaging 21.4 yards on five catches. A 6-3, 195-pounder with sub-4.5 speed offers plenty of intrigue and has even been mentioned favorably in the same breath as former Dawgs legend A.J. Green. Pickett-to-Pickens could be fun.

53. Colts (from Las Vegas Raiders via Packers and Vikings) – WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

GM Chris Ballard gives new QB Matt Ryan a nice alternative to WR Michael Pittman Jr. Pierce provides tremendous size (6-3, 211 pounds), speed (4.4-second 40-yard dash) and intelligence – he studied mechanical engineering – a combination that should earn him immediate snaps if not Indy’s WR2 post.

54. Chiefs (from Patriots) – WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

He’s a quick, shifty type who can operate out wide or from the slot and broke an FBS-high 26 tackles last season. Moore also produces at a prodigious level (95 catches for 1,292 yards and 10 TDs in 2021) and will have to do so as a pro given he’ll be asked to help offset the loss of Tyreek Hill this season. 

55. Arizona Cardinals – TE Trey McBride, Colorado State

The 2021 All-American and Mackey Award winner as college football’s top tight end is an exceptional possession receiver (91 catches for 1,125 yards last season) who’s also the increasingly rare dual threat able to serve as an effective blocker. Another gift for QB Kyler Murray, McBride will get to learn the ropes from vet Zach Ertz.

56. Dallas Cowboys – DE Sam Williams, Mississippi

Major production in the SEC last year with 12½ sacks and 15 TFLs. The 6-4, 261-pounder with 4.46 speed should get the opportunity to backfill the post vacated by DE Randy Gregory for a Dallas D-line that badly needed reinforcements.

57. Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills) – OT Luke Goedeke, Central Michigan

Tampa Bay struggled in last season’s playoff loss to the Rams due to the falloff following the ankle injury to All-Pro RT Tristan Wirfs. Goedeke will have to bide his time but may eventually supplant Donovan Smith on the left side. In the meantime, top-rate swing tackle.

58. Falcons (from Titans) – LB Troy Andersen, Montana State

Really good athlete (6-4, 243 pounds, 4.4 speed), he could take the starting gig left behind by departed Foyesade Oluokun, who led the NFL in tackles in 2021.

59. Vikings (from Packers) – G Ed Ingram, LSU

A fixture at left guard for the Tigers, pass protection is his bread and butter. QB Kirk Cousins approves.

60. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buccaneers via Bills) – CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

He’s 5-11 and 196 pounds with 4.38 speed and might challenge Eli Apple for snaps at corner for the AFC champs. Taylor-Britt had 11 PBUs in 2021. Bengals continue loading up their secondary after selecting Michigan’s Dax Hill on Thursday.

61. San Francisco 49ers – DE/OLB Drake Jackson, USC

The Niners join the draft party and take the Trojans pass rusher. San Francisco values a deep group up front, but the 6-3 Jackson needs to figure out what his ideal playing weight is – 255? 275? – before he’s able to serve as a nice change of pace opposite Nick Bosa.

62. Chiefs – S Bryan Cook, Cincinnati

Kansas City continues to load up defensively, and the Bearcats star might inherit the unenviable task of replacing free agent Tyrann Mathieu. Like the Honey Badger, Cook lines up everywhere, but is especially good in coverage, breaking up nine passes in 2021.

63. Bills (from Bengals) – RB James Cook, Georgia

The brother of Dalvin Cook, the former Bulldogs back is an exceptional receiver who should also take some of the rushing load off QB Josh Allen. Cook (5-11, 200) has 4.4 speed and put it to use to the tune of 7.2 yards per touch last season.

64. Broncos (from Los Angeles Rams) – OLB Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

Not fair to ask Bonitto to replace Von Miller. But the former Sooner is a plus athlete (6-3, 248, 4.5 speed) who was extremely productive, posting 16 sacks and 26½ TFLs since 2020. He and Bradley Chubb could wreak plenty of havoc off the edge against the likes of Justin Herbert, Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes.

2022 NFL draft tracker: Third-round picks

65. Jaguars – C Luke Fortner, Kentucky

Jacksonville starts getting blocking help for QB Trevor Lawrence, and Fortner should take over for retired Brandon Linder.

66. Vikings (from Lions) – LB Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma

Undersized but moves well and could cover some ground alongside Eric Kendricks.

67. Giants – G Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina

New York continues stacking the line in front of embattled QB Daniel Jones after taking OT Evan Neal on Thursday.

68. Browns (from Texans) – CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State

Tough guy who might have to make his mark on special teams before cracking the corner rotation.

69. Titans (from Jets) – OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State

He could come in and compete for the right tackle job that’s been an issue since Jack Conklin left.

70. Jaguars (from Panthers) – LB Chad Muma, Wyoming

Jacksonville overhauls its linebacking corps after picking Devin Lloyd in Round 1. Muma had 115 tackles last year and is especially good against the run.

71. Bears – WR Velus Jones, Tennessee

Caught 62 passes last year but might make his mark as a return man first for Chicago. Still, a guy with 4.31 speed is a guy QB Justin Fields will want on the field with the offense.

72. Seahawks – OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State

Looks like Seattle has a new pair of bookend tackles after picking Charles Cross on Thursday. Lucas will be on the right side.

73. Colts (from Commanders) – TE Jelani Woods, Virginia

He’s 6-7, 259 pounds and has 4.6 speed. Woods had 44 grabs for 598 yards last season but will also block. Could take over for retired  Jack Doyle

74. Falcons – QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

He’s a renowned leader, winner and worker – plus a very good athlete to boot. He’ll need to work on his accuracy, but plenty going for Ridder, including an opportunity to play fairly soon depending on how things work out in Atlanta with stopgap QB Marcus Mariota.

75. Texans (from Broncos) – LB Christian Harris, Alabama

Athletic but smaller (6-1, 226) off-ball ‘backer who should step right into a starting job given the caliber of Houston’s defense. Posted 5½ sacks and 11½ TFLs for Tide in 2021.

76. Ravens – DT Travis Jones, Connecticut

Coming off his career with the Huskies, when he posted 8½ sacks and 19 TFLs in three seasons, Jones was a standout at the Senior Bowl before the 6-4, 325-pounder tested well at the combine – highlighted by a 4.9-second 40. He’ll inject some youth into a D-line still anchored by Calais Campbell.

77. Colts (from Vikings) – OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

Indianapolis turns to the Austrian exchange student as its new blind side protector for Ryan. Raimann (6-6, 303) also excels as a run blocker, good news for All-Pro RB Jonathan Taylor.

78. Browns – DE Alex Wright, UAB

A 6-5, 271-pounder who had six sacks (but 43 hurries, per PFF) in 2021, he gives Cleveland a hedge with DE Jadeveon Clowney yet to re-sign.

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