ESPN: NFL Draft Guides 2022

WR Drake London, USC
WR Drake London, USC
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NFL Draft - ESPN+ features these annual team-by-team draft guides from Football Outsiders. For each team, we look at the biggest need, a quiet need, and a position that is not a need.

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3 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2022, 10:09am

#1 by ImNewAroundThe… // Apr 25, 2022 - 11:21pm

Really? We do know Bak will be coming off an injury (thanks for allowing him to play the meaningless week 18 though!) and Elgton won't be ready with the same injury so the OL will look something like:

  • LT: Old coming off injury Bak
  • LG: 3rd year 6th rounder 49th/82 graded G John Runyan
  • C: 2nd year 2nd rounder 33rd/39 graded C Josh "picked before Creed Humphrey because of schemez" Myers
  • RG: 2nd year 4th rounder 62nd/82 graded G Royce Newman
  • RT: 4th year UDFA 57th/83 grade T Yosh "actually probably rightfully benched in the playoffs" Njiman until Elgton gets back?

Not a super pressing need (*cough* because it's not actually that valuable *cough*) but they can and WILL try to do better. It wasn't just Lucas Patrick they lost (81.3% of snaps) but Billy Turner (72.58%). 

I would have said RB. Aaron Jones big money. Dillon big investment. Drafted Kylin Hill last year and Patrick Taylor finally got on the field and actually looked semi decent (impossible for UDFAs, I know). Low value position, just trust the guys you got, it's not worth investing to upgrade. That's like the one position I'm begging them (again) to not draft. Well that and of course no specialists...ever.

All good potential fits for WR (and ST) though. Better not overthink Burks like the combine truthers. Get thicc Jordy and flourish. Guess they're assuming 3 OSU guys will be gone by then. Also Drake London but I prefer not him. Would just be essentially Lazard (who they refuse to believe is nothing more than a best) and they need to diversify the WR room more. And a good 7th round target I'd probably like to see is Deven Thompkins (7.17 RAS). 

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#2 by Scott Spratt // Apr 26, 2022 - 8:30am

I interpret the "Not a Need" prompt as "Less of a Need than the Public Opinion" because I believe it leads to more interesting observations.  I suspect most people who read those team write-ups are fans of those teams, and most Packers fans likely know why the team's strengths at running back and quarterback, for example, are strengths.

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#3 by ImNewAroundThe… // Apr 26, 2022 - 10:09am

Fair. They were fine even with the injuries (tried warning against the Bak contract but...old habits die hard). Certainly room for improvement they will try to address in the draft. Not much depth either. I listed all 6 guys that are likely going to make the to rest are nothing more than long shots. Likely could have a rookie starting on opening day if they still don't believe in Yosh (and I would seriously wish they do try an upgrade the 4th year UDFA to be little more comfortable). 

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