Forness’ 2022 NFC Draft Grades

2 (53) Colorado State TE Trey McBride
3 (87) San Diego State DE Cameron Thomas
3 (100) Cincinnati EDGE Myjai Sanders
6 (201) USC RB Keaontay Ingram
6 (215) Virginia T Lecitus Smith
7 (244) Valdosta State DB Christian Matthew
7 (256) Penn State LB Jesse Luketa
7 (257) Oklahoma G Marquis Hayes

Overview: I’m not sure what exactly the Cardinals are doing here. They traded the 23rd overall pick for Marquise Brown and pick 100 just moments before AJ Brown was traded to Philadelphia for slightly more capital. Right after that questionable trade, General Manager Steve Keim doubled down with weapons by selecting McBride. With how the Cardinals have massively struggled to protect Kyler Murray, not taking an offensive lineman until pick 215 is questionable at best. It felt like Keim was doing anything he could to appease his disgruntled quarterback instead of trying to build a great team. The saving grace of this class is adding two talented pass rushers in round three.

Grade: C-

1 (8) USC WR Drake London
2 (38) Penn State EDGE Arnold Ebiketie
2 (58) Montana State LB Troy Andersen
3 (74) Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder
3 (82) Western Kentucky EDGE Deangelo Malone
5 (151) BYU RB Tyler Allgeier
6 (190) Georgia G Justin Schaffer
6 (213) Georgia TE John FitzPatrick

Overview: After trading Matt Ryan to the Colts, the Falcons have put themselves completely on the rebuild path. Adding Drake London gives the Falcons two dynamic pass catchers with excellent size. They also fortified their defense with two high-upside pass rushers and a hyper-athletic linebacker. The real intrigue with this draft class is the addition of Ridder. Compared by our own Thor Nystrom to his new teammate Marcus Mariota, Ridder’s addition presents an opportunity to groom the quarterback of the future without having to use any premium draft capital. Pair that with adding a wide…


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