With Super Bowl LVI ending with the Rams defeating the Bengals, every football fan on the planet has shifted their focus to the 2022 NFL Draft. Whether it be quarterbacks, safeties or punters, every team has a need or will find the best value at each position in the draft.
On Monday, I delivered my first NFL Mock Draft of the year. You can read that here and feel free to bash me on how I did plenty wrong or right by reaching out to me on Twitter.
🚨My first 2022 NFL Mock Draft is officially out. Which picks do you like? Which picks do you hate? Jaguars go offense first overall and 4 QBs get selected in the first round. Check it out now! 👇https://t.co/4SfYAz9kHj
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 14, 2022
Moving on from my mock draft, I wanted to take a moment and look at three players and how they fit onto three specific teams from the 2022 NFL Draft. Two of these players could be selected in the first round or they could all be selected on the second day of the draft. Regardless, here are three player fits for the 2022 NFL Draft!
BYU running back Tyler Allegeir to the Miami Dolphins
Going into this off-season, it’s felt like the Miami Dolphins have been in position to be one of the first teams in the 2022 NFL Draft to select a running back. While I do love the thought of Kenneth Walker playing there, it does feel like one of the drafts most underrated prospect is Tyler Allegier from BYU.
Dolphins new head coach Mike McDaniel has stated in numerous interviews over time the importance of establishing some type of rushing attack. Since working in San Francisco with Kyle Shannahan, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he adopts similar a zone rushing scheme into his offense in Miami.
Tyler Allgeier feels like the biggest sleeper in the 2022 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/xJVkCHU7QN
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 12, 2022
By doing so, he’d have a wide range of running backs that fit. However, I love the idea of Tyler Allegeir in Miami. He’s a natural fit for a zone scheme and his downhill running style could be something that intrigues McDaniel. Allegier does a great job bouncing off contact with a strong lower body and by keeping his feet moving at all times. It’s hard to gauge where he’ll get selected but it does feel like it will be somewhere on the 2nd day of the draft. The Dolphins only have 1 pick on the second day of the draft but they could look at packaging picks 101 and 119 to move somewhere in that 75 – 85 range to ensure they draft the underrated back out of BYU.
Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis to the Los Angeles Chargers
How can you not love a defensive tackle that is 6-6 and 340 pounds? Jordan Davis has rare size for the position but his movement skills are really impressive for a player of that size. His motor runs hot and he does a good job of plugging gaps and generating pressure.
When you look at the Chargers roster, they’re going to have to figure out what to do with three of their defensive tackles on the roster. Justin Jones, Christian Covington and Linval Joseph are set to hit the market and the Chargers might let them all god as they’re in position to potentially draft the best defensive tackle in the 2022 NFL Draft.
By selecting Davis, they can plug him in the middle of their defense alongside Jerry Tillery and with Davis eating up multiple blockers, this could help players such as Tillery and Bosa run free in 1-on-1 situations off the edge.
Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon to the Detroit Lions
Over the last week or so, one of my new established draft crushes is Kyler Gordon from Washington. The talented defensive back is a fluid athlete that plays well up in the box and isn’t afraid of contact. His ability to flow downhill and make open field tackles is impressive.
While Gordon earned a second round grade on my board, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up getting selected in the first round. That being said, I think he’d be a fit for a team like the Detroit Lions.
It’s been evident that the Lions want physical players across the board and the physicality from Gordon might intrigue them to select him at either pick 32 or 34 in the 2022 NFL Draft. While the Lions do have Amani Oruwariye, who led their defense with 6 interceptions, they will have to consider getting better in their secondary.
First time watching the dudes (CB 2 Kyler Gordon and CB 22 Trent McDuffie) from Washington. I'd just like to say hello Kyler Gordon! Closes quickly on this crosser and watch him play through the hands of the WR. Love it! pic.twitter.com/rqU5PaBi7Z
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 10, 2022
A.J. Parker has been a nice undrafted free agent for the Lions and they do have Jeff Okudah coming back from injury, there’s still some uncertainty on what the future will hold for all three of those players. Adding a player like Gordon seems like an ideal fit for what the Lions are trying build defensively.