- Tariq Woolen
The fact Tariq Woolen fell that far in the draft shocked me. I was a massive fan of his coming out of UTSA and after his NFL combine performance, I was an even bigger fan. It’s not every day you see a 6’4″ cornerback run a 4.26 40-yard dash ( tied for third-best in the Combine history and fastest for a player over six foot). I feel extremely proud of myself for this one, I just knew after watching his film and seeing him display his unworldly athleticism at the combine, he had the potential to be dangerous in the NFL. Woolen took the NFL by storm, in his first season, he was selected to the Pro Bowl as well as being the NFL Interceptions co-leader and made the All-Rookie first team.
- Calvin Austin III
The 2022 season didn’t go as Calvin or I had hoped. He sustained a major foot injury in training camp at the beginning of the season and wasn’t able to play at all during his entire rookie season. The quick and speedy receiver will have to wait until the 2023 season to show the NFL world how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands. The Steelers coaches said they saw “a lot of flashes” in camp when he was healthy and said it’s “going to be crazy” when he’s back healthy for them this upcoming offseason.
- Kingsley Enagbare
For a 5th-round pick, Enagbare outperformed his draft spot and proved the packers got a solid pass rusher deep in the draft. Kingsley played in all 18 of the Packers games this season and made 7 starts. He was able to get 3 sacks on the season along with an impressive 17 QB Hurries. All things considered, Kingsley had a very solid rookie season and he’s just going to keep improving from here on out.
- Zach Tom
Tom might end up being one of the best offensive linemen from the 2022 NFL Draft when it’s all said and done. After being drafted in the 4th round by the packers Tom was not expected to be a part of their offensive line in his rookie season. That all changed when he was forced to play due to injuries on the packers line in week 7, and after that, he played and started in almost every game until the end of the season. In the almost 500 offensive snaps he played last season, Tom didn’t commit a single penalty and allowed just one sack. He graded out as one of the best pass-protecting rookie linemen despite the fact the packers used him in 4 different positions along their offensive line.
- Cade Otton
Otton was perhaps one of the most underrated picks from the later rounds of the 2022 draft. He ended up starting 10 games for the Buccaneer’s offense last season, catching 42 passes for nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns. Where Otton really shined was in his blocking ability. He immediately proved himself as one of the best blocking tight ends in football earning a pass-blocking grade of 79.3 from PFF which was the 5th best grade in all the NFL for the tight end position. At only 23 years old, Otton still has time to get himself more involved in the passing game and perhaps round himself into one of the top all-around Tight Ends in football.