2022 NFL Draft: Players to watch on Day 2

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Night one of the 2022 NFL Draft was action-packed and interesting, to say the least. As soon as it looked like the first round would be low key, the first trade of the night took place, and chaos ensued. It was a night that had eleven total trades, not just for draft picks, and several star players were also sent to new teams, which is quite unusual during the draft. There were plenty of surprising picks, like Houston taking Stingley at number three, and they did it with Sauce Gardner still available. Now it’s day two and looking for what the second and third rounds will bring. It was already expected to be an exciting evening due to the talent of these two towers. Some unexpected players are still waiting for the call, so it’s probably going to get crazy tonight. Let’s take a look at some of the players to watch tonight who could impact this coming season.

Malik Willis, quarterback, Liberty:

Since the NFL Combine, all you’ve heard about is how awesome Willis was, both on and off the field. We’ve even heard some people say he’s going to be the first quarterback on the board, so surprisingly he’s still available. Willis is an incredibly humble person, so this won’t be a setback. The team that recovers him will know what a leader he is because, unlike some quarterbacks who go down, he will show no disappointment and get to work immediately. Willis is an extremely athletic player and has a rocket arm, so it could pay off for someone.

Desmond Ridder, quarterback, Cincinnati:

He’s the most intriguing player expected to be drafted tonight. Ridder just led his team to become the first ‘group of five’ team to make the college football playoffs, then he killed the pre-draft process, making every team he met love what he did. ‘he brings. Ridder not only showed his maturity and leadership, but his performances on the pitch throughout the process proved that he belongs. There are still teams looking for a quarterback, and he’s still kind of a dark horse prospect, so it’ll be interesting to see where he goes. He’s also a great prospect for a team that might need a quarterback but isn’t yet committed to change. He would be a perfect fit for new Giants head coach Brian Daboll.

Half-off galore:

No running backs were selected in the first round of this year’s draft. This does not mean, however, that he lacks talent in this position. There just wasn’t that high-end perspective that had to be chosen. There’s also a big chance we’ll see a big run on running backs tonight (no pun intended) because it’s a pretty deep back class, but everyone’s grouped together when it comes to ranking . The big question here is who will be the first selected? Although Breese Hall appears to be the favourite, don’t be surprised to see someone like James Cook go first. Another player to look for as a late second-to-early third-round pick is Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams. He is a very good running back and would be a fantastic addition to a team like Buffalo.

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Boye Mafe, defensive line, Minnesota:

He was perhaps the hardest player to rate going into the draft because when you watch his movie, he definitely looks like a first-round pick, but he’s so inexperienced. Nigerian-born Mafe only started playing when he entered college, so he only has two years of experience. However, he is an absolute monster and can change the game with his tenacious work ethic. He’s also a very smart player who can pick things up quickly, so put him under the right coach, and he could become an elite defensive lineman.

Travis Jones, defensive tackle, Connecticut:

When it comes to players who improved their draft stock during the pre-draft process, no one did more than Travis Jones. Coming from a side that didn’t have many wins, Jones took full advantage of every opportunity. The massive defensive tackle dominated the Senior Bowl showing off his immense power and a surprising amount of speed and athleticism. He definitely has a skill set that could be a real problem for the offensive lines for years to come. When you have a player who can take on multiple linemen at once, it frees up the rest of the defense and allows them to do their job much more easily. Now add his ability to dash and you have a force of nature. Look how this last Super Bowl ended, the Rams have an inside game troubleshooter in Aaron Donald, and he himself won this game on the last drive to Cincinnati.

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