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2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Names to Watch (Offense)

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

2022 NFL Draft: Day 3 Names to Watch (Offense)

Written By: Aaron Ussery

It's one of the most challenging yet important exercises in every draft cycle -- finding those "value" guys on Day 3. Landing contributors in the draft's later rounds is obviously easier said than done, but it can put a roster over the top. Almost nothing is more valuable when building a roster than stumbling upon an All-Pro talent in the fifth round.

Below is a list of 2022 draft prospects, all with a chance to make an impact for teams as Day 3 selections. I've highlighted one name from each offensive position group.


QB - Skyler Thompson, Kansas State

Biggest Strength: Touch and accuracy, especially on play-action

Thompson has some serious darts on his tape. He throws with really good anticipation, and isn't shy about putting the ball into tight windows. The result is moments of absolute pinpoint accuracy. He's at his best when working off play-action and hitting either his first or second read.

Biggest Weakness: Consistency with his lower body mechanics, especially when improvising

For all the moments of impressive accuracy he puts on tape, there's still quite a few instances where things fall apart for Thompson. Particularly when those first two reads aren't there, and he's forced to try and play outside of structure. In these instances, he lets his hips and feet get sloppy and can often end up misfiring. See the interception below:

Thompson will likely go somewhere between the fifth and seventh round, and I think he does have what it takes to stick as a decent backup if he goes to a team that will want to run a lot of play-action or RPO looks.

Pro Comp: Case Keenum, QB, Buffalo Bills


RB - Quan White, South Carolina

Biggest Strength: Footwork and elusiveness

What stands out the most about White when watching his tape is his stop-start ability. He can weave in and out of traffic with devastating suddenness. This is also packaged with some impressive pass-catching ability as well, projecting him as a player with plus-level YAC upside.

Biggest Weakness: Inconsistent discipline when following his blocks

White's tendency is to try and break the big play open every single time, and as a result sometimes his momentum can stall at the line of scrimmage when things don't immediately open up for him. He needs to work on his decisiveness and trusting the blockers in front of him in order to be more consistent at the next level.

White has a chance to be a much more productive pro player than he was at South Carolina. His ability as a receiver wasn't utilized all that often, and due to the rotation he played in there is very little tread on his tires. I think he'll go anywhere between the fourth and sixth rounds, and could immediately become a high-level RB3 in a team's rotation (with a chance to establish himself as a primary third-down back down the road).

Pro Comp: Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets


WR - Bo Melton, Rutgers

Biggest Strength: Ball-tracking and body adjustments

Melton does just about everything well, so finding his biggest strength was something of a toss up. But I was particularly impressed by some of the really snazzy sideline and mid-route adjustments he made on tape. He does a really fantastic job looking the ball all the way in and completing the catch process.

Biggest Weakness: Lack of play strength and physicality

Melton didn't always hold up well against some of the more physical defensive backs he played against when I watched him. At 5'11" and 190 lbs, he's definitely a bit on the smaller side. That lack of size shows up from time to time on his tape through struggles getting off press or maintaining blocks. See the gif below for example. Michigan's Daxton Hill muscles right through Melton's block attempt on the bubble screen to make the tackle for loss.

Melton is still a very talented receiving prospect, and had he spent time in a more effective offense while in college we could easily be talking about him as a Day 2 selection. As things stand now, I expect him to slip into the fourth or fifth round. But if he does, I could easily see him outplaying that value.

Pro Comp: Russell Gage, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


TE - Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Biggest Strength: Hands and catch concentration

Charlie Kolar is the type of tight end a quarterback would design in a lab. He is 6'6" with near 35" arms, making him an incredibly easy target. And to top it off, his hands are beyond reliable. Going back all the way to 2019, his drop rate at Iowa State was only 3%. Those are exactly the type of traits people mean when they use the term "security blanket".

Biggest Weakness: Run blocking technique

Kolar really should be better as a blocker than he is. He's got the necessary size and strength, but is still figuring out proper technique when tasked with staying inline. Too often you see him fail to utilize his length and allow defenders to get directly into his chest. See below against Baylor, where Kolar (lined up next to the right tackle towards the bottom of the screen) lets the defender shrug him off and make the tackle on Breece Hall for no gain.