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New York Giants 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA signings recap

The Giants went into this year’s draft with a new general manager in Joe Schoen, new head coach in Brian Daboll and two new coordinators in Mike Kafka and Don “Wink” Martindale. Did the draft accomplish what the team needed to complete its offseason?

The Giants had a plan in this year’s draft and free agency. Improve the team’s running game and create more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. After signing OGs Max Garcia and Mark Glowinski in free agency, they sought out Alabama’s Evan Neal and UNC’s Joshua Ezeudu in the draft. To that point, adding Bellinger also serves as a possible precursor to more two tight end sets. We referenced below that QB Daniel Jones could be feeling much better. If so, then RB Saquon Barkley is executing backflips.

Former Iowa safety/nickel Dane Belton, the Giants’ second fourth-round selection, posted a career-high five interceptions in 2021.
New York Giants    
1 (5)Kayvon ThibodeauxDE-OLB/Oregon3/1st RoundFor all of the talk about what Thibodeaux wants to do off the field, what about what he can do on it? His instant nature, combative hands and quick-footed approach present different pictures for OTs. He could become a problem if offenses decide to leave him one-on-one in Year 1.
1 (7)Evan NealOT/Alabama 9/1st RoundNeal has the prototype build to man the tackle opposite incumbent LT Andrew Thomas. QB Daniel Jones has to be somewhere smiling.
2 (43)Wan'Dale RobinsonWR/Kentucky, Nebraska125/3rd RoundIs there a tougher receiver in the draft? Robinson made all of the plays down the field for Kentucky but also proved to be a jet sweep or swing pass option within the framework of the offense.
3 (67)Joshua EzeuduOG/North Caroina85/2nd RoundThe selection of Ezeudu proves that the Giants are going to work to improve an anemic running game. He has made starts at RT, LT and LG. Played through a torn mensicus in 2020.
3 (81)
Acquired from Dolphins
Cordale FlottCB-Nickel/LSU218/4th RoundFlott's cover skills and savvy in the slot have been apparent since he stepped on campus. Bulk is the biggest question mark.
4 (112) Acquired from the BearsDaniel BellingerTE/San Diego State114/3rd RoundBellinger's postseason workouts should not have come as a surprise. He was a track star at the high school level and nearly went under 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash. On the field, he can execute any type of block with his hand in the dirt and provides a build-speed option up the rails of the defense. Can he win in the short areas as a route runner?
4 (114)
Acquired from Falcons
Dane BeltonS-Nickel/Iowa96/3rd RoundBelton has a feel for reading through route combinations and has experience covering the slot dating back to 2019, when he was the team's nickel. As his career went along, Belton improved his angles in coverage. The tackling needs to improve.
5 (146)
Acquired from Jets
Micah McFaddenLB/Indiana124/3rd RoundMcFadden was one of the Big Ten's best coming forward as a blitz threat. In addition, there is enough speed to swallow up distance in space. Playing with slightly more knee bend could take his game to the next level.
5 (147)D.J. DavidsonDT/Arizona State307/4th RoundDavidson aligned primarily inside as the zero-or-one-technique DT, but did see time at the two-or-three-technique DT spots as well. Light on his feet at 325 pounds.
5 (173) From the Chiefs through the RavensMarcus McKethanOL/North Carolina 317/4th RoundAt nearly 6-foot-7, the 348-pound McKethan played OG as a 37-game starter in school. Could his 85-inch wingspan at least get him looks on the perimeter? Efficient on his skip-pull techniques at his size. Needs to block with more than just the upper body on a consistent basis.
6 (182)Darrian BeaversLB/Cincinnati, UConn139/3rd Round-Beavers started off as an athletic 235-pound LB at UConn before growing into a 260-pound force for the Bearcats. He projects as a 3-4 inside linebacker and fits what the defense will be doing moving forward.

Here is a recap of the team’s 2022 UDFA signings:

NY Giants Undrafted Free agent signings      
DN Big Board Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty’ Take
239Zyon GilbertCB-NickelFAU5.524th RoundGilbert’s incredible physical tools (11’6” BJ, 41” VJ) give him an opportunity to make the team in a special teams role.
256Yusef CorkerSKentucky5.484th RoundKnown as the team’s ‘Director of Communications’, Corker’s 4.4 speed often overcomes any rigidness.
261Austin AllenTENebraska5.464th RoundAllen - the Big Ten’s TE of the Year- can stretch the seams but needs to get stronger and run more precise routes. His 6’8” height helps his cause.
279Trenton ThompsonSSan Diego State5.414th RoundThompson was a multi-purpose player who made a number of plays in coverage this past season.
282Chris HintonDTMichigan5.374th RoundHinton uses his hands fairly well, but needs to develop consistent urgency in his play.
339Jashaun CorbinRB-KR (All-Purpose)FSU, Texas A&M5.185th RoundCorbin ranked third in the country in kickoff returns during the 2018 campaign (30.1 yds/KR, TD).
405Jeremiah HallFB/H-backOklahoma5.035th RoundHall was a multi-purpose threat as a blocker on the move and receiver during his time at Oklahoma. Can heprove capable on special teams without short-area explosion?
418Tomon FoxOLBNorth Carolina55th RoundFox ran around a number of OTs in school to the tune of 44.5 career tackles for losses.
452Antonio ValentinoDT-NGFlorida, Penn State4.865th RoundValentino -former known as Antonio Shelton- contains extreme power as a run defender but needs to improve at staying centered as a pass rusher.
636Brandon EasterlingSDayton4.137th RoundEasterling benefitted from a breakout 2019 campaign as an all-purpose defensive back. He has good foot speed on the field and plays with enough urgency to perhaps translate to the next level.
678Baer HunterOC-OGAppalachian State3.947th RoundNo one hunts down the opposition like Hunter, who improved markedly over the course of his career. He wins with more than just a roughhouse approach.
685Josh RivasOGKansas State3.877th RoundRivas’ size (6’5 323) gives him a chance. As does his accuracy in terms of understanding assignments. Experienced veteran who should compete for a practice squad opportunity if he can hold up in pass protection.
702Tyrone TruesdellDTFlorida, Auburn3.6627th RoundTruesdell took a step backwards after leaving Auburn, but it doesn’t take away from some of the early success he had in the SEC.
712Matthew AllenOCMichigan State3.587th RoundAllen plays much quicker and more efficient than his postseason workout times suggest on the field. He could surprise if the size isn’t deficient.
Navaughn DonaldsonOT-OGMiami (Fla.)N/AN/ADonaldson started off as a tackle, has played guard and continued to contribute. The team’s entire OL took a major step back in 2021.
Andre MillerWRMaineN/AN/AThe statistics didn’t often tell the story for Miller, whose body control impressed during his time at Maine.
Jahcour PearsonWROle MissN/AN/AAlthough Pearson didn’t score in 2021, he did flash with 76 receptions at WKU back in 2019.
Jabari Ellis DTSouth Carolina N/AN/AEllis, a productive defender for South Carolina, produced career-highs in tackles and tackles for loss in 2021.
Darren Evans CBLSUN/AN/AEvans is a long corner with enough mobility to potentially learn techniques from current Giant James Bradberry.
Jaylin BannermannDEUtah StateN/AN/ABannerman’s length and overall movement give him an opportunity if he can continue to make positive weight gains.
Daylin BaldwinWRMichigan, Jackson StateN/AN/AThe former Tiger acquitted himself well for the Wolverines this past season. He averaged a little over 15 yards per catch on 17 receptions.

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC West

The NFC West traded away a franchise quarterback and saw quality pass rushers leave the division. Through two weeks, trades have been at or near the top of the NFC West’s agenda. Will this division keep its aggression through the 2022 NFL Draft?

NFC West

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive free agents

  • RB Sony Michel
  • RB Buddy Howell
  • TE Johnny Mundt (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  • WR-Ret Brandon Powell (re-signed)
  • OG  Austin Corbett (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • OC Brian Allen (re-signed)
  • OT Joe Noteboom (re-signed)   

Defensive free agents

  • CB Darious Williams  (Agreed to terms with the  Jaguars)
  • CB Donte Deayon
  • DT Sebastian Joseph Day (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)
  • OLB Von Miller (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • P Johnny Hekker (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • S Antoine Brooks
  • LB Will Compton
  • LB Troy Reeder

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • OT Andrew Whitworth retired this offseason.
  • Re-signed OT Joseph Noteboom to a three-year deal, OC Brian Allen to a three-year deal, WR-Ret Brandon Powell to a one-year deal and signed OL Coleman Shelton to an extension
  • Signed QB Matthew Stafford to a four-year extension
  • Placed a RFA tender on PK Matt Gay, LB Travin Howard
  • Agreed to terms with WR Allen Robinson (Bears) on three-year deal, LB Bobby Wagner (Seahawks) on a five-year deal, P Riley Dixon (Giants)
  • Traded WR Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans for a 2023 sixth-round pick
  • Released P Johnny Hekker (signed with the Panthers)
  • Lost OLB Von Miller (Bills), OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Texans), DT Sebastian Joseph Day (Chargers), CB Darious Williams (Jaguars), P Johnny Hekker (Panthers), TE Johnny Mundt (Vikings), OT Austin Corbett (Panthers)

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive free agents

  • RB James Conner (re-signed)
  • RB Chase Edmonds (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • TE Zach Ertz (re-signed)
  • WR A.J. Green (re-signed)
  • WR Christian Kirk (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • QB Colt McCoy (re-signed)
  • TE Maxx Williams (re-signed)
  • TE Darrell Daniels
  • TE Demetrius Harris
  • OG Max Garcia (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

Defensive free agents

  • DE Chandler Jones (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Dennis Gardeck (re-signed)
  • LB Ezekial Turner (re-signed)
  • LB Jordan Hicks (released and signed with the Vikings)
  • CB Robert Alford
  • CB Antonio Hamilton
  • CB Breon Borders
  • S Charles Washington
  • DL Jack Crawford
  • S Chris Banjo
  • P Andy Lee (re-signed)
  • LS Aaron Brewer (re-signed)
  • DT Corey Peters

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • GM Steve Keim and HC Kliff Kingsbury were given five-year contract extensions
  • Re-signed P Andy Lee, LS Aaron Brewer, LB Ezekial Turner, LB Dennis Gardeck to one-year deals.
  • Re-signed TE Zach Ertz on a three-year deal, QB Colt McCoy to a two-year deal, RB James Conner on a three-year deal, LB Dennis Gardeck on a three-year deal
  • Agreed to terms with LB Nick Vigil (Vikings), CB Jeff Gladney (Vikings), OG Will Hernandez (Giants), TE Stephen Anderson (Chargers)
  • Released LB Jordan Hicks (signed with the Vikings)
  • Lost DE Chandler Jones (Raiders), WR Christian Kirk (Jaguars), RB Chase Edmonds (Dolphins), OG Max Garcia (Giants)

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive free agents

  • LT Duane Brown
  • RB Alex Collins
  • TE Will Dissly (re-signed)
  • TE Gerald Everett (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)
  • OL Kyle Fuller (re-signed)
  • OL Jamarco Jones
  • RB Rashaad Penny (re-signed)
  • C Ethan Pocic
  • OT Brandon Shell
  • QB Geno Smith (re-signed)
  • WR John Ursua

Defensive free agents

  • S Quandre Diggs (re-signed)
  • DE Rasheem Green
  • DE Carlos Dunlap (designated post June 1 release)
  • CB Sidney Jones (re-signed)
  • CB Gavin Heslop
  • DB Blessaun Austin
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche
  • DB D.J. Reed
  • DT Al Woods (re-signed)
  • DE Benson Mayowa (released)
  • DE Kerry Hyder (released)
  • LB Bobby Wagner (released and signed with Rams)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in exchange for QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, DL Shelby Harris, 2022 first-round pick (9th overall), 2022 second-round pick (40th overall), 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2022 fifth-round pick. They also received a 2023 first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick
  • Released LB Bobby Wagner (signed with Rams), designated a post June 1 release of DE Carlos Dunlap, released DE Kerry Hyder, DE Benson Mayowa
  • Re-signed S Quandre Diggs to a three-year deal, CB Sidney Jones, TE Will Dissly to a three-year deal, OL Kyle Fuller, RB Rashaad Penny to a one-year deal, DT Al Woods to a two-year deal, QB Geno Smith to a one-year deal
  • Agreed to terms with DT Quinton Jefferson (Raiders) on a two-year deal, OLB Uchenna Nwosu (Chargers) on a two-year deal, CB Artie Burns (Bears) on a one-year deal, G Austin Blythe (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, CB Justin Coleman (Dolphins), LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Bears)
  • Lost OL Jamarco Jones (Titans), DB D.J. Reed (Jets)

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive free agents

  • OG Laken Tomlinson (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • WR Richie James
  • RB Trenton Cannon (Agreed to terms with the Titans)
  • WR Trent Sherfield (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • C Jake Brendel (re-signed)
  • WR-Ret Travis Benjamin
  • OL Tom Compton (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • WR Mohamed Sanu
  • TE Ross Dwelley
  • RB Jeff Wilson, Jr. (re-signed)
  • RB Raheem Mostert (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)

Defensive free agents

  • DB Tarvaris Moore
  • DE Jordan Willis (re-signed)
  • DL Maurice Hurst
  • DE-OLB Arden Key
  • CB Dontae Johnson (re-signed)
  • S Tavon Wilson
  • S Jaquiski Tartt
  • LB Marcell Harris
  • CB Josh Norman
  • CB K’Waun Williams (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • CB Jason Verrett
  • DT D.J. Jones (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • DL Darrion Daniels

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with CB Charvarius Ward (Chiefs) on a three-year deal, CB Darqueze Dennard (Giants), S George Odum (Colts) on a three-year deal, LB Oren Burks (Packers) on a two-year deal, WR-Ret Ray-Ray McCloud (Steelers) on a two-year deal, DT Hassan Ridgeway (Eagles) on a one-year deal, DE Kerry Hyder (Seahawks) on a one-year deal
  • Re-signed DE Jordan Willis on a one-year deal, C Jake Brendel, RB Jeff Wilson, Jr.
  • Lost CB K’Waun Williams (Broncos), RB Raheem Mostert (Dolphins), RB Trenton Cannon (Titans), OG Laken Tomlinson (Jets), DT D.J. Jones (Broncos), WR Trent Sherfield (Dolphins), OL Tom Compton (Broncos)
  • Placed RFA tenders on OL Daniel Brunskill and LB Azeez Al-Shaair

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC North

The 2022 NFC North’s free agency period began with a no-brainer, as the Packers gave its back-to-back league MVP a record deal. The team also traded away its franchise receiver and the Bears lost their top wideout in free agency. Did the Lions get its deep threat? The Minnesota Vikings picked up a smart, productive linebacker to team with Eric Kendricks. Please come back for more updates as this is a live document.

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

  • TE Tyler Conkin (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • OL Mason Cole (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • QB Sean Mannion (re-signed)
  • OT Rashod Hill
  • WR Dede Westbrook
  • TE Chris Herndon
  • OG Dakota Dozier
  • TE Luke Stocker
  • RB Wayne Gallman
  • WR Chad Beebe

Defensive free agents

  • CB Patrick Peterson (re-signed)
  • LB Anthony Barr
  • DE Everson Griffen
  • DT Sheldon Richardson
  • DT Michael Pierce
  • DE Eddie Yarbrough
  • CB Mackensie Alexander
  • S Xavier Woods (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • DE Tashawn Bower
  • P Jordan Berry (re-signed)
Jordan Hicks LB Minnesota Vikings
New Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks started 49 games in a row for the Arizona Cardinals over a three-year period. In that span, he posted 384 tackles and 25 tackles for losses.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Cleveland Browns VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager and former LA Rams OC Kevin O’Connell as head coach
  • Agreed to terms with DE-OLB Za’Darius Smith (Packers) on a three-year deal, DT Harrison Phillips (Bills) on a three-year deal, LB Jordan Hicks (Cardinals) on a two-year deal, TE Johnny Mundt (Rams) on a two-year deal, OL Austin Schottmann (Broncos), OL Jesse Davis (Dolphins), CB Nate Hairston (Broncos)
  • Released DT Michael Pierce
  • Re-signed QB Kirk Cousins to a one-year extension, P Jordan Berry to a one-year deal, QB Sean Mannion, CB Patrick Peterson, CB Tye Smith
  • Lost TE Tyler Conklin (Jets), S Xavier Woods (Panthers), OL Mason Cole (Steelers)
  • Re-structured the contracts of WR Adam Thielen and S Harrison Smith

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

  • WR Josh Reynolds (re-signed)
  • WR Kalif Raymond (re-signed)
  • WR KhaDarel Hodge
  • QB Tim Boyle (re-signed)
  • OT Tyrell Crosby
  • QB David Blough (re-signed)
  • TE Charlie Taumoepeau (released)
  • OL Will Holden
  • OC Evan Brown (re-signed)
  • TE Jordan Thomas (released)
DJ Chark WR Detroit Lions
Former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl WR DJ Chark (coming off an ankle injury in 2021) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Defensive free agents

  • S Tracy Walker (re-signed)
  • OLB Charles Harris (re-signed)
  • LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • LB Alex Anzalone (re-signed)
  • DE Nick Williams
  • DE Trey Flowers (released)
  • S Dean Marlowe
  • LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (re-signed)
  • DT Joel Heath
  • DT Nick Williams
  • S Jalen Elliott (re-signed)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with WR DJ Chark (Jaguars) on a one-year deal, LB Jarrad Davis (Jets), CB Mike Hughes (Chiefs), LB Chris Board (Ravens), S DeShon Elliott (Ravens)
  • Re-signed S Tracy Walker to a three-year deal, DE-OLB Charles Harris to a two-year deal, FB Jason Cabinda to a two-year deal, LB Alex Anzalone to a one-year deal, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton to a one-year deal, WR Josh Reynolds to a two-year deal, WR Kalif Raymond to a two-year deal, QB Tim Boyle on a one-year deal, OC Evan Brown on a one-year deal, OC Ryan McCollum to a one-year deal, S Jalen Elliott to a one-year deal, DB C.J. Moore to a one-year deal
  • Re-signed QB David Blough, DB Bobby Price (ERFA), CB Mark Gilbert (ERFA), RB Godwin Igwebuike (ERFA) and K Riley Patterson (ERFA)
  • Exercised a 2023 option on TE TJ Hockenson
  • Lost LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Texans)
  • Released DE Trey Flowers, TE Jordan Thomas

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

  • WR Davante Adams (franchised and then traded him to Raiders)
  • TE Robert Tonyan (re-signed)
  • WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • WR Equanimeous St. Brown (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • WR Devin Funchess
  • G Lucas Patrick (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • OT Dennis Kelly (released)
  • OT Billy Turner (released)

Defensive free agents

  • DE-OLB Za’Darius Smith (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • OLB Whitney Mercilus
  • CB Jaire Alexander
  • CB Kevin King
  • CB Chandon Sullivan (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • CB Rasul Douglas (re-signed)
  • LB De’Vondre Campbell (re-signed)
  • CB Josh Jackson
  • S Will Redmond
  • LB Chauncey Rivers
  • DT Tyler Lancaster
  • ILB Oren Burks (agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • P JK Scott
  • LS Hunter Bradley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Agreed to terms with QB Aaron Rodgers on a three-year deal, DE Pat O’Connor (Buccaneers) on a two-year deal, DT Jarran Reed (Chiefs), P Pat O’Donnell (Bears) on a one-year deal, PK Dominick Eberle, WR Sammy Watkins (Ravens), DL Jarran Reed (Chiefs)
  • Re-signed ILB Da’Vondre Campbell to a five-year deal, DE Preston Smith to a four-year deal, CB Rasul Douglas on a three-year deal, TE Robert Tonyan
  • Released OT Billy Turner, OLB Za’Darius Smith
  • Placed the franchise tag on WR Davante Adams and then traded him to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick
  • Placed a RFA tender on WR Allen Lazard
  • Lost OLB Za’Darius Smith (Vikings), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Bears), OG Lucas Patrick (Bears), LB Oren Burks (49ers), CB Chandon Sullivan (Vikings), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

  • WR Allen Robinson (Agreed to terms with the Rams)
  • QB Andy Dalton
  • RB Tarik Cohen (released)
  • WR Damiere Byrd
  • WR Marquise Goodwin
  • WR Jakeem Grant (Agreed to terms with the Browns)
  • OL Elijah Wilkinson (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • OL James Daniels
  • OL Jason Peters
  • OL Germain Ifedi
  • OT Alex Bars (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • RB Ryan Nall
  • TE Jesse James
  • RB Damien Williams (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)

Defensive free agents

  • DL Akiem Hicks
  • DL Bilal Nichols (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • DL Margus Hunt
  • DL Elijah Wilkinson
  • DL Eddie Goldman (released)
  • DB Marqui Christian
  • CB Artie Burns (Agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • CB Teez Tabor (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • CB Xavier Crawford
  • S DeAndre Houston-Carson (re-signed)
  • S Deon Bush
  • S Tashaun Gipson
  • OLB Cassius Marsh
  • OLB Bruce Irvin
  • LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • LB Alec Ogletree
  • LB Danny Trevathan (released)
  • LB Christian Jones
  • P Pat O’Donnell (Agreed to terms with the Packers)
  • LS Patrick Scales
  • LS Beau Brinkley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles as its new general manager and former Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as its head coach
  • Agreed to terms with DT Justin Jones (Chargers) on a two-year deal, DT Al-Quadin Muhammed (Colts) on a two-year deal, WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Packers) on a one-year deal, G Lucas Patrick (Packers) on a two-year deal, LB Nicholas Morrow (Raiders), WR Byron Pringle (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, QB Trevor Siemian (Saints) on a two-year deal, OL Dakota Dozier (Vikings), FB Khari Blasingame (Titans), S Dane Cruikshank (Titans)
  • Re-signed OL Lachavious Simmons to a one-year deal, S DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year deal
  • Traded OLB Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick
  • Released DT Eddie Goldman, LB Danny Trevathan, RB Tarik Cohen, LS Beau Brinkley
  • Lost WR Allen Robinson (Rams), CB Teez Tabor (Falcons), P Pat O’Donnell (Packers), RB Damien Williams (Falcons), WR-Ret Jakeem Grant (Browns), DT Elijah Wilkinson (Falcons), DT Bilal Nichols (Raiders),

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC South

The AFC South’s free agency period started with Jacksonville getting one of the top offensive lineman available on the market. Needless to say, they weren’t done shopping. The Titans re-signed their top pass rush threat while letting some veterans go. There were a number of free agents who simply switched spots within the division. How is each team stacking up heading into the 2022 NFL Draft? Please come back day-to-day as we will provide live updates on each of your favorite teams.

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

  • WR Julio Jones (released)
  • TE Anthony Firkser (agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • TE Geoff Swaim (re-signed)
  • WR Marcus Johnson
  • WR Chester Rogers
  • TE MyCole Pruitt
  • RB Dontrell Hilliard (re-signed)
  • RB D’Onta Foreman
  • FB Khari Blasingame (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • WR Cameron Batson
  • RT David Quessenberry (agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • OG Rodger Saffold (released and then agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
  • QB Logan Woodside
  • RB Jordan Wilkins (re-signed)
  • K Randy Bullock (re-signed)
  • K Sam Ficken
  • OC Ben Jones (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Jayon Brown (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Rashaan Evans (agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • DE Harold Landry (re-signed)
  • S Matthias Farley
  • LB Nick Dzubnar
  • CB Buster Skrine (re-signed)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (released)
  • DE Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (re-signed)
  • CB Greg Mabin
  • LB Dylan Cole (re-signed)
  • LB B.J. Bello
  • DL Kyle Peko (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • DL Trevon Coley
  • DL Teair Tart
  • S Dane Cruikshank (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • DE Derick Roberson

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Released WR Julio Jones, OG Rodger Saffold (Bills), CB Janoris Jenkins
  • Agreed to terms with OT Jamarco Jones (Seahawks) on a two-year deal, RB Trenton Cannon (49ers), DB A.J. Moore (Texans) on a one-year deal, TE Austin Hooper (Browns),
  • Re-signed DE Harold Landry III to a five-year deal, OC Ben Jones to a two-year deal, TE Geoff Swaim to a one-year deal, DE Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, LB Dylan Cole, PK Randy Bullock
  • Traded a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR Robert Woods
  • Lost LB Jayon Brown (Raiders), RB Khari Blasingame (Bears), LB Rashaan Evans (Falcons), TE Anthony Firkser (Falcons), S Dane Cruikshank (Bears)

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

  • QB Tyrod Taylor (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • RB David Johnson
  • OL Justin Britt
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • WR Chris Conley
  • RB Rex Burkhead
  • TE Antony Auclair
  • WR Chris Moore
  • RB Royce Freeman (re-signed)
  • OT Geron Christian (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)

Defensive free agents

  • S Justin Reid (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • S Terrence Brooks (re-signed)
  • CB Terrence Mitchell (released and then signed with Patriots)
  • S Neville Hewitt (re-signed)
  • DB A.J. Moore (Agreed to terms with the Titans)
  • DT Vincent Taylor
  • DE DeMarcus Walker
  • LB Tae Davis (re-signed)
  • LB Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
  • DT Jaleel Johnson
  • DE-OLB Jacob Martin (agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • LS Jon Weeks (re-signed)
The Houston Texans signed former Jacksonville OG A.J. Cann to a two-year deal. Cann started 94 games in seven seasons for the Jaguars, but just four of those starts came a in 2021 due to injury.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Promoted DC and former Chicago Bears HC Lovie Smith to fill its head coaching vacancy
  • Agreed to terms with OG AJ Cann (Jaguars), RB Dare Ogunbowale (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, S M.J. Stewart (Browns) on a one-year deal, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Rams) on a one-year deal, QB Kyle Allen (Commanders) on a one-year deal, C Scott Quessenberry (Chargers) on a one-year deal, CB Isaac Yiadom (Packers) on a one-year deal, RB Marlon Mack (Colts)
  • Re-signed S Terrence Brooks, RB Royce Freeman, LB Neville Hewitt
  • Lost S Justin Reid (Chiefs), QB Tyrod Taylor (Giants), DB A.J. Moore (Titans), OT Geron Christian (Chiefs)
  • Released CB Terrence Mitchell (signed with Patriots),

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

  • OG A.J. Cann (agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • OG Andrew Norwell (agreed to terms with the Commanders)
  • OT Cam Robinson
  • WR DJ Chark (Agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • OC Tyler Shatley
  • TE James O’Shaughnessy
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • TE Jacob Hollister (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • WR Laquon Treadwell (re-signed)
  • OT Will Richardson Jr. (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Taven Bryan (agreed to terms with the Browns)
  • LB Damien Wilson
  • DE Jihad Ward (agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • CB Tre Herndon (re-signed)
  • CB Nevin Lawson
  • DE Adam Gotsis
  • DE Lerentee McCray
  • LB Tyrell Adams
  • LB Myles Jack (released and agreed to terms with the Steelers)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Philadelphia Eagles HC Doug Pederson as its new head coach
  • Agreed to terms with the OG Brandon Scherff (Commanders) on a three-year deal, WR Christian Kirk (Cardinals) on a four-year deal, WR Zay Jones (Raiders) on a three-year deal, LB Foyesade Oluokun (Falcons) on a three-year deal, DT Foley Fatukasi (Jets) on a three-year deal, TE Evan Engram (Giants) on a one-year deal, CB Darious Williams (Rams) on a three-year deal, DE Arden Key on a one-year deal
  • Released LB Myles Jack (signed with Steelers), re-signed OT Will Richardson, Jr.
  • C Brandon Linder retired after eight seasons
  • Lost WR DJ Chark (Lions), OG AJ Cann (Texans), OG Andrew Norwell (Commanders) DT Taven Bryan (Browns), RB Dare Ogunbowale (Texans), DE Jihad Ward (Browns)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

  • OT Julién Davenport
  • OT Eric Fisher
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox
  • K Michael Badgley
  • G Mark Glowinski (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • WR T.Y. Hilton
  • QB Brett Hundley
  • RB Marlon Mack (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • WR Zach Pascal (Agreed to terms with the Eagles)
  • OL Matt Pryor (re-signed)
  • G Chris Reed
  • OT Sam Tevi

Defensive free agents

  • LB Matthew Adams
  • S Jahleel Addae
  • CB T.J. Carrie
  • LB Zaire Franklin
  • DL Tyquan Lewis (re-signed)
  • OLB Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • S George Odum
  • CB Brian Poole
  • CB Xavier Rhodes
  • DE Isaac Rochell
  • S Andrew Sendejo
  • S D.J. Swearinger
  • DE-OLB Kemoko Turay
  • DT Antwaun Woods

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders in exchange for third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-round pick can become a second rounder based on Wentz’s playing time in Washington. The teams also traded positions in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as the team swapped its 47th overall position to move up five spots
  • Traded a 2022 third-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for QB Matt Ryan
  • Lost OG Mark Glowinski (Giants), WR Zach Pascal (Eagles), RB Marlon Mack (Texans)
  • Re-signed OT Matt Pryor to a one-year deal, DL Tyquan Lewis to a one-year deal
  • Traded CB Rock Ya-Sin to the Las Vegas Raiders for DE Yannick Ngakoue
  • Agreed to terms with CB Brandon Facyson (Raiders), S Rodney McLeoad (Eagles), CB Stephon Gilmore (Panthers) on a two-year deal

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC North

The 2022 AFC North free agency period began with the Ravens thinking they had a former friend while the Bengals guarded the team’s future. The Browns scooped Cooper in a trade and the Steelers found a possible replacement for Big Ben. We have all of the latest updates from the division’s free agency and offseason moves.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

  • C Bradley Bozeman (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • RB Devonta Freeman
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • FB Patrick Ricard (re-signed)
  • OT David Sharpe
  • TE Eric Tomlinson (Agreed to terms with the Broncos)
  • WR Sammy Watkins (Agreed to terms with the Packers)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Chris Board (Agreed to terms with Lions)
  • CB Anthony Averett (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Josh Bynes (re-signed)
  • DE Calais Campbell (re-signed)
  • S DeShon Elliott (Agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • NT Justin Ellis (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • LB L. J. Fort
  • OLB Justin Houston
  • S Tony Jefferson (re-signed)
  • OLB Pernell McPhee
  • CB Jimmy Smith
  • NT Brandon Williams
  • CB Tavon Young (released)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Head coach John Harbaugh was signed to a three-year extension
  • Agreed to terms with S Marcus Williams (Saints) on a five-year deal, OLB OT Morgan Moses (Jets) on a three-year deal
  • Lost TE Eric Tomlinson (Broncos), CB Anthony Averett (Raiders), LB Chris Board (Lions), S DeShon Elliott (Lions), WR Sammy Watkins (Packers), DL Justin Ellis (Giants)
  • Released CB Tavon Young
  • Re-signed FB Patrick Ricard to a three-year deal, DE Calais Campbell to a two-year deal, LB Josh Bynes

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

  • QB Nick Mullens
  • WR Rashard Higgins (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • WR Ryan Switzer
  • TE David Njoku (franchised)
  • OT Chris Hubbard (re-signed)
  • TE Austin Hooper (released and signed with the Titans)
  • PK Chase McLaughlin
  • TE Stephen Carlson
  • FB Andy Janovich
  • WR Jarvis Landry (released)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Malik Jackson
  • DT Sheldon Day
  • DE Jadeveon Clowney
  • DE Takkarist McKinley
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • LB Malcolm Smith
  • LB Anthony Walker
  • LB Elijah Lee
  • S Ronnie Harrison
  • S M.J. Stewart (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • P Dustin Colquitt
Former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson traded to the Cleveland Browns
Former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson was traded to the Cleveland Browns for three first-round draft picks, a 2023 third-round pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Reportedly traded three first-round picks to the Houston Texans for QB Deshaun Watson. They also gave up a 2023 third-round pick and 2024 fourth-round pick in the trade.
  • Agreed to terms with WR Jakeem Grant (Bears) on a three-year deal, DL Taven Bryan (Jaguars) on a one-year deal, QB Jacoby Brissett (Colts) on a one-year deal, OL Ethan Pocic (Seahawks)
  • Lost WR Rashard Higgins (Panthers), DB M.J. Stewart (Texans)
  • Placed the franchise tag on TE David Njoku, placed a RFA tender on RB D’Ernest Johnson
  • Traded LB Mack Wilson in exchange for OLB/DE Chase Winovich (Patriots)
  • Traded QB Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick
  • Released WR Jarvis Landry, TE Austin Hooper (signed with Titans)
  • Traded a 2022 fifth-round pick and swapped 2022 sixth-round selections with the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for WR Amari Cooper

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

  • TE C.J. Uzomah (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • OT Riley Reiff
  • OG Quinton Spain
  • QB Brandon Allen (re-signed)
  • WR Mike Thomas (re-signed)
  • WR Auden Tate
  • OL Fred Johnson (released and then signed with Buccaneers)
  • OL Trey Hopkins (released)

Defensive free agents

  • S Jessie Bates III (franchised)
  • CB Eli Apple (re-signed)
  • CB Vernon Hargeaves
  • CB Tre Flowers
  • DT B.J. Hill (re-signed)
  • DT Josh Tupou (re-signed)
  • LB Jordan Evans
  • CB Darius Phillips (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • CB Trae Waynes (released)
  • S Ricardo Allen
  • S Michael Thomas (re-signed)
  • LS Clark Harris
  • P Kevin Huber

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Alex Cappa (Buccaneers) on a four-year deal, OL Ted Karras (Patriots) on a three-year deal, OT La’el Collins (Cowboys) to a three-year deal, TE Hayden Hurst (Falcons)
  • Re-signed DT B.J. Hill to a three-year deal, CB Eli Apple on a one-year deal, S Michael Thomas to a one-year deal, DT Josh Tupou on a two-year deal, QB Brandon Allen on a one-year deal, WR Trenton Irwin
  • Placed the franchise tag on S Jessie Bates III
  • Lost TE C.J. Uzomah (Jets), CB Darius Phillips (Raiders)
  • Released CB Trae Waynes

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger (retired)
  • QB Joshua Dobbs
  • WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • WR James Washington (Agreed to terms with the Cowboys)
  • WR-Ret Ray-Ray McCloud (Agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • RB Kalen Ballage
  • OG Trai Turner
  • OT Chuks Okorafor (re-signed)
  • OL B.J. Finney
  • OL Zach Banner

Defensive free agents

  • DL Montravious Adams (re-signed)
  • OLB Taco Charlton
  • CB Joe Haden
  • CB Akhello Witherspoon (re-signed)
  • CB Arthur Maulet (re-signed)
  • S Terrell Edmunds
  • S Miles Killebrew (re-signed)
  • LB Joe Schobert (released)
Former Jaguars LB Myles Jack -an 82-game starter- signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons and this will be GM Kevin Colbert’s last season
  • Re-signed OT Chuks Okorafor to a three-year deal, CB Arthur Maulet on a two-year deal, S Miles Killebrew on a two-year deal, CB Ahkello Witherspoon on a two-year deal, DT Montravius Adams (Saints) on a two-year deal
  • Released LB Joe Schobert, OL Zach Banner
  • Agreed to terms with LB Myles Jack (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, QB Mitchell Trubisky (Bills) on a two-year deal, OG James Daniels (Bears) on a three-year deal, C Mason Cole on a three-year deal, CB Levi Wallace (Bills) on a two-year deal, WR Gunner Olszewski (Patriots) on a two-year deal
  • Placed an original round tender on QB Dwayne Haskins, placed a first right-of-refusal tender on LB Robert Spillane
  • Lost WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs), WR James Washington (Cowboys), WR-Ret Ray-Ray McCloud (49ers),

2021 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, In-game report: Army vs. Missouri, 12-22-21

Army head coach Jeff Monken led the Black Knights to its third Armed Forces Bowl victory in last-minute fashion. The Black Knights were led by a rambunctious running game that featured running back Jakobi Buchanan. After an injury to starting quarterback Christian Anderson, the team turned to two different quarterbacks, Tyhier Tyler and Jabari Laws, to lead the team down the stretch.

DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous dives into the strategies of Army veteran offensive and defensive coordinators Brent Davis and Nate Woody. He also breaks down the team’s use of analytics while discussing top prospect and All-American outside linebacker Andre Carter II.

Army team captain Arik Smith (No. 53 pictured) had 88 tackles, four quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for losses in 2021. Over the last two seasons, he has 20 tackles for losses.

Senior linebacker and team captain Arik Smith garnered Armed Forces Bowl Game MVP honors after posting 12 tackles, two quarerback sacks and two-and-a half tackles for losses in the team’s victory. Junior placekicker Cole Talley banged home the game-winning field goal with no time remaining on the clock to secure the team’s 24-22 victory.

2021 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, In-game report, 12-21-21: SDSU vs. 24) UTSA

The 2021 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl was the first of two bowl games in three days to take place at Toyota Stadium, the home of the FC Dallas Burn. The game pitted two teams that entered the game with a combined total of 23 victories. In a contest that largely lived up to the billing, the Brady Hoke-led Aztecs (12-2) took over the contest in the second half to win 38-24. It was just the second loss for the 24th-ranked Roadrunners (12-2), who have turned into one of the nation’s up-and-coming programs under Texas high school coaching legend and 2021 C-USA Coach of the Year Jeff Traylor.

DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous’ in-game report goes into quarterback Lucas Johnson, who recently entered the transfer portal, along with RB Greg Bell, OG William Dunkle, OT Zachary Thomas, TE Daniel Bellinger, PK/P Matt Araiza and DE Keshawn Banks, among others.

CJ Baskerville celebrating his interception in the 2021 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
Baskerville (No. 34 pictured jumping) had nine tackles and one interception to earn Defensive MVP honors in the 2021 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl.

Chavous discusses who won the highly-anticipated battle between UTSA offensive tackle Spencer Burford and SDSU defensive end Cameron Thomas. In addition, he goes inside the bowl game MVP performances from wide receiver Jesse Matthews and safety CJ Baskerville.

2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, In-game Report, 12-18-21

The 2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl featured a battle between the 12th-ranked BYU Cougars (10-3) and the UAB Blazers (9-4) in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 18th. DraftNasty’s Corey Chavous breaks down the game’s turning points, the state of both programs and the top pro prospects on each of the teams. In a back-and-forth battle, the Blazers outlasted the Cougars.

The Blazers were led by running back DeWayne McBride (5’11, 215, SOPH), who rushed for 183 yards on 28 carries behind an offensive line featuring LT Kadeem Telfort (6’8, 335, R-JR) and RT Colby Ragland (6’5, 315, R-SR). Chavous breaks down both in the video, along with their star deep threats in tight end Gerrit Prince (6’5, 240, R-SR) and junior wide receiver Trea Shropshire (6’3 195, JR).

UAB redshirt senior tight end Gerrit Prince caught four passes for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the 2021 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

On the other side, BYU had a stalwart of its own in star running back Tyler Allgeier (5’11, 220, R-SOPH). Allgeier finished with 192 tough yards and averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Playing without injured quarterback Jaren Hall (6’1, 205, SOPH), the team turned to the Romneys, Baylor (6’2, 195, SOPH) and Gunner (6’2, 195, JR) to get it done in support. But it was one of BYU’s freshman defenders who stood out. Find out who it was in Corey Chavous’ video in-game report.

2021 CSJ Bahamas Bowl Preview: Shafer’s Three-fers

The 2021 CSJ Bahamas Bowl features a number of healthy individual storylines, but perhaps none more so than a three-fers approach for one of the nation’s top defenses. Injuries and improved play have been a theme for both teams heading into the contest. Toledo (7-5), led by first-year starting quarterback DeQuan Finn, reeled off victories in four of its last five games. Middle Tennessee (6-6) rebounded from a 2-4 start by winning four of its final six contests to achieve bowl eligibility. The Blue Raiders eventually settled on freshman quarterback Nicholas Vattiato, a Plantation, Florida native, in its last four games. Today, however, we spotlight one of the game’s top defensive minds and a philosophy that has led to eye-popping results.

MTSU Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer’s three-fers

Shafer, the former Syracuse head coach, is one of the more creative defensive minds in all of college football. Shafer-led defenses are known for producing turnovers and touchdowns, and they do so on a regular basis. In 2021, his unit has forced a whopping 18 fumbles (T-2nd nationally), recovered 15 fumbles (T-1st nationally) and picked off 16 passes (314 yards, 3 TDs). For good measure, the team has also returned three fumbles for scores. Their six defensive touchdowns are tied for first in all of FBS football with Nevada and Ohio State. One of the reasons? Shafer’s recruiting philosophy. He talks about recruiting three-fers. Three-fers are high school athletes who play three different positions (in football) and three different sports.

So which players on MTSU’s explosive defense have contributed to his unique philosophy?

12 Reed Blankenship 6’1 200 FS-Senior MTSU

The first-team All-C-USA safety was a star quarterback at West Limestone High School (Ala.), where he rushed for over 3,000 yards, passed for over 1,000 yards and tallied 1,004 receiving yards. The former state championship basketball player is the unquestioned leader of the defense, combining a coach’s intelligence with positive movement skills. After back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, Blankenship has largely returned to his 2018 form, when he picked off four passes and returned one of the interceptions 100 yards for a score. His angles have been hit-or-miss at times as a tackler, but he typically posts at least one highlight film play per game. Blankenship was forced to miss over 40 days of summer workouts in 2020 due to quarantine for COVID-19, but never tested positive. That absence gave him an even stronger appetite to be around both teammates and coaches, whom he steadily gives credit to both on and off the field.

“It starts off just listening to the coaches,” Blankenship said when asked about his long run of big plays at the school. “It’s all about your teammates on the plays you make.”

Reed Blankenship S-MTSU 2022 NFL Draft
Blankenship was named an all-conference performer in 2021 after notching a career-high 10 tackles for loss.

He finished third on the team in 2021 with 10 tackles for loss, returned a fumble 90 yards for a score and forced two fumbles. The respect he has for those around him is definitely reciprocal.

“He has a high football IQ. Good vision. Patience. Very good football player,” Shafer said of Blankenship. “There’s a comfort factor there.”

Blankenship recently received an invite to the 2022 East-West Shrine All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada.

3 Quincy Riley 6’0 181 CB-R-Freshman MTSU

The next of Shafer’s three-fers who stood out in 2021 was Riley, a former A.C. Flora High School (S.C.) product with blazing recovery speed.

Want proof?

Riley won the South Carolina Class 4A state track and field championship with a blazing 10.48 100-meter time back in 2019. His confidence on the field allows for him to jump routes early in the down, as UTSA quarterback Frank Harris discovered early in 2021 when trying to throw an out pattern to Riley’s side that he picked and nearly took back the distance.

Injuries have been a bit of a hiccup for Riley, who missed four games in 2021. Technically, he is eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft after having played in three games back in 2019, his first year on campus. During that season, a season-ending injury also thwarted his charge. In fact, the first-team All-C-USA freshman corner posted five interceptions for 153 yards (TD) in just eight games this season. In 2020, prior to injury, he picked off two passes (77 yards) in an All-C-USA freshman campaign.

First-team All-C-USA CB Quincy Riley (pictured in press) finished tied for second in the nation with five interceptions (153 yds, TD).

So what other sport made him one of the three-fers?

“He was a great basketball player in high school,” Shafer said.

Yes. Another player who fits the bill. And in football, he stood out playing wide receiver at the prep level, notching over 300 yards receiving as a senior with six special teams scores.

91 Jordan Ferguson 6’2 262 DL-Junior MTSU

The permanent team captain rounds out our list on Shafer’s philosophy, although the defense is littered with players who fit the bill. Ferguson is actually tied with another of the three-fers, safety Gregory Grate (5’11, 197, JR), for the team lead in forced fumbles (three). The Cartersville High School (Ga.) product plays a variety of roles for the team, as he aligns at defensive tackle, defensive end and rush outside linebacker. In fact, he has seen time as a personal protector on the punt team.

In high school he was a star tight end, racking up 15 touchdowns as a junior alone. Shafer found him somewhere else.

“He played high school basketball as a kid,” Shafer said. “Great leader. He is capable of playing inside or outside (on the defensive line). Ran practices for the team when we weren’t there.”

The second-team All-C-USA performer certainly was there for the team in 2021, when he notched career-highs in sacks (eight), tackles for loss (16.5), forced fumbles (three) and quarterback hurries (14). In the team’s bowl-clinching win versus Florida Atlantic, he took a fumble return back 71 yards for a score.

The three-fers don’t stop with those three, no pun intended, as second-team All-C-USA linebacker DQ Thomas (80 tackles, 5 QB sacks, 14.5 TFLs, FF, 2 INTs (43 yds, TD), 2 PBUs) was a powerlifter at the prep level. Versus Virginia Tech, he ran down quarterback Braxton Burmeister for a sack and was in on several pressures. The Oxford, Mississippi native is the school’s all-time leader in tackles for loss (51.5) heading into his final career game.

But it all goes back to the former collegiate quarterback drawing up the defenses and his own unique recruiting philosophy. Shafer’s mix of pre-snap defensive movement (involving safeties and linebackers), zone blitzes, six-man pressures, five-man fire zones and multiple looks leads to confusion for opposing offenses.

MTSU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer gives Marshall a unique defensive pre-snap look back in 2019.

He credits MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill for being open to his various suggestions during games.

“He’s open to thoughts before, during and after games,” the longtime defensive coordinator said.

And with three head coaches on one coaching staff (Stockstill, Shafer and former Clemson HC Tommy West), perhaps they meet the three-fers philosophy on their own.

After all, as Shafer put it, “there’s nothing we’re afraid to communicate.”

2021 NBA Draft Recap: Picks 1-60

The 2021 NBA Draft offered up a number of prospects who were very productive in school, the NBA’s G League or overseas in other professional basketball leagues. Our NBA draft recap profiles each of the draft’s selections and we begin with a polished playmaker taken by the Detroit Pistons.

1st Round

1 (1) Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham 6’7 220 G/F-Oklahoma State
Cunningham comes from a lineage of athletes and his on-court skills link up with his smooth game. The Pistons needed someone to be an all-around star and Cunningham offers a multitude of skills. In the process, the former Cowboy became just the fourth Oklahoma State product to go in the draft’s Top 10 over the last 70 years and the first to go number one overall.

Jalen Green NBA G League Ignite 2021 NBA Draft recap
Green, pictured, was a standout for the AAU squad Team Why Not in the 2019 Nike EBYL circuit. His ability to score going to the basket ranks as one of his biggest assets.

2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green 6’6 180 SG-NBA G League Ignite
As Green continues to grow into his frame, his game will expand. In terms of comparisons, the team hopes he has a similar run to former Rocket Tracy McGrady, who excelled for the squad after a productive five-year stint in Orlando.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley 7’0 215 PF-USC
Mobley’s quiet demeanor shouldn’t taken for granted on the court. He plays on both ends of the floor and is capable of guarding multiple spots. Mobley posted 12 double-doubles for the Trojans this past season.

4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes 6’8 225 SF-FSU
If Barnes can continue to improve his long distance shooting, there really isn’t much he doesn’t do on the floor. He can play the point forward, guard any position and rebound effectively. Barnes is the second consecutive Seminole to be drafted in the fourth overall spot as Leonard Hamilton continues to build on the team’s basketball tradition.

5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs 6’4 205 PG-Freshman Gonzaga
Much like former Big 12 Freshman of the Year Trae Young, Suggs went fifth overall after being projected perhaps a pick or two higher. The second-team All-American’s physical nature provided plenty of big moments for a team that relied on him late in games. After being down by 12 points in the WCC Championship, no one stood bigger than Suggs in the game’s final moments. These performances became the norm for the former Zag.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey 6’7 205 PG-Adelaide NBL Australia
The team needed depth in the backcourt and on the wings, more specifically another playmaker. With three first-round picks they had flexibility. Giddey was the NBL (Austrialia) Rookie of the Year in 2020-21 after averaging nearly 11 points per game. His size and overall playmaking skill (7 RPG, 7 APG) could complement the recent addition of former Celtic Kemba Walker.

7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga 6’7 200 SG-NBA G League Ignite
The Warriors chose James Wiseman with the second overall pick in 2020 and the results were mixed. With the team’s health a question mark, a ready-made player would have seemed to be the focus. Kuminga’s athleticism gives the team flexibility on the defensive end and his scoring should improve over time. The former five-star recruit signed with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged nearly 16 points per game in 2020-21 (15.8 PPG).

8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner 6’7 220 SF-Michigan
Orlando uses its second Top 10 pick to take the scorer on the wing to complement the earlier selection of Suggs. This is another team that hasn’t been able to keep its core players healthy for the entirety of the year. Wagner finally puts an end to Michigan’s drought in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft.

9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell 6’1 202 G-Baylor
Who will be the big defensive stopper down low for the Kings? It is still in question, but the draft’s best defender helps seal up the perimeter. Even with that said, he also shot 45% from beyond the arc in 2020-21. His tenacity and play speed should help him overcome his relative lack of length at the next level. Mitchell was a big reason the Bears successfully disproved DraftNasty’s model for picking a national champion this past spring.

10. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Memphis Grizzlies): Ziaire Williams 6’10 188 PF-Stanford
Despite a less than stellar collegiate stop, Williams – a former five-star recruit- still went in the range many scouts projected when he entered school. He showed off his athleticism during the 2021 NBA Combine with a 39 1/2” max vertical jump and a 10.69 time in the lane agility drill.

11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight 6’5 190 SG-UConn
Bouknight missed time in 2021 due to an elbow injury, but he bounced back in time to still earn first-team All-Big East honors. The former LaSalle Academy (N.Y.) product shot 46% from the field in 2020-21 due to his combination of handle and floor speed.

12. San Antonio Spurs: Joshua Primo 6’5 189 SG-Alabama
Primo was just one of many big long range artists for the Crimson Tide’s arsenal this past season. He reclassified to the 2020 class and that’s one of the reasons he entered the draft as an 18-year old. He will combine with 2020 11th overall pick Devin Vassell to increase the team’s youth in the backcourt.

13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte 6’6 190 SG-Oregon
The first-team All-Pac-12 performer becomes the oldest first-round pick since Melvin Ely in 2002. Duarte -the AP’s Pac-12 Player of the Year- shot over 42% from three-point range in 2020-21 for the Ducks.

14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody 6’6 211 SG-Arkansas
The SEC Freshman of the Year scores in a number of ways and rebounds with equal effectiveness. His length could combine with Kuminga’s to increase the team’s backcourt defensive capability.

15. Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert 6’7 223 SF-Gonzaga
The Wizards received Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to increase its backcourt scoring after the trade of Russell Westbrook (LA Lakers), but they still needed another shooter. Kispert has enough of a mid-range game to complement his catch-and-shoot ability (41% career three-point shooter).

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston picking for the Houston Rockets, whom they traded the pick to): Alperen Sengun 6’10 243/C-Besiktas (Turkey)
The Rockets get a skilled scorer who averaged 19 points per game in the Turkish League to earn MVP honors as an 18-year old. Will he be able to defend consistently to stay on the floor?

17. Memphis Grizzlies (picking for New Orleans-trade): Trey Murphy III 6’9 206 F-Virginia, Rice
Murphy is a strong catch-and-shoot player with enough range to complement Williamson and Ingram on the wing. Before arriving at Virginia, Murphy actually 42% from three-point land while at Rice back in 2018-19. The Durham native’s father, Kenneth, played for East Carolina in the late 1980s.

Tre Mann SG-Florida
Mann (pictured for the E1T1 AAU squad during the 2019 Nike EBYL) increased his averages in nearly every statistical category as a first-team All-SEC selection in 2020-21.

18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tre Mann 6’4 178 SG-Florida
Mann’s ability to create off the dribble has never been in question, but his improved shooting depth expanded his game exponentially in 2020-21. After weighing in at 178 pounds at the 2021 NBA Combine, he still needs to put on more bulk. We explored the possibility of Mann ending the Gators’ infamous draft streak earlier this summer. Mission accomplished.

19. New York Knicks (traded to Charlotte Hornets): Kai Jones 6’11 1/2” 221 PF-Texas
Jones has nearly a 7’2” wingspan and he brings potential as a low post scorer. Despite just one double-double in 2020-21, he shot an impressive 75% from the free throw line. He has enough explosiveness to add a different element to the Hornets frontcourt.

20. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson 6’9 210 F-Duke
In the 13 games in which Johnson did play for the team, he averaged over 11 points per game and snagged six rebounds per contest. Turnovers, however were an issue, as he posted six games with at least three. The powerful 6-foot-9 forward has a diverse game that includes enough range, strength and open floor capability.

21. New York Knicks (traded to Los Angeles Clippers): Keon Johnson 6’5 185 SG-Tennessee
While Johnson did post a record vertical jump at the 2021 NBA Combine (48″), his lane agility time was only “OK” (11.45). His shooting needs to improve but he can guard and run the floor (3.0 seconds in 3/4 court sprint). One of the key positives is the ability to get to the free throw line, where he connected at a 70-percent clip.

Jackson (No. 23 seen tipping vs. former Memphis C Moussa Cisse in the 2019 Nike EBYL, is one of the draft’s top shot blockers.

22. Los Angeles Lakers (for Indiana Pacers via Washington): Isaiah Jackson 6’10 206 PF-Kentucky
Jackson (a Michigan native) is a shot-blocking maestro who led the SEC in that category (2.6 per game). Even with limited bulk, Jackson averaged 6.6 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for the Wildcats. He won’t be asked to do much more than follow shots and rebound initially, but he does have some potential as a scorer that has yet to be tapped.

23. Houston Rockets: Usman Garuba 6’8 229 PF-Real Madrid (Spain)
Garuba is a rim-runner who finishes in transition and can project in a role off the bench for the Rockets. In the open court, he flashes some ability to handle the ball. Garuba was named the ACB’s Best Young Player in 2021 after moving up to the Real Madrid’s senior squad 2019-20. He’s currently competing for the Spanish national team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

24. Houston Rockets: Josh Christopher 6’4 214 SG-Arizona State
Christopher’s inconsistency may have cost him a few spots in the draft, but he gives the Rockets hope of developing into a viable secondary scoring option. Christopher contests versus drives to the basket in transition defense without fouling, even when giving up baskets in these instances (2nd half, Arizona ’21). Fouls, however, were an issue in his first 11 career contests, posting four or more in five games.

25. Los Angeles Clippers (For the NY Knicks, whom they traded pick to): Quentin Grimes 6’5 210 SG-Houston, Kansas The AAC Co-Player of the Year increased his scoring every year on campus, and much of it had to do with his ability to finish at the free throw line. Grimes improved nearly 12 percentage points in that category in 2020-21. For a 210-pound guard, he sped 3.07 seconds in the three-quarter court sprint at the 2021 NBA Combine, but more importantly he moved fluently without the ball and continued to thrive as a catch-and-shoot threat.

26. Denver Nuggets: Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland 6’3 169 SG-VCU
The A-10 Player of the Year also impressed during the 2021 NBA Combine with his range, but it was his nearly 10-point jump in one season that caught the attention of NBA scouts. Despite his slender frame, he created for himself and others through traffic during NBA Combine scrimmages. He manufactures room with his handle to get his shots off in isolation; either on the perimeter or when driving to the cup.

27. Brooklyn Nets: Cam Thomas 6’4 210 SG-LSU
The former Oak Hill Academy star brings a mid-range game, underrated strength to finish through contact and outstanding shooting from the stripe (88.2% FT in 2020-21). Of the Top 20 players nationally in terms of free throw percentage, Thomas led the group with 220 attempts (7.58 per game) in 29 contests. Becoming more efficient will be his task as he gets less shots at the next level.

28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer 6’4 202 PG-Tennessee
The Tennessee native is following in the footsteps of his father, Gary, a former sixth-round pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He never seems to be out of control on the court and relies on his rhythm as either a playmaker or shooter. His strength gives him the ability to finish through contact around the rim. If he gets to the stripe, his efficiency should not be underestimated. Springer missed just 19 free throw attempts this past season (81%).

29. Phoenix Suns (for the Brooklyn Nets via trade): Day’Ron Sharpe 6’11 265 C-UNC
Sharpe’s overall skill-set is impressive, and his ability to find open men as a passer -particularly versus double teams- should not be underestimated. Even in a league that is becoming increasingly perimeter-based, his strength to gain position down low stands out.

30. Utah Jazz (traded to Memphis Grizzlies): Santi Aldama 6’11 215 PF-Loyola (Md.)
Aldama impresses with his range out to around the 25-to-27-foot mark, and adequate bulk allowed him to rebound effectively in the Patriot League. The sophomore-entry is patient setting up low post moves and showcases solid hand-eye coordination. He improved his three-point percentage nearly 15 points in 2020-21.

2nd Round

Isaiah Todd PF-Washington 2021 NBA Draft Recap
Todd, pictured, averaged nearly 13 points and five rebounds per game for the NBA G League Ignite in 2020-21.

31. Milwaukee Bucks (traded to the Washington Wizards via Indiana Pacers): Isaiah Todd 6’10 219 PF-NBA G League Ignite
It would not have been a surprise to see Todd, who played with fourth overall pick Scottie Barnes on the Nightrydas Elite AAU squad back in 2019, also go in the first round of this year’s draft. He has an 8’11.5″ standing reach, runs the floor well and has potential as a long distance shooter. Despite just two starts for the NBA G League Ignite, he averaged over 12 points per game and shot an impressive 82.4% from the free throw line.

32. New York Knicks (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder): Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 6’9 242 PF-Villanova
The former McDonald’s All-American had offers from everyone coming out of high school, but settled on the Wildcats. He nearly entered the draft a season ago, which shouldn’t have been a surprise after averaging nearly a double-double (10.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG) as a freshman. At 242 pounds, he battles to gain position with a burly brand of basketball. Don’t be mistaken, however, as his sleek footwork around the hoop often baffled opponents.

33. Orlando Magic (traded to LA Clippers): Jason Preston 6’4 181 PG-Ohio
The kid who was simply going to UCF as a student but made a highlight tape (after agreeing to play in an AAU Tournament) he put on Twitter goes 33rd overall. He has enough size to play either on or off the ball, which wasn’t the case until his growth spurt from a few years back. Opponents have a tough time forcing him to go one way because he can dribble-drive to either the left or right.

34. Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to NY Knicks): Rokas Jokubaitis 6’4 194 PG-FC Barcelona
The 2020 Olympics qualifying rounds gave everyone a glimpse of what Jokubaitis was doing for Lithuania. The trick shot specialist benefits from changing speeds on the floor, and his left-handed game changes angles for opponents. Will the Lithuanian’s savvy approach translate to the NBA game?

Herbert Jones SG-SF-Alabama 2021 NBA Draft recapa
Jones (No. 10 pictured in the 2018 SEC Tournament) drew 23 charges on the defensive end as a freshman in 2017-18.

35. New Orleans Pelicans: Herbert Jones 6’7 206 SF-Alabama
The SEC Defensive Player of the Year uses his 7’0 wingspan to frustrate guards or forwards on the wings. His shooting improved dramatically from beyond the arc this past season, but if there is a question mark regarding the left-hander’s game, it starts and stops on the offensive end of the court.

36. Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to NY Knicks): Miles McBride 6’2 195 PG-West Virginia
McBride is solid in a number of facets, but his feel for the game shouldn’t come as a surprise. His father, Walt, played for Xavier. The second-team All-Big 12 point guard darts like a defensive back with anticipatory skill to steal passes defensively. Those instincts created a multitude of transition opportunities. McBride shot over 41% from three-point range for the Mountaineers.

37. Detroit Pistons (traded to Charlotte Hornets): JT Thor 6’9 203 PF-Auburn
Not many players come out of the state of Alaska, but Thor does after moving there at the age of five years old. He eventually made his way back inland to play at the prep level. In 27 starts this past season for Auburn, he averaged over one blocked shot per contest. The Hornets hope his 7’3” wingspan and 9’2” standing reach translate into more contested baskets at the next level. Even more so, the lefty’s quick release could expand his game if he gains consistency. He found a way to knock down nearly 30-percent of his 74 three-point attempts as a freshman.

38. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans Pelicans): Ayo Donsunmu 6’5 194 PG-Illinois
Dosunmu, a Nigerian product, gets to stay at home after starring at Illinois. Aside from being clutch (see Michigan ’20), the Bob Cousy Award winner used his 6’10” wingspan to post six double-digit rebounding games in 2020-21. Along the way, he had three triple doubles and cleared the 30-point mark three times in the month of December (2020). Cutting down on the turnovers will be a focus as he ventures to the NBA scene, but his rebounding capability ranks as a plus .

39. Sacramento Kings: Neemias Queta 7’0 248 C-Utah State
Queta’s 7’4” wingspan may even pale in comparison to his 9’4.5” standing reach, which nearly is at the rim without leaping. As a result, the Portuguese native ranked third in the nation in blocked shots. Twice he was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year. Queta averaged nearly a double-double for his career.

40. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Utah via Memphis): Jared Butler 6’4 193 PG-Baylor
Butler’s strength and quick hands often contributed to the Bears ability to get out and run on change of possessions. In fact, he posted 11 games in 2020-21 with three or more steals. During the team’s national championship run, his timely shot-making capabilities often wore down opponents, as did his overall pace.

41. San Antonio Spurs: Joe Wieskamp 6’7 205 SF-Iowa
Wieskamp averaged nearly 15 points per game, but his ability to put the ball in the hoop stood out at the 2021 NBA Combine and resulted in a draft spot. This was not the first time the former Hawkeye decided to test the NBA waters, but this decision proved to be sound as he went 41st overall. His scoring capability dates back to his prep level days as one of the top scorers in the state of Iowa.

Isaiah Livers DraftNasty 2021 NBA Draft recap
Former Michigan forward Isaiah Livers (seen with the Meanstreets AAU squad back in 2016) may have gone even higher if he had not gone down to injury in the 2020-21 campaign.

42. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Livers 6’7 231 SF-Michigan
Livers’ 2020-21 injury may have stopped what could have potentially been a Final Four run for the Wolverines. Down the stretch, his offensive game was missed all the way in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament loss to Illinois. He had a six-game stretch of games in January where he cleared double figures before slowing down considerably prior to going down.

43. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Portland): Greg Brown III 6’8 1/2″ 206 SF/PF-Texas
Brown actually has some wing capability and his movement complements rare explosiveness and bounce off the floor. His leaping prowess goes back to his days playing for the Texas Titans AAU squad, where he was a teammate of number one overall pick Cade Cunningham. The former Texas Gatorade Player of the Year went under 11 seconds (10.98) in the lane agility and posted a 33 1/2″ standing vertical jump at the 2021 NBA Combine.

44. Brooklyn Nets: Kessler Edwards 6’8 203 SF-Pepperdine
Edwards’ shooting touch has never been in question (career 39% three-point shooter), but he also blocks shots and rebounds. In fact, his 60 blocks in 2019-20 represent one of the school’s Top 10 all-time totals. He will have to improve in finding secondary options, and sometimes he is content passing up shots (see 2021 CBI Championship Game).

45. Boston Celtics: Juhann Begarin 6’5 214 Paris Basketball (France)
Begarin’s creativity at the cup after getting a step on the opposition was noteworthy, going either left or right. There were occasions when he was even more impressively defending the opposition, due to his 8’9” standing reach. The Celtics are betting on the 18-year old’s development as one of the younger draft picks in this year’s class. His performance at the NBA G-League’s Elite Camp helped his draft stock.

46. Toronto Raptors: Dalano Banton 6’9 204 PG-Nebraska, WKU
Banton’s long strides allowed him to often out-pace the competition in transition. The Toronto, Ontario (Canada) product re-classified back in 2018 and actually started 12 games for WKU in 2018-19. While he’s been a stat sheet filler, he will need to speed up his release from long range to further threaten NBA personnel.

47. Toronto Raptors: David Johnson 6’5 203 SG/SF-Louisville
Johnson’s trek from Trinity HS (Ky.) to Louisville didn’t start off on a high note, as he was forced to recover from injury as a freshman. He played in a heavy ball screen offense in school and his range (up to at least 25 feet) helped him excel on occasion. He changes speeds well as a ball handler, which allows him to stay under control when finding perimeter scorers.

48. Atlanta Hawks: Sharife Cooper 6’2 185 PG-Auburn
Cooper did not workout at the NBA Combine and the prevailing thought was that he’d go much higher in the draft after averaging 20 points and eight assists per game in 2020-21. The former McEachern High School (Ga.) product gets an opportunity to return home, where he was named Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.

49. Brooklyn Nets: Marcus Zegarowski 6’2 180 PG-Creighton
Injuries have been somewhat of an issue for Zegarowski during his collegiate stay, but his quick trigger release in catch-and-shoot situations helped lead the team to wins in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

50. Philadelphia 76ers: Filip Petrusev 6’11 235 PF/C-Mega Soccerbet/Gonzaga
The Belgrade native withdrew from the 2020 NBA Draft to improve his game with the Mega Soccerbet squad in Serbia. He was named the ABA’s League MVP after averaging 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds during his last season with the Zags (2019-20).

51. Memphis Grizzlies (through Portland): Brandon Boston, Jr. 6’7 188 SF-Kentucky
The former five-star recruit averaged 11.5 points per game in his lone season at Kentucky, but his poor shooting from the field (35.5%) contributed to a draft day slide. With that said, his jab step to create separation remains in place and his potential on the wing could shine in the right situation.

52. Detroit Pistons: Luka Garza 6’11 242 C-Iowa
Two-time consensus All-Americans are normally not available at this point in the draft, but Garza -whose Hawkeyes jersey has already been retired- was on the board. The Pistons are getting a prolific college scorer with athletic bloodlines who has both range and low post skills. He did not impress in testing at the NBA Combine and questions about his athleticism continue to persist.

53. Philadelphia 76ers: Charles Bassey 6’10 230 PF-Western Kentucky
Bassey is a shot-blocking maestro who is still developing on the offensive end. The 2021 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year runs the floor well and was extremely impressive on the foul line (77%) in a Hilltoppers career where he averaged a double-double (16 PPG, 10.5 RPG). He had one of the largest wingspans in this year’s draft (7’3″).

54. Indiana Pacers (traded to Milwaukee): Sandro Mamukelashvili 6’10 240 PF-Seton Hall
Yet another Montverde Academy product to get drafted, Mamukelashvili has an 8’10.5” standing reach and 7’1” wingspan. Aside from posting seven double-doubles in 2020-21, Mamukelashvili overcomes just average agility with an ability to put the ball on the floor to get to the hoop. He is also a legitimate factor in pick-and-pop situations.

55. Oklahoma City Thunder: Aaron Wiggins SG-SF 6’5 190 Maryland
Wiggins has nearly a 6’10” wingspan and used it to impress during the G-League Elite Camp on the offensive end. Following that performance, he earned an NBA Combine invite, where he was just okay. Following a career as a potent bench producer for the Terrapins, he got his chance to start in 2020-21 and didn’t disappoint, averaging just under 15 points per game and rebounding at a high clip for a wing (5.8 RPG).

56. Charlotte Hornets: Scottie Lewis 6’5 188 SG-Florida
The selection of Mann in the first round ended the Gators draft futility, and now the team gets two players drafted for the first time since 2011. The sophomore Bronx native averaged just eight points per game in his career, but he has just four percent body fat, a 7-foot wingspan and a max vertical jump of 42 inches. In addition, he went 2.98 seconds in the 3/4 court sprint at the 2021 NBA Combine.

57. Charlotte Hornets (traded to Detroit): Balsa Koprivica 7’1 240 C-FSU
Koprivica comes from professional bloodlines as his father, Slaivisa, played for Paritzan in the EuroLeague. Prior to becoming a four-star recruit, Koprivica actually won gold in the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game for the Seminoles in 2020-21 and continued to improve his overall movement skills on the floor.

58. New York Knicks: Jericho Sims 6’10 250 C-Texas
The son of former dentist and Minnesota Golden Gophers Charles Sims put on a clinic during the 2021 NBA Combine, posting a 44 1/2″ vertical jump while also showing off his 7’3″ wingspan. His dunking prowess went viral, but the former Longhorn’s shot blocking and rebounding skills were ultimately what attracted the Knicks to his skill-set. Sims’ quick bounce allows him to rise quickly around the bucket.

59. Brooklyn Nets: RaiQuan Gray 6’8 269 PF-FSU
Gray still needs to get in optimal condition for the NBA but the former Dillard High School (Fla.) product developed nicely after being a top prospect coming out of the prep level. His footwork is above average and the Seminoles team captain flashed defensively by garnering over a steal per game in 2020-21. In addition, he was solid from the free throw line and extended his range this past season.

60. Indiana Pacers (traded to Milwaukee): Georgios Kalaitzakis 6’8 191 SF-Panathinaikos (Greece)
After initially declaring for the NBA Draft back in 2020, the four-time Greek League Champion signed back with Panathinaikos of the Euroleague for another year. It was during his time with Nevezis in the LBL (2019-20), where Kalaitzakis’ quick release and ability to run the floor caught the attention of NBA scouts, as he averaged over 12 points per game.