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NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

April 30, 2022 at 6:22 PM EDT

No. 245 pick G Andrew Stueber to the Patriots

A two-year starter at Michigan, Stueber played primarily at right tackle in former offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ power-spread scheme. After sitting out the 2019 season with an ACL tear, he broke into the starting lineup and started all 20 games for the Wolverines the last two seasons, playing his best football as a senior.

Stueber is assignment sound in pass protection with the hands and response time to combat what rushers throw at him. He is a functional run blocker and creates movement on down blocks, but he has some stiffness in his lower body and must improve his pad level to create movement. Overall, Stueber has NFL size, length and smarts, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to hold up at tackle and needs to improve his balance and sustain skills to earn a living at guard. He has the potential to be a dependable backup who can step in and hold his own if asked to pinch-hit as a starting guard.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:18 PM EDT

No. 243 pick CB Jaylen Watson to the Chiefs

A two-year starter at Washington State, Watson was the left cornerback in former defensive coordinator (and now head coach) Jake Dickert’s scheme. His story is one of resiliency and perseverance to overcome obstacles and scratch and crawl to put himself on the NFL’s doorstep.

He is a good-sized athlete with the speed, strength and swagger that NFL teams covet at the position. However, he struggles to play with the sink or agility to attach himself to quick-footed route runners, leaving him playing catch up if he gets impatient or doesn’t connect with his jam. Overall, Watson has only played 15 games at the FBS level and it shows at times with his missteps, but his raw traits and instincts are enticing starter traits. He will be appealing to NFL teams that value big press corners.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:15 PM EDT

No. 242 pick CB Kalon Barnes to the Panthers

A two-year starter at Baylor, Barnes lined up at outside cornerback in head coach Dave Aranda’s 3-3-5 base defense, playing both quarters and man coverages. He won back-to-back state titles in high school, including a wind-aided 10.04 100 meters, and that speed translates to the field.

His quick-footed mirroring skills and the wheels to quickly accelerate to top speed make it tough for him to lose foot races on the outside. However, he tries to out-athlete receivers and his freelancing style won’t cut it against NFL-level route runners who can exploit his missteps and attack his leverage. Overall, Barnes is speed-reliant and needs to improve his technique and feel down the field, but his special athletic traits give him a fighting chance at an NFL career, especially if he learns to play inside corner.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:12 PM EDT

No. 241 pick QB Chris Oladokun to the Steelers

Oladokun spent three years at South Florida before transferring to Samford. After two years, he transferred to South Dakota State in June 2021 and won the starting job, becoming the third player in school history to reach 3,150 passing yards in a season.

An athletic mover, Oladokun effectively moves the pocket and creates off-schedule with his quick feet and whip of an arm. He has a quick release, but needs to be more controlled and repeatable with his mechanics, which should give a boost to his ball placement. Overall, Oladokun needs to fine-tune his read timing, decisions and technique, but he is a poised passer with functional athleticism and arm strength to warrant practice squad consideration.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:11 PM EDT

No. 238 pick OT Thayer Munford to the Raiders

A four-year starter at Ohio State, Munford lined up at left guard in head coach Ryan Day’s zone-based offense. He anchored the left tackle position for three seasons before moving inside to guard as a senior captain, playing over 3,100 offensive snaps in his career and earning All-Big Ten honors four straight years.

A wide-bodied player, Munford keeps his feet beneath him and works hard to stay between the ball and defenders. However, he is a heavy-legged waist-bender with inconsistent hand placement in the run game and as a pass blocker. Overall, Munford wins with size and length and has played a lot of football, but he struggles to stay balanced and his inconsistencies create opportunities for pass rushers. His experience at tackle and guard boost his chances of making the NFL as a backup.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:10 PM EDT

Jourdan Rodrigue on Rams drafting Edge Daniel Hardy

Hardy is on the smaller side but had insane production at an FCS level with 16.5 sacks and 24.5 TFLs in 2021. This process and selection feels similar to the Rams’ evaluation and selection of Chris Garrett, who will take meaningful OLB snaps this year.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

The Athletic NFL Staff

April 30, 2022 at 6:10 PM EDT

Matt Schneidman on Packers drafting S Tariq Carpenter (Round 7, pick 228)

Packers take Georgia Tech safety Tariq Carpenter at No. 228 with the first of their four seventh-round picks. Carpenter is 6 feet, 3 inches and 230 pounds, perhaps better suited in the slot. The Packers have struggled finding a box safety in recent years with Will Redmond and Raven Greene both underwhelming in the role. Green Bay also had a need at the position after not bringing back Henry Black.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

The Athletic NFL Staff

April 30, 2022 at 6:08 PM EDT

Matt Schneidman on Packers drafting DT Jonathan Ford (Round 7, pick 234)

Packers take Miami (FL) defensive tackle Jonathan Ford with the No. 234 pick in the seventh round. He’s 6 feet, 5 inches and 333 pounds. More depth for a defensive line that hasn’t re-signed Tyler Lancaster and released Kingsley Keke late last season. Ford registered only 14 tackles and half a tackle for loss last season in eight starts.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

The Athletic NFL Staff

April 30, 2022 at 6:07 PM EDT

No. 237 pick CB Chase Lucas to the Lions

A five-year starter at Arizona State, Lucas was an inside and outside cornerback in former defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce’s scheme. His career trajectory didn’t go quite as planned after he was a Freshman All-American in 2017, but he was a solid starter for the Sun Devils and didn’t allow a touchdown as a senior captain in 2021.

Lucas stays square and balanced in his movements to seamlessly transition or drive with different types of route runners. However, he makes too many questionable decisions, biting on route fakes and taking himself out of position. Overall, Lucas has his share of discipline lapses on tape, but he is a twitchy athlete with the body control in coverage to leverage passing windows and make plays on the ball. His inside-outside versatility will help him make an NFL roster.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 6:07 PM EDT

More on Cam and Connor Heyward

It sounds like Cam and Connor Heyward are going to enjoy being around each other.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

The Athletic NFL Staff

April 30, 2022 at 5:58 PM EDT

Miami Hurricanes extend streak

With Jonathan Ford’s selection to the Packers, the Miami Hurricanes extend their streak of drafts with at least one pick that dates back to 1975.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

The Athletic NFL Staff

April 30, 2022 at 5:55 PM EDT

No. 234 pick DT Jonathan Ford to the Packers

Ford started each of the last three seasons at Miami with inconsistent results, managing only 8.0 tackles for loss over 50 career games.

Ford has controlled footwork at contact with the size to engage, anchor and maintain his gap integrity. He has the physical hands to get into blocks, but doesn’t have the countering quickness or instincts to track down ball carriers. As a pass rusher, he is sluggish transitioning his first step into a disruptive rush sequence. Overall, Ford looks the part and flashes point-of-attack strength and handwork to two-gap, but his lackluster impact on tape is unlikely to improve vs. NFL-level blocking.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:49 PM EDT

Picks breakdown so far:

114 on offense

113 on defense

4 on special teams

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Mike Sando·

Senior Writer, NFL

April 30, 2022 at 5:48 PM EDT

No. 231 pick LB Baylon Spector to the Bills

A two-year starter at Clemson, Spector played weakside linebacker in former defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ scheme. Spector was an afterthought as a safety in the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class before moving to linebacker and steadily working his way up the depth chart, averaging 6.8 tackles per game over the past two seasons.

Spector is a balanced athlete who is comfortable in space and breaks down well on the move to square up ball carriers. Though tough and decisive, he needs to be more patient with his key-and-react and will struggle to consistently shed blocks near the line of scrimmage. Overall, Spector has some safety-linebacker tweener traits, which hurts his potential NFL ceiling, but he is instinctive and athletic, which can keep him earning an NFL paycheck as a backup and special teamer.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:48 PM EDT

No. 230 pick G Chris Paul to the Commanders

A four-year starter at Tulsa, Paul bounced around before settling in at right tackle in head coach Philip Montgomery’s up-tempo smashmouth spread. He arrived at Tulsa as an offensive tackle, but he started at a new offensive line position each of the last four seasons and his coaches speak highly of his intelligence and dedication to make those transitions.

Paul uses his physical hands and length to create spacing in the run game and is quick to react in his pass sets. However, he doesn’t have ideal movement skills in space to handle wide speed and his hands turn soft at contact when protecting the edge. Overall, Paul doesn’t have great core strength or recovery skills, but he has the size, balance and hand exchange to give defenders all they can handle. He offers position versatility (clearly most comfortable at right guard), projecting as a backup who can grow into a valuable sixth lineman role.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:46 PM EDT

Lee: Favorite Pick of Round 6

Jalen Nailor — Minnesota Vikings (No. 191)

Minneosta doesn’t need much more talent on the perimeter, with Justin Jefferson and Adam Theilen taking up the lion’s share of targets. Nailor won’t be asked to change the Vikings’ world on offense, but he will make for an ideal player to use on jet sweeps and as a decoy in motion, if Kevin O’Connell is planning on bringing that facet of Sean McVay’s offense with him. Nailor can also add value on special teams as a return man, which will be his best bet to carve out a long term role early in his professional career.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Diante Lee·

Staff Writer, NFL

April 30, 2022 at 5:45 PM EDT

Dane Brugler on No. 229 pick WR Bo Melton to the Seahawks

A four-year starter at Rutgers, Melton was an outside wide receiver in offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson’s balanced scheme. Despite never reaching 650 receiving yards in a season, he led the Scarlet Knights in receiving three consecutive years and became the 10th player in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards.

With his body control and multiple gears, Melton is skilled at forcing defenders off-balance in coverage, creating opportunities for himself at the stem. There is a level of craftiness to his game with and without the football, but his size, play strength and contested-catch skills all fall in the average category. Overall, Melton’s production and performance were impeded to a degree because of his college offense, but he checks boxes for speed, savvy and competitive toughness, which should translate well to the next level.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:44 PM EDT

No. 228 pick LB Tariq Carpenter to the Packers

A four-year starter at Georgia Tech, Carpenter played a box safety role in head coach Geoff Collins’ 4-2-5 scheme, also seeing snaps deep and vs. the slot. Despite not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine, he put together a solid college career and posted testing numbers at his pro day that have the attention of NFL teams.

Although he might be caught between linebacker and safety, Carpenter has the size, speed and explosive traits that can be molded (Carpenter: “Teams see me like a big pile of Play-Doh.”). He is at his best in the box with his flow-and-chase skills, but you want to see his read-react to be more sudden and seamless. Overall, Carpenter is a hybrid defender who might struggle to find a permanent home on defense, but his ability to be a four-phase special teamer gives him a fighting chance to make an NFL roster.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:43 PM EDT

Dane Brugler on No. 227 pick TE Nick Muse to the Vikings

Muse tore his ACL late in 2019 but finished top three on the South Carolina team in receiving the past two years. Lined up inline and on the wing, Muse is a good-sized, presentable target with plus foot speed but needs a runway to create separation as a route runner. Though he is a rugged blocker at the line of scrimmage and second level, his lack of length will leave him out-leveraged, especially on the edge. Overall, Muse is up and down as a blocker and needs to cut down on the drops, but he is a “make it” competitor with enough athleticism to compete for a backup role in the NFL.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

April 30, 2022 at 5:43 PM EDT

No. 226 pick G Ja’Tyre Carter to the Bears

A four-year starter at Southern, Carter lined up at left tackle in Southern’s multiple run scheme. A basketball player most of his life, he transitioned to the offensive line in college and developed into a dominant left tackle (zero sacks allowed in 2021) and legitimate NFL prospect.

Carter relies on his grip strength to strain and steer his man, maintaining footwork and leverage to be a finisher. He needs to clean up some movement pattern flaws and improve his recovery skills in pass protection, but his quickness and punch are assets. Overall, Carter might have a tough time matching up against outside speed in the NFL, but he uses his core strength and length to execute as both a pass and run blocker. He is a candidate to move inside to guard in the NFL, similar in ways to Dakota Dozier when he was coming out of Furman.

NFL Draft live picks tracker: Round 7 order, trade updates, grades, scouting reports and favorite picks

Dane Brugler·

Staff Writer, NFL Draft

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