Sam Howell, Isaiah Spiller lead best available on Day 3 of 2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL Draft; North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (QB07) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
2022 NFL Draft; North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (QB07) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

There are still some very talented players available on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft including North Carolina QB Sam Howell.

Two days of the 2022 NFL Draft are officially in the books. It’s time for rounds 4-7 and there are still plenty of talented players on the board with the potential to contribute as starters as early as week 1 of the 2022 regular season.

Where can teams find the best values on Day 3?

Let’s take a quick look through each position group and some of the top players still sitting on the board.

Top prospects still on the board for Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft


  • Sam Howell, North Carolina
  • Carson Strong, Nevada

Sam Howell and Carson Strong are far from the only worthwhile players on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft at the quarterback position but they are certainly the two most notable at this point.

There was talk at one point of Howell being the potential number one pick in the entire draft, but his junior season at North Carolina obviously sent his stock sliding dramatically.

Running Backs

  • Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
  • Tyler Allgeier, BYU
  • Zamir White, Georgia
  • Kyren Williams, Notre Dame
  • Pierre Strong, South Dakota State
  • Tyler Badie, Missouri

Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft is loaded at the running back position. Only a handful of backs went in the top 105 selections and there are future RB1 caliber players still sitting on the board here entering round four.

Isaiah Spiller was a projected first-round pick at one point.

Wide Receivers

  • Khalil Shakir, Boise State
  • Calvin Austin, Memphis
  • Kyle Philips, UCLA
  • Bo Melton, Rutgers
  • Justyn Ross, Clemson
  • Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech

The run on wide receivers in the first two days of the NFL Draft was rather impressive. It’s not that the position group is completely depleted, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder at this point.

There are still plenty of players with traits and upside but the top tiers of this position group have been picked over.

Tight Ends

  • Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
  • Cade Otton, Washington
  • Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
  • Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland
  • Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
  • Grant Calcaterra, SMU

This year’s tight end group is not among the best we’ve seen in recent years, but there is some intriguing depth.

Day 3 could be a sweet spot for a position that had only one player drafted in the first two rounds this year (Trey McBride, Cardinals).

Offensive Tackle

  • Daniel Faalele, Minnesota
  • Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
  • Rasheed Walker, Penn State
  • Braxton Jones, Southern Utah
  • Matt Waletzko, North Dakota
  • Spencer Burford, UTSA
  • Max Mitchell, Louisiana

There’s some decent value still at the offensive tackle position heading into Day 3. One of the more intriguing players is Daniel Faalele, who has been listed at 6-foot-8, 400 pounds for most of his collegiate career.

Although Faalele didn’t test as well as a similarly sized prospect Mekhi Becton, he has solid movement skills and isn’t just a statue out there. He can play and has long-term starter upside at right tackle.

He may be somewhat reminiscent of Orlando Brown Jr in terms of a bad Combine but a good prospect.

Interior Offensive Line

  • Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
  • Justin Shaffer, Georgia
  • Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma

There was a pretty big run on interior offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the Draft. Teams always have wide-ranging grades on these guys because of scheme fit, so it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all.

Interior Defensive Line

  • Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
  • Thomas Booker, Stanford
  • Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA

Perrion Winfrey is one of the best players on the board still regardless of position group. Some team is going to get a steal here.

Edge Rushers

  • Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
  • Dominique Robinson, Miami (OH)
  • Amare Barno, Virginia Tech

Edge rusher is one of the deepest position groups in this entire draft class. There’s no doubt that teams are going to be pleased with the value they can find here on Day 3.


  • Brandon Smith, Penn State
  • Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati
  • Damone Clark, LSU
  • JoJo Domann, Nebraska

The linebacker position is quickly becoming the new running back on defense in that, these guys seem to be a dime a dozen with a handful of really special players sprinkled in every now and again.

The players on this list would have been second-round picks in a different era of NFL football.


  • Tariq Woolen, UTSA
  • Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
  • Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
  • Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State
  • Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh

From top to bottom, there may not be a deeper position group left on Day 3 than the group at cornerback.

There are high-level athletes with versatility and tremendous production still sitting on the board. Teams will likely be ripping them off the board early and often.


  • Tycen Anderson, Toledo
  • Verone McKinley III, Oregon
  • Percy Butler, Louisiana

There are some big-time athletes still available here on Day 3 of the NFL Draft at the safety position.

Although the top tier of players at this position group are gone, there are still some intriguing values to be found.


  • Cade York, K, LSU
  • Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
  • Jordan Stout, P, Penn State
  • Jake Camarda, P, Georgia

There are going to be a lot of specialists drafted on Saturday.

Cade York, Jordan Stout, Matt Araiza, and Jake Camarda are all going to be considered high-impact special teams players coming out of this year’s class and some could come off the board as early as round four.