Las Vegas Raiders NFL Draft Picks 2022: Ratings, tweaks and scouting reports
The Las Vegas Raiders entered the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28 with five picks over the three-day draft. After four trades, they finished with six draft picks.
The Raiders weren’t expected to be on the clock until No. 86 after trading their top two picks for Davante Adams and they remained patient. After moving to the No. 90 pick to grab an extra fifth round, the Raiders selected Memphis offensive lineman Dylan Parham.
On Saturday’s Matchday 3, the Raiders then traded with the Vikings to move up four spots – just ahead of the AFC West rivals Chargers – to take Georgia running back Zamir White. Shortly after trading again with the Vikings – reacquiring the No. 126 pick they had just shipped – and selecting LSU defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. Following another trade, this one with the Rams to add an additional seventh-round pick, the Raiders drafted Tennessee defensive tackle Matthew Butler in the fifth round. In the seventh round, the Raiders selected Ohio State offensive tackle Thayer Munford and UCLA running back Brittain Brown.
Here are the ratings and analysis and ratings for each Raiders pick:
No. 90 (of the Titans): Dylan Parham, OL, Memphis
How it fits: One of the best center prospects in this draft – and he never played center in college. Parham (6-2, 311) played guard and tackle at Memphis after beginning his career as a tight end/defensive prospect. Big athlete up front with an impressive turn. Almost impossible to go under and get out of leverage inside. He picks up and moves people with speed and power. But he is small. You wish it had more length. I had some really awesome stretches at the center during Senior Bowl week and it felt like a quick study. He has a chance to be a very good center in time, but the Raiders may need to exercise a little patience. —Nick Baumgardner
Dane Brugler’s analysis: Parham can sometimes play too fast and lose his bearings, but he has excellent movement skills and understands how to take advantage of defenders and maintain the point of attack. He has the level of talent to provide immediate interior depth to an NFL team and compete for a starting job, throwing best at center.
Vic Tafur’s analysis: Raiders draft Dylan Parham: Offensive line gets versatile and needed boost
Note from Sheil Kapadia: B+
No. 122 (from Vikings via Colts): Zamir White, RB, Georgia
Dane Brugler’s analysis: White was part of a deep backfield in Georgia and was unproven in passing, but he has the ideal build, footwork and mentality to be a dynamic one-cut runner. He has NFL starting potential if medicals aren’t an issue.
Tashan Reed’s analysis: White (6-0, 214), struggled with injuries in high school and early college but led the Bulldogs in rushes each of the past two seasons. It doesn’t offer much as a receiver, but it’s a power runner with a 4.4 speed. After this pick, I think the Raiders will have four running backs: Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden and White. Looks like the New England running back by committee approach is coming to Las Vegas. White needs work as a receiver and blocker, so he could benefit from a lesser role this year. But with Jacobs and Drake set to enter free agency in 2023, he could be a starting option for the Raiders as early as next season.
No. 126 (from Vikings via Raiders): Neil Farrell Jr., DL, LSU
Dane Brugler’s analysis: Farrell doesn’t always play with balance or control, but he has a surprisingly quick hitting speed as well as functional playing strength that causes problems for blockers. At worst, he should be a rotating nose tackle in the NFL with the potential to be more.
Vic Tafur’s analysis: Farrell is a nose tackle who tested poorly at the NFL Scouting Combine but has good band bullying opponents in the SEC to make him an intriguing value pick at 126. He had 45 total tackles (20 solo), 9 1 /2 TFL and two sacks last season.
No. 175 (from Rams): Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee
Dane Brugler’s analysis: Butler has functional athleticism and a reliable style of play, but results on the field have been average and it’s a stretch to think that will change from NFL competition. It can be a three-technique rotation and adapt to several schemes.
Tashan Reed’s analysis: Butler was a two-year starter for the Vols and had his best season with 47 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks last season. It fulfills the role of three techniques / five techniques and gives them inner help to pass quickly. The Raiders now have eight defensive tackles on the roster, but the group is heavy on nose tackles and doesn’t have a ton of proven inside passers. Butler is someone who could remedy this problem in the years to come and bring more diversity to the D-line.
No. 238 (from Rams via Dolphins): Thayer Munford, OT, Ohio State
Dane Brugler’s analysis: Munford wins with size and length and has played a lot of football, but he struggles to stay balanced and his inconsistencies create chances for passers. His tackle and guard experience boosts his chances of making the NFL as a backup.
Tashan Reed’s analysis: Munford was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Buckeyes, but moved to left guard in 2021 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. It adds more competition between the interior offensive line and the versatility of the offensive line.
No. 250 (from Vikings via 49ers via Broncos): Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA
Vic Tafur’s analysis: It’s a bigger back with good vision, if not very fast. My favorite dish from a Boy Scout: “Hasn’t been overworked as a varsity runner.”
(Photo by Dylan Parham: Butch Dill/Associated Press)