Denver Broncos make major upgrades in 3-round 2022 NFL mock draft

Denver Broncos mock draft; USC Trojans linebacker Drake Jackson (99) before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos mock draft; USC Trojans linebacker Drake Jackson (99) before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos mock draft: Danny Gray #5 and Rashee Rice #11 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs react after a touchdown against the Temple Owls in the fourth quarter quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Southern Methodist Mustangs defeated the Temple Owls 47-23. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2022 NFL mock draft, remaining third-round picks

81. New York Giants: Cole Strange, OL, Chattanooga

The Giants continue to add to their offensive line and get a potential day one starter at center in Cole Strange to start the third round.

82. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Jeremy Ruckert had a hard time coming by targets at Ohio State with their plethora of receivers, but he should be a nice option to pair up with Kyle Pitts as more of an in-line guy.

83. Philadelphia Eagles: Ed Ingram, OL, LSU

At this stage of the draft, we could see a huge run on interior offensive linemen with week one starting potential. Ed Ingram is in that group of prospects, for sure.

84. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nick Cross, S, Maryland

The Steelers flirted with the idea of signing Tyrann Mathieu before re-signing Terrell Edmunds. Perhaps a player like Maryland’s Nick Cross could be an appealing option here in the middle of round three for them.

85. New England Patriots: Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia

The Georgia defense is the gift that keeps on giving. The Patriots love players from Georgia and Alabama, and they need linebacker help. Tindall would make a lot of sense here.

86. Las Vegas Raiders: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OL, Ohio State

We have already seen the meat of the Raiders’ 2022 offseason with the acquisitions of Davante Adams and Chandler Jones. Adding a lineman like Petit-Frere here who could start week one? That would be the cherry on top.

87. Arizona Cardinals: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

Wan’Dale Robinson and Rondale Moore on the same team? Cue up the pointing Spiderman memes.

88. Dallas Cowboys: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska

Cam Jurgens is graded by some as a top 50 overall player in this class. The Cowboys would probably love to be able to add him here at pick 88 overall.

89. Buffalo Bills: Josh Williams, CB, Fayetteville State

The top need for this Bucs team, at least in my humble opinion after watching the debacle in the playoffs, is cornerback. To not address it until 89 would be a bold strategy.

90. Tennessee Titans: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

Alec Pierce has been rising among the NFL Draft community in recent weeks. He’s a big-bodied receiver with outstanding speed.

91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Tolbert, WR, Alabama State

No more Antonio Brown, and Chris Godwin is recovering from injury. I think the Bucs could go receiver higher than this but Jalen Tolbert at the end of round three is a nice value.

92. Green Bay Packers: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

The Packers re-signed Robert Tonyan but only to a one-year deal. There are some out there who have Greg Dulcich as their top tight end prospect in this class.

93. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati

Even after signing Charvarius Ward, the 49ers need help in the defensive backfield and it’s going to be hard for NFL teams not to love Coby Bryant, who plays with the utmost confidence in himself.

94. Kansas City Chiefs: James Cook, RB, Georgia

The Chiefs’ running game has struggled, surprisingly, since drafting Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round a couple of years ago.

James Cook would bring more speed and pass-catching ability to an already scary offense.

95. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston

The Bengals here add maybe the best return specialist in the entire 2022 Draft class. Marcus Jones is small, but he is a playmaker who could step in as a nickel right away as an NFL rookie. He will undoubtedly make an impact on special teams.

96. Denver Broncos: Danny Gray, WR, SMU

I’m going to continue to bang the table for the Denver Broncos to draft a wide receiver early in this class. It’s a premium position, and guys like John Brown, David Moore, and Kendall Hinton were playing rather substantial snaps for this team a season ago.

Danny Gray may not be overly hyped at this point but he is a big-play receiver with legit 4.33 speed who could be insurance for KJ Hamler and a great option in case one of the Broncos’ top four guys goes down with an injury, which is borderline inevitable at some point.

97. Detroit Lions: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

The Lions take the athletic tackle prospect Abraham Lucas to help protect Jared Goff. Or Sam Howell. Will the Denver Broncos regret passing on Lucas, who profiles well as a potential starter in their offense as well?

98. New Orleans Saints: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

Cade Otton is beloved by some in the NFL Draft community and is considered arguably the top true “Y” tight end in this class.

Injuries have prevented him from showing what he can do in the pre-draft process but he has starter upside in year one. A lot of Denver Broncos fans like him as the Noah Fant replacement.

99. Cleveland Browns: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State

One of the most versatile players you’ll ever see coming from the college ranks, the conference player of the year as both a quarterback and linebacker. He has become a pre-draft favorite of many Denver Broncos fans.

100. Baltimore Ravens: Tyreke Smith, EDGE, Ohio State

The Ravens land some more help for their defensive front in what is shaping up to be a rather underwhelming draft class by this simulation.

101. Philadelphia Eagles: Micheal Clemons, DL, Texas A&M

The Eagles get a late riser in the draft process off the edge here in Micheal Clemons, who has outstanding length and explosiveness.

102. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

Again, what’s in the water at Penn State? Brandon Smith could be this year’s version of Denver Broncos 2021 third-round pick Baron Browning and he becomes the top pick of the Miami Dolphins in this simulation.

103. Kansas City Chiefs: John Ridgeway, DL, Arkansas

The Chiefs, with their plethora of picks, just continue to add to the defensive side of the ball. This pick would be nothing for the Denver Broncos to be overly scared of.

104. Los Angeles Rams: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

The Los Angeles Rams, the final team to make its first selection after their trade with the Denver Broncos further depleted their 2022 NFL Draft capital, go with another outstanding athlete at the linebacker position in this draft class, which again, is loaded with them.

105. San Francisco 49ers: Spencer Burford, IOL, UTSA

After losing Laken Tomlinson in free agency, the 49ers take a versatile offensive line prospect who could come in and contribute in year one.