2022 NFL Draft: tracking every draft selection from the Pac-12
The 2022 NFL Draft has reached Day 3, bringing about Rounds 4-7. The first three rounds of the draft saw 10 players from the Pac-12 hear their names called, including four in the first round and two among the first 10 picks.
Below will be a running list with every player drafted so far, updated as new picks come in.
EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
Selected: No. 5, first round, New York Giants
When Thibodeaux met with the Giants at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, “they were kinda on me, they were giving me a hard time,” he said. He was asked how he would handle not being a top draft pick, how he would handle not being a star right away, how he would handle going through a rough stretch of play to begin his career; questions to see how he’d handle adversity.
“I’m an L.A. kid and if you know the adversity I went through to get here and the things I had to sacrifice and the things my mother had to sacrifice for me to get here, you’d really understand how I feel in my heart,” he told reporters at the Combine then. “When you talk about fire, you talk about passion, I can’t really explain it. I get emotional thinking about it because of all the sacrifices it took me to get here. I’m blessed to be here.’’
WR Drake London, USC
Selected: No. 8, first round, Atlanta Falcons
When healthy, the 6-foot-4 London played like one of the best receivers in the country. Even though he only played in eight games, he was selected to the FWAA All-American team as a second-teamer and to the AP All-American team as a third-teamer. He was a first-team All-American selection by PFF after recording the highest receiving grade by a Pac-12 player in the outlet’s history (they began grading college players in 2014).
He should be able to find a role with the Falcons right away, as Atlanta is looking for a new No. 1 target at wideout and views London as that kind of player.
CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
Selected: No. 21, first round, Kansas City Chiefs
Washington used McDuffie as both an outside and nickel corner, and that versatility will be an asset in the NFL. As a Husky, McDuffie was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last season despite not grabbing a single interception. Teams just didn’t throw at him. In 296 coverage snaps, he was targeted only 36 times and only allowed 16 receptions. In fact, McDuffie hasn’t allowed a touchdown in coverage since 2019 (more than 400 coverage snaps).
LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
Lloyd was a consensus All-American in 2021, the leader of a tenacious Utah defense and the heartbeat of a team that claimed the program’s first-ever Pac-12 championship. He is a two-time Butkus Award finalist and earned both the Pac-12 and the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards. Lloyd ended his Utah career with a bang, totaling 110 tackles and 22 tackles for loss during his final season, the second-best mark in the country.
CB Kyler Gordon, Washington
Selected: No. 39, second round, Chicago Bears
Among qualified cornerbacks at the FBS level last season, Gordon was the fourth-highest-graded corner in coverage, according to PFF. In 354 coverage snaps, he was targeted only 40 times, allowed only 20 receptions, and didn’t give up a touchdown. In fact, in 722 coverage snaps and 79 targets throughout the course of his career, Gordon did not allow a single receiving touchdown.
EDGE Drake Jackson, USC
A 6-foot-3, 254-pound end, Jackson totaled 37 tackles, eight TFLs, and five sacks in 11 appearances last season for USC and earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Second Team for his efforts. Jackson had his most productive season as a freshman in 2019 when he had 5.5 sacks and 11.5 TFLs in 11 games. For his career, he recorded 103 tackles, 25 TFLs, 12.5 sacks, four pass breakups, two picks, and a forced fumble in 28 appearances (26 starts).
OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
Selected: No. 72, third round, Seattle Seahawks
A four-year starter at right tackle for the Cougars, Lucas earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior, starting all 12 games. Among qualified FBS offensive lineman, Lucas had the fourth-best pass-blocking grade from PFF. The Everett native grew up a Seahawks fan, he told reporters during his introductory press conference, per the Seahawks.
TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA
Selected: No. 80, third round, Denver Broncos
Dulcich began his UCLA career as a walk-on, but worked his way up to being one of the team’s leading pass-catchers and a two-year starter at tight end. At 6-foot-4 with good hands and strong route-running ability, Dulcich has versatility to play a number of roles.
RB Rachaad White, Arizona State
White received second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2021 and led the Sun Devils with 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns on 182 carries (5.5 per carry). He also was the Sun Devils’ second-leading pass-catcher, hauling in 43 receptions for 456 yards and another score.
OL Sean Rhyan, UCLA
Selected: No. 92, third round, Green Bay Packers
Rhyan (6-foot-5, 321) started 31 games over the last three seasons for the Bruins, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors from league coaches. As a freshman in 2019, he earned Freshman All-American honors after becoming the first UCLA true freshman to start a season-opener at tackle in nearly a decade.
TE Cade Otton, Washington
Selected: No. 106, fourth round, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound tight end was a reliable pass-catcher throughout his career at Washington, catching more than three-quarters of his targets and averaging 11.5 yards per catch with nine receiving scores. A first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2020, Otton will join a group of Tampa tight ends that includes Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy. He’s the third UW draft selection by Bucs general manager Jason Licht, joining Vita Vea and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.
CB Jack Jones, Arizona State
Selected: No. 121, fourth round, New England Patriots
A former 5-star recruit, Jones took a winding road to get to Arizona State. That path led first through USC and then a year spent at the junior college ranks, but Jones landed in Tempe in 2019 and worked his way into one of the better corners in the conference. He finished the 2021 season with 42 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a strip sack. His three interceptions tied for the most among all Pac-12 corners last season, one of which was a game-sealing 87-yard pick-six against Arizona. The 5-foot-11 corner also had three forced fumbles.
DL D.J. Davidson, Arizona State
Selected: No. 147, fifth round, New York Giants
The 6-foot-3, 327-pound Davidson is a load in the middle of the defense. Among qualified Pac-12 defensive linemen, only two guys had a better defensive grade from PFF than Davidson and no one in the conference had a better run-stopping grade. He finished fifth on the Sun Devils’ defense last season with 57 tackles, adding six tackles for loss and four pass breakups. It initially appears to be a good landing spot for the former ASU man as New York could use a nose tackle. NFL analyst Lance Zierlein had this to say on Davidson’s game:
Gap-stuffing nose tackle who plays with good strength to disrupt blocking from guard to guard. Davidson is an early-down run defender only, but he can be a handful to get blocked on those downs. He plays on a bulky, powerful base that helps absorb double teams with relative success and he has the upper-body strength to beat a single block.
DL Thomas Booker, Stanford
Selected: No. 150, fifth round, Houston Texans
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Booker was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2019, and then a second-team selection in 2020 and 2021. He closed out his Stanford career with 59 tackles, five TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and a pass breakup. An iron man, Booker appeared in each of Stanford’s 43 games throughout his four-year career, earning starts in 27 of those games (and each of his last 18 games).
DL Otito Ogbonnia, UCLA
Selected: No. 160, fifth round, Los Angeles Chargers
Ogbonnia will be sticking around the L.A. area to begin his pro career. The 6-foot-4, 324-pound interior offensive lineman was a stalwart for the Bruins throughout his career, making appearances in every game over four years. He started six of 12 games as a freshman in 2018 and recorded 21 tackles. He moved into a full-time starting role as a senior in 2021 and recorded 30 tackles, five TFLs, and two sacks in 12 games.
WR Kyle Philips, UCLA
Selected: No. 163, fifth round, Tennessee Titans
A potential slot guy some in the pre-draft process couldn’t help but compare to Las Vegas Raider Kyle Renfrow, Philips was a mainstay in the Bruin offense and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection by league coaches in 2021 after leading all Pac-12 players with 10 touchdown receptions. Philips also broke the UCLA record for receptions in a season by a freshman with 60 catches during the 2019 campaign. A year later, he played in all seven games and hauled in 38 catches for 370 yards and two scores. In 2021, Philips had 739 yards on 59 receptions. The 5-foot-11 wideout from San Marcos, California, ended his Bruin career fourth on the program’s all-time leaderboard for receptions with 163.
TE Teagan Quitoriano, Oregon State
Selected: No. 170, fifth round, Houston Texans
Quitoriano, a native of Salem, Oregon, played in 42 games for the Beavers over the course of his career and earned 30 starts. He made 40 receptions for 512 yards and six touchdowns in his four years with the program. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound tight end was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection by the league’s coaches last season after catching 19 balls for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He is the first Oregon State tight end selected in the NFL Draft since 2004 when Tim Euhus was taken in the fourth round by Buffalo.
OL Luke Wattenberg, Washington
Selected: No. 171, fifth round, Denver Broncos
Wattenberg was a four-year starter at Washington and earned back-to-back honorable mention All-Pac 12 selections in 2020 and 2021. During his career, he started 27 games at left guard, 16 at center, and five at left tackle. The Broncos traded up to land his services, dealing No. 179 and No. 234 to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the pick they used to select Wattenberg.
RB Keaontay Ingram, USC
Selected: No. 201, sixth round, Arizona Cardinals
Without a fourth- or fifth-round pick on the day, the Cardinals waited quite a while to make their first selection of the third and final day of the draft. They elected to bolster the backfield, adding a guy who could come in and compete for the backup job with Eno Benjamin and Jaylen Samuels. James Connors led the team in rushing last season, but the Cards’ No. 2 back, Chase Edmonds, has since left the ball club. Ingram provides a bigger but still mobile package. The 6-foot, 221-pounder played three seasons at Texas before transferring to USC. In his first season with the Trojans, he revitalized a rushing attack that had lagged the year before, going for 911 yards and five scores on 5.8 yards a carry. At the NFL Scouting Combine in March, he ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds, had a 34.5-inch vertical leap, and recorded a 122-inch broad jump.
S Quentin Lake, UCLA
Selected: No. 211, sixth round, Los Angeles Rams
UCLA will have rookie defenders potentially suit up for both L.A. teams. Lake joins the defending Super Bowl champions. An All-Pac-12 Second Team selection in 2021, Lake tied for the UCLA lead with three interceptions and led the Bruins with six pass breakups, adding 54 total tackles in 11 starts last season. He’ll find himself in a defensive back room that includes quite a bit of talent—Jalen Ramsey, Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, David Long Jr., Robert Rochell, Grant Haley, Jake Gervase. The Rams have also drafted two corners so far in Decobie Durant (fourth round) and Derion Kendrick (sixth round).
EDGE Cameron Goode, California
Selected: No. 224, seventh round, Miami Dolphins
Injuries hampered Goode’s first two seasons on the field for the Golden Bears. He started nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 (46 tackles, 5.5 for loss, one interception, three pass breakups) but missed the final three games because of an injury. A lower-body injury ended his 2018 season after just one start. Fully healthy in 2019, Goode led Cal with 14 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks among his 57 total tackles and earned an honorable mention spot on the All-Pac-12 team. In 2020, he had eight TFLs, three sacks, two pass breakups, and one interception in just four games. As a senior, he was once again a disruptive force, logging nine TFLs and 7.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound edge rusher could prove to be a nice value add for the Dolphins at the end of the draft.
CB Chase Lucas, Arizona State
Selected: No. 237, seventh round, Detroit Lions
The 25-year-old Lucas is a veteran in the secondary. In six seasons with the Sun Devils (a redshirt in 2016), he played in 51 games and totaled six interceptions to go with 12 TFLs and two sacks. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Lucas is a willing hitter and an impressive athlete. He clocked a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 39-inch vertical at the NFL Scouting Combine last March. In 2017, as a redshirt freshman, Lucas earned a second-team All-Pac-12 nod and a spot on the Freshman All-American team.
CB Jaylen Watson, Washington State
Selected: No. 243, seventh round, Kansas City Chiefs
A second corner from the Pac-12 for the Chiefs in the draft, Watson will join former Apple Cup foe and first-round selection Trent McDuffie in Kansas City. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder is a long press-corner who will look to earn his way onto the roster at Kansas City. In 2021, Watson totaled 31 tackles, four fumble recovers, three pass breakups, and two interceptions.
RB Brittain Brown, UCLA
Selected: No. 250, seventh round, Las Vegas Raiders
Brown began his career at Duke before transferring to UCLA for his final two years of school. While with the Bruins, he totaled 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns as the No. 2 back. For his career, the 6-foot-1 runner collected 2,284 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He’s also a threat out of the backfield. Brown has patience and vision to his game, using his blockers well and waiting for things to develop. Filling out the backfield was a clear priority for the Raiders, who also took Georgia back Zamir White with their fourth-round pick.
S Elijah Hicks, California
Selected: No. 254, seventh round, Chicago Bears
Hicks appeared in all 54 games with 46 starts over five seasons at Cal, logging 213 career tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 14 pass breakups, six forced fumbles, five interceptions, and three sacks. Last year, he was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection after generating a career-high 72 tackles, to go with 5.5 TFLs and three picks. Hicks also has his own non-profit foundation, Intercept Poverty, and raised nearly $70,000 working with No Kid Hungry to provide financial assistance to low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s the third defensive back the Bears selected in the draft, joining second-round corner Kyler Gordon (Washington) and second-round safety Jaquan Brisker (Penn State).