The 2022 NFL Draft has finally arrived! Last night the second and third rounds were very exciting. It was wilder than many expected. The first round was filled with a lot of shocking selections and some selections that could push a team to the next level. Some fans will be thrilled with their team’s selections and others are left scratching their heads wondering what their team wants to do. Here are the 2022 NFL Draft: Third round grades and reactions.
65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Fortner, IOL, Kentucky
Jacksonville began the third round addressing their need for a starting center. After the retirement of Brandon Liner, Jacksonville has had a huge hole in the middle of their offensive line. Kentucky offensive lineman Luke Fortner is one of the best centers in this class and should be able to be the team’s long-term starter at the position as one of the final pieces of this rebuilding offensive line.
66. Minnesota Vikings (via Detroit Lions): Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
An underrated loss this offseason for the Minnesota Vikings was former Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr. Outside of Eric Kendricks, there is some uncertainty as to who is Minnesota’s long term-answer for the position. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah is an explosive linebacker who should be able to challenge veteran Jordan Hicks for the starting job next to Eric Kendricks right away.
67. New York Giants: Joshua Ezeudu, IOL, North Carolina
The New York Giants added to their offensive line for the second time in this year’s draft when they took North Carolina guard Joshua Ezeudu in the third round. Ezeudu could potentially be New York’s long-term solution at left guard. Currently, veteran Max Garcia is listed as the Giants’ starter at the position. Ezeudu should compete with Garcia for the starting job along this offensive line that seems to gain more stability as the offseason goes on.
68. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
After trading out of the second round the Cleveland Browns have made their first selection at the top of the third round. They decided to take Mississippi State cornerback Martin Emerson. He joins a loaded secondary that could lose Troy Hill and Greedy Williams next offseason. This could be a draft and stash for Cleveland to ensure they don’t have a major opening next season when they lose one or both of their free-agent cornerbacks.
69. Tennessee Titans (via New York Jets): Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
The Tennessee Titans potentially add a future starter along their offensive line in Ohio State tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. Early on he could compete with Dillon Radunz for the starting right tackle job. But if Petit Frere develops nicely overtime he could potentially replace Taylor Lewan on the left side who is getting up there in age. He has the tools to be a starting NFL tackle. Petit Frere needs to be coached up to his potential to be more than a swing tackle at the next level.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Carolina Panthers): Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
There are a lot of mixed emotions about this selection by Jacksonville. On one hand they take Wyoming linebacker Chad Muma who has all the tools to be a starting off-ball linebacker in the NFL at a premium pick. On the other side they already have Foyesade Oluokun who they signed this offseason and Devin Lloyd who was drafted in the first round as their listed starting linebackers. In today’s NFL team’s primarily run nickel formations as their base. So there is no need for a team to have three capable starting linebackers. Even though Muma is a talented player this was a misuse of resources by team with plenty of holes to fill. This Muma selection could open up Jacksonville to use the versatile Oluokun in other ways besides traditional off-ball linebacker.
71. Chicago Bears: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
It wasn’t wise for Chicago to wait till the third round to get Justin Fields another pass catcher. But at the same time they grabbed two outstanding starters for their defense in the second round. The Bears added Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. to their weak receiver room featuring Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Dazz Newsome. It is unlikely that Jones Jr. will have a major impact or even start for the Bears. However he is an upside selection who could potentially be a third receiver for the Bears down the road. He will primarily play special teams early on in his career.
72. Seattle Seahawks: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
Seattle may have drafted both their starting tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft after taking Washington State offensive lineman. Abraham Lucas in the third round. Two rounds after taking Charles Cross they find their new starting right tackle in Abraham Lucas. This offseason Seattle lost starting tackles Duane Brown and Brandon Shell. It seems the Seahawks are trying to right the wrongs they did to Russell Wilson during his time with the team by protecting their future quarterback. If Lucas becomes a solid starting tackle during his time with the Seahawks this would have been an awesome pick.
73. Indianapolis Colts (via Washington Commanders): Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
The Colts grab another pass catcher for their new quarterback Matt Ryan by bringing in Virginia tight end Jelani Woods in the third round. Woods is one of the most athletic tight ends in this year’s draft class. His athletic traits are great enough to bet on that he’ll succeed at the next level. After Jack Doyle’s retirement, Indianapolis will have a competition between Mo Alie-Cox, Kyle Granson, and Jelani Woods to see who their starting tight end will be. If Woods can take advantage of his athleticism and traits at the next level he could be the next star tight end to emerge in the league.
74. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Atlanta is the team that takes the second quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. Rather than taking the popular Malik Willis, Atlanta takes a chance on the quarterback prospect that is closer to playing and has impressed multiple teams with his leadership and maturity Desmond Ridder. The Cincinnati quarterback has the size, mobility, and arm to be an NFL starting quarterback that could potentially become a star. However, he will definitely need some time to marinate and adjust to the NFL level. Ridder impressed teams with his maturity and ability to lead at Cincinnati. Atlanta needs a leader who can help establish a new culture for Atlanta during its rebuild. Ridder is the perfect prospect that could do that early on.
There isn’t a lot of risk to taking Ridder here because if he doesn’t work out and the Falcons take a quarterback early in the draft next year, he was only taken with a third-round pick. There are plenty of quarterbacks that were drafted in the third round to be potential starters but ended up being high-end backups. Whether he is Davis Mills or Kellen Mond, taking Ridder at this point of the draft was a smart selection by Atlanta who could be getting a bargain if they find their long-term starting quarterback here in the third round.
75. Houston Texans (via Denver Broncos): Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
For the second time in this year’s draft, the Houston Texans jumped the Baltimore Ravens for an Alabama football player. Houston took Alabama linebacker Christian Harris who has the potential to compete for a large role on this defense right away. The Texans are looking for long-term answers at linebacker after moving on from Zach Cunningham and Broderick McKinney over the last two seasons. Harris joins a linebacker room featuring names like Christian Kirksey, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Kevin Pierre-Lewis, and Blake Cashman. Harris has the highest upside out of anyone in that room besides Kirksey. Harris may not be the next All-Pro linebacker from Alabama but he has the tools to be a solid starter for a defense that just needs foundational pieces at this point of its rebuild.
76. Baltimore Ravens: Travis Jones, DT, UConn
One thing that is guaranteed in almost every draft is that the Baltimore Ravens get their hands on an extremely talented interior defensive lineman in the middle rounds. Philadelphia jumped Baltimore to take Jordan Davis which is fine because they landed the next best nose tackle in this year’s group in UConn’s Travis Jones. He is an outstanding athlete for his size. It was shocking to see Jones fall this far down the draft board after his outstanding Senior Bowl. Baltimore now adds a very talented depth piece to a talented defensive line rotation on a defense with a lot of potential to be outstanding next season.
77. Indianapolis Colts (via Minnesota Vikings): Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
As wild as it sounds the Indianapolis Colts may have found their starting left tackle in the middle of the third round. Somehow one of the better offensive tackles in the draft Bernhard Raimann fell to the Indianapolis Colts in the third round. Raimann is an older prospect who may not have a high ceiling. However, he could potentially be a solid left tackle for the Colts who can hold on to the spot until a better option becomes available. There was a buzz about Raimann sneaking into the later parts of the first round for a team that was desperate for an upgrade at tackle. Instead, Raimann finds a home in Indianapolis here in the third round. Indianapolis finding their answer to a need at a premium position in the third round is one of the best values of the entire draft.
78. Cleveland Browns: Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB
One area that the Cleveland Browns need to address this offseason is the pass rusher position opposite Myles Garrett. Jadeveon Clowney is still a free agent and is no guarantee to return despite having a career year this past season. Cleveland traded for Patriots pass rusher Chase Winovich who will likely start for the Browns next year but need another pass rusher to rotate with him.
They grabbed a pass rusher in Alex Wright that could potentially develop into a starter along this defensive line. The huge defensive end showed flashes during his time at UAB of being able to have a large role in an NFL defense during his career. Selecting a rotational pass rusher like Wright here in the third round is great value and could be a better selection if he develops into a starter.
79. Los Angeles Chargers: JT Woods, S, Baylor
The Los Angeles Chargers have prioritized retooling their secondary this offseason. The major move they made this offseason was signing Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson to a five-year $82.5 million deal. Now they have added Baylor safety JT Woods in the third round. Taking Woods here would allow the Chargers to put Derwin James in the box a lot more and even allow him to blitz the quarterback more frequently because Woods will be back in coverage with Nasir Adderley. This selection allowing the Chargers to use James as a versatile defensive player would open up the Chargers’ defense to be better this upcoming season and beyond.
80. Denver Broncos (via Houston Texans from New Orleans Saints): Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
Denver had to trade former first-round pick tight end Noah Fant in the deal that landed them Russell Wilson. This freed up former fifth-round pick Albert Okwuegbunam to become the team’s starting tight end. Okwuegbunam is a capable starting tight end. However, the Broncos now need depth at the position for two tight end sets or in case Okwuegbunam gets hurt. UCLA’s Greg Dulcich is a great pass-catching tight end that could compete with Okwuegbunam for the starting job. Giving Russell Wilson more weapons in Denver will allow him to thrive in ways that he hadn’t during his time in Seattle due to a lack of offensive resources.
81. New York Giants (via Miami Dolphins): Cordarle Flott, CB, LSU
The rumor surrounding the NFL Draft is that sooner rather than later the New York Giants could move on from former Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry. New York may have drafted LSU cornerback Cordarle Flott in the third round to give them the depth to feel comfortable with moving on from Bradberry. Flott will likely be a nickel back in the NFL which is a position the Giants have drafted well in recent years. Over the past few drafts, New York has taken Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, and Aaron Robinson who have all developed into solid nickel-backs. Drafting Flott will add some depth to this cornerback room but shouldn’t make the Giants comfortable moving off Bradberry.
82. Atlanta Falcons (via Indianapolis Colts): DeAngelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky
The Atlanta Falcons wisely doubled up on pass rushers by taking Western Kentucky edge rusher DeAngelo Malone in the third round. Malone can start for Atlanta right away and be a long-term starter on this defense. He was going to have an impact on whatever team he landed on. In Atlanta, Malone landed in a situation where he will have ample opportunity to grow into a starting edge rusher opposite Arnold Ebiketie on this rebuilding Falcons defense.
83. Philadelphia Eagles: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Somehow Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean fell all the way to the 83rd pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He fell down teams’ draft boards due to major medical concerns. He lands on a team that needed a first-round linebacker but doesn’t prioritize taking them with early selections. The Philadelphia Eagles get a player in Dean who can easily be their best linebacker when he gets on the field and has Pro Bowl potential. They reunited arguably the best two players on Georgia’s historic National Champion defense in Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean on their defense. This could be the biggest steal in the draft when we look back a few years from now.
84. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarvin Leal, DT/EDGE, Texas A&M
Texas A&M defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal was one of the best defensive players in college football over the last two seasons. There was a long stretch of time Leal was considered a possible first-round pick. However Leal falls to the third round because he is a tweeter and doesn’t exactly have the body type to play either defensive tackle or edge rusher. Leal’s most likely position at the next level was going to be 3-4 defensive end.
He was selected by a team in the Pittsburgh Steelers who has a player currently on their roster in Stephon Tuitt who had similar red flags in college. Tuitt has developed into one of the better pass-rushing interior defensive linemen in the league. Leal will likely be the long-term replacement for Tuitt who has dealt with injuries, is getting older, and is currently signed onto a long contract. He may be able to slide into Tuitt’s role and potentially develop into the defensive lineman Tuitt has been during his time with the Steelers.
85. New England Patriots: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
Within the past year, the New England Patriots have traded away Stephon Gilmore and lost J.C. Jackson in free agency. That is two major blows to a defense that is very dependent on their cornerbacks playing at a high level. Going into next season New England’s starting cornerbacks are Malcolm Butler, Jonathan Jones, and Jalen Mills.
Now New England has added another cornerback to their secondary by drafting Houston’s Marcus Jones in the third round. Jones is considered by many scouts to be the best return specialist of the entire draft class. However, he also has the tools to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL. Landing with a team like New England that has a lot of success developing defensive talent should help Jones develop into a starting cornerback in the near future.
86. Tennessee Titans (via Las Vegas Raiders): Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Finally, the draft slide has stopped for the consensus number one quarterback in this year’s draft class. The Tennessee Titans have traded up to take Liberty quarterback Malik Willis in the third round. He slid due to concerns about him transitioning from Liberty’s ‘simple’ offense to the NFL. Before the draft, there was little doubt that he wouldn’t go in the first round at some point.
This is a perfect landing spot for Willis because there is no pressure for him to play anytime soon with former Pro Bowler Ryan Tannehill in the building. Tennessee was the one seed in the AFC this past season with Tannehill under center but may have reached their ceiling with him as their quarterback. Willis needs to sit and learn for a year or two before potentially getting a chance to start. He has all the tools to be the next star quarterback in the league. The league has learned to take project quarterbacks later in the draft to avoid looking like the Packers after taking Jordan Love in 2020. If Willis develops into the starting quarterback many thought he could be the Titans and could have found the x-factor that they need to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
87. Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State
Arizona finally addresses their need for an edge rusher in the third round by drafting San Diego State’s Cameron Thomas. He is one of the best edge rushers on the board but isn’t a great scheme fit for the Cardinals. Thomas’ playing history and body type suggest that he is a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. The Cardinals run a 3-4 defensive scheme with stand-up rushers. Arizona may have Thomas play on the interior backing up J.J. Watt who has dealt with injuries through the latter part of his career. If that is the case he is a solid depth pick that could develop into a starter in a few years.
88. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
After addressing their needs for an offensive lineman and edge rusher in the first two rounds, Dallas drafts the next-best wide receiver on the board in the third round. South Alabama’s Jalen Tolbert is a larger receiver who is a smooth route runner. Dallas drafting Tolbert gives them three larger wide receivers in CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Jalen Tolbert. Adding Tolbert to this offense not only softens the blow of losing Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson but also allows Lamb to remain a dominant slot receiver instead of transitioning to the outside. Early in his career, Tolbert should develop into a high-end third receiver for a Dallas offense primarily known for its firepower.
89. Buffalo Bills: Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
It is worth noting that NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt had the most hyped up pre-draft speech of the entire event before this selection. He announced the Buffalo Bills taking Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard in the third round. Bernard will likely primarily be a special teams player to begin his career and backup to Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmonds. This is a solid depth selection for a team that doesn’t have a lot of needs.
90. Las Vegas Raiders (via Tennessee Titans): Dylan Parham, IOL, Memphis
Even though the Las Vegas Raiders didn’t make their first selection of the draft until the third round they managed to land a player who can start for them right away. After trading back with the Tennessee Titans, the Raiders drafted Memphis interior offensive lineman Dylan Parham. Many scouts and analysts thought Parham has Pro Bowl upside at the next level. He is joining a team with very few holes overall but a few questions marks on the offensive line. Whether he starts at guard or center Parham should start for the Raiders’ offensive line during his rookie season.
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
Tampa Bay resigned running back Leonard Fournette to a three-year $21 million deal to stay in Tampa Bay. However, the Buccaneers lost their backup running back Ronald Jones in free agency. They took Arizona State running back Rachaad White to replace Jones. White could not only backup Fournette but he can compliment him as a change of pace back. It is also important to have a reliable backup in Tampa Bay due to Fournette’s injury history.
92. Green Bay Packers: Sean Rhyan, OT, UCLA
UCLA offensive lineman Sean Rhyan fits so perfectly with what the Packers like upfront. Rhyan has the versatility to play at both tackle and guard which is a trait the Packers have looked for in their offensive linemen before the Matt LaFleur era. Rhyan will likely slot in at left guard moving Elgton Jenkins to right tackle opposite David Bakhtiari. The best case scenario is that Rhyan is capable of playing right tackle early on to keep Jenkins on the interior where he has been one of the best offensive linemen in the league.
93. San Francisco 49ers: Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU
For the second year in a row, the San Francisco 49ers have surprisingly taken a running back in the third round. The reason why this is surprising is that Kyle Shanahan’s offense has thrived using running backs drafted on Day 3 or not drafted at all. Last year San Francisco drafted Trey Sermon in the third round who struggled to have a role at all last season. He was passed over on the depth chart by sixth-round draft pick Elijah Mitchell who is expected to start for the 49ers this upcoming season.
So after seeing what happened last season with Sermon and seeing how effective Mitchell is in this offense why would the 49ers draft another running back with a Day 2 pick when they have other needs they can address. They also took LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price who is a power back that doesn’t offer anything different from what the 49ers already had. The only logical explanation for this selection has to be either concerns about Mitchell’s health or concerns about Sermon’s long-term future with the team.
94. Carolina Panthers (via New England Patriots from Kansas City Chiefs): Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
The Carolina Panthers traded their fourth-round pick and their 2023 third-round pick to jump back into the third round to take Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral. This was a desperate attempt by the Panthers to get another quarterback in the building that could turn around the misfortunes of this current Carolina Panthers regime. At some point, this season Corral will be forced into the lineup relieving Sam Darnold of his starting duties. They are banking on an inconsistent quarterback to potentially be their franchise starting quarterback and bring them to the playoffs. Corral has one of the higher floors of the quarterbacks in this class. He has shown the ability to be a playmaker with both his arm and his legs. However, Corral has dealt with turnover issues at Ole Miss that may follow him to the NFL. It is unfortunate for Corral to find himself in this situation while the other quarterbacks in this round get to sit and develop behind a veteran.
95. Cincinnati Bengals: Zachary Carter, DT/EDGE, Florida
An underrated loss for the Cincinnati Bengals defense was losing defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. They were able to retain B.J. Hill on a three-year $30 million deal. However, the Bengals had great success using a rotation of defensive tackles during games. They added versatile defensive lineman Zachary Carter to their deep defensive line group. Carter could play defensive tackle or edge but will likely primarily play defensive tackle in the NFL for the Bengals. He will be joining a talented defensive line group and could have an impact on this roster right away as a rotational pass rusher.
96. Indianapolis Colts (via Denver Broncos from Los Angeles Rams): Nick Cross, S, Maryland
The Indianapolis Colts traded a future third-round pick to jump into the end of the third round to draft Maryland safety Nick Cross. Indianapolis loves drafting defensive backs with great athleticism or traits to thrive at the next level. He joins a talented group of safeties including Julian Blackmon, Rodney McLeod, and Khari Willis. Cross will compete with them for the opportunity to start for this defense and should have a role on this defense during his rookie season.
97. Detroit Lions: Kerby Joseph, S, Illinois
Detroit decided to address their need for a safety late in the third round by taking Illinois safety Kerby Joseph late in the third round. Joseph has some tools that could allow him to develop into a starter. But for right now Joseph needs some development and will likely compete with DeShon Elliot for the starting safety job opposite Tracy Walker.
98. Washington Commanders (via New Orleans Saints): Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
It appears the Washington Commanders will have a committee in the backfield this season after spending a third-round pick on Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. His running style is a great compliment to Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic who are categorized as receiving backs. His addition to the team is great for depth and to add an element to this offense that it has lacked for a while which is a power running game. Robinson should see a rotational role early in his rookie season.
99. Cleveland Browns: David Bell, WR, Purdue
The Cleveland Browns added to their thin group of receivers in the third round when they added Purdue wide receiver David Bell. Even though Bell is not an insane athlete like other receivers in this class, he has been extremely productive in his college career and will likely translate as a low-end number two receiver or solid third receiver. Bell will compete with Donovan Peoples-Jones and 2021 third-round pick Anthony Schwartz for the number two receiver role behind Amari Cooper.
100. Arizona Cardinals (via Baltimore Ravens): Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
After selecting Cameron Thomas earlier in the third round the Arizona Cardinals double up at pass rusher by selecting Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders. later in the round. Sanders is also another player who many thought would fit better in a 4-3 defense. However, Sanders’ speed profile should allow him to transition easier to 3-4 outside linebacker. He was rumored to be a potential second-round pick earlier in this draft process. However, Sanders fell victim to being a part of an extremely deep edge rusher group. Sanders will compete with Devon Kennard, Markus Golden, and Dennis Gardeck for snaps early on in his career. He could develop into a starter on this defense within his first few seasons in Arizona.
101. New York Jets (via Tennessee Titans from Philadelphia Eagles originally from the New Orleans Saints): Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
The New York Jets kept Long Island native Jeremy Ruckert in New York by drafting him in the third round. During his time at Ohio State Ruckert had limited time to show off his ability as a pass-catcher because of the surplus of extremely talented receivers that he has shared the field with. During the National Championship game in 2020, Ruckert showed what he could do if given an opportunity to catch two touchdowns in that game. He is one of the most well-rounded tight ends in this draft class being a solid pass catcher and blocker. He joins a Jets offense that features C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin who were signed to multi-year deals. However, Ruckert should have a role as the Jets’ third tight end in goal-line and running situations.
102. Miami Dolphins (via San Francisco 49ers): Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
The Miami Dolphins made their first selection of the 2022 NFL Draft late in the third round. They addressed a major need on their roster by taking Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall. He fits the profile of linebacker Miami has liked to put in the middle of their defense in recent years. Similar to Jerome Baker, Tindall is an athletic linebacker with outstanding speed that could make plays all over the field. He is a threat to blitz the quarterback at any moment. Tindall could be the long-term answer at middle linebacker that the Dolphins have been looking for over the past few seasons.
103. Kansas City Chiefs: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
Kansas City adds another potential starter to their defense in Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal. He is an old-fashioned thumper that will primarily be used on rushing downs to stop the run. Chenal will likely compete with former second-round pick Willie Gay Jr. for the starting linebacker slot next to 2021 second-round pick Nick Bolton. If Chenal plays as well as many believe he can the Chiefs can have two of the best run-stuffing linebackers in Chenal and Bolton.
104. Los Angeles Rams: Logan Bruss, IOL, Wisconsin
The Los Angeles Rams made their first selection of the 2022 NFL Draft with the second to last pick of the third round due to trading multiple early picks for superstars like Matthew Stafford and Von Miller. They spent that draft pick on Wisconsin offensive lineman Logan Bruss. He is versatile enough to play guard or tackle and could develop into a starter down the line. Bruss is the type of pick the Rams could make now and eventually start him in a few years when they lose an offensive lineman in free agency because they don’t invest major assets into their offensive line.
105. San Fransisco 49ers: Danny Gray, WR, SMU
San Francisco’s final selection of the third round was an interesting one that will create a lot of speculation during the rest of the offseason. SMU wide receiver Danny Gray is one of the fastest receivers in the class that was expected to be used more as a slot receiver that could be used on hand-offs as well. He could be San Francisco’s solution to no longer using Deebo Samuel like a wide receiver. Even if the 49ers trade Samuel Gray would likely then slot in as the team’s number two receiver behind Brandon Aiyuk.