2022 NFL Draft: Grades for Dylan Parham and Every Other Las Vegas Raiders Pick

The wait was long for the Las Vegas Raiders, but the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft is where the action began. 

Was that enough to make strides in a ridiculously competitive AFC West, even while coming off a 10-7 campaign and wild-card appearance? Only time will tell, though the team’s needs weren’t all that significant. Adding competition along the right side of the offensive line was perhaps the most significant hole to address, and finding depth throughout all levels of the defense was second in importance. 

With Derek Carr signed to an extension, edge-rusher Chandler Jones replacing Yannick Ngakoue, and Davante Adams aboard to produce route-running masterclasses, the Raiders are primed to make some noise in 2022. The rookies in this class just need to fill in the cracks. 

2022 NFL Draft picks by Las Vegas Raiders

  • No. 90 Overall: Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis
  • No. 122 Overall: Zamir White, RB, Georgia
  • No. 126 Overall: Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU
  • No. 175 Overall: Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee
  • No. 238 Overall: Thayer Munford Jr., OT, Ohio State
  • No. 250 Overall: Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA

No. 90 Overall: Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis

Memphis offesnive lineman Dylan Parham is the first Las Vegas Raiders draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Dylan Parham | Mike Calendrillo/Sportscasting

Memphis offensive lineman is an incredibly versatile, athletic offensive lineman who played tight end and linebacker in high school and right tackle and both guard spots in college. In the NFL, he will even be able to play center if necessary. Parham played at 285-pound in college and already bulked up to 311-pounds at 6-foot-3. The Raiders had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last year, especially in the middle. Parham should start somewhere on the line in Week 1, so this is a great pick for a team that doesn’t have many.

Grade: A-

Day 3 Picks

No. 122 Overall: Zamir White, RB, Georgia

“Zeus” is a banger and a home run hitter as a runner but won’t help on passing downs. With an explosive offense like the Raiders, though, he’ll be a dangerous change of pace back and a nice clock killer at the end of games.

Grade: B

No. 126 Overall: Neil Farrell Jr., DT, LSU

Farrell is a scheme-specific, 6-foot-4, 330-pound nose tackle. He’s shown some development in college but is a rotational first- and second-down run-stuffer at best in the NFL.

Grade: C

No. 175 Overall: Matthew Butler, DT, Tennessee

Butler was a productive, hard-working college player at Tennesee but at 6-foot-4, 297-pounds is a bit of a tweener defensive tackle who could struggle against NFL-sized offensive linemen.

Grade: C

No. 238 Overall: Thayer Munford Jr., OT, Ohio State

Mumford has tackle/guard flexibility in the NFL and could be a swing tackle and maybe even a starter as soon as this year or possibly next. This is a solid pick in the seventh round.

Grade: B

No. 250 Overall: Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA

Brown is a smart player who made the Academic All-American Team at Duke. He’s also a good pass-catcher but mostly he’s a poor man’s Zamir White so he’ll struggle to make the team.

Grade: C

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