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21 Draft Picks in the 2022 NFL Draft were already cut | 56 UDFAs made the roster

21 Draft Picks in the 2022 NFL Draft were already cut | 56 UDFAs made the roster
21 Draft Picks in the 2022 NFL Draft were already cut | 56 UDFAs made the roster (Theo Jackson above was released by the Tennessee Titans)

Every year there are NFL Draft picks that do not make a 53-man roster. This year, however, we wanted to break down every player released and talk about the undrafted guys that made a roster.

We broke down the draft picks and found out that 21 players were released from their teams during the roster cuts. The highest draft pick cut was the 180th player in the NFL Draft. That was Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza who was cut before the cut-down day for sexual assault allegations.

Let’s look at all 21 players:
  1. 6th Round, 180th pick: Matt Araiza, Buffalo Bills, P
  2. 6th Round, 183rd pick: Kevin Harris, New England Patriots, RB
  3. 6th Round, 186th pick: Zachary Thomas, Chicago Bears, OT
  4. 6th Round, 194th pick: Jordan Jackson, New Orleans Saints, DT
  5. 6th Round, 196th pick: Tyler Badie, Baltimore Ravens, RB
  6. 6th Round, 197th pick: Gregory Junior, Jacksonville Jaguars, CB
  7. 6th Round, 204th pick: Theo Jackson, Tennessee Titans, S
  8. 6th Round, 209th pick: Luke Tenuta, Buffalo Bills, OT
  9. 6th Round, 216th pick: Curtis Brooks, Indianapolis Colts, DT
  10. 6th Round, 217th pick: James Houston, Detroit Lions, LB
  11. 6th Round, 221st pick: Tariq Castro-Fields, San Francisco 49ers, CB
  12. 7th Round, 224th pick: Cameron Goode, Miami Dolphins, LB
  13. 7th Round, 227th pick: Nick Muse, Minnesota Vikings, TE
  14. 7th Round, 232nd pick: Faion Hicks, Denver Broncos, CB
  15. 7th Round, 241st pick: Chris Okladokun, Pittsburgh Steelers, QB
  16. 7th Round, 242nd pick: Kalon Barnes, Carolina Panthers, CB
  17. 7th Round, 244th pick: Christian Matthew, Arizona Cardinals, CB
  18. 7th Round, 248th pick: Andre Anthony, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DE
  19. 7th Round, 256th pick: Jesse Luketa, Arizona Cardinals, LB
  20. 7th Round, 259th pick: Nazeeh Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, S
  21. 7th Round, 261st pick: AJ Arcuri, Los Angeles Rams, OT

This year 56 players who went undrafted landed on 53-man rosters. Both the Hula Bowl and NFLPA All-Star games had 12 players a piece that landed on NFL rosters as UDFA. East-West Shrine had 11, College Gridiron Showcase had 6, and the Tropic Bowl had 4. Only one undrafted player did not play in any All-Star Game according to Neil Stratton of Inside the League and that was Jaylen Warren.

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