2022 Draft Recap

May 1st, 2022 8:00am

2022 Draft Recap

By Chuck Bitner, D2Football.com

Five former Division 2 players were selected in the 2022 NFL draft this weekend. Fayetteville State’s standout cornerback Joshua Williams was the first player selected from a non-Division 1 institution. Williams was drafted in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs, with the 135th pick. Williams is the first Fayetteville State player to be drafted since 1976. 

In the sixth round, cornerback Gregory Junior made history by becoming the first ever Ouachita Baptist player to be selected in the draft. Junior went to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 197th pick. Moments later, Northwest Missouri State defensive lineman Sam Roberts became the Bearcats' seventh draft pick in school history. Roberts was taken at pick #200 by the New England Patriots. 

In the seventh and final round of the draft, two more Division 2 athletes heard their names called. Lenoir-Rhyne wide receiver Dareke Young was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks at pick #233. Young was the only offensive player to be drafted from a Division 2 school and is also the second Lenoir-Rhyne athlete to be drafted in the last three years. Valdosta State defensive back Christian Matthew closed out the Division 2 draft day with his selection by the Arizona Cardinals at pick #244. Matthew is Valdosta State's sixth NFL draft selection.  

Here is the complete list of Division 2 selections in the 2022 NFL draft

#135 DB Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State (Kansas City Chiefs)

#197 DB Gregory Junior, Ouachita Baptist (Jacksonville Jaguars)

#200 DL Sam Roberts, Northwest Missouri State (New England Patriots)

#223 WR Dareke Young, Lenoir-Rhyne (Seattle Seahawks)

#244 DB Christian Matthew, Valdosta State (Arizona Cardinals)

Immediately following the conclusion of the draft, many Division 2 players were signed to undrafted free agent contracts, highlighted by Ferris State's national championship winning quarterback Jared Bernhardt, who was signed as a WR / KR by the Atlanta Falcons. 

Here is the latest update to Josh Buchannon's top 25 D2 prospects (last updated 5/2/2022, 8pm, ET). Many more D2 prospects have also signed contracts or accepted rookie camp invitations. We will do our best to compile a complete list when possible.



 Pos Name SchoolDraft Status Team  
1 CB Josh Williams Fayetteville State4th Round Kansas City  
2 CB Gregory Junior Ouachita Baptist6th Round Jacksonville  
3 OT Sebastian Gutierrez Minot StateUDFA Denver  
4 CB Dallis Flowers Pittsburg StateUDFA Indianapolis  
5 CB Sam Webb Missouri WesternUDFA Las Vegas  
6 WR Dareke Young Lenoir-Rhyne7th Round Seattle  
7 CB Kader Kohou Texas A&M-Commerce        UDFA Miami  
8 SS D'Anthony Bell West FloridaUDFA Cleveland  
9 CB Christian Matthew ValdostaState7th Round Arizona  
10 DT Sam Roberts Northwest Missouri6th Round New England  
11 OT Tanner Owen Northwest MissouriUDFA Buffalo  
12 OLB Marvin Terry Delta StateUDFA NY Jets  
13 WR Lio'undre Gallimore Valdosta State     
14 CB Cory Batie HardingCamp Invite     New Orleans  
15 DT Keyshawn James Fayetteville State     
16 WR Henry Litwin Slippery RockUDFA Chicago  
17 FB Ian Fryday Adams State     
18 WR L'liott Curry Henderson StateCamp Invite NY Giants  
19 OLB Trevor Philio CSU-PuebloCamp Invite Denver  
20 RB Tyreik McAlister CharlestonUDFA Denver  
21 FB Devanaire Conliffe Notre Dame College     
22 FS A'Brae Booker-Currin Adams State     
23 QB Jared Bernhardt Ferris StateUDFA Atlanta  
24 WR Breon Michel Missouri S&TCamp Invite Kansas City  
25 RB Kingston Davis Miles     
NR WR Kaden Davis Northwest MissouriUDFA Denver  
NR OL Dylan Pasquali Ferris StateCamp Invite     Atlanta  
NR DL Dennis Johnson Grand ValleyCamp Invite     NY Giants  
NR OL Zein Obeid Ferris StateUDFA Detroit  
NR DB David Vereen NewberryUDFA Baltimore  
NR WR Shemar Bridges Fort ValleyUDFA Baltimore  
NR WR Luke Little MaryCamp Invite Chicago  
NR DB Junior Faulk Delta StateUDFA Cleveland  
NR DE Lucky Oyovwi CharlestonCamp Invite Indianapolis  
NR WR Rodney Coates West FloridaUDFA Seattle  
NR DL Matthew Gotel West FloridaUDFA Seattle  
NR TE Zaire Mitchell Notre Dame CollegeUDFA Cleveland  
NR DB Shahman Moore West FloridaUDFA San Francisco  
NR WR Dwight Blakey Colorado MesaCamp Invite Arizona  
NR WR Will Adams Virginia StateCamp Invite