Round 7, 241st Overall: Braylon Sanders, WR, Ole Miss
Christian Kirk and A.J. Green are both set to hit the open market this offseason, and it remains to be seen if the Cardinals will offer Kirk a contract extension. Green will turn 34 this summer, so his time in Arizona is likely through. The Arizona Cardinals possess three seventh round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, and they use one of them to snag a wide receiver here.
Braylon Sanders out of Ole Miss isn’t the biggest receiver (6’0” 188), but he does have legitimate speed (4.42 in the 40-yard dash). He wasn’t the most productive receiver in Oxford (69 career catches over 5 years), but he made the most out of his receptions (21.1 yards per catch and 10 touchdowns over his career).
Sanders is not the most technical route runner, but he’s not afraid to go over the middle and has shown that he can make catches in traffic and with defenders hanging on him. Sanders possesses strong hands but doesn’t always use them to catch the ball, at times using his arms and body to assist him in making the reception.
Braylon Sanders probably doesn’t have the requisite size to consistently win one-on-one matchups on the outside, but he could be useful in the slot and dynamic in the return game. He’s certainly worth a look in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.