2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Nose Tackle



The top 2022 Nose Tackle prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

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2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Derrick Brown, Auburn
  • '19 - Christian Wilkins, Clemson
1. Georgia image Jordan Davis, NT/DT, Georgia
Height: 6-6. Weight: 330.
Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
Projected Round (2022): 1.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Davis notched 32 tackles and two sacks in 2021. While he did not produce a big stat line, he was a monster on the inside of the line, eating up blockers and freeing up other defenders to make plays. The massive Davis is a beast at the point of attack and led the Bulldogs' tremendous run defense. Multiple team sources have compared Davis to players like John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth.

7/10/21: Davis was a solid run stuffer for Georgia in 2020. He has some talent, but is raw and needs development. Some team sources said they gave Davis a mid-round grade for the 2021 NFL Draft, but he has the upside to rise and made a favorable impression on some advance scouts.

Davis is a heavy nose tackle who is tough to move at the point of attack. He could be a good fit as a zero-technique in a 3-4 defense. Davis showed more ability to make plays in the backfield in 2019 as a sophomore. He has upside to improve and rise as a senior.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Georgia 11 1 1 1.5 2 25 0
2019 Georgia 14 2 1 2.5 5 18 0
2020 Georgia 7 1 0 1 1 16 0
2021 Georgia 13 1 2 2 4 28 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Clemson
@ Charlotte, NC
W 10 - 3 1 2 3 0
9/11/2021 UAB W 56 - 7 0 0 3 0
9/18/2021 South Carolina W 40 - 13 .5 1 2 0
9/25/2021 @ Vanderbilt W 59 - 0 0 0 0 0
10/2/2021 Arkansas W 37 - 0 0 0 2 0
10/9/2021 @ Auburn W 34 - 10 0 0 5 0
10/16/2021 Kentucky W 30 - 13 0 0 3 0
10/30/2021 Florida
@ Jacksonville, FL
W 34 - 7 .5 1 2 0
11/6/2021 Missouri W 43 - 6 0 0 1 0
11/13/2021 @ Tennessee W 41 - 17 0 0 2 0
11/20/2021 Charleston So. W 56 - 7 0 0 0 0
11/27/2021 @ Georgia Tech W 45 - 0 0 0 1 0
12/4/2021 Alabama
@ Atlanta, GA
L 24 - 41 0 0 4 0
12/31/2021 Michigan 34 - 11 0 1 2 0
1/10/2022 @ Alabama - 0 0 0 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
  • '19 - Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
2. Alabama image Phidarian Mathis, NT/DT, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.46.
Projected Round (2022): 2-3.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: In 2021, Mathis recorded 53 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble. He has some interior pass-rush ability alongside some quickness and athleticism. Mathis could rise during the 2022 NFL Draft process because team sources say he has very good intangibles as a leader, worker and teammate.

7/10/21: Mathis played well for Alabama in 2020, recording 31 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defended. It was his first season of serious playing time, so he could rise in 2021 now that he has experience. Mathis has excellent size with athletic upside.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Alabama 15 0 0 0 0 18 0
2019 Alabama 12 0 0 0 1 27 1
2020 Alabama 13 1 1 1.5 6 31 1
2021 Alabama 13 7 2 8 12 46 1

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/4/2021 Miami (FL)
@ Atlanta, Georgia
W 44 - 13 1 1 5 0
9/11/2021 Mercer W 48 - 14 1 1 3 0
9/18/2021 @ Florida W 31 - 29 .5 2 7 0
9/25/2021 Southern Miss. W 63 - 14 0 0 1 0
10/2/2021 Ole Miss W 42 - 21 1 1 3 1
10/9/2021 @ Texas A&M L 38 - 41 0 0 3 0
10/16/2021 @ Mississippi St. W 49 - 9 0 0 1 0
10/23/2021 Tennessee W 52 - 24 1 1 4 0
11/6/2021 LSU W 20 - 14 1 2 9 0
11/13/2021 New Mexico St. W 59 - 3 0 0 0 0
11/20/2021 Arkansas W 42 - 35 0 1 5 0
11/27/2021 @ Auburn W 24 - 22 (4OT) 1.5 2 3 0
12/4/2021 Georgia
@ Atlanta, GA
W 41 - 24 1 1 2 0
12/31/2021 Cincinnati 27 - 6 1 2 3 0
1/10/2022 @ Georgia - 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Raekwon Davis, Alabama
  • '19 - Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
3. Arkansas image John Ridgeway, NT, Arkansas
Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.01.
Projected Round (2022): 2-3.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Ridgeway had 39 tackles and two sacks in 2021. He played well and impressed team evaluators.

7/10/21: Ridgeway made a good impression on the advance scouts, and they have given him a favorable projection entering the season. Ridgeway has excellent size and strength at the point of attack. He could help himself in 2021 by producing more sacks and impressing at an all-star game.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jordan Elliott, Missouri
  • '19 - Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
4. Connecticut image Travis Jones, NT/3-4DE, Connecticut
Height: 6-4. Weight: 333.
Projected 40 Time: 5.2.
Projected Round (2022): 3-4.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Jones went under the radar in 2021, but he is a big nose tackle who flashed some pass-rush ability over the past two years, putting up 3.5 sacks each season. Jones also was a solid run defender with 126 tackles over the past three seasons. He has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and he could rise with a strong week in Mobile.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 UConn 12 0 1 .5 8 46 0
2019 UConn 12 2 3 3.5 9 40 0
2020 UConn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 UConn 11 4 1 4.5 8 47 0




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - DaVon Hamilton, Ohio State
  • '19 - Chris Slayton, Syracuse
5. Ohio State image Jerron Cage, NT, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 306.
Projected 40 Time: 5.02.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Cage had one sack and 11 tackles in 2021. He missed some action with injuries. Cage should return for his senior year.

7/10/21: Cage has not produced a lot yet for Ohio State, but the NFL advance scouts saw enough flashes and felt he played well enough in practice to earn a spot on their preseason watch list with a quality projection as a starting point. Cage has the skill set to rise in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Benito Jones, Ole Miss
  • '19 - Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
6. Kentucky image Marquan McCall, NT, Kentucky
Height: 6-3. Weight: 358.
Projected 40 Time: 5.35.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: McCall had nine tackles in 2021. He was injured in late September and came back to play in the final two regular-season games.

7/10/21: McCall is a thick and heavy nose tackle who has some surprising quickness for such a huge lineman. In 2020 and 2019, McCall flashed run-stuffing ability. For the NFL, he looks limited as a rotational nose tackle who won't be a pass rusher for the sub package.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2018 Kentucky 8 1 0 1 2 5 1
2019 Kentucky 13 0 0 0 4 21 0
2020 Kentucky 10 0 1 .5 2 22 0
2021 Kentucky 9 0 0 0 4 9 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 @ Auburn L 13 - 29 0 0 0 0
10/3/2020 Ole Miss L 41 - 42 (1OT) .5 1 1 0
10/10/2020 Mississippi St. W 24 - 2 0 0 0 0
10/17/2020 @ Tennessee W 34 - 7 0 0 1 0
10/24/2020 @ Missouri L 10 - 20 0 0 6 0
10/31/2020 Georgia L 3 - 14 0 0 4 0
11/14/2020 Vanderbilt W 38 - 35 0 0 1 0
11/21/2020 @ Alabama L 3 - 63 0 0 3 0
11/28/2020 @ Florida L 10 - 34 0 1 2 0
12/5/2020 South Carolina W 41 - 18 0 0 2 0
1/2/2021 NC State
@ Jacksonville, Fla.
W 23 - 21 0 0 2 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Leki Fotu, Utah
  • '19 - Greg Gaines, Washington
7. TCU image Corey Bethley, NT, TCU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 312.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2022): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Bethley notched 18 tackles and one sack in 2021. He missed a number of games on the season.

7/10/21: Bethley is a short and thick tackle, but he flashed some pass-rush ability for the Horned Frogs in the past. In 2018, he had five sacks, but did not come close to that production in the past two years. He needs to improve his rush production and run defense as a senior.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 TCU 14 1 0 1 6 26 0
2018 TCU 13 5 0 5 10 28 0
2019 TCU 12 2 1 2.5 5 20 0
2020 TCU 4 1 0 1 2 6 0
2021 TCU 9 1 0 1 1 18 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Iowa St. L 34 - 37 0 0 0 0
10/3/2020 @ Texas W 33 - 31 0 0 1 0
10/10/2020 Kansas St. L 14 - 21 1 1 4 0
10/24/2020 Oklahoma L 14 - 33 0 1 1 0
10/31/2020 @ Baylor W 33 - 23 0 0 0 0
11/7/2020 Texas Tech W 34 - 18 0 0 0 0
11/14/2020 @ West Virginia L 6 - 24 0 0 0 0
11/28/2020 @ Kansas W 59 - 23 0 0 0 0
12/5/2020 Oklahoma St. W 29 - 22 0 0 0 0
12/12/2020 Louisiana Tech W 52 - 10 0 0 0 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Rashard Lawrence, LSU
  • '19 - P.J. Johnson, Arizona
8. LSU image Neil Farrell Jr., NT/DT, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 319.
Projected 40 Time: 5.29.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

1/15/22: Farrell had 45 tackles, two sacks and two passes batted in 2021.

7/10/21: Farrell originally initially opted out of the 2020 season, but he then re-joined LSU. He had a solid game against Florida and was a quality run defender at the point of attack. Ferrell was a rotational defender for LSU with only three starts as a junior, but he flashed athletic ability with pass-rush potential and was a solid run defender. With Tyler Shelvin moving onto the NFL, Farrell should be a starter as senior. If he can increase his pass-rush production, he could rise.


Career Stats

Season Team Games SackUA SackA Sacks TFL Tackles FF
2017 LSU 5 0 0 0 0 5 0
2018 LSU 10 1 1 1.5 5 23 0
2019 LSU 15 3 0 3 9 46 1
2020 LSU 10 1 0 1 3 25 1
2021 LSU 12 2 0 2 11 45 0

Game Log

Date Opponent Result Sacks TFL Tackles FF
9/26/2020 Mississippi St. L 34 - 44 0 0 1 0
10/3/2020 @ Vanderbilt W 41 - 7 0 0 4 0
10/10/2020 @ Missouri L 41 - 45 0 0 1 0
10/24/2020 South Carolina W 52 - 24 0 0 0 0
10/31/2020 @ Auburn L 11 - 48 0 1 2 0
11/21/2020 @ Arkansas W 27 - 24 0 0 0 0
11/28/2020 @ Texas A&M L 7 - 20 0 1 2 1
12/5/2020 Alabama L 17 - 55 0 0 6 0
12/12/2020 @ Florida W 37 - 34 0 0 2 0
12/19/2020 Ole Miss W 53 - 48 1 1 7 0




2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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