2022 NFL Draft Big Board



The top prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft.


By Charlie Campbell
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Updated April 20, 2022

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Top-5 Prospects:
1.
Travon Walker, DE, Georgia. Previously: 1 Avg. 15.3 per 28
04/20/22: Walker put together a phenomenal workout at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, interviewed well, and then impressed at the Georgia pro day. After his excellent postseason on top of an impressive 2021 season, Walker looks poised to go as a top-three picks of the 2022 NFL Draft. Walker has a ton of upside. Some sources who were part of drafting J.J. Watt for the Texans told WalterFootball.com Walker's upside reminds them of Watt coming out of Wisconsin.

Walker notched two tackles and a sack in the National Championship game. Versus Michigan, Walker had a bounce-back performance after his disappointing SEC Championship, putting up two tackles and one sack on the Wolverines while causing a lot of pressure and disruption in the backfield. He notched two tackles against Alabama in the SEC Championship and was shut down in the pass rush when Georgia needed to get after Bryce Young. Versus Florida, he had three tackles and a diving tipped pass to start an interception for Georgia. Walker has shot up boards for the 2022 NFL Draft since the start of the 2021 season. The junior put together an impressive 2021, including a big performance against Clemson in the opener. On the year, he collected 36 tackles and six sacks.

Team sources say Walker is big, athletic and speedy. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder has the size to set the edge and is quick off the ball. They feel he is a well-rounded defender with a lot of upside. Teams feel he is very versatile up front and love how he can play multiple positions on the defensive line. They think Walker could gain weight and be an every-down defensive tackle, or shed weight to be a standup edge rusher. Walker has a great skill set to work with.

Here are the thoughts of an area scout on Walker, "He is one of my favorites. He's completely untapped, and he can play anywhere on the defensive line in any scheme. He's my favorite of this defensive line class. He's already a very good player, relentless, and still has huge upside. Walker can drop 10 pounds and be Cam Jordan, or gain 15 pounds and play DeForest Buckner."


2.
Drake London, WR, USC. Previously: 2 Avg. 23.6 per 32
04/20/22: London did not work out at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine due to his recovery from his in-season ankle injury, but NFL team sources say he was solid in the interviews. London caught 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns over his eight-game 2021 before the fractured ankle ended his year. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder has mismatch size and is a dangerous 50-50 receiver with his ability to win contested catches. After the catch, London is a threat to pick up yardage because he is a physical runner who is tough for defensive backs to get to the ground. With his skill set, London is an asset in the red zone.

London is a bit of a love or luke-warm prospect, depending on which scout you ask. The evaluators who don't love him feel his speed is average at best and that he will struggle to get open enough in the NFL. They think London will need to be drafted into the correct scheme to be successful. The scouts who love London feel he is a cross between Keenan Allen and Mike Evans. They say he is a good route-runner, who is surprisingly effective at uncovering for a big guy, and has good suddenness and feel for his size. Many sources think London will be a high first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and multiple teams picking in the top 10 are high on London. One director of college scouting from one of the best drafting teams in the NFL told WalterFootball.com that Drake London could be a superstar in the NFL.

London was in a crowded depth chart in 2019 and 2020, but he still showed some intriguing ability. In 2020, he had 33 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns over six games with Amon-Ra St. Brown as the featured receiver. As a freshman, London had 39 catches for 567 yards and five touchdowns with St. Brown and Michael Pittman Jr. ahead of London in targets.



09/01/21: London (6-5, 210) was on a crowded depth chart in 2019 and 2020, but he still showed some intriguing ability. London is a big receiver who is a physical runner after the catch and is very difficult for defensive backs to tackle. In 2020, he had 33 receptions for 502 yards and three touchdowns over six games. As a freshman, he made 39 catches for 567 yards and five touchdowns.

London could be poised for a huge 2021 season if he is the No. 1 receiver for Kedon Slovis. After losing Michael Pittman Jr. and Amon-Ra St. Brown to the last two NFL drafts, London should be the top target for the Trojans. He could explode in 2021 thanks to his mismatch size and strength.





3.
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan. Previously: 3 Avg. 3.7 per 32
04/20/22: Multiple team sources view Hutchinson as a safer pick than Travon Walker or Kayvon Thibodeaux, but think both Walker and Thibodeaux have more upside for the next level. Multiple team directors said Hutchinson is not the same caliber of prospect as either of the Bosa Brothers. Some see him as equal to Bradley Chubb, but others think Hutchinson is not as talented. Hutchinson helped himself with a strong showing at the combine. Team sources say that Hutchinson is more of a solid double or triple, but not a grand slam because they see limitations in his ceiling as a pro.

In 2021, Hutchinson totaled 62 tackles, 14 sacks, three passes batted, a fumble recovered and two forced fumble - another one was mistakenly given to a teammate. Those 14 sacks gave Hutchinson Michigan's single-season record for sacks. He underwhelmed versus Georgia in his final college game, recording just four tackles. Hutchinson previously recorded four tackles and a sack in the Big Ten Championship. He racked up seven tackles and three sacks in a phenomenal performance versus Ohio State. Against Penn State, he collected seven tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. Hutchinson recorded three tackles and one sack in the Wolverines' loss to Michigan State. He was disruptive as a pass rusher, but he failed to impress in the ground game, as Kenneth Walker ran wild for the Spartans, notching five touchdowns.

Here's how a team's director of player personnel summarized Hutchinson, "I think he's a good athlete with speed and a pretty good get-off. I'm concerned with strength. He really doesn't want that smoke as a run defender. He wants to win with suddenness and athletic ability as a run defender, moving and slanting. Hutchinson has issues holding up at point of attack. He's sufficient vs. the run because he can find it and can win with quicks and athletic ability. But when they run right at him, it's alarming." That evaluation was given further proof versus Georgia in the semi-final, but Hutchinson is a dynamic pass rusher who would be a high first-round pick in any draft class.



09/01/21: The 6-foot-6, 261-pound Hutchinson flashed big-time potential over the past two seasons. As a first-year starter in 2019, Hutchinson collected 68 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, six passes batted and two forced fumbles. One of his highlights of that season was Hutchinson getting the better of Iowa right tackle Tristan Wirfs. Hutchinson then excelled to open 2020, collecting 13 tackles and a pass batted before going down with an ankle fracture that required surgery.

Hutchinson is a beast of a pass rusher. Off the ball, he has solid quickness, and what makes him really special is his ability to get off blocks. Hutchinson utilizes his excellent hands and upper body strength to get offensive linemen hands off of him and push them away to get free of blockers. Once free, Hutchinson displays a burst to close, and with his big frame, he is an imposing figure who rattles quarterbacks.

In the ground game, Hutchinson is special. He is a really tough run defender who does more than just set the edge. Hutchinson will regularly stack his blocker at the line, toss them aside, and then pursue quickly to the ball to make the tackle. Hutchinson is more than just a gap plugger. Instead, he will make plays in the backfield and work through trash to limit runs to short gains that help his defense in down-and-distance situations. Hutchinson plays with physicality and violence, routinely dishing out bone-rattling hits on quarterbacks and running backs. On top of being a tough defender in both phases, Hutchinson plays with passion and a relentless motor. He is just a pure football player who displays fabulous instincts. He has the potential to be an excellent defensive end in the NFL.


4.
Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati. Previously: 4 Avg. 20.9 per 23
04/20/22: Gardner (6-3, 200) is a tall cornerback who has good length to battle outside receivers in the NFL. He put together an excellent combine workout, including a fast 40. Some teams liked him in the interviews, but others are not fans of Gardner's makeup. Some team sources are concerned that some of Gardner's friends could lead to him being at the wrong place at the wrong time and running into some off-the-field trouble. But some team sources feel Gardner is the safer pick of the top corners.

Gardner was an elite, shutdown corner for the Bearcats in 2021, recording 40 tackles, three interceptions and four passes broken up. The junior was superb all year, including in the semi-final against Alabama. In the shortened 2020 season, Gardner produced 28 tackles, three picks and six breakups.

Gardner is a complete player with natural cover ability. He is fast, tall, long, athletic, and has excellent instincts. Gardner shows the speed and fluidity to be a man-cover corner to run the route and prevent separation. With impressive recoverability, Gardner has a burst to close, and his length helps him to smother the gap. He also possesses the size to play press-man while still having the speed and sufficient fluidity to play off-man. Gardner has enough twitch to play zone coverage as well, and his instincts help him to jump routes to break up passes. On top of his cover ability, Gardner has excellent ball skills. His hands are superb, and he is a real threat to pick off passes.

While Gardner is not overly physical to draw pass-interference penalties, he gets physical when the time calls for it, and you can see it with how hard he tackles. For the next level, Gardner looks like a No. 1 corner who has Pro Bowl potential early in his career. He could be one of the top cover corners in the league before long.


5.
Derek Stingley, CB, LSU. Previously: 5 Avg. 4.4 per 32
04/20/22: Team sources feel Stingley has some boom-or-bust potential for the next level, but they do think he is a special talent with a tremendous skill set to be a top No. 1 corner in the NFL. Stingley injured his foot in practice in mid-September, and that led to surgery that ended his season. He recorded eight tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defended in 2021. Stingley is a bit of a 1-year wonder. Team sources say they hear Stingley is healthy and has recovered from his foot injury.

As a cover corner, there really isn't anything that Stingley can't do. He is fast, athletic, long and fluid. Stingley shows the speed and agility to run the route and prevent separation. He does an excellent job of staying in phase and not making false steps to allow distance to develop. He can also flip his hips and run along the sideline while using his length and athleticism to close with impressive recovery skills. Stingley can handle big receivers or speed receivers and displays the ability to play press-man, off-man or zone coverages. He also has excellent ball skills. Stingley has the No. 1 corner mentality where he is comfortable playing on the island and going one-on-one with receivers. He has huge upside for the NFL.



09/01/21: During LSU's dream 2019 season, the team had a plethora of breakout stars, and perhaps the best player from the defense was freshman cornerback Derek Stingley. He recorded 38 tackles, six interceptions and 15 passes defended that season. Stingley was banged up somewhat as a sophomore, but he still recorded 27 tackles and five breakups.

There really isn't anything that Stingley can't do in terms of coverage. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder is fast, athletic, long and fluid. Stingley has the speed and agility to run the route and prevent separation. He does an excellent job of staying in phase and not taking false steps that allow distance to develop. Stingley can also flip his hips and run along the sideline, and his length and athleticism give him impressive recovery skills to close a gap. Stingley can handle big receivers or speed receivers and shows the ability to play press-man, off-man and zone coverages.



Top-10 Prospects:
6.
Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State. Previously: 7 Avg. 15.3 per 23
04/20/22: The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Cross looks like a future starting left tackle in the NFL and impressed team evaluators in 2021. He then performed well at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. Cross possesses excellent feet, athleticism, and quickness to play on the edge. For the next level, sources say Cross needs to get stronger and bigger for taking on pro linemen, but that is not abnormal. They feel after a little developmental time, Cross could be a good pro left tackle. Some sources think Cross is being underrated and is on a par with Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal. They feel he could be gone by the end of the top 10.

Cross really excels in pass protection, showing a special skill set to work on the blind side in the NFL. He has quick feet and the length to shut off the corner from speed rushers. Thanks to his smooth athleticism alongside his speed, Cross is adept at playing the typewriter with his feet to cut off the edge. He also will use his quickness and agility to ride defenders around the pocket and open up the left side as an option for quarterbacks to slide laterally. Cross is able to adjust to inside moves, and with quick reaction skills, he moves to cut off inside lanes. There is no doubt Cross is very good at mirroring speed rushers coming off the edge.

As a run blocker, Cross gets the better of defenders routinely by beating them to spots. He fires off the ball and uses his quickness to get to his landmarks to set up rushing lanes. With his speed and athleticism, Cross is excellent bolting to the second level and is skilled in space to hit blocks on defenders at once he is there.


7.
Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State. Previously: 8 Avg. 8.5 per 21
04/20/22: Wilson had a strong showing at the combine, illustrating his game-breaking speed. Prior to deciding to sit out the bowl game, Wilson notched 10 receptions for 119 yards against Michigan. On the year, he hauled in 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 193-pounder was a big-play weapon for Ohio State over the past couple of seasons. In 2020, he totaled 43 receptions for 687 yards and six touchdowns. After only four games, Wilson surpassed his freshman year production (30-432-5), and he seemed to become Justin Fields' most trusted receiver during the 2020 season.

The first attribute that jumps out about Wilson is speed, which can just wreck a defense. Beyond his fast first-step, Wilson has a second gear to accelerate down the field and stretch defenses over the top. He can run by double coverage and score from anywhere on the field. His speed and athleticism allow him to consistently generate separation from defensive backs as he is very difficult to run with. After the catch, Wilson is excellent. He is very elusive in the open field, displaying phenomenal feet to dodge tacklers, stop/start, and cut through the secondary. In the NFL, Wilson should be a true No. 1 receiver who could become a Pro Bowler. He is worthy of being a top-16 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.


8.
Ikem Ekwonu, OT, N.C. State. Previously: 6 Avg. 12.2 per 18
04/20/22: Ekwonu (6-4, 320) put together an impressive 2021 regular season to earn high grades from NFL teams, and he reinforced his ratings with his strong combine. Ekwonu gained experience at both guard and tackle with the Wolfpack, but he projects as being able to play left tackle in the NFL. Ekwonu is a fierce and physical run blocker. While he has some things to work on as a pass blocker, the potential is there for him to stay on the edge.

Ekwonu has some real nastiness to him in the ground game and is a fierce blocker. He blocks through the whistle and is very physical at the point of attack. Ekwonu brings a bad attitude against his defenders, getting violent with them in order to push them around and challenge them to stay in their gaps. Ekwonu is also quick out of his stance and fires to the second level.

Ekwonu is a very gifted pass blocker who combines athleticism, quickness and agility. His quick feet enable him to get depth in his drop to take away the edge from speed rushers. He has natural strength to anchor and stop bull rushes. Ekwonu is a smooth mover with the power to finish off defenders and to keep them from getting pressure on the quarterback.


9.
Evan Neal, OT, Alabama. Previously: 9 Avg. 7.5 per 32
04/20/22: Some teams picking in the top 10 that are considering Neal would not play him at left tackle and would put him at right tackle. Some scouts believe Neal may end up being best as a guard in the NFL.

As a pass blocker, Neal is a real challenge for defenders to beat. His mass and length can make it hard to get around him. Neal has enough athleticism to get depth in his drop and is not slow out of his stance. While Neal was a good pass protector overall in 2020 and 2021, he had some problems with speed rushers. Neal can have a problem to getting his feet moving sometimes, which allows fast edge rushers to round the corner on him. Hence, some evaluators project him to the right side or guard.

In the ground game, Neal is a load who can knock defenders off the ball and ride them out of their gap. He engulfs edge defenders and keeps them from flowing to the ball. With his ability to generate movement, Neal is an asset in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Fewer offensive linemen play with a mean streak anymore, but that lesson was lost on Neal, who will get very physical and violent with defenders. Neal shocks defenders with his heavy hands, and he can manhandle defensive linemen at the point of attack.

The Crimson Tide moved Neal to left tackle for 2021, and he played well overall on the blind side. Neal saw a good test against Florida in Week 3. He had some problems with the Gators speed rushers getting upfield against him, but Alabama helped protect Neal with a lot of quick passing. The Florida game made Neal look like a better fit for right tackle in the NFL. To a lesser degree, the same lesson was given proof against Texas A&M. Neal played well against Ole Miss and Tennessee, opening a lot of holes for rushing touchdowns. Versus LSU, Neal was solid and held his own versus Tigers edge rusher B.J. Ojulari, but he had a rough performance against Auburn, giving up a sack and struggling with keeping undersized speed rushers away from the quarterback. Neal impressed against Georgia in the SEC Championship and then in college football playoff.



09/01/21: Neal (6-7, 360) is a massive blocker who started at left guard as a freshman in 2019. As a sophomore, he replaced Jedrick Wills at right tackle and put together a fine season for Alabama. Neal was reliable at protecting Mac Jones and opening holes for Najee Harris. Neal has enough quickness and athleticism to play tackle, but his problems with speed rushers could make him a right tackle only in the NFL. He could be the Crimson Tide's replacement for Alex Leatherwood at left tackle in 2021, and that would really test Neal's ability to block on the edge.


10.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia. Previously: 10 Avg. 8.7 per 32
04/20/22: Davis was the biggest star of the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, putting up a shockingly fast 40-yard dash time for a massive defensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 340-pounder sent shockwaves through the scouting community with his 4.78-second time in the 40. His 10-yard split of 1.68 seconds was phenomenal as well. A defensive lineman that large who can run that fast possesses a once-in-a-decade skill set. Some team sources believe Davis could end up as top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after his workout at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

Davis played well overall versus the Crimson Tide in the National Championship, helping to limit their rushing offense. Previously, he was a monster versus Michigan, causing disruption at the point of attack and leading a shut down of the Wolverines rushing offense. Davis notched four tackles versus Alabama in the SEC Championship, but got winded and was incapable of helping in the pass rush at critical times. Taking on Charleston Southern, he notched a rushing touchdown as a goal-line fullback. Versus Tennessee, Davis had two tackles. He recorded three tackles and played well against Kentucky. Davis put together an excellent game against Clemson to open the season. He was a beast at the point of attack and led the Bulldogs' tremendous run defense against the Tigers. Davis collected three tackles and a sack, but the numbers don't illustrate how big of a force he was for Georgia. Versus South Carolina, Davis notched two tackles and .5 sacks. He totaled 32 tackles and two sacks for 2021.



09/01/21: Some league sources are extremely high on Davis, but I also know some area scouts who were projecting lower than the first round if he had entered the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Davis is a mountain of a man with unique speed and athleticism. In 2020, he collected 16 tackles and a one sack. He notched 2.5 sacks and 18 tackles as a sophomore after recording 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks during his freshman season.





Top-15 Prospects:
11.
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame. Previously: 11 Avg. 7.3 per 32
04/20/22: Some team sources think Hamilton should move to linebacker in the NFL. They say he is big, fast, and has ball skills, but lacks safety instincts, misses a lot of open-field tackles, and isn't great in man-to-man coverage. Thus, some view him as a safety/linebacker tweener, which could hurt him in the leadup to the 2022 NFL Draft. Team sources said they've heard Hamilton is healthy and ready to go, and he gave that proof at the combine.

As expected, Hamilton decided to skip the Fiesta Bowl and begin preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft. He missed the games against Stanford, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Navy and North Carolina with a knee injury he suffered in late October versus USC. Hamilton landed awkwardly while tackling Trojans wide receiver Drake London.

Hamilton recorded three tackles versus Cincinnati, but he got turned around in man coverage on a slot receiver and allowed a touchdown. Taking on Purdue, Hamilton had 10 tackles, an interception on a tipped pass and two passes defended. Hamilton allowed one coverage bust on a long touchdown against Florida State. He made up for his errors with two huge interceptions that were fantastic plays in coverage. Hamilton finished the evening with six tackles and the two picks. In 2021, Hamilton recorded 34 tackles, four passes defended and three interceptions.



09/01/21: Hamilton totaled 56 tackles, an interception and six passes broken up in 2020. He previously put together an excellent freshman season for Notre Dame, showing good ball skills with four interceptions and six passes broken up to go along with 41 tackles. On top of playing well, the 6-foot-4, 216-pounder has upside as well as very good height and length for the safety position, which may make him a candidate to handle man coverage against NFL tight ends. Hamilton is a force as a run defender as well, so he could present the flexibility to play strong or free safety.


12.
Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon. Previously: 12 Avg. 3.6 per 32
04/20/22: Thibodeaux said he was going to workout completely at the combine, but he ended up leaving the workout early after the 40-yard dash. That departure reinforced some of the concerns about Thibodeaux's makeup and how he took a lot of plays off during the 2021 season.

Many team sources feel the 2022 NFL Draft lacks elite talent, and while Thibodeaux may be the top talent, he is not a true No. 1-overall talent like a Myles Garret, Jadeveon Clowney, or the caliber of either of the Bosa Brothers. Thibodeaux decided to skip Oregon's bowl game and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft, for which he is now preparing. Thibodeaux is one of the consensus top prospects. Some team sources view him as having more upside than Aidan Hutchinson, although others see Hutchinson as being safer. Some team staff are worried if Thibodeaux really loves football and is distracted by building "his brand." He also hurt his reputation by taking some plays off last season. In 2021, he totaled 49 tackles, seven sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles.



09/01/21: Thibodeaux broke out in 2019 with nine sacks, 35 tackles and three passes defended. He then played well in Oregon's seven-game 2020, recording three sacks and an improved total of 38 tackles.

Thibodeux (6-5, 250) excellent athleticism and significant speed are immediately apparent when watching Oregon games. The first thing that jumps out about Thibodeaux is his excellent burst off the ball. He flies upfield, utlizing an explosive first-step that routinely makes him the first player out of his stance from either line. While Thibodeaux is a fast pass rusher, he also has the functional strength to bull rush offensive tackles and roll them backward in the pocket. Having decent power to fight off blockers gives Thibodeux a versatile skill set and means he is not just a speed rusher.

Against the run, Thibodeaux can hold his ground and keep offensive tackles from driving him off the ball. Thibodeaux is not an overpowering force, but he will solidly hold his gap and not get blown out of the play.


13.
Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State. Previously: 13 Avg. 12.6 per 32
04/20/22: In 2021, Johnson totaled 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes batted. He then had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl and a good combine workout to help his draft grade. Sources say Johnson has made a good impression on teams, and some sources believe he could go ahead of Kayvon Thibodeaux in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Team sources though Johnson could be a late first-rounder after his week of practice in Mobile, and they already felt there was not a big difference between Johnson and some of the high first-round defensive ends. After his workouts and interviews, Johnson could end up going as a top-20 pick.

Johnson is a pure football player with excellent instincts. He uses his anticipation, recognition, and vision to work off of blocks and is always around the ball. With his size, speed and tenacity, Johnson has the ability to be an overachiever in the NFL. He is a dangerous pass rusher, including a nice club move that involves using his strength to knock tackles off balance. Once he has them on his heels, he uses a burst to fire by blockers and shows real quickness to close on the quarterback.

As a run defender, Johnson has a real presence as he uses his length to stand up blockers and then his strength to shed them. Johnson uses his speed to flow quickly to the ball and get in on tackles. He also displayed more desire and "want to" than many college edge defenders who seem more consumed with rushing the quarterback.



09/01/21: In 2020, Johnson was part of Georgia's loaded group of edge rushers. Azeez Ojulari was the featured defender, while Johnson, Adam Anderson and Nolan Smith rotated for snaps. Anderson and Johnson both flashed, with Johnson recording four sacks and 14 tackles in backup duty. Anderson and Smith returned to the Bulldogs for 2021, but Johnson transferred to Florida State, perhaps to find more playing time. Some NFL scouts gave Johnson a high projection on their preseason watch list. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has good size and speed off the edge.


14.
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama. Previously: 14 Avg. 15.7 per 23
04/20/22: Williams notched seven receptions for 62 yards in the National Championship game against Georgia before his leg gave out on him while stumbling after a reception. Williams tore his ACL at that time, and the injury will prevent him from blazing a fast 40 before the 2022 NFL Draft. Getting hurt could be a devastating blow to Williams' draft stock, but NFL team sources shared they feel Williams could still go in the back half of the first round. Williams provided an update that he is ahead of schedule and believes he will be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

The Ohio State transfer was an electric playmaker for the Crimson Tide in 2021, averaging 19.9 yards per catch for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 catches. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Williams has quality height and explosive speed alongside suddenness and a burst that catches defensive backs by surprise. Williams is an extremely fast receiver in the mold of a Will Fuller or Henry Ruggs.


15.
Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington. Previously: 15 Avg. 16 per 32
04/20/22: Washington had a rough 2021 season, and McDuffie went under the radar, but NFL team sources still expect the smooth cover corner to be a first-round pick this April in the 2022 NFL Draft. McDuffie recorded five tackles and two breakups versus Washington State. An ankle injury kept him out against California, but he returned to the field and recorded a tackle and breakup against Oregon State. In Washington's shocking loss to Montana, McDuffie notched two tackles and two passes defended. McDuffie then played well against Michigan in Week 2, blanketing the Wolverines receivers. In 2021, he recorded 35 tackles and six passes defended. Some team sources like McDuffie a lot, and some even think he could be a better prospect than Derek Stingley and Ahmad Gardner.

McDuffie enters the NFL as a polished cornerback with good technique and intelligence. The most obvious things about McDuffie are his awareness and instincts. He does an excellent job of reading the offense and putting himself in position to make plays. McDuffie is instinctive in his route diagnosis, aware of what the offensive is trying to do, and able to react quickly.

After his instincts get him in position, McDuffie is a smooth cover corner to run the route and prevent separation. He is very calm and comfortable with the ball in the air, showing a knack for timing his contact well to avoid penalties while breaking up passes. McDuffie has enough size to match up with big wide receivers and the speed to handle fast players. He could be developed into a versatile corner who can play outside, inside in the slot, and handle a variety of techniques like off-man, press-man, or zone. McDuffie also is a good run defender who is willing to get physical and tackle.



09/01/21: Washington has been a factory for defensive back talent in recent years, and McDuffie will continue that trend in the 2022 NFL Draft. He broke out in 2019 as a freshman, recording 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, an interception and two passes defended. In the 2020 mini-season, he had 14 tackles and a pick. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McDuffie is a smooth corner with speed and cover skills.




Top-20 Prospects:
16.
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh. Previously: 16 Avg. 12.8 per 24
04/20/22: Multiple team sources say they believe Pickett will be the first quarterback taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. Pickett decided to sit out the Panthers' bowl game, but he accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Pickett put together a respectable week in Mobile, but he did not dominate. At the combine, he worked out and threw the ball well. Pickett also helped himself with a quality pro day.

Pickett caught fire in 2021, ripping up opponents on a weekly basis and boosting his draft grade. He is a dangerous rhythm passer in the short to intermediate part of the field while also being a willing and tough runner. Pickett shows excellent accuracy, developed field vision, an ability to work through progressions, can buy time with his feet, and is able to throw vertically with a soft deep ball that is easy to catch. He has definite NFL arm talent. While he generally demonstrates good decision-making, there are 2-3 passes per game where he makes poor choices. That issue could likely be worked on and developed out in the NFL.

Pickett completed 67 percent of his passes in 2021 for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He notched five rushing touchdowns as well. Pickett took the Panthers to new heights in 2021 with their first ACC Championship, and he surpassed Dan Marino as the program's all-time leader in touchdown passes. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has quality size for the NFL and is known to have good character. One negative is Pickett has small hands, and that is why he wears a glove on his right hand. After seeing some action in 2017, Pickett was the Panthers' starter from 2018-2020, so he will enter the next level with a lot of starting experience, but he will also be a 24-year-old rookie.


17.
Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State. Previously: 17 Avg. 18.1 per 32
04/20/22: Olave decided to sit out the Rose Bowl versus Utah. He previously made seven catches for 88 yards taking on Michigan. Versus Michigan State, he passed David Boston to be Ohio State's all-time leader in touchdown receptions. Olave caught seven passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Spartans. Throughout the 2021 season, Olave showed his excellent speed, route-running and smooth athleticism. He totaled 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year.

The Buckeyes speedster put his world class speed on display at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine with a tremendous 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds. The 6-foot, 187-pound receiver could go in the top 20, according to sources. With his electric, game-breaking speed, Olave looks locked into the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft.



09/01/21: Olave caught 50 passes for 729 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020. The Buckeyes had other good receiving talent with more experience during 2019, but Olave (6-0, 182) became their most dynamic receiving playmaker that season with 49 receptions for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a big-time point producer and looked like he was just getting started. Olave has quality height and the speed to get downfield.


18.
George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue. Previously: 18 Avg. 13.9 per 32
04/20/22: Karlaftis had a strong showing at the combine and interviewed well with teams, according to sources. They think he could go in the middle portion of the first round. In 2021, he recorded 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles.

In the pass rush, Karlaftis shows some natural ability to put heat on the quarterback. He does a nice job of shedding blocks, relying on his active hands and decent functional strength, to get free to the quarterback. Karlaftis has an impressive arm-over move that he uses to disengage offensive tackles, and when he gets loose, he has a burst to close. Karlaftis' active hands go in tandem with his feet, and that flurry of motion makes it difficult for offensive tackles to sustain blocks on Karlaftis. He also has the size, functional strength, and athleticism to slide to the inside and rush as a tackle in the sub package.

Karlaftis is an odd and interesting prospect. While he has strength to shed blocks as a pass rusher, it never translated to the ground game. It was peculiar to some team sources, but for the NFL, Karlaftis needs to get stronger because he can get moved around and pushed out of his gap. He makes an effort to flow to the ball, but holding his ground against bigger offensive tackles is going to be an issue. As a run defender, Karlaftis has room for improvement.



09/01/21: Karlaftis recorded four tackles and two sacks in 2020 but also missed time with a leg injury and with COVID-19. He broke out for the Boilermakers in 2019, totaling 7.5 sacks with 54 tackles in his debut. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has the upside to get better. He is a quality athlete with a closing burst, excellent hands, and has a non-stop motor. The relentless Karlaftis could explode in 2021 or 2022.


19.
Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas. Previously: 19 Avg. 16.1 per 30
04/20/22: At both the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day, Burks was solid, but he did not dominate as much as some in the media expected. His slow 40 time just under 4.6 seconds hurt him with teams, and they view him now as a late first- or second-round pick for the 2022 NFL Draft. With other receivers having impressive pre-draft workouts, he could slide to the second round.

Burks recorded 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2021. In 2020, he made 51 receptions for 820 yards and eight touchdowns. Burks is a big possessional receiver for the next level. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is tough, physical, and dangerous after the catch.


20.
Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State. Previously: 20 Avg. 24 per 8
04/20/22: The Tampa, Florida native Watson was a good player for North Dakota State, but he set his draft stock on fire with an excellent Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder showed good speed and run-after-the catch ability to go along with mismatch size. Watson had an excellent combine, showing game-breaking speed and proving he is legit "big and fast." In 2021, Watson caught 43 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown with 114 yards on 15 carries. Watson showed big-play ability in 2020 - 24.3 yards per catch - and 2019 - 21.5 yards per catch.

Some team sources think Watson has as much upside as any receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft. He could end up being a steal on Day 2 and might be a surprise first-round pick.



21.
David Ojabo, DE, Michigan. Previously: 21 Avg. 14.4 per 14
04/20/22: Disaster struck for Ojabo at his pro day when he tore his Achilles. The injury could cost him his rookie season in the NFL and is a huge blow to his draft stock. Ojabo will probably end up sliding out of the first round, and he could go fall into Day 2 before he is selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. Ojabo's terrible luck, however, could make him a steal for the team that draft him if he ends up returning to his pre-injury form. The organization then would have gotten a first-round talent as a highly discounted value pick on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

With Aidan Hutchinson commanding a lot of attention, Ojabo broke out in 2021, recording 35 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes defended. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is fast off the edge with the ability to bend underneath offensive tackles. Ojabo has some rawness and could stand to get better as a run defender for the NFL. He is a 1-year wonder who could find his best fit in the pros as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Ojabo helped himself with a strong combine performance.

Ojabo has the speed and strength to be a tough battle for NFL offensive tackles. As a pass rusher, Ojabo can burn tackles with speed, and he is explosive off the ball. Ojabo uses his hands and feet at the same as well, showing the ability to translate speed to power. He also flashes the agility to redirect to the inside or sink his hips while running the loop on the outside. Additionally, Ojabo is superb at slapping at the ball while taking down the signal-caller. His natural instincts to go for the strip-sack are phenomenal. Ojabo looks like a future impactful starter in the NFL with the potential to be a dangerous quarterback hunter.


22.
Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa. Previously: 22 Avg. 26.3 per 18
04/20/22: Linderbaum is a very polished and well-rounded player. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder plays with good leverage and has advanced hand placement. He is able to sink his hips to anchor against bull rushes while showing quickness and agility to adjust to speed. Linderbaum looks like a safe pick to become a quality starter in the NFL, and he could be selected in the back half of the first round during the 2022 NFL Draft. If Linderbaum (6-3, 290) were bigger he could go higher, but at his size, teams feel he is a center only.


23.
Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky. Previously: 23 Avg. 14.6 per 18
04/20/22: Robinson was exceptional in the Citrus Bowl, snagging 10 receptions for 170 yards, including a 52-yard catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter to get the Wildcats to the goal line for their game-winning score. Robinson was phenomenal for Kentucky in 2021, catching 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder transferred from Nebraska after 2020, and he took the SEC by storm.

Some team sources feel Robinson is a better version of Brandin Cooks. Like Cooks, Robinson is an outside speed receiver who is a threat to burn defenses vertically. Robinson is similar to Tyreek Hill, although not as fast. Some sources think Robinson will be a better version of Cooks in the NFL. Others are not high on Robinson and feel he is gimmicky. While he is a love/hate prospect, Robinson could end up being a second-day steal from the 2022 NFL Draft.


24.
Damone Clark, LB, LSU. Previously: 24 Avg. 19.9 per 23
04/20/22: The combine medical evaluation found Clark needing neck surgery for a hernia, which will most likely force him to miss his rookie season. That will cause him to slide into the mid-rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, but Clark is expected to make a full recovery, so he could be a massive steal for a team that is patient enough to wait until 2023 to get a return on their draft-pick investment.

Clark decided to skip the Texas Bowl, but went to the Senior Bowl, where he had a solid week. He worked out well overall at the combine also. Clark was a tackling machine in 2021 and finished the regular season with the second-most tackles in the nation. He shot up draft boards following the start of the season, with team sources raving that Clark (6-3, 245) has a skill set and style of play to Zach Cunningham. Sources think Clark could be a more athletic and more physical version oh Cunningham, who led the NFL in tackles early in his career. Clark is a future three-down starter who is a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine and can contribute well in coverage.

In 2021, Clark totaled 135 tackles, two forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, one interception and three passes defended. He had 63 tackles in 2020 and 49 in 2019 to go along with 3.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder has excellent size to go along with quickness and athleticism. While Clark has many fans, some NFL team sources prefer other linebackers like Georgia's Quay Walker and Nakobe Dean.


25.
Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati. Previously: 25 Avg. 31.4 per 25
04/20/22: In 2021, Pierce totaled 52 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns. Wide receivers with Pierce's skill set of being big, fast, and productive don't last long in NFL drafts, and the senior has special ability for the next level. After a fast first-step, Pierce has a second gear to accelerate down the field and stretch defenses over the top. He shows good technique as a receiver as well and uses his size to win. With his size and speed-mismatch ability, Pierce could be a second- or third-round steal in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some team sources have compared him to Jordy Nelson coming out of Kansas State.

Pierce, however, hurt his grade with an underwhelming week at the Senior Bowl. He bounced back with an excellent combine workout that demonstrated his excellent size, speed and explosiveness. Pierce will likely go on the second day of the 2022 NFL Draft, but he could end up being a steal.




Top-50 Prospects:
26.
Daxton Hill, S/CB, Michigan. Previously: 26 Avg. 25 per 12
27.
Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa. Previously: 27 Avg. 23.8 per 32
28.
Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M. Previously: 28 Avg. 41.4 per 30
29.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State. Previously: 33 Avg. 23 per 32
30.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia. Previously: 30 Avg. 51.7 per 30
31.
Lewis Cine, S, Georgia. Previously: 31 Avg. 38.4 per 11
32.
Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah. Previously: 32 Avg. 32 per 7
33.
Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington. Previously: 29 Avg. 35.5 per 11
34.
Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn. Previously: 34 Avg. 32.8 per 32
35.
Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State. Previously: 35 Avg. 35 per 4
36.
Nick Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State. Previously: 36 Avg. 36 per 9
37.
Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida. Previously: 37 Avg. 30.2 per 32
38.
Logan Hall, DE, Houston. Previously: 38 Avg. 35.2 per 25
39.
Quay Walker, LB, Georgia. Previously: 39 Avg. 45.7 per 11
40.
Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson. Previously: 40 Avg. 56.7 per 25
41.
Malik Willis, QB, Liberty. Previously: 41 Avg. 39.8 per 32
42.
DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M. Previously: 42 Avg. 31.2 per 32
43.
George Pickens, WR, Georgia. Previously: 43 Avg. 46.7 per 30
44.
Zachary Carter, DT, Florida. Previously: 44 Avg. 44 per 32
45.
Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri. Previously: 45 Avg. 45 per 32
46.
Drake Jackson, DE, USC. Previously: 46 Avg. 31.9 per 28
47.
Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama. Previously: 47 Avg. 38 per 24
48.
Ed Ingram, G, LSU. Previously: 48 Avg. 43.6 per 32
49.
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina. Previously: 49 Avg. 49.9 per 7
50.
Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota. Previously: 50 Avg. 63.3 per 9
51.
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss. Previously: 51 Avg. 28.9 per 32
52.
Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M. Previously: 52 Avg. 47.2 per 32
53.
Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota. Previously: 53 Avg. 40.5 per 32
54.
Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State. Previously: 54 Avg. 54 per 11
55.
Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss. Previously: 55 Avg. 58.3 per 18
56.
Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State. Previously: 56 Avg. 60 per 4
57.
Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State. Previously: 57 Avg. 35.3 per 32
58.
Zamir White, RB, Georgia. Previously: 58 Avg. 58 per 24
59.
Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky. Previously: 59 Avg. 71.2 per 12
60.
Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State. Previously: 60 Avg. 46.6 per 32
61.
Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State. Previously: 61 Avg. 48 per 32
62.
Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut. Previously: 62 Avg. 69 per 9
63.
Darrian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky. Previously: 63 Avg. 38.5 per 30
64.
Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State. Previously: 64 Avg. 46.2 per 32
65.
Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati. Previously: 65 Avg. 65 per 11
66.
Michael Clemons, DE, Texas A&M. Previously: 66 Avg. 66 per 18
67.
Christian Harris, LB, Alabama. Previously: 67 Avg. 54.5 per 23
68.
Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M. Previously: 68 Avg. 39.7 per 32
69.
Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia. Previously: 69 Avg. 69 per 12
70.
James Cook, RB, Georgia. Previously: 70 Avg. 70 per 7
71.
Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama. Previously: 71 Avg. 44.6 per 32
72.
Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State. Previously: 72 Avg. 75.1 per 9
73.
Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State. Previously: 73 Avg. 73 per 12
74.
Luke Goedeke, G, Central Michigan. Previously: 74 Avg. 76.2 per 9
75.
Nic Bonitto, OLB, Oklahoma. Previously: 75 Avg. 54.3 per 27
76.
Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State. Previously: 76 Avg. 43.7 per 32
77.
Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky. Previously: 77 Avg. 77 per 6
78.
Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma. Previously: 78 Avg. 40.4 per 32
79.
Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee. Previously: 79 Avg. 59.2 per 32
80.
Calvin Austin, WR, Memphis. Previously: 80 Avg. 80 per 8
81.
Chasen Hines, G, LSU. Previously: 81 Avg. 50.8 per 32
82.
Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA. Previously: 82 Avg. 82 per 9
83.
Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin. Previously: 83 Avg. 83 per 4
84.
David Bell, WR, Purdue. Previously: 84 Avg. 79.8 per 12
85.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina. Previously: 85 Avg. 85 per 9
86.
Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama. Previously: 86 Avg. 48.1 per 32
87.
D'Vonte Price, RB, Florida International. Previously: 87 Avg. 65.8 per 30
88.
Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State. Previously: 88 Avg. 88 per 9
89.
Kingsley Engabare, DE, South Carolina. Previously: 89 Avg. 89 per 9
90.
Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri. Previously: 90 Avg. 90 per 6
91.
Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn. Previously: 91 Avg. 58.9 per 32
92.
Carson Strong, QB, Nevada. Previously: 92 Avg. 74.2 per 18
93.
Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama. Previously: 93 Avg. 93 per 8
94.
Marquis Hayes, G, Oklahoma. Previously: 94 Avg. 94 per 8
95.
Amare Barno, DE, Virginia Tech. Previously: 95 Avg. 59.7 per 32
96.
Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia. Previously: 96 Avg. 68.3 per 30
97.
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati. Previously: 97 Avg. 92.3 per 6
98.
Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson. Previously: 98 Avg. 43.2 per 18
99.
Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA. Previously: 99 Avg. 99 per 4
100.
Kirby Joseph, S, Illinois. Previously: 100 Avg. 100 per 4
101.
Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech. Previously: 101 Avg. 101 per 2
102.
Yusuf Corker, S, Kentucky. Previously: 102 Avg. 102 per 2
103.
Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon. Previously: 103 Avg. 103 per 2
104.
Velus Jones, WR, Tennessee. Previously: 104 Avg. 104 per 2
105.
Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada. Previously: 105 Avg. 105 per 2
106.
Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati. Previously: 106 Avg. 106 per 2
107.
Damarri Mathis, CB, Pittsburgh. Previously: 107 Avg. 107 per 2
108.
Danny Gray, WR, SMU. Previously: 108 Avg. 108 per 2
109.
DeAngelo Malone, OLB, Western Kentucky. Previously: 109 Avg. 109 per 2
110.
Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson. Previously: 110 Avg. 110 per 2
111.
Logan Bruss, OT, Wisconsin. Previously: 111 Avg. 111 per 2
112.
Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska. Previously: 112 Avg. 112 per 2
113.
Jesse Luketa, OLB, Penn State. Previously: 113 Avg. 113 per 2
114.
Neil Farrell, DT, LSU. Previously: 114 Avg. 114 per 2
115.
Isaiah Thomas, DE, Oklahoma. Previously: 115 Avg. 115 per 2
116.
Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas. Previously: 116 Avg. 116 per 2
117.
Tyreke Smith, DE, Ohio State. Previously: 117 Avg. 117 per 2
118.
Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia. Previously: 118 Avg. 118 per 2
119.
Nick Grant, S, Virginia. Previously: 119 Avg. 119 per 2
120.
Joey Blount, S, Virginia. Previously: 120 Avg. 120 per 2








 








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