College football is just two weeks away. In honor of that, I’ll be releasing my top 50 Big Board of 2022 NFL Draft prospects. We’ve gone through the top 5 and the top 15.
- Kayvon Thibodeaux
- Sam Howell
- Spencer Rattler
- Derek Stingley Jr
- DeMarvin Leal
- Evan Neal
- Kyle Hamilton
- Kaiir Elam
- George Pickens
- Malik Willis
- Garrett Wilson
- Chris Olave
- Kedon Slovis
- Tyler Linderbaum
- Zach Harrison
We’ll continue on through the next 15 prospects – the top 30.
16. Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
Burks has the natural tools to climb into the top five of the 2022 NFL Draft. His size/speed combo is ridiculous (6’3″, 225-lbs) and he plays to his weight. The biggest question so far has been his usage with the Razorbacks. If we see some productive snaps from Burks on the outside, he’s a sure bet to be selected early.
Treylon Burks, the SEC’s best receiver for 2021 pic.twitter.com/pyMk62Lb3L
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) August 20, 2021
17. Jordan Battle, S Alabama
He’s ‘Battle tested’. A 16-game starter for the Tide, Jordan Battle has already proven that he can have success both against the run and the pass. He has elite size and athleticism for the safety position, suggesting that his high-level play should continue into the next level.
18. Jalen Wydermyer, TE Texas A&M
The top tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft class, Jalen Wydermyer has displayed a great balance of blocking and receiving ability. He’s an NFL starter regardless of scheme and should be highly coveted come April.
19. Christian Harris, LB Alabama
Harris has been lost a little in zone coverage but he possesses lockdown man traits. He’s solid against the run and productive as an edge rusher. As the top linebacker in this class, he’s a lock to go in the first round.
20. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE/IDL Michigan
Because of his elite athletic profile and strength against the run, Hutchinson possesses inside/outside versatility. Hutchinson is coming off a season-ending leg injury so we need to see him rebound this year.
21. Justyn Ross, WR Clemson
After recovering from a spinal fusion in 2020, we’ll finally get to see Justyn Ross in action again. Ross has the size that we look for in a #1 receiver but he’ll need to prove that he’s more than just a jump-ball winner if he wants to climb the big board.
22. George Karlaftis, EDGE/IDL Purdue
Like Hutchinson, George Karlaftis possesses some inside/outside versatility, but that’s based more on his limitations off the edge. Karlaftis is not a great athlete and doesn’t have much length. He does, however, have a mean bull-rush and the run-stopping ability of a man 50-pounds heavier.
23. John Metchie III, WR Alabama
Metchie is upholding the tradition of successful Alabama wide receivers. He’s been reliant on his speed up to this point but has the movement ability to develop as a route runner. Look for him to breakout this season.
24. Kenyon Green, IOL/OT Texas A&M
He’s had success as a guard but Kenyon Green will start at tackle this season. There, we’ll get a good look at just how athletic he is. We’re banking on him having success on the outside. Green has the potential to move into the top half of the first round
25. Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE South Carolina
Yet to capitalize on his potential, Kingsley Enagbare boasts an impressive blend of frame and athleticism. He’s flexible enough to bend the edge consistently and has the power to make plays against the run. We just need to see Enagbare do it day-to-day and snap-to-snap.
I can’t wait to see where @GamecockFB DE Kingsley JJ Enagbare’s game goes in 2021 – has legit tools to be a elite/dominant EDGE and serious NFL prospect
Explosive, Loose, Rangy and absolutely relentless/violent out there…. 6’4 270lbs pic.twitter.com/v1VPKQROJU
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 9, 2021
26. Charles Cross, OT Mississippi St
Considered a project tackle at this point, Charles Cross has the traits that we look for. He’s got the length, feet, balance, and natural power to have success at LT. His play a huge role in where he lands in the final big board.
27. Ahmad Gardner, CB Cincinnati
His 6’ 2” frame makes him one of the longest cornerbacks in this draft class. Gardner has developed great ball skills in his two years with the Bearcats, evidenced by his 20 combined INTs/PBUs. He needs to put on some weight but Gardner has the length/feet combo that NFL teams covet.
28. Zion Nelson, OT Miami
He’s still learning the nuances of the position but Zion Nelson has already had a fair amount of success at left tackle. His anchor is still lacking but he has the footwork, balance, and length to develop into a fantastic blindside protector. He’s yet another potential riser at left tackle for the 2022 NFL Draft.
29. Drake Jackson, EDGE USC
Drake Jackson has been receiving top-ten attention throughout the early goings of the 2022 NFL Draft process. That’s fair considering his frame, flexibility, and explosion but his film shows far too many negative plays. If Jackson can limit those this season, he has the potential to climb the board significantly.
30. Jaxson Kirkland, OT Washington
Kirkland was fantastic protecting the blindside for the Huskies last year but we’re curious if that’s going to translate to the NFL. He’s quite lean and it’s fair to question if he has the anchor to hold up against NFL-caliber power. Still, Kirkland has a high floor with his combination of feet and length.