The NFL Combine has come to an end, and there’s been some movement among the top college prospects in the nation.
The period between the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday, April 28, marks the perfect opportunity to rank NFL Draft Prospects for 2022.
Here are my Top 150 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, starting with one of the top players in college football.
NFL Draft Prospect Rankings 2023
|4||Ikem Ekwonu||OT||NC State|
|6||Derek Stingley Jr.||CB||LSU|
|8||Charles Cross||OT||Miss. State|
|9||Jemaine Johnson II||EDGE||Florida State|
|11||Kyle Hamilton||S||Notre Dame|
|12||Trevor Penning||OT||Northern Iowa|
|14||Garrett Wilson||WR||Ohio State|
|17||Zion Johnson||OG||Boston College|
|19||Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State|
|25||Kenyon Green||OG||Texas A&M|
|29||Jahan Dotson||WR||Penn State|
|30||Bernhard Raimann||OT||Cent. Michigan|
|31||Andrew Booth Jr.||CB||Clemson|
|35||Arnold Ebiketie||EDGE||Penn State|
|36||Jaquan Brisker||S||Penn State|
|37||Breece Hall||RB||Iowa State|
|44||Matt Corral||QB||Ole Miss|
|45||Troy Andersen||LB||Mont. State|
|46||Trey McBride||TE||Colorado State|
|53||DeMarvin Leal||DT||Texas A&M|
|54||Skyy Moore||WR||West. Michigan|
|56||Kenneth Walker III||RB||Michigan State|
|57||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|58||Sam Williams||EDGE||Ole Miss|
|59||Khalil Shakir||WR||Boise State|
|68||Cameron Thomas||DT||San Diego State|
|73||Jalen Tolbert||WR||South Alabama|
|75||Kellen Diesch||OT||Arizona State|
|77||Christian Watson||WR||North Dakota St.|
|80||Isaiah Spiller||RB||Texas A&M|
|83||Luke Goedeke||OT||Cent. Michigan|
|87||Martin Emerson||CB||Miss. State|
|89||Nicholas Petit-Frere||OT||Ohio State|
|92||Abraham Lucas||OT||Washington St.|
|98||Kingsley Enagbare||EDGE||Sotuh Carolina|
|102||Brian Robinson Jr.||RB||Alabama|
|105||Zach Tom||OG||Wake Forest|
|107||Thayer Munford||OT||Ohio State|
|112||DeAngelo Malone||EDGE||West. Kentucky|
|113||Charlie Kolar||TE||Iowa State|
|115||Jeremy Ruckert||TE||Ohio State|
|116||Brandon Smith||LB||Penn State|
|118||Daniel Bellinger||TE||San Diego State|
|119||Rasheed Walker||OT||Penn State|
|120||Zyon McCollum||CB||Sam Houston St.|
|122||Dominique Robinson||EDGE||Miami (OH)|
|123||Isaiah Likely||TE||Coast. Carolina|
|126||Neil Farrell Jr.||DT||LSU|
|129||Jack Coan||QB||Notre Dame|
|130||Bailey Zappe||QB||West. Kentucky|
|131||Matt Waletzko||OT||North Dakota|
|132||Lecitus Smith||OG||Virginia Tech|
|133||Kyren Williams||RB||Notre Dame|
|137||Tariq Castro-Fields||S||Penn State|
|139||ZaQuandre White||RB||South Carolina|
|140||Skylar Thompson||QB||Kansas State|
|141||D'Marco Jackson||LB||Appalachian St.|
|142||Demani Richardson||S||Texas A&M|
|144||Sterling Weatherford||S||Miami (OH)|
|145||Tyreke Smith||EDGE||Ohio State|
|146||Malcolm Rodriquez||LB||Ok. State|
|148||Pierre Strong Jr.||RB||South Dakota St.|
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NFL Draft QB Rankings
1. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
2. Malik Willis, Liberty
3. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
4. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
5. Sam Howell, North Carolina
Kenny Pickett is the “safest” quarterback in this class, given that he is the most pro-ready. However, he might not have the upside of other quarterbacks in the draft.
Still, he should be the first quarterback picked and should be a Day 1 starter.
- See where these quarterbacks are taken in Marcus’ 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
The most intriguing quarterback might be Desmond Ridder, who improved in each of his last three years for Cincinnati. He doesn’t have the biggest arm in the class, but he should be able to win with his accuracy and athleticism.
After the best five or so quarterbacks in this class, the depth really drops off. Look for the top five quarterbacks to all come off the board in the first 50 picks, but for none (or maybe one) to be selected inside the top 15.
NFL Draft RB Rankings
1. Breece Hall, Iowa State
2. Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
3. Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
4. James Cook, Georgia
5. Dameon Pierce, Florida
After running a sub 4.40 40-yard dash, Breece Hall is the clear-cut RB1 in this class. His college production and his athleticism make him a lock to be the first running back drafted in April.
Is he as talented as Jonathan Taylor? No, but he isn’t all that far off as a prospect. Don’t be surprised if he gets some Round 1 buzz during this draft cycle.
After Hall, there is some discussion about who the next best running back is, but the overall position is deep well into Day 3 of the draft.
NFL Draft WR Rankings
1. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
2. Jameson Williams, Alabama
3. Drake London, USC
4. Chris Olave, Ohio State
5. Treylon Burks, Arkansas
It’s tough to separate this group of wide receivers. The top five or so should all be drafted in the second half of Round 1. But you could easily make the case for any of them being the first receiver off the board.
The biggest “faller” after the NFL Combine was Treylon Burks from Arkansas, who ran just a 4.55 40-yard dash. While he still hits all of the thresholds you want at receiver, he just isn’t as quick as Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson.
Burks should still go in Round 1, but he isn’t quite the prospect many were hoping for entering combine week.
NFL Draft TE Rankings
1. Trey McBride, Colorado State
2. Cade Otton, Washington
3. Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
4. Jelani Woods, Virginia
5. Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State
There isn’t a tight end worth taking in Round 1, and there might not be one worth selecting in Round 2, either.
With that said, the depth of this class is incredible, and there could be 10 selected in the first four rounds.
The top tight end in the class is Trey McBride, but he won’t fit every system. He compares favorably to Harrison Bryant, a fourth-round pick by the Browns a few years ago.
NFL Draft OT Rankings
1. Evan Neal, Alabama
2. Ikem Ekwonu, North Carolina State
3. Charles Cross, Mississippi State
4. Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
5. Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan
One of the deepest and best positions in this class is at offensive tackle.
Both Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu could be selected at No. 1 overall, and Trevor Penning and Charles Cross should each be selected in the first 15 picks.
Even a player like Tyler Smith (OT8) could wind up in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s a great year to need a tackle prospect in Round 1.
NFL Draft C/G Rankings
1. Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
2. Zion Johnson, Boston College
3. Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
4. Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
5. Jamaree Salyer, Georgia
There are three interior offensive linemen worthy of being a first-round pick. After that, the list drops off in a big way.
Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) is one of the best pure football players in this class, but his lack of length (31-inch arms) and weight (296 pounds) could scare teams.
His play suggests he should be a top-10 pick, but don’t be surprised if he falls to the later part of Round 1.
NFL Draft DT Rankings
1. Jordan Davis, Georgia
2. Devonte Wyatt, Georgia
3. Logan Hall, Houston
4. Travis Jones, Connecticut
5. Perrion Winfrey, Texas A&M
One of the most surprising things in NFL Combine history was 341-pound Jordan Davis running a 4.78 40-yard dash. We knew he was athletic, but I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
As a result, Davis has now firmly established himself as the top defensive tackle in the class, and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be a top-10 pick.
After Davis is his teammate Devonte Wyatt, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all defensive tackles. He is much more of a pass rusher than Davis, but he isn’t quite as polished as a run defender.
After Davis and Wyatt, the talent drops off quickly. UConn’s Travis Jones should be a lock to go in the second-round as a true nose tackle.
NFL Draft EDGE Rankings
1. Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
2. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
3. Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
4. Travon Walker, Georgia
5. George Karlaftis, Purdue
The best position in the 2022 draft comes at defensive end.
There could be as many as seven EDGE rushers selected in Round 1, and there’s even a chance that the first three picks of the draft are all at the position.
Now that the Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up OT Cam Robinson with the franchise tag, all signs point to them drafting Aidan Hutchinson at No. 1 overall to strengthen their pass rush.
The biggest riser here is Travon Walker, who had one of the greatest combine workouts you will ever see. At 6-feet-5-inches and 275 pounds, he out-tested several linebackers and safeties in the speed and agility drills.
While he still needs some development, don’t be surprised if he winds up being a top-five pick. He has rare traits that teams will covet.
Teams searching for EDGE rush help even after Round 1 will be pleased with the talent pool, as there are players who can help all the way into Day 3. Needless to say, this is the deepest EDGE class in the last decade.
NFL Draft LB Rankings
1. Nakobe Dean, Georgia
2. Devin Lloyd, Utah
3. Quay Walker, Georgia
4. Troy Andersen, Montana State
5. Chad Muma, Wyoming
The top two linebackers in this class are obvious: Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd. It’s hard to say who is better, but those two will be the first off the board.
After that, things get tricky. The linebacker class is loaded with talent on Day 2 and Day 3, but ranking them is tough. Some are more athletic but need some refinement to their game (Channing Tindall, Brandon Smith), while players like Damone Clark and Chad Muma should each start as rookies.
Teams searching for linebacker help will be very satisfied with the talent available after the first round.
NFL Draft CB Rankings
1. Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati
2. Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
3. Kaiir Elam, Florida
4. Kyler Gordon, Washington
5. Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
Much like EDGE rusher, there are several players who will be picked in the first round and there are a dozen or so that can help in Rounds 2-4.
The top cornerback in the 2022 draft is Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, who tested very well at the NFL Combine. He’s got the size, length, and speed to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL.
After that, there is Derek Stingley, who should also be a top-15 pick. But this is a position where there is little separating CB3 to CB10, and it is among the deepest in the draft.
NFL Draft S Rankings
1. Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
2. Lewis Cine, Georgia
3. Daxton Hill, Michigan
4. Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
5. Kerby Joseph, Illinois
There is only one safety worth a top-20 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft (Kyle Hamilton), but there are as many as five who could come off the board in the top 50.
Teams searching for slot defenders or box players will be happy with this class, which stretches well into the third round.