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2022 NFL Draft Big Board: The Way-Too-Early Top 50 Prospects

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Gus Stark/Collegiate Images/Getty Images. Pictured: LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.

The 2021 NFL draft is a week-old distant memory: It’s time to start preparing for the future.

I have released my way-too-early 2022 NFL mock draft, so now seems like a good time to post the first version of my way-too-early top 50 big board.

As you probably know, I am obsessed with the NFL draft.

Over the past three years, I'm No. 3 in FantasyPros mock draft accuracy, and I've done well betting on the NFL draft.

– 2019: +17.7 units
– 2020: +26.2 units
– 2021: +32.0 units

Here's what I learned from placing 298 bets on the NFL draft this year.

— Matthew Freedman (@MattFtheOracle) May 6, 2021

But I’d never created a big board until recently — just before the 2021 NFL draft. Given that my top 100 big board finished tied for No. 17 at The Huddle Report, I figure it’s worth posting one for 2022.

I’m not a tape watcher — and right now I know almost nothing about 99.7% of the prospects in next year’s class — so I have a very numbers-driven big board based almost entirely on mock draft data, historical draft trends, recruitment grades and college production.

Imagine this scenario.

  1. I am an NFL general manager.
  2. I have fired all my scouts.
  3. I need to create a big board very quickly.

In that situation, this is the big board I would probably come up with.

Based on the current information we have now on the 2022 prospects, these are my top 50 players in the class (a.k.a. the 50 I think will be drafted first).

2022 NFL Draft Big Board

Rank Player Position School
1 Kayvon Thibodeaux EDGE Oregon
2 Spencer Rattler QB Oklahoma
3 Derek Stingley CB LSU
4 Sam Howell QB North Carolina
5 Kedon Slovis QB USC
6 Kyle Hamilton S Notre Dame
7 Evan Neal OT Alabama
8 DeMarvin Leal EDGE Texas A&M
9 Drake Jackson EDGE USC
10 Kaiir Elam CB Florida
11 Desmond Ridder QB Cincinnati
12 Malik Willis QB Liberty
13 Chris Olave WR Ohio State
14 Sevyn Banks CB Ohio State
15 Zion Nelson OT Miami (FL)
16 Christian Harris LB Alabama
17 George Karlaftis EDGE Purdue
18 J.T. Daniels QB Georgia
19 Garrett Wilson WR Ohio State
20 George Pickens WR Georgia
21 Justyn Ross WR Clemson
22 Jalen Wydermyer TE Texas A&M
23 John Metchie III WR Alabama
24 Zach Harrison EDGE Ohio State
25 Kenyon Green G Texas A&M
26 Rasheed Walker OT Penn State
27 Aidan Hutchinson EDGE Michigan
28 Isaiah Spiller RB Texas A&M
29 Cade Mays G Tennessee
30 Charles Cross OT Mississippi State
31 Bubba Bolden S Miami (FL)
32 Jordan Battle S Alabama
33 Treylon Burks WR Arkansas
34 Josh Jobe CB Alabama
35 Brenton Cox EDGE Florida
36 Perrion Winfrey DT Oklahoma
37 Derion Kendrick CB Clemson
38 Nolan Smith EDGE Georgia
39 Ventrell Miller LB Florida
40 Nik Bonitto EDGE Oklahoma
41 Jordan Davis DT Georgia
42 Tyler Linderbaum C Iowa
43 Tyler Shough QB Texas Tech
44 Carson Strong QB Nevada
45 Phil Jurkovec QB Boston College
46 Matt Corral QB Mississippi
47 Andrew Booth Jr. CB Clemson
48 Jalen Green CB Texas
49 Jahan Dotson WR Penn State
50 Jadon Haselwood WR Oklahoma

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