2022 NFL Draft Big Board: The Way-Too-Early Top 50 Prospects
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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.
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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.
- I am an NFL general manager.
- I have fired all my scouts.
- 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
|4||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|6||Kyle Hamilton||S||Notre Dame|
|8||DeMarvin Leal||EDGE||Texas A&M|
|13||Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State|
|14||Sevyn Banks||CB||Ohio State|
|15||Zion Nelson||OT||Miami (FL)|
|19||Garrett Wilson||WR||Ohio State|
|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|
|28||Isaiah Spiller||RB||Texas A&M|
|30||Charles Cross||OT||Mississippi State|
|31||Bubba Bolden||S||Miami (FL)|
|43||Tyler Shough||QB||Texas Tech|
|45||Phil Jurkovec||QB||Boston College|
|47||Andrew Booth Jr.||CB||Clemson|
|49||Jahan Dotson||WR||Penn State|
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