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.

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.https://t.co/uGvDcqayAH

— 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

1Kayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon
2Spencer RattlerQBOklahoma
3Derek StingleyCBLSU
4Sam HowellQBNorth Carolina
5Kedon SlovisQBUSC
6Kyle HamiltonSNotre Dame
7Evan NealOTAlabama
8DeMarvin LealEDGETexas A&M
9Drake JacksonEDGEUSC
10Kaiir ElamCBFlorida
11Desmond RidderQBCincinnati
12Malik WillisQBLiberty
13Chris OlaveWROhio State
14Sevyn BanksCBOhio State
15Zion NelsonOTMiami (FL)
16Christian HarrisLBAlabama
17George KarlaftisEDGEPurdue
18J.T. DanielsQBGeorgia
19Garrett WilsonWROhio State
20George PickensWRGeorgia
21Justyn RossWRClemson
22Jalen WydermyerTETexas A&M
23John Metchie IIIWRAlabama
24Zach HarrisonEDGEOhio State
25Kenyon GreenGTexas A&M
26Rasheed WalkerOTPenn State
27Aidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan
28Isaiah SpillerRBTexas A&M
29Cade MaysGTennessee
30Charles CrossOTMississippi State
31Bubba BoldenSMiami (FL)
32Jordan BattleSAlabama
33Treylon BurksWRArkansas
34Josh JobeCBAlabama
35Brenton CoxEDGEFlorida
36Perrion WinfreyDTOklahoma
37Derion KendrickCBClemson
38Nolan SmithEDGEGeorgia
39Ventrell MillerLBFlorida
40Nik BonittoEDGEOklahoma
41Jordan DavisDTGeorgia
42Tyler LinderbaumCIowa
43Tyler ShoughQBTexas Tech
44Carson StrongQBNevada
45Phil JurkovecQBBoston College
46Matt CorralQBMississippi
47Andrew Booth Jr.CBClemson
48Jalen GreenCBTexas
49Jahan DotsonWRPenn State
50Jadon HaselwoodWROklahoma

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