2022 NFL Draft QB Prospects: Way-Too-Early Top 20 Rankings

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images. Pictured: Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler

I'm already starting my research for the 2022 NFL Draft, and I've recently released two way-too-early pieces.

Here's a third one: My way-too-early quarterback big board — my top 20 quarterbacks for the 2022 draft.

As you might already 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
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– 2021: +32.0 units

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— 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 going into position-by-position detail for 2022.

I’m not a tape watcher, 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 quarterback big board I would probably come up with.

Based on the current information we have now on the potential 2022 prospects, these are my top 20 quarterbacks in the class, listed by projected draft order.

Is this list bound to be wildly inaccurate almost a year ahead of the draft? Absolutely.


2022 NFL Draft QB Class

For years before the 2021 draft, evaluators generally assumed that quarterback Trevor Lawrence would be the No. 1 overall pick and the top player at his position.

Although the 2022 class lacks a clear frontrunner, Spencer Rattle (Oklahoma), Sam Howell (North Carolina) and Kedon Slovis (USC) are all worthy candidates for the No. 1 overall pick, and the cohort has good depth: Once again, we could see as many as five quarterbacks go in Round 1 and a few more go in Rounds 2-3.

2022 NFL Draft QB Prospect Rankings

RankPlayerProj. Rd.Profile
1Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, SO-r1Read Now
2Sam Howell, North Carolina, JR1Read Now
3Kedon Slovis, USC, JR1Read Now
4Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, SR-r1-2Read Now
5Malik Willis, Liberty, SR-r1-2Read Now
6J.T. Daniels, Georgia, JR-r1-2Read Now
7Tyler Shough, Texas Tech, JR-r2-3Coming Soon
8Carson Strong, Nevada, JR-r2-3Coming Soon
9Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, JR-r3-4Coming Soon
10Matt Corral, Mississippi, JR-r3-4Coming Soon
11D'Eriq King, Miami (FL), SR-rr4-5Coming Soon
12Brock Purdy, Iowa State, SR4-5Coming Soon
13Dillon Gabriel, UCF, JR5-7Coming Soon
14Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, SR-r5-7Coming Soon
15Sean Clifford, Penn State, SR-rUDFAN/A
16Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, JR-rUDFAN/A
17Emory Jones, Florida, JR-rUDFAN/A
18Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, SO-rUDFAN/A
19Myles Brennan, LSU, SR-rUDFAN/A
20Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, JRUDFAN/A

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