Stu’s Positional Rankings – Defence

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The NFL Draft is within touching distance and excitement is at fever pitch. So better late than never, Draft Talk’s Stu had finally got round to releasing his Defensive positional rankings of the 2022 Draft prospects

Edge Rushers

  1. Jermaine Johnson – FSU
  2. Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan
  3. Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon
  4. Travon Walker – Georgia
  5. David Ojabo – Michigan
  6. Boye Mafe – Minnesota
  7. George Karlaftis – Purdue
  8. Arnold Ebiketie – Penn State
  9. Nik Bonitto – Oklahoma
  10. Cameron Thomas – NDSU
Image: SI.com

Maybe a bit of surprise atop the rankings, but I love Jermaine Johnson’s tape. For me, he is the most well rounded edge defender in the draft. He is quick off the ball with great length and a variety of pass rush moves. In the run game he processes very quickly and is adept at reading and reacting to developing situations. Some team is going to be very happy when they select the man from FSU.

Interior Defensive Linemen

  1. Devonte Wyatt – Georgia
  2. Jordan Davis – Georgia
  3. Logan Hall – Houston
  4. Travis Jones – U Conn
  5. DeMarvin Leal – Texas A+M
  6. Perrion Winfrey Oklahoma
  7. Phidarian Mathis – Alabama
  8. John Ridgeway – Arkansas
  9. Neil Farrell – LSU
  10. Eric Johnson – Missouri
Image: Yahoo Sports

Perrion Winfrey is an intriguing prospect. Asked to play too often as a nose tackle at Oklahoma, this is not where he strengths lie. The Senior Bowl MVP is an athletic lineman whose first step allows him to wreak havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses. Once he settles into a specific role, he should thrive in the NFL.

Linebackers

  1. Devin LLoyd – Utah
  2. Nakobe Dean – Georgia
  3. Chad Muma – Wyoming
  4. Quay Walker – Georgia
  5. Leo Chenal – Wisconsin
  6. Damone Clark – LSU
  7. Darrian Beavers – Cincinatti
  8. Troy Andersen – Montana State
  9. Brian Asamoah – Oklahoma
  10. Christian Harris – Alabama
Image: Wisconsin Badgers

Leo Chenal, from Wisconsin, is the epitome of an enforcer in the middle of the field. A down field blitzer with high energy and enthusiasm, once Chenal hits an opponent, they stay hit. Playing between the tackles, Chenal has the ability to stop plays in their tracks. Chenal won’t ever be confused with a pass coverage linebacker, but neither should he be used in that role. All round, just fun to watch.

Cornerbacks

  1. Derek Stingley – LSU
  2. Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner – Cincinatti
  3. Andrew Booth Jr – Clemson
  4. Trent McDuffie – Washington
  5. Kaiir Elam – Florida
  6. Kyler Gordon – Washington
  7. Roger McReary – Auburn
  8. Martin Emerson – Mississippi
  9. Derrion Kendrick – Georgia
  10. Cobe Bryant – Cincinatti
Image: Cover 1

Things have come full circle for Derek Stingley. Starting the season as a consensus top 5 pick, injuries and form issue saw him slide down draft boards for a period. However, post-pro day, Stingley’s stock has risen again to the point top 5 is not out of the question. If he can replicate his freshman 2019 form, whoever drafts him has a potential superstar on their hands

Safeties

  1. Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame
  2. Daxton Hill – Michigan
  3. Jaquan Brisker – Penn State
  4. Lewis Cine – Georgia
  5. Jalen Pitre – Baylor
  6. Nick Cross – Maryland
  7. Verone McKinley – Oregon
  8. JT Woods – Baylor
  9. Bryan Cook – Cincinatti
  10. Markquese Bell – Florida A+M
Image: Maize n Brew

Daxton Hill is one of my favourite players in the entire draft. He is smooth and efficient in coverage and ultra competitive. His ability to fulfil many roles in the secondary with aplomb means he will be coverted by teams looking for versatility. Would not be a surprise if he went higher in round 1 than some might expect

So there you have it. As always let us know your thoughts on Twitter @NinetyNineYards or you can hit me up @stuie17. Enjoy the draft when it comes around!

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