Here we go. The 2022 NFL Draft is almost upon us and that means it’s time for my final Top 100.
In 48 hours time we’ll all know how the first round has gone and all the excitement and uncertainty surrounding night one of this year’s draft will be gone.
It will take another 24 hours for rounds two and three to be in the book and for the first 100 draft picks to be known. But here is how I’ve got my board stacked.
Note this has no thought about needs or positional value – this top 100 is purely based on each individual player’s rating alone. You can also check out my top 10 players at each position here.
|1||Kyle Hamilton||Notre Dame||S|
|6||Ikem Ekwonu||NC State||OT|
|7||Derek Stingley Jr.||LSU||CB|
|10||Chris Olave||Ohio State||WR|
|12||Garrett Wilson||Ohio State||WR|
|19||Jermaine Johnson II||Florida State||EDGE|
|20||Charles Cross||Mississippi State||OT|
|21||Sam Howell||North Carolina||QB|
Probably not too many surprises in the top 25 to be honest. Kyle Hamilton and Tyler Linderbaum won’t go anything like as high as I’ve got them, but both have incredibly high ratings from me.
I’m hearing all the Travon Walker noise about him going first overall, but he’s my number 16 overall. There’s a huge amount of athletic upside but the game tape doesn’t show a player worth that #1 selection.
26 – 50
|27||Zion Johnson||Boston College||IOL|
|28||Kenyon Green||Texas A&M||IOL|
|31||Breece Hall||Iowa State||RB|
|35||Trevor Penning||Northern Iowa||OT|
|37||Arnold Ebiketie||Penn State||EDGE|
|38||Matt Corral||Ole Miss||QB|
|39||Trey McBride||Colorado State||TE|
|40||Brandon Smith||Penn State||LB|
|41||Jahan Dotson||Penn State||WR|
|42||Nicholas Petit-Frere||Ohio State||OT|
|46||Kenneth Walker||Michigan State||RB|
|47||Skyy Moore||Western Michigan||WR|
|50||Martin Emerson||Mississippi State||CB|
This second group of 25 was really hard to stack. So many good players and so many who could quite easily sneak into round one. This has made putting my final mock together (coming tomorrow!) really, really tough.
I’ve kept David Ojabo high on this list despite his injury and the fact he will likely redshirt his first year in the NFL. I’ve also got two running backs in my top 50 – Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker. Positional value means both may well be taken later than I’ve got them slated, but I do both as having starting NFL caliber.
51 – 75
|55||Jaquan Brisker||Penn State||S|
|56||Bernhard Raimann||Central Michigan||OT|
|62||Christian Watson||North Dakota State||WR|
|63||Khalil Shakir||Boise State||WR|
|65||Haskell Garrett||Ohio State||DT|
|66||John Metchie III||Alabama||WR|
|67||Kingsley Enagbare||South Carolina||EDGE|
|68||Isaiah Spiller||Texas A&M||RB|
|71||Cameron Thomas||San Diego State||EDGE|
|73||Jalen Tolbert||South Alabama||WR|
Yep – there’s Kenny Pickett. Or as us Draft Guys on the NinetynineYards Podcast have now named him – Kenny Pickle.
I think my best summary of this group is that they are all excel at one part of their role. The challenge with each is going to be whether they can raise their game in the parts of their game that still need some work.
But again I like the depth and value here – and so will teams picking in this area. These guys have plenty of good traits to work with and will offer their new teams something early in their careers.
76 – 100
|78||Troy Andersen||Montana State||LB|
|82||Sam Williams||Ole Miss||EDGE|
|86||Amare Barno||Virginia Tech||EDGE|
|90||Abraham Lucas||Washington State||OT|
|93||Jeremy Ruckert||Ohio State||TE|
|96||Calvin Austin III||Memphis||WR|
|97||Kyren Williams||Notre Dame||RB|
|98||Rasheed Walker||Penn State||OT|
|99||Isaiah Likely||Coastal Carolina||TE|
This final group of 25 is always the hardest to finalise.
There are some really interesting prospects in this section. I know Owain is much higher on someone like Quay Walker for example.
Teams will also take a chance on high upside guys in this sort of range. Troy Andersen and Isaiah Likely are two smaller school names that jump out when it comes to talking about high ceiling prospects.
So there it is – my final top 100. Let me know on twitter @UK_draft if you agree or disagree, or if you think I’ve missed anyone.