Craig’s Final Top 100

Craig’s Final Top 100
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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.

Kyle Hamilton
Kyle Hamilton remains at #1 in Craig’s Final Top 100.

Top 25

No Name College Position
1 Kyle Hamilton Notre Dame S
2 Kayvon Thibodeaux Oregon EDGE
3 Evan Neal Alabama OT
4 Tyler Linderbaum Iowa IOL
5 Aidan Hutchinson Michigan EDGE
6 Ikem Ekwonu NC State OT
7 Derek Stingley Jr. LSU CB
8 Jordan Davis Georgia DT
9 Devin Lloyd Utah LB
10 Chris Olave Ohio State WR
11 Ahmad Gardner Cincinnati CB
12 Garrett Wilson Ohio State WR
13 George Karlaftis Purdue EDGE
14 Andrew Booth Clemson CB
15 Treylon Burks Arkansas WR
16 Travon Walker Georgia EDGE
17 Jameson Williams Alabama WR
18 Nakobe Dean Georgia LB
19 Jermaine Johnson II Florida State EDGE
20 Charles Cross Mississippi State OT
21 Sam Howell North Carolina QB
22 Drake London USC WR
23 Devonte Wyatt Georgia DT
24 Malik Willis Liberty QB
25 Lewis Cine Georgia S

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.

David Ojabo
If healthy, David Ojabo might well have snuck into the top 25.

26 – 50

No Name College Position
26 David Ojabo Michigan EDGE
27 Zion Johnson Boston College IOL
28 Kenyon Green Texas A&M IOL
29 Kaiir Elam Florida CB
30 Daxton Hill Michigan S
31 Breece Hall Iowa State RB
32 Christian Harris Alabama LB
33 Trent McDuffie Washington CB
34 Travis Jones Connecticut DT
35 Trevor Penning Northern Iowa OT
36 George Pickens Georgia WR
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
43 Chad Muma Wyoming LB
44 Kyler Gordon Washington CB
45 Boye Mafe Minnesota EDGE
46 Kenneth Walker Michigan State RB
47 Skyy Moore Western Michigan WR
48 Darrian Beavers Cincinnati LB
49 Roger McCreary Auburn CB
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.

Kenny Pickett
The newly-nicknamed Kenny Pickle doesn’t make Craig’s top 50 – even though he’s being talked about as a potential top 10 pick.

51 – 75

No Name College Position
51 Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh QB
52 Perrion Winfrey Oklahoma DT
53 Channing Tindall Georgia LB
54 Sean Rhyan UCLA OT
55 Jaquan Brisker Penn State S
56 Bernhard Raimann Central Michigan OT
57 Drake Jackson USC EDGE
58 Logan Hall Houston DT
59 Jalen Pitre Baylor S
60 Nik Bonitto Oklahoma EDGE
61 Desmond Ridder Cincinnati QB
62 Christian Watson North Dakota State WR
63 Khalil Shakir Boise State WR
64 Leo Chenal Wisconsin LB
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
69 Tariq Woolen UTSA CB
70 Jamaree Salyer Georgia IOL
71 Cameron Thomas San Diego State EDGE
72 Nick Cross Maryland S
73 Jalen Tolbert South Alabama WR
74 Carson Strong Nevada QB
75 Darian Kinnard Kentucky OT

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.

Who else’s name might Roger Goodell be calling on day two of the draft?

76 – 100

No Name College Position
76 Myjai Sanders Cincinnati EDGE
77 Cole Strange Chattanooga IOL
78 Troy Andersen Montana State LB
79 Coby Bryant Cincinnati CB
80 Alec Pierce Cincinnati WR
81 Tyler Smith Tulsa OT
82 Sam Williams Ole Miss EDGE
83 Quay Walker Georgia LB
84 Kerby Joseph Illinois S
85 David Bell Purdue WR
86 Amare Barno Virginia Tech EDGE
87 Bryan Cook Cincinnati S
88 Phidarian Mathis Alabama DT
89 Marcus Jones Houston CB
90 Abraham Lucas Washington State OT
91 Brian Asamoah Oklahoma LB
92 Dylan Parham Memphis IOL
93 Jeremy Ruckert Ohio State TE
94 Cam Taylor-Britt Nebraska CB
95 Josh Paschal Kentucky EDGE
96 Calvin Austin III Memphis WR
97 Kyren Williams Notre Dame RB
98 Rasheed Walker Penn State OT
99 Isaiah Likely Coastal Carolina TE
100 Ed Ingram LSU IOL

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.

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