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2022 NFL Draft Big Board


As the NFL and College Football seasons wind down, fans of certain teams can start getting excited about a 2022 NFL Draft Big Board.

While it’s still relatively early considering bowl games haven’t begun and underclassmen haven’t officially declared, it’s safe to assume on a few and include obvious early entrants.

Some other underclassmen may decide to return to school or there may be some medicals that don’t check out for certain guys that can drop them in the draft and on draft boards.

However, we can still look from a straight talent perspective this early in the Draft season.

The goal of an NFL Draft Big Board is not to guess the order in which players will be drafted. The goal is to rank them based on talent without taking positional value into consideration.

2022 NFL Draft Big Board

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1Kayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregon Ducks
2Kyle HamiltonSNotre Dame Fighting Irish
3Derek Stingley Jr.CBLSU Tigers
4Aidan HutchinsonEDGEMichigan Wolverines
5Evan NealOTAlabama Crimson Tide
6Garrett WilsonWROhio State Buckeyes
7Tyler LinderbaumOLIowa Hawkeyes
8Icky EkwonuOGNorth Carolina State Wolfpack
9Jameson WilliamsWRAlabama Crimson Tide
10George KaraliftisEDGEPurdue Boilermakers
11Charles CrossOTMississippi State Bulldogs
12Kenyon GreenOGTexas A&M Aggies
13David OjaboEDGEMichigan Wolverines
14Chris OlaveWROhio State Buckeyes
15DeMarvin LealDTTexas A&M Aggies
16Nakobe DeanLBGeorgia Bulldogs
17Jordan DavisDTGeorgia Bulldogs
18Kaiir ElamCBFlorida Gators
19Trent McDuffieCBWashington Huskies
20Matt CorralQBOle Miss Rebels
21Treylon BurksWRArkansas Razorbacks
22Jordan BattleSAlabama Crimson Tide
23Roger McCrearyCBAuburn Tigers
24Devin LloydLBUtah Utes
25Kingsley EnagbareEDGESouth Carolina Gamecocks
26Kenny PickettQBPittsburgh Panthers
27Jaquan BriskerSPenn State Nittany Lions
28Andrew Booth Jr.CBClemson Tigers
29Jahan DotsonWRPenn State Nittany Lions
30Drake LondonWRUSC Trojans
31Drake JacksonEDGEUSC Trojans
32Ahmad GardnerCBCincinnati Bearcats
33Daxton HillSMichigan Wolverines
34Trevor PenningOTNorthern Iowa Panthers
35Nicholas Petit-FrereOTOhio State Buckeyes
36Sam HowellQBNorth Carolina Tarheels
37Desmond RidderQBCincinnati Bearcats
38Lewis CineSGeorgia Bulldogs
39Martin EmersonCBMississippi State Bulldogs
40Bernhard RaimannOTCentral Michigan Chippewas
41Travon WalkerEDGEGeorgia Bulldogs
42Brandon SmithLBPenn State Nittany Lions
43Kenneth Walker IIIRBMichigan State Spartans
44Nik BonittoEDGEOklahoma Sooners
45Cameron ThomasEDGESan Diego State Aztecs
46Jermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State Seminoles
47Devonte WyattDTGeorgia Bulldogs
48Breece HallRBIowa State Cyclones
49Christian HarrisLBAlabama Crimson Tide
50Arnold EbiketieEDGEPenn State Nittany Lions

A Thin Crop of Quarterbacks

Fans of the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans will be disappointed with this year’s class of quarterbacks. Only two quarterbacks are slotted in the top 32 on our big board. The top signal-caller on our big board, checking in at 20, is Ole Miss’ Matt Corral. Unfortunately, Corral is not the same type of can’t miss prospect like that of Rebel greats of the past like Eli Manning.

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Next up at the quarterback position, coming in at 26 is Kenny Pickett. Pickett had a fantastic season this year and will be in New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation. However, he isn’t a can’t miss prospect at quarterback either. Unless someone like Sam Howell, Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis, or Carson Strong fly up draft boards during this year’s draft combine, quarterback-needy teams will need to look elsewhere to fill out their rosters.

Getting Defensive

Defense rules the day in the inaugural 2022 NFL Draft big board. Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux entered the preseason as the presumed number one draft pick in 2022. While he wasn’t quite as dominant as NFL brass might have hoped for, he still has shown enough to be at the top of draft boards.

Coming in at number two on our 2022 NFL Draft big board is Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton. Hamilton is someone I’m really high on and he is very close to being the top overall player in this draft for me. He is a monster on the backend at 6’4” and 220 pounds.

There is an outside chance that he could be moved down to an outside linebacker at the NFL level. However, he is fluid enough to play safety. His size and agility are what make him so coveted and talented.

The next two guys on the board can be flip-flopped without issue for me. Derek Stingley Jr. comes in at number three despite a disappointing injury-riddled season. However, what he has put on tape in his previous two seasons in Baton Rouge far outweigh one misnomer of a season.

Aidan Hutchinson has been an absolute freight train this season coming off of the edge for the Michigan Wolverines. Coming into the season he was looked at as a top-15 prospect. Now? He’s a sure-fire top-five pick and may fight for the top spot. In the biggest game of the season, against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Hutchinson recorded three sacks and an absurd 15 QB pressures.

Strong Showing from the Wide Receiver Group

Perhaps the strongest position group in the 2022 NFL Draft class is at wide receiver. There are four guarantees in the first round from this group including Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, Chris Olave, and Treylon Burks.

However, I have two others in the top 32 of my big board in Jahan Dotson and Drake London. Wide receiver needy teams are in luck with this crop of studs. For instance, a team like the Cleveland Browns needs a receiving threat. The Odell Beckham Jr. marriage didn’t last. Jarvis Landry is a shell of his former self. The rest of the receiver room is full of number two and three guys.

A team in win-now mode, like the Browns, could definitely use a shot in the arm at this position and they will absolutely have a chance at drafting a potential elite guy at wide receiver.

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