US Sports Veteran
Publish Date: 05/13/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
The 2022 NFL Draft is a year away, but it isn’t too early for football enthusiasts to check out the projected top prospects. Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is an early leader for the top spot, but a handful of quarterbacks could throw their names into the ring. Meanwhile, the cornerback group coming down the line could go down as an all-time NFL class.
This board doesn’t place much emphasis on positional value. Production played a large role in where players ranked, but a few projection prospects also made the list. The NFL selected several breakout players early in each of the past few drafts, including Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins, Trey Lance, and Mitch Trubisky.
Here’s an early look at the top 130 prospects you should keep an eye on ahead of the 2021 college football season. One or two of these stars might play for your favorite NFL team by this time next year.
1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE Oregon
2. Derek Stingley Jr., CB LSU
3. Spencer Rattler, QB Oklahoma
4. Sam Howell, QB North Carolina
5. DeMarvin Leal, EDGE/IDL Texas A&M
6. Evan Neal, OT Alabama
7. Kyle Hamilton, S Notre Dame
8. Ahmad Gardner, CB Cincinnati
9. Kedon Slovis, QB USC
10. Kaiir Elam, CB Florida
11. Chris Olave, WR Ohio St.
12. Nik Bonitto, EDGE Oklahoma
13. George Karlaftis, EDGE Purdue
14. Justyn Ross, WR Clemson
15. Zion Nelson, OT Miami
16. Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
17. Christian Harris, LB Alabama
18. Garrett Wilson, WR Ohio St.
19. Rasheed Walker, OT Penn St.
20. Jalen Wydermyer, TE Texas A&M
21. Cade Mays, IOL Tennessee
22. George Pickens, WR Georgia
23. Charles Cross, OT Mississippi St.
24. Drake Jackson, EDGE USC
25. Sevyn Banks, CB Ohio St.
26. Isaiah Spiller, RB Texas A&M
27. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL Iowa
28. Trent McDuffie, CB Washington
29. Kenyon Green, IOL Texas A&M
30. Zach Harrison, EDGE Ohio St.
31. John Metchie III, WR Alabama
32. Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE South Carolina
33. Derion Kendrick, CB Clemson (Transfer)
34. Malik Willis, QB Liberty
35. Bubba Bolden, S Miami
36. Brenton Cox Jr., LB Florida
37. Jordan Battle, S Alabama
38. Jaxson Kirkland, OT Washington
39. Josh Jobe, CB Alabama
40. Desmond Ridder, QB Cincinnati
41. Myjai Sanders, EDGE Cincinnati
42. Charlie Kolar, TE Iowa St.
43. JT Daniels, QB Georgia
44. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE Michigan
45. Thayer Munford, OT Ohio St.
46. Perrion Winfrey, IDL Oklahoma
47. Ventrell Miller, LB Florida
48. Breece Hall, RB Iowa St.
49. Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE/LB Washington
50. Mike Jones Jr., LB LSU
51. Jordan Davis, IDL Georgia
52. Darian Kinnard, OT Kentucky
53. Logan Brown, OT Wisconsin
54. Carson Strong, QB Nevada
55. Tyler Davis, IDL Clemson
56. David Bell, WR Purdue
57. Ikem Ekwonu, OT North Carolina St.
58. Brandon Joseph, S Northwestern
59. Kyren Williams, RB Notre Dame
60. Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB TCU
61. Andrew Booth Jr., CB Clemson
62. Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss
63. Jarrett Patterson, IOL Notre Dame
64. Jamaree Salyer, OT Georgia
65. Jahan Dotson, WR Penn St.
66. Nick Broeker, OT Ole Miss
67. Devin Lloyd, LB Utah
68. Tykee Smith, S West Virginia
69. Grayson McCall, QB Coastal Carolina
70. Owen Pappoe, LB Auburn
71. Nolan Smith, EDGE Georgia
72. Tyler Shough, QB Texas Tech
73. Ty Fryfogle, WR Indiana
74. Demetrius Taylor, EDGE Appalachian St.
75. Dillon Gabriel, QB UCF
76. Jordan McFadden, OT Clemson
77. Tiawan Mullen, CB Indiana
78. Jerrion Ealy, RB Ole Miss
79. Jayden Daniels, QB Arizona St.
80. Kennedy Brooks, RB Oklahoma
81. Haskell Garrett, IDL Ohio St.
82. Xavier Thomas, EDGE Clemson
83. Abraham Lucas, OT Washington St.
84. Tyreke Smith, EDGE Ohio St.
85. Jalen Green, CB/S Mississippi St.
86. Phil Jurkovec, QB Boston College
87. Sam Williams, EDGE/LB Ole Miss
88. Adam Anderson, EDGE Georgia
89. Brandon Smith, LB Penn St.
90. Marcus Hooker, S Ohio St.
91. Brian Robinson Jr., RB Alabama
92. Jeremy Ruckert, TE Ohio St.
93. Zion Johnson, OT/IOL Boston College
94. Avery Young, CB Rutgers
95. Khalil Shakir, WR Boise St.
96. Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi St.
97. D’Eriq King, QB Miami
98. Sheridan Jones, CB Clemson
99. Jahleel Billingsley, TE Alabama
100. Jaquarii Roberson, WR Wake Forest
101. Emory Jones, QB Florida
102. Jake Ferguson, TE Wisconsin
103. Frank Ladson Jr., WR Clemson
104. Taron Vincent, IDL Ohio St.
105. Drake London, WR USC
106. Cade Otton, TE Washington
107. Verone McKinley III, S Oregon
108. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT Ohio St.
109. Isaiah Likely, TE Coastal Carolina
110. Durrell Johnson, EDGE Liberty
111. Noah Daniels, CB TCU
112. Mike Rose, LB Iowa St.
113. Merlin Robertson, EDGE/LB Arizona St.
114. Payton Wilson, LB North Carolina St.
115. DeMarvion Overshown, LB Texas
116. Isaiah Pola-Mao, S USC
117. Zamir White, RB Georgia
118. DJ Dale, IDL Alabama
119. Demani Richardson, S Texas A&M
120. Phidarian Mathis, IDL Alabama
121. Christopher Hinton, IDL Michigan
122. Joseph Ngata, WR Clemson
123. Justin Eboigbe, IDL Alabama
124. Dominick Blaylock, WR Georgia
125. Ellis Brooks, LB Penn St.
126. Jadon Haselwood, WR Oklahoma
127. Ali Gaye, EDGE LSU
128. Aaron Hansford, LB Texas A&M
129. Jaelyn Duncan, OT Maryland
130. Eric Gray, RB Oklahoma
Total Ohio St. prospects: 11
Total Alabama prospects: 10
Total Clemson prospects: 8
Total Georgia prospects: 8
Total Oklahoma prospects: 6
Total Texas A&M prospects: 6
Total Florida prospects: 4
Total Ole Miss prospects: 4
Total Penn St. prospects: 4
Total USC prospects: 4
Total Washington prospects: 4
*Players with multiple positions count for both
Edge Rushers: 19
Offensive Tackles: 16
Wide Receivers: 16
Interior Defensive Linemen: 10