This isn’t the draft list Sam Howell was supposed to be sitting on.
Considered by some to be the top pick for quarterback for the 2021 college football season, Howell is instead the top player available entering the fourth round of the 2022 NFL draft on Saturday.
Only four quarterbacks were taken in the first 105 picks — including three between picks #74 and #94 — but there are few teams left in the market for a youngster. Maybe the Seahawks? commanders? saints? Vikings?
Here are the top 10 available players who will compete on Saturday when Rounds 4 through 7 take place from noon. Each player’s rank on The Post’s tentative Top 100 Big Board is shown in parentheses. The first non-top 100 player selected was picked by the Giants — with receiver Wan’Dale Robinson at number 43.
1st QB Sam Howell, North Carolina, 6-1, 220lbs (54)
As with Mississippi’s Matt Corral, the offense he played on in college doesn’t make for a smooth transition to the NFL. Lost 33 sacks or more in each of his three seasons. Sneaky effective on draft runs.
2. CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, 6-1, 191 pounds (57)
Named after the late legendary NBA star. The four-year starter (63 career games!) took it to the next level when he played Sauce Gardner, with 25 passes defended and seven interceptions in 2020-21. Uses hands to jam recipients on the fly.
3. RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M, 6-0, 217 pounds (61)
During his career, he has rushed for 100 yards 16 times and rushed for nearly 3,000 yards. Vision is his best quality. More than just a checkdown receiving option, as evidenced by his game-winning touchdown catch against Colorado.
4. DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma, 6-4, 303 pounds (64)
Seventeen of 42 tackles over the past two seasons were lost as he stretched out his lithe arms. No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2020 recruit class after two years of junior college.
5th OT Daniel Faalele, Minnesota, 6-8, 384 pounds (68)
SEC schools offered Australia native scholarships before he ever played football based on height and athleticism. Retired in 2020 but was First-Team All-Big Ten in 2021. Strictly speaking, a real tackle. Powerful run blocker. Much to learn.
6th OL Darian Kinnard, Kentucky, 6-5, 322 pounds (77)
Three-year-old starter at Right Tackle who could be asked to move inside. The desire to be a bodily tone-giver sometimes gets him out of position. First consensus All-American offensive lineman in Kentucky since 1965.
7th EDGE Dominique Robinson, Miami (Ohio), 6-4, 253lbs (79)
Got viral on Combine for undeterred going through multiple exercises when his left shoe kept slipping off. Here’s a position change you don’t see every day: Receiver to Edge Rusher. I never started a game on defense.
8. CB Tariq Woolen, UT-San Antonio, 6-4, 205 pounds (80)
combination of size and speed. Fastest game speed (22.45 mph) of any player in Senior Bowl history. This was followed by a 4.26-second 40-yard dash (and a 42-inch vertical jump) at Combine. Former wide receiver needs further technical development.
9th OG Jamaree Salyer, Georgia, 6-3, 321 pounds (82)
Allowed just one sack in left tackle last season despite facing Aidan Hutchinson, David Ojabo, Kingsley Enagbare and possible No. 1 overall winner of 2023 Will Anderson. Stuck in all five positions throughout his career. Too often loses leverage in the running game.
10. EDGE Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina, 6-4, 258 pounds (88)
Powerful, versatile defensive lineman who played indoors as a freshman and was able to break back into NFL sub-packages. His 28.9 percent pass rush win rate led all FBS defenders in 2021, according to Pro Football Focus.
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