The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft was remarkable for what it included: Nine offensive linemen, six wide receivers and a record five defensive stars from the defending champion Georgia Bulldogs.
The first round was also notable for what it lacked: Only one quarterback was taken — Kenny Pickett to the Steelers ranked 20th — for the first time since 2013, no running backs or tight ends were selected for the first time since the joint draft began in 1967 and 10 teams have not yet made a selection.
Here are the top 10 available players who will compete on Friday when the second and third rounds take place from 19:00.
1st quarterback Malik Willis, Liberty, 6-1, 225 pounds (20)
Cannon-armed dual threat Auburn transfer who can be one of the NFL’s best runners at that position but needs to be developed before making a big leap in the competition. Boom-or-bust quarterback in a draft class is rarely drafted first.
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2. LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia, 5-11, 229 pounds (21):
Physically inconsistent with the others on this list, so could be swallowed up unless his quick instincts help him spot blockers. Two-time Butkus Award winner for the nation’s top linebacker in high school and college.
3. CB Andrew Booth, Clemson, 6-0, 200lbs (23)
Bad year for a defense known for producing first-round talent, but good year for Booth. Chases downfield throws and has only committed one pass interference penalty in three years. Guilty of overtracking and allowing yards after catch
4. RB Breece Hall, Iowa State, 5-11, 217 pounds (29)
Led FBS with 1,572 rushing yards in 2020 and clinched 1,472 as an encore. The size of a workhorse, the hands of a third-down back, and the escape speed of a playmaker.
5. EDGE Boye Mafe, Minnesota, 6-3, 255 pounds (30)
Just 13 career starts and fewer than half the defensive snaps in the seven-sack breakout senior season. A 38-inch vertical hop is good for slapping down passes — and it looks comfortable falling off the line.
6. QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, 6-3, 207 pounds (31)
Has posted a 44-6 record as a four-year starter. Arm strength and ball placement are questions. Work ethic and confidence are not. Ridder reportedly told teams he plans to beat an experienced competitor as a rookie.
7. EDGE David Ojabo, Michigan, 6-4, 250 pounds (32)
Borderline top 10 picks based on uptrend before Achilles rupture at Pro Day. Still raw despite 11-sack season so lost time is a big deal. Only 20 career college games. Started playing at age 17 after moving from Europe.
8. DT Travis Jones, Connecticut, 6-4, 326 pounds (35)
Produced (three 40-tackle seasons and 8.5 career sacks) despite constantly facing double-teams on a team that won 4-32 in his career. Lost an entire season due to COVID-19 cancellations. Displayed the ability to collapse the bag at the Senior Bowl.
9. CB Kyler Gordon, Washington, 6-0, 200lbs (36)
The other half of arguably the best cornerback tandem in the nation. Year-old starter who didn’t sulk after losing a contest to Trent McDuffie earlier in his career. Explosive athlete who can take risks and draw on his speed to close gaps.
10. TE Trey McBride, Colorado State, 6-3, 246 pounds (37)
Not a Kyle Pitts type game breaker. This class has none. An inline tight end with reliable hands in traffic above the middle. Led all FBS tight ends with 90 catches and 1,121 yards.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/29/10-best-available-prospects-on-day-2-of-the-2022-nfl-draft/ The top 10 prospects available on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft