Welcome to my first rankings for the 2022 NFL draft. I am not a ‘Big Board’ type of person, so you will not see a big board from me. This focuses on the 2022 NFL Draft quarterback rankings. Players will be ranked by positions they are slated to play or at least I feel they will play in the NFL. I will stick to a top 10 for now, but that might change as players move up and Juniors declare. It is obviously early so my rankings will change by the time we get to the actual draft. I will include Juniors who are expected to declare.
Right now the class is a little weird in that no one has established themselves as “the guy” yet.
1. Carson Strong – Nevada
Probably the most pro ready of the top QBs. His ceiling may not be as high as some of the others, but he has the talent to be a very good quarterback at the next level. Not much of an athlete either, but he has shown he can move around in the pocket well.
2. Matt Corral – Ole Miss
Probably the most volatile quarterback on the list, but also one of the guys with the most upside. He was really hot and cold in 2020, he seems to have remedied that in 2021. He could move up if he continues to play as he has.
3. Malik Willis – Liberty
Transfer from Auburn. Had a really good year in 2020 and now has taken it to another level in 2021. Great athlete with a big arm and build like a tank, think of Donovan McNabb. Competition is a question and a little short at 6’0.
4. Same Howell – North Carolina
Well built quarterback, who really benefited from the amazing weapons he had in 2020. He will panic sometimes and get happy feet and make a ill-advised throw. Average athlete, with a good not great arm. Great deep ball thrower.
5. Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh
He had ho hum 2019 and 2020 seasons and was looking like a late day 3 prospect coming into the season. Pickett really has blown up in 2021. He has average physical tools and really small hands which might take him off some teams radar, but he has made it work. Showing great accuracy and anticipation.
6. Kaleb Eleby – Western Michigan
Kind of came out of no where in 2020 and has continued and even improved on his play. Good overall athlete with a good arm. Moving up my board.
7. Kedon Slovis – USC
Came in and had an amazing freshman season. He was crazy accurate, over 70%. His play dipped in 2020 and even got benched at one point this season. He needs to figure out how to regain his form from his freshman year. He has a small frame and average arm strength.
8. Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati
Ridder has all the talent in the world, tall, athletic, big arm, but his accuracy and anticipation has never seemed to improved. The question becomes will it ever improve? His technique also needs work.
9. Jake Haener – Fresno State
Transfer from Washington. Small and a bit undersized. Average arm strength. Has grit a ability to will his team to a win. Great intangibles. Upside is somewhat limited. Really smart.
10. JT Daniels – Georgia
Transfer from USC who lost his starting job to Slovis. Has put up solid but not great numbers so far. Could move up if he takes it up a level and play more like he did at USC.