2022 NFL Draft Linebacker rankings 1.0

This is the first 2022 NFL Draft linebacker rankings for ATB Network. The 2022 linebacker group looks to be weaker at the top versus last year’s class with Parsons, Collins and Davis all going in the top 20. We may only see one linebacker go in the first this draft. The depth, though, isn’t too bad.

You can see the previous part here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/11/22/2022-nfl-draft-edge-rankings-1-0/

1. Devin Lloyd – Utah

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Lloyd is probably the only LB in the class with a shot at going in the first round. He has everything you look for in a linebacker in the modern NFL. He has an ideal size at 6’3 235. Long, explosive, and athletic with great range. He has shown he can impact the game in all phases, stuffing the run, in coverage, and as a blitzer. Also an ideal sideline to sideline player.

He shows fluidity in coverage and shows good awareness in zone and man. Lloyd can be fooled occasionally with misdirection. He can also play overaggressive at times and overrun things.

2. Nakobe Dean – Georgia

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Dean has shown he can also affect the game in different ways. He can cover and he can blitz. He is undersized but very athletic. Dean shows an ability to read run plays and flow to the ball. Dean can get a little overaggressive on run plays. He also can struggle at the point of attack due to his size. Dean could stand to add mass and strength to his frame. He plays best when he is kept clean. Might fit best as a WLB in a 4-3.

3. Terrel Bernard – Baylor

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Bernard shows great instincts on film. He also brings good overall athleticism to the field. For being a bit undersized he is a good tackler and is a willing hitter. With him having a smaller frame his body might be maxed out around 225ish. This means he might have to play WLB in a 4-3. Lots of special teams’ experience should boost his value. A couple of injuries in his history that need to be checked on.

4. Micah McFadden – Indiana

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McFadden has shown improvement every season, with still room for growth. He has upside due to his highly athletic profile and physical nature. While he wasn’t asked to drop in coverage very often he has shown the athleticism and instincts to be good at it with more experience. He is a good blitzer. He also plays well against the run, although he occasionally will overrun plays. Motor runs 110%

5. Henry To’o To’o – Alabama

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To’o To’o a transfer from Tennessee has raised his stock this season. While he is a bit undersized at 6’2 228 and looking like his frame is pretty filled out with average length. Overall he is an average athlete, although his explosiveness does stand out. He is at his best playing physical. His instincts while not elite are very good. He also shows some stiffness when asked to change direction. To’o To’o offers very little as a blitzer. He doesn’t show much in the way of ball skills.

6. Leo Chenal – Wisconsin

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Chenal is a huge man who plays a very physical game. He takes on all blockers and does not shy away from contact. He is a heady player that handles communications well. On film, he does not look like he offers versatility in coverage. He may not be able to play on 3rd downs at the next level. He can blitz through and blow through blockers.

7. Christian Harris – Alabama

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Harris is almost like the opposite of his partner To’o To’o. Harris is an athletic freak, but he struggles some with the mental aspect of the game. He has not shown improvement in coverage. He is explosive as a blitzer. Harris plays physically, and it shows in when he arrives at the ball. Any sort of misdirection gets him caught up.

8. Jack Campbell – Iowa

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Campbell is a good athlete that shows some good explosion. He is surprisingly good in coverage for a college linebacker, even covering some players out of the slot. His speed and agility of film look to be just average. He is tall with great length that he uses in coverage. Campbell does play too tall which causes him problems with getting off blocks. Plays finesse, you would like to see him play more physical.

9. Amari Gainer – FSU

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Gainer’s calling card is his versatility. He has been asked to do numerous things in the Florida State defense. He can cover slot receivers, stack, and shed blockers, play in the box, etc…Gainer has defensive back athleticism in a linebacker body. He shows a great burst and explosion when attacking a ball carrier.

Having been asked to play all over is also a weakness in that he hasn’t been able to develop his skills. While he plays hard he still lacks some physicality. Also tends to get too high.

10. Chad Muma – Wyoming

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Muma is another in a long line of 3 down linebackers in this draft. He can cover, rush the passer and play the run. He is explosive and agile. Muma shows great instincts against the run. He is a very good tackler who will lay the wood on occasion. Also, Muma has special teams experience which can only help his prospects.

His straight-line speed and range are only average. While he has decent cover skills they could be a lot better. He also has an injury history that should be checked on.

2022 NFL Draft Edge Rankings 1.0

With the 2022 NFL draft edge group it is almost the exact opposite of the defensive line. This group is strong at the top and DEEP! Cutting this down to ten was difficult. There were a number of guys who just missed out on this list. You can see the previous part: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/11/18/2022-nfl-draft-defensive-line-rankings-1-0/

So let’s get to the rankings.

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon

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Thibodeaux is a big, strong, bendy, physical freak of an edge rusher. He is explosive off the snap. He is an active run defender who plays hard 100% of the time and has a lot of power in his body, even with his average size. Thibodeaux does need to work on his pass rush plan and his moves in general. He still could add some bulk and muscle. He has very few flaws and is likely the #1 overall pick.

2. Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan

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He missed most of the 2020 season. Hutchinson is a freaky athlete who can rush the passer and defend the run. He moves smoothly and is fluid. He is known more for his power rushing, but can win with finesse. Hutchinson also has a strong motor that runs hot.

Hutchinson suffered a leg injury in 2020 that needs to be checked on. His lack of production before 2021 also needs to be looked at. He still needs to work on variety in his pass rush moves.

3. George Karlaftis – Purdue

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A large power rusher who plays hard. He also has positional versatility and can anywhere along the line. While he is not an elite athlete, he has some impressive explosion in him and solid agility. His flexibility is somewhat lacking. He is not one of those rushers that gets by with bend. Aggressiveness is somewhat lacking defending the run.

4. David Ojabo – Michigan

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Ojabo came over from Nigeria in 2007 and is a physical freak. At 6’5 250, he has great length but can still add bulk to his frame. He is explosive and bendy. He uses a pretty killer spin move. Also, he has great speed coming off the edge.

He is mostly wining right now using his physical tools, he needs to develop his pass rush moves and plan a lot more to be an effective rusher in the NFL. He also needs work on his hand usage and technique. Ojabo also needs to improve as a run defender.

5. Kingsley Enagbare – South Carolina

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Enagbare is a high-level athlete with great explosiveness. He brings good size with a large wingspan with the frame to still add weight. For his size, he also has great bend. He has shown to have already developed a solid repertoire of rush moves.

One major negative is that he struggles in the run game. While he has shown some improvements in this, he needs to continue to work on it. He does have a massive upside.

6. Drake Jackson – USC

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Jackson has positional versatility, having played both LB and DE at USC. Good pass-rush grades, although the stats haven’t been there in ’21. He has great athleticism and upside, and is very bendy.

Jackson does struggle in the run game. He can get too tall and does not play with power. For his size, his length is just adequate. He can drop in coverage fluidly. He has trouble getting off blocks once linemen get their hands on him.

7. Myjai Sanders – Cincinnati

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Sanders is a long and explosive pass rusher. He has vines for arms. Sanders can keep blockers off him with his long arms. He shows great quickness on film. He’s fast with an explosive first step. Has already has an impressive array of developed moves. A great motor that runs hot. Uses his strong hands to disengage from blockers.

He does have a skinny frame and may have trouble putting weight and strength on his frame. His bend is just average.

8. Jermaine Johnson – FSU

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Johnson, a Georgia transfer, has seen his stock go up this season. He is a big guy with a long wingspan. Johnson has lined up all over in his career. He even has played some linebacker. He is very fast and explosive. Johnson easily can switch from outside to inside pass rush. Johnson also has good bend to get to the QB. With being 260 pounds his strength on film shows big time. He also shows a good amount of different rush moves.

Still, Johnson needs work at being able to disengage from blockers.

9. Cameron Thomas – San Diego State

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If you are looking for versatility in your linemen then Thomas is your man. He has played all up and down the line and played it well. He is a very consistent player. Thomas has strong hands to disengage from blockers. He is very good at creating pressure and can play both the run and the pass well.

Athletically he is just average. He is also not a big sack numbers guy. Thomas lacks the elite closing speed that a lot of the other edge defenders have. He is strong at the point of attack.

10. Zach Harrison – OSU

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Harrison has elite explosiveness with a great first step. He is also long with good bulk. He can win with speed and has shown he can occasionally convert speed to power. His lower body can be a little stiff. He is not super bendy. Harrison is a solid run defender that sets a good edge. Makes a lot of backside plays due to his athleticism.

He really needs to work on figuring out his pass rush play. It does not seem like he has one. His motor can run hot and cold. He has a massive upside though.

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2022 NFL Draft Defensive Line Rankings 1.0

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With the 2022 NFL draft defensive line group, it is similar to the last class. Weak at the top and just average depth. It is probably better at the top with Leal, who would have been the #1 defensive lineman were he in the 2021 draft, but overall not great at the top. You can find the previous part here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/11/11/2022-nfl-draft-offensive-line-rankings-1-0/

1. Demarvin Leal – Texas A&M

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Leal is a freak athlete for his size. He plays both the run and the pass well. Leal is super versatile, could line up at end, tackle, edge, and anywhere else along the line. He still has plenty of room to grow within his frame. With that, he does need to fill out his frame some more. Great length. Needs to add some power moves to his game, adding a speed to power move would help. Potential to be elite.

2. Jordan Davis – Georgia

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Davis is a huge man at 6’6 340. He has a super strong upper body and hands and is an elite-run defender. He easily takes up two blockers. Davis has had weight issues in the past and could probably stand to lose another 10 pounds. He hasn’t grown much as a pass rusher. He has shown some improvements as a senior, but may never be a major pass-rush threat. Also, his quickness off the snap is lacking.

3. Perrion Winfrey – Oklahoma

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Winfrey is a little undersized, but explosive. A former JUCO transfer, he still is a bit raw. He has excellent quickness off the snap and can pressure the passer. Still, he needs to develop his pass rush moves and plan better. His motor runs 100%. Partly because of his size and partly due to technique he can play a lot better against the run. As he will come out of his stance too high and needs to work on his pad level. Upside to be a very good penetrating 3-tech.

4. Devonte Wyatt – Georgia

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Wyatt is another JUCO transfer. He is kind of the yin to Davis’ yang. Wyatt is more of the 3-tech, pass rusher type of lineman. He also shows a good anchor and is solid against the run. Wyatt is still a bit raw and needs some more development on his pass rush moves and developing his plan. He also has good straight-line speed. Length with Wyatt is just average. Wyatt also offers versitility in that he can be used all over the line. His hands are inconsistent and need to be more accurate.

5. Haskell Garrett – Ohio State

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Garrett is a bit undersized at 6’2, but he offers a very quick first step and good agility. His length does hurt him at times, where he can have trouble disengaging from an offensive lineman. He still has a good amount of upside because he works hard and his technique is solid. He does end up on the ground more than he should and needs to work on that. A prototypical 3-tech.

6. Zacch Pickens – South Carolina

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Pickens brings prototypical size and length. He is a good athlete with great quickness and speed. Pickens also has an explosive first step. Has a lot of potential as a pass rusher. His pass rush moves and techniques are still raw and need work. There is a lot of raw power in his body, but he needs to learn how to use it better. He has started to come on in 2021 after a slow start to his career. A solid run defender.

7. Travis Jones – UConn

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Jones is a solid overall athlete with good size at 6’4 330. He is a sneaky athlete though, he may be 330 but his body fat % is only 13. So he doesn’t look like what you think he would at his size. He did sit out the 2020 season. Jones shows good agility on film. He has a strong upper body, with big strong hands. Jones tends to be a bit of a slow burn pass rusher. He shows on film to be a decent run defender. He has shown to have trouble with double teams, could learn to be more stout. Jones does need to work on his pad level. Upside is there as a pass rusher if he can develop more than just a rip move.

8. Zachary Carter – Florida

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Carter brings versatility with him having played DE in a 3-4, DE in a 4-3, 3-tech, and 5-tech. For an interior defensive lineman, he might be a little undersized at 285. He does show some natural bend as a pass rusher. Carter has solid but not elite length. Also on film he shows stronger than his size would make you believe. Carter does have good agility. His production has been pretty average for a player of his caliber. Has shown he can be confused by misdirection. Athleticism is just average overall.

9. Deslin Alexandre – Pittsburgh

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Alexandre has been a solid run defender for being a bit undersized. He is a former edge defender that just kept getting bigger. Alexandre still maintains a good amount of his athleticism from his former position. He is explosive. For being an undersized defender he has long arms which helps mitigate his lack of bulk. On film, he has shown the speed to chase down plays from behind. He has shown to have strong hands on film. He does need to improve his hand usage. Alexandre does end up on the ground too much and gets off balance. He also has versatility on his side, he can play up and down the line.

10. Phidarian Mathis – Alabama

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Mathis is a 5th year senior with long arms and big strong hands. He has come in in 2021 now that he has gotten a lot of reps. Mathis is an elite-run defender. His pass-rush production has been lacking though. He sports a quick swim move that could become a go-to pass rush move. Mathis does need to develop more moves if he wants to have an impact on the passing game. He plays hard every down. Mathis lacks elite athleticism. He is a player with a high floor and low ceiling. There is still some room for growth.

2022 NFL Draft Offensive Line Rankings 1.0

This 2022 draft class at offensive tackle looks to be strong and deep, guard looks solid, and center while maybe not deep is great at the top. Each player’s projected position in the NFL will be next to their name in these offensive line rankings.

You can see the previous part here: https://atbnetwork.com/2021/11/02/2022-nfl-draft-tight-end-rankings-1-0/

1. Evan Neal – Alabama – OT

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Neal started at guard in 2019, RT in 2020, and then moved to LT this season. He is a freak athlete for his size, similar to Mekhi Becton. Elite agility for his size. His hands could use some work. Neal has amazing strength. He can get to and block well on the 2nd level. He does a good job of keeping his pad level low. Neal ends up on the ground too often, playing too far over his feet. He probably will need to trim down some when he gets to the NFL.

2. Charles Cross – Mississippi State – OT

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Another freak athlete with great agility. He also has great length. He still has a lot of upside potential. His frame is still a little underdeveloped and could use some filling out. Part of that does affect his problems with stopping bull rushers. Cross has strong hands. He is best-fit playing in a zone scheme but could play in any. He needs to develop his lower body more especially.

3. Kenyon Green – Texas A&M – OG

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Green is a three-year starter, who has experience at both tackle and guard. He has a great anchor, very strong. He gets plus marks in the run game, with a strong punch. For his size, he has great agility. He can get overaggressive at times and get overextended. Technique still needs some work, refinement. His awareness is pass pro also needs some development. An explosive player off the snap. Also has scheme versatility.

4. Nicholas Petit-Frere – OSU – OT

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NPT has long arms and big hands. He has experience on both the left and right side and has come on this year. Also an athletic freak with a well filled out frame. He shows great mobility, especially in run blocking. He also brings good explosiveness to the field. His technique with his hands while not terrible could still use some work. Petit-Frere still shows some rawness in pass pro technique, causing him to lunge at times. He might be best off starting in the NFL at right tackle for his first season or two.

5. Tyler Linderbaum – Iowa – C

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Linderbaum who came to Iowa as a defensive lineman has quickly become one of the best centers in college football. Great athlete for a center, very quick and agile. Arms are a touch short, causing him to struggle with long-armed defenders. Great hand use already for his lack of experience at the position. His anchor could be better, probably due to his smaller size, adding bulk and strength would help with this. Shows great core and upper-body strength. Plays hard and likes to put defenders in the ground. He does lack position versatility.

6. Ikem Ekwonu – NC State – OG

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Ekwonu plays left tackle for NC State but projects inside to guard. A mauler in the run game who brings the power. He shows a great anchor and has no trouble with power rushers. His agility though is just average. Great length to help him push rushers wide. His motor runs 100% His aggressiveness though can get the better of him and he can end up over his toes. He needs to be more consistent in his pass pro.

7. Trevor Penning – Northern Iowa – OT

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Penning is another big, long tackle out of Northern Iowa following in Spencer Brown’s footsteps. He shows a similar upside. Penning shows great explosiveness in the running game. He has shown a lot of improvements over the last two years. A very good athlete who moves well in space. He can be overaggressive sometimes, causing balance issues and ending up on the ground. Still shows rawness in pass protection that needs work.

8. Sean Rhyan – UCLA – OG

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Rhyan is a three-year starter at left tackle. He has great size and good feet. A lot of power in his lower body, which shows in his run blocking. Rhyan also shows strong hands. His length is average to below average for a tackle. He also moves well for his size. He does have some trouble with athletic pass rushers. Thibodeaux ate his lunch this year. His NFL future is at guard or possible right tackle due to his lack of length and average agility.

9. Zion Johnson – Boston College – OG

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Johnson has great size with big hands and long arms. He is a good overall athlete. He has positional versatility having played both tackle and guard. Plays a physical and aggressive game. He has experience pulling. Johnson has a strong anchor. Length at tackle is lacking. While is anchor is strong his pass pro can still be inconsistent.

10. Jarrett Patterson – Notre Dame – C

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Three-year starter on the inside, has played all three spots. Patterson is very good in pass protection. Good size and strength for a center. He works well getting to the second level. He can be inconsistent in his blocking, needs to work on that. Aggressiveness is lacking in his game, you would like to see that turned up.

11. Bernhard Raimann – Central Michigan – OT

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Raimann is a former tight end who switched in 2020. Raimann has prototypical left tackle size. He is raw and needs to add bulk and strength. He is a smooth mover. Lots of athletic upside due to his tight end past. Still needs technique refinement. His arm length though for his height is a little on the short side, but just kind of average for a tackle.

12. Zion Nelson – Miami(Fla) – OT

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Nelson has been a starter since his true freshman season. He shows great agility on film and moves well in his pass sets. Due to his athleticism, he can block well on the 2nd level. Nelson has good length and size. He has added a lot of weight and strength since he came to Miami but still needs to add more strength. He lacks desired aggressiveness. Needs work on how to unlock his natural explosiveness.

13. Darian Kinnard – Kentucky – OG

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Kinnard is a huge man weighing about 340, but having played previously around 360. Massive amount of power in his lower body. He is great in the run game, with strong hands. Kinnard is aggressive, looking to bury his defender on every play. For his size, his agility is pretty good. He does not move well outside of the phone booth. Kinnard shows issues with balance when he is working in space. He still needs work in pass pro. He still has a lot of upside though.

14. Thayer Munford – OSU – OG

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Munford is tall with long arms with a lot of experience with three years experience at tackle and one season at guard. He has lots of power in his body. Munford is a solid overall athlete. He still needs to improve his hand usage and iron out some of his inconsistencies. Munford is not particularly explosive. He has shown improvement each year and still has some upside as a guard.

2022 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings 1.0

This is the first edition of the 2022 NFL Draft tight end rankings. This tight end class seems to be weak at the top, but with good depth with guys who should be available early day 3 that have some starter potential. Tight end rankings may vary from team to team because of this. You can see the previous rankings here: 2022 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings 1.0

1. Jahleel Billingsley – Alabama

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Elite athlete, almost wide receiver like. Great hands and route runner. On the smaller side at 230. Needs weight and strength. Versatile, can be split out and moved around. Blocking is obviously a weakness and character needs checking into. He was called out publicly by Nick Saban.

2. Jalen Wydermyer – Texas A&M

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Big strong all around skilled tight end. Similar skill set to a young Marcedes Lewis, not as tall and long. Has some versatility but not an elite athlete and has heavy feet. Doesn’t get much YAC and still could improve as a blocker.

3. Cade Otton – Washington

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Another all around skilled tight end. Solid receiver and blocker. Good size and a solid but not elite athlete. Big soft hands and a great route runner. Might be a high floor low ceiling type player. Still has some room for growth, but not be a lot.

4. Trey McBride – Colorado State

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A little on the smaller side at 6’3. Big and strong, good run blocker. Gets yards after contact. He is a sufficient athlete. Can be moved around and used in different formations. Big strong hand but not flashy. Decent straight line speed and another high floor low ceiling player.

5. Isaiah Likely – Coastal Carolina

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Athletic pass catcher and can play anywhere, almost h-back style. Good blocker for his size, but could still stand some improvements there. Good speed but a little small at about 240, could stand to add bulk. Can stretch the field vertically but not a guy you want to play in line too much. Plays in a funky offense so will need time to develop.

6. Cole Turner – Nevada

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Has continuously gotten better every year. Good blocker for a guy who is only around 240. Big frame at 6’6 with room for growth. Good overall athlete with good speed and agility. Can make circus catches but needs some work on his release. He has a lot of upside.

7. Austin Stogner – Oklahoma

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Size, length, speed prospect with a small breakout in 2020. Plays for Oklahoma so he obviously can block and is versatile. He can get up and make contested catches. Still lacks strength as a blocker and needs to add some more strength. Still can improve a couple more levels, he needs to show it.

8. Charlie Kolar – Iowa State

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6’6 with big strong hands so he is a good receiver. Tries as a blocker but still can be a lot better. Skinny for a tight end, still needs some bulk. Great in contested catch situations and can flex out and play inline. Feet are a little heavy but he is a great red zone player. Not much after the catch and still needs to get stronger in his routes.

9. Josh Whyle – Cincinnati

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Big dude with lots of potential and room for growth. Showed lots of potential in 2020, but started slow in 2021. Lacking as a blocker but has good hands and does well in contested catch situations. Gets YAC but needs to develop his route tree and strength to deal with physicality.

10. James Mitchell – Virginia Tech

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Smooth mover, and a good athlete. Great hands and body control, can make contested catches. YAC monster for a tight end. Has experience in line and flexed out. A bit undersized, and not much of a blocker. Also needs to continue developing his routes. Coming off a season ending injury that needs to be checked out.