The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft was notable for what it included: nine offensive linemen, six wide receivers, and A record five-star defensive tackle from defending National Champion Georgia Bulldogs.
Round one was also notable for what it lacked: only one quarterback was taken – Kenny Beckett to the Steelers at No. 20 – For the first time since 2013, no appearances or tight ends have been selected for the first time since the joint draft began in 1967, and 10 teams have yet to make a selection.
Here are the top 10 available players entering Friday, with rounds two and three taking place starting at 7 p.m. Pre-draft for Post .’s 100 Greatest Paintings It is included in parentheses.
1. QB Malek Willis, Liberty, 6-1, 225 pounds (20)
Auburn double-threat transfer cannon who could be one of the top NFL racers in the position but needs to develop before a big leap into the competition. A quarterback in the draft class is rarely the first player to be captured.
2. LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia, 5-11, 229 lbs (21):
He’s no match physically compared to the others on this list, so he can be swallowed up unless his quick instincts help him beat blockers at once. Two-time winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s best quarterback in high school and college.
3. CB Andrew Booth, Clemson, 6-0, 200 pounds (23)
Down the year for a defense known for producing first-round talent, but a good year for Booth. He tracks field throws and is liable to only one fine in three years. Guilty of excessive stalking and allowing yards after hunting
4. RB Breece Hall, Iowa, 5-11, 217 pounds (29)
FBS led for 1,572 yards in 2020 and went for 1,472 as refreshers. The size of the workhorse horse, the owner’s hand back down a third and the top speed of the playmaker.
5. EDGE Boye Mafe, Minnesota, 6-3, 255 pounds (30)
She started only 13 careers and played less than half of the defensive shots in her first seven-sack season. The 38-inch vertical jump is good for shooting passes – and he looks comfortable getting off the line.
6. QB Desmond Reader, Cincinnati, 6-3, 207 pounds (31)
A 44-6 record as a rookie has been published for four years. Arm strength and ball position are questions. Work ethic and self-confidence are not. Reader reportedly told teams that he plans to beat a veteran competitor as a rookie.
7. EDGE David Ojabo, Michigan, 6-4, 250 pounds (32)
Top 10 Borderline picks based on the upside before the hock ruptures on Pro Day. It’s still raw despite an 11-bag season, so lost time is a big deal. Only 20 professional college games. He started playing at the age of 17 after moving from Europe.
8. DT Travis Jones, Connecticut, 6-4, 326 pounds (35)
He produced (three seasons of 40 tackles and 8.5 career sacks) despite constantly facing doubles in a team that went 4-32 in his career. She lost an entire season due to the cancellation of COVID-19. Demonstrate the ability to fold the pocket in Senior Ball.
9. CB Keeler Gordon, Washington 6-0, 200 pounds (36)
The other half of the nation’s probably best tandem. A one-year starter he hasn’t indulged after losing a competition to Trent McDuffie earlier in his career. An explosive athlete who can take risks and undo his speed to fill the gaps.
10. TT Tree McBride, Colorado State, 6-3, 246 pounds (37)
Not a Kyle Bates type gamer. This class does not have one. A tight end in the line with reliable hands in traffic over the middle. He drove all FBS tight ends with 90 hunting points and 1,121 yards.