2022 NFL Mock Draft
The 2022 NFL Draft is nearly two years away.
Given the uncertainty around what the 2020 college football season will look like amid a global pandemic, however, it's unclear how that may impact who declares early in 2021 or returns to school for the 2022 NFL draft.
While this page will serve as a placeholder until we post our 2022 NFL mock draft, there are some true sophomores (entering the 2020 season) that will become draft-eligible for the first time in 2022 that will likely hear their name called very early (assuming they declare).
Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
A consensus five-star recruit coming out of high school, Thibodeux made an immediate impact for the Ducks. Moving into the starting lineup following a season-ending injury to Gus Cumberlander, the true freshman led the Ducks in both sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (14.0) in 2019. There's a good chance that the explosive edge defender will be the first non-QB prospect selected in the 2022 draft.
Derek Stinley Jr., CB, LSU
If it's not Thibodeaux, it could very well be Stingley as the first non-QB off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft. The former five-star recruit led the SEC in interceptions (six) and pass breakups (21) and he accounted for the most forced imcompletions (20) in college football, per PFF. As Joe Burrow says, Stingley "plays the position so smooth that it's just really hard to get open on him. The battle between him and Ja'Marr in practice was a lot of fun. ... When he first got to LSU, I learned very quickly throwing his direction was not going to be how I made my living at practice."
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Among quarterbacks that won't be draft-eligible in 2021, Howell is the early favorite to be the first off the board in 2022. Playing beyond his years, Howell posted an impressive 38-to-seven TD-to-INT ratio as a true freshman. The 19-year-old is already one of college football's best deep passers and he led all quarterbacks (regardless of experience) in fourth-quarter grade from PFF (92.8).
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