With the 2021 regular season of college football all but finished and the arrival of conference championship week, it’s time for an updated big board of the top prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft. Now that there’s more film and information available on more promising pro players, the list has grown from a fine 50 to a special 100.
There is some change near No. 1 and another reshuffling of the quarterbacks. Many rapid risers are making splashes across positions, too, and the best programs have done well to showcase their great talent.
This is how Sporting News sees the board stacked for bowl season and all-star games as more NFL teams start turning their attention to who’s available to improve their rosters in 2022:
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1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon (6-5, 258 pounds)
Thibodeaux is off the charts athletically in every aspect, an explosive pass rusher and agile pursuit man who covers a ton of ground. He also brings underrated power with the speed.
2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan (6-6, 265 pounds)
He’s a technically sound and exceptionally strong prospect built to play 4-3 end and would benefit from improving his agility and expanding his pass-rush moves.
3. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame (6-4, 220 pounds)
Hamilton is smart and physical. He has the instincts and athleticism to diagnose plays and react quickly to make plays all over the field vs. run and pass. He’s one of the most complete, intimidating safety prospects ever.
4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU (6-1, 195 pounds)
Stingley is one of the most dynamic cornerback prospects ever with his pedigree and playmaking resume. He’s got great size and speed and can often win his battles with his length and quickness. There are few holes in his coverage game and he’s also the ultimate ballhawk.
5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama (6-7, 350 pounds)
Neal will be a dominant blocking force in the NFL. He’s ultra-athletic for such a large frame, agile enough to handle the best pass rushers and powerful enough to move defenders out of the way in the running game.
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6. DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M (6-4, 290 pounds)
Leal has the ideal power and explosiveness to disrupt things up front lining up everywhere. He can thrive as either a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end.
7. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah (6-3, 235 pounds)
Lloyd is a strong rangy athlete who stands out making plays, covering plenty of ground vs. the run but has special skills to defend the passing, from his knowledge of coverage to his blitzing pop.
8. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa (6-3, 290 pounds)
Linderbaum is a strong, athletic and relentless interior blocker. He has the intelligence and natural run blocking skills to be a decade-long fixture in the NFL.
9. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue (6-4, 275 pounds)
Here’s another version of a Greek freak as Karlaftis possesses elite athleticism for his size and is still tapping into his immense pass-rush potential.
10. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (6-1, 189 pounds)
Olave has great speed, quickness and burst to stand out in a strong wide receiver class.