2022 NFL draft: a deep look at Quarterback, Wide Reciever and Running back


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Three of the top wide reciever prospects in this years upcoming NFL draft.

Jaden Scamehorn, Staff Writer

The 2022 NFL draft is set to be held from April 28-30 at the brand new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. This year’s class is loaded with tons of talent at every position, giving every NFL team plenty of opportunities to draft a future star.

One of the most stacked positions this year is wide receiver, with not one of them standing out as “the best,” but rather they all bring a different set of skills to the table.

One of these highly regarded wide receivers is Alabama’s Jameson Williams. Williams is a speedster, posting a 40 yard dash time of 4.25 seconds and is a great deep threat guy. Williams racked up 1,572 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 19.9 yards per reception in his junior year with Alabama. Williams is projected as an early to mid-first rounder.

Another set of top prospect receivers both come from Ohio State University, and are both projected to be taken off the board in the first round. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave bring tons of skill to the table and tore defenses up at Ohio State. 

Wilson is a freak athlete who is able to catch almost every ball and has arguably the best hands out of any prospect. Wilson caught 70 passes for 1.058 yards and was able to score 12 times in his junior year. 

Olave continued to shine in his senior year, catching 65 passes for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is a smooth route runner, arguably the best in college. Olave has great ball skills and can track the ball from anywhere on the field. 

University of Southern California wide receiver Drake London is a strong receiver who has elite hands and can find separation with ease. In college London looked like a man amongst boys, towering over defensive backs at an impressive 6’5 frame.

Quarterback is another position loaded with talent, but the question of who will come off the board first has been raised. 

One quarterback who has been receiving lots of talk is Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett. Pickett is an NFL ready quarterback with great mechanics and a strong arm with good accuracy. Pickett finished his senior season with a QB rating of 116 and threw 42 touchdowns for 4,319 yards. 

Malik Willis is another big name quarterback to keep an eye out for. Willis started his college career at Auburn University before transferring to Liberty University and after his junior season he decided to enter the draft. Willis is a great runner, accumulating 1,822 total rushing yards in his two years at Liberty along with 5,107 passing yards. He is a great dual threat quarterback who analysts compare to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. 

A really interesting prospect is Ole Miss University quarterback Matt Corral, who went down with an ankle injury against Baylor University in their final game of the season. Corral had a phenomenal junior season, showing off his elite arm talent and athleticism. He possesses an NFL arm but struggles sometimes forcing throws which can lead to careless turnovers. Corral is definitely a top quarterback in the draft, and many are questioning how early he will be taken.

Running back is a big need for a lot of teams, and this year’s draft class has plenty to offer. Breece Hall had a fantastic college career, totaling 3,941 yards and 50 rushing touchdowns through his three years at Iowa State University. Hall is regarded as one of the best backs in the draft. He is very well built and has great speed despite his strong frame. Hall also has great vision and is able to find gaps quickly and easily. 

Kenneth Walker was regarded by many as a Heisman candidate, despite never being a finalist this past season. Walker broke out his junior year rushing for 1,636 yards and totaling 18 touchdowns and averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Walker is one of the most explosive running backs in the draft, having an impressive 4.38 40 yard dash time at the NFL combine. Walker is a very consistent player and handles the ball well. With a nice strong frame, he is one of the most talented backs in the draft.

Another highly regarded back is Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller, who totaled 1,011 yards in his senior season with the Aggies. Spiller is a physical runner and is very hard to bring down. Another big talent Spiller brings to the table is his receiving ability, having great hands and is often used in the passing game.

The 2022 NFL draft is full of talent and is a class that will be remembered for its hype. 


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