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2022 NFL Draft: Early Top 50 Prospect Rankings

2022 NFL Draft: Early Top 50 Prospect Rankings

2022 NFL Draft: Early Top 50 Prospect Rankings

The 2021 NFL Draft looked a little more like everyone is used to seeing with fans and some of the top prospects on-site in Cleveland. And while it was a welcome sight and fans and analysts alike continue to break down each team's draft class, some of the attention has already shifted to next year's draft.

Some of that may be due to the fact that Las Vegas is set to host next year after the 2020 plans had to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the draft always comes down to one aspect — the prospects.

After tying for the most players selected this year with 10 each, Alabama and Ohio State are neck-and-neck for the most on Athlon Sports' list of the top 50 prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft with five each. The SEC overall leads the way with 19 in the top 50 meaning there's still plenty of NFL-caliber talent remaining even after the conference broke its own record with 65 players taken in the just-completed draft.

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But if this list holds up, it will be the ACC, not the SEC that will claim the No. 1 overall pick in back-to-back years with North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell Athlon's early pick to follow in Trevor Lawrence's footsteps. That doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen (just look at last year's list), but you got to start somewhere, right?

Early Top 50 Prospects for 2022 NFL Draft

Rank

Player

POS

School

1

Sam Howell

QB

2

Kayvon Thibodeaux

DE

3

Derek Stingley Jr.

CB

4

Spencer Rattler

QB

5

Evan Neal

OL

6

Kyle Hamilton

S

7

DeMarvin Leal

DL

8

Drake Jackson

DE/LB

9

Kedon Slovis

QB

10

George Pickens

WR

11

Christian Harris

ILB

12

Justyn Ross

WR

13

Garrett Wilson

WR

14

Chris Olave

WR

15

Zach Harrison

DE

16

Kaiir Elam

CB

17

George Karlaftis

DE

18

Perrion Winfrey

DT

19

Nick Broeker

OT

20

Andrew Booth

CB

21

John Metchie III

WR

22

Bubba Bolden

S

23

Thayer Munford

OL

24

Cade Mays

OL

25

Rasheed Walker

OT

26

Desmond Ridder

QB

27

Josh Jobe

CB

28

Owen Pappoe

OLB

29

Jordan Battle

S

30

Kenyon Green

OL

31

Tyler Linderbaum

C

32

JT Daniels

QB

33

Jayden Daniels

QB

34

Ahmad Gardner

CB

35

Nik Bonitto

LB

36

Tyler Davis

DT

37

Sevyn Banks

CB

38

Aidan Hutchinson

DE

39

Xavier Thomas

DE

40

Zion Nelson

OT

41

Brenton Cox

LB

42

Wanya Morris

OT

43

Ventrell Miller

LB

44

Jalen Wydermyer

TE

45

Charles Cross

OT

46

Carson Strong

QB

47

Graham Mertz

QB

48

Breece Hall

RB

49

Brandon Smith

OLB

50

Isaiah Spiller

RB