2022 NFL Draft: Early Top 50 Prospect Rankings

Even after seeing 10 players drafted this year, defending champion Alabama has plenty of NFL-caliber talents on the roster

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.


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


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