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College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2022 NFL Draft

Carson Strong, Nevada Wolf Pack Football

With the 2022 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s time to look back and see which of college football’s biggest stars went undrafted. Whether it was a concern about size, overall talent, an injury, how a player will transition from scheme or handle the jump to the NFL, a handful of stars from the previous college football season did not hear their name called over the three-day event.

Every position featured a notable college star who didn't get drafted, including quarterbacks like Nevada's Carson Strong, Kent State's Dustin Crum, and prolific running backs like Fresno State's Ronnie Rivers, Iowa's Tyler Goodson and UTSA's Sincere McCormick. The wide receiver position also featured several names that went undrafted, including Clemson's Justyn Ross. On defense, Clemson's Mario Goodrich, Iowa State's Mike Rose and Ohio State's Haskell Garrett were just a few of the top players who will look to make a team as an undrafted free agent this offseason.

Which of college football’s biggest names went undrafted? Here’s a look at the best players, weighing a combination of talent, career and 2021 achievement totals.

College Football's Best Players Not Taken in the 2022 NFL Draft

First-Team Offense

QB Carson Strong, Nevada
RB Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State
RB Tyler Goodson, Iowa
RB Sincere McCormick, UTSA
WR Justyn Ross, Clemson
WR Kevin Austin, Notre Dame
WR Jerreth Sterns, WKU
AP Zonovan Knight, NC State
TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
C Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
OL Dare Rosenthal, Kentucky
OL Kellen Diesch, Arizona State
OL Tyrese Robinson, Oklahoma
OL Tyler Vrabel, Boston College
OL Cain Madden, Notre Dame

First-Team Defense
DL Haskell Garrett, Ohio State
DL Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M
DL Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M
LB Mike Rose, Iowa State
LB James Skalski, Clemson
LB Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin
LB Nate Landman, Colorado
CB Josh Jobe, Alabama
CB Mario Goodrich, Clemson
S Smoke Monday, Auburn
S Verone McKinley III, Oregon

First-Team Specialists
K Nick Sciba, Wake Forest
P Ben Griffiths, USC
RS Britain Covey, Utah

Second-Team Offense

QB Dustin Crum, Kent State
RB Abram Smith, Baylor
RB Jaylen Warren, Oklahoma State
RB Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
WR Charleston Rambo, Miami
WR Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest
WR Deven Thompkins, Utah State
AP Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
TE Peyton Hendershot, Indiana
C Michael Maietti, Missouri
OL James Empey, BYU
OL Dohnovan West, Arizona State
OL William Dunkle, San Diego State
OL Blaise Andres, Minnesota
OL Josh Sills, Oklahoma State

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Second-Team Defense

DL Chris Hinton, Michigan
DL LaBryan Ray, Alabama
DL Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame
DL Mika Tafua, Utah
LB JoJo Domann, Nebraska
LB Zakoby McClain, Auburn
LB Carson Wells, Colorado
CB Matt Hankins, Iowa
CB Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State
S Jack Koerner, Iowa
S Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State

Second-Team Specialists

K Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
P Blake Hayes, Illinois
RS Savon Scarver, Utah State

Third-Team Offense
QB D'Eriq King, Miami
RB Jashaun Corbin, Florida State
RB Max Borghi, Washington State
WR Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina
WR Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss
WR Makai Polk, Mississippi State
WR Emeka Emezie, NC State
WR Reggie Roberson, SMU
TE Derrick Deese, San Jose State
AP Calvin Turner, Hawaii
C Nick Ford, Utah
OL Obinna Eze, TCU
OL Ben Brown, Ole Miss
OL Myron Cunningham, Arkansas
OL Josh Rivas, Kansas State
OL Jalen McKenzie, USC

Third-Team Defense

DL Ali Fayad, Western Michigan
DL Ben Stille, Nebraska
DL Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina
LB Aaron Hansford, Texas A&M
LB Ellis Brooks, Penn State
CB Vincent Gray, Michigan
CB Mykael Wright, Oregon
CB Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
CB Ja'Quan McMillian, East Carolina
S Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
S Leon O'Neal, Texas A&M

Third-Team Specialists
K Cameron Dicker, Texas
P Cameron Dicker, Texas
RS Zonovan Knight, NC State

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