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2022 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings

Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan Wolverines, 2022 NFL Draft

Aidan Hutchinson headlines a strong crop of defensive ends

You will understand if teams are in a rush when it comes to defensive ends in the 2022 NFL Draft. Eight prospects at the position, which also is referred to as an edge rusher, received a first-round grade from Athlon Sports, with one of them projected by many to go No. 1 overall.

As part of Athlon Sports' 2022 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 25 defensive ends. It's possible that as many as five could go in the first round and a total of 13 are among Athlon's top 100 prospects overall. Here is how Athlon ranks this year's class at the position.

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2022 NFL Draft: Defensive End Rankings

1. Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
2. Kayvon Thibodeaux*, Oregon
3. Travon Walker*, Georgia
4. David Ojabo*, Michigan
5. George Karlaftis*, Purdue
6. Drake Jackson*, USC
7. Cameron Thomas*, San Diego State
8. Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
9. Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
10. Logan Hall, Houston
11. Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
12. Tyreke Smith, Ohio State
13. Dominique Robinson, Miami (Ohio)
14. Josh Paschal, Kentucky
15. Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
16. Sam Williams, Ole Miss
17.  Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma
18.  Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina
19.  Michael Clemons, Texas A&M
20. Boye Mafe, Minnesota
21.  Justin Eboigbe, Alabama
22. Tyler Johnson, Arizona State
23. Tre Williams, Arkansas
24. Mike Tverdov, Rutgers
25. Owen Carney, Illinois

*Denotes early entry, either draft-eligible junior or sophomore