This year’s draft class is not full of talent for the quarterback and there is also no “overlookable” guy at the top. Teams that need QB throughout the league will really have to do their homework to find out which of these quarterbacks has a chance to become a league starter and a potential franchise player.
There are only a few weeks left until the start of the NFL draft in 2022, so this is how I would rank the callers in this year’s class.
1. Kenny Pickett – Pitt
Small hands may not seem like a big deal, but when playing in bad weather it can be. It does not have the highest ceiling in the draft class, but it is the most ready. He is not sure if he can promote the team to real competitors, but if he is surrounded by good weapons and an offensive line, he can be a decent starter in the league.
2. Malik Willis – Freedom
If we only went out of potential, Willis would hold first place. As good as it can be, it’s not the same. Any team that takes it to the draft knows that it will be a multi-year project that could pay off in big dividends. Willis has great mobility, but more importantly, he has a cannon on his hand – preferably on a draft.
3. Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati
Like Pickett, Ridder is a seasoned quarterback who has played a lot of football. Maturity, pocket presence, awareness, composure are some of Ridder’s best qualities. He takes extremely good care of football and rarely damages the ball. It may be a little challenging, but I think Ridder has the tools to become the best quarterback in this class. It’s not a guarantee, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
4. Matt Corral – Ole Miss
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Quick release, not a strong hand. He spent time as a starter in Lane Kiffin’s offensive, which contained many dinks and dunks that did not force him to go deep downward. If placed in the right system, it could thrive.
5. Sam Howell – North Carolina
During his freshman year, I thought there would be no doubt that Howell would be the best draftsman when he came out. A slightly declining year in 2021 moved him to 5th place on my list. The more I watch the tape, the more I see Baker Mayfield. Decent athletics so that you can escape the pressure if necessary, good arm strength, not great and not too great.
6. Carson Strong – Nevada
I like what this child has on top, but there is still some work to be done. With his feet, he’s not much of a threat, which means he has to be really sharp in the air. He did it in a flash, but he has some consistency issues. If he goes to the right team and is not immediately put into the basic role, I like his chances of becoming a really good NFL quarterback. Probably a third day selection.
7. Bailey Zappe – Western Kentucky
In his only season in western Kentucky, Zappe threw for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns for 11. The Hilltoppers threw the ball a ton and launched a quick attack. I’m not entirely sure how he’ll transfer to the NFL when he goes under the middle and will work in 5-step, 7-step sinks, but the talent on hand is there. Taylor Heinicke would be a good extra for him.
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