The 2022 NFL Draft has some interesting quarterback prospects on the rise. Here’s where some of the top prospects could wind up playing next season.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride trying to keep up with the top quarterback prospects for the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. Before the start of the season, the rankings look very different than they do right now, and most draft analysts would have had Spencer Rattler headlining this class.
However, a lot has changed more than halfway through the college season, and a few underdog quarterbacks have emerged. How they play in their final performances down the stretch could ultimately determine where they will land next April.
Recently, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus came up with suggested landing spots for some of the top quarterbacks set to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at where he had these quarterbacks going:
Matt Corral to Washington
Matt Corral has become one of the most electrifying players to watch in the nation this year thanks to his ability to run with the football or drop it in a bucket 30 yards down the field. Though he doesn’t have an elite arm, it is good enough for NFL standards. The Washington Football Team would love to upgrade the talent at the quarterback position and they would be wise to build an offense around their new signal-caller if they were to land a player like Corral.
Malik Willis to Eagles
Malik Willis is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The turnovers and bad decisions have been concerning this year, and you never want a first-round prospect at the quarterback position to have multiple losses in such a small conference. However, the highs are extremely high and he has as much upside as any QB in this class. If the Eagles aren’t sold on Jalen Hurts, Malik Willis could be an option early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Kenny Pickett to Steelers
This just seems like a match that was meant to be. After spending the past five years in Pittsburgh as the quarterback for the Panthers, Kenny Pickett could continue his professional career at Heinz Field for the Steelers. Pickett meets the threshold of the big-bodied passer Pittsburgh typically looks for, and his terrific redshirt senior season will be enough to put him on the map for Mike Tomlin and general manager, Kevin Colbert.
Desmond Ridder to Lions
I’m assuming that if Mike Renner has Desmond Ridder going to the Lions, it’s not with the projected first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Because the very top pick seems a little rich for any of the quarterbacks this year, Detriot could wait and get their man at the top of the second. Ridder doesn’t have amazing arm talent, but he has improved in each year and meets all of the thresholds most teams look for. He also comes from a winning program, which is something the Lions desperately need.
It will be interesting to see where each of these quarterbacks land in April, but it’s not hard to see why Pro Football Focus has them as potential fits for each of these squads in 2022.