The 2022 NFL Draft will soon begin. Here are my top five quarterbacks this year and where they rank on my top-150 big board.
Since I have been grading draft prospects and comprising my own big boards starting back in 2014, I’ve never spent as much time watching quarterback film as I did this year. Unfortunately, I’ve also never had a harder time determining the order of the top-five signal-callers.
We can all agree that this class is lacking top-end, elite QB talent, but I would also add that these prospects should all be very close to each other on the draft board. After hours of extensive research and film study, I have given second-round grades to each of the top five quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Essentially, it comes down to a matter of preference and how you value numerous factors like traits, upside, and pro readiness (just to name a few). Here are my final 2022 QB rankings:
2022 NFL Draft quarterback rankings:
1. Matt Corral, Ole Miss (40th overall)
I went back and forth on my decision for my number one quarterback this year, and I ultimately settled on my gut instinct with Matt Corral. The Ole Miss product really turned heads during his 2020 season, and he continued with a strong 2021 campaign.
What doesn’t get talked about enough is his 10-2 record on the season (not counting the Sugar Bowl which he left in the first quarter when the score was 0-0). This is good for the best record at Ole Miss since 1971 — topping Eli Manning’s 10-3 record back in 2003.
Corral also has a good combination of traits plus upside, thanks to his lightning-fast release, good accuracy from the pocket, great velocity, and elusiveness as a runner. Corral needs to get better on third downs and outside of structure, but he’s a fiery competitor who might just have that ‘it’ factor.