Five players who improved their draft stock most in 2022
Paris Johnson – OT, Ohio State
Of all the players on this list, Johnson looks likely to go highest. That probably isn’t surprising for a former five-star and top ten national recruit that plays for Ohio State, but he wouldn’t be where he is without an outstanding 2022 season.
Johnson was forced to kick inside to guard to start his college career due to the Buckeyes’ depth at tackle. Prior to the 2022 season, it was announced that Johnson would be the team’s starting left tackle. How well he handled this move was always going to dictate his eventual draft stock. Johnson passed the test with flying colours, allowing just 14 pressures on 449 pass blocking snaps.
There is still room for improvement in Johnson’s game. His hand timing is inconsistent and does leave him vulnerable to smarter edge rushers. Nevertheless, he was a Consensus All-American tackle in his first season playing the position. When you factor in his imposing size and good athleticism, he has all of the traits you want in a first round tackle.