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NFL Draft: Top 50 Prospects

Taking a mathematical approach to building an NFL Draft Big Board. We give you the top 50 prospects based on what the experts have said.

NFL Draft Top 50 Big Board 2022
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NFL Draft day has finally come. Draft day. And I am not talking about Kevin Costner demanding David Putney just because he felt like it. I am talking about the real thing. The day that every NFL franchise is selling hope. Hall of Fame busts and draft busts. Fun prospects, gadget players, and swiss army knives. High-character winners who might not have the athleticism to cut it on the big stage and greek gods who can’t seem to keep their heads on straight. This is draft day, and it feels like Christmas.

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If you feel the same way, make sure to go check out my 2022 NFL Draft Guide (UPDATED AS OF 4/28/22) which features consolidated big boards, team profiles, player profiles, draft trade calculators, athletic testing, and player advanced stats.

NFL Draft Big Board Methodology

Enough talk about cliches and mantras. Let’s get into methodology. This big board is built a little differently.

If you have been following along, you might have noticed my article where I analyze the draft analysts. I calculated how well each of the major NFL Draft analysts has ranked each position group over the last three draft classes. In an effort to create the best big board possible, I decided to use that data. Rather than just averaging all the big boards I have recorded together, I decided to use a weighted average that accounts for how well each analyst ranks at each position. The following analysts’ big boards were used in this process.

NFL Draft Top 10 Prospects

1. Aidan Hutchinson – EDGE – Michigan

Aidan Hutchinson NFL Draft Profile
Aidan Hutchinson Draft Profile

2. Ikem Ekwonu – OT – North Carolina State

Ikem Ekwonu NFL Draft Profile
Ikem Ekwonu Draft Profile

3. Evan Neal – OT – Alabama

Evan Neal NFL Draft Profile
Evan Neal Draft Profile

4. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner – CB – Cincinnati

Sauce Gardner NFL Draft Profile
Sauce Gardner Draft Profile

t5. Kayvon Thibodeaux – EDGE – Oregon

Kayvon Thibodeaux NFL Draft Profile
Kayvon Thibodeaux Draft Profile

t5. Kyle Hamilton – S – Notre Dame

Kyle Hamilton NFL Draft Profile
Kyle Hamilton Draft Profile

7. Garrett Wilson – WR – Ohio State

Garrett Wilson NFL Draft Profile
Garrett Wilson Draft Profile

8. Derek Stingley Jr. – CB – LSU

Derek Stingley Jr. NFL Draft Profile
Derek Stingley Jr. NFL Draft Profile

9. Charles Cross – OT – Mississippi State

Charles Cross NFL Draft Profile
Charles Cross Draft Profile

10. Travon Walker – EDGE – Georgia

Travon Walker NFL Draft Profile
Travon Walker Draft Profile

NFL Draft Prospects 11-25

11. Trent McDuffie – CB – Washington

12. Jameson Williams – WR – Alabama

13. Drake London – WR – USC

14. Devin Lloyd – LB – Utah

15. Chris Olave – WR – Ohio State

16. Jermaine Johnson II – EDGE – Florida State

17. Treylon Burks – WR – Arkansas

18. Trevor Penning – OT – Northern Iowa

19. Devonte Wyatt – iDL – Georgia

20. Tyler Linderbaum – C – Iowa

21. Nakobe Dean – LB – Georgia

t22. Zion Johnson – iOL – Boston College

t22. Jordan Davis – iDL – Georgia

24. George Karlaftis – EDGE – Purdue

25. Malik Willis – QB – Liberty

NFL Draft Prospects 26-50

26. Kenyon Green – OL – Texas A&M

27. Kenny Pickett – QB – Pittsburgh

28. Andrew Booth Jr. – CB – Clemson

29. Daxton Hill – S/nCB – Michigan

30. David Ojabo – EDGE – Michigan

31. Arnold Ebiketie – EDGE – Penn State

32. Kaiir Elam – CB – Florida

33. Lewis Cine – S – Georgia

34. Breece Hall – RB – Iowa State

35. Tyler Smith – OL – Tulsa

36. Jahan Dotson – WR – Penn State

37. Desmond Ridder – QB – Cincinnati

38. Travis Jones – iDL – Connecticut

t39. Matt Corral – QB – Ole Miss

t39. Quay Walker – LB – Georgia

41. Kyler Gordon – CB – Washington

42. Boye Mafe – EDGE – Minnesota

43. Christian Watson – WR – North Dakota State

t44. Jaquan Brisker – S – Penn State

t44. Trey McBride – TE – Colorado State

46. Jalen Pitre – S / nCB – Baylor

t47. Roger McCreary – CB – Auburn

t47. Bernhard Raimann – OT – Central Michigan

49. Kenneth Walker II – RB – Michigan State

50. Chad Muma – LB – Wyoming

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I like spreadsheets and football. I aim to take an analytical approach to my football research while also realizing the physical nature of football and how that impacts the numbers. While my main focus is Chicago Bears, I also write about the NFL as a whole.

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