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nfl draft prospects 2022: updated big board of top 100

The 2021 college football regular season is almost over and conference championship week has arrived, so it’s time to update the big board with the top prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft. With more film and information on more promising pro-players, the list has grown to a special 50 players.

Some changes are happening at No. There is a reshuffle of the quarterbacks. Many rapid risers are making splashes across positions, too, and the best programs have done well to showcase their great talent.

This is how Sporting News sees the board stacked for bowl season and all-star games as more NFL teams start turning their attention to who’s available to improve their rosters in 2022:

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NFL Draft prospects 2022: Big board of top 100 players  

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon (6-5, 258 pounds)

Thibodeaux is an athletic superstar in all aspects. He’s a fast pass rusher, a skilled pursuit man and he covers a lot of ground. Thibodeaux is also a speedster with underrated power.

2. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan (6-6, 265 pounds)

He is a technically solid and extremely strong prospect, built to play at the 4-3 end. He would benefit from increasing his agility and improving his pass-rush moves.

3. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame (6-4, 220 pounds)

Hamilton is both smart and physically strong. Hamilton has the athleticism and instincts to recognize plays and quickly respond to them. He is one of the best and most intimidating safety prospects.

4. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU (6-1, 195 pounds)

Stingley’s pedigree as well as his playmaking resume make him one of the best cornerback prospects. He is large and fast and can win many of his battles due to his quickness and length. There are few holes in his coverage game and he’s also the ultimate ballhawk.

5. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama (6-7, 350 pounds)

Neal will be a dominant blocker in the NFL. His large frame makes him extremely athletic, and he’s agile enough for pass rushers of all levels.

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6. DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M (6-4, 290 pounds)

Leal’s explosive power and explosiveness make him a formidable opponent for all those who line up in front of him. He is a versatile player who can play as a tackle or end in a 4-3 and 3-4 configuration.

7. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah (6-3, 235 pounds)

Lloyd is a tall, strong and rangy athletic who makes plays, covers lots of ground vs. run, but also has special skills to defend passes, from his knowledge about coverage to his pop blitzing.

8. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa (6-3, 290 pounds)

Linderbaum is a strong and athletic interior blocker. He has the intelligence and natural run blocking skills to be a decade-long fixture in the NFL.

9. George Karlafits, EDGE, Purdue (6-4, 275 pounds)

Karlaftis, another Greek freak, is an elite athlete for his size. He still has a lot of pass-rush potential.

10. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (6-1, 189 pounds)

Olave has great speed, quickness and burst to stand out in a strong wide receiver class.

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11. Ikem Ekwonu, G, NC State (6-4, 320 pounds)

Ekwonu has shot up boards showing his strong and powerful run blocking with the required nasty streak to push around and strike fear into his defensive line assignments.

12. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida (6-2, 196 pounds)

Elam’s strength and length are unquestionable. His athleticism is often explosive and he is efficient at covering.

13. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan (6-5, 250 pounds)

Ojabo is a master of pass-rush and has displayed incredible speed and power thanks to his unique combination, which he combines with his constant energy.

14. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State (6-0, 188 pounds)

Wilson adds a lot to Olave’s smarts, speed, route-running, and hands. He is dangerous when he makes plays after the catch.

15. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State (6-5, 310 pounds)

Cross has a powerful upper body, strong hands and a mean and nasty aspect to his blocking. Cross could improve his agility and footwork in order to elevate his game.

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16. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss (6-0, 200 pounds)

Corral is an athlete who can run fast and has a lot of confidence. He also displays aggressiveness with his big arms. Corral’s raw abilities give him lots of potential and intrigue.

17. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson (6-0, 200 pounds)

Booth has fine size, strength and aggressiveness to boost himself in coverage. Booth is a ball player with great skills and a keen eye for big plays.

18. Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M (6-4, 325 pounds)

Green is an interior blocker that has solid strength, size and technique to thrive on the long-term running game.

19. Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia (6-6, 340 pounds)

Davis is gaining more attention because of the athleticism that he has to disrupt plays despite his large frame.

20. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn (6-0, 190 pounds)

McCreary’s size, physicality and fluidity have helped him rise up the boards.

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21. Kenny Pickett QB, Pittsburgh (6-3-220 pounds).

Pickett delivered with his leadership to get Pitt playing for the ACC championship. He’s the top traditional pocket-passing prospect in the class with his deep ball-accuracy, smarts and maturity.

22. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (6-1, 215 pounds)

Willis is a new mixup of Trey Lance and Zach Wilson. He’s a fast rising star who has attracted more attention for his amazing skills. He’s a top-flight athlete with the ability to throw every throw. He’s mentally and physically strong.

23. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati (6-3, 200 pounds)

Gardner is a great athlete for his length. He can easily move about vertical and horizontal coverage.

24. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia (6-0, 225 pounds)

Dean was able to improve his pass rush skills and his athleticism, which allows him to fly sideline-tosideline in order make plays. Dean is now considered for the first round. This helps more than make up for his small stature.

25. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington (5-11, 195 pounds)

McDuffie’s explosiveness and quickness allow him to keep up with his coverage assignments. He’s also bigger than his physical size.

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26. Drake London, WR (210 pounds), USC (6-5).

London has a catch radius of 3.5 yards and is quick and agile, which makes him an excellent threat to Mike Evans’ big-play and red zones.

27. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina (6-1, 220 pounds)

Howell is a smart and experienced pocket passer. While he may not have the athleticism of Willis or Rattler, it wouldn’t surprise if he was a combination of Trevor Lawrence and Mac Jones.

28. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (6-4, 215 pounds)

Ridder is a potential dynamic dual threat in the NFL with his combination strength and natural running ability. He also has the welcome intangibles, including leadership skills and toughness.

29. Trevor Penning, OT Northern Iowa (6-7, 321 lbs).

Penning’s strong and powerful frame has given him an advantage over the rest. However, he is still developing his athletic skills to be a part of the NFL.

30. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas (6-3, 225 pounds)

Burks is an enormous target and has big hands. He is able to dominate even smaller corners with his deceptive speed.

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31. Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State (6-1, 200 pounds)

Brisker has the speed and range to make plays from all vantage points. Plus, he is able to read quarterbacks with ease.

32. Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC (6-4, 250 pounds)

Jackson is another versatile and agile outside defender in this category. Jackson could benefit from bulking and improving his pass-rush skills.  

33. Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State (6-4, 260 pounds)

McBride is the best prospect for his position due to his strong frame, toughness and good hands. He also uses his body well when running routes and can stretch the seams.

34. Carson Strong, QB, Nevada (6-4, 215 pounds)

Strong is a Josh Allen-type athlete with ideal size, a large arm and more underrated athleticism.

35. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State (6-5, 315 pounds)

Petit-Frere is a solid blocker for Buckeyes. He has played on both the Buckeyes and their side with a great mix of strength, agility, footwork, and strength.

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36. Brandon Smith, LB Penn State (6-3-241 pounds)

Smith is athletic and can cover a lot of ground for both coverage and run support. Smith can be a strongside star in NFL.

37. Travon Walker, DT/DE, Georgia (6-5, 275 pounds)

Walker is a dynamic, versatile player who can play at multiple spots in the front and can do so with both athleticism as well as power.

38. Jordan Battle, S, Alabama (6-1, 210 pounds)

Battle is a cerebral playmaker who looks the part and has fine pedigree from his high-level cleaning up in Nick Saban’s defense.

39. Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati (6-5, 255 pounds)

Sanders is a muscular brute with classic freakish pass rush qualities. He’ll be a terror at the QB before he finishes his game.

40. Christian Harris, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232 pounds)

Harris is the typical Crimson Tide top second-level defender with his speed and quickness that translate to sideline-to-sideline playmaking range.

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41. Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma (6-3, 240 pounds)

Bonitto has good versatility and quickness for his size with balanced passing game skills as a rusher and cover man.

42. Jahan Dotson, WR Penn State (5-11, 184 pounds)

Dotson is a fast vertical threat and has the speed to make big plays after making great catches in open fields.

43. Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State (6-6, 268 pounds)

Harrison is strong and long, and can take on quarterbacks in many different ways. He is also quick to balance his explosive game.

44. John Metchie III, WR, Alabama (6-0, 195 pounds)

Metchie is the latest Crimson Tide speed merchant, combining some of the on-field qualities of Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle. Metchie can also be a smooth technician, like Jerry Jeudy or DeVonta Smith.

45. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas (5-10, 200 pounds)

Catalon is a linebacker-like force that can also move back and forth in coverage, making aggressive plays for the ball.

46. Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State (5-10, 210 pounds)

Walker’s breakout season with Spartans has proven that he is the most complete back this class, with his speed and balance as well as elite block-reading skills.

47. Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M (6-5, 255 pounds)

Wydermyer has the ideal physical frame for the position and backs that up with a good mix of physical receiving and smart run blocking.

48. Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern (6-1, 192 pounds)

Joseph is a natural big player against the pass, and he also displays his strength in cleaning up after the run.

49. Darian Kinnard, OT/G, Kentucky (6-5, 345 pounds)

Kinnard is an effective run blocker but could benefit from some refinement in his technique and the best way to use his athleticism for pass protection. He is likely to play inside in the NFL.

50. George Pickens, WR, Georgia (6-3, 200 pounds)

Pickens’ biggest problems are related to Pickens’ ability to manage his health and other intangibles. He’s a huge prospect with impressive speed and isn’t afraid of getting physical.

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51. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State (6-1, 220 pounds)

Hall’s ability to dodge tacklers and make big plays in open field makes him stand out. Hall can be a home-run hitter or a more complete back.

52. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (6-2, 189 pounds)

Williams is a bit like the Crimson Tide’s top picks in technical skills, but he stands out for his big-play ability and rises to the top of the boards.

53. Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M (6-1, 215 pounds)

Spiller’s ability to grind and pound out the hard yards between tackles makes him a strong back in the NFL.

54. David Bell, WR, Purdue (6-2, 205 pounds)

Bell is an uncommon combination of speed and physicality, which makes him a great choice for the job. Bell excels at stretching the field and catching the catch, as well as bursting for it.

55. Cade Otton, TE, Washington (6-5, 250 pounds)

Otton is an excellent athlete for this position, and backs it up with reliable route running and hands. As a blocker, he has plenty of room to improve.

56. Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut (6-4, 333 pounds)

Jones is a massive player who can use brute force to defeat blockers. He can play 3-4 nose or be effective in a 4-3.

57. Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota (6-9, 380 pounds)

Faaelele is an Australian celebrity because of his extraordinary size and rapid growth in the athletic portion of his game.

58. Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma (6-4, 292 pounds)

Winfrey is a strong player with great length and powerful moves. To keep up his playmaking in the NFL, he needs to improve his technique and speed.

59. Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia (6-0, 190 pounds)

Kendrick’s size and coverage skills make him a great choice for zone defense.

60. Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina (6-4, 265 pounds)

Enagbare is a powerful force that can intimidate. She has great explosiveness and is able to move to the quarterback in many different ways.

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61. Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama (6-3, 190 pounds)

Tolbert is a tempting prospect for size-speed. With good work and routes, he can be a great outside start.

62. Zion Johnson (OT/G), Boston College (6-3.316 pounds).

Johnson’s main strength is strong, powerful run blocking. He is a road grader with the hands and enough agility to play either inside or at right tackle.

63. Zion Nelson, OT, Miami (6-5, 316 pounds)

Nelson is an agile and quick blocker. He can win by his quickness at line, but also gets downfield when required. He can be trusted in both pass protection and running.

64. Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson (6-2, 300 pounds)

Davis is a solid defensive player, with some potential upside as an outside pass rusher.

65. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State (6-3, 256 pounds)

Ebiketie has good strength and explosiveness, and can be used with polish to become a highly effective all-round player.

66. Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington (6-7, 310 pounds)

Kirkland is a strong athlete that provides smooth pass protection. To win most of his battles, he uses his feet and hands well together.

67. Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama (6-2, 228 pounds)

To’oTo’o can be a solid player in all areas. He doesn’t have to dominate one area, but can assist in many different situations.

68. Brenton Cox Jr., LB, Florida (6-4, 253 pounds)

Cox is somewhat of a scheme tweener. His most valuable assets are power and strength. He has the ability to show agility that allows him to be trusted when covering the NFL.

69. Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA (6-1, 220 pounds)

Charbonnet runs with good power and strength and also can break free for chunk gains a la Nick Chubb.

70. Thayer Munford, OT/G Ohio State (6-6, 321 pounds)

Munford isn’t a star athlete on the front, but his versatility and run blocking skills make him a great candidate to be more successful at guard.

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71. Zach Carter, DT, Florida (6-4, 285 pounds)

Carter is another interior force with a long history and has displayed big-time backfield disrupting traits.

72. Sean Rhyan, OT/G, UCLA (6-5, 320 pounds)

Rhyan, a strong run-blocker, is capable of starting inside the NFL.

73. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky (5-11, 185 pounds)

Robinson’s speed and agility in the open field make him a huge play.

74. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan (6-7, 305 pounds)

The Austrian import offers great potential for development because he solidly combines strength and athleticism.

75. Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame (5-9, 199 pounds)

Williams is a dynamic and compact running back that can make an impact in the passing department.

76. Storm Duck, CB, North Carolina (6-5, 205 pounds)

Duck is a rare, strong, and powerful outside cover man who can use his body to make tackles and break up passes.

77. Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada (6-2, 200 pounds)

Doubs is a solid deep threat who can be just as dangerous making big plays off intermediate routes.

78. Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana (6-6, 297 pounds)

Mitchell’s athleticism, smooth footwork and pass protection are great assets.

79. Martin Emerson Jr., CB, Mississippi State (6-2, 200 pounds)

He is a corner with good speed and size, built to handle wider wideouts from the outside.

80. Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson (6-4, 205 pounds)

Ross is strong and has the frame to excel as a technical route-runner. Ross must recover from injuries to improve his speed and agility as a large possession target.

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81. Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State (6-5, 262 pounds)

Johnson is more than a flashy pass rusher.

82. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington (6-0, 200 pounds)

Gordon is a tall cover man with a good size who can get physical and aggressive when trying to play on the ball.

83. Marcus Jones, CB, Houston (5-8, 185 pounds)

Jones is a unique explosive ballhawk who plays secondary in Tyrann Mathieu’s style.

84. Daxton Hill, S, Michigan (6-0, 192 pounds)

Hill is a fascinating combination of speed and quickness, intelligence, and instincts, which gives him an advantage in the NFL.

85. Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston (6-6, 275 pounds)

Hall’s size matches his explosiveness and quickness, and he backs it up with a range of pass rush moves, either outside or inside.

86. Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame (6-5, 260 pounds)

Foskey made full use of his strength and length, not only as a pass rusher, but also to wreck havoc on the run.

87. Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon (5-11, 178 pounds)

Wright is a versatile cornerback, who can do everything well due to his athleticism as well as his technique.

88. Tykee Smith S. Georgia (5-10,198 pounds).

Smith is a solid safety prospect all around. His intelligence and ability to read the field are what make him stand out.

89. Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama (6-1, 194 pounds)

Jobe isn’t the biggest blazer, but he provides nice length and strength to help with his coverage. You can see his confidence in his game by how aggressive and physical he is.

90. JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska (6-1, 230 pounds)

Domann is a versatile player, with excellent coverage skills that can handle tight ends and backs.

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91. Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State (6-5, 252 pounds)

Ruckert is a reliable receiver who has plenty of room to grow into a more reliable blocker.

92. Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon (5-11, 194 pounds)

McKinley is an energetic playmaker who has natural instincts when it comes to coverage and rising up the boards with a nose for the ball.

93. Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford (6-6, 228 pounds)

McKee’s strong natural arm, combined with excellent accuracy, made him stand out on the radar.

94. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia (6-1, 200 pounds)

Cine is a strong-hitting safety who is capable of destroying runners and receivers. His pass coverage work is often overlooked.

95. John Michael Schmitz, C/G, Minnesota (6-4, 320 pounds)

Schmitz was also a strong force in the Gophers line, and was the second-best pure center after Linderbaum.

96. Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State (6-5, 270 pounds)

Thomas is a versatile pass rusher and would do well in a situational setting before he can really develop his game.

97. Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State (6-7, 300 pounds)

Diesch is a strong pass protector who can be adapted to any situation.

98. Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming (6-3, 242 pounds)

Muma has the rare ability to perform almost all tasks from the position.

99. Khaill Shakir WR, Boise State (6-0 190 pounds).

Shakir is a smooth route runner with good hands who can be prolific working short-to-intermediate.

100. Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Michigan (6-1, 220 pounds)

Zappe’s first season was very successful, he has been promoted to FBS and shows great intelligence, smarts, and toughness in a high-volume “Air Raid style” passing game.

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NFL Draft prospect rankings – Best players by position

Quarterbacks  

  1. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
  2. Kenny Pickett in Pittsburgh
  3. Malik Willis, Liberty
  4. Sam Howell North Carolina
  5. Desmond Ridder in Cincinnati
  6. Carson Strong, Nevada
  7. Tanner McKee, Stanford
  8. Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky

Running backs

  1. Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
  2. Breece Hall, Iowa State
  3. Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
  4. Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
  5. Kyren Williams, Notre Dame

Wide receivers 

  1. Chris Olave (Ohio State)
  2. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
  3. Drake London, USC
  4. Treylon Burks, Arkansas
  5. Jahan Dotson, Penn State
  6. John Metchie III, Alabama
  7. George Pickens, Georgia
  8. Jameson Williams (Alabama)
  9. Purdue University, David Bell
  10. Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
  11. Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky
  12. Romeo Doubs, Nevada
  13. Justyn Ross, Clemson
  14. Khalil Shakir, Boise State

Tight ends

  1. Trey McBride, Colorado State
  2. Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
  3. Washington, Cade Otton
  4. Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

Offensive linemen  

  1. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  2. Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
  3. Ikem Ekwonu OT, NC State
  4. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
  5. Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
  6. Trevor Penning OT, Northern Iowa
  7. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
  8. Darian Kinnard OT/G Kentucky
  9. Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
  10. Zion Johnson OT/G, Boston College
  11. Zion Nelson, OT Miami
  12. Jaxson Kirkland OT, Washington
  13. Thayer Munford, OT, Ohio State
  14. Sean Rhyan, OT/G, UCLA
  15. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
  16. Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
  17. John Michael Schmitz, C/G, Minnesota
  18. Kellen Diesch, OT, Arizona State

Edge rushers

  1. Kayvon Thibodeaux in Oregon
  2. Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
  3. George Karlaftis (Purdue)
  4. David Ojabo, Michigan
  5. Drake Jackson, USC
  6. Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
  7. Nik Bonitto (Oklahoma)
  8. Zach Harrison, Ohio State
  9. Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
  10. Penn State: Arnold Ebiketie
  11. Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State
  12. Logan Hall, Houston
  13. Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame
  14. Cameron Thomas, San Diego State 

Defensive tackles   

  1. DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
  2. Jordan Davis, Georgia
  3. Travon Walker, Georgia
  4. Travis Jones, Connecticut
  5. Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
  6. Tyler Davis, Clemson
  7. Zach Carter, Florida

Linebackers   

  1. Devin Lloyd, Utah
  2. Nakobe Dean Georgia
  3. Brandon Smith, Penn State
  4. Christian Harris, Alabama
  5. Henry To’o To’o, Alabama
  6. Brenton Cox Jr., Florida
  7. JoJo Domann, Nebraska
  8. Chad Muma, Wyoming

Cornerbacks

  1. Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
  2. Kaiir Elam, Florida  
  3. Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
  4. Roger McCreary, Auburn
  5. Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
  6. Trent McDuffie Washington
  7. Derion Kendrick, Georgia
  8. Storm Duck, North Carolina
  9. Martin Emerson Jr. Mississippi State
  10. Washington: Kyler Gordon
  11. Marcus Jones, Houston
  12. Mykael Wright, Oregon
  13. Josh Jobe, Alabama

Security

  1. Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
  2. Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
  3. Alabama, Jordan Battle
  4. Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
  5. Brandon Joseph, Northwestern
  6. Daxton Hill, Michigan 
  7. Tykee, Georgia
  8. Verone McKinley III, Oregon
  9. Lewis Cine, Georgia