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2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Quarterbacks Rankings

We compiled the quarterbacks rankings from 6 of the top sports websites and came with our points-based wide receivers rankings. Here are the best rookie wide receivers prospects heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.

RESOURCES: Player Ratings by PFF.com | Player Contracts by Spotrac.com | Stats by ESPN.com | Player Bios/Analysis by NFL.com

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With Super Bowl LVI and the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview and the 2022 NFL Draft on the horizon (April 28th), it’s time to look toward the next group of talent to hit the pro ranks. Below is our rankings list of the top prospects at the quarterback position in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

To make our rankings we reviewed all the major rankings out there [yahoo.com, nfl.com, sportsnaut.com, profootballnetwork.com, si.com, & walterfootball.com]. We then allocated points to each player in each ranking to come up with the most comprehensive list with the highest power.

Check back with us after the draft for our thoughts and fantasy football projections.

Top 20 Quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft

Ht: 6′ 3”     Wt: 217 lbs
Arms: 30 7/8”  Hands: 8 1/2”
School: Pittsburgh
Prospect Grade: 6.40 
Next Gen Score: 84

Stats (2021)

Att:       497 
Cmp:    67.2
Yds:     4,319
TD:        42
Int:          7
Rtg:     165.3
QBR:    81.2

Player Bio

Pickett’s career with the Panthers got off to a big start as a freshman, leading the team to a win over Miami in his first and only start of the year (39-of-66, 59.1%, 509 yards, one TD, one INT; 26-93-3.6, two TDs rushing in four appearances). He started all 14 games the next season, throwing for 1,969 yards (180-310-58.1) and 12 touchdowns (six INTs) while scoring three times on the ground (117-220-1.9). The former top-10, pro-style quarterback recruit from Ocean Township High School in New Jersey was the full-time starter as a junior, as well, completing 61.6 percent of his passes (289-of-469) for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions (also 95-110-1.2, two TDs rushing). Pickett was the Quick Lane Bowl MVP (27-of-39, 361 yards, three TDs) in the team’s win over Eastern Michigan, setting a school record with a 96-yard TD pass. The 2020 team captain started nine games that season (203-of-332, 61.1%, 2,408 yards, 13 TDs, nine INTs; 81-145-1.8, eight TDs rushing), missing two contests with an ankle injury. Pickett decided to return to school instead of going to the NFL for one final season in 2021, which paid off handsomely with many awards (Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Senior CLASS Award, second-team Associated Press All-American, ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year) in addition to landing finalist spots for the Heisman Trophy (finished third in the voting), Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien Award. He led the Panthers to the ACC Championship, ranked sixth in the FBS with a school-record 4,319 passing yards and fourth with 334 completions (497 attempts, 67.2 percent) and an ACC-record 42 passing touchdowns (just seven INT). Pickett also broke Pitt career records with 12,303 passing yards and broke Dan Marino’s record with 81 passing touchdowns. He also used his feet to run for 241 yards and five scores in 2021. Pickett started 13 games in his final year, opting out of the team’s bowl game to prepare for the 2022 NFL Draft. His father, Ken, is in the Shippensburg (PA) University Athletics Hall of Fame his play at linebacker.

— Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Player Analysis

Pickett has five years of game experience and four years of starting experience for Pitt. He’s a fairly toolsy pocket passer with good mobility. He operated in a passing scheme featuring vertical concepts that created big-play opportunities but left food on the plate when he failed to play chess against the back-end of the coverage. Pickett works with average anticipation but drives the ball with good velocity, which should help him shine in pre-draft passing drills. Pickett’s touch and placement need work, but his accuracy stats were damaged by an inordinate amount of drops throughout his career. The top indicator for future success or failure will likely rest in a team’s ability to build Pickett’s trust, poise and discipline from the pocket. He can make all the throws, but he’ll only be able to execute against disguised fronts and NFL pressure if he’s willing to hang in and win with his eyes first. He carries a boom/bust label, but the 2021 tape and productivity showed off his potential to become a good starter in time.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 0 1/2”     Wt: 219 lbs
Arms: 31 3/4”  Hands: 9 1/2”
School: Liberty
Prospect Grade: 6.41 
Next Gen Score: 79

Stats (2021)

Att:       339 
Cmp:    61.1
Yds:     2,857
TD:        27
Int:        12
Rtg:     151.1
QBR:    70.0

Player Analysis

Upside quarterback with special parts of his game, but with no guarantee they will be assembled properly into a finished product. Willis uses his rare combination of elite rushing talent and a rocket-launching right arm to unlock explosive plays in two different ways. He has the arm to beat safeties to the deepest parts of the field and makes impressive throws from inside and outside the pocket. On the flip side, Willis’ mechanical and operational inconsistencies lead to erratic timing and accuracy, and he doesn’t throw with enough touch. Protection and receiver separation were both issues, but Willis also pressed over the second half of the season and never looked comfortable in the Liberty offense. On the pro level, additional film work and a layered, pro-style passing attack could allow for more focused reads and help him see the field faster and more clearly from the pocket. Play-callers must lean into his special talent as a runner and include called runs into the game plan. Even if Willis fails to reach his passing potential, running ability doesn’t slump and he has the talent to produce on the ground at a level between Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 2”     Wt: 212 lbs
Arms: 30 3/4”  Hands: 9 5/8”
School: Mississippi
Prospect Grade: 6.40 
Next Gen Score: 89

Stats (2021)

Att:       386 
Cmp:    67.9
Yds:     3,349
TD:        20
Int:          5
Rtg:      155.3
QBR:     80.5

Player Analysis

Small quarterback with a big heart who has learned to play with better maturity and control without losing his edge. Corral played in a quarterback-friendly scheme with well-defined reads, so he needs to prove he can work through full-field progressions and make good decisions with the ball. He’s decisive, operating with a quick-trigger release to challenge tight windows and possesses the touch to make challenging bucket throws. He’s a fiercely competitive runner but needs to get his slide game up as he’s not built to take the pounding from called runs or scrambles. Corral is mobile, but his poise and accuracy wane when forced to move. Discipline has benefitted Corral and he’s clearly at his best when operating on-schedule and in rhythm. A spread-based scheme and a player-friendly head coach gives Corral the best opportunity to live up to his potential and challenge to become the best QB from this draft class.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 1”     Wt: 218 lbs
Arms: 30 3/4”  Hands: 9 1/8”
School: North Carolina
Prospect Grade: 6.22 
Next Gen Score: 82

Stats (2021)

Att:       347 
Cmp:    62.5
Yds:     3,056
TD:        24
Int:          9
Rtg:      154.2
QBR:     76.1

Player Analysis

Stocky, three-year starter who plays with admirable confidence despite inconsistencies in important areas as a passer. Howell attacks the field working from deep to short when he’s allowed. He’s not a classic full-field reader at this point but has pocket poise and mobility to potentially develop in that area in the future. He muscles throws, hindering his accuracy on drive throws but has adequate arm strength and can expedite off-platform throws. Howell doesn’t throw with nearly enough timing or ball placement, which forces wideouts into the boundaries or to break stride, limiting their YAC potential. He flashed impressive dual-threat talent in 2021, which should work in his favor. The 2021 tape was bumpy but his makeup is really good and improvement is likely with better pieces around him. Howell isn’t wired for or suited to a ball-control passing attack and might need a vertical passing scheme capable of creating explosive plays in order to succeed.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 3”     Wt: 211 lbs
Arms: 32 3/4”  Hands: 10”
School: Cincinnati
Prospect Grade: 6.36 
Next Gen Score: 79

Stats (2021)

Att:       387 
Cmp:    64.9
Yds:     3,334
TD:        30
Int:          8
Rtg:     158.7
QBR:     71.9

Player Analysis

Four-year starter and four-year winner whose hard work at his craft altered his standing from good college quarterback to early-round draft pick. There is nothing special about Ridder’s size or arm talent but his improved confidence and field command has really helped him mature at the position. He plays in rhythm and operates with consistently repeatable footwork and mechanics. He’s intelligent and processes quickly, which should help him find where the football needs to go regardless of passing scheme. Getting the ball to NFL targets accurately and safely, however, is not a given. Despite favorable mechanics, his accuracy and ball placement need work and he doesn’t have the arm strength or release quickness to consistently survive off-target throws against pro coverage. He can run but is more of a pocket passer who can win with his legs than a true dual-threat quarterback.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 3”     Wt: 226 lbs
Arms: 32”  Hands: 9 1/8”
School: Nevada
Prospect Grade: 6.00 
Next Gen Score: 75

Stats (2021)

Att:       524 
Cmp:    70.0
Yds:     4,186
TD:        36
Int:          8
Rtg:     156.8
QBR:    64.5

Player Analysis

“Touch-or-torch” pocket passer with rare blend of power and finesse to turn low percentage throws into completions. His surgically repaired right knee might hinder the sturdiness of his throwing base, but Strong still throws with velocity, accuracy and touch either on or off-platform. He has the talent to attack any coverage and all areas of the field. Nonchalant eye discipline and a gunslinger mentality means he’s likely to see additional air traffic and turnovers as he transitions from Nevada’s Air Raid offense. Scouts rave about his leadership and “killer instinct.” He clearly has first-round talent, but long-term durability concerns surrounding his knee could force teams to take a more cautious approach with his projection and draft slotting.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 1”     Wt: 212 lbs
Arms: 29”  Hands: 9 1/4”
School: Iowa State
Prospect Grade: 5.57 
Next Gen Score: 68

Stats (2021)

Att:       407 
Cmp:    71.7
Yds:     3,188
TD:        19
Int:          8
Rtg:     149.0
QBR:     70.0

Player Analysis

Four-year starter who was never able to improve upon a stellar sophomore campaign. Purdy is a burly pocket quarterback who needs a play-action based offense where he can rely on timing over release quickness and arm strength. He can be a confident passer when he finds his rhythm, but throwing is more of a chore than a talent thanks to a labored release. Certain areas of the field will be off limits as he moves up to take on NFL coverage talent. He’s a scrappy runner but not dynamic enough to make up for his shortcomings as a passer.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 0 1/2”     Wt: 215 lbs
Arms: 31 3/8”  Hands: 9 3/4”
School: Western Kentucky
Prospect Grade: 5.67 
Next Gen Score: 71

Stats (2021)

Att:       686 
Cmp:    69.2
Yds:     5,967
TD:         62
Int:          11
Rtg:     168.9
QBR:     78.6

Player Analysis

Stocky pocket passer with eye-popping production in high-volume passing attacks. Zappe is a confident passer willing to challenge both man or zone coverages on all three levels. His release quickness and arm strength are both below average and he might not work with the anticipation or decision-making prowess to overcome those areas of concern. He’s unimpressive physically and lacks precision accuracy, so finding work as a backup might be a longshot despite the impressive career production.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 1”     Wt: 208 lbs
Arms: 30 5/8”  Hands: 9 1/4”
School: Western Michigan
Prospect Grade: 5.55 
Next Gen Score: 61

Stats (2021)

Att:       362 
Cmp:    63.5
Yds:     3,277
TD:         23
Int:          6
Rtg:     157.2
QBR:     61.4

Player Analysis

Eleby’s below-average size and physical tools are a concern. He’s not going to outpace safeties with velocity and arm talent, but he does a nice job of extending plays and searching for the big play during scramble mode. He’s a good leader with a lack of traits, and he projects as an undrafted free agent.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 1”     Wt: 210 lbs
Arms: 31 3/4”  Hands: 9 3/8”
School: Kent State
Prospect Grade: 5.68 
Next Gen Score: 59

Stats (2021)

Att:       382 
Cmp:    64.1
Yds:     3,238
TD:         20
Int:          6
Rtg:     149.5
QBR:     74.3

Player Analysis

Three-year starter who has become more consistent inside his offense, but the tape fails to dazzle. Crum won’t take many chances that lead to interceptions, but he’s also not equipped to avoid them if he wants to become a more aggressive thrower. His sluggish release is backed by a lack of zip, which leads to a high percentage of his throws being contested. He’s courageous both inside and outside the pocket and helps himself as a runner, but may not have enough talent as a passer to play in the league.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 215 lbs
Arms: 32 1/2”  Hands: 8 7/8”
School: Alabama A&M

Stats (2021)

Att:       414 
Cmp:    62.6
Yds:     3,568
TD:         36
Int:           7
Rtg:     160.3

Ht: 6′ 7”     Wt: 249 lbs
Arms: 33 3/4”  Hands: 9 7/8”
School: Southeastern Louisiana
Prospect Grade: 5.56 
Next Gen Score: 51

Stats (2021)

Att:       552 
Cmp:    73.6
Yds:     5,124
TD:         44
Int:          10
Rtg:     174.2

Player Analysis

Towering quarterback with a body type closer to tight end than quarterback. Kelley came into Arkansas as a four-star recruit and, after transferring, leaves Southeastern Louisiana as a highly decorated passer with eye-popping productivity. He has a fairly sudden release and attacks all areas of the field, but he feasted on lesser talent in FCS secondaries and is unlikely to find an NFL roster until he proves he can work with better anticipation and more discipline when reading the field.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 3”      Wt: 218 lbs
Arms: 31 1/8”   Hands: 9 1/2”
School: Notre Dame
Prospect Grade: 6.10 
Next Gen Score: 69

Stats (2021)

Att:       385 
Cmp:    65.7
Yds:     3,150
TD:         25
Int:           7
Rtg:     152.2
QBR:     72.8

Ht: 6′ 2”      Wt: 211 lbs
Arms: 32”   Hands: 9”
School: Brown
Prospect Grade: 5.61 
Next Gen Score: 63

Stats (2021)

Att:       445 
Cmp:    66.5
Yds:     3,034
TD:         23
Int:          14
Rtg:     134.6

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Ht: 6′ 1”      Wt: 207 lbs
Arms: 32 3/8”   Hands: 8 7/8”
School: South Dakota State

Stats (2021)

Att:       384 
Cmp:    62.0
Yds:     3,164
TD:         25
Int:           7
Rtg:     149.0

Ht: 6′ 1”      Wt: 210 lbs
Arms: 31”   Hands: 8 1/2”
School: Eastern Washington

Stats (2021)

Att:       552 
Cmp:    65.4
Yds:     5,070
TD:         46
Int:           8
Rtg:     167.2

Ht: 6′ 2”      Wt: 217 lbs
Arms: 31”   Hands: 8 5/8”
School: Kansas State
Prospect Grade: 5.54 
Next Gen Score: 51

Stats (2021)

Att:       233 
Cmp:    69.5
Yds:     2,113
TD:         12
Int:          4
Rtg:     159.3
QBR:     76.2

Ht: 5′ 9”      Wt: 196 lbs
Arms: 28 7/8”   Hands: 9 1/4”
School: Miami
Prospect Grade: 5.68 
Next Gen Score: 63

Stats (2021)

Att:       122 
Cmp:    66.4
Yds:      767
TD:          3
Int:          4
Rtg:     120.8
QBR:     49.0

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Ht: 6′ 2”      Wt: 215 lbs
School: Minnesota

Stats (2021)

Att:       249 
Cmp:    59.8
Yds:     2,044
TD:         10
Int:          9
Rtg:     134.8
QBR:     64.6

Ht: 6′ 1”      Wt: 218 lbs
School: California

Stats (2021)

Att:       348 
Cmp:    64.1
Yds:     2,531
TD:         16
Int:          8
Rtg:     135.7
QBR:     64.5

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