PFF’s 2022 NFL Draft Guide is loaded with three-page draft profiles on hundreds of NFL draft prospects in the 2022 class. The draft guide also includes three-year grades, advanced stats, player comparisons, 2022 NFL Scouting Combine data, 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl grades and much more.
Courtesy of PFF's draft guide, here are the areas of strength and NFL roles for PFF's top draft prospects.
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1. EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
Where he wins: Violence
In 2021, it was anywhere he wanted. But, if I had to boil it down to one area, it's his violence into contact. You just don't see offensive linemen control him.
What his role is: All-Around Edge
He jostled between inside and outside early in his career, but after losing 20 pounds between his junior and senior seasons, he's clearly an edge. He'll be a quality starter from Day 1.
Where he wins: Range
Hamilton not only has the obvious range in terms of how he's built, but he can cover some serious ground. His 21 miles per hour top speed, per Bruce Feldman, is exactly what teams want on the back end.
What his role is: Anywhere
Hamilton has the kind of physical tools that can fill almost any role you can dream up besides defensive line. With how large his sphere of influence is, though, chances are you want him around the line of scrimmage.
3. CB Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
Where he wins: Athleticism
Uber athleticism, acceleration, agility, speed, change of direction — you name it, he has it. That's the skill set you want to play man coverage in the NFL.
What his role is: Island
Put Stingley in press-man on the outside and worry about the rest of your defense. He can be that island corner that doesn't require safety help to go toe-to-toe with the game's best.