The 2021 college football regular season is over, but the player evaluation process is just beginning.
This is where PFF's 2022 NFL Draft Board stands as of now, but with the combine and pro days still left, a lot can change between now and April 28, 2022.
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The highest-graded edge defender in college football. Hutchinson has multiple ways to win with his blend of quicks and power. He’s a complete edge defender who excels against both the run and the pass.
Thibodeaux has an elite first step combined with an ideal frame for the position. While he lacks refinement, that combination still led to a 91.5 PFF pass-rushing grade in 2021.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound safety has a skill set you simply won’t find in every draft class. His range and coverage skills are unheard of for a man of his size. The Notre Dame star picked off three passes and broke up three more in only six games before getting injured.
Stingley is a scheme-diverse corner, but he possesses the class' best pure man-coverage skill set. He was the highest-graded corner in the country as a true freshman in 2019 but has played only 683 snaps in two years since.
Neal played a different position every year of his Alabama career and excelled at each one. He started at left guard as a freshman, moved to right tackle as a sophomore and finished his career at left tackle in 2021, where he earned an 85.8 overall grade. The 6-foot-7, 350-pounder has rare movement skills for a man his size.
Cross made a massive leap in Year 3 of his college career. He went from 44 pressures allowed in his first year as a starter to only 16 pressures allowed on 719 pass-blocking snaps.
Karlaftis is a versatile iron man who can do pretty much anything you ask of him. He played at least 49 snaps in all but one game this past season and finished with a 90.6 PFF pass-rushing grade.
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I’m not sure we’ve seen a stingier season from a college corner since we started grading in 2014. Gardner allowed only 20 catches from 40 targets for 131 yards in 14 games.
Linderbaum was the highest-graded center in the country in both 2020 and 2021. His 95.4 overall grade this past year was the highest we’ve ever given to a Power Five center.
Wilson's ability to generate separation is the best in the class. He’s also produced at a high level from both the slot (73.4% of his snaps in 2020) and outside (82.9% of his snaps in 2021).
Lloyd may not be the freak athlete that we’ve seen go top-10 at the linebacker position, but he’s one of the most complete linebacker prospects of the PFF era. This past season, he earned grades above 80.0 in run defense, coverage and as a pass-rusher.
London has elite possession-receiver traits. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder caught 88 of his 119 targets for 1,084 yards and seven scores in only eight games this past season.
Ekwonu is the biggest bully as a run-blocker in the draft class. He leads all college linemen in big-time blocks since the start of 2020.
Dean's range at the linebacker position is unparalleled in this draft class. He’s not only straight-line fast, but he also processes and reacts with elite quickness.
McDuffie quietly dominated the Pac-12 this season, allowing only 16 catches from 36 targets for 11 yards and no scores. He’s been starting and grading out at a high level since he was a true freshman in 2019.
The QB1…for now. The North Carolina product is the only true junior among the top guys and was on track to be the top guy until he lost his supporting cast this past fall. Still, he showed how dynamic he could be as a runner with 1,106 yards and 65 broken tackles on the ground in 2021.
It’s a shame Williams tore his ACL in the national championship game, as his tape put him firmly in the mix for WR1. He’s still the single best deep threat in the class.
Elam put together one heck of a career against top-tier SEC competition. He allowed only 52 catches from 113 targets in his career for 625 yards, with six picks and 15 pass breakups.
Raimann switched from tight end to offensive tackle as a junior. A year later, he was the second-highest-graded tackle in college football.
You won’t find a more polished receiver prospect in the class. He may not be particularly dynamic, but he can get off the line and get open downfield.
Booth has the best combination of balance and ball skills in the draft class — and that’s a good combination for a cornerback. He picked off five of his 81 career targets and broke up eight more.
Ojabo had played only 26 career snaps before 2021, but he made his presence felt in a big way, earning an 86.9 pass-rushing grade on 300 pass-rushing snaps. The Michigan product is still only scratching the surface of what he can be, given his physical tools.
Ridder's four years at the helm of the Bearcats offense make him one of the most experienced passers in the class. We saw consistent growth from him every year en route to a career-high 90.7 grade in 2021.
Green’s 79.8 overall grade in 2021 doesn’t do him justice as a prospect. But that grade is due to the fact he was forced to make starts at every single offensive line position except center this season. The Texas A&M product ends up here because he still graded well despite the jostling.
McCreary graded out well in his first two seasons as a starter but took his game to another level in 2021. He finished with an 89.7 coverage grade and 13 pass breakups as a senior.
Dotson racked up 1,182 yards on 91 catches, but there’s no telling how many yards were left out there by Penn State’s less-than-stellar quarterback situation. At only 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds, his size will be his biggest concern.
Cine was the biggest riser down the stretch for the Georgia defense. He’s one heck of a tackler — for his career, he missed only 11 tackles on 159 attempts.
Burks is a massive 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver with rare speed for that size. He’s a weapon with the ball in his hands, too, as he broke 15 tackles on 65 receptions in 2021.
Ebiketie transferred from Temple last offseason and proved his performance there was no fluke. This fall, he racked up 52 pressures for the Nittany Lions and took over several games.
After a disappointing 2020 season, Jackson broke out before getting injured late in 2021. He finished with an 87.7 pass-rushing grade on the year.
Penning will get a chance to prove himself at the Senior Bowl, but he’s very much a traits-based projection. The 6-foot-7, 321-pounder is the definition of “country strong.”
Corral lost his top weapons from 2020 but didn’t see his game slip this fall. He also protected the ball a lot better, recording only 10 turnover-worthy plays all season.
Hill showed off his versatility by playing mainly slot for the Wolverines defense. Still, he’ll be a deep safety in the NFL, and he possesses some of the class' best speed for that position.
Pickett took an unbelievable step forward in performance this fall, going from a 69.8 overall grade in 2020 to 92.3 this season. Still, there are some concerns about his game — one big one is that he averaged a ridiculously high 3.19 seconds to throw in 2021.
Chenal was a big riser this fall, as he dominated coming downhill for the Badgers. He finished with the highest run-defense grade and second-highest pass-rushing grade of any off-ball linebacker.
Davis is a one-trick pony, but it’s one impressive trick. The 6-foot-6, 360-pound defensive tackle will not be moved in the run game.
Between the two Georgia defensive tackles, Wyatt is the far more explosive athlete. That showed as a pass-rusher, where Wyatt finished with an 84.0 grade.
Brisker is so incredibly sound as a safety. He’s the kind of guy who will be coveted by teams who have specific box roles. He earned an 89.5 coverage grade in a career year this past fall.
The 6-foot-9, 380-pounder is a truly rare human being. He came over from Australia to play football in 2016 and has improved mightily since. His 82.3 overall grade in 2021 was a massive leap from the 72.3 he earned when we saw him last in 2019.
Thomas is a big, long base end who was uber-productive for the Aztecs. He finished second in pressures (77) and third in total stops (44) among edge rushers last season.
Listed at 260 pounds, Hall is an undersized interior player who may be best suited on the edge in the NFL. Still, he earned pass-rushing grades of 84.9 and 90.2 from the interior over the past two seasons.
Johnson finally got to see the field consistently after transferring from Georgia, and he showed out in the process. He racked up 14 sacks for the Seminoles this fall.
Moore is one of the shiftiest receivers in the draft class. It was comical watching him against some of the defenses he faced. He finished with 94 catches for 1,291 yards, 10 scores and an FBS-high 26 broken tackles.
Enagbare has been one of the highest-graded pass-rushers in the country over the past two seasons, having put up an 89.2 pass-rushing grade in 2020 and a 92.5 in 2021. While he’s not the kind of athlete who hears his name called early, Enagbare has the violent hands to be productive.
Strong’s persistent knee problems will have to be vetted, but it shouldn’t be a massive deal with his pocket-passing playstyle. He has some of the best pure arm talent in the draft class.
Johnson was the cleanest true guard in the country this past season. He allowed only six pressures all season long for the Eagles.
Muma just racked up tackles for the Wyoming defense, with 148 this past fall alone. He has the ideal size — 6-foot-3, 242 pounds — and athleticism to be a three-down backer in the NFL.
Asamoah is undersized at 6-foot-1, 228 pounds, but he plays sideline-to-sideline with the best of them. He took massive steps forward with his processing in 2021 and saw his grade jump from 57.1 to 76.3 because of it.
After an impressive sophomore campaign, Leal failed to break out as many had hoped in 2021. In fact, his overall grade went from 88.3 to 70.3 this past fall.
Bonitto will more than likely be a designated pass-rusher at the next level, but he’s talented enough in that regard to warrant a high pick there. He’s earned pass-rushing grades of 92.5 and 93.6 the past two seasons.