2022 NFL Draft: Ohio State, SEC pass catchers highlight deep wide receiver class

I’ll come out and state it — the 2022 class of pass receivers isn’t as magnificent on top as the Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Devonta Smith led collection of pass-catchers in the 2021 draft or the Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Justin Jefferson highlighted contingent we got the year prior to. 

However it’s a deep group of gifted wideouts, a lot of whom seem like Day 2 potential customers today with Round 1 upside if they piece together quality 2021 projects. Here’s an extensive sneak peek for the 2022 receiver class.

Chris Olave, Ohio State

Advises me of: Corey Davis
Seems Like:  Round 1 skill
Trump cards: Route-running proficiency, ball-tracking
Requirements to reveal much better: YAC abilities

Olave is that guy to start the season, the most NFL-ready, likeliest first-round choice at the receiver area in this class. Why? Due to the fact that he runs paths like he’s been coached by a previous professional receiver — oh, wait, he has actually! — and has produced because his freshman season at Ohio State as a “lowly” three-star hire. There are lots of retweetable snags downfield — primarily near the border — on his movie too. I simply requirement to see more from Olave after the catch to get super-pumped about him as a possibility. 

Garrett Wilson, Ohio State

Advises me of: Jalen Reagor
Seems Like: Round 1 skill
Trump cards: Suddenness, burst, acrobatic-catch abilities
Requirements to reveal much better: Route-running quality, speed

Mash Olave’s route-running proficiency and Wilson’s athletic chops together, and you have a slam-dunk, no-questions-asked Leading 10 choice. As somebody who admired Allen Iverson throughout intermediate school, I love Wilson’s “bag” with the ball in his hands and how he crosses protectors at the line to totally free himself. However Wilson must different more regularly offered his physical presents. And I do not understand how genuinely quick he remains in a straight line. 

Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Advises me of: Kenny Britt
Seems Like: Late Round 1 – Early Round 2 skill
Trump cards: Size, box-out proficiency, above-the-rim play, misleading YAC
Requirements to reveal much better: Paths, wins on the outdoors

Stylistically, Burks is a reproduction of Britt on the field. Their construct, the method they run, how they capture, how they leap. It’s freaky. Burks is a tricky professional athlete for being an imposing target, and he plays to each and every single inch of his frame, indicating he’s frightening when the quarterback simply tosses it up and states “go get it.” It does not really matter to me, however some groups will not like Burks mainly lining up in the slot. If he shows he can win versus press and keep his efficiency on the outdoors in 2021, he’ll get chosen high. Burks is a ripped specimen. 

George Pickens, Georgia

Advises me of: Allen Robinson
Seems Like: Round 1 – Round 2 skill
How he wins: Separation at his size, bounce
Requirements to enhance: Strength versus physical corners

Pickens was a one of 4 first-class receiver employees in the class of 2019, and kid does it reveal on the field. He’s a smooth 6-3 and 200 pounds with trampoline bounce to offer his quarterback a soccer goalie esque catch radius. And Pickens has no worry when requiring to completely reach capture the football. There’s severe breeze in his paths, and the speed aspect of his video game isn’t doing not have either, although he’s not a lightning bolt on the field. If you have the ability to identify weak points to Pickens’ profile as a receiver, you have a much better searching eye than me. 

Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Advises me of: Diontae Johnson
Seem Like: Early Round 2 skill
How he wins: Twitch, unexpected catch radius
Requirements to enhance: Physicality

Dotson might get prepared by his 2020 Ohio State movie alone. It was that dominant (however, I didn’t believe quite of Shaun Wade, whom Dotson roasted all video game). Anyhow, he’s silently been collecting statistics because his freshman season and has actually balanced 17.1 backyards per grab at Penn State. And he’s done it with primarily blah quarterback play the previous 2 years. Dotson is a touch little, however the NFL remains in a small-receiver renaissance, right? Dotson, a great, not yet excellent path runner and does require to bulk up to power through contact within the very first 5 backyards off the line. 

Zay Flowers, Boston College

Advises me of: Curtis Samuel
Seems Like: Round 2 skill
Where he wins: After the catch, downfield
Requirements to enhance: Physicality at the line, hands in tight areas

It took a reasonable quantity of time, however then it struck me. Flowers’ motion on the field bears a striking similarity to Samuel. He’s likewise sized too. And like Samuel at Ohio State, Flowers is an electrical change-of-direction authority after he captures the football. It was difficult tracking a play in which Flowers was contented in a YAC circumstance. Love that. There’s severe speed as soon as he blows up through the 2nd level too, as evidenced by back-to-back years balancing over 15 backyards per receptions to begin his Boston College profession. And there’s hardly any buzz for Flowers heading into the season. I do not understand why. He’s a significant skill. 

Drake London, USC 

Advises me of: Brandon Marshall
Seems Like: Round 2 skill
How he wins: YAC power, towering size, misleading quicks
Requirements to enhance: Speed

London is a beast truck outdoors field. He decides to run totally through protectors, and has the frame and on-field frame of mind to do it. The budding USC star is noted at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. Now I understand what you’re believing — how is that design going to operate in the NFL? Well, if that’s all London gave the field, he’d be a restricted possibility. Other than it’s not. He is among the best 6-5 receivers I have actually hunted. Seriously. London even moonlighted on the basketball group in 2019-2020. Those motion abilities — and all of us understand how athletic Department I basketball gamers are — assist London produce separation in spite of his high frame, and his balance is impressive. If he’s gotten much faster this offseason, London can be the exception to the pattern in the NFL and be chosen early as a large wideout in the 2022 draft.

Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Advises me of: Michael Gallup
Seems Like: Round 2 skill
How he wins: Downfield juice, assertiveness after the catch, rebounding
Weak Points:  Restricted paths, slender-ish frame

Perhaps it’s simply me — I had issues discovering clear weak points to Doubs’ video game. There’s suddenness off the ball and certainly down the field. He tracks it naturally, and there is seriousness, wiggle, and some power after the catch.

Any knock on him needs to be focused around size and his function. He’s a little slim and Nevada utilizes him in a “new-age” screen or go path kind of function. What’s operating in his favor — NFL groups do not require wideouts to have expert-level abilities on 15 various paths like they utilized to for them to be efficient early in their professions. 

Justyn Ross, Clemson

Advises me of:  Mike Williams
Seems Like: Round 2 – Round 3 skill
How he wins: Over you
Requirements to enhance: After the catch, burst through his paths

After not playing in 2020 due to a major neck injury, Ross is an enigma today. And I appreciate his strength for wanting to go back to the field. I could not do that. In 2018, Ross was the more excellent wideout at Clemson — on a group with Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers. He was a circus show the ball in the air and won down the field over, and over, and over once again to the tune of 1,000 backyards on a simple 46 receptions. Do not strike that calculator app. I got you. That’s 21.7 backyards per catch. And he did it as a freshman. In 2019, Ross wasn’t as dominant in rebounding circumstances, and his absence of burst appeared. Ross is the most significant boom-or-bust wideout in this class. He might enter the Leading 20 or arrive on Day 3. 

John Metchie III, Alabama

Advises me of: Tylan Wallace
Feels like: Round 3 skill
How he wins: On the vertical path tree, tracking it with protectors on his back
Requirements to enhance: Efficiency after the catch, separation beneath

Metchie did something quite extraordinary last season. He went far for himself on an offense with the Heisman winner and the month of September with Waddle in the very same receiver group. He’s a revved cars awaiting the garage door to open, and although he’s just entering his 3rd season on the field, Metchie’s skilled running a range of elaborate vertical paths that puzzle cornerback-safety interaction. I want to see more suddenness to match his speed as a path runner and as soon as the ball remains in his hands. With Smith and Waddle gone, Metchie must be the person for Bryce Young and the Alabama offense this season. 

Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

Advises me of:  Isaiah McKenzie
Seems Like: Round 3 – Round 4 skill
How he wins: With the ball in his hands
Requirements to enhance: Route-running sharpness, seriousness beneath, tracking the ball in overloaded circumstances

I’ll confess, I didn’t see “it” with Smith as much as some others. He’s enjoyable after the catch, and I like how Texas A&M got him the football as a running back in 2020. However the speed/quickness aspect of his video game needs to enhance for him to effectively bring that function into the NFL. As a rather brief, stocky receiver, Smith’s natural catch radius is small, and he’s polished off his designated paths too early. The imagination after the catch made him worthwhile of this post. 

David Bell, Purdue

Advises me of: Cooper Kupp
Seems Like:
Round 3 – Round 4
How he wins: With a total video game, centerfielder-type ball-tracking
Requirements to enhance: Power through contact, after the catch

Bell isn’t especially fancy. He’s not a significant professional athlete. He’s not extremely huge or physical or extremely quick. He simply produces. Type of like Kupp. He reviewed 1,000 backyards as a freshman with 7 ratings then added 8 more getting goals in simply 6 video games last season. If there is one “surpass card” to his video game — Bell grows in the body control/ball tracking departments down the field. He seems like a receiver who’ll begin his NFL profession as a WR3 and end up being a quality No. 2 by his 3rd professional season. 

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