2022 NFL Draft Top Prospects First Look: Top 15
15 DE/EDGE Zach Harrison, Ohio State (Jr.)
Now the numbers have to match the talent. He’s got the experience, the 6-6, 268-pound size is prototype, and the leadership and main man personality are unquestioned. The 38 tackles with 5.5 sacks and ten tackles for loss in 17 games, though, are light. However, if the stat sheet can be filled out a bit he has the upside to potentially be a top ten pick.
14 TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M (Jr.)
The Texas A&M offense went from having no place for a tight to being an NFL feeding ground for the position under Jimbo Fisher. The 6-5, 255-pound Wydermyer doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s got the NFL size, hands, and the ability to get open, catching 78 passes for 953 yards and 12 scores in his first two years.
13 OT Zion Nelson, Miami (Jr.)
And he’s really just getting started. He started every game as a true freshman and took his lumps, started most of 2020, and through it all he grew into the job and got better and better. The 6-5, 316-pounder has room to grow, but he’s got the feet and potential to keep improving into an NFL tackle depending on the attack. This isn’t going too poorly for a mid-level recruit.
12 OT Evan Neal, Alabama (Jr.)
He’s likely a right tackle at the next level – and he could play either spot for the Tide – and could be projected by some to turn into a left guard. At 6-7 and 360 pounds, he’s a massive Bama blocker who can blast away as an anchor of an NFL line no matter where he works.
11 OG Cade Mays, Tennessee
This is a true projection for the former Georgia superstar recruit. Mays was one of the top tackle prospects in the country, showed off his versatility by playing everywhere up front for the Dawgs, transferred to his hometown, and now should be the best guard and possibly the best blocker in college football. The 6-6, 325-pounder has the tools to be special.