Kipers Big Board rankings for the 2022 NFL draft: QB risers and fallers, plus new prospects in the top 25

    Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.

If there’s one thing you can count on with the NFL draft, it’s change. Prospects change and evolve over their college years, and so do evaluations. And for my latest Big Board for the Class of 2022, you’re going to see lots of change from my preseason rankings.

Yes, my No. 1 overall prospect is the same, but I did an overhaul in several other spots, especially at quarterback. With most prospects having played four games so far, that’s enough of a sample to move guys up and down, though I of course take into account their entire careers and how they project as NFL players. Still, though, there is a lot of quarterback uncertainty in 2022. Usually around this time, we know who the No. 1 guy is. With Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler and North Carolina’s Sam Howell struggling, though, there are no guarantees at the top of the board.

So let’s get into my list of the top 25 prospects overall, along with my top 10 prospects at every position. This is an outstanding class for top-tier wide receivers and edge rushers, but there are questions at a few other positions.

A couple of notes on my rankings, which should sound familiar:

  • There is a lot of projection involved, particularly for my top 25. Many of these prospects have started only a handful of games, and so I’m not yet writing up detailed scouting reports. I expect many of them to be stronger, faster and better as we get closer to next April’s draft, so I’ll adjust my rankings as the season moves on.

  • Heights and weights are based on what we have from schools; we don’t get official numbers until the 2022 combine next March.


1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon

HT: 6-5 | WT: 250 | Previously: 1

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