- 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.
Each year, as the NFL draft creeps closer and I finalize my rankings, I like to unveil my list of favorite prospects at every position for the class. It has become an annual tradition, highlighting one player from quarterback through safety whom I like more than most.
This is not a list of the best overall prospects in the 2022 class nor is it a list of the guys I consider the best at each position. These are the prospects whom I’ve:
Often rated higher than other evaluators within the draft media or than team evaluators with whom I discuss prospects, or …
Ranked higher in close debates within position groups, or …
Watched and rewatched on tape, just because I like the way they play the game.
This class is so interesting because we’re less than two weeks out from the start of Round 1 (April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC), and we still don’t really know where the quarterbacks will go. That makes every scenario still possible. Let’s start with my favorite signal-caller in this class, and I’ll include projections on the round in which each prospect is likely to be drafted. I’ll also give a few fun nuggets and stats for all 12 prospects:
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