Kiper’s new Big Board for the 2022 NFL draft: Top 25 prospects and why there’s a new No. 1 QB

    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.

A new set of Big Board rankings ahead of the 2022 NFL draft brings more change. What’s up with this quarterback class? As we get closer to April’s draft, there are still a lot of unknowns about the signal-callers at the top.

I can tell you that I’m not alone in that thought, as people inside the NFL feel the same way. There hasn’t been a quarterback who has stood head and shoulders above the rest in this class, unlike in the past two years when Trevor Lawrence was the wire-to-wire No. 1 prospect and Joe Burrow emerged as an elite prospect with one of the greatest seasons in college football history. So while I have a new top-ranked quarterback in these rankings, there’s still a lot to be evaluated for the rest of the season and during the pre-draft process. One thing is for sure: There isn’t likely to be a consensus No. 1, clear-cut QB for 2022 on which all 32 teams can agree.

Below is my list of the best 25 prospects overall, along with my top 10 prospects at every position. 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 we get closer to it.

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


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