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2022 SF Mock Draft

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The end of the CFB regular season means one thing, it’s #MockDraftSZN! So, the Dynasty Nerds Staff Writers have put together our first SF mock draft. It is a standard 12-team format. It’s still way too early as many of these players have yet to declare their intentions to forego their remaining eligibility and enter the NFL draft. However, this is still a good exercise to see where people are valued now and how it changes throughout the pre-draft process. Let’s get to the mock draft!

1.01 – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss (6’2, 205) – Jon Glosser (@Glosser13) 

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The best of an overall weak QB class, Matt Corral looks to have the best chance to be the top QB off the board. He has the least amount of red flags so far. Corral has 33 total touchdowns and has protected the ball well with only four interceptions in 2021.

1.02 – Sam Howell, QB, UNC (6’1, 220) – Dr. Matthew Mitchell (@ReflipeWThenuz) 

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Heading into the 2021 College Football season, Sam Howell was considered one of the top QBs in the upcoming draft class. Needless to say, his junior season has not gone as smoothly as he would have liked. With the exodus of his top two RBs and WRs, the offense has struggled to find an identity. Howell has still put up some decent numbers and will likely be one of the top signal-callers in a weaker class. QB is still the name of the game in Superflex, and I will take a shot on a 1st round NFL QB every time.

1.03 – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas (6’3, 232) – Jared Wackerly (@JaredWackerlyFF) 

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Treylon Burks is a freak of an athlete who just so happens to be a very good wide receiver. He’s 6′ 3″ 232 lbs. and has been clocked at 22.6 mph this year. That’s the same speed DK Metcalf was clocked at during his chase down tackle of Budda Baker. You don’t often find wide receivers built like Burks. On top of his elite athletic traits, he’s also performed well on the field. He lines up mainly from the slot (75% of snaps) but has seen an uptick in his usage out wide as well. Arkansas does their best to get the ball in his hands in a variety of ways. Lining him up in the slot allows them to do this. I would consider Burks early in Superflex drafts.

1.04 – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State (6’1, 220) – Tristan Cook (@tristancook_) 

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I have Hall as my top RB in the class, so I’m more than happy to get him at 1.04 in SF. I would have had a much tougher decision with Burks and Spiller if Hall had gone at 1.03. It doesn’t appear that there will be much of a “consensus” at the top of the board this year, so since Hall is my guy, I’m going to get him. I think people have soured on him a bit with the emergence of Kenneth Walker. But I’ll be taking Hall as the first RB.

1.05 – Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M (6’1, 225) – Dan Toomey (@DanT_NFL) 

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Despite this being Superflex, if we were drafting right now, I would not have the quarterbacks as high as in past years. Draft day will change this as I won’t be surprised when two or three go in the top ten picks. That said, a chance to get any of the top three running backs is an immediate win. Spiller is easily a top-three back in this class, and there is not much that separates any of the three. Once we make it past Spiller, Hall, and Walker, the talent seems to drop off quickly. It reminds me of the 2019 draft class where Jacobs, Sanders, and Montgomery were the big three.

1.06 –  Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (6’1, 225) – DynastyPJ (@mastapj)

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I am not the biggest fan of Malik Willis, but if he gets drafted in the first round, I think he has to be the pick here. His skill set is exactly what the NFL has shown they want over the past few drafts, and he is going to have a chance to give you early production at the QB position based on his rushing alone. I think he needs to work on his passing game to fine-tune his skills, but if he can improve that area, he has a chance to be a Konami Code player who can be a perennial top 5 player at the position, so I think he’s a steal at this pick.

1.07 –  Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA (6’1, 220) – Justin L (@dynastymad)

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Charbonnet has transformed the UCLA offense this season. He’s being utilized as a lead back, averaging over 15 carries per game, a touchdown, and over 5 yards per carry. Zach also has ideal measurables for the position to handle a full workload.

1.08 – Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State (5’10, 210) – Josh Adkins (@DynastyOasis)

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Only a mild surprise Walker III is still available here. Despite carrying an underwhelming Spartan team to an impressive 2021 season, there will be concerns as he transitions to the NFL. Slightly undersized without a pass-catching profile is not an optimal NFL or fantasy combination. However, Walker III does have the best vision and burst amongst the top 2022 RB candidates. Not a home run pick, but good value for an eventual RB2 at 1.08.

1.09 – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh (6’3, 220) – Joe O’Leary (@TheHQNerd)

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I thought about taking a couple of the top wide receivers on the board here, but I generally always prefer a quarterback in SuperFlex in these spots. Not sure anybody has improved their draft stock as much as Kenny Pickett has. Pickett’s been stellar in his Senior campaign leading Pittsburgh and is getting first-round NFL draft buzz. If that is the case, Kenny two gloves deserves first-round recognition as well in Superflex formats.

1.10 –  Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State (5’10, 192) – Bobby Bishop (@imbobbybish) 

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Garrett Wilson is going to be an elite slot receiver. He will excel in all formats, but he will become a PPR nightmare as his future team figures out ways to feed him the ball. He’s my wide receiver 1 in 2022, and I was thrilled to snag him late in the first round.

1.11 – Drake London, WR, USC (6’5, 210) – Justin Hulsey (@FF_Hulsey)

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I was thrilled with the Kenny Pickett selection because it guaranteed me one of Garrett Wilson or Drake London. Sure enough, Wilson went at 1.10, so this was an easy pick for me. London’s season is overdue to a fractured ankle he suffered in late October, but the injury should have minimal impact on his draft stock. London was having the best season of any wide receiver in the country, leading the nation in yards, contested catches, and forced missed tackles by a receiver before the injury. He is a lengthy wideout who works well vertically and is nearly unguardable in single coverage. London will be good to go for pre-draft testing and could emerge as a huge winner at the NFL Combine if he tests well.

1.12 – Carson Strong, QB, Nevada (6’4, 215) – Dwight Peebles (@FFPeeblesChamp)

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Strong is a statue and doesn’t move in the pocket—no place in the NFL. I have heard it over and over. But the kid has one of the best arms in the class, and he can push the ball downfield. Strong makes good decisions with the ball, and he uses the pocket and can slide around some to keep plays alive. I think Strong has the upside to be a good QB in the NFL, and I will take it in the SF draft here.

2.01 – Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame (5’9, 210) – Jon Glosser (@Glosser13) 

Kyren Williams is a steal in the 2nd round. The Notre Dame product has 27 touchdowns from scrimmage in 24 career games. His receiving ability gives him significant upside, and he can help any NFL offense. Williams has hauled in at least 35 receptions in each of his past two seasons.

2.02 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State (5’11, 184) – Dr. Matthew Mitchell (@ReflipeWThenuz) 

Dotson was my 2nd round pick in both the Superflex and 1QB drafts. As a PSU season ticket holder, I have zero doubt that this kid will succeed in the NFL. His quickness and separation have allowed him to roast some of the best corners in the Big10. I see some T.Y. Hilton to his game and think he can succeed in the slot and on the outside. He will make an excellent WR for both his eventual NFL team and your dynasty squads.

2.03 – David Bell, WR, Purdue (6’2, 205) – Jared Wackerly (@JaredWackerlyFF) 

If you’re into analytics, David Bell checks every box. He boasts an age 18 breakout age due to his contributions at Purdue as a true freshman. He’s a very physical wide receiver who’s extremely dangerous after the catch. He’s very tough to bring down and can make people miss in the open field. At 6′ 2″, he’s a receiver who understands how to use his body to win at the catch point. He’s a very polished wide receiver, and I believe he has the skill to be a first-round pick. If Bell falls to the early second round in Superflex rookie drafts, he will be an extremely valuable pick.

2.04 – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State (6’1, 187) – Tristan Cook (@tristancook_) 

The pick here was between Olave, Jameson Williams, and John Metchie for me. I went with Olave because I think he’s the most polished and refined of the WRs. He could have been a borderline 1st round rookie pick if he came out last year, so getting him here this year feels like a good value. If Olave runs a blazing fast 40-time at the combine, I doubt he’ll be here come real drafts.

2.05 – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (6’2, 189) – Dan Toomey (@DanT_NFL) 

Jameson Williams has had an amazing breakout Junior season after transferring from Ohio State to Alabama. He was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, the top wide receiver in the county. He has played his way into the second tier of receivers for me in this draft class and, depending on the landing spot, can find himself moving up to tier one.

2.06 – Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State (5’10, 210) – DynastyPJ (@mastapj)

White is a player that I liked coming into the season but that I have grown to love. His receiving prowess should make him at the very least a third-down back immediately upon entering the league. Still, he is also exceptionally gifted at rushing the ball as well. White averages close to seven yards per carry throughout his college career and 3.69 yards after first contact. I think that some team is going to get a steal when they take him Day Two of the NFL Draft, and I believe your fantasy team would get a steal selecting him at this position as well.

2.07 – George Pickens, WR, Georgia (6’3, 190) – Justin L (@dynastymad)

Pickens was a smash here for me in this part of the draft. Currently on IR and lacking elite production, I’m more so going with the size and talent that made him such a sought-after recruit. A lengthy receiver, he hasn’t had an elite quarterback to get him the ball.

2.08 – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (6’4, 215) – DynastyPJ (@mastapj)

Ridder is a value play here in the late second. Leadership, experience, and underrated athletic ability will make Ridder a valuable commodity as a backup in the NFL. However, with Desmond’s improvements in accuracy, especially in the deeper parts of the field, I see a QB with enough tools to eventually start at the next level. An NFL redshirt is coming, but I’m willing to wait and stash the talented Bearcat in Superflex leagues.

2.09 – Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M (6’5, 255) – Joe O’Leary (@TheHQNerd)

The 2.09 slot feels like the right time to jump to the top of the tight end class. Jalen Wydermyer is a matchup nightmare with his size at 6’5 255. He’s also been quite productive in his career for the Aggies. Wydermyer has 113 receptions and sixteen touchdowns in just under three years at Texas A&M. In a relatively weak tight end class, I’m hoping in line first to grab the talented Jalen Wydermyer.

2.10 – John Metchie III, WR, Alabama (6’0, 194) – Bobby Bishop (@imbobbybish)

Taking Metchie with a late second is a testament to the wide receiver depth in the 2022 class. Metchie is a great route runner who is capable of being productive from the slot or from outside. He has the makings of a great pro.

2.11 – Wan’Dale Robinson (5’11, 184) – Justin Hulsey (@FF_Hulsey)

Every quarterback with a pulse was gone, and my TE1 of the class was taken at 2.09, so I went back to the deepest and most talent-rich position in this draft class. While size will always be a question with Robinson, he is a dynamic gadget receiver and very instinctive with the ball. His verified height at the All-American Bowl less than two years ago was 5’8¼”. The NFL has evolved, though, and the prototypical size of a wide receiver is much different than it used to be. Rondale Moore’s early success with Arizona should be encouraging for Robinson truthers. He is an instant mismatch for defenses with his shiftiness and ability to separate with ease at the deeper levels. His analytical profile is very encouraging as well.

2.12 – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State (6’4, 260) – Dwight Peebles (@FFPeeblesChamp)

McBride has been phenomenal in his fourth season, catching 80 passes for 927 yards through only ten games. He is my top TE in the class and is a natural pass-catching TE with great size at 6’4″ 260 and can block, so he will always be on the field.

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