2022 NFL Draft Stock – Combine

This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2022 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

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2022 NFL Draft Stock Up

Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Davis was the biggest star of the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, putting up a shockingly fast time in the 40-yard dash for a massive defensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Davis sent shockwaves through the scouting community with his 4.78-second 40. His 10-yard split of 1.68 seconds was phenomenal as well. A defensive lineman that large who can run that fast possesses a once-in-a-decade skill set. Some NFL team sources believe Davis could end up as top-10 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft after his spectacular workout at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

Travon Walker, DE, Georgia
Jordan Davis wasn’t the only Georgia Bulldog to impress team evaluators at the combine, as defensive end Travon Walker had an excellent workout and interviewed well with teams. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Walker notched an electric 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds along with producing impressive jumps. His performance at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine has improved his chances of being a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Team sources said they were really impressed with Karlaftis’ workout. He showed explosion in the jumps, and they felt any concerns about his skill set were laid to rest. On top of working out well, sources shared that Karlaftis interviewed well and they view him as a high intangible player. They believe Karlaftis solidified a spot in the top 20 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Moore had an excellent showing at the combine, recording a fast 40 – 4.41 seconds – and putting together a strong showing in the field drills. Moore was fast through his routes, showing crisp footwork and the ability to be sudden out of breaks. With his size and gritty style of play, Moore looks like a slot receiver who could also play somewhat on the outside. His combine could help him to go in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The Buckeyes speedster put his world-class speed on display at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine with a tremendous 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds. The 6-foot, 187-pound receiver could end up as top-20 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to sources. With his electric game-breaking speed, Olave looks locked into the opening night of the draft.

Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
The Tampa, Florida native Watson was a good player for the Bison, but he set his draft stock on fire with an excellent Senior Bowl. Watson then continued hi excellent postseason with a superb combine, including an electric time 40 of 4.36 seconds and good numbers in the jumps. In Mobile, the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder showed good speed and run-after-the catch ability to go along with mismatch size.

Watson caught 43 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. He also ran for a touchdown with 114 yards on 15 carries. Watson showed big-play ability in 2020 – 24.3 yards per catch – and 2019 – 1.5 yards per catch. After his impressive week in Mobile and his combine showing in Indianapolis, Watson looks like he could be a late first-round or early second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
Hall solidified his standing as the top running back prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft with his strong showing at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder ran a fast 40-yard dash time of 4.39 seconds. He also looked good in the field workout, showing cutting ability to go along with speed in his strong build. Following his impressive workout, Hall looks likely to be a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
Team sources say that while Johnson’s tape is more of a second-rounder, they feel he probably will go late in Round 1 because some players with second-round grades will be picked before Round 2. Johnson is viewed as a plug-and-play starter given his skill set, technique and experience. At the combine, he impressed with quality times and a good field workout. He is viewed as a safe pick to turn into a good NFL guard and could be a late first-rounder in a few weeks.

2022 NFL Draft Stock Down

Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
As WalterFootball.com reported in the Hot Press recently, NFL team sources were disappointed with Kinnard at the Senior Bowl. That hurts his chances of becoming a late first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Sources noted that Kinnard was not abused in Mobile and was not dominated by the all-star defensive linemen. On the reps he lost, however, Kinnard seemed uninterested in the coaching points to teach him why he lost that rep and how he could correct his technique. According to sources from multiple NFL teams, not being coachable was a bad impression for Kinnard to give pro evaluators. He also did not interview well at the combine to make up for it. Kinnard could end up sliding into the mid-rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.

David Bell, WR, Purdue
One of the most disappointing combine performances from an early-round receiver was that of Bell. He had an extremely slow 40 time of 4.65 seconds, which was a big blow to his draft stock given that NFL teams already had speed concerns about Bell for the next level. He also had some drops in the field drills and did not have the look of a receiver for the first few rounds of an NFL draft. After his combine performance, Bell would be fortunate to go on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. He may even slide to Day 3.

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