2022 NFL Draft: College Game Previews - Week 1



This section breaks down many college football games each week and highlights how 2022 NFL Draft Prospects have performed.

By Charlie Campbell.
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Ohio State at Minnesota; Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:00 PM ET FOX


The Prospects:
    Ohio State
  • WR Chris Olave, No. 2
  • CB Sevyn Banks, No. 7
  • TE Jeremy Ruckert, No.88
  • DE Tyreke Smith, No. 11
  • DT Haskell Garrett No. 92
  • FS Josh Proctor, No. 41
  • OT Thayer Munford, No. 75
  • NT Jerron Cage, No. 86
  • LB Dallas Gant, No. 19
  • CB Marcus Williamson
  • DE Tyler Friday, No. 54
  • DT Antwuan Jackson, No. 52
  • CB Demario McCall, No. 1
  • LB Teradja Mitchell, No. 3
  • WR Garrett Wilson, No. 5
  • DE Zach Harrison, No. 9

    Minnesota
  • OT Daniel Faalele, No. 78
  • OT Blaise Andries, No. 77
  • OLB Boye Mafe No. 34
  • DE Esezi Otomewo, No. 9
  • G Conner Olson No. 64
  • C John Michael Schmitz No. 60
  • QB Tanner Morgan No. 2
  • WR Chris Autumn-Bell, No. 7
  • OT Sam Schlueter, No. 70
  • LB Jack Gibbens No. 47
  • CB Coney Durr, No. 16
  • RB Mohamed Ibrahim, No. 24
  • NT Nyles Pinckney, No. 5


The Matchups: The best matchup will come in the trenches, where the Gophers' tackle tandem of Faalele and Andries will see some quality edge rushers. It would help the likes of Zach Harrison, Tyler Friday and Tyreke Smith to play well against the tackle tandem. Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave is the highest-graded preseason player from either team in this game, and Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks could receive early-round consideration as well.



Game Recap Analysis

North Carolina at Virginia Tech; Friday, Sept. 3, 6:00 PM ET ESPN


The Prospects:
    North Carolina
  • G Marcus McKethan, No. 73
  • OLB Tomon Fox, No. 12
  • OT Jordan Tucker, 74
  • RB Ty Chandler, No. 19
  • C Brian Anderson, No. 68
  • WR Garrett Walston
  • LB Jeremiah Gemmel, No. 44
  • NT Raymond Vohasek, No. 51
  • QB Sam Howell, No. 7

    Virginia Tech
  • DE Amaré Barno, No. 11
  • TE James Mitchell, No. 82
  • WR Tre Turner, No.11
  • G Lecitus Smith, No. 54
  • CB Jermaine Waller
  • CB Chamarri Connor, No. 1
  • C Brock Hoffman, No. 76
  • WR Change Hodge, No. 13
  • RB Raheem Blackshear, No. 5
  • DE Emmanuel Belmar, No. 8


The Matchups: The ACC presents a lot of vulnerable defenses for quarterback Sam Howell, but has some good NFL talent, led by a potential early-round pick in defense end Amaré Barno. Barno is the highest-graded player on NFL teams' preseason watch list in this contest.





Game Recap Analysis

Alabama at Miami; Saturday, Sept. 4, 3:30 PM ET ABC


The Prospects:
    Alabama
  • OT Evan Neal, No. 73
  • CB Josh Jobe, No. 28
  • WR John Metchie III, No. 8
  • DT Phidarian Mathis, No. 48
  • DT LaBryan Ray, No. 18
  • DT D.J. Dale, No. 94
  • OLB Christopher Allen, No. 4
  • LB Christian Harris, No. 8
  • FS Daniel Wright, No. 3
  • RB Brian Robinson, No. 4
  • C Christopher Owens, No. 79

    Miami
  • OT Zion Nelson, No. 60
  • CB D.J. Ivey, No. 8
  • SS Bubba Bolden, No. 21
  • CB Al Blades, No. 7
  • WR Charleston Rambo, No. 11
  • FS Gurvan Hall, No. 26
  • TE Will Malory, No. 85
  • OLB DeAndre Johnson, No. 13
  • WR Dee Wiggins, No. 8
  • RB Cam'ron Harris, No. 23
  • FS Amari Carter, No.5
  • QB D'Eriq King, No. 1
  • OLB Zach McCloud, No. 53
  • NT Jonathan Ford, No. 96
  • WR Mike Harley, No. 4
  • WR Mark Pope, No. 6
  • DT Nesta Silvera
  • C Corey Gaynor, No. 65
  • G D.J. Scaife, No. 51
  • OT Jarrid Williams, No.62
  • G Navaughn Donaldson, No. 55


The Matchups: This is going to be a great test for the prospects, especially quarterback D'Eriq King. has a defense loaded with future NFL talent, as usual. It will be very informative to see how the defensive backs perform against wide receiver John Metchie III and expected star sophomore quarterback Bryce Young. The top prospect in this game for the 2022 NFL Draft could be right tackle Evan Neal.



Game Recap Analysis

Georgia at Clemson; Saturday, Sept. 4, 7:30 PM ET ABC


The Prospects:
    Georgia
  • OLB Adam Anderson, No. 19
  • DT Jordan Davis, 99
  • FS Christopher Smith, No. 29
  • RB Zamir White, No. 3
  • RB James Cook, No. 4
  • DT Devonte Wyatt, No. 95
  • LB Quay Walker, No. 7
  • G Jamaree Salyer, No. 69
  • P Jake Camarda, No. 90
  • G Justin Shaffer, No. 54
  • DT Julian Rochester, No. 92
  • CB Derion Kendrick, No. 11
  • QB J.T. Daniels, No. 18

    Clemson
  • WR Justyn Ross, No. 8
  • LB James Skalski, No. 47
  • LB Baylon Spector, No. 10
  • DE Xavier Thomas, No. 3
  • SS Nolan Turner, No. 24
  • DE Justin Foster, No. 35
  • RB Lyn-J Dixon, No. 23
  • P Will Spiers, No. 48
  • G Matt Bockhorst, No. 65


The Matchups: This game between two powerhouse programs features a ton of NFL talent going head-to-head. Adam Anderson, Justyn Ross and Jordan Davis could be high first-round picks next April. Ross missed 2020 with a neck injury, so staying healthy and showing his pre-injury form against the Bulldogs' tough secondary could really help his draft projections.

This game will be a great test for the front-seven defenders as fields a dynamic rushing attack led by two future pro backs in Zamir White and James Cook.



Game Recap Analysis

Notre Dame at Florida State; Sunday, Sept. 5, 7:30 PM ET ABC


The Prospects:
    Notre Dame
  • SS Kyle Hamilton, No. 14
  • DT Myron Tavovailoa-Amosa, No. 95
  • QB Jack Coan, No. 17
  • LB Shayne Simon, No. 33
  • DT Jayson Ademilola, No. 57
  • FS Houston Griffith, No. 3
  • LB Drew White, No. 40
  • CB Tariq Bracy, No. 28
  • K Jonathan Doerer, No. 39
  • WR Avery Davis, No. 3

    Florida State
  • DE Jermaine Johnson, No. 11
  • OLB Emmett Rice, No. 1
  • WR Ontaria Wilson, No. 80
  • TE Camren McDonald, No. 87
  • NT Robert Cooper, No. 91
  • OT Devontay Love-Taylor, No. 58
  • CB Meiko Dotson, No. 9
  • DT Keir Thomas, No. 4


The Matchups: This contest features a couple of potential first-rounders in Fighting Irish safety Kyle Hamilton and Seminoles edge rusher Jermaine Johnson. It will be interesting to see how Johnson performs against a offensive line that has been among the nation's best year-in-and-year-out over the past decade. Hamilton will see some speed and talent with wide receiver Ontaria Wilson and tight end Camren McDonald.





Other Notable Games

Based on Prospects we've Mocked

Away Team Home Team Time TV
Boise State  at  Central Florida 9/2/2021 7:00:00 PM ESPN
UTEP  at  New Mexico State 8/28/2021 12:00:00 PM
Connecticut  at  Fresno State 8/28/2021 12:00:00 PM CBSSN
Nebraska  at  Illinois 8/28/2021 1:00:00 PM FOX
UAB  at  Jacksonville State 9/1/2021 7:30:00 PM ESPN
Weber State  at  Utah 9/2/2021 12:00:00 PM PAC12
Eastern Washington  at  UNLV 9/2/2021 12:00:00 PM
Houston Baptist  at  New Mexico 9/2/2021 12:00:00 PM
Temple  at  Rutgers 9/2/2021 6:30:00 PM BTN
Western Illinois  at  Ball State 9/2/2021 7:00:00 PM ESPN+



Other Weeks:

2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 0
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 1
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 2
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 3
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 4
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 5
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 6
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 7
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 8
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 9
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 10
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 11
2022 NFL Draft: College Football Game Recaps - Week 12
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