Fantasy football: Mike Clay’s rookie rankings for 2022

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With the NFL combine behind us and the draft quickly approaching, it’s time to look at the fantasy football outlook for incoming rookies for the 2022 season.

We don’t yet know which teams these first-year players will take snaps for, so there’s still plenty to be learned. However, to help you begin scouting the top incoming talent, I’ve ranked the prospects based on my observations from their college careers.

Below is a ranking and analysis of all 112 players who attended March’s combine at the four fantasy-relevant positions (QB, RB, WR, TE).

(Note: References to where a player ranks in a statistical category relative to “this year’s class” is referring to a sample including only players invited to the combine. Ages are as of Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.)

Be sure to also check out our updated dynasty rankings cheat sheet, which includes this year’s rookie class.

1. (RB1) Breece Hall, Iowa State
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11/217 pounds, Age: 21 years, 3 months

Hall is a well-built, highly productive, three-down back who has racked up 3,044 yards and 41 TDs on 532 carries over the past two seasons. Hall’s pre-/post-contact splits raise an eyebrow (his 3.4 yards before contact [YBC] in 2021 is highest in this class), but his forced missed tackle (FMT) rate is sixth best and the tape confirms he’s plenty elusive. Hall has passing-game chops, having caught 93 passes during three seasons at Iowa State, and he rushed for a touchdown in an NCAA-record 24 consecutive games to finish his career. Hall turns this 21 this summer and is one of the youngest backs in the class. He solidified himself as 2022’s top fantasy rookie at the combine by running a 4.39 40-yard dash (117 speed score is second best in class) and posting a class-best 40-inch vert and 126-inch broad jump.

2. (WR1) Drake London, USC
Height/Weight: 6-4/219, Age: 21-1

London is a big, possession receiver who lacks speed but makes up for it with size and terrific ball skills. London aligned in the slot 96% of the time during his first two seasons at USC, but he flipped to 85% perimeter in 2021 and enjoyed a breakout campaign. He handled a massive 38% target share when active, which allowed an 88-1,084-7 receiving line during a season cut short by a broken ankle. London’s 3.5 yards per route run (YPRR) was third best in this class. Set to turn 21 in July, he’s one of the youngest players in the draft and has a massive ceiling.

3. (WR2) Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
Height/Weight: 6-0/183, Age: 22-1

Wilson is a quick and elusive prospect who primarily worked as a perimeter receiver (30% slot in three seasons) and punt returner at OSU. Wilson has terrific hands, having dropped just six balls during his career and having posted a strong 90% catch rate on on-target throws this past season. That 2021 campaign included a terrific 70-1,058-12 receiving line in 11 games. Wilson is a future No. 1 or 2 receiver in the pros.

4. (RB2) Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
Height/Weight: 5-9/211, Age: 21-10

After a pair of ho-hum seasons at Wake Forest, Walker exploded for a 263-1,636-18 rushing line in 12 games at Michigan State in 2021. He was extremely efficient, ranking third in this class in yards after contact (YAC) and FMT rate. Walker has a ways to go in the passing game (a 5% target share led to a 13-89-1 receiving line last season), but he’s young and was busy as a pass-blocker at MSU. His terrific speed/power combo (4.38 40-yard dash) and elite rushing profile suggest he’ll be a lead back in the pros.

5. (WR3) Treylon Burks, Arkansas
Height/Weight: 6-2/225, Age: 22-5

Burks is a big, fast receiver with strong hands and the ability to align all over the field. The Arkansas product handled a hefty 32% target share and led this entire class in YPRR (3.6) in 2021. He aligned in the slot 77% of the time during his three collegiate seasons, primarily working as a deep threat in his first season before shining as a short-range, run-after-the-catch (RAC) weapon the last two seasons (low 9.1 average depth of target [aDOT] and terrific 9.4 RAC in 2021). Burks didn’t pop in drills at the combine, though he checked in with one of the biggest frames and his 4.55 40-yard dash at 225 pounds (heaviest in the class) works out to an above-average speed score (105).

6. (WR4) Jameson Williams, Alabama
Height/Weight: 6-2/179, Age: 21-5

After inexplicably being limited to 15 catches during two seasons at Ohio State, Williams exploded for a 79-1,572-15 campaign at Alabama in 2021. Williams’ rare combination of height, elite speed and quickness make him a major threat for explosive plays. That was on display last season, as he averaged 19.9 yards per reception, a class-best 13.1 yards per target and 9.5 yards after the catch. Oh, and he added 352 yards and two scores on 10 kick returns. Williams tore his ACL in the national title game, but the former hurdler is one of the younger receivers in this class. His size/speed combo gives him substantial upside.

7. (WR5) Chris Olave, Ohio State
Height/Weight: 6-0/187, Age: 22-2

Olave is a thin, vertical receiver with good speed (4.39 40-yard dash) but underwhelming strength/bulk. The OSU product can play inside and out (28% slot in 2021) and does most of his damage downfield (14.1 aDOT). He doesn’t do much after the catch (weak 4.2 RAC in 2021, 3.8 for career) and will need to clean up late-career drops (seven in 2021). His combination of polish, speed, route running and ball skills has him on a path to a starting gig in the pros.

8. (RB3) Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
Height/Weight: 6-0/217, Age: 21-0

Spiller is a big, elusive back who contributed as a rusher (541 carries) and as a receiver (99 targets) in three seasons at Texas A&M. Spiller’s FMT and YAC profile was very good during his three-season run, and his elusiveness really stood out in 2021 (class-best 5.0 evaded tackle rate). Spiller might need some polish in the passing game and he underwhelmed athletically at the combine (shortest broad jump and second-shortest vertical), but he has time to develop as one of the youngest players in the draft.

9. (WR6) Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Height/Weight: 5-11/178, Age: 22-5

Dotson is a small, but athletic, versatile and reliable wide receiver with decent wheels (4.43 40-yard dash). He soaked up a hefty 31% target share in 2021 (after a 30% share in 2020), posting a 91-1,182-12 receiving line while hauling in 91% of his catchable targets (second in class) and dropping only two balls. He was used often as a vertical target during his four seasons at Penn State, though his 10.7 aDOT in 2021 was easily the lowest of his career. He might be best suited as a slot receiver and punt returner in the pros.

10. (WR7) George Pickens, Georgia
Height/Weight: 6-3/195, Age: 21-6

Pickens is a tall, vertical receiver who almost exclusively plays outside (his 13% career slot rate is third lowest in this class). We barely saw him in 2021, as he tore his ACL in the spring and appeared in only four games. Most of his damage has come downfield (career 14.2 aDOT), and although he doesn’t do much after the catch (career 3.7 RAC), he has shown good hands (two drops on 142 career targets). Pickens has some discipline issues and lacks experience relative to other top prospects, but he’s only 21 and has the ball skills to eventually emerge as a difference-maker.

11. (WR8) John Metchie III, Alabama
Height/Weight: 5-11/187, Age: 22-1

Metchie emerged as one of Alabama’s top targets in 2021, posting a 96-1,142-8 receiving line while handling 24% of the team targets. He spent half his time in the slot (47% of routes) and was mostly used in the short area (8.4 aDOT). Metchie tore his ACL in December, so his recovery is something we’ll need to monitor. He’s on the small side and not overly fast or athletic, but he’s a terrific route runner and profiles as a slot man in the pros.

12. (WR9) Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
Height/Weight: 5-10/195, Age: 21-11

Moore was a key piece of the Western Michigan offense during his three seasons, having soaked up 32% of the targets during 30 active games. He was used both inside and out (39% career slot rate) and showed strong efficiency (his career 90% adjusted catch rate and 2.9 YPRR are both second best in this class) and elite hands (four drops on 256 career targets). Moore is on the small side, but he has the biggest hands in this class and showed well athletically at the combine. Moore has the look of a reliable, shifty, short-area slot target in the pros.

13. (WR10) Christian Watson, North Dakota State
Height/Weight: 6-4/208, Age: 23-3

Watson was one of the biggest winners at the combine, measuring in at 6-4 with 10 1/8-inch hands while showing well in every athletic drill. The latter included a 4.36 40-yard dash (115 speed score) and a class-best 136-inch broad jump. Watson was used in a variety of ways during four seasons at North Dakota State. He was a vertical threat (career 20.5 YPR on 104 catches), ball carrier (49 carries) and kick returner (27 attempts). He played at a “small” school and is older than most of his classmates, but his outstanding combination of size, speed, athleticism and versatility makes him an intriguing prospect.

14. (WR11) Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
Height/Weight: 6-1/194, Age: 23-6

Tolbert saw a progressive increase in usage during four seasons at South Alabama, culminating with a 82-1,474-8 showing in 2021. The yardage total was highest in this class, and few players have been relied on more by their team; Tolbert has handled a target share of at least 33% and an air-yard share of at least 53% each of the past two seasons. Tolbert primarily played out wide during his first three seasons, but shifted to 45% slot in 2021. He’s 6-1 with 10-inch hands, decent wheels and a fairly diverse route tree, but he is a bit older than most rookies, faced light competition and will need to clean up the drops (eight in 2021).

15. (RB4) Dameon Pierce, Florida
Height/Weight: 5-10/218, Age: 22-6

Pierce is a strong, explosive back capable of producing as a rusher and receiver. He was inexplicably limited to 100 carries and 20 touches in his final collegiate season despite displaying major big-play ability and terrific efficiency. Pierce showed well in terms of forcing missed tackles and YAC (3.6). He also picked up at least 10 yards on a class-best 20% of his carries and showed pass-catching prowess by hauling in all 19 catchable targets and averaging 10.8 yards per target. Pierce seems to have major upside, but he lacks top-end speed (4.59 40-yard dash) and it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll be viewed as a three-down back after never clearing 106 carries or 23 targets during four seasons at Florida.

16. (RB5) James Cook, Georgia
Height/Weight: 5-11/199, Age: 22-11

Cook isn’t quite as big or strong as older brother Dalvin, but he has the speed (4.42 40-yard dash), explosiveness and receiving ability (huge wingspan) to make noise in the pros as a situational back. He totaled 230 carries during four seasons at Georgia (career-high 113 as a senior) and was asked to pass block on a class-low 6% of his snaps. However, his efficiency was terrific, as he averaged 6.5 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per target while not dropping a single one of his 78 career targets. Cook might never come close to the volume his brother enjoys, but he has big upside as a receiving specialist.

17. (RB6) Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama
Height/Weight: 6-2/225, Age: 23-5

Robinson is a huge, tough power back who ranked at or near the top of this class in weight, hand size and wingspan. He was used sparingly during his first three seasons at Alabama but emerged as lead back in 2021, posting a 271-1,343-14 rushing line in 14 games, adding 35-296-2 as a receiver. Robinson’s 2.9 YAC was below average, but he has sufficient speed for his size and his elusiveness and tackle-breaking numbers were both strong. Robinson might be busy on early downs and at the goal line in the pros, but he might not be a big factor in the pass game and is a bit older than other probable early-round backs.

18. (RB7) Rachaad White, Arizona State
Height/Weight: 6-0/214, Age: 23-7

White is a big back with huge hands, and though he’s “already” 23 years old, he doesn’t have much experience: He totaled 224 carries and 57 targets during 15 games at Arizona State. Most of that damage was done in 2021, as he posted a 182-1,006-15 rushing line while adding 43-456-1 in the passing game. His 16% target share was second highest in this class. White’s rushing efficiency was pedestrian for the most part, though he eluded tackles at a good rate. He has the look of an impact receiving back in the pros, though it’s possible he’ll be even more.

19. (TE1) Trey McBride, Colorado State
Height/Weight: 6-4/246, Age: 22-9

McBride has the size and skill set to emerge as an impact, every-down tight end in the pros. A featured target in the Colorado State offense, he handled a massive 34% target share in 2021, which is tops in this class across all positions. McBride produced a 90-1,121-1 receiving line with nearly half of that damage coming in the intermediate area. The one touchdown is an eyebrow raiser, but seems fluky, as he scored on eight of 67 receptions the previous two seasons. McBride has the best drop rate in this class during his career, having failed to secure just four of 234 targets. He has TE1 upside.

20. (WR12) Alec Pierce, Cincinnati
Height/Weight: 6-3/211, Age: 22-4

Pierce is a big wide receiver who is more vertical/contested catch than he is quickness/separation. He never had an aDOT below 14.7 during four seasons at Cincinnati, and he handled at least 24% of the team’s air yards when active each of the last three seasons. That includes a 36% share while delivering a 52-884-8 receiving line in 2021. Pierce was a winner at the combine, testing at or above average across the board, including a class-best 40.5-inch vertical and 4.41 40-yard dash at 211 pounds (112 speed score is fourth best).

21. (WR13) David Bell, Purdue
Height/Weight: 6-1/212, Age: 21-8

Bell enters the pros after a productive three-year stint at Purdue, in which he was used heavily as a short/intermediate target. Including a shortened 2020 campaign, Bell handled 26% of the targets and 36% of the air yards during his tenure. Impressively, he posted an 86-1,035-7 receiving line as an 18-year-old freshman in 2019. Bell was mostly used on the outside at Purdue, aligning in the slot just 18% of the time. He’s only 21, so there’s plenty of room for additional development, though his performance at the combine raised several red flags, including a 4.65 40-yard dash (91 speed score), 118-inch broad jump and 4.57 short shuttle.

22. (WR14) Justyn Ross, Clemson
Height/Weight: 6-4/205, Age: 22-8

After posting receiving lines of 46-1,000-9 and 66-865-8 during his first two collegiate seasons, Ross emerged as one of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects. He then missed all of 2020 due to neck/spine surgery before posting a 46-514-3 line in 10 games in Clemson’s struggling offense in 2021. There are obvious concerns here, including a lack of speed, but the ceiling still remains high with Ross, as he has flashed elite ability (career 3.0 YPRR is best in this class) and has great size (6-4 with a big wingspan).

23. (WR15) Calvin Austin III, Memphis
Height/Weight: 5-8/170, Age: 23-5

Austin is an extremely undersized prospect, checking in as the shortest and lightest receiver at the combine. Despite the small frame, Austin was used heavily at Memphis, posting receiving lines of 63-1,053-11 and 74-1,149-8 over the past two seasons. He handled a 29% target share both seasons. Austin scored 27 touchdowns in his collegiate career, three of which came on eight carries and two more on 29 punt returns. He showed well at the combine, finishing top five in the class in the 40, vertical and broad jump, while posting the top short shuttle time (4.07).

24. (QB1) Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 6-2/212, Age: 23-7

Corral is a conservative and efficient quarterback with the ability to make plays with his legs. In 2021, he ranked near the basement of this class in average depth of throw (7.8) and got a lot of post-catch help (class-high 7.7 RAC), but his 80.5 QBR trailed only Kenny Pickett and his 1.3% INT rate was best in class. Excluding sacks, Corral ran for a hefty 1,695 yards and 18 touchdowns on 275 carries over the past four seasons at Ole Miss. He’s arguably the top passer in this class.

25. (QB2) Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
Height/Weight: 6-3/217, Age: 24-3

Pickett enjoyed a breakout 2021 campaign, totaling 47 touchdowns and 4,319 pass yards during his fourth year as Pittsburgh’s starter. Pickett’s 81.2 QBR was best in this class last season, and his 1.4% INT rate was second best. He’s a good athlete and was one of four quarterbacks in this class to scramble for more than 400 yards last season, but he wasn’t used much as a rusher otherwise, primarily operating as a pocket passer. Age (easily oldest among the top QB prospects) and small hands (8.5 inches) are knocks, but that’s more than offset by his strong passing efficiency.

26. (QB3) Sam Howell, North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6-1/218, Age: 21-11

Howell was a three-year starter at North Carolina who posted terrific early-career numbers before his passing efficiency plummeted in 2021. Howell is aggressive — his 10.6 aDOT and 10.6 YPC topped this class last season — but that only partially explains his shaky 63% completion rate (second lowest) and 12.7% off-target rate (worst). He also takes too many sacks, though a silver lining this past season was a huge boost in rushing production, as he posted a 135-1,104-11 line on the ground. Howell is easily the youngest QB in this class, which adds to his appeal. If he can combine his arm talent and early-career pass success with his aggressive style and terrific 2021 rushing production, he could emerge into a fantasy star.

27. (QB4) Malik Willis, Liberty
Height/Weight: 6-1/219, Age: 23-3

Willis is an intriguing boom/bust prospect who could be the first QB selected this year. He has a big arm and elite rushing talent, but his passing efficiency is a major concern. Willis struggled with accuracy (61% completion rate, 12.1% off-target rate), interceptions (3.5% rate) and sacks (11.3% rate) last season, all of which were worst or second-worst in this class. On the other hand, he was aggressive (10.2 aDOT, 13.8 YPC) and a major factor with his legs (146-1,227-13 rushing line, class-high 8.4 YPC and 13.7% scramble rate). Josh Allen (among others) has shown that accuracy can be “fixed” in the pros, so there’s plenty of reason for optimism that Willis can emerge into a fantasy star.

28. (WR16) Romeo Doubs, Nevada
Height/Weight: 6-2/201, Age: 22-4

Doubs is a vertical perimeter receiver with good size, speed and hands. He lined up on the perimeter 85% of the time at Nevada and ran a deep route 43% of the time (second-highest in the class). He was never short on volume, having seen 75-plus targets all four seasons. Doubs finished his career with 58-1,002-9 and 80-1,109-11 receiving lines, having cleared 24% of the team targets and 39% of the air yards both seasons. Doubs is also a standout punt returner.

29. (WR17) Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky
Height/Weight: 5-8/178, Age: 21-7

Robinson is a tiny slot receiver who was force-fed the ball during his final season at Kentucky. Robinson soaked up a class-high 40% of the Wildcats’ targets in the slot 79% of the time, as well as 45% of the air yards. He posted a 3.5 YPRR (second-best in the class) and converted on a class-best 62% of his third-down targets. He also led this class in targets (144) and receptions (104), and was second in yards (1,334). Robinson’s explosiveness and versatility (he can contribute as a rusher and as a returner) could lead to a gadget role in the pros, but the 21-year-old could soak up a ton of touches if he proves he’s the real deal.

30. (WR18) Khalil Shakir, Boise State
Height/Weight: 6-0/196, Age: 22-7

Shakir is one of the top offensive weapons entering the league, having soaked up 317 targets, 71 carries, 31 returns and 5 pass attempts during four seasons at Boise State. Shakir lined up all over the field (60% slot for his career) and was efficient, posting a 2.89 YPRR (fourth-best in this class). Shakir is undersized, but he tested well at the combine (4.43 40-yard dash, 4.21 short shuttle) and his explosiveness and versatility make him an intriguing prospect.

31. (RB8) Tyler Allgeier, BYU
Height/Weight: 5-11/224, Age: 22-4

Allgeier was one of the most productive and efficient backs in this class during his collegiate career, which includes a strong 2021 season. He ranked no lower than second in carries (276), rushing yards (1,606) and rushing TDs (23), while showing well in YAC (3.5), broken tackles and elusiveness last season. He did all this while rarely losing yardage (13% of runs). Allgeier isn’t the fastest (4.60 40-yard dash) and is a work in progress as a receiver, but he has good size and the terrific collegiate efficiency puts him on the sleeper radar.

32. (QB5) Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Height/Weight: 6-3/211, Age: 23-0

A four-year starter at Cincinnati, Ridder is a big, athletic quarterback who adds substantial value with his legs (career 409-2,822-28 rushing line) despite scrambling at a lesser rate than the other potential first-round QBs. Ridder was aggressive during a breakout 2021 campaign, posting a 9.7 aDOT, though his efficiency wasn’t great (65% completion rate, 71.9 QBR). Ridder showed off his size and athleticism at the combine, checking in with class-high 10-inch hands and topping the QB leaderboard in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump.

33. (TE2) Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
Height/Weight: 6-5/245, Age: 22-4

Likely is one of the most accomplished pass-catchers in this class, and that was highlighted by a 59-912-12 receiving line in 2021. He handled a hefty 25% target share, paced this TE class with a 3.4 YPRR and posted an 11.5 YPT (third best). Likely scored at least five touchdowns in all four seasons at Coastal Carolina while running nearly half of his routes from the slot. He is a bit undersized and might not emerge as an impact blocker, but he’s a decent athlete (class-best 36-inch vertical at the combine) and his speed and receiving skills make him a potential fantasy contributor.

34. (TE3) Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
Height/Weight: 6-4/255, Age: 21-8

Wydermyer is the youngest tight end in this year’s class. The Texas A&M product has a long way to go as a blocker, but he was an impact player in the passing game with the Aggies. Busy right out of the gate as a rookie, he handled a 17% target share across his three seasons, which worked out to a 118-1,468-16 career receiving line. Wydermyer struggled a bit with drops in 2021, which led to a class-low 56% catch rate. Wydermyer isn’t super fast and will require some development, but he has upside as a receiver.

35. (RB9) Jerome Ford, Cincinnati
Height/Weight: 5-11/210, Age: 22-11

Ford played sparingly at Alabama before transferring to Cincinnati and eventually taking over as lead back. He has a good size/speed profile, and his overall collegiate efficiency was good, though it did drop off a bit in 2021. He got a ton of pre-contact help (3.3 YBC) and was below average after contact (2.9) and in eluded and broken tackle rates. Ford averaged a healthy 10.0 yards per target, but on a lowly 6% target share. The dip in efficiency is a concern, but Ford’s build and skill set suggest there’s potential.

36. (RB10) Tyler Badie, Missouri
Height/Weight: 5-8/197, Age: 22-7

Badie is undersized and projects as a change-of-pace/receiving back in the pros, but you wouldn’t know it if you saw his 2021 workload. In his fourth season in the Missouri backfield, Badie racked up 268 carries and 74 targets. His rushing efficiency was solid (and much better than very poor numbers in years past), though his 54-330-4 receiving line was more a product of volume (class-high 17% target share) than of efficiency (72% catch rate, 4.4 YPT). Perhaps Badie will find his way to a situational rusher/receiver/returner role in the pros.

37. (RB11) Zamir White, Georgia
Height/Weight: 6-0/214, Age: 22-11

White is a tough, power runner who impressed at the combine with a 4.40 40-yard dash (114 speed score) and class-best 128-inch broad jump. White has already torn both ACLs, his advanced rushing stats are mediocre and he’s a nonfactor as a pass catcher (17 catches in three seasons). On the plus side, he was stopped for a loss on a class-low 9% of his carries in 2021. Even if he develops into an effective pro rusher, White is a likely committee back and usage similar to that of Jordan Howard/Nick Chubb might be his ceiling.

38. (RB12) Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State
Height/Weight: 5-11/207, Age: 23-8

Strong is on the short list of players from the FCS who nabbed a combine invite. Strong has an average frame and produced three 1,000-yard rushing seasons in four years at South Dakota State, including a big leap to a 240-1,673-18 rushing line in 2021. Strong is a work in progress in passing situations, never clearing 22 catches for 197 yards in a single collegiate season. He was a big winner at the combine, measuring in with a large wingspan and performing well in all drills, including a class-best 4.37 40-yard dash (114 speed score).

39. (TE4) Cade Otton, Washington
Height/Weight: 6-5/247, Age: 23-4

Otton enters the NFL after posting a 91-1026-9 receiving line during 39 games at Washington. He’s big, is a capable blocker and was effective as a short-area target for the Huskies, hauling in 91 of his 99 catchable targets (92%). Otton’s efficiency took a big hit in his final season (28-250-1 in eight games), but a class-low 70% of his 46 targets were deemed catchable and he was almost exclusively a short-range target (ran a deep route a class-low 14% of the time). That led to a class-worst 5.4 YPT. He lacks speed, isn’t much of a vertical target (which will limit his receiving output) and is older than the other early-round prospects in this class (turns 23 in April).

40. (TE5) Greg Dulcich, UCLA
Height/Weight: 6-4/243, Age: 22-5

Dulcich is a seam-stretching receiving tight end who might not add much as a blocker in the pros. Dulcich was oft-used as a vertical target at UCLA, posting a class-high 12.9 aDOT during his four seasons. That led to a 17.6 YPR and class-best 11.1 YPT. He peaked with a 42-725-5 receiving line in 2021, which included a generous 21% target and 27% air yards share.

41. (TE6) Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6-7/252, Age: 23-6

Kolar is a big, long tight end who racked up 168 receptions (most in this TE class), 2,181 yards (also most) and 23 touchdowns (second most) during four seasons at Iowa State. In fact, he handled a target share of at least 17% and an air yard share of at least 22% in each of his final three collegiate seasons. He doesn’t add anything after the catch (career 3.5 RAC) and is a work in progress as a blocker, but his hands (nine drops on 260 targets), size (6-7 with 34.5-inch hands), skill set and receiving production suggest he could easily emerge into a fantasy asset.

42. (WR19) Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech
Height/Weight: 6-2/209, Age: 22-7

Ezukanma is a tall, long-armed, perimeter prospect who racked up 65-plus targets as a starter at Texas Tech each of the past three seasons. He ended up with a 138-2,165-15 career receiving line, which was fueled by target and air yard shares above 20% in each of his final two seasons. He aligned in the slot on a class-low 9.7% of his career routes and will need to clean up the drops a bit (career 6.2% drop rate).

43. (WR20) Makai Polk, Mississippi State
Height/Weight: 6-3/195, Age: 21-1

Polk is a tall perimeter receiver and one of the youngest players in the draft. He was limited to a 36-478-3 receiving line during two seasons (16 games) at California before transferring to Mississippi State for the 2021 campaign. He exploded as a short-range target (7.8 aDOT), posting a 105-1,046-9 receiving line. Polk caught a healthy 75% of his 2021 targets, but he didn’t offer much with the ball in his hands, posting a 3.07 RAC (second worst in the class). He didn’t test too well at the combine (including a 4.59 40-yard dash at 195 pounds), but his size, age and the heavy reliance keep him on the sleeper radar.

44. (WR21) Tre Turner, Virginia Tech
Height/Weight: 6-1/184, Age: 22-4

Turner appeared in 44 games during four seasons at Virginia Tech but totaled 134 receptions while operating primarily as a vertical target (career 14.4 aDOT). He did make a bit of a leap in usage in 2021 (31% target share, 47% air yard share when active), though only 66% of his targets were catchable, and that limited him to a 40-675-3 receiving line. He ran a deep route on 43% of pass plays, which ranks third highest in this class. Perhaps he’ll be better in the pros with improved QB play, but he has the look of a situational deep threat and showed very poorly at the combine (89 speed score, class-worst 113 broad jump and 7.45 three cone).

45. (WR22) Tyquan Thornton, Baylor
Height/Weight: 6-2/181, Age: 22-1

Thornton is a tall, thin, vertical receiver whose game is built around speed (class-best 4.28 40-yard dash) and separation. Thornton was involved in the passing game during all four seasons at Baylor, though he made his big leap in 2021 with a 62-948-10 receiving line on 102 targets. He handled a hefty 29% target share and a massive 47% air yard share. A non-factor after the catch, Thornton’s 3.1 RAC was dead last in this class last season, though part of that was role related (14.9 aDOT and class-high 92% of routes from the perimeter). He checked in very thin (181 pounds) with the smallest hands (8¼”) at the combine, but offset that with a big wingspan, the elite 40 time and strong performances in the vertical and broad jumps. He has the look of a situational deep threat.

46. (RB13) Zonovan Knight, N.C. State
Height/Weight: 5-11/209, Age: 21-4

Knight was a situational back during his time at NC State, falling in the 313- to 388-snap, 136- to 143-carry and 13- to 27-target range in each of his three seasons. His efficiency was also extremely consistent and he ended up above average in both YAC and broken tackle rate. Knight needs to cut down on fumbles (eight in his career) and underwhelmed at the combine (4.58 40-yard dash and class-worst 114-inch broad jump), but he’s very young, has acceptable size and can contribute as a rusher, receiver and returner.

47. (RB14) Kyren Williams, Notre Dame
Height/Weight: 5-9/194, Age: 22-0

Williams is an interesting prospect. He’s on the small side, but he’s tough and able to align all over the field while contributing as a rusher, receiver and blocker. We saw that during his time at Notre Dame, as he reached 200 carries, 35 receptions and 14 touchdowns each of the past two seasons, totaling exactly 246 touches during both campaigns. He was asked to pass block on 20% of his snaps, which ranked among the top backs in this class. Williams got little help before contact (class-low 1.4 YBC) last season but made up for it with strong YAC (3.6), tackle breaking and elusiveness. On the other hand, Williams was a major disappointment at the combine. His 4.65 40-yard dash (83 speed score) is about as poor as it gets, especially for a sub-200-pound back. He also checked in with short arms and was also shaky in the vertical and broad jump. Perhaps Williams will emerge as a Theo Riddick/Dion Lewis type, but that’s likely his ceiling.

48. (RB15) ZaQuandre White, South Carolina
Height/Weight: 6-0/206, Age: 23-8

White is a bit of a wild card, as he played linebacker at Florida State before transferring to South Carolina and converting to RB for his final two seasons. He’s an explosive back, who was near the top of this class in YAC (3.7) and FMT rate (class-best 3.0) during his career, but he didn’t see much volume (104 carries, 30 targets). Perhaps he makes an Antonio Gibson-like leap to lead back duties in the pros, but he’s already 23 and very well could be limited to a situational role.

49. (QB6) Carson Strong, Nevada
Height/Weight: 6-3/226, Age: 22-11

Strong is a big, productive quarterback with outstanding arm talent who might be considered a first-round lock if not for medical concerns. Strong had multiple major knee injuries, one of which required surgery prior to last season. As a result, he has been a non-factor in the running department, totaling 94 rushing yards on 27 carries over the past two seasons. The good news is that Strong held up this past season and played well, posting a 78% adjusted completion rate, 87.9 pass EPA and 1.1% INT rate (all top three in the class). Strong’s lack of mobility is problematic from a fantasy standpoint, but he has big-time upside as a passer.

50. (WR23) Jalen Nailor, Michigan State
Height/Weight: 5-11/186, Age: 23-6

Nailor is an explosive and speedy receiver who never played more than nine games in a single season at Michigan State due to injuries. Despite the various injuries, he ended up with 86 receptions, 1,454 receiving yards and 12 receiving TDs and contributed to more than 20% of the team targets and more than 29% of the air yards in each of his final two seasons. Nailor dealt with poor QB accuracy during his time at MSU, as a class-low 60% of his targets were catchable (no one else was below 68%), which somewhat excuses a class-low 49% catch rate. He’ll need to cut down on drops and the durability is obviously a major issue, but Nailor’s quickness and post-catch ability (8.2 career RAC) make him an intriguing WR/returner prospect.

51. (WR24) Kyle Philips, UCLA
Height/Weight: 5-11/189, Age: 23-2

Philips is a small slot receiver and punt returner. He aligned inside on a class-high 91% of his career routes, was sent on a deep route a class-low 18% of the time and his 7.33 aDOT was third lowest in the class. The short-area role led to huge target shares (30% each of the past two seasons), but not much yardage efficiency (career 7.2 YPT). Philips’ lack of speed is a concern, as he posted a 4.58 40-yard dash at 189 pounds at the combine (86 speed score, which is third worst in the class). He’ll look to make it as a standout punt returner and slot man in the pros.

52. (WR25) Kevin Austin Jr., Notre Dame
Height/Weight: 6-2/200, Age: 22-5

Austin is an interesting case of a player who produced very little during his first 3½ collegiate seasons before going off in his final few games. After seeing 10 targets as a freshman in 2018, he was limited to three during the following two seasons due to a violation of team rules and left foot surgeries. He got rolling in 2021 with a 48-888-7 receiving line in 13 games. He’s a deep threat, having run a vertical route on what was easily a class-high 34% of his routes in 2021. Austin boosted his stock at the combine, finishing near the top of the leaderboard in nearly every area. That includes a class-best 6.71 three-cone and a 4.43 40-yard dash. Austin is a boom/bust Day 3 prospect.

53. (RB16) Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 5-8/189, Age: 22-0

Ealy is a very small back, but that didn’t stop him from posting one of the best YAC (3.7) and broken tackle rates (6.6) in this class during his time at Ole Miss. Ealy played a fairly consistent role during his career, finishing in the 104- to 147-carry and 18- to 36-target range in all three seasons. Ealy posted an ugly 4.52 40-yard dash at the combine (91 speed score), but his 128-inch broad jump was best in class. Ealy’s size might limit his touches in the pros, but his elite efficiency, receiving chops (67-545-4 career line) and kick return ability figure to position him for, at least, a change-of-pace and special teams role.

54. (RB17) Hassan Haskins, Michigan
Height/Weight: 6-2/228, Age: 22-9

Haskins is a large (class-high 228 pounds), tough (27 bench reps), downhill runner, whose size doesn’t allow much speed and elusiveness. He racked up a hefty 270 carries at Michigan last season and, while he rarely lost yardage (class-best 8.5% of carries), he produced 5-plus yards only 33% of the time (third worst). Haskins’ YAC and FMT rates were both below average, and he wasn’t overly impressive on 22 targets. Haskins ran for 30 touchdowns in three seasons and is the only back in the class without a single collegiate fumble (on 476 career touches), but he might not be dynamic or efficient enough to offer much of a ceiling in fantasy.

55. (RB18) Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
Height/Weight: 5-11/209, Age: 23-11

Brooks enters the pros with what is arguably the best collegiate efficiency profile in this class. During his three seasons at Oklahoma, Brooks paced this class in yards per carry (7.0), YAC (4.0), 5-plus-yard rush rate (48%), 10-yard rush rate (21%) and broken tackle rate (5.4%) — all while fumbling once on 501 touches. Brooks is an older prospect with small hands, underwhelming speed (4.59 40-yard dash) and little passing game usage (37 career targets, 3% share), but he has decent size and his incredible rushing efficiency can’t be ignored.

56. (RB19) Max Borghi, Washington State
Height/Weight: 5-9/210, Age: 23-4

Borghi is an undersized back who was busy as both a rusher and receiver during his three healthy seasons at WSU. Borghi posted a 369-2,158-32 rushing line during his 39 collegiate games, but what really stands out is his 156-1,134-9 receiving line. That includes a ridiculous 86-597-5 line back in 2019 — production that is almost unheard of for FBS running backs. Borghi’s career rushing and receiving efficiency are solid or good, including a forced missed tackle rate that is fifth best in this class. He might not be a big factor between the tackles, but his résumé suggests he has some upside.

57. (TE7) Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
Height/Weight: 6-5/250, Age: 23-7

Ferguson was a busy man during four seasons at Wisconsin, racking up 205 targets on a class-high 2,574 snaps. His career 18% target share is also highest in this class, and he was at or above 19% in three of the four seasons. Ferguson was a consistent factor in the passing game despite spending a ton of time run blocking (56% of his snaps). A class-high 43% of his targets were on intermediate routes, so he was not used in the short area much. Ferguson is oldest among the top-end prospects in this class and posted low-end showings in hand size, wingspan, 40-yard dash and bench press at the combine.

58. (TE8) James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
Height/Weight: 6-4/249, Age: 23-0

Mitchell spent a lot of time blocking at Virginia Tech (68% of his snaps) but made noise as a vertical threat and with the ball in his hands. In fact, he ran a deep route on 40% of pass plays (second highest in the class), and his career 10.5 RAC is easily best in this class. Mitchell handled a hefty 18% target share (22% air-yard share) in 2020, but a knee injury limited him to two games in 2021. He has some receiving upside.

59. (TE9) Cole Turner, Nevada
Height/Weight: 6-7/249, Age: 22-5

Turner is listed as a tight end, but he’s essentially a 6-7 wide receiver, having spent most of his time at Nevada in the slot (70% of snaps) and having blocked on a class-low 37% of his collegiate snaps. Turner was often used as a vertical threat, as he ran a deep route on a class-high 43% of his routes. He ended up with a solid 117-1,370-20 receiving line for his career (most of that during the last two seasons), though very little of that came after the catch (class-low 3.2 RAC). Turner reached 600 yards, nine TDs and an 18% target share each of the past two seasons. He posted a class-low 27-inch vertical at the combine, but his combination of age (22), size and college production makes him an interesting sleeper.

60. (WR26) Josh F. Johnson, Tulsa
Height/Weight: 5-11/183, Age: 23-0

Johnson is a tiny, fast, slot receiver who was peppered with targets during three seasons at Tulsa. He handled a target share of at least 20% and an air-yard share of at least 22% all three seasons while not missing a single game. He really went off in 2021, posting an 83-1,114-6 receiving line on 136 targets (34% share of targets and air yards). Though the volume was good, the efficiency was not; Johnson posted an ugly 7.0 YPT, 3.9 RAC and 7.0% drop rate for his career, all of which are among the worst in class. He has elite speed, but the ball skills and efficiency are obviously a big concern.

61. (WR27) Danny Gray, SMU
Height/Weight: 6-0/186, Age: 23-5

Gray caught 69 balls during the 2018 and ’19 seasons at Blinn Junior College before transferring to SMU in 2020. He posted a solid 82-1,251-13 receiving line during two campaigns at SMU, handling an 18% target share when active. His best asset is his production with the ball in his hands, as his career 9.0 RAC is best in this class. He’s on the thin side and had drop issues (7.4% rate), but he ran a strong 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine and looks like a capable depth receiver and returner.

62. (WR28) Bo Melton, Rutgers
Height/Weight: 5-11/189, Age: 23-3

Melton enters the pros after playing 500-plus snaps during four seasons at Rutgers. His target share increased all four seasons — from 16% in 2018 to 30% in 2021 — and he was above a 40% air-yard share in each of his final two seasons. The heavy usage didn’t translate to much efficiency, as he averaged a class-worst 6.8 YPT during his career. Melton’s route tree was a bit odd during his career, as he had a below-average aDOT but ran a deep route 44% of the time (second highest in the class). Melton is undersized but showed well at the combine, including a 4.34 40-yard dash. He looks like a backup receiver who can add value as a rusher, gunner and returner.

63. (QB7) Jack Coan, Notre Dame
Height/Weight: 6-3/218, Age: 23-8

Coan is a conservative, pocket quarterback who started for Wisconsin in 2019 and Notre Dame in 2021. His career 7.7 aDOT is lowest in this class, and his collegiate efficiency was fairly average across the board. Coan is a nonfactor as a rusher, totaling a 72-265-7 rushing line in 32 games over his last three seasons.

64. (TE10) Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State
Height/Weight: 6-6/252, Age: 22-0

Ruckert is a big, slow, blocking tight end who totaled a 54-615-3 receiving line on 75 targets while appearing in 48 games at Ohio State. His career 5% target share is second lowest in this tight end class, and his 1.0 YPRR is easily lowest. He appears to be a long shot for consistent targets in the pros and figures to be more valuable to his team than he is in fantasy.

65. (TE11) Jelani Woods, Virginia
Height/Weight: 6-7/253, Age: 23-10

Woods is a massive tight end at 6-7 with the biggest wingspan (82 inches) in the class. He primarily blocked and was a nonfactor in the pass game during three seasons at Oklahoma State (31-361-4 receiving line in 33 games) before busting out with a 44-598-8 line in 11 games at Virginia in 2021. Used as a vertical threat by the Cavaliers, Woods’ 10.7 aDOT was third highest in this class last season. Opposite of his OSU usage, Woods’ was asked to block on a class-low 31% of his snaps. He’s an older prospect, but his size, speed (4.61 40-yard dash), strength (class-high 24 bench reps) and 2021 breakout make him an interesting flier.

66. (RB20) Kevin Harris, South Carolina
Height/Weight: 5-10/221, Age: 21-9

Harris is a big power back who had his best collegiate season in 2020 (1,297 yards and 16 TDs on 206 touches) before sliding back to 163-749-4 in 2021. Offseason back surgery and shaky blocking were among the reasons for the dip, as the 1.5 yards before contact he saw ranked second lowest in this class in 2021. However, his eluded tackle rate was very poor, and he has struggled in the pass game (eight drops on 49 career targets). Harris is one of the youngest backs in the class and showed well at the combine with a huge wingspan and top-end performances in the vertical and broad jumps.

67. (RB21) Ty Chandler, North Carolina
Height/Weight: 5-11/204, Age: 24-3

After averaging 132.7 touches per season during three years at Tennessee, Chandler racked up 197 touches at North Carolina last season. He was productive, posting a 182-1,092-13 rushing line (6.0 YPC, 3.7 YAC) and 15-216-1 receiving line (class-best 12.0 YPT). Chandler’s efficiency was extremely poor at Tennessee but very good at UNC, as he ranked among the top backs in YAC and showed well in eluded tackles. Chandler is older for a running back prospect, but his speed (4.38 40-yard dash), return ability and strong 2021 season will attract teams.

68. (RB22) Keaontay Ingram, USC
Height/Weight: 6-0/221, Age: 22-10

Ingram spent three seasons at Texas and one at USC during his collegiate career. He played a relatively similar role all four years, maxing out at 156 carries in 2021 and 35 targets in 2019. His overall efficiency is fine, but he was at his best this past season, posting the seventh-best YAC (3.6) and eighth-best evaded tackle rate (8.1). Ingram is big, showed well at the combine and is a capable rusher and receiver.

69. (RB23) Trestan Ebner, Baylor
Height/Weight: 5-11/206, Age: 23-8

Ebner was best as a receiving back and returner during his four seasons at Baylor, totaling 1,574 yards and seven touchdowns on 320 carries, 1,248 yards and eight scores on 134 targets and 1,318 yards and four TDs on 71 returns. Ebner’s career rushing efficiency isn’t impressive (lost yards on 25% of carries, 2.6 YAC), but his overall elusiveness sure is (one forced missed tackle for every 2.9 touches for his career is best in class). Ebner also averaged a strong 9.3 yards per target for his career and, though he did drop 10 passes, eight of them were during his first two seasons. Ebner has the speed (4.43 40-yard dash) and versatility to emerge as a passing-down/return specialist in the pros.

70. (QB8) Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky
Height/Weight: 6-1/215, Age: 23-4

After playing three seasons at FCS Houston Baptist, Zappe transferred to WKU last season and proceeded to throw for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns — both single-season FBS records. Volume was a big reason for the elite season (686 attempts), but so was efficiency (69% completion rate, 78.6 QBR). Zappe adds almost nothing with his legs and doesn’t have a strong arm, but he throws with decent accuracy. Piling up collegiate stats doesn’t come close to guaranteeing pro success, but the incredible season certainly makes Zappe a name to monitor.

71. (WR29) Reggie Roberson Jr., SMU
Height/Weight: 5-11/192, Age: 23-10

Roberson is among the oldest players in this class, having spent one year at West Virginia (2017) before transferring to SMU for his final four collegiate seasons. Roberson’s best seasons at SMU were in 2018 (52-802-6) and 2019 (43-803-6), and his 2019 (foot) and 2020 (torn ACL) seasons were cut short by injuries. When active during the 2018 and ’20 seasons, his target share was never below 21%, nor was his air-yard share below 33%. He returned to post a 51-625-6 receiving line in 2021 while working in the short area (career-low 8.8 aDOT). Roberson is a perimeter receiver (10% career slot rate) who posted the worst vertical (29 inches) and second-worst broad jump (114 inches) in this class at the combine. He flashed early in his career and could be a playmaker in the pros if he returns to his pre-injury form.

72. (WR30) Devon Williams, Oregon
Height/Weight: 6-5/210, Age: 22-2

Williams is a big man, having measured in as tallest (6-5) and with the biggest wingspan (81 inches!) in this class at the combine. He has good athleticism to go with that frame, but isn’t particularly quick or fast (4.65 40-yard dash). He doesn’t have much collegiate production, having totaled 10 targets during two seasons at USC before posting a 50-843-6 in two seasons at Oregon. Williams can play inside and out (career 36% slot rate) and has primarily been used as a vertical receiver (14.7 aDOT, 17.1 YPR).

73. (WR31) Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 6-1/215, Age: 25-0

Drummond played a limited role as a perimeter receiver at Ole Miss during the 2019-20 seasons before busting out with a 76-1,028-8 receiving line in 2021. He aligned in the slot 69% of the time and handled a generous 23% target share, though a class-low 6.3 aDOT led to an 18% air-yard share. Drummond is an older prospect (turns 25 in August) and lacks speed (4.65 40-yard dash), but he’s terrific with the ball in his hands (career 8.0 RAC) and could find his way to a big slot role.

74. (WR32) Velus Jones Jr., Tennessee
Height/Weight: 6-0/204, Age: 25-3

Jones is one of the oldest receivers in this class, having spent four years at USC (52 catches) and two more at Tennessee (84 catches). He wasn’t much of a factor as a receiver during most of his collegiate career, but “broke out” with a 62-807-7 receiving line while working as a short-area (6.9 aDOT) slot receiver (72% slot). Jones is a special teams standout who can help out as both a gunner and kick/punt returner. It’s possible his pass-catching role will be limited in the pros, though he impressed at the combine with the top 40-yard dash (4.31) and speed score (118) at the position.

75. (WR33) Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls State
Height/Weight: 6-3/205, Age: 23-10

Dixon is a big receiver from FCS Nicholls State. He had a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons during his four years with the Colonels, scoring seven-plus touchdowns in all four campaigns. He’s an older prospect (turns 24 during his rookie season) and did not show well in terms of speed (4.62 40-yard dash) and quickness (7.28 three-cone, 4.42 short shuttle) at the combine.

76. (TE12) Austin Allen, Nebraska
Height/Weight: 6-8/253, Age: 23-9

Allen was rarely used in the passing game during his first two seasons at Nebraska (13 targets on 574 snaps), but enjoyed a boost to a 13% target share in 2020 (18-236-1 receiving line) and 16% share in 2021 (38-602-2). Last season’s big leap was supported by terrific efficiency, including a 11.8 YPT that is second best in this class. Allen is a big man and spent a ton of time blocking for the Cornhuskers. He was a winner at the combine, ranking near the top of the TE leaderboard in the broad jump, three-cone (best) and short shuttle. His size/athleticism combo makes him an intriguing prospect.

77. (TE13) Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
Height/Weight: 6-5/253, Age: 21-11

Bellinger is an inline tight end prospect who spent 61% of his collegiate snaps run blocking (second highest rate in this class). In turn, he was limited to a 68-771-5 receiving line on 104 targets (9% share) during his four seasons. Bellinger proved a reliable target (three career drops), but most of his usage was in the short range. He’s big, very young and showed well at the combine with a 4.63 40-yard dash (110 speed score ranked third at TE), 22 bench reps and a class-best 125-inch broad jump.

78. (QB9) Dustin Crum, Kent State
Height/Weight: 6-1/210, Age: 23-8

Crum is a three-year starter from Kent State who is highly-productive with his legs and does well to avoid turnovers, but takes a lot of sacks (sounds a lot like Tyrod Taylor, who is almost the exact same height and weight). Crum’s arm talent and accuracy are inconsistent, though his collegiate efficiency was respectable (75.5 total QBR, 67% completion rate and class-best 1.2% INT rate) despite the ugly 7.8% sack rate. He added a 311-2,184-23 rushing line in 40 games.

79. (QB10) D’Eriq King, Miami
Height/Weight: 5-9/196, Age: 25-0

King is one of the oldest players in the draft, as he spent his first two collegiate seasons at wide receiver before converting to quarterback in 2018. After four total seasons at Houston, he transferred to Miami for his final two campaigns. King impressed under center in 2018 (50 total TDs, 6 INTs, 84.8 QBR) and was decent in 2020, but he’s extremely undersized. He is an incredible athlete who can contribute as a rusher, receiver and even a returner, so if QB doesn’t work out, a position change could be in his future (he also worked out with the wide receivers at the combine).

80. (TE14) Grant Calcaterra, SMU
Height/Weight: 6-4/241, Age: 23-9

Calcaterra is on an bit of a unique path, as he posted a 41-637-9 receiving line during three seasons at Oklahoma before a string of concussions led to a one-year retirement from football. He returned to SMU in 2021 and posted a 38-465-4 line in 12 games. Calcaterra is a de facto wide receiver, having aligned in the slot a class-high 68% of the time last season while rarely being asked to block. He’s undersized and an older prospect, but he has wheels (4.62 40-yard dash) and pass-catching chops.

81. (QB11) EJ Perry, Brown
Height/Weight: 6-2/211, Age: 24-0

Perry is a small-school prospect who spent a year at Boston College in 2018 before rounding out his career at Brown. Perry has some accolades (he led the nation in total offense in 2019 and won the East-West Shrine Bowl MVP in February), but he’s also turnover-prone and has accuracy concerns. It’s possible Perry plays another position (perhaps special teams) in the pros, but if he does find his way to a starting QB gig, his athleticism and rushing ability will put him on the fantasy radar.

82. (QB12) Skylar Thompson, Kansas State
Height/Weight: 6-2/217, Age: 25-3

Thompson is the oldest QB in this class, having spent the last five seasons under center at Kansas State. He’s dealt with a multitude of injuries and his overall collegiate efficiency is unimpressive, though he did finish strong with a class-best showing in YPA (9.1), off-target rate (7.3%) and third-down conversion rate (48%) in 2021. Thompson was a factor as a rusher early in his career, but was held to a 27-150-4 rushing line in 10 games in 2021 and ran a class-worst 4.91 40-yard dash at the combine.

83. (RB24) D’vonte Price, Florida International
Height/Weight: 6-1/210, Age: 23-3

Price is a big (class-high 76.75-inch wingspan), fast (4.38 40-yard dash) back who lacks short-area quickness and elusiveness. His collegiate volume and efficiency weren’t overly impressive, as he never cleared 129 carries or 19 targets in a single season while posting weak forced missed tackle and receiving per-target numbers. His volume and performance were better in his final season, but Price’s skillset and lack of passing-game involvement suggest he’s ticketed for backup duties.

84. (RB25) Abram Smith, Baylor
Height/Weight: 6-0/213, Age: 23-11

Smith is a big, strong back who bounced between linebacker and running back during his time at Baylor. In fact, Smith totaled 12 carries on 30 offensive snaps during his first three seasons prior to exploding for a 257-1,601-12 rushing line on 465 snaps as a senior. Smith was good after contact (3.4 YAC), ranking well in both 5-plus and 10-plus-yard runs. He’ll turn 24 early in his rookie season and may not be a factor in the pass game (13-75-0 receiving line with two drops in 2021), but perhaps has a future as a committee back (H-Back?) and special teamer.

85. (RB26) Tyler Goodson, Iowa
Height/Weight: 5-9/197, Age: 21-9

Goodson has been a factor in the Iowa backfield each of the last three seasons, but a generous workload (533 carries and 91 targets in 34 games) wasn’t matched with much efficiency. His career 2.4 YAC is easily worst in this class, he broke tackles at the second-worst rate and a whopping 25% of his carries went for a loss. Goodson is undersized, but his speed (4.42 40-yard dash) and athleticism (36.5-inch vertical, 123-inch broad jump) appear to be decent. Goodson is young, so there’s room for growth.

86. (WR34) Charleston Rambo, Miami
Height/Weight: 6-1/177, Age: 23-0

Rambo spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Oklahoma, totaling a 76-1,180-9 receiving line during the span. He transferred to Miami in 2021 and exploded for 79-1,172-7 on 119 targets. Rambo handled a hefty 27% target and 33% air-yard share. The big season was enough to get him to the combine, but his performance was not good. His 4.57 40-yard dash at 177 pounds works out to a class-worst 81 speed score, and he checked in with an 118-inch broad jump. He’s a longshot.

87. (WR35) Braylon Sanders, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 6-0/194, Age: 23-7

Sanders is a situational deep threat who was limited by role and injuries to 69 catches during four seasons at Ole Miss. He cleared 27 targets once and that was a 54-target effort in 2021 that led to a 24-549-4 receiving line. Sanders’ career 18.2 aDOT, 21.4 YPR and 47% deep route rate easily top FBS receivers in this class, and his 11.4 YPT trails only Jameson Williams. His limited usage, size and athleticism suggest his upside is limited.

88. (WR36) Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
Height/Weight: 6-1/204, Age: 23-7

Fryfogle played 450-plus snaps during all four seasons at Indiana, totaling a 157-2,218-14 receiving line during his tenure. Fryfogle peaked with a 37-721-7 receiving line on 70 targets (25% share) in 2020, but took a massive step back in 2021 with a 46-512-1 receiving line on 107 targets (29% share). He dealt with poor QB play last season, but he also dropped a class-high 10 passes and his receiving efficiency was beyond terrible (4.8 YPT, 43% catch rate, 1.39 YPRR). He’s big and can play inside and out, but Fryfogle appears limited as a prospect.

89. (WR37) Michael Woods II, Oklahoma
Height/Weight: 6-1/204, Age: 22-5

Woods posted an 83-1,248-10 receiving line during three seasons at Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma for 2021. His usage and production took a step back in his final campaign (35-400-2), as he handled a lowly 16% target share and posted a weak 7.5 YPT while living on short-area routes, specifically hook routes.

90. (RB27) Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU
Height/Weight: 6-0/211, Age: 21-10

Davis-Price is a big back who soaked up 379 carries and 40 targets during three seasons at LSU. He was busiest as a rusher last season (211-1,003-6 rushing line), but never quite emerged as a threat in the passing game (season high of 15 targets, 3% share). Davis-Price’s rushing and receiving efficiency were both poor during his career and that includes low-end showings in the YAC and FMT departments. He posted a decent 40 time (4.48) at the combine, but underwhelmed in the vertical and broad jump. He’s young and has some tools, so there’s some upside here.

91. (RB28) Jaylen Warren, Oklahoma State
Height/Weight: 5-8/204, Age: 23-10

Warren is a short but powerful back who spent two seasons at Utah State before taking over as Oklahoma State’s lead back in 2021. His collegiate efficiency was hit or miss, as he showed poorly after contact (2.8 YAC), but strong in terms of forcing missed tackles (3.8). He was effective in the pass game at OSU, but needs work as a blocker. Warren is one of the oldest backs in this class and he underwhelmed at the combine (4.55 40-yard dash, 31.5-inch vertical).

92. (RB29) Snoop Conner, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 5-10/222, Age: 22-1

Conner is a big, tough back who handled limited touches during three seasons (35 games) at Ole Miss. Conner’s efficiency is unimpressive, as his YAC and forced missed tackle profile was weak during his career and especially poor in 2021. He was limited to 35 collegiate targets, so it’s unknown if he’ll contribute in the passing game in the pros.

93. (RB30) Isaih Pacheco, Rutgers
Height/Weight: 5-10/216, Age: 23-6

Pacheco is a big, fast back who posted the best speed score in this class at the combine (4.37 40-yard dash at 216 pounds). He was a factor in the Rutgers backfield during all four seasons at the school, ending up with a 563-2,442-18 rushing line and 47-249-1 receiving line. Pacheco’s collegiate efficiency was about as poor as it gets (4.3 YPC and 3.7 YPT are both worst in this class), though he had little help (his 1.6 yards before contact is easily lowest in the class). Pacheco was also weak in the YAC and FMT categories, but added some value as a returner and pass blocker. His size/speed combo is sure to attract a few teams.

94. (QB13) Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan
Height/Weight: 6-1/208, Age: 22-5

Eleby is an undersized QB prospect who enters the pros early after three seasons at Western Michigan. Eleby was one of the most-aggressive passers in this class last season (10.4 aDOT is second highest), which led to a 9.1 YPA (second) and 14.2 yards per completion (first), but also a low completion rate (64%) and weak QBR (61.4). He’s mobile enough to add a little with his legs, but likely won’t move the needle much there.

95. (QB14) Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana
Height/Weight: 6-7/249, Age: 24-10

Kelley is easily the biggest and one of the oldest quarterbacks in this year’s class. He struggled during two seasons (2017-18) at Arkansas before torching FCS defenses at Southeastern Louisiana the last three seasons. That included a 2021 season in which he threw for 5,124 yards, 44 touchdowns and 10 INTs. As a rusher, Kelley struggled to rack up yardage, but he ran plenty (161 carries in 2021) and was very busy at the goal line (33 rush TDs during 2019-21).

96. (TE15) Peyton Hendershot, Indiana
Height/Weight: 6-4/250, Age: 23-4

Hendershot was busy as a pass-catcher during all four of his seasons at Indiana and left town with a 136-1,479-14 receiving line on 194 targets. He was primarily used in the short area (5.7 aDOT) and didn’t score many touchdowns (never more than four in a season), but he handled a target share of at least 14% in each of his final three seasons. Hendershot is athletic (class-best 4.25 short shuttle) with good size and can help as a blocker.

97. (TE16) Curtis Hodges, Arizona State
Height/Weight: 6-8/257

Hodges is a massive tight end prospect at 6-8, 257 pounds. He made his share of splash plays during five seasons at Arizona State, but the problem is that he didn’t play much, partially due to several injuries. Hodges ended up with a 36-600-4 receiving line in 36 games, 20-373-2 of which came in 2021. He was at or near the top of this class in YPR (18.7), YPT (12.0), aDOT (10.9) and RAC (8.6) last season. Hodges is obviously raw, his hands need improving (seven career drops) and his durability is a concern, but his size, speed and explosiveness makes him a sleeper.

98. (RB31) Sincere McCormick, UTSA
Height/Weight: 5-9/205, Age: 21-11

McCormick was extremely productive during his time at UTSA, racking up a 724-3,929-34 rushing line and a 66-509-1 receiving line during three seasons (36 games). That includes 1,400-plus rushing yards in both 2020 and 2021. Though the rushing volume is impressive, the efficiency is not; McCormick’s YAC and FMT profile is among the worst in this class for his career and in 2021. That’s a red flag, as was McCormick’s combine showing (4.60 40-yard dash and 116-inch broad jump), but he’s young, has proven reliable (in terms of fumbles and durability) and can help in the pass game.

99. (RB32) Jashaun Corbin, Florida State
Height/Weight: 5-11/202, Age: 22-0

Corbin was limited to 112 touches during two seasons (14 games) at Texas A&M before transferring to FSU for his final two seasons. He soaked up 100 touches in 2020 before making the leap to 143-887-7 on the ground and 25-144-1 in the pass game in 2021. His efficiency numbers are a bit inconsistent and below average in most cases, but we saw dominant post-contact work in 2021, as his 4.10 YAC was best in this class. Corbin is below average in the weight department, but he has a big wingspan and has had involvement in the pass game (his 12% target share in 2021 is third in this class) and as a kick returner.

100. (RB33) Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State
Height/Weight: 5-8/195, Age: 23-7

Rivers is a very small back who piled up 570 carries and 162 targets during 40 games at Fresno State over the last four seasons. The volume and consistency was impressive, but Rivers’ efficiency was not. He posted a career 2.7 RAC and was middle of the pack forcing missed tackles. He was, however, strong in the pass game, posting a 130-1,288-10 career receiving line, which was fueled by a strong 8.0 yards per target. Rivers measured in with the smallest arms (28 inches) and wingspan (69 inches) at the combine and his 4.60 40-yard dash time was very disappointing considering his frame (87 speed score).

101. (RB34) CJ Verdell, Oregon
Height/Weight: 5-8/194, Age: 23-0

Verdell was the feature back at Oregon during the 2018-19 seasons, but injuries limited him to a total of 10 games over the last two years. His overall efficiency is pedestrian, as he was a bit above average after contact, but third worst in this class in eluded tackle rate. Though he didn’t see much passing game work the last two seasons, his career 13.4 RAC on 72 targets is easily best in this class. Verdell is undersized and didn’t move the needle much at the combine (class-worst 29.5-inch vertical). He has some upside, but is a bit of a wild card.

102. (WR38) Isaiah Weston, Northern Iowa
Height/Weight: 6-4/214, Age: 24-10

Weston is a big, fast receiver who feasted on FCS defenses as a vertical target during his time at Northern Iowa. Appearing in 40 games from 2017-21, Weston totaled a 106-2468-21 receiving line, which works out to a class-high 22.6 YPR. Shaky quarterback play, drops and injuries were notable issues, the latter of which included a torn ACL in 2018 and multiple missed games in 2020. Weston helped himself at the combine, running a 4.42 40-yard dash at 214 pounds (112 speed score) while posting the second-best vertical (40 inches) and broad jump (135 inches). Weston turns 25 during his rookie season.

103. (WR39) Slade Bolden, Alabama
Height/Weight: 5-11/193, Age: 23-7

Bolden is a small, slot receiver who simply wasn’t targeted much during four season at Alabama. He peaked with 58 targets in 2021 (11% share) after totaling 33 targets in his first three seasons. Bolden aligned in the slot on 71% of his career routes and his 7.30 aDOT is second lowest in this class. The short-area role, along with a strong 2.2% drop rate, led to a class-best 75% catch rate, but low yardage production (10.5 YPR, class-low 1.24 YPRR). Perhaps Bolden has untapped potential after playing behind so may stars at Alabama, but he may max out as a depth slot and punt returner. That’s especially the case after an ugly combine showing in which he ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at 193 pounds (82 speed score) and posted a 116-inch broad jump.

104. (WR40) Johnny Johnson III, Oregon
Height/Weight: 6-0/197, Age: 23-3

Johnson appeared in 44 games during four seasons at Oregon, but only cleared 41 targets and 320 yards in one of those campaigns (2019). Johnson was active for 10 games last season, but saw his usage dip to a 12% target share — a rare occurrence for a senior. Johnson can play inside and out, but the late-career descent isn’t a great look and he didn’t perform well at the combine (including a 4.60 40-yard dash). He’ll look for a depth gig in the pros.

105. (RB35) Leddie Brown, West Virginia
Height/Weight: 6-0/213, Age: 23-6

Brown is a big, between-the-tackles rusher with big hands and some passing-game ability who figures to operate as a backup in the pros. He was busy in 2021, racking up 223 carries and 52 targets (12% share), but his efficiency simply has not been good. His 4.7 YPC is third-worst and his 5.1 YPT seventh-worst in this class over the last four seasons. Brown has the worst elusiveness profile in this entire class and his YAC and broken tackle numbers are either mediocre or poor. He didn’t help himself at the combine, running a 4.64 40-yard dash and posting a weak 30-inch vertical.

106. (RB36) Greg Bell, San Diego State
Height/Weight: 5-11/201, Age: 24-2

Bell enters the pros after appearing in only 26 games during his collegiate career. He played sparingly as a freshman at Nebraska in 2018 before missing all of 2019 with an eye injury. He then transferred to San Diego State and was busy (124 touches in seven games) before going down with a foot injury. He finally “broke out” in 2021, posting a 245-1091-9 rushing line, though he was a non-factor as a receiver (5 yards on seven targets) and fumbled a class-high seven times. Already 24 years old, Bell is a bit undersized, poor after contact and in forcing missed tackles, and not a receiving option. He is a longshot.

107. (QB15) Brock Purdy, Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6-1/212, Age: 22-8

Purdy was a four-year starter at Iowa State who had his best year as a sophomore and has since settled in as a consecutive pocket passer. Purdy’s 6.7 aDOT last season was lowest in this class by a full yard and somewhat explains his class-best 72% completion rate. Purdy doesn’t stand out in terms of size, athleticism, arm talent, accuracy or mobility and projects as a backup in the pros.

108. (TE17) Connor Heyward, Michigan State
Height/Weight: 5-11/233, Age: 23-7

Heyward is listed as a tight end, but he’s 233 pounds (lightest in this class) and more of a fullback/H-Back prospect. Cameron’s little brother racked up 208 carries during his four seasons at MSU, but had only one in his new role in 2021. His 1.6 career aDOT (3.8 in 2021) confirms his short-area usage and his pro role is unlikely to allow any fantasy upside.

109. (TE18) Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland
Height/Weight: 6-3/238, Age: 23-0

Okonkwo is fast (class-best 4.52 40-yard dash) and athletic (35.5-inch vert), though he’s on the small side and may not have the size for a conventional TE role in the pros. He was busy as a pass-catcher during his final season at Maryland, soaking up a 14% target share and 52-447-5 receiving line. He wasn’t a vertical option, however, posting a 4.5 aDOT (third lowest in the class) and 8.6 YPR (lowest), and dropped five balls. He figures to work as a fullback/H-Back in the pros.

110. (TE19) Chase Allen, Iowa State
Height/Weight: 6-6/251, Age: 25-1

Allen is a big blocking/in-line tight end who failed to clear a 9% target share during any of his four seasons at Iowa State. He measured in with the biggest wingspan (82.5 inches) in the class at the combine. Allen is the oldest tight end in the class and may not do much as a receiver in the pros.

111. (TE20) Teagan Quitoriano, Oregon State
Height/Weight: 6-6/256, Age: 22-5

Quitoriano is a blocking tight end who was targeted a grand total of 54 times on 1,648 snaps during four seasons at Oregon State. He blocked on a class-high 79% of his snaps and even pass blocked on 52% of the pass plays he was on the field for (lowest in the class). Quitoriano’s career 4% target share allowed a 40-512-6 receiving line. He’s big and athletic, but he has the smallest hands in the class and the collegiate usage suggests he’s unlikely to be a receiving threat in the pros.

112. (TE21) Jeremiah Hall, Oklahoma
Height/Weight: 6-2/239, Age: 23-10

Hall failed to clear a 9% target share in any of his four seasons while operating as a fullback and blocking tight end at Oklahoma. He had a rough showing at the combine, posting the worst 40-yard dash (4.96, 79 speed score), broad jump, three cone and short shuttle. His size limitations figure to lead to a situational H-Back/FB role in the pros.

Source: ESPN

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