RotoUnderworld 2022 Rookie Mock Draft Recap #3 – Single QB

by Cody Carpentier · Dynasty Leagues

The RotoUnderworld community will be partaking in a series of 12-team, five-round rookie mock drafts, running through the spring and summer. Today we bring you 2022 Rookie Mock Draft Recap #3. The mock drafters will be comprised of PlayerProfiler writers/analysts, our friends in the Patreon community, and our good friends over at The Breakout Finder. While these pieces will include quick-hitting notes from the drafters about why they made their selection, our writers will take turns recapping the festivities and adding their own unique perspectives.

2022 Rookie Mock Draft Recap #3 – 1 QB

The third edition in the second season of the fabled PlayerProfiler Rookie Mock Drafting Series Extravaganza is upon us.

Slight caveat: this mock started the day after the Reese’s Senior Bowl

Kicking off the second season of Rookie Mock Draft Recaps with a five-round, 12-team, Single QB draft finished on February 7th by the following talents.

  1. 1. Bradley Myers –  2. Nick James –  3.  Britt Sanders
  2. 4. Jaylan Glenn  –  5. Morgan Haller  –  6. Russell Lutes
  3. 7. Matt Desrosiers–  8. Robert Rowlinson – 9. Stephen Murphy
  4. 10. Frank Lakatos – 11. Ray Ray Marz  – 12. Greg Vacek

1.01 – Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Analyst: Bradley Myers

Rationale: The landing spot would most likely change this, but in a vacuum, Treylon Burks is the highest-upside player while also providing a fairly safe floor. He’s the 1.01 for me, independent of the landing spot.

1.02 – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

1.03 – Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

1.04 – David Bell, WR, Purdue

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1.05 – Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

1.06 – Drake London, WR, USC

Analyst: Russell Lutes

Rationale: 6-5 with huge production for eight weeks until the ankle injury. And one of the younger prospects, with a 99th-percentile Breakout Age.

1.07 – Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State

Analyst: Matt Desrosiers

Rationale: Finished No. 2 in college football with 1,636 rushing yds and 18 TD in 2021. Ranks No. 2 in yards after contact over the past two years (1,667). Could be the first RB drafted in April.

1.08 – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Analyst: Robert Rowlinson

Rationale: Remember when Michael Carter was super underrated because of Javonte Williams?

1.09 – Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

Analyst: Stephen Murphy

Rationale: The best receiving back in the class, and it’s not close. Has good vision and patience.

1.10 – Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati

1.11 – George Pickens, WR, Georgia

1.12 – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Analyst: Greg Vacek

Rationale: One year wonder at Alabama, with elite speed. Likely would have run the 40-yard dash in under 4.40 seconds. High probability to spend the first year on the PUP List.

Round 1 Takeaways

We started collecting 2022 Rookie Mock Draft Data back in October of 2021. Let’s take a look below at what has changed in the five months.

1.01 Breece Hall -> Treylon Burks

1.02 Isaiah Spiller -> Breece Hall

1.03 Treylon Burks -> Garrett Wilson

1.04 Garrett Wilson -> David Bell

1.05 Drake London -> Isaiah Spiller

1.06 David Bell -> Drake London

1.07 Kyren Williams -> Kenneth Walker

1.08 Chris Olave -> Chris Olave

1.09 George Pickens -> Kyren Williams

1.10 Zach Charbonnet -> Jerome Ford

1.11 John Metchie -> George Pickens

1.12 Eric Gray -> Jameson Williams

Times of Change

The rise of Kenneth Walker, transferring to Michigan State from Wake Forest and leaping into the top 10 for 2022 rookie drafts, is something we have seen from quarterbacks in the years past. Not only did Walker join the first Round, but also did Jameson Williams (transfer from Ohio State), and Jerome Ford (transfer from Alabama). That is three transfers over the last two seasons moving into Round 1 of this year’s draft.

Zach Charbonnet fell out of Round 1 by the process of opting out and going back to UCLA for the 2022 season. John Metchie tore his ACL during the Alabama season and fell into Round 3 of current mock drafts.

2.01 – Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Analyst: Bradley Myers

Rationale: The Liberty play-caller could very well be the next Konami code QB to enter the league, offering immense upside with his rushing ability.

2.02 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

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2.03 – Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State

Analyst: Britt Sanders

Rationale: A dominant year at Arizona State, with requisite size and ball catching ability. It’s the time for fliers and he’s a premier one.

2.04 – Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

2.05 – Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU

2.06 – Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama

2.07 – Christian Watson, WR, NDSU

Analyst: Matt Desrosiers

Rationale: After a good showing in Mobile, Christian Watson is in the cockpit of his own hype rocket up the draft boards. To the Combine and beyond.

2.08 – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

Analyst: Robert Rowlinson

Rationale: I’ll take the best tight end in the class over the tenth-best running back any day!

2.09 – Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

Analyst: Stephen Murphy

Rationale: Electric with the ball in his hands. He is small, but I think he will be a good playmaker in the NFL.

2.10 – Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida

2.11 – Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

2.12 – Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina

Analyst: Greg Vacek

Rationale: Back surgery is always concerning, and the ankle injury this year led to a down junior year. But had strong sophomore season with 20-plus catches.

Round 2 Takeaways

Heading into Combine and Pro Day Season, a number of the above players can jump into Round 1. With a few leaving the door open to continue a free-fall into the third round after first-round rumors in 2021 (Kevin Harris, Justyn Ross, John Metchie, Brian Robinson). Though the RBs in front of them are much more established than the ones in the latter part of the second and third rounds.

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3.01 – Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri

Analyst: Bradley Myers

Rationale: Swinging for the fences again with the electric Badie. He’s an excellent receiver and shows some serious explosiveness on tape with the ball in his hands.

3.02 – James Cook, RB, Georgia

3.03 – Zamir White, RB, Georgia

3.04 – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

Analyst: Jaylan Glenn

Rationale: Group of Five, early declare with great production numbers and potential Day 2 draft capital? Could be a home run in the mid-third round.

3.05 – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

3.06 – Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

3.07 – Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Analyst: Matt Desrosiers

Rationale: Could be the first QB to hear his name in the NFL Draft. Interested to see his measurables at the NFL Combine.

3.08 – Calvin Austin, WR, Memphis

3.09 – Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

Analyst: Stephen Murphy

Rationale: Don’t expect him to scramble a lot, but he moves well in the pocket and has a good arm.

3.10 – John Metchie, WR, Alabama

3.11 – Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M

3.12 – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Analyst: Greg Vacek

Rationale: My QB2 behind Malik Willis, and getting him at end of Round 3 is a strong value 20-plus picks after the first QB of the board. Broke out as a true freshman in the ACC.

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4.01 – Sincere McCormick, RB, UTSA

Analyst: Bradley Myers

Rationale: Didn’t see any receivers I loved here, so pivoting to one of my favorite RBs in this class was an easy decision. McCormick will likely test undersized, but he showed workhorse ability handling 260-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, while catching 20-plus passes in each season at UTSA.

4.02 – Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

4.03 – Keaontay Ingram, RB, USC

4.04 – Max Borghi, RB, Washington State

4.05 – Ty Chandler, RB, North Carolina

4.06 – Velus Jones, WR, Tennessee

Analyst: Russell Lutes

Rationale: This late in the draft, I am looking for guys who will see the field. Velus will be on a roster during Week 1, at minimum doing special teams.

4.07 – Tyler Goodson, RB, Iowa

Analyst: Matt Desrosiers

Rationale: Most rushing yards by a Big 10 RB since 2019. Weight and speed at the Combine will be very important for the prospect.

4.08 – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

4.09 – ZaQuandre White, RB, South Carolina

Analyst: Stephen Murphy

Rationale: ZaQuandre is definitely a sleeper in this class. Really athletic with good speed and decent size.

4.10 – Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma

4.11 – Jerrion Ealy, RB, Ole Miss

4.12 – Master Teague, RB, Ohio State

Analyst: Greg Vacek

Rationale: Tore his Achilles in the spring of 2020, but had almost 800 yards as a freshman backing up J.K. Dobbins. Top 10 RB in his recruiting class, so betting on pedigree and big-name school bias by NFL teams.

5.01 – Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

Analyst: Bradley Myers

Rationale: After missing out on some other WRs, I like the value for Shakir here as my WR2. He was a human highlight reel at Boise State, profiling best from the slot having put up 1,000 yards there in 2021. But he also has the dynamism to his game, averaging 14-plus rushing attempts per season at Boise and getting in on some punt and kick returns.

5.02 – C.J. Verdell, RB, Oregon

5.03 – Pierre Strong, RB, South Dakota State

Analyst: Britt Sanders

Rationale: Small school backs are tough to trust, but his domination over subpar competition and his size makes him a good flier for me.

5.04 – Zonovan Knight, RB, North Carolina State

5.05 – Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, LSU

5.06 – Deandre Torrey, RB, North Texas

5.07 – Dai’Jean Dixon, WR, Nicholls State

Analyst: Matt Desrosiers

Rationale: 6-4, 200-pounds, and his 40-yard dash is projected in the 4.5’s. Solid route runner, the perfect dart throw in Round 5.

5.08 – Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Analyst: Robert Rowlinson

Rationale: PlayerProfiler’s No. 4-ranked TE. Overshadowed by elite receivers at Ohio state, but still a great athlete. Reminds me of a Nick Vannett. Probably won’t boom in NFL, but could find himself in a backup role in an elite offense which could lead to touchdowns.

5.09 – Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

Analyst: Stephen Murphy

Rationale: A former wide receiver turned tight end. He has good speed and can stretch the field on any given play.

5.10 – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

5.11 – Abram Smith, RB, Baylor

5.12 – Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State

Analyst: Greg Vacek

Rationale: Good Size at 6-6 and 260-pounds. Three seasons of 40-plus receptions, and almost a 4.0 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.

Last Word

Players to watch entering the 2022 NFL Combine in just two weeks include -> All are current projected Round 2 rookie picks:

  • Brian Robinson
    • NFL Size, Alabama helmet sticker, ability to carry the ball 250 times.
  • Malik Willis
    • Projected to run in the 4.40 range. With Lamar Jackson upside on the ground, can become the clear-cut QB1 after Indianapolis.
  • Christian Watson
    • Prolific FCS talent at WR with true alpha size and speed. Watson will be loved by the NFL circles, and a Round 2 NFL Draft selection could justify a top 12 rookie pick.
  • Jahan Dotson
    • Skipped the Senior Bowl, was rumored to be two inches shorter than his projected 5-11.  Also projected to run in the 4.3’s. Oh my , have we seen this before?
  • Calvin Austin
    • Current Round 3 rookie pick: “The fastest player at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine will be Calvin Austin” – Cody Carpentier on The Futurecast).

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