With the 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Combine in our rearview mirror, we turn our attention to the players on the offensive side of the ball that most elevated their draft stock and are on the rise around the league.
1) Skyy Moore WR Western Michigan:
People around the league were aware of Skyy Moore, but I don’t believe many believed he had the arsenal that he had on display in Indianapolis. Moore ran a 4.41 40 yard dash with a 34.5-inch vertical leap. Moore displayed explosiveness and was smooth as silk throughout the drills. Skyy Moore was thought to be a day two prospect that now finds himself firmly in the 2nd round conversation.
2) Christian Watson WR North Dakota State:
Christian Watson is a physical freak–measuring 6’5 210 pounds, Watson ran an absurd 4.36 40 yard dash. Watson paced the field with a 136-inch broad jump. Explosiveness is not a concern with this North Dakota State prospect. Teams were salivating over the potential of adding Christian Watson to their offense when they left Indianapolis, and Watson will not slip past the 2nd round in the 2022 NFL Draft.
3) Chris Olave WR Ohio State:
I would argue that there was not a player who looked more like a professional on the offensive side of the ball than Chris Olave. Olave blazed a 4.39 40 yard dash and looked like a natural receiver. Chris Olave has the safest floor of any receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft and may very well hear his name called in the 1st round.
4) Malik Willis QB Liberty:
The Scouting Combine isn’t the best way to wow the scouts when you are a quarterback. Malik Willis continues showing the best arm strength in this class–it is not remotely close. With all of the momentum on his side, I would be shocked if Malik Willis isn’t the first quarterback off the board and a potential top ten pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
5) Breece Hall RB Iowa State:
There were some in the draft community that became bored with Breece Hall. People were knocking him down their RB rankings. I don’t imagine that will be the case following the Scouting Combine. Breece Hall ran a 4.39 40 yard dash, jumped 40 inches on the vert, and put up a 126-inch broad jump. Hall paced the field in each category standing head and shoulders above the rest at the running back position.
6) Desmond Ridder QB Cincinnati:
I was surprised by the athletic testing that Desmond Ridder put on display at the Scouting Combine. So much so that I had to go back and watch a little more film on him. I’m still not the biggest Desmond Ridder guy, but I understand the appeal of drafting him at the back of the 1st round.
7) Calvin Austin III WR Memphis:
Standing 5’9 160 lbs. Calvin Austin III will be a gadget player at the NFL level. That being said, there is a role for players like Austin at the next level. Austin is remarkably explosive for a diminutive player. Austin posted a 4.32 40 yard dash, 39-inch vertical leap, and a 135-inch broad. As a special teams returner, on jet sweeps, and in the screen game, teams will have to plan for Calvin Austin III at the next level.
8) George Pickens WR Georgia:
George Pickens is still recovering from an injury that cost him almost his entire 2021 season. Pickens returned to action late in the season, and it is clear that he is still finding his footing. The fact that George Pickens was able to run a 4.47 40 yard dash with a 125-inch broad jump, at less than 100% is a clear indicator of what type of player we have here. I don’t believe George Pickens sneaks into the 1st round, but it shouldn’t be long after that until we hear his name called during the 2022 NFL Draft.
9) Kenneth Walker III RB Michigan State:
Kenneth Walker III worked out in the shadow of Breece Hall’s performance at the Scouting Combine. The good news: Kenneth Walker III worked out just fine in his own right. The better news: Walker looked sharp in the on-field drills, particularly as a receiver. Before the Scouting Combine, many believed that Walker was a subpar receiver out of the backfield. Leaving Indianapolis, this is no longer the school of thought. Kenneth Walker III should be the second running back off the board.
10) Khalil Shakur WR Boise State:
Khalil Shakur has been underrated and overlooked throughout the draft process. Shakur finally received some much overdue acclaim during the Scouting Combine. Khalil Shakur checked every box and is now firmly in the day two mix.