The National Football League is always on the lookout for the next great quarterback, with hopes always boosted when the NFL Draft class approaches. In a season with so many teams still in dire need of a reliable signal caller, this seems like the worst possible time to hope for a fix from the draft.
A year ago, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell and college star Spencer Rattler sat atop fake manuscripts. Many think the class of 2022 will provide plenty of head start, with several drafts in the top five picks. When the 2022 NFL Draft came out, the consensus on this year’s crop of passers-by changed.
Signs of this began to become apparent many months ago. NFL reviewer is very low on draft qualifying talentwith some longtime scouts and executives believing there is not a single starting quarterback in the class.
After a lengthy pre-withdrawal process with quarterbacks Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder and many others working for teams and at the NFL Combine, it looks like the reviews are still not very positive.
Go Long’s Bob McGinn spoke to scouts, executives and general managers across the league. While there are some positives to an individual’s outlook, the overall assessment of the class is negative.
“This is the worst group I think I’ve ever been in. The only one with a legitimate chance is (Kenny) Pickett. He is the only starter. Everyone’s got a grip on these guys,” one NFL scout said of the quarterback prospect in the 2022 draft class.
Pickett, who is ranked by reviewers as the best quarterback available, comes with concerns of his own. Teams that tend to procrastinate in picking a pass didn’t hit it until his fifth year of college, especially when he turned 24 in June and lacked the tools needed to become one. an advanced beginner.
As for Willis, he was the biggest gambler among his peers. Just for his physical talent, he worthy consideration for pick number 2. However, he’s not quite ready to be an NFL starter with his mechanics, play recognition, and ability to handle pressure, all of which need improvement before he can become a QB1. . One thing worth noting, he received the most votes (nine) in the quarterback standings and also received nine votes for highest bustability.
Unfortunately, teams like the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in a good position. All three organizations lack a starting midfielder they can count on in 2022 and have no long-term plans beyond this season.
“I really don’t want to depend on your midfield pick,” one AFC team executive said of the 2022 midfield category.
There hasn’t been a Trevor Lawrence or even a prospect of the caliber of Mac Jones or Justin Fields this year. In the eyes of most of the industry insiders who have been looking for the 2022 midfield type, this year’s best passers were the same second-round picks a year ago.
Desperation led teams to look for a midfielder. Detroit is considering taking a #2 passer overall, and there’s a tournament-wide expectations where Carolina drafts a signal caller with a sixth pick. While midfielders may be drafted early, that doesn’t change many’s perception of the ability of these players to live up to expectations where they are drafted.
“I’ll tell you right now, I didn’t like any of the quarterbacks in the first round. You can have all of them. Just backup. If any of those people start for you, you won’t be in the Super Bowl,” said one NFL reviewer.
In the end, one of these young defenders will most likely surprise and become an above-average starter in their career. For any NFL fan expecting a star out of the 2022 draft class, you’ll have to look ahead to 2023.