Big-name college players who will go in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft

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Most of the NFL mock drafts focus on the early rounds, but there are still many prominent college players who will hear their names called later. These are just some of the big names that could hear their names in the later rounds.

 

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Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State

Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State

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It’s almost unheard of that a punter gets attention in college football, but Araiza was an exception. He won the Ray Guy Award after averaging over 51 yards per punt for the Aztecs while also serving as the team’s placekicker last season. Araiza looks like a strong third-day pick who could flip the field.

 

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Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri

Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri

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Emerging as a starter for the Tigers last season, Badie became the centerpiece of the offense. He finished the year with over 1,900 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns in 12 games and could be a solid second-day pick as a third-down back.

 

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David Bell, WR, Purdue

David Bell, WR, Purdue

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Bell rebounded from a disappointing 2020 season to excel in his junior year, with 93 catches for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns for the Boilermakers. He lacks elite speed but has good enough size and hands to be a strong mid-round pick.

 

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Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati

Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati

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The Jim Thorpe Award winner wasn’t even the best NFL cornerback prospect on his own team but is still a strong second or third down prospect. He saw significant snaps in four seasons with the Bearcats, capping off his final season with two interceptions and 44 tackles.

 

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Dontario Drummond, WR, Ole Miss

Dontario Drummond, WR, Ole Miss

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A JUCO transfer, Drummond had a breakout senior season with the Rebels. He finished last season with 76 catches for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns while catching passes from Matt Corral, and could be a second or third-day selection.

 

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Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati

Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati

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After beginning his college career at Alabama, Ford found most of his success upon transferring to Cincinnati. He finished last season with over 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns and has ample size to be an early-down back.

 

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Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

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Hall accumulated massive numbers in three seasons with the Cyclones, garnering Heisman consideration over the last two years. He had over 1,700 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back seasons and has the size and skill set to be an every-down back.

 

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Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan

Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan

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Haskins came on strong in his final year at Michigan, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s a power runner who could make sense late in the draft.

 

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D’Eriq King, QB, Miami (FL)

D'Eriq King, QB, Miami (FL)

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There’s a good chance the undersized King will have to make a living at a position other than quarterback, but he has the athleticism. The undersized quarterback was a consistent threat as a runner and even got some work as a returner early in his career with Houston.

 

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Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon

Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon

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McKinley came on strong for one of the country’s top defenses. He’s somewhat undersized at 5-foot-11, but became a tackling machine for the Ducks last season and also showed off big-play ability with six interceptions. The big stats led to a nomination for the Jim Thorpe Award.

 

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John Metchie, WR, Alabama

John Metchie, WR, Alabama

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Metchie had two significant seasons with the Crimson Tide, capped off with his 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He was upstaged by teammate Jameson Williams and is slightly undersized, but Metchie was projected as a first-rounder until suffering a late-season knee injury.

 

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Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

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Muma was nominated for the Butkus Award after recording 142 tackles last season as the do-everything linebacker for Wyoming. He doesn’t have the quickness to be an early pick, but profiles well as a special teamer for Day 3.

 

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George Pickens, WR, Georgia

George Pickens, WR, Georgia

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Seemingly an elite NFL prospect early in his college career, Pickens didn’t develop as hoped before suffering an ACL tear that disrupted his final two seasons. The good size and speed will be enticing for teams if Pickens proves that he’s healthy.

 

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Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor

Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor

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Whenever Baylor’s defense needed a big play, Pitre was usually there to deliver. He was phenomenal over the last two seasons for the Bears, capping off his career with 75 tackles and two picks. He has a chance to serve either as a linebacker or safety.

 

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Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State

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Purdy was responsible for plenty of wins at Iowa State over four seasons, though his development wasn’t as smooth as hoped. He failed to reach 8.0 yards per attempt in either of the last two seasons and lacks the athleticism to match up with many current NFL offenses. He looks like a Day 3 pick.

 

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Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky

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Robinson helped his stock immensely after transferring from Nebraska to Kentucky, finishing last season with 104 catches for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s an interesting slot receiver prospect who has the speed to play in a variety of roles.

 

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Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

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Ross looked like a potential top 10 pick early in his college career, but a neck injury sidetracked his career. He was forced to sit out 2020 and didn’t look the same last season in a much less explosive Tigers offense.

 

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Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

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Shakir had a very productive career at Boise, saving his best numbers for his senior season with 77 catches for 1,117 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s somewhat limited physically but shows off great versatility as a receiver, running back, and returner.

 

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Abram Smith, RB, Baylor

Abram Smith, RB, Baylor

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Smith waited his turn at Baylor and made the most of it. He finished last season with over 1,600 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns after moving from linebacker in his final season.

 

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Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

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Spiller had three very productive seasons for the Aggies, showing both decent power and hands. He had over 1,200 yards from scrimmage in each of the last two seasons and could be a Day 2 pick.

 

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Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

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There were brief whispers that Strong would enter early first round pick territory with his great tools and accuracy, completing over 70% of his passes in back-to-back seasons. Unfortunately, concerns about his past injuries could move him to Day 2 or even later.

 

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Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

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Walker put the Spartans on his back for much of last season, finishing the year with 1,735 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He needs to prove his receiving ability, which is what could prevent him from going in the early rounds.

 

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Zamir White, RB, Georgia

Zamir White, RB, Georgia

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Georgia’s recent history of productive backs makes White a very enticing prospect. He was productive for the Bulldogs in each of the last two seasons, but he’s a power runner who profiles as more of a short-yardage back, recording a total of 22 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

 

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Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

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Williams had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons at Notre Dame, while also showing great versatility as a receiver. He profiles very well as a third down back, but might be too undersized to help on all three downs.

 

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Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky

Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky

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Zappe is seen as a product of Western Kentucky’s offense, but the numbers are undeniable. He led college football with 5,967 yards passing and 62 touchdowns last season, but he’s undersized and lacks mobility.

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