2022 NFL Draft: Here are the 21 prospects who will attend the draft in Las Vegas, plus the takeaways from the list


Two weeks before the start of the 2022 Draft, the NFL announced which prospects will attend the event in person, with NFL Media Thursday, unveiling a roster of 21 college football stars who will perform at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. Below, you’ll find a full recap of these prospects, along with takeaways from the list:

Prospects set to attend 2022 NFL Draft

  • QB Malik Willis (Liberty)
  • QB Matt Corral (Ole Miss)
  • WR Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
  • WR Jameson Williams (Alabama)
  • WR Drake London (USC)
  • WR Chris Olave (Ohio State)
  • OT Evan Neal (Alabama)
  • OT Ikem Ekwonu (NC State)
  • OT Charles Cross (Mississippi State)
  • OG Zion Johnson (Boston College)
  • OF Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan)
  • OF Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)
  • OF Jermaine Johnson II (State of Florida)
  • BY George Karlaftis (Purdue)
  • DT Jordan Davis (Georgia)
  • DT Devonte Wyatt (Georgia)
  • LB Devin Lloyd (Utah)
  • LB Nakobe Dean (George)
  • C. B. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner (Cincinnati)
  • CB Kyler Gordon (Washington)
  • S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)

Takeaways from the attendee list

  • Just because someone participates (by accepting the NFL’s invitation) doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be a first-round pick. The NFL usually invites players who should be drafted early, but in-person prospects have waited until day two before.
  • Probably the most notable finding is the absence of a name: QB Kenny Pickett, of Pittsburgh. Many consider Pickett the most NFL-ready QB in the class, and he was a popular Panthers draft selection, at No. 6 overall, but his omission suggests one or both of two things. : 1.) He’d rather celebrate his entry into the NFL at home; 2.) he and his team think it’s very possible he could slip down – or even out – the first round.
  • On the other hand, Corral’s presence there could bode well for his chances of leaving early. In a QB class with such varying ratings, the Ole Miss product at least seems confident that he will be a day one selection. CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson ranked Corral as the best signalman in the class, and it’s possible he could reach No. 6 (Panthers) or No. 9 (Seahawks).
  • Four different wide receivers and passing passers are a good indication of first-round depth at those positions.
  • Kyler Gordon perhaps deserves more buzz among fictional drafts, being the only corner besides Sauce Gardner on the list. Other cover men, like LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. and fellow Washington product Trent McDuffie, were regular first-round projections, along with Clemson’s Andrew Booth.

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