Anonymous NFL executives and scouts blow up the 2022 QB class


The National Football League is still looking for the next great quarterback, with hopes still pinned on the NFL’s newest draft class. In an offseason with so many teams desperate for a reliable caller, now is apparently the worst possible time to hope for a draft fix.

A year ago, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell and college star Spencer Rattler sat on mock drafts. Many believed the 2022 class would offer multiple starters, including several drafted from the top five picks. As the 2022 NFL Draft rolls around, the consensus on this year’s passer crop has shifted.

Signs of this began to appear months ago. NFL evaluators were very low on draft-eligible talent, with some longtime scouts and executives believing there wasn’t a single starting quarterback in the class.

After an extended pre-draft process with quarterbacks Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder and more working for teams and at the NFL Combine, it looks like the ratings still aren’t very favorable.

Go Long’s Bob McGinn spoke with scouts, executives and general managers from across the league. While there were some positives regarding individual perspectives, the overall assessment of the class was negative.

“This is the worst band I think I’ve ever done. The only one that legitimately has a chance is (Kenny) Pickett. He’s the only starter. Everybody’s hanging on to these guys,” a scout said from the NFL on quarterback prospects in the 2022 draft class.

Pickett, who evaluators rated the best quarterback available, has his own concerns. Teams tend to be hesitant to sign a passer who only broke out in his fifth year of college, especially when he turns 24 in June and lacks the tools to be a starter. top of the line.

As for Willis, he is the biggest bet among his peers. On his physical talents alone, he deserves consideration for the No. 2 pick. However, he’s not ready to be an NFL starter with his mechanics, game recognition and ability to handle the pressure that comes with it. all need to be upgraded before they can be QB1. One thing to note, he received the most first-place votes (nine) in the quarterback rankings and also received nine votes for the highest bust potential.

Unfortunately, teams like the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t doing very well. All three organizations lack a starting quarterback they can rely on in 2022 and there are no long-term plans after this season.

“I would hate to depend on your quarterback pick,” an AFC team executive said of the 2022 quarterback class.

There isn’t a Trevor Lawrence or even a prospect of the caliber Mac Jones or Justin Fields this year. In the eyes of most industry players who have spotted the 2022 quarterback class, the top passers this year would have all been second-round picks a year ago.

Desperation drives teams to search for a quarterback. Detroit is considering taking a No. 2 overall passer, and Carolina is expected to draft a flagger with the sixth pick. While quarterbacks can be drafted early, that doesn’t change how many feel about the likelihood of these players meeting the expectations of where they’re being drafted.

“I’ll tell you right now, I don’t like any of these first-round quarterbacks. You can have them all. Just backups. If any of these guys start for you, you’re not going to the Super Bowl,” an NFL evaluator said.

Eventually, one of these young quarterbacks could very well surprise and become an above-average starter in his career. For any NFL fans expecting a star to come out of the 2022 draft class, you’ll have to look to 2023.




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