PFF projects 4 Pac-12 stars to go in first round of 2022 NFL Draft
With 4 weeks left to play in the NFL’s regular season, jockeying for draft position at the bottom of the NFL standings starts to become even more prevalent. It would appear that Michigan defensive end and Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchinson is the prize awaiting whoever wins the No. 1 pick, which means Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux is the “consolation” prize for whoever picks No. 2.
“Consolation” is, of course, said in jest. Thibodeaux was the presumptive favorite to go No. 1 before Hutchinson’s close to the regular season.
According to a new PFF first-round mock draft published Friday, it’s better to call Thibodeaux 1B to Hutchinson’s 1A. Either could go No. 1 overall.
Additionally, PFF has 3 other Pac-12 stars going in the first round.
Here’s how it shook out, with what PFF wrote about each:
Kayvan Thibodeaux, Oregon EDGE — No. 2 Jacksonville Jaguars
“Hutchinson and Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux should go No. 1 and No. 2 overall, regardless of who is selected over the other. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Thibodeaux earned a 91.3 PFF pass-rushing grade that ranked fourth among all Power Five edge defenders in 2021, behind Hutchinson (93.6), South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare (92.5) and Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto (92.5). Thibodeaux is a premier player and a premium position — throw need out the window if he’s available at No. 2 overall.”
Trent McDuffie, Washington CB — No. 13 New Orleans Saints
“What Trent McDuffie lacks in size (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), he makes up for in short-area quicks and polish. He allowed just 16-of-36 targets for 111 yards and zero touchdowns on 296 coverage snaps in 2021, earning an impressive 88.7 PFF coverage grade in the process.”
Devin Lloyd, Utah LB — N0. 16 Denver Broncos
“All of ‘Draft Twitter’ will fall in love with Devin Lloyd. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Utah off-ball linebacker was a heat-seeking missile for the Utes and an every-down impact player. He earned a 91.1 PFF grade as one of college football’s top defenders in the country in 2021.”
Drake London, USC WR — No. 27 Kansas City Chiefs
“London’s stellar 2021 campaign was unfortunately cut short due to a fractured right ankle he suffered in Week 9 against Arizona. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder won’t be a burner by any means, but he’s a polished possession receiver with insane success in contested-catch situations and after the catch. He’ll play inside and outside at the next level and should assume a very productive role early in his NFL career.”