With the 2021-22 season now in the rearview mirror, the eyes of the NFL will now attempt to fixate its focus on the upcoming scouting combine, draft, and its pool of impact athletes. Rest assured, we here at The Draft Network
have you covered from all angles.
While the All-Star showcase circuit offered a further glimpse into some of the elite skill sets primed to enter the NFL fold in the coming months, in this article we’ll play GM mode, constructing an offense solely based on eligible prospects in this year’s class. Let’s jump right in.
QB: Malik Willis, Liberty
The toolsiest of all quarterbacks in the class, Malik Willis
is QB1. While many will argue that Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett
represents the most “pro-ready” talent of any signal-caller, if you want a quarterback with the fundamental traits that could lead you to a Super Bowl, Willis has the ingredients and performance ceiling to do so if all comes to fruition.
RB: Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
A true three-down threat, while Isaiah Spiller
lacks the top-end get-up-and-go to blow past the third level of the defense, he’s a well-refined prospect who will show pop on both the ground and through the air. At 215 pounds, his weight is distributed nicely, which allows him to play with low pads and through contact, but not too
heavy to take away from his flexibility and wiggle between the tackles.
TE: Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
A modern-day flex option, Isaiah Likely
will shine at the combine and should see his stock continue to rise after an impressive season for the Chanticleers and a standout performance at the Senior Bowl. A seam-stretcher with excellent YAC ability and enough sand in his pants to move bodies in the run game, Likely separated himself from the class with his performance in Mobile.
OT: Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State
A mauling athlete whose feathery feet allow him to do it all on the edge, Ikem Ekwonu
will immediately become one of the premier run blockers at the next level. That’s not to say his ability in establishing an anchor in the pass game is substandard, but his dominance as a vertical mover in the ground game showcased some of the most impressive tape of any player this fall.
OG: Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
A scheme-versatile talent who also has experience at tackle, Kenyon Green
is a wall to get around with tree trunks for a lower half. With heavy hands and an elite ability to identify stunts and twists from the opposing defensive line, Green is a polished player who will make his impact felt right away.
C: Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
One of my favorite pound-for-pound prospects in the entire class, after seeing the impact Creed Humphrey had for Kansas City this fall, wherever Tyler Linderbaum
falls, I expect him to have a similar or greater impact. A talent with the potential to become a multi-year All-Pro selection, he checks every box.
OG: Zion Johnson, Boston College
A dancing bear who will run through your chest plate, Zion Johnson
’s film was teach tape all campaign long. An exquisitely detailed prospect whose hands, hips, and feet resemble a fluid ensemble of moving parts, while he isn’t the sexiest of prospects, he will enjoy a decade-plus long career in the NFL.
OT: Charles Cross, Mississippi State
An elite athlete whose ability to counter speed rushers and inside/outside spin moves constantly flashed on film, projecting Charles Cross
to an NFL offense will allow teams to further open their playbook. A quick-twitch athlete with an explosive first step in his pass set that rarely finds him out of position, his versatility and range as an offensive tackle is silly. Combine his elite profile with a hunger to staple defenders to the dirt, while Evan Neal
is a fine prospect himself, give me the higher ceiling player in Cross to shore up the edge of my front five.
WR: Jameson Williams, Alabama
Injury aside, and as we saw with Jaylen Waddle’s impact for the Dolphins this fall, Jameson Williams
should immediately become WR1 wherever he calls home. The most electric wideout in the class, Williams stands alone atop the wide receiver pecking order.
WR: Treylon Burks, Arkansas
A do-it-all talent that will garner a boatload of touches in his career, there isn’t anything Treylon Burks
can’t do. A rocked-up prospect who will be able to handle the physicality that will come with the ball being placed in his hands so often, he’s the ultimate chess piece. A space-eater at all three levels, as unique a YAC threat that Burks is, his oily route-running and sure hands presents a well-rounded prospect that will immediately become the target hog of a pro offense.
WR: Chris Olave, Ohio State
The smoothest wideout in the class, at times, it looks like Chris Olave
is moving in slow motion due to his pro-ready route-running ability. A mainstay on nightly highlight reels for his stop-start and cutting ability that routinely embarrassed opposing corners, Olave will have no issue creating separation on Sundays.