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Biggest game-changer in the 2022 NFL class

Biggest game-changer in the 2022 NFL class

Biggest game-changer in the 2022 NFL class

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    While there is something to be said for consistency in the NFL, it is a big league.

    The team that creates the most such plays on offense and troop turnovers on defense will win more often.

    With this in mind, potential customers who can achieve any of these things find themselves in high demand this time of year.

    In other words, there are good players. Then there are players who force opposing coaches to come up with a plan. Whether it’s a rushing player who commands double teams to keep him from living in the backfield or a fast receiver who has to be found by the secondary at all times, these players change the game with their very existence.

    Here are the headliners from the April 28-30 draft.

    List of players in alphabetical order.

WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas

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    Treylon Burks (Scouting Report) is not the best deep threat in the class. It is likely that this title belongs to Jameson Williams. However, it is best in the crop after hunting.

    according to Austin Gayle From Pro Football Focus, Burks was one of the few receivers in college to average nearly 10 yards after a catch last year.

    The 6’2″, 225-pound Arkansas product brings a cascading back build to the wide receiver position and looks a lot like the former after he hit the catch.

    It’s always common to compare a prospect to the latest NFL star, and those comparisons are rarely true. However, it’s hard not to see the connection between Burks receiver Deebo Samuel and the 49ers.

    Matt Bowen From ESPN and The Athletic’s Dean Bruegler Among the respected analysts who saw the possibility of Burks in a role similar to that of Samuel. His ability to play all around formation and pick up difficult yards makes him a rare weapon.

CB Gardner Sauce, Cincinnati

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    Lots of numbers get thrown around during the draft season, but the most impressive for Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner (a scout) is 37. That’s how many times teams targeted draft picks in coverage last season, according to pff.

    For context, Kobe Bryant (scout) — a potential draft pick himself — defended 75 goals while playing against Gardner, in pff.

    Bryant was no slouch. He recorded three interceptions, allowed a passer rating of 61 and won the Thorpe Award, which goes to the best defensive back in the country.

    Despite Bryant’s success, teams were twice as likely to target him as Gardner. This angle has a clear impact on the match. He closed out half of his field and left whatever receiver he was covering idle.

RB Breece Hall, Iowa State

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    Breece Hall (Scouting Report) is not only the best running back in the draft class, but he also claims the title of most explosive. He led all linebackers in plays of 30 yards or more with 13 last season.

    It’s hard to call running back a ‘game changer’ in an era when a position is constantly being devalued. The hall could be an exception.

    His athletic test supported his ability to play big. The Iowa State product has a sports relative score of 9.95, good for ninth-best since 1987, per Kent Lee Platt.

    To take a step forward, two to him More athletes compared In mathematical proportion they are Edgerrin James and Ahman Green. Both were four-time Pro Bowl appearances and had at least one season of over 2,000 yards from scrimmage. James is a Hall of Famer.

    Hall has that kind of potential and should be seen as a game-changer even if the overall value of a contestant’s appearances drops.

Edge Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

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    There’s a reason Aidan Hutchinson (Scouting Report) is the odds-on favourite, with the No DraftKings Sportsbook.

    A disruptive rusher is a valuable commodity, and no one in this recruiting class has caused as much havoc as a Michigan fullback. He was third in the country with 14 sacks and was broken up on 16.5 other tackles for loss.

    Hutchinson’s 2020 campaign was cut short by a leg injury, but the 2019 season showed he’s not just a one-hit wonder. He had only 3.5 sacks as a sophomore starter for the Wolverines but also had 10 tackles for loss, six passes pushed and three forced fumbles.

    The The 6’7″, 260-pounder displayed his game-destroying ability against Ohio State in November. He hit 15 pressures, per pffAnd he was a huge factor in Michigan’s victory over the Buckeyes for the first time since 2011.

    This is the definition of a game changer.

LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

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    If you’re going to take a linebacker off the ball in the first round, he’d better make more than tackles.

    Devin Lloyd of Utah (Scouting Report) can do just that. The linebacker has shown the ability to influence the game in a variety of ways. Specifically, offensive coordinators will have to consider how he plays on the field as an offensive tackle.

    Two PFF stats can explain the value Lloyd will bring: He was second highest degree Pac-12 linebacker in area coverage last season and #1 among Pac-12 linebackers in The degree of impulse passage.

    Splash plays Litter Lloyd. He made seven sacks, 22 tackles for a loss and six passes defended in his final season with the Utes. This is a rare baseline for one of the most disruptive defenders in college football.

WR Jameson Williams, Alabama

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    Over the course of his career, DeSean Jackson has been the embodiment of a game-changing receiver. He may not be the most experienced player, but his ability to create big plays has made the field offensively inclined.

    He was the professional comparison Nate Tice made in his book Scout Report b/p By Jameson Williams of Alabama.

    An ACL tear ended Williams’ season in the national championship game, so he did not have the opportunity to undergo athletic testing during the pre-draft process. But one look at his filmography shows those numbers would have been impressive.

    The fast receiver was one of three players in the country to average more than 19 yards per catch While posting over 1,000 yards per season.

    Depending on how quickly he recovers, the team may have to temper rookie expectations. But no receiver is a better threat in the class when taking a long-term perspective.

QB Malik Willis, Liberty

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    Malik Willis (Scouting Report) may not be the most polished or prepared NFL quarterback in the class, but he has the most playing ability.

    Liberty quarterback completed only 61.1 percent of his passes in 2021 and threw 12 interceptions but remains a viable first-round candidate. This is because no midfielder in this category has the ability to play with his feet and arms at the same level.

    Willis led all FBS quarterbacks in “big throws” against the blitz, at pff. He has the strength of his arm to make difficult throws under duress, but the real game-changing ability lies in his legs.

    The 6’0½”, 219 lbs quarterback built like a running back and looks like one out in the open field. According to pffAnd the He has forced 133 missed tackles since 2020. Second on the list is Sam Howell with 87.

    Willis is an exciting talent. He still has a long way to go in his development, but if we’re talking about quarterbacks who can make things happen when a play gets stuck, he’s the most dangerous guy in the class.

    Statistics via Sports Reference and CFBStats unless otherwise noted.

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