The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. Bowl scheduling allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Ole Miss Rebels Draft Prospects
Matt Corral, QB
After starting his career as an erratic quarterback, Corral improved his game a lot this season. Over the course of his career, he has passed for 8,271 yards, 57 touchdowns and 22 interceptions on 67.5 percent completion. This season, Corral has 3,333 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions on 68.3 percent completion.
He isn’t the biggest quarterback at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. What Corral does bring to the table is a great arm that is capable of making almost any throw asked of him. His decision-making has also drastically improved. Corral is a projected first or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
Sam Williams, EDGE
Williams started his career at the junior college level before transferring to Ole Miss for the last three years of his career. At Ole Miss, he has 31.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks. This season, Williams has 14 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks on his way to making some All-American teams.
He has solid size for an NFL edge rusher at 6-foot-4 and 265 yards. Williams’ ability to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks is well documented over the last three seasons. His play has helped him be a projected mid-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: Third Round Pick-Fifth Round Pick
Other Draft Prospects: WR Dontario Drummond (3rd-5th), OT Nick Broeker (4th-6th), RB Jerrion Ealy (4th-6th), WR Jonathan Mingo (6th-UFA), OG/C Jeremy James (6th-UFA), OG/C Ben Brown (UFA), DL Kobe Jones (UFA), DL Tariqious Tisdale (UFA), LB Lakia Henry (UFA)
Baylor Bears Draft Prospects
Jalen Pitre, S
After starting early in his career, Pitre actually had to earn his way back into the lineup by the end of his career. He has 190 total tackles, 35 tackles for loss and four interceptions in his career. In 2021, Pitre has 70 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Pitre has decent size for a safety at 6-foot and 197 pounds. He has made plenty of plays near the line of scrimmage in run support, but needs to show a little better coverage to really stick in the NFL. Pitre is projected to be a day two or early day three pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
Abram Smith, RB
Smith has had one of the more interesting college careers. After starting his career as a running back, he moved to linebacker and played well before moving back to running back. He has 1,475 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. This season he has 1,429 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
He is well-built for an NFL running back at 5-foot-11 and 221 pounds. Smith’s ability to move positions and still be productive should be noted. He runs hard and is difficult to bring to the ground. Smith is projected to be a mid to late-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: Fourth Round Pick-Sixth Round Pick
Other Draft Prospects: LB Terrel Bernard (5th-7th), DL Siaka Ika (6th-UFA), OG/C Xavier Newman-Johnson (UFA), RB Tristan Ebner (UFA), CB Kalon Barnes (UFA), OT Connor Galvin (UFA), CB Raleigh Texada (UFA)
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