Now that the 2022 NFL Draft is over, the TGH staff have ranked their top 100 players ahead of the 2022 NFL season.
Multiple TGH staff members voted on their top 100 players, who were given scores based on their ranks, then sorted by their final score. The players were ranked regardless of position, and the editors broke any ties at their discretion.
Each article in this series will list 10 players at a time, with brief comments on their 2021 performances and what is expected of them in 2022. Make sure to check back every for the next 10 players in our list!
Today, we list and evaluate players 100-91 in our list of the 2022 NFL Top 100.
100. Tee Higgins
Tee Higgins started his NFL career just like he ended his college career at Clemson; being an absolute beast. In 2020, he racked up 908 receiving yards and had six touchdown receptions. He surpassed his 2020 yardage total in 2021 by putting up 1,000 yards receiving. He also had six touchdown receptions which matches his 2020 total.
Higgins ended the 2021 season being the eighth ranked player in the NFL in receiving yards a game with 77.9 yard per game. Higgins is young and talented and should put up more big numbers in 2022. -Matthew Brown
99. Preston Smith
Preston Smith has been one of the NFL’s most under-the-radar consistently solid pass rushers. Since joining the Packers in 2019, Smith just keeps being disruptive and a lynchpin of the defense. He translated that into a new contract in the 2022 offseason.
Last year he had nine sacks, two forced fumbles and 38 combined tackles. Now that Green Bay has even more athleticism on the defense, Smith may up those numbers as opposing lines try and figure out what to do with their rookies. -Ben Hendricks.
98. Harrison Smith
A six-time Pro Bowler and 2017 All-Pro selection, Harrison Smith has become the de facto signal caller and player-coach of the Minnesota Vikings defense. Despite having just one interception in 2021, he had a career-high 114 combined tackles and even forced a fumble. Safeties don’t always put up the best numbers, but Smith’s presence is felt on every throwing down. -Ben Hendricks
97. Dak Prescott
The Cowboys’ quarterback is two-time Pro Bowler and the 2016 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. During that 2016 season, Prescott led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record. This is still the best record he has had in his NFL career.
In 2021, Prescot passed for over 4,000 passing yards and a career high 37 passing touchdowns. Prescott is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL that is still without a Super Bowl ring. However, it seems like it could be inevitable for Prescott to lead a team to the Super Bowl down the road. Could 2022 be the year? -Matthew Brown
96. Byron Jones
Jones is an NFL veteran now, with seven seasons under his belt. He spent five of those seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, with his last two seasons spent with the Miami Dolphins. He has just one Pro Bowl selection, in 2018, which he earned while in Dallas. During that season, Jones had 67 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and 14 deflections.
More recently, in 2021, he is putting similar numbers. He had 58 total tackles and one forced fumble. Jones is not flashy, but has a right to be named one of the league’s top safeties. -Matthew Brown
95. Najee Harris
Harris proved not just to be a great runner for the Steelers, but also a good pass catcher. With improvements to the Steelers’ offensive line, Harris could see a huge increase in production in 2022. There are reports that he is also weighing more this year, which will help him with his hefty workload. -Joe DiTullio
94. Tristan Wirfs
Wirfs has had a great start to his career blocking for Tom Brady. While he does play right tackle, he has played well enough to get Tom Brady to return for another season. He is one of the bright young offensive linemen in the game. -Joe DiTullio
93. Jessie Bates
Bates is the third safety in this article alone, speaking to how much of a deep-ball passing league the NFL has become in the past five or so years. A career-long Bengal, Bates’ dedication to this team paid off with a Super Bowl berth in 2021.
He was an important part of Cincinnati’s defense that played well enough to carry them to the Super Bowl, although he had a down year. His interception total had been three in each of his first three seasons, but was just one in 2021. His combined tackles and passes defended were also a career-low. But his placement on this list speaks more to him emerging as a leader, rather than a do-it-all back end guy. -Ben Hendricks
92. Rodney Hudson
Hudson is entering his 12th year in the NFL, and has made a name for himself as a line-changing presence at center. He may only have three Pro Bowl seasons, but the center position is a hard one in which to stand out. Anyone who regularly watches offensive line tape can speak to Hudson’s solidifying play, which earns him a spot here. -Ben Hendricks
91. Devin White
During Tampa Bay’s 2020 Super Bowl-winning run, Devin White became a borderline household name. In the 2020 regular season, he had nine sacks. In his rookie year (2019), he forced three fumbles, recovered four and put up two defensive touchdowns.
Now, his 2021 season was not as flashy, but he did earn his first Pro Bowl appearance. White had 128 tackles, 3.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Those aren’t career-high numbers, even for his young career, but he put the league on notice with his previous two seasons. That earns him a spot in the NFL Top 100, because he can wreck a game at will, and might very well be a top-10 linebacker, regardless of his down season. -Ben Hendricks
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