2022 NFL Draft: 15 College Football Players to Watch in Week 2

by Pat Pryor
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Football is back in full swing, with the NFL and college officially starting play. We learned a lot last week, namely that this year’s quarterback class will not be like last years. Nonetheless, this draft class is just as exciting as last years. Who do you need to know in week 2? We cover some of those who will be called in the 2022 NFL Draft here:

Quarterback

D’Eriq King, Miami (FL)

King struggled last week in what turned out to be a crushing loss against Alabama. Miami dropped eight spots in the rankings to 22 and was sent reeling. Originally a Houston Cougar, King transferred to Miami, and played most of the season before tearing his ACL in the final game. However, he beat the odds and played last Saturday in the opener. He threw for 178 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Now he has a chance to bounce back against Appalachian State, who’s coming off a Week 1 victory. He has a chance to recalibrate, and make a name for himself in the draft, and it all starts this week.

Running Back

Zamir White, Georgia

Some considered the Georgia win over Clemson a boring game, but it was far from that. It was a fantastic defensive matchup that shook up both teams. In that game, White rushed 13 times for 74 yards. Despite never carrying a full workload, White has consistently put up quality numbers. Now in his third year, he has 1,261 yards and 14 touchdowns on 235 carries. White and the entire Georgia offense is hoping to redeem themselves against UAB, in a game where they are favored by 22. If they put up enough points, White may be used a closer to run down the clock.

Tyler Allgeier, BYU

Allgeier lost his quarterback to the NFL Draft, as Zach Wilson was selected second overall, but he certainly didn’t lose any talent. In BYU’s win against Arizona, he rushed 17 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. He provided a great running cushion for new quarterback Jarren Hall. Now they take on Utah, in what could be a very close game. Allgeier could be one of the key factors in this matchup.

Wide Receiver

Drake London, USC

London dominated in USC’s 30-7 victory over San Jose State last week. The junior reeled in 12 catches for 137 yards, and accounted for half of quarterback Kedon Slovis’s completions. USC, now ranked 14th, will be facing off against the Stanford Cardinal, in a game where the Trojans are favored by 17. If they win big, expect to see London rack up yards and continue to build his resume for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Romeo Doubs, Nevada

Both Doubs and quarterback Carson Strong made headlines after a close win over Cal last week. Doubs hauled in six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Now a senior, Doubs has been highly productive every year of his career, but really dominated in 2020. In nine games, he had 58 receptions, 1,002 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Doubs is a large athletic receiver who has paired very well with Strong. Now, they will both continue to improve their draft stock against Idaho State.

Tight End

Trey McBride, Colorado State

There aren’t a whole lot of future NFL players on Colorado State’s offense, but McBride is one. He led the Rams with 22 receptions for 330 yards and four touchdowns, on a team that scored four touchdowns through the air. McBride caught every single one of them. Now ready for a full season, he’s off to a hot start. In a close loss to South Dakota State, McBride had 13 receptions for 116 yards. Now facing off against Vanderbilt, he has a chance to match the shortened 2020 season statistically.

Offensive Line

Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa, Center

Iowa faces off against Iowa State in what should end up being the best game of the week. At the center (figuratively and literally) of this matchup is Tyler Linderbaum. He’s a dominant center who played defensive tackle in 2018. After two years of great play on the offensive line, he’s considered the best center in college football. This week he’ll anchor the line against rival and number 9 ranked Iowa State in what’s bound to be a heated battle. A good performance on Saturday could cement him as a high pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Nicholas Petit-Frere/Thayer Munford, Ohio State

Petit-Frere and Munford are in for a very, very long day. They’ll be facing top edge prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux in the top game of the day. The Ohio State line is coming off a game where they supported a rushing game that produced 201 yards, mainly with Miyan Williams running. Now, they’ll be looking to continue a dominant run game, while also holding back a possible number one pick. Thibodeaux is versatile, so it will take the whole line to stave him and Noah Sewell off, but Munford and Frere are the leaders of the group.

Defensive Line

Scott Patchan, Colorado State

Patchan is quite an interesting story. He started his career as a defensive tackle at Miami (FL), before moving to tight end (you read that right, at 6’6”, 270 lbs, and has played both defensive line and tight end) his sophomore year. He then returned to the defensive line, and played Miami until 2019. In 2020 he transferred to Colorado State and did not disappoint. In just four games, he had 22 tackles, 7.5 TFL’s and 5.5 sacks. He’s on track to being one of the top front seven prospects in the conference, and maybe even the nation. Now in for a big year of production, he’s looking to get called in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Edge

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

It’s not every day that a possible number one pick goes up against one of the best teams in college football. This week, we’re treated to a fantastic matchup, where Thibodeaux and the Ducks take on number three ranked Ohio State. Oregon is coming off a win against Fresno State, where Thibodeaux accounted for two tackles, including a sack. There’s no question that he’ll be a first round pick come April, and he’s got a chance to make his case even more solid against a possible playoff team. (Thibodeaux is still questionable but hopes to play)

Linebacker

Ventrell Miller, Florida

A versatile weapon at linebacker, Miller is comfortable playing anywhere on the field. Last week, he led the team in tackles with seven in a win against Florida Atlantic. Now he takes on another in-state team in the South Florida Bulls. With everything pointing to this game being a blowout in favor of the Gators, Miller should be in for a lot of production, and continue to put up impressive play.

Merlin Robertson, Arizona State

While being named Merlin should automatically qualify you for the draft, Robertson has the talent to make it as well. In his fourth year at Arizona State, he has 178 tackles, 88 of which are solo, four passes defended, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions. He’s on the Butkus award watchlist and heads into Week 2 favored by 34 against UNLV. He’s in for a big game, and will hope to improve his draft stock.

Cornerback

Tiawan Mullen, Indiana

Mullen is off to a hot start in 2021, as despite losing, he was part of an Indiana defense that held Iowa to just 145 yards through the air and didn’t allow any touchdowns. He accounted for three tackles. Indiana hopes to hop back into the rankings this week with a win against Idaho, in which Mullen will definitely play a part. Looking to be a top corner in the 2022 NFL Draft, Tiawan Mullen has started the season in the right way.

Safety

Jalen Catalon, Arkansas

Catalon is a redshirt sophomore who burst onto the scene last year. He was a second team All-SEC selection last year, and had 99 total tackles, 2 TFL’s and 3 interceptions. He’s an elite safety with a great ability to break on the ball. Against the Rice Owls last Saturday, he had 11 total tackles. Now he faces off against the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns, and will have to play at a high level to help Arkansas pull off the upset.

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