Now that Week 11 is in the books for college football, we get another step closer to the 2022 NFL Draft cycle. For myself, my board is really starting to take shape and I’m excited about the differences that my board will have compared to others. That being said, it’s time to get into some of my biggest risers from Week 11 of college football for the 2022 NFL Draft!
David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
This one has been brewing for a while. To whatever NFL Draft circle you turn towards, David Ojabo has been turning heads and rising up boards. Rightfully so, the junior EDGE rusher has an insane amount of talent and is just starting to scratch the surface. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, there’s a terrific blend of speed, power, and athleticism that helps Ojabo become a terror off the edge.
David Ojabo is damn good. pic.twitter.com/MceZe1681P
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) November 13, 2021
When looking at the EDGE class for the 2022 NFL Draft, it’s deep from top to bottom. Ojabo adds to it with his non-stop motor and plethora of pass rush moves. Watching the play above from the Penn State game, you can see Ojabo use a bull-rip move to get the strip-sack on the quarterback. Through 10 games of the season for the Wolverines, he has 27 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and five forced fumbles. In the last six games, he has a sack or more and four forced fumbles.
On a mission, Ojabo is destined to go much sooner than anyone anticipated by the time we get to the 2022 NFL Draft. Keep tabs on him, if you haven’t already. He’s by far, my biggest riser thus far for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
Plenty of attention is directed towards Michigan State’s Heisman trophy running back in Kenneth Walker III. That attention is well deserved as Walker has been running over the opposition all season long. Getting overlooked is Walkers teammate in Jayden Reed. In my opinion, the Big Ten has the best receivers in the country with Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, and David Bell. Most certainly, Reed should be added to the mix.
The Michigan State receiver transferred to the Spartans after one season with the Western Michigan Broncos in 2018. Since his arrival in East Lansing, he’s become an explosive playmaker. Being high school teammates and best friends with quarterback Peyton Thorne helps but Reed is so fluid and quick in the short areas of the field. Put the ball in his hands and he’s always one cut away from taking it to the end zone.
Jayden Reed (WR 1) is a stud for Michigan State! He’s been an impact player for the Spartans the moment he walked onto the field as a transfer from Western Michigan. pic.twitter.com/Go3SJDhuvE
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) September 4, 2021
There are times that Reed is covered up by a defender but still out positions them for the ball due to his athleticism and ability to win and high point the football. He’s having a career year with 45 receptions for 829 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s got two regular season games left to play and could be the first 1,000-yard receiver for the Spartans since Aaron Burbridge in 2015. After 114 yards on 8 receptions and two touchdowns in Week 11, Reed is someone that needs to be talked about more.
Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State
Over the last two weeks, White has had the best production of his collegiate career. With 60 carries over this span, he has compiled 386 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns. Listed at 6-2 and 210 pounds, the senior running back will have plenty of intrigue due to his size alone.
Grades on players tend to vary depending on which NFL teams we talk to but there’s consensus strong opinions on @ASUFootball RB Rachaad White (@3_chaad). One of smoothest runners in 2022 draft. Count how many defenders get a hand on him. We got 9. 📈🤯#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™️ https://t.co/jQ5JSMStAP pic.twitter.com/PwECcZqivq
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) November 9, 2021
The JUCO transfer from Mount St. Antonio College is on pace for over 1,000 yards rushing and already has 14 rushing touchdowns this season. When watching him run, he’s a smooth operator. Everything looks natural to him and when faced with 1-on-1 situations, he’s able to hurdle defenders or run them over. Beyond just running the ball, he’s shown major improvements as a pass-catcher as he’s been able to compile 34 receptions this year for over 300 yards.
There’s a good chance we could see the senior running back in Mobile for the Senior Bowl so you should get to know him now. After his performance last week, he’s certainly one of my biggest risers from the weekend.