2022 Senior Bowl: Ten High Ceiling 2022 NFL Draft Prospects With A Lot To Gain While In Mobile
The NFL Draft starts in Mobile might be an understatement in 2022 as there will be many intriguing prospects who have a lot to gain during their week in Mobile, Alabama. Today, I will highlight the top ten players on the Football Scout 365 Big Board listed on the two Senior Bowl rosters that have a high variance between their ceiling grade and their floor grade from the Football Scout 365 perspective. These prospects might be considered high upside or developmental prospects, but they possess a high ceiling. Click here to view our in-depth player grade scale Click here to view our NFL Draft Big Board Click here to view our player grades dashboard which contains our mock drafts, NFL team needs analysis, and individual player grades by position. 1. Edge Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State, 6-4, 256 LBS Big Board RK: 42 Ceiling Grade: 8.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.0/Developmental Starter Final Grade: 6.4/Starter Level Analysis Arnold Ebiketie is a player on the rise and has a lot to gain throughout Senior Bowl practices and the NFL Combine process. Ebiketie possesses a lengthy frame and long arms combined with solid athleticism. Ebiketie has the tools to rise into a day one draft pick in an NFL Draft class loaded with high-level edge rushers. 2. Edge Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina, 6-4, 260 LBS Big Board RK: 28 Ceiling Grade: 8.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.4/Starter Level Traits Final Grade: 6.7/Solid Starter Level Analysis Arnold Enagbare is one of the more underrated players heading into the 2022 NFL Draft in a draft class full of talented edge rushers. We currently have him rated as the 7th best edge rusher in the class, and that is still good enough to earn him a 28th overall ranking and a first-round potential grade. He has good length and plays with relentless effort. He can play standing up or with his hand down. He has positional flexibility, and we list him as 3-4 Edge. 3. OT Daniel Faalele, Minnesota, 6-9, 380 LBS Big Board RK: 36 Ceiling Grade: 8.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.4/Starter Level Final Grade: 6.9/Solid Starter Level Analysis Daniel Faalele is a giant whose defenders have difficulty running through and around his orbit. At 6-9 and 380lbs, Faalele possesses good hand usage and leverages his strength to defeat more athletic defenders. The question marks about his athleticism will be part of the discussion at Senior Bowl practices and through the NFL Combine process. If he has a good Senior Bowl week, he has a lot to gain. Faalele possesses one of the highest ceilings at any position in this draft. He projects as a right tackle in the NFL. 4. RB Rachaad White, Arizona State 6-2, 210 LBS Big Board RK: 74 Ceiling Grade: 7.4/High End Starter Floor Grade: 5.9/Career Backup Final Grade: 6.2/Role Player Analysis In a draft class with good depth at RB and without an elite all-around player, Rachaad White provides a glimmer of hope as a player who possesses a similar play style to Najee Harris. At 6-2, 210lbs, he possesses good size, he is a taller back, but he runs with good lean and is one of the more creative runners in the class. His vision and ability to create yards after contact are notable, but scouts will be looking at his three-down versatility during Senior Bowl practices. We believe White is the best pass catcher in this class of RB's. 5. RB Dameon Pierce, Florida 5-10, 215 LBS Big Board RK: 94 Ceiling Grade: 6.9/Solid Starter Floor Grade: 5.8/Developmental Backup Final Grade: 6.6/Role Player Analysis At 5-10, 215lbs, Pierce has the size that NFL scouts are looking for at the RB position. He is a stout player with loose hips and solid elusiveness. He has good footwork but lacks explosive short-area quickness. He is sold receiver with a good route tree, and his quick feet help in this area of his game. One of the better pass blockers in the class, Pierce will look to impress scouts with his three-down potential. 6. QB Carson Strong, Nevada, 6-4, 215 LBS Big Board RK: 58 Ceiling Grade: 7.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 5.9/Career Backup Final Grade: 6.1/Developmental Starter Analysis At 6-4, 215lbs, Carson Strong possesses NFL size at the QB position. Strong is a player that scouts have been eyeing for several years. Possessing a good arm and a compact throwing motion, Strong can fire a football into a tight window, a trait that is a necessity in the NFL—known as a pocket passer; Strong possesses good athleticism. As a long strider, Strong flashes the ability to extend plays. During Senior Bowl week, scouts will be looking at the typical traits you look for in a QB, arm strength, the ability to go through his progressions, and pocket presence. But the key for Strong will come in the way he handles throws under pressure. Strong has sneaky first-round traits. 7. QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh 6-3, 220 LBS Big Board RK: 22 Ceiling Grade: 7.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.0/Developmental Starter Final Grade: 6.7/Solid Starter Analysis In December, we did a deep dive analysis on Kenny Pickett and concluded that Pickett is the more NFL-ready QB in this class. But he is not a flawless player. Scouts will be looking at how Pickett handles a huddle as a leader and his ability to read pre and post-snap coverages. Pickett has a lot to gain in Mobile during the Senior Bowl and can solidify a potential top ten draft status if he has a solid showing throughout. 8. CB Derion Kendrick, Georgia, 6-0, 190 LBS Big Board RK: 54 Ceiling Grade: 7.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.0/Developmental Starter Final Grade: 6.3/Shows Starter Traits/Limited Opportunity Analysis Derion Kendrick is one of the more interesting NFL Draft prospects in the class; he is a player that absorbed a positional change from WR to CB and transferred from Clemson to Georgia. Kendrick possesses solid ball skills because of his time at the WR position. He possesses good length for the position and can be a mirror vs. receiver due to his knowledge of a WR route tree. He is good in both man and zone coverage and is a willing-run defender. He is a projected outside corner. At the Senior Bowl, scouts will evaluate how he leverages his 190lb frame vs. more physical receivers. 9. QB Sam Howell, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 LBS Big Board RK: 40 Ceiling Grade: 6.9/Solid Starter Floor Grade: 5.9/Career Backup Final Grade: 6.4/Starter Level Analysis Sam Howell entered the 2021 college football season at the top or near the top of most draft boards, but after losing a lot of surrounding talent to the 2020 NFL Draft, Howell regressed. But he still exhibited his skill set as a player, and why most still believe he has first-round NFL potential. Howell is an exceptional athlete who uses his legs to extend plays and drives. He improved his ability to go through progressions in an offense that uses RPO at a high rate; this is good news. At the Senior Bowl, scouts will closely watch his progressions and accuracy. He possesses a good accurate ball at all levels, but he can sometimes sail or underthrow a receiver. The Baker Mayfield comparisons may rear their heads, but he can debunk that by displaying his higher level of athleticism than that of Baker Mayfield. 10. CB Coby Bryant, Cincinnati, 6-1, 198 LBS Big Board RK: 114 Ceiling Grade: 7.0/High End Starter Floor Grade: 6.3/Shows Starter Traits Final Grade: 6.5/Low Level Starter Analysis Possessing the name "Coby Bryant," you have a lofty ceiling to live up to, and this version of Coby Bryant is impressive. Bryant is a fluid defensive back; he possesses great athleticism and is one of the better-run defenders at the CB position. He has a lot to gain in front of Senior Bowl scouts and can do so by showing them he can be a more sticky defender in man-to-man coverage. Bryant currently possesses a day three projection, but he can certainly move into the day two discussion throughout the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine process.