Five players that might fall out of the first round of the NFL draught in 2022


With the draught slated to begin on Thursday in Las Vegas, nothing is known about the future of the event. There are only so many players who can consider themselves locks for the first round in a class that is usually thought to be weak on top-end ability. For others, learning their first professional stop might take several days.

Here's a look at five guys who have long been first-round picks in mock draughts but may not hear their names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday.

Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Burks was formerly classified in the first tier of wide receivers in this draught class alongside USC's Drake London, Alabama's Jameson Williams, and Ohio State's Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.Burks' understanding of the position falls behind that of his teammates, owing to Arkansas' habit of feeding him easy targets, which left his route running and release skills undeveloped.

Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Linderbaum, a consensus All-American and the latest in a long line of Iowa standouts, has a resume that few offensive lineman can match. His 6-2, 296-pound size, on the other hand, might disqualify him for certain clubs, since rangier interior defensive lineman could abuse him.

Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

There's only so much a 5-11, 229-pound off-ball linebacker can do to get into the first round
If his wait stretches to Friday, he should be in great demand at the top of the second round, as his quick identification, broad range, and outspoken leadership would be valuable assets to clubs looking to impose a defensive culture shift.

George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue

There are several methods for pass rushers to generate pressure, but NFL clubs continue to value length, burst, and bend from a position that can command a high price in both the draught and free agency. That might be an issue for Karlaftis, a 6-4, 266-pound wrecking monster who prefers to run through blocks rather than around them. The hard-nosed approach has worked him well thus far, but some may wonder if he can achieve equivalent achievements at the next level via pure force and know-how.

Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Booth surviving to Day 2 might signify a player being taken toward the edge of his predicted range rather than enduring what others may refer to as a fall. The one-year starter lacks the advanced instincts of Cincinnati's Ahmad Gardner, LSU's Derek Stingley Jr., and Washington's Trent McDuffie, making him a riskier projection than the cornerbacks predicted to go first.

Throughout the first round of the NFL draught, expectations seldom match results. For some athletes, this disparity may be a major letdown.


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