NFL Draft 2022 Rumors: Insiders Believe a QB May Not Be Selected Within Top 10 Picks

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 5, 2021

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett looks to pass against Wake Forest during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Without any clear top choice at quarterback in the 2022 NFL draft class, insiders believe no one at the position will be taken inside the top 10.

ESPN's Adam Schefter provided the latest breakdown Sunday:


"This could be a draft people around the league believe that could not have a QB picked in the top 10 picks for the first time since 2013."<br><br>—<a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AdamSchefter</a> on the 2022 NFL draft <a href="https://t.co/gmsEGK3zJo">pic.twitter.com/gmsEGK3zJo</a>

EJ Manuel was the only first-round quarterback in the 2013 draft after being selected No. 16 overall by the Buffalo Bills.

In the last draft, each of the first three picks were quarterbacks, and five players at the position were selected in the top 15.

ESPN's Todd McShay listed Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett as the top quarterback in the 2022 class in his latest big board, although the signal-caller ranked just 14th overall.

Malik Willis of Liberty and Matt Corral of Ole Miss are the other top players at the position as the college football season comes to an end.

The 2022 class is full of top prospects at other positions, especially at pass-rusher, including Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux and Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson.

They could help improve the rosters of teams that drafted their quarterbacks of the future in recent years, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and potentially the New York Giants.

There are still organizations that need help under center, including the Detroit Lions, who are projected to land the No. 1 overall selection and have gone 0-10-1 with Jared Goff primarily as their starter.

Teams like the Lions will be forced to decide whether to reach for a quarterback or fill other needs at the top of the draft.