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2022 NFL Draft: Oregon Prospects

May 5, 2021
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The Kayvon Thibodeaux hype train has left the station. And it would appear almost unanimously among outlets the Ducks have a third straight top 10 selection in the NFL draft on its roster. 

That’s the known commodity at least at this point. But what else will Oregon have in the NFL draft next season. Of course there is still work to be done but we can take an early look at this team and make some projections. 

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Given the fact that there was a season played that qualifies, but didn’t count against, I’m not going to be listing class as it’s arbitrary. The players listed below have at least fulfilled the three-year obligation to be elgible for the NFL draft. 

Lastly, a number of these guys might be ‘bubble guys’ or not get the grade they expect. I believe a lot will ride on how many of them feel they can up their stock by returning and competing for a national championship in 2022. 

 

Top 10 Pick

 

Kayvon Thibodeaux - A very similar situation to what we likely saw with Penei Sewell in this draft. Most are expecting Thibodeaux to be the first non-quarterback player taken in the draft. Which simply means, depending on demand, he could go anywhere from No. 1 to more likely in the 3-6 range. 

Early Round Selection (1-3)

Mykael Wright - He’s going to need to play well this season but there is a ton to like from Wright. He’s not as big as you would love to have but his athleticism is off the charts. I’m going to guess by the end of the season we are talking about him being a late first to early second much like Jevon Holland was. If he isn’t near this level when he test the waters, he might return.

Mid-Late Rounds (3-7)

Devon Williams - For the sake of this article we don’t yet know who will declare early and who won’t. But I’ll take a stab at Williams having a big season and then being an NFL draft hopeful. If he can produce this year, someone is going to fall in love with his measurables. If he decides to wait, he could really elevate his stock into an early round guy potentially.

George Moore - It feels like Moore has been at Oregon forever. I do think based on what we saw this Spring (2 scrimmages) he’s developing into enough of a player that someone will covet the offensive tackle. Probably not early, but I think there is value here. It also helps being 6-foot-6, 325-pounds. I’m thinking a round 5-6 kind of draft spot.

Johnny Johnson - I love the work ethic and build of Johnny Johnson. He’s an NFL looking body. He has yet to put together a full campaign, but has shown up in flashes. I think most will say he needs to work on his ability to separate, a huge part of the NFL game for a reciever. But I think he might sneak late onto a roster, maybe 

Anthony Brown - With the NFL putting a high value on quarterbacks many are being drafted earlier than they should. That isn’t to say Brown will get drafted, I suppose that all depends on this season. But it’s really not that wild to think if he plays well and the offense puts up some points, he’ll get a shot. Albeit maybe a round 6 or 7 pick, but that’s enough to get on a team.

Isaac Slade-Matautia - He’s listed as a junior on GoDucks.com which would indicate he has another year to play. Will he take advantage or does he need to start preparing for his family life. (Has a child) A lot of what I’m posturing will also come down to how many of these guys feel after the season there’s a shot at a Natty run in ‘22, which I believe is entirely possible. Round 6 or 7 guy with a chance to help on special teams. 

UDFA’s

Jaylon Redd - Size is the issue of course but you can’t measure his heart. If Redd is able to put together another strong year, he might get signed on. 

CJ Verdell - I love Verdell and he might, might have a chance to play his way into the list above. Maybe a round 6 or 7 guy if he can stay healthy and play all season. But the league has severely undervalued running backs making it hard (er) to land on a roster for Verdell.

If They Declare Early

Jamal Hill - Probably won’t leave early, but if he did, he might be a round 3-6 guy at the moment. This season could be big for his NFL draft potential. But he’s still a ways off from being drafted as things stand today.

Spencer Webb - Probably won’t leave early either. But if he is the guy I expect him to be in the Joe Moorhead offense, he might see his stock rise. Guys like Webb are coveted in today’s NFL. Round 4-7 guy at best at the moment.

Popo Aumavae - Highly doubt he leaves early unless he just doesn’t want to be in school any longer. On this list, I think Popo has the most to gain by playing well this season and returning to Oregon. If he leaves early he’s a late round flier. 

Verone McKinley - Just like Aumavae above, I don’t see McKinley leaving early. But he’s smart and he works hard. I think 2 years at Oregon and he might work his way onto an NFL roster. 

Mase Funa - The absolute wild card of this group. Funa has all the tools. But he didn’t have the year he would have liked last season. I think of everyone on this list, he has a chance to raise his stock the most this season. That said we’re talking about undraftable at the moment to a round 5-7 guy. Two more years he could become a round 2-4 level guy.

Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu - From a sheer size standpoint he might land somewhere. Unlikely but he could. That will depend on his season. I do think a strong year and then a follow up gets him on a roster in two years, albeit likely in the later rounds. 

 

 

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