Preseason Preview: Top 25 Prospects

The 2021 College Football Season is here! If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days to the start of the season as soon as the clock hit zero in the National Championship Game in January.

With Week One kicking off tonight, the next phase of the 2022 NFL Draft begins. There are plenty of intriguing matchups tonight and tomorrow night before a full slate of games on Saturday. With those games, there are some big names to keep your eye on.

At the bottom of my Preseason Top 25 list below, I’ve highlighted the three top games this season and listed the top prospects to keep your eye on in those games.

Enjoy the start of the season!

Top 25:

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

2. Derek Stingley, CB, LSU

3. DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M

4. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

5. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

6. Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

7. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

8. Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

9. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

10. George Pickens, WR, Georgia

11. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

12. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

13. Kenyon Greene, IOL, Texas A&M

14. John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

15. Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern

16. Charles Cross, OT, Miss State

17. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

18. Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

19. Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

20. Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

21. Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

22. J.T. Daniels, QB, Georgia

23. Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State

24. Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

25. Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington

Top Games to Watch This Weekend:

1. Clemson vs Georgia

Who to watch:

Clemson: Andrew Booth Jr., CB (11); Justyn Ross, WR (19); Tyler Davis, DL (79); Xavier Thomas, EDGE (88); Nolan Turner, S (97)

Georgia: George Pickens, WR (10); J.T. Daniels, QB (22); Adam Anderson, EDGE (38); Nakobe Dean, LB (53); Derion Kendrick, CB (67); Jordan Davis, DL (70), Tykee Smith, S (96)

2. Alabama vs Miami

Who to watch:

Alabama: Evan Neal, OT (4); John Metchie III, WR (14); Jordan Battle, S (21); Christian Harris, LB (24); Jahleel Billingsley, TE (56); Henry To’o To’o, LB (71); Josh Jobe, CB (81)

Miami: Zion Nelson, OT (33); Charleston Rambo, WR (63); Tyrique Stevenson, CB (77); Will Mallory, TE (86); Mike Harley Jr., WR (93); Bubba Bolden (99)

3. North Carolina vs Virginia Tech

Who to watch:

North Carolina: Sam Howell, QB (9); Storm Duck, CB (73); Jordan Tucker, OT (85); Tomon Fox, EDGE (90)

Virginia Tech: Jermaine Waller, CB (48); Lecitus Smith, IOL (55); Tre Turner, WR (59); James Mitchell, TE (82)

*Numbers in parentheses denotes Big Board ranking

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