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Ranking the NFL Draft prospects and the best college football players entering 2022: Oregon’s Noah Sewell is a top priority

Six teams have players in the top 10.

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This offseason, the Pac-12 has been frequently mentioned in news. With UCLA and USC leaving for the Big Ten, it is somewhat understood that the conference will look very different going ahead. It is unclear how much more change there will be in the future. Despite my preference for the versatile front seven talent Gabriel Murphy, the Bruins were absent from a preseason list of the conference’s top prospects:

Bass has played left tackle for the Ducks, but going inside to offensive guard or center would likely be ideal for his professional future. The Virginia native can cause displacement in the run game and has good upper body strength and autonomous hand use. Bass would be the most recent offensive tackle from Oregon to sign with an NFL team.

9. Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez

Gonzalez is incredibly big for the job. Speed is not an issue for the Colorado transfer because he qualified for the state meet in the 200-meter dash in high school. Being a taller cornerback might make it difficult to carry a route across the horizon and sink hips into breaks. This season, he will also have the opportunity to record his first interception in college, which will be another box to check.

8. Washington’s Jaxson Kirkland, OT

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Although Kirkland has experience playing both inside and outside for the Huskies, his height of 6′ 7″ makes it challenging for him to gain advantage within the offensive line. Although naturally athletic, the son of a former Husky team captain has a lot of room to develop his technique. Talent evaluators will be keeping an eye on him this season as he competes against a weaker group of opposition edge rushers.

7. Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave

Last season, the tight ends were not frequently used in the passing game, and Musgrave shared opportunities with future fifth-round pick Teagan Quitoriano. Although he didn’t have much exposure in the pass game, Musgrave had soft hands, solid range, and a quick first step. However, the native of Oregon is not a one-trick pony; he is a proficient blocker both in space and inline.

6. Utah CB Clark Phillips III

Throughout his first two seasons, Phillips shown good ball handling, and two of his three interceptions were returned for scores. The highly regarded high school prospect makes aggressive ball-carrying plays and displays good awareness when playing zone coverage. There are opportunities for opponents to score downfield because Phillips is prone to err on the side of caution when covering.

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5. Arizona WR Jacob Cowing

The Wildcats in Tuscon became the new home for the UTEP transfer. The native of Arizona is elusive with the ball in space, has rapid acceleration, and excellent body control down the field. Despite having a small body, he tracks the ball well and uses quick footwork to gain advantage.

According to TruMedia, Cowing was sixth among wide receivers with at least 40 receptions in yards per catch (19.81).

4. USC OT Courtland Ford

The sample size is quite limited for the Texas native, who has only played in 10 games thus far in his career. Although there is much space for improvement, the talent and size are there. With Brett Neilon, Andrew Vorhees, Jonah Monheim, and Ford on the offensive line, head coach Lincoln Riley ought to have a strong unit.

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3. Arizona OT Jordan Morgan

Each snap is an act of patience from Morgan. He demonstrates a solid command of the use of leverage and balance. Once involved, the native of Arizona does an excellent job of moving his hands and feet. Although his lack of top-end speed might eventually force him to play inside at the next level, he possesses enough positive characteristics to excite coaches.

Before deciding to go back to school, the Hawaii native had made a splash on the scene in 2020 with seven sacks and three forced fumbles. Tupuola-Fetui was unfortunate to be sidelined for all but two games of the 2021 season due to an Achilles tear. Tupuola-Fetui swipes the opponent’s outside hand’s high side with active hands. He often does well getting off blocks and has the ability to convert speed into power. The recent benchmark for Husky edge rushers to be selected by the NFL at pick No. 32 overall in 2021 was set by Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.

1. Oregon’s Noah Sewell, LB

The younger Sewell sibling is starting his third year with the Ducks’ program. His 6-foot-3 body exudes natural athleticism. Sewell demonstrates good awareness, anticipation, and closing speed to complete plays. He loaded the stat sheet with four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, and 114 tackles last season.

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Others to keep an eye on:

A few players who could make the list at the end of the season include Oregon linebacker Justin Flowe, California defensive tackle Brett Johnson, and Stanford wide receiver Elijah Higgins. Johnson has been the subject of considerable early hype, especially from Matt Nagy, executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He has only appeared in four games in the last two years. When he fractured his hip in a car accident, the entire 2021 season was gone. He started all four of the team’s COVID-19 games the previous season. Two years ago, Flowe was the best inside linebacker in high school. He has only played in two games during those two seasons.