Washington football has a rich history of producing some great NFL talent, and 2022 will be no exception to that.
With the 2022 NFL draft about to be underway, it’s time to look at the Washington football players turned NFL draft prospects who could potentially be hearing their names called in the draft over the next couple of days.
Washington football NFL Draft prospects: First and second rounds
It’s no secret that Trent McDuffie and Kyler Gordan are two of the best cornerback prospects in this year’s draft but it’ll be hard to tell just which teams these two will be taken by. A lot of mock draft boards have McDuffie being drafted within the top 15 picks.
Kyler Gordan is the second of the talented corners coming out of UW this year and is projected anywhere from the late first to the early second round although I wouldn’t be surprised if he was drafted shortly after McDuffie in the first round. Gordan is a physical player and won’t shy away from contact in the NFL. Watch for the Patriots with the 21st overall pick as a possible landing spot for Gordan after losing JC Jackson to the Chargers in the offseason.
Washington football NFL Draft prospects: Tight End pipeline continues
Washington football has churned out some quality tight ends over the past few years and this year is no different with the new soon-to-be ProDawg Cade Otton.
Otton is an interesting player, he has the size, blocking, and pass-catching abilities to excel at the next level but doesn’t really have any sort of eye-popping stats to go along with that. The lower stats are partially due to having poor QB play during his time at UW and having a covid shortened year to go along with a foot injury suffered last year.
I would expect him to become a big contributor in the passing game although he is also known as a big-time blocking asset as well.
Washington football NFL Draft prospects: 7th Round and UDFA possibilities
Two more players that I believe have a chance to get taken in the 7th round or signed as undrafted free agents are center Luke Wattenberg and safety Brendan Radley-Hiles. In the right environment, these two will both have solid careers.
I think Wattenberg will benefit from having NFL coaching and maybe a position change. Radley-Hiles is another interesting player, he plays way above his size and has explosive hitting abilities. He is similar in size to Myles Bryant who seems to have carved out a nice role In New England after he himself went undrafted.
Good luck to all in this upcoming draft and we hope that one of these Pro Dawgs ends up being called by your favorite teams on draft night.
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