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Frank Cooney's 2022 NFL Draft Scout QB Ratings

  An innovative pioneer in online sports journalism, video games and television, Frank Cooney is a 30-year member of the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fam selection committee. He is in the seventh decade of professional journalism tracking back to his 1965 start with the Hearst Corporation's San Francisco Examiner, where he was an award-winning columnist and football writer.

His career includes numerous startups, including The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com, which provided content and analysis for NFL.com, USA Today, CBS Sports, FOX Sports and others. That content generated 16.8 million page views in a month. In the 1980s, Cooney was on the creative team at Electronic Arts that devised the underlying rating system for Madden Football, the most successful franchise in sports video game history. That rating system has continued to be used in virtually every sports video game. He was also part of the original launch team for FOX Sports in 1994.

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2022 Top 100 Overall Ratings >> Frank Cooney's 2022 Top 100 Overall Player Ratings
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 Rank
 Player Name  College Hometown, State High School
 #1  Kenny Pickett  Pittsburgh  Oakhurst, NJ  Ocean Township
  Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 219, 4.73(40), Round 1.,...Because his 8 1/2-inch hands are smallest in this QB class and among current NFL starters, Pickett has a tenuous grasp atop many lists. Predictably, he had ball security issues with 38 fumbles in college, six last season. But he has a remarkable grip on how to play this demanding position. A natural team leader and accurate passer with the ability to start as a rookie. His 42 touchdown passes last year broke Deshaun Watson's ACC record and he set team career marks of 12,303 yards passing, 13,112 yards total offense and 102 touchdowns.

 #2  Malik Willis  Liberty  Atlanta, GA  Roswell
  Malik Willis, Liberty, 6-1, 223, 4 .50 (est. 40), Round 1.,...Transferred from Auburn to show off crazy athletic skills the last two seasons at Liberty, where he threw for 5,107 yards and 47 TDs; ran for 1,822 with 27 scores. Dynamic, elusive athlete who can launch the ball with zip, although he must tame his game in the NFL and learn to be effective without always looking for the big play.

 #3  Desmond Ridder  Cincinnati  Louisville, KY  St. Xavier
  Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213, 4.53 (40), Round 1-2,...Limber, long-striding athlete who can really spin passes while throwing on the run, although he often stares down receivers and holds the ball too long. Four-year starter set AAC records for total yardage (12,419) and touchdowns (116; 87 passing). Confident leader with 43-6 record as starter (26-0 at home). Has attitude, football IQ and tools to be an NFL starter by second season.

 #4  *Matt Corral  Mississippi  Ventura, CA  Long Beach Poly
  Matt Corral, Mississippi, 6-2, 215, 4.60 (est. 40), Round 1-2,...Tough, instinctive athlete with a quick release who blossomed the last two years in coach Lane Kiffin's RPO offense when he threw for more than 6,600 yards, ran for 1,120 and accounted for 75 touchdowns in 37 games. Outspoken son of a Marine, his competitive fire but got him in minor trouble off the field and even during a bowl game dust up. Although he plays tough, Corral is not built to be a bully and has history of ankle injuries, including one that kept him out of final 2021 game. Intriguing, but still undeveloped as NFL prospect.

 #5  Sam Howell  North Carolina  Indian Trail, NC  Sun Valley
  Sam Howell, N. Carolina, 6-1, 224, 4.62 (est. 40), Round 2,...Cool customer with exceptional ability to focus and function under pressure, demonstrated in 2021 on third downs with 70 percent completions, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. At 6-feet, 5/8ths of an inch he is shorter than desired, but has sweet, over-the-top release with nice touch on deep passes. His 92 career TD throws in three ACC seasons topped Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson (90 each). Intense work ethic gives Howell a shot in NFL.

 #6  Carson Strong  Nevada  Vacaville, CA  Wood
  Carson Strong, Nevada, 6-3-230, 4.90 (est. 40), Round 3-4,...Tall, statuesque pocket passer with emphasis on statue. Strong arm can launch moon balls that give receivers chance to track them deep down field. Degenerative right knee curtailed college recruiting despite outstanding prep career in basketball and football. He fought through a myriad of injuries but still set Nevada record of 288 consecutive passes without interception. Strong was MWC Offensive POY the last two years, including 2021 season with 4,175 yards passing, 36 TDs and 8 interceptions. He finished career with 9,368 yards passing, only 730 yards behind Colin Kaepernick's team record.


2022 Top 100 Overall Ratings >> Frank Cooney's 2022 Top 100 Overall Player Ratings
2022 Offense >> QB | RB | FB/H-backs | TE | WR | C | OT | OG | K
  2022 Defense >> DE | DT | ILB | OLB | CB | FS | SS | P | LS