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2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Week 13 college football matchups to watch

The 2022 NFL Draft Prospect matchups to watch in Week 13 are headlined by rivalry games and capped by a lesser-known Pac-12 matchup.

Rivalry Weekend is upon us as the regular season in the 2021 college football season comes to a close. The weekend’s featured matchup has Ohio State traveling to Ann Arbor for the annual duel against Michigan. The Game has both national title and draft implications. Here are a few top matchups and the 2022 NFL Draft prospects to keep an eye on in that contest as well as throughout the day.

Early Week 13 2022 NFL Draft prospect matchups

During this week’s Between the Hashes podcast, we spoke of the top prospect matchup in the Ohio State-Michigan contest — the Buckeyes’ offensive tackles against the Wolverines’ pass rushers. Another great face-off between Sunday players features Michigan’s secondary trying to contain Ohio State’s awesome duo of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson.

The Ohio State pair is destined for Round 1. Michigan nickel back Daxton Hill, safety Brad Hawkins, and corner Vincent Gray are all Day 3 picks. The Wolverine defenders are talent-deficient compared to their opponents and must prove they can run and cover both Olave and Wilson.

Late Week 13 2022 NFL Draft prospect matchups

Likewise, the Iron Bowl poses another matchup between defensive backs and receivers. John Metchie III and Jameson Williams are the latest pair of next-level receivers coming from the Alabama program.

Auburn’s Roger McCreary is the consensus pick as the top senior cornerback in the nation. Downfield speed is a bit of a concern for McCreary, and his ability to guard against the deep throws delivered to Metchie and Williams will be a measuring stick.

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The game between Oregon and Oregon State takes place in Eugene as the Beavers take on the Ducks. I’ve previously reported Oregon safety Verone McKinley III plans to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. The junior is a complete defensive back effective against the run and pass, but his 5’11”, 195 pound-size is subpar. Today, he faces one of the most underrated tight ends in the nation — Teagan Quitoriano of Oregon State.

The senior has terrific size (6’5″, 250 pounds) which he uses to outmatch opponents. The Beavers tight end also catches the ball well. Though rarely mentioned outside of scouting circles, many scouts grade Quitoriano as a fourth-round prospect.

Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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