2022 NFL Draft Rumors: Will David Ojabo enter the draft?

Pro Football Network's Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline opens up his mailbag to discuss news and rumors on the 2022 NFL Draft.

Rivalry Week of college football is behind us. The last full weekend of college football approaches, meaning the 2022 NFL Draft is now on the horizon. We go back to the mailbag to talk about the latest news and rumors surrounding college football with the draft looming.

2022 NFL Draft Rumors and News: The Tony Pauline Mailbag (11/30/21)

How much were the draft stocks of Nicholas Petit-Frere and Dawand Jones hurt by Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo dominating The Game on Saturday?

You never grade any player by a single game or performance. Vernon Gholston beat Jake Long for 4 sacks during the Michigan-Ohio State game in 2007. People pointed to that game as the springboard which pushed Gholston into the top 10. Now I’m sure most of those people wish they hadn’t.

There won’t be a precipitous drop for Nicholas Petit-Frere. But as for Jones, it was not just getting beat by the Michigan duo, it was the constant motion penalties. You have to question whether or not he’s truly ready for the NFL.

Any insight on whether David Ojabo will declare for the 2022 NFL Draft?

Sources in the Ann Arbor area tell me the sense they get is David Ojabo will enter the draft. I’ve heard nothing from his camp though.

Notre Dame has a few interesting prospects not named Kyle Hamilton — who else could be drafted from the Fighting Irish?

Not many. Jarrett Patterson if he enters. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa on Day 3. Maybe Jack Coan late.

2022 NFL Draft Rumors and News: The Tony Pauline Mailbag (11/30/21)

Is Bailey Zappe a draftable quarterback coming from the Air Raid offense at WKU?

I don’t have a draftable grade on Bailey Zappe as the systems he played in at Western Kentucky and Houston Baptist are not conducive to developing NFL prospects.

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That being the case, Zappe is on the Senior Bowl roster, and a good week of practice will definitely push him into the late rounds.

How high is too high to draft a running back?

If you get a dominant player at any position other than punter or kicker, it’s never too high to select them.

Scouting question — what do you look at when projecting linebacker prospects in college who could make the leap to a 3-4 OLB? Is it just pass-rushing ability, or is there more to it than that?

Size, specifically length. Is he just a wide-angle rusher who runs around tackles, or does he show any sort of inside moves? Does he have strength at the point, and can he stack against the run? Then, of course, there’s the mechanics and instincts portion of the evaluation.

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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