Cornerbacks Drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft

    Which cornerbacks were drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, and how does the latest class compare to other CB classes over the past 10 years?

    Which cornerbacks were drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft? Which teams selected them, and how does the 2022 class compare to previous years?

    Which Cornerbacks Were Drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft?

    Let’s take a look at the CBs drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. The position got off to a fast and furious start, with two players at the position selected in the first four picks. Not surprisingly, things slowed down from there, with just two more cornerbacks getting drafted in the rest of Round 1.

    Derek Stingley Jr., LSU | Round 1, Pick 3 | Houston Texans

    Derek Stingley’s college career was somewhat upside down. He exploded onto the scene as a freshman with six interceptions in 15 games. However, a combination of COVID and injuries limited him to just 10 more games, and he could not reel in another pick.

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    Ultimately, Stingley’s talent and potential ceiling led the Texans to make him the first cornerback drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Injuries limited him to nine games as a rookie in Houston. Nevertheless, Stingley showed enough to demonstrate that he can be a cornerstone of this secondary for years to come.

    Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, Cincinnati | Round 1, Pick 4 | New York Jets

    Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was the second CB to be selected inside the top five. While Gardner’s statistics with nine interceptions and 16 passes defensed were impressive, the fact that he didn’t allow a touchdown in his three collegiate campaigns stands out most. As a result, he became the highest-drafted player in the University of Cincinnati’s history.

    Gardner exceeded even the loftiest expectations, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year while also becoming the first rookie cornerback in more than four decades to be named a first-team All-Pro.

    Trent McDuffie, Washington | Round 1, Pick 21 | Kansas City Chiefs

    Trent McDuffie was part of a pair of talented cornerbacks at Washington University. While his statistics didn’t necessarily jump off the page, McDuffie was viewed as an NFL-ready CB worthy of his first-round selection. And he came through for the eventual Super Bowl champions, starting 11 games while issuing 44 tackles and a sack.

    Kaiir Elam, Florida | Round 1, Pick 23 | Buffalo Bills

    Kaiir Elam was another player who didn’t blow away scouts with his statistics. However, viewed as one of the most pro-ready cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft class, Elam headed to a high-stakes situation on an AFC title contender. He fit right in, garnering two interceptions and 41 tackles in 13 games — including six starts.

    Rounds 2-7

    5) Roger McCreary, Auburn
    R2-P35 | Titans

    6) Kyler Gordon, Washington
    R2-P39 | Bears

    7) Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
    R2-P42 | Vikings

    8) Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
    R2-P49 | Saints

    9) Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
    R2-P60 | Bengals

    10) Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
    R3-P68 | Browns

    11) Marcus Jones, Houston
    R3-P85 | Patriots

    12) Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
    R4-P109 | Seahawks

    13) Damarri Mathis, Pitt
    R4-P115 | Broncos

    14) Akayleb Evans, Missouri
    R4-P118 | Vikings

    15) Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
    R4-P119 | Ravens

    16) Jack Jones, Arizona State
    R4-P121 | Patriots

    17) Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State
    R4-P135 | Chiefs

    18) Damarion Williams, Houston
    R4-P141 | Ravens

    19) Decobie Durant, SC State
    R4-P142 | Rams

    20) Tariq Woolen, UTSA
    R5-P153 | Seahawks

    21) Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
    R5-P157 | Buccaneers

    22) DaRon Bland, Fresno State
    R5-P167 | Cowboys

    23) Samuel Womack, Toledo
    R5-P172 | 49ers

    24) Christian Benford, Villanova
    R6-P185 | Bills

    25) Gregory Junior, Ouachita Baptist
    R6-P197 | Jaguars

    26) Derion Kendrick, Georgia
    R6-P212 | Rams

    27) Ja’Sir Taylor, Wake Forest
    R6-P214 | Chargers

    28) Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
    R7-P221 | 49ers

    29) Montaric Brown, Arkansas
    R7-P222 | Jaguars

    30) Faion Hicks, Wisconsin
    R7-P232 | Broncos

    31) Deane Leonard, Ole Miss
    R7-P236 | Chargers

    32) Chase Lucas, Arizona State
    R7-P237 | Lions

    33) Christian Holmes, Oklahoma State
    R7-P240 | Commanders

    34) Kalon Barnes, Baylor
    R7-P242 | Panthers

    35) Jaylen Watson, Washington State
    R7-P243 | Chiefs

    36) Christian Matthew, Valdosta State
    R7-P244 | Cardinals

    How Many Cornerbacks Were Drafted in 2022?

    There were 36 cornerbacks selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. This fell just short of the 37 that were drafted in 2021. A total of 55 DBs were selected throughout the 2022 draft. That falls short of the 2021 number (59) but is higher than any other single draft since 56 were taken in 2017.

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    Prognosticators had suggested as many as six cornerbacks could be picked in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. So it was a bit surprising that only four came off the board in the opening frame. And while it marked the lowest number of first-round CBs in the last three drafts, it was on par with the average number of cornerbacks drafted in Round 1 in the previous 10 years (4.1).

    B.J. Rudell is a betting and fantasy analyst at Pro Football Network. You can read all of BJ’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @BJRudell.

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