Matt Corral Injury Update: X-ray returns negative for Rebels QB

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral suffered an ankle injury in the Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor, but he received some positive news following an X-ray.

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral received relatively uplifting news after sustaining an ankle injury in the Allstate Sugar Bowl this past weekend. Widely seen as a potential first-round NFL Draft pick, Corral’s injury has become the poster reason as to why athletes have begun to opt-out of bowl games.

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Matt Corral injury update

Corral injured his ankle in the early stages of the Sugar Bowl against Baylor. The collective college football and NFL Draft world certainly had a stomach-sinking feeling when he was carted off the field. He exited in the first quarter and was later seen with crutches on the sidelines.

However, following what looked like a rough scene, Corral underwent an X-ray and received relatively positive news.

According to reports, Corral’s injury is an ankle sprain. X-rays came back negative for any seemingly long-term damage.

“Actually, his X-ray was negative,” Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin stated after the game. “I know how much he’s put into it, how much it means to him. And for that to be taken away like that really sucks.”

Corral is a high-level NFL Draft prospect

Largely seen as a candidate to be the top quarterback drafted, Corral’s injury has brought the opt-out decision for top student-athletes to a fever pitch. In the same week that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit received criticism over his take on athletes opting out, one of the most sought-after prospects narrowly escaped what would have been a life-changing injury.

Corral completed 67.9% of his passes for 3,349 passing yards this season. He averaged 8.7 yards per pass attempt and threw for 20 passing touchdowns.

The Ole Miss QB also ran the ball for a career-high 614 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He’s an incredible dual-threat at the position but rarely relies solely on his legs.

In fact, what separates Corral from the rest of the class is his command over the football with his arm. His ability to spin it from all angles and not lose velocity is second to none in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

Where will Matt Corral be drafted?

As mentioned, Corral is not only in the conversation for a top quarterback drafted, he is the conversation. He stacks up with the rest of the signal-callers in this class in just about every metric and is currently ranked as the top draft-eligible quarterback on the Pro Football Network’s consensus Big Board.

As to where he could be selected, it’s all about the draft order. The culmination of the 2021 NFL regular season in under a week will give us the official order. But there’s a bevy of teams who could be in the market for a quarterback in the middle of the first round.

A few options currently are the Washington Football Team (pick No. 9), Atlanta Falcons (10), Denver Broncos (11), Pittsburgh Steelers (17), and Miami Dolphins (22).

With no quarterback rising to the No. 1 overall prospect ranking this season, Corral could very well be the first QB selected in the draft.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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