Updated Top 100 NFL Draft board for 2022: No. 1 Aidan Hutchinson first of five edge rushers in Dane Brugler’s top 15

Dane Brugler Feb 15, 2022 102
The initial steps of the postseason draft process are now in the rear view mirror.

The underclassmen deadline came and went with 100 draft-eligible players officially declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft. The all-star circuit was helpful as hundreds of players had the opportunity to audition for teams at the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Bowl, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl  and other events.

Up next are the Scouting Combine, pro day workouts and team visits. But before the NFL takes over Indianapolis in two weeks, I wanted to share my updated top-100 draft board.

There are no changes among the top five, with Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson leading the way at No. 1 followed by NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu, Alabama’s Evan Neal, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton. The all-star circuit gave a positive boost to several prospects (Hello, Travis Jones), and there will be some more fluctuation after the combine and workouts.

(Editor’s note: Dane will be answering questions about his rankings and the draft at large Thursday in a live experience.)

1. Aidan Hutchinson, edge, Michigan (6-6, 261)

It’s understandable why some might balk at the thought of Hutchinson going No. 1. He’s not Myles Garrett or Chase Young and probably wouldn’t have been a top-10 pick in last year’s draft. But that is the reality of this draft class.