Football Sapient owner John Vogel conducted interviews with several top players at the 2022 NFL Combine back in March. This is a compilation of all of the interviews in one place to serve as a central hub for these players entering the 2022 NFL Draft.
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QB Carson Strong, Nevada
Carson Strong is a big-armed quarterback coming out of the Mountain West who has recently produced several NFL quarterbacks (Josh Allen, Jordan Love, etc). His deep ball accuracy flashes incredible at times, but his consistency hitting it has not been there. While some of his mechanics are sloppy, Strong’s upside as a project player at the next level is legitimate. If he can learn to control his arm talent better, he can be a suitable starter at the next level.
WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State
Christian Watson has all of the physical tools to be a dominant player at the next level, but he has had his issues over his career with drops. He was a mismatch weapon in college, whether he was working on the boundary, out of the slot, or as a running back out of the backfield, he was incredible. He offers so much versatility at the receiver position but his make it or break it trait will be based entirely on his hands.
TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
James Mitchell’s 2021 campaign was cut short by an ACL injury, but his talent on film is undeniable. Mitchell projects best in a heavy-receiver role in an offense, with strong hands and some vertical ability to attack the catch point. The main concern with Mitchell is his limitations athletically and whether or not he has the strength and consistency to work inline.
OT Darrian Kinnard, Kentucky
Darrian Kinnard is a strong mauler who handled himself well against most of the SEC-level competition that he faced. He got the opportunity to work in a more NFL-based scheme with the addition of offensive coordinator Liam Coen from the Los Angeles Rams, and held up fine. He is versatile, able to play both on the perimeter and inside at guard. His strength will be his defining trait as he will look to be quick enough to eventually move to left tackle in the NFL.
G Thayer Munford Jr, Ohio State
Thayer Munford struggled his first couple of years at Ohio State while playing tackle before settling into left guard in 2021 and playing at a significantly higher level. The Redshirt Senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, has remained consistently available, even through COVID, missing just three games over the course of his four years as a starter. Munford is a promising prospect who can become a suitable starter at the next level.
G/C Ben Brown, Ole Miss
Ben Brown played the 2021 season at right guard, but was a four year starter in the Ole Miss offense as either a right guard or a center. Brown played the entire 2020 season at center after rotating through games in 2019 at right guard and center. He offers immediate versatility across the offensive line immediately.
EDGE Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
A transfer from Temple, Arnold Ebiketie offers speed and athleticism to the pass rush ability. In his single year at Penn State, Ebiketie has been a wrecking ball in the Big Ten, creating an impact in almost every game he has played in. Ebiketie showed promise while at Temple, but didn’t ever quite break out.
RUSH EDGE Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
A transfer from Georgia by way of the JUCO system, Jermaine Johnson was the number one JUCO prospect coming out of his class in 2019. A dominant alpha-male personality, Johnson needs to be more consistent at the next level but is a very balanced player in terms of what he offers as a pass rusher and as a run defender. His versatility will be intriguing to NFL teams looking to add him to their lineup.
LB Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
A busy, fierce, and strong football prospect, Leo Chenal is a classic downhill inside linebacker that is a prototype that doesn’t work in the league like it used to. He was an incredibly productive as a starter at Wisconsin, logging 161 tackles and 11 sacks through 18 starts. Chenal could offer time both inside in situations as well as on the ball as a rush edge with his pass rushing prowess.
CB Derek Stingley Jr, LSU
The biggest question mark concerning Derek Stingley Jr is which cornerback are you drafting in this class? Are you taking the cornerback who was lockdown in 2019? Or, are you selecting the guy who lacked effort and was overall struggling with injuries over the last two years? Stingley had arguably the greatest freshman season ever by a cornerback only to look like a shell of that player over the next two seasons, where he appeared in 10 games. He looks to be the same player after his injuries based on his pro day performance. Regardless, Stingley is a strong man corner who is suitable in zone and can bring value to a team in several ways.
S Bryan Cook, Cincinnati
A transfer from Howard, Bryan Cook is a physical safety who offers a lot of versatility to a defense that has him in their secondary. Cook prides himself as a versatile prospect with his ability to play almost any coverage assignment that he is asked. His play helped elevate the Bearcats to be the first group-of-five team to make the College Football Playoff and his Senior Bowl performance put him on the day two radar.
Where can you check out all of the interviews?
All of the interviews have been posted as bonus content as a part of The JDV Experience on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Additional audio interviews include players like Kentucky EDGE Josh Paschal, Montana LB Troy Anderson, Penn State prospects Tariq Castro-Fields and Jaquan Brisker, Washington CB Kyler Gordon, Auburn CB Roger McCreary, and so many more. Be sure to check them out on your favorite podcast streaming platform!