2022 NFL Draft Profiles: Best of the Rest From the Mountain West
These players may be long shots to hear their name called in the draft, but here’s what you need to know about what they could bring to the NFL.
You never know who will get called.
2022 NFL Draft: The Best of the Rest of the Mountain West Prospects By School
Lots of players across the Mountain West Conference decided to stick around for one last ride in college football, but many others beyond those who got the full draft profile treatment are in the mix to make the jump to the National Football League this week.
These “quick hits” will tell you a little bit about the best of the rest from the Mountain West.
Wide receiver Brandon Lewis proved he could be just as potent as many of his predecessors, averaging a whopping 29.5 yards per catch in 2021, and he made a very strong final impression in the Falcons’ First Responder Bowl victory over Louisville. However, a relatively modest-for-his-size (5-8 1/2, 182 pounds) 4.51 40-yard time could mean he’ll have to prove his worth on special teams before
Brandon Lewis COOKED two DBs for this touchdown 😳
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) December 28, 2021
Linebacker Lakota Wills was a defensive anchor for three years, including the team’s 11-win campaign in 2019 (36 tackles, six TFLs, two sacks), but after taking a turnback in 2020 and dealing with injuries in 2021, the odds are he’s more of a fringe prospect when compared to others like Jordan Jackson.
Defensive back James Jones IV started nine games for the Falcons back in 2017 but lost ground on the depth chart when other up-and-comers like Tre Bugg III and Zane Kelly came through the program, which explains why he had just eight tackles for Air Force in 2021.