6 Quarterbacks the Detroit Lions could draft in 2022

The 2021 NFL Draft is a wrap and as you know, the Detroit Lions did not select a quarterback and they will be rolling with Jared Goff in 2021 and possibly beyond.

That being said, most believe the Lions will be one of the worst teams (maybe the worst) in the NFL in 2021 and they will likely have an opportunity to grab one of the top QBs on the board in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Here are 6 quarterbacks the Lions could draft in 2022 along with some comments from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma

The way-too-early favorite to be the first quarterback drafted next spring, Rattler is the beneficiary of his Oklahoma pedigree as Sooners coach Lincoln Riley tutored two of the past four No. 1 overall picks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Rattler is not the athlete that Murray is, but he rebounded from a tough start last season, when he threw four interceptions in early losses to Kansas State and Iowa State, to complete 67.5% of his passes and throw for 3,031 yards.

Kedon Slovis, USC

In the very, very minimal work I’ve done on the 2022 quarterback class, I did have one scout tell me early this spring Slovis he was the guy to keep an eye on. Slovis started as a true freshman in 2019 then threw for 1,921 yards in six games last year. Campbell said his ideal quarterback is “a little more of a mobile quarterback because in today’s game, it’s hard when you’re a guy who can’t move around in the pocket,” and Slovis is more the drop-back variety.

Sam Howell, North Carolina

Like Slovis, Howell started as a true freshman at North Carolina so NFL teams will have plenty of data for their evaluation. Howell improved his completion percentage (68.1%) and yards per attempt (11.1) in 2020. He is listed at 6 feet 1, so size may be an issue depending on his actual measurements. But he’s known for his deep passing stroke.

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

While inexperience was an issue for several members of the 2021 quarterback class, that shouldn’t be the case next spring. Ridder is a 30-5 as a starter, the winningest quarterback in Cincinnati history. He told Yahoo that NFL teams projected him as a fourth- to sixth-round pick had he left school after last season. At 6-4 and 215 pounds, he has a projectable NFL frame.

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Malik Willis, Liberty

Willis will face some of the same questions Lance did this year given his relative inexperience and level of competition. He transferred from Auburn, where he played sparingly in the 2017-18 seasons, but will be one of the best dual-threat prospects in next year’s draft. In his first year starting at Liberty, he threw for 2,260 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for a team-leading 944 yards and 14 TDs. 

JT Daniels, Georgia

Daniels started as a true freshman at USC in 2018, then suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2019 that opened the door for Slovis and prompted him to transfer to Georgia. He played just four games for the Bulldogs last season, throwing 10 touchdowns and two interceptions, and will have plenty of eyes on him in the SEC next fall.

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