The 2022 NFL draft quarterback class might not be at the same level as most years, but there are still plenty of talented signal-callers set to be drafted at the end of April. We have dug deep on each passer's game tape and analyzed strengths and weaknesses. But what happens when we compare those evaluations with statistics in a handful of areas? Does it all match up?

We took the top seven QBs in this class -- Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral, Sam Howell, Carson Strong and Bailey Zappe -- and dove in on five key statistical areas. ESPN Stats & Information's John Parolin pulled two telling stats from each quarterback's 2021 season for each of those categories, including deep-ball prowess and production under duress. Then NFL draft analyst Todd McShay evaluated the numbers against what he sees on tape, with some additional context from Parolin.

What matches the film, and what doesn't? Numbers don't tell the entire story, but they help support and complement evaluations, and sometimes they can even force a scout to go back to the tape and take another look from a different angle. So let's dig in, beginning with how each quarterback handles pressure.

McShay: I love doing this exercise each year because it provides a cross-check. If the numbers line up with what I see on tape, great. If they don't, that's when I go take another look. And while all of these categories matter, the pressure numbers are probably the biggest factor. What happens when things break down and quarterbacks have to make quick decisions with NFL pass-rushers in their face? What we see here sort of speaks to the 2022 class as a whole -- four of the top seven aren't even above the FBS average in QBR under pressure. That's not great.

Parolin: We've done this exercise for the past three years, and just four of 34 included quarterbacks in that time have been below their respective FBS averages in this category -- Clayton Thorson, Daniel Jones, Jarrett Stidham and Nate Stanley. So four out of seven quarterbacks failing to hit that threshold is alarming. Pitt's Kenny Pickett led the way last season, but his 18.9 QBR under pressure ranked 34th among 125 qualified FBS quarterbacks. And it wouldn't have ranked in the top four in any of the previous three years of this project. In fact, the number would have fell behind nine of the 12 QBs we looked at last year

McShay: I do think Pickett's mobility and pocket presence are understated areas of his game. He can feel the pressure coming without dropping his eyes and typically knows when to get rid of the ball. On tape, he frequently hangs tough in the pocket and locates late-opening targets with pressure closing in. His game is built on throwing accurately from the pocket, but he has the maneuverability to buy time and still make a play under duress.

Parolin: Pickett's numbers against the blitz stand out, too. And really the whole group does, at least in comparison to the pressure data. Five different quarterbacks posted a Total QBR above 80 against the blitz last season, led by Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder. His 87.9 ranked 12th in the FBS, and he threw 18 passing touchdowns with zero interceptions when seeing at least five pass-rushers. Only Will Grier (21) has more passing touchdowns without an interception against the blitz in a season over the past 10 years.

McShay: Ridder reads the field so well and has the foot quickness to maneuver. But he tends to drift backward as a response to inside pressure, and I think he holds on to the ball too long at times -- which helps explain his lower number against pressure. But the quarterback who stuck out here was Liberty's Malik Willis. These are frightening numbers for a first-rounder. Willis has excellent pocket mobility, showing the short-area quickness and overall speed to escape pressure. But then again, he took 51 sacks last season.

According to research from ESPN's Seth Walder, Willis' 8.8% career sack rate in college -- sacks per dropback -- would be the highest for an FBS quarterback selected in the first round since at least 2005 (based on college data back to 2004).

Parolin: Willis is fascinating here. No player in the country forced more missed tackles when blitzed than Willis last season (16), but the sack total suggests he took on a little more than he could escape. Willis became the second FBS quarterback in the past 10 years to take 50 sacks in a season, joining UCLA's Brett Hundley (52 in 2012). And he did that with a Liberty team that faced one top-20 opponent last season (and he took nine sacks in that one game, a 27-14 loss to Ole Miss).

McShay: Speaking of Ole Miss, tough numbers for Matt Corral, too. On tape, he makes throws with defenders bearing down on him and has more than enough mobility, but he absolutely needs to do a better job with decision-making and ball security when under duress. Also remember that he played in a tempo-based run-pass option offense with the Rebels, and his quick release often got the ball out before a sack (25 sacks taken) but typically not very far downfield.

Parolin: Yeah, and to be fair, there's no opponent adjustment here, so Corral being the only QB in this sample with an SEC schedule hurt him. He faced five different top-20 opponents last season, and he threw only one interception with eight sacks against the blitz. But Corral did a lot more "surviving" instead of "thriving" in this situation. To your point, Corral's average throw distance when blitzed was 7.4 yards downfield, 100th out of 124 qualified FBS passers. And only one-third of his blitzed attempts went for first downs, 74th in FBS.