Many college football players helped their draft stock during the 2021 season with their great play. These 25 players are among the prospects that have helped their stock the most.
Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
There aren't many punters selected in the NFL draft, but Araiza is almost guaranteed to hear his name called. He created legitimate buzz in 2021, winning the Ray Guy Award after averaging a whopping 51.2 yards per punt. He also handled duties as the Aztecs' placekicker.
Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
Badie entered the chat with 1,942 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns as Mizzou's primary ball carrier. He didn't have much tread on his tires until this season but now looks like a solid third-down back prospect.
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Despite the injury, Corral is in the conversation as a top-five pick after an excellent final season under Lane Kiffin. He completed over 68% of his passes and threw only four picks in 12 games.
Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Davis' stature is listed at 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, but that's probably an underestimate on both accounts. He plugged the run all season for the Bulldogs and stands as a first-round prospect who could make a Vita Vea-like impact at nose tackle.
Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Georgia has produced its fair share of linebackers, and Dean has a chance to be one of the best in recent memory. He had a breakout season with six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss through his first 14 games.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Dotson is slightly undersized at 5-foot-11, but his speed helps him overcome the size limitation. He had a great regular season with 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns and has a solid shot to be a first-round pick in a loaded wideout class.
Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Gardner is under consideration as the top cornerback in the 2022 draft after another great year. He had three picks in all three of his seasons at Cincinnati and has also shown willingness as a tackler this year.
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Hamilton was the top safety in the 2022 draft class coming into the year, and he's only strengthened his case. He missed time with a knee injury but was productive in seven games with 34 tackles and three interceptions. Hamilton has a chance to be a rare top 10 pick at safety.
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
Hutchinson seemed like a surefire first-round pick when the season started, but he now has a shot to be the No. 1 overall draft choice. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist after recording 14 sacks and 62 tackles for the Wolverines.