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Identifying the 2022 NFL draft’s team captains

He’s only completed two drafts as the lead decision-maker in Florham Park, but New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas is already well-known for having a strong tendency to draft team captains.

Douglas selected 10 team captains across his first two drafts, acquiring five of them in each draft:

  • 2021: Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Michael Carter, Michael Carter II, Jonathan Marshall
  • 2020: La’Mical Perine, James Morgan, Cameron Clark, Bryce Hall, Braden Mann

With Douglas having made 19 selections between the 2020 and 2021 drafts, that means over half of his picks (52.6%) were team captains in college.

Of course, that brings us to this question: which players in the 2022 draft class were team captains?

I scoured through nearly 200 of the draft’s best prospects and noted which of them were captains for their college squads.

Keep in mind that it requires a lot of research to figure out whether a player was a team captain. There isn’t one place on the internet where this information can be easily located for any given player. I gave my absolute best effort to dig as deep as I could for each player, but it’s possible I missed one, so if you notice anything amiss, feel free to let me know.

Listed below are the 192 non-quarterback prospects ranked within the top-200 of NFL Mock Draft Database’s consensus big board (as of April 15, 2022) and an indicator of whether or not they were a team captain.

Board RankPlayerPositionSchoolCaptain?
1Aidan HutchinsonEDGEMichiganYes
2Evan NealOTAlabamaYes
3Kayvon ThibodeauxEDGEOregonNo
4Ikem EkwonuOTNC StateNo
5Travon WalkerEDGEGeorgiaNo
6Sauce GardnerCBCincinnatiNo
7Kyle HamiltonSNotre DameYes
8Charles CrossOTMississippi StateNo
9Garrett WilsonWROhio StateNo
10Derek StingleyCBLSUNo
12Jermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida StateNo
13Drake LondonWRUSCYes
14Jordan DavisDTGeorgiaYes
15Jameson WilliamsWRAlabamaNo
17Chris OlaveWROhio StateYes
18Trevor PenningOTNorthern IowaNo
19George KarlaftisEDGEPurdueNo
20Devin LloydLBUtahYes
21Trent McDuffieCBWashingtonNo
22Treylon BurksWRArkansasNo
23Tyler LinderbaumIOLIowaYes
24Andrew BoothCBClemsonNo
25Devonte WyattDTGeorgiaNo
26Nakobe DeanLBGeorgiaYes
27Kenyon GreenIOLTexas A&MYes
28Zion JohnsonIOLBoston CollegeYes
29Kaiir ElamCBFloridaNo
30Jahan DotsonWRPenn StateNo
31Daxton HillSMichiganNo
32David OjaboEDGEMichiganNo
33Boye MafeEDGEMinnesotaNo
35Lewis CineSGeorgiaNo
36Breece HallRBIowa StateYes
38Roger McCrearyCBAuburnNo
39Bernhard RaimannOTCentral MichiganNo
40Kyler GordonCBWashingtonNo
41Logan HallDTHoustonNo
42Arnold EbiketieEDGEPenn StateNo
43Travis JonesDTConnecticutYes
44Tyler SmithOTTulsaNo
45Jalen PitreSBaylorNo
46Kenneth WalkerRBMichigan StateNo
47Christian WatsonWRNorth Dakota StateNo
48DeMarvin LealDTTexas A&MNo
49Quay WalkerLBGeorgiaNo
50Perrion WinfreyDTOklahomaNo
51Christian HarrisLBAlabamaNo
52Jaquan BriskerSPenn StateYes
53Trey McBrideTEColorado StateYes
54George PickensWRGeorgiaNo
55Skyy MooreWRWestern MichiganNo
56Daniel FaaleleOTMinnesotaYes
58Drake JacksonEDGEUSCNo
59Isaiah SpillerRBTexas A&MNo
60John MetchieWRAlabamaNo
61Nik BonittoEDGEOklahomaNo
62Leo ChenalLBWisconsinNo
63Nicholas Petit-FrereOTOhio StateNo
64Cameron ThomasEDGESan Diego StateNo
65Chad MumaLBWyomingYes
66Kingsley EnagbareEDGESouth CarolinaYes
67Phidarian MathisDTAlabamaYes
68Darian KinnardOTKentuckyNo
69Wan'Dale RobinsonWRKentuckyNo
70David BellWRPurdueNo
71Jamaree SalyerIOLGeorgiaYes
72Tariq WoolenCBUTSANo
73Dylan ParhamIOLMemphisNo
74Calvin AustinWRMemphisNo
75Alec PierceWRCincinnatiYes
76Troy AndersenLBMontana StateYes
77Isaiah LikelyTECoastal CarolinaNo
78Jeremy RuckertTEOhio StateNo
79Martin EmersonCBTexas A&MNo
80Myjai SandersEDGECincinnatiYes
81Sean RhyanIOLUCLANo
82Jalen TolbertWRSouth AlabamaNo
84Abraham LucasOTWashington StateNo
85Greg DulcichTEUCLANo
86Cole StrangeIOLChattanoogaNo
87Channing TindallLBGeorgiaNo
88Brian RobinsonRBAlabamaNo
89Rasheed WalkerEDGEPenn StateYes
90Sam WilliamsEDGEMississippiNo
91Kerby JosephSIllinoisNo
92Justyn RossWRClemsonYes
93Coby BryantCBCincinnatiYes
94Brandon SmithLBPenn StateNo
95Khalil ShakirWRBoise StateYes
96James CookRBGeorgiaNo
97Ed IngramIOLLSUNo
98Marcus JonesCBHoustonYes
99Josh PaschalEDGEKentuckyYes
100Damone ClarkLBLSUYes
101Cade OttonTEWashingtonNo
102Derion KendrickLBGeorgiaNo
103Dameon PierceRBFloridaNo
104Bryan CookSCincinnatiYes
105Rachaad WhiteRBArizona StateNo
106Jelani WoodsTEVirginiaNo
107Darrian BeaversLBCincinnatiNo
108Nick CrossSMarylandNo
109Jalyn Armour-DavisCBAlabamaNo
110Brian Asamoah IILBOklahomaNo
111Mario GoodrichCBClemsonYes
112Max MitchellOTLouisiana-LafayetteNo
113Tyler AllgeierRBBYUNo
114Cam Taylor-BrittCBNebraskaYes
115Kyren WilliamsRBNotre DameYes
116Alontae TaylorCBTennesseeNo
117Verone McKinleySOregonNo
118Cameron JurgensIOLNebraskaNo
119Kellen DieschOTArizona StateNo
120Zamir WhiteRBGeorgiaYes
121Luke FortnerIOLKentuckyYes
122Josh JobeCBAlabamaNo
123Zyon McCollumCBSam Houston StateYes
124JoJo DomannLBNebraskaNo
125Zachary CarterDTFloridaNo
126Velus JonesCBTenensseeNo
127Terrel BernardLBBaylorYes
128DeAngelo MaloneEDGEWestern KentuckyNo
129Marquis HayesIOLOklahomaNo
130Danny GrayWRSMUNo
131Dominique RobinsonEDGEMiami (OH)No
132Jerome FordRBCincinnatiNo
133Akayleb EvansCBMissouriNo
134Romeo DoubsWRNevadaNo
135Jalen WydermyerTETexas A&MNo
136Charlie KolarTEIowa StateYes
137Micheal ClemonsEDGETexas A&MYes
138Luke GoedekeOTCentral MichiganNo
139Alex WrightEDGEUABNo
140Neil Farrell Jr.DTLSUNo
141Matthew ButlerDTTennesseeNo
142Pierre Strong Jr.RBSouth Dakota StateYes
143Zach TomOTWake ForestNo
144Tariq Castro-FieldsCBPenn StateNo
145Jake FergusonTEWisconsinNo
146Tyquan ThorntonCBBaylorNo
147Haskell GarrettDTOhio StateYes
148Tyreke SmithEDGEOhio StateNo
149John RidgewayDTArkansasNo
150Thayer MunfordIOLOhio StateYes
151Damarri MathisCBPittsburghNo
152Tyler BadieRBMissouriNo
154Mykael WrightCBOregonNo
155Isaiah ThomasEDGEOklahomaNo
156Bo MeltonWRRutgersYes
157Joshua WilliamsWRFayetteville StateNo
158Kyle PhilipsWRUCLANo
159Dohnovan WestIOLArizona StateNo
160Hassan HaskinsRBMichiganNo
161Tycen AndersonSToledoYes
162Jesse LuketaLBPenn StateNo
163Braxton JonesOTSouthern UtahNo
164Alec LindstromIOLBoston CollegeYes
165J.T. WoodsSBaylorNo
167Lecitus SmithIOLVirginia TechNo
168Justin ShafferIOLGeorgiaNo
169Otito OgbonniaDTUCLANo
170Chris PaulIOLTulsaYes
171Cole TurnerTENevadaNo
172Amare BarnoEDGEVirginia TechNo
173Dare RosenthalOTKentuckyNo
174Daniel BellingerTESan Diego StateYes
175Thomas BookerDTStanfordYes
176Kalon BarnesCBBaylorNo
177Grant CalcaterraTESMUYes
178Chigoziem OkonkwoTEMarylandNo
179Zakoby McClainLBAuburnNo
180Leon O'Neal Jr.STexas A&MNo
181D'vonte PriceRBFlorida InternationalNo
182Erik EzukanmaWRTexas TechYes
183Matt WaletzkoOTNorth DakotaYes
184Markquese BellSFlorida A&MNo
185Andrew StueberOTMichiganNo
186Cordale FlottCBLSUNo
187Logan BrussIOLWisconsinNo
188Jaylen WatsonCBWashington StateNo
189Spencer BufordOTUTSANo
190Abram SmithRBBaylorNo
191Jeffrey GunterEDGECoastal CarolinaNo
192Sterling WeatherfordSMiami (OH)No
193Tyler GoodsonRBIowaNo
194Yusuf CorkerSKentuckyYes
195Christopher HintonDTMichiganNo
196Chasen HinesIOLLSUNo
197Cade MaysIOLTennesseeNo
198Ty ChandlerRBNorth CarolinaNo
199Sincere McCormickRBUTSANo
200Joshua EzeuduIOLNorth CarolinaNo

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Of the 192 players in the table, only 50 were team captains, a 26.0% portion. That’s less than half of Douglas’ 52.6% rate of team captain selections. This makes it clear that Douglas’ affinity for captains is certainly much stronger than the league average.

Look for Douglas to snag at least a couple of the team captains listed above.

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jcjet117
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jcjet117

Thank you for compiling this, very helpful!!!! Breece Hall was a team captain last year

Jonathan Richter
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Jonathan Richter

Several guys on this list I’d want. LBs Muma, Anderson and Clark. WRs Pierce, Shakir. RB Strong. TEs Kolar, Bellinger. Cs Z. Johnson, Lindstrom. DL T. Jones, T. Booker. S Brisker.