What the Weak 2022 Quarterback Class Could Mean for the Other Positions

Card Ladder
May 08, 20224 min read

At the end of the day it is undeniable that the quarterback market runs the football card market. Post sports card boom and the market blessed with quarterback heavy draft after quarterback heavy draft, could we possibly see a changing of the tide? In a draft with only one quarterback selected in the first round and only 2 in the top 70, could we see non quarterbacks possibly get love? With defensive ends going picks one and two and six receivers going in the top 18, could the non-quarterback market potentially see a boost?

It is inevitable that breakers, investors, card stores, and others will have to find an angle to sell/promote the 2022 NFL products. Typically since the sports card boom, the selling points have been pretty easy with all the quarterback talent out the gate. 2017 offered us Mahomes, Watson, Trubisky, 2018 had Allen, Mayfield, Darnold, and Jackson. 2019 of course now is a lot weaker but at the time Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Jarrett Stidham, and Dwayne Haskins all had tons of hype with of course Kyler always perfoming. 2020 and 2021 were absolutely loaded out the gate with Herbert and Burrow perfoming at an all pro level. 2021 has yet to perform but the prospect of 5 quarterbacks taken in the top 15 has satisfied the demand.

Could we possibly see a narrative shift in a positive light towards skill position and even defensive players? If we had the sports card market of 2020 and early 2021 then the base market of veterans would likely offset this. Now ultimately with PSA cheapest grading option at $50 and the base market taking a nose dive, it does not make the 2022 line of products any easier of a sell.

Seemingly every season across the three major collected sports, a comparison is done on some social media platform of the rookie prices vs proven all-star active hall of fame talent. With this draft being receiver and defensive edge heavy, could it be at all possible people start to view guys like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey historically undervalued based upon what Aidan Hutchinson and Derek Stingley start to sell for?

For baseball Check Out My Cards made a post comparing Bobby Witt's Bowman Chrome auto vs Mookie Betts Bowman Chrome auto. Bobby at the time had yet to play a game while Mookie is one of the most decorated players in all of baseball.

Pick No.NFL teamPlayerPos.CollegeConf.Notes
11Jacksonville JaguarsTravon Walker DEGeorgiaSEC
12Detroit LionsAidan Hutchinson DEMichiganBig Ten2021 Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, and Ted Hendricks Awardwinner
13Houston TexansDerek Stingley Jr. CBLSUSEC
14New York JetsAhmad Gardner CBCincinnatiThe American
15New York GiantsKayvon Thibodeaux DEOregonPac-12
16Carolina PanthersIkem Ekwonu OTNC StateACC
17New York GiantsEvan Neal OTAlabamaSECfrom Chicago[R1 - 1]
18Atlanta FalconsDrake London WRUSCPac-12
19Seattle SeahawksCharles Cross OTMississippi StateSECfrom Denver[R1 - 2]
110New York JetsGarrett Wilson WROhio StateBig Tenfrom Seattle[R1 - 3]
111New Orleans SaintsChris Olave WROhio StateBig Tenfrom Washington[R1 - 4]
112Detroit LionsJameson Williams WRAlabamaSECfrom Minnesota[R1 - 5]
113Philadelphia EaglesJordan Davis DTGeorgiaSECfrom Cleveland via Houston[R1 - 6]
2021 Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy winner
114Baltimore RavensKyle Hamilton SNotre DameInd. (FBS)
115Houston TexansKenyon Green OGTexas A&MSECfrom Miami via Philadelphia[R1 - 7]
116Washington CommandersJahan Dotson WRPenn StateBig Tenfrom Indianapolis via Philadelphia and New Orleans[R1 - 8]
117Los Angeles ChargersZion Johnson OGBoston CollegeACC
118Tennessee TitansTreylon Burks WRArkansasSECfrom New Orleans via Philadelphia[R1 - 9]
119New Orleans SaintsTrevor Penning OTNorthern IowaMVFCfrom Philadelphia[R1 - 10]
120Pittsburgh SteelersKenny Pickett QBPittsburghACC2021 Johnny Unitas Award and Senior CLASS Award winner
121Kansas City ChiefsTrent McDuffie CBWashingtonPac-12from New England[R1 - 11]
122Green Bay PackersQuay Walker LBGeorgiaSECfrom Las Vegas[R1 - 12]
123Buffalo BillsKaiir Elam CBFloridaSECfrom Arizona via Baltimore[R1 - 13]
124Dallas CowboysTyler Smith OTTulsaThe American
125Baltimore RavensTyler Linderbaum CIowaBig Tenfrom Buffalo[R1 - 14]
2021 Rimington Trophy winner
126New York JetsJermaine Johnson II DEFlorida StateACCfrom Tennessee[R1 - 15]
127Jacksonville JaguarsDevin Lloyd LBUtahPac-12from Tampa Bay[R1 - 16]
128Green Bay PackersDevonte Wyatt DTGeorgiaSEC
129New England PatriotsCole Strange OGChattanoogaSoConfrom San Francisco via Miami and Kansas City[R1 - 17]
130Kansas City ChiefsGeorge Karlaftis DEPurdueBig Ten
131Cincinnati BengalsDax Hill SMichiganBig Ten
132Minnesota VikingsLewis Cine SGeorgiaSECfrom L.A. Rams via Detroit[R1 - 18]