2022 NFL Draft guide for Mizzou, Missouri college, native prospects

The 2022 NFL Draft is here, and the Show-Me State will have plenty of representation throughout the three days.

Not only will an SEC program have multiple players hear their names called, but so will other programs statewide.

Here’s what to know about Missouri draft prospects from the University of Missouri, from smaller Missouri universities and from Missouri cities.

Tyler Badie leads Mizzou football prospects

The headliner for Missouri this season is, and will be, running back Tyler Badie† Badie set a single-season rushing record at MU after taking over the starting spot for Larry Roundtree.

Badie single-handedly quelled questions about his size and durability, making him a welcome addition for any running back-needy teams. At his pro day, Badie said he had heard from all 32 NFL teams. He’s currently projected as a third-day pick between rounds five and seven, where teams like the Eagles, Cardinals and Bills all could use depth at running back.

Missouri Tigers running back Tyler Badie (1) runs the ball as Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman Taurean Carter (91) defends Friday.

Although Badie gets all the rightful attention, Akayleb Evans could be the first Tiger off the board. He has a fourth-round grade, led MU in forced fumbles last season and earned a 2022 Senior Bowl invite.

Evans played in Steve Wilks’ scheme, which featured a man-zone where he also defended in the slot. His seven passes defended were an example of how the talented player at Tulsa translated well to the SEC. He’s projected as a fourth-round pick and has talked with the Cardinals, Bengals, Titans and Saints. He’d fit well with the Saints and Broncoswho have entrenched starters where Evans could fit in as a reserve.

Another offensive player to watch is center Michael Maietti, who blocked for Badie’s record-breaking season. He was a Third-Team All-American honoree.

Oct 30, 2021;  Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Cam Johnson (7) is unable to catch a pass as he is defended by Missouri Tigers defensive back Akayleb Evans (26) during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Maietti wasn’t given a draft grade by The Athletic or NFL.com, but he was invited to the Jets and Chiefs’ local Pro Days. the Chiefs, Bears, Jets and Panthers are all teams with offensive line needs, and he could land with either of those on the third day of the draft.

on the defensive line, Akial Byers is someone who could sneak into the later rounds of the draft as a sleeper. He has versatile experience having played both nose tackle and three-technique on the defensive line.

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