A strong and long pass-rush prospect in the 2022 NFL Draftwhere are some of the potential landing spots for South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Kingsley Enagbare from recent mock drafts?
NFL Mock Draft 2022: Kingsley Enagbare’s draft projections
Having made his debut for South Carolina as a freshman, Enagbare’s steady production progression saw him have a breakout season in 2020. In just eight games, the versatile defensive lineman tallied 7 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. With the sack production by far the best of his career, Enagbare entered the 2021 college football season as a potential first-rounder in early 2022 NFL mock drafts.
However, the South Carolina defensive lineman has failed to make the expected leap in performance this season. Despite playing four more games, he only tallied the same number of tackles for loss and had a drop in sack production. Nevertheless, Enagbare is still hovering on the fringe of first-round content on the Pro Football Network Top 300 Big Board. He currently sits as the 31st overall prospect and the seventh-ranked EDGE player.
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How does that opinion translate to 2022 NFL mock drafts? Home is where the heart is, so let’s look at where Enagbare has landed in recent mock drafts at Pro Football Network before examining his landing spots in the wider draft landscape.
In his most recent multi-round mock draft, James Fragoza places Enagbare with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he doesn’t appear until the third round as the 94th overall selection. The fit with the Chiefs makes a lot of sense, with Kansas City almost certainly in the market for more versatile edge rushers in April.
While not quite the same drop, Dalton Miller’s 3-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft also sees Enagbare fall from first-round contention. Miller has the South Carolina defensive lineman landing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 60th overall selection. He’d likely see early playing time as a rotational outside linebacker for the Buccaneers behind former first-round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.
Pro Football Network Draft Director Cam Mellor is more bullish on Enagbare’s draft potential. In his recent 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, Mellor has Enagbare going off the board with the first pick of the second round to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mellor notes that “Enagbare has first-round talent” and the Jaguars “get a marquee pass rusher.”
Where does Enagbare land on other draft boards?
As you can see, there’s a wide range of projections for Enagbare, even within our own draft department. Is this sentiment echoed across the wider draft industry? Or is there uncertainty for the South Carolina defensive lineman’s projection across the board?
Even within the last month, there have been multiple mock drafts with Enagbare landing within the first round. Most recently, Ryan McCrystal of Sharp Football Analysis had the South Carolina prospect landing with the Tennessee Titans with the 26th overall pick.
In his two-round mock draft for Fantasy Pros, Scott Bogman sees Enagbare landing with the Chiefs. The edge rusher flies off the board with the 30th overall selection. Bogman notes that Enagbare “can come in and be a rotational pass rusher.”
While there is clearly still some attention being thrown Enagbare’s way as a potential first-round prospect, it’s notable that he doesn’t feature there in the latest mock draft efforts from some of the more established media analysts such as ESPN’s Todd McShay or Mel Kiper Jr.
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