The race to be the number one pick in this spring's draft could be decided at the NFL Scouting Combine this week when a number of highly-rated collegiate pass rushers are being tipped to put on a show for talent assessors in Indianapolis.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, a 9/5 shot to be selected first overall in April, recently told Pat McAfee that he is going to "light up" the combine - the top prospects' annual chance to showcase their physical attributes over a series of drills.
"I'm gonna do everything at the combine...I'm not scared of anything, and I can't wait to light that thing up," Hutchinson said on The Pat McAfee Show.
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah is excited to see all the edge rushers work out and believes the 2022 draft, which is light on top quarterback prospects this year, could see one defensive playmaker's name called after another on day one.
"The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is going to be one edge rusher after another, after another, after another," he tweeted on Sunday.
"Can't wait to see these guys in Indy. I've been told they are going to put on a show!
Jeremiah's most recent mock draft featured seven edge rushers going in the first round, including Hutchinson, Georgia's Travon Walker, Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux and Florida State's Jermaine Johnson II all going in the top 10.
Hutchinson, who was runner up to Alabama QB Bryce Young in the Heisman Trophy vote, had 62 tackles, including 14 sacks with three pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 14 games en route to being named a consensus All-American last season.
Thibodeaux had 49 tackles, seven of which were sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup in 11 games and was named a unanimous All-American last season.