It’s time to ramp things up for the 2022 college football season, as Week 0 is just over a month away.
Discover the release recently 2022 PFF College Football Preview Guide as well as other pre-season position rankings that will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Below are PFF’s picks for the top 25 offensive tackles entering the 2022 college football season, along with some superlatives, including the biggest throws and crosses.
Note: This ranking does not take into account the potential of the NFL
|1||Peter Skoronski, Wildcats of the Northwest|
|2||Dawand Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes|
|3||Jordan McFadden, Clemson Tigers|
|4||Cooper Beebe, Kansas State Wildcats|
|5||Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State Buckeyes|
|6||Blake Freeland, BYU Cougars|
|seven||Connor Galvin, Baylor Bear|
|8||Zion Nelson, Miami Hurricanes|
|9||Broderick Jones, Georgia Bulldogs|
|ten||Blake Fisher, Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|11||Anton Harrison, Oklahoma Sooners|
|12||Javon Foster, Missouri Tigers|
|13||Trevor Reid, Louisville Cardinals|
|14||Joe Alt, Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|15||DJ Scaife Jr., Miami Hurricanes|
|16||Braeden Daniels, Utah Utes|
|17||Khalil Keith, Baylor Bears|
|18||Wyatt Milum, West Virginia Mountaineers|
|19||Matthieu Bergeron, Syracuse Orange|
|20||Jaxson Kirkland, Washington Huskies|
|21||Ruben Fatheree II, Texas A&M Aggies|
|22||Carter Warren, Pitt Panthers|
|23||Ryan Hayes, Michigan Wolverines|
|24||Warren McClendon, Georgia Bulldogs|
|25||Dalton Wagner, Arkansas Razorbacks|
The best dog
1. PETER SKORONSKI, WILDCATS OF THE NORTHWEST
Northwestern powered real freshman Skoronski into his starting left tackle in 2019 after Rashawn Slater was suddenly disabled. Since then, he’s easily been one of the best players in the position, and he’ll be looking to claim that top spot in 2022.
Skoronski has posted a top-15 rating among Power Five offensive tackles in each of the past two years (81.4 and 83.8). That success also runs in the family – his late grandfather, Bob Skoronski, is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame for his work as a tackle in the 1960s. Skoronski’s height and high-level athleticism are reminiscent of Slater — now with the Los Angeles Chargers — and he’s following in Slater’s footsteps from a college production perspective as well.
The biggest projections
5. PARIS JOHNSON JR., OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Johnson will return to tackle in 2022 after spending his first starting season at right guard as a sophomore in 2021. Although he hasn’t played his natural tackle position, the 6-foot-6, 315 Pounds earned a 79.1 Grade PFF ranked 16th among Power Five guards. As of week 4, Johnson posted an 83.5 PFF rating which ranked seventh. He ranked third in the run-blocking category and allowed just five presses — none of which were sacks or hits — during that nine-game stretch.
10. BLAKE FISHER, OUR LADY FIGHTING IRISH
Fisher was Indiana’s No. 1 ranked freshman in the Class of 2021 and immediately got a starting job as a true freshman. Unfortunately for him and the Irish, he suffered a meniscus injury in his first game for the Golden Dome which caused him to miss the regular season. However, he was able to return for the Fiesta Bowl, where he earned a respectable 70.5 PFF from 91 snaps.
The 6-foot-6, 335-pound moves exceptionally well for a player his size and packs a powerful punch. Unlike most of his age, he displayed advanced technique and processing during his short time on the field as a true freshman. Notre Dame is known for producing stellar offensive linemen, and Fisher has the chance to establish himself as the team‘s next big blocker up front as a starter at right tackle this fall.
18. WYATT MILUM, WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS
Milum has the potential to be one of the best offensive linemen in college football. The four-star 2021 rookie was quick to see the field, taking on the right starting tackle in the middle of his true first year and closing the season with a blocking rating of 74.2. As of Week 8, Milum was the seventh-highest ranked tackle in the Big 12. That’s a rare level of production for a true freshman.
This year, the 6-foot-6, 291-pounder will move to left tackle. He’s never played in that position in his football career, but there shouldn’t be any major issues with the center since he’s a natural southpaw, as noted by the West Virginia staff.
The biggest sleepers
12. JAVON FOSTER, MISSOURI TIGERS
Mizzou runs a zone-centric outside ground game that relies on blocker aggression and athleticism, both displayed by Foster. The 6-foot-5, 297-pound left tackle was a lean, mean, run-blocking machine for the Tigers in his first year as a starter in 2021, and it won’t be much different in 2022. -blocking rate last year placed in the 93rd percentile among FBS tackles, and he finished the year with an 82.8 blocking rating—the highest rating among returning SEC tackles.
His passing streak was shaky in 2021, but considering it was his first year as a starter, it’s reasonable to expect improvement in 2022.
13. TREVOR REID, LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Reid is one of the most underrated players in college football, regardless of position. The 2020 JUCO Best Goal has improved by leaps and bounds in its first year from the Power Five level in 2021 for Louisville. As of Week 6, he was the highest ranked tackle in the Power Five. Reid checks out the toolbox brilliantly and begins to become a remarkable and versatile left tackle.
19. MATTHIEU BERGERON, ORANGE OF SYRACUSE
Only Syracuse diehards have heard of Matthew Bergeron, but it’s time the nation recognized him as one of the best pass protectors in the position. He posted an 85.4 pass block rating in 2021 — a top-five rating among returning Power Five tackles. Bergeron needs to play with a little more discipline, which would take his game to another level in 2022.