Quarterback #4: Matt Corral, Ole Miss
The forgotten quarterback during this draft process has been Ole Miss’ Matt Corral. He has become an under-the-radar prospect because he suffered an ankle injury during the final game of Ole Miss’ season. Corral was the only top quarterback ineligible for the Senior Bowl and then was unable to participate during the combine because he was still recovering from this injury. This has caused him to fall from the potential top quarterback in this class to likely being selected anywhere between the end of the first round to the middle of the second round.
Corral is a well-rounded quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to scramble out of the pocket for first downs. This past season he was able to cut down on his interceptions despite missing his number one receiver from a year ago, Elijah Moore. He will need to transition to an NFL offense because his offense at Ole Miss was very RPO and play-action heavy.
Mockdraftable compares Corral’s measurements to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. There are a lot of similarities to Corral’s and Wilson’s play as well. Both are athletically gifted quarterbacks who relied on their offensive scheme and athleticism a tad too much at college and will need to transition to the NFL. It took Wilson a majority of the season to start producing at a level that warranted the Jets taking him with the second overall pick.
After showing teams during his pro day that he should be a future NFL starting quarterback, he likely solidified his status as a top-50 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. If Corral falls out of the first round, one team who could have a lot of interest in Corral is the Seattle Seahawks.
As it currently stands Drew Lock is slated to be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks following the Russell Wilson trade. Based on what he has done during his first three seasons in the league that should not be inspiring for the Seahawks in a tough NFC West. In order to have a chance at being competitive next season Seattle must get a quarterback with upside in the building.
Corral should be able to compete with Drew Lock and Geno Smith for the Seahawks’ starting job next season. He shouldn’t be expected to be the next Russell Wilson. But Corral should be a serviceable starting quarterback that should provide upside throughout his career. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has connections to Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin through his father Monte Kiffin. It is likely that Kiffin is in Carroll’s ear telling him to take Corral with one of their second-round selections. The Seahawks could even package one of their second-round picks to move into the end of the first round to select Corral.
Prediction: The Seattle Seahawks use the 40th overall pick acquired from the Denver Broncos to select Matt Corral.