No Louisville football players selected in The Athletic’s seven-round NFL mock draft

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — The 2022 NFL Draft is almost two weeks away, and several Louisville players are hoping to have their names called on draft night. Eight Cardinals recently participated in the program’s annual Pro Day, highlighted by Qwynnterrio Cole, CJ Avery and Maurice Burkley.

The draft is upon us, the pseudo-draft and big-board season is in full swing. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, one of the nation’s most comprehensive draft analysts, was recently released his full 2022 NFL Mock Draft over seven roundsconsidering “schema adjustments, organizational trends and reported interest”.

However, unlike in recent years, when Louisville had become a staple of the NFL draft, Brugler doesn’t count Cardinals among his 262 sham draft picks.

There are a few cards that have a chance of being picked, or at least have a really good chance of being signed as a priority undrafted free agent. In his annual NFL Draft Guidenicknamed “The Beast”, Brugler ranked Qwynnterrio Cole as the No. 28 safety in the draft class, Cole Bentley as the No. 30 center, Maurice Burkley as the No. 56 running back, CJ Avery as the No. 65 linebacker. and Jack Fagot as safety No. 110

Brugler was particularly commendable for Cole, calling him a “long, explosive athlete with aggressive running defense skills” but also questioning his “lack of reach and transitions.”

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“Cole passes the eye test with his lean, muscular build and is at his best in the pits or working downhill to trigger and ride,” Brugler wrote. “His production and performance showed no dip in his one year at FBS. His toughness and physicality were evident after five games on tape, but so were his tight hips and diversion skills.”

The 2022 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. EST on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network. Louisville will kick off its 2022 campaign on Saturday, September 3 in Syracuse.

(Photo by Qwynnterrio Cole: Reinhold Matay – USA TODAY Sports)

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