Before his injury in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral was seen as the 1b to Kenny Pickett’s 1a among quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. After his ankle injury, Corral’s status throughout the process was thrown into question, but without a clear frontrunner at the quarterback position, Corral is looking to claw his way back into an early pick.
Corral’s timeline has been favorable to this point, and he’s now primed to participate in Ole Miss’ pro day on Wednesday. The quarterback, whose intangibles have become a major part of his draw to many teams, is getting noticed for his scrambling, his ability to make plays in the RPO, and his big arm.
Although Corral may not quite be at 100 percent, there’s been much ado about the depth (or lack thereof) of quarterback talent in this year’s draft.
In one of the busiest offseasons for quarterback movement in NFL history, that could bode well for a player like Corral, who isn’t projected as a Day 1 starter but is seen as a player who has a lot of room for growth in the right environment.
When is Matt Corral’s pro day?
- Date: Wednesday, March 23
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
Corral’s pro day will be on Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m. ET. You cant watch it on NFL Network.
How to watch Matt Corral’s pro day
When Corral’s pro day begins, it will be airing on NFL Network. You can stream NFL Network via fuboTV if you’re cutting the cord.
What to watch from Matt Corral during his pro day
The first thing to look at with Corral will obviously be how he’s moving.
If Corral is recovered from the ankle injury he picked up at the beginning of the year, that should begin to chip at the reticence to draft him. More than ever, teams are looking for players to contribute early and often, and anything that threatens those contributions is scrutinized heavily in the draft.
Keep an eye on Corral’s accuracy and how he moves in the simulated pocket. Corral completed 67 percent of his passes in four years at Ole Miss, so his accuracy shouldn’t be an issue. His other career numbers include (with final year stats) 8,287 passing yards (3,349), 57 touchdowns (20), and 23 interceptions (five). Corral also rushed for 1,338 yards (614) and 18 touchdowns (11).
All of this is to say: Corral is a pure dual-threat option who will be decisive and accurate when he throws the ball. While his ankle obviously won’t affect his decision-making, if it’s still hindering him it may affect his ability to make the split-second decisions needed to succeed throwing the ball at the NFL level. While that won’t apply by Week 1, teams will notice if it affects him throwing the ball at this pro day.
Matt Corral 2022 NFL Draft projection
Corral is one of those players who could go basically anywhere in the draft depending on how teams perceive his health.
While he’ll almost certainly be an early round pick, look for Corral to go a team with an encroaching — but not immediate — need at the QB position. A mid-round team like the Saints would be a fit for Corral, as he fits the mold of what they like to do offensively (see: Taysom Hill).
With that being said, if Corral’s pro day goes well he could well be off the board at No. 18. The NFL is a win-now league — perhaps more than any other league in American sports — and a team feeling the pressure might snatch him up in the top 15. After all, Corral was seen by many as the QB1 alongside Pickett heading into this draft. If he impresses at his pro day and curbs reservations about his ankle, perhaps we’ll see teams’ reservations about drafting injured players start to wane.