Redrafting the 2022 College Draft

By Hayden Lewis | Apr 17, 2024

After two years of play from the 2022 PLL College Draft rookies, it’s time to take a look back and redraft the class. 

The draft featured a stacked class, especially at attack and midfield. I’m redrafting through a lens that depicts what teams need now and how these players have performed during their careers thus far. Here is how I would redraft the first round of the 2022 PLL College Draft. 

Pick 1 Chrome LC: Jack Hannah (Original Pick: Logan Wisnauskas)

Jack Hannah’s ability to create offense for himself is special and reminiscent of Lyle Thompson, but a midfield version of Lyle. Hannah is an elite shot creator out of the box. Hannah’s shot-creating ability reminds me of Kevin Durant’s ability to create in the NBA. 

Hannah can beat poles and shorties down the alley with either hand and work overtop to create a shot for himself. Hannah loves to work from the wing because he can use his cornucopia of talent to beat defenders and he’s so two-handed that it’s hard to force him one way or another. 

The Waterdogs are unbelievably deep, and Hannah doesn’t receive enough credit for how good he is. Hannah will be an All-Star this year and should make an All-Pro team. 

Pick 2 Atlas LC: Asher Nolting (Original Pick: Chris Gray)

Asher Nolting is the only player in the top three of this redraft to be named an All-Pro, and it came after he dropped 41 points last year with the Cannons.

If Asher ended up on the Atlas, he’d be playing with Jeff Teat - a nonchalant wolverine-like killer to opposing defenses - and Eric Law, who ranks eighth all-time in career goals. 

Coming out of college, Nolting’s main issue was turnovers, which he has cleaned up in the league. 

Pick 3 Redwoods LC: Chris Gray (Original Pick: Arden Cohen)

Chris Gray is a superstar at the attack position and has lit up the league since entering it. With 71 points in two seasons with the Atlas, it’s hard not to put Gray at first in my redraft. 

At 5-foot-7 Gray has an unassuming frame, but he uses it to his advantage to tear defenses up. Gray isn’t only a high-volume goal scorer, he is also one of the league's premier passers. During his rookie campaign, Gray had 16 goals and 16 assists. 

Gray was traded to the Redwoods this offseason and is slated to be the righty attackman on Nat St. Laurent’s team. 

Pick 4 Archers LC: Brett Dobson (Original Pick: Matt Moore)

There’s a reason why Utah Archers head coach and general manager Chris Bates extended Brett Dobson through the 2027 season this offseason, and it’s because Dobson is a brick wall between the pipes.

Dobson was drafted in the second round originally. Anytime a team can get their hands on a reliable netminder they become priority number one. Dobson will be a staple for Utah for years to come and may become one of the best goalies of all time if his play continues to trend up. 

Pick 5 Atlas LC: Colin Kirst (Original Pick: Koby Smith)

Colin Kirst is the number two guy behind Dobson in this draft at goalie. Kirst and Dobson have both been bright spots for their respective teams, but Dobson eeks out Kirst in my eyes. On the Atlas, Kirst would be the immediate starter.

The Cannons wouldn’t have been a 7-3 team during the regular season without the play of Kirst this season. The Atlas would’ve likely won more than two games with a netminder like Kirst between the pipes. 

Pick 6 Chaos LC: Bubba Fairman (Original Pick: Brett Kennedy)

Bubba Fairman is an elite SSDM for the Boston Cannons and by my money is a top-three player at the position. Fairman was a first-team All-Pro member last season after causing 15 turnovers, scooping nine groundballs and adding five points. 

Fairman on a Carolina Chaos defense that strives to make things difficult on opposing offenses would be electric. The Chaos don’t lack talent in the SSDM room, but in transition, Fairman would help elevate the offense to new levels. 

Pick 7 Whipsnakes LC: Jake Higgins (Original Pick: Roman Puglise)

Jake Higgins' athletic prowess on the lacrosse field makes him a challenging matchup for midfielders dodging out of the box. Higgins' numbers don’t pop off the stat sheet and make you think he’s an exceptional SSDM, but he rarely gets beat in coverage. 

Higgins’ IQ and wheels in transition add a layer of explosiveness to the Waterdogs' transition offense. Higgins was a steal in the third round.

Pick 8 Chaos LC: Logan Wisnauskas (Original Pick: Zach Geddes)

Logan Wisnauskas won the Tewaaraton during his fifth year at Maryland and lit up the college lacrosse every year he played. He solidified himself as the clear number one when the draft rolled around in 2022, but in a redraft scenario, I don’t think you can have him as number one. 

Wisnauskas is an unbelievable talent when it comes to pure lacrosse skill and offensive creativity, but he can’t carry a whole team on his own, and that was apparent in 2023. With the right pieces around him, his fully evolved persona comes out and that’s when Wisnauskas is his most dominant. 

Wisnauskas can beat defenders off a dodge, but he’s most effective when he’s pinning corners with the lefty step down rip. On the Chaos, Josh Byrne is drawing opponent’s top pole, and Wisnauskas could run out of the box and have more opportunities to get free on shortsticks. It’s not Wisnauskas’ natural position but he’d be deadly.