Former Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis is a first-round projection heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. His outstanding final season with the Boilermakers catapulted him into that realm among several analysts.

When you look at the numbers, Karlaftis may not have had the most productive season. He ended the year with 41 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 8 quarterback hurries and 5 sacks. But those totals get a lot more impressive when you see the number of double- and triple-teams thrown the defensive end’s way throughout the 2021 campaign.

Because of his skill set, Karlaftis is viewed as one of the most talented players in this year’s draft class. What sets him apart?

“He wins with power and versatility,” said Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson. “And he will never stop attacking.”

Karlaftis was a key piece to Purdue’s defensive success in 2021. His presence helped lead the Boilermakers to a 9-4 season, which included victories over No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State.

It was the best season Purdue had under Jeff Brohm and since the 2003 season.

We’ll see where Karlaftis lands next week when the NFL Draft gets underway.