# Team Player Pos
1 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

If Will Anderson was in the 2022 NFL Draft, he would've been the first player taken. Of course, a year ago, Kayvon Thibodeaux was the slam-dunk, write-it-in-Sharpie No. 1 overall player and then Travon Walker came on the scene late. Whatever happens on April 27, 2023, Anderson is a special talent and was dominant for Alabama last season.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
2 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Our colleague Pete Prisco said it all weekend during the '22 NFL Draft: Jalen Carter might end up being the best player from that Georgia national championship squad. Just let that sink in for a moment.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
3 C.J. Stroud QB

Who knows how this QB class ends up? A year ago, we had Sam Howell, Spencer Rattler, Kedon Slovis and Desmond Ridder going in Round 1 and only Kenny Pickett ended up finding his way into the top 32, with none going in Round 2, and Howell falling all the way to Round 5, getting drafted after Bailey Zappe. So yeah.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1222 70.5 16 1
4 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

Ringo is a long corner who moves well in space, and in Jacksonville, the team continues to build around Trevor Lawrence by ... beefing up the defense. Again, who knows what this -- or any -- roster will look like 12 months from now, but there's no denying that Ringo is one of the best CBs in college football.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
5 Will Levis QB

OK, here we go. Daniel Jones will have the 2022 season to prove himself and if things don't work out the team will almost certainly be looking for a QB. Levis is tough and can absolutely spin it. A good campaign in the fall will have him in the first-round conversation.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1185 67.5 10 4
6 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

Wide Receiver U continues to pump out wide receivers. Smith-Njigba is a silky smooth playmaker who was every bit as effective as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
7 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

The Panthers wisely passed on a QB at the top of the '22 draft, bolstered the offensive line with Ickey Ekwonu, and were still able to get Matt Corral in Round 3. But the team also used a third-round pick on Will Grier a few years ago and he's no longer with the team. The point: We like Corral, and he may get a chance to play next season, but if the team loves any of the QBs in this class you'd have to think they'd target one.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1029 68.6 13 2
8 Nolan Smith
Georgia, Sr
EDGE

The Falcons had a good '22 draft but need to continue to add Dudes, and Nolan Smith qualifies as one. Again, it's hard wrap your brain around how good that Georgia team was last season.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
9 Tyler Van Dyke
Miami, Soph
QB

Is Drew Lock the answer? The Seahawks didn't take a QB in the '22 draft and if Lock balls out, the team can focus on other needs here. If not, quarterback will be big need and Van Dyke will be on NFL radars this fall.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 801 59.3 4 3
10 Michael Mayer TE

Imagine, if you're Carson Wentz, a pass-catching group that includes Terry McLaurin, (assuming the Commanders can keep him), Jahan Dotson and the most complete tight end in college football in Michael Mayer.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 22 233 10.6 3
11 Jordan Addison WR

Addison played with Kenny Pickett at Pitt and why not reunite them with the Steelers? Addison is a home-run threat at all three levels and if Pittsburgh doesn't want to pay Diontae Johnson, targeting a WR here makes sense.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 21 337 16 6
12 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

'Steady as she goes' feels like the draft philosophy of the new Raiders regime, which is noteworthy days after the team chose not to exercise the fifth-year options of any of their three first-rounders from the 2019 class. Either way, Bresee solidifies the middle of the defensive line in a division where getting off the field is at a premium.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
13 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

Traded from: NO

The Eagles had a fantastic draft even without targeting pass rusher. Frankly, it's not a huge need but could be a year from now and Murphy is a speed-to-power player off the edge.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
14 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

Again, the Eagles absolutely crushed the '22 draft, and if Jalen Hurts can prove he's the long-term answer at QB, the team can continue to build around him. Johnson can play inside or out, though his NFL future will likely be at guard.

15 Kayshon Boutte
LSU, Jr
WR

Adam Thielen will be 32 in August and although the Vikes drafted Jalen Nailor on Day 3, Boutte is a special talent. Plus, in today's NFL, you can never have enough pass catchers, especially with the escalating WR salaries (see Justin Jefferson, should he want to get paid).

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 10 93 9.3 0
16 Noah Sewell
Oregon, Soph
LB

Yep, that's Penei's brother, and yep, he plays exactly like you might imagine except instead he's manning the linebacker position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
17 Zion Nelson
Miami, Jr
OL

Nelson made an appearance in this space a year ago but he returned to school for another season. It was a smart decision; for as athletic as he is, Nelson's also incredibly raw, but if he puts it all together he'll be in the first-round mix.

18 Brandon Joseph S

Joseph opted to return to school -- though he transferred from Northwestern to Notre Dame for 2022 -- but he had top-100 buzz in the fall. He'll have a chance to improve his stock with a strong fall campaign.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
19 Dontay Demus Jr. WR

The Titans shipped A.J. Brown to Philly and drafted Treylon Burks, but there's room for more playmakers at the position. Whether it's Ryan Tannehill or Malik Willis at QB, Demus would be a welcome addition to the WR room.

20 Peter Skoronski OL

Skoronski feels like a Colt. He's not the biggest tackle but his athleticism jumps off the screen at you. Doesn't hurt that Rashawn Slater, who also played at Northwestern, was considered undersized coming out of college and was only one of the NFL's best rookies in '21.

21 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

The Ravens crushed the '22 draft though Lamar Jackson didn't quite enjoy it perhaps as much as he would've liked because the team shipped Hollywood Brown to Arizona. The team gets him a 6-foot-4 weapon here.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 8 73 9.1 0
22 Jalen Catalon S

Catalon was draft eligible this year but returned to school. He's a middle-of-the-field thumper who will look to improve his stock with a strong '22 season.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
1
23 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

Traded from: CLE

Ricks and No. 3 overall pick Derek Stingley were former teammates at LSU and are reunited in Houston in Lovie Smith's defense. Ricks transferred to Alabama ahead of the '22 season and has the physical tools that translate to the next level, he just needs more experience.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
2
24 Marvin Mims WR

The Cowboys keep adding skill position players to fuel this high-powered offense and Mims, while not a burner, is an incredible athlete with great hands.

25 Josh Downs WR

Downs was one of the few bright spots on the '21 Tar Heels squad and while the lack of firepower played a role in Sam Howell falling to the fifth round, it put Downs on the draft radar because he consistently made plays. At 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he's undersized but he's electric with the ball in his hands.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 14 110 7.9 4
26 Joey Porter Jr. CB

Traded from: DEN

Yep, that's Joey Porter's son but unlike the former Steelers pass rusher, junior is a long, lanky cornerback with ball skills.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
27 Spencer Rattler QB

Traded from: SF

If Tua can't make it work next season the Dolphins may look elsewhere. Rattler was in this space 12 months ago and, well, he had a forgettable '21 season at Oklahoma. He's since transferred to South Carolina and if it all clicks for him in Columbia he could be among the first QBs drafted.

28 BJ Ojulari
LSU, Jr
EDGE

Traded from: LAR

Ojulari, who had 7 sacks and 12 tackles for loss last season, is explosive off the edge and consistently finds his way into the backfield. Those players will always be in demand at the next level.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
2
29 Emil Ekiyor Jr.
Alabama, Sr
OL

Who knows what Aaron Rodgers' future holds beyond the '22 season but whomever ends up under center will benefit from consistency along the offensive line.

30 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

No running backs went in the first round of the '22 draft but two went the year before, and one went the year before that ... when the Chiefs took Clyde Edwards-Helaire. K.C. doesn't have a ton of needs but if any RB is a likely first-round target, it will be Robinson.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
4 67 414 6.2 7
31 Phil Jurkovec QB

Jurkovec returned to BC after an injury disrupted his '21 season. He's a Notre Dame transfer who layers the ball well to all levels and has a lot of the traits NFL teams look for in their signal callers.

32 Jordan Battle
Alabama, Sr
S

Battle was another player who returned to school even though he was draft eligible. He doesn't possess otherworldly athleticism but he's incredibly consistent, and right-place, right-time players are coveted at the next level.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud QB

At this point, Stroud seems aligned to be the consensus QB1 in this class. Some people will like Bryce Young, and he's a stud too, but Stroud has prototypical NFL quarterback traits.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1222 70.5 16 1
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Chalk at the top. Young hasn't been challenged much this season to date but has gotten off to a stellar start.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1029 68.6 13 2
3 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Anderson is one of the cleaner edge-rushing prospects over the past decade, and the Falcons have to get better around the corner of their defensive line.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
4 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

Robert Saleh could gravitate toward Simpson with thoughts of Fred Warner at linebacker.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
5 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn St., Soph
OL

Riding with Fashanu until he doesn't play precisely like a fast-rising offensive tackle prospect.

6 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

The Bears go receiver to aid the development of Justin Fields, or whoever the next quarterback is in Chicago.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
7 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

The Panthers get Derrick Brown an athletic, movable chess piece to pair with on the defensive line.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
8 Peter Skoronski OL

Skoronski feels like a Steelers type up front. Experienced, no-nonsense blocker who gets after it on every snap blocking for the run and the pass.

9 Anthony Richardson
Florida, Soph
QB

Giving Richardson time to heat up again. He'd be the perfect full-year redshirt behind Jared Goff in Detroit.

10 Will Levis QB

Daniel Jones is not it. The new regime for the G-Men get a swing at the quarterback position with the big-armed, athletic Levis, even though he is an older prospect.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1185 67.5 10 4
11 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

The Patriots have been looking for an alpha edge rusher for a while now, and Murphy's large size for for the defensive end spot is precisely what Bill Belichick likes at the position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
12 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

The Raiders desperately need more playmakers in the secondary, and Ringo has the best size-speed-athleticism combination at the cornerback position in the class. Josh McDaniels will love his man-coverage ability.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
13 Cam Smith CB

Another club with serious secondary needs. Smith is a large, feisty cornerback who's had a productive career to date in the SEC.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
14 Michael Mayer TE

The Eagles load up offensively with a super-clean tight end prospect to pair with Dallas Goedert.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 22 233 10.6 3
15 Antonio Johnson S

The Jaguars are surprisingly 2-1 and playing good football, don't get me wrong. But they've still allowed more 20-plus yard plays (12) than they've gained offensively (11). Johnson would be an incredibly useful asset to this defense.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
16 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

Arizona is in dire straits when it comes to its secondary. Ricks is a SEC-tested outside cornerback with fine technique and ball skills.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
2
17 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Carter's been dinged early in the season, which could lead to a fall on draft night, but the Texans would gladly stop his plummet here.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
18 Anton Harrison OL

The Colts go with a powerful, balanced left tackle to bolster their already strong offensive line.

19 Jordan Addison WR

The Titans continue to build the receiver room with Smith-Njigba, who was often the best receiver on the field last season at Ohio State. Quite the feat.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 21 337 16 6
20 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

CIncinnati doesn't stray too far geographically with the selection of the Ohio State star in the trenches.

21 Broderick Jones
Ohio St., Soph
OL

The Dolphins offensive front is still far from being a sturdy, cohesive group. Jones is a punisher at the tackle spot.

22 Rashee Rice WR

The Vikings love what they have in K.J. Osborn, but it's time to get another receiving piece to draw attention away from Justin Jefferson. Rice is big and electric as a route runner and with the ball in his hands.

23 Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE

More edge-rushing firepower for the Chargers with the bendy, explosive Kansas State star.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
24 Cade Stover TE

Stover is on the rise after a stellar start to 2022. He's a springy, well-built athlete and can block.

25 Jared Verse DE

Verse has been a menace for the ascending Seminoles, and the Lions would love to add another edge rusher opposite Aidan Hutchinson.

26 DJ Turner DB

Mike McDonald pushes for Turner, whom he coached at Michigan. The Wolverines defensive back has been lockdown to start the season.

27 Parker Washington
Penn St., Soph
WR

Washington is the stocky YAC threat Matt LaFleur would love in Green Bay.

28 Michael Penix Jr. QB

This is maybe a bit too high for Penix, but he is the hottest quarterback in college football and has major traits.

29 Matthew Bergeron OL

The Syracuse blocker has repeatedly moved people with ease to begin the year for the Orange. He looks like the type of athlete who could land in Round 1 in April.

30 Devon Witherspoon DB

The Eagles get younger at cornerback with Witherspoon, who's seemingly everywhere when he's on the field.

31 Kingsley Eguakun
Florida, Soph
OL

This could be Eguakun or his Florida offensive linemate O'Cyrus Torrance, who's been tremendous inside for the Gators. Buffalo has to get younger on the interior.

# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud QB

There are a number of reasons why Stroud should be considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall. He has the size that Bryce Young lacks and is a much younger prospect relative to Will Levis -- without losing out on the qualities that define a successful quarterback.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1222 70.5 16 1
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Young is never going to have the size element, but he has a better feel for the game than any other quarterback in this class. How he is perceived will likely vary on a team-by-team basis, but Houston takes a chance on him in this scenario.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1029 68.6 13 2
3 Will Levis QB

Levis is an older prospect who took a circuitous path to becoming the starting quarterback at Kentucky. He has the size, mobility, arm strength and intelligence to continue improving as he receives more playing experience. He benefits having learned from two NFL offensive coordinators in as many years.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
4 1185 67.5 10 4
4 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

New York signed Carl Lawson in free agency of 2021 before drafting Micheal Clemons and Jermaine Johnson II. Where does that leave Anderson? The Jets could move on from Lawson next offseason and save $15 million towards the salary cap in the process.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
5 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

Circle the Commanders and Giants as teams that would love to address their respective cornerback situations early in the 2023 NFL Draft. Washington comes to the table first and is able to upgrade the secondary.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
6 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Chicago needs to stack good players regardless of position. It drafted Jaylon Johnson, Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker to upgrade the secondary over the past two years. This selection does not necessarily benefit Justin Fields, but the Bears had to take Carter in this position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
7 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

It is difficult to project Carolina's future because it almost certainly will not include head coach Matt Rhule barring a significant turnaround. Murphy is a really talented player who has scheme versatility, which is important for the reason already stated.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
8 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

Pittsburgh's offensive line has not been the same since Mike Munchak departed for Denver. Johnson represents a significant upgrade at left tackle, so maybe the Steelers would not have to double and triple team Myles Garrett twice a year.

9 Antonio Johnson S

Originally from Illinois, Johnson possesses the physical play style that Dan Campbell coveted as part of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Lions certainly had a type when adding to the roster.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
10 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

The Giants would love a lockdown man coverage cornerback in this spot, but there is little comfort with the options available. Quarterback is the wild card as the team continues evaluating Daniel Jones. Simpson is a very versatile player capable of shooting gaps and making plays in the backfield or dropping into coverage.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
11 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

New England's wide receiver room is held together by Scotch tape right now. The jury is still out on Mac Jones, but it is safe to say adding a quality pass-catcher like Smith-Njigba would go a long way towards effectively evaluating him.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
12 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

Las Vegas has added two dynamic pass rushers to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, but it needs to strengthen the heart of that defense. Bresee has as much talent as any defensive tackle.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
13 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn St., Soph
OL