We're nearly halfway through the 2022 college football season, and the 2023 NFL draft is a little over six months away. A lot will change over the rest of the season and during the pre-draft process in terms of how the top prospects stack up and who is considered a first-round talent, but this class is loaded. We're talking franchise quarterbacks, playmaking offensive stars, sack-happy edge rushers and ball-hawking defensive backs.
I ranked my top 32 prospects for the 2023 class, which includes a handful of quarterbacks who I think can be NFL starters. Grades for each players are listed, too. Let's dive in, starting with a standout edge rusher.
Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk.
1. Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama*
HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 243 pounds | Grade: 97
Anderson's combination of an explosive first step and quick, powerful hands is lethal, and he has fast eyes like a quarterback. He frequently wins by overpowering blockers, but he's capable of winning one-on-ones in a multitude of ways. Against the run, he excels in stacking, locating, disengaging and pursuing relentlessly. And there aren't enough good things to say about his instincts for the game. Anderson has five sacks (tied for sixth in the nation), 11 tackles for loss (third), 12 pressures (tied for 16th) and 10 run stops (tied for sixth). He has 29.5 career sacks and 57.5 tackles for loss over 33 career games.
2. Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia*
HT: 6-3 | WT: 300 | Grade: 95