We're nine weeks into the college football season, which means we're somehow already entering the stretch run of the season. The College Football Playoff and bowl selections are just a little over a month away. I've spent a lot of time studying prospects for the 2023 NFL draft over the past two months, with an eye toward who's really playing well and who's entering the conversation to be a first-round pick.
Let's get into my updated rankings of the top 25 prospects overall for the Class of 2023, with the top 10 prospects at every position at the bottom. This is my first update since Week 3 of the season. As you can see below, I still have Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. as the No. 1 overall prospect, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. He's a great prospect. After that, however, you'll see a few tweaks throughout my list. You can also check out the combined 2023 rankings of my fellow analysts Todd McShay, Jordan Reid and Matt Miller too.
Two notes on these rankings:
There is a lot of projection involved here, particularly for my Big Board. Many of these prospects have started only a handful of games, so I'm not yet writing up detailed scouting reports. I expect many of the players to be stronger, faster and better as we get closer to April's draft, so I'll adjust my rankings as the season moves on.
Heights and weights are based on what we have from schools; we don't get official numbers until the 2023 combine in March.
Here we go (rankings updated Nov. 3):
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1. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
HT: 6-4 | WT: 243 | Previously: 1
Yes, Anderson's numbers are down a little bit from last season, when his 79 pressures and 17.5 sacks led the FBS. He has 33 pressures, six sacks and 14 total tackles for loss in eight games. I'm not concerned in the slightest. This is a dominant edge rusher who might have been the No. 1 overall pick last April if he had been eligible for the draft. He's that good. He doesn't take plays off, is versatile and plays the run well. He's explosive off the line of scrimmage. Nick Saban & Co. use him as a stand-up outside linebacker, as a down defensive end and even at tackle, where he can blow up guards and centers at the snap. Anderson is a fantastic prospect, one of the best edge rushers I've scouted in the past decade.