We're nearing the end of the 2022 college football regular season, and the 2023 NFL draft is a little over five 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 player are listed, too, along with previous rankings from my last update in early October. 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: 96 | Prev. rank: 1
Anderson's combination of an explosive first step and quick, powerful hands is dangerous, 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 eight sacks (tied for 10th in the nation), 18.5 tackles for loss (fourth), 39 pressures (tied for first) and 16 run stops (tied for 10th). He has 32.5 career sacks and 65 tackles for loss over 38 career games.