As we near the end of the NCAA regular season, plenty of 2023 NFL draft prospects have made themselves known. There have been some surprise packages amongst these prospects, like Oregon’s Bo Nix who has had a career redefining season. Since transferring to the Ducks from Auburn in 2021, Nix has defied the odds to stake his claim as a legitimate draft prospect in 2023 with an extremely 73.0 percent passing completion rate from 300 attempts. That puts him second overall for completion percentage in the nation, with number one rated Jake Haener having attempted nearly 100 fewer passes.
In the Big Ten East, Michigan and Ohio State have stormed the conference with 10-0 records as of writing. It is perhaps fitting then that they will face each other in the final regular season game of the year and the prospect of their undefeated records both being on the line makes this a must see.
The college football lines currently have Ohio State at +240 to become the 2022-23 NCAAF champions, second favourites to Georgia. The Buckeyes’ star QB CJ Stroud is also the current favourite to take home the Heisman trophy at the end of the season.
Both college’s boast some incredible talent but there is plenty to find all around the country. Let’s take a look at the hottest properties in college football.
Bijan Robinson – RB Texas
Robinson is the most touted RB prospect for 2023. He finished last season with 1127 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns despite not completing a full season, appearing in 10 games. He also established himself as a dual threat back, having finished third on the team for receiving yards with 295 yds along with four touchdowns. With two regular season games remaining he has already eclipsed all of those numbers. Robinson will almost definitely be the first drafted RB in 2023 and seems likely to go in the first round.
Jalen Carter – DT Georgia
Carter missed a decent a mount of action at the beginning of the season and was limited to just 65 snaps by week 8. However, his quality has already shone through in his sophomore year and he led the Bulldogs with a 90.0 pass-rushing grade with a total of 37 tackles. This kind of pass-rushing ability is rare for a Defensive Tackle and his size and athleticism alone make him a nailed on top 10 prospect in 2023.
Quentin Johnson – WR TCU
Quentin Johnson is an anomaly as wide receivers go. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he is built like a tight-end but runs with the pace and power of a back. His broken tackle record is exceptional and he boasts 45 broken tackles in 100 career receptions. He will undoubtably be one of the hottest receiving properties in the draft in 2023 and the Green Bay Packers will no doubt be looking at him to fill the Davante Adams sized hole in their offense.
Will Anderson Jr. – Edge Alabama
Edge rushers have become more athletic in the league as years have passed but Will Anderson takes the cake. At 243-pounds, he is pretty slender for a rusher but size will be off no concern should he replicate his college ball pressure ability in the NFL. A dynamic and athletic defense has become more and more important in the league and Anderson looks like he will become a big asset wherever he goes.
Bryce Young – QB Alabama
The defending Heisman winner has maintained his efficiency in 2022 and though ‘Bama are not quite the team they were last season, Young’s efforts are what has kept them competitive. His quick thinking in off-script situations is extraordinary and his ability to manipulate space in the pocket is league worthy on its own. The first and only Alabama QB to win the Heisman Trophy, Young is a top tier talent and one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the nation.
CJ Stroud – QB Ohio State
There are two standout QB prospects for the class of 2023 between CJ Stroud and Bryce Young and the two are highly likely to become picks one and two. Stroud’s passer rating of 188.2 is the highest in the nation as well as being joint first for passing touchdowns (34) with Drake Maye, though Stroud has done so with nearly 100 fewer passing attempts. Stroud won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation’s most prolific offense in 2021 before putting up an unprecedented 573 passing yards for 6 touchdowns in the Rose Bowl. He looks destined for huge things in his career and Stroud just about edges Young as the top QB prospect in 2023.
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