College football consistently churns out talented underclassmen who headline NFL draft classes. The 2023 NFL Draft is no exception, as highly touted underclassmen are the cream of the crop once again. Following Monday’s deadline to declare for the draft, we officially know which standout college players will make their dreams come true in April.
Let’s look at the top underclassmen who declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Let’s check the latest NFL picks, stats, injury reports, and NFL predictions. We’ve plenty of NFL expert picks for you to consider.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2021 and breaking several Alabama records, including most passing touchdowns and yards in a single season, quarterback Bryce Young entered his name in the 2023 NFL Draft. According to NFL odds, he is the favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall with -125 odds – and it’s with good reason. Young is an excellent playmaker with elite accuracy and mobility.
Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Another Alabama product will likely be drafted in the top five. Defensive end Will Anderson Jr. displayed dominance at the college level and recorded the second-most tackles for loss (31) in a single season in 2021. He could be the best defensive end prospect since Ohio State’s Chase Young in the 2020 NFL Draft. If the Chicago Bears stay at No. 1, Anderson has an outside shot of being selected at the top spot with +800 odds.
Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Per usual, Georgia is sending several elite defensive players to the next level. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter was the most dominant defensive player in college football this season. He is a generational three-technique prospect with elite quickness, immense strength, and an impressive package of pass-rush moves. Carter is competing with Anderson to be the first defensive player off of the board. The sportsbook gives him +600 odds to be selected No. 1 overall.
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was the last notable prospect to declare, which had some fans buzzing about a possible return to college. As expected, Stroud – a potential top-five pick – decided to take his talents to the next level. The Buckeye product could be Young’s best competition for the No. 1 pick, as Stroud holds +185 odds. His pinpoint accuracy and excellent touch create an intriguing QB prospect that thrives as a traditional pocket passer.
Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Following Anderson and Carter, Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy is viewed as the next-best defensive prospect. While he did not post monster college numbers at 18.5 career sacks, Murphy has all of the intangibles with a 6-foot-5 frame. His athleticism as a pass rusher and length particularly stand out.
Myles Murphy using a long arm/club combo to win the arc and force the strip sack. pic.twitter.com/V2ZBiUv0np
— Full-Time Dame 💰 (@DP_NFL) June 26, 2022
Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski, the grandson of Green Bay Packers legend Bob Skoronski, could be the best offensive linemen prospect in the class. Per Pro Football Focus, he allowed only six pressures and one sack this season. Skoronski has good athleticism at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds and has excellent technique, which should allow him to have an immediate impact.
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Georgia’s Kelee Ringo is viewed as the best defensive back in the 2023 draft. He came into college as a five-star prospect, the fourth overall recruit and the top corner in his class. Ringo lived up to every expectation, becoming a lockdown corner in the Bulldogs’ back-to-back national championships. Ringo’s athleticism and physicality in man coverage have scouts buzzing.
Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
If Northwestern’s Skoronski is not the first offensive lineman off of the board, it will be Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State. His strength and mean streak in the run game stand out. Johnson can punish defenders as he clears lanes for ball carriers or can hold strong in pass protection, especially against bull rushes. Johnson could struggle early in one-on-one situations against athletic edge rushers.
Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Alongside Murphy, defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will be another Clemson lineman selected in the first round. After finishing the recruiting cycle as the No. 1 overall prospect, Bresee’s college career got off to a slow start due to injuries. However, he played 10 of 14 games in 2022 and recovered well from an ACL injury. Bresee’s ability to eat blocks with ridiculous strength and athleticism is too enticing to pass up.
Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston could be the first pass catcher off of the board. Staying healthy was a concern coming into his third season. Johnston missed only one game while recording a career-best 1,069 receiving yards. He has unusual agility in a 6-foot-4 frame that allows him to excel after the catch.
Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer was one of the two best tight ends in 2022; the other was Brock Bowers, who is not eligible for the 2023 draft. Mayer led the Fighting Irish with 809 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 tight end is a do-it-all prospect with great blocking, soft hands, and good route running. Mayer could be a top-15 pick and will likely be the first tight end selected.
Michael Mayer with the mismatch TD 😤 pic.twitter.com/PaE8W6w5dH
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2022
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Texas running back Bijan Robinson draws comparisons to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. That says enough. Robinson’s quick cuts, elite vision, and ability to carry would-be tacklers make him a special prospect. We rarely see running backs taken in the first round. However, Robinson will likely break that trend as a late first-round selection.