- USC’s Caleb Williams: The reigning Heisman winner has an opportunity to join Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow as the best quarterback prospects in the PFF College era.
- Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr.: He could become one of the top receiver prospects in the PFF College era, joining Ja’Marr Chase and Amari Cooper.
- Georgia’s Brock Bowers: With another dominant season, he could overtake Kyle Pitts as the best tight end prospect PFF has seen.
Estimated reading time: 24 minutes
The 2023 NFL Draft is in the books, so now it’s time to start writing the 2024 one.
As you head into summer scouting, here are 10 players at every offensive position to keep an eye on.
Caleb Williams, USC
Williams has an opportunity to join Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow as the best quarterback prospects in the PFF College era. In fact, his 91.3 grade at Oklahoma in 2021 was the best by a true freshman quarterback in the PFF College era, beating out Lawrence’s 90.7 mark in 2018. His encore as a sophomore was winning the Heisman Trophy.
He creates magic outside of structure, leading all quarterbacks in passing yards (707), touchdowns (seven) and big-time throws (10) in 2022. Get ready for all of the Patrick Mahomes comparisons.
????FIRST EPISODE LIVE????
My FULL interview with @uscfb quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Caleb Williams! (@CALEBcsw)https://t.co/mOzQgt4Jd7 pic.twitter.com/i2IwVQw5fT
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) April 17, 2023
Drake Maye, North Carolina
While Williams excels outside the pocket, Maye is lethal in it. The North Carolina quarterback’s 92.5 grade inside of the pocket led all quarterbacks in the country this past season. That’s not to say he’s a statue though. His 899 rushing yards were third among all FBS signal-callers. He has prototypical size at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and pairs that with a rocket right arm. Maye’s 97.5 deep passing grade and 45 big-time throws each led all quarterbacks in the country.
Every Drake Maye game features at least one ridiculous throw pic.twitter.com/9KeHgzQrwT
— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) January 20, 2023
Michael Penix Jr., Washington
Penix led the Power Five in 2022 with 4,641 passing yards. He also took incredible care of the football, as his 1.3% turnover-worthy play rate was the fifth-lowest in the country. He does have an injury history (two torn ACLs while at Indiana) and is on the older side (will be 24 as a rookie), but he’s the early favorite to be QB3 in what’s currently a wide-open class after Williams and Maye.
This was a BEAUTY ????
Penix finds Polk for the @UW_Football TD ???? pic.twitter.com/PddGjtdkW6
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 13, 2022
Quinn Ewers, Texas
Ewers disappointed in his first season as a starter after being one of the highest-rated quarterback recruits ever. He still flashed his ridiculous arm talent, as his 6.6% big-time throw rate stood sixth among Power Five quarterbacks. The issue is his decision-making and accuracy. Ewers’ 65.2% adjusted completion rate was the eighth-worst in the Power Five. If he can rein it in, he has the talent to join Williams and Maye at the top of the draft.
Texas is BACK*
(*once Quinn Ewers is)
He had an elite 90.2 @PFF grade against #1 Alabama, who has arguably the best defense in college football.
On just 15 dropbacks, Ewers had three big-time throws.
Believe the hype.pic.twitter.com/pzKoR67JvI
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) September 12, 2022
Bo Nix, Oregon
Nix enjoyed a career resurgence in 2022. His 69.7% adjusted completion rate across his first three seasons at Auburn ranked just 108th among FBS quarterbacks. But this past season, Nix’s 82.3% mark led the Power Five and ranked second in the nation. He has special moments outside of structure and has the arm talent to make any throw. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares without offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who was hired to be Arizona State’s head coach.
This Bo Nix TD throw is majestic as hell pic.twitter.com/Hpx2nLOoxg
— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) October 22, 2022
Jordan Travis, Florida State
Travis’ 91.7 grade ranked third among all quarterbacks in the country and led all in the Power Five this past season. The redshirt junior was the only signal-caller who placed in the top 15 in both big-time throw rate (7.1%) and turnover-worthy play rate (1.9%). Like Penix, he is a sixth-year senior but should be in the spotlight all season as a top Heisman candidate on what should be one of the best teams in the country.
“This is 1000% one of the best all-around rosters in college football heading into next season.”
Hop on the Jordan Travis/Florida State hype ???? while you can.
My conversation with the Power Five’s highest-graded quarterback @jordantrav13 for @PFF ⬇️https://t.co/72yxCWwPgl
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) January 24, 2023
Joe Milton III, Tennessee
Get ready for a laser show in Knoxville. Milton has the strongest arm in college football and quite frankly it might not be very close. His 11.1% big-time throw rate easily led all FBS signal-callers with at least 100 dropbacks. He has fewer than 700 career snaps across his five seasons at Michigan and Tennessee, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the starting job this season.
Joe Milton absolutely LET THIS THING FLY. pic.twitter.com/bbSXwLbllH
— SEC on CBS ???? (@SEConCBS) November 12, 2022
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
McCarthy seized the starting job from Cade McNamara in the second game of the season and didn’t look back, quarterbacking Michigan to its second straight Big Ten title and playoff berth. He thrives outside of the original play design. McCarthy’s five passing touchdowns outside of structure were tied with Drake Maye and trailed only Caleb Williams and Bryce Young among Power Five quarterbacks. He needs to improve his consistency, as he had four games with sub-60 grades in 2022.
Some great games this weekend! Y'all see Michigan's quarterback J.J. McCarthy scramble against Maryland? @jjmccarthy09 @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/TkBmAQxocS
— Francis Tarkenton (@Fran_Tarkenton) September 26, 2022
Jayden Daniels, LSU
Like Nix and Penix, a new environment revived Daniels’ career. The Arizona State transfer led all quarterbacks in the country this past season with a 0.6% turnover-worthy play rate. The junior was also the only quarterback who rushed for more than 1,000 yards. Overall, only Maye and Williams were more valuable Power Five quarterbacks than the LSU signal-caller in 2022. The issue is Daniels won’t take too many shots downfield. His 8.2-yard average depth of target stood just 118th among FBS quarterbacks in 2022.
Some players wither under the bright lights.
Not Jayden Daniels.
He wanted the ball in his hands in overtime against Alabama, both on the TD and 2-point conversion.
Feature on Daniels coming May 15th! @LSUfootball x @PFF ????pic.twitter.com/xEH1gYAL10
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) April 27, 2023
Sam Hartman, Notre Dame
The former Wake Forest signal-caller is the most valuable Power Five player over the past two seasons, according to PFF’s wins above average metric. The redshirt junior’s 92.5 grade in that span trails only Young among Power Five quarterbacks. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in a pro-style offense after playing in a slow-mesh system with the Demon Deacons.
WOW ???? @Sam_Hartman10 making it look too easy.#MustSeeACC #GoDeacs | @ACCFootball @WakeFB pic.twitter.com/okin0GYzHW
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 18, 2021
Blake Corum, Michigan
Corum was arguably the best player in college football last season. His 96.2 grade didn’t just lead all players in the country, it was the best PFF has ever seen from a Power Five player.
Highest-graded seasons by a Power Five player in PFF College era (since 2014)
|Chase Young||Ohio State||EDGE||2019||96.0|
Corum’s 96 rushing first downs/touchdowns were second-most in the country, behind only Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim, who received 72 more carries. He’s not the tallest at 5-foot-8 but has a strong frame at 210 pounds and possesses elite lateral agility and quickness for the position.
BLAKE. CORUM. ????
Down at the 1 for @UMichFootball ???? pic.twitter.com/W12fLhN6us
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 8, 2022
Raheim Sanders, Arkansas
They don’t call him “Rocket” for nothing. Sanders totaled 16 carries that went for 20-plus yards this season, tied for the second most in the Power Five. It’s fair to say that he was elevated a good bit by his offensive line. The sophomore’s 3.4 yards before contact per attempt led the Power Five and ranked third in the country. Sanders is a bigger back at 6-foot-2, 237 pounds but has good speed at that size.
Rocket said bye bye ???? pic.twitter.com/85hS5blJ6r
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 15, 2022
Bucky Irving, Oregon
Irving was one of the most electric backs in the country last season. The sophomore forced a missed tackle on 43% of his attempts, which was second in the country. It was also the fifth-best single-season mark in the PFF college era (more on that later).
It remains to be seen how Irving fares on an increased workload. The Minnesota transfer’s 157 attempts were tied for 67th in the nation and were only 17 more than his teammate, Noah Whittington. With Whittington also returning, Oregon will likely once again employ a committee approach to its backfield next season.
Bucky Irving is so fun to watch????????
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 29, 2022
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
Allen has no issues with his workload. His 415 carries and 2,500 rushing yards over the last two seasons lead all returning Power Five running backs. Those also happen to be his first two seasons of college football.
The sophomore's elusiveness can still improve, as his 22% forced missed tackle rate in 2022 tied for 47th among Power Five backs. He is a true workhorse, though, at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds. He will enjoy seeing lighter boxes this season in new offensive coordinator Phil Longo’s Air-Raid offense. Not to mention, he’ll be 19 years old all of his junior season.
Ron Dayne, Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon III, Jonathan Taylor, Braelon Allen?
The rising junior is focused on joining that group of legendary @BadgerFootball running backs.
“I want to be with them.”
My conversation with @BraelonAllen for @PFFhttps://t.co/gkS2LBtJ5G
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) February 21, 2023
TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State
Henderson was dominant as a true freshman, rushing for 1,251 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2021. A broken bone in his foot caused him to miss five games this past season, and he finished with a 73.9 grade. He’s a natural pass-catcher who caught 27 of his 29 targets in 2021 for 312 yards. If he can bounce back in 2023, he could be the top back in this class.
SEE YA ✌️
There was no catching @TreVeyonH4 on this TD run for @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/xxvUq1DXIH
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 18, 2021
Trey Benson, Florida State
Benson was historically dominant as a tackle-breaker this season. The redshirt sophomore’s 51% forced missed tackle rate didn’t just lead the country, it set the PFF College record.
Like Irving, Benson didn’t see as much of a workload as others on this list. The Oregon transfer failed to crack 1,000 rushing yards after only receiving 154 carries. Even with that low number of attempts, his 79 forced missed tackles were still third in the Power Five to Bijan Robinson and Chase Brown. Both of those players had over 100 more carries than Benson.
In 2020, Javonte Williams set the @PFF_College record for most forced missed tackles per attempt at 48%.
Florida State’s Trey Benson is on pace to SHATTER that record, currently at 68%.
More on one of the biggest sleepers in CFB and the 2023 NFL Draft ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GMUUyFpMDB
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) November 11, 2022
Miyan Williams, Ohio State
Williams took the reins as the Buckeyes' top back in 2022 with Henderson battling a foot injury.
Among Power Five running backs, Williams was fourth in forced missed tackle rate (38%), yards after contact per attempt (4.4) and first down/touchdown rate (38.3%). While only 5-foot-9, Williams is a human wrecking ball at 225 pounds.
Heads up play by C.J. Stroud to help Miyan Williams find the end zone ???? pic.twitter.com/KkpSQv57op
— ESPN (@espn) November 5, 2022
Donovan Edwards, Michigan
Despite being overshadowed by Corum, Edwards is a star in his own right. The sophomore led all Power Five running backs this season with 7.1 yards per carry. His 87.0 grade was tied for fifth in that same group. When Corum went down with a knee injury late in the season, Edwards stepped up when it mattered most. Against Ohio State, Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game and TCU in the College Football Playoff semifinal, he ran for a combined 520 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry.
Donovan Edwards. CONFIRMED ELITE.
TOUCHDOWN @UMichFootball ???? pic.twitter.com/h6mTSvWo1o
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 4, 2022
Will Shipley, Clemson
Shipley was very productive as a sophomore for Clemson in 2022, rushing for a combined 71 first downs and touchdowns, eighth among Power Five running backs. He’s not going to break a ton of tackles, as his 17% forced missed tackle rate tied for 57th in the Power Five as well. He’s a decisive runner, though, with good vision.
The speed. The hurdle.
There was no stopping Will Shipley ???? @ClemsonFB pic.twitter.com/Ingw3XbVCX
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) November 12, 2022
Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss
Frank Gore is a future Hall of Fame running back, as his 16,000 career rushing yards trail only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton all-time.
His son’s 91.9 grade this year trailed only Corum, Bijan Robinson and DeWayne McBride among FBS running backs. Gore’s 83 forced missed tackles were also the third most in the country. He saved his best for last as well, rushing for an FBS bowl record 329 rushing yards against Rice. He’s a smaller back at 5-foot-8, 195 pounds and plays lesser competition in the Sun Belt, but Gore has the bloodlines and production that makes him worth keeping an eye on.
FRANK GORE JR. IS NOT HUMAN!!!! pic.twitter.com/c0cvf4NV3v
— BennyGIFs (@BennyGIFs) December 18, 2022
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison’s son could be one of the best wide receiver prospects in the PFF era. He’s a freak athlete at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and was both the highest-graded and most valuable receiver in the country this past season, according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. Against single-coverage, the sophomore’s 878 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns led all FBS wide receivers.
I tore my ACL watching Marvin Harrison Jr. do this pic.twitter.com/4DHelh7VxZ
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) November 13, 2022
Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State
Outside of Harrison Jr., Egbuka was the most valuable Power Five wide receiver last year according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. Only Harrison had more receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2022 than Egbuka among returning Power Five receivers. Egbuka’s 2.98 yards per route run ranked third in that same group as well. He’s a savvy player who can create after the catch, though he needs to prove he can win more consistently on the outside against press coverage.
This is an @emeka_egbuka appreciation post. ????#WinningWednesday x @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/FIeiDR9QAD
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 18, 2023
Xavier Worthy, Texas
It was a relatively down year for Worthy, whose 70.1 receiving grade in 2022 was over 10 points below what he posted last year as a true freshman. Despite earning 10 more targets this season, the sophomore totaled 224 fewer receiving yards and four fewer touchdowns than his dominant 2021 year.
A major reason is due to the fact he became much more of a downfield receiver in 2022. His average depth of target was 17.6 yards last season, which was the seventh highest in the Power Five. That dwarfs his 13.4-yard figure in 2021. By making him more of a downfield threat, Texas took away one of Worthy’s best attributes: his ability after the catch. As a true freshman, Worthy’s 526 yards after the catch were the 10th-most in the Power Five. He fell to 41st this year with 324 yards after the catch. The Longhorns should prioritize getting him more touches in the open field and letting his suddenness shine as a route-runner. Worthy also needs to put on serious weight to his 6-foot-1, 164-pound frame.
XAVIER WORTHY IS VERY FAST.
(Via ESPN) pic.twitter.com/b7sIbCv5go
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 9, 2021
Rome Odunze, Washington
Odunze’s 605 yards against single-coverage trailed only Harrison Jr. among returning Power Five receivers. He’s also the third-most valuable returning Power Five receiver according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. Odunze is a bigger receiver at 6-foot-3, 201 pounds but is still a pretty fluid athlete for his size.
FILTHY work by Rome Odunze ???? pic.twitter.com/7cmRoYdgAV
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) November 27, 2022
Malik Nabers, LSU
Nabers was a monster after the catch this year. His 21 forced missed tackles on receptions were the fifth most among Power Five receivers. Nabers’ 204 receiving yards after contact were also eighth in the Power Five.
Malik Nabers is unstoppable ????
LSU is up 49-0 in the third ???? pic.twitter.com/vPxKmuSzex
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 2, 2023
Johnny Wilson, Florida State
Wilson is practically built like a tight end at 6-foot-7, 235 pounds. He’s obviously a load to bring down at that size. Wilson’s 205 receiving yards after contact were the seventh most in the Power Five last season. He was also incredibly efficient, as his 3.36 yards per route run led the Power Five in 2022.
Johnny Wilson is a star pic.twitter.com/lGXk3VXAvS
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 30, 2022
Troy Franklin, Oregon
At 6-foot-3, Franklin has a massive catch radius with strong hands, dropping only 3.1% of his catchable targets in 2022. His 139.2 passer rating when targeted was 10th among Power Five receivers. He’s a strong receiver after the catch but can stand to add more strength to handle press coverage on the outside, as he weighs only 178 pounds.
— Nick Penticoff (@NickPenticoff) April 17, 2023
Adonai Mitchell, Texas
Mitchell transferred to Texas following two seasons at Georgia. He’s yet another bigger receiver on this list, standing 6-foot-4. Even at that size, he sinks his hips very well in his routes and is still pretty sudden. Mitchell only has 562 career yards to his name after missing nine games in 2022 due to an ankle injury. If he can remain healthy, he should become more of a household name this season.
ADONAI MITCHELL ONE-HANDED CATCH ????#NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/EPLMfBGNlX
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 10, 2023
Mario Williams, USC
After an impressive freshman year at Oklahoma where Williams earned a 77.9 grade, that dropped to 61.8 this past season at USC. Still, he’s lightning quick at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. The issue was his drops, as he dropped 12.2% of his catchable targets in 2022 after not dropping any as a true freshman. If he can fix that, he can re-establish himself as one of the top receivers in the 2024 draft.
USC WR Mario Williams is out here taking ankles????
— On3 (@On3sports) September 11, 2022
Jalen McMillan, Washington
McMillan was the ultimate chain-mover for the Huskies this year. His 54 receiving first downs/touchdowns trailed only Harrison Jr. among returning Power Five receivers. The junior’s 29 catches of 15-plus yards were tied for second in that same group. Most of his production came from the slot with free releases, so it’d be good to see him win more on the outside this upcoming season.
Jalen McMillan what a grab ???? pic.twitter.com/BSkmeqUwPa
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 30, 2022
Brock Bowers, Georgia
As a true freshman in 2021, Bowers was the highest-graded Power Five tight end and the most valuable player at the position in college football, according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. He was, once again, the most valuable tight end in the nation this past season and led the position in receiving yards (942), yards after the catch (479) and receiving yards after contact (274). Bowers’ 73.8 run-blocking grade in 2022 was also seventh among Power Five tight ends. He could push Kyle Pitts for the best tight end prospect in the PFF College era.
Brock Bowers has a very good chance at surpassing Kyle Pitts as a prospect.
Was the best tight end in the country as a true freshman and looks the same as a sophomore.
In a generational TE room at Georgia, he’s clearly the generational talent.pic.twitter.com/Fq1pnLIDrw
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) September 18, 2022
Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas
Sanders joined Texas with a ton of hype as a top-15 recruit in the 2021 class.
He began to live up to that billing in his sophomore season, catching 32 combined first downs and touchdowns in 2022, which trailed only Dalton Kincaid, Michael Mayer and Bowers among FBS tight ends. His 613 receiving yards also trailed only Bowers among returning Power Five tight ends. He’s a freak athlete at 6-foot-4 and 242 pounds and is the early favorite to be TE2 behind Bowers.
Meet my #1 ranked tight end in the BIG 12 for 2023 and top 5 nationally, Ja’Tavion Sanders of the Texas Longhorns.
54 receptions | 613 receiving yards | 5 receiving touchdowns | Averaged 11.4 YPC.@Jatavionsanders pic.twitter.com/qhsJzX4o69
— CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) January 24, 2023
Oronde Gadsden II, Syracuse
Gadsden is truthfully more like a wide receiver than a tight end at 6-foot-5, 216 pounds. In fact, he lined up out wide on significantly more snaps than he did in-line (181 more) in 2022. He’ll likely be a bigger slot receiver at the next level and thrived in that role for Syracuse, tying for eighth among Power Five pass-catchers with 28 catches of 15-plus yards.
CUSE WINS, CUSE WINS, CUSE WINS ????
With just seven seconds left in the game, Garrett Shrader throws a laser to Oronde Gadsden II.
Down to the wire, that one was ????
????: @espn pic.twitter.com/og3w5CRpe6
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 17, 2022
Brevyn Spann-Ford, Minnesota
Spann-Ford is arguably the most well-rounded tight end returning to college football.
The redshirt senior’s 82.5 run-blocking grade in 2022 ranked second among FBS tight ends while his 82.1 receiving grade placed eighth. His 2.22 yards per route run also stood fourth among all tight ends. He’s essentially an extra offensive lineman at 6-foot-7, 270 pounds but must be respected as a receiver as well.
Brevyn Spann-Ford is 270 pounds and doing this ???? pic.twitter.com/WY3Rm2RJVj
— Joe Broback (@joebroback) October 23, 2022
Jaheim Bell, Florida State
Bell was criminally underutilized by South Carolina in 2022. The junior saw only 28 targets this past season, ranking 91st at the position. He actually played some running back for the Gamecocks, as his 257 rushing yards led all tight ends in the country.
With the ball in his hands, he runs like a running back too. In 2021, his 354 yards after the catch trailed only Bowers among Power Five tight ends. He also led all tight ends with 3.67 yards per route run. Even that year, his 41 targets still ranked 42nd at the position.
Jaheim Bell WILL NOT BE DENIED! ????@GamecockFB pic.twitter.com/5Edscb76x4
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 16, 2021
Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina
Nesbit is more of a downfield threat than most tight ends. His 11.8-yard average depth of target ranked sixth highest among Power Five tight ends, which helped him average the fifth-most yards per route run in the country (2.21). He was the only tight end in the top-15 of yards per route run with a double-digit average depth of target. With Josh Downs and Antoine Green in the NFL, Nesbit could put up even bigger numbers as Maye’s top target in 2023.
Drake Maye throws a DART to Nesbit and this game is TIED ????????@UNCFootball pic.twitter.com/GzvzExQgJ9
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 29, 2022
Benjamin Yurosek, Stanford
Like Bell, Yurosek had a relatively disappointing season after breaking out in 2021.
The junior’s 65.3 receiving grade this season was nearly 15 points lower than what he posted last year. Still, his 1,099 receiving yards and 596 yards after the catch over the past two seasons trail only Bowers among returning Power Five tight ends. He adds nothing as a run blocker, but Yurosek is worth keeping an eye on for his receiving ability.
???? @StanfordFball takes one back!
Yurosek takes it 49 yards to the ???? pic.twitter.com/4qNxh5pN8f
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 28, 2021
Cade Stover, Ohio State
Unlike Yurosek, Stover has no such issues as a run blocker. He made five big-time blocks this past season (PFF’s highest-graded blocks), which was tied for fourth among Power Five tight ends.
Working against Stover as a receiver is the fact that he plays with Harrison Jr. and Egbuka, the two best returning wide receivers in college football. He still impressed as a pass catcher, though, as his 110 receiving yards after contact ranked 11th among Power Five tight ends.
Cade Stover would not be denied ????
(via @CFBONFOX) pic.twitter.com/jb7B2Y10tH
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 29, 2022
Jalin Conyers, Arizona State
Conyers was a monster after the catch this past season, forcing 21 missed tackles — which led all tight ends in the country — and ranking fourth among FBS tight ends in receiving yards after contact (170).
Not giving in.@ASUFootball's Jalin Conyers gets the Sun Devils on the board.
????: Pac-12 Network
????: https://t.co/vWglww6POD #ForksUp | #Pac12FB pic.twitter.com/15Krz25Msp
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 12, 2022
Seydou Traore, Undecided
Traore was a standout goalie in London before moving to the U.S. for his senior year of high school with dreams of playing the other football.
As a sophomore at Arkansas State, his 89.6 receiving grade ranked fourth among all tight ends in the country, and his 340 yards after the catch tied for the fourth most. Reminder: This was only his third year of playing football.
He’s built more like a wide receiver than a tight end at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and won’t add anything as a run-blocker. After transferring to Colorado in January, Traore is back in the portal once again.
He did WHAT ????
Seydou Traore with a CATCH OF THE YEAR candidate ????????pic.twitter.com/B3MAalHCMm
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 10, 2022
Joe Alt, Notre Dame
Alt led all tackles in the country in overall grade (91.4) and run-blocking grade (91.0). He was also sixth among Power Five ones in pressure rate allowed (2.1%). He has a massive frame at 6-foot-8, 315 pounds and told me he has over a 7-foot wingspan. Alt looks like the best offensive tackle prospect since Penei Sewell.
Joe Alt is the favorite for the Outland ???? and looks like the best offensive tackle prospect since Penei Sewell.
That’s not what’s on his mind though.
“We’re coming for that Joe Moore Award.”
My conversation with @NDFootball @JoeAlt7 for @PFF ☘️https://t.co/n7L0wafrqk
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) March 16, 2023
Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State
Fashanu was a projected first-rounder in the 2023 NFL Draft but opted to return to get his master’s degree. Not only does he excel in the classroom, but he also excels in pass protection. His 84.7 pass-blocking grade was sixth among Power Five tackles, and he didn’t surrender a sack and only allowed one hit on 281 pass-blocking snaps. He needs to get meaner as a run-blocker, something he told me he’s been focusing on this offseason. Fashanu is still only 20 years old despite being a redshirt junior.
Now that 2023 NFL Draft is wrapping up, it’s time to learn one of the top names in 2024.
My FULL interview with projected Top-???? pick, Olu Fashanu! (@olu_fashanu)https://t.co/Gqv3LRMXCB pic.twitter.com/shCTUicmeA
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) April 29, 2023
JC Latham, Alabama
Latham was an elite pass-protector at right tackle for Alabama this past season as a sophomore. He earned an 84.5 pass-blocking grade on true pass sets, fourth among all tackles in the country. On 486 pass-blocking snaps, he only allowed one hit and didn’t give up a sack. He has excellent footwork in pass protection and just needs to develop better awareness as a run-blocker. It remains to be seen whether he’ll stick at right tackle as a junior or move over to the left side, like Evan Neal and Alex Leatherwood did.
Mad luv pic.twitter.com/VFwe3uq75G
— JC “TK” Latham (@TKJaayy) April 20, 2023
Graham Barton, Duke
Barton was the only Power Five tackle who posted 85-plus grades as both a pass and run blocker last season. His 17 big-time blocks (PFF’s highest-graded blocks) were five more than any other tackle in the country. Barton likely could’ve been a Day 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft had he declared. Instead, he enters his senior season as a projected first-rounder.
All-ACC first team for @grahambarton53 ???? pic.twitter.com/UfIE65UezO
— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) November 29, 2022
Jonah Monheim, USC
Monheim was one of four Power Five tackles with 80-plus pass- and run-blocking grades. Only Alt was a more valuable tackle in the country this season according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. Monheim totaled the most pass-blocking snaps in the country without allowing a sack or hit (570).
Fight On ✌️ pic.twitter.com/PBGiam44sY
— Jonah Monheim (@JonahMonheim) December 1, 2022
Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
A former five-star recruit in 2021, Suamataia transferred to BYU from Oregon this past season and flashed his elite tools at right tackle. He earned an impressive 80.9 pass-blocking grade in 2022.
Kingsley Sumataia really impressed me as a redshirt freshman.
Didn’t allow any sacks and looked strong as a run-blocker. Should be BYU’s left tackle next season with Blake Freeland gone.
RT #78 with dominant block here pic.twitter.com/AIEVNKYnbx
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) February 26, 2023
Javon Foster, Missouri
Among Power Five tackles, only Peter Skoronski had a higher pass-blocking grade than Foster’s 86.7 mark this year. On 457 pass-blocking snaps against some of the best edge defenders in America, the redshirt senior only gave up a 3.5% pressure rate.
Hello Javon Foster #Mizzou. Just tosses Carter aside like nothing pic.twitter.com/DKI77fQOkM
— Mike Spencer Hrynyshyn (@MikeHrynyshyn) June 18, 2022
Blake Fisher, Notre Dame
Fisher has the requisite physical tools at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds. He just needs to put it all together. While at right tackle for Notre Dame, he earned a 72.9 grade and a 68.9 pass-blocking grade. If he can fix up his technique, specifically his hand usage, the Fighting Irish could have two tackles go in the first round.
Speed kills in the trenches too????
21.1 mph????⚡️ @MFT_coachJp pic.twitter.com/OtbmOatC7L
— Blake Fisher (@bfisher54_) June 8, 2021
Zion Nelson, Miami (FL)
Nelson was a projected first-rounder in many way-too-early mock drafts for both the 2022 and 2023 classes. He’s returning for a fifth season at Miami, which is also his fifth as the Hurricanes’ starting left tackle. In 2022, Nelson played just 61 snaps due to a knee injury. His smoothness as a pass protector made him such an intriguing prospect over the last few years. Nelson’s 84.6 pass-blocking grade across the 2020 and 2021 seasons was ninth among Power Five tackles. If he can improve as a run-blocker and stay healthy, he could re-enter the first-round conversation.
Zion Nelson (LT 60) has some high upside to his game pic.twitter.com/qn59tUeZT7
— Draft Guy Jared (@DraftGuyJared) September 21, 2022
Amarius Mims, Georgia
So far, Mims has had a very similar career arc to Broderick Jones, who was just taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2023 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both were top-10 recruits in their respective classes and spent their first two seasons as backup tackles. They each impressed in that role as sophomores before becoming the starting left tackle as a junior. In 2022, Mims earned a 77.5 grade and didn’t allow a sack or hit on 184 pass-blocking snaps. He has the physical tools to become one of the top tackles in the class if he takes the next step as a starter as Jones did.
So excited to see Amarius Mims be a full-time starter for Georgia next season.
Top-???? recruit in 2021 class who impressed whenever he got on field.
RT #65 here does a great job eliminating Tommy Eichenberg, one of the best LBs in CFB.pic.twitter.com/mKtbwBGwav
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) February 26, 2023
Interior Offensive Line
Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
Beebe spent the last two seasons at offensive tackle before moving inside to left guard in 2022.
Over the last two seasons, the junior’s 94.0 pass-blocking grade leads all offensive linemen in the country, as he hasn’t allowed a sack over the course of his 770 pass-blocking snaps since 2021. He’s also the most valuable returning interior offensive lineman in the country over those two years according to PFF’s wins above average metric. No matter where Beebe lines up, he produces elite play.
ok Cooper Beebe (LG #50) ok pic.twitter.com/vxmyhrIJGp
— cristian (@Cristianspfc_) January 27, 2023
Donovan Jackson, Ohio State
Jackson was a top-15 recruit coming out of the 2021 class according to On3 Sports’ consensus ratings.
The sophomore began to live up to the hype this year in his first season as a starter. His 76.7 grade was a top-10 mark among Power Five guards in 2022 while his nine big-time blocks were tied for sixth.
How about former Bellaire (TX) Episcopal 5⭐️ and Ohio State guard Donovan Jackson
His first career start against Notre Dame… Moving. People.#GoBucks X #TXHSFB @Bucknuts247 pic.twitter.com/ihjSqVChr3
— Collin Kennedy (@CKennedy247) September 5, 2022
Connor Colby, Iowa
Colby started at right guard for Iowa as a true freshman before splitting time at left guard and right tackle this past season. It’s important to recognize that before making any judgments on his 37.4 pass-blocking grade in 2022. He earned an 18.5 pass-blocking grade when lined up at right tackle and an 81.3 mark at left guard.
Connor Colby is one of the top IOL in next year’s draft.
Split time at LG and RT for Iowa this past season but was substantially better on the interior.
LG #77 here just people-moving for a 1st down. pic.twitter.com/ZS9ehLivTB
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) May 3, 2023
Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
Van Pran has started at center the last two years for Georgia. On 887 pass-blocking snaps in that span, SVP has only allowed one sack and one hit. He needs to improve as a run-blocker but looks like one of the early top centers in the class.
Sedrick Van Pran teed off???? pic.twitter.com/1fRik7wrlh
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 14, 2021
Javion Cohen, Miami (FL)
Cohen transferred to Miami following three years at Alabama. Cohen struggled mightily in pass protection in 2021, as his 34 pressures allowed were nine more than any other Power Five guard that season. He made a complete 180 this past season. Cohen’s 99.1 pass-block efficiency score tied for sixth among Power Five guards in 2022.
Javion Cohen slab. pic.twitter.com/15QlsvYVqC
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 18, 2021
Bryce Foster, Texas A&M
Foster played only four games this past season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He wasn’t very impressive on those limited snaps, earning just a 22.0 pass-blocking grade. It’s what Foster did as a true freshman that earned him a spot on this list. Playing in the toughest conference in college football, he started all 13 games at center for Texas A&M. He was a PFF Freshman All-American and led all true freshmen centers with a 73.0 run-blocking grade. If Foster makes serious strides as a pass-protector, he could very easily be the top center in this class.
Can’t wait to dive into Bryce Foster/Layden Robinson this summer… pic.twitter.com/tswRJ94GRX
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 17, 2023
Beaux Limmer, Arkansas
Limmer is an all-around stud at right guard. The redshirt junior was one of only three Power Five guards who recorded 80-plus grades as both a pass- and run-blocker this season.
Among returning FBS interior offensive linemen over the last two seasons, only Beebe has been more valuable than Limmer according to PFF’s wins above average metric.
Arkansas’ Beaux Limmer was one of only three P5 guards with 80+ pass- and run-blocking grades this season per @PFF.
Here he (RG, #55) does an excellent job of getting to the second level and taking out the LB.
My #2 IOL in CFB heading into 2023.pic.twitter.com/01juN519q1
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) February 4, 2023
Zak Zinter, Michigan
Zinter is one of Michigan's three returning starters on the offensive line, which is the first two-time defending winner of the Joe Moore Award that is given to the nation’s best offensive line.
The junior was the second-most-valuable guard in the Power Five this season according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. On 389 pass-blocking snaps, the right guard only surrendered nine pressures.
.@Zak_zinter is nasty ???? pic.twitter.com/o1ygyuzxE0
— Clayton Sayfie (@CSayf23) November 8, 2022
Christian Haynes, UConn
UConn made it to its first bowl game in seven years this past season and one of the biggest reasons was the dominance of its interior offensive line.
Haynes was the star of that unit, as his 91.0 pass-blocking grade led all guards in the country while the redshirt junior’s 84.6 run-blocking grade ranked sixth. His 16 big-time blocks (PFF’s highest-graded blocks) led all FBS guards as well.
UConn guard Christian Haynes was dominant this season.
Led all FBS guards in @PFF pass-blocking grade and big-time blocks.
RG #64 here does a great job sealing off the NC State DL before tossing him aside.
Top-5 IOL heading into next year.pic.twitter.com/GAJ1GQsv7s
— Max Chadwick (@Chad_Maxwick) February 4, 2023
Christian Mahogany, Boston College
Mahogany missed the entire 2022 season after tearing his right ACL in June, but he still deserves a spot on this list for what he did last year.
As a redshirt sophomore, he was one of six Power Five guards who earned 80-plus grades as a pass- and run-blocker. For his efforts, he was named a PFF second-team All-American. If he can return to form from his knee injury, Mahogany should be near the top of this list.
All-ACC OL Christian Mahogany with the rare Lineman Wildcat TD
And a Keg Stand celebration pic.twitter.com/82kpGcyIHF
— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) April 10, 2022