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2023 NFL Draft: Top 25 Senior Bowl prospects entering Week 5 of college football season

Back August, Reese’s Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy and his experienced scouting staff released their watch list for next year’s game, including 485 prospects from a lot more than 100 college football programs.

Below, I rank my top 25 players from that list and offer the names of 25 other people who could crack my rankings when i update this list on a biweekly basis through the season.

The 2023 NFL Draft continues to be about seven months away (April 27-29 in Kansas City), so my evaluation of the players changes predicated on their play this fall, their results in athletic testing and, if they’re fortunate enough to get an invite, their performance at Senior Bowl practices and in the overall game itself. The 2023 Senior Bowl will undoubtedly be held at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 4, 2023 and broadcast on NFL Network.

NOTE: Heights and weights are via school measurements.

Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith isn’t right here because he could be expected to skip the remaining season because of a personal injury he suffered the other day against Arkansas.

25) Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma (5-foot-10, 210 pounds)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: Gray ran for 113 yards and two scores against woeful Nebraska in under three quarters on Sept. 17, patiently looking forward to his blocks and establishing an oncoming defensive back for a solid cut on both touchdowns. Gray made a good one-handed grab for his only reception of your day. The former Tennessee Volunteer did his part in the Sooners’ home loss to Kansas State the other day (16-114 rushing; 7-45 receiving), repeatedly pressing the hole hard and spinning off contact or lowering his shoulder on view field to increase each run.

What’s next: Gray must avoid TCU defenders Dylan Horton and Dee Winters in Fort Worth this weekend before dealing with the Longhorns’ talented front seven at hawaii Fair of Texas the next weekend of October.

24) JL Skinner, S, Boise State (6-4, 220)

What I saw: Skinner made two tackles playing in the box and over slot receivers in the Broncos’ home-opening make an impression on Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 17. He blew kisses to the crowd after splitting up a pass in the 3rd quarter. UTEP earned a decisive victory on the Broncos the other day, though Skinner was credited with 13 tackles (two solos), playing close to the line early and dropping deep later in the overall game. He put some big hits on Miners ball-carriers, filling gaps and eliminating cutback opportunities.

What’s next: Boise State had better right the ship quickly, since it hosts strong Mountain West Conference foes NORTH PARK State (Friday night) and Fresno State (Oct. 8). Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener gets the team ranked 20th in the FBS altogether offense.

23) Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa (6-5, 246)

What I saw: Campbell recorded a team-high 10 tackles in a make an impression on Nevada on Sept. 17 and posted eight stops in a victory over Rutgers the other day. The defensive signal-caller stopped plays between your tackles in both games, showing patience to shoot a gap without over-pursuing while also covering receivers when opponents were forced to abandon the run. He hurried one throw on a blitz in the initial quarter contrary to the Wolf Pack, resulting in an interception, and made a big success in the fourth quarter contrary to the Scarlet Knights to split up a red-zone pass.

What’s next: Campbell will dsicover a lot of Michigan center Olusegun Oluwatimi and guard Zak Zinter in the home this weekend. Then on Oct. 8, he’ll happen to be face Illinois running back Chase Brown, who’s no easy target to create down at the next level.

22) Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State (6-3, 236)

What I saw: McDonald primarily prearranged in the 4i/5-technique spot days gone by fourteen days (make an impression on Ohio, loss to Baylor). His only tackle contrary to the Bobcats was a third-down sack where he beat the proper tackle with an instant first rung on the ladder and dip beneath the upfield shoulder. Against Baylor, he held their own contrary to the run in the initial half, moving away from blocks to avoid backs after short gains. McDonald earned a half-sack in the 3rd quarter with a second rush, but drew two penalties in the overall game (facemask, personal foul).

What’s next: The Cyclones face an up-and-coming Kansas team on the highway this weekend and host Kansas State on Oct. 8. Jayhawks left tackle Earl Bostick Jr. is on scouts’ radars, so McDonald would help his draft stock with a solid performance against him.

21) Zacch Pickens, DL, SC (6-4, 305)

What I saw: Pickens had not been one factor early in the Gamecocks’ blowout home loss to Georgia on Sept. 17. He finally shed the left guard to avoid an internal run through the first group of the next half. He was credited with six tackles in the overall game because he worked to the ball because the second or third player to the pile. He consistently overpowered Charlotte linemen with leverage and pure strength last weekend in his squad’s decisive victory. Despite his size, Pickens will hustle over the field. He chased a scrambling quarterback in the next half to avoid an initial down.

What’s next: SC will visit Kentucky on Oct. 8, when quarterback Will Levis and running back Kavosiey Smoke turn to steer clear of the big guy wearing the No. 6 jersey.

NOTE: Pickens recorded three tackles in South Carolina’s 50-10 make an impression on SC State on Thursday night, a casino game that has been moved up from Saturday because of Hurricane Ian. His performance for the reason that contest will undoubtedly be factored in to the next edition of Senior Bowl prospect rankings.

20) Tyler Davis, DL, Clemson (6-2, 300)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: Davis returned for Clemson’s double-overtime make an impression on Wake Forest last weekend after missing two games because of injury. His best first-half play was a sack of quarterback Sam Hartman, beating the left guard with speed from the 3-technique spot. Davis overran the game late in the fourth quarter, stopping a run for a loss, sharing a sack with star defensive end Myles Murphy on another play and hustling downfield to greatly help stop a good end from picking right up an essential first down. He pushed back the guts using his natural leverage for another tackle on Wake Forest’s first play of the next overtime.

What’s next: Davis’ next two Saturdays are booked, as he’ll be chasing two senior quarterbacks in NEW YORK State’s Devin Leary (Oct. 1) and Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec (Oct. 8).

19) Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU (6-2, 217)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: Garner has played well this season as a transfer from Louisiana, using his quick feet, huge frame and long arms to bully his man. He made a “wow” play in the Sept. 17 make an impression on Mississippi State, reaching before his man on an internal route to split up a pass. Garner’s coverage skills weren’t tested by New Mexico last weekend, but he previously three stops in the drubbing, coming downhill to avoid a screen for a 4-yard loss and later swiping away a good end block in space to thwart a choice toss.

What’s next: The Tigers happen to be Jordan-Hare Stadium to fight Auburn on Oct. 1 before time for Baton Rouge for a hardcore matchup against Tennessee on Oct. 8. Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker and his receivers provides a test for Garner’s pro prospects.

18) Jordan Battle, S, Alabama (6-1, 206)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: Battle played his usual role in coverage through the Sept. 17 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe, but did sneak in to the box pre-snap and stopped a run play in the initial quarter. The veteran playmaker made his presence felt in last week’s victory over Vanderbilt, recognizing and negating a jet sweep and an instant throw for his two first-quarter tackles. Battle aided among Alabama’s young corners decreasing a receiver in the 3rd quarter and later made a punt coverage tackle.

What’s next: ‘Bama visits Arkansas and hosts Texas A&M within the next fourteen days. Battle, who’s considered day-to-day while coping with a leg injury, should be cognizant of Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson’s running prowess and track his receivers, who’ll test the secondary downfield.

17) Tayvion Robinson, WR, Kentucky (5-11, 187)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: Robinson used in UK from Virginia Tech to work with his quickness and strong hands in the Wildcats’ offense — similar to Giants 2022 second-round pick Wan’Dale Robinson (no relation) did this past year after transferring over from Nebraska. Tayvion scored twice on seven receptions (for 147 yards) against Northern Illinois the other day. He lost his man on a jerk route before exploding upfield 69 yards on his first score. Then ducked under a tackle attempt on the middle, putting his hand on the floor to keep up balance before accelerating 40 yards to score what became the game-winner.

What’s next: Ole Miss and SC nickel backs will undoubtedly be concentrating on their tackling technique another two weekends after seeing what Robinson did between your hashes up to now this year.

16) Derick Hall, Edge, Auburn (6-3, 256)

What I saw: Hall started strong in the Tigers’ home loss to Penn State on Sept. 17, stopping a run play on the initial series and attacking a choice on the next prior to the Nittany Lions locked him up. He didn’t break from Missouri’s tackles early in Auburn’s overtime win last weekend, either, but grabbed a tipped pass for an interception that resulted in a score. He came alive with three tackles for loss in the next half, including two sacks — the initial on a second rush effort and another after swiping away left tackle Javon Foster’s block.

What’s next: Hall must consistently affect LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels before Daniels will be able to connect to receivers Kayshon Boutte and Jaray Jenkins on Saturday. Auburn will check out Athens, where Hall will probably match up contrary to the defending national champs’ talented offensive tackles, Broderick Jones and Warren McClendon.

15) Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State (5-11, 203)

What I saw: Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham got the very best of Robinson twice in space during Florida State’s Sept. 16 victory, however the senior safety made a large play in the ultimate stanza, replacing a blitzing corner in coverage on third down and timing his hit perfectly to split up Cunningham’s pass. His four tackles in the team’s Sept. 24 defeat of Boston College included a red-zone stop where he flew to a choice toss in the flat. Robinson missed an early on tackle on power back Pat Garwo III but stood him directly on view field later in the overall game.

What’s next: Robinson leads the Seminoles’ defense against two experienced quarterbacks another fourteen days, with games against Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman (in Tallahassee) and NEW YORK State’s Devin Leary (at Raleigh).

14) Andrew Vorhees, OL, USC (6-6, 325)

What I saw: USC’s left guard impressed in wins over Fresno State and Oregon State, dominating his man on just about any snap along with his powerful chest muscles. Quarterback Caleb Williams ran behind Vorhees on a sneak in the initial half contrary to the Bulldogs and Vorhees later took his man in to the end zone on a third-quarter rushing touchdown. Vorhees was a beast in the run game contrary to the pesky Beavers, aswell, moving linemen and negating second-level targets. He accumulates twists in pass protection nicely but might have heavy feet when one-on-one against quicker rushers.

What’s next: The Trojans desire to keep rolling in home games against Arizona State and Washington State. Voorhees could have his hands full if lining up across from Sun Devils defensive tackle Nesta Jade Silvera, who transferred from Miami because of this season.

13) Rashee Rice, WR, SMU (6-2, 203)

Previous rank: Not ranked

What I saw: The Mustangs’ go-to receiver caught 11 passes for 193 yards within their Sept. 17 loss at Maryland, high-pointing throws with strong hands and using veteran savvy to split up prior to the ball arrived. He previously six catches for 74 yards and a score in last week’s loss to TCU. Rice dropped a spread an out route — attempting to run before securing the ball — but showed scouts he’s no wallflower by creating a tackle following a Horned Frogs interception.

What’s next: The Mustangs start their American Athletic Conference schedule on Sunday against UCF, which ranks in the very best 20 nationally by allowing just 170 passing yards per game this year. SMU includes a bye the next weekend.

12) Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford (6-1, 188)

What I saw: The Cardinal lost at Washington the other day after going for a bye the prior weekend. Kelly took Ja’Lynn Polk from the Huskies’ offense for some of the evening, keeping the receiver downfield before quitting one second-half reception during soft coverage to avoid explosive plays. He previously three tackles on run plays, though he didn’t stop big tight end Devin Culp before he found a late fourth-and-1. Kelly drew a questionable — at best — pass interference penalty in the 3rd quarter.

What’s next: Stanford assumes both Oregon schools next, likely to Eugene before hosting OSU. The Ducks’ Bo Nix and Beavers’ Chance Nolan might follow Kelly a little more compared to the Huskies did the other day.

11) Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama (6-2, 228)

What I saw: To’oTo’o posted eight tackles in the Tide’s convincing defeat of Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 17. His two tackles for loss came in the 3rd quarter, first on a sack and dragging down a running back through the next series. To’oTo’o was a menace in the make an impression on against Vanderbilt the other day, blowing up a primary snap to the running back for a tackle for loss on the Commodores’ first third-down play. In both contests, To’oTo’o came downhill hard on blitzes to force early throws.

What’s next: To’oTo’o will have to avoid Arkansas’ powerful offensive line on Saturday to avoid the Razorbacks’ running attack. Texas A&M’s line will attempt going to Alabama’s top linebacker in a few days, as well, to generate lanes for speedy junior running back Devon Achane.

10) Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College (5-10, 172)

What I saw: Boston College beat Maine fourteen days ago, thanks partly to an eight-catch, 89-yard effort by Flowers. He scored on a 51-yard bomb in the initial quarter, fighting through contact and carrying the defender in to the end zone. It had been a rough choose B.C. against Florida State the other day, as FSU limited Flowers to quick throws and shallow crosses (7-45 receiving). Quarterback Phil Jurkovec was intercepted twice looking to get the ball to his main target. Flowers threw a good spread a reverse that has been a little long but nonetheless helped draw an interference contact the finish zone.

What’s next: The street gets no easier for Flowers and the Eagles on the next fourteen days with Louisville and Clemson arriving at Chestnut Hill. Shoring up the team’s pass protection would help Flowers get some good downfield opportunities.

9) Andre Carter II, Edge, Army (6-7, 260)

What I saw: Carter made two tackles contrary to the operate on Sept. 17 in Army’s 49-10 victory in the home over FCS school Villanova. The Wildcats threw quickly or ran from Carter the majority of the game, but he came on strong in the 3rd quarter and early in the fourth, pressuring the quarterback from inside and outside. He drew a chop-block penalty coming off the edge in the fourth quarter and nearly beat three linemen to access the passer on third-and-25 on that same drive.

What’s next: Coming off a bye week, Carter hopes to tee off on an 0-4 Georgia State squad in the home before being tested at Wake Forest, where prolific quarterback Sam Hartman can look in order to avoid the tall edge rusher to locate a.T. Perry and his other receivers downfield.

8) Dawand Jones, OL, Ohio State (6-8, 359)

What I saw: Jones had not been challenged by Toledo’s (77-21 win) or Wisconsin’s (52-21) defensive lines in two home wins. His length made it extremely difficult for rushers to obtain a push or beat him round the edge. When Badgers defenders spun or jumped inside, Jones stopped their progress using his long arms and agility. He used his surprising foot quickness to generate huge running lanes, aswell, and was effective pulling left side and hitting second-level targets on run plays, putting linebackers to the bottom in both contests.

What’s next: This past year, Ohio State beat their next two opponents (Rutgers, Michigan State) by way of a combined score of 108-20. Jones and his Buckeyes teammates desire to overwhelm those opponents in the same way this year.

7) Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State (6-6, 303)

What I saw: The Bison came up just short against Arizona on Sept. 17, but Wildcats edge rushers gained no traction against Mauch. He also exhibited superb agility on several plays (including two runs of 30-plus yards in the 3rd quarter), pounding a defensive lineman before negating the center linebacker. Mauch dominated against South Dakota the other day, planting defenders to the bottom with regularity. Down 17-10 at half, NDSU consistently ran to Mauch’s side for big gains in the 3rd quarter, scoring twice in the stanza as he crashed the edge or ran downfield going to several targets.

What’s next: Mauch and the Bison will need on a solid Youngstown State front line Saturday and check out Terre Haute to play Indiana State the next Saturday.

6) Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia (6-3, 235)

What I saw: Smith shed blocks and took on pulling linemen in the Bulldogs’ Sept. 17 make an impression on South Carolina, yet still looked quick beating blockers inside. Reading him on RPOs was difficult because he stays home and may jump inside to help make the stop. Smith’s two tackles the other day against pesky Kent State included a sack. He blew by the left tackle on the play, displaying quick, violent hands. He translated his KSU film study onto the field by attacking the mesh point on run plays to force an instant decision by the quarterback and jumping outside to guard a trips alignment on his side.

What’s next: Smith will impress scouts on the next little while if he is able to win off the edge consistently against Missouri left tackle Javon Foster and Auburn’s senior bookend tackles Kilian Zierer and Austin Troxell.

5) O’Cyrus Torrence, OL, Florida (6-5, 347)

What I saw: The Gators ran for 217 yards and three scores within their tight make an impression on South Florida on Sept. 17, running off Torrence’s side of the line on zone and power runs as he pushed defensive tackles out from the hole. He also recovered nicely on two plays when his man gained an edge off the snap. He formed a pass-protection wall against Tennessee defenders in the Gators’ loss in Knoxville the other day. In the run game, Torrence adeptly combo-blocked to linebackers and moved the type of scrimmage, making the main element block when quarterback Anthony Richardson scored on a sneak in the 3rd quarter.

What’s next: Florida hosts FCS opponent Eastern Washington on Oct. 2 and welcomes Missouri to Gainesville for Homecoming. Tigers’ defensive tackles Darius Robinson, Jayden Jernigan and Josh Landry will attempt to create plays against Torrence.

4) Tyler Harrell, WR, Alabama (6-0, 194)

What I saw: The former Louisville Cardinal have not yet played this year due to a foot injury, but he possesses the explosive speed and underrated toughness had a need to excel for the Tide.

What’s next: Alabama hopes to possess Harrell in play for his or her first two big SEC matchups (Arkansas, Oct. 1; Texas A&M, Oct. 8). Aggies defensive backs Antonio Johnson, Brian George and Jaylon Jones will all be tracking the speedster if he’s in the overall game.

3) Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech (6-6, 275)

What I saw: Wilson led Tech with 11 tackles (3.5 for loss) in defeat at NEW YORK State on Sept. 17, recording an early on one-handed sack after splitting a double-team and overwhelming the proper tackle to create down quarterback Devin Leary in the 3rd quarter. Wilson again prearranged outside and at 5-technique in Tech’s overtime make an impression on Texas, posting six tackles and flashing his power and bend outside but passing up on a sack late in the overall game when he didn’t disengage from the left tackle.

What’s next: Wilson hits the street to defend myself against Big 12 opponents Kansas State, that includes a veteran offensive line that may challenge the star defender, and Oklahoma State.

2) Jaelyn Duncan, OL, Maryland (6-6, 320)

What I saw: Duncan took care of SMU’s edge rushers in the Terps’ win fourteen days ago, stopping advances with smooth movement and good hand placement. He moved 10 yards downfield on the team’s first play to remove a defender on a 50-yard run. The senior tackle had an uneven performance in the street loss at Michigan the other day, stoning most pass rushers but sometimes failing to look for a target going to. Duncan quit a few pressures early in the next half.

What’s next: Duncan plays Big Ten foes Michigan State and Purdue at College Park another two weekends. Spartans transfer additions Khris Bogle, Aaron Brule and Jacoby Windmon provides some heat to the Terps’ left tackle if he’s not all set every snap.

1) Will Levis, QB, Kentucky (6-3, 232)

What I saw: When Levis’ feet were occur the pocket, he made several confident, accurate short and intermediate passes in wins over Youngstown State and Northern Illinois. He placed the ball from oncoming defenders and threw darts in one hash to the contrary sideline. Levis tries to create throws off his back foot sometimes, which led to one of is own two interceptions contrary to the Penguins and a near-miss contrary to the Huskies. He also fumbled against Youngstown State. His playmaking want-to takes care of sometimes, like on his fadeaway throw to Tayvion Robinson on the middle on his 69-yard score.

What’s next: The Wildcats visit Ole Miss and host SC on the next two weekends. Ole Miss lines up a good defensive back group, while SC must hope junior corner Cam Smith stays healthy to limit Kentucky’s passing attack.

Twenty-five more to view

Listed in alphabetical order:

  • Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin (6-foot-4, 315 pounds)
  • Cameron Brown, CB, Ohio State (6-0, 192)
  • Brenton Cox Jr., Edge, Florida (6-3, 252)
  • Blake Freeland, OL, BYU (6-8, 305)
  • Connor Galvin, OL, Baylor (6-7, 302)
  • Nick Hampton, Edge, Appalachian State (6-3, 235)
  • Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State (6-6, 272)
  • Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State (6-2, 232)
  • Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee (6-4, 218)
  • Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State (6-3, 205)
  • Mikel Jones, LB, Syracuse (6-1, 224)
  • Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah (6-4, 240)
  • Isaiah Land, Edge, Florida A&M (6-4, 225)
  • Devin Leary, QB, N.C. State (6-1, 215)
  • Jordan McFadden, OL, Clemson (6-2, 305)
  • Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia (6-1, 210)
  • Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida (6-0, 221)
  • Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston (6-0, 200)
  • Jarrett Patterson, OL, Notre Dame (6-4, 310)
  • John Michael Schmitz, OL, Minnesota (6-4, 320)
  • Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan (6-6, 250)
  • Christopher Smith, S, Georgia (5-11, 195)
  • Sidy Sow, OL, Eastern Michigan (6-5, 326)
  • Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee (6-3, 215)
  • Byron Young, DL, Alabama (6-3, 292)

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