The very moment the 2022 NFL draft ends, the 2023 NFL draft will promptly find its place in the headlines.
Around the college football world, however, we have the luxury of already considering how it’s going to affect the sport. In fact, we’ve been thinking about the next cycle ever since January’s deadline for underclassmen to announce their stay-or-go decision.
Early in the offseason, the full expectation is 2022 will be the final college year for some key draft-eligible players. Notable names include Alabama’s Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr., Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Texas’ Bijan Robinson, Georgia’s Kelee Ringo and plenty of others we’ll highlight here.
By its nature, a draft preview is subjective. Personal opinion drives the list, but early consensus views are considered.
Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud?
Entering the 2022 season, that’s the preeminent question for the 2023 draft-eligible class of quarterbacks. Young won the Heisman Trophy for SEC champion Alabama last season, while Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns at Ohio State.
However, a few more players are certain to join the discussion because the value of a franchise QB in the NFL is so immense.
Early in the process, key names to know are South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler, Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, BYU’s Jaren Hall and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker.
JT Daniels, who is transferring from Georgia but currently undecided, will also be monitored.