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With Week 13 of the 2022 College Football season officially in the books, let’s take a look at some 2023 NFL Draft prospects whose stock rose or fell in the final week of the regular season.

As a reminder, you can find my top 10 rankings for every position here:


Risers:

Sean Tucker

Running Back, Syracuse

After some below average performances down the stretch, Sean Tucker put together a great outing against Boston College, running for 125 yards on 21 carries while adding a couple of touchdowns to the mix. What separates Tucker from other running back prospects is that he has the size of a potential NFL workhorse (5’10”, 205 pounds) while also possessing the athleticism and game-breaking ability of a smaller and lighter back. Once Tucker finds the correct running lane, he’s almost impossible to stop: he reaches his top speed incredibly quickly and his long speed is top-tier. I expect him to be selected somewhere on day 2 and he could easily be an impact player right away.

Michael Penix Jr.

Quarterback, Washington

Penix Jr. has made tremendous steps forward in his development process in his first season with the Huskies. The veteran signal-caller is visibly more comfortable producing within the pocket, plus he has above average arm talent and mobility. He’s been asked to throw quite a lot on a weekly basis this season but despite that he has been able to stay efficient (12th highest QBR in College Football) and only threw seven interceptions. I expect teams to take a flyer on him around day 3 of the draft: he has the tools to be a solid backup quarterback with the potential to take on some spot starts if needed.

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Kelee Ringo

Cornerback, Georgia

Ringo may not have the best production among the cornerback prospects of the 2023 class, but that's in large part due to the fact that he hasn’t been tested a lot during the season and he looked incredibly better as the season went on. Down the stretch, Ringo was able to display his big-time athleticism and his technique looked crisp and on-point. Ringo isn’t a finished product but at the same time there isn’t a single prospect at his position in this year’s class as gifted as him. Ringo should be a top-15 selection in the next draft and looks ready to be a shutdown primary corner in the NFL.


Fallers:

C.J. Stroud

Quarterback, Ohio State

The Buckeyes didn’t lose “The Game” against Michigan only because of Stroud’s play, as the play-calling wasn’t ideal. At the same time though, you would expect a projected top-5 pick to step up when needed, something that he wasn’t able to do yet again. He performed really well within the structure as always, being productive and efficient. Aside from the two picks he threw late in the game to give Michigan the win, he didn’t offer anything out of structure to try to turn things around. 

The questions are the same: Stroud didn’t display dual-threat traits and ability to create out of structure during his college career, factors that limits his profile. At the same time in the NFL his future O-Line and weapons will not be even in the same stratosphere as what he had at Ohio State. How high is ceiling is? I think it’s rather average, I truly see Stroud as a Geno Smith, Jared Goff caliber quarterback in the NFL.

Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws an interception while Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rayshaun Benny (26) tries to tackle him late in the fourth quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium.

Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws an interception while Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rayshaun Benny (26) tries to tackle him late in the fourth quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium.

D.J. Uiagalelei

Quarterback, Clemson

Uiagalelei started the season on a high note, making him rise on draft boards, but down the stretch he returned to his 2021 form making him fall in a massive way from a draft standpoint. In Clemson’s loss against South Carolina, the signal-caller finished the game 8/29 with a touchdown and an interception, a performance that could easily lead Dabo Swinney to make a change and let true freshman Cade Klubnik start. But Swinney has been notoriously loyal to the former five-star out of California. Uiagalelei still has great raw traits and I also believe that under a proper quarterback coach he could turn into a serious NFL quarterback, as for now though, he should probably transfer, aim for a quarterback-friendly program and try to build something there.

Kayshon Boutte

Wide Receiver, LSU

I’ve always been high on Kayshon Boutte’s skillset and potential even if LSU didn’t have a pass happy offense providing him a lot of targets, allowing him to display the elite explosiveness and game-breaking that he had prior to the injury. I actually don’t know if he’s still nursing some injuries, if he isn’t at his top form yet or if that injury brought away his lethal top-end speed. While there are some concerns about his health, I still believe that he can be a productive NFL receiver, but simply, he doesn’t look like an elite prospect like he was prior to the injury. That also led him to fall from a potential top-15 pick to a probable second-round selection.