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With Week 9 of the 2022 College Football season officially in the books, let’s take a look at some 2023 NFL Draft prospects. Some under appreciated prospects where able to gain more recognition while this week’s fallers column is completely dedicated to quarterbacks.


Risers:

Olumuyiwa Fashanu

Offensive tackle, Penn State

There isn’t a player who has improved his draft stock this season as much as Fashanu has done. In what is his first season as a starter, the Penn State standout tackle is displaying why he has the everything needed to become a star player in the NFL. He’s physically dominant and very athletic: he’s improving in a major way game after game and this clearly highlights how high his actual potential is. Fashanu put together a strong performance once again against Ohio State making his stock skyrocket even more.

Kendre Miller

Running back, TCU

The 2023 draft class is absolutely loaded at the running back position: Kendre Miller usually gets pointed out as a great under-the-radar name but he would have easily been a top-3 prospect in this past year's class. Miller is a complete and talented runner who’s scheme-versatile, displays great vision and patience, while also possessing the breakaway speed to cut defenses in half and put together big plays. With another strong season, Miller is pushing himself into day 2 conversation. He possesses the tools to become an above average starter at the next level.

Brandon Joseph

Safety, Notre Dame

Joseph has always been considered a solid safety prospect but the hype around his name this season, after transferring to Notre Dame, has been close to zero. In a key matchup against a great Syracuse side, Joseph recorded a pick-six that showed why he’s a playmaker and well worth a day 2 pick. Joseph is a well-refined safety, who, even if he doesn’t have much ball production, can easily become a reliable starter at the next level.

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Fallers:

C.J. Stroud

Quarterback, Ohio State

Stroud is still a very good quarterback prospect who should be selected in the top-10 of the next draft, but his performance against Penn State just confirmed some question marks I had on his profile for quite some time. In his first year as a starter, Stroud didn’t rely much on his legs to extend plays or run, which led many to think that Ohio State wasn’t asking him to do that. In reality though, Stroud doesn’t project as a dual-threat signal-caller in the NFL but rather as a pocket passer. Stroud struggles against pressure, where his footwork usually gets messy and he doesn’t look natural when trying to extend plays. With a solid system around him, Stroud could easily be a top-10 quarterback at the next level but simply he doesn’t look like a signal-caller able to separate himself and the whole offense with out of structure plays.

Penn State linebacker Abdul Carter (11) sacks Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in State College. The Nittany Lions fell to the Buckeyes, 44-31.

Penn State linebacker Abdul Carter (11) sacks Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter against Ohio State at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in State College. The Nittany Lions fell to the Buckeyes, 44-31.

Will Levis

Quarterback, Kentucky

In a tough matchup against the undefeated Tennessee Volunteers, Will Levis finished the game with 98 passing yards, 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. My thoughts on Levis as a prospect have always been clear: he has top-tier raw tools, that include a rocket for an arm and great athleticism, but at the same time he is a tremendously raw passer who needs a big-time development before potentially becoming a NFL starter. Levis is streaky going through his reads, very impulsive and a well below average decision maker. Despite the first-round and potential top-10 hype around his game, I think he has ways to go before being considered a day 1 caliber prospect.

Spencer Rattler

Quarterback, South Carolina

This week, the fallers column is completely dedicated to quarterbacks. I use to rate quite high Spencer Rattler after his first season as a starter at Oklahoma and how he completely killed his draft stock still surprises me. As a Sooner, he was replaced by a generational talent in Caleb Williams, and subsequently transferred to South Carolina which looked like the right move at the time in order to complete his development. Rattler has great tools, but he currently has a 5/9 touchdown/interception ratio. Teams may will take a flyer on him late on day 2 if he declares, but he really hasn’t been able to put his tools together and find consistency.