While TCU fans may want to pretend it didn't happen, the College Football Playoff National Championship concluded the 2022-23 campaign on Monday, which means it's officially draft season.
The 2023 NFL Draft is coming up on Thursday April 27, and all eyes are on the incoming draft calss. This includes tracking which underclassmen are ending their college football careers by declaring for draft eligibility.
Here's a list of the top prospects who have already declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Top Players Declared for the NFL Draft
1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Bryce Young is the odds-on favorite to be the first overall pick even though the team picking No. 1 has no need for a quarterback. He's such an exciting prospect that it's looking like a lock that someone will trade the house to move up and grab him at the top of the draft.
2. Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
It took Jalen Carter only a couple hours after winning the National Championship to declare, and that came as no surprise. Carter is Mel Kiper's top-rated prospect, and if the Chicago Bears don't trade down from the top pick he'd be a real threat to go No. 1 overall.
3. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Just one spot behind Carter on Kiper's big board is WIll Anderson Jr. Anderson declared alongside Crimson Tide teammate Bryce Young on January 2nd, and he's looking like a top-five pick early in the draft process.
4. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Will Levis probably won't enter the No. 1 overall pick conversation much, but he's not too far behind Bryce Young and CJ Stroud in this year's QB rankings. He skipped the Music City Bowl to prepare for the draft, and he's part of a very strong quarterback class.
5. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The top projected playmaker in the draft, Jaxon Smith-Njigba declared before the College Football Playoff, ending his season early to recover after battling injuries for much of his final season. His 2021 campaign (95 receptions, 1606 yards) showed enough that he's still a good bet to go top-10.
6. Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern
Northwestern's Peter Skoronski could be the top offensive lineman off the board in April, and he too declared fairly early. He announced his intentions on Twitter back on December 16.
7. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
It's no surprise to see a top running back declare early rather than rack up more wear-and-tear at the collegiate level, so Bijan Robinson declaring almost felt like a formality. After averaging 6.3 yards per carry and adding 805 yards and 8 touchdowns through the air at Texas, the dual-threat is one of the rare running back prospects that looks exciting enough to warrant a first-round pick.
8. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Myles Murphy opted out of the Orange Bowl to declare for the draft. He may not be on the level of Carter and Anderson as the top defenders, but he has plenty of upside and will likely be off the board in the first half of Round 1.
9. Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
Tyree Wilson was very early to declare, as he did so after foot surgery ended his season in November. With plenty of time to get healthy, don't expect teams to be scared off unless any red flags pop up in his recovery.
10. Bryan Breese, DT, Clemson
Another Clemson star making the jump, Bryan Breese is the rare defensive tackle prospect that looks worthy of a top pick. The No. 12 prospect on Mel Kiper's big board is recovering from a torn ACL, but his athleticism at 300 pounds makes him a tough prospect to ignore.
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