Previously: 1 Avg. 1 per 4
Taking on La.-Monroe, Anderson had a 25-yard pick-six to go along with five tackles and a sack. Against Texas, he had some horrible penalties that really hurt Alabama, but Anderson also came through with a clutch fourth-quarter sack and five tackles. In 2022, Anderson has 15 tackles, two sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Anderson is one the rare freshman to start on Nick Saban's defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb 2020 season. He was third in the SEC in sacks, with seven, while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 52 tackles.
Anderson was then phenomenal in 2021 and the most dominant defensive player in college football, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three passes defended. Not only was he a overwhelming pass rusher, but he was a strong, tough run defender. In 2021, Anderson and Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson were truly the best players in college football.
Previously: 3 Avg. 3.8 per 4
Young completed 13-of-18 passes against La.-Monroe for 236 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. With Alabama's offense struggling at Texas, Young put the Crimson Tide on his back and used his feet and then his arm to put up 10 fourth-quarter points to lead a comeback win. In 2022, Young has completed 68 percent of his passes for 644 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He has picked up 144 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Young took over as Alabama's starting quarterback in 2021 and created a lot of excitement in the scouting community. Some sources with college teams believed he could end up being a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones. Some NFL sources said Young's skill set and style of play reminded them of Kyler Murray's.
In 2021, Young completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While he won the popularity contest known as the Heisman Trophy, Young came up short of a National Championship with a loss to Georgia.
Previously: 2 Avg. 2.3 per 4
Carter recorded just two tackles against South Carolina, but he barely played because of a banged-up ankle. Georgia annihilated both Oregon and Samford to open the season this season, letting Carter only record a tackle per game. In 2022, he has four tackles and a pass batted.
Last season on a crowded defensive line filled with future early-round picks, Carter flashed as a sophomore with 37 tackles and three sacks. He showed the ability to get after the quarterback and has real upside as an interior pass rusher. Carter also has natural strength to get off blocks and pursue to the ball in the ground game.
According to pro sources, Carter had the second-highest grade on NFL teams' preseason watch list, behind only Alabama edge defender Will Anderson. Carter could be in store for a monster 2022 season and looks like a future high first-rounder.
Previously: 4 Avg. 3.5 per 4
Versus UTSA, Robinson totaled 20 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Alabama did a good job of limiting Robinson on the ground, as he turned 21 carries into just 57 yards and a touchdown. Robinson, however, caught three passes for 73 yards. In 2022, Robinson has averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 311 yards and five touchdowns. He has seven receptions for 132 yards and a score.
Robinson was one of the best players in college football in 2021, producing a superb season for Texas. The sophomore averaged 5.8 yards per carry in 2021 for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also took 26 receptions for 295 yards and four scores. In 2020, Robinson flashed his big-time skill set with 703 yards on only 86 carries - 8.2 average - and four touchdowns. He had 15 catches for 196 yards and two scores that season. Robinson has power, speed, cutting ability, and natural instincts as a runner.
QB, Ohio State.
Previously: 5 Avg. 5.5 per 4
Stroud and Ohio State blew out Toledo in Week 3. In 2022, Stroud has completed 73 percent of his passes for 941 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Stroud is a highly talented dual-threat quarterback who could end up as a first-round pick - and perhaps at the top of Round 1. He won Ohio State's starting quarterback position for 2021, following Justin Fields' departure to the NFL. Stroud then completed 72 percent of his passes on the year for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was a dominant passer, showing good accuracy and the ability to push the ball vertically.
WR, Ohio State.
Previously: 6 Avg. 5 per 4
Smith-Njigba returned to the field against Toledo and notched two receptions for 33 yards. He recorded two catches for three yards against Notre Dame before leaving the game early due to an injury. He then did not play in Week 2 against Arkansas State. On the year, he has four receptions for 36 yards.
Smith-Njigba had a fantastic 2021 season despite being the third receiver behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. In 2021, Smith-Njigba caught 94 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. He also put together an amazing Rose Bowl performance to lead a comeback win over Utah. There is no doubt Smith-Njigba has serious speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability to go along with decent size.
S/CB, Texas A&M.
Previously: 7 Avg. 7 per 4
Johnson recorded eight tackles versus Miami. He has 25 tackles and a sack so far in 2022.
Johnson broke out for the Aggies in 2021, recording 79 tackles, an interception, five passes defended and one sack. NFL evaluators feel he played better than the stats indicate. Johnson was an excellent nickel cornerback, safety, and dime linebacker for the Aggies last season. He has a big-time and versatile skill set.
DE, Texas Tech.
Previously: 8 Avg. 8 per 4
Wilson had a huge game against N.C. State, recording 11 tackles and two sacks. In 2022, he has 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Wilson did not do much in 2020 and 2019, racking up 22 tackles and three sacks over that time, but he broke out with an impressive 2021 season. The junior recorded 37 tackles, seven sacks and a pass defended in 2021. Wilson has the size, length and strength to be a tough edge defender.
Previously: 9 Avg. 9.3 per 4
Versus Youngstown State, Levis was 27-of-35 for 377 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He did not impress against Florida, but he was efficient enough to let Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson blow the game for his team. Levis completed 13-of-24 passes against Florida for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In 2022, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 882 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Levis has an absolute cannon of an arm and was very impressive in 2021, his debut season with Kentucky. On the year, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He added nine touchdowns on the ground as well.
Levis has serious arm talent, possessing the ability to pass deep downfield and throw lasers into tight windows. In 2022, Levis needs to cut down on the interceptions and get the ball out faster to avoid sacks. Levis started out his collegiate career at Penn State before transferring to Kentucky.
Previously: 10 Avg. 10 per 2
So far this season, Johnston has five receptions for 44 yards.
CB, Texas A&M.
Previously: 13 Avg. 12.5 per 4
Jones returned to the field and had a phenomenal game against Miami, recording nine tackles and a pass broken up. He had excellent coverage, showing instincts in zone, skill in man coverage, and tackling ability.
Over the past few seasons, Jones really flashed for the Aggies, including in the 2021 season when he had 35 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended. Pro sources think Jones has a lot of potential as a cover corner for the next level. Jones has really impressive movement skills with speed and athleticism. Alongside a good skill set, he has impressive instincts and is a willing tackler.
However, Jones has some raw elements to his game, as he grabs and holds at times and gives up balls he shouldn't occasionally. Thus, if Jones is more consistent in 2022, he could be a high pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Previously: 11 Avg. 11.3 per 4
Murphy did not play against Georgia Tech in the season opener, but he returned in Week 2 to make three tackles against Furman. He then recorded three tackles and a sack taking on Louisiana Tech. Murphy has six tackles and a sack in 2022.
Murphy was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level. In 2021, Murphy collected 37 tackles and seven sacks.
DE, Notre Dame.
Previously: 18 Avg. 15.3 per 4
Foskey recorded four tackles and 1.5 sacks against California. He notched four tackles in Notre Dame's loss to Ohio State and five tackles in the loss to Marshall. On the year, Foskey has 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks
Foskey broke out as sophomore in 2021, notching 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and 52 tackles. He flashed his potential in 2020 with 4.5 sacks and 20 tackles despite his backup role. Thanks to his quality size and speed, Foskey could be a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. Some preseason evaluators feel Foskey has high potential.
Previously: 14 Avg. 15.5 per 4
A death in the family cause Bresee not to play in Week 3. He notched .5 sacks in Clemson's season-opening win over Georgia Tech and made two tackles against Furman. In 2022, Bresee has six tackles and .5 sacks.
Bresee was impressive in 2020, recording 33 tackles, four sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two passes defended. He totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception over four games in 2021 before tearing his ACL versus N.C. State.
Bresee has good size to go along with some quickness and athleticism. He should only get better as he gains experience and develops physically. Bresee has the upside to be a riser.
RB, Ole Miss.
Previously: 15 Avg. 15 per 4
Evans took 18 carries for 134 yards and two two touchdowns against Georgia Tech. In 2022, Evans has averaged 6.5 yards for 317 yards and three touchdowns. He also has two receptions for 22 yards.
Evans is supremely talented back who could explode playing for Ole Miss in 2022. He flashed big-time ability in 2020 and 2021 playing at TCU. Last season, he racked up 648 yards - on only 92 carries for a seven-yard average - and five touchdowns. He also took 10 catches for 130 yards and a score. In 2020, Evans averaged 7.7 yards per carry over 54 attempts for 415 yards and four touchdowns. He had eight catches for 76 yards that season.
Previously: 17 Avg. 16.8 per 4
Skoronski started his season well with a largely dominant performance against Nebraska.
During the 2020 season, Northwestern lost its best offensive lineman Rashawn Slater to a COVID-19 opt-out. While that hurt the Wildcats, it created an opportunity for the freshman Skoronski, who ran with the chance to become a star and Second-Team All-Big Ten selection. He was even better in 2021 as a sophomore, starting at left tackle for the Wildcats.
C, Notre Dame.
Previously: 16 Avg. 16.3 per 4
Patterson did not play against Ohio State due to injury, but returned against Marshall.
Over the past three years, Patterson was a starter for the Fighting Irish and showed improvement as he gained experience. While his 2020 tape was not overly impressive, Patterson put together an excellent 2021 season, taking his play to another level. He has not allowed a sack in his Notre Dame career and will enter the NFL with a lot of experience. Patterson could play guard or center at the next level.
Previously: 21 Avg. 20.3 per 4
Florida held Dexter out against South Florida. He opened the year with a solid game against Utah in which he notched five tackles. Dexter then played really well versus Kentucky, collecting seven tackles, 5 sacks, and a diving interception.
The large defender Dexter flashed in 2020 with 19 tackles and an interception before having a breakout 2021 season with 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pass batted. While Dexter is strong and powerful as a run defender, he has the speed and athleticism to become a more potent pass rusher. If he can produce more rush and sacks in 2022, he could be a fast riser.
Wil McDonald IV,
DE, Iowa State.
Previously: 19 Avg. 19 per 4
McDonald had one sack against Ohio. He notched two tackles and made two critical fumble recoveries against Iowa. On the year, he has four tackles and a sack.
Team sources rave about McDonald's pass-rush ability and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. NFL teams, however, say McDonald is terrible versus the run and even bad opponents can destroy him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a designated pass rusher as a pro.
McDonald totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2021. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.
Previously: 29 Avg. 28.8 per 4
In 2022, Hall has completed 69 percent of his passes for 827 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. He also caught a touchdown pass against Baylor.
Hall replaced Zach Wilson as the BYU starter in 2021 and had a quality debut, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,583 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added some good yardage on the ground with three rushing touchdowns.
Hall is not a big signal-caller, but he is a dangerous running quarterback with the mobility to buy time and burn defenses on the ground. Hall is superb at throwing on the run. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder also has a good arm capable of driving the ball downfield or throwing bullets into tight windows. With a baseball background in common, Hall has a playing style similar to Russell Wilson. Hall could rise high in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Previously: 12 Avg. 13.5 per 4
Boutte had an ugly start to the season against Florida State. He ran some lazy routes, didn't turn around on a lackluster route to miss a touchdown opportunity, dropped a pass, and seemed to lose his composure and get frustrated. Boutte was unimpressive versus Mississippi State (3-31) as well. He has 10 receptions for 93 yards through three games.
Boutte has not produced a huge season in college football, but that didn't stop NFL advance scouts from giving him a high preseason projection. In 2020, he collected 45 catches for 735 yards and five touchdowns. In 2021, he made 38 receptions for 509 yards and nine touchdowns.
Boutte has speed, athleticism, and big play ability. It will be interesting to see if he can rise, as some advance scouts are high on his skill set and potential.
Dontay Demus Jr.,
Previously: 22 Avg. 22 per 4
Demus has six receptions for 57 yards in 2022.
Demus was producing really well for Maryland in 2021 before being was carted off the field against Iowa in early October and going out for the season. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Demus was on his way to being a first-rounder thanks to showing a special combination of size and speed prior to getting hurt. In 2021, he averaged 18.1 yards per catch with 28 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns. He flashed big-play ability in 2020 (24-365-4), 2019 (41-625-6) and 2018 (13-278). Team sources think he could have still been a second-round pick had he entered the 2022 NFL Draft despite his torn ACL.
Previously: 23 Avg. 23 per 4
Team sources say Avila is a solid player and think he will be a quality NFL starter.
Avila is a big center who has also logged some starts at right tackle and right guard during his collegiate career. He is big and strong while possessing enough quickness and athleticism to remain at center in the NFL. With his skill set and experience, Avila could be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL.
Previously: 24 Avg. 24 per 4
Across Georgia's blowouts of Oregon, Samford and South Carolina, Smith has recorded six tackles and a pass batted.
In 2021, Smith was a dangerous edge rusher for Georgia. He played hard and totaled 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. Smith is quick off the edge, but he needs to grow stronger for the NFL. In 2020, Smith had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He flashed ability as an underclassman and should improve as he gains experience. Smith could take on a bigger role as a pass rusher and run defender in 2022.
Michael Penix Jr.,
Previously: NR Avg. 0 per 0
Penix is off to a great start with Washington in 2022.
Previously: 26 Avg. 31.2 per 5
Andre Carter II,
Previously: 27 Avg. 27 per 4