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The Top NFL Draft Prospects On Our Board Playing In The College Football Playoff

It is the week of the 2022 College Football Playoff semi-finals matching Michigan vs. TCU and Georgia vs. Ohio State.

We provided a series of college football preview videos on our Youtube channel, covering the top matchups and NFL Draft prospects competing in the College Football Playoff.

Below is a list of the top 50 prospects competing in the 2022 College Football Playoff semi-finals this week. Just from these four teams alone, we have 11 players in the top 50 of the Football Scout 365 2023 NFL Draft rankings. Three players listed will not be playing due to season-ending injuries, Michigan RB Blake Corum, Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Georgia Edge Rusher/LB Nolan Smith.

There are five top 10 prospects among the four teams in the College Football Playoff, Georgia IDL Jalen Carter, Georgia DB Kelee Ringo, Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, Quentin Johnston, and Georgia Edge Nolan Smith.

List of Top 50 2023 NFL Draft Prospects In The CFP

Jalen Carter | Georgia | IDL | 6-3 310LBS | Overall Rk: 1

Carter is a disruptive physical force. Carter combines a quick first step and feet like a running back to shoot into gaps. At 6-3 310lbs, Carter is a densely proportioned twitchy player with quick hips and elite lateral ability. Carter wins with strength generated from his dense lower half, combined with his elite positional athleticism and quick hands. Carter is a problematic defender to block.

Kelee Ringo | Georgia | CB | 6020 205LBS | Overall Rk: 5

Ringo is another Georgia Bulldog with top-ten NFL Draft potential. Ringo is a lengthy press man corner at 6-2 205lbs; he plays aggressively. Ringo uses his strength and long arms to attack the catch point with good body control muscling the football away from the receiver. The former 10.43sec 100M track star can run with the fastest receivers on the field.

C.J. Stroud | Ohio State | QB | 6030 218LBS | Overall Rk: 7

As a passer, Stroud is accurate with a strong arm. He can fit the football into tight windows, especially on layered throws between LB's and safeties down the middle. His ability to throw outside the numbers beating coverage, and placing the football only where his receiver has the best chance stands out on tape.

Quentin Johnston | TCU | WR | 6040 | 212LBS | Overall Rk: 9

At 6-4 212lbs, Johnston is a unique prospect compared to the other top WR's we have evaluated. Johnston is a lengthy player who has natural outside X WR ability. Johnston combines his length with speed and quick twitch ability that he uses to stack defenders over the top for explosive gains. He is not just a deep field threat; he can attack a defense at all three levels, defeating coverage with his elite-level short area quickness.

Nolan Smith | Georgia | ED | 6030 235LBS | Overall Rk: 10

Smith is an edge player with excellent athleticism for his position. in high school, he reportedly ran a 4.5 40 and posted a near 40in vertical, which correlates to his elite first step and downhill explosiveness. Smith also possesses elite lateral quickness for his position. He has good power for an edge defender his size at 6-3 235 lbs.

Broderick Jones | Georgia | OT | 6040 315LBS | Overall Rk: 15

At 6-4 315lbs, Jones possesses the size needed to be an effective NFL tackle. On film, Jones plays with good lateral movement, where he can move and redirect his attention as needed against stunting defenders hellbent on getting to the QB. Jones possesses good length that he deploys to maintain leverage on outside speed rushers.

Paris Johnson Jr. | Ohio State | OT | 6060 315LBS | Overall Rk:18

Jaxon Smith-Njigba | Ohio State | WR | 6000 198LBS | Overall Rk: 26

Njigba is not the flashiest receiver; he is a good route runner with excellent hands. He is also fearless and willing to pick up the tough yards over the middle—Smith-Njigba projects as a slot receiver at the next level. At 6-0, 198 lbs, he is a gritty player who can make defenders miss in space like a running back after the catch. He can stop on a dime and displays good lateral movement and loose hips. He attacks the catch point and can muscle the ball away from defenders in traffic.

Blake Corum | Michigan | RB 5080 | 212LBS | Overall Rk: 36

Blake Corum is a unique talent both as a runner and a receiver. As a runner, Corum proved he can be utilized both as an inside and outside runner. He can pick up tough yards after contact or make a defender miss in a phone booth. For a player that is 5-8 200lbs, Corum possesses deceptive lower body strength. In addition to being a tough runner, he is an explosive home run hitter if given any space once entering the second and third level of a defense.

Ryan Hayes | Michigan | OT | 6070 307LBS | Overall Rk: 46

Olusegun Oluwatimi | Michigan | IOL | 6030 310LBS | Overall Rk: 50


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