3. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
I still personally believe that Will Anderson is the best football player in this class. So, why did he drop? Well, I have to admit that my expectations for him against Utah State were about as high as they could possibly be. Anderson not getting to the quarterback against the Aggies, frankly, stunned me. I was expecting this to be a big stat-stuffing game for him, and it just never turned into that. He did, however, have this hit on Utah State’s running back, so I can’t drop him too far.
4. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
If you’re looking for a major riser both on this list and draft boards as a whole, Anthony Richardson is your guy. Richardson, and I mean this with every ounce of my being, has arrived as the Gators’ starting quarterback. The 6’4, 232-pound signal-caller completed just over 70% of his passes on Saturday, carving up a Utah defense which can really fly when given the chance. But Richardson used his athleticism to cut their wings off, capping it off with this two-point conversion. Richardson was a muscle-wizard, using his supreme physical gifts to create something out of nothing, and pulling a very svelte and toned rabbit out of his hat. I love this play.
5. Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson
Is Myles Murphy surrounded by perhaps the best and most dominant defensive line in the country. Perhaps. But that doesn’t chance the fact that he looked incredible in week one against Georgia Tech. Clemson was the nightcap that closed out the first weekend of college football, and they did so in style, collecting an interception on the first play of the game and then holding the Yellow Jackets to just 10 points in the contest. Murphy looked like exactly what he is: a man among boys. Do I still prefer Will Anderson? Yes. But I must say, with one week down, Murphy has my attention.