Three weeks gone in this still young, but ever-aging college football season. The picture of the NFL Draft isn’t in focus yet, but the key players who have always been there are cementing themselves front and center in the camera shot. This week, we saw an especially dominating defensive performance, as well as some shifting on the back end of the list. Enough talking about what you might see, let’s get started.
These are my week three No. 1 Pick Power Rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft.
1. Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama
And finally, the true coming-out party for Will Anderson’s dominating 2022 season takes place. Against UL-Monroe, the Crimson Tide’s best defender made sure there would be no doubt that he is, in fact, the leader of the bunch on defense. I’ve been waiting for Anderson to break out statistically, rather than only showing that he’s a gravitational force on the field, and in this one, he finally did it. Not only was Anderson a sure tackler in this game, but he was able to rack up both a sack and a pick-six for Alabama. That’s what I’m talking about.
It’s extremely unlikely that, by the time this entire season is said and done, Anderson will be the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. There’s simply too much talent at the top of this quarterback class for that to be the case. But, if Anderson wants to give himself a chance at that elusive top spot, he’ll have to have more games like this one against UL-Monroe. A game like this against a tougher opponent, perhaps that of an SEC rival, could give him the national bump he needs to get into the No. 1 pick spotlight.