Isaiah Foskey, Devon Witherspoon Include Week 12 2023 NFL Draft Risers

Continuing to look ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft, Tony Pauline shares his 2023 Big Board Risers and Sliders from Week 12 of the college football season.

Week 12 saw the top four teams struggle more than anyone thought. Georgia never put away Kentucky, and Ohio State held on for dear life against Maryland. Meanwhile, Michigan and TCU needed last-second field goals to clinch victory.

On the NFL draft prospect front, several defensive players stood out, even in defeat, while one offensive lineman dominated his opponents. On the flip side, a once-highly-rated pass rusher continues to struggle. Here are the Risers & Sliders for Week 12.

Risers: Isaiah Foskey, Devon Witherspoon Highlight 2023 NFL Draft Movers

Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

Expectations for Isaiah Foskey entering the season were significant, as he received an early second-round grade on my summer board. It’s safe to say Foskey has not disappointed.

He has 9.5 sacks, as well as 11.5 tackles for loss this season, and has been omnipresent every Saturday while disrupting opponents’ game plans. Foskey is a terrific athlete who can stand over tackle or come out of a three-point stance. He should only get better as he physically matures and adds strength to his game.

Keion White, DE, Georgia Tech

Scouts have been waiting for Keion White to break out for almost three years now, and it may finally be happening. White turned heads in 2020 when he played at Old Dominion before transferring to Georgia Tech a year later. After missing eight games with an ankle injury last year, White started hot out of the gate this year with two sacks and two TFLs against Clemson.

He’s been consistently productive all season long, but White really turned up the wick against North Carolina. During the Yellow Jackets’ 21-17 upset over the Tar Heels, White produced seven tackles, four TFLs, and three sacks. That gives him 51 tackles, 13 TFLs, and 7.5 sacks this year.

White is an athletic pass rusher with a frame that measures 6’4 1/2″ and 285 pounds. He is someone whose name will continue to pop up throughout the pre-draft process.

Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Illinois lost a close game to Michigan in the final seconds despite a heroic effort from its defense. Devon Witherspoon, stamped as a sixth-round prospect on my summer board, continues to prove he has next-level ability.

Yes, he was flagged for a pass interference penalty late in the game that put the Wolverines in a position to kick the winning field goal, but Witherspoon almost intercepted a pass the play following the penalty.

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Witherspoon is a physical, aggressive defensive back with terrific ball skills. He has just a single interception this season, but he also has 12 pass breakups on his ledger. Forty times will determine where Witherspoon ends up in the draft. If he runs the 40 as poorly as expected — 4.55 seconds or worse — he’ll end up on Day 3. Should he break the 4.5-second barrier, there’s a good chance Witherspoon breaks into Day 2 of the draft.

Andrew Vorhees, G, USC

The Trojans won a high-scoring affair against the rival UCLA Bruins, posting 48 points along with 649 yards of offense. Throughout it all, offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees was dominant.

Vorhees plays with great fundamentals, shows outstanding vision, and works extremely well with linemates. More than anything else, he looks very comfortable at left guard after moving over from tackle. I don’t believe he’s nimble enough to be used in a zone-blocking scheme, but a team needing a power-gap guard will consider Vorhees as the third round begins.

Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota

Mohamed Ibrahim was the star of the Iowa-Minnesota matchup despite his team losing by three points. Ibrahim’s rushing stats included an amazing 263 yards on 39 attempts and the only touchdown scored by the Gophers. He’s now at 1,261 rushing yards for the season and has rushed for 100 yards or more in every single game this year.

Ibrahim is an interesting case study in scouting. He’s not very fast, he’s not very quick, and he has an injury history. Yet, he’s a fantastic ball carrier with great vision, competitiveness, and a sense for what’s happening on the field. A prospect such as that will go somewhere on Day 3 and force his way onto a Sunday roster.

Sleeper Prospect: Taye Barber, WR, TCU

It’s easy to be overshadowed when your teammate is named Quentin Johnston, but Taye Barber is the big-play receiver for TCU’s offense. While he has just 26 catches this season, Barber is averaging 17.7 yards per reception and has three catches of 70 yards or more.

Barber’s a shorter wideout, who measures under 5’9″, but he has home-run-hitting speed. He’s a potential slot receiver at the next level, though Barber can also have a major impact as a return specialist.

Small-School Prospect: Chris Coleman, WR, Cal Poly

Chris Coleman transferred from Fresno State in 2021, then proceeded to put together consecutive productive campaigns at Cal Poly. A year after catching 43 passes for 590 yards, Coleman caught a career-best 55 passes for 861 yards (15.7-yard average) with four TDs this season.

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He’s a well-built receiver at 5’10” and 190 pounds with a 40 time in the low 4.4s. Yet, more than the measurables, Coleman is a solid receiver who runs good routes, separates from defenders, and possesses dependable hands. Handed a seventh-round grade on my board, Coleman definitely deserves late-round consideration.

Sliders: Will McDonald IV Continues To Fall

Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

It’s long past time to send up the red flag on Will McDonald IV. Projected as a top-45 prospect entering the season, McDonald’s production has fallen off a cliff this season.

A year ago, he finished with 11 sacks and 14 TFLs after 10.5 sacks in 2020. There was talk McDonald would enter the 2022 draft, but he returned for another season, and it hasn’t worked out.

McDonald has just five sacks and 6.5 TFLs this season. Worse than the numbers, he disappears for long stretches in games. There’s a question as to where McDonald will line up at the next level, as his 6’4″, 230-pound frame is too small for defensive end.

There’s also a concern McDonald cannot handle a complex defense. While the talent is obvious and the past production is outstanding, the drop-off in his play this season is a concern.

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