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    Top FCS 2023 NFL Draft Prospects Led by Cody Mauch, Tucker Kraft, and Xavier Gipson

    Many pro athletes hail from the FBS, but talent is also readily available in the FCS ranks. Here are the top FCS prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft.

    Following back-to-back NFL drafts with six or fewer FCS players selected (six in 2020, five in 2021), the Championship Subdivision sent 20 to the league in 2022. Will the 2023 class see similar results? Here are the top 115 FCS 2023 NFL Draft prospects … because 100 wasn’t enough.

    Top FCS Prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft

    Cody Mauch and Nash Jensen, OL, North Dakota State

    Looking for the next Trevor Penning (an FCS athlete who soars up draft boards)? Look no further than Cody Mauch. Although he’s already garnered some attention as a Senior Bowl attendee, the 6’6″ tackle will be a big riser as the spring nears. Mauch shoots out of his stance, can attack and nullify second-level defenders, and plays with a nasty demeanor.

    While Mauch is a possible tackle-to-guard convert, Nash Jensen is strictly an interior prospect. A four-year starter, Jensen has over 3,000 snaps under his belt, and it shows on film. As you’d expect from an NDSU offensive lineman, he’s adept as a run blocker but will fit power/gap schemes better than zone.

    Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

    An ankle injury robbed us of a dominant Tucker Kraft this season, as his production (27-348-3) wasn’t even half of what he posted in 2021 (65-773-6).

    Nevertheless, his projection is one of the safest, as he’s an excellent pass catcher and a more-than-functional run blocker. Kraft has enough wiggle to force missed tackles and gain yards after the catch, and his physicality presents a problem for defenders in both phases.

    Hunter Luepke, FB, North Dakota State

    A modern throwback, Hunter Luepke has kept the fullback position alive and well in NDSU’s system. Across 43 games in his Bison career, Luepke rushed 274 times for 1,665 yards and 24 touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 494 yards and nine more scores.

    He also cracked Bruce Feldman’s esteemed “Freaks List” last summer, running the 40-yard dash in the high 4.5s and jumping 36″ in the vertical. If that wasn’t enough, Luepke won high school state wrestling titles in 2017 and 2018, was a three-time all-conference center fielder in baseball, and won a conference championship in the 100-meter dash.

    BJ Thompson, EDGE, Stephen F. Austin

    BJ Thompson, a former Baylor starter, added 20+ pounds after transferring to Stephen F. Austin in 2020. At 6’5″ and 238 pounds with 34″ arms, he produced 25.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles in his 28-game tenure with the Lumberjacks. According to Feldman, Thompson ran a 4.56 40, broad-jumped 11’3″, and reached 40″ in the vertical last offseason.

    All the tools are there to mold him into a productive NFL pass rusher, but Thompson is raw and needs time in a professional weight program.

    McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga

    Chattanooga just sent one guard to the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft (Cole Strange). And while McClendon Curtis is not the same athlete as Strange, he makes up for it with sheer strength.

    Per Feldman, Curtis deadlifted 775 pounds and power-cleaned 345 in 2022. Standing nearly 6’6″ and 330 pounds, Curtis is a walking oxymoron: A mobile immovable object. His basketball background is easy to see in how he carries his weight, and he even saw significant snaps at left tackle last year. Curtis may not go as high as his former teammate, but he’ll hear his name called in April.

    Andrei Iosivas and Dylan Classi, WRs, Princeton

    Andrei “The Flyin Hawaiian” Iosivas sprinted his way to 943 yards and seven TDs on 66 receptions last year. He isn’t just football fast, either, as he ran the fastest 60m in NCAA heptathlon history (6.71) at the 2022 Indoor Championships.

    I should probably mention he did so at 6’3″ and 210 pounds. He’s still mastering his craft as a receiver, but with a 39″ vertical and previously mentioned speed, Iosivas is only scratching the surface of his abilities.

    Dylan Classi won’t receive as much hype as his teammate, but he’s a solid receiver in his own right. He finished his Princeton career ranked fifth all-time in receiving yards (2,141) and seventh in receptions (137), showcasing inside/outside versatility and strength at the catch point.

    Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin

    Xavier Gipson was the focal point of Stephen F. Austin’s offense. You’d don’t say that often about a 5’9″, 180-pound receiver. But Gipson is simply electric, slicing and dicing his way toward over 3,000 receiving yards and 30 TDs in the last three years.

    Although he’s a slot-only wideout, Gipson can threaten defenses vertically and snatch ankles with unguardable speed/acceleration underneath.

    Justin Ford, CB, Montana

    The term “ball hawk” is often thrown around for any defender that has made a few plays on the ball. Yet, Justin Ford embodies its definition, recording 11 INTs and 17 more PBUs across the last two seasons. His playmaking instincts are clear, but with a fluid and quick lower half, he’s frequently attached to opposing WRs’ hips.

    Anthony Adams and Xavier Bell, DBs, Portland State

    After earning first-team All-Big Sky honors as a slot CB in 2019, Anthony Adams moved to the boundary in 2021 and received the same recognition. He only played two games last year due to an ankle injury, but with nine career INTs and 33 PBUs, he has more than enough production to warrant serious attention.

    But he isn’t the only DB worth keeping an eye on from Portland State. Xavier Bell owns impressive size (6’1″, 194 with 32″ arms) yet manned the slot for the Vikings. He’s an incredibly physical DB, willing and able to lay the lumber against the run. His versatility in the secondary should afford him extensive looks from NFL decision-makers.

    Brevin Allen, EDGE, Campbell

    Running a 4.59 40-yard dash at 6’3″ and 261 pounds, it’s no wonder Brevin Allen plays Campbell’s “Beast End” position. The 2021 Big South Defensive Player of the Year, Allen is Campbell’s all-time leader in tackles for loss (38) and is tied for the school’s sack record (20.5).

    He converts speed to power amongst the best at the FCS level, and his length (34″ arms) allows him to walk tackles into the QB’s lap.

    Ryan Miller, WR, Furman

    Ryan Miller “converted” to receiver last season. I put quotes around converted because he technically played tight end for Furman at … 6’1″ and 220ish pounds. Now below 210, he’s able to put his route running to use from the slot. As the focal point of the offense over the last two years, Miller’s hauled in 115 receptions for 1,511 yards and 19 touchdowns.

    Ryan Greenhagen, LB, Fordham

    Name whichever tackling machine you want from any level of play, and I raise you Ryan Greenhagen. He’s bum-rushed ball carriers to the tune of 100+ tackles in each of his last three seasons, including 2021, when he played five games. Let me repeat that for the people in the back — he recorded 102 tackles in five games. 

    An NCAA record 31 total tackles in the season opener against Nebraska certainly helped. Greenhagen is still developing in coverage, but there is no questioning his determination and instincts in the box.

    Jaleel McLaughlin, RB, Youngstown State

    Jaleel McLaughlin ran through and over the D2 circuit for Notre Dame College and decided it was time to take it up a notch. And you’d think he was a top Power Five transfer the way he’s played for Youngstown state. After crushing Missouri State to the tune of 227 rushing yards, McLaughlin became the NCAA’s all-time rushing yards leader (8,166).

    McLaughlin is a smaller back (5’7″, 187) — there is no getting around that. But he has home-run speed, is a threat to score in space, and offers immense kick-return potential.

    Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham

    A three-time first-team all-conference QB and three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Tim DeMorat finished his highly decorated career with school and conference records for completions (1,032) and passing yards (13,454). His ratio of 123 passing touchdowns against just 39 interceptions highlights his ability to take care of the football while methodically moving the chains.

    At 6’3″ and 221 pounds, DeMorat sports a prototypical frame with long-strider speed when he gets on the hoof. He’s done a good job of getting the football out of his hands in a timely manner and has shown the ability to progress through his reads. There are things to improve mechanically (weight transfer, stride length in the pocket, etc.), but that also highlights DeMorat’s natural ability.

    Ryan Saddler, LB, Bryant

    If you thought Bryant was someone’s name and not a university, I wouldn’t blame you. Yet, hailing from the private FCS program is a little-known linebacker worthy of praise.

    Ryan Saddler has a nose for the ball, sniffing out play designs with ease. At 6’1″ and 225 pounds, he’s relatively light, but he makes up for it with lateral agility and a keen understanding of the position.

    Justin Szuba, OT, Monmouth

    Justin Szuba has a thinner upper body for his height (6’7″, 300), but his nearly 36″ arms and 11″ hands suffocate edge rushers. Now, he did struggle a bit last season — understandably so, as he missed all of 2021 with a torn pec. He must clean up his overall technique, but the frame and athleticism are there to warrant a camp invite, at the very least.

    Titus Leo, EDGE, Wagner

    Hand in the dirt, in a three-point stance, lined up over the tackle, kicked out as a wide-9 — you name it, Titus Leo can do it. With 33″ arms at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, he’s parlayed a high school career as a wide receiver into three All-NEC selections and two NEC Defensive Player of the Year awards at Wagner.

    He’s flashed a deadly spin move to go along with active feet and hands. But Leo is no slouch in run defense, understanding how to set the edge against tackles.

    Malik Hamm, EDGE, Lafayette

    There’s production, and then there is Malik Hamm production. Across five seasons and 47 games, he has generated 48 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks (school record), eight forced fumbles, 12 pass deflections, and four blocked kicks.

    At 6’2″ and 250 pounds, Hamm’s get-off shocks linemen, and he has the flexibility and twitch to bend around the arc in pursuit of the QB.

    Caleb Sanders and Reece Winkelman, DL, South Dakota State

    The reigning FCS national champions are returning plenty of draft-eligible talent this year, but joining Tucker Kraft in pursuit of the NFL are defensive linemen Caleb Sanders and Reece Winkelman.

    Sanders has recorded at least six tackles for loss in each season since 2018 and produced 6.5 sacks in both 2021 and 2022. Despite weighing roughly 270 pounds, he’s a powerful ball of energy on the interior, collapsing the pocket from the interior.

    Much like Sanders, Winkelman has been a valuable contributor for years at South Dakota State. He topped five sacks in three of the last four seasons and surpassed 13 TFLs in his last two campaigns. Still, due to a lack of physical traits, Winkelman likely has an upward battle toward an NFL camp invite.

    Benny Sapp III, S, Northern Iowa

    Benny Sapp III saw little playing time at Minnesota, so he transferred to UNI (his father’s alma mater) in 2020. Since then, he has earned two first-team all-conference nods and accrued nine INTs and eight PBUs in 30 games. His 5’11” and 203-pound build comes with first-class speed and an “I want to separate your head from your shoulders” mentality.

    Jason Shelley, QB, Missouri State

    Jason Shelley’s college career took him from Power Five Utah to Group of Five Utah State to FCS-level Missouri State. But he finally found a home, to the chagrin of MVFC opponents. His impact was immediate, as he garnered MVFC Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors.

    Shelley is a dynamic athlete with decent arm talent to pair with his twitchy lower half. Will he translate to the NFL? At 6’0″ and 200 pounds with some accuracy issues, it may be a long shot as a QB. But he should get a chance or two in today’s dual-threat-friendly era before talks of switching positions arise.

    Alex Jensen, OT, South Dakota

    With a 6’7″ and 290-pound frame, Alex Jensen could stand to put on more muscle as he vies for an NFL opportunity. He moves well for his size, works to gain leverage, rarely panics, and constantly searches for work. There is room for improvement from a technical standpoint, but the building blocks are there.

    Liam Anderson, LB, Holy Cross

    Shooting out of a cannon when he trusts his eyes, Liam Anderson has the explosiveness to hold up in the NFL. He rarely loses sight of the ball carrier, flowing freely from gap to gap. Add in his sound tackling and pass-rush experience, and Anderson grades out as a quality priority undrafted free agent.

    Mike Edwards and Tyler McLellan, OTs, Campbell

    Campbell trotted out likely the largest tackle duo in the nation for a third straight season. LT Mike Edwards (6’7″, 345) transferred in from Wake Forest in 2020, while Tyler McLellan (6’8″, 355) has been a Fighting Camel from Day 1. Neither tackle is an exceptional athlete, but both should receive looks purely on the draw of their frames and potential.

    Montrae Braswell and Kyriq McDonald, DBs, Missouri State

    Missouri State has fielded two of the nation’s top DBs in the FCS over the last few years. Both joined the Bearcats in 2020, transferring from Group of Five programs.

    Montrae Braswell is an uber-athletic corner with plus kick return ability. He’s taken a kick to the house in each of the last three years on top of two of his six interceptions. That playmaking prowess should buoy the early goings of his career as he hones his craft in coverage.

    A former Alabama and Cincinnati DB, Kyriq McDonald had to battle his way back to relevance. A mid-play seizure derailed his Cincy career, but he’s since showcased the talent that Nick Saban recruited. With 300+ snaps in the box, deep safety, and the slot, McDonald’s versatility and special-teams experience will draw NFL recognition.

    Devonnsha Maxwell, DT, Chattanooga

    Careers don’t get much longer or more decorated than Devonnsha Maxwell’s at Chattanooga. He was named to four straight All-SoCon first teams, was the conference DPOY in 2021, owns the school and conference records for career sacks (37.5), and has 187 tackles, 55.5 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles to his name.

    Maxwell routinely faced Cole Strange in practice, and the battles were a lot less lopsided than you’d expect considering the DT was facing a first-round pick. Maxwell carries his 6’1″ and nearly 300-pound frame comfortably, using his natural leverage and 33″ arms to overwhelm opponents.

    Marte Mapu, S, Sacramento State

    6’2″ and 217-pound slot defenders with 33″ arms don’t grow on trees. And while Marte Mapu has experience at deep safety and near the LOS, it’s been the slot, box, or bust for him at Sacramento State. That hasn’t been an issue, with Mapu nabbing six INTs and 14 PBUs against one TD allowed in the past two years.

    In high school, Mapu played QB, WR, LB, CB, and S, and his time on offense has clearly helped. He plays the ball like a receiver and drops in zone well, flying all over the field.

    Patrick O’Connell and Marcus Welnel, LBs, Montana

    Patrick O’Connell plays how he looks: pissed off. He’s 6’1″ and 221 pounds of pure relentlessness, creating second- and even third-effort pressures. In 40 games, O’Connell has logged 242 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks, five PBUs, two INTs, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries — quite the laundry list.

    O’Connell’s size will force him into the box the majority of the time in the pros — an area in which we haven’t often seen him defend the run or drop into coverage at Montana. Still, he possesses short-area quickness, can take on blocks, and is a sound tackler.

    Marcus Welnel won’t receive as much recognition, but he’s thrived as the team’s off-ball linebacker. He knifes through gaps against the run and keeps pass plays in front of him, allowing a long of just 26 yards since 2021.

    Cameron McCutcheon, CB, Western Carolina

    A long 6’3″ and 200 pounds, Cameron McCutcheon isn’t afraid to get his jersey dirty coming downhill. He’s fluid in his backpedal and when transitioning, owning long-strider speed when he turns and burns downfield.

    A glance at his stat line at Western Carolina (two INTs, six PBUs in 22 games) won’t turn many heads, but a closer look at the tape shows teams often avoiding his coverage.

    Jordan Jones, CB, Rhode Island

    A former FCS and JUCO All-American, Jordan Jones has been one of my favorite DBs to watch on film. His fluidity in transition, patient feet, and speed to carry routes are easy to see. And with nine INTs and 20 PBUs in the last two years, his ball skills speak for themselves.

    Kelechi Anyalebechi, LB, Incarnate Word

    Cameron Ward and the offense brought Incarnate Word to national prevalence, but Kelechi Anyalebechi is the unsung hero of the defense. He is one of the most powerful linebackers in the FCS, routinely taking on blocks from offensive linemen … and winning.

    Anyalebechi’s experience as a pass rusher bolsters his profile, as does his innate ability to make a play. In the last two seasons alone, he forced four fumbles, recovered three, broke up 12 passes, intercepted four, notched 4.5 sacks, and reached 233 total tackles, including a school record of 130 in 2022.

    John Smith, CB, Holy Cross

    John Smith may own an incredibly generic name, but his game couldn’t be any less. He grabbed 13 INTs and 30+ PBUs across his five-year career and isn’t shy in run support. And if his ball skills weren’t enough, Smith hasn’t allowed over 50 yards in a single game over the last two years.

    Cole Coleman and Marcus Hillman, DBs, Elon

    Elon quietly boasted two of the most versatile and hard-nosed defenders over the past few years. Despite injuries slowing his progression, Cole Coleman spent his time floating between safety and the slot, never giving up on plays.

    He may only be 5’10” and 193 pounds, but you couldn’t tell on the field. His athleticism is a big draw to his game, and he jumped 39″ in the vertical and ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day.

    As for Marcus Hillman, in 19 starts, he racked up 31 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. Yeah, you want him near the line of scrimmage. Hillman is still developing in coverage, but he is already a sure-tackler, effective blitzer, and stout run defender.

    Michael Tutsie, Dawson Weber, and Destin Talbert, DBs, North Dakota State

    All three of NDSU’s snap-count leaders from the secondary are moving on to greener pastures this offseason. Michael Tutsie was the team’s primary strong safety, splitting time between the box and the deep third. He’s best coming downhill, where his violent playstyle and strong tackling shine.

    His safety mate, Dawson Weber, spent his reps at deep safety and in the slot. A proven coverage savant, he’s snatched nine interceptions in the last 30 games, racking up another 10 PBUs to boot. Last but not least, Destin Talbert is a patient and reliable corner on the outside. He didn’t allow a pass over 40 yards in the last two years and is a special teams ace, adding to his allure.

    Taylor Grimes and Darion Chafin, WRs, Incarnate Word

    Despite QB Cameron Ward and head coach Eric Morris departing for Washington State, Taylor Grimes and Darion Chafin continued to ball out for the Cardinals. In back-to-back seasons, Grimes has hauled in 80+ catches for 1,200+ yards and 15+ touchdowns. Meanwhile, after generating 11 TDs in 2021, Chafin erupted for 1,244 yards and 18 scores on just 70 receptions last season.

    Despite spending the majority of his time outside for Incarnate Word, Grimes will have to move inside at the next level due to his size (5’10”, 29″ arms). Still, he’s a sure-handed target with electric quickness, acceleration, and route running. Although not the same technical savant as his teammate, Chafin is a bigger-bodied wideout that can threaten vertically and gain yards after the catch.

    Morgan Vest, S, Northern Arizona

    Northern Arizona doesn’t exactly invoke memories of CFB dominance, but Morgan Vest has drawn eyes to the program. In 27 games, he racked up 259 total tackles, six INTs, and 21 PBUs, exhibiting his range on the back end. His size (6’0″, 201) and short-area quickness limit his upside, but Vest is a proven playmaker with special teams experience to boot.

    Lindsey Scott Jr., QB, Incarnate Word

    Out goes Cameron Ward; in comes Lindsey Scott Jr. Incarnate Word has been spoiled with QB play in recent seasons. After torching the JUCO scene with East Mississippi CC of Last Chance U fame, Scott took his dual-threat skill set to Nicholls State before landing with the Cardinals. And he didn’t just match Ward’s level of production — he blew passed it.

    Scott’s 62 total touchdowns (55 passing, seven rushing) were the most ever in a single campaign in the FCS. You would’ve thought he was still on the JUCO circuit with the sheer number of highlight plays he created week in and week out. At 5’11” and 210 pounds, Scott will be knocked for his size and level of competition, but defying skeptics has become second nature to him.

    Aidan Borguet, RB, Harvard

    After rushing for 600+ yards and 7+ TDs in 2019 and 2021, Aidan Borguet launched himself beyond the boundaries of his previous accomplishments last season. He was a shoo-in for first-team All-Ivy honors, with 1,182 yards and 10 scores on his résumé.

    Borguet possesses a low center of gravity with tree trunks for legs reinforcing his enticing contact balance. Yet, most impressive is the fact he didn’t fumble once during his time at Harvard (412 carries).

    Skyler Davis, K, Elon

    A kicker on a top FCS draft prospects list? You’re damn right. Skyler Davis has been the unquestioned best kicker in the nation since 2021 and re-wrote nearly every record at Elon. Over the past two seasons, he connected on 56 of 58 extra points and 35 of 44 field goals.

    But Davis isn’t attempting your usual 20 or 30-yarders you’d expect on the collegiate landscape. No, he nailed 23 of 28 40+ yarders, including 7 of 8 from 50+ last season. Incorporate his 46 touchbacks and 62.7-yard average on 63 touchbacks in 2022, and you have one of the best kicker prospects in the draft.

    Joshua Tomas, WR, Georgetown

    One of the best receivers you’ve likely never heard of, Joshua Tomas set Georgetown’s single-season and career records for receptions. At 5’11” and 190 pounds, he’s an electric slot weapon that glides around the field. But more than that, Tomas can be a dangerous return man from Day 1, both on punts and kicks.

    Ty Scott, WR, Missouri State

    Many know Cincinnati speedster Ty Scott, but what if I told you he may not even be the best WR with that name? Missouri State’s Tyrone Scott had a down year compared to a 2021 campaign in which he set single-season school records in receptions (66), yards (1,110), TDs (8), and 100+ receiving yard games (6).

    A 6’2″, 200-pound contested-catch connoisseur, Scott can pressure defenses vertically while also being able to force missed tackles in the open field.

    Ty Okada, S, Montana State

    A former walk-on Ty Okada has been the leader of Montana State’s defense for the last two years. He’s a versatile nickel defender with agile feet, speed to cover in the slot, and is immensely intelligent.

    Although Okada can improve his tackling technique and ability to get off blocks against the run, his special teams involvement and mentality are more than worthy of taking a look at.

    Javon Williams Jr., FB, Southern Illinois

    Hunter Luepke gets all the praise for keeping the fullback position alive, but Javon Williams Jr. should be mentioned right up there with him. He’s lined up as a wildcat QB, RB, FB/H-back, inline TE, and even as a WR on occasion for Southern Illinois.

    At 6’2″ and 230+ pounds, Williams is a challenge to bring down, and his career stats speak for themselves (49 games): 516 carries, 2,597 rushing yards, 43 rushing TDs, 64 receptions, 630 receiving yards, two receiving TDs, 30 of 52 passing, 604 passing yards, and five passing TDs.

    Thomas Greaney, TE, Albany

    Thomas Greaney looks the part at 6’5″ and 253 pounds, and his looks aren’t deceiving. He erupted as a receiver in 2022, bringing down 51 passes for 700 yards and nine scores. With strong hands at the catch point, serviceable blocking ability, and enough wiggle as a route runner, Greaney translates as a solid depth inline tight end in the NFL.

    Truman Jones, EDGE, Harvard

    What do you get when you mix Ivy League intelligence with Power Five physical tools? Harvard EDGE Truman Jones. His 6’2″, 251-pound frame is a conduit for brutal power, and his nearly 34″ arms beset offensive tackles. And as a run blocker, Jones has no issue setting the edge and shedding blocks.

    Zeke Vandenburgh and Jason Lewan, DL, Illinois State

    Illinois State’s first-ever Buck Buchanan Award winner, given to the best defender in the FCS, Zeke Vandenburgh racked up 100 total tackles (21 for loss) and 14 sacks in 2022. It was his first season playing solely on the edge, as he split time between the slot every year prior. He comes with a pass-rush plan, is explosive, and consistently beats tackles around the arc.

    While Vandenburgh collapsed the pocket from the outside, Jason Lewan ate up blockers on the interior. His 6’6″ and near-290-pound build is a lot to handle (he’s gained roughly 90 pounds since high school), especially in run defense. Lewan has room to grow as a pass rusher and is still maximizing his skill set, but that should interest decision-makers.

    Fred Payton Jr., QB, Mercer

    Fred Payton Jr. sounds like a broken record every time he breaks a record. Among Mercer’s records with his name across them: single-season passing yards (3,019), single-season passing TDs (32), single-game passing yards (514), and single-game passing TDs (five).

    In his second year with the Bears, Payton drastically augmented his performance, getting rid of the ball quicker, keeping it in safe hands, and limiting pressures that turned into sacks.

    Colby Sorsdal, OL, William & Mary

    Colby Sorsdal played exclusively at right tackle for William & Mary, but at 6’5″ and 301 pounds with 32″ arms, some might pigeonhole him to the inside at the next level. I’d give him the opportunity at tackle first, as he exhibited his prowess there while at the Shrine Bowl. He owns a steadfast anchor with heavy hands but is able to reset mid-rep if needed.

    Sorsdal was a first-team All-American in 2022, and when turning on the tape, it became all too clear why. He didn’t allow a single sack, was a mauler in the ground game, and displayed efficient movement skills.

    Fotis Kokosioulis, WR, Fordham

    Tim DeMorat’s favorite weapon. A first-team All-American. Among the top five in both receiving yards and touchdowns across DI football last season. Fotis Kokosioulis, everybody. Oh, I should probably mention he’s listed at 5’9″ and 180 pounds! He may be a slot-only receiver, but he’s a damn good one.

    Kokosioulis’ game against Ohio (13-340-4 receiving line) was teach tape on manipulating defensive backs with route running and body language. His speed and short-area athleticism make him a YAC threat with the ability to make more defenders miss in space than there are syllables in his last name.

    Colton Dowell, WR, UT Martin

    If you’ve watched any UT Martin games in the last four years, you’ve seen Colton Dowell. The 6’3″ and 215-pound WR is a force on the outside, routinely plucking passes out of the sky and moving the chains. There are inefficiencies he can clean up with NFL coaching (stance, route breaks, etc.), but Dowell has the tools decision-makers covet in their receiving corps.

    More FCS Prospects To Know in the 2023 NFL Draft

    • Matthew McKay, QB, Elon
    • Janathian Turner, DT, Gardner-Webb
    • Noah Gindorff, TE, North Dakota State
    • Dante Hendrix, WR, Indiana State
    • Lachlan Pitts, TE, William & Mary
    • Jake Gerardi, P, Southern Utah
    • Ferlando Jordan and Brandon Barbee, CBs, Southeast Louisiana
    • Cephus Johnson III, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
    • Marques DeShields, RB, Rhode Island
    • Jakob Herres, WR/TE, Richmond
    • Drew Bones, C, Illinois State
    • Fermon Reid, EDGE, Stetson
    • Johnny King, WR, Southeast Missouri
    • Travis Bell, DT, Kennesaw State
    • Kedrick Whitehead, S, Delaware
    • John H. Ford II, LB, UT Martin
    • Avante Cox, WR, Southern Illinois
    • Rehoboth Chibesa, G, Texas A&M Commerce
    • Nick Amoah, OL, UC Davis
    • Matthew Jackson, LB, Eastern Kentucky
    • Eric Black, EDGE, Stony Brook
    • TK McLendon Jr., DL, Eastern Kentucky
    • Kevin Ellis, EDGE, Missouri State
    • Hunter Nichols, S, San Diego
    • Deonta McMahon, RB, McNeese
    • Johnny Buchanan, LB, Delaware
    • Jacob Chisholm, RB, Dayton
    • Tyler Roberts, TE, Merrimack
    • Francis Bemiy, EDGE, Southern Utah
    • Dalton Godfrey, LS, South Dakota
    • Julian Hill, TE, Campbell
    • Lawrence Johnson, S, Southeast Missouri
    • PJ Jules, DB, Southern Illinois
    • Robert Soderholm III, LS, Virginia Military Institute
    • Celestin Haba, EDGE, Texas A&M Commerce
    • Dakota Allen, TE, Eastern Kentucky
    • Tye Freeland, CB, William & Mary
    • Garett Maag, WR, North Dakota
    • D’Ante Smith and Darius Willams, DBs, Texas A&M-Commerce
    • T.J. Luther, WR, Gardner-Webb
    • Chizi Umunakwe, LB, Central Connecticut State
    • Michael Gerace, OL, Maine
    • Malik Flowers, WR, Montana
    • Spencer Waege, EDGE, North Dakota State
    • Ed Lee, WR, Rhode Island
    • Nathan East, LB, Samford
    • Patrick Flynn, OL, New Hampshire
    • Chris Coleman, WR, Cal Poly
    • Reece Udinski, QB, Richmond
    • Erik Sorensen, OL, Northern Iowa
    • Jacob Saylors, RB, East Tennessee State

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