Jack Follman’s 2023 Top Pac-12 NFL Draft Prospects Update

Some new stars have emerged and half of the quarterbacks look like major NFL prospects

Posted on October 25, 2022

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

We’re a little more than halfway through the season and it’s one of the biggest years I can remember for Pac-12 NFL prospects moving up and down boards.

We’ve had some brand new stars emerge and half of the quarterbacks in the conference now look like major NFL prospects.

Let’s take a look at the top 12.

1. Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC
USC WR Jordan Addison vs ASU | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
The 2021 Biletnikoff winner has done nothing but live up to his billing as a Trojan in Lincoln Riley’s offense.

He’s athletic, proven, and prolific, and he’s going to go off the board quickly—in a draft that lacks elite receivers, with a lot of teams in need of them.

2. Clark Phillips III, Cornerback, Utah
Utah cornerback Clark Phillips III | Phelan M. Ebenhack | AP
Everyone needs to pay attention to the lights-out season CPIII is having.

His lack of size will keep him from being the top corner in the draft but his play could easily make him the best in the nation, and a likely First-Round pick.

3. Tanner McKee, Quarterback, Stanford
Stanford QB Tanner McKee vs USC | Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Pac-12 fans watching McKee wonder how he has so much NFL buzz.

The truth is he is big, has a big arm, and can move a bit, and that recipe has worked well lately for QBs coming into the NFL, even if they weren’t college stars.

4. Christian Gonzalez, Cornerback, Oregon
Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez | Tom Hauck/Getty Images
The big Colorado transfer has rocketed up draft boards this season.

He’s got ideal size and athleticism and is getting serious First-Round buzz.

5. Zach Charbonnet, Running Back, UCLA
UCLA RB Zach Charbonnet | Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The big back came back for another season and is making the most of it.

He’s shown his production, and his size and skill are making him one of the top backs in the draft.

6. Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah
Utah TE Dalton Kincaid | Chris Gardner/Getty Images
Kincaid has exploded this year for the Utes.

He could be the best tight end in America right now and exactly the kind of pass catcher the NFL is looking for at the position.

7. Noah Sewell, Linebacker, Oregon
Oregon LB Noah Sewell | Eric Evans Photo/Oregon Athletics
Sewell hasn’t had his best season and playing inside linebacker has always been a question mark with his NFL stock.

I think he climbs right back up if he can bounce back in the second half of 2022.

8. Cam Ward, Quarterback, Washington State
WSU quarterback Cameron Ward against Cal | Young Kwak/Associated Press
The Incarnate Word transfer has been electric at WSU.

He’s a pure playmaker who is getting major NFL attention and is getting mentioned as potentially going as high as in the Second Round now, maybe even the First.

9. Daiyan Henley, Linebacker, Washington State
Cougar LB Daiyan Henley | 247Sports
The Nevada transfer has been lights out at WSU.

He’s probably been the best linebacker in the Pac-12 this year and has generated a lot of NFL attention because of it.

10. Tuli Tuipulotu, Defensive End, USC
USC defensive end Tuli Tuipulotu | Trojans Wire
The best defensive lineman in the Conference has a great blend of size and speed.

He can really rush the passer and hold up against the run, and that makes him a great NFL prospect.

11. Brandon Dorlus, Defensive Tackle, Oregon
Oregon DE Brandon Dorlus | Sean Meagher/The Oregonian
Dorlus is the best interior defender in the Pac-12 and a versatile athlete.

He’s already pushed himself up into being a likely Second or Third-Round pick.

12. Andrew Vorhees, Guard, USC
Andrew Vorhees | John McCoy/Associated Press
Voorhees is having a fantastic final season of college football, and he’s playing his way up draft boards.

Other top prospects

Cam Rising, Quarterback, Utah
Bo Nix, Quarterback, Oregon
Michael Penix Jr., Quarterback, Washington
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Quarterback, UCLA
Kyu Blu Kelly, Cornerback, Stanford

—More from Jack Follman—