It only takes a few weeks of regular-season action for a handful of NFL fan bases to start looking forward to next year’s draft, and such is the case this year for anyone rooting for any of the league’s 0–3 teams (Bears, Vikings, Panthers, Broncos).

The first month of the college football season also gives us fresh film with which to evaluate the next class of top prospects, and the early returns tell us this group is full of blue-chip talent.

As September draws to a close, let’s restack the 2024 NFL draft board based on what we’ve seen so far this season, and rank the top 32 prospects in the class.


QB Caleb Williams, USC
Conversations surrounding tanking just to get Williams in 2024 have plagued many teams.

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2023 Stats: 75-of-101 (74.3%), 1,200 yards, 18 TD (3 rushing), 0 INT

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner has lived up to the hype after his stellar 2022 campaign. His elite physical traits, playmaking instincts, and intelligence make him must-see TV every week and should ensure he’s the No. 1 pick, no matter which team lands in that slot.


WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

2023 Stats: 17 receptions, 336 yards, 3 TD

It’s never fair to compare college players to Hall of Famers, but this apple hit every branch of his dad’s gold-jacket tree on the way down. Marvin 2.0 checks all the boxes of a superstar NFL wide receiver, and he should be the first non-quarterback drafted next April.


OT Olu Fashanu, Penn State

2023 Stats: 235 snaps, 1 pressure allowed, 0 sacks allowed

Fashanu could have been a first-rounder earlier this year, but his decision to return for another year will only make him a more polished and experienced version of himself for making the leap this time around. He’s an immediate franchise left tackle with perennial All-Pro potential.


TE Brock Bowers, Georgia

2023 Stats: 22 receptions, 256 yards, 2 TD

Bowers isn’t the big, long, basically-a-giant wide receiver that Kyle Pitts was a few years back, but he’s still a dynamic playmaker, and the rare tight end prospect worthy of top-five consideration. His versatility and after-the-catch prowess make him a nightmare to contain.


DL Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois

2023 Stats: 17 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

You could make the argument that no player in the country has been more dominant so far this season than Newton. An undersized but disruptive force, Newton has raised the property taxes of every opposing backfield with his constant presence.


Edge Jared Verse, Florida State
Verse transfered to Flordia State in 2022.

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2023 Stats: 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks

Much like Fashanu, Verse could have been an early pick in 2023, but another year in college might put him in position to be the first defender off the board in 2024. His explosive first step and pass-rushing technique is top in the class.


OT Joe Alt, Notre Dame

2023 Stats: 290 snaps, 3 pressures allowed, 0 sacks allowed

Another legacy prospect, Alt’s dad was a two-time Pro Bowler at the same position. The younger version is a polished, plug-and-play starter at the next level who doesn’t have a glaring flaw in his game.


QB Drake Maye, North Carolina

2023 Stats: 96-of-132 (73.3%), 1,187, 8 TD (3 rushing), 4 INT

Maye’s numbers haven’t moved the needle much so far this year, but the talent and traits are still there. He’s still the comfortable QB2 after Williams, and anything but a consolation prize to any other QB-needy team that doesn’t land the No. 1 pick.


WR Rome Odunze, Washington

2023 Stats: 27 receptions, 544 yards, 4 TD

Perhaps the most underrated player on this list, Odunze is a legit top-10 talent with all the makings of a dominant WR1 at the next level. I’m not much for pro player comparisons, but it’s hard not to see a bigger, faster Keenan Allen here.


CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
McKinstry also serves as the Crimson Tide’s punt returner.

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2023 Stats: 12 tackles, 3 pass breakups, 1 tackle for loss

Obviously one of the best names in this year’s class, McKinstry backs up his iconic moniker with the tools of a true shutdown artist. He’s got the size, length, and athleticism to be the first corner off the board.


CB Kalen King, Penn State

2023 Stats: 9 tackles, 1 pass breakup

Somehow, Penn State has never had a defensive back drafted in the first round. Joey Porter Jr. barely missed the cut last year, but King should finally end that streak thanks to his combination of instincts, technique and ball skills.


Edge Laiatu Latu, UCLA

2023 Stats: 13 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception

Medical evaluations during the pre-draft process could be key to his draft stock, but when healthy, Latu has proven to be one of the most well-rounded and productive Edge defenders in a deep class at the position.


WR Keon Coleman, Florida State

2023 Stats: 17 receptions, 256 yards, 6 TD

One of the fastest-rising prospects on this list, Coleman has been dominant so far this season for a resurgent FSU team. He’s a massive target with the length, athleticism and physicality to be a force in the red zone and in any contested-catch situation.


DB Cooper DeJean, Iowa

2023 Stats: 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 0.5 tackles for loss

Modern NFL defensive coordinators love versatile weapons they can line up anywhere on the field, and DeJean fits that bill. He’s an athletic playmaker who can play corner (outside or in the slot), safety, or even linebacker in certain situations.


Edge Dallas Turner, Alabama

2023 Stats: 17 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Now that Will Anderson Jr. has moved on to the NFL, Turner has gotten his chance to shine for the Crimson Tide. He may not have Anderson’s complete skill set or level of polish, but the explosiveness and limitless upside are clearly there.


S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota
Nubin was a presence immediately at Minnesota, playing in 12 games as a true freshman.

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2023 Stats: 15 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 pass breakup

An athletic ballhawk with impressive range and instincts, Nubin can play either safety spot at a high level, operating down in the box or patrolling the deep middle of the field. Go watch his game-winning, two-pick performance against Nebraska.


Edge Chop Robinson, Penn State

2023 Stats: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup

The childhood nickname of “Pork Chop” got shortened, but Robinson’s chop is one of many quality pass-rushing moves in his deep tool box. He’s got a quick first step, and a knack for getting after the quarterback on a regular basis.


WR Malik Nabers, LSU

2023 Stats: 32 receptions, 523 yards, 5 TD

We’re used to seeing blue-chip pass-catchers coming out of Baton Rouge, and Nabers is the latest with first-round talent. His toughness and acceleration make him particularly dangerous after the catch.


OT JC Latham, Alabama

Career Stats: 259 snaps, 4 pressures allowed, 1 sack allowed

Before the 2023 draft, an Alabama offensive tackle had been picked in the first round four years in a row. Latham has a chance to restart a new streak, and his combination of mammoth size (6'6", 360 pounds) and power gives him the versatility to slide inside to guard, if necessary.


WR Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State

2023 Stats: 19 receptions, 263 yards, 3 TD

Egbuka might have to line up across from Harrison, and he might wear the digit on his jersey, yet he’s anything but a No. 2 receiver. His skill set compares favorably to the Buckeyes receiver who wore that number before him (Chris Olave), and a similar draft slot/pro projection wouldn’t be a surprise.


LB Barrett Carter, Clemson

2023 Stats: 18 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss

These Tigers have the nation’s best linebacker duo, and Carter is the first of the pair to make an appearance on this list. Modern NFL linebackers have to be equal parts athletic and physical, with smarts and instincts in every phase of the game, and Carter checks all the boxes.


DL Leonard Taylor III, Miami (FL)
Taylor is a leader on the Canes defense and is often doubled on the line.

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2023 Stats: 4 tackles, 1 sack

A former five-star recruit, Taylor has top-shelf explosiveness for an interior defender, and he puts it to good use. He’s more of a disruptive run-stuffer than refined pass rusher at the moment, but the tools are there to wreak havoc on the quarterback.


Edge JT Tuimoloau, Ohio State

2023 Stats: 13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup

Any NFL defense that loves to run multiple fronts and move trench guys around will love Tuimoloau. He can line up on the edge, slide inside and even drop into coverage. Wherever he lines up, Tuimoloau knows how to find the ball in a hurry.


S Kamren Kinchens, Miami (FL)

2023 Stats: 10 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery

A true center fielder with elite range and ball skills, Kinchens is the kind of back-end playmaker every quarterback hates. Whatever he might lack in run support, Kinchens more than makes up for as a big-play magnet in coverage whenever the ball gets anywhere near him.


OL Graham Barton, Duke

Stats: 215 snaps, 4 pressures allowed, 1 sack allowed

If you liked 2023 first-rounder Peter Skoronski out of Northwestern (now with the Titans), you’re probably gonna love Barton. Questions about his length might force him inside to guard at the next level, but wherever he plays, he’ll be a stud.


CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson

2023 Stats: 4 tackles, 1 interception (TD), 3 pass breakups, 1 sack

A long and lean cover man, Wiggins has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this year’s cornerback class so far. His thin frame (6'2", 185 pounds) could be an issue against bigger, more physical receivers, but he’s got the athleticism and technique to make up for it.


OT Amarius Mims, Georgia

Stats: 139 snaps, 1 pressure allowed, no sacks allowed

Following in the footsteps of recent first-rounders Andrew Thomas and Broderick Jones, Mims has the talent to be the next UGA offensive tackle to crack that top 32. He’ll miss the next few weeks after ankle surgery, but at full strength, he’s a massive mauler who can anchor any offensive line.


S Calen Bullock, USC

2023 Stats: 19 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 1 interception

Another athletic ballhawk in a promising safety class, Bullock is at his best in space on the back end, reading opposing quarterbacks and closing on the football. He doesn’t make the same impact in the box, but that doesn’t matter when he’s plucking passes out of the air.


DL Maason Smith, LSU
Smith was poised for a breakout season before his injury last fall.

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2023 Stats: 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup

A highly touted recruit who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the 2022 season, Smith has bounced back with a vengeance so far this season. He’s got the massive frame of a space-eating nose tackle, but with rare athleticism and explosiveness for that size.


CB Caelen Carson, Wake Forest

2023 Stats: 15 tackles, 3 pass breakups

Carson is still flying under the radar a bit, but that shouldn’t be the case much longer. He might not have the elite physical traits of some of the other top corners in this class, but he’s a complete player without a glaring flaw in his skill set.


LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson

2023 Stats: 23 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Another name that’ll sound familiar to NFL fans, Trotter lives up to his name as the son of a four-time Pro Bowler at the same position. Like his teammate Carter, Trotter is a three-down defender who can stuff the run, make plays in coverage, and even get after the quarterback on the blitz.


CB Denzel Burke, Ohio State

2023 Stats: 4 pass breakups, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 tackle for loss

Consistency will be the key for Burke, but all the pieces are there for him to become a first-round prospect. He’s got the size and length to win with physicality, and the short-area quickness to handle shiftier pass-catchers.

What About the Quarterbacks?

There’s still a clear-cut chasm between the Williams-Maye tier and the rest of this year’s top passers, but that next group is teeming with talent and potential. The value of top quarterback prospects often leads them to be drafted earlier than their in-a-vacuum grade might dictate, so while no other signal-caller cracks our top 32 prospects at the moment, there are a handful who could all warrant first-round consideration.

Here’s how I rank the rest of this year’s top quarterbacks after Williams and Maye after the first few weeks of the season:

Michael Penix Jr., Washington

2023 Stats: 103-of-138 (74.6%), 1,636 yards, 16 TD, 2 INT

It’s an easy southpaw comparison, but it’s hard to watch Penix on Saturday, then Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday, and not think the latter could make a similar impact at the next level. Like Tua, though, his injury history will be a concern.

Cameron Ward, Washington State

2023 Stats: 106-of-142 (74.6%), 1,390 yards, 16 TD (3 rushing), 0 INT

The most underrated player in this group, all Ward does is keep putting up huge numbers and winning big games. His skill set and playmaking ability should translate extremely well to the modern NFL game.

Shedeur Sanders, Colorado

2023 Stats: 130-of-169 (76.9%), 1,410 yards, 12 TD (1 rushing), 1 INT

247Sports ranked Sanders as the No. 21 transfer player available in the 2023 portal rankings.

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Jackson State was no fluke. Sanders keeps displaying franchise QB traits regardless of the competition, and the production is still there. Even in a rough loss to Oregon, he wasn’t the problem.

Riley Leonard, Duke

2023 Stats: 67-of-99 (67.7%), 778 yards, 6 TD (4 rushing), 0 INT

Much like former Blue Devil Daniel Jones, Leonard has an intriguing blend of arm talent and athleticism to create big plays when the pocket breaks down. His biggest test yet awaits this weekend against Notre Dame.

Bo Nix, Oregon

2023 Stats: 104-of-131 (79.4%), 1,169 yards, 12 TD (1 rushing), 1 INT

The most experienced quarterback in college football, Nix continues to show all the signs of a quality NFL starter. He’s a sound decision-maker with enough athleticism to frustrate opposing defenses as both a runner and an extend-the-play passer.

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

2023 Stats: 71-of-89 (79.8%), 915 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT

He might not have Nix’s level of experience, but McCarthy wins in many of the same ways. He’s completing nearly 80% of his passes so far this season, and knows how to distribute the ball and let his playmakers do the rest.

Quinn Ewers, Texas

2023 Stats: 72-of-112 (64.3%), 12 touchdowns (3 rushing), 0 INT

Carving up Nick Saban’s defense will do wonders for your draft stock. There are more tough matchups ahead for Ewers, but he’s yet to throw an interception this season, despite loving to take big shots down the field.