USC defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu has declared for the NFL draft, forgoing his remaining eligibility. His announcement came a day after the Trojans’ 46-45 upset loss to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.
“Although the outcome of this season was not what we wanted, I gave this university, the fans, the coaches and my teammates everything I have!” Tuipulotu wrote on social media. “With that being said, I am declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft and fulfilling my dreams of playing in the National Football League.”
Tuipulotu was the FBS sack leader in 2022 with 13.5 sacks. He also made 46 tackles.
He won the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award and earned first-team All-Pac-12 back-to-back seasons.
Tuipulotu’s brother, Marlon, is a defensive tackle for the Eagles.
Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee announced he is forgoing his remaining college eligibility to enter the 2023 NFL Draft.
Bresee, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2020, is projected as a first-round pick.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NFL,” Bresee said in a social media statement. “After much thought and many prayers, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. Although I’m excited for this next chapter in my football journey, I will always be a Clemson Tiger.”
Bresee played 10 games this season and totaled 3.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups. He missed time with a kidney issue and because of a death in his immediate family.
Bresee missed time in 2021 with an ACL tear.
In three seasons, he totaled 51 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks and four passes defensed.
Monday brought draft declarations from a roll call of players from the Crimson Tide.
In addition to quarterback Bryce Young confirming he’ll be entering the professional ranks, linebacker Will Anderson and running back Jahmyr Gibbs also announced their intention to enter the 2023 draft pool.
Anderson was a unanimous All-American in 2021 and 2022 and he won back-to-back Bronko Nagurski Trophies as the best defensive player in football. He also won the Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award this season.
Anderson had 34.5 sacks over three seasons at Alabama. He is expected to join Young at the top of the draft board come April.
Gibbs played two years at Georgia Tech before transferring in 2022. He ran for 926 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 44 passes out of the backfield this season.
Ole Miss running back Zach Evans announced Friday he will forgo his remaining college eligibility to enter the 2023 NFL draft.
“I’ve had an unforgettable experience at Ole Miss, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to play here,” Evans wrote on social media. “After much prayer, I have decided to forego my remaining year of eligibility and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.”
He rushed for 936 yards and nine touchdowns in his only season at Ole Miss. Evans rushed for 130 or more yards four times this season, including a career-best 207 against Arkansas on Nov. 19.
Evans transferred to Ole Miss from TCU, where he rushed for 1,063 yards in two seasons in Fort Worth.
LSU receiver Kayshon Boutte announced earlier this month he was returning to the school for another season. The Tigers released a statement earlier this week that Boutte wouldn’t play in the Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl against Purdue, adding that Boutte is enrolled for the spring semester.
On Wednesday night, Boutte posted a simple Twitter message: “After careful thoughts and consideration, I will be declaring for the 2023 NFL draft.”
He joins three teammates — receiver Jaray Jenkins, edge rusher BJ Ojulari and cornerback Mekhi Garner — in skipping the bowl game to prepare for the draft.
“We support Kayshon and his decision,” LSU coach Brian Kelly said in a statement, via Wilson Alexander of nola.com. “He went through a thoughtful process and ultimately decided this was in his best interest. We appreciate all he did during his time at LSU and wish him well.“
In three seasons, Boutte made 131 receptions for 1,782 yards and 16 touchdowns. That includes 48 catches for 538 yards and two touchdowns for LSU this season.
Linebacker Andre Carter II is the most heralded pro prospect to come out of West Point in many years and an obstacle to his pursuit of an NFL career has been eliminated.
As we noted last week, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act closed a loophole that allowed athletes from service academies from deferring their five years of service in order to play professional sports. A provision clearing the way for Carter and others to play immediately has been included in the Omnibus Appropriations Measure that is expected to be passed by Congress and signed by President Biden this week, however.
Pete Thamel of ESPN.com reports that the Omnibus Appropriations Measure includes language saying that the new policy governing professional sports “shall only apply with respect to a cadet or midshipman who first enrolls in the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, or the United States Air Force Academy on or after June 1, 2021.” Carter and others who were enrolled ahead of that date would then be eligible to play while deferring their service.
Carter is expected to take part in the Senior Bowl and most draft analysts expect him to be selected somewhere in the first two rounds of the draft. Only two Army players have been drafted since 1969 and both of them were selected in the seventh round. The last Army first-round picks were Glenn Davis and Tex Coulter in 1947.
Quarterback Max Duggan will be leading the TCU offense against Michigan in the semifinals of the college football playoffs on New Year’s Eve and he’ll be heading to the NFL Draft whenever the Horned Frogs are done playing.
Duggan announced on Sunday that he will forego his remaining year of eligibility in order to enter the 2023 draft.
Duggan began the 2022 season as TCU’s No. 2 quarterback, but replaced starter Chandler Morris after a Week One injury and played well enough the rest of the way to become a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He was 239-of-368 for 3,321 yards, 30 touchdowns and four interceptions while also running 130 times for 555 yards and six scores.
While Duggan is not considered one of the top quarterback prospects, he started games all four years he was in school — all players in college in 2020 were granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to the impact of COVID — and his mixture experience and productivity will likely lead some team to use a pick on him at some point in April.
Running back Bijan Robinson officially threw his name into the 2023 draft pool on Monday.
Robinson announced that he will forego his remaining eligibility at Texas in order to head into the professional ranks.
The announcement comes after three very productive seasons with the Longhorns. Robinson ran for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and leaves the school 3,410 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns over three seasons. Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, and Earl Campbell are the only players to run for more yards at Texas.
Robinson also caught 60 passes for 805 yards and eight touchdowns to establish himself as the consensus top running back coming into the professional ranks this year. If he goes in the first round, he’ll be the first Texas product to go that high since Malcom Brown in 2015.
One of 2023’s top offensive line prospects has officially thrown his name into the draft pool.
Northwestern tackle Peter Skoronski announced his intention to enter the NFL on Friday. Northwestern is not playing in a bowl game this year, so Skoronski had no choice to make about playing a final game for the school.
Skoronski became a starter during his freshman year and did not miss a game during his three years with the Wildcats. He was All-Big Ten in all three seasons and a unanimous AP All-American this season. He was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy for the nation’s best offensive lineman.
Most draft analysts project Skoronski will be off the board early in the first round this April.
University of Tennessee offensive lineman Darnell Wright will play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson. Then, he announced Thursday, he’s headed for the NFL.
Wright declared for 2023 NFL draft, forgoing his remaining eligibility.
“Can’t thank @Vol_Football enough it’s been a hell of a time,” Wright tweeted. “To all my teammates that helped me get to this point can’t thank y’all enough and to the fans that believed in us along the way I’m happy to say I left it better than I found it #GBO”
Wright already had accepted a Senior Bowl invite.
He played right tackle this season after playing left tackle in 2021. He has not allowed a sack in his past 18 games.
Wright has made 41 career starts, 26 at right tackle, 13 at left tackle and two at right guard. He has played 2,680 snaps.
Wide receiver Jalin Hyatt is leaving Tennessee for the NFL.
Hyatt had two years of eligibility left, but announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will be entering the professional ranks. He said that he will not take part in the Orange Bowl as he turns his attention toward draft preparation.
Hyatt broke out this season with 67 catches for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns to help the Volunteers to their first 10-win season since 2007. He had 41 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns in his first two years in Knoxville.
Jordan Addison, Jaxson Smith-Njigba, Quentin Johnson, Zay Flowers, and Josh Downs are some of the other wideouts who rank highly on prospect lists as we move closer to the Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine and the full pre-draft season.
Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson has declared for the NFL draft, he told Pete Thamel of ESPN. Simpson already was out of the Orange Bowl after injuring his ankle in the ACC championship game.
He is a top prospect in the draft, projected as a likely first-round choice.
“It’s amazing,” Simpson told Thamel. “It’s definitely a dream come true. Me and my family all talked, and I was able to sit down with my coaches. I felt like this was what’s best for me. I worked my whole life for this opportunity.”
The junior was second on the Tigers with 73 tackles this season and totaled 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, three pass breakups and four tackles for loss. In 2021, he had 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
Simpson will train at EXOS in Dallas beginning in January.
One of the top defensive ends in the college ranks has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Myles Murphy announced that he will not be joining Clemson in the Orange Bowl as he turns his attention to preparing for his professional career. Murphy is widely projected to be a first round pick next April.
“It really came fast,” Murphy said, via Pete Thamel of ESPN.com. “Three years ago today, I was getting ready to head to Clemson. It was a really fast transition. Now there’s a transition to the next level and next chapter of my life. Every big decision that I make, I go back to the family and make it a family and team decision. We all agreed on and thought it was the best decision.”
Murphy had 40 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and a forced fumble this season. He had 36 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks over three collegiate seasons.
Texas A&M junior defensive back Antonio Johnson is forgoing his remaining college eligibility and declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. Johnson announced his decision in a social media post.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft,” Johnson wrote.
In three seasons with the Aggies, Johnson totaled 164 tackles, seven pass breakups and an interception. He finished second on the team in total tackles in 2021 with 79, earning second-team All-America honors.
Johnson had injuries that limited him in 2022, but he saw action in nine games and recorded 71 tackles, a sack and three forced fumbles.
Johnson joins two teammates — cornerback Jaylon Jones and running back Devon Achane — in declaring for the draft.
Auburn running back Tank Bigsby has announced his decision to enter the 2023 NFL draft. He will forgo his remaining college eligibility.
“I valued the opportunity to run out of the tunnel and play in game environments at Jordan-Hare Stadium that was absolutely electrifying that words can’t describe,” Bigsby wrote on social media. “Shoutout to the Auburn nation and fans for your continuous support throughout my three years at Auburn.
“I’m very thankful for my teammates creating moments at Auburn that’ll never be forgotten. This journey has been filled with highs and lows but through it all your love and support has never wavered.”
As a junior in 2022, Bigsby had 179 carries for 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 180 yards.
He finished his career as the school’s seventh all-time rusher with 2,903 yards. He also scored 25 rushing touchdowns on 540 carries in 35 games. Bigsby added 62 receptions for 448 yards.
He becomes the fourth Auburn player with remaining eligibility to declare for the draft, joining Owen Pappoe, Derick Hall and Colby Wooden.