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Ranking the Devy Stars in Monday’s National Championship

TCU vs. Georgia tonight! @FF_Hulsey gives you five up-and-coming devy prospects playing in Monday's National Championship.

The matchup between TCU and Georgia in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship is packed with some of the top prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. Quentin Johnston, Kendre Miller, Darnell Washington, Kenny McIntosh, and others will soon move on to the NFL. Both programs will be looking to fill roles with some of our favorite up-and-coming devy prospects. Here are the top five young stars playing in the National Championship who you need to target in your devy leagues now.

5. Emani Bailey, RB, TCU | 5’9″ 200 lbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️

TCU running back Kendre Miller is one of my favorite prospects in the 2023 class, and he is leaving behind massive shoes to fill at the position. Miller has 1,515 total yards and 17 touchdowns this season on 240 touches. The vacated touches and opportunities left behind will be worth monitoring. I will be paying very close attention to TCU this spring as the depth chart begins to take shape. I like Bailey more than consensus and believe he can expand his role in a major way next season. Bailey can move in ways that few running backs in the country can, with exceptional speed and elusiveness. A transfer from Louisiana, Bailey is dynamic and was the talk of spring camp in 2022. He is a former track star, and it shows in the highlight below. His career mark of 6.7 yards per carry (8.3 at TCU) over 141 attempts speaks volumes. Bailey might get some work in the National Championship game and is certainly a name to keep in mind as TCU looks to fill Miller’s role next season. I would be willing to roster him in deep devy leagues, and he’s even more interesting in C2C.

4. Jordan Hudson, WR, TCU | 6’1″ 190 lbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The argument for Hudson to emerge as a priority devy target is similar to Bailey’s. We know how productive the TCU WR1 can be. Look no further than Quentin Johnston, my top wide receiver in the 2023 draft class, who has accounted for 1,066 receiving yards and six touchdowns this season. The leading candidate to step into that role is Hudson, a top-100 player and four-star recruit from the 2022 class. As a true freshman, he has 174 receiving yards and three touchdowns, easily avoiding the dreaded Year 1 Zero. He is, without a doubt, the freshman TCU wide receiver to roster over DJ Allen. Hudson will be one of my favorite deep targets in devy leagues this offseason. He will soon debut in our Devy Top 150 rankings when we remove the 2023 class, likely in the WR40-50 range.

3. Oscar Delp, TE, Georgia | 6’5″ 225 lbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kirby Smart is stockpiling freaks at the tight end position, and Delp is the next man up. Arik Gilbert is transferring, and Darnell Washington is moving on to the NFL, so there should be a significant role for Delp in 2023, even with Bowers leading the charge. He ran a verified 4.6 40 in high school, and like Bowers, he is an offensive weapon. Delp is an elite route runner with good size, speed, and excellent ball skills. I have no doubt that he will improve as a blocker with experience. He has been productive when on the field this season, hauling in five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Georgia may have the most talented group of tight ends on any roster in college football history. Delp looks to be a Bowers clone, and we will see both of them on the field at the same time in 2023. Cheat code. Look for his stock to skyrocket over the next 12 months.

2. Branson Robinson, RB, Georgia | 5’10” 220 lbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Coming out of high school, Robinson was one of the most polished RB prospects I have scouted. His vision and power as a high school player jumped off the film, and now he benefits from one of the best NFL factories in college football. In addition to those traits, he already looks like an NFL bruiser with his 220-pound frame. Did I mention he also ran track? He is much faster and more elusive than usually given credit for because of his size. Robinson should run the 40 in the 4.5 range, giving him a scary combination of power and speed. He hasn’t produced much as a freshman, with 288 rushing yards and a touchdown, but the flashes of talent are apparent. Very few freshmen have better NFL profiles than Robinson. The breakout is coming in Year 2.

1. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia | 6’4″ 230 lbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bowers is one of the best weapons and most complete prospects in college football. A unicorn at his position, Bowers attacks defenses with too much muscle for corners and too much speed for linebackers. This unique combination, along with his physicality and advanced ball skills, makes him a frightening task for defenses. Bowers is an instant mismatch for anyone. He will likely be an early Day 1 selection in 2024. Bowers will be met with Pitts-level hype when drafted, but George Kittle is the comparison I’m more comfortable with. While you typically have to exercise patience with young tight ends, Bowers is a pro-ready prospect with traits that translate well. Very few tight ends in the country are featured playmakers in their offense. Even fewer have the athleticism Bowers possesses and dominate college football’s premiere conference. He ran a verified 4.5 40 in high school with a 40-inch vertical, so we can be confident in the measurables. The list of draftable tight ends in devy is short, but Bowers is worth a selection in the late-first round of startup drafts.

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