With the 2022 college football regular season ending and the bowl season beginning, multiple SEC quarterbacks are set to forego their bowl game and prepare for the 2023 NFL draft. This will highlight the quarterbacks from the SEC that will have their names called during this year’s draft.
Bryce Young – Alabama
Bryce Young is expected to be drafted early and may be the best of the SEC quarterbacks. Young has been at the helm of the Alabama offense for three year. In 2021, he led the Crimson Tide into the College Football Playoff, beating Cincinnati 27-6. However, Young and the Crimson Tide fell to Georgia 33-18 in the National Title game, last year. Young has yet to decide whether to play in the Sugar Bowl against Kansas State. Some will see this past season as disappointing due to missing the CFP. However, being a Heisman winner in 2021 and barely missing out on being a Heisman finalist in 2022 will keep him among the first to go in the draft. Look for Young to go to a team that needs a quarterback, including the Texans, Colts or Panthers.
Will Levis – Kentucky
Will Levis comes into this draft as the wild card. Kentucky and Levis had a strong start to the 2022 season but leveled out into the middle and end of the campaign. Levis has a big arm and showed off his speed and mobility this season. Kentucky was able to win games and stay competitive because of him. He’s had his Heisman moments, sometimes putting the team on his back. Levis declared for the draft and will sit out the TransPerfect Music City Bowl against Iowa. It’s possible to see Levis drafted as high as the second quarterback in this draft or the fifth or sixth. The best fit for Levis would be the Panthers or Commanders.
Anthony Richardson – Florida
Anthony Richardson not only declared for the draft but is sitting out the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State. Richardson is likely a project quarterback that will see the most success sitting behind a veteran quarterback. However, he may have the highest ceiling of SEC Quarterbacks. Because of this, expect a team that does not have an immediate need at quarterback to draft him. The Lions, Colts and Seahawks are team’s that could show interest.
You have to be patient with Anthony Richardson (Florida) but that patience could have a big return. He’s a magnificent athlete but there also some natural passing instincts here. Insane upside if he puts it together. pic.twitter.com/UaKOkARaiJ
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) December 5, 2022
Hendon Hooker – Tennessee
Hendon Hooker was having a Heisman season before tearing his ACL against South Carolina. That game also put the nail in the coffin for the Volunteers and their hopes of a playoff berth. Hooker is one of the older quarterbacks in this draft, and his value suffers. This does not mean his value is zero, however. Hooker should tell the college football world that he can lead a team and has leadership qualities. Look for Hooker to go later in the draft because of the injury and his age. His best fit would be a team like the Buccaneers, Raiders and Commanders.
Stetson Bennett – Georgia
Bennett has arguably had the best past two years out of any quarterback prospect. However, like Hooker, Bennett’s age does not give teams much time contract-wise to get the most out of him. Teams would have to evaluate him quickly and decide if he’s a franchise guy. Bennett has shown impressive leadership skills and he’s proven he’s a winner and can lead a team. Also, being a Heisman finalist is excellent on a quarterback resume and he’ll look to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championships.