2023 FCS Transfer Portal Rankings: Top Defensive Players to Land FBS Spots This Fall

These defensive players could take the FBS by storm as they hail from the lower tier and highlight our transfer portal rankings in 2023.

College Football is dominated by transfer portal talk during the offseason and its two open windows. When the calender hits August, however, these players that dominate our transfer portal rankings on the defensive side of the ball are sure to dominate their own headlines as well.

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2023 FCS Transfer Portal Rankings: Defense

Included in these rankings are the top FCS players as well as Division II, Division III, and Junior College athletes that have joined the transfer portal and either committed to a new university or are expected to play at an FBS institution in 2023.

1) Travis Hunter, CB/WR, Colorado
From: Jackson State

A dynamic athlete, Travis Hunter will likely play snaps on both sides of the ball for Colorado. If he focuses on one position, he could likely be among the best players in the Pac-12, maybe even the country for that given role.

Even if he does continue to split reps at the highest level, Hunter will still factor into the top positional rankings for either wide receiver or cornerback. Hunter possesses elite ball skills on offense and defense and has matching athleticism all over the field.

He’s already in the running for the top individual defensive awards and will likely find himself on the same preseason watch lists for the offensive awards as well.

MORE: Pac-12 WR Rankings, 2023

2) Shamari Simmons, CB, Arizona State
From Austin Peay

A former All-State selection in the state of Alabama, Shamari Simmons knows a thing or two about dominating elite competition in front of him. Joining his fellow Austin Peay to Arizona State teammate, Demetries Ford, Simmons adds another piece to a revamped ASU secondary that should turn heads in 2023.

In two seasons with the Governors, Simmons recorded seven interceptions and another 21 pass breakups. He has a nose for the football and chips in with terrific run-defense skills. Simmons has prototypical size at 6’0″ and 180 pounds, with some room to gain muscle to his frame and maintain his speed and athleticism.

3) Alijah Huzzie, CB, North Carolina
From: East Tennessee State

There’s a reason the Tar Heels were prone to letting some of their defensive back talent leave via the portal, or vice versa. A reason why some of the talent left Chapel Hill. Newcomer Alijah Huzzie brings with him experience, ball skills, and an ascending profile to UNC this fall.

Huzzie recorded six interceptions in just 11 games for the Buccaneers last year, pulling off over a dozen pass breakups in the process as well. A sticky coverage cornerback, Huzzie was terrific in all facets for East Tennessee State since he took over starting duties in 2020.

4) Antonio Carter II, DB, Notre Dame
From: Rhode Island

One of the bigger gets from the spring transfer portal, the Fighting Irish secured their fortune on the back end with Antonio Carter II’s commitment. Carter is a big man at 6’1″, 200 pounds who moves like he’s a much smaller, speedy cornerback.

Carter has range and ball skills, as well as a feisty attitude against the run. It is no surprise that he was one of the most coveted prospects to hit the portal this spring, and Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman surely got a gem.

MORE: Antonio Carter II Commits to Notre Dame 

5) Demetries Ford, CB, Arizona State
From: Austin Peay

One of the top defensive FCS to FBS prospects is undoubtedly Demetries Ford from Austin Peay to Arizona State. The former Youngstown State defensive back simply locked down during his two years at AP and recorded three interceptions and 23 pass breakups over the past two seasons for the Governors.

Ford, though a tad undersized, has more than enough speed and burst to the football, as well as slick hips and a high level of instincts to play elite coverage on the back end. He immediately made the Sun Devils defense a better unit.

6) Isaiah Hamilton, CB, Houston
From: Texas Southern

Isaiah Hamilton heads to Houston after dominating at Texas Southern the past two seasons. Hamilton, who checks in at 6’1″ and 170 pounds, has terrific length but matches that length with speed and fluidity in his game.

He can burst to the ball at the catch point, making highlight-reel pass breakups or simply pass off his defender and nab interceptions on passes not even in his coverage range. In total, Hamilton made eight interceptions over the past two seasons and has amazing range in his game.

7) Zy Alexander, CB, LSU
From: SE Louisiana

The big get from SE Louisiana, LSU locked up Zy Alexander in the portal as just that: a huge get for Brian Kelly and Co. Alexander, who tips the charts at 6’3″, 185 pounds, is an ascending cornerback with a near-elite skill set that should translate well to the FBS level.

Alexander has great length and superior size at the cornerback position, sacrificing nothing in the way of athleticism or agility. He’ll use his speed and flexibility, as well as fluidity in his game, to stick with receivers, and he’ll never be out of range because of his elite length.

8) Kamari Stephens, EDGE, TBD
From: Florida A&M

The transfer portal received a huge boost when Kamari Stephens entered during the spring window. Stephens is a versatile edge rusher who can also line up inside and create havoc.

Stephens had his choice of a bevy of schools after a 10-sack season in 2022 that saw him rip through for 12.5 total tackles for loss. He exploded onto the scene in 2022 and is ready to take his talents to the top tier of football.

9) Jack Henderson, DB, Minnesota
From: SE Louisiana

With an ability to play just about every defensive back position, Jack Henderson was a coup for the Golden Gophers to pull from SE Louisiana. Henderson, who logged two interceptions and a half-dozen forced incompletions last year, has terrific size and even better range.

At 6’3″ and 205 pounds, he can play box safety or float around like a true, feared free safety. He moves very well in the passing game and proved to be a force in the run game as he ran the alley like a linebacker at times.

Henderson is an immediate impact player for Minnesota.

10) Justin Jefferson, LB, Alabama
From: Pearl River CC

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if Nick Saban offers a JUCO linebacker, odds are he’s pretty good. Justin Jefferson flashed all across the Pearl River tape from a season ago, finishing with 86 total tackles in 2022.

Jefferson has ideal size at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, presenting high upside with his athleticism and other intangibles. He factors heavily into a three-down role as early as Year 1 with the Crimson Tide.

11) Jake Heimlicher, EDGE, UCLA
From: Penn

After two seasons of dominant action for Penn, Jake Heimlicher entered the picture at UCLA to pair next to Laiatu Latu and form a terrific duo off the edge. Heimlicher, at 6’4″ and 240 pounds, provided some of the top highlight-reel plays in the Ivy League over the past two seasons.

He knows how to get after the passer, and most importantly, he knows how to finish. Finding a role for him won’t be hard, and neither will the quarterback, as he has a favorable situation with the Bruins, rushing next to Latu.

12) Triston Newson, LB, Missouri
From: NE Mississippi CC

It’s not hard to see why Missouri moved so quickly to secure Triston Newson in the portal last December. After breaking the 100-tackle barrier in 2022, Newson drew a ton of interest from just about every team.

Newson broke out with two sacks, nine total tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, and four more pass breakups. That’s the kind of production that leads to a highly-ranked JUCO transfer and one of the best players available in the portal when he entered.

13) Daron Allman, LB, UTSA
From: Angelo State

Daron Allman turned heads during each of his four seasons at Angelo State. Leaving the Rams with 20 career sacks and nearly 200 total tackles, Allman is one of the most experienced players to hit the portal this offseason.

Allman has great size at 6’1″ and 230 pounds, as well as terrific instincts and a nose for the football. His fit in the UTSA defense is ideal as he projects as a true three-down linebacker.

14) Lardarius Webb Jr., DB, Oklahoma State
From: Jones College

Easily one of the top-ranked JUCO transfers, Lardarius Webb Jr. heads to Oklahoma State in a hybrid capacity. Webb can play a variety of roles for the Cowboys but is certainly at his best in coverage.

He recorded six interceptions a season ago for Jones, giving him a total of nine picks in two seasons. Webb also brings with him a high level of return ability with three total touchdowns to his credit, as well as NFL pedigree, as his father played nine seasons in the NFL.

15) Darius Swanson, S, Tulane
From: Nebraska-Kearney

One of the most experienced defensive backs available in the portal, Tulane swooped in to grab Darius Swanson from Nebraska-Kearney. Swanson has great size at 6’3″ and 200 pounds, playing well in the box or as a free safety.

In the Tulane defense, his prowess around the line of scrimmage as a downhill defender will pay off big time. He’s got great instincts in coverage, as noted by his seven career interceptions, and can run the alley like a linebacker.

MORE: College Football Transfer Portal Tracker

16) Jeremiah Brown, EDGE, Colorado
From: Jackson State

Like many others, Jeremiah Brown headed to Colorado with head coach Deion Sanders. Now in Boulder, Brown will look to continue his high-level play he showcased at Jackson State, where he recorded multiple tackles for loss and sacks with his off-ball pass-rushing ability.

Brown can line up with his hand in the dirt or as an off-ball linebacker and make an impact all the same. Speed is the name of the game as he’ll beat the majority of offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage.

17) Kwame Sutton, DE, Ohio
From: Austin Peay

Though slightly undersized, Kwame Sutton can bend the edge like few others that have made the leap from FCS to FBS this offseason. Sutton is a ferocious rusher off the edge with a full set of pass-rush moves at his disposal.

He exploded onto the scene with 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in 2022 and is a model student in the classroom. Though standing just 6’0″ and 233 pounds, Sutton has underrated strength and knows how to use his leverage against more sluggish tackles.

18) John Huggins, S, New Mexico State
From: Jackson State

Once a Florida Gator, John Huggins has taken the long road back to FBS. Huggins spent a year at Robert Morris and two at Jackson State since leaving Florida in 2018. However, his best football may still be ahead of him as he’s continued to improve in each of the past two years.

Now with New Mexico State, Huggins will be the top dog in the secondary as he patrols the box with great instincts and burst to the ball. He’s got near-linebacker size and still possesses top-end speed.

19) Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig, S, Colorado
From: Jackson State

The free-roaming, hard-hitting Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig heads to Colorado with Coach Prime and the rest of the Jackson State transfers. Silmon-Craig made a name for himself during the past two seasons at Jackson State with his coverage prowess as he was routinely found at the catch point, either intercepting passes or separating the ball from the receiver.

He flies to the football and will play a major role in the revamped secondary for the Buffaloes in 2023.

20) Eddie Heckard, CB, BYU
From: Weber State

A longtime standout for Weber State, Eddie Heckhard parlayed a great 2022 season into the transfer portal. He ultimately signed with BYU after generating his fair share of buzz in the portal.

Heckard, who had an interception against Utah State this past season, brings with him a physical brand of coverage to Provo. He can stick with receivers with no trouble and is an underrated tackler in the open field.

21) Keonte Lusk, DB, Coastal Carolina
From: East Central

Part of the defensive back duo set to make their presence felt on the national level from East Central, Keonte Lusk was a coup for the Chants at Coastal Carolina to secure. Lusk showcased great ball skills and a knack for finding the football over his time with the Tigers.

He recorded four career interceptions, including three in 2022, and a total of 22 pass breakups over four seasons. Lusk improved with every passing year and is set to make his name known in the Sun Belt this fall.

22) Donovan Callis, DB, Troy
From: East Central

Generating a ton of buzz in the transfer portal, Donovan Callis is a feisty cornerback prospect who saw a handful of Power Five offers within the first few hours of his entrance. Callis has length and a frame to build on at the next level, and he flashed with three career interceptions and 20 pass breakups.

He contributes more than just a body in the run game, forcing three fumbles and recovering two more just this past season. Callis’ commitment to Troy came in mid-May and instantly improved the Trojans’ defense.

23) Chandler Martin, LB, Memphis
From: East Tennessee State

A tackling machine, Chandler Martin heads to Memphis after flying all over the field for ETSU last season. He ripped through for 99 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss, both of which led the team.

He added 3.5 sacks and another four pass breakups as he flashed in all three facets for the Bucs in 2022. Martin has plenty of eligibility left and is growing as a three-down player at the right time to join this Memphis program nearly ready to compete for a conference title.

24) Micah Cherry, CB, Toledo
From: Pearl River

At the start of last season, Micah Cherry was a top JUCO recruit. While the 2022 season didn’t pan out as expected, the talent is still there.

And so is the size. At 6’4″, Cherry has terrific length for a number of positions on the backend of the Toledo defense. He’ll have the privilege of playing in one of the MAC’s best secondaries this fall.

25) Omar Rogers, DB, East Carolina
From: Elon

After a career-high three interceptions in 2022, Omar Rogers jumped into the portal and found a home as the likely starting defensive back for ECU in 2023. Rogers nabbed seven total interceptions in his career and double-digit pass breakups, and poses a physical threat to any receiver on the outside.

He’s long with surprising speed and a burst to the football that allows him to make up any ground in coverage. Rogers plays a sticky brand of football and should be considered a top member of the Pirates secondary this fall.

26) Tyrek Funderburk, CB, Appalachian State
From: Richmond

You don’t have to tell any quarterback who faces Tyrek Funderburk why he was such a sought-after prospect in the portal, you just have to watch the tape. Whether in press man or zone coverage, Funderburk made his impact on just about every rep in coverage for Richmond over the years.

He burst onto the scene, however, in 2022 when he recorded four interceptions and a handful of forced incompletions. With multiple offers in the portal, he chose the Mountaineers, where he’ll look to follow in the footsteps of other App State DBs who have made it to the pros.

27) Konnor Near, LB, Oklahoma
From: Ferris State

Konnor Near generated a lot of buzz in the transfer portal when he entered during the spring window. After picking up Power Five offers, it was clear to see why when you watch the tape.

Near excels in today’s coverage-focused game, playing three-down football. He comes downhill with a vengeance but is still able to make a difference in coverage. Whether playing off the ball on the edge or calling the shots in the middle of the field, Near can do it all.

Near brings a championship-winning pedigree to Oklahoma, having won back-to-back National Championships with Ferris State.

MORE: Konnor Near Commits to Oklahoma

28) BJ Davis, LB, ECU
From: South Carolina State

After four seasons of starring in the middle of the field for South Carolina State, BJ Davis has transferred to the FBS level where he likely belonged all along. Davis is a long, lean linebacker prospect who can excel in all three facets of the game on defense.

He tackles well in space, patrols the middle of the field and flats area effectively, and presents an ascending profile as a blitzer. Davis will be a three-down backer for the Pirates in 2023 who could make a name for himself early on.

29) Matthew Ballentine, CB, TBD
From: Eastern Kentucky

One of the top players without a home in the transfer portal, Matthew Ballentine should be on every team’s radar. He’s long, lean, and has great closing speed. There is a lot to like about his brand of sticky coverage on the outside.

Ballentine can burst to the football and knows when and where to pick his shots. He’ll improve whatever secondary he transfer to in a heartbeat.

30) Zach Durfee, EDGE, Washington
From: Sioux Falls

At a menacing 6’5″ and 250 pounds, Zach Durfee was a force in 2022 for Sioux Falls. He started the season with a bang and showed flashes of brilliance, recording 11.5 sacks. However, Durfee will need to work on consistency at Washington.

With his pass-rushing prowess off the edge, he has a role with the Huskies as early as Week 1 in 2023.

31) C.J. Johnson, LB, Memphis
From: Navarro College

C.J. Johnson flew around the field for Navarro College over the past two seasons, showcasing terrific growth as a three-down linebacker in 2022.

Last season, Johnson made a name for himself with 72 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and an interception. In a college football landscape where linebacker play is fading, Johnson possesses all the necessary traits, including size and high-level experience in high school football.

32) Kaleb Patterson, CB, Illinois
From: Pearl River CC

An all-state caliber player in high school, Kaleb Patterson spent one year at Pearl River before receiving an offer from Illinois this past offseason. He joins an Illinois secondary in desperate need of playmakers, and that’s exactly what he brings.

Standing at 6’2″ and weighing 186 pounds, Patterson has the size and athletic range to make an impact sooner rather than later for the Fighting Illini.

33) Paul Moala, LB, Georgia Tech
From: Idaho

After three seasons at Notre Dame, Paul Moala finally exploded onto the scene in his lone year with the Vandals. Moala was a disruptor in all facets for Idaho in 2022, recording 44 total tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, and three pass breakups.

After tearing his Achilles against Florida State in 2020, it was refreshing to see Moala back on his game in 2022. He committed to Georgia Tech in mid-May and immediately improved the Yellow Jackets’ linebacking corps in the process.

34) Ray Eldridge, DT, UConn
From: Richmond

A lesser-known name in the portal, Ray Eldridge flew under the radar. However, he will immediately make an impact as UConn received a big man with serious skills on the inside.

Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 310 pounds, Eldridge possesses three-down abilities as he can rush the passer and stop the run equally well.

35) Stone Snyder, LB, Virginia Tech
From: VMI

Considered the crown jewel of transfers from VMI, Stone Snyder made a relatively local decision to transfer to Virginia Tech. Snyder accumulated tackles like there was no tomorrow at VMI and showcased true three-down ability over the past three seasons.

A dominant pass-rusher, Snyder excelled coming downhill against both the run and the pass. Furthermore, he demonstrated his versatility by dropping back in coverage.

In 2022 alone, Snyder recorded 107 total tackles, including three tackles for loss, and had a significant impact on numerous quarterbacks. He concluded his VMI career with 337 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries.

36) Jykeveous Hibbler, DL, NC State
From: Northwest Mississippi CC

A tackling machine, Jykeveous Hibbler lands at NC State after a breakout performance in 2022. Hibbler recorded double-digit tackles for loss and nine sacks for the Rangers last season. He possesses great size and speed.

Hibbler also showcased a knack for finding the football and had a significant impact on the passing attack if he couldn’t reach the quarterback with pressure. He accumulated three pass breakups last season in addition to his four career forced fumbles.

37) Tico Brown, DT, TCU
From: Missouri State

A year removed from his three years at Central Michigan, Tico Brown found his stride at Missouri State. Now headed to TCU, Brown’s journey is coming full circle.

He is an excellent interior defender, effectively clogging gaps against the run. While he still has room to improve his pass-rushing skills, he is more than capable of disrupting the quarterback.

38) Richie Hagarty, EDGE, Northwestern
From: Southern Illinois

A highly sought-after transfer, Richie Hagarty joins Northwestern after two productive seasons with the Salukis. Previously, Hagarty struggled to secure a spot in the lineup at Miami (OH), but he made a significant impact in each of his two years at SIU.

Hagarty boasts good size at 6’3″ and 250 pounds and has shown the ability to pressure the quarterback from various alignments. When deployed strategically, he can utilize his length and strength to overcome any blocker.

He is expected to wreak havoc as early as Week 1 with the Wildcats.

39) Davoan Hawkins, DT, West Virginia
From: Tennessee State

After two seasons at Kentucky, Davoan Hawkins found a home with Tennessee State over the past three seasons. Hawkins recorded multiple sacks during that time and flashed his ability to bring down ball carriers in the backfield.

He will be a key contributor on the inside of the WVU defensive line, stepping in to replace longtime interior stalwart Dante Stills.

MORE: FCS Transfer Portal Rankings, Offense

40) Marquez Tatum, DL, FIU
From: Pearl River CC

Taking the long way to his current position, Marquez Tatum had stints at Grambling State and Gulf Coast before making a national impact at Pearl River last year. In his first full-time season as a defender, Tatum impressed and earned a spot at FIU.

He recorded 45 total tackles and two sacks in just nine games last season for the Wildcats. Standing at 6’4″ and 290 pounds, he possesses great athleticism for a big man on the inside.

41) Cole Aubrey, LB, Notre Dame
From: Princeton

Cole Aubrey is heading to Notre Dame after showcasing solid all-around ability with the Tigers over the years. He continued to improve in his last two seasons after the COVID-related shutdown of Ivy League Football in 2020, tallying eight sacks and nine tackles for loss during that time.

Aubrey has good size and strength, using both effectively as he fills run gaps or disrupts passing lanes.

42) Terray Jones, DT, Akron
From: Tennessee State

Get to know the name Terray Jones, MAC fans. A dominant pass rusher from the middle of Tennessee State’s defense over the past four seasons, Jones is heading to the Zips to enhance Akron’s defensive front.

Standing at 6’1″ and weighing 310 pounds, Jones is also a valuable run stuffer who can clog rushing lanes and disrupt passing plays.

43) Marcus Tillman, LB, Memphis
From: Navarro College

Another linebacker making his way to Memphis, Marcus Tillman fills a position of need for the Tigers. Tillman has a high ceiling as a versatile linebacker who can excel in various aspects of the game.

His greatest strength lies around the line of scrimmage, where he forced four fumbles, recovered two, and recorded 11.5 tackles for loss last year. With his size, speed, and exceptional instincts, Tillman has the potential to make an immediate impact for Memphis in 2023.

44) Joe Andreessen, LB, Buffalo
From: Bryant

A forceful presence on the field, Joe Andreessen is returning to his home state of New York to join Buffalo this fall. Andreessen amassed an impressive 116 total tackles last season for Bryant, totaling 255 tackles over his five-year career with the Bulldogs.

With his stature of 6’1″ and 232 pounds, Andreessen possesses excellent size and displays keen instincts. He is a versatile player capable of contributing in all aspects of the game, filling a crucial role within the Bulls’ linebacking corps.

45) Tre’Von Jones, DB, Minnesota
From: Elon

A stud with the ball in his hands, Tre’Von Jones brings special teams ability to Minnesota with his return skills. Additionally, he excels as a cornerback, recording 15 pass breakups and three interceptions during his career at Elon.

Jones is not afraid to contribute to run defense, evidenced by his 11.5 tackles for loss.

46) Sebastian Benjamin, LB, Western Kentucky
From: St. Francis (PA)

A significant addition for the Hilltoppers, Sebastian Benjamin is a forceful presence at 6’4″ and 230 pounds. He attacks the edge with ferocity and always has a well-executed plan.

With 7.5 sacks, Benjamin led St. Francis and proved to be a challenging player to contain. Throughout his two seasons as a starter, he recorded 11.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, addressing a crucial need in the WKU defensive front seven.

47) Sheldon Newton, DL, Boise State
From: Northern Arizona

A hulking big man in the middle, Sheldon Newton fills gaps and occupies space on the interior of the defensive line. Newton showcased his skills with multiple highlight-reel plays during his time with the Lumberjacks, including a sack against Arizona State to start last season.

At over 310 pounds and standing at 6’4″, Newton possesses a massive frame with significant potential. Despite his size, he moves exceptionally well.

48) Elijah O’Neal, EDGE, Arizona State
From: Butte College

A massive man with a proven track record, Elijah O’Neal recorded 14.5 sacks just last season for Butte College. The former Roadrunners edge rusher excels off the ball and pinning his ears back to rush the passer. He also made numerous disruptive plays against the run, behind the line of scrimmage.

Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 245 pounds, O’Neal possesses exceptional athleticism. With his tremendous potential, he has the opportunity to make a name for himself as early as his first year in Tempe.

49) Kenyonte Davis, DT, Western Kentucky
From: UT-Martin

The Hilltoppers were in need of immediate help on the inside of their defense, and Kenyonte Davis is the ideal player for the job. Davis, who stands at an impressive 6’5″ and weighs 290 pounds, can line up anywhere on the interior.

However, Davis shines when he lines up directly across from the center, wreaking havoc for WKU. Fans can expect to see his impact as early as Week 1 this fall.

50) Courtney Eubanks, DB, Coastal Carolina
From: North Dakota State

Courtney Eubanks, a cover corner with attitude, joins Conway to lock down receivers for the Chanticleers, as he did for the Bison in the past two years. Eubanks possesses great speed and demonstrates ease in bursting to the football.

He effectively covers receivers of all sizes and backgrounds and has a short memory. Despite being frequently targeted during his time at NDSU, Eubanks was always involved in the action, making over a dozen plays on the ball in the past two seasons.

MORE: Sun Belt QB Rankings, 2023

51) Nikko Taylor, EDGE, Oregon State
From: Hutchinson CC

There is a lot to like about Nikko Taylor as he heads to Oregon State. He’s long and lengthy, with enough strength to push the pocket from a variety of angles. Standing at 6’5″ and weighing 240 pounds, Taylor is easily big enough to hold his own against Pac-12 tackles. He has also showcased a growing repertoire of pass-rush moves to disrupt the passer.

During his two seasons at Hutchinson, Taylor recorded eight sacks and 19 total tackles for loss. He also demonstrated an understanding of how to disrupt passing lanes, earning three pass breakups.

52) Rodrick Ward, DB, Colorado
From: Southern Utah

Making the journey to Colorado, Rodrick Ward chose the Buffs after spending a month in the portal. Ward had an impressive season at Southern Utah, recording four interceptions and making multiple plays on the ball in coverage.

With his versatility, Ward can be deployed from any position in the secondary, offering the Colorado coaching staff the opportunity to carve out a role for him in 2023.

53) Dom Jones, DB, Colorado State
From: North Dakota State

The Rams will benefit greatly from Dom Jones’ elite length and size in their defensive backfield. Jones, with his 6’3″ frame, is a versatile player who can excel in coverage or come downhill to defend against the run.

Colorado State can utilize Jones in various positions in the secondary, expecting similar outstanding performances to what he demonstrated over the past three seasons at North Dakota State.

54) Jyaire Stevens, DL, Buffalo
From: Lafayette

Jyaire Stevens had been a dominant player for Lafayette over the past two seasons when he entered the transfer portal. Stevens possesses terrific size and versatility, allowing him to line up anywhere on the defensive front. He showcased this versatility in 2022 when he gained national recognition.

Stevens, a 6’4″, 240-pound defender, joins Buffalo with his aforementioned versatility. If he quickly finds his role on this roster, his impact on the Bulls’ defense should be significant.

55) Bryce Ganious, EDGE, Wake Forest
From: Villanova

Bryce Ganious, a game-wrecker off the edge, made a name for himself over the past two seasons at Villanova. He consistently proved to be unstoppable, making offensive tackles look foolish in almost every game. Additionally, Ganious possessed tremendous length, which allowed him to disrupt opposing passing attacks.

With his all-around skill set, Ganious heads to Wake Forest, where his ability to read the run game and contain football was evident, particularly against Army last season.

56) Shane Cokes, DT, Colorado
From: Dartmouth

Shake Cokes was a dominant interior pass rusher for the Big Green over the past two seasons. He elevated his game in 2022, earning an offer from Coach Prime and Colorado as a result.

Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 275 pounds, Cokes possesses the ideal size and strength for the interior. If he successfully translates his skills to the speed of the Pac-12 game, Cokes could become an impact player for the Buffaloes this fall.

57) Matt Thomas, DT, Colorado State
From: Rhode Island

After two years at Rutgers, Matt Thomas sought greener pastures at Rhode Island. It took him some time to regularly see the field at URI, but once he did, he never looked back.

Now, with five years under his belt and a host of highlight-reel plays from the inside, the big man will look to make his mark in the Mountain West. He can play from a variety of alignments, and the Rams could utilize him in multiple positions with his pass-rushing and run-stopping abilities.

58) Ja’Maric Morris, DB, UCF
From: Hutchinson CC

Where Ja’Maric Morris fits into the UCF defense will ultimately determine how impactful he’ll be in his first year with the Knights. The good thing about his unknown positional preference is that he has shown the ability to play all over the field.

Standing at 6’2″ and weighing 205 pounds, Morris recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks, and had five interceptions in coverage. Whether in the box or roaming freely, UCF has a fantastic athlete with veteran leadership skills at their disposal.

59) Byron Pearson, CB, Ohio
From: Northwest Mississippi CC

After a six-interception season with the Rangers, Byron Pearson garnered significant interest in the transfer portal. He ultimately chose Athens, Ohio, and the Bobcats as his next destination, bringing with him a feisty and rangy game to southeast Ohio.

Despite standing just 5’9″ and weighing 175 pounds, Pearson has a knack for finding the football. He burst onto the scene this past season with 10 pass breakups and even returned his second career interception for a touchdown.

60) Kemari Bailey, EDGE, Fresno State
From: Idaho

Kemari Bailey made a splash in the spring transfer window and quickly became a highly sought-after player by multiple schools. In the end, he chose Fresno State and will continue disrupting Mountain West quarterbacks, just as he did in the latter part of the season for Idaho last year.

Bailey has the potential to add weight and transition to a more full-time edge role at Fresno State, using his athleticism to beat slower tackles off the line of scrimmage. Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 230 pounds, his natural fit will likely be as a pass rusher from an exterior alignment.

MORE: Mountain West Schedule, 2023

61) Walter Reynolds, S, Ohio
From: Holy Cross

A standout for Holy Cross in recent seasons, Walter Reynolds brings his talents to Athens in 2023. After a five-interception season in 2022 put him on the map, Reynolds garnered attention from several programs in the transfer portal before ultimately choosing the Bobcats.

He excels in coverage on the back end and can play various positions in the secondary for Ohio this fall.

62) Javar Strong, S, Utah State
From: Hutchinson CC

Javar Strong, a sizable safety with a hard-hitting style, delivered impactful plays for Hutchinson last year. Formerly at Arkansas State, Strong reunites with head coach Blake Anderson in familiar territory.

Strong possesses excellent coverage instincts and thrives when aggressively coming downhill. With a height of 6’3″ and weighing 185 pounds, he brings natural range in all aspects of the game.

63) Elliott Davison, DB, UTSA
From: Incarnate Word

An intriguing prospect from the mass exodus at Incarnate Word, Elliott Davison stays in town and transfers to UTSA. Davison has played heavily in the Cardinals’ rotation over the past three seasons and has recorded eight total interceptions since 2020.

He has proven to be a talented three-down safety with decent size and speed, allowing him to fill run gaps and patrol the flats effectively. Davison’s fit in the UTSA defense will be intriguing as he can play a multitude of roles.

64) Michael Mason, DL, Coastal Carolina
From: Wofford

Michael Mason is a potential mismatch at the FBS level. He was a physical force for Wofford last season, wreaking havoc on every opponent from a variety of spots on the defensive front.

Coastal can move Mason around as they see fit, given his 6’3″ and 270-pound frame. He is a valuable pass rusher who also showed glimpses of elite run-stuffing abilities during his four years at Wofford.

65) Eric Weaver, DT, Kent State
From: VMI

A five-year VMI Keydet, Eric Weaver entered the transfer portal and garnered significant interest. Kent State signed Weaver, who brings his terrific brand of defensive front prowess, marking a strong start to January for the Golden Flashes.

Weaver, standing at 6’3″ and weighing 300 pounds, possesses size and plenty of ability to get after the quarterback from the inside. He has also demonstrated sound tackling skills throughout his tenure at VMI.

66) Ricardo Williams Jr., DL, Georgia State
From: Mississippi Gulf Coast

A big man on the inside, Ricardo Williams Jr. has taken his talents to Georgia State. He’ll put his pass-rushing skills to use with the Panthers on the interior of their defensive line, the same skills that propelled him to three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss last year.

He was a space-eater in the run game and showed improvement year after year at MGC.

67) Donte Thompson, CB, Arkansas State
From: Incarnate Word

Donte Thompson flashed during his lone season at Incarnate Word. He locked down the outside and made double-digit plays on the ball, limiting receivers in his coverage to minimal gains all over the field.

He’s a physical cornerback who fits in perfectly with what Arkansas State wants to do on defense.

68) JaTerious Evans, CB, UL-Monroe
From: Stephen F. Austin

A multi-year impact player for Stephen F. Austin, JaTerious Evans finally broke into the starting lineup in 2022 and had a breakout season. With two interceptions and a handful of pass breakups to his credit, it’s no wonder why UL-Monroe heavily pursued the 6’1″, 190-pound cornerback.

Evans excels at limiting receivers and makes plenty of plays on the ball, making him a potential impact player for the Warhawks in 2023.

69) Oscar Moore, S, UTEP
From: Kilgore College

A downhill-thumping safety, Oscar Moore was all over the field for Kilgore in 2022. He heads to UTEP after registering 64 total tackles and four interceptions.

Moore showed great instincts in all facets and had a nose for the football. In his ridiculously efficient 2022 season, he also had a scoop and score. Moore could be a big influential factor in UTEP’s success in 2023.

70) Tah Mac Bright, LB, Marshall
From: Incarnate Word

Tah Mac Bright had a burgeoning season cut short a year ago with Incarnate Word, but that didn’t stop the Thundering Herd from offering the linebacker. With terrific size and perhaps even better instincts, the ceiling is incredibly high for Bright in Huntington.

He stands 6’2″ and 225 pounds, proving to be a force against the pass and run for Incarnate Word.

MORE: Big Ten QB Rankings, 2023

71) Kai Wallin, DL, Nebraska
From: American River College

A game-wrecker off the edge, Kai Wallin has an incredible frame and knows how to use it. In just his single season with American River, Wallin recorded five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss to go with his 33 total tackles.

At 6’5″ and 235 pounds, Wallin has the size to defeat upright tackles but also showed some bend in his rushes to get by even the most balanced. If he adds strength to his rush as well as some muscle, Wallin could be a force on the edge for the Cornhuskers.

72) Al-Ma’Hi Ali, DB, Charlotte
From: St. Francis (PA)

A valuable contributor in multiple facets, Charlotte swiftly grabbed Al-Ma’Hi Ali from the portal after he entered. Ali recorded two interceptions and blocked two extra points, proving to be an impact player on both defense and special teams.

Playing for Old Dominion in 2021, Ali returns to the FBS level and should continue to make a name for himself. At 5’11” and 175 pounds, he can play a variety of positions in the defensive secondary for an improving 49ers unit.

73) Coleman Coco, EDGE, Rice
From: Colgate

A big get, literally, for the Rice Owls, Coleman Coco was physically dominant this past season at Colgate. In a span of just 10 games, Coco was a game-wrecker on the defensive front with a handful of pressures from a variety of alignments.

Coco, a bit in between positions at 6’5″ and 265 pounds, will have to rely on that versatility as he lines up all over the place for Rice in 2023.

74) Trey Laing, EDGE, Indiana
From: Southern

After first appearing for USF in 2019, Trey Laing took the long road before returning to the scene with Southern in 2022. Laing has great length and exceptional burst off the line of scrimmage, utilizing both incredibly well to get after the passer.

He was a force in 2022 and led the Jaguars in many statistical outputs. Laing lands at Indiana, where he can be deployed from a number of alignments off the edge for the Hoosiers.

75) Kaleb Culp, DB, Texas State
From: Incarnate Word

One of the multiple Incarnate Word to Texas State transfers, Kaleb Culp factors as an immediate starter for the Bobcats in 2023. With a great burst to the football, Culp plays a physical brand of football on the outside.

He didn’t flash as much despite a heavy amount of snaps, but that’s not indicative of his talent as he was simply avoided in coverage at times during his time at Incarnate Word.

76) Eric Taylor, DL, Mississippi State
From: NW Mississippi CC

A former four-star recruit and Under Armour All-American, Eric Taylor had to put his FBS aspirations on hold until 2023. That was, of course, after recording eight tackles for loss and another three sacks with Northwest Mississippi last season.

At 6’4″ and 295 pounds, he likely factors into the inside for Mississippi State but proved he could rush off the edge given enough space a year ago.

77) Quientrail Jamison-Travis, DT, Auburn
From: Iowa Western

Standing at 6’5″, Quientrail Jamison-Travis moves incredibly well for a guy his size. He ripped through smaller offensive linemen to the tune of 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss a season ago as he was more than just a space-eater on the inside.

Auburn scooped Jamison-Travis’ services in the portal, as he’s a three-down threat at any level. He will factor heavily into the Tigers’ rotation in 2023 with his quick get-off, instincts, and general force on the inside.

78) Sam Brumfield, LB, Middle Tennessee State
From: Northwest Mississippi CC

Showing a keen knowledge of the game and a nose for the football, Sam Brumfield turned heads in the portal after his 115 total tackles in 2022. He also recorded 13 tackles for loss and brought down six sacks and five hurries.

He’s a potential three-down linebacker, albeit a bit undersized, but possesses a great understanding of the game from the middle of the field.

79) Lonnie Rice, LB, Syracuse
From: Lackawanna CC

Lonnie Rice had a great final season for Lackawanna, recording 39 total tackles. His impact was felt all over the field and in every facet as he made 12.5 tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks.

Rice heads to Syracuse with ideal size at linebacker to go with his speed. Coverage instincts are there, and Rice will be a factor around the line of scrimmage for the Orange.

80) Terry Kirksey Jr., LB, Kansas State
From: Hutchinson CC

A missile to the football, Terry Kirksey ripped through offenses to the tune of 80 total tackles last season for Hutchinson. Kirksey brings a great combination of athleticism and strength to the Kansas State linebacking corps in 2023.

He had a knack for finding the football while at Hutchinson and showcased he has three-down linebacking abilities that should fit right in with the Wildcats.

MORE: Big 12 RB Rankings

81) Daniel Williams, DL, Hawaii
From: Trinity Valley CC

Hailing from Athens, Texas, to the Big Island in Hawaii, Daniel Williams will make his name known to Mountain West fans and Hawaii opponents all the same. Williams recorded a whopping 99 tackles last season for Trinity Valley, including 25.5 tackles for loss.

Williams is a large man at 6’0″ and 330 pounds, utilizing his surprising speed to burst to ball carriers in the backfield incredibly well. He’s known for his strength, and if he gets his hands on the ball carrier — QB or RB — they’re coming down.

82) Will Lee III, DB, Kansas State
From: Iowa Western

Will Lee has a very high ceiling with Kansas State. He recorded 10 pass breakups last season and showcased great length in coverage. At 6’3″ and 190, Lee possesses natural range in coverage.

When it comes down to it, he also recorded 34 total tackles and has potential special teams ability as early as Week 1 for the Wildcats.

83) Anterio Thompson, DL, Iowa
From: Iowa Western

Anterio Thompson can play a bevy of positions for Iowa this fall. Thompson recorded six sacks and 10 total tackles for loss a year ago for Iowa Western, proving to be too much for guards or tackles to contend with.

The Hawkeyes shored up their defensive front with Thompson’s commitment in the portal, and it will be interesting to watch how much immediate playtime he gets under Kirk Ferentz. One thing is for sure, however, and that’s the fact that he’s worth immediate snaps.

84) Jamison Kelly, DB, Indiana
From: Jones College

Jamison Kelly, formerly of Louisiana Tech, finally found his footing in 2022. Flashing for Jones College, Kelly recorded an interception, multiple tackles for loss, and a handful of pass breakups as he broke out.

Kelly has great size at 6’2″ and 205 pounds, and he knows how to use his frame to his advantage in coverage as well as all over the field.

85) Demetris Harris, S, Buffalo
From: Cornell

From Cornell (ever heard of it?), Demetris Harris heads west to Buffalo to join the Bulls’ secondary that needs some help. Harris is a downhill thumper who flashed in the run game as a box safety during his time at Cornell.

He’ll pop backs in their rushing lanes as well as in the flats in coverage and has an impressive frame to work with.

86) Ja’Mez Drummer, LB, Old Dominion
From: Hutchinson CC

A standout at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, Ja’Mez Drummer quietly and efficiently made his name known over the past two years at Hutchinson. Drummer recorded 84 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons for the Blue Dragons and showcased great instincts in the process.

He can play the pass well and showed strength at the point of contact against the run.

87) TyGee Leach, S, Georgia State
From: Lehigh

TyGee Leach heads over to Georgia State after four seasons at Lehigh, starting the last two all over the defensive secondary. Leach recorded an interception last season, primarily playing as a box safety or in the slot.

He’s got quick feet and played well against a number of receivers. Leach does a great job of sticking with receivers, and that will be tested in the Sun Belt this fall.

88) André Mack, DB, UL-Monroe
From: Jones College

A ball-hawking defensive back, André Mack heads to UL-Monroe as part of a pair of defensive backs ready to change the backend of the Warhawks’ secondary. Mack hauled in two career interceptions and was a presence around the line of scrimmage with eight tackles for loss.

He has special teams ability with his return skills as well.

89) Ayodele Adeoye, EDGE, TBD
From: Sacramento State

After three seasons at Texas, including a flash during his freshman season, Ayodele Adeoye transferred to Sacramento State in 2022. He put on a display last season, proving why he was a sought-after recruit back in the class of 2019. Adeoye remains uncommitted at the time of writing this but will certainly make an impact wherever he signs.

90) Travor Randle, DB, UL-Monroe
From: Jones College

Flying to the football from anywhere on the field, Travor Randle possessed great instincts and a high-level football IQ during his time at Jones. Randle had multiple impact plays, including four interceptions and even two defensive touchdowns once he got the ball in his hands.

MORE: College Football Power Rankings

91) Damaje Yancey, CB, Troy
From: Southern Utah

As a part of the Thunderbirds’ rotation in the secondary, Damaje Yancey was a stalwart defensive back when he was on the field for Southern Utah. Now with Troy, Yancey can use his size, length, and coverage ability to carve out a nice role for himself with the Trojans.

He can play the run well but recorded nearly double-digit pass breakups despite starting just four games a season ago. Coverage is king, and Yancey is terrific in coverage.

92) Shawn Holton, S, Texas State
From: Incarnate Word

Yet another Cardinal from Incarnate Word following his head coach to Texas State, Shawn Holton heads north to San Marcos with G.J. Kinne. After four years at Incarnate Word, Holton had a bit of a breakout season in 2022, recording three interceptions.

At 5’10” and 165 pounds, Holton may lack the top-tier size for a true free safety, but he has great range and makes multiple plays on the ball in coverage.

93) Dupre Mendoza, DT, Fresno State
From: Mt. SAC

A massive man on the inside, Dupre Mendoza stands at 6’5″ and 300 pounds. He uses that frame incredibly well and always finds his way to the football. Mendoza was constantly busy and recorded 38 total tackles a season ago.

While his pass-rushing skill should increase with reps at Fresno State, Dupre showed that he has an innate ability to stand tall and use his length to disrupt passing lanes all the same.

94) Brevin Randle, LB, Louisiana Tech
From: Stephen F. Austin

His 2022 season didn’t pan out as expected, but flashing back to the previous two seasons for Brevin Randle indicates why Louisiana Tech was after him so hard in the portal. Randle plays a ferocious brand of football and was all over the field in those two seasons, recording over 100 tackles in the process.

He also flashed as a potential three-down backer in the middle of the field with the ability to blitz while also maintaining coverage prowess.

95) Deonte Bryant, EDGE, Central Michigan
From: Iowa Central CC

Deonte Bryant was a force for Iowa Central over the past three seasons. With 9.5 sacks to close out his time with Iowa Central, Bryant recorded 19 career sacks and another 20.5 career tackles for loss.

He was influential in all facets and brings with him a terrific edge-rushing presence to CMU. Bryant stands 6’4″ and 227 pounds, flashing on more than one occasion over the past three seasons.

96) Rashad Onezime, CB, UL-Monroe
From: Trinity Valley CC

The Warhawks grabbed a top JUCO prospect when Rashad Onezime signed on with ULM. Onezime recorded multiple plays on the ball in coverage but was a major component of the Cardinals’ play at the line of scrimmage.

He forced a fumble, nabbed an interception, and recovered two more as he was consistently in on seemingly every tackle on the backend as well.

97) Viontay Robinson, DL, UTEP
From: Navarro College

Disrupting offensive plans for the Miners this fall, Viontay Robinson put on a show at times for Navarro College in 2022. In total, he brought down 43 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.

He’s a run stuffer with a bad attitude who seemed to be in the right place more often than not a year ago.

98) Torion White, CB, UConn
From: Southern Utah

As a part of the mass exodus from the secondary for Southern Utah, Torion White found his way to UConn where he factors immediately into the lineup. White has plenty of size and a frame that he can pack muscle onto as well.

At 6’2″ and 170 pounds, White is still coming into his own but flashed at times for the Thunderbirds. He recorded a handful of pass breakups to go with an interception as he played an awfully sticky brand of coverage.

99) Kadarion Johnson, DT, UTEP
From: Kilgore College

The big man on the inside is a potential game-wreaker for UTEP’s front. Johnson brought down a total of 54 tackles from the inside at Kilgore in 2022, and that included four sacks and even more tackles for loss.

Johnson is a people mover in the middle and should be an immediate factor for UTEP.

100) Javier Duran, DT, Kent State
From: Tarleton State

Javier Duran had two solid seasons at Tarleton State, factoring heavily into their rotation on the interior of the defensive line. Duran has a solid set of pass-rush moves and could blossom into a featured three-down interior defender with his frame and strength package.

MORE: Kent State Coaching Staff

101) Cian Slone, DE, Utah State
From: American River College

Crashing in off the edge, Cian Slone wreaked havoc for American River a season ago. He recorded 12 sacks and totaled 22 tackles for loss in what amounted to an All-American season.

Slone has terrific size and strength, as well as balance through contact, and should be able to translate his skills directly over to the Mountain West.

102) Aljareek Malry, S, Ball State
From: VMI

A three-down safety with an ascending game, Aljareek Malry was a tackling machine during his time at VMI. He recorded two interceptions and double-digit pass breakups to boot as he rounded out his career, developing his game over the past two seasons.

Malry should immediately help Ball State’s secondary, as he can line up at either safety position.

103) Gavin Pringle, CB, Georgia State
From: Bucknell

A productive defensive back from Bucknell, Gavin Pringle heads south to Georgia State as a multi-year letterer. Pringle has length at the cornerback position as well as terrific athleticism. He recorded double-digit plays on the ball last season, including three interceptions, showing improvement in seemingly every single season with the Bison.

104) Kapena Gushiken, CB, Washington State
From: Saddleback College

A physical, imposing cornerback, Kapena Gushiken was certainly on the radar of colleges coming out of Pukalani High School in Hawaii. After producing the way he did in his lone season at Saddleback, it was clear why.

He ripped off six pass breakups, had an interception, and was a force around the line of scrimmage in run defense. Gushiken was all but avoided by the end of the season for Saddleback and quickly found a home with Washington State in the portal.

105) Rex Van Wyhe, LB, Kansas State
From: Iowa Central CC

Rex Van Wyhe flew all over the field for Iowa Central CC in 2022. He recorded 79 total tackles and forced three fumbles. There is a lot to like about Van Wyhe’s game as a potential impact edge rusher with the versatility to potentially play in the middle of the Wildcats’ defense.

106) Keanu Mailoto, DL, Arizona
From: Mt. SAC

In between positions, Keanu Mailoto stands 6’3″ and 275 pounds. He does damage in the pass-rushing game, coming off the edge, but was also able to chip away with multiple tackles for loss in the run game as well.

Adding some strength and kicking inside may do him wonders, or if he maintains his speed advantage at that size, he could be a force for Arizona off the edge.

107) Tyrik McDaniel, DB, Indiana
From: Independence CC

A sticky cover cornerback with great length, Tyrik McDaniel played well in his lone season at Independence. He heads to Indiana as part of a group hoping to rebound for the Hoosiers in coverage, on defense, and in general, Big Ten play.

108) Tyrell Grayson, S, Colorado State
From: Utah Tech

A force on the backend for Utah Tech, Tyrell Grayson heads to Colorado State as a potential impact player for the Rams. Grayson was sound in coverage as a free safety for the Bison but worked best at or around the line of scrimmage, coming downhill with a vengeance against the run.

He also showcased a keen eye for blitzing as his play IQ is very high as Grayson heads to Fort Collins.

109) Maka Tu’akoi, DT, Utah State
From: Independence CC

Heading home to the state of Utah, Maka Tu’akoi heads from Independence to Logan and joins Blake Anderson and Co. Tu’akoi is at his best against the run, flashing at times with instincts to make multiple tackles for loss during his time at Indy.

110) Quantraill Morris-Walker, S, TBD
From: Idaho State

The talented Quantraill Morris-Walker is still in the portal, with seemingly plenty of options to choose from. He was a multi-year starter for the Bengals and recorded four career interceptions, roaming free for Idaho State since 2020.

111) Jalik Thomas, S, Appalachian State
From: Hutchinson CC

Jalik Thomas heads to App State following a three-year career at Hutchinson. In his final breakout year for the Blue Dragons, Thomas hauled in three interceptions to go with his eight career pass breakups.

Thomas brings a ferocious style of play to the Mountaineers’ defense that is ever-improving.

112) Jayden Loving, DT, Western Kentucky
From: Bethune-Cookman

A space-eating defensive tackle, Jayden Loving should help the Hilltoppers reload on the defensive front. He rushes the passer well, but stuffing the run with his strength and massive reach is the name of Loving’s game.

113) Terrente Hinton, DB, NC State
From: Hutchinson CC

A terrific athlete, Terrente Hinton was a top-40 JUCO player by industry-standard metrics in this circuit. He flashed briefly in his 11 games at Hutchinson and will look to make a bigger impact at NC State.

114) Riley Williams, P, Missouri
From: Towson

After averaging over 38 yards per punt on net average, Riley Williams transfers into Missouri to presumably take over punting duties with the Tigers. He knocked 16 punts inside the opponent’s 20 with solid hangtime to boot.

115) Channing Canada, CB, TCU
From: Trinity Valley CC

After starring for the Cardinals on the backend of their coverage, Channing Canada heads to nearby TCU. Canada will factor into the rotation at first with the Horned Frogs as he continues to hone what is an ascending platform of sticky coverage.

116) Jerrell Boykins Jr., DT, Baylor
From: Hutchinson CC

A big, run-stuffing interior defender, Jerrell Boykins Jr., heads to Waco to help account for the loss of their big men on the inside. Boykins was at his best stopping the run but still put forth some flashes at times when rushing the passer.

117) Devante Keys, EDGE, UL-Monroe
From: Idaho

A big get for UL-Monroe, Devante Keys has some serious potential. At 6’5″ and 265 pounds, Keys is seemingly in-between positions on the defensive line. Finding him his right home will do wonders for his game in Louisiana.

118) Zach Haynes, P, New Mexico State
From: SE Missouri State

It’s rare to find a specialist, let alone a punter, on rankings like this, but that is Zach Haynes. The big-legged punter averaged 36.1 net punt yards and booted 20 punts inside the opponent’s 20 a season ago. His 2021 season was even better when he averaged 38.8 net yards per kick and had 25 punts downed inside the 20.

119) Kyle Stanback, EDGE, San Diego State
From: Ventura College

They say you can’t coach size, and that’s what Kyle Stanback has in spades over everyone else here. At 6’8″ and 277 pounds, he’s a physically imposing threat on the defensive front for San Diego State. Where he aligns will be everything as he adjusts to the speed of the FBS level, but he is in a great spot to work on his craft.

Honorable Mention

Jordan Jackson, DB, Bowling Green
From: Stony Brook

Gabriel Amegatcher, CB, Northern Illinois
From: Nebraska-Kearney

Clifton Mosley Jr., DT, Utah State
From: Navarro College

Josh Phillips, DB, UTEP
From: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jaheim Jenkins, DB, Eastern Michigan
From: Iowa Western

Dylan Flowers, CB, BYU
From: Southern Utah

Jesus Gibbs, DL, TBD
From: Towson

Davon Gilmore, LB, Georgia Southern
From: Wingate

Austin Goffney, DB, UL-Monroe
From: Lamar

Aaron Reynolds, S, TBD
From: Incarnate Word

Mackavelli Malotumau, DL, Nevada
From: Utah Tech

Jacob Ferguson, LB, Georgia Southern
From: Iowa Western

Jamarcus Jones, DB, UAB
From: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jay’Vion Cole, CB, San Jose State
From: Cal Poly

Jake Walrath, P, Central Michigan
From: Tarleton State

Jackson Ambush, LB, FAU
From: Albany

Tre’Darius Colbert, DL, TBD
From: Angelo State

Antoine Williams, LB, TBD
From: Austin Peay

Cole Daniels, DL, Old Dominion
From: Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jaden Jones, EDGE, Florida State
From: Hutchinson CC

Michael Jarmolowich, S, TBD
From: Colgate

Brandon Spencer, CB, TBD
From: Fordham

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