Now looking forward to next year, here are the top G5 prospects who could be chosen in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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NFL Draft Group of Five Big Board
|4||Tory Horton||WR||Colorado State|
|5||Malachi Corley||WR||Western Kentucky|
|7||Grayson McCall||QB||Coastal Carolina|
|9||Frank Gore Jr.||RB||Southern Miss|
|10||Jack Howell||DB||Colorado State|
|14||Cade Bennett||OL||San Diego State|
|15||Brian Dooley||OL||Eastern Michigan|
|16||Austin Reed||QB||Western Kentucky|
|17||Jason Henderson||LB||Old Dominion|
|18||Mohamed Kamara||EDGE||Colorado State|
|19||Mark Redman||TE||San Diego State|
NFL Draft: G5 Top Prospects
1. Quinyon Mitchell, DB, Toledo
Mitchell is widely regarded as the best Group of Five prospect this year. The Rockets cornerback was first in Pro Football Focus’ grades of FBS cornerbacks last season. The NFL passer rating on throws his way was 34.8, which was the eighth-best among those who played at least 200 snaps in 2022. The 6-foot, 196-pound junior also led the country with 25 passes defended last year.
2. De’Corian Clark, WR, UTSA
Clark is easily one of the best AAC wide receivers this year. As the team’s third option last season, he totaled 755 yards and eight touchdowns on 51 receptions. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver didn’t catch a pass in his first game in 2023 against Texas State, but people should expect NFL teams to consider drafting him.
3. Sincere Haynesworth, OL, Tulane
Haynesworth is one of the top center prospects in the country. The 6-1, 310-pound senior has been on an All-AAC team the past three years and allowed no sacks and just seven quarterback pressures in 2022. He’s given up six pressures and three sacks through four games in 2023.
4. Tory Horton, WR, Colorado State
Horton is arguably the best Mountain West wide receiver, so NFL teams would be wise to consider him as a mid-round pick. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout caught nine passes for 81 yards in CSU’s first game in 2023 against Washington State and followed that up by catching 16 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown against Colorado and hauling in 10 passes for 99 yards and two scores against Middle Tennessee.
5. Malachi Corley, WR, WKU
Corley, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior, was one of the best G5 wide receivers heading into the season. He was an All-CUSA first-team selection as he led the league and was fourth in the FBS with 1,293 yards on 101 receptions and scored 11 touchdowns. He also led all Group of Five wide receivers with 975 yards after catch. In WKU’s high-flying passing game, Corley has thrived this year.
6. Tyrone Howell, WR, ULM
Howell was one of the best Sun Belt wide receivers going into the season from a production standpoint, but he stands out even more as a pro prospect. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound former Kansas State transfer caught 50 passes for 852 yards and six touchdowns, ranking eighth in the league with 17 yards per catch, in 2022. He’s caught 15 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown this season. He possesses several traits which would help him succeed in the NFL.
7. Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina
McCall is viewed by many as the best Sun Belt quarterback, and for good reason. He’s been the Sun Belt Player of the Year for the past three seasons and owns the record for touchdown passes and total touchdowns responsible for. At 6-3, 220 pounds, NFL teams should consider him in the middle rounds.
8. Nolan Potter, OL, Northern Illinois
Potter, a 6-6, 301-pound redshirt senior, made All-MAC teams the past two years. In 2022, he allowed just two sacks and two quarterback hits while playing primarily at right tackle. He was a first-team HERO Sports G5 Preseason All-American and has allowed only four pressures and no sacks in four games in 2023.
9. Frank Gore Jr., RB, Southern Miss
Gore obviously has the pedigree with his father being an NFL great. But the 5-10, 200-pound junior has been successful himself and is among the best Sun Belt running backs after ranking second in the league with 1,382 rushing yards while adding nine touchdowns on the ground in 2022. Gore should be able to find his own way in the NFL.
10. Jack Howell, DB, Colorado State
Though he’s a defensive back, Howell is an excellent tackler and brings a lot to the table. He’s tallied 28 tackles through three 2023 games and led all FBS defensive backs with 108 tackles in 2022.