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2023 NFL Draft Big Board: PFF's top 100 prospects

Now that we're past the midway point of the 2022 college football season, the PFF draft board was due for a refresh.

Quarterback-needy teams, you’re in luck: This is one heck of a quarterback class, with five signal-callers making the top 50. It’s also a strong class at edge defender, running back, defensive tackle, cornerback and tight end. 

Editor's Note: All stats through Week 11 of the 2022 college football season

1. QB Bryce Young, Alabama

Even without the two top-50 picks he had at receiver a season ago, Young is still the second-highest-graded passer in the Power Five (90.1).

He’s come up big in crunch time on multiple occasions and shown the “it” factor it takes to succeed in the NFL. The scary thing is that his stats should look even better, but he’s suffered an 8.1% drop rate from his receivers this year. His size could scare teams off in a talented quarterback class, but it’s about the only knock on his game.

2. Edge Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

You won’t find many 243-pound edge rushers who come with no concerns about their size. And that’s just how powerful and explosive Anderson is.

After leading the country in pressures as a true sophomore, Anderson has 44 so far this season as the focal point of the Bama defense. 

3. QB Will Levis, Kentucky

Levis has tools for days. Quick release, howitzer arm, legit rushing ability — Levis has it all. And unlike most quarterbacks billed for their tools at the collegiate level, Levis isn’t far off from being able to operate an NFL offense because he’s been doing it the last two years under current (Liam Coen) and former (Rich Scangarello) NFL offensive coordinators.

4. QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Stroud will get the “Ohio State quarterback” knock, given the success of his predecessors, but he operates the position differently than Dwayne Haskins and Justin Fields did. He’s a pure pocket passer who’s been tremendous at avoiding sacks over his career, with only a 12.7% pressure-to-sack conversion rate.

5. DI Jalen Carter, Georgia

Carter has been hampered by an injury in the early going and has been limited to only 132 snaps. However, his work as a sophomore in 2021 is enough to solidify his top-five draft stock, as he led the Bulldogs with a 90.0 pass-rushing grade.

6. DI Bryan Bresee, Clemson

Bresee is not your run-of-the-mill defensive tackle. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he’s not holding an ounce of bad weight and could pass for a defensive end from a build perspective. He’s one of the best pure penetrators in the class and earned a 76.0 pass-rushing grade this season.

7. T Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

Skoronski is in the middle of the single most dominant pass-blocking season we’ve seen in our nine years of college grading. On 383 pass-blocking snaps, he has allowed only five pressures. That’s it.

His 93.1 pass-blocking grade is far and away tops in the country.

8. Edge Myles Murphy, Clemson

Murphy is still a bit of a bull in a china shop, but at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, he’s one strong bull. You see it most in the run game, where Murphy has earned a 72.0-plus grade in every season of his career

9. WR Quentin Johnston, TCU

In nine years of college grading, I can say with certainty we have not seen a wide receiver quite like Johnston. At a rangy 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he is a terror with the ball in his hands. His broken-tackle rate over his career is unlike anything we’ve graded, with 41 forced missed tackles on 97 career receptions.

That’s what you’d expect from a receiver with a running back-esque build like Deebo Samuel, not a pterodactyl like Johnston.

10. Edge Nolan Smith, Georgia

Smith is next in the line of athletic marvels the Bulldogs have produced in recent years. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder can fly sideline to sideline. You also see him play with physicality at that size, with run-defense grades of 90.6 and 81.4 the past two seasons. He needs more ways to win as a pass-rusher, but you bet on the athlete.

11. Edge Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech

Wilson bet on himself by returning for a fifth year, and it looks like it’s going to pay off for him. He came back a different player and already has an impressive 47 pressures on the season after recording 37 a year ago. He’s a unique projection at 6-foot-6, 275 pounds with a 7-foot-plus wingspan.

12. CB Cam Smith, South Carolina

After producing three picks and nine pass breakups last season, Smith is simply being avoided by quarterbacks this season. He’s allowed only nine catches on 22 targets for 137 yards in eight games.

13. TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Mayer looks like one of the safest picks in the draft. Not only is he the focal point of Notre Dame’s offense — he has 51 catches for 624 yards and five scores on the year — but he also works his backside off in the run game. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, he’s built for the NFL.

14. WR Jordan Addison, USC

Addison is the next slim all-around separator who should be plug-and-play in the NFL. At 6-foot, 175 pounds, he’s not going to be your contested-catch guy, but with how often he’s open, he doesn’t have to. For his career, Addison has hauled in 70.3% of his targets with a healthy 11.2-yard average depth of target.

15. CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia

Ringo had a bit of a slow start to the season but has rebounded nicely enough. He looks like a walked-out linebacker at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, and he plays with that kind of physicality on the outside.

16. S Brian Branch, Alabama

Branch is just a football player. He’s sound in every facet of the game and fills the ever-valuable slot role in Alabama’s defense. You want him around the ball with how lights-out he is as a tackler. On 136 career tackle attempts, Branch has missed only two. 

17. QB Tanner McKee, Stanford

While McKee is technically a redshirt sophomore, he was in the same recruiting class as Trevor Lawrence before taking a two-year LDS mission after high school. Between middling receiver talent, a dated scheme and a porous offensive line, he’s had to overcome a fairly rough situation for the Cardinal the past two seasons. Still, he’s shown growth from 2021 to 2022, as he’s earned a 75.8 passing grade this season.

18. T Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State

Johnson has looked more comfortable in his first year at left tackle after staring at right guard in 2021. He’s allowed only eight pressures on 286 pass-blocking snaps.

19. Edge Andre Carter II, Army

Carter was tied with Aidan Hutchinson for the highest pass-rushing grade in the nation last season (93.4). This year, teams are chipping and double-teaming him to the point where very few are even giving him a chance to attack their quarterback. As such, he’s rushed the passer only 100 times on the season and has 11 pressures. 

20. CB Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M

One of the biggest risers this season, Jones has shown a very mature playstyle through 10 weeks. He’s allowed only six catches on 11 targets for 72 yards.  At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he has ideal size for the position in the NFL.

21. Edge Jared Verse, Florida State

Verse is one heck of an explosive athlete off the edge. After transferring from Albany to Florida State this offseason, he’s been a revelation for the Seminoles. He’s earned an 85.2 pass-rushing grade despite playing through a knee injury.

22. RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

This is about as high as you’ll realistically see us put a running back on the draft board. Robinson gets such a billing because he’s exactly where the NFL game is going — he is a space player who can make two-high defenses pay. His 75 forced missed tackles rank second in the nation.

23. Edge Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State

Anudike-Uzomah is a bendy edge rusher who will test the upfield shoulder of any tackle. He’s got tremendous balance, which shows in several ways, most frequently in how he can close easily to quarterbacks. 

24. WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

A hamstring injury has derailed JSN’s junior campaign, but he’s still the same guy who put up 95 catches for 1,595 yards and nine scores a season ago. He’s an uber-reliable slot option with plus YAC ability. 

25. T Broderick Jones, Georgia

Jones has passed his early tests in his first full season at the Bulldogs starting left tackle but still has a few to come in the SEC. He’s allowed no sacks, no hits and only four hurries on 295 pass-blocking snaps. He’s the former top tackle recruit in the 2020 class and finally getting his chance to show what he can do. 

26. S Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

Johnson is a unique safety at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. He’s a long, rangy tackler who operates out of the slot for the Aggies. He may not be the best pure coverage safety, but he knows how to find ball carriers in space.

27. Edge Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame

Foskey hasn’t made the same leap this season as he did in 2021. He’s still the type of player who’s built more for the NFL game than the college game, given his ability to set the edge and push the pocket consistently.

28. LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

Simpson is everything you are looking for in a modern coverage linebacker. After playing the slot last season, he’s kicked into the box this year, where he’s not looked out of place. He’s allowed only 18 catches and 144 yards across 28 targets in coverage.

29. Edge B.J. Ojulari, LSU

Ojulari may never be your do-it-all run defender at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, but he’s got a full toolbox to attack opposing quarterbacks. And that’s all he’s done since arriving at LSU. In three years, he’s racked up 1117 pressures, including 39 this season.

30. T Anton Harrison, Oklahoma

Harrison’s mirroring ability at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds is what earns him this spot on the list. You see the natural athleticism in every pass set he takes, even if his technique isn’t quite dialed in yet. He earned an 85.6 pass-blocking grade last season.

31. WR Josh Downs, North Carolina

Downs brings to the table what every offense is looking for nowadays: electricity. I don’t care who he is going up against, corners are not going to be able to mirror him before and after the catch. His 5-foot-10, 175-pound stature will obviously limit his stock, but he’s athletic enough to overcome it. 

32. CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

At 6-foot-2 and 201 pounds, Gonzalez has the kind of size everyone is looking for in a boundary corner. He’s already had a career year in terms of ball production, with three picks and six pass breakups.

33. G O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

Torrence transferred from Louisiana to Florida this offseason and stepped up his play in a big way. He earned an 88.2 overall grade for the Ragin’ Cajuns last season, but obviously the level of competition was a concern. This season that’s been erased facing an SEC slate, as he’s bumped his grade to 89.1 overall.

34. CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

Porter is a long, physical outside corner who’s in the middle of a career year. Through nine games, he’s broken up nine passes and allowed only 13 catches and 123 yards across 28 targets. 

35. T Olu Fashanu, Penn State

Another Penn State breakout star, Fashanu played all of 85 career snaps prior to 2022. This season, he’s been one of the nation’s best pass protectors, having allowed no sacks, one hit and only six hurries on 299 pass-blocking snaps. He’s not a particularly high-end athlete, but he’s a smooth mover with easy anchor ability.

36. CB Clark Phillips III, Utah

Phillips always seems to be around the football and already has five picks on 49 targets this season. At only 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, his size will be his biggest concern coming out.

37. DI Siaki Ika, Baylor

Ika is a hulking 6-foot-4, 358-pound nose tackle. He’s one of the rare athletes at that size who can still affect the passer. Ika has racked up 45 pressures since the start of the 2021 season.

38. CB Garrett Williams, Syracuse

Williams has been starting ever since he was a true freshman for the Orange and has played nothing but quality football over that span. He’s racked up 14 career pass breakups and four picks in two and a half seasons.

39. CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri

Abrams-Draine is a former wide receiver turned cornerback. After playing primarily in the slot in 2021, Abrams-Draine has been solely an outside corner this season and is still excelling. 

40. C Luke Wypler, Ohio State

Despite his young age, Wypler is already one of the most consistent centers in the country. On 286 pass-blocking snaps this season, he’s allowed a total of three QB hurries.

41. LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

Sanders is a former Alabama on-ball linebacker. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder has maintained that pass-rushing prowess in an off-ball role after transferring to Arkansas and flourished playing in space. He’s racked up 28 pressures on 109 pass-rushing snaps this season and forced four fumbles. He just needs to clean up his tackling, as he’s missed 18 of 84 attempts so far this season.

42. IOL Andrew Vorhees, USC

Vorhees is as steady as they come along the offensive line. He earned a 90.1 overall grade last season between left tackle and left guard for the Trojans and has earned an 84.2 overall grade through 10 weeks this season.

43. TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah

Kincaid blends receiver-esque route-running ability with tight end size at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. He’s still on the smaller end for the position, but with his willingness in the run game, he can get by at the next level.

44. Edge Will McDonald IV, Iowa State

McDonald is an explosive, undersized edge rusher who’s been miscast in Iowa State’s defense. When you see him work on the edge, you see the natural pass-rushing ability that has helped him rack up 65 pressures since the start of last year.

45. DI Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh

At 6-foot, 280 pounds, Kancey may not tick the physical boxes from the defensive tackle position, but I still want this guy rushing the passer. Even though he’s undersized, he’s still a high-end athlete for the position who can likely overcome those concerns.

46. WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU

Needless to say, things have not quite gone how Boutte had hoped this season. We saw the flashes in Week 7 of why he could be so special, with six catches for 115 yards against Florida. Before that, though, he had only 17 catches for 130 yards. 

47. Edge Byron Young, Tennessee

Young has taken a circuitous route to becoming a top prospect. He wasn’t even playing college football until he saw a flyer for Georgia Military College’s open tryouts while working at Dollar General. Four years later, he leads the Vols with 33 pressures on the season. He’s a twitched-up 6-foot-3, 245-pounder who’s been improving on a weekly basis.

48. TE Luke Musgrave, Oregon State

It’s unfortunate that we’ve only gotten to see two full games of Musgrave this season because he looked like he was on his way to something special. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder had 11 catches for 169 yards through that span and looked like a special athlete for the position. 

49. QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

Hooker has skyrocketed up draft boards with his performance this season. Once known more for his rushing ability, Hooker has made leaps and bounds as a passer since transferring from Tennessee. He’s seen his grade improve every year as a passer all the way up to 85.8 this season. His playmaking ability and downfield accuracy will draw attention, even if he is on the older side.

50. Edge Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern

Adebawore is a unique specimen who has bridged the gap between edge-rusher and 3-technique in Northwestern’s defense at 6-foot-2, 280 pounds. He’s racked up 27 pressures and 16 stops in nine games this season. 

51. OT Blake Freeland, BYU

52. S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota

53. EDGE Mike Morris, Michigan

54. EDGE Keion White, Georgia Tech

55. RB Blake Corum, Michigan

56. WR Parker Washington, Penn State

57. DI Keondre Coburn, Texas

58. CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

59. WR Rashee Rice, SMU

60. LB Cedric Gray, North Carolina

61. DI Kobie Turner, Wake Forest

62. IOL Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

63. DI Gervon Dexter, Florida

64. OT Cody Mauch, North Dakota State

65. CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

66. EDGE Lukas Van Ness, Iowa

67. S JL Skinner, Boise State

68. IOL John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

69. EDGE Derick Hall, Auburn

70. RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse

71. DI Mazi Smith, Michigan

72. EDGE Zach Harrison, Ohio State

73. IOL Graham Barton, Duke

74. LB Jack Campbell, Iowa

75. RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

76. CB Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU

77. RB Devon Achane, Texas A&M

78. WR Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

79. RB Tank Bigsby, Auburn

80. TE Darnell Washington, Georgia

81. S Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame

82. LB DeMarvion Overshown, Texas

83. IOL Christian Haynes, Connecticut

84. OT Dawand Jones, Ohio State

85. EDGE K.J. Henry, Clemson

86. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

87. IOL Steve Avila, TCU

88. DI Moro Ojomo, Texas

89. DI Zacch Pickens, South Carolina

90. TE Tucker Kraft, South Dakota

91. CB Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (FL)

92. DI Karl Brooks, Bowling Green

93. EDGE Princely Umanmielen, Florida

94. DI Jaquelin Roy, LSU

95. WR Trey Palmer, Nebraska

96. WR Zay Flowers, Boston College

97. OT Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse

98. DI JJ Pegues, Ole Miss

99. LB Daiyan Henley, Washington State

100. CB DJ Turner, Michigan

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