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

The deadline to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft is here, so it only felt right to update PFF’s draft board. These are the top 100 prospects who will be eligible for selection come April 27. Remember: the PFF board is skewed by positional value, meaning that higher-value positions are prioritized over lower-value ones.

Last Updated: Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m.

1. QB Bryce Young, Alabama

Young is flat-out this draft's best playmaker at quarterback. He can get you a bucket. Young earned a 92.2 grade in 2021 when he won the Heisman and followed it up with a 91.5 mark in 2022. 

2. DI Jalen Carter, Georgia

Carter is neck and neck with Quinnen Williams for the best defensive tackle prospect we’ve graded at PFF (since 2014). Williams was a touch quicker, while Carter is a bit more powerful, but it’s darn close. Carter finished 2022 with a Power-Five-leading 92.3 overall grade.

3. QB Will Levis, Kentucky

Levis fought to keep his head above water week in and week out against SEC competition. He’ll be battle-tested for the NFL. Levis played through turf toe for much of the 2022 season but earned a 90.6 overall grade when healthy under former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen in 2021.

4. EDGE Will Anderson Jr., Alabama

Anderson had as productive a three-year college career as we’ve seen from a defensive lineman. He picked up 207 pressures over that span. He’s an explosive and fluid 6-foot-4, 243-pound blue-chip edge defender prospect.

5. QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Stroud put a stamp on his college tenure in a big way with the second-highest-graded game of his career against Georgia in the College Football Playoff. Stroud has the accuracy and anticipation to thrive in the NFL.

6. EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson

Murphy is too freaky to pass up. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder is this year’s version of Travon Walker. Murphy could stand to add some pass-rushing moves, but he still racked up 76 pressures over the past two seasons.

7. EDGE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech

Wilson is a handful for every lineman who has to block him. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder will have a length advantage against almost every NFL tackle he faces. He boasts inside-outside versatility and put up 50 pressures in 2022.

8. DI Bryan Bresee, Clemson

The former top recruit in the 2020 class, Bresee isn’t your run-of-the-mill 300-pounder. He can really move and is even capable of playing outside the tackles. He came back from an ACL tear to earn a career-high 82.0 pass-rushing grade in 2022.

9. OT Paris Johnson, Ohio State

Johnson showed out in his first season at left tackle. He didn’t allow a sack on 449 pass-blocking snaps and yielded all of 14 pressures. At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, he ticks all of the physical boxes you could want at the position.

10. S Brian Branch, Alabama

Branch embodies the safety position, playing the game you wish every defensive back would. He’s also the best tackling defensive back PFF has graded, with only four career misses on 174 attempts.

11. QB Anthony Richardson, Florida

Richardson oozes ability. His highlight reel from his lone season as a starter rivals any you’ll see from a college prospect. He’s still a project, though, and finished with an 80.1 overall grade in 2022.

12. CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

Witherspoon put together one of the best seasons PFF has ever graded from a college cornerback. He was targeted 63 times and allowed only 22 catches for 206 yards with three picks and 14 pass breakups in 2022. That comes out to just 3.3 yards per target. He’s one of the feistiest cornerbacks in the draft class.

13. OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

With sub-33-inch arms, Skoronski very well may end up a guard for some teams. At tackle, though, he played lights out in 2022. He allowed only six pressures on 474 pass-blocking snaps in his third season as Northwestern’s starting left tackle.

14. CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

Gonzalez has everything you could want from a top cornerback — size, speed, length, hips and ball skills. He enjoyed a breakout 2022 season after transferring to Oregon, tallying four interceptions and six pass breakups.

15. WR Quentin Johnston, TCU

Johnston is a force of nature at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. He is your vertical route tree X receiver in this class. For his college career, Johnston averaged 18.8 yards per reception.

16. EDGE Lukas Van Ness, Iowa

Van Ness is an ascending power rusher with unique power and flexibility. When he wants to go through offensive linemen, he almost always can. He earned an 80.2 overall grade in 2022 with 46 pressures on 271 pass-rushing snaps.

17. TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame

Mayer is as polished a tight end as you’ll see in the draft. And he’s only a true junior. He racked up 2,099 yards and 18 scores in his Notre Dame career. 

18. RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

Robinson has such an uncanny ability to stop and start for a 220-pound man. And once he reaches top speed, good luck trying to tackle him. Robinson set the PFF college record with 104 broken tackles during the 2022 season.  

19. WR Zay Flowers, Boston College

Flowers is the best pure separator in the draft class. A defensive back just isn't going to stick with him across on his route breaks unless they're holding him. He racked up 1,077 yards and 12 scores in 2022. 

20. WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

Smith-Njigba missed almost the entire fall with hamstring issues but was Ohio State’s leading receiver in 2021 as a sophomore. That season, he caught 95 passes for 1,595 yards and nine scores. He has the uncoachable route-running ability and ball skills that will always lead to a role in the NFL.

21. OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma

Harrison is a nimble 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle who saw on the left side for the Sooners ever since he was a true freshman. This past season, he allowed only nine pressures on 447 pass-blocking snaps.

22. EDGE Nolan Smith, Georgia

Smith is a modern undersized edge-rusher who at only 235 pounds can still be a three-down player. In fact, he earned a 90.0-plus run-defense grade over the past two seasons. He needs more power elements in his pass-rushing arsenal, but he’s a high-end athlete who can win with speed.

23. WR Jordan Addison, USC

Addison was the Biletnikoff Award winner with Pittsburgh in 2021 before transferring to USC. He’s a crafty route runner with the kind of bend to run a full route tree. He caught 159 passes for 2,468 yards and 25 scores over the past two seasons.

24. OT Broderick Jones, Georgia

Jones is a bully of an offensive tackle. You’re not going through him; you’ll have to go around. He earned an 84.1 pass-blocking grade in his first full season starting at left tackle for the Bulldogs.

25. CB Cam Smith, South Carolina

Smith got his hand on passes more frequently than any other cornerback in this class. Of his 70 targets over the past two seasons, Smith broke up 15 of them and picked off four others. He’s an instinctive and versatile player.

26. CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

Porter is the press corner teams want in the class. At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Porter attacks receivers at the line of scrimmage the same way his father attacked offensive tackles. He posted a career year this past fall, allowing only 143 yards in 10 games.

27. IOL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

Torrence is the top true guard prospect in the class. At 6-foot-5 and 347 pounds, he’s a big boy to try and overpower. He started for three seasons at Louisiana before transferring to Florida, where he earned an 88.0 overall grade last fall.

28. QB Tanner McKee, Stanford

McKee is already well-equipped to operate an NFL offense given what he was asked to do at Stanford. He’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the class and pairs that ability with lightning-quick processing. McKee’s career time to throw at Stanford is a swift 2.49 seconds.  

29. LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

Simpson is the kind of fluid athlete with range that everyone is looking for at linebacker. He even played the slot role in Clemson’s defense back in 2021. He’s only allowed 406 yards in his career on 612 coverage snaps.

30. S Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

Johnson is the new age slot corner in the NFL. At 6-foot-3, he can shut down windows underneath and then easily close to ball carriers in the gun game with a wide tackle radius. He earned 81.6 and 87.4 overall grades in his two seasons as a starter.

31. TE Luke Musgrave, Oregon State

It’s a shame we only got to see two games of Musgrave before an undisclosed knee injury cost him the rest of the season. The senior tight end was balling with 11 catches for 169 yards and a score over that span. He’s the best athlete at the position in the class with the kind of speed and agility to separate from defensive backs.

32. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

After playing 215 snaps as a true freshman for Washington back in 2019, Latu was forced to medically retire from the school. He got clearance last offseason, however, and put on a show at UCLA this past fall, rackeing up 65 pressures and a 91.0 pass-rushing grade on the season.

33. DI Siaki Ika, Baylor

Ika is the 358-pounder who can still somehow make centers and guards miss one-on-one. He recorded a career-high 33 pressures in 2021 before seeing his play become a little more inconsistent this past fall.

34. EDGE B.J. Ojulari, LSU

Ojulari is Giants edge-rusher and second-rounder Azeez's younger brother. He’s a similarly undersized edge defender who has an array of pass-rush moves at his disposal. He’s seen time ever since his freshman year and racked up 127 pressures in three seasons.

35. EDGE Andre Carter II, Army

Carter is a unique 6-foot-7, 260-pound edge-rusher who has the kind of length that can give tackles problems. He earned a 93.4 pass-rushing grade with 59 pressures in 2021 before every school he faced came with a game plan to limit him this past fall. It’s scary to think where his frame can go with year-round time in a weight room.

36. TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah

At 240 pounds, Kincaid bridges the gap between tight end and wide receiver. Teams are not going to draft him for his blocking ability, but he’s at least serviceable in that regard. No, Kincaid can be a focal point of an offense with his route-running ability and was with 70 catches for 890 yards for Utah last season.

37. EDGE Will McDonald IV, Iowa State

McDonald will be one of the more interesting defensive line prospects in the class because his tape is almost all at a position that he won't play in the NFL. He was a 4 or 5-technique in Iowa State’s defense at 236 pounds! McDonald is at his best in space off the edge when he can be a speed-rusher. He earned an 84.1 pass-rushing grade in 2022 and 85.3 in 2021.

38. WR Josh Downs, North Carolina

Downs is a slot weapon that can be fed schemed-up targets, racking up 195 catches for 2,364 yards and 19 scores in the past two years. The only problem is that he’s probably never going to be much more than a slot at his size (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) with only 81 routes on the outside in his career. 

39. DI Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh

Kancey may be undersized, but he knows how to get to opposing quarterbacks. The 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle led all interior defenders with a 92.4 pass-rushing grade this past fall. He’s got the kind of first-step quickness to still make an impact in the NFL. 

40. S Jammie Robinson, Florida State

Robinson is arguably the most complete safety in the draft class. He’s a solid all-around athlete who’s also a tremendous tackler. He’s also an easy projection to the NFL due to how many hats he’s worn in his career. Across four seasons as a starter, Robinson has played 633 snaps in the box, 759 deep and 1,348 from the slot.

41. LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

Sanders started his career as an edge-rusher at Alabama before transferring to Arkansas and moving off-ball this past fall. He flourished in that role as his range and ability to take on blocks shined. He collected 11 sacks and 39 total pressures as a blitzer alone in 2022.

42. CB Eli Ricks, Alabama

Ricks missed a large portion of 2022 after transferring from LSU to Alabama, but when he did play, he was locking receivers down. He yielded all of six catches on 19 targets for 77 yards with five pass-breakups on the year.

43. OT Cody Mauch, North Dakota State

Mauch is one of the most athletic tackles in the class. He flies across the field in the run game, where he earned a 90.1 grade this past fall. However, his pass protection technique is still a work in progress, so a move inside could be in his future. 

44. OT Darnell Wright, Tennessee

Wright is a four-year starter who finally saw the proverbial light-switch flip on this past fall. His tape against Alabama’s Will Anderson was outstanding, as he only allowed one pressure in that game and eight for the season.

45. DI Mazi Smith, Michigan

Smith is a special athlete for a 337-pound nose tackle and could very well see a Dontari Poe-esque rise up draft boards after the combine. He turned it on strong down the stretch in 2022 as well and earned a 79.2 overall grade on the season. 

46. CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia

Ringo is a mammoth corner at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. He’s built to play in a press-heavy defense on the outside. He’s just a touch inconsistent on his breaks and allowed 552 yards this past fall.

47. WR Tank Dell, Houston

Dell’s size won’t be for everyone at 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, but he’s an easy separator with another gear to stride away from defenders. He had a monster year for Houston with 108 catches, 1,399 yards and 17 scores.

48. CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

Forbes has been starting ever since his freshman year in 2020 for the Bulldogs and improved every single year. He’s still on the skinny side for the position, but he doesn’t play like it. His ball production has been tremendous with 14 interceptions and 17 pass-breakups in his career. 

49. IOL Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

Beebe is a barrel-chested guard who can clear out a hole all on his own. He has experience at both tackle positions and started all of 2022 at left guard. That’s where he’ll stay in the NFL as he earned an 80.5 overall grade there.

50. EDGE Mike Morris, Michigan

Morris is a jumbo defensive end at 6-foot-6, 292 pounds. He filled in nicely for the losses of David Ojabo and Aidan Hutchinson this season with 37 pressures and an 86.8 pass-rushing grade. 

51. LB Jack Campbell, Iowa

52. TE Darnell Washington, Georgia

53. S JL Skinner, Boise State

54. RB Zach Charbonnet, UCLA

55. IOL John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota

56. EDGE Keion White, Georgia Tech

57. RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

58. EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State

59. WR Parker Washington, Penn State

60. S Sydney Brown, Illinois

61. EDGE Isaiah McGuire, Missouri

62. CB Garrett Williams, Syracuse

63. EDGE Tuli Tuipulotu, USC

64. EDGE Zach Harrison, Ohio State

65. DI Karl Brooks, Bowling Green

66. WR Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

67. LB Daiyan Henley, Washington State

68. DI Moro Ojomo, Texas

69. EDGE Derick Hall, Auburn

70. CB Deonte Banks, Maryland

71. OT Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse

72. DI Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin

73. DI Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois

74. TE Sam LaPorta, Iowa

75. EDGE Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern

76. CB Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU

77. RB Sean Tucker, Syracuse

78. WR Rashee Rice, SMU

79. LB DeMarvion Overshown, Texas

80. RB Tank Bigsby, Auburn

81. S Jordan Battle, Alabama

82. DI Keondre Coburn, Texas

83. S Ji'Ayir Brown, Penn State

84. WR Cedric Tillman, Tennessee

85. EDGE Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame

86. CB Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (FL)

87. OT Blake Freeland, BYU

88. DI Jaquelin Roy, LSU

89. WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Fresno State

90. OT Dawand Jones, Ohio State

91. QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

92. LB Noah Sewell, Oregon

93. EDGE Byron Young, Tennessee

94. DI Gervon Dexter, Florida

95. IOL Steve Avila, TCU

96. IOL Luke Wypler, Ohio State

97. LB Nick Herbig, Wisconsin

98. DI Kobie Turner, Wake Forest

99. CB Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M

100. RB Devon Achane, Texas A&M

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