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2023 NFL Draft: Ranking the quarterback class by PFF grade on pressured dropbacks

Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) throws the ball under pressure from South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Cam Smith (9) during the first half at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, November 12, 2022. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun] Ncaa Football Florida Gators Vs South Carolina Gamecocks Syndication Gator Sports

Bryce Young comes out on top: Thirty-four draft-eligible FBS quarterbacks faced pressure on at least 50 dropbacks last season. Young ranked first among that group in PFF grade (70.8).

Anthony Richardson was best at avoiding sacks: The Florida QB took a sack on just 9.2% of his pressured dropbacks last season, the second-lowest rate among players in the draft class.

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As long as the sun rises in the east, quarterbacks in the NFL will have to deal with pressure from the opposing pass rush.

The best at the position will always find a way to overcome, either by making pre-snap adjustments and getting the ball out quickly or by using their legs to turn a negative into a positive.

It's a critical part of a quarterback's game.

Let’s look at how the top 10 signal-callers in the 2023 NFL Draft class fared when it came to passing under pressure in 2022. For a more detailed look at all the top quarterbacks in the class, download the 2023 PFF draft guide.

1. Bryce Young, Alabama

PFF QB Rank: 1
PFF Big Board Rank: 1
Passing grade under pressure: 70.8

Thirty-four draft-eligible FBS quarterbacks faced pressure on at least 50 dropbacks last season. Young ranked first among that group in PFF grade (70.8), and he ranked second in adjusted completion percentage (70.9%).

The Bama signal-caller was impressive under pressure all season and continued to push the ball down the field even when he was forced off his spot. He recorded a 14.1-yard average depth of target on throws under pressure and just 26.4% of his attempts were thrown short of the sticks, fifth and fourth, respectively, among players at the position.

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2. Clayton Tune, Houston

PFF QB Rank: 9
PFF Big Board Rank: 167
Passing grade under pressure: 65.9

The Houston quarterback recorded a 6.7% big-time throw rate on pressured dropbacks in 2022, the best rate among the top 10 signal-callers in the 2023 NFL Draft class.

He threw just 21.9% of his passes under pressure short of the sticks, the lowest rate among the 34 draft-eligible FBS quarterbacks who faced pressure on at least 50 dropbacks last season.

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