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2023 NFL Draft: Top three players at every position

Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

• Alabama quarterback Bryce Young claims the top spot on Mike Renner's preseason top 100 big board.

• Clemson linemen Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee crack the top 10 thanks to their frames and pass-rushing production.

• Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee — at No. 17 overall — is the QB3 on this preseason big board.


QUARTERBACK

Player  School  2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Bryce Young Alabama 92.2 T-1st of 146
C.J. Stroud Ohio State 92.2 T-1st of 146
Tanner McKee Stanford 69.0 T-102nd of 146

While it’s a two-horse race at the top for now, the QB1 in the 2023 draft class could be one of a number of names. This class is going to be the real deal.

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RUNNING BACK

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Bijan Robinson Texas 86.7 21st of 251
Devon Achane Texas A&M 90.3 6th of 251
Zach Evans Ole Miss 85.0 36th of 251

This may end up as the best running back class we’ve scouted since PFF got into college grading in 2014. There may be 10 backs off the board by the end of Day 2.

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WIDE RECEIVER

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Kayshon Boutte LSU 75.8 83rd of 361
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Ohio State 91.7 2nd of 361
Quentin Johnston TCU 76.0 82nd of 361

There’s no clear cut “guy” at the position just yet, but the deep receiver classes aren’t going away anytime soon.

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TIGHT END

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Michael Mayer Notre Dame 80.6 12th of 102
Dalton Kincaid Utah 79.2 13th of 102
Arik Gilbert Georgia

This tight end class is brimming with potential. It’s not a position that gets drafted highly often, but we could see 3-4 top-50 picks from this group.

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INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
OC Broderick Jones Georgia 78.8 88th of 837 OL
OG Blake Freeland BYU 81.7 58th of 837 OL
OG Anton Harrison Oklahoma 77.0 118th of 837 OL

Another position group that’s nothing special as of now. Per usual, many of the top guys are going to be tackle converts.

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OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Peter Skoronski Northwestern 83.8 26th of 329
Paris Johnson Jr. Ohio State 79.1 N/A
Zion Nelson Miami (FL) 73.3 89th of 329

Arguably the weakest position group at the moment in the entire class. If we had to draft right, there’s only one tackle I’d feel comfortable taking in the first round and it would be in the back half of it.

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EDGE DEFENDER

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Will Anderson Alabama 89.8 6th of 496
Jalen Carter Georgia 85.3 N/A
Myles Murphy Clemson 79.1 60th of 496

Will Anderson may not be the only blue-chip edge prospect in this class. There’s a handful of productive and athletic edges that could end up top-10 picks.

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INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Bryan Bresee Clemson 69.4 N/A
Jaquelin Roy LSU 81.2 23rd of 517
Jermayne Lole Louisville 85.9 N/A

This defensive tackle class is special. It’s got elite top-end talent and depth for days. A good year to need a defensive tackle.

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LINEBACKERS

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Trenton Simpson Clemson 73.2 T-49th of 455
Noah Sewell Oregon 71.5 T-66th of 455
Jack Campbell Iowa 69.8 84th of 455

After a tremendously deep linebacker class in 2022, the 2023 version is exceedingly thin at the moment. There’s two guys I’d want and then a lot of question marks.

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CORNERBACKS

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Garrett Williams Syracuse 66.9 218th of 515
Kris Abrams-Draine Missouri 83.0 T-17th of 515
Jordan Battle Alabama 88.0  3 of 455

There’s not Derek Stingley Jr. or Sauce Gardner yet, but there’s a talented corner in just about every mold you can think of already. The rankings for this group will be all over the map depending on what you value.

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SAFETIES

Player School 2021 PFF grade 2021 Grade rank
Kelee Ringo Georgia 74.5  85 of 515
Antonio Johnson Texas A&M 87.4 10 of 515
Eli Ricks Alabama 67.6 204 of 515

The safety class has a decidedly SEC feel to it. Almost all of the top safeties in the country reside down south.

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