Ranking the five best players at every position ahead of Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) catches the ball in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of top prospects are still available on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Here are the top five at each position.

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  1. Will Levis, Kentucky (PFF Big Board Rank: 7)

    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 Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen in 2021.

  2. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee (PFF Big Board Rank: 47)

    Hooker is a gifted runner with an NFL-caliber right arm, and he made strides in each season as a starter. He just comes with some big red flags between his age (will be 25 as a rookie), a torn ACL in November and the gimmicky Tennessee offense.

  3. Tanner McKee, Stanford (PFF Big Board Rank: 81)

    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 he pairs that ability with lightning-quick processing. McKee's career time to throw at Stanford was a swift 2.49 seconds.

  4. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (PFF Big Board Rank: 149)

    DTR is experienced enough to feel confident that he's a capable backup with developmental potential.

  5. Jake Haener, Fresno State (PFF Big Board Rank: 175)

    A small quarterback who has an injury history and question marks under pressure isn't going to be coveted highly, but he could very well land a backup role early in his career.

Running Back

  1. Zach Charbonnet, UCLA (PFF Big Board Rank: 50)

    Charbonnet is a well-built, elusive back with bell-cow potential. He earned top-three rushing grades in the FBS in each of the past two seasons.

  2. Devon Achane, Texas A&M (PFF Big Board Rank: 63)

    Achane has burners, quicks and contact balance — a rare combination. He broke 53 tackles on 196 attempts for an 89.8 rushing grade last fall.

  3. Tyjae Spears, Tulane (PFF Big Board Rank: 84)

    Spears is a space player with big-time home-run potential. He's a headache for linebackers in the open field. This past fall, he went for 1,587 yards on 231 carries with 19 scores and 1,052 yards after contact.

  4. Tank Bigsby, Auburn (PFF Big Board Rank: 86)

    Bigsby was playing against a loaded hand more often than not behind Auburn's offensive line. Of his 5.5 yards per carry this past season, 4.16 of them came after contact.

  5. DeWayne McBride, UAB (PFF Big Board Rank: 98)

    McBride was the most dominant running back in college football over the past three seasons. In that span, he ran for 3,507 yards on 484 carries (7.2 yards per carry) and broke 175 tackles on 484 attempts. Unfortunately, he also fumbled nine times over that span.


Wide Receiver

  1. Josh Downs, North Carolina (PFF Big Board Rank: 38)

    Downs is a slot weapon that you can feed schemed-up targets to and watch go to work. He racked up 195 catches for 2,364 yards and 19 scores across 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.

  2. Nathaniel Dell, Houston (PFF Big Board Rank: 45)

    Dell's size — 5-foot-10, 165 pounds — won't be for everyone, but he's an easy separator with another gear to stride away from defenders. He had a monster 2022 campaign for Houston with 108 catches, 1,399 yards and 17 scores.

  3. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee (PFF Big Board Rank: 55)

    Hyatt possesses elite juice to stretch the field. That helped him house 15 scores this past season. It was a massive breakout year, as he finished with 67 catches for 1,267 yards.

  4. Cedric Tillman, Tennessee (PFF Big Board Rank: 61)

    Tillman is the most physical receiver in the draft class. He's a safe bet as a possession receiver, as he dropped only five of his 104 career catchable targets.

  5. Rashee Rice, SMU (PFF Big Board Rank: 72)

    Rice has some of the best body control in the draft class. That shows with his work at the catch point (16 contested catches last fall) and after the catch (19 broken tackles).

Tight End

  1. Michael Mayer, Notre Dame (PFF Big Board Rank: 19)

    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.

  2. Darnell Washington, Georgia (PFF Big Board Rank: 37)

    Washington is a unique 6-foot-7, 270-pound tight end. His height and weight don't do justice to just how massive he is. If your offense wants an offensive tackle who can also run routes and make guys miss after the catch, Washington is your man.

  3. Sam LaPorta, Iowa (PFF Big Board Rank: 43)

    LaPorta is outstanding with the ball in his hands. He can not only run away from defenders (4.59-second 40-yard dash), but he can also make them miss (20 broken tackles on 58 catches in 2022).

  4. Luke Musgrave, Oregon State (PFF Big Board Rank: 49)

    It's a shame we saw only two games of Musgrave before an undisclosed knee injury cost him the rest of the 2022 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, boasting the kind of speed and agility to separate from defensive backs.

  5. Tucker Kraft, South Dakota State (PFF Big Board Rank: 74)

    Kraft looked like a man among boys in the FCS. They weren't ready for a 254-pound tight end who moves as gracefully as he does. As a result, he broke 25 tackles on 102 catches across the past two seasons.

Offensive Tackle

  1. Dawand Jones, Ohio State (PFF Big Board Rank: 31)

    Jones is as big a tackle as you'll ever see at 6-foot-8 and 374 pounds with 36 3/8-inch arms. At that size, he is one of the more refined pass protectors in the class. Jones allowed only five pressures on 419 pass-blocking snaps last season.

  2. Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse (PFF Big Board Rank: 65)

    Bergeron has deadening hands in pass protection that should translate to the next level. He earned pass-blocking grades of 80.8 and 85.4 in the past two seasons.

  3. Nick Saldiveri, Old Dominion (PFF Big Board Rank: 91)

    Saldiveri is a likely tackle-to-guard convert who could excel in pass protection after such a move. He earned an 85.1 pass-blocking grade this past season.

  4. Tyler Steen, Alabama (PFF Big Board Rank: 107)

    Steen has four years of starting experience but figures to be a guard convert at the next level. He's one of the more powerful linemen in this class and has the traits to be a plus pass-protecting guard.

  5. Blake Freeland, BYU (PFF Big Board Rank: 108)

    Freeland is a high-end athlete at the position who has a unique skill set to develop. That showed in the run game, where he earned an 87.9 grade in 2022. He, unfortunately, has serious play-strength concerns that showed up in a big way at the Senior Bowl.

Offensive Guard

  1. O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida (PFF Big Board Rank: 30)

    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.

  2. Steve Avila, TCU (PFF Big Board Rank: 42)

    Avila has started at both center and guard over the course of his career. And he provides a physical presence regardless of where he's at. He allowed only 11 pressures on 540 pass-blocking snaps in 2022 for an 83.6 pass-blocking grade.

  3. Cody Mauch, North Dakota State (PFF Big Board Rank: 51)

    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. His pass protection technique is still a work in progress, however, and a move inside could be in his future.

  4. Chandler Zavala, NC State (PFF Big Board Rank: 78)

    Zavala wasn't on a ton of radars after only five career starts prior to 2022. He changed that quickly, as he allowed only four pressures on 422 pass-blocking snaps this past season.

  5. Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan (PFF Big Board Rank: 123)

    Sow measures in at 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds and played 3,633 snaps over his five seasons at Eastern Michigan. He graded better as a run-blocker over his career but was hardly a slouch in the passing game, as he gave up just nine sacks across 2,053 career pass-blocking snaps.


  1. John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota (PFF Big Board Rank: 35)

    Schmitz was the single highest-graded center in the FBS this past season at 92.4 overall. He's on the bigger side for the position at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds yet did his best work on the move in an outside-zone-heavy Minnesota scheme.

  2. Luke Wypler, Ohio State (PFF Big Board Rank: 54)

    Wypler may be on the small side, but he's as advanced a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman as you'll see. He's likely a center only, and a darn good one, after earning overall grades of 82.4 and 79.6 in his two seasons as a starter.

  3. Joe Tippmann, Wisconsin (PFF Big Board Rank: 67)

    Tippmann is one heck of an athlete for a center. And even more so when you consider he's 6-foot-6 and 313 pounds. He earned overall grades of 78.7 and 85.1 in the past two seasons.

  4. Olusegun Oluwatimi, Michigan (PFF Big Board Rank: 133)

    Oluwatimi was a tone-setter on the Joe Moore Award-winning Michigan line. He earned an 83.0 run-blocking grade this past fall and is a people mover in the middle.

  5. Juice Scruggs, Penn State (PFF Big Board Rank: 138)

    Scruggs is a versatile zone scheme lineman with easy areas for improvement.


Interior Defensive Line

  1. Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin (PFF Big Board Rank: 58)

    Benton possesses a nice blend of quicks, power, length and strength that allows him to fill any role along the defensive interior. He earned an 83.5 pass-rushing grade last season.

  2. Kobie Turner, Wake Forest (PFF Big Board Rank: 79)

    Turner dominated on the interior for Wake Forest last season. In his first year with the team after transferring from Richmond, Turner earned a 93.1 run-defense grade and an 88.8 pass-rushing grade. He's just a tad thin-framed for a defensive tackle, measuring in at 288 pounds with only 32-inch arms.

  3. Siaki Ika, Baylor (PFF Big Board Rank: 88)

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

  4. Moro Ojomo, Texas (PFF Big Board Rank: 93)

    Ojomo took his game to another level as a redshirt senior in 2022. After earning a 74.9 overall grade in 2021, Ojomo improved it to 90.6 this past fall. He's a long interior rusher who is a force against the run. Interestingly enough, despite being a redshirt senior, Ojomo is still only 21 years old.

  5. Karl Brooks, Bowling Green (PFF Big Board Rank: 99)

    Brooks was one of the most productive defensive linemen in college football last season. And the 296-pounder did it all at edge defender. He earned a 93.0 overall grade with 69 pressures on the season.

Edge Defender

  1. Tuli Tuipulotu, USC (PFF Big Board Rank: 52)

    Tuipulotu is an ascending, versatile defensive lineman. He barely came off the field for the Trojans this past fall (733 snaps) as he racked up 56 pressures. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he can play on the edge, over tackles or at three-technique in the NFL.

  2. Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern (PFF Big Board Rank: 56)

    Adebawore is one of the single freakiest athletes in NFL Combine history. His 4.49-second 40-yard dash is the fastest ever for a player 280-plus pounds by .16 seconds. That kind of explosiveness is worth betting on.

  3. BJ Ojulari, LSU (PFF Big Board Rank: 57)

    Ojulari is the younger brother of Giants edge-rusher and second-rounder Azeez Ojulari. He's a similarly undersized edge with an array of pass-rushing moves at his disposal. He saw playing time ever since his freshman year and racked up 127 pressures in three seasons.

  4. Keion White, Georgia Tech (PFF Big Board Rank: 60)

    White is an absurd physical specimen at 6-foot-5 and 286 pounds. It seems like it's only a matter of time before the light switch flips on and he's a dominant edge. White came back from missing most of 2021 with an ankle injury to rack up 41 pressures this past fall.

  5. Nick Herbig, Wisconsin (PFF Big Board Rank: 64)

    Herbig was an edge rusher at Wisconsin but may be more of a hybrid NFL player at 240 pounds. Either way, he knows how to rush the passer after earning 91.1 and 91.4 such grades the past two seasons. He also looks very smooth when dropping into coverage.


  1. Drew Sanders, Arkansas (PFF Big Board Rank: 48)

    Sanders started his college career as an edge rusher at Alabama before transferring to Arkansas and moving to off-ball linebacker 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.

  2. Daiyan Henley, Washington State (PFF Big Board Rank: 59)

    Henley is a converted receiver who now covers them with ease. He also tracks them down in space, as he missed only five tackles on 97 attempts last season.

  3. Trenton Simpson, Clemson (PFF Big Board Rank: 71)

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

  4. DeMarvion Overshown, Texas (PFF Big Board Rank: 89)

    Overshown finally grew into the all-around linebacker Texas fans were hoping for when he first entered the starting lineup in 2020. He finished with 46 stops in 2022 after having only 32 in 2021.

  5. Dorian Williams, Tulane (PFF Big Board Rank: 102)

    Williams is one of the best coverage linebackers in the class, boasting a 6-foot-8 wingspan and 4.49 speed. He earned an 87.0 coverage grade this past fall.


  1. Joey Porter Jr., Penn State (PFF Big Board Rank: 21)

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

  2. Cam Smith, South Carolina (PFF Big Board Rank: 41)

    Smith gets 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.

  3. Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (PFF Big Board Rank: 44)

    Stevenson began his college career at Georgia, where he started games in 2020 before becoming a shut-down outside cornerback at Miami for the past two years.

  4. DJ Turner, Michigan (PFF Big Board Rank: 46)

    Turner has the best speed of anyone in this cornerback class. His movement skills are second to none, too. He still got picked on at Michigan a little more than you'd like, with 408 yards allowed this past fall.

  5. Clark Phillips III, Utah (PFF Big Board Rank: 62)

    Phillips may not tick the size and speed boxes some want to see, but he ticks the tape box. He earned an 86.3 coverage grade this past fall with six picks and four pass breakups.


  1. Brian Branch, Alabama (PFF Big Board Rank: 15)

    Branch is the definition of a football player. He plays the game you wish every defensive back would. He's also the best tackling defensive back PFF has graded, missing only four tackles on 174 career attempts.

  2. Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M (PFF Big Board Rank: 53)

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

  3. Sydney Brown, Illinois (PFF Big Board Rank: 76)

    Brown started for the Illini ever since his freshman year in 2018, with 3,168 career snaps to his name. It wasn't until this past fall, though, that we saw his prodigious physical gifts turn into elite production on the football field. He picked off six passes and broke up six more in primarily a box role this past season.

  4. Jordan Battle, Alabama (PFF Big Board Rank: 82)

    Battle may not be a special athlete, but he plays such a steady brand of football that it rarely gets exposed. He earned 80.0-plus coverage grades while playing more than 800 snaps in each of the past three seasons.

  5. Anthony Johnson Jr., Iowa State (PFF Big Board Rank: 90)

    You can't ask for a more encouraging first year switching from corner to safety. Johnson has the traits to be a long-term starter at the position.

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