2023 NFL Draft: Quarterbacks CJ Stroud, Bryce Young and Will Levis top the list of the top 50

The 2023 NFL Draft is still more than ten months away, but it’s not too early to highlight some of the talent for the upcoming football season. Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapasso and I put together an early list of talent for the 2023 NFL Draft, which should serve as a watch list rather than a stock projection. Here are the top 50:

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
2. Statue of CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio
3. Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
4. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
5. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
6. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
7. Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
8. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
9. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
10. Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson

At this time of year, initial rankings are often riddled with power programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson because they have dominated the recruitment rankings for so long and are so early in the process that school opportunities are lower. without being evaluated until later. The next draft class is no exception. The SEC Kentucky, Texas A&M and LSU schools, which included seven of the top ten, were also included in the top ten.

As far as these quarterbacks are concerned, there is no player who is a national team before Trevor Lawrence, Andrew Luck or John Elway. Everyone has talent, but so do their shortcomings. Stroud and Young are also actually young and still have time to work on some aspects of the game. Levis has a more natural talent than anyone else in the position, but he needs to fix some lower body mechanics. In addition to those quarterbacks, there’s a roster of defenders like Anderson of Alabama, Carter of Georgia, Clemson’s Murphy and Simpson. Boutte is the most highly regarded wide receiver because he is easy to make comparisons with his former teammate, Ja’Marr Chase.

11. Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
12. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
13. Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwest
14. Statue of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio
15. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
16. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
17. Statue of Paris Johnson Jr., OL, Ohio
18. Arik Gilbert, TE, Georgia
19. BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
20. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

It is noteworthy that these initial rankings – again, which should serve as a watch list – are based on the projection and the trajectory that the players look like for next season. There is no better example of this premise than Johnson of the State of Ohio and Gilbert of Georgia. The former will be on the offensive line this season following the defeat of Nicholas Petit-Frere and the latter is a highly acclaimed recruitment who did not play with the Bulldogs last season. Gilbert is also the first player to be transferred to this roster; He began his university career at LSU. Mayer is a consistent producer who does everything right but the tests will be very important to him. Robinson is the best defender quite easily. It should be at the top of the list, in my opinion, because its assessment does not require projection. Supervisors don’t have to look hard to see what special talent they’ve already become.

21. Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
22. Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington
23. Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
24. Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
25. Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
26. Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
27. Jordan Addison, WR, USC
28. Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina
29. Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami
30. Anton Harrison, OL, Oklahoma

Cornerbacks and wide receivers dominated this team with half of the teams. Addison recently transferred to USC. Ricks was transferred from LSU. To’oTo’o is in his second season with the Crimson Tide after transferring from Tennessee. Downs is a personal favorite. Although the frame is thin, it does a good job of setting breaks and maintaining speed.

31. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
32. Jaquelin Roy, DL, LSU
33. Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
34. Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
35. Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
36. Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
37. Tykee Smith, S, Georgia
38. Zion Nelson, OL, Miami
39. Noah Daniels, CB, TCU
40. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Gibbs has been transferred from Georgia Tech out of season. He does everything well on the football field. None of the attacking linemen are finished product, but there is a great deal of talent to work with. Blake Freeland of BYU, Courtland Ford of USC and Jaelyn Duncan of Maryland are some of those not mentioned in this list but worth following.

41. Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
42. Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida
43. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
44. Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
45. Devin Leary, QB, NC Statue
46. ​​Andre Carter II, EDGE, Navy
47. Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
48. Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
49. Darnell Wright, OL, Tennessee
50. Jordan Morgan, OL, Arizona

Richardson will have a heavier workload this season after Emory Jones moved to Arizona State. Joseph was transferred from the Northwest and Kyle Hamilton is in charge of filling the shoes for the first round pick. Attacking players Matthew Bergeron and Morgan Syracuse would be in a similar category to line players who may lack top-level athletics, but they are calm and do the job, like a Christian Darrisaw.

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