2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud Battle To Be QB1

2023 NFL Draft Big Board: Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud Battle To Be QB1

We’re closing in on the big event, and the class is taking shape on the Pro Football Network 2023 NFL Draft Big Board. The top prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft — including Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud — showed up every Saturday through the national championship as we’ve entered the pre-draft process for the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City.

2023 NFL Draft Big Board

Before we get into the Pro Football Network Top 300 players for the 2023 NFL Draft, here’s a little more on why these players are at the top.

Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

As of now, PFN’s first overall prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft is Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Between Carter and Will Anderson Jr., it’s very close. But Carter takes the crown for the time being, and he’ll have a compelling case to keep it all throughout draft season.

At 6’3″, 300 pounds, Carter legitimately has all the tools to be a game-changing 3-tech, in a modern NFL where interior pressure is just as important, if not more important than edge pressure.

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Carter is dense and well-leveraged, with high-end mass and proportional length. He explodes off the line like a cannon and exacts similar damage to blocks at initial contact. All the while, he can string together quick and violent hand moves, to deliver on his terrifying traits.

Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

PFN’s second overall prospect was listed at 6’4″, 243 pounds while at Alabama. In the context of edge rushers, he’s closer to average than elite from a size perspective. Don’t let that part of Will Anderson Jr.‘s profile fool you, however. He might not have the sheer mass of a Myles Garrett or a Travon Walker, but he carries the same gravity as a defensive playmaker.

For starters, Anderson is a quantifiably elite athlete with searing burst off the line and devastating lateral agility when attacking gaps. He also has the flexibility and length to pry his way into the pocket, doing so with a relentless mentality. At his size, Anderson generates power at a level of absurdity, mixing lightning-fast explosion and violent extensions into an overwhelming display of force.

Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Anderson is largely viewed as the consensus EDGE1 in the 2023 NFL Draft. Odds are, he’ll be the first player at his position to come off the board. If your team happens to lose out on him, however, Myles Murphy more than holds his own as a consolation prize.

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At 6’5″, 275 pounds, Murphy is a legitimate tank on the football field, who can levy his mass, length, and explosiveness into bulldozing power exertions at the point of attack. His hands are heavy and forceful, and he has the strength to wrench through opposing arms. All the while, Murphy’s a rare athlete at his size, with unnatural foot speed and accelerative capacity in pursuit.

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Positional value will hold weight on draft night, and it’s something that frequently works against running backs. But if we’re ranking prospects purely off of talent on this big board, and leaving positional value out of it, then Texas’ Bijan Robinson belongs in the top five. Maybe even the top three.

It’s important not to throw around the term “generational.” Looking at his tape, however, Robinson may be the closest thing we’ve had to a generational RB talent, at least since Saquon Barkley.

Robinson truly processes at a different speed in tight spaces, with absurd instincts and vision, and he’s incredibly light-footed, flexible, and agile as a 6’0″, 220-pound back. He’s a master of space with the mental and physical qualities to dominate sprawling defenders.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

It may be different tomorrow, or next week, or next month. But right now, PFN’s QB1 on the consensus board is Alabama’s Bryce Young. It truly is too close to call between Young and other contenders like Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Florida’s Anthony Richardson. But if you’re looking for the unshakable poise and resolve of a true franchise QB, Young has it to the highest degree.

From a raw traits perspective, Young is peculiarly average compared to the top group. He’s a good athlete, but not elite for his size, and his arm might be the weakest out of Richardson, Stroud, and Will Levis.

Still, Young has more than enough arm talent and elasticity to work with. And in high-pressure situations, his creation capacity, field vision, calm demeanor, and uncanny instincts help him consistently carry his team out of chaotic waters.

1Jalen CarterDLGeorgia6'3"310
2Will Anderson Jr.LBAlabama6'4"243
3Myles MurphyDEClemson6'5"275
4Bijan RobinsonRBTexas6'0"221
5Bryce YoungQBAlabama6'0"194
6Brian BranchDBAlabama6'0"193
7Christian GonzalezDBOregon6'2"201
8C.J. StroudQBOhio State6'3"218
9Quentin JohnstonWRTCU6'4"212
10Paris Johnson Jr.OGOhio State6'6"315
11Michael MayerTENotre Dame6'4"251
12Joey Porter Jr.CBPenn State6'2"196
13Antonio JohnsonDBTexas A&M6'3"200
14Anthony RichardsonQBFlorida6'4"237
15Kelee RingoDBGeorgia6'2"205
16Jahmyr GibbsRBAlabama5'11"200
17Tyree WilsonOLBTexas Tech6'6"275
18Lukas Van NessDEIowa6'5"275
19Isaiah FoskeyDLNotre Dame6'5"260
20Anton HarrisonOTOklahoma6'6"309
21Bryan BreseeDTClemson6'5"300
22Rashee RiceWRSMU6'3"206
23Devon WitherspoonDBIllinois6'0"180
24Clark Phillips IIICBUtah5'10"184
25Darnell WrightOTTennessee6'6"335
26Calijah KanceyDLPittsburgh6'0"275
27Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWROhio State6'0"198
28JL SkinnerSBoise State6'4"220
29Drew SandersLBArkansas6'5"232
30Josh DownsWRNorth Carolina5'10"171
31Siaki IkaDTBaylor6'4"350
32John Michael SchmitzCMinnesota6'4"320
33Jordan AddisonWRPittsburgh6'0"175
34Derick HallEDGEAuburn6'3"256
35Cam SmithDBSouth Carolina6'0"185
36Trenton SimpsonLBClemson6'3"230
37Cedric TillmanWRTennessee6'3"215
38Gervon DexterDLFlorida6'6"313
39Emmanuel ForbesCBMississippi State6'0"180
40Christopher SmithDBGeorgia5'11"190
41Broderick JonesOTGeorgia6'4"315
42Jaylon JonesDBTexas A&M6'2"205
43Felix Anudike-UzomahDEKansas State6'4"253
44Noah SewellLBOregon6'2"253
45Isaiah McGuireEDGEMissouri6'4"275
46Cody MauchOTNorth Dakota State6'6"303
47Zay FlowersWRBoston College5'10"172
48Jalin HyattWRTennessee6'0"180
49Dawand JonesOTOhio State6'8"360
50Dalton KincaidTEUtah6'4"242
51BJ OjulariDELSU6'3"245
52Kendre MillerRBTCU6'0"214
53Peter SkoronskiOTNorthwestern6'4"294
54DJ TurnerDBMichigan6'0"181
55Kayshon BoutteWRLSU6'0"205
56Tuli TuipulotuDLUSC6'4"290
57Israel AbanikandaRBPittsburgh5'11"215
58Tank BigsbyRBAuburn6'0"213
59Will LevisQBKentucky6'3"232
60O'Cyrus TorrenceOGFlorida6'5"335
61Xavier HutchinsonWRIowa State6'3"210
62Wanya MorrisOTOklahoma6'6"301
63Jammie RobinsonDBFlorida State5'11"203
64Tucker KraftTESouth Dakota State6'5"255
65Darnell WashingtonTEGeorgia6'7"265
66Kenny McIntoshRBGeorgia6'1"210
67Joe TippmannCWisconsin6'6"317
68Luke MusgraveTEOregon State6'6"250
69Zach HarrisonDEOhio State6'6"272
70Ji'Ayir BrownSPenn State5'11"208
71Byron YoungDLAlabama6'3"292
72Trey PalmerWRNebraska6'1"190
73Henry To'oTo'oLBAlabama6'2"228
74Nolan SmithOLBGeorgia6'3"235
75Eli RicksDBAlabama6'2"190
76Tre'Vius Hodges-TomlinsonCBTCU5'9"177
77Blake FreelandOTBYU6'8"305
78Trey Dean IIISFlorida6'3"201
79Tyler SteenOLAlabama6'5"315
80Devon AchaneRBTexas A&M5'9"185
81Deonte BanksDBMaryland6'2"205
82Zach CharbonnetRBUCLA6'2"215
83Mazi SmithDLMichigan6'3"326
84Marvin MimsWROklahoma5'11"179
85Zach EvansRBOle Miss6'0"215
86Eric GrayRBOklahoma5'10"209
87Colby WoodenDEAuburn6'5"284
88Carrington ValentineDBKentucky6'0"200
89Jack CampbellLBIowa6'5"243
90Jordan BattleDBAlabama6'1"206
91Nathaniel DellWRHouston5'10"155
92A.T. PerryWRWake Forest6'5"206
93Mike MorrisDEMichigan6'6"278
94Myles BrooksCBLouisiana Tech6'2"198
95Keeanu BentonNTWisconsin6'4"316
96Tyrique StevensonCBMiami (FL)6'0"214
97Matthew BergeronOTSyracuse6'5"327
98Rejzohn WrightDBOregon State6'2"193
99Hendon HookerQBTennessee6'4"218
100Sean TuckerRBSyracuse5'10"209
101Kyu Blu KellyCBStanford6'1"190
102Steve AvilaCTCU6'4"334
103Dontayvion WicksWRVirginia6'1"206
104Nick HamptonOLBAppalachian State6'3"225
105Sir'Vocea DennisLBPittsburgh6'1"230
106Jarrett PattersonOLNotre Dame6'4"310
107Warren McClendonOTGeorgia6'4"300
108Mohamoud DiabateLBUtah6'4"220
109Alex AustinDBOregon State6'1"189
110Cameron LatuTEAlabama6'5"244
111Viliami FehokoDLSan Jose State6'4"263
112Jake HaenerQBFresno State6'1"195
113Martez ManuelSMissouri6'0"215
114Brandon JosephSNotre Dame6'1"192
115Jaelyn DuncanOTMaryland6'6"320
116Arquon BushCBCincinnati6'0"190
117Jaren HallQBBYU6'1"205
118Adetomiwa AdebaworeDLNorthwestern6'2"265
119Ricky StrombergCArkansas6'4"318
120Charlie JonesWRPurdue6'0"188
121Dorian WilliamsLBTulane6'2"225
122K.J. HenryDEClemson6'4"260
123Mekhi GarnerCBLSU6'2"215
124Owen PappoeLBAuburn6'1"225
125DeMarvion OvershownLBTexas6'4"221
126Nic JonesCBBall State6'0"185
127Byron YoungEDGETennessee6' 3"245
128Will McDonald IVDEIowa State6'4"245
129Kei'Trel ClarkDBLouisville5'10"180
130Emil Ekiyor Jr.OGAlabama6'3"307
131Jayden ReedWRMichigan State6'0"185
132Dylan HortonDTTCU6'4"275
133Garrett WilliamsDBSyracuse6'0"189
134Ivan Pace Jr.LBCincinnati6'0"238
135Puka NacuaWRBYU6'2"205
136Zacch PickensDLSouth Carolina6'4"305
137Tyjae SpearsRBTulane5'10"195
138Thomas IncoomDLCentral Michigan6'4"260
139Jalen GrahamLB/SPurdue6'3"220
140Daiyan HenleyLBWashington State6'1"228
141Cory TriceCBPurdue6'3"215
142Rakim JarrettWRMaryland6'0"190
143Julius BrentsDBKansas State6'4"202
144Keion WhiteDLGeorgia Tech6'4"267
145Parker WashingtonWRPenn State5'10"212
146Olusegun OluwatimiCMichigan6'3"310
147Jonathan MingoWROle Miss6'2"225
148Luke WyplerCOhio State6'3"300
149DJ JohnsonOLBOregon6'4"270
150Javon FosterOTMissouri6'5"320
151Jalen CropperWRFresno State6'0"172
152Andre Carter IIOLBArmy6'7"250
153Malik KnowlesWRKansas State6'3"200
154Chase BrownRBIllinois5'11"205
155Mark PerrySTCU6'0"215
156Micah BaskervilleLBLSU6'1"228
157Jay WardSLSU6'1"188
158Roschon JohnsonRBTexas6'2"219
159Moro OjomoDLTexas6'3"279
160Yasir AbdullahLBLouisville6'1"235
161Darrell Luter Jr.CBSouth Alabama6'0"186
162Carter WarrenOTPittsburgh6'5"320
163Nick HerbigOLBWisconsin6'2"227
164Camerun PeoplesRBAppalachian State6'2"220
165Luke SchoonmakerTEMichigan6'6"250
166Isaiah LandEDGEFlorida A&M6'4"225
167Josh WhyleTECincinnati6'6"245
168Mitchell TinsleyWRPenn State6'1"203
169Cameron MitchellDBNorthwestern6'0"195
170Andrew VorheesOGUSC6'6"325
171Andrei IosivasWRPrinceton6'3"200
172Braeden DanielsOTUtah6'4"299
173YaYa DiabyDLLouisville6'4"270
174Tre TuckerWRCincinnati5'9"185
175DeMarcco HellamsDBAlabama6'1"208
176Dallas DanielsWRJackson State6'1"180
177Tyreque JonesSBoise State6'2"205
178Brenton Cox Jr.LBFlorida6'3"251
179Darius RushDBSouth Carolina6'2"200
180Cam JonesLBIndiana6'3"222
181Brandon KipperOLOregon State6'6"327
182Quindell JohnsonDBMemphis6'1"195
183Malaesala Aumavae-LauluOTOregon6'6"330
184Justin ShorterWRFlorida6'5"228
185Zack KuntzTEOld Dominion6'8"251
186Sam LaPortaTEIowa6'4"249
187Drake ThomasLBNC State6'0"230
188Jartavius MartinDBIllinois6'0"195
189Tyler ScottWRCincinnati5'11"185
190Shaka HeywardLBDuke6'3"240
191Christian IzienDBRutgers5'10"200
192Karl BrooksDLBowling Green6'4"295
193Jadon HaselwoodWRArkansas6'3"211
194Nick SaldiveriOTOld Dominion6'6"307
195Anfernee OrjiLBVanderbilt6'2"230
196Gervarrius OwensDBHouston6'0"200
197Dee WintersLBTCU6'1"230
198D'Anthony JonesDLHouston6'2"285
199Loic Ngassam NyaOLWake Forest6'3"303
200Ronnie HickmanSOhio State6'1"205
201Erick HallettDBPittsburgh5'11"190
202Alex ForsythCOregon6'3"303
203Payne DurhamTEPurdue6'5"255
204Lew NicholsRBCentral Michigan5'11"222
205Blake WhiteheartTEWake Forest6'4"243
206Jeremy BanksLBTennessee6'1"224
207Jakorian BennettDBMaryland5'11"195
208Jerome CarvinGTennessee6'5"321
209Avery YoungDBRutgers6'0"195
210Ventrell MillerILBFlorida6'1"228
211Ali GayeDELSU6'6"268
212Rashad Torrence IISFlorida6'0"197
213Connor GalvinOTBaylor6'7"310
214Dorian Thompson-RobinsonQBUCLA6'1"205
215Deuce VaughnRBKansas State5'6"176
216Eku LeotaEDGEAuburn6'4"257
217Jaylon ThomasOTSMU6'5"326
218Caleb MurphyEDGEFerris State6'4"245
219Tavius RobinsonEDGEOle Miss6'6"265
220Ryan HayesOLMichigan6'7"307
221Anthony JohnsonCBVirginia6'1"199
222Jose RamirezDLEastern Michigan6'2"251
223Clayton TuneQBHouston6'3"215
224Michael JeffersonWRLouisiana6'4"205
225Kobie TurnerDTWake Forest6'3"290
226Xazavian ValladayRBArizona State6'0"198
227Jeremy LucienCBVanderbilt6'2"190
228Antoine GreenWRNorth Carolina6'2"200
229Earl Bostick Jr.OTKansas6'6"315
230Ikenna EnechukwuDERice6'4"266
231DJ DaleDLAlabama6'3"300
232Xavier GipsonWRStephen F. Austin5'9"170
233Juice ScruggsOGPenn State6'3"319
234Keondre CoburnDLTexas6'2"336
235Brevin AllenTECampbell6'4"265
236Marcus MinorOGPittsburgh6'4"325
237Stetson BennettQBGeorgia5'11"190
238Richard GouraigeOTFlorida6'5"310
239Derius DavisWRTCU5'10"175
240Mekhi BlackmonDBUSC6'0"175
241Tykee SmithDBGeorgia5'10"198
242John OjukwuOTBoise State6'6"300
243Tanner McKeeQBStanford6'6"226
244Tiawan MullenDBIndiana5'10"180
245Habakkuk BaldonadoDLPittsburgh6'5"255
246Riley MossDBIowa6'1"194
247Luke HaggardOTIndiana6'7"303
248Durell NchamiLBMaryland6'4"260
249Jaquelin RoyDTLSU6'3"315
250Jalen WayneWRSouth Alabama6'2"203
251Nesta Jade SilveraDLArizona State6'2"306
252Lonnie PhelpsDEKansas6'3"242
253Jaxson KirklandOTWashington6'7"310
254Malik CunninghamQBLouisville6'1"190
255Brodric MartinDTWestern Kentucky6'5"330
256Lance BoykinCBCoastal Carolina6'3"200
257Ben VanSumerenLBMichigan State6'3"240
258Spencer AndersonOTMaryland6'5"330
259Asim RichardsOTNorth Carolina6'4"320
260Charlie ThomasLBGeorgia Tech6'2"207
261Titus LeoEDGEWagner6'4"245
262Chandler ZavalaGNC State6'5"325
263Devin HaskinsCBHoly Cross6'3"209
264AJ FinleySOle Miss6'3"205
265Jerrod ClarkDTCoastal Carolina6'4"320
266McClendon CurtisOGChattanooga6'7"340
267Tyler LacyEDGEOklahoma State6'4"285
268Kahlef HailassieDBWestern Kentucky6'1"195
269Robert BealOLBGeorgia6'4"255
270John SmithCBHoly Cross6'1"186
271Mark Evans IIGArkansas-Pine Bluff6'4"295
272Durrell JohnsonDELiberty6'3"240
273Steven GilmoreDBMarshall6'2"169
274Keaton MitchellRBEast Carolina5'9"184
275Max DugganQBTCU6'2"214
276Aidan O'ConnellQBPurdue6'3"210
277Keylon StokesWRTulsa5'10"198
278Sean CliffordQBPenn State6'2"216
279Devonnsha MaxwellDLChattanooga6'3"296
280Sundiata AndersonEDGEGrambling6'5"240
281Chamarri ConnerDBVirginia Tech6'0"205
282Garrett NelsonOLBNebraska6'3"245
283Sheridan JonesCBClemson6'0"185
284Mohamed IbrahimRBMinnesota5'10"210
285Otis ReeseSOle Miss6'3"225
286Terell SmithSMinnesota6'1"215
287Daniel BarkerTEMichigan State6'4"250
288Darius MuasauLBUCLA6'1"230
289Cameron BrownCBOhio State6'0"192
290DeWayne McBrideRBUAB5'11"215
291Aubrey MillerLBJackson State6'2"225
292Tyson BagentQBShepherd6'3"210
293Justin FordCBMontana6'2"200
294Tavion ThomasRBUtah6'2"238
295Ochaun MathisEDGENebraska6'5"260
296Hunter LuepkeFBNorth Dakota State6'1"236
297Elijah DotsonRBNorthern Colorado6'0"200
298Jaleel McLaughlinRBYoungstown State5'9"183
299Brock MartinDEOklahoma State6'3"245
300Kyle SoelleLBArizona State6'4"235