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

    The Pro Football Network Consensus 2023 NFL Draft Big Board is live with the thoughts from PFN's team of draft evaluators.

    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.

    Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

    He’s 6’3 1/2″, 253 pounds, with 34″ levers for arms. He has 27.5 sacks and 48 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. The No. 1 overall prospect on PFN’s most recent consensus big board for the 2023 NFL Draft is Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr.

    Anderson might not have the sheer mass of a Myles Garrett or a Travon Walker, but he carries the same gravity as a defensive playmaker. He’s an elite athlete with searing explosiveness and devastating lateral agility. He can pry through gaps with his flexibility and hand strength, and generates power at a level of absurdity, mixing lightning-fast explosion and violent extensions into overwhelming displays of force.

    Anderson is a large part of a very small blue-chip contingent in the 2023 NFL Draft class. He’s going to make a defensive coordinator very happy with his ability to constantly disrupt and make game-defining plays behind the line.

    Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

    Purely based on talent, Jalen Carter is a blue-chip prospect and a top-five player in the 2023 NFL Draft. That’s been the case since the start of the cycle, and even before when he embarked on a six-sack, 15.5-TFL stretch through 2021 and 2022.

    At 6’3″, 310 pounds, with 33 1/2″ arms, Carter is an explosive ball of fury on the defensive line interior. His quickness is absolutely wicked heading into contact, and he leverages that burst into awesome power and disruption potential. Carter’s hands are strong, his motor is hot, and his leverage is overwhelming. There aren’t many questions on the tape.

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    For Carter, the questions come off the field. His involvement in a racing incident that may have contributed to a fatal car crash in January has, at the very least, called his maturity into question. And his preparation and conditioning also fell under scrutiny in light of his subpar pro day showing.

    Teams will need to do their due diligence on Carter, and whether they’re willing to risk heavy capital on him. But his raw film grade is the ultimate temptation.

    C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

    On the latest iteration of the PFN Consensus 2023 NFL Draft Big Board, C.J. Stroud is QB1. He’s fending off fierce competition from Alabama’s Bryce Young and Florida’s Anthony Richardson, but there’s an argument to be made that Stroud is the most complete QB prospect on the board.

    At 6’3″, 218 pounds, Stroud has prototypical size, to go along with underrated mobility and a great arm. Beyond possessing the raw physical traits, Stroud is a quick processor who routinely exploits mismatches with anticipation, masterful precision, and layering ability — and he creates when he needs to.

    Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

    The 2023 NFL Draft CB class is so strong that many teams may punt on Round 1 prospects and instead seek value in the middle rounds. But the team that comes away with Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez will be very thankful. Gonzalez could end up being a game-changing starter in the NFL with his tools.

    In 2022, Gonzalez transferred to Oregon and made the most of his opportunity, racking up four picks and seven pass deflections. At around 6’1 1/2″ and 197 pounds, with 32″ arms, he’s a quantifiably elite athlete, who combines effortless burst, speed, and transitioning ability with uncanny instincts, eye discipline, and playmaking prowess.

    Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

    Bryce Young remains a contender for the QB1 mantle, but he’s just below Stroud on our latest rankings. Stroud, Young, and Richardson all offer different areas of appeal. 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.

    Nevertheless, 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 — the way you’d want a franchise QB to do so.

    2023 PFN Consensus Board

    1Will Anderson Jr.EDGEAlabama
    2Jalen CarterDTGeorgia
    3Bijan RobinsonRBTexas
    4Bryce YoungQBAlabama
    5Christian GonzalezCBOregon
    6C.J. StroudQBOhio State
    7Paris Johnson Jr.TOhio State
    8Tyree WilsonEDGETexas Tech
    9Myles MurphyEDGEClemson
    10Devon WitherspoonCBIllinois
    11Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWROhio State
    12Brian BranchSAlabama
    13Anthony RichardsonQBFlorida
    14Lukas Van NessEDGEIowa
    15Bryan BreseeDTClemson
    16Broderick JonesTGeorgia
    17Joey Porter Jr.CBPenn State
    18Jahmyr GibbsRBAlabama
    19Dalton KincaidTEUtah
    20Nolan SmithEDGEGeorgia
    21Quentin JohnstonWRTCU
    22Deonte BanksCBMaryland
    23Jordan AddisonWRUSC
    24Michael MayerTENotre Dame
    25Anton HarrisonTOklahoma
    26Darnell WrightTTennessee
    27Zay FlowersWRBoston College
    28Peter SkoronskiGNorthwestern
    29Calijah KanceyDTPittsburgh
    30Keion WhiteEDGEGeorgia Tech
    31Kelee RingoCBGeorgia
    32Cedric TillmanWRTennessee
    33Adetomiwa AdebaworeDTNorthwestern
    34John Michael SchmitzCMinnesota
    35Will LevisQBKentucky
    36Isaiah FoskeyEDGENotre Dame
    37Drew SandersLBArkansas
    38Derick HallEDGEAuburn
    39Joe TippmannCWisconsin
    40Josh DownsWRNorth Carolina
    41BJ OjulariEDGELSU
    42Trenton SimpsonEDGEClemson
    43Jack CampbellLBIowa
    44Jalin HyattWRTennessee
    45Will McDonald IVEDGEIowa State
    46DJ TurnerCBMichigan
    47Cam SmithCBSouth Carolina
    48Clark Phillips IIICBUtah
    49Felix Anudike-UzomahEDGEKansas State
    50Antonio JohnsonSTexas A&M
    51Emmanuel ForbesCBMississippi State
    52Sydney BrownSIllinois
    53Jonathan MingoWRMississippi
    54Dawand JonesTOhio State
    55Jayden ReedWRMichigan State
    56Siaki IkaDTBaylor
    57Mazi SmithDTMichigan
    58Luke MusgraveTEOregon State
    59Darius RushCBSouth Carolina
    60O'Cyrus TorrenceGFlorida
    61Steve AvilaGTCU
    62Cody MauchGNorth Dakota State
    63Julius BrentsCBKansas State
    64Matthew BergeronTSyracuse
    65Tyrique StevensonCBMiami-Fl
    66Hendon HookerQBTennessee
    67Tuli TuipulotuEDGEUSC
    68Darnell WashingtonTEGeorgia
    69Gervon DexterDTFlorida
    70Kendre MillerRBTCU
    71Keeanu BentonDTWisconsin
    72Zacch PickensDTSouth Carolina
    73Zach HarrisonEDGEOhio State
    74Wanya MorrisTOklahoma
    75Noah SewellLBOregon
    76Tyler ScottWRCincinnati
    77Tank BigsbyRBAuburn
    78Trey PalmerWRNebraska
    79Israel AbanikandaRBPittsburgh
    80Tyjae SpearsRBTulane
    81Marvin MimsWROklahoma
    82Blake FreelandTBYU
    83Tucker KraftTESouth Dakota State
    84Isaiah McGuireEDGEMissouri
    85Sam LaPortaTEIowa
    86JL SkinnerSBoise State
    87Nathaniel DellWRHouston
    88Jartavius MartinSIllinois
    89Eli RicksCBAlabama
    90Devon AchaneRBTexas A&M
    91Luke WyplerCOhio State
    92A.T. PerryWRWake Forest
    93Daiyan HenleyLBWashington State
    94Jordan BattleSAlabama
    95Zach CharbonnetRBUCLA
    96Jaelyn DuncanTMaryland
    97Rashee RiceWRSMU
    98Kei'Trel ClarkCBLouisville
    99Carrington ValentineCBKentucky
    100Jammie RobinsonSFlorida State
    101Tyler SteenTAlabama
    102Nick HamptonEDGEAppalachian State
    103Garrett WilliamsCBSyracuse
    104Roschon JohnsonRBTexas
    105Kayshon BoutteWRLSU
    106Ricky StrombergCArkansas
    107Tre'Vius Hodges-TomlinsonCBTCU
    108Zach EvansRBMississippi
    109Riley MossCBIowa
    110Eric GrayRBOklahoma
    111Ji'Ayir BrownSPenn State
    112Kenny McIntoshRBGeorgia
    113Mike MorrisEDGEMichigan
    114Colby WoodenEDGEAuburn
    115Luke SchoonmakerTEMichigan
    116Moro OjomoDTTexas
    117Xavier HutchinsonWRIowa State
    118Cory TriceCBPurdue
    119Jaren HallQBBYU
    120Kyu Blu KellyCBStanford
    121Michael WilsonWRStanford
    122Owen PappoeLBAuburn
    123Byron YoungEDGETennessee
    124YaYa DiabyEDGELouisville
    125Dorian WilliamsLBTulane
    126Jaylon JonesCBTexas A&M
    127Daniel ScottSCalifornia
    128Henry To'oTo'oLBAlabama
    129DeMarvion OvershownLBTexas
    130Jordan McFaddenGClemson
    131Braeden DanielsGUtah
    132Warren McClendonTGeorgia
    133Viliami FehokoEDGESan Jose State
    134Keaton MitchellRBEast Carolina
    135Myles BrooksCBLouisiana Tech
    136Rejzohn WrightCBOregon State
    137Bryce Ford-WheatonWRWest Virginia
    138McClendon CurtisGTenn-Chattanooga
    139Emil Ekiyor Jr.CAlabama
    140Ivan Pace Jr.LBCincinnati
    141Byron Young (Ala)DTAlabama
    142Jake HaenerQBFresno State
    143Dorian Thompson-RobinsonQBUCLA
    144Christian IzienSRutgers
    145DeWayne McBrideRBUAB
    146K.J. HenryEDGEClemson
    147Arquon BushCBCincinnati
    148Puka NacuaWRBYU
    149Jay WardSLSU
    150Nick HerbigEDGEWisconsin
    151Olusegun OluwatimiCMichigan
    152Charlie JonesWRPurdue
    153Dylan HortonEDGETCU
    154Yasir AbdullahEDGELouisville
    155Cameron MitchellCBNorthwestern
    156Mohamoud DiabateLBUtah
    157Chase BrownRBIllinois
    158Terell SmithCBMinnesota
    159Nick SaldiveriTOld Dominion
    160Dontayvion WicksWRVirginia
    161Tre TuckerWRCincinnati
    162Jalen Moreno-CropperWRFresno State
    163Juice ScruggsCPenn State
    164DJ JohnsonEDGEOregon
    165Karl BrooksDTBowling Green
    166Alex AustinCBOregon State
    167Christopher SmithSGeorgia
    168Jason Taylor IISOklahoma State
    169Sidy SowGEastern Michigan
    170Mekhi GarnerSLSU
    171DeMario DouglasWRLiberty
    172Dee WintersLBTCU
    173Parker WashingtonWRPenn State
    174Thomas IncoomEDGECentral Michigan
    175Jakorian BennettCBMaryland
    176Jaquelin RoyDTLSU
    177John OjukwuTBoise State
    178Nic JonesCBBall State
    179Cameron LatuTEAlabama
    180Rakim JarrettWRMaryland
    181Zack KuntzTEOld Dominion
    182Kobie TurnerDTWake Forest
    183Matt LandersWRArkansas
    184Carter WarrenTPittsburgh
    185Tanner McKeeQBStanford
    186Darrell Luter Jr.CBSouth Alabama
    187Deuce VaughnRBKansas State
    188Jason BrownleeWRSouthern Mississippi
    189Chandler ZavalaGNorth Carolina State
    190Malik KnowlesWRKansas State
    191Jarrett PattersonCNotre Dame
    192Jon Gaines IIGUCLA
    193Anthony BradfordGLSU
    194Earl Bostick Jr.TKansas
    195Andre Carter IIEDGEArmy
    196Habakkuk BaldonadoEDGEPittsburgh
    197Isaiah LandEDGEFlorida A&M
    198Sean TuckerRBSyracuse
    199Trey Dean IIISFlorida
    200Ronnie BellWRMichigan
    201SirVocea DennisLBPittsburgh
    202Brenton StrangeTEPenn State
    203Asim RichardsGNorth Carolina
    204Jeremy BanksLBTennessee
    205Josh WhyleTECincinnati
    206Dante StillsEDGEWest Virginia
    207Gervarrius OwensSHouston
    208Camerun PeoplesRBAppalachian State
    209Brandon JosephSNotre Dame
    210Martez ManuelSMissouri
    211Brenton Cox Jr.EDGEFlorida
    212Michael JeffersonWRLouisiana
    213Ronnie HickmanSOhio State
    214Isaiah MooreLBNorth Carolina State
    215Marte MapuEDGESacramento State
    216Anfernee OrjiLBVanderbilt
    217Jaxson KirklandGWashington
    218Clayton TuneQBHouston
    219Brandon HillSPittsburgh
    220Jose RamirezEDGEEastern Michigan
    221Malaesala Aumavae-LauluTOregon
    222Mitchell TinsleyWRPenn State
    223Drake ThomasLBNorth Carolina State
    224Grant DuboseWRCharlotte
    225Nesta Jade SilveraDTArizona State
    226Blake WhiteheartTEWake Forest
    227Ikenna EnechukwuEDGERice
    228Lonnie Phelps Jr.EDGEKansas
    229Jadon HaselwoodWRArkansas
    230Justin ShorterTEFlorida
    231Aidan O'ConnellQBPurdue
    232Andrew VorheesGUSC
    233Payne DurhamTEPurdue
    234Anthony JohnsonCBVirginia
    235Deneric PrinceRBTulsa
    236Chris Rodriguez JrRBKentucky
    237Andrei IosivasWRPrinceton
    238Ben VanSumerenEDGEMichigan State
    239Keondre CoburnDTTexas
    240Devonnsha MaxwellDTTenn-Chattanooga
    241Atonio MafiGUCLA
    242Jaylon ThomasGSMU
    243Connor GalvinTBaylor
    244Evan HullRBNorthwestern
    245Xavier GipsonWRStephen F. Austin
    246Ali GayeEDGELSU
    247Joseph NgataWRClemson
    248Mohamed IbrahimRBMinnesota
    249Jared WayneWRPittsburgh
    250Trevor ReidGLouisville
    251Caleb MurphyEDGEFerris State
    252Nick BroekerGMississippi
    253Starling Thomas VCBUAB
    254Tavius RobinsonEDGEMississippi
    255Robert Beal Jr.EDGEGeorgia
    256Tyson BagentQBShepherd
    257Jordan HowdenSMinnesota
    258Jacob CopelandWRMaryland
    259Ochaun MathisEDGENebraska
    260Demontrey JacobsTSouth Florida
    261Jalen GrahamEDGEPurdue
    262Cam JonesEDGEIndiana
    263Desjuan JohnsonDTToledo
    264Shaka HeywardEDGEDuke
    265Bryce BaringerPMichigan State
    266DeMarcco HellamsSAlabama
    267Anthony Johnson Jr.SIowa State
    268Elijah HigginsTEStanford
    269Titus LeoEDGEWagner
    270Brandon KipperTOregon State
    271Tyrus WheatEDGEMississippi State
    272Kaevon MerriweatherSIowa
    273Mark Evans IIGArkansas-Pine Bluff
    274Adam KorsakPRutgers
    275Chamarri ConnerSVirginia Tech
    276Zaire BarnesEDGEWestern Michigan
    277Nehemiah SheltonCBSan Jose State
    278Calvin AveryDTIllinois
    279PJ MustipherDTPenn State
    280Dallas DanielsWRJackson State
    281Andre JonesEDGELouisiana
    282Mekhi BlackmonCBUSC
    283MJ AndersonEDGEIowa State
    284Ryan HayesGMichigan
    285Jerrod ClarkDTCoastal Carolina
    286Justin MarshallWRBuffalo
    287Antoine GreenWRNorth Carolina
    288Xazavian ValladayRBArizona State
    289Ben SimsTEBaylor
    290Colby SorsdalOTWilliam & Mary
    291Joey FisherGShepherd
    292Spencer AndersonCMaryland
    293Alex ForsythCOregon
    294BJ ThompsonEDGEStephen F. Austin
    295Cameron YoungDTMississippi State
    296Jerrick Reed IISNew Mexico
    297Chris MurrayGOklahoma
    298Luke HaggardTIndiana
    299Ventrell MillerLBFlorida
    300Jaleel McLaughlinRBYoungstown State

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