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

RankPlayerPositionSchool
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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