2023 NFL Draft: Ranking the top 10 players at every position

2023 NFL Draft rankings are here. Here are the top 10 draft-eligible prospects at every position in college football.

The 2023 NFL Draft is a ways away. But it’s never too early to look at the top 10 player rankings as we project who is set to battle it out for 2023 NFL Draft supremacy. In conjunction with our switch over to the 2023 NFL Draft on our Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator, here are the top 10 players at every position on our very early big board.

It’s important to note that this is a very early list. These are the players that have caught our eye at some point in their careers. Some prospects are leaps and bounds ahead of others in their evaluations, while others we’ve just begun. This board is subject to change once we study the prospects in more depth.

Top 10 Quarterbacks

1) C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
2) Bryce Young, Alabama
3) Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
4) Anthony Richardson, Florida
5) Jaren Hall, BYU
6) Jake Haener, Fresno State
7) Will Levis, Kentucky
8) Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
9) Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (FL)
10) Cameron Ward, Washington State

It’s a star-studded group led by C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young. Both are slated to compete for the Heisman Trophy and the right to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2023. Anthony Richardson has earned the starting role and is a tailormade fit for Billy Napier’s system in Gainesville.

Jaren Hall and Jake Haener have a lot to gain this season, while Spencer Rattler can prove he belongs after moving to South Carolina. Cameron Ward is the darkhorse for biggest riser, as the big-armed quarterback transferred from Incarnate Word to Washington State after throwing for nearly 5,000 yards a season ago.

Top 10 Running Backs

1) Bijan Robinson, Texas
2) Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
3) Devon Achane, Texas A&M
4) Sean Tucker, Syracuse
5) Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
6) Tank Bigsby, Auburn
7) Zach Evans, Ole Miss
8) Tavion Thomas, Utah
9) Blake Corum, Michigan
10) Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky

It’s rare to have a running back thought of as a lock for the first round in today’s NFL. But that’s what Bijan Robinson is. The real race is between Jahmyr Gibbs and Devon Achane for the right to be No. 2. Gibbs will have the ability to showcase his elite skills in new surroundings at Alabama.

Sean Tucker has track speed, and Zach Charbonnet is a bruiser. Tank Bigsby makes people miss with ease, and Zach Evans should be able to latch on to the Ole Miss system quickly.

Top 10 Wide Receivers

1) Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
2) Kayshon Boutte, LSU
3) Jordan Addison, Pittsburgh
4) Quentin Johnston, TCU
5) Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
6) Ronnie Bell, Michigan
7) Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
8) Josh Downs, North Carolina
9) Zay Flowers, Boston College
10) Jermaine Burton, Alabama

This wide receiver class is heavy at the top, with Jaxon Smith-Njigba set to lead the crew. Smith-Njigba showcased on the national level at the Rose Bowl what wide receiver coach Brian Hartline said is the most talented receiving room in the country. He’s an elite receiver who may be better than Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave — top-11 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Kayshon Boutte just produces, even with murky quarterback situations at LSU. Jordan Addison may be done at Pittsburgh and heading to USC, where he’ll have Caleb Williams’ talented arm throwing to him. Until tampering issues are resolved, however, the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner will stay listed at Pitt.

Top 10 Tight Ends

1) Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
2) Cameron Latu, Alabama
3) Brant Kuithe, Utah
4) Will Mallory, Miami (FL)
5) Jahleel Billingsley, Texas
6) Darnell Washington, Georgia
7) Arik Gilbert, Georgia
8) Josh Whyle, Cincinnati
9) Sam LaPorta, Iowa
10) Kemari Averett, Bethune-Cookman

Another class of pass catchers that is heavy at the top, Michael Mayer is a unicorn-like prospect with his all-around skills. Cameron Latu shined as a receiver late last season, and Brant Kuithe spurned the 2022 NFL Draft to return for another year at Utah. Kemari Averett from Bethune-Cookman is our selection as a darkhorse from this group.

Top 10 Tackles

1) Peter Skoronksi, Northwestern
2) Connor Galvin, Baylor
3) Dawand Jones, Ohio State
4) Jaxson Kirkland, Washington
5) Robert Scott Jr., Florida State
6) Broderick Jones, Georgia
7) Warren McClendon, Georgia
8) Zion Nelson, Miami (FL)
9) Jordan McFadden, Clemson
10) Carter Warren, Pittsburgh

With the success of Rashawn Slater in the NFL, Peter Skoronski presents a similar player with similar upside. Connor Galvin is a dominant all-around offensive lineman, and Dawand Jones is very clearly the top (and biggest) right tackle prospect this season. The Georgia offensive line reloads with two prospects to watch in Broderick Jones and Warren McClendon.

Top 10 Interior Offensive Linemen

1) O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
2) Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama
3) Paris Johnson Jr., G, Ohio State
4) Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan
5) John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
6) Jacob Gall, C, Baylor
7) Andrew Vorhees, G, Michigan
8) Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
9) Jarrett Patterson, C, Notre Dame
10) Sidy Sow, G, Eastern Michigan

O’Cyrus Torrence has the chance to make the SEC leap and vault himself right into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft this season. Following Billy Napier to Florida, Torrence is a road-grader and a dominant pass protector. If he excels in the SEC, there is no doubt he can prove himself NFL-ready by the season’s end.

Top 10 EDGE Defenders

1) Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
2) Nolan Smith, Georgia
3) Myles Murphy, Clemson
4) BJ Ojulari, LSU
5) Ali Gaye, LSU
6) Zach Harrison, Ohio State
7) Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Washington
8) Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State
9) Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame
10) Andre Carter II, Army

The best player returning to college football is Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. Had he been eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft, Anderson had a real claim to go No. 1 this year. He’s just that good. Anderson is a lock for Heisman consideration as well as every other defensive award this season. Nolan Smith and Myles Murphy will battle to stay above the talented LSU duo of BJ Ojulari and Ali Gaye.

Top 10 Interior Defensive Linemen

1) Jalen Carter, Georgia
2) Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh
3) Tyler Davis, Clemson
4) Bryan Bresee, Clemson
5) Siaki Ika, Baylor
6) Cory Durden, NC State
7) Jaxon Player, Baylor
8) Jaquelin Roy, LSU
9) Habakkuk Baldonado, Pittsburgh
10) Akheem Mesidor, Miami (FL)

It’s hard not to draw a comparison between Jalen Carter and Warren Sapp. After all, they do hail from the same Apopka High School. The former Blue Darter turned Georgia Bulldog is as talented an interior defensive line prospect that we’ve seen in some time. A massive man with bad intentions, Carter is ready to take the college football world by storm. Calijah Kancey draws comps to Aaron Donald, while the Clemson duo of Tyler Davis and Bryan Bresee may singlehandedly win games for the Tigers this year.

Top 10 Linebackers

1) Noah Sewell, Oregon
2) Henry To’o To’o, Alabama
3) Justin Flowe, Oregon
4) DeMarvion Overshown, Texas
5) Trenton Simpson, Clemson
6) Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati
7) Owen Pappoe, Auburn
8) Jack Campbell, Iowa
9) SirVocea Dennis, Pittsburgh
10) Payton Wilson, NC State

Another Sewell is set to enter the NFL, and Noah Sewell is as talented as they come at the linebacker position. He’s a great, instinctual player with the strength and speed to match. Justin Flowe needs to maintain his health, but he has every bit of skill to match his teammate. Keep an eye on the undersized Ivan Pace Jr. as he transfers to Cincinnati with big shoes to fill. Pace Jr. is fast, a talented blitzer, and an excellent coverage defender.

Top 10 Cornerbacks

1) Kelee Ringo, Georgia
2) Malachi Moore, Alabama
3) Eli Ricks, Alabama
4) Clark Phillips III, Utah
5) Latavious Brini, Arkansas
6) Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn
7) Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
8) Mekhi Garner, LSU
9) Garrett Williams, Syracuse
10) Tiawan Mullen, Indiana

The SEC is loaded with talent at the cornerback position this year as Kelee Ringo takes the mantle as the top CB in the nation. Eli Ricks transfers from LSU to join Malachi Moore at Alabama. Clark Phillips III is the best non-SEC cornerback, as he has terrific speed and even better ball skills in coverage. Tiawan Mullen had a terrific freshman season and can vault himself up this list if he returns to that form.

Top 10 Safeties

1) Jordan Battle, Alabama
2) Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame
3) Tykee Smith, Georgia
4) Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
5) BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech
6) Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
7) Trey Dean III, Florida
8) Rashad Torrence II, Florida
9) DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama
10) Kenderick Duncan, Louisville

The SEC isn’t just loaded at cornerback — the conference is also deep at safety. Jordan Battle headlines the group, as he could have been a high pick in the 2022 NFL Draft had he declared. Tykee Smith battled through injuries but plays a physical brand of football (although he’s in-between positions). BeeJay Williamson is as talented as any Group of Five player in the country and should be on the shortlist of everyone’s must-watch list.

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.