2023 RB Draft Class: Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs Highlight a Deep Class

The 2023 NFL Draft RB class has impressive top-end talent with Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs, but it's also one of the deepest groups in recent memory.

Running back is always a value-intensive position, and that’s no different in the 2023 NFL Draft class. Here’s a full accounting of the RB prospects eligible to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, including several first-round candidates.

2023 RB Draft Class

These are the RBs for the 2023 NFL Draft, listed by last name in alphabetical order:

  • Israel Abanikanda, Pittsburgh
  • Devon Achane, Texas A&M
  • Christian Beal-Smith, South Carolina
  • Tank Bigsby, Auburn
  • DK Billingsley, Troy
  • Aidan Borguet, Harvard
  • Isaiah Bowser, UCF
  • Christopher Brooks, BYU
  • Jarek Broussard, Michigan State
  • Chase Brown, Illinois
  • Ronnie Brown, Shepherd
  • Jordan Byrd, San Diego State
  • Que’shaun Byrd, Bethune-Cookman
  • Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
  • TJ Cole, Ouachita Baptist
  • Jack Colletto, Oregon State
  • Emari Demercado, TCU
  • Elijah Dotson, Northern Colorado
  • Travis Dye, USC
  • Tiyon Evans, Louisville
  • Zach Evans, Ole Miss
  • Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
  • Eric Gray, Oklahoma
  • Darius Hagans, Virginia State
  • Hassan Hall, Georgia Tech
  • Case Hatch, Arizona State
  • Ta’Zhawn Henry, Houston
  • Jalen Holston, Virginia Tech
  • Evan Hull, Northwestern
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
  • Dezmon Jackson, Sam Houston State
  • Roschon Johnson, Texas
  • Lopini Katoa, BYU
  • Logan Kendall, Utah
  • Khalan Laborn, Marshall
  • Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State
  • DeWayne McBride, UAB
  • Charles McClelland, Cincinnati
  • Kenny McIntosh, Georgia
  • Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
  • Ellis Merriweather, Massachusetts
  • Kendre Miller, TCU
  • Jordan Mims, Fresno State
  • Keaton Mitchell, East Carolina
  • Jeremiah Nelson, Kutztown
  • Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan
  • Camerun Peoples, Appalachian State
  • Deneric Prince, Tulsa
  • Bijan Robinson, Texas
  • Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky
  • Jacob Saylors, East Tennessee State
  • Shaun Shivers, Indiana
  • Todd Sibley, Albany
  • Chris Smith, Louisiana
  • Tyjae Spears, Tulane
  • Titus Swen, Wyoming
  • Toa Taua, Nevada
  • Tavion Thomas, Utah
  • SaRodorick Thompson Jr., Texas Tech
  • Trent Thompson, UTEP
  • Sean Tucker, Syracuse
  • James Tupou, UTEP
  • Calvin Tyler Jr., Utah State
  • Xazavian Valladay, Arizona State
  • Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State
  • Dom Williams, Northern Iowa
  • Brayden Willis, Oklahoma
  • Emanuel Wilson, Fort Valley State
  • Owen Wright, Monmouth

Who Are the Top Running Backs in the 2023 NFL Draft?

There are dozens upon dozens of RB prospects in the talent pool for the 2023 NFL Draft. Of this very large group, however, less than half will be drafted when the selection process rolls around in late April.

For all prospects, and for running backs in particular, going undrafted is not the end of the journey. For many, it’s the beginning.

In recent years, UDFA runners like Austin Ekeler, James Robinson, and Phillip Lindsay have all gone on to carve out respectable careers. Before their time, stalwarts like Arian Foster, LeGarrette Blount, Pierre Thomas, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis got their starts within the UDFA pool.

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With its sheer depth, the 2023 NFL Draft RB class should have its share of UDFA gems. But the most attention will understandably be pointed toward the draftable prospects.

Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs lead the way as the near-consensus RB1 and RB2 of the group, respectively. Both have first-round ability, and Robinson has been lauded as a near-generational prospect.

Past Robinson and Gibbs, however, there are plenty of high-value options in the early, middle, and later rounds. Early declares like Zach Evans, Israel Abanikanda, Tyjae Spears, Sean Tucker, and Kendre Miller have plenty of fans in the scouting community, while senior prospects like Zach Charbonnet, Roschon Johnson, Eric Gray, and Kenny McIntosh provide just as much appeal.

Bottom line: This is the year to need a running back. This class not only has top-end talent, but it also has incredible depth and variety, which teams can capitalize on to strengthen their RB rotations league-wide.

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