Top 10 quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft include Will Levis and Bryce Young

The 2023 NFL Draft class presents a varietal who's who among the top 10 quarterbacks. Who lands at No. 1? Does your favorite crack the top 10?

After a down year at the position, the 2023 NFL Draft is laden with talent at the quarterback position, certainly throughout the top 10 prospects. The battle for QB1 is set to be a fun race between Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud, as they likely will battle it out for hardware as well. But this class has a ton of untapped potential, emerging stars, and future gridiron greats.

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Top 10 quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft

Before we begin the countdown, it’s imperative to note that a lot of football is still to be played. Though we can bank on what we’ve already seen from each of these players, there is a lot of unknown to their games, even at the top. These rankings will shift throughout the year and until next April when our rankings are concrete. Our rankings are just that: our rankings of each quarterback’s professional potential. They do not necessarily coincide with their ranking as a college football quarterback.

Now, let’s jump into this 2023 NFL Draft quarterback class and count down the top 10.

10) Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

There are accurate passers, and then there’s Grayson McCall. The Coastal Carolina signal-caller is back for the Chanticleers after averaging a whopping 11.9 yards per pass attempt (first) and completing 73% of his passes (second), both top-two marks in the country.

McCall isn’t your prototypical quarterback in the Coastal offense, as he also brings a near-elite athleticism to the game. There are some NFL throws he has yet to attempt in game action, limiting his stock, but he’s every bit of a future professional quarterback in arm talent alone.

9) Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

The country’s top quarterback in the first quarter last season, Hendon Hooker took to his new surroundings in Knoxville and flourished in 2021. He finished with 31 passing touchdowns against just three interceptions and proved he could throw the ball accurately everywhere on the field. Staying in rhythm was the name of his success a year ago, and proving he can play at a high level off-script is key in 2022.

8) Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (FL)

There is a lot to like about Tyler Van Dyke. And for all intents and purposes, we’re likely lower on him right now than he’ll finish when the season ends. His arm talent is elite, and his ability to ride a wave of confidence is next to none. But his ability to make reads on the fly is a tad concerning, and the play-calling did him no favors in 2021. With a new play-caller in Josh Gattis this season, Van Dyke could quickly rise up the ranks.

7) Jake Haener, Fresno State

After flirting with the NFL draft and the transfer portal, Jake Haener is back for another season at Fresno State. He’s an elite-armed gunslinger with off-platform ability. His lack of fear is a blessing and a curse sometimes, as he attempts far too many ill-advised passes. Nevertheless, he can rifle the ball into any tight window and does a great job of throwing his receivers open.

6) Will Levis, Kentucky

Will Levis showcased what makes him a special talent early on in 2021. But his game fell off the rails at times down the stretch. Still, his ability to stand tall and deliver accurately-placed shots at every level of the field is among the best in the nation. Proving he can do it for a 12-game schedule is key for his development, but the physical and mental tools are certainly all there.

5) Anthony Richardson, Florida

Taking a big risk in projecting elite traits panning out, Anthony Richardson begins the top five. Richardson is the fastest player on the field and will always be one of the biggest. That elite mixture of size and speed pays dividends, and his arm talent is nothing to scoff at. He’ll pick his shots brilliantly and has enough arm strength to make every throw across the field against a bevy of coverages. Staying healthy and limiting mistakes will be key to proving he belongs in this top-five conversation all year long.

4) Jaren Hall, BYU

With but two minor concerns on Jaren Hall’s profile, the sky is the limit. If he plays 12 games at the elite level we know he can, that is. Hall’s former baseball background affords him an ability unmatched in this class as he can sling it from any platform on the field. Yet, he still relies on his throwing mechanics, and the subtle nuances he shows in his game allow him to buy time in any pocket, reset, and uncork accurate shots no matter the situation.

Some will ding him for his age, while others will ding him due to injury concerns. But if Hall goes out and plays 12 games against BYU’s schedule, lighting up the field like his traits show he can, this ranking may not be the highest he lands.

3) Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

The quarterbacks in spots 4-10 are largely projections or still in need of proving they belong on this list. Spencer Rattler’s 2020 tape is good enough to be here, his 2021 tape notwithstanding. Still, Rattler’s final year at Oklahoma is a bit concerning, even if he did complete passes at a high rate.

Rattler stared down receivers and looked all too often for those “yolo” passes that more than not ended up in the defender’s hands. Was Rattler looking too much over his shoulder at Caleb Williams? Was Lincoln Riley’s foot halfway out the door at Oklahoma last year causing a 20-something-year-old kid to consider his future midseason? We’ll have our answers this fall as Rattler is out to prove he belongs and can challenge for the top spot in this class.

2) Bryce Young, Alabama

There is not much to dislike about Bryce Young’s game. After all, the sophomore quarterback won the Heisman Trophy last season. Playing a game far above his age, Young stood tall in the face of pressure and delivered accurate pass after accurate pass.

His arm strength is nearly untouchable despite standing under 6’0″ tall. He has a bevy of talent in his arm, and his ability to find the open receiver and place passes where his players can turn up field is a special blend of highlight-reel moments and guaranteed first-down connections.

1) C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

The big star of this class is Ohio State’s own C.J. Stroud. The big-armed signal-caller showcased one of the most important attributes a quarterback can show in 2021: linear growth. Oh, and he also stands tall in the pocket and performs incredibly well when kept clean from pressure — a trait that is very sustainable when looking at year-to-year success.

Stroud has trust and power in his arm as well as an incredible football IQ. His ability to layer shots over defenders on one play and then drive passes against zone coverage on the next play is the best in the nation. He’s a rare blend of a high-level ceiling and an already high floor as a prospect.

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

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