2023 NFL Draft: Quarterbacks CJ Stroud, Bryce Young and Will Lewis in the Top 50 List

The 2023 NFL Draft is still more than ten months away but it will never be too early to highlight some of the talent for the upcoming football season. Ryan Wilson, Chris Trapaso and I compiled a preliminary list of qualifiers for the 2023 NFL Draft, which would serve as a watch list rather than a stock projection. Here are the top 50:

1. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
2. CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
3. Jalan Carter, DT, Georgia
4. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
5. Myles Murphy, EDGE / DL, Clemson
6. Will Lewis, WR, Kentucky
7. Cation Bute, WR, LSU
8. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
9. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
10. Brian Bressie, DL, Clemson

At this time of year, the initial rankings are often filled with power programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson because they have dominated the recruitment rankings for so long and it is so fast in the process that small schools The possibilities were not later estimated. Upcoming draft classes are no exception. The four schools combined for seven of the top ten, leaving SEC schools Kentucky, Texas A&M and LSU behind.

As far as these quarterbacks are concerned, there is no player who has only a slim sting number. 1 Overall selection such as Trevor Lawrence, Andrew Luck or John Alway before. Everyone has talent, but also lack. Stroud and Young are also really young and have time to work on some aspects of the game. Lewis has more natural skills than any other in this position but he needs to iron some lower body mechanics. In addition to these quarterbacks, there is a talented list of defenders, such as Anderson of Alabama, Carter of Georgia, Murphy and Simpson of Clemson, and many more. Botti Top Rated is a wide receiver because it is easy to compare with its former partner, Ja Mar Chase.

11. Noah Seoul, LB, Oregon
12. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
13. Peter Skvoronsky, OT, Northwest
14. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
15. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
16. Kelly Ringo, CB, Georgia
17. Paris Johnson Jr., OL, Ohio State
18. Arch Gilbert, TE, Georgia
19. BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
20. Bejan Robinson, RB, Texas

It’s worth noting that this initial ranking – which, again, should work more as a watch list – is based on projection and what the players look for in the upcoming season. There is no better example of this foundation than Johnson of Ohio State and Gilbert of Georgia. The former Nicholas Petit will move beyond the offensive defender to deal with the defender this season following Ferrer’s departure and the latter is once a highly credible recruit who did not play for the Bulldogs last season. Gilbert is also the first player to make the move. He began his college career at LSU. Mayer is a regular producer who does everything well but testing will be very important for him. Robinson is easily rated as the top runner. In my opinion, it should be high on the list, because it does not require diagnostic projection. Spectators don’t need to peek to see how much talent he already has.

21. Elixir, CB, Alabama
22. Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington
23. Kim Smith, CB, South Carolina
24. Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
25. Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
26. Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
27. Jordan Edison, WR, USC
28. Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina
29. Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami
30. Anton Harrison, OL, Oklahoma

With half the selection, cornerbacks and wide receivers dominated the group. Edison was recently transferred to USC. Ricks was transferred from LSU. To’oTo’o is in his second season with Crimson Tide since moving from Tennessee. Downs is a personal favorite. Although thinner in the frame, it does a good job of braking and maintaining speed.

31. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
32. Jacqueline Roy, DL, LSU
33. Jordan Beetle, S., Alabama
34. Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
35. Zee Flowers, WR, Boston College
36. Zack Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
37. Tyke Smith, S, Georgia
38. Zion Nelson, OT, Miami
39. Noah Daniels, CB, TCU
40. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Gibbs was transferred from Georgia Tech this off-season. He does well on the football field. None of the offensive line menus are finished products but have a lot of farming skills. Some of the ones not mentioned in the list but are worth noting include BYU’s Blake Freeland, USC’s Courtland Ford and Maryland’s Jaelyn Duncan.

41. Sam La Porta, TE, Iowa
42. Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida
43. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
44. Brendan Joseph, S., Notre Dame
45. Devin Larry, QB, NC Estate
46. ​​Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
47. Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
48. Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
49. Darnell Wright, OL, Tennessee
50. Jordan Morgan, OL, Arizona

Richardson will be under heavy workload this season after Emory Jones moved to Arizona State. Joseph has been transferred from Northwestern and has been assigned to fill the shoes of first round selection Kyle Hamilton. Syracuse offensive tackles Matthew Bergeron and Morgan will be in the same category of linemen who may lack top athletes but are calm and can act like Christian Darissau.