• Ben Matthews

2023 NFL Draft Watch List: 100 Prospects To Know

Yes, yes, we know. The 2022 NFL Draft is only just in the books, but it is never too early to look ahead. Below you will find our initial 2023 NFL Draft watch list -- this is a list of 100 prospects to keep an eye out for. A way-too-early big board! Enjoy (and take with a pinch of salt).



By Ben Matthews.


Headlined by a bumper crop of excellent quarterback prospects, round one of the 2023 NFL Draft could be littered with franchise-altering signal-callers. Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud are grabbing all of the hype at the moment, but is it warranted?


Don't be too quick to anoint Young and Stroud. Not just yet anyway, for there are challengers to the throne. I am especially excited to see whether Will Levis of Kentucky or Miami's Tyler Van Dyke can elevate their stock to top ten status come next April.


2023 NFL Draft Prospects 1-25


Will Anderson currently resides atop of the rankings. He is a generational talent and will be ranked as such on many early big boards you see over the coming months. Jalen Carter appears at second overall for now. Georgia has just seen a multitude of defensive stars take their next steps into the NFL and Carter could become the best of the bunch. He is a force of nature on the interior.


After that, the quarterbacks start to appear, as do wideouts Kayshon Boutte and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The 2023 NFL Draft class is another deep one at the wide receiver position, highlighting a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt of pass-catching talent coming from the college level.


It is tough to assess the offensive linemen. Paris Johnson has potential but has predominantly played right guard up to this point in his career. He has a prototypical frame and a lot is expected of him as he transitions to a full-time role as the starting left tackle for Ohio State in 2023.


*If viewing on mobile, scroll to the right on each table to view positional rankings, estimated measurables and college details*

Rank

Name

Pos

HT

WT

College

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

​Will Anderson

Jalen Carter

Will Levis

C.J. Stroud

Bryan Bresee

Kayshon Boutte

Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Bryce Young

Myles Murphy

Eli Ricks

Tyler Van Dyke

Felix Anudike-Uzomah

Noah Sewell

Paris Johnson

Isaiah Foskey

Bijan Robinson

Trenton Simpson

Jarrett Patterson

Jaxson Kirkland

Michael Mayer

Brandon Joseph

Zion Nelson

Emil Ekiyor

Jordan Battle

Broderick Jones

​DE1

iDL1

QB1

QB2

iDL2

WR1

WR2

QB3

DE2

CB1

QB4

DE3

LB1

OT1

DE4

RB1

LB2

iOL1

OT2

TE1

S1

OT2

iOL2

S2

OT3

​6’4

6’3

6’3

6’3

6’5

6’0

6’0

6’0

6’5

6’2

6’4

6’3

6’3

6’6

6’5

6’0

6’3

6'5

6'7

6’4

6'1

6'5

6'3

6'1

6’4

​243

310

232

218

300

190

197

194

275

195

224

252

250

315

260

214

225

285

295

249

192

316

324

210

315

​Alabama

Georgia

Kentucky

Ohio State

Clemson

LSU

Ohio State

Alabama

Clemson

Alabama

Miami

Kansas St

Oregon

Ohio State

Notre Dame

Texas

Clemson

Notre Dame

Washington

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Miami

Alabama

Alabama

Georgia

2023 NFL Draft Prospects 26-50


Calijah Kancey is a name to watch from this group. He is a disruptive, but slightly undersized interior defensive lineman with real pop in his hands. Playing at Pitt... I'm getting ahead of myself, I know!


More QBs here, too. Hendon Hooker at Tennessee and Stanford's Tanner McKee are impressive athletes with strong arms but lack a little poise and touch. They are both guys who could rise.


Antonio Johnson, Jalen Catalon and Malachi Moore are all classic chess pieces in the secondary who will excite scouts for their versatility.

​26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

​Cam Smith

Zay Flowers

Colby Wooden

Antonio Johnson

Jalen Catalon

Calijah Kancey

Nolan Smith

Zach Charbonnet

Kelee Ringo

Jordan Addison

Jaelyn Duncan

Ochaun Mathis

Dawand Jones

Garrett Williams

Henry To'oto'o

Jahmyr Gibbs

Sedrick Van Pran

Tykee Smith

Hendon Hooker

Dontay Demus Jr

Fabien Lovett

Malachi Moore

Edefuan Ulofoshio

Habakkuk Baldonado

Tanner McKee

CB2

WR3

iDL3

CB3

S3

iDL4

DE5

RB2

CB4

WR4

OT5

DE6

OT6

CB5

LB3

RB3

iOL3

S4

QB5

WR5

iDL5

CB6

LB4

DE6

QB6

​6’1

5’10

6’5

6’3

5’10

6’1

6'3

6'1

6’2

6’0

6’6

6’5

6’8

6’0

6’2

5’11

6’4

5’10

6’4

6’3

6’4

6’0

6’1

6’5

6’6

​187

177

278

200

178

275

235

222

205

175

315

247

360

190

225

200

310

198

218

217

315

182

235

260

228

​S. Carolina

Boston Cl

Auburn

Texas A&M

Arkansas

Pittsburgh

Georgia

UCLA

Georgia

Pittsburgh

Maryland

Texas

Ohio State

Syracuse

Alabama

Alabama

Georgia

Georgia

Tennessee

Maryland

Florida St

Alabama

Washington

Pittsburgh

Stanford

2023 NFL Draft Prospects 51-75


Some have Anthony Richardson as QB3 already, I'd pump the breaks on that one for now as the Florida product has a mere 66 passes thrown to date. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.


B.J. Ojulari, brother of the Giants' Azeez, is one to watch. Seven sacks in 2021 for LSU and some believe he is a better prospect than his sibling. Texas A&M receiver Ainias Smith has some Deebo Samuel vibes. Derick Hall has a shot at the first round if he continues his upward trajectory of pass-rushing production.

​51

52

53

54

55

56

57

58

59

60

61

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

71

72

73

74

75

​Zach Evans

Andrew Vorhees

Ventrell Miller

John Michael Schmitz

Byron Young

Marvin Mims

Joey Porter Jr

Ainias Smith

Rashad Torrence

Gervon Dexter

B.J. Ojulari

Phil Jurkovec

Anton Harrison

O’Cyrus Torrence

Akeem Dent

Sam LaPorta

DeMarvion Overshown

Nick Broeker

Rakim Jarrett

Anthony Richardson

Derick Hall

Zach Harrison

Peter Skoronski

Brenton Cox

Justin Flowe

​RB4

iOL4

LB5

iOL5

iDL6

WR6

CB7

WR7

S5

iDL7

DE7

QB7

OT7

iOL6

S6

TE2

LB6

OT8

WR8

QB8

DE9

DE10

OT9

DE11

LB7

​5’11

6’6

6’1

6’4

6’3

5’11

6’2

5’10

6’0

6’6

6’3

6’5

6’5

6’5

6’1

6’4

6’4

6'4

6’0

6’4

6’3

6’6

6’4

6'4

6’2

​212

320

226

320

292

177

195

190

205

303

244

226

309

332

193

249

217

305

200

236

256

268

294

252

246

​Ole Miss

USC

Florida

Minnesota

Alabama

Oklahoma

Penn State

Texas A&M

Florida

Florida

LSU

Boston Cl

Oklahoma

Florida

Florida St

Iowa

Texas

Ole Miss

Maryland

Florida

Auburn

Ohio State

N'thwestern

Florida

Oregon

2023 NFL Draft Prospects 76-100


Can Spencer Rattler redeem himself in Carolina? Will recent transfer Jermaine Burton be the next great receiver taken from the Alabaman production line? Can Andre Carter force his way up the board and become the first Black Knight drafted since 2008?

​76

77

78

79

80

81

82

83

84

85

86

87

88

89

90

91

92

93

94

95

96

97

98

99

100

​Tank Bigsby

Demani Richardson

Amari Gainer

Spencer Rattler

Jermaine Burton

Cooper Beebe

Xavier Hutchinson

Quentin Johnston

William McDonald

Andre Carter

DeMarcco Hellams

Ricky Stromberg

Wanya Morris

Zion Tupuola-Fetui

Arik Gilbert

Carter Warren

Parker Washington

Jaheim Bell

Jaquelin Roy

Kris Abrams-Draine

Tyler Davis

Xavier Thomas

Zacch Pickens

Devon Achane

Jahleel Billingsley

​RB5

S7

LB8

QB9

WR9

OT10

WR10

WR11

DE12

DE13

S8

iOL7

OT11

DE14

TE3

iOL8

WR12

TE4

iDL8

CB8

iDL9

DE15

iDL10

RB6

TE5

​6’0

6’1

6’3

6’1

6’0

6’3

6’3

6’4

6’4

6’7

6’1

6’4

6'5

6’4

6’5

6’6

5’10

6’3

6’4

5’11

6'2

6'2

6'3

5’9

6'4

​208

210

232

200

200

320

210

193

245

265

208

310

313

260

248

315

212

230

297

177

300

270

305

185

230

​Auburn

Texas A&M

Florida St

S. Carolina

Alabama

Kansas St

Iowa State

TCU

Iowa State

Army

Alabama

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Washington

Georgia

Pittsburgh

Penn State

S. Carolina

LSU

Missouri

Clemson

Clemson

S. Carolina

Texas A&M

Texas

 

There we have it; our initial 2023 NFL Draft watch list.


It'll be an interesting exercise to see how this list looks in just under 12 months, but we will keep you updated with all the risers and fallers throughout the season and all the way up to next year's draft.


Thank you for taking the time to check out the list, and please follow me, Gridiron Xtra and The Franchise 33 NFL Show on Twitter.



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