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1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

Young came in at 5-10 1/8 and weighed 204 pounds at the combine and didn't take part in the drills, but had a great pro day several weeks later. New coach Frank Reich has talked about the importance of size at the position but Young is the most NFL-ready quarterback on the board.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

Pass rusher Will Anderson is the safest pick in the draft and fills an obvious need for the Texans and their new coach, former 49ers defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans. QB would make sense here too, but word on the street is that Houston isn't nearly as high on CJ Stroud as Bryce Young.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
3 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

The Cardinals will try to trade out of this pick but there's been talk in recent days that if they stay put they could grab Gonzalez. A Colorado transfer, he is a big-time athlete who is still growing into the position. He has the size, strength and speed -- he ran a 4.38 40 at the combine -- to line up against NFL wide receivers; he just needs to improve in run support.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
4 C.J. Stroud QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

C.J. Stroud had a great pro day and it further solidified his case as one of the two best QBs in this draft class. Stroud is our QB2, and his tape -- not to mention Indy's glaring need at the position -- merits him going here in the draft.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
5 Anthony Richardson QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

Richardson was pretty impressive at his pro day; he's built like a defensive end runs like a power back and can throw the football 80 yards and make it look easy. His athleticism and arm strength leave a lasting impression when you see him in person, as does the effortlessness with which he plays. But what he has in God-given ability, he lacks in experience, so his best landing spot at the next level will be to a team with a veteran quarterback who can man the reins for another year or two until he's ready to take the next step. Of those candidates, Seattle might be best positioned to get the most out of his talents -- and if managed properly, that next step could truly be special.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
6 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

Witherspoon played at 180 during the season but to watch him you'd swear he's closer to 215 pounds. He's one of the best corners in this class against the run and he's just as good in coverage.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
7 Paris Johnson Jr.
Ohio StateMOCK TRADE from LV
OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

Mock Trade from: LV

We've heard for a few weeks that the Steelers loved Paris Johnson Jr. and if they want him they're going to have to trade up. The Raiders have been looking to move down and Pittsburgh provides them that opportunity. Johnson had a solid career at Ohio State where he played left tackle in '22 and was the team's right guard in '21. For the Steelers, he'll likely be their Day 1 left tackle.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

8 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

The Falcons want to trade out of this pick and land either a cornerback or a wide receiver. In this mock, they can't move down ... so they take the best wide receiver anyway. Smith-Njigba, who barely saw the field during the 2022 season because of injuries, is still one of the top wideouts in the class. Before he shined at the Ohio St. pro day, it was easy to forget that JSN led the 2021 Buckeyes in receptions and that corps included first-rounders Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, and future first-rounder Marvin Harrison Jr.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
9 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

Jalen Carter was arguably the best defender on a '21 Georgia D that had five first-round picks, but off-field issues will determine when he hears his name called.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
10 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

Nolan Smith missed part of the 2022 season with a pectoral injury but he's an electric pass rusher when healthy. He's also a freakish athlete -- he ripped off a 4.39 40 at the combine (and was mad about running too slow!). That motor is all over his tape and he'd fill a need in Philly where he could learn from Haason Reddick, who was a similar size coming out of Temple and is now one of the most proficient pass rushers in the league.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
11 Zay Flowers WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

We've heard for weeks that either Jaxon Smith-Njiba or Zay Flowers would be WR1 and the Titans go Flowers here. He was the offense at BC last season and he has some in-his-prime Antonio Brown to his game.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
12 Peter Skoronski OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

Skoronski is solid and consistent, which are two of the best things you can say about an offensive lineman. The biggest issue he'll face during the pre-draft process will be arm length and whether his NFL future is at tackle or guard. But like he told us at the combine, there are plenty of NFL offensive tackles who have long arms and struggle too. That's not the final determinant of success.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

13 Broderick Jones OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

Traded from: NYJ

Paris Johnson Jr. will be ready to start in the NFL sooner than Jones, but Jones' upside is through the roof. The Packers are reportedly intrigued by Jones and he provides some short-term insurance behind David Bakhtiari.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
14 Lukas Van Ness EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

At 6-5, 275, Van Ness certainly looks the part, and the expectation is that he can even put on 10-15 more pounds. He's just scratching the surface on his abilities -- he never started a game at Iowa -- and while it's generally a cliche in this case it's also true: Van Ness' best football is in front of him and he's already a really good player.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
15 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

Traded from: GB

When the Jets traded down they knew they'd likely be missing out on an offensive tackle. They'll have to hope Duane Brown, Max Mitchell and Mekhi Becton will hold up and instead they get Aaron Rodgers the most complete tight end in the draft class.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
16 Emmanuel Forbes CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Commanders Select Emmanuel Forbes No. 16 Overall

Forbes might weigh 166 pounds but he's almost 6-foot-1, and more importantly, is the best ballhawking defensive back in the entire class. He had 14 interceptions his last three seasons, including a mind-boggling six pick-sixes.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Donte Jackson

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: All-time FBS leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns (six)

Summary:

Emmanuel Forbes is an underrated cornerback who flew under the radar in the fall. Long, lanky, athletic frame with room to add weight, Forbes flashes good ball skills, a trait that translates to the next level. He'll need to get stronger, and improve in run support, but he could end up being one of the best CBs in the class.

Strengths:

  • Long, lanky frame with room to add weight
  • Stays in phase on downfield routes
  • Shows good route recognition and the ability to jump routes with explosiveness
  • Flashed good hands on pick-six vs. Kentucky's Will Levis

Weaknesses:

  • Uses hands well at the line of scrimmage in press coverage but needs to get functionally stronger at point of attack vs. bigger WRs
  • Willing tackler but needs to do better job getting off blocks
  • Will occasionally get handsy at top of route -- DPI at next level
  • Could be more aggressive in run support

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 11 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 46 0 6
17 Deonte Banks
MarylandMOCK TRADE from PIT
CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

Mock Trade from: PIT

Banks put together the type of season that not only will land him in the first-round, but he could end up being one of the first CBs off the board (it didn't happen in this mock but we won't be surprised if he goes higher on Thursday night). He's a fluid athlete who is also a big, physical corner who can match up with NFL wide receivers.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
18 Myles Murphy EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bengals Select Myles Murphy No. 28 Overall

Murphy turned 21 in early January, and while we'd like to see him play with more consistency, his best football is in front of him, for sure. He has all the physical tools you look for in an elite edge defenders and it's easy to see him in a few years being dominant. And that, in large part, is what makes him such an interesting prospect.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.07 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Emmanuel Ogbah

Accolades:

  • 2022 First-team All-ACC, 2021 second-team All-ACC
  • Second-most sacks (18.5) in ACC over past three seasons

Summary:

Myles Murphy is an edge rusher with great size, speed and power. He showed an improved prowess to stack and shed blockers in 2021. The Georgia native needs to construct more of a pass-rush plan and develop an inside counter for when his initial rush is stopped. He does a good job of impacting pass lanes when his rush does not get home.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete with great size and speed
  • Impacts passing lanes when rush does not get home
  • Quick off the snap, does a good job of shooting gaps
  • Good strength leads to an ability to turn speed to power

Weaknesses:

  • Played with less urgency, regressed from 2021 to 2022
  • Needs to develop pass-rush moves and create more of a plan
  • Occasionally works too deep in his pass rush

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 25 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 45 6.5 0
19 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

There was some thought that Harrison might return to Oklahoma for an NIL deal that was too good to pass up but he's instead opted for the NFL. He's one of the top tackles in the class and in Tampa he'll fill a void on the left side of the offensive line.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
20 Tyree Wilson EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

The more you watch of Wilson the more you love his game. Not only what he put on tape at Texas Tech but his upside 2-3 years down the road. He's long, has the frame to add weight if needed, and he's a dominant, high-motor pass rusher who can take over games. Some teams have real concerns about his foot injury but we've also heard that the Seahawks love him.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
21 Dalton Kincaid TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bills Trade Picks and Select Dalton Kincaid No. 25 Overall

Kincaid got the all-clear medically, and that means he has a good chance to find his way into Round 1. You're not drafting him to block anyone -- that's not his game -- but in LA he'll be yet another hard-to-gameplan-for playmaker catching passes from Justin Herbert.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dennis Pitta

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Pac-12
  • 2022: Most receptions by FBS tight end (70)

Summary:

Dalton Kincaid is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in this class who also shows the ability -- and willingness -- to run block. He may need to add 10 pounds at the next level, but he has the athleticism to win regularly downfield against linebackers and safeties. He's a contested-catch machine who will turn 24 next October.

Strengths:

  • Athleticism and speed show up consistently on tape
  • Will mix it up as an inline blocker
  • Competent lead blocker on the perimeter; looks for contact and sustains it
  • Quick off the line of scrimmage, can win with footwork and hand usage, then gets leverage separation early in route
  • Shows consistently good hands. Looks for contact and has knack for making first tackler miss in space
  • Contested catch machine

Weaknesses:

  • Will turn 24 in October
  • Can sometimes fail to sustain blocks in run game
  • While athletic/quick for TE, doesn't consistently create separation on vertical routes

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 70 890 12.7 8
22 Bijan Robinson RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

Bijan Robinson is a top-10 talent but we couldn't find a landing spot for him until the Ravens jumped at the chance to continue to improve the offense in the hopes that Lamar Jackson will make his way back to the building. Robinson is a Day 1 starter and immediately makes this unit more dynamic.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
23 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

Porter is the prototypical big, physical cornerback who looks like he belongs in the NFL. He can sometimes get a little too handsy downfield, but he checks many of the boxes of what team's look for when drafting DBs.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
24 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

The Jags lost Jawaan Taylor in free agency and while Walker Little would seem to be next man up, the 2021 second-round pick wasn't able to beat out Taylor for the job last August. He fared well in fill-in duty at left tackle late last season but as Jacksonville looks to take the next step, protecting Trevor Lawrence is job No. 1. Wright, meanwhile, is a first-round talent all day long and don't be surprised if he's RT1 -- and maybe even one of the first offensive linemen off the board.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
25 Will Levis
KentuckyMOCK TRADE from NYG
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2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

Mock Trade from: NYG

We were at Levis' pro day and he's built like a linebacker -- and watching him throw the ball in person is something to behold -- you can actually hear the passes whistle. But questions remain about his ability to layer the ball to all three levels, as well as some inconsistencies when rolls to his left. There's a real chance he falls on draft night but this could be an opportunity for a team to move back up and grab him -- and that fifth-year option. Plus, Ryan Tannehill is 35 and entering the last year of his contract, and it doesn't appear that Malik Willis is in the team's long-term plans.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
26 Calijah Kancey DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Buccaneers Select Calijah Kancey No. 19 Overall

Kancey was just about unblockable at times during the 2022 season for the Panthers and his 6-foot-1, 281-pound frame will (unfairly, perhaps) draw comparisons to Aaron Donald. The biggest physical difference, however, is that while Donald had 32 5/8-inch arms, Kancey's arm length came in at a shade under 31 inches, and that's a major concern when going up against NFL offensive lineman who have 33-34-inch arms. That said, turn on the tape and show us where arm length is an issue for Kancey, who wins consistently with twitch, speed and power.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First Pitt unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald
  • 2022: Second in ACC in pressure rate (18%)

Summary:

Calijah Kancey is a short, undersized, electric upfield rusher. If he has any space, look out. He's ultra twitchy and Can sustain speed once he's in the backfield. His arm over, swipe, and rip are locked and loaded in the pass-rush move arsenal. He can lean on first-step eruption to win against half a blocker. At times, his style takes him out of a play and can even open a big rushing lane. Losses are mostly to bigger maulers and can be ugly. He constantly battles. Even if he loses initially, he'll fight to make the most of the rep. Length is a clear issue, but his Power is deceptive because of a low center of gravity. Counters are super-quick. For teams looking for a pure one-gap penetrator and is not too concerned with size deficiency, this is the premier prospect to target in this class.

Strengths:

  • Exemplifies explosiveness
  • Loaded pass-rush move arsenal
  • Motor is revving every play
  • Battles against bigger blockers
  • Loads of productivity in college

Weaknesses:

  • Size and especially length are major deficiencies
  • At times his ultra-aggressive style takes him out of a play
  • Losses in the run game can be ugly

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 31 7.5 0
27 Jordan Addison WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Select Jordan Addison No. 23 Overall

Addison isn't a big target, but he's one of the most dynamic players in the country who can line up anywhere. He "only" managed a 4.49 40 at the combine but the tape is the tape -- and it consistently showed that he was regularly the best player on the field who can win at all three levels, playing either outside or in the slot.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.97 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: DeVonta Smith

Accolades: 

  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Biletnikoff winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Tied-most receiving TD (17) in FBS

Summary:

Jordan Addison is an advanced, dynamic wideout with outside and inside experience and a complete game. He's smaller and skinnier in stature and not a super twitched up, hyper athlete, but he gets the most out of his athletic gifts with sharp breaks in his routes. He battles through contact in the route and gets North-South in a hurry. His speed looks like a clear positive to his game, and he will threaten most CBs in the NFL. Not a true burner, though, and not a contested-catch guy because of his smaller frame/catch radius, but his hands are rock solid. His ball-tracking is very good, and he can run a variety of routes. Overall, he's a high-floor, somewhat-high-upside WR who should move the needle early in his NFL career.

Strengths:

  • Sharp, sudden routes at all levels
  • Good explosion/lean while running routes and after the catch
  • Catches everything, rock-solid hands
  • Speedy type down the field

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller, unintimidating frame
  • Not a monster athlete
  • Tiny catch radius

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 34¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
28 Julius Brents CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Trade Up To Select Julius Brents No. 44 Overall

The Bengals lost safeties Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates in free agency but 2022 first-rounder Dax Hill and new signing Nick Scott will get first crack at the jobs. Meanwhile, cornerback remains a question; Chidobe Awuzie is the team's best corner but he's coming off a midseason ACL injury. Cam Taylor-Britt had an impressive rookie campaign, but after that, however, there isn't much depth outside. Brents is 6-foot-3, ran a 4.53 40 at the combine and had among the best 3-cone and short-shuttle times too. He's long, fast, physical and plays with an edge and the Lions come out of the first round bolstering two of the three levels on defense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 82.02 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Benjamin St-Juste

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: Career-high four interceptions (tied-third in Big 12)¬†

Summary:

Julius Brents is a long cornerback with a slender frame. He had good ball production this year as a result of getting his eyes back to the quarterback. Tackling was much improved in 2022, but top-end speed remains a concern. He is a high-cut prospect, which generally leads to stiffer transitions across the field for cornerbacks.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Gets up to speed quickly
  • Does a good job of getting his eyes back to the quarterback

Weaknesses:

  • Top-end speed is a concern
  • Slender frame
  • High cut generally means stiffer transition across the field

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 6 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.63 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.05 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 45 0 4
29 Keion White EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Select Keion White No. 46 Overall

White was another player who had a great week at the Senior Bowl, and NFL teams love his size (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) and his motor. He consistently wins at the line of scrimmage and is good against both the run and getting after the quarterback. He may eventually end up going early on Day 2 but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him slip into the first round. The Saints had him in for a 30 visit and he fills an obvious need in New Orleans.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.17 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: L.J. Collier

Accolades:

  • 2022: Third-team All-ACC
  • 2022: Third-best pressure rate (16%) in ACC

Summary:

Keion White, the former Old Dominion transfer, had a dominant season for Georgia Tech in 2022. Huge by traditional edge rush standards -- he was 6-foot-4, 280 pounds at the Senior Bowl -- White plays with heavy hands, a high motor, and consistently shows the ability to collapse the pocket.

Strengths:

  • Strong as an ox; will consistently push the OT into the QB's lap
  • Not the bendiest in the class but still shows ability to dip around the edge and force QB to step up in pocket
  • Above-average lateral quickness with good burst allows him to run with athletic QBs in space
  • Consistently shows ability to make plays behind LOS in open field
  • Can walk OT back into pocket when he gets too high in pass set
  • Can't block him with TE
  • High-motor player who uses hands well to disengage from OT
  • Tenacious from first snap to last
  • At 280, can line up as traditional edge rusher or in reduced role

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn't have an array of pass-rush moves
  • Turned 24 in January 2022

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 9 inches
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 54 7.5 0
30 Brian Branch S
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Brian Branch No. 45 Overall

Brian Branch is special; he can play in the slot, near the line of scrimmage or deep centerfield. And if Nick Saban trusted him at Alabama, that's all you need to know about his NFL prospects. He ran a 4.58 at the combine but he plays much faster than that.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.57 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Daxton Hill

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: Only SEC player with 90+ tackles, 2+ interceptions and 2+ sacks

Summary:

Brian Branch is a versatile, intelligent player who has been asked to do a lot for Nick Saban's team. He has fulfilled a leadership role with flying colors. Branch is effective as a spot pass-rusher and playing down hill to fit the run. One has to nitpick to find many flaws in his game, but Branch could add a bit more mass to his frame. He had just a 3.2% missed tackle rate in 2022.

Strengths:

  • Versatilility allows him to play safety, nickel and boundary in a pinch
  • High football IQ
  • Fluid hips to transition across the field
  • Effective on blitzes
  • Does a good job getting off blocks

Weaknesses:

  • Average in man coverage
  • Played a flexible role at Alabama, will a team get good return value in a more refined role?
  • Would like to see him add a bit more mass to his frame

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 90 3 2
31 Quentin Johnston WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers Select Quentin Johnston No. 21 Overall

Johnston's an above-the-rim playmaker whose athleticism and contested-catch abilities make him in the running for WR1. The team landed slot receiver Skyy Moore last season and now they get Patrick Mahomes a big downfield target in Johnston.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.63 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Braylon Edwards

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Two-time first-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: 163 receiving yards in CFP semifinal win vs. Michigan

Summary:

Quentin Johnston is a big-time downfield playmaker whose physicality, speed and athleticism easily translate to the NFL. He's a high-point-catch machine who can make any young QB's job immeasurably easier because he's such a reliable -- and enormous -- downfield target.

Strengths:

  • Plays above the rim, has high-point-catch ability for days
  • Enormous frame, and an enormous catch radius, with plus athleticism
  • Creates separation at top of route, regularly stacks DBs
  • Thick frame allows him to run through arm tackles on quick screens
  • Can win on vertical routes and intermediate crossing routes with YAC ability
  • Threat on end-arounds
  • Uses body well to shield DB type; will make contested catches look easy at times because of size.
  • Can make defenders miss in short areas, then gets YAC with open-field speed
  • Tracks ball as well as anyone on deep throws; can contort body to make awkward catches

Weaknesses:

  • Can struggle with focus drops at times
  • Needs to be consistently tough going over middle
  • Can improve as a blocker
  • Will need to improve route-running precision at the next level

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 2 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
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1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

I want to believe the Redditor. It would be an amazing story. I just can't. The Panthers go with the selection we've all penciled in for a while now.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Tyree Wilson EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

DeMeco Ryan pounds the table for the super-long, bendy, athletic rusher over Will Anderson Jr. and a quarterback.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
3 Anthony Richardson
FloridaMOCK TRADE from ARI
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2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

Mock Trade from: ARI

The owner I believe in the most to make sure he gets the quarterback his team wants is Jim Irsay. While only a minor move, it ensures head coach Shane Steichen gets a big, hyper-athletic, high-upside passer in his offense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
4 Will Anderson Jr.
AlabamaMOCK TRADE from IND
EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

Mock Trade from: IND

The Cardinals drop back one spot and land a stud, three-down pass-rusher and get picks No. 79 and No. 106 in the process. Win.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
5 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

The Seahawks would consider quarterback here but can't pass on Carter to boost the interior of their defensive front. Pete Carroll will feel comfortable dealing with any maturity issues Carter may have.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
6 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

This feels like a very Dan Campbell pick. Feisty, in-your-face cornerback who can lock down one side of the field.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
7 Paris Johnson Jr. OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

I don't think Josh McDaniels would want to immediately undermine his decision to add Jimmy Garoppolo.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

8 C.J. Stroud
Ohio StateMOCK TRADE from ATL
QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

Mock Trade from: ATL

The Titans jump at the opportunity to move up for a potential franchise quarterback, and Mike Vrabel returns to his Ohio State roots here to get Stroud.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
9 Will Levis
KentuckyMOCK TRADE from CHI
QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

Mock Trade from: CHI

The Texans get aggressive after passing on a quarterback at No. 2 overall. Levis has upside because of his physicality and arm talent.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
10 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

The Eagles go with Haason Reddick 2.0 to pair with Haason Reddick 1.0. Smith has All-Pro upside. When in doubt, Howie Roseman goes into the trenches.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
11 Bijan Robinson
TexasMOCK TRADE from TEN
RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

Mock Trade from: TEN

The Falcons feel better about picking Robinson after moving back to pick him. Atlanta gets No. 72 and No. 147 in the trade down.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
12 Peter Skoronski
NorthwesternMOCK TRADE from HOU
OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

Mock Trade from: HOU

The Bears moved all the way back from No. 1 overall, got a load of picks in the process -- including No. 73 and No. 161 here -- and still were able to pick Skoronski to add to the blocking unit in front of Justin Fields.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

13 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

Traded from: NYJ

Could totally see Mayer surprising the masses and being the first tight end off the board. High-floor, three-down player for Jordan Love's offense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
14 Broderick Jones OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

Jones is a little bit of a project, yet he has massive upside at the left tackle spot.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
15 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

Traded from: GB

The nasty demeanor of the Jets under Robert Saleh makes this a nice fit for Wright. He's that type of mauler, particularly in pass pro.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
16 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

The Commanders stop Gonzalez's slide. He's a long, smooth athlete on the perimeter. He's what the Commanders need.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
17 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

The Steelers make it happen, bringing Porter to Pittsburgh. He's the type of player this defense needs on the outside, and without a top offensive tackle on the board, this is a good choice.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
18 Calijah Kancey DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Buccaneers Select Calijah Kancey No. 19 Overall

Kancey would round out the defensive outstandingly. He's the best pure pass-rusher in the class.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First Pitt unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald
  • 2022: Second in ACC in pressure rate (18%)

Summary:

Calijah Kancey is a short, undersized, electric upfield rusher. If he has any space, look out. He's ultra twitchy and Can sustain speed once he's in the backfield. His arm over, swipe, and rip are locked and loaded in the pass-rush move arsenal. He can lean on first-step eruption to win against half a blocker. At times, his style takes him out of a play and can even open a big rushing lane. Losses are mostly to bigger maulers and can be ugly. He constantly battles. Even if he loses initially, he'll fight to make the most of the rep. Length is a clear issue, but his Power is deceptive because of a low center of gravity. Counters are super-quick. For teams looking for a pure one-gap penetrator and is not too concerned with size deficiency, this is the premier prospect to target in this class.

Strengths:

  • Exemplifies explosiveness
  • Loaded pass-rush move arsenal
  • Motor is revving every play
  • Battles against bigger blockers
  • Loads of productivity in college

Weaknesses:

  • Size and especially length are major deficiencies
  • At times his ultra-aggressive style takes him out of a play
  • Losses in the run game can be ugly

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 31 7.5 0
19 Hendon Hooker QB
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Hendon Hooker

Hooker would buy GM Jason Licht some job security, having a quarterback on the roster outside of Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.20 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades:

  • 2022: SEC Offensive Player of the Year¬†
  • 2022: Broke own single-season school records for completion percentage (69.6) and QB rating (175.5)

Summary:

Hendon Hooker is an older QB prospect who rose to the occasion at Tennessee after transferring there. He has good arm talent overall. He operatedly efficiently in a vertical-based passing offense and throws with great downfield touch. He has a spindly frame but is a quality athlete, although he won't elude many NFL defenders. Still, he has deceptive speed. He gets through his reads quickly and is developed moving inside the pocket.

Strengths:

  • Pushes the ball vertically with ease
  • Gets through progressions like a veteran
  • Athletic twitch to his game
  • Deceptively fast when he's in the open field
  • Loads of experience

Weaknesses:

  • Older prospect
  • Coming off torn ACL late in the season
  • Operated in a wide-open offense in 2022 with loads of talent
  • Accuracy is good, not surgical
  • Athleticism isn't a liability, yet not a major weapon as a runner

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 3135 69.6 27 2
20 Lukas Van Ness EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

Yes, the Seahawks dipped into the edge-rusher position last year, but they go that route again with Van Ness because of his athleticism and upside. Seattle likes to wait on the receiver spot.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
21 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

The Chargers don't hesitate here, picking Smith-Njigba to add a dynamic element to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for Justin Herbert.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
22 Dalton Kincaid TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bills Trade Picks and Select Dalton Kincaid No. 25 Overall

The Ravens stop Kincaid's mini slide to give Lamar Jackson a premier receiving tight end.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dennis Pitta

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Pac-12
  • 2022: Most receptions by FBS tight end (70)

Summary:

Dalton Kincaid is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in this class who also shows the ability -- and willingness -- to run block. He may need to add 10 pounds at the next level, but he has the athleticism to win regularly downfield against linebackers and safeties. He's a contested-catch machine who will turn 24 next October.

Strengths:

  • Athleticism and speed show up consistently on tape
  • Will mix it up as an inline blocker
  • Competent lead blocker on the perimeter; looks for contact and sustains it
  • Quick off the line of scrimmage, can win with footwork and hand usage, then gets leverage separation early in route
  • Shows consistently good hands. Looks for contact and has knack for making first tackler miss in space
  • Contested catch machine

Weaknesses:

  • Will turn 24 in October
  • Can sometimes fail to sustain blocks in run game
  • While athletic/quick for TE, doesn't consistently create separation on vertical routes

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 70 890 12.7 8
23 Deonte Banks CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

Banks is a super-athletic, long cornerback who feels like the prototypical defensive back for Brian Flores' system.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
24 Brian Branch
AlabamaMOCK TRADE from JAC
S
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Brian Branch No. 45 Overall

Mock Trade from: JAC

Banks is a super-athletic, long cornerback who feels like the prototypical defensive back for Brian Flores' system.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.57 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Daxton Hill

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: Only SEC player with 90+ tackles, 2+ interceptions and 2+ sacks

Summary:

Brian Branch is a versatile, intelligent player who has been asked to do a lot for Nick Saban's team. He has fulfilled a leadership role with flying colors. Branch is effective as a spot pass-rusher and playing down hill to fit the run. One has to nitpick to find many flaws in his game, but Branch could add a bit more mass to his frame. He had just a 3.2% missed tackle rate in 2022.

Strengths:

  • Versatilility allows him to play safety, nickel and boundary in a pinch
  • High football IQ
  • Fluid hips to transition across the field
  • Effective on blitzes
  • Does a good job getting off blocks

Weaknesses:

  • Average in man coverage
  • Played a flexible role at Alabama, will a team get good return value in a more refined role?
  • Would like to see him add a bit more mass to his frame

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 90 3 2
25 Zay Flowers WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

Banks is a super-athletic, long cornerback who feels like the prototypical defensive back for Brian Flores' system.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
26 Will McDonald IV EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jets Select Will McDonald IV No. 15 Overall

More outside pass rush talent in Dallas. McDonald is explosive and bendy around the corner.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.77 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Arnold Ebiketie

Accolades:

  • Three-time first-team All-Big 12
  • Iowa State's All-time sack leader (34.0)

Summary:

Will McDonald IV is a long, sleek, slippery rusher who played in a unique defense in college (lots of three-man fronts). He got to rush from a normal EDGE alignment much less than most prospects. He has impressive length and slightly above-average pass-rush move collection. He has fluid athleticism with just enough burst to threaten the outside shoulder of the OT. He knows how to get skinny through a gap and turns his shoulders well to squeeze through or make himself a smaller target for blockers. He looks stiff on his outside speed rush at times but also has rushes on film where he tightly bends the corner. He's an older prospect who may have already reached his ceiling. His floor is higher than his upside, and while he did play inside often in college, I would love to see him as a straight-up EDGE in the NFL.

Strengths:

  • Flashes of bend are elite
  • Serious length, which gives him huge advantage at point of attack
  • Smooth athleticism allows him to glide all over the field
  • Good pass-rush moves, knows how to get skinny through a gap

Weaknesses:

  • While bend capabilities are a strength, they're very hit or miss
  • Power isn't a big plus
  • Older prospect

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 36 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 0 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 36 5 0
27 Jack Campbell LB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Jack Campbell No.18 Overall

The Bills could go receiver here -- namely Quentin Johnston or maybe Josh Downs -- but instead they start the draft with a linebacker given the lack of depth at the position.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.23 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Logan Wilson

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Butkus Award winner (Best LB in FBS)
  • 2022: 13th player in program history to earn unanimous consensus All-America honors

Summary:

Jack Campbell is a smart, savvy LB who IDs plays in an instant. He stays square to the line so that he's not susceptible to cutback lanes. He is solid defeating blocks. He has limited athleticism. He has no major twitch or explosiveness to the football. He has impressive sinking/flipping his hips in coverage. He has an outstanding feel of route concepts that will occur behind him and will make plays on the football at the intermediate level. His huge, lengthy frame makes him more rangy than athleticism indicates. Sure tackler. Speed/athleticism will limit his ceiling in the NFL, but this is an ultra-experienced, ready-to-go three-down LB.

Strengths:

  • Savvy and technically sound
  • Stays square to the line to avoid cutback lane susceptibility
  • Block-shedding game is good
  • Plenty of ball production in college
  • Coverage feel and instincts are awesome
  • Size and length for days

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-slightly-above-average athlete, not much twitch or explosion to his game
  • Overall speed to the football is lacking
  • Not as efficient of a blitzer as his size would indicate

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.65 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.74 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.24 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 128 1 2
28 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

The Bengals will never apologize about adding talent to directly help Joe Burrow.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
29 Myles Murphy EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bengals Select Myles Murphy No. 28 Overall

Murphy is the logical replacement for Marcus Davenport in the Saints defense. He's a big, physical, athletic, Davenport type.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.07 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Emmanuel Ogbah

Accolades:

  • 2022 First-team All-ACC, 2021 second-team All-ACC
  • Second-most sacks (18.5) in ACC over past three seasons

Summary:

Myles Murphy is an edge rusher with great size, speed and power. He showed an improved prowess to stack and shed blockers in 2021. The Georgia native needs to construct more of a pass-rush plan and develop an inside counter for when his initial rush is stopped. He does a good job of impacting pass lanes when his rush does not get home.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete with great size and speed
  • Impacts passing lanes when rush does not get home
  • Quick off the snap, does a good job of shooting gaps
  • Good strength leads to an ability to turn speed to power

Weaknesses:

  • Played with less urgency, regressed from 2021 to 2022
  • Needs to develop pass-rush moves and create more of a plan
  • Occasionally works too deep in his pass rush

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 25 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 45 6.5 0
30 Jahmyr Gibbs RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select No. Jahmyr Gibbs 12 Overall

The Eagles love the value they get here with Gibbs, instead of going Robinson at No. 10 overall. Gibbs has a serious juice down the field and could thrive instantly behind Philadelphia's offensive line.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.67 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian McCaffrey

Accolades:

  • 2022: Hornung Award finalist (most versatile player in FBS)
  • 2022: Most yards/touch (7.0) among SEC RB in 2022 (minimum 150 touches)

Summary:

Jahmyr Gibbs does not have the weight to hold up in pass protection, and receiving a featured back's workload is a concern. He is an elite pass-catcher who gets up to speed and changes directions quickly. The Georgia Tech transfer best fits in a scheme that utilizes its running backs in the pass game.

Strengths:

  • Elite pass-catcher
  • Gets up to speed quickly
  • Great top-end speed
  • Plays with good balance and is willing to fight through contact
  • Shifty player who can re-direct quickly

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average mass for short-yardage situations
  • Does not have the mass to wear defenses down
  • Willing blocker but giving up a lot of mass in pass protection

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.36 seconds
  • Vertical: 33.5 inches

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 151 926 6.1 7
31 Bryan Bresee DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Saints Select Bryan Bresee No. 29 Overall

The Chiefs go with another ultra-athletic, long defensive tackle to pair with Chris Jones on the interior.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Chris Wormley

Accolades:

  • Three-time All-ACC selection (second team in 2022)
  • Top overall recruit in 2020 high school class (247Sports)

Summary:

Bryan Bresee is an interior defender who carries his weight really well and moves well for his size. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his life and playing career, so that should prepare him for the hardships that come with NFL life. Bresee does a good job of stacking blockers while keeping his eyes in the backfield but needs to improve his first-step quickness. An NFL team is likely to take a chance on him earlier than production warrants because of his athletic potential.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete who moves well for his size
  • Does a good job of stacking blockers and keeping his eyes in the backfield
  • Long arms to dictate action at the point of attack

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below-average first-step quickness
  • Would like to see more urgency in his pass-rush plan
  • Limited pass-rush production

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds
  • Vertical:¬†29 inches
  • Bench Press:¬†22 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 16 3.5 0
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1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

Outside of a bogus internet rumor, Bryce Young has been the perceived favorite to go No. 1 overall for about a month. Bryce Young is the best at the quarterback position in this class. If he were of prototypical size, there would not be any doubt in his ability to be one of the league's best.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

The buzz suggests that Houston is not sold on a quarterback not named Bryce Young. If DeMeco Ryans stays put at No. 2 overall, a productive defender from his alma mater makes a lot of sense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
3 C.J. Stroud
Ohio StateMOCK TRADE from ARI
QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

Mock Trade from: ARI

I do not think Las Vegas would take just any quarterback in this draft class. The Raiders have a roster with several needs, but they can not help themselves. C.J. Stroud gives them a quarterback to build around moving forward.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
4 Will Levis QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

The buzz linking Will Levis and Indianapolis has been circulating for quite awhile. I believe there is truth to it, but the Colts could also be releasing a savvy smokescreen. We will all find out together Thursday night.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
5 Anthony Richardson QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

A fourth quarterback is taken in the top five picks. It may be too much for Seattle to pass on Jalen Carter in the moment, but there is no guarantee it could pass on Anthony Richardson here and land him later. The Seahawks would be smart to consider life beyond Geno Smith.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
6 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

Devon Witherspoon is the type of player who head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes have been trying to add to the locker room for years. After initially believing that the Lions would need to take an edge rusher early and take the cornerback at No. 18 overall, I have flipped. The NFC North franchise goes cornerback first.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
7 Tyree Wilson
Texas TechMOCK TRADE from LV
EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

Mock Trade from: LV

Arizona may have taken Tyree Wilson at No. 3 overall, so moving back, picking up additional draft assets from Las Vegas and still landing Wilson is a big win in general manager Monti Ossenfort's first year.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
8 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

Atlanta added veteran voices in Calais Campbell and Bud Dupree to the roster this offseason. Those two players and Grady Jarrett should be able to bring Jalen Carter along and instill a professional way of life.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
9 Peter Skoronski OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

Chicago needs to come away from the upcoming season knowing what it has in Justin Fields. The Bears addressed the skill talent but now need to focus on the offensive line. Peter Skoronski's future is best served as an interior lineman, but the coaching staff can do whatever is necessary to get the five best players on the field.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

10 Paris Johnson Jr. OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

General manager Howie Roseman commonly addresses the offensive and defensive lines so that they are always prepared in the event of injury. Paris Johnson Jr. may have to play guard for a year or two as he awaits his time to move outside, but he provides them insurance in the short-term.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

11 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

Despite signing Andre Dillard in free agency, Tennessee still needs offensive tackle help. Darnell Wright slides into right tackle with Dillard on the left side.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
12 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

It is best player available for Houston after taking Will Anderson Jr. No. 2 overall. The Texans have added significant talent on the defensive side of the ball over a two-year period; music to the ears of head coach DeMeco Ryans.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
13 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

Traded from: NYJ

Green Bay has Rashan Gary working with Preston Smith, but Gary missed eight games last season and Smith will turn 31 years old in November. The Packers could use another rusher. The Smith selection comes a year after the franchise took two Georgia Bulldogs -- defensive tackle Devante Wyatt and linebacker Quay Walker -- in the first round.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
14 Broderick Jones OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

Offensive tackle is a critical need for New England in my eyes. They have an assortment of players that could play right tackle but lack a viable long-term option on the left side. Head coach Bill Belichick replaces one Georgia tackle (Isaiah Wynn) with another (Broderick Jones).

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
15 Brian Branch S
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Brian Branch No. 45 Overall

Traded from: GB

The pick swap with Green Bay costs New York an offensive tackle, but it has a backup plan. Brian Branch can be a leader in that secondary. Senior advisor Phil Savage has a long history with many programs but notably Alabama.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.57 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Daxton Hill

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: Only SEC player with 90+ tackles, 2+ interceptions and 2+ sacks

Summary:

Brian Branch is a versatile, intelligent player who has been asked to do a lot for Nick Saban's team. He has fulfilled a leadership role with flying colors. Branch is effective as a spot pass-rusher and playing down hill to fit the run. One has to nitpick to find many flaws in his game, but Branch could add a bit more mass to his frame. He had just a 3.2% missed tackle rate in 2022.

Strengths:

  • Versatilility allows him to play safety, nickel and boundary in a pinch
  • High football IQ
  • Fluid hips to transition across the field
  • Effective on blitzes
  • Does a good job getting off blocks

Weaknesses:

  • Average in man coverage
  • Played a flexible role at Alabama, will a team get good return value in a more refined role?
  • Would like to see him add a bit more mass to his frame

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 90 3 2
16 Deonte Banks CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

Washington will not even need to send a jet to pick up local star Deonte Banks. The Commanders get a lengthy, physical cornerback to capitalize on all the pressure created by that expensive front.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
17 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

The legacy comes home as Pittsburgh selects Joey Porter Jr. Offensive tackle is a bigger need, but the reality is that the Steelers could miss out if the run begins at No. 9 overall or earlier, as it did in this scenario.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
18 Lukas Van Ness EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

After adding Devon Witherspoon at No. 6 overall, Detroit turns around and selects an edge rusher to continue adding to that front. The Lions can condense Lukas Van Ness in certain scenarios and fulfill some of what they are missing at defensive tackle.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
19 Myles Murphy EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bengals Select Myles Murphy No. 28 Overall

Tampa Bay is just adding young talent at an affordable rate. Myles Murphy has tremendous upside, and Tampa Bay should be happy to have him midway through the first round.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.07 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Emmanuel Ogbah

Accolades:

  • 2022 First-team All-ACC, 2021 second-team All-ACC
  • Second-most sacks (18.5) in ACC over past three seasons

Summary:

Myles Murphy is an edge rusher with great size, speed and power. He showed an improved prowess to stack and shed blockers in 2021. The Georgia native needs to construct more of a pass-rush plan and develop an inside counter for when his initial rush is stopped. He does a good job of impacting pass lanes when his rush does not get home.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete with great size and speed
  • Impacts passing lanes when rush does not get home
  • Quick off the snap, does a good job of shooting gaps
  • Good strength leads to an ability to turn speed to power

Weaknesses:

  • Played with less urgency, regressed from 2021 to 2022
  • Needs to develop pass-rush moves and create more of a plan
  • Occasionally works too deep in his pass rush

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 25 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 45 6.5 0
20 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have a vertical presence to their skillset, but Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smooth operator underneath. He is accountable as a route-runner and should feast on opportunities created by those other threats.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
21 Dalton Kincaid TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bills Trade Picks and Select Dalton Kincaid No. 25 Overall

The Chargers and Dalton Kincaid both left San Diego, so they have that in common. Los Angeles is looking to add speed, but the availability of Kincaid was too good to pass up as it adds another weapon for Justin Herbert.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dennis Pitta

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Pac-12
  • 2022: Most receptions by FBS tight end (70)

Summary:

Dalton Kincaid is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in this class who also shows the ability -- and willingness -- to run block. He may need to add 10 pounds at the next level, but he has the athleticism to win regularly downfield against linebackers and safeties. He's a contested-catch machine who will turn 24 next October.

Strengths:

  • Athleticism and speed show up consistently on tape
  • Will mix it up as an inline blocker
  • Competent lead blocker on the perimeter; looks for contact and sustains it
  • Quick off the line of scrimmage, can win with footwork and hand usage, then gets leverage separation early in route
  • Shows consistently good hands. Looks for contact and has knack for making first tackler miss in space
  • Contested catch machine

Weaknesses:

  • Will turn 24 in October
  • Can sometimes fail to sustain blocks in run game
  • While athletic/quick for TE, doesn't consistently create separation on vertical routes

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 70 890 12.7 8
22 Quentin Johnston WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers Select Quentin Johnston No. 21 Overall

Baltimore cannot be comfortable with Rashod Bateman and Odell Beckham Jr. The situation is improved, but if the Ravens really want to send a message, they would add Quentin Johnston to open up the possibility of three wide receiver sets.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.63 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Braylon Edwards

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Two-time first-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: 163 receiving yards in CFP semifinal win vs. Michigan

Summary:

Quentin Johnston is a big-time downfield playmaker whose physicality, speed and athleticism easily translate to the NFL. He's a high-point-catch machine who can make any young QB's job immeasurably easier because he's such a reliable -- and enormous -- downfield target.

Strengths:

  • Plays above the rim, has high-point-catch ability for days
  • Enormous frame, and an enormous catch radius, with plus athleticism
  • Creates separation at top of route, regularly stacks DBs
  • Thick frame allows him to run through arm tackles on quick screens
  • Can win on vertical routes and intermediate crossing routes with YAC ability
  • Threat on end-arounds
  • Uses body well to shield DB type; will make contested catches look easy at times because of size.
  • Can make defenders miss in short areas, then gets YAC with open-field speed
  • Tracks ball as well as anyone on deep throws; can contort body to make awkward catches

Weaknesses:

  • Can struggle with focus drops at times
  • Needs to be consistently tough going over middle
  • Can improve as a blocker
  • Will need to improve route-running precision at the next level

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 2 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
23 Jordan Addison WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Select Jordan Addison No. 23 Overall

Minnesota takes a very productive wide receiver to replace Adam Thielen and pair with Justin Jefferson.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.97 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: DeVonta Smith

Accolades: 

  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Biletnikoff winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Tied-most receiving TD (17) in FBS

Summary:

Jordan Addison is an advanced, dynamic wideout with outside and inside experience and a complete game. He's smaller and skinnier in stature and not a super twitched up, hyper athlete, but he gets the most out of his athletic gifts with sharp breaks in his routes. He battles through contact in the route and gets North-South in a hurry. His speed looks like a clear positive to his game, and he will threaten most CBs in the NFL. Not a true burner, though, and not a contested-catch guy because of his smaller frame/catch radius, but his hands are rock solid. His ball-tracking is very good, and he can run a variety of routes. Overall, he's a high-floor, somewhat-high-upside WR who should move the needle early in his NFL career.

Strengths:

  • Sharp, sudden routes at all levels
  • Good explosion/lean while running routes and after the catch
  • Catches everything, rock-solid hands
  • Speedy type down the field

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller, unintimidating frame
  • Not a monster athlete
  • Tiny catch radius

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 34¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
24 Bryan Bresee DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Saints Select Bryan Bresee No. 29 Overall

Bryan Bresee feels like a pick made by general manager Trent Baalke. Baalke has never been afraid to take a player with a torn ACL in his past. He also favors prospects with traits and, Bresee certainly qualifies for both at a position of need.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Chris Wormley

Accolades:

  • Three-time All-ACC selection (second team in 2022)
  • Top overall recruit in 2020 high school class (247Sports)

Summary:

Bryan Bresee is an interior defender who carries his weight really well and moves well for his size. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his life and playing career, so that should prepare him for the hardships that come with NFL life. Bresee does a good job of stacking blockers while keeping his eyes in the backfield but needs to improve his first-step quickness. An NFL team is likely to take a chance on him earlier than production warrants because of his athletic potential.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete who moves well for his size
  • Does a good job of stacking blockers and keeping his eyes in the backfield
  • Long arms to dictate action at the point of attack

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below-average first-step quickness
  • Would like to see more urgency in his pass-rush plan
  • Limited pass-rush production

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds
  • Vertical:¬†29 inches
  • Bench Press:¬†22 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 16 3.5 0
25 O'Cyrus Torrence IOL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bills Select O'Cyrus Torrence No. 59 Overall

New York adds to its offensive interior with the selection of O'Cyrus Torrence. The Giants have a big, physical front with Andrew Thomas, Evan Neal and Torrence.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Kevin Dotson

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Career: 0 sacks allowed in 1,427 pass block snaps

Summary:

O'Cyrus Torrence is a huge, wide-bodied guard with plus athleticism for a blocker his size. His athleticism allows him to be of utility at the second level and on any type of blocks that involve lateral quickness. He has quality second-level accuracy, too. He needs to play with a tick more patience, but his body type, strength, and athleticism make him a very appealing guard prospect.

Strengths:

  • Intimidating, big-bodied frame
  • Serious point-of-attack power
  • Deceptively quick with high-end athleticism for a guard of his size
  • Calm nature in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Not always the most balanced in pass pro, clearly has more development to go in that phase of the game
  • More of a hugger than a bench-press type, would like to see him utilize his immense length to his advantage more frequently

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 5.31 seconds
  • Vertical: 23.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 5 inches
  • Shuttle Run: 4.81 seconds
  • Bench Press: 23 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

26 Bijan Robinson RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

One of the most curious storylines of draft night is where Bijan Robinson is ultimately taken. His talent suggests he should go inside the top 10, but it is difficult finding a logical landing spot. Dallas could not pass on him if he were still on the board at this point.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
27 Zay Flowers WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

The Bills offense is unlocked with a quality slot receiver, and they find theirs here at No. 27 overall. Zay Flowers has inside out versatility but will primarily see snaps out of the slot.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
28 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

Cincinnati could go defensive tackle here as well with a few quality options on the board. However, it targets the northern Kentucky native as another element to its passing game.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
29 Mazi Smith DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cowboys Select Mazi Smith No. 26 Overall

New Orleans needs help at defensive tackle after losing Shy Tuttle and David Onyemata. Mazi Smith is a wide body who should be able to upgrade the run defense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 84.13 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Vita Vea

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus first-team All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Michigan Defensive Player of the Year

Summary:

Mazi Smith is one of the most athletic NTs to enter the NFL in a while. Not compact, but tall and wide. His flashes of pass-rush ability are outstanding; push-pull, arm over, straight bull rush all very solid, although he's not a bulldozer pushing the pocket. His leverage isn't great. He does adequate planting roots against doubles teams, but it's not a specialty. His run-stopping is mostly contingent upon him using his athleticism to get to the ball. He's not a tremendous block-shedder right now. However, he tracks down RBs very well for being a large NT. He won't be an every-down player in the NFL, but his physical profile and pass-rushing refinement make him a fun NT prospect.

Strengths:

  • Tall, thick frame; unique for the NT spot
  • Veteran-caliber pass-rush moves to win up the field
  • Has the athleticism to get to RBs in close quarters, and has a large tackling radius

Weaknesses:

  • Could get a tick stronger
  • Leverage is very high for an inside rusher, which saps his power
  • Not a tremendous block-shedder

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 34 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 48 0.5 0
30 Calijah Kancey DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Buccaneers Select Calijah Kancey No. 19 Overall

After taking Paris Johnson Jr. at No. 10 overall, the Eagles follow their modus operandi by selecting a defensive lineman -- Calijah Kancey in this instance.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First Pitt unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald
  • 2022: Second in ACC in pressure rate (18%)

Summary:

Calijah Kancey is a short, undersized, electric upfield rusher. If he has any space, look out. He's ultra twitchy and Can sustain speed once he's in the backfield. His arm over, swipe, and rip are locked and loaded in the pass-rush move arsenal. He can lean on first-step eruption to win against half a blocker. At times, his style takes him out of a play and can even open a big rushing lane. Losses are mostly to bigger maulers and can be ugly. He constantly battles. Even if he loses initially, he'll fight to make the most of the rep. Length is a clear issue, but his Power is deceptive because of a low center of gravity. Counters are super-quick. For teams looking for a pure one-gap penetrator and is not too concerned with size deficiency, this is the premier prospect to target in this class.

Strengths:

  • Exemplifies explosiveness
  • Loaded pass-rush move arsenal
  • Motor is revving every play
  • Battles against bigger blockers
  • Loads of productivity in college

Weaknesses:

  • Size and especially length are major deficiencies
  • At times his ultra-aggressive style takes him out of a play
  • Losses in the run game can be ugly

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 31 7.5 0
31 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

Kansas City signed Jawaan Taylor in free agency to replace Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle. However, the selection of Anton Harrison, who played left tackle for the Sooners, allows the Chiefs to move Taylor back to the right side.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
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1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

Sorry to disappoint a random Reddit user, but Will Levis isn't going No. 1. Bryce Young to the Panthers.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Tyree Wilson EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

Quarterback makes the most sense, but with the Texans not in love with one of these players, they go in a different direction. Of the edge rushers, Houston sides with the upside of Tyree Wilson over the stability of Will Anderson Jr.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
3 Will Anderson Jr.
AlabamaMOCK TRADE from ARI
EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

Mock Trade from: ARI

Trades inside the top 10 rarely happen on draft night. If the Cardinals were going to find a trade partner, it would have happened weeks ago. Now, maybe that changes if the Texans don't take a quarterback and a team loves C.J. Stroud, but not in this scenario. As for the debate between Will Anderson Jr. and Paris Johnson Jr., Kyler Murray has lobbied for Cardinals to draft a first-round lineman before and they instead went in a different direction. That's the case again here, with Arizona taking perhaps the safest player in this class.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
4 C.J. Stroud QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

There's been a lot of buzz about Will Levis to Indianapolis for a while now, but it was only recently that reports came out about the Texans not wanting to take a QB at No. 2. That leads to C.J. Stroud being available here, and Indianapolis scoops him up to suit up against Houston twice a year in the AFC South.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
5 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

Pete Carroll, 71, isn't getting any younger, so he's is full win-now mode. Having a QB sit behind Geno Smith certainly doesn't fit that philosophy, so the Seahawks continue bolstering their defense by taking Jalen Carter.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
6 Anthony Richardson QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

I don't get why Lions fans are so attached to Jared Goff, but they are. Goff will keep them competitive with that supporting cast, no doubt, but Anthony Richardson has a carry-by-team-to-the-Super Bowl ceiling. Detroit doesn't anticipate picking in the top six anytime soon, so it makes a massive move that could end up paying off big time.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
7 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

The Raiders thank the Lions for leaving Devon Witherspoon on the board and scoop up the Illinois standout to patrol the secondary in Las Vegas.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
8 Bijan Robinson RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

I looked for a trade partner, but then just decided that Arthur Smith would love a dynamic three-down running back in his offense. The Falcons have bigger needs, but Bijan Robinson is by far the best player available at this point.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
9 Paris Johnson Jr.
Ohio StateMOCK TRADE from CHI
OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

Mock Trade from: CHI

Kevin Colbert rarely made first-round trades across more than two decades in the Steelers front office. New GM Omar Khan's tenure begins a lot differently, with Pittsburgh moving up eight spots to land a new left tackle for Kenny Pickett. Paris Johnson Jr. is looked at by many as the best tackle in this class.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

10 Peter Skoronski OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

With Jalen Carter off the board and Peter Skoronski still available, the Eagles stay at No. 10 and ensure their offensive line remains elite for years to come.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

11 Will Levis
KentuckyMOCK TRADE from TEN
QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

Mock Trade from: TEN

The Patriots reportedly have "real interest" in Will Levis after trying to shop Mac Jones this offseason. With Levis falling outside the top 10, they move up three spots to nab him.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
12 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

If I told you the Texans would end up with Tyree Wilson and Christian Gonzalez in the first round, you were have laughed at me. But such is the chaos of the pre-draft process, one where a team in dire need of a franchise QB passes the top four prospects and no one is surprised.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
13 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

Traded from: NYJ

Ahead of Aaron Rodgers' first year as starting QB in 2008, the Packers got him Jordy Nelson with the 36th overall pick and Jermichael Finley in Round 3. Green Bay sets up Jordan Love even better, adding Jaxon Smith-Njigba to a talented young receiving corps.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
14 Broderick Jones
GeorgiaMOCK TRADE from NE
OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

Mock Trade from: NE

Instead of grabbing Levis, the Titans trade back three spots, pick up some draft capital, and draft the replacement for Taylor Lewan.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
15 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

Traded from: GB

The Jets need a right tackle. Darnell Wright is the best right tackle in this class. So, despite having Mekhi Becton and Max Mitchell on the roster, New York takes the safe approach

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
16 Deonte Banks CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

The run on offensive linemen leaves the Commanders with the No. 3 cornerback in the CBS Sports prospect rankings

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
17 Lukas Van Ness
IowaMOCK TRADE from PIT
EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

Mock Trade from: PIT

The Bears need to protect Justin Fields, but they also need a lot of things, which is why trading back despite having the opportunity to take Paris Johnson Jr. still makes sense. And the big, explosive Lukas Van Ness is a great consolation prize.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
18 Emmanuel Forbes CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Commanders Select Emmanuel Forbes No. 16 Overall

The rail thin, ball-hawking Emmanuel Forbes will fit in perfectly in Aaron Glenn's secondary.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Donte Jackson

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: All-time FBS leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns (six)

Summary:

Emmanuel Forbes is an underrated cornerback who flew under the radar in the fall. Long, lanky, athletic frame with room to add weight, Forbes flashes good ball skills, a trait that translates to the next level. He'll need to get stronger, and improve in run support, but he could end up being one of the best CBs in the class.

Strengths:

  • Long, lanky frame with room to add weight
  • Stays in phase on downfield routes
  • Shows good route recognition and the ability to jump routes with explosiveness
  • Flashed good hands on pick-six vs. Kentucky's Will Levis

Weaknesses:

  • Uses hands well at the line of scrimmage in press coverage but needs to get functionally stronger at point of attack vs. bigger WRs
  • Willing tackler but needs to do better job getting off blocks
  • Will occasionally get handsy at top of route -- DPI at next level
  • Could be more aggressive in run support

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 11 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 46 0 6
19 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

The Bucs badly need an offensive tackle for whomever starts in 2023, and Anton Harrison is looked at as a safe bet to go in Round 1.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
20 Zay Flowers
Boston CollegeMOCK TRADE from SEA
WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

Mock Trade from: SEA

Josh Allen can't do it all offensively, so the Bills get aggressive to provide him with a wide receiver in Zay Flowers who did a lot with little at Boston College.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
21 Dalton Kincaid TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bills Trade Picks and Select Dalton Kincaid No. 25 Overall

Another weapon for Justin Herbert to try and keep up with the high-flying Chiefs and Bengals in the AFC.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dennis Pitta

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Pac-12
  • 2022: Most receptions by FBS tight end (70)

Summary:

Dalton Kincaid is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in this class who also shows the ability -- and willingness -- to run block. He may need to add 10 pounds at the next level, but he has the athleticism to win regularly downfield against linebackers and safeties. He's a contested-catch machine who will turn 24 next October.

Strengths:

  • Athleticism and speed show up consistently on tape
  • Will mix it up as an inline blocker
  • Competent lead blocker on the perimeter; looks for contact and sustains it
  • Quick off the line of scrimmage, can win with footwork and hand usage, then gets leverage separation early in route
  • Shows consistently good hands. Looks for contact and has knack for making first tackler miss in space
  • Contested catch machine

Weaknesses:

  • Will turn 24 in October
  • Can sometimes fail to sustain blocks in run game
  • While athletic/quick for TE, doesn't consistently create separation on vertical routes

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 70 890 12.7 8
22 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

The Ravens continue the mini run on cornerbacks by adding Joey Porter Jr. and having him suit up twice a year against the team his father had a ton of success with.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
23 Hendon Hooker QB
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Hendon Hooker

Kirk Cousins will not be the Vikings starting QB in 2024, so the team plans for the future by drafting Hendon Hooker.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.20 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades:

  • 2022: SEC Offensive Player of the Year¬†
  • 2022: Broke own single-season school records for completion percentage (69.6) and QB rating (175.5)

Summary:

Hendon Hooker is an older QB prospect who rose to the occasion at Tennessee after transferring there. He has good arm talent overall. He operatedly efficiently in a vertical-based passing offense and throws with great downfield touch. He has a spindly frame but is a quality athlete, although he won't elude many NFL defenders. Still, he has deceptive speed. He gets through his reads quickly and is developed moving inside the pocket.

Strengths:

  • Pushes the ball vertically with ease
  • Gets through progressions like a veteran
  • Athletic twitch to his game
  • Deceptively fast when he's in the open field
  • Loads of experience

Weaknesses:

  • Older prospect
  • Coming off torn ACL late in the season
  • Operated in a wide-open offense in 2022 with loads of talent
  • Accuracy is good, not surgical
  • Athleticism isn't a liability, yet not a major weapon as a runner

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 3135 69.6 27 2
24 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

I don't expect Nolan Smith to fall into the mid-20s on draft night, but this is how the board shook out. The Jaguars get a steal in the lightning-fast Georgia edge rusher.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
25 Brian Branch S
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Brian Branch No. 45 Overall

Jordan Addison or Quentin Johnston would make a lot of sense here, but the Giants don't force a receiver with versatile defensive back Brian Branch on the board.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.57 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Daxton Hill

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: Only SEC player with 90+ tackles, 2+ interceptions and 2+ sacks

Summary:

Brian Branch is a versatile, intelligent player who has been asked to do a lot for Nick Saban's team. He has fulfilled a leadership role with flying colors. Branch is effective as a spot pass-rusher and playing down hill to fit the run. One has to nitpick to find many flaws in his game, but Branch could add a bit more mass to his frame. He had just a 3.2% missed tackle rate in 2022.

Strengths:

  • Versatilility allows him to play safety, nickel and boundary in a pinch
  • High football IQ
  • Fluid hips to transition across the field
  • Effective on blitzes
  • Does a good job getting off blocks

Weaknesses:

  • Average in man coverage
  • Played a flexible role at Alabama, will a team get good return value in a more refined role?
  • Would like to see him add a bit more mass to his frame

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 90 3 2
26 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

Another player who should go higher, but would the Packers really take a tight end at 13? They don't in this mock, which leads to Michael Mayer falling into the laps of the overjoyed Cowboys.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
27 Jordan Addison
USCMOCK TRADE from BUF
WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Select Jordan Addison No. 23 Overall

Mock Trade from: BUF

Remember how I said Pete Carroll was aiming to win now? Here's another weapon for Geno Smith.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.97 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: DeVonta Smith

Accolades: 

  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Biletnikoff winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Tied-most receiving TD (17) in FBS

Summary:

Jordan Addison is an advanced, dynamic wideout with outside and inside experience and a complete game. He's smaller and skinnier in stature and not a super twitched up, hyper athlete, but he gets the most out of his athletic gifts with sharp breaks in his routes. He battles through contact in the route and gets North-South in a hurry. His speed looks like a clear positive to his game, and he will threaten most CBs in the NFL. Not a true burner, though, and not a contested-catch guy because of his smaller frame/catch radius, but his hands are rock solid. His ball-tracking is very good, and he can run a variety of routes. Overall, he's a high-floor, somewhat-high-upside WR who should move the needle early in his NFL career.

Strengths:

  • Sharp, sudden routes at all levels
  • Good explosion/lean while running routes and after the catch
  • Catches everything, rock-solid hands
  • Speedy type down the field

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller, unintimidating frame
  • Not a monster athlete
  • Tiny catch radius

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 34¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
28 Jahmyr Gibbs RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select No. Jahmyr Gibbs 12 Overall

Samaje Perine left and Joe Mixon could be a cut candidate, so the Bengals grab the do-everything Jahmyr Gibbs to pace their backfield.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.67 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian McCaffrey

Accolades:

  • 2022: Hornung Award finalist (most versatile player in FBS)
  • 2022: Most yards/touch (7.0) among SEC RB in 2022 (minimum 150 touches)

Summary:

Jahmyr Gibbs does not have the weight to hold up in pass protection, and receiving a featured back's workload is a concern. He is an elite pass-catcher who gets up to speed and changes directions quickly. The Georgia Tech transfer best fits in a scheme that utilizes its running backs in the pass game.

Strengths:

  • Elite pass-catcher
  • Gets up to speed quickly
  • Great top-end speed
  • Plays with good balance and is willing to fight through contact
  • Shifty player who can re-direct quickly

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average mass for short-yardage situations
  • Does not have the mass to wear defenses down
  • Willing blocker but giving up a lot of mass in pass protection

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.36 seconds
  • Vertical: 33.5 inches

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 151 926 6.1 7
29 Will McDonald IV EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jets Select Will McDonald IV No. 15 Overall

Edge rusher just makes too much sense here, so Will McDonald IV is the pick.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.77 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Arnold Ebiketie

Accolades:

  • Three-time first-team All-Big 12
  • Iowa State's All-time sack leader (34.0)

Summary:

Will McDonald IV is a long, sleek, slippery rusher who played in a unique defense in college (lots of three-man fronts). He got to rush from a normal EDGE alignment much less than most prospects. He has impressive length and slightly above-average pass-rush move collection. He has fluid athleticism with just enough burst to threaten the outside shoulder of the OT. He knows how to get skinny through a gap and turns his shoulders well to squeeze through or make himself a smaller target for blockers. He looks stiff on his outside speed rush at times but also has rushes on film where he tightly bends the corner. He's an older prospect who may have already reached his ceiling. His floor is higher than his upside, and while he did play inside often in college, I would love to see him as a straight-up EDGE in the NFL.

Strengths:

  • Flashes of bend are elite
  • Serious length, which gives him huge advantage at point of attack
  • Smooth athleticism allows him to glide all over the field
  • Good pass-rush moves, knows how to get skinny through a gap

Weaknesses:

  • While bend capabilities are a strength, they're very hit or miss
  • Power isn't a big plus
  • Older prospect

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 36 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 0 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 36 5 0
30 Bryan Bresee
ClemsonMOCK TRADE from PHI
DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Saints Select Bryan Bresee No. 29 Overall

Mock Trade from: PHI

The Eagles always have a strong defensive front, so them taking Bryan Bresee in Round 1 means they believe they can maximize the potential of a former No. 1 high school player in the nation.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.80 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Chris Wormley

Accolades:

  • Three-time All-ACC selection (second team in 2022)
  • Top overall recruit in 2020 high school class (247Sports)

Summary:

Bryan Bresee is an interior defender who carries his weight really well and moves well for his size. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his life and playing career, so that should prepare him for the hardships that come with NFL life. Bresee does a good job of stacking blockers while keeping his eyes in the backfield but needs to improve his first-step quickness. An NFL team is likely to take a chance on him earlier than production warrants because of his athletic potential.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete who moves well for his size
  • Does a good job of stacking blockers and keeping his eyes in the backfield
  • Long arms to dictate action at the point of attack

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below-average first-step quickness
  • Would like to see more urgency in his pass-rush plan
  • Limited pass-rush production

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.86 seconds
  • Vertical:¬†29 inches
  • Bench Press:¬†22 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 16 3.5 0
31 Quentin Johnston WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers Select Quentin Johnston No. 21 Overall

The Chiefs, rumored to move up for a WR, stay put and still land a WR.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.63 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Braylon Edwards

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Two-time first-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: 163 receiving yards in CFP semifinal win vs. Michigan

Summary:

Quentin Johnston is a big-time downfield playmaker whose physicality, speed and athleticism easily translate to the NFL. He's a high-point-catch machine who can make any young QB's job immeasurably easier because he's such a reliable -- and enormous -- downfield target.

Strengths:

  • Plays above the rim, has high-point-catch ability for days
  • Enormous frame, and an enormous catch radius, with plus athleticism
  • Creates separation at top of route, regularly stacks DBs
  • Thick frame allows him to run through arm tackles on quick screens
  • Can win on vertical routes and intermediate crossing routes with YAC ability
  • Threat on end-arounds
  • Uses body well to shield DB type; will make contested catches look easy at times because of size.
  • Can make defenders miss in short areas, then gets YAC with open-field speed
  • Tracks ball as well as anyone on deep throws; can contort body to make awkward catches

Weaknesses:

  • Can struggle with focus drops at times
  • Needs to be consistently tough going over middle
  • Can improve as a blocker
  • Will need to improve route-running precision at the next level

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 2 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
Will Brinson
@WillBrinson
# Team Player Pos
1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

I'm not buying the betting market Reddit user SaleEvermore42069 steam on Will Levis going No. 1, although if the Panthers took him it wouldn't be THAT insane. I'll stick with Bryce Young first overall here personally.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

I'm not buying the betting market Reddit user SaleEvermore42069 steam on Will Levis going No. 1, although if the Panthers took him it wouldn't be THAT insane. I'll stick with Bryce Young first overall here personally.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
3 Paris Johnson Jr. OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

I'm not buying the betting market Reddit user SaleEvermore42069 steam on Will Levis going No. 1, although if the Panthers took him it wouldn't be THAT insane. I'll stick with Bryce Young first overall here personally.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

4 Anthony Richardson QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

Chris Ballard loved the buzz building up on Will Levis and C.J. Stroud so he can grab a guy who provides upside and could be utilized in a run-heavy, power QB run approach that Shane Steichen emphasized in Philadelphia with Jalen Hurts. Richardson's upside is immense, and this is a boom or bust pick. Maybe Ballard is just tired of Jim Irsay holding the QB position over his head and is gonna go for broke.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
5 Tyree Wilson EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

Could have easily made Jalen Carter the pick here, but Seattle prefers the edge rusher and Tyree Wilson is just their type of athletically gifted upside freak, especially with Richardson off the board.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
6 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

Really wanted to go Bijan here, but Witherspoon fits what the Lions need and want so well. Dude would fit in perfectly with their blue-collar defensive approach.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
7 Bijan Robinson RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

People forget, but Josh McDaniels' VERY FIRST DRAFT PICK with the Broncos was Knowshon Moreno. Now, one could argue he hopefully learned his lesson there. But with Josh Jacobs on the tag and presumably leaving and not a whole lot else behind him, let's get weird early by having the Raiders surprise with a top-tier player in the draft and a running back in the top 10. Al Davis would be so proud.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
8 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

The Falcons fortified their defensive backfield by snagging former top-three pick Jeff Okudah from Detroit, but their desire to add to the position only speaks to the likelihood of attacking it in the draft.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
9 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

Hard to see Carter making it past Chicago where Ryan Poles will get BOFFO grades for his decision-making if he moves from No. 1 to No. 9, adds D.J. Moore and several choice draft picks AND gets Jalen Carter. You can already here the sad, loud contingent of Bears homers (and you know you are) celebrating this as the Bears being back permanently as if they've been here since the second Mike Ditka left outside the fluke Grossman season. But seriously, this would be a home run pick.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
10 Drew Sanders LB
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Drew Sanders

People hate Drew Sanders, BUT WATCH HIM PLAY FOLKS. The Eagles can afford to be a little more patient with someone who could turn into a pass-rushing monster down the line.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.25 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Julian Peterson

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2022: Second-most sacks (9.5) in SEC behind Will Anderson Jr.

Summary:

Drew Sanders is a former five-star recruit who transferred from Alabama because he wasn't getting consistent playing time behind Will Anderson Jr. and Dallas Turner. At Arkansas, he was used all over the field as a defensive chess piece. He's a long, rangy rare athlete who has a nose for the football. At the next level, the task will be finding the right fit for Sanders' skillset instead of trying to shoehorn him into a scheme.

Strengths:

  • Has some pass-rush juice as a stand-up 5-technique
  • Can play in space on zone drops in the middle of the field; understands underneath routes and will drive on the ball
  • Wrap-up tackler
  • Can get off blocks in space and bring down ball carrier; tenacious getting to the football
  • Has sideline-to-sideline range
  • Explodes downhill, finds target and tackles with purpose
  • College RBs aren't beating him to the edge; long-strider with speed/acceleration and high-level tackler
  • Has the twitch to cover RBs/TEs in space
  • Has backside track-down ability

Weaknesses:

  • Will need to put on some weight if he's to be used as a situational pass rusher off the edge
  • Needs to expand pass-rush moves; flashes a long-arm and is extremely quick but needs to expand the arsenal of moves
  • Not a pure interior pass rusher though Arkansas used him a lot in that role during the season

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 103 9.5 1
11 C.J. Stroud QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

The Titans have TWO quarterbacks to choose from (everyone pipe down, Justin Fields fell to 11 two years ago and Patrick Mahomes went 10th overall, this is totally normal) and opt to go with the accurate prospect from Mike Vrabel's alma mater. One note here: if the Titans *can* draft Stroud and pass on him, knowing Vrabel's connections, that's a massive red flag.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
12 Will Levis QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

What? I told you in the headline the Texans would draft Will Levis. ūüė∂‚ÄćūüĆęÔłŹ

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
13 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

Traded from: NYJ

There is no way you can't convince me the Packers will use this pick to do anything other than shove the first-round wide receiver narrative in Aaron Rodgers face, especially after flipping with the Jets on this pick. With Christian Watson already in the fold, the Packers' needs at wide receiver fit this class nicely.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
14 Peter Skoronski OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

The Patriots are the biggest enigma in the league. If Bill Belichick wasn't running this team, we would have major questions about the roster. Vegas has already spoken, making them 10-1 to win the AFC East, by far the biggest number in the division.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

15 Broderick Jones OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

Traded from: GB

The Jets are going to make their pick with Aaron Rodgers in mind as well and land themselves more help on the offensive line as they shove all in on 2023.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
16 Deonte Banks CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

Cornerback feels good/correct/adequate for the Commanders, and a local product works nicely. This team will not rock the boat during the draft amid a $6 billion sale -- that's my very strong guesstimate.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
17 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

It just kind of feels right, I guess? The Steelers could go in a bunch of different directions, but I like the alum/parental angle here.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
18 Zay Flowers
Boston CollegeMOCK TRADE from DET
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2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

Mock Trade from: DET

The Chiefs and Zay Flowers go together like lamb and tunafish. Perhaps you prefer spaghetti and meatball? Either way, Andy Reid/Brett Veach aren't scared to move up for someone they like.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
19 Lukas Van Ness EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

The Bucs are a hard team to figure out because of their needs and roster status, the latter being mixed with the state of the NFC South. I think they just keep adding to the roster and hope they pop a draft class and steal the division.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
20 Hendon Hooker QB
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Hendon Hooker

Anthony Richardson makes a world of sense for Seattle, but he wasn't there. You know who makes MORE sense? Leadership dude later in the first round with a perfect Geno Smith contract setup. This is tall Russ 2.0.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.20 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades:

  • 2022: SEC Offensive Player of the Year¬†
  • 2022: Broke own single-season school records for completion percentage (69.6) and QB rating (175.5)

Summary:

Hendon Hooker is an older QB prospect who rose to the occasion at Tennessee after transferring there. He has good arm talent overall. He operatedly efficiently in a vertical-based passing offense and throws with great downfield touch. He has a spindly frame but is a quality athlete, although he won't elude many NFL defenders. Still, he has deceptive speed. He gets through his reads quickly and is developed moving inside the pocket.

Strengths:

  • Pushes the ball vertically with ease
  • Gets through progressions like a veteran
  • Athletic twitch to his game
  • Deceptively fast when he's in the open field
  • Loads of experience

Weaknesses:

  • Older prospect
  • Coming off torn ACL late in the season
  • Operated in a wide-open offense in 2022 with loads of talent
  • Accuracy is good, not surgical
  • Athleticism isn't a liability, yet not a major weapon as a runner

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 3135 69.6 27 2
21 Jalin Hyatt WR
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalin Hyatt

Do not sleep on where the Chargers are at wide receiver right now with respect to these contracts -- they need more bodies there, and GM Tom Telesco isn't scared to dip into the UT talent pool.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 82.63 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Will Fuller

Accolades:

  • 2022: Biletnikoff Award winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2022: 1,267 receiving yards and 15 receiving TD (both top five in FBS)

Summary:

A four-star recruit, Jalin Hyatt had just one year of production at Tennessee. But, man, what a year that was. He's a legit 4.31 40-yard guy who consistently stresses defenses with his blazing speed. The question is whether he can add weight to his frame and if the success he had in the Vols' specialized offense translates to the next level.

Strengths:

  • Long frame, long strider who hits top-end speed in just a few steps.
  • Explosiveness out of breaks; puts DBs on their heels
  • Eats up cushion in a hurry
  • Big-play machine; legit downfield threat
  • Smooth breaking down at the top of routes, smooth change-of-direction on comebacks
  • YAC capable because he gets to top-end speed so quickly

Weaknesses:

  • Slight frame -- he will need to add weight
  • True junior with only one year of production; is that a blip or is it sustainable?
  • Is he's a legit No. 1 at the next level? Or is his ceiling as a No. 2 or No. 3?

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.4 seconds
  • Vertical: 40 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 3 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1267 18.9 15
22 Quentin Johnston WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers Select Quentin Johnston No. 21 Overall

The Ravens are uniquely positioned here because they badly need to keep getting Lamar Jackson wide receiver help. Not because he needs it -- he does -- but because it will incentivize the expediting of a long-term deal. Johnston plus Odell Beckham plus Rashod Bateman is kind of fun, right? Plus, new OC Todd Monken has watched a ton of TCU tape....

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.63 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Braylon Edwards

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Two-time first-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: 163 receiving yards in CFP semifinal win vs. Michigan

Summary:

Quentin Johnston is a big-time downfield playmaker whose physicality, speed and athleticism easily translate to the NFL. He's a high-point-catch machine who can make any young QB's job immeasurably easier because he's such a reliable -- and enormous -- downfield target.

Strengths:

  • Plays above the rim, has high-point-catch ability for days
  • Enormous frame, and an enormous catch radius, with plus athleticism
  • Creates separation at top of route, regularly stacks DBs
  • Thick frame allows him to run through arm tackles on quick screens
  • Can win on vertical routes and intermediate crossing routes with YAC ability
  • Threat on end-arounds
  • Uses body well to shield DB type; will make contested catches look easy at times because of size.
  • Can make defenders miss in short areas, then gets YAC with open-field speed
  • Tracks ball as well as anyone on deep throws; can contort body to make awkward catches

Weaknesses:

  • Can struggle with focus drops at times
  • Needs to be consistently tough going over middle
  • Can improve as a blocker
  • Will need to improve route-running precision at the next level

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 2 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
23 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

I'd be willing to wager substantially that this first Vikings pick is a defensive player from either Clemson or Georgia.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
24 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

The Jags signed Cam Robinson to a "long-term deal," but he is basically going to be cut after this year. If Walker Little progresses, he moves to left tackle while Wright slides in on the right side. Feels very Trent Baalke.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
25 Jordan Addison WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Select Jordan Addison No. 23 Overall

The Giants leaning into helping Daniel Jones makes way too much sense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.97 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: DeVonta Smith

Accolades: 

  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Biletnikoff winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Tied-most receiving TD (17) in FBS

Summary:

Jordan Addison is an advanced, dynamic wideout with outside and inside experience and a complete game. He's smaller and skinnier in stature and not a super twitched up, hyper athlete, but he gets the most out of his athletic gifts with sharp breaks in his routes. He battles through contact in the route and gets North-South in a hurry. His speed looks like a clear positive to his game, and he will threaten most CBs in the NFL. Not a true burner, though, and not a contested-catch guy because of his smaller frame/catch radius, but his hands are rock solid. His ball-tracking is very good, and he can run a variety of routes. Overall, he's a high-floor, somewhat-high-upside WR who should move the needle early in his NFL career.

Strengths:

  • Sharp, sudden routes at all levels
  • Good explosion/lean while running routes and after the catch
  • Catches everything, rock-solid hands
  • Speedy type down the field

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller, unintimidating frame
  • Not a monster athlete
  • Tiny catch radius

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 34¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
26 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

This feels like such a perfect fit for the Cowboys and everything they need and want from a player and prospect. Assuming they're not too low to get him, this is the one team/player match I would lock in outside No. 1 overall.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
27 Will McDonald IV EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jets Select Will McDonald IV No. 15 Overall

The Bills draft defense in the first round under Sean McDermott, and I'm not sure why that would change. If someone tells you they have too many edge rushers, just say look them in the eye and say "13 seconds."

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.77 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Arnold Ebiketie

Accolades:

  • Three-time first-team All-Big 12
  • Iowa State's All-time sack leader (34.0)

Summary:

Will McDonald IV is a long, sleek, slippery rusher who played in a unique defense in college (lots of three-man fronts). He got to rush from a normal EDGE alignment much less than most prospects. He has impressive length and slightly above-average pass-rush move collection. He has fluid athleticism with just enough burst to threaten the outside shoulder of the OT. He knows how to get skinny through a gap and turns his shoulders well to squeeze through or make himself a smaller target for blockers. He looks stiff on his outside speed rush at times but also has rushes on film where he tightly bends the corner. He's an older prospect who may have already reached his ceiling. His floor is higher than his upside, and while he did play inside often in college, I would love to see him as a straight-up EDGE in the NFL.

Strengths:

  • Flashes of bend are elite
  • Serious length, which gives him huge advantage at point of attack
  • Smooth athleticism allows him to glide all over the field
  • Good pass-rush moves, knows how to get skinny through a gap

Weaknesses:

  • While bend capabilities are a strength, they're very hit or miss
  • Power isn't a big plus
  • Older prospect

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 36 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 0 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 36 5 0
28 Joe Tippmann IOL
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Joe Tippmann

A tight end was tempting here to troll John Breech, but instead let's give the Bengals a starting center of the future for Joe Burrow. Ted Karras was born in 1993, so let's not act like he's young folks.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.33 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: 

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2021-22: Allowed one sack in 590 pass block snaps

Summary:

Wisconsin has been a factory for producing NFL offensive linemen, and Joe Tippmann is hoping to state his claim as the next. He is more of a power/gap scheme blocker who needs to do a better job of moving his feet when engaed. Tippman spends a lot of time on the ground but does have active eyes and does a great job of absorbing contact.

Strengths:

  • Does a great job of absorbing contact
  • Does a good job of working angles and sealing run lanes
  • Active eyes to pick up blitzes

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average later agility
  • Spends a lot of time on the ground
  • Needs to do a better job of moving his feet to stay engaged
29 Emmanuel Forbes CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Commanders Select Emmanuel Forbes No. 16 Overall

Ballhawk who fits the bill for Mickey Loomis.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Donte Jackson

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: All-time FBS leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns (six)

Summary:

Emmanuel Forbes is an underrated cornerback who flew under the radar in the fall. Long, lanky, athletic frame with room to add weight, Forbes flashes good ball skills, a trait that translates to the next level. He'll need to get stronger, and improve in run support, but he could end up being one of the best CBs in the class.

Strengths:

  • Long, lanky frame with room to add weight
  • Stays in phase on downfield routes
  • Shows good route recognition and the ability to jump routes with explosiveness
  • Flashed good hands on pick-six vs. Kentucky's Will Levis

Weaknesses:

  • Uses hands well at the line of scrimmage in press coverage but needs to get functionally stronger at point of attack vs. bigger WRs
  • Willing tackler but needs to do better job getting off blocks
  • Will occasionally get handsy at top of route -- DPI at next level
  • Could be more aggressive in run support

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 11 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 46 0 6
30 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

The Eagles like to load up a year early, so we'll have them grab some OL help ahead of time. If this OL prospect is 10% as good as their current right tackle, they'd sign in blood and/or melted American cheese.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
31 Jahmyr Gibbs
AlabamaMOCK TRADE from KC
RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select No. Jahmyr Gibbs 12 Overall

Mock Trade from: KC

The Lions end up with the best of both worlds by landing an aggressive cornerback and a running back to fill the depth chart out. Given that OL and the coaching staff and the contracts D'Andrew Swift and David Montgomery are on, they don't have enough depth right now.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.67 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian McCaffrey

Accolades:

  • 2022: Hornung Award finalist (most versatile player in FBS)
  • 2022: Most yards/touch (7.0) among SEC RB in 2022 (minimum 150 touches)

Summary:

Jahmyr Gibbs does not have the weight to hold up in pass protection, and receiving a featured back's workload is a concern. He is an elite pass-catcher who gets up to speed and changes directions quickly. The Georgia Tech transfer best fits in a scheme that utilizes its running backs in the pass game.

Strengths:

  • Elite pass-catcher
  • Gets up to speed quickly
  • Great top-end speed
  • Plays with good balance and is willing to fight through contact
  • Shifty player who can re-direct quickly

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average mass for short-yardage situations
  • Does not have the mass to wear defenses down
  • Willing blocker but giving up a lot of mass in pass protection

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.36 seconds
  • Vertical: 33.5 inches

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 151 926 6.1 7
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1 Bryce Young QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Panthers Select Bryce Young No. 1 Overall

It's not a secret anymore as to who the Panthers will be taking. Young is an outstanding passer and has a great feel for the game. But he is small. There is great risk in that.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Tony Romo

Accolades: 

  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner (first Alabama QB to win award)
  • Most pass TD (79) in two-year span in SEC history

Summary:

Bryce Young is a short, spindly framed passer with a rapid release. He is patient in the pocket and a sudden athlete, allowing him to bounce away from pressure regularly. Creativity as an athlete is borderline elite, although he won't run away from many defenders in the NFL. He looks to create off-structure too often with too many theatrics, and style is a bit frenetic when things break down. Arm strength and deep ball accuracy are good, not great, and he tends to make too many throws from an unbalanced based -- simply because he's a very natural thrower -- that may not have enough juice to get to the intended target in the NFL. He's experienced reading the entire field and clicks through his reads in a hurry. He's very accurate but not absolutely elite, and he's quick to spot open receivers in scramble drill. Noticeably tough, though he did take a lot of sacks in college. He has poise beyond his years.

Strengths:

  • Incredibly poised, chaos doesn't faze him in the pocket
  • Super creative to avoid pressure, and can release the ball from any arm angle or platform
  • Tough as nails, willing to take hits behind the line or in space
  • Anticipatory thrower who also reads the entire field in a hurry

Weaknesses:

  • At times tries to do too much as an improviser
  • Arm talent and speed are good, not outstanding
  • Unprecedented tiny frame and takes plenty of hits

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
2 Will Levis QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Trade Up And Select Will Levis No. 33 Overall

This will shock a lot of people, but it makes sense. They need to get a franchise passer and Levis has the look teams love. There was talk the Patriots loved Levis and considered trading up to get him, so it makes sense that former Pats personnel man Nick Caserio, who is running the Texans' draft room, would make this pick.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.37 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Wyoming Josh Allen

Accolades: 

  • 17-7 as Kentucky's starting QB (Penn State backup from 2018-20)
  • Sixth-most pass yards (5,218) and TD (43) in SEC in past two seasons

Summary:

Will Levis is a tall quarterback with good mass to take on contact. The Penn State transfer has good mobility and does not shy away from contact. Levis has elite arm strength but often gets stuck on his first read and does not complete full-field progressions. Talent evaluators will have to determine how much of his struggles were related to a weak supporting cast, injury, etc., and what is fixable. He is an intelligent player who will compete through injury.

Strengths:

  • Great mobility relative to his size
  • Elite arm strength
  • Great size for the position
  • Exposure to a pro-style offense
  • Tough, will play through injury

Weaknesses:

  • Battled injury through the 2022 season
  • Gets stuck on his first read occasionally
  • Subpar production as a senior, did not elevate his team
  • Needs to get through full-field reads quicker

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 34 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
3 Paris Johnson Jr. OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Trade up and Select Paris Johnson Jr No. 6 Overall

They want to get out of this spot, but for this they can't. They stay put and take Johnson, who Kyler Murray is said to want. I just think they have a left tackle in D.J. Humphries, who is a good player, so where does he play? I would go defense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Andrus Peat

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus All-American
  • Experience at RG in 2021 and LT in 2022 (13 starts each)

Summary:

Paris Johnson Jr. is a consistently good run blocker when he doesn't get too upright, and he uses leverage well. His passpro needs refinement, and his footwork can be sloppy at times. He does offer position flexibility on game days -- he was the Buckeyes' starting right guard in 2021 before moving to left tackle for the 2022 season. He's one of the best offensive linemen in this draft class.

Strengths:

  • Will sit in passpro set with good anchor, staying in-balance
  • Ability to re-anchor but sometimes struggles against strong, edge rushers who play with a low center of gravity
  • Plus athlete. but it's important to remember that he is still raw
  • Moves well laterally, can get out in space
  • Quick feet; when he's in balance it allows him to mirror well
  • Consistently shows ability to sustain run blocks and if the opportunity presents itself, will pancake the defensive end into the turf
  • When feet and hands are in concert, he can stonewall pass rushers

Weaknesses:

  • Can sometimes get too high in pass sets and lose leverage
  • Can be susceptible to long-arm, particularly since he has tendency to play more upright
  • Sometimes will overset and get beaten by inside pass rush move, then has to rely on athleticism to make up for it
  • Extremely raw, relying on athleticism to win; will need to become a technician to be trusted at LT in NFL

Combine Results:

  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 2 inches
  • Bench Press: 29 reps

Complete In-Depth Analysis

4 C.J. Stroud QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Select C.J Stroud No. 2 Overall

They have to take a quarterback and Stroud is more NFL ready than Anthony Richardson. General manager Chris Ballard might need that to keep his job. The Colts are said to want Levis, but he's gone in this mock.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.10 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades: 

  • Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (second in 2022, fourth in 2021)
  • Most pass TD (85) in two-year span in Big Ten history

Summary:

C.J. Stroud is a better all-around QB coming out of Ohio State than Justin Fields, and he showed that he has the athleticism to win with his legs in the Georgia game. He will be in the conversation for QB1.

Strengths:

  • Will get through same-side progressions, and ball comes out quickly
  • Proved vs. Georgia that he can win with his legs if he needs to
  • Can throw off-platform with rushers in his face; will drop it in the bucket off-platform
  • Doesn't throw with a lot of anticipation but does throw accurately
  • Understands where hot reads are vs. CB blitz
  • When he's locked in, can drop into the bucket on deep throws; shows good touch to all three levels

Weaknesses:

  • While generally accurate, can miss by small amounts on short throws
  • Tries to get through reads but can hurry through them when pressured, then can panic in clean pocket
  • Won't pull trigger on anticipation throws into tight windows
  • Sometimes late seeing targets come open

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
5 Jalen Carter DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Trade Up For Jalen Carter No. 9 Overall

Carter is the best player in this draft, but he comes with baggage. Seattle has never shied away from players with baggage. Pete Carroll has done a great job with guys who have an edge and/or might need a little prodding. Carter will be a steal if he lasts this long.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jeffery Simmons

Accolades:

  • 2022 unanimous All-American
  • Two-time CFP national champion (2021, 2022)

Summary:

Jalen Carter has elite quickness for a player of his size. His value increases as a result of a shortage of pass rush-capable interior defenders. A relatively young prospect, Carter has had limited pass-rush production and is still developing in that area. The Georgia defense has primarily relied on the athleticism of its players to run games and create chaos. He has great strength to play the run.

Strengths:

  • Uses strength and leverage to gain ground
  • Great quickness to attack gaps
  • Plays with great balance

Weaknesses:

  • Limited pass-rush production
  • Plays too high at times
  • Displays a variety of pass-rush moves but needs to string them together for a refined pass-rush plan

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 32 3 0
6 Devon Witherspoon CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Devon Witherspoon No. 5 Overall

They need to grab a corner here with Witherspoon seeming to be more of a fit for what Dan Campbell and Aaron Glenn want than any other corner. He is tough and feisty, just like Glenn was when he played.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.47 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2022: Fewest yards/attempt allowed (3.0) in FBS (minimum 50 attempts)

Summary:

Devon Witherspoon is neither the biggest nor the twitchiest prospect at his position. However, he makes up for it with his preparation and anticipation. Witherspoon is a great leader and a fiery competitor who is willing to play downhill and tackle in the flat.

Strengths:

  • Elite competitor, fiery personality
  • Will play downhill and attack the flat
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • High football IQ
  • Will jam and stab to re-route wide receivers

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to pack more weight on his 6-foot frame
  • Average top-end and recovery speed
  • Plays through the wide receiver's back too often

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 41 0 3
7 Christian Gonzalez CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Patriots Trade Up For Christian Gonzalez No. 17 Overall

The Raiders will consider offensive line here, but I think they need to get an elite corner. Gonzalez is an outstanding cover player who will upgrade the back end and be an immediate starter.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Pac-12 (AP)
  • 2022: Four interceptions (third-most in Pac-12)

Summary:

Christian Gonzalez has great length and good top-end speed to be a man coverage cornerback in the NFL. He can improve as a press man coverage cornerback by landing his jams more consistently. Despite improved ball production, Gonzalez can do a better job of getting his head back to the ball and breaking down his feet to tackle in space.

Strengths:

  • Great length
  • Does an excellent job of using the sideline as an extra defender
  • Flips his hips and gets up to speed quickly
  • Good timed speed

Weaknesses:

  • Improved ball production in 2022, but needs to get eyes back to the ball more consistently
  • Inconsistent landing jams in press man coverage
  • Can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a balanced tackle

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.38 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 1 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 50 0 4
8 Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Trade Up For Will Anderson Jr. No. 3 Overall

They have been woefully bad at sacking the quarterback, so they have to figure out a way to improve that part of their defense. With a new coordinator in Ryan Nielsen, getting him a top pass-rush prospect will help. Anderson isn't Von Miller-like, but he will be a good player.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 92.70 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Von Miller

Accolades:

  • Two-time Nagurski Award winner (best defensive player in FBS)
  • Second-most sacks (34.5) in Alabama history (Derrick Thomas)

Summary:

A five-star from outside Atlanta, Will Anderson Jr. has been as good as -- and maybe better than -- advertised since arriving in Tuscaloosa. In the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide, he had 98 hurries and 29 sacks, and those numbers underscore how dominant he was, at times. He's the best Alabama defender in the Nick Saban era and possibly the best Alabama defender in school history not named Derrick Thomas.

Strengths:

  • First-step quickness and bend around the edge flashes play after play
  • Surprising power and the ability to win consistently with hands on his way to the QB
  • Comparable to Von Miller in size and twitch; both are around 6-3, 245, which is undersized by NFL edge rusher standards, but they play much bigger than that
  • Great teammate, even better person

Weaknesses:

  • Made some business decisions in 2022, though it's hard to blame him -- he still played through Alabama's bowl game
  • Can sometimes whiff on arm tackles in space
  • Sometimes there doesn't have to be something wrong with a player -- with Anderson it feels like you're searching for issues that don't really exist

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.6 seconds

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 51 10 1
9 Peter Skoronski OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Titans Select Peter Skoronski No. 11 Overall

They need to get better up front on the offensive line. Skoronski was a college tackle, but I think he can be an All-Pro guard. At any rate, protecting Justin Fields is a priority.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.60 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Jonah Williams

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • Highest PFF pass block grade in FBS last season (93.0)

Summary:

Peter Skoronski is a pass-blocking specialist with an athletic skill set. He needs to add more weight and power to his lower half. He works hard to anchor. He's noticeably more effective as a pass-blocker than a run-blocker. He has plus recovery skill, big-time grip strength, and knows how to reset his hands in pass pro. At times, his hands are late, and that's when he loses, although he rarely lost on passing plays in college. Overall, he's a decently high-floor, high-upside tackle.

Strengths:

  • Balance and overall pass-pro talent stand out
  • Awesome ability to recover when beaten
  • Very athletic, smooth movements in all areas
  • Outstanding production across multiple seasons

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks normal franchise tackle length
  • Somewhat susceptible to swims
  • Not a dominant run blocker today

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.16 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
  • Bench Press: 30 reps

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10 Tyree Wilson EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Select Tyree Wilson No. 7 Overall

This team has talent, so it can be patient if Wilson's foot isn't all the way back. He has the tools to be a dominant edge player for a long time. But some teams are concerned about his foot injury. I think the Eagles can take the risk.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.53 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Matthew Judon

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Led Big 12 in pressures (50) despite missing three games
  • 2022: Fifth-highest pressure rate (20%)

Summary:

Tyree Wilson is a length and strength edge-rusher with a tall, angular frame. His patented straight-arm is effective. He is smoother than he is dynamic, although he's not slow off the line. Chips don't faze him, and he battles through contact like it's nothing. He works hard against the run on a consistent basis. At times, he gets stuck to blocks, and while his hand work isn't super polished, he constantly works. Leverage isn't great because he's tall, but there's plenty of power to his game. Quality bend to his game, but it's a not a true specialty, and he has limited ability to dip. He has experience inside and was effective there. Overall, he's a long, high-motor, decently refined three-down EDGE with some suddenness limitations but big-time ability.

Strengths:

  • Tall, sleek frame; seriously intimidating on the edge
  • Super-long and utilizes his length to his advantage as a rusher
  • Balance is good, chips don't knock him off his spot often
  • Hard-worker against the run
  • Motor hums all game

Weaknesses:

  • Can get stuck to blocks without the ability to quickly counter
  • Because he's so tall, his center of gravity is high, which leaves him susceptible to squattier blockers who can get under him and control him
  • Dipping around the corner far from a forte

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2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 61 7 0
11 Broderick Jones OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Trade up and Select Broderick Jones No. 14th Overall

They could make a move up to try to get C.J. Stroud, but they are stuck in this spot for now. So I have them taking offensive lineman Broderick Jones. He can play left tackle or even guard. He's a young, athletic player who can help a unit that was dreadful last season.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.70 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Ikem Ekwonu

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: 0 sacks allowed on 449 pass block snaps

Summary:

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle with great strength and good quickness. His technique has improved from 2021, but he needs to continue on that path. NFL opponents have more play strength, so Jones will not be able to solely rely on his natural strength.

Strengths:

  • Gets out of his stance quickly
  • Great natural strength
  • Good lateral agility
  • Good size for the tackle position

Weaknesses:

  • Relies too much on natural strength, needs to drop his hips more against bull rush
  • Inconsistent footwork when engaged
  • Has improved hand fighting when engaged from 2021 but can continue that growth

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.97 seconds
  • Vertical: 30 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet
12 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Seahawks Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba No. 20 Overall

After taking the quarterback with the second pick, it would make sense to take a receiver with next one. Get him some playmakers to make it easy on him. Smith-Njigba is a great route runner.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.30 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Christian Kirk

Accolades:

  • 2021: 1,606 receiving yards (broke Ohio State single-season record)
  • Led all WR at combine in three-done drill (6.57 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds)

Summary:

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a smaller, spindly WR with quality fluidity on the field. He's not an elite athlete and doesn't have much power through contact in his routes or after the catch. He creates space with some wiggle and how quicky he flips into top gear once the ball is in his hands. He glides around the field and away from defenders. He also had a knack for reeling in the difficult grab but is not a high-leaping, contested-catch monster; more of a tremendous ball-tracker. He has savvy YAC skills, deceptive speed, and ultra-reliable hands to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL despite not possessing supreme athletic gifts.

Strengths:

  • Savvy YAC specialty
  • Glides around the field
  • Uncanny ability to flip it into top gear in an instant
  • Ball-tracking downfield is elite

Weaknesses:

  • Not a supreme athlete
  • Spindly frame likely destined for a slot-only role in NFL
  • Lacks length and power

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†6.57 seconds
  • Shuttle Run:¬†3.93 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
13 Nolan Smith EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Eagles Select Nolan Smith No. 30 Overall

Traded from: NYJ

Their pass rush needs some help with Rashan Gary coming off an ACL injury. Smith has the type of skills to become a player who can impact the quarterback off the edge. They took two Georgia defenders last year in the first round, so why not one more?

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Zack Baun

Accolades:

  • 2021-22: Combined 71 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks
  • Heaviest player with 40-plus-inch vertical jump and sub-4.40-second 40-yard-dash time at NFL Combine since 2003 (238 pounds)

Summary:

Nolan Smith is the latest in a long line of dominant Georgia defenders destined for the early rounds. He's an undersized, quick-twitch athlete who plays much bigger than his size. He has the frame to add weight at the next level, but he'll also need to improve in pass coverage, something he was rarely asked to do for the Bulldogs.

Strengths:

  • Elite change of direction, athleticism, twitchiness and quickness
  • Despite lack of size, shows ability to hold ground vs. offensive tackles; can set the edge vs. the run
  • Plus athlete who can play the flat in coverage
  • Has open-field athleticism to make plays in space
  • Can shoot gaps in zone stretch and be disruptive in backfield
  • Can navigate through trash/down LOS to get to ball carrier, wrap-up tackler
  • Plays much bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized; will struggle to consistently generate pressure vs. bigger/stronger/quicker OT
  • Not asked to do much in coverage
  • Missed part of 2022 season with a pectoral injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.39 seconds
  • Vertical: 41.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8 18 3 0
14 Lukas Van Ness EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Packers Select Lukas Van Ness No. 13 Overall

They have to improve their pass rush and Van Ness is a guy that they supposedly really like. He is an effort player who might play his best football on the next level, not unlike a guy named J.J. Watt did.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.60 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Second-team All-Big Ten
  • Tied-second most sacks in Big Ten over past two seasons (14.0)

Summary:

Long, dynamic pass-rusher with advanced game. He loves the two-arm bench press and is very effective with it because of his burst, sheer power, and length to keep blockers off his frame. He counters off that patented start to his rushes with arm over, inside crossover, and rip move to the outside. He's very polished with his hand work and can win with first-step quickness and sustained speed to the football. He often squeezed through gaps with athleticism alone. He has to get stronger, and he's not overly twitchy. When utilized inside, his length presents problems for blockers. He's a big-time prospect.

Strengths:

  • Long with athletic physical profile
  • Bench press is good, and routinely counters off it
  • Can win on the interior with first-step quickness

Weaknesses:

  • Bend is lacking
  • At times spends too much time grappling with blockers
  • Wasn't a full-time player in 2022

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 31 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill:¬†7.02 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.32 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 38 6.5 0
15 Michael Mayer TE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Raiders Trade Up And Select Michael Mayer No. 35 Overall

Traded from: GB

When you look at their roster, getting a big-play tight end would seem to close out what they need on offense. Rodgers loves tight ends and Mayer would fill that void. With Mekhi Becton and Max Mitchell expected back fully from injury, they have guys who can play tackle, so they pass on one here.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.93 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Jason Witten

Accolades: 

  • 2022: AP first-team All-American
  • 2021-22: Led all FBS tight ends in receptions (180) and receiving yards (2,099)

Summary:

Michael Mayer is a consistent performer who does a great job of making contested catches out of his frame. He lacks top-end athleticism and struggles to create separation as a result. Mayer is solid as a run blocker and in pass protection. He turns upfield quickly but does not have the breakaway speed to churn yards after the catch. Mayer is a bear for a defensive back to bring down in open space.

Strengths:

  • Consistent producer dating back to his freshman season
  • Great size to make contested catches and sustain blocks
  • No wasted movement
  • Blocks with good leverage and drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Soft hands to snatch passes away from his frame

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average quickness and athleticism
  • Can get off the ball faster
  • Does not create much separation
  • Turns upfield quickly post-catch but does not have breakaway speed

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
  • Vertical: 32.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 10 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
16 Emmanuel Forbes CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Commanders Select Emmanuel Forbes No. 16 Overall

They have to get a young corner for their secondary. Forbes a tall, thin corner who weighs 170 pounds, but he held up in the SEC. His cover skills will be a nice addition to the defense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.90 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Donte Jackson

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: All-time FBS leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns (six)

Summary:

Emmanuel Forbes is an underrated cornerback who flew under the radar in the fall. Long, lanky, athletic frame with room to add weight, Forbes flashes good ball skills, a trait that translates to the next level. He'll need to get stronger, and improve in run support, but he could end up being one of the best CBs in the class.

Strengths:

  • Long, lanky frame with room to add weight
  • Stays in phase on downfield routes
  • Shows good route recognition and the ability to jump routes with explosiveness
  • Flashed good hands on pick-six vs. Kentucky's Will Levis

Weaknesses:

  • Uses hands well at the line of scrimmage in press coverage but needs to get functionally stronger at point of attack vs. bigger WRs
  • Willing tackler but needs to do better job getting off blocks
  • Will occasionally get handsy at top of route -- DPI at next level
  • Could be more aggressive in run support

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 11 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 46 0 6
17 Darnell Wright OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bears Select Darnell Wright No. 10 Overall

There is talk they want to trade up to get Wright, so staying put and landing him would be huge. Wright is a mauler at right tackle who could step in and start right away and give Kenny Pickett some help up front.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Joe Barksdale

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Lowest pressure rate allowed (1.1) in Power 5

Summary:

Darnell Wright showed improvement from 2021 to 2022 but remains a work in progress. He has a strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact but needs to play with better balance. Lateral quickness and speed to run the arc are concerns, but he has a relentless attitude to finish plays. Wright has long arms to shock and re-direct rushers.

Strengths:

  • Strong upper body that allows him to absorb contact
  • Long arms to shock and re-direct rushers
  • Relentless attitude to finish plays
  • Showed improved handle of inside counters from 2021 to 2022

Weaknesses:

  • Below-average job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Balance is a work in progress
  • Speed to run the arc is a concern

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†5.01 seconds
  • Vertical: 29 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†9 feet, 6 inches
18 Zay Flowers WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Ravens Select Zay Flowers No. 22 Overall

The Lions will not have Jameson Williams for six games, and they let D.J. Chark leave via free agency. They need help for their passing game. Flowers is an outstanding receiver who is viewed by some as the best receiver in this class.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 88.43 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Elijah Moore

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-ACC
  • Career: Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving TD (29)

Summary:

Zay Flowers is short but not small, twitched-up inside and out wideout. His short-area explosiveness is special, and it doesn't take long for him to reach top speed. He runs super-sharp, no-nonsense routes. He has a tiny catch radius but fights in every contested-catch situation. He has lateral quicks and tenacity to work through press coverage with good regularity, and his athleticism allows him to be weapon after the catch. He has adequate power to his game due to a thicker lower half and shows sheer will through contact. He doesn't have the most reliable hands, but drops aren't concerning issue. He has great speed. He was held back production-wise by blah QB play. Height will hinder him at times, but he's a pro-ready wideout made for the modern-day game.

Strengths:

  • Super-twitched up
  • Gets to top gear in a flash
  • Awesome route runner
  • Supreme YAC skills
  • Plays bigger than his size

Weaknesses:

  • Short with tiny frame
  • Little catch radius
  • Some easy drops on film

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

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2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 78 1077 13.8 12
19 Will McDonald IV EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jets Select Will McDonald IV No. 15 Overall

They would likely want an offensive lineman, but with the way the board played out, it makes sense to help their pass rush. Shaq Barrett is coming off injury, so taking McDonald would help give them a young player in case he's not the same.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.77 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Arnold Ebiketie

Accolades:

  • Three-time first-team All-Big 12
  • Iowa State's All-time sack leader (34.0)

Summary:

Will McDonald IV is a long, sleek, slippery rusher who played in a unique defense in college (lots of three-man fronts). He got to rush from a normal EDGE alignment much less than most prospects. He has impressive length and slightly above-average pass-rush move collection. He has fluid athleticism with just enough burst to threaten the outside shoulder of the OT. He knows how to get skinny through a gap and turns his shoulders well to squeeze through or make himself a smaller target for blockers. He looks stiff on his outside speed rush at times but also has rushes on film where he tightly bends the corner. He's an older prospect who may have already reached his ceiling. His floor is higher than his upside, and while he did play inside often in college, I would love to see him as a straight-up EDGE in the NFL.

Strengths:

  • Flashes of bend are elite
  • Serious length, which gives him huge advantage at point of attack
  • Smooth athleticism allows him to glide all over the field
  • Good pass-rush moves, knows how to get skinny through a gap

Weaknesses:

  • While bend capabilities are a strength, they're very hit or miss
  • Power isn't a big plus
  • Older prospect

Combine Results:

  • Vertical: 36 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 0 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 36 5 0
20 Myles Murphy EDGE
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Bengals Select Myles Murphy No. 28 Overall

They took Jalen Carter earlier in this draft, so now they can come back and take an outside rusher to go with him. When Seattle was going good, it was always about the defensive front leading the way. The Seahawks need to get back to that, so they pass on quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.07 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Emmanuel Ogbah

Accolades:

  • 2022 First-team All-ACC, 2021 second-team All-ACC
  • Second-most sacks (18.5) in ACC over past three seasons

Summary:

Myles Murphy is an edge rusher with great size, speed and power. He showed an improved prowess to stack and shed blockers in 2021. The Georgia native needs to construct more of a pass-rush plan and develop an inside counter for when his initial rush is stopped. He does a good job of impacting pass lanes when his rush does not get home.

Strengths:

  • Natural athlete with great size and speed
  • Impacts passing lanes when rush does not get home
  • Quick off the snap, does a good job of shooting gaps
  • Good strength leads to an ability to turn speed to power

Weaknesses:

  • Played with less urgency, regressed from 2021 to 2022
  • Needs to develop pass-rush moves and create more of a plan
  • Occasionally works too deep in his pass rush

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 25 reps

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2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 45 6.5 0
21 Bijan Robinson RB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Falcons Select Bijan Robinson No. 8 Overall

The best way to improve the bad run defense and help your quarterback is to run the ball. Possession matters. That's why I could see the Chargers taking Robinson here in this spot, especially since Austin Ekeler is in his final year.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro Comparison: Saquon Barkley

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Doak Walker Award (nation's best RB)
  • Career: Fourth in program history in rushing yards (3,410) and touchdowns (41 - 33 rushing, eight receiving)

Summary:

Bijan Robinson is a well-rounded running back with ideal size to be an every-down contributor in the NFL. He excels as a runner, pass-catcher and blocker but has received the lion's share of touches in Austin over the past two seasons.

Strengths:

  • Does a good job of breaking his feet down in space and re-directing
  • Great size to be an every-down back
  • Good pass-catcher
  • Good top-end speed
  • Holds up well in pass protection

Weaknesses:

  • Has averaged 226.5 carries each of the past two seasons
  • Short-yardage situations
  • Running with power

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 37¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 4 inches

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2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
22 Anthony Richardson QB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Colts Select Anthony Richardson No. 4 Overall

This might seem strange, but considering the Lamar Jackson saga and the way it's playing out, it really isn't. They could keep the tag on Jackson and he can play in 2023 while Richardson learns. Or they could simply trade him after this pick. This protects the franchise.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Cam Newton

Accolades: 

  • 2022: 2,549 pass yards, 654 rush yards, 26 total TD
  • Most athletic QB prospect ever based on NFL Combine results

Summary:

Anthony Richardson has off-the-charts athleticism both in the pocket and outside of it, but he is so incredibly raw that he has a long ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. He will leave the pocket too early and too often miss open reads to attempt more difficult throws, but when he's locked in he has the potential to be a franchise-altering talent.

Strengths:

  • Big-bodied athlete who is a threat in the run game
  • Elusive in the open field despite his size; incredibly quick lateral movements to shake defenders in small area
  • Next-level athleticism for QB in pocket
  • Smooth, ball explodes out of hand and gets on WR in a hurry, accurately
  • Rhythm thrower when he sees coverage
  • Will leave pocket early at times but incredibly elusive inside pocket; ability to buy time with movements and then find open target downfield
  • Consistently quick release, puts ball on WR's face on quick throws/screens/rollouts
  • Strong arm allows him to make off-platform/off-balance throws almost look easy at times
  • Will look off DB, get through read and rip seam throw on time, on the face
  • Consistently keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket

Weaknesses:

  • Can get antsy in pocket when there is no real pressure; needs to do a better job of standing tall
  • Will sometimes drift into pressure on drop
  • Footwork will need to be tightened up at the next level
  • Doesn't consistently throw with anticipation
  • Doesn't happen often but will sometimes try to play hero ball outside pocket; leads to turnover chances for the defense
  • Can also be slow at times to get to second read, leading to turnover opportunities for the defense
  • Will struggle at times to layer throws

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash:¬†4.43 seconds
  • Vertical: 40.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†10 feet, 9 inches

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2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
23 Hendon Hooker QB
2023 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown: Hendon Hooker

The Vikings are said to be wanting to get a quarterback to build around for the future. Hooker is coming off an ACL, but he impressed in a big way before his injury last year. He could sit for a year behind Kirk Cousins and then take over in 2024.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 83.20 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Geno Smith

Accolades:

  • 2022: SEC Offensive Player of the Year¬†
  • 2022: Broke own single-season school records for completion percentage (69.6) and QB rating (175.5)

Summary:

Hendon Hooker is an older QB prospect who rose to the occasion at Tennessee after transferring there. He has good arm talent overall. He operatedly efficiently in a vertical-based passing offense and throws with great downfield touch. He has a spindly frame but is a quality athlete, although he won't elude many NFL defenders. Still, he has deceptive speed. He gets through his reads quickly and is developed moving inside the pocket.

Strengths:

  • Pushes the ball vertically with ease
  • Gets through progressions like a veteran
  • Athletic twitch to his game
  • Deceptively fast when he's in the open field
  • Loads of experience

Weaknesses:

  • Older prospect
  • Coming off torn ACL late in the season
  • Operated in a wide-open offense in 2022 with loads of talent
  • Accuracy is good, not surgical
  • Athleticism isn't a liability, yet not a major weapon as a runner

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 3135 69.6 27 2
24 Anton Harrison OT
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Jaguars Trade Up And Select Anton Harrison No. 27 Overall

The word is they want one more offensive lineman to help protect Trevor Lawrence. Left tackle Cam Robinson is coming off meniscus injury and he has a $17 million cap hit in 2024. This could be a pick to protect them this season and make Harrison the starter in 2024.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Lucas Niang

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big 12
  • 2022: One sack allowed on 425 pass block snaps

Summary:

Anton Harrison is a young player with great strength. His technique has improved over the past year, showing an ability to adjust his feet when engaged and good independent hand usage. He plays too high occasionally and yet is still able to create torque through his core.

Strengths:

  • Comfortable through his arc, does not abandon technique
  • Drives his feet on contact in the run game
  • Does some pulling and blocking in space
  • Does a good job of adjusting his feet to stay engaged

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-below average recovery speed
  • Below-average top-end speed
  • Plays too high occasionally

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.98 seconds
  • Vertical: 28.5 inches
  • Broad Jump:¬†8 feet, 9 inches
25 Deonte Banks CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Trade Up and Select Deonte Banks No. 24th Overall

There is talk they are eyeing a move up for a corner, so this makes sense. Banks is a speedy cover player who would fit perfectly in their defense. They could also opt for a receiver here. They could consider Joey Porter Jr. here as well.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.87 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie

Accolades:

  • 2022: Honorable mention All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Third-lowest completion percentage allowed (39%) in Big Ten¬†

Summary:

Deonte Banks has good length and top-end speed to fulfill a man coverage role in the NFL. He is capable of staying in-phase up the boundary but does not get his eyes back to the ball. Banks is not afraid to be physical, but that can lead to him being too handsy downfield.

Strengths:

  • One missed tackle all of 2022
  • Good top-end speed to stay in-phase up the boundary
  • Great length to play man coverage role

Weaknesses:

  • Handsy in coverage downfield
  • Limited ball production as a result of not getting his eyes back
  • Missed all but two games during the 2022 season due to injury

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Vertical: 42 inches
  • Broad Jump: 11 feet, 4 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 38 0.5 1
26 Calijah Kancey DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Buccaneers Select Calijah Kancey No. 19 Overall

He is a smallish defensive tackle who would be a perfect fit in the Dan Quinn defense. He can attack up the field as a rusher and really help their third-down defense. Think Grady Jarrett in Atlanta.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 86.83 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald

Accolades: 

  • 2022: First Pitt unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald
  • 2022: Second in ACC in pressure rate (18%)

Summary:

Calijah Kancey is a short, undersized, electric upfield rusher. If he has any space, look out. He's ultra twitchy and Can sustain speed once he's in the backfield. His arm over, swipe, and rip are locked and loaded in the pass-rush move arsenal. He can lean on first-step eruption to win against half a blocker. At times, his style takes him out of a play and can even open a big rushing lane. Losses are mostly to bigger maulers and can be ugly. He constantly battles. Even if he loses initially, he'll fight to make the most of the rep. Length is a clear issue, but his Power is deceptive because of a low center of gravity. Counters are super-quick. For teams looking for a pure one-gap penetrator and is not too concerned with size deficiency, this is the premier prospect to target in this class.

Strengths:

  • Exemplifies explosiveness
  • Loaded pass-rush move arsenal
  • Motor is revving every play
  • Battles against bigger blockers
  • Loads of productivity in college

Weaknesses:

  • Size and especially length are major deficiencies
  • At times his ultra-aggressive style takes him out of a play
  • Losses in the run game can be ugly

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 31 7.5 0
27 Jack Campbell LB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Jack Campbell No.18 Overall

They could pair Campbell with Matt Milano to give them a nice 1-2 punch at linebacker. Campbell has good size and he can run and would take over for Tremaine Edmunds, who they lost in free agency to the Bears.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 85.23 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Logan Wilson

Accolades: 

  • 2022: Butkus Award winner (Best LB in FBS)
  • 2022: 13th player in program history to earn unanimous consensus All-America honors

Summary:

Jack Campbell is a smart, savvy LB who IDs plays in an instant. He stays square to the line so that he's not susceptible to cutback lanes. He is solid defeating blocks. He has limited athleticism. He has no major twitch or explosiveness to the football. He has impressive sinking/flipping his hips in coverage. He has an outstanding feel of route concepts that will occur behind him and will make plays on the football at the intermediate level. His huge, lengthy frame makes him more rangy than athleticism indicates. Sure tackler. Speed/athleticism will limit his ceiling in the NFL, but this is an ultra-experienced, ready-to-go three-down LB.

Strengths:

  • Savvy and technically sound
  • Stays square to the line to avoid cutback lane susceptibility
  • Block-shedding game is good
  • Plenty of ball production in college
  • Coverage feel and instincts are awesome
  • Size and length for days

Weaknesses:

  • Average-to-slightly-above-average athlete, not much twitch or explosion to his game
  • Overall speed to the football is lacking
  • Not as efficient of a blitzer as his size would indicate

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.65 seconds
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 8 inches
  • 3-Cone Drill: 6.74 seconds
  • Shuttle Run: 4.24 seconds

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 128 1 2
28 Joey Porter Jr. CB
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Steelers Select Joey Porter Jr. No. 32 Overall

I know Bengals fans won't like the name, but if he falls this far it would make sense to take him. Porter is a long corner who would fill a need for their defense, especially with Chidobe Awuzie coming off a torn ACL.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.73 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Accolades:

  • 2022: First-team All-Big Ten
  • Son of four-time Pro Bowl LB Joey Porter

Summary:

The son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a competitive, man-coverage cornerback with great length. Despite his limited ball production, Porter does a good job of staying in-phase up the boundary and is physical at the catch point.

Strengths:

  • Very competitive
  • Great length to play on the boundary
  • Does a good job staying in-phase up the boundary
  • Competitive at the catch point

Weaknesses:

  • Just one interception in four seasons
  • Tackling in space needs to improve
  • Physical with wide receivers downfield, which could result in penalties

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 27 0 0
29 Mazi Smith DL
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Cowboys Select Mazi Smith No. 26 Overall

This would fill a major need for the Saints. They lost some good defensive tackles in free agency and replaced them with guys on one-year deals. Smith would step in and give them a big, power player in the middle of their defense.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 84.13 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Vita Vea

Accolades:

  • 2022: Consensus first-team All-Big Ten
  • 2022: Michigan Defensive Player of the Year

Summary:

Mazi Smith is one of the most athletic NTs to enter the NFL in a while. Not compact, but tall and wide. His flashes of pass-rush ability are outstanding; push-pull, arm over, straight bull rush all very solid, although he's not a bulldozer pushing the pocket. His leverage isn't great. He does adequate planting roots against doubles teams, but it's not a specialty. His run-stopping is mostly contingent upon him using his athleticism to get to the ball. He's not a tremendous block-shedder right now. However, he tracks down RBs very well for being a large NT. He won't be an every-down player in the NFL, but his physical profile and pass-rushing refinement make him a fun NT prospect.

Strengths:

  • Tall, thick frame; unique for the NT spot
  • Veteran-caliber pass-rush moves to win up the field
  • Has the athleticism to get to RBs in close quarters, and has a large tackling radius

Weaknesses:

  • Could get a tick stronger
  • Leverage is very high for an inside rusher, which saps his power
  • Not a tremendous block-shedder

Combine Results:

  • Bench Press: 34 reps

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 48 0.5 0
30 Brian Branch S
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Lions Select Brian Branch No. 45 Overall

The Eagles saw Chauncey Gardner-Johnson leave via free agency. Branch is the same type of player. He can do a lot of things, but I think he ultimately becomes a safety.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 89.57 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Daxton Hill

Accolades:

  • 2022: AP second-team All-American
  • 2022: Only SEC player with 90+ tackles, 2+ interceptions and 2+ sacks

Summary:

Brian Branch is a versatile, intelligent player who has been asked to do a lot for Nick Saban's team. He has fulfilled a leadership role with flying colors. Branch is effective as a spot pass-rusher and playing down hill to fit the run. One has to nitpick to find many flaws in his game, but Branch could add a bit more mass to his frame. He had just a 3.2% missed tackle rate in 2022.

Strengths:

  • Versatilility allows him to play safety, nickel and boundary in a pinch
  • High football IQ
  • Fluid hips to transition across the field
  • Effective on blitzes
  • Does a good job getting off blocks

Weaknesses:

  • Average in man coverage
  • Played a flexible role at Alabama, will a team get good return value in a more refined role?
  • Would like to see him add a bit more mass to his frame

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Vertical: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 5 inches

Complete In-Depth Analysis

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 90 3 2
31 Jordan Addison WR
2023 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Select Jordan Addison No. 23 Overall

They get the guy I think is the best receiver in this class. Addison runs great routes and will add another big-time weapon for Patrick Mahomes. They could consider pass rusher here, but the way the board went down I went with a receiver.

Draft Scouting Report:

Rating: 87.97 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: DeVonta Smith

Accolades: 

  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Biletnikoff winner (best WR in FBS)
  • 2021 (at Pittsburgh): Tied-most receiving TD (17) in FBS

Summary:

Jordan Addison is an advanced, dynamic wideout with outside and inside experience and a complete game. He's smaller and skinnier in stature and not a super twitched up, hyper athlete, but he gets the most out of his athletic gifts with sharp breaks in his routes. He battles through contact in the route and gets North-South in a hurry. His speed looks like a clear positive to his game, and he will threaten most CBs in the NFL. Not a true burner, though, and not a contested-catch guy because of his smaller frame/catch radius, but his hands are rock solid. His ball-tracking is very good, and he can run a variety of routes. Overall, he's a high-floor, somewhat-high-upside WR who should move the needle early in his NFL career.

Strengths:

  • Sharp, sudden routes at all levels
  • Good explosion/lean while running routes and after the catch
  • Catches everything, rock-solid hands
  • Speedy type down the field

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller, unintimidating frame
  • Not a monster athlete
  • Tiny catch radius

Combine Results:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 34¬†inches
  • Broad Jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
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