Welcome to my first positional rankings of the quarterbacks for the 2023 NFL draft. I will do this initial list and a final one after the season. I will be listing players at their expected NFL positions. We will be going position by position.
Let’s start with the first group which is expected to be an interesting one. After the top two guys there will be a lot of different and interesting takes. Be sure to check out all of my previous work, and if you want to check out the draft database that I help update almost daily, you can find it at risendraft.
2023 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Top 5
- C.J. Stroud, Ohio State: Pretty easy pick for me. He has the most upside of the top two quarterbacks of the 2023 NFL draft class. He has ideal size and arm strength. He can make all the throws.
- Bryce Young, Alabama: You really can’t go wrong with either guy. Young is really smart and a better athlete than people think. But he is a little small and doesn’t have the arm that Stroud has.
- Hendon Hooker, Tennessee: Hooker is kind of like a mix between Young and Stroud physically. He has Stroud’s arm and size and Young’s athleticism and accuracy. He may win the Heisman. The only major flaw is his age. It brings with it questions of how much upside is left? I have faith he will be a very good QB.
- Will Levis, Kentucky: Levis hasn’t shown the growth that was hoped he would this season. He will also be a little bit of an older rookie at 24. He is still an elite athlete with elite size and arm strength. But he needs to put it together. There are questions if he will be able to.
- Anthony Richardson, Florida: This is on the assumption he declares. He, like Levis, has all the upside in the word — maybe as much as Cam Newton had. He is just so inconsistent right now. The best thing for him would be to go back and play one more year.
2023 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Best of the Rest
6. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami: Van Dyke is in a similar boat to Richardson. He has potential (not as much as Richardson, of course), but he started off the year so bad. He has come around lately, but still needs another year of seasoning.
7. Devin Leary, NC State: Leary is a very solid, smart leader type quarterback. He doesn’t have the arm of any of the guys ahead of him or the legs, but he is accurate and knows how to run an offense. He also still has some upside in him.
8. D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson: “DJ U” as he is known has really pushed himself back up the boards this year after a terrible season in 2021. He is a big, strong, athletic kid. He is like a power forward playing quarterback. If he continues his play he should continue to move up boards.
9. Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina: Even though he plays at a Group Of Five school, he has proven himself to be a very good college quarterback. His arm will hold him back a bit, but he is very athletic and can run. He might even show more potential in a pro-style offense.
10. Jaren Hall, BYU: Hall will be a 25-year-old rookie with one good season to his name. He is also on the smaller side, has just a decent arm, but he can move and is a good athlete. Same question goes to him as Hooker. How much upside is there left?