George Wrighster’s Top 10 QBs Ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft
Most years, at least 10 quarterbacks are selected in the NFL Draft. Last year was an exception, with nine QBs picked, and one of them (Brock Purdy) stuff the final selection in the draft. This year is all well-nigh upside, and there are 10 signal callers I believe have earned the right to have their names tabbed this weekend. Here are my top 10 QBS superiority of the 2023 NFL Draft:
1) Bryce Young (Alabama)
This one is obvious, and I’ve written and talked well-nigh him plenty. Plane though there was a moment where the Carolina Panthers seemed to be infatuated with C.J. Stroud, and were inexplicably rumored to be taking Will Levis, I believe the Panthers will make the right nomination and go with Young first overall.
Young has a slight build, and I’m not usually a fan of that, but he understands his body, and keeps himself out of danger, and from taking unnecessary punishment. Bryce has been dominant at every level, and has a level of touch on his passes that sets him untied from the field. Plus, he’s as smart as they come.
2) CJ Stroud (Ohio State)
If it wasn’t for the leaked test result and the weird issue that Brady Quinn brought up well-nigh CJ Stroud not peekaboo a Manning passing camp, CJ Stroud would be the closest thing to a sure bet as they come. He doesn’t have the size concerns that scouts have expressed well-nigh Bryce Young. The arm strength is there. He has the peerage pedigree. He lived up to expectations at Ohio State. His performance versus Georgia is something no one else on this list was worldly-wise to accomplish.
And while he’s not a runner, he did use his legs to unravel the Buckeyes out of a funk versus Northwestern this year. You have to respect someone who does what it takes to win.
The only criticism he’s unceasingly received (even from me) is that he was surrounded by the most receiving talent- but last time I checked, receivers don’t throw themselves the ball.
If Houston doesn’t grab Stroud at 2, you have to think someone is going to trade with the Cardinals to make him the third overall pick.
3) Anthony Richardson (Florida)
I wasn’t just wrong well-nigh Josh Allen. I was aggressively wrong. Because of Josh Allen’s success, we need to pay sustentation to the players that may not have produced at the highest level collegiately, but still possess every tool in the toolbox.
Anthony Richardson has the biggest arm, and the most dangerous scrambling ability. But can he manage an offense, read blitzes, handle checkdowns, and bring a team when from a deficit? All of that remains to be seen.
I’ve seen some Vince Young comparisons here, and while Young didn’t live up to stuff the 3rd overall pick in 2006, he did win 31 of his 50 NFL starts. To consider Richardson a success in the NFL, I’d set Young’s career statistics as his floor.
4) Hendon Hooker (Tennessee)
Injury concerns, age, and a good offensive system are all easy unbearable reasons to dismiss Hendon Hooker as a sure thing at the NFL level, but I simply don’t believe that some of these concerns have merit.
Hendon Hooker will never be asked to do at the NFL level what he was asked to do at Tennessee. He’s a talented pocket passer, and there’s no reason to have an NFL QB executing a dozen designed runs every single game. Plus, he got up from one of the biggest hits all year versus LSU. The ACL was a fluke.
Also, 25 years old isn’t ancient. We’re not in Brandon Weeden territory here. If he proves his worth as an NFL starter, you’re talking well-nigh a contract extension while he’s still in his 20’s, in an age where QBs are playing at a upper level well into their 30’s.
And plane though Hooker wasn’t torching defenses at Virginia Tech the way he did at Tennessee, his yards per struggle stayed resulting throughout his higher career.
Hooker has every intangible you could want, and as long as you’re not drafting him to be a franchise savior on day 1, he could have a respectable NFL career.
5) Will Levis (Kentucky)
Will Levis is the one that has me scratching my throne a little bit. The hype coming out of his junior year was deserved- but when the spotlights that he helped turn onto himself and the Kentucky program with both his play (and his off-the-field persona) got bright, he was just average.
I squint at a guy like Daniel Jones in the NFL who has plenty of talent, and produced some gritty wins, but hasn’t had those big-number explosive games, and it makes me think there could be an NFL future for Levis as a starter.
But it’s all going to depend on the situation he finds himself in.
6) Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA)
Dorian Thompson-Robinson is lightning in a snifter in multiple ways. He can dazzle you and spark the offense… or he can electrocute you to death.
DTR’s five years as a starter at UCLA showed continuous progress, plenty of highlights, and a tendency to shine when the lights were brightest.
It moreover saw him have moments of immaturity on and off the field.
DTR has first round talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if the right team or mentor turns him into a ten year starter. I moreover wouldn’t be surprised if he turned the wittiness over seven times in a spot start. The ceiling and the floor could not be farther untied for a higher prospect, but I’m rooting for him.
7) Jake Haener (Fresno State)
Jake Haener is gutsy, a good leader, and might be the surprise franchise QB of the 2023 NFL Draft.
I felt like his stock was higher without his junior year, but he still put together an impressive senior wayfarers and protected the wittiness incredibly well.
The biggest issue for NFL teams is that Haener is completely one-dimensional. If you don’t protect him, he isn’t going to pick up any unscheduled gains with his feet.
I’m just glad to have Jake Haener out of higher football so he can’t terrorize any increasingly Pac-12 teams in non-conference games.
8) Clayton Tune (Houston)
Yes, Clayton Tune played five seasons at Houston. No, Clayton Tune is not Case Keenum. But… they could have similar NFL careers. Clayton Tune is the perfect spot starting replacement for a good team. He won’t forfeit you games, and he’s talented unbearable to make unbearable plays to alimony a team afloat.
9) Jaren Hall (Brigham Young)
Jaren Hall’s typhoon stock not stuff as upper as it should be is probably partially due to Zach Wilson coming out of BYU and not living up to his typhoon slot. Hall has wide receiver sturdy ability, in a wide receiver body, but he throws on the run in a way that makes him worthy of lamister any of that “would you consider switching positions” speculation that befalls many sturdy woebegone quarterbacks.
10) Tanner McKee (Stanford)
I never liked Tanner McKee as a higher QB. He has the size, and throws a gorgeous ball, but he just wasn’t what Stanford needed to be competitive. At least at the NFL level he won’t be forced to run a slow mesh that has him getting squandered up by opposing defensive line.
I’d put his ceiling, ironically, at the level of the QB he used to when up- Davis Mills. He’s certainly worth spending a late round pick on.
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