2023 NFL Draft Stock – Pre-Combine

This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2023 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

By Charlie Campbell.
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2023 NFL Draft Stock Up

Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
During the 2022 season, Anthony Richardson did not play like a first-round pick. His accuracy was awful. He gave some games away thanks to inefficient passing and struggling with consistency. However, Richardson has a freaky skill set that includes a cannon for an arm to go along with good size, athleticism and speed. At the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine next week, Richardson is expected to put on a show, and that should continue at his pro-day and pre-draft workouts. I have Richardson in the top 10 of my 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but he definitely is a contender to go early on the opening night of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Team sources from around hte league feel that the 2023 NFL Draft lacks elite talent. There aren’t any top-shelf prospects like the 2021 top-seven picks Ja’Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts and Penei Sewell. As a result, some prospects who would typically be thought as mid first-rounders will go in the top 10 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Gonzalez is a favorite to be one of those this year. He is the most well-rounded cornerback prospect with size, speed and athleticism. Gonzalez also can play any coverage technique. In speaking with team sources, some evaluators give Gonzalez an edge over Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon because of size and over Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. due to greater athleticism. Gonzalez could go as high as the middle of the top 10 during the 2023 NFL Draft.

Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Last week, NFL team sources told WalterFootball.com that they expect Porter to work out well during the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine and think performing well could lead to Porter rising throughout the leadup to the 2023 NFL Draft. While Porter has some limitations in terms of changing direction, he is sufficiently big and fast to be a superb press-man corner. For teams that play press man, Porter will be in high demand. Hence, I have Porter as a top-16 choice in my 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

D.J. Turner, CB, Michigan
Turner has gone under the radar, but there are some team sources who really like him. The senior had a strong 2022 season, recording 36 tackles, an interception and 10 passes broken up. In 2021, he collected two interceptions, seven pass breakups and 33 tackles. The 6-foot, 180-pounder could end up being a second-day pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

2023 NFL Draft Stock Down

J.J. Skinner III, S, Boise State
Skinner was a solid player for Boise State, and he did not look bad at the Senior Bowl in coverage. Skinner, however, showed has possesses an alarmingly small lower body for the NFL. Skinner is extremely skinny and thin in his bottom half. He is going to need time to grow stronger in order to hold up and tackle at the pro level.

Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State
Harrison had a lot of media hype entering the 2022 season and during the fall, but he never played up to it. Because of recent star Buckeye edge rushers like Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young, many expected Harrison to be next in line. He also did not stand out at the Senior Bowl. Harrison looks like a mid-round pick, at best, in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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