2023 NFL Draft Big Board

The top prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft.

By Charlie Campbell
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Updated April 19, 2023

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Top-5 Prospects:
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas. Previously: 1 Avg. 1.8 per 32
04/19/23: Sources from a number teams have Robinson as the only player in the 2023 NFL Draft with an elite grade. He is the consensus best player with pro teams for the 2023 NFL Draft. As we reported in the Hot Press, sources from a number of teams had Robinson graded higher than other recent top-five running back prospects of Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. Here is what one area scout shared with WalterFootball.com:

“It’s rare that the best pure runner is also the best pure receiver; that’s what makes Bijan unique,” said an area scout. “He can legitimately go run routes like a true receiver. His skill set is more Marshall Faulk than any of those guys. Saquon can obviously win in the passing game, but he’s not out running routes like Reggie Bush – Bijan does. His ball skills are as good as the top receivers in this class.

“There are other runners on his level or even a notch better, but you’re talking about the elite of every class, even on that alone. You can realistically run the offense thru him because he’s in on every situation as your RB1, 1-2nd Down, 2-minute, 4-minute. He’s more advanced all around than [Reggie] Bush, Joe Mixon, Saquon, Zeke. McCaffrey would have been like that had he been 215 pounds like Bijan. You have to go back to Faulk to find an elite runner and receiver like Bijan.”

Robinson decided to skip the bowl game and enter the 2023 NFL Draft. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry in 2022 for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught 19 receptions for 314 yards and two scores. Robinson had an excellent workout at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. On top of his skill set, teams rave about Robinson’s character as he is a hard worker, loves football, is a great teammate, and a good man away from football.

08/31/22: Robinson was one of the best players in college football in 2021, producing a superb season for Texas. The sophomore averaged 5.8 yards per carry in 2021 for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also took 26 receptions for 295 yards and four scores. In 2020, Robinson flashed his big-time skill set with 703 yards on only 86 carries – 8.2 average – and four touchdowns. He had 15 catches for 196 yards and two scores that season. Robinson has power, speed, cutting ability, and natural instincts as a runner.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:8 by Atlanta Falcons:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Bijan Robinson was tabbed as the most talented prospect in this class by numerous teams Charlie Campbell talked to during the pre-draft process. Thus, I can't hate on this pick very much. However, I'm not a big fan. Teams that aren't instant Super Bowl contenders should not use first-round picks on running backs because by the time they're good enough to make a run deep into the playoffs, the running back they chose in the opening round will have too much wear and tear on his body. That will be the case with the Falcons, who should have focused on obtaining a player at another position.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama. Previously: 2 Avg. 2.4 per 32
04/19/23: In 2022, Young completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,328 yards, 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. He picked up four touchdowns on the ground as well. Young did not work out while at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, but he did interview well there.

As a passer, Young is superb and very advanced. He has excellent instincts and feel as a passer. With impressive intelligence, Young knows where all his receivers and check-down options are, and that makes him very dangerous to work all levels of the field. His decision-making is very advanced as he is skilled at avoiding turnovers and he is not reckless with the football.

Young is an accurate passer who will lace some beautiful passes into tight windows to beat good coverage. With timing and precision, Young does a superb job of hitting his receivers on the run and leading them to rack up lots of yards after the catch. Many college quarterbacks don’t have Young’s confidence to throw into tight windows, much less his skill at doing it. While Young does not have an elite cannon like a Josh Allen, he has a capable arm that can make all the throws required.

On top of his passing ability, Young is a good athlete who offers dangerous mobility and superb escapability. He does a nice job of climbing the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield while getting pressured, and throwing well on the run. When plays break down, Young can run for yardage to move the chains, but he wisely looks to throw while scrambling. With his mobility and feet to run around, Young is capable to make plays off script and ad lib to create big plays.

08/31/22: Young took over as Alabama’s starting quarterback in 2021 and created a lot of excitement in the scouting community. Some sources with college teams believed he could end up being a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones. Some NFL sources said Young’s skill set and style of play reminded them of Kyler Murray’s.

In 2021, Young completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While he won the popularity contest known as the Heisman Trophy, Young came up short of a National Championship with a loss to Georgia.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:1 by Carolina Panthers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

This can't be graded poorly because the Panthers finally have a franchise quarterback for the first time since Cam Newton's first stint with the team. However, it worries me that Carolina selected Bryce Young when the coaches preferred C.J. Stroud instead. Young is a terrific quarterback prospect, but he has some major injury concerns because of his Kyler Murray-type build.

Will Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama. Previously: 3 Avg. 2.3 per 32
04/19/23: In 2022, Anderson totaled 51 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown. He is a dynamic quarterback hunter capable of taking over games, dominating offensive lines, and making a game-changing play on any snap. Anderson is quick off the ball, and his anticipation provides him a first-step that gives him a head start over his blockers. In the ground game, Anderson is tough as well, and his tackle total in 2021 was no fluke. He is tough to hold his ground and set the edge taking on offensive tackles. While Anderson is not overwhelmingly fast, strong, or athletic, he has superb instincts and is a natural football player. Anderson worked out well at the combine and showed he has the physical talent to translate to the NFL.

08/31/22: Anderson is one the rare freshman to start on Nick Saban’s defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb 2020 season. He was third in the SEC in sacks, with seven, while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 52 tackles.

Anderson was then phenomenal in 2021 and the most dominant defensive player in college football, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three passes defended. Not only was he a overwhelming pass rusher, but he was a strong, tough run defender. In 2021, Anderson and Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson were truly the best players in college football.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:3 by Tennessee Titans:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Nick Caserio is not a sleeper agent for the Colts or Titans. If he pretended to be, then he double-crossed them! The Texans traded up from No. 12 to 3 to land what they think is the best defensive player in this class, and they could be correct. Will Anderson would have been a poor choice at No. 2 because that would have involved passing on a franchise quarterback, but getting Anderson and Stroud is unbelievable. Caserio for general manager of the year?

C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State. Previously: 4 Avg. 4.1 per 32
04/19/23: Stroud has the look of an NFL starter. He is a natural pocket passer who can pick apart defenses with his arm talent. The most important trait for any NFL quarterback is accuracy, which Stroud has. He regularly shows very good precision with his ball placement, leading his receivers to make receptions and hitting them on the run to produce big gains after the catch. Stroud has some functional mobility, and he will use his feet to buy time. While Stroud is not a statue in the pocket, he is not a dangerous running threat. Stroud should become a starter early in his NFL career. His arm talent would let him fit a pro-style offense.

In 2022, Stroud completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,688 yards, 41 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has good arm talent and is an accurate passer, but his hesitancy to run or make big plays with his feet hurts him with a league that wants dual-threat quarterbacks. Stroud worked out well at the combine, putting together a superb session throwing the ball.

08/31/22: Stroud is a highly talented dual-threat quarterback who could end up as a first-round pick – and perhaps at the top of Round 1. He won Ohio State’s starting quarterback position for 2021, following Justin Fields’ departure to the NFL. Stroud then completed 72 percent of his passes on the year for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was a dominant passer, showing good accuracy and the ability to push the ball vertically.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:2 by Houston Texans:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Stock down to everyone who derailed the projection for this pick, but bravo to the Texans for actually making the right move. It appeared as though Houston was going to be the laughing stock of the NFL for passing on a franchise quarterback and handing him to one of their divisional rivals, but that's apparently not the case. The Texans stole C.J. Stroud away from either the Colts or Titans.

Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern. Previously: 5 Avg. 9.4 per 32
04/19/23: Skoronski dominated in 2022, allowing only one pressure all season. He also was a load in the ground game who displayed improved strength and physicality. While Skoronski does not have elite arm length, he is a pure football player who looks like a safe pick to be a very good NFL player and could possess Pro Bowl potential. For the next level, Skoronski looks like a good starter at either tackle or guard, but he might be able to play all five positions on the offensive line. Skoronski has the athleticism and quickness to play left tackle, plus the strength to play right tackle or guard.

08/31/22: During the 2020 season, Northwestern lost its best offensive lineman Rashawn Slater to a COVID-19 opt-out. While that hurt the Wildcats, it created an opportunity for the freshman Skoronski, who ran with the chance to become a star and Second-Team All-Big Ten selection. He was even better in 2021 as a sophomore, starting at left tackle for the Wildcats.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:11 by Arizona Cardinals:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Paris Johnson is the best tackle in this class, but it could be argued that Peter Skoronski is the No. 1 offensive lineman. He was docked for his short arms, but he's going to be an elite guard for Tennessee over the next decade. The Titans desperately needed blocking help after losing three offensive linemen this offseason, and Skoronski will provide a huge boost.

Top-10 Prospects:
Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia. Previously: 6 Avg. 4.9 per 32
04/19/23: Prior to the combine, team sources told WalterFootball.com that Carter was weighed down with makeup concerns. Sources from multiple NFL teams had said Carter is not a hard worker and has a reputation for not loving football. Then, the news came out that Carter was involved in street-racing incident in which the other car suffered an accident that left two friends dead and two friends injured. To make matters worse, Carter gained nine pounds before his pro day and was so out of shape he couldn’t complete the workout. Carter’s draft stock with teams is very fluid depending on how they interpret his actions and character. Sources from multiple teams with top-10 picks said their organizations were pulling Carter from their draft boards. In 2022, he collected 32 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes batted.

08/31/22: Last season on a crowded defensive line filled with future early-round picks, Carter flashed as a sophomore with 37 tackles and three sacks. He showed the ability to get after the quarterback and has real upside as an interior pass rusher. Carter also has natural strength to get off blocks and pursue to the ball in the ground game.

According to pro sources, Carter had the second-highest grade on NFL teams’ preseason watch list, behind only Alabama edge defender Will Anderson. Carter could be in store for a monster 2022 season and looks like a future high first-rounder.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:9 by Chicago Bears:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Charlie Campbell reported that the Eagles would trade up into the 6-9 range for Jalen Carter if he got past Seattle. Once the Seahawks made their strange Devon Witherspoon pick, the opportunity was there because the teams drafting 6-9 didn't like Carter very much because of his off-the-field concerns. Those are definite worries, but Carter's upside is enormous. Carter is arguably the best prospect in this class, and outside of Bijan Robinson, no player who was going to be available for the Eagles was going to help them win a Super Bowl this year more than Carter.

Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama. Previously: 7 Avg. 16.5 per 32
04/19/23: In 2022, Gibbs averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 926 yards and seven touchdowns. He also turned 44 receptions into 444 yards and three scores. For the NFL, Gibbs looks like a future three-down starter. He is put together well with a serious burst to accelerate to the second level. Gibbs is one of the fastest backs to enter the NFL in years, and his speed is similar to players like Chris Johnson or Alvin Kamara. On top of great speed, Gibbs is a tough runner who shows excellent cutting ability to weave through the defense. He also is a good receiver and will be an asset in the passing game.

Gibbs looks like a safe choice in the 2023 NFL Draft for a team in need of a three-down back. Some team sources thinks Gibbs is one of the best football players in the 2023 NFL Draft, but he will slide because of teams not emphasizing taking running backs high. However a survey of teams by WalterFootball.com found that the vast majority had him graded in Round 1, so he could easily be selected on the opening night of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:12 by Houston Texans:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

I think the Lions could have gotten Jahmyr Gibbs at No. 18, but you never know. Thus, I don't hate this value, especially because Detroit moved down in the first place. Gibbs has drawn comparisons to Jamaal Charles and Alvin Kamara, so Gibbs will help the Lions win the Super Bowl. Yes, the Super Bowl. Unlike the Falcons, the Lions are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, so I really like this selection.

Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech. Previously: 8 Avg. 12 per 32
04/19/23: Some teams like Wilson more than Will Anderson and Jalen Carter. With Anderson, they do not see an elite skill set, and with Carter, the knock is his character and lack of work ethic. Some sources believe Wilson has more upside and potential. Teams love his length to go along with his size, speed and athleticism. They see real upside with Wilson, who has earned comparisons to players like Montez Sweat and Carlos Dunlap. Some team evaluators have some skepticism about Wilson and see some issues with him holding up at the point of attack. They also feel that while he has a good skill set, he lacks instincts. In 2022, Wilson collected 61 tackles, seven sacks and a forced fumble.

08/31/22: Wilson did not do much in 2020 and 2019, racking up 22 tackles and three sacks over that time, but he broke out with an impressive 2021 season. The junior recorded 37 tackles, seven sacks and a pass defended in 2021. Wilson has the size, length and strength to be a tough edge defender.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:7 by Las Vegas Raiders:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

There was some concern with Tyree Wilson's health, but the Raiders are obviously OK with it. Defensive end was not a big need at the moment because the Raiders have Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones on the roster, but you can never have too many talented pass rushers. I think this is a solid pick, but the injury and age problems with Wilson may make the Raiders regret this selection in the future.

Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State. Previously: 9 Avg. 32.8 per 32
04/19/23: Johnson was steady in pass protection throughout 2022, keeping rushers off C.J. Stroud. Aided by good size and athleticism, Johnson is able to cut off the edge and shows the ability to get depth in his drop. He had plays for the Buckeyes on which he would bend but not break and was effective. Thanks to his nice length, Johnson is hard for opponents to get around, and he does a solid job of using that length to tie up defenders. For the NFL, Johnson could stand to get stronger in his base and add more power to knock guys backward.

In the ground game, Johnson is a good-enough blocker, but he is not a true bull. He does not blast defenders off the ball and drive them around the field. Using his length and size, Johnson latches onto defenders, turns them, twists them, and manipulates them away from the ball-carrier. If Johnson can get stronger for the next level, he would likely end up more well-rounded. He looks like a starting left tackle in the NFL and worthy of being a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Team sources are raving about Johnson’s character, intelligence, work ethic, and versatility.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:6 by Detroit Lions:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

The Cardinals had to move up ahead of the Raiders to draft Paris Johnson. This is the prospect Kyler Murray wanted, so it's hard to hate this selection. Arizona had to find someone to protect Murray, given that Murray hasn't been able to play a full season in the NFL yet. No one could have hated the Cardinals for picking Johnson at No. 3, so moving down three spots for him was great management.

Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU. Previously: 10 Avg. 9.2 per 30
04/19/23: In 2022, Johnston recorded 60 receptions for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns. He did not run the 40 at the combine, but he did well in the field drills.

For the NFL, Johnston is a tall, strong, and has surprising speed for a big receiver. He validated that speed with 40 time in the high 4.4s or right at 4.50. That is very good for a wideout checking in at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. With his size, Johnston is a red-zone weapon and provides a size mismatch for the NFL. However, he has enough speed to generate separation and some surprising twitch for a tall, thick wide receiver. Johnston can run well to work on defenses downfield and threaten them at all levels. He is a long-strider with a second gear that can let him explode in the open field and utilize the sheer speed to run away from defenders. That contrast will be diminished somewhat in the NFL, but there is no doubt that Johnston has above-average speed for a big wideout.

With his size and speed, Johnston is a dangerous yards-after-the-catch receiver, and he showed that over the past two seasons. On end arounds and short receptions, Johnston has good vision and cutting ability to weave his way through the defense with a burst to accelerate into the open field. Johnston is dangerous red-zone threat given his length, leaping ability, and strong hands. Similarly, he is very tough to cover along the sideline given his size and body control.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:21 by Los Angeles Chargers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

The Chargers, like the Seahawks, have two talented receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Unfortunately, they haven't been able to stay healthy, and Allen is nearing the end of his tenure with the team. The Chargers had to find another weapon for Justin Herbert, and Johnson has drawn comparisons to Julio Jones from some around the NFL.

Top-15 Prospects:
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State. Previously: 11 Avg. 9.4 per 32
04/19/23: The first attribute that jumps out about Smith-Njigba is speed. He is a fast wideout who can break a game open. After a fast first-step, Smith-Njigba has a second gear to accelerate down the field and stretch defenses over the top. He can run by double coverage and score from anywhere on the field. His speed and athleticism allow him to consistently generate separation from defensive backs because he is very difficult to run with. Along with being a vertical threat, Smith-Njigba should be a good third-down weapon in the NFL given his ability to get open on short to intermediate routes.

Like Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, Smith-Njigba shows polished technique as a receiver as well. He tracks the ball well and has late hands to reel in passes even with defenders close. While Smith-Njigba is not a pure size mismatch, he has good enough height and shows an ability to make contested catches over defensive backs. Smith-Njigba has good feel and instincts, showing an ability to break off his routes to get open for his quarterback when plays break down. While he is a little linear and straight line, Smith-Njigba still has some yards-after-the-catch potential with his ability to dart past defenders for extra yardage.

Smith-Njigba missed most of 2022’s games, including the playoff game against Georgia, with a bad hamstring injury. Some team sources have said Smith-Njigba reminds them of a smaller Justin Jefferson. In 2022, Smith-Njigba totaled five receptions for 43 yards.

08/31/22: Smith-Njigba had a fantastic 2021 season despite being the third receiver behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. In 2021, Smith-Njigba caught 94 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. He also put together an amazing Rose Bowl performance to lead a comeback win over Utah. There is no doubt Smith-Njigba has serious speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability to go along with decent size.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:20 by Seattle Seahawks:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

How in the world did Jaxon Smith-Njigba drop to Seattle? I understand the Seahawks have D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but the latter is in his 30s and won't be on the roster much longer. Besides, Seattle needed a better third receiver in the short term. This is a tremendous pick.

Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon. Previously: 12 Avg. 9.1 per 21
04/19/23: Gonzalez opted out of the bowl contest versus North Carolina and declared for the 2023 NFL Draft. He had a phenomenal workout at the combine that showed off his No. 1 corner skill set. Gonzalez is riser who has a shot at the top 10, according to some team sources. The one issue weighing Gonzalez down is a question of physicality, as he showed a lack of fight and toughness on tape last season. He allowed himself to get pushed around without fighting back, which bothers some evaluators. While Gonzalez is missing some tenacity and physicality, he has a lot of upside.

Team sources were impressed with Gonzalez (6-2, 201) on tape, starting from 2021 tape and into how he played in 2022. The junior is a big corner who is fast, athletic, and is able to run the route to prevent separation. Entering 2022, Gonzalez did not have an interception, so NFL evaluators wanted to see him show more ball skills, and he displayed improvement with that. Gonzalez finished the year with 50 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up.

Gonzalez started out his collegiate career at Colorado before transferring to Oregon. With Colorado in 2021, he recorded 53 tackles and five passes broken up.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:17 by Pittsburgh Steelers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Holy s**t, I got a Patriots pick correct! If the site didn't suck tonight, I'd be so happy right now. Christian Gonzalez has fallen because some teams believe he has no toughness. However, he is super talented and fills a big need for New England. Gonzalez could have easily gone No. 7 overall, so I love this pick.

Brian Branch, CB/S, Alabama. Previously: 13 Avg. 20.2 per 23
04/19/23: Branch recorded 90 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2022. He was utterly dominant against Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl with an interception, three tackles for a loss and 12 tackles.

Branch (6-0, 190) played well in 2021, showing size and cover skills while recording 55 tackles and nine passes broken up. In 2020, he had 27 tackles and two interceptions and seven breakups. Team sources think Branch could be a hybrid cornerback/safety similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick. Branch could be a slot corner and starting safety in the NFL. He has fantastic instincts, and some sources say Branch is one of the best tackling defensive backs they have seen in decades. While he ran slow times before the 2023 NFL Draft, Branch is a pure football player that plays faster.

Drafted in Round:2 Pick:14 by Green Bay Packers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Brian Branch's fall finally ends. He should have been taken off the board 20 picks ago, so I can't blame the Lions for leaping up 10 spots to select him. Branch is a very versatile defensive back who can play anywhere in the secondary, so he'll be a great fit for a secondary that needed one more piece. This is a great value selection, so I'm willing to give it an A+.

Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois. Previously: 14 Avg. 27.9 per 32
04/19/23: Witherspoon collected 40 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes defended in 2022. He decided to enter the 2023 NFL Draft and opt out of Illinois’ bowl game. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder impressed evaluators thanks to having serious speed to go along with adequate size. Scouts noted his cover ability, saying he is quick and athletic to run the route to prevent separation. However, team sources didn’t like the lack of ball skills and ball production entering the 2022 season, but Witherspoon was improved in that regard in 2022. The big concern that teams have with Witherspoon is whether his smaller build will lead to injuries in the NFL.

Witherspoon had zero interceptions in 2021 after recording two in 2020 and zero in 2019. He also recorded 52 tackles and nine passes defended in 2021. He notched 33 tackles in each of the prior two seasons and two passes broken up over that time. Witherspoon did not work out at the combine, but he ran well during his pro-day workout.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:5 by Seattle Seahawks:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Uhh, what? Did the Seahawks forget that they're experts at drafting cornerbacks in the middle and late rounds? Did they also fail to remember that they have a talented No. 1 cornerback? Seattle really needed to improve its pass rush. Picking Witherspoon here over Jalen Carter seems ridiculous.

Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State. Previously: 15 Avg. 15.5 per 32
04/19/23: Porter announced his intention to enter the 2023 NFL Draft at the end of the regular season. Taking on Ohio State, he covered well overall and notched four tackles. Porter put together a lot of solid play in 2022, blanketing receivers with his excellent cover skills. He recorded 27 tackles and 11 passes broken up for the Nittany Lions. Porter rotated in as freshman in 2020 and had a quality debut. In 2021, Porter collected 51 tackles, one interception, four passes broken up and one forced fumble.

The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr., has an NFL pedigree. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder possesses excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player. He had a solid showing at the combine, but teams see him being limited to being a press-man corner only because he does not project to being a good fit for zone or off-man duties.

Drafted in Round:2 Pick:1 by Pittsburgh Steelers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

An A+ grade to kick off Round 2. This is amazing value. Joey Porter Jr. was under consideration for the Steelers' No. 17 overall pick had one of the top four offensive linemen not been on the board. Porter fills a huge need, and he should continue his father's great legacy in Pittsburgh.

Top-20 Prospects:
Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State. Previously: 21 Avg. 22.4 per 22
04/19/23: In 2022, McDonald recorded 36 tackles and five sacks. As a pass rusher, McDonald is fast off the ball with smooth athleticism to dart around blockers. Team sources rave about McDonald’s pass-rush ability, and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. With a serious burst, McDonald closes space in a hurry and darts upfield. He shows natural pass-rushing feel and instincts. He also has long arms and is able to use his hands and feet at the same time. Helped by his quickness and agility, McDonald can use a dangerous spin move to get off blocks.

Team sources feel that McDonald is a terrible run defender and too often gets destroyed against the run. They said that even against bad teams McDonald was embarrassed in the ground game. At sub-250 pounds, McDonald must get stronger for the NFL. He has to show more ability to hold his ground and not get pushed around. If McDonald could be just an average run defender, that would be a big improvement and make him a valuable starter in the passing-driven pro league.

08/31/22: Team sources rave about McDonald’s pass-rush ability and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. NFL teams, however, say McDonald is terrible versus the run and even bad opponents can destroy him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a designated pass rusher as a pro.

McDonald totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2021. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.

Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh. Previously: 17 Avg. 23.9 per 7
04/19/23: The 6-foot, 281-pound Kancey is an extremely fast interior defender who can fire upfield to get penetration into the pocket. Off the snap, Kancey is extremely explosive, displaying phenomenal first-step quickness. With his rare ability to rush the quarterback from the inside, Kancey is a special prospect. If he were 20 pounds heavier, he would be a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but Kancey is very undersized and does not project as a three-down starter capable of holding up in the ground game. Hence, he is a bit of a luxury pick for a team late Round 1 or early in Round 2 that can afford to sell out for a pure inside pass rusher. In 2022, Kancey was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year with seven sacks and 31 tackles. As a sophomore in 2021, he recorded 33 tackles, seven sacks and a forced fumble.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:19 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

The Buccaneers may have wanted a left tackle, but with all of them off the board, they drafted a replacement for Ndamukong Suh. Calijah Kancey has a huge ceiling with great athleticism, but he wasn't nearly as productive at Pittsburgh as Aaron Donald was. I understand that this is a tall comparison, but that's the one player people talk about when discussing Kancey. I think this is a bit too early for Kancey, but I don't hate this pick.

Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa. Previously: 18 Avg. 24.5 per 10
04/19/23: Team sources really like Campbell and think he will go in the back half of the first round in the 2023 NFL Draft. They call him a taller version of Chad Muma and say he does some things that remind them of Luke Kuechly. The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Campbell has good size, strength, and enough athleticism to be a three-down starter. He is very instinctive, smart, and showed more fluid pass coverage skills than expected at the combine.

In 2022, Campbell collected 125 tackles, one pass broken up, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. One of those picks was a superb grab off of C.J. Stroud. In 2021, Campbell amassed 140 tackles, a sack, forced fumble, two interceptions and five pass breakups.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:18 by Detroit Lions:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

I had Jack Campbell going to the Lions in the second round. However, this is not like the Will McDonald selection because I've had Campbell going in the 20s on occasion, as we knew there was some interest from teams in that range. Campbell will also fill a huge need for Detroit. Still, I wish the Lions would have traded down for Campbell.

Jordan Addison, WR, USC. Previously: 19 Avg. 24.1 per 32
04/19/23: Addison recorded 59 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 2022. An ankle injury kept him out of the Cotton Bowl. While playing for Pittsburgh in 2021, Addison benefited from quarterback Kenny Pickett having a phenomenal year to produce a massive sophomore season himself. Addison caught 100 passes in 2021 for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 173-pounder displayed the speed to get vertical and threaten defenses downfield. For the NFL, he could stand to get stronger and fill out his frame. Some team sources said they were disappointed in Addison at the combine.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:23 by Minnesota Vikings:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

No one is going to question this need. If Justin Jefferson goes down this year, Minnesota's No. 1 receiver would be K.J. Osborn. Jordan Addison is a gifted receiver who easily could have gone several picks earlier than this. I love this pick.

Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa. Previously: 23 Avg. 51.2 per 22
04/19/23: LaPorta recorded 58 receptions for 657 yards and a touchdown in 2022. A number of team sources say they really like LaPorta (6-3, 245) and think he could be a steal in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft – provided he doesn’t sneak into the bottom of Round 1. LaPorta is a touch undersized, but definitely has the ability to contribute as a receiving tight end at the next level. That was given further proof at the combine, where LaPorta ran fast and looked fantastic with his routes. Teams think he could be a dangerous receiving tight end in the NFL as he is a weapon to get open and is dangerous after the catch. LaPorta totaled 53 catches for 670 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 after notching 27 receptions for 271 yards and a score in the shortened 2020 season.

Drafted in Round:2 Pick:3 by Arizona Cardinals:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Iowa tight ends have worked well for the Lions before, so why not draft another one? I think Michael Mayer would have been the better pick, but LaPorta is a dynamic receiving threat who will make the offensive even more explosive.

Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa. Previously: 20 Avg. 20.5 per 11
04/19/23: The vast majority of redshirt sophomores return to school, but a surprise early entrant into the 2023 NFL Draft was Van Ness. In 2022, Van Ness recorded 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He picked up 33 stops and seven sacks in 2021. Van Ness is quick off the ball and strong to shed blocks. The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder lined up as a defensive tackle often for the Hawkeyes in 2022. He doesn’t have the size to be an every-down tackle in the NFL, but he could play end in the base defense and move inside in the sub package. Van Ness could end up as a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:13 by Green Bay Packers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Lukas Van Ness was all over the place. Some considered him a possibility at No. 10, while the Bengals thought he would fall to them at No. 28. This is probably the right range. Van Ness is very athletic, so he fits what Green Bay looks for in its prospects. The Packers had to blitz very frequently last year in order to get to the quarterback, so taking Van Ness makes sense.

Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson. Previously: 22 Avg. 11.1 per 32
04/19/23: In 2022, Murphy recorded 40 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. Murphy is a love/hate prospect, as some sources think he has great upside while others feel he is too soft and finesse. Murphy is a dangerous pass rusher with a dynamic skill set that makes him a skilled quarterback hunter. Murphy is fast and athletic off the edge, possessing the pure speed to dart past offensive tackles and get upfield. Murphy also has active hands that he can use at the same time as his feet. He uses speed around the corner, and his power to bull rush through tackles. With his strength and size, Murphy has shown the ability utterly manhandle tight ends and dominate them at the point of attack. Murphy is a stout run defender. At the point of attack, he sets the edge and uses his strength to maintain his gap.

The problem with Murphy is inconsistent drive. As one source said, “sometimes you have to poke the bear to get him going.” Thus, Murphy would respond better to a coach who motivates and pushes his players with infectious energy. Murphy lacks a little “dog,” and sometimes plays like the big kid on the playground who doesn’t want to hurt anyone.

08/31/22: Murphy was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level. In 2021, Murphy collected 37 tackles and seven sacks.

Drafted in Round:1 Pick:28 by Cincinnati Bengals:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

The Bengals really wanted Lukas Van Ness, but Myles Murphy is a similar athlete. Rushing the quarterback is essential for the Bengals, who are going to be competing with the Chiefs and Bills in the playoffs every year. Murphy is a fine choice, though passing on Nolan Smith and Michael Mayer is questionable.

Antonio Johnson, S/CB, Texas A&M. Previously: 16 Avg. 12 per 32
04/19/23: For the NFL, Johnson is a Swiss Army knife to take away receiving weapons. He can play man coverage on slot receivers, man coverage on tight ends, play safety in the middle of the field, dime linebacker, blitz, or even play outside cornerback. Johnson is going to slide to Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft or into the mid-rounds, but I think he could be a steal based on his 2021 tape and some flashes in 2022 after being made to switch positions. Johnson recorded 71 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles and one pass broken up in 2022. He did well at the combine in the field work.

08/31/22: Johnson broke out for the Aggies in 2021, recording 79 tackles, an interception, five passes defended and one sack. NFL evaluators feel he played better than the stats indicate. Johnson was an excellent nickel cornerback, safety, and dime linebacker for the Aggies last season. He has a big-time and versatile skill set.

Drafted in Round:5 Pick:25 by New York Giants:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

I've had Antonio Johnson in the third or fourth round of most of my mock draft updates, so I love the value with this pick. Antonio Johnson doesn't have great athleticism, but he's a tall cornerback who was productive at Texas A&M. He may have to move to safety in the NFL.

Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame. Previously: 24 Avg. 28.8 per 32
04/19/23: Mayer notched 67 catches in 2022 for 809 yards and nine touchdowns. He continued to show that he is a dangerous receiver with good hands, route-running, and run after the catch ability. Mayer does not have an especially dominant skill set, but he is an instinctive football player who makes a lot of big plays.

08/31/22: The Fighting Irish have had a nice run of tight end prospects for the NFL, and after losing Cole Kmet to the Chicago Bears, Mayer stepped onto the field and Notre Dame saw no drop-off from Kmet. Mayer caught 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. He was even better as a sophomore in 2021, snatching 71 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

Drafted in Round:2 Pick:4 by Indianapolis Colts:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

The Raiders lost their top two tight ends from last year, including Darren Waller, who was traded to the Giants. They had a huge void at the position, but that's no longer the case. Michael Mayer is a steal here, as he could have gone in the late teens or early 20s without any complaints.

Tuli Tuipulotu, DT, USC. Previously: 25 Avg. 22.1 per 20
04/19/23: Tuipulotu was one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation during 2022, very consistently getting after the quarterback. For the year, he collected 46 tackles, 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up.

For the NFL, Tuipulotu is an interesting player. He has some serious twitch and explosion as a rusher. Tuipulotu can fire his gap and create some disruption with his burst to get behind the line. The 6-foot-3, 266-pounder played heavier and carried his weight well. Thus, Tuipulotu is a bit of a tweener in that he lacks the length of end, but he is a little underweight for defensive tackle. As a pro, he might be able to add some more weight to be an every-down defensive tackle, or he could potentially fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle and three-technique. Tuipulotu could end up as a first- or second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Drafted in Round:2 Pick:23 by Los Angeles Chargers:

Walt’s Grade/Analysis:

Tuli Tuipulotu is an explosive player who could have gone earlier than this. The Chargers already have two stud edge rushers, but you can never have enough players to rush the passer, especially in the AFC. Besides, Khalil Mack won't be around for very long, so Tuipulotu will start a couple of seasons.

Top-130 Prospects:
Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah. Previously: 26 Avg. 37.9 per 17
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida. Previously: 41 Avg. 37.1 per 31
Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland. Previously: 28 Avg. 33.6 per 8
Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas. Previously: 29 Avg. 29.5 per 10
Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma. Previously: 30 Avg. 37.1 per 32
Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State. Previously: 31 Avg. 41.3 per 32
Jartavius Martin, CB/S, Illinois. Previously: 32 Avg. 22.5 per 19
Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama. Previously: 27 Avg. 26.7 per 13
Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia. Previously: 34 Avg. 35 per 10
Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee. Previously: 35 Avg. 58.2 per 10
Steve Avila, C, TCU. Previously: 36 Avg. 32.1 per 32
Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan. Previously: 37 Avg. 36.1 per 17
Cody Mauch, OT/G, North Dakota State. Previously: 38 Avg. 38 per 21
Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA. Previously: 39 Avg. 44.4 per 30
Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss. Previously: 40 Avg. 22.4 per 32
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky. Previously: 33 Avg. 22.3 per 32
Henry To’o’To’o, LB, Alabama. Previously: 42 Avg. 34.5 per 16
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia. Previously: 43 Avg. 37.4 per 32
Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College. Previously: 44 Avg. 44 per 2
Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State. Previously: 45 Avg. 52.3 per 22
Matthew Bergeron, OT/G, Syracuse. Previously: NR Avg. 0 per 0
B.J. Ojulari, OLB, LSU. Previously: 47 Avg. 46.4 per 32
Clark Phillips, CB, Utah. Previously: 48 Avg. 40.5 per 32
Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M. Previously: 49 Avg. 63.5 per 22
Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame. Previously: 50 Avg. 18.6 per 32
Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia. Previously: 51 Avg. 53.4 per 32
Kendre Miller, RB, TCU. Previously: 52 Avg. 52 per 5
Cam Mitchell, CB, Northwestern. Previously: 53 Avg. 38.2 per 19
Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State. Previously: 54 Avg. 47.5 per 13
Demarvion Overshown, LB, Texas. Previously: 55 Avg. 55 per 30
Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami. Previously: 56 Avg. 56 per 8
Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina. Previously: 57 Avg. 79.6 per 9
Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State. Previously: 58 Avg. 58 per 16
Derick Hall, OLB, Auburn. Previously: 59 Avg. 59 per 10
Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor. Previously: 60 Avg. 51.5 per 32
Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson. Previously: 61 Avg. 61 per 14
Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State. Previously: 62 Avg. 53.8 per 28
Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida. Previously: 63 Avg. 34.2 per 32
Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina. Previously: 64 Avg. 30.3 per 27
Nick Broeker, OT/G, Ole Miss. Previously: 65 Avg. 49.4 per 32
Sydney Brown, S, Illinois. Previously: 66 Avg. 66 per 17
Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU. Previously: 67 Avg. 38.3 per 24
Adetomiwa Adebawore, DE, Northwestern. Previously: 68 Avg. 85.3 per 8
Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon. Previously: 69 Avg. 56 per 32
Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State. Previously: 70 Avg. 70 per 21
Terell Smith, CB, Minnesota. Previously: 71 Avg. 56.7 per 7
Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia. Previously: 72 Avg. 53.4 per 32
Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma. Previously: 73 Avg. 59.3 per 32
Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson. Previously: 74 Avg. 55.2 per 32
Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin. Previously: 75 Avg. 75 per 5
Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M. Previously: 76 Avg. 43.8 per 32
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee. Previously: 77 Avg. 67.6 per 21
Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State. Previously: 78 Avg. 78 per 10
Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville. Previously: 79 Avg. 79 per 10
DeWayne McBride, RB, UAB. Previously: 80 Avg. 80 per 5
Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State. Previously: 81 Avg. 45 per 29
Byron Young, DE, Tennessee. Previously: 82 Avg. 82 per 10
Byron Young, DT, Alabama. Previously: 83 Avg. 83 per 10
Jarrett Patterson, C, Notre Dame. Previously: 84 Avg. 46 per 32
Emil Ekiyor, OT/G, Alabama. Previously: 85 Avg. 85 per 2
Mekhi Blackmon, CB, USC. Previously: 86 Avg. 66.6 per 10
Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue. Previously: 87 Avg. 87 per 9
Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan. Previously: 88 Avg. 88 per 9
Ali Gaye, DE, LSU. Previously: 89 Avg. 89 per 9
Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State. Previously: 90 Avg. 90 per 9
Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU. Previously: 91 Avg. 61.2 per 17
Tyler Lacy, DT, Oklahoma State. Previously: 92 Avg. 92 per 8
Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Maryland. Previously: 93 Avg. 60.8 per 32
D.J. Turner, CB, Michigan. Previously: 94 Avg. 94 per 8
Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford. Previously: 95 Avg. 87 per 10
Chase Brown, RB, Illinois. Previously: 96 Avg. 96 per 5
Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford. Previously: 97 Avg. 42.8 per 21
Rashad Torrence, S, Florida. Previously: 98 Avg. 69.3 per 29
Andre Carter II, OLB, Army. Previously: 46 Avg. 39.4 per 32
Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn. Previously: 100 Avg. 100 per 5
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia. Previously: 101 Avg. 54.4 per 32
Matt Landers, WR, Arkansas. Previously: 102 Avg. 102 per 2
Rashee Rice, WR, SMU. Previously: 103 Avg. 103 per 2
Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU. Previously: 104 Avg. 104 per 2
Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma. Previously: 105 Avg. 105 per 2
YaYa Diaby, DE, Louisville. Previously: 106 Avg. 106 per 2
Chris Rodriguez Jr., RB, Kentucky. Previously: 107 Avg. 107 per 2
Jaren Hall, QB, BYU. Previously: 108 Avg. 53.1 per 25
Tre’Vius Hodges Tomlinson, CB, TCU. Previously: 109 Avg. 109 per 2
Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State. Previously: 110 Avg. 110 per 2
Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas. Previously: 111 Avg. 111 per 2
Micah Baskerville, LB, LSU. Previously: 112 Avg. 112 per 2
Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State. Previously: 113 Avg. 113 per 2
Jordan Battle, S, Alabama. Previously: 114 Avg. 114 per 2
Jammie Robinson, S/CB, Florida State. Previously: 115 Avg. 115 per 2
Habakkuk Baldonado, DE, Pittsburgh. Previously: 116 Avg. 73.7 per 29
Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama. Previously: 117 Avg. 59.9 per 7
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State. Previously: 118 Avg. 118 per 2
Demarco Hellams, S, Alabama. Previously: 119 Avg. 119 per 2
Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton. Previously: 120 Avg. 120 per 2
Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville. Previously: 121 Avg. 121 per 2
Nathanial Dell, WR, Houston. Previously: 122 Avg. 122 per 2
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse. Previously: 123 Avg. 123 per 2
Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama. Previously: 124 Avg. 124 per 2
J.L. Skinner, S, Boise State. Previously: 125 Avg. 125 per 2
Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern. Previously: 126 Avg. 126 per 2
Jordan Howden, S, Minnesota. Previously: 127 Avg. 127 per 2
Chris Smith, S, Georgia. Previously: 128 Avg. 128 per 2
Riley Moss, CB, Iowa. Previously: 129 Avg. 129 per 2
Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan. Previously: 130 Avg. 130 per 2