NFL Draft 2023: Owain’s Preseason Top 5 Prospects at Each Position

NFL Draft 2023: Owain’s Preseason Top 5 Prospects at Each Position
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With College Football upon us, we take a look at the top 5 prospects at each position as we currently see it.

The guys have been hard at work grinding the tape throughout the preseason and our NFL Draft & College Football Editor, Owain Jones, is now ready to present his full list of top 5 prospects through summer scouting.

You can also find Stuart Taylor’s top 5 list here.

For scouting reports, weekly prospect previews & podcast updates, we will have your 2023 NFL Draft needs covered here at ninetynineyards.com.

We will have plenty of content to keep you entertained! We cannot wait for the season to begin and see these prospects on the gridiron.

Here are Owain’s top 5 prospects who are NFL Draft eligible at each position heading into the new season.

TOP 5 PROSPECTS

QUARTERBACKS

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1.C.J. STROUDOhio State
2.BRYCE YOUNGAlabama
3.TANNER MCKEEStanford
4.ANTHONY RICHARDSONFlorida
5.WILL LEVISKentucky

Honourable mentions go to TYLER VAN DYKE, Miami, who could progress this upcoming season. Otherwise, there are a bunch of guys on the outside looking in, to watch out for. PHIL JURKOVEC, Boston College; DEVIN LEARY, NC State; SPENCER RATTLER, South Carolina; GRAYSON McCALL, Coastal Carolina & KJ JEFFERSON, Arkansas, are some names to look out for.

RUNNING BACKS

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1.BIJAN ROBINSONTexas
2.JAHMYR GIBBSAlabama
3.BLAKE CORUMMichigan
4.SEAN TUCKERSyracuse
5.DEVON ACHANETexas A&M

Honourable mentions in the running backs go to TANK BIGSBY, Auburn; ZACH EVANS, Ole Miss & DEUCE VAUGHN, Kansas State.

You can see more analysis on the RB group here.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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1.JORDAN ADDISONUSC
2.KAYSHON BOUTTELSU
3.JAXON SMITH-NJIGBAOhio State
4.QUENTIN JOHNSTONTCU
5.JERMAINE BURTONAlabama

Lots of honourable mentions here. ZAY FLOWERS, Boston College; JOSH DOWNS, North Carolina; PARKER WASHINGTON, Penn State; DONTAYVION WICKS, Virginia; RAKIM JARRETT, Maryland; AINIAS SMITH, Texas A&M & AT PERRY, Wake Forest are all worth a watch.

You can see more analysis on the WR group here.

TIGHT ENDS

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1.MICHAEL MAYERNotre Dame
2.ARIK GILBERTGeorgia
3.SAM LAPORTAIowa
4.CAMERON LATUAlabama
5.DARNELL WASHINGTONGeorgia

Honourable mentions include JAHEIM BELL, South Carolina; JAHLEEL BILLINGSLEY, Texas; AUSTIN STOGNER, South Carolina; DALTON KINCAID, Utah; TUCKER KRAFT, South Dakota State & BENJAMIN YUROSEK, Stanford.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

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1.PETER SKORONSKINorthwestern
2.MATTHEW BERGERONSyracuse
3.PARIS JOHNSON JROhio State
4.BLAKE FREELANDBYU
5.BRODERICK JONESGeorgia

Lots of honourable mentions this time, in a class that is still tight in grading and wide open for someone to make their move. CARTER WARREN, Pittsburgh; DARNELL WRIGHT, Tennessee; JAELYN DUNCAN, Maryland; ANTON HARRISON, Oklahoma; JAXON KIRKLAND, Washington & ZION NELSON, Miami could all improve their draft stock over the next season.

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

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1.LAYDEN ROBINSONTexas A&M
2.O’CYRUS TORRENCEFlorida
3.NICK BROEKEROle Miss
4.COOPER BEEBEKansas State
5.ANDREW VORHEESUSC

Honourable mentions to the Alabama duo of JAVION COHEN & EMIL EKIYOR, as well as JOHN MICHAEL-SCHMITZ, Minnesota, RICKY STROMBERG, Arkansas and JARRETT PATTERSON, Notre Dame.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

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1.JALEN CARTERGeorgia
2.BRYAN BRESEEClemson
3.SIAKI IKABaylor
4.JAQUELIN ROYLSU
5.GERVON DEXTERFlorida

2 honourable mentions here. COLBY WOODEN, Auburn and CALIJAH KANCEY, Pittsburgh and 2 other players who really stood out.

EDGE RUSHERS

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1.WILL ANDERSONAlabama
2.MYLES MURPHYClemson
3.NOLAN SMITHGeorgia
4.FELIX ANUDIKE-UZOMAHKansas State
5.ISAIAH FOSKEYNotre Dame

Other names to mention include ANDRE CARTER II, Army; ZACH HARRISON, Ohio State; TYREE WILSON, Texas Tech & WILL MCDONALD IV, Iowa State.

LINEBACKERS

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1.TRENTON SIMPSONClemson
2.NOAH SEWELLOregon
3.HENRY TO’O TO’OAlabama
4.JACK CAMPBELLIowa
5.OWEN PAPPOEAuburn

2 honourable mentions this time, TROY BROWN, Ole Miss and DEMARVION OVERSHOWN, Texas are exciting prospects.

CORNERBACKS

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1.KELEE RINGOGeorgia
2.ELI RICKSAlabama
3.CAM SMITHSouth Carolina
4.GARRETT WILLIAMSSyracuse
5.CHRISTIAN GONZALEZOregon

There are lots of players outside of the top 5 here who could make a push. They include TYRIQUE STEVENSON, Miami; CLARK PHILLIPS III, Utah; JOEY PORTER, Penn State & KYU BLUE KELLY, Stanford. At the same time, the TCU pair of NOAH DANIELS & TRE’VIUS HODGES-TOMLINSON are ones to also consider.

SAFETIES

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1.ANTONIO JOHNSONTexas A&M
2.BRIAN BRANCHAlabama
3.JORDAN BATTLEAlabama
4.BRANDON JOSEPHNotre Dame
5.JALEN CATALONArkansas

How do your rankings look? You can head to Twitter, @NinetyNineYards and @Owain_Jones_ to let us know!

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