Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50: 2023 NFL Draft prospect rankings 2.0
With college all-star plays and further study of book entries, NFL Network draft guru and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremy is updating his ranking of the top 50 draft-eligible prospects as he heads to field events and practices at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. (March 2-5 NFL Network, NFL+). The 2023 NFL Draft will take place April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Carter is a very destructive player who can take any defensive position. Against a pass, he has an explosive first pitch and understands how to work through the edges of the blockers. He shakes opponents with his initial punch before clearing his thighs and closing in on the quarterback. He has the ability to change direction like a player 40-50 pounds lighter. He can use pure strength to run through single blocks and has the speed to split double teams. In attack, he is stable and strong, and can also play on the perimeter. The only negative is that he stays on the ground for too long. All in all, Carter is a true changemaker, and must taken into account for each picture.
Anderson is a long, athletic snatch with excellent power and performance. Against a pass, he performs best when he has a wide edge and a runway. He can win with his surprise/speed or turn that speed into power and go through attacking tackles. It also has a good sense of the up and down movement as the OT comes out. He really needs to work on escaping when he doesn’t win at the start of a down as sometimes he gets stuck. While running, he uses his length to stack blocks and make his way towards the ball. He has the speed to chase and play from the rear. Overall, Anderson is not a super loose-flex rusher, but his combination of speed, strength, and instinct should lead to double-digit sacks at the next level.
Young was a very productive Alabama passer. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner has fast legs in his setup and combines eyes and legs effectively. He stays balanced and accurately delivers the ball to all three levels. He works fast progressions and shots with excellent foresight. When he has room to go into the pocket, he can dribble with power. However, when his legroom is limited, his ball lacks life at times. He can avoid free rushers and stretch plays, always keeping his eyes on the field to capitalize on the hand. He will take free yards with his feet when needed, but he is never in first run mode. His short stature isn’t a major issue, but his narrow frame raises concerns about his longevity at the next level. If Young can maintain his health, he will quickly become a quality starting quarterback in the NFL.
Robinson is a three-position defender with great size, vision and explosion. On indoor runs, he presses the hole aggressively before dropping the pads and exploding on contact. He has lateral quickness to make defenders miss in tight quarters. On outside races, he has the speed to grab the corner and is very loose and elusive in space. In passing play, he nimbly runs around the route from behind the field and boasts excellent hands. It can distort and adjust to badly thrown balls. However, he needs to improve his recognition and pass-pro technique; he is late to activate, and his anchor is too often questioned. Overall, Robinson has what it takes to quickly become the best player in the NFL.
Witherspoon is a lean, lean cornerback with outstanding speed, instincts, and ball handling skills. He performs best outside the coverage area, where he reads quickly and dribbles. He is a very nervous athlete and trusts his eyes completely. It is extremely agile to open and reflect the field, with enough speed to cover vertical routes. He plays with attitude and lots of energy. He is aggressive as an invader (see: his huge punch against Indiana), but there will be misses. In general, Witherspoon reminds me of Samari Rolle in his physique and ball skills. I see the same success in his future.
Wilson is a tall, long-range rusher with great explosive power. When passing, he quickly moves off the ball and uses his length to hit the opponent’s chest. He can generate power or use an arm interception to get to the quarterback. If the blockers fire too early, he knows this very well and brushes them off to free himself. As soon as it clears the blocker, it closes in a hurry. On the run, he can stretch out his arms and put a hard edge. There are a few instances where he plays too high and gets washed down the line by corner blocks. His efforts are excellent. Overall, Wilson is still improving, but he has all the tools to turn into a Pro Bowl forward.
Skoronski is a consistent and reliable tackler. He has the desired height and weight for this position, but lacks the ideal length. In a passing game, he quickly breaks out of his stance and can hit and cover fast rushers on the edge. He plays with knee flexion and balance to redirect and stay straight against oncoming traffic. He initially succumbs to the power rushers before relocating and gaining a foothold at anchor. In a running game, he uses leverage and uses a strong inside arm to uproot and force out defenders. He quickly moves to the second level to fence off the midfielders. His general awareness is excellent. Skoronski is not at the same level as his former teammate Rushon Slater, but he will be very consistent and consistent as a starting OT.
Stroud is a clean, natural thrower with outstanding performance. He has the desired size, hand strength and decision making for this position. He is not a dynamic athlete in his setup, but he always throws a hard/strong platform. He has a smooth serve and a beautiful, tight shot. He can throw the ball at midfielders and under defenders. He makes a good loft for deep balls, making life easier for his catchers. His biggest problems come when he has to move/drop and deliver the ball as it reduces his accuracy. (An impressive run in the college football playoffs against Georgia is a notable exception in that department.) He picks up speed quickly when lanes open for him. Overall, Stroud is definitely more of a shooter than a scorer. He will succeed if the pieces are in place in front of him and around the perimeter.
Lewis is a fickle player on film, but he has perfect size, arm strength and athleticism. He is a power thrower, able to hit the ball through narrow windows on the second and third levels. However, he needs to become more consistent at the bottom. He has bad misses, especially when throwing to the left. He tends to close from his front side, which seriously affects his ball position. I admire his tenacity in the pockets, but his ignorance leads him to take some monstrous shots, causing problems with the safety of the ball. In 2021, he moved much better, showing the speed and strength of a runner. Last fall, due to his own injuries and fewer supporting actors, he was not as effective. Overall, Lewis is gifted, but he has a few bad habits he needs to kick in order to be a reliable NFL starter.
Kincaid is a high performance tight end with exceptional speed, finesse and catching ability. In Utah, he usually lined up crouched in a slot. He is explosive in his release and runs the route with ease. He gets on the heels of the defenders before swerving off the route and creating a gap. He attacks the ball with his hands and can hold it after hard contact. Once caught, he has the dash, wiggle, and power to break the tackle. In a running game, he blocks with a shield rather than physically moving people. Overall, Kincaid is a more explosive version of a college-educated Zack Ertz.
Addison is of average height and has a narrow frame for this position. It lines up outside and in the slot. He is a very smooth, polished trail runner, changing pace regularly and getting in and out of the checkpoint efficiently. He has great play speed and can find another pass when the ball is in the air. He has natural hands and doesn’t need to brace himself before catching the ball in crosses. He can pick up the ball coming back to the quarterback but needs to get stronger with the 50/50 ball. After being caught, he has a great jerk and wobble….