Need a protector? Look no further than the 2023 NFL draft class.

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After seeing only one first-round passer in 2022 — and no other QB until the No. 74 pick — next year, the class promises more talent will be in the position. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young are already being mooted as potential No. 1 candidates overall, and at least three other quarterbacks have upside potential in the first round. Many other players could take the big leap in the 2022 season and become Day 1 or Day 2 candidates. It’s been over 10 months and a lot can change. But there are many talents in this group of passers-by.

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So who are the top names to know for 2023? Where do the best quarterbacks excel, and where do they still need to improve? And which of the rest are bystanders to watch over the coming months and the upcoming college football season? We’ve taken a close look at 20 passers who could be in next spring’s draft discussions, including detailing how the top five will play out. Plus, we’ve answered the quarterback’s big questions, from who will be #1 to which teams might target the signaler in April.

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CJ Stroud, Ohio State