2023 NFL Draft: Matthew Freedman’s Way-Too-Early Top 50 Prospects
The 2022 NFL draft is so last week. Optimist that I am, I look toward the future, and now seems like a good time to post my way-too-early top 50 big board for 2023.
I’m obsessed with the draft.
Over the past four years, I’m the No. 2 mocker in the FantasyPros Accuracy Contest — but I’d never created a big board until last year, when I quickly pulled one together right before the draft and submitted it to Huddle Report.
With back-to-back top-20 finishes, I feel decent about my process, so I figure it’s worth posting a big board for 2023.
If the scoring holds, here's how the 2022 NFL draft went for me.
Let's do it again next year.
— Matthew Freedman (@MattFtheOracle) April 30, 2022
I admittedly am not a film grinder. That’s not my edge. And right now I know little about the 2023 class except by reputation. So I have a numbers-driven big board based mainly on mock draft data, historical draft trends, recruitment grades, and college production.
Framed differently: If I were an NFL general manager who had just fired all my scouts and needed to put together a big board quickly, this would probably be the board — or at least a first version of it.
With the current information we have now on the 2023 prospects, these are my top 50 players in the class heading into the college football season. I’m sure in the coming months, this list will look increasingly ridiculous. That’s life.
2023 NFL Draft Top 50 Big Board
|1||C.J. Stroud||Ohio State||QB|
|3||Jaxon Smith-Njigba||Ohio State||WR|
|6||Paris Johnson||Ohio State||G|
|11||Michael Mayer||Notre Dame||TE|
|19||Joey Porter Jr.||Penn State||CB|
|21||Tyler Van Dyke||Miami (FL)||QB|
|22||Quentin Johnston||Texas Christian||WR|
|24||Josh Downs||North Carolina||WR|
|26||Isaiah Foskey||Notre Dame||EDGE|
|31||Spencer Rattler||South Carolina||QB|
|33||Phil Jurkovec||Boston College||QB|
|34||Zion Nelson||Miami (FL)||OT|
|37||Tony Grimes||North Carolina||CB|
|39||Henry To’o To’o||Alabama||LB|
|44||Cam Smith||South Carolina||CB|
|48||Akeem Dent||Florida State||S|
|49||Devin Leary||NC State||QB|
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