2023 NFL Draft grades, tracker: Analysis and projections for all first-round picks, NFL Draft order

Want to know what I think of every pick made Thursday in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft? You can find it all below. You can also follow along throughout the rest of the draft on Days 2 and 3 for more grades and more analysis from CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso. 

Be sure to refresh this page throughout the weekend to get the latest grades. If you want to do all that plus track the best available prospects and get access to every pick in the draft on one page, you can in our draft tracker. And follow along with each pick in our live blog and all the trades in our trade tracker.

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1. Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Grade: B-

He is the best pure passer in this draft, but I am worried about his size. It’s a strange move to move up to take a guy this small by giving up so much to do it. But he has talent, if he holds up. He’s an outlier we’ve never seen. 

2. Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Grade: B

They had to take the shot at the quarterback, so it’s the smart thing to do. I would have taken Will Levis, but I get it. Stroud has the ability to become a good starting quarterback. 

3. Texans: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

Grade: B-

They gave up a ton to get him. He better be Von Miller. I don’t think he is that. He’s a good player, but is he dynamic? No. He doesn’t seem like a great fit in their scheme. 

4. Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Grade: B

This should have been Will Levis. I like Richardson, but he will take time. His ceiling is amazing, but the Colts need to be patient with him. This is a boom or bust pick.

5. Seahawks: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Grade: B-

He’s a good player, but he is a smallish corner who throws his body around. Will he hold up? Seattle usually likes taller corners, which makes this somewhat of a surprise. 

6. Cardinals: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Grade: B

He’s the best tackle in this class, but is he elite? Plus where do they play him? They have a left tackle in D.J. Humphries, so maybe he plays right tackle or inside at guard. Good player.

7. Raiders: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

Grade: A

I love this pick, one of the best of the day. if Wilson’s injured foot checks out, which it certainly has for the Raiders, he’s going to be a big-time end in their defense to go with Maxx Crosby for a long time. He has all the traits you want in an edge rusher.

8. Falcons: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Grade: D

This is way too high for a back, even if he’s a really good player. Backs don’t decide Super Bowls. I know Arthur Smith loves backs, but this is a deep draft of backs and history isn’t kind to this type of move. I don’t like it because of position value. Good player, bad position.

9. Eagles: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Grade: A+

The Eagles move up one spot and give up little to get a guy I think is the best player in this draft. Yes, he has some off-field issues, but this is a great spot for him. Howie Roseman wins again. 

10. Bears: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Grade: B+

He’s a violent player who fills a major need at right tackle. They have to protect better in front of Justin Fields and he will help that. Wright shut down Will Anderson, which was impressive to watch. 

11. Titans: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Grade: B

The Titans need a ton of help on their offensive line. Skoronski is a physical, tough guy who will help up front. He’s a Mike Vrabel type of player. He played tackle in college, but I think he might end up as an All-Pro guard.

12. Lions: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Grade: D

Yes, he’s an air back. Yes, he can do a lot of things. But, again, why take him here when there is a guy like corner Christian Gonzalez on the board? He’s good but he’s a back. At least it wasn’t a top-10 pick.  

13. Packers: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

Grade: B-

This is a player with a lot of potential, but he didn’t play up to it at Iowa. He’s an effort player who has the tools to get better on the next level. Some think he will be like J.J. Watt from that standpoint, better in the NFL. Time will tell. 

14. Steelers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Grade: B+

He is a long, athletic tackle who will get bigger and stronger at the next level. He can move for a man his size. The Steelers had to upgrade their tackle spot, so this move to get up made sense. Jones might have the most upside of any offensive lineman in this class.

15. Jets: Will McDonald, LB, Iowa State

Grade: C+

I am not sure of this pick for this team. This is a little high for my liking and they had some more pressing needs. Is he a game changer? I doubt it. Good player, not worth this pick.

16. Commanders: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

Grade: A

I love this kid. He has good length, but he is lean at 170 pounds. Even so, he will throw his body around. But you draft him because he’s an elite cover player who fills an immediate need. He is going to upgrade an already good defense. 

17. Patriots: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Grade: A

I had him ranked as the top corner in this draft. For him to fall this far is amazing to me. The Patriots traded down and still filled a major position of need. Nice job. 

18. Lions 

19. Buccaneers

20. Seahawks  

21. Chargers 

22. Ravens

23. Vikings 

24. Jaguars 

25. Giants  

26. Vikings 

27. Bills 

28. Bengals 

29. Saints 

30. Eagles 

31. Chiefs


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