Justin Melo’s Big Board 2.0: Post Senior Bowl Top 75

The 2023 Senior Bowl is officially in the books. I’ve spent various months scouting the prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. Stacking a big board is a fluid exercise. Evaluating the Senior Bowl has helped deliver clarity to my Big Board. The picture isn’t complete, but I’m comfortable releasing a Post Senior Bowl Top 75. I’ll continue scouting hundreds of prospects. This board will eventually expand to feature at least 150 prospects. The NFL Scouting Combine will reveal additional information that is useful to my scouting process.

I present my Top 75. There has been movement. Several prospects confirmed my hopes or fears in Mobile. I’ll answer questions at @JustinM_NFL. I’ve included brief explanations on surprise inclusions. I’m thoroughly enjoying the scouting process.

1. Will Anderson Jr. | EDGE | Alabama

2. Jalen Carter | DT | Georgia

3. Bijan Robinson | RB | Texas

4. Bryce Young | QB | Alabama

Bryce Young is my QB1 despite the size concerns. I’m not convinced he’ll be the first quarterback drafted, but I believe he’s the most overall impressive quarterback in this class. Young isn’t a transcendent talent like Trevor Lawrence was, but he possesses franchise quarterback capabilities.

5. Myles Murphy | EDGE | Clemson

6. Michael Mayer | TE | Notre Dame

7. C.J. Stroud | QB | Ohio State

8. Christian Gonzalez | CB | Oregon

9. Peter Skoronski | OL | Northwestern

10. Tyree Wilson | EDGE | Texas Tech

11. Paris Johnson Jr. | OT | Ohio State

12. Joey Porter Jr. | CB | Penn State

13. Broderick Jones | OT | Georgia

14. Will Levis | QB | Kentucky

15. Brian Branch | S | Alabama

16. Bryan Bresee | DT | Clemson

17. Jaxon Smith-Njigba | WR | Ohio State

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is my WR1 despite recording four receptions in three appearances throughout the 2022 campaign. People are going to overcomplicate Smith-Njigba’s evaluation. He was the clear-cut go-to receiver on a team with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, both of which already look like excellent NFL receivers.

18. Cam Smith | CB | South Carolina

19. Jordan Addison | WR | USC

20. Dawand Jones | OT | Ohio State

Dawand Jones confirmed my evaluation at the Senior Bowl. He’s a massive human being that’s an easy mover at right tackle. Jones was a surprise inclusion (No. 20 overall) on my initial Big Board, and I feel good about that decision. Jones’ types are extremely rare.

21. Quentin Johnston | WR | TCU

22. Devon Witherspoon | CB | Illinois

I wish Witherspoon competed in Mobile. I’ve seen him as high as No. 6 overall in recent mock drafts. I have questions about whether or not Witherspoon could play the boundary on a full-time basis in the NFL. When I discussed playing the nickel position with Witherspoon a few months ago, he admitted that may be a legitimate possibility. Witherspoon’s 2022 tape is extremely clean. He’s a sticky, competitive man-coverage cornerback.

23. Jahmyr Gibbs | RB | Alabama

24. Lukas Van Ness | DL | Iowa

Lukas Van Ness is an excellent football player. He’s tough, nasty and physical. Van Ness carries some inside-outside versatility. I don’t think he’s a double-digit sack artist on an annual basis, but he’ll be a consistent performer that plays with terrific effort.

25. Deonte Banks | CB | Maryland

Banks is a physical, 6-foot-1, 200 pound cornerback with terrific reactionary athleticism for a corner of his size and stature. Banks is a sticky press-man cornerback that recorded 8 pass breakups in 2022. Banks is a borderline first-round prospect.

26. Anthony Richardson | QB | Florida

27. Clark Phillips III | CB | Utah

28. Josh Downs | WR | North Carolina

Josh Downs plays bigger than his size indicates (5-foot-11, 171 pounds). There will be minor size limitations, but Downs is a dynamic playmaker with high-level route running abilities. Downs will create advantageous matchups for an NFL offense. Downs possesses eye-popping capabilities.

29. Kelee Ringo | CB | Georgia

30. Rashee Rice | WR | SMU

31. Darnell Washington | TE | Georgia

32. Jalin Hyatt | WR | Tennessee

35. Luke Musgrave | TE | Oregon State

Luke Musgrave was excellent throughout his participation at the Senior Bowl. Musgrave is a highly athletic movable chess-piece. Musgrave may have confirmed his first-round status in Mobile.

34. Derick Hall | EDGE | Auburn

35. Chris Smith | S | Georgia

Chris Smith is one of my favorite defensive back prospects. He’s a multi-year captain for the back-to-back National Championship Georgia Bulldogs. Smith is a matchup safety that can wear multiple hats for a pro defense. Smith has one of the highest football I.Q.’s of any prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft.

36. Nolan Smith | EDGE | Georgia

37. Dalton Kincaid | TE | Utah

38. Anton Harrison | OT | Oklahoma

39. Cody Mauch | OG | North Dakota State

Cody Mauch was a massive winner at the Senior Bowl. His arm measurements confirmed he’ll be kicking inside from offensive tackle at the next level. But Mauch showcased excellent position versatility, playing both center and guard in Mobile. Mauch may be a late first-round pick.

40. Jordan Battle | S | Alabama

41. Keion White | DL | Georgia Tech

I witnessed everything I needed from Keion White at the Senior Bowl. White confirmed my initial evaluation. Prospects of White’s size and stature aren’t supposed to be such outstanding movers.

42. John Michael Schmitz | C | Minnesota

43. Kayshon Boutte | WR | LSU

44. Felix Anudike-Uzomah

45. Drew Sanders | LB | Arkansas

46. Emmanuel Forbes | CB | Mississippi State

47. Tucker Kraft | TE | South Dakota State

48. Will McDonald IV | EDGE | Iowa State

Will McDonald possesses some freaky measurables. His sack production dipped in 2022 after Iowa State asked him to reduce inside with more frequency. McDonald was still productive, and his 2021 tape reveals a prospect that could make a full-time living at EDGE.

49. Kyu Blu Kelly | CB | Stanford

50. Julius Brents | CB | Kansas State

Julius Brents was a pre-Senior Bowl favorite of mine who barely missed out on my initial Top 50 reveal. Brents was excellent in Mobile, showcasing the same outstanding length, athleticism and ball skills that captured my attention on tape. Brents continues to rise.

51. Darnell Wright | OT | Tennessee

52. Keeanu Benton | DT | Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Keeanu Benton was another Pre-Senior-Bowl favorite of mine that left me smiling. Benton is a high-level run stopper that showcased some necessary pass-rushing juice in Mobile. Benton may be a top-64 pick.

53. Isaiah Foskey | EDGE | Notre Dame

54. O’Cyrus Torrence | OG | Florida

I’m buying stocks back into O’Cyrus Torrence for now. I was worried Torrence possessed some athletic concerns and lacked scheme versatility as a fit for power/gap offenses only. Torrence spent his week in Mobile shutting down opposing pass rushers of all shapes and sizes. I still want to witness Torrence test in Indianapolis, but he had a great Senior Bowl that addressed my concerns.

55. Zay Flowers | WR | Boston College

56. Dylan Horton | EDGE | TCU

57. Mazi Smith | DT | Michigan

58. B.J. Ojulari | EDGE | LSU

59. Cedric Tillman | WR | Tennessee

60. Trenton Simpson | LB | Clemson

61. Matthew Bergeron | OT | Syracuse

62. Xavier Hutchinson | WR | Iowa State

63. Jaelyn Duncan | OT | Maryland

64. Steve Avila | OG | TCU

65. Isaiah McGuire | EDGE | Missouri

66. Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson | CB | TCU

Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson was No. 44 overall on my initial Big Board reveal. But we’ve now received the official measurements on Hodges-Tomlinson, and 5-foot-7, 175-pounds is extremely tough to swallow. Hodges-Tomlinson has fallen as a result, but I still believe in his playmaking abilities as a nickel-only corner that possesses some clear-and-obvious size deficiencies. There’s a chance he falls out of my top 100 altogether.

67. Tuli Tuipulotu | DL | USC

68. D.J. Turner | CB | Michigan

69. Jack Campbell | LB | Iowa

70. Byron Young | EDGE | Tennessee

71. Henry To’o To’o | LB | Alabama

72. Devon Achane | RB | Texas A&M

73. Joe Tippmann | C | Wisconsin

74. Antonio Johnson | S | Texas A&M

75. Tyler Scott | WR | Cincinnati

Author: Easton Freezeis a Nashville native who loves covering the NFL. He is the host of The Hot Read Podcast, and when he isn't watching or covering sports, he's spending time with friends and family.

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