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Introducing 2023 TDN100 Watch List

  • Kyle Crabbs
  • July 29, 2022
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Last season at The Draft Network, we introduced the TDN100, a monthly snapshot of our perception of the top of the NFL draft class that allowed us to highlight our scouting team’s evolution in player opinions as prospects forged their resumes on the football field each weekend. This season, the TDN100 will be back, but we wanted to do our best to set the table for all of our fellow draftniks to be prepped and primed for this summer’s initial release. The TDN Scouting Department has been working on regional scouting grades for the past eight weeks, putting us over 350 player assessments conducted and positioning us to begin crosschecks in August before finalizing a list of our top-100 prospects entering the season this fall.

That brings us to this: the 2023 TDN100 Watch List.

Our regional scouting process charges an individual scout with scouring through the teams in their jurisdiction and applying a tiered grade to signify approximate value. This allows the scouting team to, upon the start of crosschecks, know which players are most wise to prioritize and watch first to give them a snapshot of the top of the NFL draft class. As crosschecks take place and grades are assigned from all of our scouts, the aggregate score will be tallied and that in turn will help us finalize the order for the TDN100.

The 2023 TDN100 Watch List is our top four tiers of regional grades. The top four assigned tiers we’ve collected are enough to account for 200 players, twice the total that we’ll see laid out with final rankings at the start of the season with the consensus TDN100 release. To keep our focus on the tiers of the talent and not on premature rankings assignments, players within each tier are listed alphabetically by last name. And before you get too upset about what tier your favorite player is in, just know that these prospects will receive four other grade assignments from the rest of the staff—meaning that there is absolutely upward and downward mobility for everyone on the list.

We’ll lay out the expectations for each tier below.

TIER ONE:

These are the cream of the crop. Tier One players are considered the “blue chip” prospects in the NFL draft class and have a strong resume to warrant first-round consideration next spring if their seasons follow the same script that the previous season did. Ironically enough, this tier is almost big enough to fill the first round entirely—there are 29 prospects who were given Tier One grade assignments from their regional scout at TDN this fall. 

(Players are listed alphabetically by last name)
School Position Name
USC WR Jordan Addison
Alabama EDGE Will Anderson
Alabama SAF Jordan Battle
Stanford CB Kyu Blu Kelly
LSU WR Kayshon Boutte
Clemson IDL Bryan Bresee
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton
Georgia IDL Jalen Carter
Florida IDL Gervon Dexter
Notre Dame EDGE Isaiah Foskey
Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs
Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez
Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.
TCU WR Quentin Johnston
Kentucky QB Will Levis
Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer
Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy
Alabama CB Eli Ricks
Georgia CB Kelee Ringo
Texas RB Bijan Robinson
Oregon LB Noah Sewell
Clemson LB Trenton Simpson
Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski
South Carolina CB Cam Smith
Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Ohio State QB CJ Stroud
Alabama LB Henry To’o To’o
USC IOL Andrew Vorhees
Alabama QB Bryce Young

TIER TWO:

Tier Two prospects should be considered strong bets to also see their names fit into the initial round of the TDN100 release in August. With 39 total names scored as Tier Two prospects, we have 68 total names included in the first and second tiers. There’s discourse among our staff in player evaluations, as there should be within every scouting team., but the top two tiers have a clear, inside track to assuring themselves assignment in the top-100 list.

Tier Two grades are players who could potentially make an exponential leap and find themselves as first-round picks in the NFL draft this spring, but we consider them to be strong day-two candidates as things currently stand. 

(Players are listed alphabetically by last name)
School Position Name
Auburn RB Tank Bigsby
Arkansas SAF Jalen Catalon
UCLA RB Zach Charbonnet
Alabama IOL Javion Cohen
Clemson IDL Tyler Davis
North Carolina WR Josh Downs
Maryland OT Jaelyn Duncan
Ole Miss RB Zach Evans
UTSA WR Zakhari Franklin
Alabama WR Tyler Harrell
Ohio State EDGE Zach Harrison
Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison
TCU CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson
Iowa State WR Xavier Hutchinson
Maryland WR Rakim Jarrett*
Texas A&M SAF Antonio Johnson
Michigan WR Cornelius Johnson
Ohio State OT Dawand Jones
Notre Dame SAF Brandon Joseph
South Dakota State TE Tucker Kraft
Minnesota IOL John Michael Schmitz
Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims
LSU EDGE BJ Ojulari
Notre Dame IOL Jarrett Patterson
Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.
Boise State SAF JL Skinner
Georgia SAF Christopher Smith
Georgia EDGE Nolan Smith
Miami FL CB Tyrique Stevenson
Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman
Syracuse RB Sean Tucker
Washington EDGE Zion Tupuola-Fetui
Miami FL QB Tyler Van Dyke
Pittsburgh OT Carter Warren
Penn State WR Parker Washington
Virginia WR Dontayvion Wicks
Syracuse CB Garrett Williams
Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson
Auburn EDGE Colby Wooden

TIER THREE:

This is where things get wide open. With both the Tier One and TierTwo prospects, there’s only so much variance the grades can get from scout to scout. But in Tier Three, there’s suddenly significant upward AND downward mobility for individual scouts to assign the players. Perhaps, as an example, I was unjustly low on one player from my region in the eyes of the other four scouts assigning grades. The aggregate scoring could still easily catapult a player in this tier into a top-50 grade in the TDN100 release. (We know because we’ve seen it happen within this process in the past!)

Tier Three players have exciting traits but usually have something that is holding us back. It could be experience, an injury, production, or level of competition. But there’s something to like. That appeal just doesn’t come without questions. We have nearly as many names in Tier Three at the end of regional scouting (60) as we do in Tiers One and Two combined (68). 

(Players are listed alphabetically by last name)
School Position Name
Texas A&M RB Devon Achane
Michigan TE Erick All
Kansas State EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah
South Carolina TE Jaheim Bell
Alabama SAF Brian Branch
LSU QB Myles Brennan
Louisville IOL Caleb Chandler
Florida EDGE Brenton Cox Jr.
Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper
Florida SAF Trey Dean III
Houston WR Nathaniel Dell
Maryland WR Dontay Demus
Florida State SAF Akeem Dent
Utah LB Mohamoud Diabate
Alabama IOL Emil Ekiyor
Boston College WR Zay Flowers
Missouri OT Javon Foster
LSU EDGE Ali Gaye
Georgia TE Arik Gilbert
Michigan CB Gemon Green
Fresno State QB Jake Haener
Auburn EDGE Derick Hall
Arkansas WR Jadon Haselwood
Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker
Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec
Pittsburgh IDL Calijah Kancey
Iowa TE Sam LaPorta
Alabama TE Cameron Latu
Auburn EDGE Eku Leota
Kentucky IOL Tashawn Manning
Nebraska EDGE Ochaun Mathis
Iowa State EDGE Will McDonald IV
Clemson OT Jordan McFadden
Missouri EDGE Isaiah McGuire
North Carolina IDL Myles Murphy
Maryland EDGE Durell Nchami
Miami FL OT Zion Nelson
Texas WR Isaiah Neyor
Texas LB De’Marvion Overshown
Auburn LB Owen Pappoe
South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler
Oklahoma IOL Andrew Raym
Michigan State WR Jayden Reed
Louisville OT Trevor Reid
Florida QB Anthony Richardson
Kentucky WR Tayvion Robinson
Mississippi State QB Will Rogers
Florida State OT Robert Scott Jr.
Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims
Georgia SAF Tykee Smith
Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith
Alabama OT Tyler Steen
Clemson EDGE Xavier Thomas
Michigan CB DJ Turner
Washington State QB Cam Ward
Georgia TE Darnell Washington
TCU LB Dee Winters
Tennessee OT Darnell Wright
Auburn OT Kilian Zierer

TIER FOUR:

The Tier Four prospects are players who the respective TDN regional scout can see a pathway to becoming a top-100 prospect when it is all said and done. With the addition of Tier Four prospects pushing this watch list to 200 prospects in total, that of course won’t happen for everyone in the queue. Some of the prospects may return to school, while others may endure adversity and see their standing as an NFL draft prospect change dramatically. 

(Players are listed alphabetically by last name)
School Position Name
Northwestern EDGE Adetomiwa Adebawore
Notre Dame IDL Jayson Ademilola
Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong
Pittsburgh EDGE Habakkuk Baldonado
Oregon IOL TJ Bass
Georgia EDGE Robert Beal Jr.
Michigan WR Ronnie Bell
Mississippi RB Ulysses Bentley
Wisconsin IDL Keeanu Benton
Texas TE Jahleel Billingsley
Ohio State CB Cameron Brown
Illinois RB Chase Brown
Fresno State OT Dontae Bull
Iowa LB Jack Campbell
Army EDGE Andre Carter II
Michigan RB Blake Corum
Louisville QB Malik Cunningham
Utah IOL Braeden Daniels
Pittsburgh LB SirVocea Dennis
USC RB Travis Dye
Oregon LB Justin Flowe
Nevada OT Aaron Frost
Mississippi State SAF Jalen Green
Wake Forest WR Donavon Greene
BYU QB Jaren Hall
Miami FL IDL Jared Harrison-Hunte
Michigan OT Ryan Hayes
Clemson EDGE KJ Henry
Stanford WR Elijah Higgins
Baylor IDL Siaki Ika
Memphis SAF Quindell Johnson
Penn State TE Theo Johnson
California IDL Brett Johnson
Texas A&M CB Jaylon Jones
Ohio State IOL Matthew Jones
Utah TE Dalton Kincade
Washington OT Jaxson Kirkland
Miami FL RB Jaylan Knighton
Utah TE Brant Kuithe
Oklahoma State EDGE Tyler Lacy
Miami FL TE Will Mallory
San Diego State LB Caden McDonald
Georgia RB Kenny McIntosh
Stanford QB Tanner McKee
Alabama CB Malachi Moore
Arizona OT Jordan Morgan
Indiana CB Tiawan Mullen
BYU WR Puka Nacua
Texas IDL Moro Ojomo
Wake Forest WR AT Perry
Utah CB Clark Phillips III
South Carolina IDL Zacch Pickens
Georgia CB William Poole
Auburn CB Nehemiah Pritchett
Oklahoma IDL Jalen Redmond
BYU TE Isaac Rex
SMU WR Rashee Rice
Texas A&M SAF Demani Richardson
Iowa OT Mason Richman
Utah QB Cameron Rising
Texas A&M IOL Layden Robinson
LSU IDL Jaquelin Roy
Pittsburgh QB Kedon Slovis
Arkansas IOL Ricky Stromberg
Nebraska EDGE Caleb Tannor
UAB OT Kadeem Telfort
Utah RB Tavion Thomas
Virginia WR Keytaon Thompson
USC IDL Tuli Tuipulotu
Notre Dame RB Chris Tyree
Washington LB Edefuan Ulofoshio
Cincinnati TE Josh Whyle
Alabama IDL Byron Young

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