Defensive Back Rankings 2023 NFL Draft

DEFENSIVE BACK PROSPECT RANKING 2023 NFL DRAFT

The 2023 class of DBs is loaded with pro-level players both at corner and safety. Our current favorite and top-ranked corner is Devon Witherspoon who has produced at an elite level throughout 2022 and has been simply outstanding while playing for Illinois, he's unlikely to last past the midpoint of the first round.
At safety, we have Alabama's Brian Branch as our top prospect. He's put up amazing stats as a slot corner over the past couple of years and in addition, to being great in coverage he's an elite run defender who rarely misses a tackle.

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Player Rankings - Defensive Back

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Devon
Witherspoon

CB
Illinois   Mascot
Illinois Mascot
180lbs 6-1 4.39 6 27.3
89.8
Witherspoon is an outstanding pro corner, he's super aggressive without being particularly handsy, has the speed that allows him t...
2

Brian
Branch

S
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
193lbs 6-0 4.44 3 20.2
89.5
Brian Branch is a quality pro prospect who can play all over the defensive backfield. He possesses good speed and quickness combin...
3

Joey
Porter Jr.

CB
Penn State   Mascot
Penn State Mascot
198lbs 6-2 4.47 1 17.1
88.8
Joey Porter Jr. is a super-talented cornerback who has improved each and every year at college until 2022 where he played at an el...
4

Jordan
Battle

S
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
206lbs 6-1 4.46 10 51.6
88.5
Battle has great natural ability with ideal size for a strong safety, is a natural leader, and has proved super smart while leadin...
5

Christian
Gonzalez

CB
Oregon   Mascot
Oregon Mascot
201lbs 6-2 4.32 2 19.5
88.4
Christian Gonzalez has elite speed and quickness showcased by his almost Olympic track time. He's got ideal size at 6-1 and 200 lb...
6

Cam
Smith

CB
South Carolina   Mascot
South Carolina Mascot
188lbs 6-0 4.45 4 22.2
88.3
Stays low in his backpedal and shows the click-and-close ability to break up plays in front of him. Smith can move well laterally ...
7

Kelee
Ringo

CB
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
210lbs 6-2 4.35 5 24.6
88.0
Ringo is a super athletic powerful and speedy classic outside corner who looks like he is chiseled out of stone. There is no doubt...
8

Jaylon
Jones

CB
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
205lbs 6-2 4.48 14 60.5
87.3
Gives great effort in run support, sticking his nose in as a tackler, and should be able to contribute as a special teamer coverin...
9

Antonio
Johnson

S
Texas A&M   Mascot
Texas A&M Mascot
195lbs 6-3 4.48 7 31.2
87.1
Antonio Johnson is a quality pro prospect who has excellent overall athletic ability, good speed, and tackles like a linebacker. ...
10

Eli
Ricks

CB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
190lbs 6-2 4.49 13 58.5
87.0
Explodes out of his backpedal and has the hands and coordination to force interceptions. A very quick and very confident cover co...
11

Garrett
Williams

CB
Syracuse   Mascot
Syracuse Mascot
189lbs 6-0 4.58 12 58
86.8
Can track the ball downfield and gets his head around when playing in a trail position, and Williams shows excellent ball skills w...
12

Emmanuel
Forbes

CB
Mississippi State   Mascot
Mississippi State Mascot
180lbs 6-0 4.59 11 55.9
86.7
His length and leaping ability allow him to high-point the ball and make plays. Forbes would have had bigger interception numbers ...

2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Back

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2023 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Back

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

Check back after the combine as these numbers are likely to change.