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2023 Post-Draft Dynasty Rookie Rankings: Quarterback

Bryce Young

Bryce Young

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Below are my dynasty rookie quarterback rankings following the 2023 NFL Draft. After the rankings, I have a detailed breakdown of the biggest risers and fallers through the draft. I have a deeper breakdown of the quarterback class in my pre-draft dynasty rankings.

My dynasty rookie position ranks will be posted throughout the week with analysis on the biggest movers as a result of the draft.

Top 60 Rookie Rankings — Running Back (Wednesday) — Wide Receiver (Thursday) — Tight End (Friday)

Dynasty Quarterback Rankings

Rank Name Team NFL Draft Pick
1 Anthony Richardson IND 4
2 Bryce Young CAR 1
3 C.J. Stroud HOU 2
4 Will Levis TEN 33
5 Hendon Hooker DET 68
6 Clayton Tune ARI 139
7 Stetson Bennett LAR 128
8 Aidan O’Connell LV 135
9 Sean Clifford GB 149
10 Jaren Hall MIN 164
11 Jake Haener NO 127
12 Dorian Thompson-Robinson CLE 140

My pre-draft top-six nearly made it through the process unscathed. With Bryce Young being the consensus pick at the top of the draft and much more contention surrounding C.J. Stroud‘s selection, I’m leaning with the market and ranking the Bama quarterback second. Carolina’s investment to trade up should also ensure him a longer commitment from the team should he struggle early in his career. Richardson, as the most athletic quarterback prospect ever, remains my QB1.

After Will Levis and Hendon Hooker both failed to earn first-round capital, I considered ranking Hooker higher based on his superior production profile. However, Levis is still a safer bet to see the field a meaningful amount at any point in his career. From 2010-2019, 9-of-10 second-round quarterbacks saw at least eight starts in a season. For third-round quarterbacks, that number falls to 7-of-12.

With Kyler Murray unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2023 season, Clayton Tune will get to battle with Colt McCoy for a backup job that is all but guaranteed to play a role in Arizona’s offense this year. A strong shot at earning playing time as a rookie plus an elite production profile keep Tune as my QB6.

The shakeups start with Stetson Bennett at QB7. Bennett led all FBS quarterbacks in EPA per dropback last year while also earning a top-10 Pro Football Focus passing grade. Now he’s sitting behind a quarterback who struggled through the first half of the 2022 season before missing the second half with an injury.

Aidan O’Connell‘s starter, Jimmy Garoppolo, is more likely to be benched purely based on his play. The Raiders sat Derek Carr at the end of the 2022 season for contract reasons and to get a look at Jarrett Stidham. If Garoppolo is exposed outside of Kyle Shanahan‘s scheme, O’Connell could see the light of day. The downside is that he doesn’t project to be an exciting fantasy option. O’Connell is a pocket passer without an exceptional arm.

Sean Clifford is an even more underwhelming prospect. He ranked 33rd in PFF passing grade and 50th in EPA per dropback in 2022. His fantasy value lies in the potential for Jordan Love to get benched. Having started one game in three years, Love could be a bust, paving the way for Clifford to start as a rookie.

Jaren Hall and Jake Haener are long-shots to start as rookies based on their respective situations. Both quarterbacks ranked top-30 in PFF passing grade and EPA per dropback, though neither has prototypical size. Both are coincidentally 6'/207.