Now that the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine has come to a close, it's time to check out some of the best performances for each position group. There were players who lit up the field in the 40-yard dash, while others showed off their hops in the vertical jump.
Today, we're going to take a look at some of the best QB performances in the 2023 NFL draft class, from some of the top measurables, to a few 60-yard moon balls you just can't ignore.
Anthony Richardson, Florida
If there's one stand out from the entire combine, it's Anthony Richardson.
The Florida Gators QB made everyone else seem like they were still playing high school ball. When we talk about freak athletes in the years to come, Richardson will easily be near the top of the list.
Not only did he set new quarterback combine records in both the broad jump (10 feet, 9 inches) and vertical jump (40.5 inches), he also ran an elite-level 40-yard dash.
Richardson looked like he belonged with the wide receiver group after putting up an official time of 4.43 seconds in the 40. For reference, only 7 of the 50 WRs at the combine beat that time.
This is seriously freakish for a 6'4, 244 pound human being, making him 1" taller and just 3 lbs lighter than Derrick Henry fyi.
That was the fourth fastest 40 time for a QB in combine history, and the second-fastest since 2003, tying him with Robert Griffin III for the most athletic combine performance by a QB during that same timeframe.
And if that didn't boost his draft stock enough, just wait until you see him throw a deep ball.
We all knew Richardson had a great arm, after plenty of his highlight clips went viral on Twitter in recent weeks, but I'm not sure anyone expected him to launch 60+ yard bombs with this much ease.
Last season was Richardson's first and only full campaign as a starting college QB, which gave him very little time to show off his skills and more importantly, learn and evolve as a passer.
Richardson may have dominated in the ground game, as he rushed for 654 yards and nine touchdowns for the Gators, but the passing game didn't exactly pin him as a top prospect for 2023. He logged just a 53.8 completion percentage across 2,549 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
So, AR's football IQ may be selling him short of the top spot in this year's draft, but that's pretty much the only negative on display. My guess is that scouts will realise his level of athleticism is entirely unteachable, but if they can coach up his coverage reads, Richardson should be an elite NFL QB in no time.
Will Levis, Kentucky
Levis earned an A- Grade for his combine performance, thanks to his rocket arm that wowed the scouts in the throwing portion of the day.
The Kentucky QB is touted to be one one of the top signal-caller prospects in this year's draft and a strong candidate to land in the top 10 overall, and he only improved his draft stock last Saturday.
His measurables were solid - coming in at 6'4" and 229 pounds and registering a 34-inch vertical leap and a 10'4" broad jump. Some very solid numbers for a QB his size.
The athleticism is clearly there for Levis, who also registered the third-fastest throw of the day (59 mph). If he can throw like this after gaining the knowledge of an NFL quarterback, he should bring something special to whichever NFL team is lucky enough to draft him.
After not taking part in the Senior Bowl or Shrine Bowl, Stetson Bennett took his skills to Indianapolis and managed to leave a lasting impression on scouts and analysts at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Following his throwing session, it became clear that Bennet had upped his draft stock. The NFL Network labelled Bennett as a 'major victor' during his throwing session, while ESPN NFL Draft Analyst, Matt Miller, identified Bennett as one of the two most prominent climbers among quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends on Day 3, with Bennett being the sole signal caller to make the list.
In the 20-yard shuttle in the combine, not only did he top the list among all QBs. He was also faster than all but four wide receivers who did the drill. His 4.20 seconds was only behind Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Andrei Iosivas, Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Ronnie Bell.
Stetson Bennett is throwing darts in Indy. He’s making some money today. pic.twitter.com/75Oga429Vk— Graham Coffey (@DawgOutWest) March 4, 2023
CJ Stroud, Ohio State
Unfortunately we didn't get to see CJ Stroud work out during the athletic testing position of the day, but he did show the scouts his arm talent and he was close to flawless. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as Stroud has been touted as one of the top picks for a while now, but it was good to see him prove his abilities in the field drills.
Stroud is well known as an elite poker passer, but he put a few more highlights on tape last week that could still give him the chance to go No.1 Overall. Although I'm sure Bryce Young will have something to say about that.