How experts graded every Alabama football player taken in 2023 NFL Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft has come to a close, and Alabama football was once again well-represented.
Several seasons will need to pass before each selection can be fairly evaluated, but that doesn't stop many outlets from providing instant analysis and grades of each selection.
Here's a look at how each Crimson Tide player was graded through the past three days by a few analysts.
Bryce Young, quarterback
Team: Carolina Panthers
Pick: No. 1 overall (first round)
Grades: A (NFL.com), B- (CBS), A (Bleacher Report)
What they said:Chad Reuter, NFL.com: "Young's always been a leader and a winner who possesses the mental and physical attributes to become a Pro Bowl-caliber NFL starter. This is an excellent new direction for Carolina." CBS' Pete Prisco was more apprehensive, stating he's worried about Young's size.
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Will Anderson Jr., linebacker
Team: Houston Texans
Pick: No. 3 overall (first round)
Grades: B+ (NFL.com), B- (CBS), A+ (Bleacher Report)
What they said:Prisco: "They gave up a ton to get him. He better be Von Miller. I don't think he is that. He's a good player, but is he dynamic? No." Reuter also thought the haul was too big for Anderson.
Jahmyr Gibbs, running back
Team: Detroit Lions
Pick: No. 12 overall (first round)
Grades: C- (NFL.com), D (CBS), D (Bleacher Report)
What they said: Reuter gave a joined C- grade for the picks of Gibbs and Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell by the Lions. Reuter viewed Gibbs as a late first- or early second-round pick. Prisco didn't like the Lions taking a running back that high.
Brian Branch, defensive back
Team: Detroit Lions
Pick: No. 45 overall (second round)
Grades: A+ (Sporting News), A (CBS), A (Bleacher Report)
What they said:CBS' Chris Trapasso was among many who liked this selection for the value of Branch in the second round, when many considered him to be a first-round option. Trapasso: "Best tackling defensive back I've ever scouted. Instinctive playmaker in coverage at intermediate level."
Tyler Steen, offensive lineman
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: No. 65 overall (third round)
Grades: B (Sporting News), D+ (CBS), B (Bleacher Report)
What they said:The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer: "Taking Steen over Dawand Jones and other better-value tackles was slightly odd."
Byron Young, defensive lineman
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Pick: No. 70 overall (third round)
Grades: A (Sporting News), D (CBS), C (Bleacher Report)
What they said: Trapasso: "Average-at-best athlete who doesn't provide much pass-rush ability. Round 3 DLs need to give some of that. I like the position addressed, but this is much too early for Young." Meanwhile, Iyer really liked this selection, giving the Raiders "the ideal run-stuffing target."
Jordan Battle, safety
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: No. 95 overall (third round)
Grades: A+ (Sporting News), B- (CBS), C (Bleacher Report)
What they said: Iyer: "The well-rounded Battle is a great fit with his speed and quickness, which allow for a ton of plays in coverage." Meanwhile CBS labeled Battle a "jack of all-trades, master of none."
Cameron Latu, tight end
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Pick: No. 101 overall (third round)
Grades: C- (Sporting News), D+ (CBS), D (Bleacher Report)
What they said:Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report wrote, "At best, Latu can be a solid backup for George Kittle" and said he doesn't like much of Latu's game. This pick didn't receive good reviews overall.
Henry To'oTo'o, linebacker
Team: Houston Texans
Pick: No. 167 overall (fifth round)
Grades: D+ (CBS), C+ (Bleacher Report)
What they said:Trapasso: "Coverage woes and tackling inconsistency sunk his stock."
DeMarcco Hellams, safety
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Pick: No. 224 overall (seventh round)
Grades: B- (Walter Football)
What they said:Walter Football: "Demarco Hellams needs to show improved pass-coverage ability. That's not something you want to hear about a safety. Still, he can help in run support at least."