Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft RB Rankings: Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs top the list


The 2023 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ahead of this year’s draft, Chris Simms is analyzing the top prospects by position on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast. This week features everyone’s favorite powerhouse players – the running backs. See below for the Simms’ Top Five RB prospects ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.

ICYMI: Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings – The top QBs, WRs, RBs, and more ahead of draft weekend

Simms’ Top Five RB prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft:

Tier One

  1. Bijan Robinson, Texas
  2. Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

Tier Two

3. Roschon Johnson, Texas

Tier Three

4. Sean Tucker, Syracuse

5. Chase Brown, Illinois

Chris Simms' RB prospects ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft

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Simms Breaks Down 2023 Draft RB Rankings

The following are highlights from Simms’ RB draft rankings. For Simms’ in-depth analysis, read below for a breakdown on each prospect and be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

No. 1: Bijan Robinson, Texas

What Simms Said: “Bijan Robinson is special. It’s rare that a guy comes around with this complete of a package. What I mean by that more than anything, first off, he’s got good size at 5’11, 215 [pounds]. You know he can run and all of that. But it’s not just, okay, yeah he can run. It’s the way he runs, cuts, reaccelerates and stops, and then can go again… he can do it all.”

No. 2: Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama

What Simms Said: “He’s smaller. He’s 5’9, 199-200 [pounds] right on the bat. He’s got better speed than Bijan Robinson straight ahead. Acceleration is not much different. They’re both in a similar range of pretty damn special when it comes to that department. This guy, he is speed, and make-you-miss, and out-run you, and make-you-look silly, and everything that way. That’s where he’s awesome. Of course, he’s got the pass game ability and route-running ability of Christian McCaffery.”

No. 3: Roschon Johnson, Texas

What Simms Said: “This kid is the real deal. He’s a little different than the two we just talked about… he’s not going to make people miss. He’s not going to break a lot of ankles. Not the cross-over like we’re talking about. He will go over them. He will run you over… he’s a slasher… He’s 220 [pounds] and his acceleration is real. It’s right up there in the same class as Bijan Robinson and Gibbs when he takes off.”

No. 4. Sean Tucker, Syracuse

What Simms Said: “A little ball of muscle. That’s what he really is. Smaller, really thick, dense, powerful, looking body. The name I originally wrote down when I first saw him was Doug Martin for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… the human bowling ball. It’s a little bit like that. The change of direction movements… this guy can break ankles in serious ways.”

No. 5. Chase Brown, Illinois

What Simms Said: “He was one of the earlier RBs I watched in the process. Smaller guy but rocked up. It’s a different look. Even though his measurables are similar to Sean Tucker, it’s a different looking guy… this guy is a little more proportionate. You can see the shredded, rocked-up-ness on his arms… This is all about violence and twitch. There’s not going to be a ton of ankle breaking. “

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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