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The NFL’s 151 Best Upcoming Free Agents, #1-75

Before Derek Carr moved to New Orleans, Geno Smith stayed in Seattle, Daniel Jones landed a big new deal and Lamar Jackson headlined a list of players with franchise tags that also included Commanders defensive lineman Daron Payne, Cowboys running back Tony Pollard and Giants running included back Saquon Barkley, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and Jaguars tight end Evan Engram, the upcoming free agents class of 2023 was packed with marquee names.

Now that those names are out of the game, this class is less exceptional in the headline sense — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still all kinds of players who could change a team’s course in a positive way. This class is now wider than it is tall, but it is very broad. Impressive talent will soon be available when the new league year begins on Wednesday, March 15 at 4:00 PM EST. And a lot of that talent will be available to teams that have really done their homework.

With that in mind, we’ve done our homework here at Touchdown Wire. This list of the top 151 players who will be free agents as the new league year begins is based on extensive band studies and sifting through all sorts of metrics to ensure everything aligns as closely as possible in the imprecise science of player ratings. The guys at the top are (or should be) still marquee names, although most of them aren’t offensive skill players.

As you go down the list, you see players who might have been trying their best in the wrong systems, players who might not have reached their potential at the time, players who are just getting the hang of it, and players who might just be the ones right circumstances and opportunities.

Without further ado, here is our list of the top 151 free agents for the 2023 league year, starting at #1-75.

1. DI Javon Hargrave

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2. CB Jamel Dean

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3.LB Lavonte David

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4.CB James Bradberry

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5. S.Jordan Poyer

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6. S.Jessie Bates III

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7. DB CJ Gardner-Johnson

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8th OT Orlando Brown Jr.

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

9. DL Dre’Mont Jones

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10. C Jason Kelce

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11. WR Jakobi Meyers

(Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

12.TE Mike Gesicki

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13.CB Cameron Sutton

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14.LB Tremaine Edmunds

(Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

15. EDGE Brandon Graham

(Chris Pedota-USA TODAY Sports)

16.DL Zach Allen

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17. WR DJ Char

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18.CB Patrick Peterson

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19. EDGE Arden Key

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

20. EDGE Yannick Ngakoue

(Jenna Watson/IndyStar Staff-USA TODAY Sports)

21.CB Jonathan Jones

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22.LB David Long Jr.

(Syndication: The Tennessean)

23. DI Dalvin Tomlinson

(Syndication: Stevens Point Journal)

24.LB Germaine Pratt

(Syndication: The Tennessean)

25.DL Charles Omenihu

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

26th floor Isaac Seumalo

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

27. EDGE Marcus Davenport

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28. TE Dalton Schultz

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29. LB Drue Quiet

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

30. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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31.DL Justin Houston

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32. S. Vonn Bell

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33. DI Fletcher Cox

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34. EDGE Frank Clark

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35. S. Juan Thornhill

(Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

36.LB Eric Kendricks

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37. WR Allen Lazard

(Syndication: PackersNews)

38. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

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39. OT Donovan Smith

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

40. S.Taylor Rapp

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41.LB Kyzir White

(Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports)

42. EDGE Melvin Ingram

(Syndication: Palm Beach Post)

43.WR Robert Woods

(Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY Sports)

44.LB Bobby Okereke

(Syndication: The Indianapolis Star)

45. C.Rodney Hudson

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

46. ​​CB Rock Ya-Sin

(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

47.DB Jimmie Ward

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48.LB Bobby Wagner

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49.DB Tavierre Thomas

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sport)

50. OT Mike McGlinchey

(Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

51.CB Marcus Peters

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

52. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

53.LB TJ Edwards

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54.DL David Onyemata

(Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports)

55. RB Jamaal Williams

(David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports)

56. S. Tashaun Gipson Sr.

(Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

57. WR Darius Slayton

(Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

58th RB Kareem Chase

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

59.QB Jacoby Brissett

(Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

60. OT Jawaan Taylor

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61. DL Dawuane Smooth

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62.RB Damien Harris

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63. QB Andy Dalton

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

64.DB Julian Love

(Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)

65.LB Denzel Perryman

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

66. RB Miles Sanders

(Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports)

67.SJohn Johnson III

(Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal)

68. RB Devin Singletar

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69. WR Marvin Jones Jr.

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70.DL DeMarcus Walker

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71.DL Larry Ogunjobi

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72nd floor Will Hernández

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

73. EDGE Samson Ebukam

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

74.DI Sheldon Rankins

(Syndication: Democrat and Chronicle)

75. DI Linval Joseph

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