The Best NFL Players Of 2023

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best NFL Players Of 2023
Latest additions: Deebo Samuel, Chris Jones, Trevon Diggs
Most divisive: Austin Ekeler

The National Football League is at an all-time high in staggering player production in no small part thanks to an incredible abundance of jaw-dropping rookies, phenomenal hall-of-fame veterans, and generational talents all in the league at the same time. The best football players from around the world are making their way to the NFL and are not only redefining the game of football, but perfecting it. In 2023, the best players in the NFL offer fans an incredible show of mind-boggling passes, eye-popping catches, and breathtaking feats of offensive, not to mention some of the most brutal and intense defenses the league has seen in years. Players are competing at a level never before seen, and with each passing season, new players enter the conversation of best NFL players. This of course leads to the question, who are the best NFL players of 2023?

From grizzled vets who are widely considered to be some of the greatest of NFL players all time like Aaron Donald and Tom Brady who are proving they age like a fine wine and are still just as dominant as ever in the league to the next generation of superstar talent in players like Patrick Mahomes, Tyreke Hill, and Josh Allen proving that their time is now. Not to mention the next generation of game-changing talent in Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Jefferson, and Jalen Hurts, the NFL has the deepest and most talented set of players the league has ever seen. With so much phenomenal talent in the league, it is nearly impossible to determine who the best player in the NFL is, and that is where you come in.

Vote up who you believe is the best NFL player of 2023 and leave your mark in NFL history, then, be sure to check out The Best Football Players Of All Time and The Best NFL Coaches of All Time to get a full history of the world of the National Football League.

  • Patrick Mahomes II
    Photo: @patrickmahomes / Instagram
    441 votes

    Patrick Mahomes II

    A once-in-a-generation talent, Patrick Mahomes has revolutionized the game of football and the quarterback position as a whole with one of the biggest, best, strongest, and most accurate arms the NFL has ever seen. Mahomes is a dominant force unlike any other in the league, and, even with a “lesser” roster than he is accustomed to, he still managed to elevate the Kansas City Chiefs into one of the best teams in the NFL. At just 27 years of age, Mahomes is barely entering his prime at his position, which is a terrifying thought for the rest of the league.

    Best Career Highlights
    Super Bowl champion (LIV)
    Super Bowl MVP (LIV)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (2018)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
    5× Pro Bowl (2018–2022)

    • Birthplace: Tyler, Texas
    • Team: Kansas City Chiefs
    • Position: Quarterback
  • Tyreek Hill
    Photo: @miamidolphins / Instagram
    264 votes

    Arguably the fastest man who ever lived, Tyreek Hill uses his blazing speed, rapid route running, and underrated strength to establish himself as one of the very best wide receivers to ever play the game of football. Even leaving the great Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Hill continues to ball out and make a name for himself, showing the world that it wasn't just Mahomes that made him who he was.

    Highest Career Achievements
    Super Bowl champion (LIV)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2016, 2018, 2020)
    Second-team All-Pro (2018)
    7× Pro Bowl (2016–2022)
    NFL 2010s All-Decade Team

    • Birthplace: Pearson, Georgia
    • Team: Miami Dolphins
    • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Christian McCaffrey
    Photo: @christianmccaffrey / Instagram
    267 votes

    Christian McCaffrey

    Arguably the best running back in the NFL, Christian McCaffrey has always had just one knock to his game, and that was the ability to stay healthy. Well, in 2023, McCaffrey seemingly broke his cured injury luck and showed the NFL world that he still has the talent, skill, and drive to be the best player at his position. Even with a new team, McCaffrey has left his mark on the season, resonating as one of the most dynamic threats in the NFL.

    Highest Career Achievement
    First-team All-Pro (2019)
    Second-team All-Pro (2018)
    Pro Bowl (2019)

    • Birthplace: Castle Rock, Colorado
    • Team: San Francisco 49ers
    • Position: Running back
  • Justin Jefferson
    Photo: @ActionNetworkHQ / Twitter

    A master at his position, Justin Jefferson manages to have everything one could hope for in a wide receiver. With phenomenal route running, blazing speed, and an ability to outthink a defense, Jefferson is one of the best technical wide receivers the game has ever seen. Barely coming into his prime, there is no doubt that the sky is the limit for this young man, and he will be at the top of these lists for a long time to come.

    Highest Career Achievements
    2× Second-team All-Pro (2020, 2021)
    3× Pro Bowl (2020–2022)
    PFWA All-Rookie Team (2020)

    • Birthplace: Destrehan, Louisiana
    • Team: Minnesota Vikings
    • Position: Wide receiver
  • A.J. Brown
    Photo: Miles Teller / Twitter
    171 votes

    Four years into his professional career and A.J. Brown is firmly establishing himself as a premiere wide receiver in the NFL. With explosive athleticism and a knack for making the hardest catches, Brown is quickly growing to become an elite offensive talent, and he is a tremendous reason why the Philadelphia Eagles had the regular season dreams are made of in 2023.

    Highest Career Achievements
    2× Pro Bowl (2020, 2022)
    PFWA All-Rookie Team (2019)

    • Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi
    • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
    • Position: Wide receiver
  • Micah Parsons
    Photo: All Pro Reels / flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0
    233 votes

    Micah Parsons has taken the league by storm since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys 12th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Parsons emerged as one of the top defensive playmakers in the NFL, racking up 13 sacks en route to the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. His versatility to disrupt offenses from multiple positions makes him a cornerstone for the Cowboys defense.

    Highest Career Achievements
    2021 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
    2021 First Team All-Pro
    Led all rookies with 13 sacks in 2021
    Set Cowboys rookie record for sacks in a season
    Youngest player in NFL history with 10+ sacks and 3+ forced fumbles in a season (2021)

    • Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • Team: Dallas Cowboys
    • Position: Linebacker