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NFL rookie jersey numbers 2023: Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, other draft picks get their numbers

The 2023 NFL Draft has concluded, leading to the next step for the league’s incoming rookie class: getting their jersey numbers assigned to them.

It’s a small step in their NFL journeys, but an important one: Depending on how well they play in their respective careers, they can make the number they wear an iconic part of their legacy. And if you don’t think it’s important to the players, just look at Aaron Rodgers, who declined to wear Joe Namath’s famed No. 12 jersey after he got traded to the Jets ahead of the draft.

So, who will wear what moving forward? Several teams have already released their rookie players’ numbers, and the likes of Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Will Anderson Jr. and more will certainly be worth monitoring, among other notable 2023 rookies.

The Sporting News is tracking the most notable rookie jersey numbers as they are announced. Follow along below:

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NFL rookie jersey numbers 2023

Here are the new jersey numbers for some notable names in the class of 2023, with explanations for select choices below. 

Player Team Number
Bryce Young Panthers 9
Anthony Richardson Colts 5
Devon Witherspoon Seahawks 21
Bijan Robinson Falcons 7
Lukas Van Ness Packers 90
Jaxon Smith-Njigba Seahawks 11
Jordan Addison Vikings 3
Myles Murphy Bengals 99
Mazi Smith Cowboys 58
Dalton Kincaid Bills 86
Quentin Johnston Chargers 1
Jahmyr Gibbs Lions 26
Hendon Hooker Lions 12
Joey Porter Jr. Steelers 24

Bryce Young jersey number

The Panthers on Tuesday announced Young will wear No. 9, the same number he wore at Alabama. Current Panthers quarterback Matt Corral — who posted a cryptic message after Carolina drafted Young — formerly wore the jersey. He will now wear No. 2, the same number he wore at Ole Miss and in high school.

Anthony Richardson jersey number

Though unconfirmed by the Colts, Richardson on Friday said he already knew what number he was going to wear for the Colts.

“I’m looking to get No. 5,” Richardson said (via the Indianapolis Star). “That was the first number I had playing football in Miami, whenever I was little. I feel like that’s what set the foundation for me.”

Richardson will drop the “1” from his No. 15 Florida jersey, which briefly earned him the AR-15 nickname in college. He eventually distanced himself from that moniker so as not to be associated with assault-style rifles.

Devon Witherspoon jersey number

Witherspoon, the second defensive player taken in the draft, will wear No. 21 with the Seahawks. The number he wore at Illinois, No. 31, has already been claimed by running back DeeJay Dallas. He will revert back to the No. 21, which he wore at Pine Forest High School (Pensacola, Fla.).

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Bijan Robinson jersey number

The Falcons on Tuesday announced Bijan Robinson, the highest-selected running back of the NFL draft since Saquon Barkley went No. 2 overall in 2018, will wear the No. 7 jersey in Atlanta:

That number formerly belonged to kicker Younghoe Koo, whose new number has not yet been updated. Notably, it’s also the number franchise icon Michael Vick wore during his Falcons career.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba jersey number

Smith-Njigba, the top overall receiver of the 2023 draft, will wear No. 11 in Seattle. It’s the same number he has worn throughout his football career dating back to Rockwall High School (Texas) and Ohio State University. The number was recently freed up after Marquise Goodwin signed with the Browns in free agency.

Jahmyr Gibbs jersey number

Gibbs will wear No. 26 with the Lions after wearing No. 1 in high school and college. Detroit gave veteran cornerback Cameron Sutton the No. 1 jersey after he came over from the Steelers as a free agent. Sutton most recently wore No. 20 in Pittsburgh. 

Hendon Hooker jersey number

Likewise, Gibbs’ new Detroit teammate Hooker will have a different look with No. 12. He wore No. 5 at Tennessee and No. 2 at Virginia Tech, but both those numbers also went to free-agent newcomers in Detroit: C.J. Gardner-Johnson will wear No. 2 and David Montgomery gets No. 5. 

Joey Porter Jr. jersey number

It was clear Joey Porter Jr. wouldn’t be wearing his father’s No. 55 with the Steelers because the two play different positions. Instead, the rookie corner apparently is set to wear No. 24 as a nod to his father’s longtime Pittsburgh teammate Ike Taylor. Per ProFootballTalk, Taylor told the “Minus Three Podcast” that Joey Sr. said his son had chosen Taylor’s number. 

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