Mellor’s 2023 7-Round NFL Mock Draft: Impact Felt From Bears-Panthers Trade, an Aaron Rodgers Trade, and a Lamar Jackson Signing

An Aaron Rodgers trade and a Lamar Jackson signing are just two of the major influential factors in this 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

We’re going head first into a seven-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft ahead of free agency with a twist. Today, imagine a world where Lamar Jackson is highly pursued, despite teams feigning their disinterest; a world where Aaron Rodgers is, in fact, traded to the New York Jets; a world where DeAndre Hopkins is moved to Carolina. All that and more in a pre-free agency seven-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

2023 NFL Mock Draft

Reminder, we’re doing this mock draft as if we were the general managers of all 32 teams and had been so through free agency. That being said, some trades are manufactured ahead of time, prior to April’s 2023 NFL Draft, and they’re noted below.

1) Carolina Panthers (From CHI): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

The top signal-caller in the draft class lands with the Carolina Panthers after a blockbuster trade saw Carolina move up with the Chicago Bears to acquire the first overall pick. Carolina needed an answer at the quarterback position, and the selection of C.J. Stroud puts them in a position to challenge for the NFC South as early as 2023.

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Stroud put on a masterful display of his accuracy at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, dotting the field with accurate and timely throws, mimicking his tape that littered the Big Ten fields with impressive throws over the past two seasons on Saturdays. Stroud is a quick processor, has a terrific release, and is clearly the most accurate quarterback in the class.

2) Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

It wasn’t quite the quarterback that the Houston Texans wanted, but Bryce Young “falling” to them at No. 2 is still a terrific get. Head coach DeMeco Ryans can unleash Young’s creation ability in a variety of ways, but it will be imperative that the Texans secure their offensive line during free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft.

3) Las Vegas Raiders (From ARI): Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

Trade: Las Vegas sends pick Nos. 7, 70, and 141 in 2023 as well as first-rounders in 2024 and 2025 in exchange for pick No. 3 in 2023 and a 2024 third-rounder from Arizona.

The Las Vegas Raiders make a big splash, moving up from pick No. 7 to acquire the No. 3 overall pick. Similar to previous deals of this magnitude, it looks like an overpay, but that’s what it’s going to take to move to third overall.

In doing so, the Raiders had to come up to secure the third quarterback of the top three picks, Anthony Richardson. Las Vegas didn’t want to come out of the first round without an answer to their QB position, and Carolina’s movement into the top three really pushed their hand.

Still, Josh McDaniels is creative enough to deploy Richardson in a variety of ways and find mismatches. McDaniels surely understands the fact that Richardson is a project with immense physical tools. Relying on those tools in Year 1 is one thing; figuring out a road map to success with Richardson’s incredible ceiling will ultimately seal his fate.

4) Indianapolis Colts: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

New Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen would’ve been happy to let either of the quarterbacks fall to him at No. 4, but with the movement necessary from two teams to sneak into the top three, the Colts have to settle for the best player in the draft in Will Anderson Jr.

Sure, an edge defender isn’t their biggest need, but Anderson is too good to pass up here. He’s as technically refined as any pass rusher of the past decade and transforms the Colts’ defense immediately.

5) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Sitting quietly at No. 5, Seattle grabs the second-most refined pass rusher of this class in Myles Murphy. There are instinctual pass rushers, powerful pass rushers, and then there’s Murphy, who is both. He looked like an NFL EDGE during his entire career at Clemson and should fit right in as a three-down lineman as early as Day 1.

6) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Detroit grabs the best pure man cornerback in the class with Christian Gonzalez available here. Gonzalez is still ascending despite locking down one side of the field for the Ducks in 2022. He’s a gifted athlete and a technical master on the outside.

7) Arizona Cardinals (From LV): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Trade: The Cardinals received pick Nos. 7, 70, and 141 in 2023 as well as first-rounders in 2024 and 2025 from Las Vegas in exchange for their pick No. 3 and a 2024 third-round pick.

The haul Arizona received from Las Vegas was too much to give up, considering they’ve certainly done their research on Jalen Carter and felt comfortable with drafting him at No. 3. With him available here, it was a no-brainer to get Carter’s upside as an interior pass rusher to radically change Arizona’s defensive prowess as early as 2023.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

The Atlanta Falcons went shopping here after the top three quarterbacks fell off the board, but no one reached their asking price in time. The consolation prize: Tyree Wilson from Texas Tech. Wilson has high upside, and the Falcons will bank on his physical tools as he refines his pass rushing.

9) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

The Bears were happy to move down, given that their top need was not a quarterback, and better yet, it was protection for their quarterback in Justin Fields. As such, sitting pretty at No. 9 overall, the Bears grab the top tackle on the board and Fields’ former teammate in Paris Johnson Jr.

A former guard, Johnson took to the left tackle spot tremendously well in 2022. He’s best on the move in the run game, but he’s no slouch in pass protection.

10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Joey Porter Jr. has guarded some of the best there is during his time at Penn State, and he always came out victorious on the other side. Porter can lock down on the outside, and with a bevy of picks this draft, Philadelphia can fill many needs, starting with a top-end cornerback here.

11) Tennessee Titans: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

An elite separator, Jaxon Smith-Njigba has fallen off in most circles because of a nagging injury that limited his play in 2022. Yet, Smith-Njigba proved his worth at the Combine and is far more likely to be the top receiver drafted than most think. He’s a proven technician with his routes and can separate better than anyone in this class.

12) Houston Texans (From CLE): Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Jordan Addison can get open anywhere on the field, and that separation ability will be key to the growth and development of his new quarterback, Bryce Young, in 2023. Addison will pair nicely with newly-acquired WR Robert Woods, as he’s as quick as they come in the short area of the field and has a knack for finding the soft spot against all types of coverages.

13) New York Jets: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

Trade: The Jets sent a second-round pick to the Green Bay Packers to acquire Aaron Rodgers. 

Aaron Rodgers needs a new top target, and Quentin Johnston becomes that man. Johnston is certainly more than a one-trick pony, but what he does best is separate at the top of his routes and immediately turn to get upfield. Rodgers’ accuracy and timing will be key to Johnston having a potentially record-breaking rookie year.

14) New England Patriots: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

The New England Patriots stand pat here at No. 14, but they tried to move back. Trades didn’t quite come in high demand after the top receivers, tackle, and cornerbacks were off the board, and a nice consolation prize is Bryan Bresee to clog up the middle for the Patriots.

Bresee is a massive man with terrific strength, but it’s his play speed that sets him apart from the rest of the tackles in this class.

15) Green Bay Packers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

After trading away Rodgers, the Packers are left with whatever they have in Jordan Love. However, unwilling to bet the franchise on just one unknown option, the pick here is Will Levis, as the next quarterback tier is a far drop-off.

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With a talented arm and a lot of physical attributes to like, Levis will battle it out with Love through fall camp, hopefully picking up professional traits as early as this fall.

16) Washington Commanders: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Washington grabs the third cornerback of the first 16 picks, with Cam Smith from South Carolina available here. Smith is a large cornerback with great burst to the football and plenty of versatility in his game. The Commanders’ defense is one of the best in the NFL, and securing a need at cornerback will help in the short and long term.

17) Pittsburgh Steelers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Pittsburgh certainly needs help at a few places, but getting Kenny Pickett some solid protection takes the top priority. Broderick Jones is strong, agile, powerful, and nimble. He’ll start as early as Day 1 and become a favorite of Pickett’s.

18) Detroit Lions: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

There are instinctual safeties, and then there is Brian Branch. The Lions secure two top-tier needs with their first two picks of the first round, both in the secondary. Branch can play a variety of roles in the Lions’ defense, and his mixing it up as a strong and free safety will pay dividends early.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to answer for the loss of Leonard Fournette and get some help for whoever they have at quarterback in 2023. Bijan Robinson is by far the best running back and perhaps even the best pass-catching back in this class.

Getting Robinson integrated in a three-down role early in his career is key, just as factoring him into the short-area passing attack is as soon as Week 1 of 2023.

20) Seattle Seahawks: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Pairing Kelee Ringo and Tariq Woolen will be a disaster for NFC West quarterbacks. Ringo is terrific in coverage despite some technical flaws, and he has plenty of length, closing burst, and fluidity to be a top-tier CB2. The track star finds a solid home outside and opposite Woolen in the Pacific Northwest.

21) Los Angeles Chargers: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Despite some size concerns, the physical nature and overall coverage prowess from Devon Witherspoon is too much to pass up here for the Chargers. Witherspoon can line up in press across from a receiver, jamming them at the line, or drop back in zone just as fluidly.

22) Baltimore Ravens: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

In this mock, the Ravens opted to keep Lamar Jackson, and despite the Atlanta Falcons offering up a lucrative deal to Jackson, Baltimore matched and signed the former MVP to a long-term deal. By placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, they allowed the Falcons to dictate the market and the Ravens were easily able to match in what became an incredibly savvy play by Baltimore.

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As such, the Ravens grab Zay Flowers to dominate over the middle of the field for Baltimore. Maybe a reach to some, but Flowers is as talented as they come in this class and can get open at the drop of a hat, especially over the middle of the field.

23) Minnesota Vikings: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

The Vikings need some help on defense, most notably at linebacker and in coverage. Fortunately for them, Trenton Simpson is available, and he’s the best coverage linebacker in this class. Simpson can blitz, stop the run, drop in coverage, and play at all three levels at an elite level.

24) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

The best tight end in the class may not be who you think it is, and the Jacksonville Jaguars grab Dalton Kincaid here. Kincaid is a receiver trapped in a tight end’s body, dominating at the catch point and with a massive catch radius. He’ll win over the middle of the field as well as he wins along the sidelines.

25) New York Giants: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Exploding at the Combine, Deonte Banks exceeded expectations and moved himself into the first-round discussion. With the way cornerbacks started flying off the board, the New York Giants moved quickly to grab Banks and secure one of the most athletically-gifted players in the class on defense.

26) Dallas Cowboys: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

Dallas needs help on the inside of their offensive line, and Peter Skoronski‘s future in the NFL is certainly at guard or even center, eventually. Skoronski is a bully with his strength and has great balance through contact. Allowing Skoronski time to adjust to the NFL and make the switch inside is a luxury few can afford, and Dallas happens to be one of them.

27) Buffalo Bills: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

A team of few needs, the Buffalo Bills can grab the second running back of the first round with their selection of Jahmyr Gibbs. If any running backs are worth first-round investments nowadays, it’s those that can catch out of the backfield as well as they can run, and that’s Gibbs in a nutshell.

28) Cincinnati Bengals: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Darnell Wright is by far the best right tackle prospect in this class. The Cincinnati Bengals opt to grab his high upside and technical skill along the right side, and he immediately enters the discussion as one of the best right tackles in the AFC.

29) New Orleans Saints (From SF via MIA via DEN): Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

With speed to burn, Jalin Hyatt can expect a lot of open concepts in the Saints’ passing attack with their variety of weapons. Hyatt was at his best when he was able to streak down the field from the outside. Derek Carr has plenty of arm strength to test the deep waters with his new top deep threat.

30) Houston Texans (From PHI): Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Trade: The Texans sent pick No. 33 and a 2024 second-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for pick No. 30 in 2023.

With Nolan Smith still available here, the Houston Texans make the unthinkable but smart move by getting back into the first round. Grabbing Smith by sending one of next year’s second-round picks, Houston gets a potential star pass rusher on a four-year deal with that all-important fifth-year option.

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This is a pick for the future just as much as it is a pick for the right now in Houston.

31) Kansas City Chiefs: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

The edge class isn’t thin at the top after the perennial favorites, and Kansas City grabs Lukas Van Ness, who can rush from a variety of alignments. The Chiefs need more than just Van Ness on the edge, but his ability to wreak havoc all over the defensive line is great value right here.

Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 2

32) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

It’s only appropriate that the Steelers grab a receiver with the pick they received in exchange for trading WR Chase Claypool to Chicago. Josh Downs is quick, smooth, and has a great release off the line of scrimmage.

33) Philadelphia Eagles (From HOU): Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

Trade: The Eagles received pick No. 33 and a 2024 second-round pick from Houston in exchange for pick No. 30 in 2023.

The Eagles were happy to move off the 30th pick because of their affinity for a variety of edge defenders in this class. Nolan Smith would have been nice, but the length of Felix Anudike-Uzomah, mixed with his raw power off the edge, pairs nicely with the Eagles’ defensive front.

34) Arizona Cardinals: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

A big man with a bad attitude in the middle, O’Cyrus Torrence is a decade-long starter at guard. Torrence is strong and physical, imposing his will on would-be tacklers easily at every level.

35) Indianapolis Colts: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Whoever lines up at QB for the Colts this season is going to need some protection and some tackles that can move to help protect him. Anton Harrison fits that mold perfectly, as the big man is solid in pass protection but has great lateral agility.

36) Los Angeles Rams: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

The height concerns took Clark Phillips III out of the first round, but the Los Angeles Rams make the former Utah Ute a lockdown cornerback regardless. Phillips has speed and burst for days, making up for any loss in positioning he’ll have because of his smaller stature. He immediately helps fill the need at cornerback after trading Jalen Ramsey.

37) Detroit Lions (From SEA via DEN): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Trade: The Lions sent pick Nos. 48 and 194 in 2023 as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for pick No. 37 from Seattle.

Michael Mayer‘s fall from grace stops here as the Lions move up with the Seahawks to nab the Notre Dame tight end. Mayer can do it all at tight end, just maybe not at such a high level as the first tight end taken in this draft. He can also pass protect and is a gritty run blocker when called upon.

38) Las Vegas Raiders: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

Anthony Richardson will need protection in the NFL, and who better than this mountain of a man on the right side? Dawand Jones broke records for his size and wing span and, most importantly, elevated his game in 2022 to more than just being a big man.

39) Carolina Panthers: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

The size and weight of Darnell Washington should strike fear into would-be tacklers at any level in the NFL. Washington is surprisingly athletic and speedy for his frame, and though he’s likely not a three-down tight end, is more than capable of striking fear into defenses every week. Stroud is going to love his new tight end.

40) New Orleans Saints: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

Isaiah Foskey lands with the Saints here as New Orleans grabs one of the best processors and hardest workers in this class. Foskey has a great approach to each pass-rush rep and will utilize his skill set well at the NFL level.

41) Tennessee Titans: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

It may not be sexy, but it’s certainly an important position to draft. After releasing Ben Jones, Tennessee gets their center of the future with John Michael Schmitz, one of the most well-rounded and better center prospects to enter the NFL draft in recent memory.

42) Cleveland Browns: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

Joining his brother in the NFL ranks, BJ Ojulari fits a huge need with the Cleveland Browns. The EDGE class is a dominant group at the top, and Ojulari’s availability here makes this a no-brainer for Cleveland.

43) Green Bay Packers (From NYJ): Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

Trade: The Packers received the Jets’ second-round pick in a trade for Aaron Rodgers. 

Sure, the Packers need more help on offense, but Keion White‘s versatility on the defensive front is too much to forgo here. White, a former tight end at Old Dominion, has continued to ascend and looked the part at the Senior Bowl. He may not be ready for the NFL in a three-down role just yet, but that is certainly his ceiling.

44) Atlanta Falcons: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State

A physical mauler and imposing force at left tackle with North Dakota State, Cody Mauch‘s best fit in the NFL is on the inside. It’ll take him some time to adjust to left guard (or center), but once the Falcons allow him to do so, don’t be surprised if he’s a Pro Bowl-level player soon.

45) Green Bay Packers: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

Luke Musgrave is physically gifted and brings with him some of the best athleticism at any position. Green Bay gets a big-time weapon for Jordan Love or Will Levis to find over the middle of the field and on the intermediate levels.

46) New England Patriots: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

College football’s all-time leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns lands with the Patriots. Emmanuel Forbes has knack for finding the football, and, though didn’t have the best Combine performance, his tape speaks for itself.

47) Washington Commanders: Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern

Flying at the Combine, Adetomiwa Adebawore far exceeded expectations in his pre-draft process. Adebawore proved his get-off on tape isn’t a product of anything else but his athleticism and gave pause to some of his reps that seemed too good to be true from his time at Northwestern.

48) Seattle Seahawks (From DET): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Trade: The Seahawks received pick Nos. 48 and 194 in 2023 as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick from Detroit in exchange for their pick No. 37 in 2023.

Formerly seen as a potential first-round pick, even maybe the top receiver overall, Kayshon Boutte‘s fall stops here. The Seahawks can deploy Boutte in a variety of ways, and his short-area separation ability will be integral for Geno Smith in 2023.

49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

Getting the waiver to play early instead of his armed forces service, Andre Carter II could very well have been a first-round pick by some teams. His performance at the Senior Bowl indicates he has some time to get used to playing in a specific role in the NFL, notably either with his hand in the dirt or as an off-ball pass rusher, but who better to learn from than T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith?

50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

The debate over Hendon Hooker‘s draft stock will never be about his ability on the field; it will be about his availability to make it on the field in 2023. After tearing his ACL this past season, Hooker’s age became even more of a factor in his draft stock as well.

In this instance, the Bucs signed a veteran free agent quarterback and have the time to allow Hooker to learn before ultimately taking over in 2024 (or maybe sometime in 2023).

51) Miami Dolphins: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

Miami gets on the board with a big need picked up via Eli Ricks. Once seen as a potential first-round pick, Ricks disappointed in 2022 but has all the ability and technical coverage prowess to continue to raise his game as he plays more reps.

With limited snaps in his career, he now gets to learn from Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard to hone his craft.

52) Seattle Seahawks: Steve Avila, G, TCU

Steve Avila can play any number of positions, including every interior offensive line spot on Seattle’s lineup. His versatility is only matched by his strength and balance through contact.

53) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

Jumping out of the gym, Julius Brents wowed those who were unaware of his skill during the Combine. Brents is one of the longest cornerbacks in the draft, but his athleticism was evident if you watched his film. He’s never out of a play because of his raw athleticism and size, but Brents is much more technically proficient than he’s given credit for.

54) Los Angeles Chargers: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

With speed to burn, Marvin Mims is a legit downfield threat for Justin Herbert to find on a regular basis. With the current weapons in Los Angeles nearing the end of their tenures with the Chargers, it’s important to get a well-rounded pass catcher of the future, and that is Mims.

55) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama

The Lions get a field general in Henry To’oTo’o with this pick, improving in every facet of defense in the process. To’oTo’o is at his best coming downhill and in the flats, doing incredible work in the short area coverage game.

56) Jacksonville Jaguars: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

A three-down DB with versatility to play both free or strong safety, Antonio Johnson enters the secondary of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Johnson has great size and moves around very well with a massive frame, equally impressive in run defense as he is in coverage.

57) New York Giants: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

Soon to be of the fastest running backs in the league, Devon Achane can carve a role for himself behind Saquon Barkley in 2023 before ultimately taking over in 2024. Achane is a blazing-fast running back with terrific open-field abilities.

58) Dallas Cowboys: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

The large man in the middle from Florida heads to the Cowboys, as Gervon Dexter will help anchor a new era of the Dallas defensive line. Dexter is an imposing force who is at his best against the run, two-gapping at will.

59) Buffalo Bills: JL Skinner, S, Boise State

With size, speed, athleticism, and force, JL Skinner has uncanny ball skills for a man his size. Buffalo has to get younger at the safety position, and Skinner provides a versatile body in the secondary this season before taking over for Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde in a full-time role in the future.

60) Cincinnati Bengals: Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia

Cincinnati grabbed their right tackle of the future in Round 1, and now they get a stalwart upgrade at left tackle. The big man from Georgia lands with the Bengals to help overhaul Cincinnati’s offensive line. Warren McClendon is a middle-of-the-road run blocker but excels in pass protection.

61) Chicago Bears (From SF via CAR): Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

One of the top pass rushers off the edge in this class, Derick Hall ends up in Chicago as a member of a rebuilding pass rush. Hall has power, but the name of his game is speed off the edge.

62) Philadelphia Eagles: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

A three-down linebacker in the making, Drew Sanders can play a variety of roles for Philadelphia. He’s terrific at rushing the passer from a stand-up role, preferably as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but can play in the middle just fine.

63) Kansas City Chiefs: Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska

Trey Palmer blazed his own path at Nebraska despite the turmoil the Cornhuskers turned through during his time there. Palmer has great ball skills and is one of the fastest and most athletic receivers in this class.

Round 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 3

64) Chicago Bears: Jarrett Patterson, OL, Notre Dame

Jarrett Patterson fills a need at either guard spot or even center, depending on where the Bears want to deploy him.

65) Houston Texans: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

A young, ascending prospect at center who is dominant in both the rushing and passing game, Luke Wypler is a no-brainer for the Texans.

66) Arizona Cardinals: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

Noah Sewell was once seen as a first-round player, but his size and athleticism issues caught up to him. Still, he’s a downhill thumper in obvious running situations and a feared pass rusher in a niche role.

67) Denver Broncos (From IND): Tuli Tuipulotu, EDGE, USC

Fitting Tuli Tuipulotu‘s large frame into a specific position may do him a disservice, as the big man rushes equally well from any alignment.

68) Denver Broncos: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

DJ Turner blazed across the Combine field and presents speed and closing burst in coverage all the same.

69) Los Angeles Rams: Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State

Nick Hampton is overlooked no more as the App State edge rusher presents a future three-down role with the Rams.

70) Arizona Cardinals (From LV): Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

Trade: The Cardinals received pick Nos. 7, 70, and 141 in 2023 as well as first-rounders in 2024 and 2025 from Las Vegas in exchange for their pick No. 3 and a 2024 third-round pick.

An upright runner with surprising contact balance, Zach Charbonnet runs in a new era for the Cardinals.

71) New Orleans Saints: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

Don’t sleep on Tucker Kraft and his athletic ability over the middle of the field. Derek Carr loves him some tight ends and he’ll love Kraft.

72) Tennessee Titans: A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest

An immediate impact receiver in the red zone, A.T. Perry wowed at the Shrine Bowl with his all-around game.

73) Houston Texans (From CLE): Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

The big man from Baylor by way of LSU is ready to put on a show with his strength and physical prowess on the inside. Siaki Ika can dominante in the right situation in Houston.

74) New York Jets: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

New York has to get younger at a variety of positions but Aaron Rodgers gets himself a brand-new center with plenty of upside in Joe Tippmann.

75) Atlanta Falcons: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

Calijah Kancey‘s role on the Falcons defense is in between EDGE and DT, as the quick, undersized pass rusher can find his desired spot with ease.

76) New England Patriots (From CAR): Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Injury hampered his production in 2022 but Cedric Tillman is still one of the best deep threats in the 2023 NFL Draft class.

77) Los Angeles Rams (from MIA via NE): Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

There are a couple of large needs for the Rams, and a versatile offensive lineman like Jaelyn Duncan would go a long way toward finishing off their reworked offensive line.

78) Green Bay Packers: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

Jordan Battle has great instincts in coverage and routinely jumps routes that aren’t even in his coverage area.

79) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

With speed and power as well as super-fast hands, Will McDonald IV has potential steal-of-the-draft monikers waiting for him.

80) Pittsburgh Steelers: Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan

Pittsburgh attacks the offensive line again, this time with the best center in college football from a season ago: Olusegun Oluwatimi.

81) Detroit Lions: Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State

There may be concerns around Xavier Hutchinson‘s athleticism, but the Iowa State receiver has a natural ability to separate all along his routes.

82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)

Tyrique Stevenson enters the fray in Tampa, heading just a bit north from his time in college. Stevenson, a former Georgia safety, has great positional versatility but will be at his best at cornerback.

83) Seattle Seahawks: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

Mazi Smith can two-gap on the inside and is at his best when he can pin his ears back and get after the passer.

84) Jacksonville Jaguars (From MIA): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M

Trade: Jacksonville sends No. 88 in 2023 as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick to Miami in exchange for pick No. 84.

The Jaguars had to find a way of getting ahead of the Vikings with Jaylon Jones on the board here. They send a fifth-round pick to move up four spots and secure the top cornerback remaining on their board.

85) Los Angeles Chargers: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

Los Angeles grabs the underrated Blake Freeland to anchor the left side in emergency situations while he potentially transitions out to right tackle for the long haul.

86) Baltimore Ravens: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford

Baltimore hits the defensive back well with Kyu Blu Kelly from Stanford. The Cardinal cornerback has tremendous ball skills and is never out of a rep.

87) Minnesota Vikings: Christopher Smith, S, Georgia

Jaylon Jones was high on Minnesota’s board before getting sniped by the Jaguars, so the consolation prize is next up on their DB board: Christopher Smith. Smith exploded onto the scene in 2022 and has high-end reps at a variety of alignments and coverage packages.

88) Miami Dolphins (From JAX): Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama

Trade: Miami receives No. 88 in 2023 as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick from Jacksonville in exchange for pick No. 84.

The Dolphins gladly accepted Jacksonville’s payment to move down a few spots, landing Emil Ekiyor Jr. anyway. Ekiyor is a sound blocker on the move but presents a potential upgrade at left guard if he can transition over quickly.

89) New York Giants: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia

There’s a versatility to Bryce Ford-Wheaton’s game that has yet to be unlocked. As he unlocks that, Daniel Jones can find Ford-Wheaton’s blazing speed and ridiculous catch radius on the right side, the WR’s preferred side, from Day 1.

90) Dallas Cowboys: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina

Exploding onto the scene at the Senior Bowl, Darius Rush‘s game was just that during his time at South Carolina. He’s still growing at the position but has incredibly high upside.

91) Buffalo Bills: Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

More than just a slot receiver, Jayden Reed brings with him a WR1 attitude and special special-teams skills.

92) Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

At times, Zach Harrison took over games for Ohio State. When he put high-end reps back to back, he was far too much to handle for any kind of tackle.

93) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane

The Panthers need to get younger at running back, and Tyjae Spears can do it all for them. Running between the tackles is no match for Spears, but getting him open lanes outside or in the passing game will pay dividends for Stroud.

94) Philadelphia Eagles: Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State

One of the most physically-gifted safeties, Jammie Robinson uses his strength and play speed to brush off any concerns about his size.

95) Kansas City Chiefs: Trey Dean III, S, Florida

Looking like a man among boys at the Shrine Bowl, Trey Dean III has rapidly ascended the draft boards. Dean is a high-end strong safety with free safety versatility in his game.

96) Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory): Byron Young, EDGE, Tennessee

The slide for Byron Young stops here as the Cardinals continue to attend to their defensive front. Young is a powerful and masterful pass rusher with a ton of positional upside.

97) Washington Commanders (Compensatory): Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

Three-down linebackers are hard to come by, and that’s just what Jack Campbell is. He may not be the fastest linebacker out there, but he certainly uses his instincts to play like he is.

98) Cleveland Browns (Compensatory): Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

There are concerns that injury that may limit Rashee Rice, but when Rice is at his best, he’s a master at the catch point and is unstoppable after he catches the ball.

99) San Francisco 49ers (Compensatory): Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama

The rare Alabama player who was actually listed shorter on the official team site, Tyler Steen brings a terrific game to San Francisco. He can move around incredibly well and is a perfect fit for the 49ers’ scheme.

100) New York Giants (Compensatory from KC): Braeden Daniels, G, Utah

Braeden Daniels enters the picture for the New York Giants as a candidate to move inside and start right away. Daniels is light on his feet and at his best when he can get out on the move.

101) San Francisco 49ers (Compensatory): Sydney Brown, S, Illinois

Sydney Brown heads to San Francisco here, as the Illinois safety has elite ball skills and a better ability to read and react to offenses on the fly.

102) Denver Broncos (Compensatory from SF): Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

Trade: The Broncos sent pick No. 108 and a 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for pick No. 102 from San Francisco.

The top off-ball linebacker on the Broncos board was still available with a few LB-hungry teams ahead of them. They secure this trade to obtain Owen Pappoe, who factors immediately into the Denver linebacking corps as an integral member.

Round 4 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 4

103) Chicago Bears
Tank Dell, WR, Houston

104) Houston Texans
Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh

105) Arizona Cardinals
Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

106) Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss

107) New England Patriots (from LAR)
DJ Johnson, EDGE, Oregon

108) San Francisco 49ers (from DEN)
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU

Trade: The 49ers received pick No. 108 and a 2024 fifth-round pick from Denver in exchange for pick No. 101.

109) Las Vegas Raiders
Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State

110) Atlanta Falcons (from TEN)
Byron Young, DT, Alabama

111) Cleveland Browns
Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina

112) New York Jets
Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

113) Atlanta Falcons
Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland

114) Carolina Panthers
Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati

115) New Orleans Saints
Colby Wooden, DT, Auburn

116) Geren Bay Packers
Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford

117) New England Patriots
Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State

118) Washington Commanders
Jovaughn Gwyn, G, South Carolina

119) Minnesota Vikings (from DET)
Parker Washington, WR, Penn State

120) Pittsburgh Steelers
Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU

121) Jacksonville Jaguars (from TB)
Mike Morris, EDGE, Michigan

122) Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA)
Jordan McFadden, OT, Clemson

123) Seattle Seahawks
DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas

124) Baltimore Ravens
Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas

125) Los Angeles Chargers
Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M

126) Cleveland Browns (from MIN)
Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane

127) Jacksonville Jaguars
Myles Brooks, CB, Louisiana Tech

128) New York Giants
Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State

129) Dallas Cowboys
Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville

130) Buffalo Bills
Jaxson Kirkland, OL, Washington

131) Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia

132) Carolina Panthers (from SF)
Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

133) Chicago Bears (from PHI)
Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

134) Kansas City Chiefs
Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

135) New England Patriots (compensatory)
Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma

Round 5 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 5

136) Chicago Bears
Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss

137) Buffalo Bills (from ARI)
Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State

138) Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Kipper, G, Oregon State

139) Denver Broncos
Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

140) Cleveland Browns (from LAR)
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia

141) Arizona Cardinals (from LV)
Riley Moss, CB, Iowa

Trade: The Cardinals received pick Nos. 7, 70, and 141 in 2023 as well as first-rounders in 2024 and 2025 from Las Vegas in exchange for their pick No. 3 and a 2024 third-round pick.

142) Cleveland Browns (from LAR)
Nic Jones, CB, Ball State

143) New York Jets
Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida

144) Las Vegas Raiders (from ATL)
Alex Forsyth, C, Oregon

145) Carolina Panthers
Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue

146) New Orleans Saints
Carrington Valentine, CB, Kentucky

147) Tennessee Titans
Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri

148) Chicago Bears (from NE via BAL)
SirVocea Dennis, LB, Pittsburgh

149) Green Bay Packers
Connor Galvin, OT, Baylor

150) Washington Commanders
Habakkuk Baldonado, EDGE, Pittsburgh

151) Seattle Seahawks (from PIT)
Kendre Miller, RB, TCU

152) Detroit Lions
Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton

153) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama

154) Seattle Seahawks
Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

155) San Francisco 49ers (from MIA)
Nick Broeker, G, Ole Miss

156) Los Angeles Chargers
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse

157) Baltimore Ravens
Jaxon Player, DT, Baylor

158) Minnesota Vikings
DeMarcco Hellams, S, Alabama

159) Atlanta Falcons (from JAX)
Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State

160) New York Giants
Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern

161) Dallas Cowboys
Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan

162) Indianapolis Colts (from BUF)
Ali Gaye, EDGE, LSU

163) Cincinnati Bengals
Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan

164) San Francisco 49ers
Jon Gaines, C, UCLA

165) New Orleans Saints (from PHI)
Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma

166) Kansas City Chiefs
K.J. Henry, EDGE, Clemson

167) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)
Andrew Vorhees, G, USC

168) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory)
Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford

169) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)
Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn

170) Green Bay Packers (compensatory)
Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh

171) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)
Jalen Graham, LB, Purdue

172) New York Giants (compensatory)
Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah

173) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)
Hunter Luepke, RB, North Dakota State

174) Las Vegas Raiders (compensatory)
Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

175) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory)
D’Anthony Jones, EDGE, Houston

176) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)
Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida

177) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)
Alex Palczewski, OT, IllinoisRound 6 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 6

178) Kansas City Chiefs (from CHI via MIA)
Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Maryland

179) Houston Texans
Atonio Mafi, G, UCLA

180) Arizona Cardinals
Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State

181) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from IND)
Ja’von Hicks, S, Cincinnati

182) Los Angeles Rams
Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State

183) Detroit Lions (from DEN)
Clayton Tune, QB, Houston

184) New England Patriots (from LV)
John Ojukwu, OT, Boise State

185) Jacksonville Jaguars (from NYJ)
Jadon Haselwood, WR, Arkansas

186) Tennessee Titans (from ATL)
Mark Evans II, G, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

187) New England Patriots (from CAR)
McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga

188) Houston Texans (from NO)
Noah Ruggles, K, Ohio State

189) Los Angeles Rams (from TEN)
Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion

190) Cleveland Browns
Jay Ward, S, LSU

191) Los Angeles Rams (from GB)
Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State

192) New England Patriots
Jayson Ademilola, DT, Notre Dame

193) Washington Commanders
Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas

194) Seattle Seahawks (from DET)
Brock Martin, EDGE, Oklahoma State

Trade: The Seahawks received pick Nos. 48 and 194 in 2023 as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick from Detroit in exchange for their pick No. 37 in 2023.

195) Denver Broncos (from PIT)
Kadeem Telfort, OT, UAB

196) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jaren Hall, QB, BYU

197) Miami Dolphins
Jalen Green, S, Mississippi State

198) Seattle Seahawks
Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty

199) Baltimore Ravens
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA

200) Los Angeles Chargers
Jartavius Martin, CB, Illinois

201) Houston Texans (from MIN)
Darrell Luter Jr., CB, South Alabama

202) Jacksonville Jaguars
Juice Scruggs, C, Penn State

203) Houston Texans (from NYG)
Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas

204) Las Vegas Raiders (from DAL)
Jerome Carvin, G, Tennessee

205) Buffalo Bills
Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston

206) Cincinnati Bengals
Xavier Henderson, S, Michigan State

207) New York Jets (from SF via HOU)
Karl Brooks, DT, Bowling Green

208) Jacksonville Jaguars (from PHI)
Viliami Fehoko, EDGE, San Jose State

209) New York Giants (from KC)
Jason Taylor II, S, Oklahoma State

210) New England Patriots (compensatory)
Jaiden Woodbey, S, Boston College

211) Minnesota Vikings (compensatory)
Chase Brown, RB, Illinois

212) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)
Aidan O’Connell, QB, Purdue

213) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory)
YaYa Diaby, EDGE, Louisville

214) Las Vegas Raiders (compensatory)
PJ Mustipher, DT, Penn State

215) Washington Commanders (compensatory)
Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland

216) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)
Cam Jones, LB, Indiana

217) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory)
Jaylon Thomas, OT, SMURound 7 of the 2023 NFL Draft

Round 7

218) Kansas City Chiefs (from CHI via MIA)
Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas

219) Philadelphia Eagles (from HOU via MIN)
Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke

220) Las Vegas Raiders (from ARI)
Christian Izien, S, Rutgers

221) Indianapolis Colts
Noah Daniels, CB, TCU

222) San Francisco 49ers (from DEN)
Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford

223) Los Angeles Rams
Dom Peterson, DT, Nevada

224) Atlanta Falcons (from LV)
Thomas Incoom, EDGE, Central Michigan

225) Atlanta Falcons
Jarrett Horst, OT, Michigan State

226) Jacksonville Jaguars (from CAR)
Keaton Mitchell, RB, East Carolina

227) New Orleans Saints
Michael Jefferson, WR, Louisiana

228) Tennessee Titans
Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern

229) Cleveland Browns
Marshon Ford, TE, Louisville

230) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from NYJ)
Steven Gilmore, CB, Marshall

231) Las Vegas Raiders (from NE)
Jalen Wayne, WR, South Alabama

232) Green Bay Packers
Jalen Redmond, DT, Oklahoma

233) Washington Commanders
Tiawan Mullen, CB, Indiana

234) Pittsburgh Steelers
Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech

235) Green Bay Packers
Jason Brownlee, WR, Southern Miss

236) Indianapolis Colts (from TB)
Spencer Anderson, C, Maryland

237) Seattle Seahawks
Mikel Jones, LB, Syracuse

238) Miami Dolphins
Tommy DeVito, QB, Illinois

239) Los Angeles Chargers
Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas

240) New York Giants (from BAL)
Jadakis Bonds, WR, Hampton

241) Pittsburgh Steelers (from MIN via DEN)
Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin

242) Green Bay Packers (from JAX)
Sidy Sow, G, Eastern Michigan

243) New York Giants
Chris Murray, C, Oklahoma

244) Dallas Cowboys
Ikenna Enechukwu, EDGE, Rice

245) Atlanta Falcons (from BUF)
Brycen Tremayne, WR, Stanford

246) Cincinnati Bengals
Puka Nacua, WR, BYU

247) San Francisco 49ers
Camren McDonald, TE, Florida State

248) Philadelphia Eagles
Robert Beal, EDGE, Georgia

249) Kansas City Chiefs
Carlton Martial, LB, Troy

250) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory)
Arquon Bush, CB, Cincinnati

251) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)
Avery Young, S, Rutgers

252) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory)
Malik Knowles, WR, Kansas State

253) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)
T.J. Bass, G, Oregon

254) New York Giants (compensatory)
Caleb Murphy, EDGE, Ferris State

255) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)
Daniel Scott, S, California

256) Green Bay Packers (compensatory)
Ahofitu Maka, C, UTSA

257) New Orleans Saints (compensatory)
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State

258) Chicago Bears (compensatory)
Mitchell Tinsley, WR, Penn State

259) Houston Texans (compensatory)
Anfernee Orji, LB, Vanderbilt

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