As the end of the college football season nears, NFL teams begin looking toward the future. That means it’s time for another 2023 NFL Mock Draft. While most of the attention is on the top 10, there are some running backs that demand some as well.
2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1
The NFL draft order for this 2023 mock is taken from the current NFL standings as of Nov. 14. This order, like the order on the Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator, will change with the results of each week of action in the NFL.
Check the PFN Mock Draft Simulator after every NFL game to see the most up-to-date draft order, and each subsequent mock draft will indicate the rapidly changing environment that is the 2023 NFL Draft.
1) Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Bryce Young’s draft stock didn’t have far to go to get to the top, but he’s finally reached the summit of many big boards. The Alabama quarterback continues putting on a show, sometimes out of necessity.
Offensive line play continues to plague Alabama’s offense, and the Tide’s signal-caller continues eluding pressure and making big-time plays. Young’s poise under pressure shines, and it’s the biggest thing that keeps the offense together. From there, his ability to carve a defense with his arm catches everyone’s attention.
2) Las Vegas Raiders: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
While you might not hear much about Will Anderson Jr. during games, it’s not because he’s struggling. In fact, he’s so good that teams must send help his way. His explosiveness and power present challenges that most offensive tackles can’t handle by themselves.
If Josh McDaniels wants to move on from Derek Carr, then C.J. Stroud would be the pick. However, sticking with their quarterback to draft Anderson isn’t a bad option, either. Linking Maxx Crosby with Anderson creates a force on both edges for the Raiders’ defense.
3) Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
A new regime means most positions aren’t safe. Especially the quarterback position. Baker Mayfield doesn’t appear to be the future of the Panthers, so the new staff figures to be quick to draft C.J. Stroud in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
Stroud sits as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, and his arm talent put him in that position. He’s still in the conversation for QB1, and the last few games of his collegiate career give him opportunities to surpass Young.
4) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
So you’re telling me that the Eagles will be one of the best teams in the NFL and they might pick in the top five? Talk about a life of luxury. Make no mistake, it’s hard to believe Philadelphia would make the wrong decision here.
Myles Murphy continues receiving the Anderson treatment, just to a lesser degree. Teams still send help his way, but Clemson’s incredible depth on the defensive line prevents them from doing too much. Hence why he’s consistently making an impact on every game.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
If this pick comes to fruition, the most excited person in the franchise will be quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Well, as excited as he can get. With Christian Kirk as his top target, it’s safe to say that help at the wide receiver position is needed.
Jacksonville did add Calvin Ridley at the trade deadline, but we won’t know what he can do until next year, thanks to his suspension. So why not add a 6’4″ receiver that can move like a guy much smaller in Quentin Johnston? The TCU star remains one of the toughest players to guard in the country, and his services would open things up for the Jaguars’ offense.
6) Chicago Bears: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Yes, Chicago needs help getting quality receivers to their team. However, keeping Justin Fields protected remains a high priority. So they address that need in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft by adding one of the biggest risers over the last month.
Broderick Jones‘ explosiveness jumps out on tape, and it’s a big reason why Georgia is able to set the tone early and often offensively. Jones is a great pass protector as well, and he’s given Stetson Bennett plenty of time to evolve into a much better quarterback this season.
7) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Forget the limited snaps this year. That clearly wasn’t a problem for Jalen Carter. If anything, it allowed him to be fresh when he returned.
Carter possesses the ability to knock an interior lineman on his rear one play, and then play Houdini with them on the next to sack the quarterback.
He brings a special skill set that you don’t see from many interior defenders, and he’ll be a potential instant-impact player with the Seahawks. As long as he’s healthy, Carter is a problem for anyone he faces.
8) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
If you’ve paid attention to Georgia football, you know that teams aren’t having success testing Kelee Ringo. You must pick your battles when throwing to his side because receivers don’t typically get much separation from him.
At 6’2″, 210 pounds, Ringo’s proven that he can handle bigger wide receivers but also has the fluidity and speed to keep up with quicker route runners. Joining Jeff Okudah gives the Lions two corners that can shut down receivers, making life difficult for any opposing quarterback.
9) Houston Texans (From CLE): Jordan Addison, WR, USC
While USC keeps their College Football Playoff hopes alive, Jordan Addison remains a key piece that they’d like to get back fully healthy. Just one catch in the past month has limited the amount of tape we’ve seen, but Addison’s return gives Trojans fans hope for the future.
Addison is a master separator, and it’s a big reason why Caleb Williams leans his way. It’s why he won the Biletnikoff Award last year.
Houston is happy to give Young an elite target downfield.
10) Pittsburgh Steelers: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
One of the best things Christian Gonzalez did for his career was transfer to Oregon. The former Colorado Buffalo shined in Boulder, but now he’s turning Autzen Stadium into a no-fly zone.
At 6’2″, 200 pounds, Gonzalez’s stock continues rising each week. Oregon’s playoff hopes took a big hit, but they’re not dead yet. Gonzalez and the defense look to bounce back after a tough loss to Washington, but the future is bright for a player who started his career with one black and gold team and now goes to another in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
11) Detroit Lions: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Dan Campbell wants to build something special in Detroit, and this 2023 NFL Mock Draft allows him to do that. After adding an elite corner, he continues adding to the defense with a player he’ll love.
Noah Sewell plays the game one speed no matter what aspect he’s playing. Sewell’s not the greatest in coverage, but the man is one of the most explosive players coming downhill. Running backs are in for a rude awakening when they don’t bring their best in the trenches, and it’s an attitude that fits what Campbell’s growing in the Midwest.
12) Atlanta Falcons: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
No offense to anyone on the Atlanta Falcons’ interior DL, but adding Bryan Bresee would be a huge addition. Literally.
The 6’5″, 300-pound DT brings elite explosiveness to the field, from power to quickness.
Blocking Bresee is easier said than done. You can’t make mistakes against him because he’ll make you pay. Bresee’s size is already intimidating, but then he hits linemen with finesse moves that they don’t see coming.
13) Arizona Cardinals: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Cornerbacks in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft bring great length and size to the position. Joey Porter Jr. is the latest 6’2″ corner to be taken, and he joins a talented Arizona Cardinals secondary.
Byron Murphy and Budda Baker lead the way, but Porter has the potential to be the next great player in the group. A fierce competitor at the catch point, beating Porter requires separation to consistently complete passes on his side of the field.
14) Green Bay Packers: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The emergence of Christian Watson cools the qualms of Packer fans to add a wide receiver. Still, they need help.
Adding Michael Mayer appears to be an ideal selection. Mayer’s worked hard to improve his draft stock, and Notre Dame’s offense continues giving him opportunities to showcase his talent.
A well-rounded player, Mayer brings a great blend of run blocking with pass catching, something that will get him on the field early in Green Bay. There’s not too much else to watch with the Fighting Irish pass catchers, so most people just watch the tight end.
15) Indianapolis Colts: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Quarterback remains a need, but after Young and Stroud, there’s not really a player worth taking this high. So the next best thing for Indianapolis is to add a player that can protect their future gunslinger.
Paris Johnson Jr. has plenty of experience protecting one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Stroud gets a lot of attention as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, but his line deserves a lot of credit. Johnson isn’t a stranger to protecting a great passer, so he won’t flinch at the next level, either.
16) Washington Commanders: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Another team that could address the QB position, but there’s no great value pick here. So Washington adds a player who can slide into guard if tackle doesn’t work.
Peter Skoronski is a consistent competitor who’s only limited by his measurables. Washington should start him out at tackle to give him a chance, with Plan B being that he slides in to play guard.
17) Los Angeles Chargers: Tyree Wilson, DL, Texas Tech
While I’m not sure how a team will utilize Tyree Wilson’s skill set, it’s easy to see why he’s a potential first-round pick. The Chargers need assistance on the defensive line, and Wilson’s power would be a welcomed addition.
At 6’6″, 275 pounds, he brings plenty of explosiveness to the edge or the inside of the line. Wilson’s power helps him compete on the inside, but he has the ability to line up as a stand-up edge rusher and press the edge.
18) Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Cincinnati has a few big needs, and corner is quickly becoming a one. Chidobe Awuzie was lost for the season, and Eli Apple doesn’t appear to be a long-term option. So the draft is a great chance for the Bengals to add some help at the position.
Cam Smith not only fills that need, but he brings a competitive energy to the Bengals’ defense. South Carolina’s defense hasn’t had a ton to cheer about this year, but Smith’s instincts and playmaking ability steal the spotlight.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Sometimes, teams need to make a selection even if that value isn’t there. Do I think Will Levis is a first-round pick? No, but I know someone’s going to draft him anyway. So the Bucs add their future franchise QB here in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
Tom Brady continues making headlines off the field (and not good ones), and it won’t be long before he officially calls it a career. So drafting Levis to potentially learn from him in the meantime is the move.
20) Denver Broncos (From SF via MIA): Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
At some point, we’ll need to discuss the Broncos’ quarterback. For now, there are other positions that are more immediate needs.
Trenton Simpson gives Denver’s defense plenty of flexibility to move him around the field and free up other players. His athleticism allows him to make plays sideline to sideline while also dropping back into coverage. Simpson is an extremely talented player with good size and length that can boost the potential of the Broncos’ defense.
21) New England Patriots: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Bill Belichick loves a good underdog, and Clark Phillips III fits the mold. Phillips is an undersized corner, but he’s a fierce competitor who refuses to lose. A player of his size must put in work off the field to be in the right spot.
Phillips does his homework. He constantly faces players bigger than him but studies their tendencies heading into the game. He can’t afford to rely solely on his natural talent, so his film puts him in a great position to make more plays. Phillips is just checking off so many boxes for Belichick and the Patriots’ defense.
22) Seattle Seahawks: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Anthony Richardson might be the most naturally talented quarterback in this class, but there’s still plenty to work on before he’s a polished product. An athletic player with a cannon for an arm, some team might take him in Round 1.
Seattle’s loving what they’re getting in Geno Smith this year, but the future isn’t going to be in his hands. Richardson might be a bigger risk with this pick, but the excitement is there. If the Seahawks are willing to give him time, this could be a great value.
23) New York Jets: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Sean Clifford might not take advantage of Olumuyiwa Fashanu’s protection, but the Jets can do exactly that.
The Penn State tackle fits every analyst’s favorite topic: age. Fashanu will be 20 years old when the draft comes around, and that means we’ll hear about it every other sentence. It could also mean he’ll be an impact player for a long time.
24) Buffalo Bills: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
As if Buffalo doesn’t have enough offensive talent, they add a potential superstar in Bijan Robinson. There’s a chance another team takes him earlier, but this pick would be one of the biggest highlights of the first round.
Running back is the weakness of the Bills’ offense, and Robinson gives them a fix for that aspect, along with an above-average pass-catching back. Any team that gets him improves their offense, but Robinson joining the Bills is a different level of excitement.
25) Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s season didn’t get off to a great start, but they appear to be leveling things out as the season progresses. Isaiah Foskey‘s been on the same train. Notre Dame’s utilized him a little differently this year, but the traits are there for Baltimore to utilize.
Foskey’s motor never shuts off, and he brings great athleticism that could push him back to linebacker in addition to EDGE. The right team must find a way to exploit his skill set best, and the Ravens feel like the right fit.
26) Tennessee Titans: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Buckle up for the rise of Jared Verse. One of the hotter names in college football early in the season, his hype’s died a little recently. No matter, that should change back in his favor soon enough.
A good combination of size and length, Verse can man the edge for the Titans’ defense. The former Albany transfer has thrived with his new team in Tallahassee, and that’s a big reason why many believe he’ll make another smooth transition to the NFL.
27) Dallas Cowboys: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Dallas has some exciting playmakers on offense, and adding Josh Downs in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft feels like a great fit. Downs’ speed creates natural mismatches in the slot, something the Cowboys can utilize to exploit an opposing secondary.
Dallas won’t hesitate to add another weapon to their passing attack, and Downs gives them a great complement to Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.
28) New York Giants: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Emmanuel Forbes knows what to do when the ball’s thrown his way. A natural at the catch point, his ability to create turnovers will gain him first-round attention.
Forbes’ length stands out, and he’s showcased his natural instincts when the ball is in the air. There are some weaknesses that need to be ironed out, but the potential remains.
29) Minnesota Vikings: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
While everyone gushes over the re-emergence of Adrian Martinez, it’s actually Kansas State’s defense that keeps them in position to win a Big 12 title. While the offense has some nice pieces, it’s the other side that boasts some serious NFL talent.
Anytime I’ve seen something on social media talking about Felix Anudike-Uzomah, it’s positive. The man simply ruins game plans and demands extra attention from blockers because of it. Let him learn from Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith, and you’ve got a bright future for the edge of the Vikings’ defensive line.
30) Kansas City Chiefs: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
It’s fun to add another speedster to Kansas City’s offense, but it’s almost as fun to add a potential star to their defense. BJ Ojulari brings great length to LSU’s defense, and he’s figured out how to frequently utilize it to his advantage.
Ojulari is an athletic player who can press an offensive tackle into mistakes, and his hand usage helps displace that blocker to create more space for him to attack.
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
If Robinson wasn’t in this draft, we’d be gushing even more over Jahmyr Gibbs. That’s how good he is for Alabama. Outside of Young, Gibbs is the lone other bright spot on an offense riddled with inconsistencies. So much so that he’s caught the most passes on the team, too.
Gibbs is a natural playmaker as a runner and pass catcher. That gives Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts support in the run game but also allows him to find his running back when dropping back to pass. Gibbs is a Swiss Army Knife and joins an offense loaded with talent.
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32) Houston Texans: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
Two gap players saw their stock dwindle in recent years, but it appears that they’ll be making a comeback in this draft. Siaki Ika won’t produce any eye-popping numbers, but he’s a massive player that’s tough to displace.
33) Las Vegas Raiders: O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
O’Cyrus Torrence made the jump from a Sun Belt team to the SEC. His natural ability made that transition seamless, and now he’s flirting with the first round. Las Vegas must find ways to protect Carr, and Torrence can do exactly that.
34) New Orleans Saints: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
Some consider Hendon Hooker the third-best quarterback in this class, but we learned last year that doesn’t necessarily mean anything right now. New Orleans needs a future franchise QB, but the big question with any team taking him is if they’re okay with his age.
35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
After addressing the need for a big-time pass catcher, Jacksonville helps Lawrence out with another helpful pick. Anton Harrison hasn’t received the attention he deserves thanks to a disappointing year for Oklahoma; however, he’ll get some love soon enough.
36) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida
Gervon Dexter, at his peak, can be a dominant player that requires triple teams. The consistency just isn’t there yet. If someone can get that out of him, it’s Mike Tomlin. What a force he could be if that potential comes out.
37) Carolina Panthers: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
A raw prospect, Andre Carter II has plenty of fine-tuning to do. However, the potential in his 6’6″, 255-pound frame remains enticing. Carolina had some luck developing Brian Burns into a force, and they could do the same with Carter.
38) Los Angeles Rams: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
At 6’3″, 200 pounds, teams will love adding Antonio Johnson whether they know his position or not. Primarily utilized in the slot for the Aggies, Johnson has the flexibility to move around the field. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit, which is only a matter of time.
39) Cleveland Browns: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a perfect example of “what-if” for this year. Coming into the season as WR1 for many, injuries limited his time on the field.
With Marvin Harrison Jr. stealing the spotlight on top of that, Smith-Njigba’s stock has fallen. Yet, someone’s going to get a great value pick if he drops into Round 2, and Cleveland happens to be that team in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
40) Pittsburgh Steelers: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
A season-ending injury could hurt Nolan Smith’s draft stock quite a bit, but the talent is there. Pittsburgh needs someone to pair with T.J. Watt, and Smith gives the Steelers another menace on the edge of their defense.
41) Detroit Lions: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
If Detroit decides to wait to draft a quarterback, there are some potentially valuable prospects waiting in Round 2. Michael Penix Jr. continues his ascent up draft boards thanks to a big performance against Oregon, and he could find his way into the second round if he keeps this up.
42) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Drew Sanders could be one of the biggest sleeper picks in the draft. Arkansas’ defense gets shredded through the air week in and week out, but Sanders isn’t the problem. After transferring from Alabama, he’s been a big-time addition to the Razorbacks’ defense, and he’ll be a great pick for Seattle.
43) Arizona Cardinals: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
Kyler Murray can run, but it’d be nice if he could sit in the pocket and shred defenses with his arm. Jaelyn Duncan has first-round potential, but he more than likely comes off the board on Day 2.
44) Green Bay Packers: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
While SMU’s offense gives away more gifts than the Salvation Army, Rashee Rice does more than his part to keep drives going. He’s currently Tanner Mordecai’s first, second, and third-favorite option on any passing play, and he’ll love joining an offense that provides him with more support in Green Bay.
45) Atlanta Falcons: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Whenever the Falcons are ready to move on from the Marcus Mariota experiment, there will be plenty of pass catchers to utilize better. Jalin Hyatt could be another weapon. His speed in Tennessee’s offense creates stress on the defense, and that would also allow someone like Kyle Pitts to be more effective. It’s just a matter of getting them the football.
46) Indianapolis Colts: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Illinois’ defense features a number of NFL draft picks, but one that’s been on everyone’s radar for a while is Devon Witherspoon. A natural playmaker, Witherspoon’s worked to become more well-rounded, but he’s also not afraid to send a message with his physicality either.
47) Washington Commanders: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
A traditional linebacker, Henry To’oTo’o brings natural instincts to the Washington defense. He’s a fierce studier of the opposing offense, and you typically see him making the play or near the ball carrier when the play ends because of that preparation.
48) Cincinnati Bengals: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
An absolute mauler, John Michael Schmitz deserves plenty of love for what running back Mohamed Ibrahim is doing this year. Minnesota, at times, isn’t even hiding that they’re running the football, but it doesn’t matter. The middle is wide open because of their center. Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon will be okay with that.
49) Los Angeles Chargers: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
It feels like we’re still waiting for Kayshon Boutte to do something spectacular, but it just doesn’t happen. The talent is there, hence why the Chargers take him 49th overall in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. However, LSU can’t seem to get him more involved, but maybe a better passer will help in that regard.
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
Stacking good weeks will put Eli Ricks in the first-round conversation, but he’s at least putting in the work to be a Day 2 pick. A backup at the beginning of the year, the former LSU transfer has found a way to showcase his length and ball skills more consistently as the season progresses.
51) New England Patriots: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Teams might be hesitant to add someone with Dawand Jones‘ size (6’8″, 355 pounds), but we’ve seen flashes of greatness from him. Johnson steals the spotlight on the opposite tackle spot, but Jones is also doing his part to keep Stroud upright.
52) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Jaquelin Roy, DL, LSU
LSU’s defense has seen its fair share of struggles this year, but Jaquelin Roy stands out as a bright spot up front. A player many highlighted as a potential breakout candidate, Roy hopes he can shine even more at the next level.
53) Seattle Seahawks: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
While Syracuse’s special season continues to slip away, the secondary has been solid. Garrett Williams played his way into being a potential Day 2 pick, and the Seahawks could have something special pairing him with Tariq Woolen.
54) Buffalo Bills: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Alabama’s secondary needs work, but it’ll be hard to convince NFL teams to not draft those players. Brian Branch got sent into another realm by Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins this weekend, but it’s just one play. His skill set will grab plenty of attention at the next level.
55) New York Jets: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
Pairing a freakishly talented player with the New York Jets seems to have worked before, so why not do it again? Mazi Smith might break the NFL Combine, and that’s going to garner plenty of attention from the NFL.
56) Tennessee Titans: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
At 6’7″, it’s going to be tough for teams to pass on Darnell Washington. A target that big is simply tough to miss for any quarterback, and Tennessee could build an offense of giants by adding him.
57) Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
Texas A&M’s secondary has been plagued by many things this year, but Jaylon Jones continues to play his way into being an NFL draft pick. This may be high for him, but the potential is there for the right team to utilize.
58) Chicago Bears (From BAL): JT Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State
A recent surge in JT Tuimoloau’s play has put him on the radar of many draft analysts, and the Bears swoop in to add his services to their defense in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Tuimoloau came to Ohio State as a highly rated recruit, and he’s been finally playing like it recently.
59) New York Giants: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia
While everyone’s gushing over Broderick Jones (and for good reason), Sedrick Van Pran keeps going to work. He has the potential to be in the league for a long time, and he’s a big reason why Georgia’s had so much success offensively this year.
60) Miami Dolphins: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Matthew Bergeron continuously faces quality competition and has shown that he can compete with the best of them. He may not have elite traits that help him dominate, but Bergeron puts in the work to study his opponent and learn their tendencies to keep them away from his quarterback.
61) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
Jordan Battle continues to slide in mock drafts, but someone’s going to take a chance on him. He’s a veteran leader for Alabama’s secondary and has potential to be a solid player in the NFL.
62) Kansas City Chiefs: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Zay Flowers cooks DBs on Saturdays, and he’ll have no problem switching that day to Sunday soon enough. Kansas City loves their offensive weapons, and Flowers could be a great (though potentially unnecessary) addition.
63) Philadelphia Eagles: Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina
At one point in his freshman year, Tony Grimes was a potential first-round pick. Put him in the right situation to learn from veterans and he could be a star. Philadelphia has exactly that for him.
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64) Houston Texans: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
Tight end might not be the deepest group this year, but Houston will love adding Dalton Kincaid to their offense. Finally out of the Brant Kuithe spotlight, Kincaid’s showing off his talent on a weekly basis.
65) Las Vegas Raiders: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
A potential first-round pick, Darnell Wright falling this far makes him a great value pick. Carr always needs more time to throw, so adding someone who’s played well against some elite competition is a smart move.
66) Jacksonville Jaguars: Tuli Tuipulotu, DT, USC
Nominated for the Lombardi Award for best lineman, Tuli Tuipulotu continues giving USC’s defense a bright spot. Teams still haven’t figured out how to block him, and it’s a big reason why he’s getting so much attention.
67) Chicago Bears: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
Cedric Tillman‘s shown that he can be a baller against big-time competition, and Chicago desperately needs assistance at wide receiver. Claypool and Darnell Mooney welcome some help downfield, and Fields won’t complain either.
68) New England Patriots (From CAR): Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia
Another pick that could surprise people, but that’s kind of what New England does. Almost a forgotten player, Dontayvion Wicks can cook any DB he faces. He just needs to get into the right offense.
69) New Orleans Saints: Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida
Florida’s defense has plenty of NFL talent, and Rashad Torrence II might be the best-kept secret of the bunch. It hasn’t translated to as many wins as fans would have hoped, but Torrence can hopefully help the Saints increase their win total next year.
70) Houston Texans (From CLE): Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
So Houston’s added their franchise quarterback and an elite receiver in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, so they keep the ball rolling with Blake Freeland. While BYU’s momentum died quickly, Freeland continues protecting Jaren Hall at a high level to keep his draft stock high.
71) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cody Mauch, OT, NDSU
NDSU remains a model of consistency and proving that they can continue churning out NFL talent at the FCS level. Cody Mauch is the latest Bison prospect in the long line of players from the program.
72) Detroit Lions: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pitt
Calijah Kancey might not be the biggest interior defender, but he’s got the explosiveness to be a great player at the next level. From power to quickness, he finds ways to beat his competition on a frequent basis.
73) Denver Broncos (From IND): Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
An explosive playmaker, Will McDonald IV continues to remind everyone why he chose to come back for another season by showing out on Saturdays.
74) Los Angeles Rams: Andrew Voorhees, G, USC
Caleb Williams has a certain level of comfort when he drops back, and it’s because guys like Andrew Voorhees are doing their job well up front.
75) Green Bay Packers: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
Brandon Joseph‘s stock has plummeted this year, but he could still be a Day 2 pick thanks to his playmaking ability.
76) Atlanta Falcons: Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
When Atlanta decides they’re done with the Cordarrelle Patterson experiment, Sean Tucker‘s ready to take over. A natural playmaker in the run game, Tucker brings above-average pass-catching ability to make defenses tremble.
77) Arizona Cardinals: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
Jimbo Fisher owes Devon Achane an apology. How he’s been utilized in the Aggies’ offense is nearly criminal. A player with that much speed and explosiveness deserves better, and hopefully, the Cardinals can find better ways to get him involved.
78) Denver Broncos: Connor Galvin, OT, Baylor
Baylor might not be having the best season, but Connor Galvin has done his part. Galvin’s grown into his frame well, and he could be a go-to blindside protector for Russell Wilson at the next level.
79) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State
All of the pieces are there in the Colts’ offense to be exciting, but they need their quarterback of the future. Cameron Ward can sling the football, but it’s just a matter of if he will declare. If he does and Indianapolis gets him, watch out.
80) Los Angeles Chargers: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson has been in the spotlight more often recently thanks to TCU’s success, and he’s put on several big plays that should attract attention. He’s undersized, so that will be the one big limiting factor in his draft stock.
81) Cincinnati Bengals: JL Skinner, S, Boise State
Boise State’s turned its season around, and the defense continues stifling its competition. JL Skinner‘s an underrated player at safety, and the Bengals could use another young player in their secondary.
82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: K.J. Henry, EDGE, Clemson
Murphy commands most of the attention, but K.J. Henry’s also having an impressive season. A long, explosives pass rusher, Henry gives the Bucs another weapon to terrorize opposing tackles.
83) Carolina Panthers (From SF): A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
A.T. Perry isn’t a stranger to big plays, and DJ Moore would love to see someone help him out in the passing game. With Stroud throwing them the football, the offense could reach new heights.
84) Miami Dolphins (From NE): Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
Injuries for Zach Evans have turned Ole Miss’ offense into the Quinshon Judkins show, but Evans still has the explosiveness that teams will love. He has the speed to add to a fast Miami offense.
85) Seattle Seahawks: Jarrett Patterson, C, Notre Dame
Jarrett Patterson goes to work week in and week out. Patterson’s moved back to his original position of center but has put on some tackle tape as well that could help his draft stock and give Seattle some flexibility to swing him outside in a pinch.
86) New York Jets: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
Again, New York found some freakish players in the past that are playing well for them, and DeMarvion Overshown fits that mold too. A long linebacker, Overshown’s worked to become more natural at the position and could give the Jets a new big-time weapon on defense.
87) Buffalo Bills: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)
Injuries are a big concern for Buffalo right now in the secondary, and it would be nice to add some depth to the position in the offseason. Tyrique Stevenson had first-round potential heading into the year, and the Bills hope he can regain that when he joins them.
88) Dallas Cowboys: Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State
Florida State’s defense continues playing aggressively, and it’s brought out a lot of good in Jammie Robinson. The physical safety loves the new system he plays in, and the Cowboys will love that he’s able to move all over the field for them.
89) Baltimore Ravens: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami (FL)
Giving Lamar Jackson time to throw is huge. Zion Nelson hasn’t had the most consistent QB play behind him, but that changes thanks to this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
90) Tennessee Titans: Byron Young, DT, Alabama
Byron Young gives Alabama a good run stopper who’s also developed as a pass rusher. He’ll add depth to the Titans’ defensive line.
91) New York Giants: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
A natural tackling machine, Jack Campbell will put in the work to be successful in the NFL. He might not be the most gifted athlete on the field, but he does plenty of other things well and brings natural instincts that gets him to the football.
92) Miami Dolphins: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn
Another potential sleeper pick, Owen Pappoe’s been overlooked because of Auburn’s struggles. He can thump ball carriers on a regular basis.
93) Minnesota Vikings: Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU
While they passed on a corner in Round 1, Minnesota adds one in the third. Mekhi Garner’s thrived with LSU so far this year, and the former transfer has worked his way into being a Day 2 pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
94) Kansas City Chiefs: Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas
Again, two gap players are making a comeback, and Keondre Coburn is one of the best. He doesn’t produce big numbers, but the man is a nightmare to move. His ability to beat double teams with sheer power is a sight to behold.
95) Philadelphia Eagles: Ivan Pace Jr., LB Cincinnati
Many didn’t believe in Ivan Pace Jr. coming into the year, but he’s proving many people wrong. A tackling machine at Miami-OH, he’s become an even bigger playmaker with the Bearcats.
96) Cleveland Browns: Habakkuk Baldonado, EDGE, Pitt
Pitt’s defensive line has a bunch of underrated prospects, and Habakkuk Baldonado is one of them. He’s not the most explosive around the edge, but he’s a capable playmaker.
97) San Francisco 49ers: LaDarius Henderson, G, Arizona State
Another big-time sleeper, LaDarius Henderson brings a nasty attitude to blocking. He will finish the play whether his defender wants to or not, and it’s a big reason why that player typically ends up on their back.
98) San Francisco 49ers: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
George Kittle and Sam LaPorta on the same team. Just how it should be. LaPorta might not have Kittle’s ceiling, but he’s a quality player that can add depth.
99) New York Giants (From SF): Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
The potential Heisman Trophy winner could be Saquon Barkley’s replacement. After proving to many doubters that he could be a feature back, Blake Corum will have to do it again at the next level.