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    Hodgkinson’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft: C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young Continue To Dominate The Quarterback Class

    C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young dominate the QB class, but how does the rest of the board fall in this 3-Round 2023 NFL Mock Draft?

    As the college football season careers towards its conclusion and disappointing NFL teams turn their attention to the future, it’s time for another 2023 NFL Mock Draft. C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young continue to dominate the quarterback class, but how will the rest of the board fall?

    Note that the NFL draft order being used is as of Sunday morning before Week 10 kicked off.

    2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1

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    1) Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

    While Davis Mills has shown glimpses of being a viable starting quarterback in the NFL this season, the clamor for a new signal-caller in Space City will be deafening if the Texans are picking first overall in April.

    Despite some struggles this season, C.J. Stroud has the size, accuracy, and arm talent to be worthy as the first quarterback off the board in the 2023 NFL Draft. A Heisman frontrunner for the most part of the season, the Ohio State QB currently sits second in the nation for passing yards per attempt and passing touchdowns.

    2) Carolina Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

    How many quarterbacks does it take to change a lightbulb? If you’re the Carolina Panthers, there is truly no correct answer. While they currently have Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, PJ Walker, and Matt Corral on the books, that shouldn’t preclude Carolina from picking up a passer if they’re selecting as high as they are in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

    Concerns about his size shouldn’t overshadow the fact that Bryce Young is as poised under pressure as they come, has an excellent arm, and can create outside of structure when required.

    3) Las Vegas Raiders: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

    As Josh McDaniels clears house from the previous regime, there’s a feeling that the Las Vegas Raiders could be ready to move on from Derek Carr. Missing out on Young and Stroud in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft puts that plan on hold. The Raiders are left with two options, protect Carr or build a bully on defense.

    Pairing Will Anderson Jr. with Maxx Crosby would create a dangerous and dominant duo, with Anderson’s athleticism and powerful punishing hands making him comfortably the best defensive player in the class.

    4) Pittsburgh Steelers: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have their quarterback in Kenny Pickett. Now, it’s time to protect him in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft with Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.

    The Buckeyes bruiser has the size, length, power, and athleticism to be a dominant NFL left tackle. He’s made the transition from the interior to seamlessly being Ohio State’s bookend, and there’s no reason that the next step in his journey shouldn’t come with the same exceptional degree of success.

    5) Detroit Lions: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

    Stepping up to the podium for the fifth pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions are in something of a no man’s land as it pertains to selecting a passer. With two picks inside the top 15, they can likely swoop for a signal-caller a little later. What you’re not going to get outside of the top 10 is a player of Jalen Carter‘s caliber.

    MORE: Jalen Carter Stands Tall Amongst DTs in the 2023 NFL Draft

    Adding the 6’3″, 310-pound Georgia juggernaut gives the Lions an athletic freak who is dominantly explosive off the snap. You can try and stop Carter. You can try and stop Aidan Hutchinson. It’s a fair bet you can’t stop them both.

    6) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

    As the Philadelphia Eagles career towards a Super Bowl appearance, there’s no need to entertain quarterback talk in 2023 NFL Mock Drafts any longer. There is, however, a need to upgrade at the EDGE position, and no bigger or better upgrade available than the cornerstone of an impressive Clemson line, Myles Murphy.

    Murphy possesses an alluring and oft-unstoppable combination of size and speed that has seen him tally double-digit tackles for loss as one of the best defensive linemen in the nation for the past three years.

    7) Arizona Cardinals: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

    While the Arizona Cardinals deal with some offensive troubles, there have been clear defensive deficiencies in the desert for some time. They need an elite, playmaking cornerback and find one in Georgia’s Kelee Ringo.

    The Bulldogs’ defense hasn’t missed a beat this season despite losing a ton of talent to the draft, and their commanding cornerback is one of the main reasons why. An athletic freak with sensational speed wrapped up in a 6’2″, 205-pound frame, Ringo is fast, physical, and has evolved into a fantastic technician this fall.

    8) Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

    Trevor Lawrence is developing into the talent that every scout envisaged when he came out of Clemson. However, he needs reliable targets who can help elevate this Jacksonville Jaguars offense.

    We already know Calvin Ridley will join the Jaguars’ roster next season, but how about adding a 6’4″ catch-point menace who bodies defensive backs with the athleticism to be a genuine threat at all three levels of the field? The Horned Frog heads to Florida as the Jags snag Quentin Johnston in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

    9) Chicago Bears: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

    You can’t watch Justin Fields running for his life every week and honestly believe that it’s a sustainable way to run your offense. At some point, the Chicago Bears need to give him time to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball downfield as he showed he was capable of at Ohio State.

    Selecting Olumuyiwa Fashanu gives Fields a 6’6″, 308-pound OT with outstanding physical tools that are matched only by elevated technical use of his extremities and an impressive football intelligence that belies his experience level.

    10) Green Bay Packers: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

    Aaron Rodgers would likely love to see a pass catcher come his way from the first round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but the reality is that the Green Bay Packers aren’t going to pull the trigger at the position this early. Safety is an area of need, as is offensive tackle, but the 10th spot isn’t ideal range for those positions.

    So, the Packers find a long-term pass-rush piece for their defense in the form of Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson, who is a size, length, and power package weaponized by elite athletic traits that make him a dangerous defensive dynamo.

    11) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

    The Seattle Seahawks have been widely celebrated for the success of their previous draft class, and this 2023 NFL Mock Draft has the potential to continue that theme.

    Landing Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell gives Pete Carroll’s team a 6’3″, 250-pound physical freak who comes flying downhill with disturbing ferocity and a nose for the ball that makes him extremely dangerous. With Cody Barton a free agent at the end of the season, Sewell can slide in alongside Jordyn Brooks as a Day 1 starter in Seattle.

    12) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

    With Dan Campbell biting kneecaps and Will Levis putting mayonnaise in his coffee, the catering arrangements in Detroit might leave a lot to be desired. But the on-field product has the potential to be tasty.

    MORE: Top QBs in the 2023 NFL Draft

    The Kentucky QB fits the gritty demeanor of Campbell’s Lions, routinely strapping the Wildcats on his back and dragging them kicking and screaming across the goal line in games. Levis’ elastic arm is effortlessly exquisite, allowing him to zip the ball into tight windows with ease.

    13) Houston Texans (From CLE): Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

    With Stroud safely secured in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Houston adds an ascending wide receiver to their roster with their additional first-round pick. Rashee Rice leads the nation in yards per game, but he’s more than a statistical standout or product of SMU’s system.

    The Mustangs magician boasts an electric skill set that is equal parts explosive athleticism and catch-point prowess. The 6’2″, 203-pound WR is a reliable target with after-the-catch menace.

    14) Indianapolis Colts: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

    Although the Indianapolis Colts are in desperate need of a quarterback, providing their future passer with a stable offensive line to work behind is equally important. Broderick Jones has been the cornerstone of a Georgia offensive line that has allowed Stetson Bennett to, at times, look like the best QB in all of college football this season.

    Jones’ explosive athletic presence will benefit the Colts’ ground game, while his strength to anchor and overpower in pass protection creates a well-rounded NFL profile.

    15) Atlanta Falcons: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

    The Atlanta Falcons might have sunk significant capital into the EDGE position last April, but that shouldn’t preclude them from further strengthening what has been historically an area of weakness for the team.

    LSU’s BJ Ojulari is an explosive pass rusher with excellent bend and a loaded toolbox. Excitingly for Falcons fans reading this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Ojulari has already proven he can combine moves together to pose a disruptive, destructive, and dominant presence in the opposing backfield.

    16) Washington Commanders: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

    Will the Washington Commanders strike for a quarterback next April or stick with Taylor Heinicke or Sam Howell next season? If they spurn a signal-caller, cornerback is likely to be their biggest need, and there are few better in the business than Joey Porter Jr.

    Porter is a physical menace who’s equally capable of doing the dirty work against the run and putting his ball skills to use in coverage. With his hyper-athletic profile, Porter is the type of cornerback who does it all and can be anywhere on the field at any time.

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

    Despite the emergence of Jack Jones as a playmaking force in the New England Patriots’ secondary, there’s a clear need to upgrade the CB position. Mississippi State’s Emmanuel Forbes cements his status as one of the best in the nation week in, week out.

    Forbes boasts the length, vertical athleticism, quick footwork, route recognition, and physicality to be a dominant force in an NFL secondary. He also possesses special-teams value that you know will endear him to Bill Belichick.

    18) Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

    What’s better than having three wide receivers that would legitimately be potential WR1s on any other team in the NFL? Adding a tight end who has the receiving capability of a wide receiver, that’s what.

    Michael Mayer would add another level of danger to the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing game, utilizing his impressive athleticism and devastating catch-point acrobatics at all levels of the field. However, Mayer also boasts impressive physicality and technicality as a blocker, adding further offensive value.

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

    At some point, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to face the reality of life without Tom Brady. However, for now, the focus of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft is to enhance the Bucs’ offense while Brady remains under center.

    Tampa has struggled to run the rock this season, but returning offensive line pieces and the best running back in college football landing on their roster should help immensely. Bijan Robinson is elusive, physical, and also an elite receiving threat who would automatically become Brady’s best friend as a rookie.

    20) Denver Broncos (From SF via MIA): Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

    Letting Russell Wilson cook only works if the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback isn’t getting cooked by opposing pass rushers. While throwing the least passing touchdowns in the nation, the Denver Broncos have given up the eighth-most sacks in the NFL this season.

    Adding Anton Harrison in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft should remedy some of those issues. He’s showcased a delightful blend of sheer physical tools and a deeper understanding of the technical aspect of the position, resulting in an ascending prospect.

    21) Los Angeles Chargers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

    While the Los Angeles Chargers could strike for a right tackle with their first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, the opportunity to snag a falling star at a position of need proves too tempting in this mock draft.

    MORE: 2023 NFL Draft Big Board

    The Chargers need to add an extra element of pass-catching threat to their offense, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba offers exciting catch-point prowess with the ability to carve open secondaries with route-running nouse, if not, game-changing explosive athleticism.

    22) Tennessee Titans: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

    With Taylor Lewan potentially not returning following a season-ending injury, the Tennessee Titans could be in need of a starting LT. There have been few more impressive tackle talents in college football this season than Syracuse’s Matthew Bergeron.

    Bergeron has the foot speed to match the speediest pass rushers and the power to displace even the most physical defensive linemen. The Canadian national has dealt with some of the most disruptive pass rushers in the nation and emerged victorious.

    23) Seattle Seahawks: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

    Despite adding Boye Mafe last April and Uchenna Nwosu enjoying the most productive season of his career, don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks add more pass-rush pieces to their roster early in the 2023 NFL Draft.

    MORE: NFL Week 10 Playoff Picture

    Felix Anudike-Uzomah is no stranger to defensive production, and he has the talent to ensure that transitions to the NFL level. A relentless pass rusher with the violence and length to disrupt at the point of attack, the Kansas State prospect also offers significant upside against the ground game.

    24) Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

    Expecting Lamar Jackson to perform at an MVP level with the current Baltimore Ravens WR room is unrealistic. The Ravens need to add a game-changing pass-catching threat to their roster, and in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, that comes in the form of Jordan Addison.

    The former Pitt pass catcher has been dominant in two different offenses, demonstrating that he has the speed and route-running threat to be a dangerous weapon at the NFL level despite some concerns over his size.

    25) New York Jets: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

    If Bryan Bresee slides all the way down to the back half of Round 1, the New York Jets should sprint up to the podium to make their selection. After suffering some health issues throughout his career, it isn’t completely out of the question that his stock could suffer.

    MORE: Sauce Gardner Proving His DROY Status

    When Bresee’s on the field, however, the Clemson DT is an absolute monster with unrelenting power and elite length to pose a disruptive presence on the defensive interior.

    26) Dallas Cowboys: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

    Jerry Jones openly admitted that the Dallas Cowboys tried to add some speed to their WR room at the NFL trade deadline. Having failed in that mission, this 2023 NFL Mock Draft gives the Cowboys the opportunity to remedy that.

    MORE: Cowboys Squander Opportunity vs. Packers

    North Carolina’s Josh Downs has the speed to take the top off a defense, the twitchiness to break tackles for fun after the catch, and has showcased exceptional route-running ability in a campaign that has seen him break 100 receiving yards in over half of his 2022 appearances.

    27) New York Giants: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

    With the New York Giants enjoying their most successful start to a season for some time, Daniel Jones appears to be safe from a quarterback selection next April. The Giants do have multiple areas of need to address, however, starting with cornerback.

    Utah’s Clark Phillips III is likely to be tabbed “undersized” in the 2023 NFL Draft, but he competes beyond his size as an outside cornerback for Utah. Phillips is an elite playmaker with impressive athleticism and physicality on every snap.

    28) Kansas City Chiefs: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

    While George Karlaftis has been able to contribute early in his NFL career, the Kansas City Chiefs strike for another edge prospect in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Isaiah Foskey gives the Chiefs’ defense a dominant pass rusher that boasts the size, power, motor, and length to consistently make plays at the NFL level.

    Foskey’s impact behind the line of scrimmage has been felt this season, with 10 tackles for loss and eight sacks after forcing six forced fumbles last campaign.

    29) Minnesota Vikings: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

    The NFL draft isn’t always about filling holes in your roster for the immediate future. Sometimes you have to have one eye further down the road. With Danielle Hunter out of contract at the end of 2023, the Minnesota Vikings address the EDGE position with an ascending pass-rush prospect.

    MORE: The Vikings Win a Statement Game vs. the Bills

    Florida State’s Jared Verse can win with speed or power as a versatile pass rusher. With alignment versatility, he can have a rotational role early in his career before becoming the starter.

    30) Buffalo Bills: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

    While the Buffalo Bills remain one of the teams to beat in the NFL this season, upgrading their offensive line should be a priority. Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski has lived up to preseason hype with commanding performances on a poor Wildcats team.

    He’s a top-tier technician, an audacious athlete, and boasts a rock-solid anchor. There are questions about Skoronski’s arm length as it pertains to his NFL projection, but at the very worst, the Bills get a potentially elite guard, if not a high-level offensive tackle.

    31) Philadephia Eagles: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

    Despite the addition of James Bradberry earlier this year, cornerback is very much at the forefront of the Eagles’ needs in the 2023 NFL Draft. Historically, they’ve avoided the position in the first round, but with two firsts, they might buck that trend in April.

    Christian Gonzalez is a cornerback attracting a lot of attention, as Oregon ascends into national relevance. The former Colorado corner has ludicrous athleticism for his size while possessing the length and football instincts to be an impact-maker in coverage.

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    32) Houston Texans: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

    The offensive focus continues for the Texans in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Adding a powerhouse interior offensive lineman like Florida’s O’Cyrus Torrence has multiple benefits. He’s an efficient pass protector for new QB Stroud, while mauling open rushing lines for another former Floridian in RB Dameon Pierce.

    33) Carolina Panthers: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

    A season that has fallen short of expectation, combined with some visible frustrations and not-so-visible rumblings of off-field concerns, could see highly rated LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte slide out of the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. With his game-changing speed and acceleration, Boutte would make an electric addition to the Panthers’ WR room.

    34) Pittsburgh Steelers: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

    Siaki Ika is a 6’4″, 350-plus-pound wrecking ball from the nose tackle position. He eats up double (and triple teams) while posing a backfield penetration threat all of his own. Adding the Baylor behemoth to the heart of the Steelers’ defensive front would allow T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith endless opportunities to rack up sacks statistics.

    35) Detroit Lions: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

    In the unlikely scenario that Trenton Simpson escapes the first round, the Lions should move to the podium quicker than the Clemson LB covers ground on the football field. A Swiss Army knife defensive prospect who will draw lazy comparisons to Isaiah Simmons, Simpson is a downhill enforcer with coverage ability who has aligned all over the field during his college career.

    36) Las Vegas Raiders: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

    After a turbulent start to his NFL career, Alex Leatherwood was another casualty of the Raiders’ house-clearing operation. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Raiders replace him with highly-rated Maryland tackle Jaelyn Duncan. A strong, athletic OT with fast feet, off-snap explosion, and a vice-like grip, Duncan is a potent force in multiple offensive phases.

    37) Arizona Cardinals: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

    If Andre Carter II played at any other program in the country, he’d likely have developed into a first-round pick by now. Eligibility concerns associated with playing at a service academy could impact his stock, but Carter is an explosive game-changer who routinely erupts into the backfield before the tackle is out of his stance.

    38) Jacksonville Jaguars: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

    The Jaguars need to upgrade on both sides of the trenches, and they start to address that in Round 2 of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft by selecting Gervon Dexter. At 6’6″ and 313 pounds, Dexter possesses the power you’d expect from a player of his size while also boasting the athleticism that you wouldn’t. He can help fully unlock the other weapons in the Jags’ defense.

    39) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

    Considered a potential first-round pick ahead of the season, Cam Smith hasn’t quite elevated himself to those heights through the fall. However, the South Carolina prospect adds a physical, ball-hawking presence to the Steelers’ secondary with his alluring mix of size, length, eye-popping vertical explosion, and typical Gamecock DB swagger.

    40) Green Bay Packers: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

    The addition of Raiders misfit Johnathan Abram showcases the need to address the safety position in 2023, particularly if Adrian Amos is allowed to hit free agency. Brian Branch gives the Packers a do-it-all defensive stud who pairs top-tier football instincts with the athletic ability to put them into action and a motor that keeps running all game long.

    41) New Orleans Saints: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

    Hendon Hooker has taken the nation by storm this fall, leading a Tennessee offense to heights many wouldn’t have considered possible before the season. He boasts arm talent, creative capacity, and pocket presence, all wrapped up in an NFL-requisite frame. Meanwhile, the combination of Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton has been wholly disappointing for the Saints.

    42) Los Angeles Rams: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

    They’ve had to wait until the second round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but the Los Angeles Rams open their account by snagging their left tackle of the future in BYU’s Blake Freeland. A solid pass protector for Matthew Stafford, Freeland’s athleticism and violence should prove a catalyst for the Rams’ ground game.

    43) Cleveland Browns: Byron Young, DT, Alabama

    Another team starting their selections in Round 2, the Cleveland Browns make a much-needed addition to the heart of their defensive front.

    MORE: Deshaun Watson Is Not Saving the Browns’ Season

    Alabama DT Byron Young boasts an elite run-stopping profile at 6’3″ and 292 pounds, predicated on explosion and sheer strength. Elevating his pass-rush approach could see Young’s stock soar by season’s end.

    44) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

    Once upon a time, this 2023 NFL Mock Draft would have had the Seahawks selecting a signal-caller. Now that the Geno Smith we knew and loved at West Virginia has transitioned into a legitimate NFL QB, it’s time to give him a legitimate NFL wide receiver. Zay Flowers is an electric after-the-catch threat with elite movement skills who also dominates the catch point.

    45) Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M

    With multiple needs in the secondary, the Colts land versatile DB Antonio Johnson out of Texas A&M. At 6’3″, Johnson boasts the size, speed, and length to be impactful in multiple phases of the game, from multiple alignments. He’s seen substantial nickel usage for the Aggies, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all he brings to the table.

    46) Washington Commanders: Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State

    Having avoided the QB position in the first round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Commanders commandeer Cameron Ward from Washington State. While there’s no guarantee that Ward declares, if he does, his ability to throw the ball from multiple arm angles, with impressive elasticity to provide effortless zip, and high-level creation as a scrambler will make him hard to resist for a team starved of recent quarterback success.

    47) Atlanta Falcons: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

    Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs is the ultimate do-it-all running back for an offense that has some serious question marks at the quarterback position. Running with physicality and speed, Gibbs has receiver-level pass-catching prowess. Meanwhile, he has the pass-protection skills to ensure he’s an immediate three-down presence in the NFL.

    48) Cincinnati Bengals: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

    Syracuse CB Garrett Williams gives the Bengals a physical presence who is exceptional in the underrated elements of cornerback evaluation. Williams is able to mix it up with anyone in run support while being fast and fluid in coverage. His 21 career pass breakups and four interceptions are a testament to his ball-hawking ability in the secondary.

    49) New England Patriots: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama

    While the Patriots have held opposing offenses under 20 points in over half their games this season, upgrading their LB group will be a must in the 2023 NFL Draft. Alabama’s Henry To’oTo’o is an instinctual player with a high football IQ, physicality, and the attributes to be a high-level run defender at a significant position of need.

    50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

    A figure of fun and derision ahead of the season, Bo Nix leads the nation in multiple metrics as he careers towards a December date with the Heisman Trophy. The Oregon QB has always possessed some alluring physical tools but could never really tie everything together neatly.

    A year as Brady’s backup should help Nix to further enhance the decision-making element of his game and eventually become an impactful NFL starter.

    51) Carolina Panthers (From SF): John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

    Bradley Bozeman is out of contract at the end of the year, and the Panthers reel in a replacement in the form of Minnesota marvel John Michael Schmitz. The top center in the class has the power to plow through defensive linemen and the athleticism to get out and secure rushing lanes at the second level.

    52) Tennessee Titans: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

    Concerns about his size won’t be eased by a season-ending injury pectoral injury, but Nolan Smith should still command at least second-round consideration. Smith’s elite athleticism, impressive bend capacity, and surprising power generation from his lightweight frame give the Titans an imposing rotational pass-rush presence.

    53) Los Angeles Chargers: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

    Maximizing the Super Bowl window on Justin Herbert’s rookie contract involves keeping the star quarterback upright. The selection of Darnell Wright in Round 2 of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft gives them a powerful and violent pass protector, who has experience at both bookends, with NFL size and length.

    54) Miami Dolphins: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

    The Dolphins’ secondary gets an injection of ferocity with the selection of Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

    MORE: Are the Dolphins better than the Bills?

    An architect of one of the nation’s best defenses, Witherspoon has twitchy athleticism, short-area explosion, and instincts that allow him to be a coverage force. Meanwhile, he’s made a living in opposing backfields in addition to his run-game skills.

    55) Seattle Seahawks: LaDarius Henderson, G, Arizona State

    Recently announced to the East-West Shrine Bowl, LaDarius Henderson will have the opportunity to elevate his draft stock on the national stage. The Arizona State guard is a stellar athlete with the size, length, and violent play strength to be a mauler in the ground game at the NFL level. The Seahawks continue to build an o-line monster.

    56) New York Jets: Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

    Kwon Alexander and Quincy Williams are both out of contract at the end of the season, making linebacker an area of need. Plugging in Ivan Pace Jr. gives the Jets a ferocious backfield penetrator who comes downhill like a heat-seeking missile. However, Pace also flashes coverage capability, giving him three-down NFL potential.

    57) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

    The fact that rookie defensive back Jaquan Brisker leads the Bears in sacks entering NFL Week 10 tells you all you need to know about the pass-rush need in the Windy City. Washington’s Bralen Trice is an explosive pass-rush presence who catapults his 6’4″, 269-pound frame into the backfield while meeting any resistance with violent hands.

    58) New York Giants: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State

    The Giants’ wide receiver room is extremely thin on talent, and rectifying that should be a focus in the 2023 NFL Draft. While being listed at 5’10”, Penn State’s Parker Washington consistently plays bigger than that as a physical catch-point presence. His ability to add yardage after the catch should ensure that he earns Day 2 consideration next April.

    59) Dallas Cowboys: JL Skinner, S, Boise State

    While it might not be considered the biggest of needs right now, the opportunity to take one of the top safety prospects in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft should not be turned down.

    Boise State’s JL Skinner is a downhill enforcer who hits like a hammer with his 6’4″, 220-pound frame. Far from just a box safety, however, Skinner boasts coverage skills buoyed by ludicrous closing speed.

    60) Kansas City Chiefs: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

    Adding Kadarius Toney doesn’t stop wide receiver from being a significant need for the Chiefs in the 2023 NFL Draft. While he might not possess the same top-end speed as Tyreek Hill, Jalin Hyatt is a speedster who has made a killing this season by simply blowing by defensive backs. Importantly for his NFL projection, Hyatt knows how to manipulate his speed to deliver maximum effectiveness.

    61) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

    Jordan Battle gives the Lions important safety depth in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. However, the Alabama safety has the potential to develop into a starting-caliber NFL talent. With his high-level play-recognition skills, alignment versatility, and an impressive athletic profile that allows him to act upon his instincts, Battle is equally adept against the run and in coverage.

    62) Buffalo Bills: Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State

    As the Ohio State defense has morphed from a liability to an impactful force near the top of all CFB units, Tommy Eichenberg has seen a substantial boost to his 2023 NFL Draft stock.

    As such, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his explosive play speed and an improved reading of the game facilitate a penetration of the second round in much the same way he’s forced his way into opposing backfields this fall.

    63) Philadephia Eagles: Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

    Emerging as the top RB contender to win the Heisman Trophy does not make an NFL Draft prospect. However, Blake Corum is a legitimate NFL prospect who boasts speed, explosive acceleration, and the vision to find gaps. He’s thrived behind Michigan’s o-line this season. Imagine what he could do behind the Eagles’ unit as a counter-foil to Jalen Hurts’ mobile threat.

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    64) Houston Texans: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

    He might be considered undersized, but Calijah Kancey is an explosive defensive lineman with an already bulging pass-rush toolbox. Just plug him in somewhere on that Houston front and let him thrive.

    65) New England Patriots (From CAR): Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

    Mac Jones/Bailey Zappe need offensive weapons, whether that be in the form of a wide receiver or tight end. Darnell Washington gives them a 6’7″, 270-pound monster whose elite athleticism makes him a dangerous pass-catching threat with blocking upside.

    66) Detroit Lions: Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville

    Louisville cornerback Kei’Trel Clark is headed to Las Vegas for the 2023 Shrine Bowl, with his ultimate destination being the NFL. Great football instincts are weaponized by impressive click-and-close ability as a dangerous turnover threat for the Lions’ secondary.

    67) Las Vegas Raiders: Brandon Dorlus, DT, Oregon

    A versatile defensive lineman with fast feet, powerful hands, and impressive lateral agility for his size, Brandon Dorlus is as well developed technically as he is physically to add a dangerous presence to the Raiders’ defensive front.

    68) Pittsburgh Steelers: Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State

    Although the Steelers might not be looking for a starting EDGE, the selection of Appalachian State outside linebacker Nick Hampton in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft gives them a speed rusher with excellent play strength and a well-refined pass-rush plan.

    69) Jacksonville Jaguars: Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State

    One of the top FCS prospects in this 2023 NFL Draft class, North Dakota State offensive tackle Cody Mauch is a high-level technician who also boasts impressive movement ability and the footwork to effortlessly redirect against the fastest pass rushers he’s faced to date.

    70) Chicago Bears: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

    More support for Fields in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft comes in the form of Cedric Tillman. The Tennessee WR offers a big-bodied boundary threat while possessing deceptive after-the-catch ability.

    71) Green Bay Packers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

    The Packers snag an alignment versatile TE prospect in Utah’s Dalton Kincaid. With catch-point combativeness, excellent ball tracking, and an exciting athletic profile, this 2023 NFL Mock Draft selection gives Rodgers a reliable receiving target.

    72) New Orleans Saints: Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson

    Tyler Davis is a 6’2″, 300-pound wrecking ball at the heart of Clemson’s defensive line, whose fast feet and impressively refined handwork should add value to a Saints defensive front that has three players set to hit free agency.

    73) Arizona Cardinals: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss

    Ole Miss RB Zach Evans gives the Cardinals a physical and speedy threat that earned comparisons to Adrian Peterson coming out of high school. The former TCU rusher would challenge for early playing time in the desert.

    74) Houston Texans (From CLE): Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

    Having missed out on the upper-echelon edge rushers, the Texans secure a straight-line speed rusher in Auburn’s Derick Hall. While he can win around the outside track on pace alone, Hall has the length and strength to win at the point of attack.

    75) Denver Broncos: Justin Flowe, LB, Oregon

    Oregon LB Justin Flowe ticks a lot of linebacker evaluation boxes with his size, speed, physicality, explosion, and coverage capability. However, injuries have limited his on-field time and — by extension — his 2023 NFL Draft stock.

    76) Los Angeles Rams: Drew Sanders, EDGE, Arkansas

    In a disappointing season for Arkansas, linebacker Drew Sanders has been a bright spot for the Razorbacks. An insane athlete, he flies around the field, proving impactful in multiple phases of the game. His size might dictate an OLB role in a 3-4 defense like the Rams.

    77) Denver Broncos (From IND): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

    With two selections in quick succession during this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Broncos double up on potentially elite prospects that have some concerns for their stock. Eli Ricks‘ inability to see the field early for Alabama has clouded the positives of his scouting report, such as high-level ball skills, impressive technicality, and physicality.

    78) Atlanta Falcons: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

    Plugging in 6’3″, 326-pound behemoth and athletic freak Mazi Smith at nose tackle would enable the rest of the defensive front seven to thrive. Meanwhile, the Michigan man has the tools to pose a serious threat as a pass rusher himself if developed correctly.

    79) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): Clayton Tune, QB, Houston

    The Colts wait patiently until the third round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, refusing to overpay for a quarterback and landing a natural leader in Houston’s Clayton Tune. One of the top senior quarterbacks in the class, Tune is accurate, can deliver a downfield ball with ease, and is a poised pocket passer who can create out of structure.

    80) Miami Dolphins (From NE): Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse

    Speed is the name of the game for a Dolphins RB room that contains Jeff Wilson Jr. and Raheem Mostert. They don’t come much faster than Sean “Trackspeed” Tucker, but don’t be fooled into thinking he’s a one-dimensional rusher. There’s more to him than that.

    81) Cincinnati Bengals: Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State

    A versatile offensive lineman with guard and tackle experience, Cooper Beebe can challenge for a starting role in Cincinnati with his sheer physicality and power — both as a run blocker and pass protector.

    82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M

    Potentially the top HBCU prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft class, Isaiah Land gives the Buccaneers an explosive pass-rush presence with a solid array of pass-rush moves and offers deceptive ability against the run.

    83) Carolina Panthers (From SF): K.J. Henry, EDGE, Clemson

    The oft-overlooked member of the Clemson defense, the Panthers land former five-star recruit K.J. Henry. The Tigers’ terror has an explosive force with a great first step and is capable of attacking around the outside track or switching trajectory as an interior rusher.

    84) Los Angeles Chargers: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

    A little talked about prospect on Clemson’s dominating defensive front, Ruke Orhorhoro has the potential to be an impact player on the Chargers’ interior. His speed, power, and relentless pursuit of the ball carrier make Orhorhoro a dangerous player to underestimate.

    85) Tennessee Titans: Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

    Jayden Reed gives the Titans a legitimate speed threat. However, the underrated Michigan State receiver is more than a one-trick pony, offering catch-point prowess in contested situations and special-teams versatility.

    86) Seattle Seahawks: Al Walcott, CB, Baylor

    Al Walcott has played the STAR position in Baylor’s defense this season, but the 6’2″, 219-pound playmaker has cornerback experience. He’s physical, intelligent, and explosive, resulting in pad-popping plays when coming downhill with force.

    87) Miami Dolphins: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

    As the Dolphins continue to optimize their offensive line, adding a behemoth offensive tackle like the 6’8″, 359-pound Dawand Jones in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft gives them a powerful pass protector who boasts above-average athleticism in the ground game.

    88) Baltimore Ravens: Layden Robinson, G, Texas A&M

    After adding Tyler Linderbaum last April, the Ravens continue to strengthen the interior with Texas A&M’s Layden Robinson. A stout presence with excellent length, Robinson thrives at putting a man in the dirt with his unwavering power.

    89) New York Jets: Connor Galvin, OT, Baylor

    Connor Galvin‘s refined handwork in pass protection and his excellent footwork and decent overall athleticism should prove alluring for an NFL team like the Jets that is crying out for OT depth that won’t be a liability when called upon to start.

    90) Dallas Cowboys: Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh

    Despite adding Tyler Smith in the previous cycle, the Cowboys can be expected to add to their OT depth this time around. The selection of Carter Warren gives Dallas an NFL-sized offensive tackle with elite length, impressive footwork, and a solid anchor as a pass protector.

    91) New York Giants: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

    Injury removed Owen Pappoe from last year’s LB class, and he’s already using this season to reinforce his alluring athletic tendencies. The Auburn LB is a dangerous sideline-to-sideline threat who offers upside in coverage and against the run, something the Giants would benefit greatly from.

    92) Kansas City Chiefs: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

    More defensive front reinforcements arrive for Kansas City in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. The 6’4″, 317-pound Keeanu Benton possesses excellent length to be disruptive at the point of attack, while at the end of those levers is a pair of violent hands that can shock his opponent.

    93) Minnesota Vikings: Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU

    One of the most physical cornerbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft class, Mekhi Garner has shown he can hang with the big boys in the SEC following his transfer from Louisiana. At 6’2″, he has a natural size advantage but also the athleticism to climb the ladder at the catch point.

    94) Buffalo Bills: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

    Jordan Poyer is the most valuable impending free agent on the Bills’ roster, and his departure would leave a hole in Buffalo’s secondary. However, Brandon Joseph offers them a replacement with high-level football IQ who regularly puts himself in great situations to intercept the ball.

    95) Philadelphia Eagles: Nathaniel ‘Tank’ Dell, WR, Houston

    Giving Hurts even more offensive weapons in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft actually feels a little unfair, especially when the weapon in question is Houston WR “Tank” Dell. He’s an electric playmaker, boasting speed, explosion, unbelievable footwork, and body control that makes him virtually impossible to stop with the ball in his hands.

    96) Cleveland Browns: A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest

    At 6’5″ and 206 pounds, A.T. Perry gives the Browns a terrific size threat at wide receiver. More than just a jump-ball artist, however, the Wake Forest pass catcher is blessed with twitchy athleticism that helps him create effortless separation.

    97) San Francisco 49ers: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia

    With starting center Jake Brendel out of contract at the end of the year, the 49ers swoop for Sedrick Van Pran, who represents a bargain at the back of the third in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. The Georgia center is a powerful, smart, and ultra-athletic player at the pivot.

    98) San Francisco 49ers: Kenny Logan Jr., S, Kansas

    With Talanoa Hufanga tying down one safety spot in San Francisco’s secondary, the 49ers find him a running mate in former Kansas standout Kenny Logan Jr. Physically well put together at 210 pounds on a 6’0″ frame, Logan is a force downhill but has the range and balls skills to patrol the secondary at a high level.

    99) New York Giants (From KC): Chase Brown, RB, Illinois

    Beyond Saquon Barkley, the Giants’ running back room is exceptionally bleak. Not anymore. With his alluring combination of vision, effortless acceleration, and potent receiving potential, Illinois running back Chase Brown has been a riser in this 2023 NFL Draft cycle.

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