What better way to participate in Cyber Monday than with a 2023 NFL Mock Draft full of value adds, can’t-miss deals, and franchise-altering selections?
In this mock draft, we bring you a three-for-one special — three full rounds in one mock draft, with each containing analysis for every selection. That’s 99 NFL draft picks filled with your favorite college football players!
2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1
The NFL draft order for this 2023 mock is taken from the current NFL standings as of November 25. Not a fan of your team’s choices? Fire up the Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator and be the GM!
1) Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Bryce Young vs. C.J. Stroud for the first overall selection isn’t much of a debate. Young’s creative capacity is far larger, mitigating his size concerns as a 6’0″ QB.
He is rarely rattled and consistently puts the ball where only his WRs can snag it. His poise under pressure (both in the pocket and in big moments) set him apart from the Buckeyes QB.
2) Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
But that doesn’t mean C.J. Stroud isn’t also worthy of a top-two selection. Stroud sports a large frame with the arm talent to pepper the entire field. While no one will confuse him for Justin Fields on the move, he has enough mobility to extend plays and make proper decisions outside the pocket.
3) Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
I’ve had Will Anderson as the top non-QB in the class since last year. But Jalen Carter is simply a rarity that shouldn’t make it out of the top three selections. Affecting the QB from the interior is extremely valuable, especially with the rate and swiftness Carter is able to.
Just watch his tape vs. former Georgia DTs-turned-first-rounders Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt from last cycle, and you’ll know why.
4) Las Vegas Raiders: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Is this Derek Carr’s final year as a Raider? It’s possible, but there isn’t a replacement in this class. So, Las Vegas turns its eye toward the offensive line, nabbing the biggest riser of the season: Penn State OT Olu Fashanu.
His natural attributes would receive a first-round selection on their own, but Fashanu also has the tape against top-flight defenses to back it up (Michigan, Ohio State).
5) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
There isn’t much to say about Will Anderson Jr. that hasn’t already been said. His get-off is the best in the class, and he bends around the arc without diminishing his speed. College offensive tackles couldn’t stop him, and NFL tackles will do little more than slow him down.
6) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
At 6’5″ and 300 pounds, Bryan Bresee is built like a defensive end. Yet, he is an elite penetrator from the interior, with only injuries stunting his growth at Clemson. The Lions have a strong core — all they need to do is add to it while waiting for their future QB1.
7) Houston Texans (From CLE): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
With the face of the franchise in-house, it’s time to give him some weapons. And there may not be a better descriptor for TCU WR Quentin Johnston. People shouldn’t be able to move the way he does at 6’4″ and 215 pounds, forcing missed tackles with the ball and shaking DBs without it.
8) Pittsburgh Steelers: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Kenny Pickett may not be the answer under center, but the Steelers owe it to their fan base to truly find out after spending a first-rounder on him. Paris Johnson Jr. can aid them in their journey, providing stable protection from his side of the line. Something Pickett hasn’t had thus far.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Two Clemson defensive linemen in the top 10? Yes, you read that right. Myles Murphy could arguably go ahead of Bresee, as he is a tank on the edge. He’s already an elite run defender, blowing up blocks and generating defensive stops.
Murphy just needs to unlock his ability as a pass rusher, something we’ve seen flashes of throughout his career.
10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
There may not be a Sauce Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. in this class, but Kelee Ringo is more than just a consolation prize. He looks more like a linebacker than a corner at a rocked-up 6’2″ and 210 pounds — and he plays like it.
The Eagles would gladly take a tone-setter on the outside that could benefit from the tutelage of Darius Slay and James Bradberry.
11) Arizona Cardinals: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Cardinals are more than a CB away from being a legitimate contender, but Joey Porter Jr. fills a long-standing need. The offense has more issues than just talent, whereas the defense simply requires more reliable bodies. And they don’t get much more reliable on the outside than Porter with his combination of size, speed, and technique.
12) Green Bay Packers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Christian Watson has been a revelation, but the Packers need more firepower. Jordan Addison is one heck of an ordnance, exploding for big plays all over the field. He generates separation, and his pure quickness gives Aaron Rodgers a suped-up Randall Cobb.
13) Detroit Lions: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Cam Smith may not be Jaycee Horn, as some helmet scouts have said since last season, but he is a talented corner in his own right. QBs are ignoring his side of the field, and if they don’t, he makes them pay with twitchy movements and emphatic displays of coverage.
14) Indianapolis Colts: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
While Fashanu and Johnson are exceptional athletes at the position and own cosmic vats of potential, Peter Skoronski gets the job done every down. His steadiness may bore some evaluators, but that’s a mark of a clean prospect. He may lack elite tools, but he doesn’t lack elite tape — and I always lean with the tape.
15) Atlanta Falcons: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
You don’t see many 6’6″ and 275-pound edge rushers come through the draft. And one with a 7-foot wingspan? I’m pretty sure that’s called a pterodactyl. We are witnessing an extinct species in Tyree Wilson, and he plays up to the sum of his parts, creating pressure with ease.
16) Los Angeles Chargers: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Anton Harrison is a bit raw, but his ability to mirror defenders on the edge deserves a first-round pick.
Although his technique leaves some to be desired, his athleticism shines through every rep. Put him in an NFL facility for a year, and he could blossom into a stout blindside protector.
17) Washington Commanders: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Christian Gonzalez has taken his lumps this season after transferring from Colorado to Oregon. But he’s also demonstrated a shutdown capacity that CBs without his size/speed simply don’t have. He can improve with the ball in the air, but there is no denying his upside.
18) New York Jets: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
One of my favorite players in the class, Trenton Simpson only falls this far due to positional value. He is a Jack-of-all-trades, blowing up plays from the slot, in the box, and even rushing off the edge. That type of versatility shouldn’t make it out of the top 20 picks.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Buccaneers must find a replacement for Tom Brady before he retires. If they don’t, their best outcome is 9-8/8-9 purgatory. Will Levis may not be the answer, as he hasn’t been for Kentucky this season. But his arm talent is undeniable, and Tampa must take swings where they can.
20) Denver Broncos (From SF via MIA): Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
There’s assault, and there is what Noah Sewell does on a football field. The energy and impact he provides to a defense are unparalleled, as he takes on blocks against larger offensive linemen and wins. He must improve in coverage, but he is a two-down thumper from Day 1.
21) Seattle Seahawks: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
What I said about Simpson applies to Antonio Johnson, only this time for the secondary. I wouldn’t doubt Johnson could be a true outside corner if a team wanted to play him there. He is a little stiff flipping his hips as a higher-cut athlete, but he flies around the football. 6’3″ with range, he can fill a multitude of roles for whichever defense selects him.
22) New England Patriots: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
All BJ Ojulari has done since stepping on LSU’s campus is generate pressure. He is quick off the edge and will counter to the inside once tackles widen their sets to combat his speed. His older brother Azeez found success early on with the Giants — BJ could be even better.
23) Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Bengals could still use reinforcements along the offensive line, but with Michael Mayer staring them in the face at the bottom of Round 1, how could you not pull the trigger? Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, and Mayer? That offense is unguardable, especially with Joe Burrow at the helm.
24) Buffalo Bills: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Do the Bills need a stud running back like Bijan Robinson? No, I don’t think any offense really needs a back of that caliber to succeed. But would I complain if they selected him? Not one bit. Robinson is a generational-type RB, owning elite vision, contact balance, agility, and whatever other traits you deem necessary to be a difference-maker at the position.
25) Baltimore Ravens: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Jaxon Smith-Njigba has barely played this season, but we saw enough last season to know what NFL teams are getting. He is a productive slot option that can make plays for himself after the catch.
He outproduced 2022 first-rounders Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave in the same offense last year, and there is a reason he was Stroud’s go-to.
26) Tennessee Titans: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
With Mike Vrabel and Derrick Henry, the Titans will always be an AFC South contender. But the offense needs to take a step forward, and one way to do so would be to upgrade the offensive line. Broderick Jones is a massive blocker for Georgia, and he’s passed every test he has encountered this season.
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There are still a few big challenges to come, but if he maintains his form throughout the final stretch, he could cement his first-round status.
27) Dallas Cowboys: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Jared Verse ran over the FCS circuit and decided to take his talents to the FBS ranks — he didn’t skip a beat. A knee injury threw a small wrench in things, but Verse has since returned and went right back to doing what he does best: causing headaches for opposing tackles.
28) New York Giants: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
In the same vein as Antonio Johnson, Brian Branch is a versatile defensive back that ripped the starting job away from Malachi Moore — an Alabama DB I believe has (had?) first-round promise. Branch, along with Jordan Battle, is one of the few Crimson Tide secondary members that have lived up to the program’s defensive expectations under Nick Saban.
29) Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Yet another toolsy edge rusher, Isaiah Foskey has disappointed a little bit this season, but his size, length, and speed haven’t gone anywhere. If he can hone his craft and become a down-in, down-out contributor, the Vikings get a steal at 29th overall.
30) Kansas City Chiefs: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
“Speed. I am speed. One winner, 11 losers.” That has to be what Jalin Hyatt says to himself before dropping 100+ yards and multiple TDs against defenses that face him. But Hyatt is more than just speed, as he owns the ball-tracking acumen and balance to haul in passes in stride and take them for six.
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Felix Anudike-Uzomah may have the best bend in the class, shrinking around the edge and exploding toward the QB. He has been on a tear this year and is a major reason Kansas State is in the thick of the Big 12 title race.
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32) Houston Texans: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
Army hasn’t had a player selected since 2008. And they haven’t had a player drafted higher than the seventh round since *checks notes* 1947. Andre Carter II is going to buck the trend, as he is one of the top edge defenders in the class.
He’s so disruptive that teams have resorted to double-teams, chips, and even the occasionally triple-team to slow him down this year after a breakout 2021.
33) Pittsburgh Steelers: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
Leverage is a crucial facet of playing on the line of scrimmage. Calijah Kancey comes with leverage built in as a 6’0″ defensive tackle, and his brisk first step can win reps on its own.
He’s been so dominant for Pitt that he is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy this season, given to the country’s top defensive player.
34) Carolina Panthers: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Much has been made of UNC QB Drake Maye being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, but we can’t forget his No. 1 weapon: Josh Downs. Downs is a dynamic, electric weapon capable of big plays as a receiver and kick returner.
His slight stature caps his overall usage, but being a smaller receiver is much less of a knock in today’s NFL.
35) Seattle Seahawks: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
The FBS’ career leader in pick-sixes (6), Emmanuel Forbes is obviously a ball hawk with stellar ball skills. His instincts are a big reason for his success with the ball in the air, and he is at his best when he throws a WR’s timing off.
36) Los Angeles Rams: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Well, Rams, you traded all your first-round picks, so it’s Hail Mary time. Based on tape alone, I wouldn’t touch Anthony Richardson this high. The mental processing and decision-making are just too far behind other prospects in the class.
But Richardson has the God-given physical attributes that no other prospect has, including Young and Stroud. Matthew Stafford isn’t the long-term face of the franchise, and the Rams need to strike gold or risk undergoing years of mediocrity due to their cap and draft capital situations.
37) Cleveland Browns: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
If you’ve watched the Browns at all this season, you know their biggest weakness: the interior defensive line. Fret not, Clevelands fans, for Siaki Ika is here to hold the line and ensure your second and third-level defenders are not trampled.
Despite being a behemoth of a man (350+ pounds), he still possesses enough mobility to press the issue as a pass rusher.
38) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
A tall and long corner, Jaylon Jones has practically shut down his side of the field. Teams have targeted him just 14 times the entire season! He still deals with the trapping of being a taller corner (hip fluidity, for example), but his body type and physical nature were built for zone defenses.
39) Jacksonville Jaguars: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Clark Phillips III is only 5’10”, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way he plays. He smothers WRs with his sticky coverage, routinely staying attached to their hip pocket before breaking on the ball. He may be a slot-only defender, but that’s a skill set that has become invaluable with the rise of the passing game.
40) Las Vegas Raiders: Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas
With a rapid get-off and a high motor, Keondre Coburn has been a disruptive force for Texas. A lack of length restricts his ability to disengage at times, but that accelerative capacity can’t be found in later rounds.
41) Arizona Cardinals: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
There are three clear tiers of RBs in the 2023 NFL Draft, each inhabited by a singular player. Robinson is the prized jewel, but Jahmyr Gibbs offers a dual-threat skill set that will also have offensive play-callers buzzing.
Whether it’s as a runner or receiver, Gibbs is a threat to turn a short gain into a house call with his acceleration and foot quickness.
42) Green Bay Packers: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
There aren’t many true right tackles worthy of top-100 selections, simply because most college teams put their best tackles on the left side. But Darnell Wright is an exception, as he’s dominated at RT for the Vols all season.
Heavy feet and stiff hips lower his ceiling, but his size, strength, and experience raise his floor.
43) New Orleans Saints: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
Pass-catching instincts. Size. Athleticism. Open-field juice. You name it, and Rashee Rice likely has it. In fact, the biggest knock against him isn’t even due to a fault of his own.
SMU’s offense doesn’t require a diverse route tree and often affords space to its wide receivers. But all Rice has done is produce in any situation he has been placed in, and his skill set is valuable for all 32 NFL teams.
44) Detroit Lions: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Kayshon Boutte was my WR1 heading into the year, and I never would’ve thought I’d have him falling to 44th in a 2023 NFL Mock Draft. But here we are. Boutte has all the makings of a No. 1 receiver: size, speed, explosiveness.
Yet, he’s plummeted down draft boards this season, and his antics earlier in the year could’ve done irreparable damage.
45) Indianapolis Colts: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
What do you do with an athletic freak that has only played 300+ snaps once in his four-year career? That’s the curious case of Nolan Smith, a slightly undersized (6’3″, 235 pounds) EDGE with a shallow pass-rush toolbox. Nevertheless, sometimes you have to bank on potential, and Smith is full of it.
46) Atlanta Falcons: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
Jalin Hyatt receives all the rave reviews out of Tennessee, but don’t sleep on Cedric Tillman. As a big-bodied receiver with long-strider speed, Tillman has the build to slot in as an X receiver. Being a late-bloomer in an offense that doesn’t ask much of pass catchers will hinder his stock, but the raw talent is palpable.
47) Los Angeles Chargers: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Illinois’ defense has been one of the top units in the entire nation this season. A key component of their success has been the secondary, particularly CB Devon Witherspoon. He is a tremendous athlete that has vast experience in man coverage. And his ball skills are statistically elite (15 pass deflections in 2022).
48) Washington Commanders: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida
Gervon Dexter‘s physical build and athleticism are first-round-caliber. However, he has a ways to go as a pass rusher. If he takes to NFL-level coaching and implements what he is taught, he could be a force in the league.
49) New York Jets: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Mekhi Becton, George Fant, and Max Mitchell have all hit IR for the Jets this season. And Duane Brown will be 38 by the start of next season. NY must take a shot at OT next April, so why not Matthew Bergeron? His length and strength are no more than functional, but his movement skills are top-notch.
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
Bralen Trice has stated he isn’t the next Joe Tryon — he’s the next Bralen Trice. Well, the two join forces once again as the Buccaneers select Trice in the second round of this 2023 NFL Draft. He isn’t otherworldly athletically, but he converts speed to power among the best and plays with a vaunted urgency.
51) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State
The Panthers need to inject some youth into their linebacking corps, and Tommy Eichenberg fits the mold. With a sudden downhill trigger and near-instant processing ability, Eichenberg often hits holes before running backs do. And he has the athleticism to reach his landmarks and stick to his man in coverage.
52) New England Patriots: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
Garrett Williams is one of the most fun corners to watch in this class, mostly due to his confidence in coverage. He is fluid flipping his hips and explodes in any direction he chooses within short notice. Long speed may not be his strong suit, but with his understanding of positioning, WRs rarely get behind him.
53) Cincinnati Bengals: Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State
My personal top interior lineman in the class, Cooper Beebe is a thickly built guard with tremendous tape at tackle for Kansas State. His foot speed allowed him to survive there, but his raw strength and compact stature lend themselves much better on the interior.
54) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
The Seahawks don’t have many glaring holes on their roster, but to maintain that construction, they must continue to add to the foundation. O’Cyrus Torrence has some limitations athletically, but he is a mauler and can go toe-to-toe with the NFL brutes on the inside.
55) Buffalo Bills: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
After receiving late Day 1 recognition last year, Jordan Battle returned to ‘Bama for another go-round. In doing so, he’s exhibited the ability to play single-high safety, one of the few question marks he had on a scouting report that detailed his prowess in the slot, two-high, and in the box.
56) Tennessee Titans: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa
The Titans have perpetually needed an edge rusher to pair with Harold Landry. They finally accomplish that goal by nabbing redshirt sophomore Lukas Van Ness. He is one of the most powerful EDGEs in the class, stunning opposing linemen at the point of attack.
57) Dallas Cowboys: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Another LB/EDGE hybrid in Dallas? That’s the stuff of nightmares for the NFC, but that’s exactly what the Cowboys pull off in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
Drew Sanders moved to an off-ball role after transferring to Arkansas from Alabama, and his pass-rushing utility makes him a potent threat in the front seven.
58) New York Giants: Andrew Vorhees, G, USC
I was surprised when Andrew Vorhees announced he was returning to USC this season. He put enough on tape to warrant a top-100 selection last draft. But ultimately, his decision to return didn’t diminish his stock all that much, if at all. A versatile chess piece up front, Vorhees will be a sought-after commodity.
59) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
An athletically gifted offensive tackle, Jordan Morgan has shown immense growth in the technical aspects of the position this season. The foot speed and size are there for him to hold up in the NFL, and the mental side of the game is catching up.
60) Miami Dolphins: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
One of “my guys” in the 2023 NFL Draft is Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson. Nephew of the great LaDanian Tomlinson, Tre’Vius is destined to succeed. Standing 5’9″ and 180 pounds will likely relegate him to the slot in the pros, but he has the burst and technique to thrive there.
61) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
After trading away T.J. Hockenson, the Lions have shoes to fill at tight end. Dalton Kincaid can do just that as one of the best pass-catching TEs in the 2023 class. His receiver background is plain to see in his smoothness running routes and hauling in passes.
62) Kansas City Chiefs: Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern
The Chiefs need help for Chris Jones on the defensive line. George Karlaftis can become a legitimate edge rusher, but Adetomiwa Adebawore has blended the line between DT and EDGE. His ability to penetrate the pocket from any alignment will free up the rest of KC’s pass rushers to pin their ears back.
63) Philadelphia Eagles: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Rome Odunze is an underclassman, but he’s already demonstrated an early-round profile. He’s a lean 6’3″ with the speed and agility to operate in the open field. There isn’t much not to like about Odunze, and he deserves more attention this cycle.
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64) Houston Texans: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
If you need a center in the 2023 NFL Draft, they don’t come much better than John Michael Schmitz. A sixth-year senior, he is a bit on the older side, but he’s also more seasoned. The Texans would love his services alongside 2022 first-rounder Kenyon Green on the interior.
65) New England Patriots: Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson
Injuries have hampered Tyler Davis‘ career, but he is a bowling ball on the defensive line with a sought-after blend of power and athleticism.
66) Chicago Bears: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
If there was one word to encapsulate Zay Flowers‘ game, it would be “playmaker.” He’s a three-level threat with some dynamism after the catch, thanks to his long speed and short-area quickness.
67) Los Angeles Rams: Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
There shouldn’t be an argument: Blake Corum is the top back after Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs. His low center of gravity and immense contact balance make him an RB coach’s dream.
68) Houston Texans: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Jack Campbell may not excite like other prospects, but he is as reliable as they come at the linebacker position. He’s a sure tackler at 6’5″ and 246 pounds, and he reads many plays before they even happen.
69) Pittsburgh Steelers: Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska
Since transferring from LSU in the offseason, all Trey Palmer has done is showcase NFL-caliber skills from the slot. He can stretch defenses vertically while also gaining yards underneath.
70) Jacksonville Jaguars: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
A tight end is one of the quarterback’s best friends, and the Jags need to give Trevor Lawrence all the weapons he can handle. Enter Tucker Kraft. Kraft has enough wiggle to force missed tackles and gain yards after the catch, and his physicality presents a problem for defenders in both phases
71) Las Vegas Raiders: Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri
It’s easy to see Kris Abrams-Draine‘s wide receiver background on tape in the way he attacks the football. He’s still improving his technique and game sense, but he owns the tools to bank on.
72) Denver Broncos: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Dawand Jones is a massive 6’8″ blocker, with all of his career snaps coming from right tackle for the Ohio State. That just so happens to be one of the Broncos’ biggest needs…
73) Green Bay Packers: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson
Pass-rushing threats come at a premium along the interior, and Ruke Orhorhoro has displayed the ability to penetrate the pocket on multiple occasions this season. With notable length, strength, and lateral athleticism, Orhorhoro shouldn’t have to wait too long to hear his name called in April.
74) New Orleans Saints: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
I’ve called Bo Nix “No Nix” for the better part of the last three years. But since his transfer from Auburn to Oregon, he has made me eat my words. Nix looks like a completely different player — one worthy of a relatively high NFL draft selection. Could he be a one-year wonder? Possibly, but his tools say otherwise.
75) Arizona Cardinals: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
Speaking of tools, Mazi Smith is one of the most athletic DTs in the 2023 NFL Draft class. He was the top Feldman Freak this past summer, with a documented 33″ vertical and a 6.95 three-cone at 6’3″ and 337 pounds. He hasn’t put it all together yet, but NFL coaching could unlock his potential.
76) Detroit Lions: LaDarius Henderson, G, Arizona State
PFN Draft Analyst summed up LaDarius Henderson‘s scouting report perfectly: “No guard in the 2023 NFL Draft class has the full combination of physical tools that Henderson has.”
77) Denver Broncos: Kobie Turner, DT, Wake Forest
A Richmond transfer, Kobie Turner has continued his success with Wake Forest this season, proving that it wasn’t just the level of competition that made him a menace up front. He’d be a strong complementary piece at defensive tackle.
78) Atlanta Falcons: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia
The Falcons have gotten the ball rolling on the ground this season, but center Drew Dalman has been a sore spot. Sedrick Van Pran would turn a weakness into a strength, especially in a run-heavy attack. And he’s only a redshirt sophomore.
79) Los Angeles Chargers: Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M
Where will Isaiah Land … land … in the 2023 NFL Draft? He’s undersized as a pure edge rusher, but he’s never played off-ball linebacker. Nevertheless, I trust Brandon Staley to put Land in a position to succeed and take advantage of his obvious pass-rushing prowess.
80) Indianapolis Colts: Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State
The art of out-of-pocket creativity has become sacred in the NFL, and every team wants it. Cameron Ward is far from a polished passer and will need time to acclimate to NFL defenses, but he can create out of structure with the best of them this cycle.
81) New York Jets: JL Skinner, S, Boise State
The Jets have an impressive roster — adding JL Skinner to a secondary with Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed, and Jordan Whitehead is unfair. He is an enforcer over the middle, equipped with the range to track the ball downfield and make a play.
82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Marvin Mims is quietly one of the most dynamic WRs in the class, and the Buccaneers would be wise to add him to the receiving corps, doubly so after selecting a new potential franchise QB. Slot options that can do damage at all three levels of the field are worth their weight in gold.
83) Carolina Panthers: Justin Ford, CB, Montana
One of — if not the — best corners a the FCS level resides in Montana. Justin Ford has 11 career interceptions in 21 games, with two going for touchdowns. He’s obviously a ball hawk, but he also has the burst and change-of-direction ability to smother WRs throughout the route.
84) Cincinnati Bengals: Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC
Tuli Tuipulotu moves extremely well for his size, but his game is predicated on brute force. He shocks linemen with his hands and can wrench them aside in run defense or overwhelm them as a pass rusher.
85) Seattle Seahawks: A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
With Wake Forest falling out of the public eye, so has A.T. Perry. And that’s a shame, as Perry checks every box for a prototypical X receiver. He has the height/length (6’4″) and long-strider speed to be a problem downfield.
86) Miami Dolphins: Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State
Cody Mauch’s arm length may force him to move to guard, but it’s worth testing him at tackle first. That’s where he has shined for the Bison, and he possesses the movement skills and balance to stick there.
87) Buffalo Bills: McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga
Everyone was shocked when the Patriots took Cole Strange in the first round last draft. But McClendon Curtis isn’t too far behind skill set-wise and could likely be had a couple of rounds later. That would be great news for the Bills, whose interior offensive line isn’t bulletproof.
88) Dallas Cowboys: Layden Robinson, G, Texas A&M
Layden Robinson is one of the most physically imposing linemen in the 2023 class. He can bury opponents in a phone booth with copious amounts of power. Refinement will be key to his NFL success, but Robinson’s cinder-block hands will make the transition easier.
89) New York Giants: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
Henry To’oTo’o hasn’t exactly taken college football by storm after transferring to Alabama, but he is a high-IQ defender with sideline-to-sideline range from the second level.
90) Baltimore Ravens: Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
With rare size at 6’3″, 215, with exceptional length, Cory Trice is a name to know heading into prime draft season. What he lacks in pure explosiveness, he makes up with fluidity and physicality.
91) Tennessee Titans: Brandon Dorlus, DT, Oregon
A defensive tackle you rarely see talked about in the 2023 class is Brandon Dorlus. The Oregon defender has lined up all along the trenches, and he’s won from every alignment. He may not have the elite tools or production to garner recognition like some other prospects, but he’s worthy of a top-100 pick.
92) Miami Dolphins: Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah
A former edge rusher, Mohamoud Diabate has taken well to his role as a full-time off-ball linebacker for the Utes. With his range and physicality flying around the field, the Dolphins automatically open things up for the front seven.
93) Minnesota Vikings: Keenan Isaac, CB, Alabama State
At 6’3″ and 190 pounds with stellar movement skills, you don’t see many CBs with Keenan Isaac’s build. However, he knows how to use it, clamping his side of the field and making life difficult for every receiver who steps across from him.
94) Kansas City Chiefs: Mark Evans II, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Mark Evans II has received attention as one of the top HBCU prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. And for good reason. He has the requisite mobility and strength to hold up at tackle, although a move inside wouldn’t be a detriment early on.
95) Philadelphia Eagles: Aubrey Miller Jr., LB, Jackson State
One of my favorite HBCU athletes to watch this season, Aubrey Miller Jr. is a firecracker from the second level. He plays with a controlled violence that you typically don’t see in the FCS, and that will translate in the pros.
96) Cleveland Browns: Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin
The Browns need more offensive weapons, and no moniker better describes Stephen F. Austin WR Xavier Gipson. He is a slight 5’9″ and 170, but he is electric with the ball in his hands — whether as a receiver or kick returner.
97) San Francisco 49ers: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
It seems every year for the last several years, the 49ers have entered the NFL draft with a clear CB need. Kyu Blu Kelly may never be a CB1, but he’s shown enough at Stanford to warrant confidence as a CB2/3 as a rookie.
98) San Francisco 49ers: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
Although I never bought into Jaelyn Duncan‘s first-round hype, he still has the physical tools to grow into a contributor along the offensive line, especially in Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme.
99) New York Giants: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)
The Giants could use some youth in their secondary, and Tyrique Stevenson is an excellent size/athleticism project Wink Martindale can utilize.