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    2023 NFL Mock Draft: Shrine Bowl’s Zay Flowers, Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson Find NFL Homes

    One polarizing quarterback falls to replace a legend, while the Shrine Bowl's Zay Flowers and Tre'vius Hodges-Tomlinson find homes in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

    With the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs set to square off in the Super Bowl, everyone else has their sights on the 2023 NFL Draft. Defense appears to be the early favorite to dominate the first round, but all eyes are on the Chicago Bears and what they’ll do with the first pick.

    2023 NFL Mock Draft

    1) Chicago Bears: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

    As we inch closer to the 2023 NFL Draft, the anticipation grows for what Chicago will do with the first overall pick. They don’t have much competition for their needs in the top 10, so it seems unlikely they hang on to this pick.

    However, if they do, it seems equally unlikely that anyone besides Will Anderson Jr. or Jalen Carter gets picked here. Anderson is a day-one impact player who commands plenty of attention. A Justin Fields trade doesn’t make sense to me with the other needs on the roster, so they’ll stay put and take a star defender or trade out of the spot.

    2) Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

    Bryce Young continues to be the favorite to come off the board first among the quarterbacks, and it’s easy to see why. New head coach DeMeco Ryans’ only big decision with this pick is whether or not he wants to trade it to move up.

    To me, Houston’s in a great position regardless of what they do. Even if someone trades above them, they should be thrilled with the quarterback available at this spot. It makes more sense to sit tight because they still might get Young if the Bears don’t get the offer they want.

    3) Arizona Cardinals: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

    In a way, Arizona could potentially benefit more than Chicago from a trade. With potentially two quarterbacks off the board, teams needing help at that position could become more desperate to get their guy (especially if they’re buying into the unwarranted Will Levis hype).

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    Even if they stay put, the Cardinals are the benefactors of Chicago passing on one of the elite defensive linemen available. Jalen Carter is another potential instant-impact player with his blend of quickness and power. He makes a number of plays that remind you of something former Cardinals lineman J.J. Watt said.

    4) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

    At worst, Anthony Richardson is the football version of an And1 mixtape. You’ll get plenty of oohs and ah’s from the crowd based on his natural abilities, and at best, he’s the franchise’s savior. Sounds like a win-win to me.

    From the rocket attached to his torso to his incredible athleticism, Anthony Richardson will get fans in the seats. He’s more developed than most realize, and the right coaching could make him a nightmare for the AFC in the future.

    5) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

    I’ll admit that we could see the hype surrounding Tyree Wilson die a little as we draw nearer to the draft. However, it’s evident why scouts and analysts like his game. With a great frame and elite explosiveness, Wilson’s a dangerous threat on the edge. The Seahawks could use a player like that since they appear set at quarterback for a little while.

    6) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

    I don’t care about team needs here. If you have the opportunity to pair Aidan Hutchinson and Myles Murphy, you do it. End of story. Two players with great frames and motors that won’t quit give the Lions a tandem that makes most tackles want to quit. Iron sharpens iron too, so going against Penei Sewell in practice will only make Murphy better.

    7) Las Vegas Raiders: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

    This is the last quarterback that warrants a top-10 (maybe even a first-round) pick. C.J. Stroud has been on pace for the title of QB1 all year, but there’s stiff competition for that spot. Regardless, someone’s getting a talented quarterback that can make some pretty throws.

    With Derek Carr on his way out the door, the Raiders need to address his replacement. If they take a gamble and sit with this pick, they might get lucky. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, they do, and they’re getting one of the most talented quarterbacks in this draft class.

    8) Atlanta Falcons: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

    A.J. Terrell gives Atlanta a shutdown corner, and now the Falcons just added a second. Joey Porter Jr. brings great size to the Falcons’ defense, and his trajectory could put him on Terrell’s level. Two potential All-pro caliber corners on one team? That will help the rebuild in a hurry.

    9) Carolina Panthers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

    Once Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson, and C.J. Stroud are off the board, there’s no point on spending a pick on a quarterback this early. So instead, Carolina should stick with Sam Darnold for the short term.

    A team that most likely will struggle again in 2023 should focus on gifting their future franchise quarterback some weapons. Jordan Addison can create separation better than most in this class, and he gives DJ Moore some breathing room downfield.

    10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

    The Eagles can’t really go wrong here. They get to play for a Super Bowl and have a top 10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. It doesn’t get much better than that. While there’s plenty to celebrate regarding Philadelphia’s position, they must address the future too.

    Corner is a position of need not because of skill but because of age. Darius Slay (32 years old) and James Bradberry (29) aren’t old by any means, but the football world sees them in the nursing home already. This means they have plenty of wisdom to pass down to a guy like Christian Gonzalez.

    Gonzalez brings great size and talent to the Eagles’ defense, and he’s a developing player that has new heights to reach in the NFL. Slay and Bradberry can get him there.

    11) Tennessee Titans: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

    Some picks aren’t the sexiest picks. However, they’re necessary. Tennessee finds itself in a position where it must take a tackle to build for the future. Opening holes for Derrick Henry remains a top priority for this offense, and Paris Johnson Jr. helps in that regard.

    He’s a big tackle with good length, and he’s displayed good feet and consistency when blocking his matchup. He’ll need to work on his hand usage more, but his development over the last couple of years shows that Titans fans should expect him to improve even more.

    12) Houston Texans (From CLE): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

    Again, Houston doesn’t need to break the bank just to get their quarterback, especially if they can keep both first-round picks. After adding Bryce Young to run their offense, the Texans add a big-time threat to their passing game.

    Quentin Johnson is a 6’4″, 215-pound deep threat that can make some incredibly athletic catches. Young will find life easy when throwing in his direction, but that’s not the only area in which Johnston thrives.

    He’s quicker than most, and he even has better agility than many receivers in this class that are smaller than him. His ability to create space separates him from pretty much everyone else in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

    13) New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

    All of the pressure will already be on whoever the Jets’ quarterback is next season, but the franchise can ensure that there are no excuses by adding good talent around that passer. Broderick Jones gives New York an athletic tackle who can also bring a nasty streak to his game. I love how he prepares for games mentally, and you can see that jump out on film.

    14) New England Patriots: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

    Here’s a name that continues to show up in the first round of mock drafts. Devon Witherspoon plays the game with great physicality, something that’s helped him become one of the more successful corners in this class.

    He’s not afraid to make his presence known, and that’s what made him stand out on film. If he can add a little weight to his frame, he’s going to be a great player for the Patriots. Until then, fans will love the energy he brings to the defense.

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

    Look, as much as I’d like to push Will Levis out of the first round, someone’s going to take him. It’s inevitable. With reports saying Aaron Rodgers is on his way out of Green Bay, the Packers must address the future.

    Levis has the tools to be successful in the NFL, but the consistency simply hasn’t been there. If you watch the film, there’s a lot left to be desired. However, the good plays do jump out, and the potential in his game could snag the Packers’ interest if they’re in a position to add a quarterback of the future.

    16) Washington Commanders: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

    Washington’s in a tough spot if quarterback is a team need. If they want to wait until next year, offensive line should be the top priority. Peter Skoronski helps fill multiple needs on the line.

    The tackle position needs some help, but so does the inside. Skoronski isn’t the most naturally gifted player in the class, but he’s a fighter. If you need someone who’s a proven winner without the natural tools, he’s your guy. He’ll get a chance at tackle with the opportunity to move inside if that doesn’t work.

    17) Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

    When healthy, Bryan Bresee is a bull in a china shop. That same bull has the ability to finesse his way around the dishes too. Pittsburgh has an elite threat on the edge in T.J. Watt, but imagine what this defensive line could do if they had a force on the inside too.

    Injuries hurt his draft stock, but the potential in his game remains. A player with natural power, Bresee can handle life in the trenches. His athleticism is what will intrigue teams over the rest of the class (outside of Jalen Carter, of course), and it’s what will make him a threat in the NFL.

    18) Detroit Lions: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)

    Another player that is showing up more often at the top of mocks, Tyrique Stevenson has first-round potential. From his size to his gameplay, there’s plenty that warrants a high selection.

    Detroit’s defense is full of players that display good energy, but they need some more talent to elevate their play. With the Lions adding Myles Murphy to the defense, they make another pairing that could be one of the best in the league. Jeff Okudah’s a great corner for this defense, and Stevenson gives fans a lot to be excited about in 2023.

    19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

    With many enticing corners in this draft class, someone’s going to fall. Once a top-10 pick, Kelee Ringo‘s draft stock dipped a little lately. However, that means a team will be thrilled to see him still on their board.

    Ringo’s a physical player with good speed. His physicality gets him in trouble sometimes, but that comes with the territory. Tampa Bay has some work to do in the secondary in multiple aspects, so adding a young and cheap player is a smart move.

    20) Seattle Seahawks: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

    Tariq Woolen gave the Seahawks a steal in last year’s draft, and now they can add another big-time player in the secondary. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Seattle gives Woolen a partner that can help him shut down opposing offenses.

    Cam Smith is a sticky player who stood out in the SEC. He’s a proven talent that can make great plays on the ball, and his physicality will help him in the NFL too.

    21) Los Angeles Chargers: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

    The Zay Flowers bandwagon is pretty full at this point, so hop on before it’s too late. Boston College did what it could to feature its star receiver, but he didn’t get a ton of help. It’s weird to think that he’ll see better matchups in the NFL, but that might be the case.

    Flowers is an explosive weapon who gets going in a hurry. He’s not the biggest receiver in the class, but his ability to separate from his matchup stands out. Justin Herbert could always use another weapon in the passing game, and it’s tough to see the Chargers overlooking a talent like Flowers.

    22) Baltimore Ravens: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

    If Marcus Peters goes elsewhere in free agency, corner becomes an essential need. Even if he comes back, it wouldn’t hurt to add a younger player to learn under his tutelage. The knowledge that Peters and Marlon Humphrey provide would make any corner better.

    Emmanuel Forbes knows how to make plays on the football. I think we all saw that this year. His ability to give the ball back to his offense stands out, and the Ravens could benefit immensely from a skill set like that on their defense.

    23) Minnesota Vikings: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

    If Calijah Kancey was a couple of inches taller and had about 20 more pounds on his frame, he’d be a legitimate top-10 pick. His game isn’t in question, but his size will be under the microscope.

    Kancey’s one of the most explosive playmakers in the 2023 NFL Draft, and the Vikings could use a player like him in this mock. His first step gives him an early advantage on any play, and the front seven of the Vikings’ defense would take a step forward with him on the field.

    24) Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

    Trevor Lawrence needs more weapons in the passing game, but not as many as he did at the beginning of the season. The Jaguars’ entertaining playoff run showed that Lawrence and the offense are in better hands than expected. However, they’ll still need someone to help out more.

    If Evan Engram costs too much, the Jaguars could look to the draft to find his replacement. There’s a debate about who the best tight end is in this class, but Michael Mayer is in every one of those conversations. A reliable pass catcher who’s a force as a blocker, Jacksonville finds its future TE1 with this pick.

    25) New York Giants: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

    Pairing Jaylon Smith with a young and athletic linebacker could make the Giants’ defense a nightmare to block. Trenton Simpson took tremendous strides over the last couple of years at Clemson. His athleticism put him in position to make plays from sideline to sideline, and it gave him a chance to tackle any ball carrier too. If he falls too far in the first round, it will be tough to pass on him.

    26) Dallas Cowboys: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

    Tony Pollard enters free agency and rehab for a broken ankle, and Ezekiel Elliot’s contract isn’t the most team-friendly. So the position must be addressed sooner rather than later. If Dallas decides to move on from both, there’s a guy in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft that can help Cowboys fans forget about both.

    Bijan Robinson is a top-10 talent in this class, but he’s most likely falling later in the first round. He brings good vision, quickness, and pass-catching to the table, giving the Cowboys a great replacement for both Pollard and Elliot.

    27) Buffalo Bills: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

    Alabama’s defense didn’t exactly shine as a unit this year, but there are a few players that stood out. Brian Branch was one of the most consistent players on the Crimson Tide this season, and it’s a big reason why the Bills would take him.

    Whether he plays safety or nickel, Branch can make an impact. He’s an athletic player who’s also a reliable tackler, and that playmaking ability will entice plenty of teams to add his services.

    28) Cincinnati Bengals: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

    O’Cyrus Torrence is putting his skill set on full display at the Senior Bowl, and I refuse to go another year without giving Joe Burrow more than half a second to throw the football. The offensive line once again let the Bengals down this year, and the franchise can’t go any longer without protecting their franchise quarterback.

    29) New Orleans Saints (From SF via MIA via DEN): Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

    The Saints have a number of positions to address. Safety is one of them. If Branch is gone, teams have a solid second choice in Texas A&M’s Antonio Johnson.

    Johnson played all over the field for the Aggies’ defense, giving the Saints a versatile player. His future position might be up in the air, but that’s not a bad thing.

    30) Kansas City Chiefs: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

    Cornerback is a deep position this year, but there’s some solid depth on the edge as well. While BJ Ojulari won’t hear his name early in the first round, he’s still an explosive player that could go later.

    Ojulari’s length helps him keep blockers off his frame, and the Chiefs have veterans that can help him develop more in the NFL.

    31) Philadelphia Eagles: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

    Again, the Eagles are in a great place, so they have the flexibility to add players that may not be day-one starters in 2023. Lukas Van Ness is expected to test well in the next couple of months, and his film shows a player who’s just getting started. The Eagles’ defense is a swarming group, and Van Ness gives them another weapon to help make them even better.

    Round 2

    32) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

    Protecting Kenny Pickett would be a great way to ensure the Steelers’ offense reaches its full potential. With the number of young playmakers taking the field, this could be one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL next year. However, they need to open up running lanes for Najee Harris and give Pickett time to throw.

    Dawand Jones gives Pittsburgh a massive tackle that can engulf a defensive player. While most scouts and analysts focus on Paris Johnson Jr., we could see his teammate move into the first round too.

    33) Houston Texans: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

    With the Texans’ offense taken care of for now, they turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. They enter the territory of the defensive tackles. The defensive tackles in this class aren’t first-round picks but could bring first-round production.

    Siaki Ika bet on himself when he transferred from LSU to Baylor, and it paid off. His ability to play two gaps on a consistent basis put him on the map, and linemen found life tough trying to move him, even with support.

    34) Arizona Cardinals: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

    There are plenty of talented corners that bring good size to their future teams. Clark Phillips III doesn’t have that ideal size, but his competitiveness stands out.

    While he doesn’t have the luxury of relying on his length, Phillips puts in the work off the field to ensure he wins on it. He’ll give Arizona a corner who can also slide inside to nickel, and his play could help provide a spark on defense too.

    35) Indianapolis Colts: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

    Off-the-field questions could hurt his draft stock, but there’s still a lot to like about Kayshon Boutte. His acceleration looks effortless, and many hope to see the potential Top 10 pick that he was at the beginning of the year.

    With Anthony Richardson taken earlier in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Colts also add a player who can help him in the passing game. Boutte is an explosive weapon, and at his peak, he can be a problem for opposing secondaries.

    36) Los Angeles Rams: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

    When Von Miller departed for Buffalo, the edge took a step back in L.A. The Rams can get that part of their defense back on track here. Nolan Smith is a first-round pick with his talent, but injury concerns could slide him into Day 2.

    His explosiveness matches that of anyone in this class if not exceeds it. Pair that with above-average length, and the potential in his game makes him an exciting player. Even with the injury this year, Smith shouldn’t slide too far if he doesn’t go in the first round.

    37) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

    Seattle’s third pick of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft features yet another defensive selection. How can you blame them, though? With the talent on that side of the ball in this class, it’s tough to pass on these kinds of players.

    Gervon Dexter is another player that’s difficult to look past, thanks to his 6’6″, 315-pound frame. When his game is on, there aren’t many double teams that can move him out of his gap, making him one of the most disruptive players in the draft.

    38) Las Vegas Raiders: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

    Darnell Wright is out to prove that he can be a potential first-round pick at the Senior Bowl, and so far, he’s done a good job. In an offense in which he wasn’t asked to block for a long period of time, Wright’s showing that he can handle being a dominant blocker for any period of time.

    With the Raiders adding C.J. Stroud in the first round, they’ll need help protecting their franchise quarterback. Wright faced some elite competition this year and held his own, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him move up draft boards.

    39) Carolina Panthers: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

    Carolina’s fans are used to great linebacker play, and this 2023 NFL Mock Draft gets them back to that. Drew Sanders transferred to Arkansas this year, and he didn’t waste any time making the most of his opportunity.

    The former five-star recruit is athletic and a natural playmaker who demands extra attention from opposing offensive coordinators. He could push the first round if he tests well, but his tape speaks for itself too.

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

    New Orleans needs a quarterback, but they’ll have to wait to get one. Hendon Hooker is one of the oldest rookies in recent memory, but it’s hard to deny the talent. He showed good arm talent with the Vols, and the Saints’ passing game could use an upgrade in that area of their offense.

    41) Tennessee Titans: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

    If Treylon Burks develops into a big-time threat, he’ll need a complementary weapon on the other side. Josh Downs is the perfect fit there. He’s not the big downfield threat that Burks is, but he’s a threat in his own way. A good route runner who can out-leverage any defensive back, the Titans’ offense is in good hands if he joins their roster.

    42) Cleveland Browns: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

    Isaiah Foskey is still learning how to thrive on the line, but his experience at linebacker will help until he does. Cleveland could utilize him at multiple positions if they like, but he’s proven that he can be a team player by learning a new position.

    43) New York Jets: JL Skinner, S, Boise State

    Sauce Gardner Island continues to grow, but that doesn’t mean the Jets don’t need help in the secondary. Another corner would be helpful, but safety is a need as well. Enter JL Skinner.

    Boise State’s star continues to fly under the radar and could be a first-round pick if the right team gets eyes on him. He loves playing a physical brand of football and is extremely comfortable near the line of scrimmage. That physicality fits in well with a Jets defense that brings a great mentality each week.

    44) Atlanta Falcons: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

    If Desmond Ridder turns out to be the future of the franchise, he’ll need some time to grow and develop. Anton Harrison will get his shot at tackle, and the Falcons could shuffle some players around if necessary to make it happen too. Harrison, at one point, received first-round attention, and now he gets a chance to remind everyone why.

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

    With the Packers addressing their quarterback need, they look to add more playmakers for Will Levis in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Dalton Kincaid could be the first tight end taken off the board this year. His route running and quickness allow him to separate from his matchup, and the Packers’ offense would love to have that skill set available.

    46) New England Patriots: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

    With the verdict still out on Mac Jones, the Patriots look to help him in any way possible. Jaxon Smith-Njigba‘s hamstring limited his production in 2022, but he’s worked to rehab his way back to full health quickly.

    The injury might prevent him from being a first-round pick, but he’s already proven that he’s a great playmaker when healthy. Ohio State’s offense had plenty of talent to replace him, but that shouldn’t take away from his game.

    47) Washington Commanders: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

    An injury thrust Eli Ricks into the starting spot, and it was the best thing for him. He brings elite length to the draft, and he just needs the right team to help him develop into a starting corner in the NFL. With Benjamin St. Juste already on the roster, Ricks gives the Commanders two long corners with great potential.

    48) Detroit Lions: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

    Detroit trading T.J. Hockenson made it obvious that tight end would be a position they’d address this offseason. With Darnell Washington still on the board, it turns out that was a smart move.

    At 6’7″, Washington gives the Lions a big target for Jared Goff, who also opens the field up for his wide receivers. The former Georgia Bulldog is still developing, but it’s hard to ignore the foundation he’s working with coming into the draft.

    49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

    T.J. Watt has one side of the defensive line locked up, and the Steelers also added Bryan Bresee in the middle in this mock. After taking Dawand Jones earlier this round, they stay in the trenches. After all, that’s where games are won, right?

    Feliz Anudike-Uzomah is the biggest reason why Kansas State’s defense thrived this year. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year was a major disruptor for the Wildcats, and he’ll see plenty of one-on-one matchups with Watt lined up opposite him.

    50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tuli Tuipulotu, EDGE, USC

    It wasn’t a mistake that Tuli Tuipulotu recorded 22 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks this year. The USC star defensive end was a force for a defense that didn’t have many this year.

    Tampa Bay needs some help on the edge in the youth department with Akiem Hicks (33) and William Gholston (31) on the back nine of their respective careers, but they can teach Tuipulotu their tricks of the trade.

    51) Miami Dolphins: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

    If Tua Tagovailoa can get back to 100% and stay that way, this offense has tremendous potential next year. Throw in another weapon with incredible speed, and this group could go even higher.

    Jahmyr Gibbs is a touchdown threat on every play, whether that’s as a rusher or a pass catcher. At times, he was Alabama’s only reliable threat in the passing game, but he also proved that he’s a big-time weapon as a runner. Adding him to the Dolphins’ offense almost seems unfair.

    52) Seattle Seahawks: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

    Jalin Hyatt put his name on the map against Alabama, and it was a reminder that he’s more than just a fast runner. Seattle is in good hands with Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, but why not make things more explosive with Hyatt? Geno Smith could put up even bigger numbers if they add the Volunteers’ star receiver.

    53) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

    Here’s a potential secret: Jalin Hyatt isn’t the best Tennessee wide receiver in this draft class. If Cedric Tillman can stay healthy, he’s at the top. If you look at his ability to compete against elite competition consistently, Tillman stands out.

    He brings solid speed as a deep threat, but he’s also a physical presence when the ball is in the air. Justin Fields will like having that kind of player to hit downfield.

    54) Los Angeles Chargers: Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia

    Broderick Jones commands most of the attention when you’re looking at Georgia’s offensive line prospects, but Warren McClendon could be a great value pick on Day 2. He might not have Jones’ ceiling, but he brings plenty of similar traits that make him enticing.

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

    Detroit may very well be satisfied with Malcolm Rodriguez and Alex Anzalone, but it’s going to be tough to pass on Henry To’oTo’o if he’s available. An incredibly smart player, To’oto’o has a future in coaching.

    His preparation off the field is what makes him so successful on it. He was a menace at Tennessee before transferring to Alabama, and his production never dipped. His ability to beat blockers to the spot, thanks to hours of preparation, gives him an advantage that many other linebackers don’t possess. It’s the biggest reason he’ll thrive in the NFL and in life after football.

    56) Jacksonville Jaguars: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

    Surprisingly, Maryland’s secondary was full of underrated players that could make an impact in the NFL. Deonte Banks is currently rising up on draft boards thanks to scouts and analysts laying eyes on his film. Some are putting him in the first round, which should excite Jaguars fans if they can get him in Round 2.

    57) New York Giants: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

    New York has a solid group of receivers, but they still need to find a way to elevate their play. Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton, and Richie James gave Daniels Jones solid targets this past year, but Rashee Rice can help them even more.

    Rice saw plenty of attention from opposing defenses. Without another reliable pass catcher, the Mustangs focused their pass game around their star receiver. So he has experience facing tight and double coverage. He’s a big-time playmaker that could be a steal in Round 2.

    58) Dallas Cowboys: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

    Noah Sewell‘s struggles in coverage are what could push him into Day 2. That being said, there’s a ton to like about his game. His ability to get downhill in a hurry helps him set the tone early in games. He’s not afraid to send a message, and that power will help him fit in the Cowboys’ defense with ease.

    59) Buffalo Bills: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

    If Buffalo doesn’t see an opportunity in the first round to take a running back, there’s plenty of depth at the position to yield better value. Devon Achane gives them a versatile weapon who’s flying under the radar because his name’s not Bijan Robinson or Jahmyr Gibbs.

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    Buffalo’s offense is already a nightmare to stop, but adding a weapon to the rushing attack would only make things worse for their opponents.

    60) Cincinnati Bengals: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

    The Bengals can breathe a little easier knowing they gave Joe Burrow more protection up front. So now they can look elsewhere for team needs. Tee Higgins is due for a potentially massive contract (as is Burrow), which might hurt Cincinnati’s depth long-term. If they can’t get the big-time pass catcher back, they might have to look at the draft for alternative options.

    Tucker Kraft is yet another player with first-round potential, and he gives Burrow a reliable target downfield. He brings good size and strength to the NFL, but questions about the level of competition he faced could hurt his draft stock.

    61) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

    Again, there’s plenty of depth at running back for teams looking to wait. Carolina trading Christian McCaffrey put them in the market for a new running back, and they get one in UCLA’s Zach Charbonnet. His size, power, and strength make him a great fit for the NFL and could give the Panthers a force in their rushing attack.

    62) Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State

    Whether he stays at tackle or moves inside, Cody Mauch should be fun to watch in the Chiefs’ offense. NDSU utilized him everywhere on the line, and there weren’t many instances where he struggled. If he can provide that same versatility at the next level, Kansas City gets depth up front.

    63) Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse

    The further you go into this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the more you realize that losing the Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs sweepstakes isn’t too bad. Sean Tucker has great explosiveness in his frame, and he has the ability to break off a big run at any moment. Pairing Jalen Hurts with Tucker seems like a nightmare combination to stop.

    Round 3

    64) Chicago Bears: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

    Justin Fields needs time to throw, and Blake Freeland knows how to give his quarterback exactly that. The BYU star’s length jumps out, and a guy who was a potential first-round pick at one point could be just what the Bears need up front.

    65) Houston Texans: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

    Minnesota’s offensive line was a major liability this year, but John Michael Schmitz was not. He’s a finisher with above-average athleticism that could have a long career in the NFL.

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

    A healthy Zach Evans paired with Kyler Murray is definitely worth the price of admission. Evans has great long speed, and that quickness he brings is a great complement to Murray.

    67) Denver Broncos (From IND): Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

    At 6’7″, Carter brings good size to the Broncos, but he’s still raw as a prospect. Denver sent Bradley Chubb packing this year, so they need someone to fill his shoes. Carter can be that guy for this defense.

    68) Denver Broncos: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

    Sean Payton has a lot to fix when he arrives in Denver. Offensive line needs some serious help if Russell Wilson wants to be the player the Broncos traded for last March. Jaelyn Duncan would be a great addition to help in that regard.

    69) Los Angeles Rams: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

    Jordan Battle is ready to go to war for his teammates, and his physical style of play will help him in the NFL.

    70) Las Vegas Raiders: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU

    He’s not the biggest corner by any means, but Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson does have other traits that are elite. He’s extremely athletic and has good bounce, so his size almost isn’t a factor at times when the ball is in the air.

    71) New Orleans Saints: Jarrett Patterson, G, Notre Dame

    Jarrett Patterson played both center and tackle at Notre Dame, so the transition to guard in the NFL shouldn’t be difficult. Plus, he gives the Saints a versatile player that could slide across the line if needed.

    72) Tennessee Titans: Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

    Derick Hall has natural explosiveness that makes him a great player, and the fact that he’s still developing means Tennessee would get a steal here in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

    73) Houston Texans (From CLE): Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

    After this draft, there won’t be many excuses left for the Texans’ offense. Matthew Bergeron faced a number of elite pass rushers in college football this year, and he proved that he can handle them. It just comes down to consistency.

    74) New York Jets: Steve Avila, G, TCU

    A versatile player for TCU, Steve Avila could provide the same flexibility in the NFL. He has a solid anchor, which is a big reason why he thrives on the interior of the offensive line, and that strength gives the Jets another solid lineman.

    75) Atlanta Falcons: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

    Drake London and Kyle Pitts already give Desmond Ridder two great targets, but Marvin Mims adds yet another weapon. He’s been the most explosive and consistent player for Oklahoma’s offense over the last three years, and now he gets a chance to do it in the NFL.

    76) New England Patriots (From CAR): Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

    Luke Musgrave is still raw as a prospect, and his production wasn’t great. But the potential is what has most scouts and analysts intrigued.

    77) Miami Dolphins (From NE): Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

    Whether it was in the MAC or the AAC, Ivan Pace Jr. found ways to be productive. Now he’s looking to make another jump and do the same as a pro.

    78) Green Bay Packers: A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest

    Similar to Quentin Johnston, A.T. Perry moves like a guy who has a smaller frame. With Christian Watson already on the roster, Perry gives the Packers a potentially dynamic duo for Will Levis.

    79) Indianapolis Colts (From WSH): Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

    While Brandon Joseph‘s stock is headed in the wrong direction, there are still aspects of his game that stand out. His ball skills will help him at the next level if he can find a way to get back on track.

    80) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

    A reliable tackler, Jack Campbell knows how to make plays. He’s a smart player who typically knows where the play is going before anyone else, which makes up for any physical deficiencies in his game.

    81) Detroit Lions: Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State

    Even if Detroit is satisfied with Jared Goff, it doesn’t mean they won’t take a quarterback. Jake Haener is a warrior on the football field, but he also has the potential to be a starting quarterback in the NFL with his talent.

    82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaren Hall, QB, BYU

    An undersized quarterback, Jaren Hall is looking to prove the doubters wrong. The Bucs may decide to chase a quarterback in the first round, but if not, they can pick up an underrated talent later.

    83) Seattle Seahawks: Andrew Vorhees, G, USC

    An under-the-radar prospect, Andrew Vorhees led an experienced offensive line that helped give Caleb Williams time to win a Heisman in 2022.

    84) Miami Dolphins: Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas

    A veteran player, Ricky Stromberg is quick and uses good hands to win his matchups. He’ll need to work on his anchor against elite competition, but his quickness will help until then.

    85) Los Angeles Chargers: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

    Another Iowa tight end with good potential at the next level. Sam LaPorta didn’t get as many targets as his Hawkeye predecessors, but he proved reliable in limited reps.

    86) Baltimore Ravens: Christopher Smith II, S, Georgia

    Another player that adds to the Ravens’ secondary in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Christopher Smith II is a veteran who can fly around the field and make big plays.

    87) Minnesota Vikings: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

    Auburn didn’t get a ton of attention this year, but they produced some quality NFL talent. Owen Pappoe has a good frame with good power, and the Vikings need to find players that will elevate the play in their front seven.

    88) Jacksonville Jaguars: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

    A freak of nature, Mazi Smith‘s skill set will get him a chance to start for Jacksonville. If his combination of power and athleticism translates to the NFL, watch out.

    89) New York Giants: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn

    Saquon Barkley is still the RB1 in New York, but he won’t be around forever. It’s important to prepare for injuries, and it wouldn’t hurt to have Tank Bigsby on the roster as a complement to Barkley.

    90) Dallas Cowboys: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford

    Dallas’ secondary needs to move on from being a one-man show. Kyu Blu Kelly brings great value in the third round, and he could be a sleeper pick in this year’s draft.

    91) Buffalo Bills: Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State

    With teams focusing on Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis, a third option downfield could benefit tremendously from that. Xavier Hutchinson carried the Iowa State passing attack and could find more room to operate at the next level.

    92) Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama

    Tyler Steen, the former Vanderbilt transfer, found a way to start at Alabama, and now he gets to help Joe Burrow. If the Bengals’ star quarterback gets more protection, this offense could be even more difficult to stop.

    93) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M

    Carolina hit big when they drafted Brian Burns, so they take another swing on a player with great potential in Isaiah Land. He has great length in his frame but will need to add some weight to compete in the NFL.

    94) Kansas City Chiefs: Byron Young, EDGE, Alabama

    Power is the best way to describe Byron Young‘s game. He has plenty of it in his frame, and he’ll get to learn how to utilize it with the Chiefs from Chris Jones.

    95) Philadelphia Eagles: Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State

    A tough player, Ji’Ayir Brown should fit right in with the Eagles. He’s a productive player with good instincts too.

    96) Arizona Cardinals: Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State

    One of the biggest sleepers in the draft, Nick Hampton could be a big-time steal. He brings great length to the NFL, and his ability to hone in on that and use it to his advantage more consistently would be huge.

    97) Washington Commanders: Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama

    A versatile weapon who hasn’t realized his full potential, Cameron Latu gives Washington another weapon in an exciting offense.

    98) Cleveland Browns: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

    Keeanu Benton brings great strength and size to the Browns’ defense. He’s still fairly raw, but the natural power stands out as a weapon to stop the run.

    99) San Francisco 49ers: Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU

    Mekhi Garner is a smart, instinctual player who thrives in zone coverage. His ability to watch the quarterback and anticipate where the pass is going helps him tremendously.

    100) San Francisco 49ers: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

    An unsung hero on Ohio State’s offensive line, Luke Wypler could get more recognition at the next level. Even with the 49ers’ quarterback situation up in the air, getting a reliable center will be huge for this offense.

    101) San Francisco 49ers: Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

    Once he taps into his potential, Jaquelin Roy could have a great career in the NFL. He has natural athleticism and power, and the 49ers’ defensive line can help him unleash that.

    102) New York Giants (From KC): Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama

    Emil Ekiyor has experience all across the line, which will make him a valuable addition to the Giants’ offense.

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