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    Mellor’s Final 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Will Levis Slides, Raiders Trade Back Into Round 1, Cowboys Land Bijan Robinson

    C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, and Anthony Richardson each find early landing spots, but Will Levis slides in this seven-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft

    We’re so close to the 2023 NFL Draft that we can almost taste it. Yours truly takes one last stab at a 2023 NFL Mock Draft, for the final time in the 2023 cycle, aiming to run through all seven rounds of selections for every team as if I was the general manager. These picks are what I would do, including trades, based on the most up-to-date team needs.

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

    The best quarterback in the most prototypical frame we’ve seen in a few years, C.J. Stroud is the clear answer for the Carolina Panthers at No. 1. Sure, Bryce Young has elite creation capacity, but standing tall in the pocket and progressively reading this offense will see Stroud shine early.

    2) Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

    The consolation prize following Carolina’s jump to No. 1 will be either quarterback the Houston Texans are sure to covet. Young is the pick here, as he’s easily the best creator we’ve seen from the quarterback position in some time.

    I’m not buying the talk that Houston isn’t looking for a QB at No. 2, and if I was general manager of the Texans, I’m running to the podium to select Young to usher in the new era of the Texans franchise.

    3) Arizona Cardinals: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

    The best player in the draft hardly goes first overall anymore, and that trend continues here. It just so happens that the Arizona Cardinals need youth and talent on the edge of their defense, and Will Anderson Jr. gives them the best option we’ve seen in some time.

    4) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

    Anthony Richardson can have an NFL offense built around him, and if there’s anyone to do it, it’s Shane Steichen. The key here will be continually developing Richardson’s game so opposing defensive coordinators don’t get wise to their tricks.

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    With Richardson’s elite athleticism, that won’t be difficult, especially if Steichen can simplify things early on in his career.

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

    Banking on traits, the Seattle Seahawks select Tyree Wilson with this pick despite shopping it around. No one could quite meet the asking price here, so Wilson enters the fray with size, speed, athleticism, and a tenacious on-field persona.

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

    The best pure man coverage cornerback in the class, Christian Gonzalez is the easy pick here, and the Detroit Lions need an answer at the position. Flashing brilliance in his lone season at Oregon, Gonzalez put forth a teach-tape clinic in each game as the season progressed.

    7) Las Vegas Raiders: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

    The run on cornerbacks doesn’t quite start here, but the Las Vegas Raiders select Devon Witherspoon after attempting to trade back. Las Vegas grabs Witherspoon, who possesses near-elite fluidity in his hips and a sound technical game to help them improve a terrible defense that hasn’t improved much in nearly a half-decade.

    8) Atlanta Falcons: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

    Largely slipping a bit to No. 8 overall because of off-the-field issues, Jalen Carter is a menace when he’s on the field. Carter can two-gap with ease and has elite instincts. If the Atlanta Falcons can keep him on the straight and narrow, he’s an All-Pro-caliber player.

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

    The Chicago Bears tried to move back, as some others in the top 10 did, but it just didn’t come to fruition in time. Instead, the Bears grab the versatile Paris Johnson Jr. to block on the left side or filter inside. He’s at his best on the move in front of his ball carriers, and Justin Fields will love his all-around game.

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

    At times, Myles Murphy simply looked bigger, faster, and better than every college player around him. He brings with him a prototypical kind of edge presence to the Philadelphia Eagles, who need to get younger and more developed at a few positions on defense.

    11) Tennessee Titans: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

    The Tennessee Titans toyed with selecting a quarterback here, but No. 11 is a bit too rich on a project. Instead, they fill a big need in form of Broderick Jones to anchor in a new era on the Titans’ offensive line.

    12) Houston Texans (From CLE): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

    The top wide receiver on the board, Jaxon Smith-Njigba won over the hearts of draft critics that lost taste in the Ohio State receiver after this season. An elite athlete in the short and deep areas of the field, no one runs better routes than JSN. He’ll quickly become Bryce Young’s new best friend.

    13) New York Jets: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

    Brian Branch can dominate in the right position in the NFL, and the New York Jets can offer that to him. He’s better when he’s covering receivers closer to the line of scrimmage, and with Sauce Gardner locking down one side and DJ Reed the other, Branch can blanket in coverage over the middle of the field with ease.

    14) New England Patriots: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

    A shifty route runner with tremendous after-the-catch ability, Jordan Addison factors immediately into a heavy-target rotation with the New England Patriots. Finding ways to get him the football won’t be difficult, as he can separate with ease against any kind of coverage defender.

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

    The top athlete on the board at the tight end position, Dalton Kincaid is essentially a wide receiver trapped in a tight end’s body. Recently cleared of an injury sustained at Utah, Kincaid makes highlight-reel catches on a regular basis and immediately improves Green Bay’s pass-catching group.

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

    Here comes that run on cornerbacks, as the Washington Commanders grab their top target in Cam Smith. The South Carolina cornerback plays a bigger game than even his frame would indicate and can stick with receivers in any type of coverage scheme.

    17) Pittsburgh Steelers: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

    There’s a family legacy to carry on here for Joey Porter Jr., as the Pittsburgh Steelers select the son of linebacker Joey Porter, a former Steelers great. The former Penn State CB has a long frame and great burst to the football in addition to his tenacity in coverage.

    18) Detroit Lions: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

    Bryan Bresee has the heart of a fighter, and he’ll keep pushing pockets and stuffing run lanes for the Detroit Lions. Bresee fits the bill of a Lions defender and stops his slide here.

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

    Kelee Ringo may have fallen out of grace for some, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with yours truly at the helm) make him a Buc. Ringo has track speed and uses it with an incredible burst to the football on the field. He also has terrific ball skills and knows how to play a variety of receivers with his size.

    20) Seattle Seahawks: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

    The Tennessee offense featured Jalin Hyatt in favorable situations, but make no mistake about it: Hyatt can flat-out get open. He will bolt past defenders with ease or just simply leave them in the dirt in the short area of the field with his release and speed.

    21) Buffalo Bills (From LAC): Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

    Trade: The Buffalo Bills send picks No. 27 and 205 and a 2024 second-round pick in exchange for pick No. 21 and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Buffalo needs an interior lineman, and with Peter Skoronski available here, they make the move up six spots to grab him. They shift the former Northwestern tackle inwards from Day 1 and ultimately use him at either guard or center as he improves and adjusts to the NFL speed, which should be sooner than later.

    22) Baltimore Ravens: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

    When you talk about athletic and speedy cornerbacks, you have to mention Deonte Banks. With the top corners coming off the board ahead of them, the Baltimore Ravens have to jump at the chance to grab a cornerback here instead of a wide receiver, and Banks is a terrific option at No. 22.

    23) Minnesota Vikings: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

    It’s been some time since we haven’t seen a linebacker selected in Round 1 of an NFL Draft, and, despite some notions to the contrary, 2023 will be no different. Trenton Simpson can play well at every single level of defense and excels in coverage. That coverage talent will go far as he helps the Vikings’ unit immediately.

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    24) Jacksonville Jaguars: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

    There are speedy defenders, there are athletic defenders, and then there’s Nolan Smith, who’s simply elite in both respects. Smith can free up Travon Walker to rush the passer from one side while he occupies the offensive coordinator’s mind on the other, pairing together with his former teammate to make an incredibly gifted edge rushing duo.

    25) New York Giants: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

    Upgrading the New York Giants pass-catching room immediately, Quentin Johnston is the easy selection here. Johnston is a perfect intermediate-range target for the Giants and QB Daniel Jones to utilize as they continue to make headway as a feared offense in the NFL.

    26) Dallas Cowboys: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

    Bijan Robinson transcends the “running backs in Round 1” discussion with his all-around game. The Dallas Cowboys hopefully have learned from their previous first-round RB mistakes and allow Robinson to fall to them here. The Texas star gives them an even more impressive replacement for Ezekiel Elliott.

    27) Los Angeles Chargers (From BUF): Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

    The Chargers gladly met the Bills’ asking price for the 21st overall pick, selecting TE Michael Mayer anyway. The Notre Dame tight end is as talented of a three-down tight end as this class has to offer but is clearly at his best catching passes downfield. He’ll open up a plethora of options for Justin Herbert and company on offense.

    28) San Francisco 49ers (From Cincinnati): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

    Trade: The San Francisco 49ers send picks No. 99, 101, and 102 and a 2024 first-round pick in exchange for the 28th pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick from the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Here it is — the big trade-up into the first round. The San Francisco 49ers send their trio of compensatory picks and next year’s first-round selection to grab their preferred option at right tackle. With the Kansas City Chiefs firmly in the first-round right-tackle market, the 49ers make the move to get Darnell Wright a few picks ahead of K.C. Wright is a massive man with even bigger upside.

    29) New Orleans Saints (From SF via MIA via DEN): Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

    Standing pat through a flurry of moves at the tail end of the first round, the New Orleans Saints make the smart pick of Lukas Van Ness. Offering a great skill set as a pass rusher, Van Ness also has plenty of versatility in terms of where he aligns on a defensive front on top of his pro-ready teaching from Iowa.

    30) Las Vegas Raiders (From PHI): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

    Trade: Las Vegas sends pick No. 38 and RB Josh Jacobs in exchange for pick No. 30 from Philadelphia.

    There is an argument for the Raiders to select a quarterback in the top 10 selections of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. However, they passed on one at No. 7 and instead move up to snag Will Levis here, trading back into Round 1 with Philadelphia.

    Vegas gives up embattled running back Josh Jacobs — a player at a position the Eagles need and one they could re-sign to a bigger deal if he plays well in 2023 — and their 38th pick to move up and grab Levis here, obtaining his fifth-year contract option in the process.

    Levis is a project, for sure, but haven’t we seen this before, especially with Jimmy Garoppolo in the same quarterback room? Levis can learn the game, hone his craft, and ultimately take over once he’s ready to go in the desert.

    31) Kansas City Chiefs: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

    The choice of Dawand Jones was made for the Chiefs when the 49ers traded into the first round and grabbed Darnell Wright. However, there is an argument between the two at right tackle, and Jones made great strides as a blocker in 2022, rounding out his game into being more than just a massive man on the outside.

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    Round 2

    32) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

    The Steelers were in the tackle market in Round 1, and Anton Harrison is worth a first-round pick. Grabbing him here is great value at a great position of need.

    33) Houston Texans: Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern

    Getting faster and more ferocious on the edge with the pick of Adetomiwa Adebawore, the Texans secure their new-look defense’s top new rush end. Adebawore is fast, mean, and skilled with both his hands and instincts off the edge.

    34) Arizona Cardinals: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

    Tearing up the NFL Combine, Calijah Kancey has long been a menace on the inside. Get rid of the Aaron Donald comps, though, as Kancey is his own two-gapping, seam-splitting big man on the inside.

    35) Indianapolis Colts: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

    Isaiah Foskey brings in a new, youthful, and versatile edge presence for the Colts. He’s great at rushing the passer and always has a plan.

    36) Los Angeles Rams: Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

    The Los Angeles Rams need more than just a handful of players in the 2023 NFL Draft, and with Keion White, they get a versatile defensive lineman with the ability to line up from inside to out.

    37) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

    There is speed for days with DJ Turner coming to the Seattle Seahawks, pairing nicely opposite Tariq Woolen. No receiver can outrun this duo in Seattle, nor can they pull away in the open field because of Turner and Woolen’s similar athletic portfolios.

    38) Philadelphia Eagles (From LV): Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

    With their new selection from the Raiders, the Eagles get a big man on the inside from Michigan in Mazi Smith. A physical force and dominant man on the line, Smith can blow up run lanes and get after the quarterback with ease.

    39) Carolina Panthers: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

    A short-area thief of yardage, Josh Downs will eat up the touches over the middle of the field from Stroud in Carolina. Downs can lose defenders at the line of scrimmage with his release and has surprising skills after the catch.

    40) New Orleans Saints: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

    More than just a slot receiver, Zay Flowers has contested-catch ability that rivals much bigger receivers. He can also get open with his speed, but Flowers is never out of any reception due to his burst to the football and athleticism.

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

    The top center on the board here, John Michael Schmitz lands with the Tennessee Titans. Schmitz is a mauler and a road grader but also has great pass sets, anchoring the new-look Titans line.

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    42) New York Jets (From CLE): O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

    A big, physical presence on the inside, O’Cyrus Torrence backed up his dominance at Louisiana in his single season with the Gators. He can move any defender with his strength and has great lateral agility to match.

    43) Denver Broncos (From NYJ): BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

    Trade: The Denver Broncos send picks No. 67 and 68 in exchange for pick No. 43 and a 2024 sixth-round pick from New York.

    With BJ Ojulari sliding and the pool of edge defenders dwindling, the Denver Broncos make a move up to grab their guy. Ojulari can rush the passer incredibly well from either side and has great instincts to influence passing lanes.

    44) Atlanta Falcons: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

    A big man with game-changing ability, Felix Anudike-Uzomah can flat-out fly off the edge. He’ll pressure quarterbacks with his strength or speed and uses his length well to bat passes down at the line.

    45) Green Bay Packers: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

    Limited at times with an injury in 2022, Cedric Tillman is a well-rounded receiver for the new era of Packers football. Tillman can run a full route tree and has great straight-line speed.

    46) New England Patriots: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

    A menacing force on the interior, Gervon Dexter is massive and tremendously strong. Still, he is more than just a big strong man, as he has surprising balance through contact.

    47) Washington Commanders: Steve Avila, G, TCU

    Steve Avila can play any number of positions on the offensive line, filling in nicely on the interior at guard or center. Finding his natural position won’t be easy, as he comes with versatility and snaps at basically every offensive line spot between college and the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

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    48) Detroit Lions: Tuli Tuipulotu, EDGE, USC

    Doing incredible work off the edge, Tuli Tuipulotu has the strength to play inside and the speed to line up outside. That versatility will play well with Bresee, the Lions’ second first-round pick.

    49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State

    The Steelers grabbed Anton Harrison early on in Round 2 and now take the versatile Cody Mauch here. Mauch likely shifts inside for the Steelers, as he can maul in the run game and has an ascending skill set in pass protection.

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

    The quarterback of the future that doesn’t have to play right away in Tampa, Hendon Hooker has the makeup of a future franchise quarterback for the Bucs. He’s rehabbing a torn ACL suffered late last season and can learn under Baker Mayfield before ultimately taking over in 2024.

    51) Miami Dolphins: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

    A high-end athletic profile follows Luke Musgrave wherever he goes, and for good reason. Musgrave can fly with his speed and presents a unique challenge for linebackers and safeties to cover.

    52) Seattle Seahawks: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

    A bruising, hulking linebacker, Jack Campbell has three-down linebacker abilities. The Seahawks tried to trade up earlier to grab Campbell, actually, but as the chips fell, they got their man here anyway.

    53) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

    The run on edge defenders saw Will McDonald IV‘s value peak and then dip. Still, the Bears make the wise decision to secure his elite athletic ability off the edge as he ascends and adds to his pass-rush repertoire.

    54) Los Angeles Chargers: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

    There’s first-round talent in Kayshon Boutte‘s game. If he’s able to harness his best and Los Angeles can keep him focused on the field, Boutte is a potential Pro Bowl player and immediate-impact receiver early in his career.

    55) Detroit Lions (From MIN): JL Skinner, S, Boise State

    A massive safety with surprising coverage ability, JL Skinner fits the bill of a Lions’ defender perfectly. Skinner lays the lumber over the middle and times his bursts to the football with near perfection.

    56) Jacksonville Jaguars: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

    With the in-game speed Clark Phillips III possesses, the Jaguars are more than comfortable with grabbing him here to help transform their secondary. Phillips, though lacking in size, can play outside or inside in any coverage scheme.

    57) New York Giants: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

    With length for days, Julius Brents is a prototypical cornerback in the new-age model. Brents is long and strong but presents terrific speed and burst to the football.

    58) Dallas Cowboys: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

    A big man with bad intentions, Siaki Ika can stuff any rushing lane with his run-defending ability. Though slightly limited with his pass-rushing reps, he’ll still command attention on the inside and frees up Micah Parsons and the rest of the Dallas front seven on the outside for more favorable matchups.

    59) Buffalo Bills: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

    Marvin Mims has speed for days and is a terrific separator on his routes. He’ll break free at any level of the field, and Josh Allen will be able to find him open all over the gridiron.

    60) Cincinnati Bengals: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

    The Bengals needed a tight end in this draft class, and, as luck would have it, one of the top options slips to them without Cincinnati having to trade up. Darnell Washington is as big as a truck but can still leap over defenders in the open field.

    61) Chicago Bears (From SF via CAR): Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

    The Bears continue to overhaul their defensive line, this time with Keeanu Benton. The big man from Wisconsin comes fully equipped with sound pass-rushing moves and is equally impressive against the run.

    62) Philadelphia Eagles: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

    Three-down linebackers don’t come much more refined or bigger than Drew Sanders. At his best covering the flats or running alleys, Sanders can also present problems with his pass-rushing ability.

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

    Exploding onto the scene despite Nebraska’s recent struggles, Trey Palmer shined brightest when he was targeted downfield with the Cornhuskers. He can get open at any level but really pulls away from defensive backs deep downfield.

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    Round 3

    64) Chicago Bears: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

    The career leader in interceptions returned for touchdowns, Emmanuel Forbes is a talented, sticky cornerback, who can play in any scheme.

    65) Houston Texans: Sydney Brown, S, Illinois

    With strong instincts and even stronger play speed, Sydney Brown is an older-era safety who can cover deceptively well.

    66) Arizona Cardinals: Jartavius Martin, CB, Illinois

    A large cornerback on the outside who plays terrific in man or zone, Jartavius Martin is a perfect CB2 in the NFL.

    67) New York Jets (From DEN via IND): Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

    The Jets gladly accepted two picks from Denver to accrue more bodies in this NFL Draft, grabbing an athletic monster of a man at left tackle: Blake Freeland.

    68) New York Jets (From DEN): Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State

    An ascending player at linebacker with elite coverage abilities, Daiyan Henley has a tremendously high ceiling for the New York Jets.

    69) Los Angeles Rams: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina

    Darius Rush has sticky coverage skills and a tremendous all-around feel for the football in coverage.

    70) Las Vegas Raiders: Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

    One of the top CFB pass-rushers of the past few years, Derick Hall can line up in a variety of alignments but still get after the quarterback just as well.

    71) New Orleans Saints: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

    Talented in coverage and equally explosive coming downhill against the run, Antonio Johnson also has a knack for finding the football.

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

    There aren’t many better red-zone threats in this class than A.T. Perry, as no pass is truly out of his massive catch radius.

    73) Houston Texans (From CLE): Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

    A large, hulking center who commands attention, Joe Tippmann is great in pass protection but even better on the ground.

    74) Cleveland Browns (From NYJ): Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

    Some may point to a potential injury that could hamper his career, but Rashee Rice is a great all-around receiver with high-end capabilities when healthy.

    75) Atlanta Falcons: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

    The slide for running backs slowly comes to a halt, as Jahmyr Gibbs is more than just a between-the-tackles kind of back. He’s at his best in the open field, and his ability to bring down the ball in the passing game is his most enticing attribute.

    76) New England Patriots (From CAR): Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

    An athletic and incredibly bendy tackle prospect, Jaelyn Duncan slides into the Patriots lineup as a swing tackle with the ceiling to become a starter sooner than later.

    77) Los Angeles Rams (From NE via MIA): Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia

    The Rams needed more bodies on the offensive line, and they grab one at a position of need with the potential to start right away in Warren McClendon.

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

    There was a time that Jordan Battle was seen as a potential first-round pick. He has that kind of ability when he’s at his best.

    79) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

    Never reaching his full potential in college, Eli Ricks battled it out and flashed brilliance at times. If he realizes that potential, the Colts get a steal here.

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    80) Pittsburgh Steelers: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

    Noah Sewell can cover any running back or tight end that finds their way into his coverage area and is a bruising man when he meets backs in the hole.

    81) Detroit Lions: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

    An athletic tight end with sure hands, Tucker Kraft can also block in both facets incredibly well for the Lions.

    82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama

    A swing tackle with high-end potential, Tyler Steen is a name to watch, as he may not even be available here for the Bucs to select.

    83) Seattle Seahawks: Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama

    One of the top interior run blockers in this class, Emil Ekiyor Jr. is sound on the ground but needs some help with his pass sets.

    84) Miami Dolphins: Tyjae Spears, RB, Miami

    The running back market is ripe with talented players, none more so than Tyjae Spears at this spot for the Miami Dolphins. Spears can shake any defender at the drop of a dime and is always looking for the next tackler to avoid.

    85) Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

    Andre Carter II possesses elite length and size for an edge defender, and he knows how to use it to influence the quarterback on his pass-rush reps.

    86) Baltimore Ravens: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia

    There is a versatility that has yet to be unlocked in Bryce Ford-Wheaton‘s game. In the meantime, he comes fully equipped with elite speed and terrific routes.

    87) Minnesota Vikings: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)

    Still adjusting to the cornerback position full-time, Tyrique Stevenson has the versatility to line up anywhere in the secondary for the Vikings immediately.

    88) Jacksonville Jaguars: Christopher Smith, S, Georgia

    There is a lot to like about Christopher Smith‘s game, including his ball skills and instincts in the open field.

    89) New York Giants: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford

    With high-end potential and a sound technical game, Kyu Blu Kelly has the mold to become a starting cornerback for the Giants.

    90) Dallas Cowboys: McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga

    McClendon Curtis looks every bit the part of an NFL starter, and if he quickly adjusts to the uptick in speed and level of play, he will become just that.

    91) Buffalo Bills: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss

    At his best, Zach Evans is a hard downhill runner with enough elusiveness in his game to make defenders miss. At his worst, Evans is a dynamic pass catcher who opens up the Bills’ offense.

    92) Cincinnati Bengals: Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh

    Carter Warren shocked some by returning to action at the Shrine Bowl this offseason, and he’s a potential sleeper in this draft class at tackle.

    93) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State

    Flying off the edge with reckless abandon, Nick Hampton can wreak havoc on offensive gameplans with his mix of pass-rush moves.

    94) Philadelphia Eagles: Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina

    Zacch Pickens is a big man on the inside who is surprisingly nimble on his feet and has great balance through contact.

    95) Kansas City Chiefs: DJ Johnson, EDGE, Oregon

    Speed, hands, and great footwork just begin to describe DJ Johnson‘s game. The Oregon Duck is a talented player in pass-rush situations.

    96) Arizona Cardinals (Comp): Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State

    A high-volume target, Xavier Hutchinson has separation ability at every level of the field.

    97) Washington Commanders (Comp): Jaren Hall, QB, BYU

    There is a future in the NFL for Jaren Hall, and that future may be sooner than some think. Hall has terrific arm strength and can make just about any throw from any platform.

    98) Cleveland Browns (Comp): Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

    At times, Zach Harrison took over games for Ohio State. His high-end play is a marvelous site and hard to keep in check for a full game.

    99) Cincinnati Bengals (Comp, From SF): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M

    Jaylon Jones has surprising length to his frame and uses it well, mixing it up with his burst to the football.

    100) Las Vegas Raiders (Comp, From KC via NYG): Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

    A sound blocker at tackle, Matthew Bergeron has great size and fluidity. Increasing his balance while moving back is all he has left to do.

    101) Cincinnati Bengals (Comp, From SF): Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State

    Ronnie Hickman largely flew under the radar at Ohio State, but he still presents a unique safety with terrific coverage instincts.

    102) New York Jets (Comp, From CIN via SF): Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

    Trade: The Jets send picks No. 112 and 143 in exchange for picks No. 102 and 206 from Cincinnati.

    The Jets make a move up into the third round, closing out Day 2 with a bang. They grab Luke Wypler from Ohio State to anchor their line for years to come.

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    Round 4

    103) Chicago Bears
    Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

    104) Houston Texans
    Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

    105) Arizona Cardinals
    Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

    106) Indianapolis Colts
    Jordan McFadden, OT, Clemson

    107) New England Patriots (From LAR)
    Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M

    108) Denver Broncos
    Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

    109) Las Vegas Raiders
    Myles Brooks, CB, Louisiana Tech

    110) Atlanta Falcons (From TEN)
    Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU

    111) Cleveland Browns
    Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas

    112) Cincinnati Bengals (From NYJ)
    Andrew Vorhees, G, USC

    113) Minnesota Vikings (From ATL)
    Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati

    Trade: The Vikings send pick No. 119 and a 2024 sixth-round pick in exchange for pick No. 113 from Atlanta.

    114) Carolina Panthers
    Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

    115) New Orleans Saints
    Chandler Zavala, G, NC State

    116) Green Bay Packers
    Mike Morris, EDGE, Michigan

    117) New England Patriots
    Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU

    118) Washington Commanders
    Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma

    119) Atlanta Falcons (From MIN via DET)
    Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

    120) Pittsburgh Steelers
    Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan

    121) Jacksonville Jaguars (From TB)
    Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington

    122) Kansas City Chiefs (From MIA)
    Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri

    123) Seattle Seahawks
    Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland

    124) Baltimore Ravens
    Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

    125) Los Angeles Chargers
    John Ojukwu, OT, Boise State

    126) Cleveland Browns (From MIN)
    Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama

    127) Jacksonville Jaguars
    Colby Wooden, DT, Auburn

    128) New York Giants
    Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State

    129) Dallas Cowboys
    Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss

    130) Buffalo Bills
    Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State

    131) Cincinnati Bengals
    Ali Gaye, EDGE, LSU

    132) Carolina Panthers (From SF)
    Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville

    133) Chicago Bears (From PHI)
    Brandon Kipper, G, Oregon State

    134) Kansas City Chiefs
    Dante Stills, DT, West Virginia

    135) New England Patriots (Comp)
    Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama

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    Round 5

    136) Chicago Bears
    Nathaniel “Tank” Dell, WR, Houston

    137) Buffalo Bills (From ARI)
    DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas

    138) Indianapolis Colts
    Braeden Daniels, G, Utah

    139) Denver Broncos
    Nick Broeker, G, Ole Miss

    140) Cleveland Browns (From LAR)
    Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh

    141) Las Vegas Raiders
    Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

    142) Cleveland Browns
    Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida

    143) Cincinnati Bengals (From NYJ)
    Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn

    144) Las Vegas Raiders (From LV)
    SirVocea Dennis, LB, Pittsburgh

    145) Carolina Panthers
    Trey Dean III, S, Florida

    146) New Orleans Saints
    Jaxon Player, DT, Baylor

    147) Tennessee Titans
    Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford

    148) Chicago Bears (From NE via BAL)
    Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia

    149) Green Bay Packers
    K.J. Henry, EDGE, Clemson

    150) Washington Commanders
    Byron Young, DL, Tennessee

    151) Seattle Seahawks (From PIT)
    Jalen Graham, LB, Purdue

    152) Detroit Lions
    Charles Jones, WR, Purdue

    153) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane

    154) Seattle Seahawks
    Jay Ward, S, LSU

    155) San Francisco 49ers (From MIA)
    Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

    156) Los Angeles Chargers
    Jalen Redmond, DT, Oklahoma

    157) Baltimore Ravens
    Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida

    158) Minnesota Vikings
    Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA

    159) Detroit Lions (From JAX via ATL)
    Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford

    160) New York Giants
    Kendre Miller, RB, TCU

    161) Houston Texans (From DAL)
    Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton

    162) Indianapolis Colts (From BUF)
    Jalen Green, S, Mississippi State

    163) Cincinnati Bengals
    Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State

    164) San Francisco 49ers
    DeMarcco Hellams, S, Alabama

    165) New Orleans Saints (From PHI)
    Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion

    166) Kansas City Chiefs
    Sidy Sow, G, Eastern Michigan

    167) Los Angeles Rams (Comp)
    Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State

    168) Arizona Cardinals (Comp)
    Jarrett Patterson, OL, Notre Dame

    169) Dallas Cowboys (Comp)
    Habakkuk Baldonado, EDGE, Pittsburgh

    170) Green Bay Packers (Comp)
    Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State

    171) Los Angeles Rams (Comp)
    Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia

    172) New York Giants (Comp)
    Juice Scruggs, OL, Penn State

    173) San Francisco 49ers (Comp)
    Parker Washington, WR, Penn State

    174) Las Vegas Raiders (Comp)
    YaYa Diaby, EDGE, Louisville

    175) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Comp)
    Brock Martin, EDGE, Oklahoma State

    176) Indianapolis Colts (Comp, From DAL)
    Riley Moss, CB, Iowa

    177) Los Angeles Rams (Comp)
    Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan

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    Round 6

    178) Kansas City Chiefs (From CHI via MIA)
    Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston

    179) Houston Texans
    Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah

    180) Arizona Cardinals
    Chase Brown, RB, Illinois

    181) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From IND)
    Puka Nacua, WR, BYU

    182) Los Angeles Rams
    Atonio Mafi, G, UCLA

    183) Detroit Lions (From DEN)
    Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan

    184) New England Patriots (From LV)
    Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State

    185) Jacksonville Jaguars (From NYJ)
    Will Mallory, TE, Miami (FL)

    186) Tennessee Titans (From ATL)
    Thomas Incoom, EDGE, Central Michigan

    187) New England Patriots (From CAR)
    Kemari Averett, TE, Bethune-Cookman

    188) Houston Texans (From NO)
    Payne Durham, TE, Purdue

    189) Los Angeles Rams (From TEN)
    Noah Ruggles, K, Ohio State

    190) Cleveland Browns
    Connor Galvin, T, Baylor

    191) Los Angeles Rams (From GB)
    Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland

    192) New York Giants (From NE)
    Anfernee Orji, LB, Vanderbilt

    Trade: The Giants send picks No. 209 and 240 in exchange for pick No. 192 from New England.

    193) Washington Commanders
    Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke

    194) Detroit Lions
    Clayton Tune, QB, Houston

    195) Denver Broncos (From PIT)
    Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty

    196) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma

    197) Miami Dolphins
    Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

    198) Seattle Seahawks
    Ja’von Hicks, S, Cincinnati

    199) Baltimore Ravens
    Anthony Johnson Jr., S, Iowa State

    200) Los Angeles Chargers (From LAC via CHI)
    Cam Jones, LB, Indiana

    201) Houston Texans (From MIN)
    Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin

    202) Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jon Gaines II, OL, UCLA

    203) Houston Texans (From NYG)
    Karl Brooks, DT, Bowling Green

    204) Las Vegas Raiders (From DAL)
    Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas

    205) Buffalo Bills
    D’Anthony Jones, EDGE, Houston

    206) New York Jets (From CIN)
    Carrington Valentine, CB, Kentucky

    207) New York Jets (From SF via HOU)
    Jadon Haselwood, WR, Arkansas

    208) Jacksonville Jaguars (From PHI)
    Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas

    209) New England Patriots (From NYG via KC)
    Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State

    210) New England Patriots (Comp)
    Viliami Fehoko, EDGE, San Jose State

    211) San Francisco 49ers (Comp, From MIN)
    Durell Nchami, EDGE, Maryland

    Trade: The 49ers send picks No. 216 and 247 in exchange for pick No. 211 from Minnesota.

    212) Dallas Cowboys (Comp)
    Jaylon Thomas, OT, SMU

    213) Arizona Cardinals (Comp)
    Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville

    214) Las Vegas Raiders (Comp)
    Xavier Henderson, S, Michigan State

    215) Washington Commanders (Comp)
    Camerun Peoples, RB, Appalachian State

    216) Minnesota Vikings (Comp, From SF)
    Cory Durden, DT, NC State

    217) Kansas City Chiefs (Comp)
    Keaton Mitchell, RB, ECU

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    Round 7

    218) Chicago Bears
    Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas

    219) Philadelphia Eagles (From HOU via MIN)
    Martez Manuel, DB, Missouri

    220) Las Vegas Raiders (From ARI)
    Jovaughn Gwyn, G, South Carolina

    221) Indianapolis Colts
    Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech

    222) San Francisco 49ers (From DEN)
    Jason Taylor II, S, Oklahoma State

    223) Los Angeles Rams
    Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern

    224) Atlanta Falcons (From LV)
    Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Maryland

    225) Atlanta Falcons
    Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas

    226) Jacksonville Jaguars (From CAR)
    Mitchell Tinsley, WR, Penn State

    227) New Orleans Saints
    Jeremy Banks, LB, Tennessee

    228) Tennessee Titans
    Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati

    229) Cleveland Browns
    Max Duggan, QB, TCU

    230) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From NYJ)
    Alex Forsyth, OL, Oregon

    231) Las Vegas Raiders (From NE)
    Earl Bostick Jr., OT, Kansas

    232) Green Bay Packers
    Chris Murray, OL, Oklahoma

    233) Washington Commanders
    Christian Izien, S, Rutgers

    234) Pittsburgh Steelers
    Jason Brownlee, WR, Southern Miss

    235) Green Bay Packers (From DET via LAR)
    Chamarri Conner, CB, Virginia Tech

    236) Indianapolis Colts (From TB)
    Dom Peterson, DT, Nevada

    237) Seattle Seahawks
    Alex Ward, LS, UCF

    238) Kansas City Chiefs (From MIA)
    Marshon Ford, TE, Louisville

    Trade: The Chiefs send picks No. 249 and 250 in exchange for pick No. 238 from Miami.

    239) Los Angeles Chargers
    Jordan Howden, S, Minnesota

    240) New England Patriots (From NYG via BAL)
    Avery Young, S, Rutgers

    241) Pittsburgh Steelers (From MIN via DEN)
    Zi’Yon Hill-Green, DT, Louisiana

    242) Green Bay Packers (From JAX)
    Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford

    243) New York Giants
    Camren McDonald, TE, FSU

    244) Dallas Cowboys
    Chad Ryland, K, Maryland

    245) Atlanta Falcons (From BUF)
    Mark Evans II, OL, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

    246) Cincinnati Bengals
    Brodric Martin, DT, Western Kentucky

    247) Minnesota Vikings (From SF)
    Christian Young, S, Arizona

    248) Philadelphia Eagles
    Jerome Carvin, G, Tennessee

    249) Miami Dolphins (From KC)
    Marte Mapu, LB, Sacramento State

    250) Miami Dolphins (From KC, Comp)
    Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, OT, Oregon

    251) Los Angeles Rams (Comp)
    Spencer Anderson, OL, Maryland

    252) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Comp)
    Jaiden Woodbey, S, Boston College

    253) San Francisco 49ers (Comp)
    Daniel Scott, S, Cal

    254) New York Giants (Comp)
    Matt Landers, WR, Arkansas

    255) San Francisco 49ers (Comp)
    Anthony Bradford, OL, LSU

    256) Green Bay Packers (Comp)
    Jake Witt, OT, Northern Michigan

    257) New Orleans Saints (Comp)
    Tommy DeVito, QB, Illinois

    258) Chicago Bears (Comp)
    Kadeem Telfort, OT, UAB

    259) Houston Texans (Comp)
    Lance Boykin, CB, Coastal Carolina

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