Less than 48 hours out from the start of the 2023 NFL Draft, and there are still plenty of questions. Picks 2 and 3, owned by the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, respectively, will dictate the early going of the draft. Here’s the latest on what I’m hearing, as well as what I think will happen. I’ve instituted a no-trade policy in my final 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but I do discuss trades that may happen.
2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1
1) Carolina Panthers (From CHI): Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Bryce Young is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year’s draft, and he has the football intellect of a 10-year veteran. I would be surprised if he’s not Carolina’s starting quarterback come Week 1.
2) Houston Texans: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Tyree Wilson is a consideration here as he’s probably a better fit for DeMeco Ryans, yet the new head coach is very excited to get the second-best player in the draft and will move Will Anderson Jr. all around up front.
3) Arizona Cardinals: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Paris Johnson Jr. has been motoring up draft boards, as I first reported Saturday. The Cardinals need an edge rusher, but protecting Kyler Murray’s blind size is a bigger priority. Arizona could even flip-flop with Indianapolis, pick up draft capital and select Johnson themselves with the fourth selection.
4) Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
I’ve been critical of Will Levis throughout the process and believe this is a risky choice. That said, the Colts hope to translate his classroom intelligence onto the football field.
5) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
The Seahawks will look to move down from this choice. Jalen Carter is too risky for their tastes, as I reported Sunday.
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Tyree Wilson has medical issues which are a concern, including a back issue and a second procedure on his foot, which was recently completed, but he has great upside as an edge rusher.
6) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
The Carter watch begins with this pick, but Detroit needs a cornerback, and Devon Witherspoon is the player everyone in the league believes ends up in Motown.
7) Las Vegas Raiders: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Last week I mentioned the Raiders have Young and C.J. Stroud one-two on their QB board but didn’t think either would drop into their laps. That’s changed, and Stroud gets to sit for at least a season and learn the Raiders’ offense.
8) Atlanta Falcons: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
This pick could go in many different directions. I’ve been told by several people that the Falcons have concerns about Carter. Bijan Robinson is a great prospect and would be a big upgrade at running back.
9) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern
The Bears decided Justin Fields is their future and secured a big-time receiver, DJ Moore, when trading the first pick to Carolina. They now have to protect Fields, and Peter Skoronski, who played his college ball in the Windy City, can play several spots on the offensive line.
10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Nolan Smith fills a variety of needs for the Eagles; he can rush the passer as well as be used in space as an off-the-ball linebacker.
11) Tennessee Titans: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Mike Vrabel knows he can put together a terrific defense but needs an explosive unit on the other side of the field. I’ve been consistent all along on Anthony Richardson; his upside is enormous, but the downside risk scares me.
12) Houston Texans (From CLE): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Sheldon Rankins was signed to a one-year deal last month, and Houston needs a bigger-bodied defensive tackle in the middle. As someone told me earlier this week, Ryans is an old-school coach and will build from the lines of scrimmage out. Don’t count out a trade-up for Stroud, but Jalen Carter is the pick here.
13) Green Bay Packers (From NYJ): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
With Aaron Rodgers on his way to the New York Jets, the Packers start drafting receivers! Jaxon Smith-Njigba is not a deep threat but rather a tremendous route runner who should constantly be an open target for Jordan Love.
14) New England Patriots: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Patriots could be the beneficiaries of the quarterbacks falling and pushing talent at other positions down the board. They could grab a much-needed left tackle in the form of Broderick Jones.
15) New York Jets (From GB): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
If Jones is available, he would be the pick, as I prefer a left tackle. But the Jets need to bring in multiple players on the offensive line and are not relying on former first-round pick Mehki Becton. Darnell Wright would be the start of that revamp.
16) Washington Commanders: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
The Commanders fill a need with great value, as Christian Gonzalez is a top-10 player on my board.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
I would prefer to put a lineman at this spot, but all the top prospects are gone, and it’s too early for Mazi Smith or O’Cyrus Torrence.
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The Steelers also need a corner, and Deonte Banks is the best one left on the board. Also of note, Mike Tomlin has had a good off-the-field relationship with Banks for some time.
18) Detroit Lions: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Tight end is a need, and Michael Mayer is more the type of player Dan Campbell prefers at the position. I think the Lions will look to trade down, and I’m told they like Jahmyr Gibbs at the bottom of Round 1.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Joey Porter is enticing at this spot, but the Bucs need an edge rusher as Shaq Barrett is coming off an Achilles injury, and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka has been a disappointment. Myles Murphy would be great value at this spot. Quentin Johnston could also be a surprise pick at this spot, as Tampa loves the big receiver.
20) Seattle Seahawks: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Do I think the Seahawks take O’Cyrus Torrence at 20? Probably not, but I know they like him, and they very easily could move this pick. One way or another, I think Torrence ends up with Seattle.
21) Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Additional targets for Justin Herbert are desperately needed, and few receivers in this year’s class are as sure-handed as Jordan Addison. This could be the long-term replacement for Keenan Allen in LA.
22) Baltimore Ravens: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Ravens filled their receiver need with Odell Beckham Jr. just a few weeks ago, and now they fill another need with Joey Porter Jr.
23) Minnesota Vikings: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
This is the area where I expect Hendon Hooker to be selected. This pick makes too much sense, and it’s a great fit for both team and player.
24) Jacksonville Jaguars: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa
I was told the Jaguars covet one of three defensive players; Witherspoon, Banks, or Lukas Van Ness. I don’t love this selection, as Jacksonville has spent several first-round picks on this type of undersized pass rusher with minimal results, but this is who I hear they like.
25) New York Giants: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
An outside corner is a priority, but center is still a big need. There is a faction in the building that likes Zay Flowers, and the Giants have a preference for Boston College players.
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I’m going to ride John Michael Schmitz to the very end. He’s been my pick for the Giants in every mock draft this year. Bryan Bresee is also a consideration for this spot.
26) Dallas Cowboys: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
The Cowboys had a terrific offseason and are in position to take the best player available at this spot. Torrence would fill a need on the interior offensive line if he hasn’t already been taken. However, adding another weapon for Dak Prescott in the form of Zay Flowers is more advantageous.
27) Buffalo Bills: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
The only reason I didn’t put Johnston in this spot is I believe the Kansas City Chiefs will move up and snag him. If Johnston is gone, then Brian Branch fills a long-term need at safety and can play slot corner. The two surprise picks I’m hearing about at this spot are Will McDonald and Josh Downs.
28) Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
Cornerback DJ Turner is a very real possibility at this spot, but Dalton Kincaid gives Joe Burrow another terrific weapon. Adding a talented tight end to the other weapons around Burrow could take this Bengals’ offense to the next level.
29) New Orleans Saints (From SF via MIA and DEN): Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
I continue to hear a lot of buzz coming out of the New Orleans camp on Calijah Kancey. There’s a chance a team could move ahead of the Saints and select the Pittsburgh defender.
30) Philadelphia Eagles: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
The first mock draft I posted in February also had the Eagles landing Jahymr Gibbs. He’s a creative ball carrier and a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield, which will help Jalen Hurts.
31) Kansas City Chiefs: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
I fully expect the Chiefs to trade up in order to secure either Flowers or Quentin Johnston as a weapon for Patrick Mahomes.
The Dolphins forfeited their 2023 first-round pick for violation of league policies.
2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2
32) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
Joe Tippmann is a developing center who comes with size, growth potential, and upside. He was a two-year starter for Wisconsin who showed consistent development in his game. I believe Tippmann will be playing with the first team on Sundays within two years.
33) Houston Texans: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Jalin Hyatt turned in a tremendous campaign after injury forced him to become the Volunteers’ No. 1 wideout. He’s a legitimate home-run-hitting receiver with a great amount of upside. Hyatt will be lethal at the next level once he fully develops his game.
34) Arizona Cardinals: Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech
Keion White is athletic as well as explosive and comes with a great amount of upside, but he must improve his playing strength and stay healthy. If he’s able to build on his play from last season and the Senior Bowl, White offers starting potential for a variety of defensive schemes.
35) Indianapolis Colts: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
DJ Turner has been one of my favorite cornerback prospects the past two seasons. He possesses next-level ball skills as well as a next-level attitude and comes with starting potential.
36) Los Angeles Rams: Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
Will McDonald IV is an outstanding athlete who caused a lot of disruption over the past three seasons. He possesses the size and explosion to be used as an edge rusher in a 3-4 alignment, but, at the same time, McDonald has enough athleticism to play in space. He could be a really useful piece for the Rams’ defense.
37) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
Cedric Tillman is an aggressive wideout who plays strong, tough football. He’s a stout receiver and will be exceptional running short and intermediate routes at the next level. Tillman is a second-round prospect who should produce right out of the gate in the NFL.
38) Las Vegas Raiders: Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
Bryan Bresee struggled through injury, a kidney infection, as well as a personal tragedy last year. However, he possesses a tremendous amount of upside potential as well as scheme versatility, but he must do a better job bending his knees and playing with leverage.
39) Carolina Panthers: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Kelee Ringo passes the eyeball test and has some great highlights, yet he lacks a complete game and needs to improve all areas of the CB position. Ringo possesses a tremendous amount of upside but also carries a large bust factor with him.
40) New Orleans Saints: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
After making a minimal impact at Alabama, Drew Sanders really jumped onto the radar last season. He’s a forceful defender who could be used at multiple LB positions in a variety of schemes. Sanders should only get better with more playing experience.
41) Tennessee Titans: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Anton Harrison has been a terrific starting left tackle at Oklahoma the past two seasons and has shown consistent improvement in his game. He’s an athletic prospect with a high upside and will elevate his game as he gets stronger as a run blocker.
42) Green Bay Packers (From CLE via NYJ): Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
Luke Musgrave has shown flashes of next-level ability on the college level and comes with great upside. He’s more potential than production to this point, but if properly coached and able to stay healthy, Musgrave could develop into a starting TE on Sundays. He would give Love another potentially solid pass-catching option.
43) New York Jets: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
Mazi Smith has been a favorite of mine for the past three seasons. He wreaks havoc on the inside and creates opportunities for pass rushers. While many in the scouting community have a much lower opinion of Smith, I believe he offers starting potential as well as scheme versatility.
44) Atlanta Falcons: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DT, Northwestern
Adetomiwa Adebawore is an explosive, athletic defensive line prospect who offers possibilities at end or as a pass-rushing tackle. He displayed a lot of progress in his game the past three seasons and had three spectacular days of practice at the Senior Bowl, where he was unstoppable.
While there are growth limitations, Adebawore’s intensity, athleticism, and scheme versatility are very appealing.
45) Green Bay Packers: Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin
Keeanu Benton was highly rated by scouts coming into the season, and after a solid campaign, he had two terrific days of practice at the Senior Bowl. He’s an athletic DT with possibilities in a four- or three-man front, though Benton must improve his playing strength.
46) New England Patriots: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Emmanuel Forbes is a solid cornerback, but he’s overrated in many areas. His thin frame is a concern, and I struggle to see how he’ll be anything better than a nickelback on Sundays. However, the Patriots are masters at finding a way to maximize talent in their secondary.
47) Washington Commanders: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
Sam LaPorta was a productive tight end for Iowa the past three seasons and is one of the more underrated prospects at the position. He comes with nice size, long arms, and big hands. As a tremendous pass-catching tight end, LaPorta can be a good complement to Logan Thomas at the position.
48) Detroit Lions: Steve Avila, G, TCU
Steve Avila is a large offensive lineman who plays big football, overpowering opponents and driving them into the ground. While I initially believed he was solely a power/gap blocker, the movement skills he showed at the Combine lead me to believe you may be able to put him in motion once in a while.
Avila possesses starting potential at the next level if used properly.
49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Josh Downs was a productive playmaker at UNC for the past two seasons. He’s a sensational route runner who consistently separates from defenders and makes the reception with proper fundamentals. Downs is both a reliable option and a big-play threat.
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Matthew Bergeron was a terrific offensive lineman at Syracuse and has been a high-rated LT prospect on my board the past three seasons. He’s mobile as well as athletic and only needs to do a better job finishing blocks to break into a starting lineup in the NFL.
51) Miami Dolphins: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Trenton Simpson is an athletically gifted LB who plays with an explosive style. While his instincts are of concern to me, the ability to cover a large amount of area in a short amount of time is appealing. Simpson offers scheme and positional versatility, but he may need to play in a simple defensive system.
52) Seattle Seahawks: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Jack Campbell is a three-down linebacker who is developing a complete game. He plays smart, tough football and is never overwhelmed by the situation. Campbell comes with a huge upside and can have a long, productive career in the NFL if he takes his game to the next level.
53) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC
Tuli Tuipulotu displayed consistent development in his game and had a tremendous junior season, totaling 22 TFLs and 13.5 sacks. He must get bigger as well as stronger, but Tuipulotu has a lot of upside and versatility.
54) Los Angeles Chargers: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
BJ Ojulari has been a terrific defender for LSU over the past two years and has shown much progress in his game. He’s a multipurpose front-seven defender who can rush the passer as well as make plays in pursuit.
Ojulari comes with tremendous upside but needs to improve his playing strength. However, he will offer immediate impact as a 3-4 OLB or as a one-gap DE.
55) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
Jayden Reed put together three productive seasons for Michigan State, then went to the Senior Bowl and had two exceptional days of practice. He’s a versatile wideout who can line up on the outside or in the slot. Reed’s ability to separate through route running is impressive. He can also double as a return specialist.
56) Jacksonville Jaguars: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Cam Smith really elevated his game this past season. He possesses the size, athleticism, and traits teams want in a next-level starter but is unpolished and needs to finish his game. I see some bumps in the road early in his NFL career. Nevertheless, if Smith is properly coached and given time to develop, he could turn into a dominant shutdown cornerback.
57) New York Giants: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
Darius Rush showed a lot of improvement in his game last season. He has limitations, but Rush also possesses enough ability to line up in dime packages, preferably in a zone system where he can face the action.
58) Dallas Cowboys: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
While Darnell Washington has limitations, he’s a devastating blocker who catches the ball extremely well. Though he’s not what the league wants at the TE position these days, with the skills he brings, Washington will be a very productive tight end on Sunday.
59) Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Mississippi
Jonathan Mingo‘s game really took off last season, and he’s headed in the right direction. He possesses reliable hands and shows athleticism.
Though he’s not a deep threat, Mingo is an outstanding receiver on underneath and intermediate patterns. He possesses a tremendous amount of upside potential and has the ability to develop into a No. 2 receiver on Sundays.
60) Cincinnati Bengals: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Clark Phillips III is an incredibly competitive CB and big-play defender with polished ball skills. His lack of height and deep speed are limiting factors, yet Phillips possesses the tenacity, intelligence, and football ability to overcome those obstacles. The Bengals need more options at cornerback, and Clark can provide that.
61) Chicago Bears (From SF): Byron Young, EDGE, Tennessee
Byron Young has terrorized the opposition two seasons running and combined for 23.5 TFLs as well as 12.5 sacks. He’s an explosive pass rusher who must get bigger and stronger as well as learn to make plays in coverage, but he comes with much upside.
62) Philadelphia Eagles: Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
Sydney Brown was a productive player all four seasons he took the field at Illinois and showed consistent improvement in his game. He had three outstanding days of practice at the Senior Bowl and showed CB ball skills during drills as well as scrimmages. Brown could end up replacing CJ Gardner-Johnson in the starting defense for the Eagles.
63) Kansas City Chiefs: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Felix Anudike-Uzomah has been a pass-rushing nightmare for opponents, accumulating 25.5 TFLs and 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons.
Anudike-Uzomah possesses a tremendous amount of upside coming out of a three-point stance and can also play standing over tackle. He should only continue to improve as he develops further, both as a player and by adding bulk to his frame.
2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 3
64) Chicago Bears: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Julius Brents possesses the size, athleticism, and ability teams want in a starting cornerback on Sundays, but he needs to polish every aspect of his game. Brents can play in man or zone when hitting on all cylinders, but there’s much inconsistency in his game. I suspect there will be bumps in the road before he’s NFL-ready.
65) Houston Texans: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State
Cody Mauch was an outstanding blocker for North Dakota State but lacks the agility and arm length to stay at left tackle. He’s an RT prospect who may also get consideration inside at guard but does come with good upside potential.
66) Arizona Cardinals: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State
Luke Wypler is an outstanding zone-blocking center who showed a lot of progress in his game over the past two seasons. He did an outstanding job containing Jalen Carter during the College Football Playoff and should only get better as he physically matures and improves his playing strength.
67) Denver Broncos (From IND): Derick Hall, LB, Auburn
Derick Hall is a hard-working defender who was consistent for Auburn and played hard even when the team was getting pounded and nothing was on the line. He displays natural 3-4 OLB traits and offers starting potential in the future.
68) Denver Broncos: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
Antonio Johnson is a solid-but-not-great safety who can be used in a zone system and even asked to play over the slot receiver on occasion. Johnson comes with an upside and should lend a hand on special teams.
69) Los Angeles Rams: Siaki Ika, NT, Baylor
Siaki Ika is a hard-nosed DT who is best occupying gaps and blockers. While he shows some ability to make plays against the run, he’s a bit one-dimensional.
Ika is scheme-specific, but in the right system, he can be dominant at the next level. Playing next to Aaron Donald will allow Ika to focus on his strengths while the Rams look to develop him further.
70) Las Vegas Raiders: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
Blake Freeland was a four-year starter at both right and left tackle for BYU and is an athletic blocking prospect with tremendous upside. He needs to fill out his frame as well as get stronger and complete his game to meet the expectations scouts have of him.
71) New Orleans Saints: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
Tucker Kraft possesses the size, athleticism, and pass-catching skills to be a No. 1 TE on an NFL roster if he continues to develop his game. Though it may take some time, Kraft has the ability to be a star tight end in the league.
72) Tennessee Titans: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
Zach Charbonnet was an outstanding back in college and projects well to the next level. He has the style of an old-time power runner but has the speed, athleticism, and pass-catching skills wanted in today’s game. Charbonnet would have a chance to compete with Hassan Haskins to be the heir apparent to Derrick Henry.
73) Houston Texans (From CLE): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
Eli Ricks displayed himself to be a dominant shutdown corner when he was on the field and healthy. Unfortunately, that was not very often over the past three years. Ricks possesses the underlying skills to be a No. 1 cornerback on Sundays but must polish his game. If he can stay healthy, this could be a tremendous value.
74) Cleveland Browns (From NYJ): Gervon Dexter, DL, Florida
Gervon Dexter has shown himself to be a one-man wrecking crew in the middle of the line of scrimmage as a gap occupier or run defender. He has limitations to his game, but Dexter offers many possibilities on the inside of a four-man line or potentially as a one-gap nose tackle.
75) Atlanta Falcons: Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
Zach Harrison was a consistent force for Ohio State’s defense and made plays as a pass rusher and against the run. He has a terrific amount of upside but needs to fill out his frame and add strength to his game. Harrison has the potential to develop into a complete player, and he’s an intelligent lineman who plays tough football.
76) New England Patriots (From CAR): Nathaniel Dell, WR, Houston
Nathaniel Dell turned in tremendous production at Houston the past two seasons, both as a receiver and a punt returner. He’s a legitimate big-play receiver who must improve his hand strength and consistency catching the ball. Nevertheless, Dell’s return ability alone is valuable early in his career while the rest of his game develops.
77) Los Angeles Rams (From NE via MIA): Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
Garrett Williams is a talented CB with a developing game whose progress was stunted by an injury last season. He possesses enough upside to develop into a No. 1 cornerback, though Williams must return from injury and quickly get back to playing form.
78) Green Bay Packers: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
Jordan Battle was a very productive DB for Alabama the past three seasons and plays smart, tough football. He’s a traditional strong safety who can also play in a zone system, and his instincts and raw ability to quickly recognize what’s happening on the field are attractive.
79) Indianapolis Colts (From WSH): Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
Tyler Scott comes off two outstanding seasons in which he was a threat to take it the distance every time he stepped to the line of scrimmage. Besides being a deep threat, he’s a terrific route runner who catches the ball extremely well but comes with size limitations. Scott has the ability to be a very productive third receiver.
80) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Dawand Jones was a reliable two-year starter for Ohio State and went on to have one tremendous day of practice at the Senior Bowl. Besides his run-blocking power, Jones did a tremendous job shutting down speedy edge rushers in Mobile. He put concerns that he would be unable to block the edge at the next level to rest.
81) Detroit Lions: Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
Zacch Pickens is a hard-working lineman whose first-step quickness and ability to get leverage on opponents give him a decided advantage. He’s a 3-technique type who can also play in a one-gap system. Pickens should only improve as he physically matures and adds strength to his game.
82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jartavius Martin, S, Illinois
Jartavius Martin was overlooked by many scouts entering 2022, but he responded with a terrific campaign that included three interceptions and 11 PBUs. Martin comes with solid size, but he’s limited to playing in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage.
83) Seattle: JL Skinner, S, Boise State
JL Skinner was a productive and forceful safety for Boise State, who did a tremendous job defending the run and held his own in coverage. He’s more of a zone safety who occasionally lines up in the box and comes with special-teams ability.
84) Miami Dolphins: Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
Luke Schoonmaker was highly rated coming into the season and did a good job last year despite playing through an injury. He’s not the exceptional downfield threat teams want at tight end these days, but he does everything very well and comes with an upside. The Dolphins need to find a starting tight end to give their offense another element.
85) Los Angeles Chargers: Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn
Owen Pappoe was a productive four-year starter for Auburn and an outstanding run-and-chase defender. He must improve his skill in coverage but would be a good fit in a one-gap system.
86) Baltimore Ravens: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
Devon Achane has strung together two incredibly productive seasons at Texas A&M, combining for more than 2,000 yards rushing and 60 receptions. He’s a prototypical third-down back who is very effective at handling the ball in space and catching. Achane shows a willingness to pick up the tough yardage.
87) Minnesota Vikings: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)
Tyrique Stevenson flashed his ability after transferring to Miami, as he did during Senior Bowl practices, and you’re able to see the upside. That being the case, Stevenson must polish his ball skills and fundamentals if he’s to have the career at the next level everyone expects.
88) Jacksonville Jaguars: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Marvin Mims has been a big-play threat for Oklahoma since his freshman season and averaged well over 20 yards per reception the past two years. He’s a smaller wideout who would benefit from playing in the slot or off the line of scrimmage. The Jaguars can utilize Mims as a third or fourth WR option behind Christian Kirk and Zay Jones.
89) New York Giants: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Isaiah Foskey was a tremendous college pass rusher who made several plays behind the line of scrimmage and shows the athleticism necessary to play in space. Foskey turned in a terrific Combine, which will help his draft stock. He should be effective as a stand-up linebacker who occasionally comes out of a three-point stance.
90) Dallas Cowboys: Colby Wooden, DL, Auburn
Colby Wooden‘s game has leveled off since a strong freshman year, and he never truly developed. Rather than consistently impacting games, Wooden played in spurts. He’s an athletic prospect with a large upside, yet he must improve his playing strength and, more than anything else, consistently play at the level he’s capable of.
91) Buffalo Bills: Kendre Miller, RB, TCU
Kendre Miller was a terrific ball carrier who complemented TCU’s aerial attack the past two seasons and really elevated his game. Miller’s a rotational back who can also be a spot starter, and play on all three downs. He would be a nice complement to the Bills’ current RB options.
92) Cincinnati Bengals: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
Roschon Johnson is a throwback of sorts and a tremendous short-yardage runner who can catch the ball out of the backfield or effectively block when necessary. He’s NFL-ready with the physical skills and instincts to line up in the backfield as a rookie in the NFL. With the future of Joe Mixon uncertain in Cincinnati, Johnson could have a role as a rookie.
93) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Kayshon Boutte has flashed dominance the past two seasons and generally presented himself as a sure-handed receiver who runs great routes and separates from defenders. Possessing a large amount of upside, if he hits on all cylinders and improves on the flashes of dominance he displayed, Boutte could develop into a No. 1 wideout on Sundays.
94) Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin
Nick Herbig was a force on the college field, combing for 30 TFLs and 20 sacks the past two seasons. He’s athletic and offers the versatility to be used up the field or in space. However, Herbig must improve his playing strength.
95) Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Morris, EDGE, Michigan
Mike Morris showed flashes as a sophomore in 2021 and then elevated his game last season. He possesses solid size as well as growth potential and comes with a large upside. If Morris continues to improve, he offers potential as a devastating pass rusher at the next level.
96) Arizona Cardinals: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Riley Moss was a really good cornerback at Iowa the past three seasons and is an athletic prospect with an upside. There are some elements of his game he must polish, but Moss comes with upside as a nickelback and even starting potential for the next level.
97) Washington Commanders: Henry To’o To’o, LB, Alabama
Henry To’oTo’o was productive for two years at Alabama after beginning his college career at Tennessee. He’s a traditional 4-3 weakside LB, but he comes with average size and growth limitations.
98) Cleveland Browns: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
DeMarvion Overshown was a productive linebacker at Texas who displayed terrific progress in his game over the past two years. He’s athletic, comes with an upside, and offers scheme versatility.
99) San Francisco 49ers: YaYa Diaby, EDGE, Louisville
YaYa Diaby was a productive defender for Louisville the past two seasons. He must add bulk to his frame and get stronger while keeping his athleticism, but Diaby possesses enough ability to be a late-round pick and a pass-rush specialist early in his NFL career.
100) Las Vegas Raiders (From KC): Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
Daiyan Henley entered the season with little fanfare in the scouting community, but he topped off a terrific senior campaign with a fantastic showing during Senior Bowl practices and a terrific Combine workout. He’s an undersized run-and-chase LB who can line up on the inside of a 3-4 alignment or be used as a weakside linebacker in a traditional scheme.
101) San Francisco 49ers: Wanya Morris, OL, Oklahoma
Wanya Morris made an immediate impact at Tennessee during his freshman season before transferring to Oklahoma and standing out last season. He possesses good length, strength, and growth potential. Morris has the ability to develop into a productive RT on Sundays.
102) San Francisco 49ers: Braeden Daniels, OL, Utah
Braeden Daniels was a tough and durable blocker for Utah, who started 43 games at three different OL positions. He’s an athletic prospect with a high upside and the versatility to be used at any of the three interior blocking spots or left tackle in a pinch.
Daniels needs to get stronger but is an intriguing developmental prospect who could be a starter down the line for San Francisco.