In football, you always have one eye on the future. As the new year comes into focus, teams will claim New Year’s resolutions to chase in 2023 — resolutions that could be fulfilled in the NFL draft through this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
2023 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1
1) Houston Texans: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
New Year’s Resolution: Jumpstart the rebuild with a high-upside QB.
The pick has to be a quarterback for Houston at No. 1 overall. Will Levis is not the quarterback I would choose if it were me. But whoever the Texans choose, they can make that pick right by adequately developing and insulating that player. Levis has his flaws, but he’s athletic, tough as nails, and has a rocket arm. That can be enough for NFL teams.
2) Chicago Bears: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
NYR: Add blue-chip talent at a high-value position.
The Bears are positioned very well at No. 2 overall in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. With Houston’s selection at first overall almost guaranteed to be a QB, the Bears could very well have their choice of either Will Anderson Jr. or Jalen Carter — two elite defensive prospects. Either one is reasonable, but on the edge, Anderson can be a game-changer.
3) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
NYR: Help the roster evolve by picking best player available.
Everything about the Seahawks’ draft strategy depends on what they do with Geno Smith. On one hand, he’s regressed a bit since the start of the season. On the other hand, he’s a talented, capable passer who’s familiar with the offense, on a roster that’s still developing.
If they stick with Smith for another year, the choice is easy at third overall. Take the best available player. Here, that’s Jalen Carter — a wrecker on the interior.
4) Arizona Cardinals: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
NYR: Begin to fill the void left by J.J. Watt’s retirement.
The Cardinals never got prime Watt, but his retirement is still a sizable blow to a defensive line that’s waiting to take the next step. With needs both on the interior and on the edge, the Cardinals can dip into both spheres by adding Tyree Wilson.
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At 6’6″, 275 pounds, with explosive athleticism and arms nearly 36″ long, Wilson’s power capacity is unmatched in the 2023 NFL Draft, and his mold allows him to be alignment versatile.
5) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
NYR: End the streak of veterans past their prime with a rare talent.
Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and now Matt Ryan. Under Chris Ballard, the Colts have churned through veteran quarterbacks, desperately trying to extend a playoff window that closed when Andrew Luck retired.
It’s time to hit the hard reset button with a rookie QB. And no rookie in the 2023 NFL Draft possesses the sheer upside of Anthony Richardson. His pure raw talent is almost generational, and he’s trending up on the operational side.
6) Atlanta Falcons: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
NYR: Create a potentially dominant pass-catching corps.
We still don’t know if Desmond Ridder is the guy. But odds are, if he isn’t, the Falcons could be in position to get Caleb Williams or Drake Maye in 2024. With that in mind, why not add Quentin Johnston and create a dominant pass-catching corps for the mystery franchise QB?
Johnston is an awe-inspiring talent with elite length, explosiveness, twitch, fluidity, and body control. He, Kyle Pitts, and Drake London could be an unstoppable trio.
7) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
NYR: Spare no expense upgrading and maximizing the CB room.
My stance for the Lions remains the same. With their first Round 1 pick from the Rams, they should make a move for Richardson. But Jared Goff has played well in 2022, and there’s a chance they decide to stick with him and build the roster around him.
In that scenario, improving the defense is the primary directive. Christian Gonzalez has a strong case for CB1 with his pallet of traits, and he’d be an immediate upgrade on the boundary.
8) Carolina Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
NYR: End the QB merry-go-round once and for all with a franchise player.
The Panthers are one of several teams that will be experiencing a reset in the 2023 offseason. That reset will be all-encapsulating — from head coach, to the coordinator spots, to quarterback.
Carolina should be aggressive in trading up to secure a passer if they need to. But in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, they’re able to get Bryce Young — an elite creator with remarkable poise and the coveted it factor — at eight overall.
9) Las Vegas Raiders: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
NYR: Move on from the fractured Derek Carr situation and reset.
There’s going to be cost involved. But after the Raiders benched Derek Carr and saw him walk away from the team, it seems as though the two sides are headed for a divorce in 2023. When that happens, Las Vegas will need to hit the reset button at QB.
C.J. Stroud could be a stellar fit in Josh McDaniels’ offense. He’s a high-level distributor with accuracy and anticipation, who has enough natural talent to grow into a franchise passer.
10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
NYR: Restock talent on the defensive line with roster turnover on the horizon.
At both EDGE and DT, the Eagles will have a lot of movement this offseason. The defensive line is one position group that shouldn’t be neglected by idleness. That’s why Philadelphia should have eyes on the trench talent available at 10th overall.
Myles Murphy could help fill the void left by Derek Barnett and Robert Quinn. He’s a rare athlete at 6’5″, 275 pounds, with strong composite power and the foot speed to stress tackles laterally.
11) Houston Texans (From CLE): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
NYR: Let the board fall naturally and take the best player needed here.
The Texans are situated well with two picks within the first 11 selections. The first overall pick will assuredly be a QB. But at 11th overall, there’s enough talent available for Houston to play the board, be patient, and take whoever’s left for them to claim.
In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Jared Verse is the move. He’s a legitimate top-15 talent who brings all of the desired components on the edge — burst, bend, length, power, and active hands.
12) Seattle Seahawks: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
NYR: Complete a potentially dominant secondary.
Carter will already be preventing quarterbacks from stepping up and forcing them to get the ball out quicker. And now, opposing QBs will have to contend with a stifling secondary, led by Tariq Woolen and Brian Branch.
With his elite speed and length, Woolen can funnel passes inside. But having Branch as a slot defender could restrict QBs in a big way. Branch is an incredibly natural and instinctive coverage DB, who also lights up runners in support.
13) Tennessee Titans: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
NYR: Pounce on a potential replacement for Taylor Lewan at LT.
A season-ending injury and an expiring contract spell the end for Taylor Lewan’s time in Tennessee. The Titans will need to find an able successor. And in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the arguable OT1 of the 2023 class falls into their lap at 13th overall.
Paris Johnson Jr. has room to further refine his game, as his hand usage and leverage management can be inconsistent. But he’s an elite physical specimen at 6’6″, 315, with outrageous explosiveness and power.
14) New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
NYR: Add much-needed length and physicality to an undersized CB room.
Marcus Jones and Jack Jones have had their moments for New England this season. But across the CB room, the Patriots are visibly lacking in size and length.
At 6’2″, Joey Porter Jr. could assist in quelling that concern. Not only is Porter long and rangy, but he’s incredibly proficient in man coverage as well. He’s patient, disciplined, and physical with his technique, fluid matching receivers, and an instinctive playmaker at the catch point.
15) New York Jets: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
NYR: Insulate the unstable QB situation by maintaining the line.
We know Zach Wilson is done in N.Y., but outside of that, we know very little. Early indications point to the Jets seeking out a veteran like Jimmy Garoppolo. But whoever they add, the Jets should seek to maintain stability by investing in talent at offensive tackle.
Anton Harrison has the athleticism and power to be a high-impact player down the line, and he also has the smooth footwork and independent hand usage to start early in his career.
16) Pittsburgh Steelers: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
NYR: Upgrade a CB room that needs confidence and tenacity.
The cornerback room was an area of concern entering the 2022 season for Pittsburgh, and it remains such as we enter 2023. The Steelers aren’t necessarily lacking natural talent, but they don’t have the desired reliability and consistency from their DBs. Devon Witherspoon can help with that. Not only is he incredibly twitchy and agile in short areas, but he’s also instinctive, disciplined, aggressive, and a constant playmaker in both phases.
17) Green Bay Packers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
NYR: Prepare for a changing of the guard at offensive tackle.
Offensive tackle has emerged as a potential need for the Packers in 2022. David Bakhtiari is only getting older, and he’s struggling to stay healthy. Even if it’s more of a preparatory move, adding a talent like Broderick Jones could be prudent.
Jones is still fairly raw with his hand usage, but at 6’4″, 315 pounds, he has an exceptional blend of athleticism, power, strength, and proportional length — and he’s an absolute mauler in the ground game.
18) Detroit Lions: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
NYR: Assume complete control of the middle of the line.
Nearly 700 pounds of carnage on the interior. That’s what the Lions will have if they indulge their most nefarious desires and add Siaki Ika in the 2023 NFL Draft. Alim McNeill has nose tackle versatility for the Lions, but his move to 3-tech this year has opened the door for Ika to become a fit.
At 6’4″, 357 pounds, Ika is a legitimate neutron star at 0-tech, with outrageous strength and mass, plus the explosiveness to be a pass-rushing threat.
19) Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
NYR: Fully capitalize on Trevor Lawrence’s emergence.
Lawrence is here, and he’s everything we thought he would be. Doug Pederson has unlocked the first overall pick. Now, it’s time to keep adding to his weapons group, to fully capitalize on the Sunshine breaking through the clouds.
Alongside Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, Josh Downs would be a phenomenal piece. He’s alignment versatile, with the explosiveness, control, spatial awareness, and body control to perplex defenders.
20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
NYR: Bring a new star into the backfield.
I’m not saying Bijan Robinson will supplant Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T. But I’m also not saying he won’t. Jokes aside, Leonard Fournette does not bring the desired efficiency as a runner, and Rachaad White might be more of a rotational piece.
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Robinson is the rare blue-chip RB who can elevate an offense with his talent. For whichever QB comes to replace Brady down the road, Robinson would be an invaluable asset.
21) Washington Commanders: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
NYR: Find a prospect with true CB1 potential.
Kendall Fuller has picked things up a bit after a rough start to the 2022 campaign, and Benjamin St-Juste also shows promise. But the Washington Commanders still have room to upgrade the CB room, and Fuller will be a free agent after 2023.
Falling to 21st overall, Kelee Ringo gives Washington a nice mix of value and need. He’s a rare size-speed specimen at 6’2″, 210 pounds, with the physicality and throttle freedom to envelop receivers.
22) New York Giants: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
NYR: Upgrade the LB corps while also adding versatility on defense.
Wide receiver is a common match for New York in first-round 2023 NFL Mock Drafts. But the 2023 WR class is fairly deep, so let’s experiment with picking another position.
Linebacker is another pressing need for New York, and Trenton Simpson could be an exciting fit with Wink Martindale. He’d be a terrifying blitz threat, but Simpson’s instincts and range in coverage make him unique among the Giants’ personnel.
23) Los Angeles Chargers: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
NYR: MORE SPEED.
It’s almost unfathomable how a quarterback with Justin Herbert’s arm talent has under 10 yards per completion and one of the lowest aDOTs in the league. It’s an indictment of the Chargers’ offensive structure, which has failed to maximize Herbert’s talent. But adding a speed threat like Jalin Hyatt could change that. Hyatt isn’t just a flashy 40 time, either. He can tempo his speed, manipulate defensive backs, and track the ball downfield.
24) Baltimore Ravens: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
NYR: Add a lockdown cornerback with alignment versatility.
The Ravens have questions to answer on both sides of the ball. Particularly at WR and CB, there are issues to address.
They could go receiver here, but Clark Phillips III is arguably the best prospect left on the board. Even without optimal size, he’s a lockdown cornerback with both the necessary athletic and mental qualities, to nearly the highest degree. Phillips not only gives the unit a facelift but allows other defenders to play freer as well.
25) Denver Broncos (From SF via MIA): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
NYR: Add the finishing piece to a WR trio with Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton.
Kayshon Boutte made headlines earlier this week when he flipped from his original decision to return to school and announced his declaration for the 2023 NFL Draft. Teams will no doubt be split on Boutte, but at 6’0″, 205 pounds, he does offer the explosive athleticism and three-level ability to potentially crack Round 1. Alongside Jeudy and Sutton, Boutte could be a dangerous RAC threat underneath, with field-stretching potential.
26) Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
NYR: Adequately complement CeeDee Lamb with a true first-round talent.
The Cowboys’ success with Michael Gallup has perhaps convinced them that they can get by with mid-round investments at WR outside of Lamb. But it may be time for Dallas to dip back into the Round 1 WR pool for Dak Prescott.
If a talent like Jordan Addison is available when Dallas picks, it could be hard to say no. Addison brings a unique aura alongside Lamb. He’s light, but incredibly multifaceted, and a danger both in space and in the air.
27) Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
NYR: Form a legitimate one-two punch on the edge with Trey Hendrickson.
The Bengals have a decent amount of depth at EDGE. But when they lost Hendrickson for a stretch in 2022, the lack of high-end talent opposite him was exposed.
Cincinnati could stand to add another impact starter across from Hendrickson, and Isaiah Foskey could ultimately be that player. His hands are elite at their brightest moments, and he has the burst and length to be a menacing rusher.
28) Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
NYR: Play the value of the board late in Round 1 and be opportunistic.
Let’s be honest. As long as the Chiefs’ roster is serviceable, Patrick Mahomes’ absurdity ensures that they’ll always be in contention. That certainty does give them the flexibility to play the value of the board in Round 1. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Bryan Bresee falls due to injury concerns. With his athleticism and power, he’d be a tremendous add for K.C.
29) Minnesota Vikings: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
NYR: Make Justin Jefferson even more difficult to deal with.
Jefferson is already superhuman. He’s a ruthless separator and a truly generational contortionist with one-of-one ability in contested situations. He draws so much attention and still produces — so imagine if the Vikings had another three-level threat to stretch the defense even thinner. Rashee Rice serves that purpose with his explosiveness, twitch, size, and elite catching instincts.
30) Buffalo Bills: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
NYR: Make this offense as dangerous as it can be.
The Bills’ offense runs through Josh Allen. That’s a definite plus, but it also puts a lot of pressure on Allen. That pressure can naturally lead to volatility in close games. A stronger weapons corps could help alleviate that.
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Jahmyr Gibbs‘ projection as a hyper-versatile, hyper-dynamic offensive piece, in the mold of Jamaal Charles or Alvin Kamara, makes him a potential godsend for Allen and the Bills.
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
NYR: Lock down Miles Sanders’ replacement in a strong RB class.
The Eagles have a decision to make on whether or not they’ll bring Sanders back this offseason. With two first-round picks, and with an incredibly strong RB class on the horizon, they could conceivably use their second first-rounder as a luxury pick and lock down Sanders’ replacement for five years.
Tank Bigsby could be that surprise first-rounder. He’s explosive and twitchy, but also quick to process, physical, and malleable in close quarters.
32) Houston Texans: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
If he makes it to this point, this is as far as Michael Mayer falls. It’s always difficult to project floors and ceilings in the draft, especially with positional value. But Mayer is a first-round TE through and through, with the traits to be a safety blanket for years on end.
33) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The Steelers could soon be in the market for a new weapon in the slot. They’ll have Calvin Austin III returning from injury next year, but Jaxon Smith-Njigba would be a much more stable, consistent threat for Kenny Pickett with his separation ability and elite catching instincts.
34) Arizona Cardinals: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern
With impending needs at both tackle and guard, the Cardinals would be well-served to add a versatile blocker like Peter Skoronski just outside of Round 1. Skoronski lacks elite length and lower body mass, but he has the athleticism, leverage, balance, and steady footwork to be a very good player.
35) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn
Boye Mafe should develop into a steady contributor for Seattle, but there’s still room to add more talent on the edge. Derick Hall could be an excellent value deal in Round 2 of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. He’s a high-motor rusher with elements of both power and finesse.
36) Indianapolis Colts: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
The Colts tried countless combinations on the line this season, but the struggles up front may need more than simple shuffling to solve. At least on the right side, Darnell Wright can put up a wall for QBs with his size, play strength, short-area mobility, and violent hand usage.
37) Los Angeles Rams: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State
The Rams’ resolution this year is to have a pick inside the top 50 because they’ll definitely need it. The approaching rebuild may be a lengthy one for Los Angeles. They’ll have to wait on a new QB, but Cody Mauch is a tone-setter with athleticism, power, and versatility on the line.
38) Atlanta Falcons: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Arnold Ebiketie has a promising future for Atlanta. He’ll have an even better chance of reaching his ceiling if there’s a player like Felix Anudike-Uzomah opposite him on the front. Anudike-Uzomah is a relentless pass rusher with lightning-fast hands, twitch, burst, and the motor to consistently finish.
39) Las Vegas Raiders: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
The Raiders could go a number of different routes here. But seeing as though they’re heading full speed into a new rebuild, BPA is never a bad idea in Round 2, where Round 1 talents can slip through the cracks. Edge rusher BJ Ojulari is such a case here.
40) New Orleans Saints: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
In a QB class that lacks depth, the Saints are in a tough spot with their first pick at 40th overall. But with his age and an ACL tear complicating matters, Hendon Hooker could be a potential starter worth investing in at this pick. Hooker has enough physical talent and could be a steady distributor with the right support.
41) Cleveland Browns: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
It’s too early to say that the Browns are doomed after their tumultuous and controversial 2023 offseason. But if they’re going to reinvigorate their offense, they need to add WR talent. Zay Flowers could complement Amari Cooper well with his dynamic athleticism, separation and RAC ability, and flawless ball-tracking skills downfield.
42) Carolina Panthers: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
The 2023 NFL Draft safety class is a bit enigmatic. The talent is there, but some prospects could slide due to preference and differing projections. Antonio Johnson lands in a perfect spot here. The 6’3″, 200-pound athlete has the upside to be an elite slot defender, and he’s surrounded by high-level talent in Carolina.
43) Tennessee Titans: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Injuries haven’t helped matters, but few offensive lines have seen a more stark regression than the Titans’ front in 2022. They’ll almost assuredly need to restock on the interior in the 2023 NFL Draft. With his power and strength, O’Cyrus Torrence brings the edge right back.
44) New England Patriots: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Noah Sewell‘s 2023 NFL Draft stock has cooled a bit since preseason projections had him as a bonafide Round 1 player. But in the right system, Sewell still has the explosive range and 6’3″, 250-pound frame to be a dangerous downhill defender. Bill Belichick has succeeded with players like Sewell in the past.
45) New York Jets: Christopher Smith, DB, Georgia
If the Jets are in the market for a new safety alongside Jordan Whitehead, Christopher Smith could be a very under-appreciated add in Round 2 of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Smith doesn’t wow you with the eye test, but he’s smart, instinctive, fluid, and very reliable in space.
46) Pittsburgh Steelers: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
It’ll be interesting to see how the Steelers address their offensive line in the 2023 offseason. Some players, like Dan Moore Jr., displayed signs of growth. But adding a developmental tackle like Matthew Bergeron can’t hurt in Round 2. With his quickness and size, Bergeron’s ceiling is matched by few.
47) Green Bay Packers: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
The Packers’ receiving corps has shown indicators of growth in 2022. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs both appear to have bright futures ahead. That said, a true boundary threat like Cedric Tillman could complete the puzzle. Tillman’s a true alpha at 6’3″, 215 pounds, but he also has appealing athleticism and nuance as a separator.
48) Detroit Lions: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Jerry Jacobs is a solid player for the Lions, but if Cam Smith is still on the board at this point, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to add a high-impact slot defender alongside Jeff Okudah and Gonzalez. This would be a potentially suffocating CB group.
49) Seattle Seahawks: Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State
If the Seahawks decide to give Smith another run as the starting QB in 2022, they’ll need to make sure his blocking is of the highest quality. Cooper Beebe can help with that inside. He’s massive and powerful, but also has the awareness and mobility to position himself and seal off defenders.
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Look for a playmaker in the 2023 NFL Draft CB class, and Emmanuel Forbes is one of the first names that comes to mind. Across a three-year collegiate tenure, Forbes claimed the NCAA record for career pick-sixes. He’s an explosive, twitchy, and aggressive cover man with a nose for the ball.
51) Jacksonville Jaguars: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida
The Jacksonville Jaguars get a steal here in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Gervon Dexter is an arguable first-round talent who made strides in 2022, and yet, he’s here in Round 2. Dexter’s power element at 6’6″, 312 pounds is otherworldly, and he’s steadily built on top of that elite trait.
52) Washington Commanders: Jaelyn Duncan, OL, Maryland
For a team that might need help at both tackle and guard in the near future, adding Jaelyn Duncan isn’t a bad move. Duncan is far less developed than preferred for a multi-year starter, but he possesses the short-area athleticism and power to grow into a solid starter.
53) Miami Dolphins: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
It’s not so much a New Year’s resolution, as Mike McDaniel’s scheme naturally maximizes RB talent. But the Dolphins could use a premier back to complete the symbiotic cycle. With his rare fluidity as an accelerator at 6’0″, 215 pounds, Zach Evans can be that elevating force.
54) New York Giants: Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
Jaylon Jones was a surprise declaration in the 2023 NFL Draft, but his talent level should naturally cultivate interest. He can still improve as a playmaker at the catch point, but at 6’2″, 205 pounds, Jones has the combination of length, twitch, and fluidity coaches seek.
55) Los Angeles Chargers: Brandon Dorlus, DL, Oregon
It’s still not a given that Brandon Dorlus declares for the 2023 NFL Draft. He could ultimately go back to school. But if he does declare, Dorlus is an exceedingly versatile defensive line prospect, whose multifaceted power application can erode blocking schemes.
56) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson
Exiting the third-person narrative for a moment to make a declaration: Ruke Orhorhoro is one of my personal favorite prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. He’s young, trending up fast, incredibly versatile, and has elite explosiveness at 6’4″, 303 pounds — with the proportional length to channel awesome power as well.
57) Dallas Cowboys: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
It’s hard to tell where Eli Ricks will settle on the 2023 NFL Draft board. The first round might be wishful thinking in such a strong CB class. But at this point, Ricks has the athleticism, length, physicality, and ball skills worth banking on for Dallas.
58) Cincinnati Bengals: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
The Bengals could benefit from a premier talent at tight end, but not just any TE will do. With Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins stressing defenses vertically, Tucker Kraft‘s run-after-catch ability, athleticism, and physicality would indefinitely put defenses in a bind.
59) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
Few tight ends were more productive than Dalton Kincaid in 2022, as the Utes star put up 70 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns. Kincaid’s production is representative of his reliable skill set. He’s athletic, well-sized, tough and composed in both phases, and a high-end receiving threat when targeted.
60) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
That’s right. Jameson Williams, and now Devon Achane. We’re bringing a new meaning to the name “Motor City.” Fantasy managers won’t like this for the Lions’ backfield, but Ben Johnson’s evil genius mode was made for this. Achane can be a deadly force as a runner and a receiving threat with his speed, explosiveness, and brutal short-area quickness.
61) Kansas City Chiefs: Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma
Wright and Jones are the most recognizable natural right tackles in the 2023 NFL Draft, but Wanya Morris is another blocker who deserves early-round consideration. Of the three, Morris arguably has the highest ceiling. He’s an elite athlete with devastating raw power capacity and visibly improved his technique in 2022.
62) Buffalo Bills: Calijah Kancey, DL, Pittsburgh
There’s nothing wrong with the Bills’ defensive line right now. But DL is one area where you always want to preemptively remain rich and not wait until holes appear. Calijah Kancey, with his elite explosiveness, twitch, and surprising play strength for his size, allows Buffalo to do this.
63) Philadelphia Eagles: Carrington Valentine, CB, Kentucky
In such a deep CB class, Carrington Valentine has fallen under the radar. He declared after putting up a pick and nine deflections in 2022. While he has fairly little name recognition, Valentine’s a name to watch as a potential riser. He has great proportional length, plus he’s twitchy, fluid, explosive in run support, and flashes excellent timing at the catch point.
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64) Houston Texans: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
Arguably the best center in his class, John Michael Schmitz becomes a great value deal for Houston in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
65) Chicago Bears: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
Blake Freeland struggles with leverage more often than preferred, but his athleticism and power could be assets at either tackle spot.
66) Denver Broncos: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama
Tyler Steen doesn’t always get his due, but at 6’5″, 315 pounds, he has desirable size, athleticism, power, hand usage, and left-right versatility.
67) Arizona Cardinals: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
DJ Turner gives the Cardinals a CB with excellent recovery speed, foot quickness, and fluidity on the boundary, and he’s not afraid of contact.
68) Denver Broncos (From IND): Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Nolan Smith hasn’t yet lived up to his five-star billing, but he’s an elite run defender with equally elite athleticism worth developing.
69) Atlanta Falcons: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh
Israel Abanikanda is a monster in between the tackles with elite explosiveness through gaps at 5’11”, 215 pounds, and the physicality to finish downhill.
70) Los Angeles Rams: Drew Sanders, OLB, Arkansas
A hyper-athletic, versatile defender in the modern mold, who can both play in space or rush the edge with his 6’5″, 230-pound frame.
71) New Orleans Saints: Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska
Trey Palmer puts immense stress on defenses with his speed and explosiveness. He’d be dangerous alongside Chris Olave.
72) Houston Texans (From CLE): Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State
Xavier Hutchinson brings a well-rounded profile at 6’3″, 205 pounds, and he can play from the slot or on the boundary.
73) New England Patriots (From CAR): Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia
A mauler with left-right versatility, who brings enough athleticism, strength, and driving ability to be a factor on the line.
74) Las Vegas Raiders: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Few teams need a starting RT more than the Raiders. Dawand Jones gives them that and is a dominating spectacle as a bonus.
75) Miami Dolphins (From NE): Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)
A local product, Tyrique Stevenson can improve as a playmaker, but he’s a long, athletic, and disciplined cover man with slot-boundary versatility.
76) New York Jets: Byron Young, DT, Alabama
Byron Young isn’t Quinnen Williams, but he could be a very good player alongside his fellow Alabama alum with his strength, leverage, and violence.
77) Pittsburgh Steelers: Tuli Tuipulotu, EDGE, USC
Despite his 6’4″, 290-pound frame, Tuli Tuipulotu is very natural on the edge, with the burst, twitch, and power to plow tackles backward.
78) Green Bay Packers: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Darnell Washington isn’t a traditional tight end and lacks great separation ability, but he’s a dominating force both at the catch point and as a blocker.
79) Detroit Lions: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
Luke Musgrave is a seam-stretcher with high-end explosiveness and speed at 6’6″, adding more stress to defenses who dare to face the Lions.
80) Seattle Seahawks: Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty
An undersized but supremely dynamic receiver, with burst, speed, twitch, catching instincts, and surprising contact balance for his size.
81) Tennessee Titans: K.J. Henry, EDGE, Clemson
A tenacious hand-fighter with an NFL frame and five-star pedigree, who thrives working from two-point stances.
82) Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Tippmann, OL, Wisconsin
Joe Tippmann has played most recently at center, but he’s a supremely athletic, powerful blocker, whom the Jaguars could move to guard in a pinch.
83) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
Andre Carter II remains relatively raw with his hand usage, but his athleticism at his size of 6’7″, 260 pounds is worth betting on.
84) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
A hyper-dense receiving threat at 5’10”, 215 pounds, with exceptional RAC ability underneath and high-end body control in the air.
85) Miami Dolphins: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
Henry To’oTo’o isn’t elite in any one area, but with his closing burst, proportional length, and instincts, he can be a strong complement to Channing Tindall in 2023.
86) New York Giants: JL Skinner, S, Boise State
A 6’4″, 220-pound powder keg who flashes good playmaking ability in coverage, JL Skinner can also destroy opponents at contact.
87) Los Angeles Chargers: Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State
A tough-as-nails second-level defender with the size and strength to stack blocks, and the burst to invade the backfield.
88) Baltimore Ravens: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Marvin Mims is a smooth, efficient separator with enough burst and speed to complement his near-elite catching instincts.
89) Cincinnati Bengals: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
A bird of prey in run support, with an outrageous 6’4″, 200-pound frame, and spry mobility in coverage.
90) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland
A talent tailor-made for the slot with his explosiveness, foot speed, and dynamic separation ability.
91) Dallas Cowboys: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
A safety convert with length, explosiveness, and developing instincts — built to play the weakside LB role in the NFL.
92) Kansas City Chiefs: Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
An Olympic-caliber speed threat at 6’3″, 200 pounds, who could be a dynamic multi-level threat in Andy Reid’s offense.
93) Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri
A supremely underrated EDGE prospect who has all of the necessary tools — size, length, strength, explosiveness, twitch, power, and ankle flexion.
94) Buffalo Bills: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia
Sedrick Van Pran slips down the board in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but he can be a strong successor to Mitch Morse.
95) Philadelphia Eagles: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
Keeanu Benton reinforces the Eagles’ interior, and at his peak projection, could help fill the void left by Javon Hargrave.
96) Cleveland Browns: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
Mazi Smith gives the Browns a much-needed interior presence with his athleticism, strength, and power.
97) San Francisco 49ers: Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan
An all-league performer at center, with the natural leverage, strength, awareness, and physicality to dominate.
98) San Francisco 49ers: Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern
An instinctive cover man with smooth, fluid athleticism, ball skills, and a competitive mindset.
99) New York Giants (From SF): A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
A.T. Perry gives New York the size, length, and instincts of an alpha, but also has the nimble athleticism to separate.
100) Houston Texans
Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
101) Chicago Bears
Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss
102) Arizona Cardinals
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
103) Denver Broncos
Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn
104) Indianapolis Colts
Byron Young, EDGE, Tennessee
105) New England Patriots
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
106) Atlanta Falcons
Karl Brooks, DT, Bowling Green
107) Cleveland Browns
SirVocea Dennis, LB, Pittsburgh
108) Carolina Panthers
Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
109) Las Vegas Raiders
Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
110) New Orleans Saints
Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida
111) New York Jets
Jarrett Patterson, OL, Notre Dame
112) Pittsburgh Steelers
Fabien Lovett Sr., DT, Florida State
113) Green Bay Packers
Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State
114) Minnesota Vikings
Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
115) Seattle Seahawks
Jalen Graham, LB, Purdue
116) Atlanta Falcons
Nic Jones, CB, Ball State
117) New England Patriots
Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
118) Jacksonville Jaguars
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
119) Jacksonville Jaguars
Kendre Miller, RB, TCU
120) Washington Commanders
Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern
121) Kansas City Chiefs
DJ Johnson, EDGE, Oregon
122) New York Giants
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
123) Los Angeles Chargers
Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
124) Baltimore Ravens
Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
125) Carolina Panthers
Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State
126) Dallas Cowboys
Sataoa Laumea, OL, Utah
127) Cincinnati Bengals
Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh
128) Cleveland Browns
Jay Ward, DB, LSU
129) Kansas City Chiefs
Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
130) Buffalo Bills
Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
131) Chicago Bears
Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma
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132) Houston Texans
Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama
133) Chicago Bears
Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
134) Denver Broncos
Jaren Hall, QB, BYU
135) Buffalo Bills
Dallas Daniels, WR, Jackson State
136) Indianapolis Colts
Trey Dean III, S, Florida
137) Las Vegas Raiders
Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU
138) Cleveland Browns
Thomas Incoom, EDGE, Central Michigan
139) Carolina Panthers
Braeden Daniels, OL, Utah
140) Las Vegas Raiders
Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU
141) New Orleans Saints
Jaylon Thomas, OL, SMU
142) Cleveland Browns
Jadon Haselwood, WR, Arkansas
143) Seattle Seahawks
Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
144) Green Bay Packers
Myles Brooks, CB, Louisiana Tech
145) Detroit Lions
Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
146) Seattle Seahawks
Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
147) Tennessee Titans
Steve Avila, OL, TCU
148) Baltimore Ravens
Layden Robinson, G, Texas A&M
149) New York Jets
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia
150) Jacksonville Jaguars
Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State
151) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Colby Wooden, DL, Auburn
152) Washington Commanders
Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
153) San Francisco 49ers
Nick Broeker, G, Ole Miss
154) New York Giants
Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford
155) Los Angeles Chargers
Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville
156) Chicago Bears
Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State
157) Dallas Cowboys
Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State
158) Cincinnati Bengals
Zakhari Franklin, WR, UTSA
159) San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
160) Kansas City Chiefs
Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama
161) Minnesota Vikings
Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah
162) Buffalo Bills
Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M
163) New Orleans Saints
Tavius Robinson, EDGE, Ole Miss
164) Houston Texans
Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State
165) Miami Dolphins
Joshua Gray, G, Oregon State
166) Arizona Cardinals
Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas
167) Detroit Lions
Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
168) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tyson Bagent, QB, Shepherd
169) Los Angeles Rams
Puka Nacua, WR, BYU
170) Tennessee Titans
Tank Dell, WR, Houston
171) New England Patriots
Tyler Lacy, DL, Oklahoma State
172) Houston Texans
Tre Tucker, WR, Cincinnati
173) Cleveland Browns
Alex Forsyth, C, Oregon
174) New England Patriots
Adam Korsak, P, Rutgers
175) Los Angeles Rams
Jahari Rogers, CB, SMU
176) Detroit Lions
Isaiah Williams, WR, Illinois
177) Seattle Seahawks
Clayton Tune, QB, Houston
178) Los Angeles Rams
Andrew Vorhees, G, USC
179) New England Patriots
Tyreque Jones, DB, Boise State
180) Jacksonville Jaguars
Malik Knowles, WR, Kansas State
181) Denver Broncos
Harrison Mevis, K, Missouri
182) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Michael Jefferson, WR, Louisiana
183) Atlanta Falcons
Julian Pearl, OL, Illinois
184) Washington Commanders
Cornelius Johnson, WR, Michigan
185) Kansas City Chiefs
Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia
186) Houston Texans
Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati
187) Los Angeles Chargers
Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
188) Baltimore Ravens
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
189) Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson
190) Houston Texans
Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn
191) Las Vegas Raiders
Jalen Wayne, WR, South Alabama
192) Houston Texans
Aidan O’Connell, QB, Purdue
193) New York Giants
Payne Durham, TE, Purdue
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194) Indianapolis Colts
Micah Abraham, CB, Marshall
195) Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
196) Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Morris, DL, Michigan
197) Chicago Bears
Jadakis Bonds, WR, Hampton
198) San Francisco 49ers
Keion White, DL, Georgia Tech
199) Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Bainivalu, G, Washington
200) Indianapolis Colts
Nick Saldiveri, OL, Old Dominion
201) Kansas City Chiefs
Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia
202) Green Bay Packers
Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas
203) New Orleans Saints
Brodric Martin, DT, Western Kentucky
204) Cleveland Browns
Keaton Mitchell, RB, East Carolina
205) Carolina Panthers
Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin
206) Atlanta Falcons
Viliami Fehoko, DL, San Jose State
207) Los Angeles Rams
Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin
208) Houston Texans
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
209) Tennessee Titans
Darius Robinson, DT, Missouri
210) Las Vegas Raiders
Cade Stover, TE, Ohio State
211) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jerome Carvin, OL, Tennessee
212) Pittsburgh Steelers
Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
213) Green Bay Packers
Chad Ryland, K, Maryland
214) Green Bay Packers
Joshua Cephus, WR, UTSA
215) Indianapolis Colts
Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State
216) Washington Commanders
Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
217) Miami Dolphins
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
218) New York Giants
McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga
219) Los Angeles Chargers
Quindell Johnson, S, Memphis
220) New York Giants
Jose Ramirez, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
221) San Francisco 49ers
Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
222) Dallas Cowboys
Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida
223) Cincinnati Bengals
Erick Hallett II, S, Pittsburgh
224) Kansas City Chiefs
Anthony Johnson, CB, Virginia
225) Pittsburgh Steelers
Jackson Mitchell, LB, Connecticut
226) Carolina Panthers
Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
227) Philadelphia Eagles
Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa