Mellor’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Will Levis, BJ Ojulari Surprise as Top-10 Picks

In our latest 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Kentucky QB Will Levis and LSU LB BJ Ojulari make surprise appearances in the top 10. Who joins them?

At this point, we’re far enough into the NFL and college football seasons to know which direction each franchise needs to head in a full, 7-Round 2023 NFL Mock Draft. As such, this mock draft is what yours truly would do with all seven rounds of picks for each NFL team. Acting as the general manager for each team is not easy, but it certainly is a fun exercise to understand which positions may be stacked with prospects that fit your team’s needs and which positions you may have to pull the trigger on earlier than you’d expect.

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1

This draft order uses reverse Super Bowl odds to project every single pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. Vegas has higher hopes for some teams and lower expectations for others, as we can see in the draft order below.

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1) Houston Texans: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

The best player in their respective draft class hardly goes No. 1 anymore. That’s not the case this season, as the Houston Texans are still projected to pick first and have a bevy of needs. Davis Mills has been — at times — a capable starter this season, and Will Anderson Jr. radically transforms the Texans’ defense as a whole.

Continuity on offense is key as the jury is still out on Mills at quarterback, whereas an influx in talent with your pass-rushing unit can pay immediate dividends. Grabbing Anderson allows the Texans’ defense to fly to the football, not have to rely on coverage as much, and gives them hope for the long-term future of their defense. It’s a win-win.

Oh, and the 2024 NFL Draft class is expected to be stacked with quarterbacks, so we can always move to QB next year.

2) Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Don’t get me wrong. A quarterback was in play with this pick, especially after the start to the season that Justin Fields has had as Chicago’s starting QB. But with the top quarterback being another Ohio State signal-caller, we’ve moved on to the second-best player in the draft after fears of not being welcome in Chicago ever again consumed me.

Jalen Carter is completely warranted at No. 2 overall. Whatever value you can place on a defensive tackle, multiply that by 10, and you have Carter’s value. He’s an interior force with a versatile game. He’ll rush the passer with the greatest of ease, stuff run fits with his instincts and play strength, and free up the rest of the defensive line for favorable matchups. Think Fletcher Cox, Warren Sapp, and Aaron Donald mixed into one player.

3) Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

A new identity is necessary for the Carolina Panthers. C.J. Stroud brings that new identity to the franchise, as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner has been everything and more this season. Stroud makes every throw look easy and plays in a very pro-style system at Ohio State under Ryan Day. What separates Stroud from previous OSU quarterback prospects is his propensity to make NFL-caliber throws on a regular basis within the structure of the Buckeyes’ offense.

Stroud will drop dimes from any platform, and he possesses the most talent in his right arm that we’ve seen in some time from a quarterback prospect. His layering of passes over defenders and in front of roaming safeties is nothing short of spectacular. He needs very little from a defense and even less from his receivers, as he’ll throw them open, lead them away from coverage, or just simply beat perfect coverage with the perfect throw.

4) Seattle Seahawks: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Yes, I hear you. There are quarterbacks on the board. But didn’t the Seattle fans grow tired of a less-than-average-height signal-caller and the potential pitfalls of relying on unsustainable magical plays from a quarterback to win them games? That is not a knock on Bryce Young at all but rather a reason why the Seahawks need to address elsewhere first.

Kelee Ringo is the top cornerback prospect in this draft class, and the Seahawks need more than just a single cornerback. Ringo’s selection begins revamping the Legion of Boom in the Pacific Northwest, as he brings track speed and immense size at the cornerback position. His ball skills are top notch, and he’ll lock down opposing WR1s with ease.

5) Washington Commanders: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

There is a bevy of talent on the Washington Commanders roster. Something has to give with their current structure, and as head coach Ron Rivera said, their quarterback needs to play better. With the immense growth we’ve seen from Will Levis over the past 1.5 seasons, the ceiling is sky-high for Washington with him at the helm.

Levis’ biggest pitfalls at the current moment are completely coachable. What isn’t coachable is his accuracy from within the structure of the offense, his arm strength, and his pocket maneuverability, the last of which is nearly unmatched in this class. There is no denying his athleticism or his arm talent. With proper coaching and a full year within the Commanders’ system, he’d be the right pick to lead this team for the future.

6) Pittsburgh Steelers: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Picking this low means the Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to finish with a losing record for the first time in Mike Tomlin’s career. It also means the Steelers never got protection on their quarterback and never paved rushing lanes for Najee Harris. Hence, Paris Johnson Jr. makes the most sense.

The former guard has dominated at left tackle for Ohio State in 2022. He’s stonewalled defenders with his strong anchor in pass protection. Johnson has moved defenders from the point of attack and has gone second-level hunting in the run game. He’s a complete, versatile prospect who can fill any number of holes on the Steelers’ offensive line.

7) Atlanta Falcons: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

Hear me out: No pass rusher in the SEC has been better than BJ Ojulari to start 2022. The LSU Tigers aren’t winning the games you may have thought they would, but that’s because of factors outside of Ojulari’s control. He leads the conference in pressure rate and has dominated his side of the field for LSU.

The Atlanta Falcons can’t go into another season with their current defensive line or pass rushers, and Ojulari gives them a massive uptick in talent and expected production in that regard right away.

8) Detroit Lions: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Get out of the Jared Goff contract and get excited about the future, Detroit Lions fans. Bryce Young is the pick here, as it was always going to be a quarterback for Detroit at the top of the draft. Young makes magic happen with his right arm and legs. He’ll escape the pocket while maintaining vision downfield and matches his best football from off-platform throws.

It may be a relatively unstable way to win games, but Young’s ability in the unscripted, almost-backyard-type football is uncanny. He also plays incredibly well from within the pocket, as he’s accurate, sharp with his decisions, and has plenty of strength in his arm.

9) New York Jets: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon

Kwon Alexander’s contract is complete, and C.J. Mosley’s cap hit rockets up after this season. Grabbing the top linebacker prospect makes more sense than ever for the New York Jets. Noah Sewell is a true three-down linebacker in today’s NFL as he does everything at an elite level.

Sewell’s play strength is unmatched, and his instincts rival that of a seasoned NFL veteran. He thumps in downhill run defense but has no trouble sifting through blockers to find the ball carrier in space. Sewell is also an elite coverage defender in the flat, making him the perfect candidate to replace Alexander on New York’s defense.

10) Arizona Cardinals: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Opening eyes to his talent within any offense, Jordan Addison has climbed the wide receiver ranks in the 2023 NFL Draft class. As such, Addison is the pick for the Arizona Cardinals for one major reason: his route running. Addison makes shifty cuts and gets open at the drop of a hat.

Inside Arizona’s aerial assault, getting open and creating natural separation is key. Addison not only gets open, he makes defenders look silly trying to cover him. No matter where he’s utilized on Arizona’s lineup, he’ll be a mismatch.

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

Today’s NFL is all about coverage, and who better to add to the New York Giants’ defense than the best cover linebacker we’ve seen in some time? Trenton Simpson is a master of his craft in coverage, limiting tight ends, running backs, or slot wide receivers with ease.

He travels incredibly well in both a backpedal and in full pursuit, as no pass catcher is out of his reach. Simpson is also a terrific run defender, and when he blitzes, typically gets home with pressure.

12) New England Patriots: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

A more New England Patriots pick, I could not think of. Michael Mayer is the epitome of mismatch and draws comparisons to any number of all-time great NFL tight ends. What separates Mayer from seemingly every other pass catcher in this draft is his ability to work every level of the field.

He plays complementary football too, understanding situational football very well. If coverage breaks down, he finds a hole in the defense. His vision is unmatched, as he almost senses when his quarterback is in trouble and switches off his routes to backyard football to find a safety net for his signal-caller. Mayer is also more than capable as a blocker in the run game, meaning he should see the field on most snaps as early as his first year.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Climbing the offensive tackle ranks quickly this season is Olumuyiwa Fashanu. A big man with a big attitude, Fashanu has stymied every pass rusher that’s been put in front of him in 2022. His anchor is strong, and his hands are stronger.

Fashanu also has dominated in the run game for Penn State. He’ll open wide rushing lanes at the point of attack but has also done his fair share of dominant blocking downfield and on the move. His skills translate to the NFL, as he’s also got some of the best balance in this or any recent tackle class.

14) Seattle Seahawks (from DEN): Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

The fourth quarterback of the top-14 picks heads to Seattle, as the Seahawks finally grab their future signal-caller. Hendon Hooker will certainly be an “older rookie” when he makes it to the NFL, but he’ll be penciled in as the starter from Day 1 at this rate.

Hooker has incredible talent in his right arm, and his growth within the Volunteers’ system this season (and last) has been nothing short of spectacular. He’ll dot the field with accurate throws, taking what the defense gives him while also throwing his receivers open, away from coverage, or just simply in places where only a few quarterbacks can reach.

Hooker brings hope for the Seattle franchise, something that has seemingly been abandoned in their last few outings.

15) Philadelphia Eagles (from NO): Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Rising the cornerback ranks faster than he swats passes down, Joey Porter Jr. is ready to change the state of a franchise’s defense in the state of Pennsylvania. Porter, son of legendary Pittsburgh Steelers LB Joey Porter, has been a lockdown cornerback all season long for Penn State, showcasing elite-level skills at every turn.

Philadelphia needs an influx of talent at the catch point and on the back end in coverage to keep up in the NFC, and Porter gives them just that. No cornerback in the country has done what Porter has done this season, and he’s on pace to lead the country in pass breakups.

16) Houston Texans (from CLE): Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Houston selects Broderick Jones to help improve their trenches even more with their second pick in 16 selections. Jones is a dominant run blocker and has shown he can handle any number of pass rushers throughout his career. He’s got great balance and even better strength at the point of contact.

Jones immediately increases the strength of the Texans’ offensive line as much as he improves their overall skill level in the run and passing game.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Yes, I know what you are thinking: “another massive defensive lineman, no way!” But let me clue you in here. Myles Murphy is a completely different prospect than Travon Walker, last year’s first-overall pick. In fact, Murphy is the player that everyone wanted to liken Walker to in college as an underclassman last year.

Murphy has positional versatility and can rush anywhere on the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Whether it’s out wide or lined up directly over the center, Murphy is a big man and a tall task to block for any NFL lineman. He frees up Walker to play his natural position and gives the Jags two defensive centerpieces.

18) Tennessee Titans: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

The Tennessee Titans offensive line has certainly been a better unit over the years. With Taylor Lewan out this year, the talent gap has shown itself without his services. Grabbing Peter Skoronski gives the Titans a little bit of freedom in the unfortunate scenario that Lewan or any other starter gets injured.

Skoronski, Northwestern’s left tackle, is actually projected as a better interior blocker at the professional level. Kicking him inside immediately only opens up the opportunities to see him in action faster. He’ll factor into either guard spot currently held by players with expiring contracts and eventually could factor in the lineup as the team’s starting center as soon as his third season.

19) Indianapolis Colts: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

A pass-rushing havoc wreaker, Felix Anudike-Uzomah has the length, bend, and burst to get to the quarterback against any NFL tackle. He’s taken over games during his time at Kansas State and has grown his production in every season. The Indianapolis Colts need talent along the edge, and Anudike-Uzomah pairs well with their current front.

Anudike-Uzomah also adds a layer of talent to their starting lineup as early as Day 1. He’ll take the place of Yannick Ngakoue, whose contract is set to expire this offseason.

20) Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

Getting younger on the backend in coverage is key for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Jordan Battle allows the team to do just that. Battle has great instincts and showcased that time and time again for the Crimson Tide. He also has some of the best ball skills in coverage, nabbing interceptions that aren’t even in his coverage area because of that combination.

21) Detroit Lions (from LAR): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Falling a bit from his initial projection is Jaxon Smith-Njigba after a hamstring injury has sidelined him for all but essentially a full game’s worth of work this season. Smith-Njigba may be the most talented receiver in OSU’s wide receiving corps, and he’s flashed that high-level potential against some vaunted secondaries during his time in Columbus.

Smith-Njigba wins along every route and can create natural separation with his impeccable route-running skills. He isn’t the fastest receiver, but he doesn’t need to be. He’ll lose defenders at the line or at the top of his route breaks, leaving them grabbing for his jersey to attempt to catch up to him.

22) Minnesota Vikings: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Minnesota very clearly needs to help their secondary with some speed and ball skills. That’s what Clark Phillips III is to the Vikings: speed and technical skills. He’s a master of his craft and can play in phase against any receiver. He’ll burst to the football or blanket the receiver all the same no matter the route. Phillips is the safe bet at a position the Vikings haven’t had much success with in the draft in recent years.

23) Dallas Cowboys: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

Proving he’s more than capable of dominating against elite athletes, O’Cyrus Torrence has confirmed his status as the top interior prospect of this class. He’s a mountain of a man with technical proficiency in his hands and feet. Torrence won’t be bullied off his spot but will rather do the bullying.

The Dallas Cowboys are in need of youth and power on the offensive line, as they’ve shown it to be an area of weakness over the past few seasons once injuries took their toll. Torrence can play on either side and is as dominant a prospect as we’ve seen in some time.

24) Los Angeles Chargers: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

Taking games over is his calling card, and Quentin Johnston flashed that brilliant skill against Kansas in Week 6. Johnston is a fluid mover for a man his size, presenting a matchup challenge against any number of cornerbacks. He can win the 50-50 balls or create natural separation along his routes.

No pass is out of his reach with his long arms and sticky hands. Johnston has a Kelvin Benjamin to his game if Benjamin was a bit leaner and faster.

25) Baltimore Ravens: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Get to know the name Cam Smith, Baltimore Ravens fans. He’s a talented cover cornerback with an edge to him. He rips off quarterbacks with his savvy footwork and keen instincts. Smith is also a speed demon with terrific size. Combinations of skills like those of Smith’s don’t come along often, and he’s a no-brainer to lock down one side of the field in the DMV.

26) Miami Dolphins (from SF): Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

I know what you are going to think Dolphins fans: why not a running back here? Well, it’s simple — I don’t value running backs as high as you do. And I certainly am not as high on Bijan Robinson as you are either.

Coverage is king in the NFL, and getting the nation’s career active leader in interceptions as well as interceptions returned for touchdowns is easy. Xavien Howard’s best football may be behind him, and getting younger and better in the secondary is key to sustaining leads in today’s NFL. Emmanuel Forbes has length, speed, and ball-hawking skills that are unmatched in this draft class.

27) Green Bay Packers: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Rising up draft boards with his play in 2022, Nolan Smith becomes the next great edge rusher for the Green Bay Packers fans to root for. Smith is an A-plus character guy and will immediately win the hearts of Packers fans while crushing the opposing team’s quarterback.

Green Bay is at a crossroads as a franchise, figuring out whether or not to sink more years into an aging Aaron Rodgers or completely move on. I’m not one to distrust No. 12, so building the defense is key. A talented linebacking unit gets better when they don’t have to blitz as much because Smith will get home with pressure on the majority of his pass-rushing reps.

28) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

I looked at quarterback here for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but don’t have a first-round grade on more than three, though I chose to reach a bit for the fourth earlier because he fit the scheme and system. For the Bucs, Bryan Bresee gives them a piece on the interior that they’ve been lacking over the past few years.

Bresee is as strong as they come and has an effortless movement to his game. He’ll knife through gaps in the line or easily toss interior linemen to the ground. He also comes down the line in run defense and has some of the best instincts at the position.

29) Kansas City Chiefs: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama

There are a few directions to go with the Kansas City Chiefs here, but linebacker was the obvious choice given the pool of athletes available. Henry To’oTo’o is a sideline-to-sideline menace for Alabama and projects to the strong side position due to his ability to cover the flats.

To’oTo’o makes great reads in coverage and also has a terrific motor against the run. He’ll fit right into a gap left by Carlos Dunlap in 2023.

30) Philadelphia Eagles: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

Think of a faster Aaron Donald with a little less strength. Interest peaked, Eagle fans? Well, it should be because Calijah Kancey, at the top of his game, is the only player in recent memory to easily live up to a Donald comp. Kancey is undersized at the position but is just a mere inch shorter than Donald and is the exact same weight.

The fact that they both hail from Pitt is just fuel for the comparison, as justified as it may already be. Kancey rips through offensive linemen with his strength and speed, defeating the hands to defeat the man easily. He’s a menace to opposing offenses because of his versatility up and down the defensive line.

31) Buffalo Bills: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

Size is the name of the game for Gervon Dexter, as he will bully linemen in front of him. The 6’6″, 312-pound interior defender doesn’t lose anything with his massive frame in terms of speed or technical skill, either. Dexter will fill two gaps at once with his size and prowess, freeing up the rest of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive linemen with 1-on-1 battles in the process.

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

32) Houston Texans: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

This may even be high for Kayshon Boutte, who it appears on Saturdays has lost interest in the game. Still, his talent is immense, and if harnessed, this would be a slam dunk of a pick to start Day 2 for the Texans.

33) Chicago Bears: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

The chips fell for the Chicago Bears to grab Isaiah Foskey, a first-round talent, to start Round 2. Foskey has speed, size, tenacity, and technical proficiency, winning in multiple ways against tackles.

34) Carolina Panthers: Emil Ekiyor Jr., G, Alabama

Road-grading is the name of the game for Emil Ekiyor Jr., but he’s also shown at times to be a valuable pass blocker. He’ll need to work on balance through contact, but Ekiyor should immediately upgrade a Panthers unit that needs help.

35) Seattle Seahawks: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Speed and separation is the name of his game, and Josh Downs will become Hooker’s new best friend as they adjust to the NFL together. Downs can win from the slot, as he’ll be faster and much more elusive than any linebacker or slot cornerback attempting to cover him.

36) Washington Commanders: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

Playing in a free safety role will only help Brandon Joseph, a player who at one point had high first-round hopes. Though he hasn’t lived up to his freshman season, he’s played a different position in his last year at Northwestern and his only year at Notre Dame. Getting him back to a free safety spot in Washington should increase his impact as early as Year 1.

37) Pittsburgh Steelers: JL Skinner, S, Boise State

The top-ranked safety at one point from Pro Football Network, JL Skinner is a massive man with bad intentions. Yet, he’s technically refined and has an elegance about him in coverage. That tenacity should return when he graces the Steelers’ field.

38) Atlanta Falcons: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Needing help at nearly every position on offense, the Falcons select Darnell Wright, and he immediately slides into Atlanta’s right tackle spot. Kaleb McGary hasn’t been it since he was seemingly overdrafted, and his contract wasn’t extended, as part of his woes have carried on into 2022. Wright starts the franchise fresh at the right tackle spot.

39) Detroit Lions: Justin Flowe, LB, Oregon

Justin Flowe has shown to be what we thought he could be so far in 2022. If his trajectory continues, the Lions may have to grab him in Round 1 if they want him, but he’s still available here. His hard-nosed level of football fits perfectly in Detroit.

40) New York Jets: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

It’s clear the Jets need some help on the offensive line. And it’s even clearer that Matthew Bergeron has a bevy of talent. He’ll fix short-term issues, and he also presents a long-term solution at left or right tackle.

41) Arizona Cardinals: Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M

Getting younger on the back end of their defense, the Cardinals select Antonio Johnson, who can slide into several positions on defense for Arizona. Johnson can cover outside but has also shown to be a talented slot cornerback, filling a spot that the Cardinals need heading into 2023.

42) New York Giants: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

The first RB off the board, and to the New York Giants? Am I crazy? No. I’m not crazy. In fact, I’m seeing things very clearly: Saquon Barkley hasn’t played 16 (especially not 17) games since 2019, and even if New York extends him in the offseason, my mind is made up that you don’t pay running backs a second contract.

Jahmyr Gibbs is the most physically gifted, all-around running back in this draft class, dominating between the tackles and in the receiving game all the same. See if Barkley takes a smaller deal or let him get his payday elsewhere because his immediate replacement is right here.

43) New England Patriots: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

The Patriots grab Ruke Orhorhoro to anchor their defensive line for years to come. Orhorhoro has improved his game in every single appearance to date, dominating interior linemen at every turn. He improves an aging unit with his mix of sound pass-rushing skills and run defense.

44) Las Vegas Raiders: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

If you need a center, you take a center, and that’s just what the Raiders do here. John Michael Schmitz is one of the top interior prospects, and he fills an immediate need for Las Vegas at a very important spot on the line.

45) Seattle Seahawks (from DEN): Jarrett Patterson, OL, Notre Dame

Playing multiple spots for Seattle, expect Jarrett Patterson’s versatility to be one of his major calling cards on his scouting report. The longtime center has played very well at guard for Notre Dame this year and could factor into either position with the Seahawks as early as his rookie season.

46) New Orleans Saints: Jaheim Bell, TE, South Carolina

The New Orleans Saints love offensive weapons, and that is quite literally what Jaheim Bell is. Currently, Bell takes snaps at wildcat quarterback, receives the ball on jet sweeps or hand-offs, and is a valuable weapon in the passing game. Good luck trying to stop his massive size-speed combination.

47) Cleveland Browns: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

An injury derailed his first-round hype, but the technical skill that Jared Verse has shown in his brief time at Florida State is incredible. He’s a refined pass rusher with bend and power to get past any blocker. He’ll likely continue to vault up draft boards and likely not even be available for the Cleveland Browns here.

48) Jacksonville Jaguars: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Winning 1-on-1 battles against any cornerback, Cedric Tillman is a deep threat as much as he is an after-the-catch dominator. Tillman has long speed and shifty elusiveness along his routes, quickly lifting an already-improved Jaguars pass-catching corps.

49) Tennessee Titans: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

More than just a slot receiver, Zay Flowers has shown on dozens of occasions that he can be special. Flowers can high-point the football and has incredible athleticism to get after it in the air. He also possesses a full route tree and can shake defenders at every break.

50) Indianapolis Colts: Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn

Length and burst is the name of the game for Nehemiah Pritchett. He’ll stick with receivers in coverage and uses his incredible frame at 6’1″ to thwart passes into his coverage. He’s also shown to be a willing run defender and blower-upper of screens with the greatest of ease.

51) Miami Dolphins: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Wait, Dolphins fans, what did I say about Bijan Robinson? Here he is, don’t you worry.

You can wait for a “franchise-changing RB” in this class, as he’s not quite as valued on my board as Gibbs or other positions. Still, Robinson has great contact balance and fabulous instincts. To warrant a first-round selection, he’d need to contribute more in the passing game and have a top speed that he just doesn’t possess. He’ll immediately be a terrific early-down back in the NFL for Miami.

52) Cincinnati Bengals: Layden Robinson, G, Texas A&M

A mauler in the run game, Layden Robinson heads to the Bengals after the franchise has worked hard to overhaul their offensive line over the past eight months. Robinson completes that overhaul, as he fixes an issue with pass protection on the interior and presents a challenge for first- and second-level defenders to contend with on the ground.

53) Los Angeles Rams: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

A big man with a terrific attitude, get ready to fall in love with Siaki Ika, Rams fans. The Rams need a compliment to Aaron Donald on the interior, and Ika can rush from the nose or from as far out as a 5-tech rusher. Sticking him next to Donald will hone his craft and free up Donald for some favorable matchups at times.

54) Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama

A weapon in the receiving game, Cameron Latu is a talented pass catcher and a dominant blocker at times. Latu’s best attribute is his ability to get open with his mix of coverage-scheme knowledge and elusiveness on his routes. The Vikings grab a weapon in the receiving game all the same.

55) Dallas Cowboys: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Another big playmaker on the back end from the Crimson Tide defense, Brian Branch heads to Big D to improve the Cowboys’ coverage unit. Branch has a bevy of versatility that should allow him to see immediate playing time either in the slot or at both the strong or free safety positions.

56) Los Angeles Chargers: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

The Los Angeles Chargers have seen great returns early in Rashawn Slater’s career, and they need to tighten up the right tackle spot to create a bookend tackle situation for Justin Herbert. Presenting a polar opposite option for the Chargers, Dawand Jones is a massive upgrade, literally.

Jones is a mountain of a man at 6’8″, 360 pounds, yet he’s shown in 2022 that he’s improved his footwork tremendously. He’s lighter on his feet than you’d imagine and can stymie even the fastest of pass rushers.

57) Baltimore Ravens: LaDarius Henderson, G, Arizona State

It’s time to get to know LaDarius Henderson. The big man on the interior of the Arizona State offense has paved the way for big rushing lanes during his time with the Sun Devils. He also has shown to be a terrific pass protector, but he’ll fit right into the Ravens’ run-heavy scheme.

58) San Francisco 49ers: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia

Another center off the board as the San Francisco 49ers are finally on the clock. Sedrick Van Pran is a multi-talented blocker with an edge to his game. He’s improved in each of his seasons in Athens and has a wealth of experience against any type of pass rusher.

59) Green Bay Packers: Tyree Wilson, DL, Texas Tech

Tyree Wilson is set to be one of the most scrutinized prospects in this class. And I know what you’re thinking: another defensive lineman? Yes, because Jarran Reed’s contract will be up and the eventual replacement to Kenny Clark is in your lap. Wilson plays off the ball for Texas Tech, but the 6’6″, 275-pounder has the frame and length to add 25 pounds of muscle and not lose any speed in his early years.

Moving from outside linebacker to a down-lineman will require time, and that’s what he’ll have before he eventually takes over for Clark. In the meantime, he’ll use his raw athleticism to fit the billing of a 3-4 defensive end and get after NFC North quarterbacks.

60) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami (FL)

The Miami cornerback has turned heads in 2022, as Tyrique Stevenson has taken to the cornerback position with great success this year. Still, Stevenson has positional versatility thanks to his time at Georgia and can fill a big need for the Bucs.

61) Kansas City Chiefs: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

The Chiefs spent big money on the WR position but still need a few more players for Patrick Mahomes. Rashee Rice is a heavily-targeted player with big potential. He’s a high-volume receiver with great hands and a knack for finding open spots against any defense.

62) Philadelphia Eagles: Andrew Vorhees, G, USC

Philadephia has taken the time to get younger and more talented on the offensive line but need an eventual replacement for Isaac Seumalo next season. Andrew Vorhees has a ton of skill in both facets and should be able to adjust to his third new offensive playbook in as many years in 2023.

63) Buffalo Bills: Kenny Logan Jr., S, Kansas

A ball-hawking safety, Kenny Logan Jr. eases the loss of Jordan Poyer if the team doesn’t re-sign him this offseason. Logan has been a longtime contributor to the Kansas defense and led the team in tackles in 2021. He won’t be asked to do that kind of tackling with the Bills and can rely on his coverage ability to dominate, as that is his best attribute.

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 3

64) Houston Texans
Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson

A big man who has had some unfortunate injuries falls to the Texans in Round 3. Tyler Davis has high-level potential if he can stay healthy, as he’s a gifted pass rusher.

65) Chicago Bears
Matthew Bedford, G, Indiana

Help on the inside of the Bears’ offensive line is on the way. Matthew Bedford can pass protect but has shown to be much better on the move for the run game.

66) New England Patriots
A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest

A.T. Perry is a big play waiting to happen. He has incredible catch-point skills and can harness his athleticism at the right times in the right situations to help take over games.

67) Seattle Seahawks
Demani Richardson, S, Texas A&M

Speed and well-timed hits sum up Demani Richardson. He’ll separate the ball from the man in coverage or run defense and helps improve the Seahawks’ defense immediately.

68) Indianapolis Colts
Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

A wicked-fast defender, Ivan Pace Jr. is an incredibly gifted off-ball linebacker. He’s at his best when he’s blitzing the quarterback, but he can use his pass-rushing skills to weave through the offense and bring down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage just as well.

69) Pittsburgh Steelers
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

Winning at the catch point is one thing, but controlling your body all the way through the catch is another. Jayden Reed may have the draft’s best body control, and we’ve seen that skill translate immediately to NFL success.

70) Atlanta Falcons
DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas

Contributing in every facet possible, DeMarvion Overshown is a downhill thumper in the run game. He also has terrific coverage skills and will be a valuable special teams contributor right away.

71) Detroit Lions
Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford

Sticky in coverage against a number of receivers, Kyu Blu Kelly has hands like a wideout. He can high-point the football and brings with him some sound technique that should see him immediately develop into a starter.

72) New York Jets
Trey Dean III, S, Florida

Free safety is a need for the Jets, and the best one available is clearly Trey Dean III. The Gators safety punishes receivers on the back end and comes downhill against running backs with a vengeance.

73) Arizona Cardinals
Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

A massive weapon in the pass-catching game, Arizona grabs Darnell Washington to give Kyler Murray an escape valve in the quick passing game. If Addison and Washington don’t wake up this offense, nothing will.

74) New York Giants
Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan

Olusegun Oluwatimi is at his best on the move, but he’s more than capable of backing down pass rushers in the passing game. Oluwatimi is strong, physical, and ever-improving, and he’s shown to be at his best when his team needs him.

75) Miami Dolphins
Connor Galvin, OT, Baylor

A talented left tackle, Connor Galvin plays with great strength and has potential versatility in his alignment. His movement skills are top-notch, and he’ll immediately slide into the RT spot as an upgrade for Miami opposite Terron Armstead.

76) Las Vegas Raiders
Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU

Bringing ferocity with every hit, Mekhi Garner has shown up on the big stage for LSU. After years of dominance at Louisiana, he’s stepped his game up and could become a vital CB3 at the next level.

77) Denver Broncos
Colby Wooden, DE, Auburn

The Denver Broncos certainly have a need for an interior pass rusher, and that’s what Colby Wooden is. He’s been able to create havoc from any alignment at Auburn, but penciling him into one role would be the best way to harness his immense skill as a 5-tech rush end.

78) New Orleans Saints
Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

Jaquelin Roy is staying in the Bayou, as the Tigers defensive tackle heads to New Orleans. Roy has great play strength and a terrific motor. He’ll push the pocket in the passing game and doesn’t lose the point of attack often in the run game.

79) Houston Texans
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU

Sticking with receivers of any pedigree, Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is a gifted cornerback. He doesn’t lack ball production because quarterbacks hardly target him. THT makes quarterbacks look elsewhere, and that’s a coveted trait from a cornerback.

80) Jacksonville Jaguars
Zion Nelson, OT, Miami (FL)

A large left tackle who has surprised some with his refined skills over the past two seasons, Zion Nelson makes the trek up I-95 to join the Jaguars. Nelson has a good anchor and even better recovery skills and should continue to improve.

81) Tennessee Titans
Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia

Another tackle off the board and another offensive lineman for the Titans. This time, Warren McClendon does indeed project as a tackle in contrast to us kicking Skoronski inside. McClendon should fill gaps when injuries strike and should be the long-term solution once Taylor Lewan’s contract is up.

82) Denver Broncos
Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The name Christian Gonzalez may be familiar to fans in the state of Colorado, as the former Buffaloes cornerback has had a great year in his first season with Oregon. Gonzalez is sound in coverage.

83) Miami Dolphins
Eyabi Okie, EDGE, Michigan

The name may not be familiar for NFL fans, but Eyabi Okie was once a top-rated recruit who had signed with Alabama. After an embattled career, Okie found his footing and is dominating at Michigan. He’s a naturally gifted pass rusher who wins with speed and power. If he continues on this pace, Okie won’t even be here for the Dolphins to pick.

84) Cincinnati Bengals
Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

As big as they come, Blake Freeland continues the Bengals’ overhaul of their offensive line. He’ll be on the polar opposite end of the size spectrum as the man he’ll likely replace, as he continues a potential replacement plan for Jonah Williams at left tackle.

85) Los Angeles Rams
Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

Getting open in an end zone near you, Marvin Mims is a talented deep threat for Matthew Stafford to find. He also has a full route tree and should be expected to contribute in a bevy of ways. The Rams need to hit on all of their draft picks this season, and Mims is a sure bet.

86) Minnesota Vikings
Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

Power and speed, length and bend, Will McDonald IV has it all. He’s an experienced pass rusher and has done his best against any number of tackles. Minnesota gets a great complement to their current rotation with the ability to start in a few seasons.

87) Dallas Cowboys
Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

Kris Abrams-Draine has elite coverage skills for a big cornerback. He’s also got length and speed for his size and frame. After addressing their need at safety, Dallas selects Abrams-Draine, who continues the team’s cleanup of their secondary.

88) Los Angeles Chargers
Byron Young, DT, Alabama

With the ability to win from various alignments, Byron Young quickly improves the Chargers’ defensive line. Young brings with him size and power but also the ability to win his pass-rushing reps against interior linemen or tackles all the same.

89) Baltimore Ravens
Al Walcott, DB, Baylor

A big defensive back with an edge to his game, Al Walcott plays with every bit of his 6’3″ frame. He’s a terrific cornerback who has gotten valuable snaps inside at Baylor’s STAR role in 2022. He’ll factor into the Ravens’ defense likely as a strong safety, as he’s shown to be a highly-influential player in Baylor’s defense in every facet.

90) San Francisco 49ers
Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

Injuries have marred his career production, but when Zion Tupuola-Fetui is healthy and on his game, few do it better. He’s a gifted pass rusher with every proverbial ability in his arsenal.

91) Green Bay Packers
Clark Barrington, G, BYU

Clark Barrington dominates in each facet, whether he’s on the move in the run game or backing down defensive linemen in pass protection. Barrington will be pro-ready, as his age would indicate, but his best football is still ahead of him.

92) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas

Seemingly always a work in progress, the Bucs’ offensive line needs some youth on the interior. Ricky Stromberg has been dominating SEC interior defenders for years now and is primed to take over starting duties wherever he lands in the NFL.

93) Kansas City Chiefs
Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

A three-down linebacker with sound instincts, Jack Campbell goes sideline-to-sideline very well. His technique is beyond reproach, but he may be overzealous at times. He’ll need time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL.

94) Philadelphia Eagles
Habakkuk Baldonado, EDGE, Pittsburgh

A former MMA fighter, it should be said that Habakkuk Baldonado has the best hands in this draft class. Baldonado is a bit in between positions, as he’s big for a true edge defender but too small to kick inside. Still, finding winnable pass-rushing reps won’t be difficult, as he can use his instincts and speed to defeat any number of linemen.

95) Buffalo Bills
Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

With sound coverage and an easy distance to cover in terms of scouting Garrett Williams, the Syracuse DB enters the fray to improve Buffalo’s coverage unit. Williams has length, speed, and great instincts. His ball skills have improved since he dominated as a freshman, and his best football is returning.

96) Cleveland Browns
Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan

A pure possession receiver with some extra attributes, Ronnie Bell has body control and crisp routes. He’s a potential high-volume receiver, as he wins on underneath routes with ease.

97) San Francisco 49ers
Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn

Grabbing Owen Pappoe means one thing for the 49ers: an injection of youth, power, and speed in their linebacker corps. Pappoe stands tall in each facet and plays a three-down game very well. He can stop the run, drop in coverage, and even blitz if called upon.

98) San Francisco 49ers
Noah Daniels, CB, TCU

Emerging from the shadows of the Big 12, Noah Daniels and TCU have been terrific in 2022. Daniels has bounced back from a season-ending injury last year to play his best football. If he can stay healthy, he can be a vital part of the Niners’ secondary.

99) Kansas City Chiefs
Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, OT, Oregon

Right tackle is the position of need here, and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu has been absolutely dominant so far in 2022. The big man on the edge of Oregon’s offensive line has done just that: set the edge and dominate when he’s on the move in the run game.

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 4

100) Houston Texans
Zak Zinter, G, Michigan

101) Chicago Bears
Jalen Graham, LB, Purdue

102) Carolina Panthers
Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland

103) Seattle Seahawks
Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

104) Washington Commanders
Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama

105) Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Forsyth, C, Oregon

106) Atlanta Falcons
Parker Washington, WR, Penn State

107) Detroit Lions
Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

108) New York Jets
Malachi Moore, CB, Alabama

109) Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

110) New York Giants
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia

111) New England Patriots
Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh

112) Las Vegas Raiders
Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

113) Denver Broncos
Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

114) New Orleans Saints
Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

115) Cleveland Browns
SirVocea Dennis, LB, Pittsburgh

116) Jacksonville Jaguars
Javion Cohen, G, Alabama

117) Atlanta Falcons
Jaxon Player, DT, Baylor

118) Indianapolis Colts
Jaylon Carlies, S, Missouri

119) Kansas City Chiefs
Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

120) Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Tippman, C, Wisconsin

121) New England Patriots
Keenan Pili, LB, BYU

122) Cleveland Browns
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

123) Dallas Cowboys
Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

124) Los Angeles Chargers
Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida

125) Baltimore Ravens
Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Maryland

126) San Francisco 49ers
Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford

127) Green Bay Packers
Ainias Smith, WR, Texas A&M

128) Jacksonville Jaguars
Tiawan Mullen, CB, Indiana

129) Kansas City Chiefs
Ali Gaye, EDGE, LSU

130) Philadelphia Eagles
Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

131) Buffalo Bills
Christian Mahogany, G, Boston College

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 5

132) Houston Texans
Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State

133) Chicago Bears
Steve Avila, C, TCU

134) Carolina Panthers
Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas

135) Seattle Seahawks
Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

136) Washington Commanders
Deshawn Pace, LB, Cincinnati

137) Seattle Seahawks
Anfernee Orji, LB, Vanderbilt

138) Las Vegas Raiders
Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State

139) Detroit Lions
Loic Ngassam Nya, G, Wake Forest

140) New York Jets
Arik Gilbert, TE, Georgia

141) Buffalo Bills
Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State

142) New York Giants
DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

143) Baltimore Ravens
Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

144) Las Vegas Raiders
Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah

145) Denver Broncos
Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

146) New Orleans Saints
Clayton Tune, QB, Houston

147) Cleveland Browns
Brenton Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida

148) Jacksonville Jaguars
Rashad Wisdom, S, UTSA

149) Tennessee Titans
Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

150) Indianapolis Colts
Jacob Cowing, WR, Arizona

151) Miami Dolphins
Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

152) Cincinnati Bengals
PJ Mustipher, DT, Penn State

153) Cleveland Browns
Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina

154) Minnesota Vikings
Devin Leary, QB, NC State

155) Dallas Cowboys
Nathaniel “Tank” Dell, WR, Houston

156) Los Angeles Chargers
Sataoa Laumea, G, Utah

157) Baltimore Ravens
Zach Harrison, EDGE, Ohio State

158) San Francisco 49ers
Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion

159) Green Bay Packers
Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue

160) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jaren Hall, QB, BYU

161) Kansas City Chiefs
Riley Moss, CB, Iowa

162) New Orleans Saints
Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State

163) Buffalo Bills
Willie Lampkin, G, Coastal Carolina

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 6

164) Houston Texans
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse

165) Miami Dolphins
Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State

166) New England Patriots
Myles Murphy, DT, North Carolina

167) Seattle Seahawks
Malik Vann, DT, Cincinnati

168) Washington Commanders
Sincere Haynesworth, C, Tulane

169) Denver Broncos
Benjamin Yurosek, TE, Stanford

170) Tennessee Titans
Matthew Jones, G, Ohio State

171) Detroit Lions
Jaylon Robinson, WR, Ole Miss

172) New York Jets
McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga

173) Arizona Cardinals
Brandon Dorlus, DT, Oregon

174) Houston Texans
Kenderick Duncan Jr., S, Louisville

175) New England Patriots
Brock Martin, EDGE, Oklahoma State

176) New England Patriots
DeMarcco Hellams, S, Alabama

177) Detroit Lions
Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss

178) Houston Texans
Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State

179) Cleveland Browns
Malik Knowles, WR, Kansas State

180) Jacksonville Jaguars
Jordan Domineck, EDGE, Arkansas

181) Los Angeles Rams
Christian Izien, S, Rutgers

182) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacoby Windmon, EDGE, Michigan State

183) Kansas City Chiefs
Akheem Mesidor, DT, Miami (FL)

184) Cincinnati Bengals
Arquon Bush, CB, Cincinnati

185) Los Angeles Rams
Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

186) Houston Texans
Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest

187) Dallas Cowboys
Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington

188) Los Angeles Chargers
Tavion Thomas, RB, Utah

189) Baltimore Ravens
Jordan McFadden, OT, Clemson

190) Houston Texans
Cameron Mitchell, CB, Northwestern

191) Los Angeles Rams
Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina

192) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tykee Smith, S, Georgia

193) Kansas City Chiefs
Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin

2023 NFL Mock Draft | Round 7

194) Jacksonville Jaguars
Zach Frazier, G, West Virginia

195) Buffalo Bills
Chris Autman-Bell, WR, Minnesota

196) Philadelphia Eagles
Doug Nester, G, West Virginia

197) Chicago Bears
Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma

198) Carolina Panthers
Will Mallory, TE, Miami (FL)

199) Houston Texans
Cory Durden, DT, NC State

200) Washington Commanders
Chris Murray, G, Oklahoma

201) Pittsburgh Steelers
Tuli Tuipulotu, DT, USC

202) Atlanta Falcons
Darrell Luter Jr., CB, South Alabama

203) Los Angeles Rams
Keiondre Jones, G, Auburn

204) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marcellus Johnson, OT, Eastern Michigan

205) Las Vegas Raiders
Grant Miller, G, Baylor

206) New York Giants
Jahleel Billingsley, TE, Texas

207) Las Vegas Raiders
Brycen Tremayne, WR, Stanford

208) Atlanta Falcons
Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

209) San Francisco 49ers
Masen Wake, FB, BYU

210) New Orleans Saints
Bennett Williams, S, Oregon

211) Cleveland Browns
Sidy Sow, G, Eastern Michigan

212) Green Bay Packers
Brandon Kipper, OL, Oregon State

213) Tennessee Titans
Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin

214) Indianapolis Colts
Cameron Rising, QB, Utah

215) Miami Dolphins
Mycah Pittman, WR, Florida State

216) Cincinnati Bengals
Kam Arnold, LB, Boston College

217) Green Bay Packers
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

218) Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Hampton, EDGE, Appalachian State

219) Dallas Cowboys
Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State

220) Los Angeles Chargers
Steven Gilmore, CB, Marshall

221) New York Giants
Kenneth Horsey, G, Kentucky

222) San Francisco 49ers
Dom Peterson, DT, Nevada

223) Green Bay Packers
Jordan Whittington, WR, Texas

224) Indianapolis Colts
D’Shawn Jamison, CB, Texas

225) Kansas City Chiefs
D’Anthony Jones, EDGE, Houston

226) Philadelphia Eagles
Jaiden Woodbey, S, Boston College

227) Carolina Panthers
Carlton Martial, LB, Troy

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