NFL Mock Draft 2023

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NFL Mock Draft 2023

We could be in store for one of the craziest first rounds of the NFL Draft that we’ve seen in a very long time. When we tell you that this is a mock draft, well…take that for what it is. We are in draft week and there is supposedly no unanimous number one pick, there are four quarterbacks that pundits change their mind about nightly, and the big board keeps changing. With that being said, here is our first round NFL mock draft 2023.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Bryce Young – QB – Alabama

He isn’t personally my favorite quarterback in this draft, but he is the guy that seems to be getting the most buzz from the Carolina Panthers. He could be a generational talent and when you trade all that Carolina did for the first overall pick, you better know you have your guy.

  1. Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud – QB – Ohio State

So, there has been a lot of C.J. Stroud hate recently, but he is the top QB for me in this draft. The Texans have come out and said they might not even take a QB, and I don’t buy that for a second. I am going with the guy that had an incredible college career.

  1. Tennessee Titans (Trade with AZ): Will Levis – QB – Kentucky

Here is my first major trade prediction. The Titans have already abandoned hope in Malik Willis who you could say fits more of an Anthony Richardson profile. With Levis, they are getting more of a pocket passer type with a strong arm. It’ll cost them quite a bit, but they are getting their quarterback.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson – QB – Florida

I hope the Colts like Richardson because this is who they are stuck with at number four after the others have flown off the board. He is a project and won’t be ready to start in Week 1 which might be an issue for a team that is desperate for consistent quarterback play.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Tyree Wilson – EDGE – Texas Tech

Now the draft could begin to play out a bit more normally. I love Wilson and I love how he gets after the quarterback. The Hawks need an edge rusher, and they get a franchise staple here with this pick.

  1. Detroit Lions: Jalen Carter – DT – Georgia

Here is the first truly controversial pick. Carter could have been a lock to be a top-three pick a few months ago but tons of off the field stuff has tanked his draft stock. However, he has generational talent, and he won’t slide far for long.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders: Devin Witherspoon – CB – Illinois

The Raiders desperately need secondary help in a division with Mahomes, Herbert, and Wilson. This is their chance to make a huge splash.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Will Anderson – EDGE – Alabama

This would be a gift for the Falcons if Anderson somehow falls this far but if the four quarterbacks all go that early, this is a total possibility.

  1. Chicago Bears: Peter Skoronski – OT – Northwestern

The Chicago kid stays in the city and the Bears add protection for QB Justin Fields who they feel so confident in that they traded out of the first overall pick which could have been used on a quarterback. They better upgrade their offensive line here.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Nolan Smith – EDGE – Georgia

The offense is set in Philly, but they can improve their defense here with Smith who was a teammate of Jordan Davis at Georgia and makes them all around younger on the defensive line which is great with a pair of players aging out.

  1. Arizona Cardinals (Traded from TN): Christian Gonzalez – CB – Oregon

The Cards need major upgrades in their secondary and they’d be happy if Gonzalez is around this long.

  1. Houston Texans: Jaxon Smith-Njigba – WR – Ohio State

You know who they would like to pair with C.J. Stroud? His most productive wide receiver from Ohio State.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Lukas Van Ness – EDGE – Iowa

It’d be ironic if Green Bay finally drafted a wide receiver now that Rodgers is gone but they go with an EDGE rusher instead.

  1. New England: Joey Porter Jr. – CB – Penn State

This kid has all the intangibles and the last name to make a great CB in the league.

  1. New York Jets: Paris Johnson – OT – Ohio State

You just got Aaron Rodgers, time to protect him in whatever way possible.

  1. Washington Commanders: Brian Branch – S – Alabama

He is incredibly versatile, and he could fit perfectly in Ron Rivera’s young defense.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Julius Brent – DB – Kansas State

They could go offensive line or secondary, but I think in that division, they must protect against the pass.

  1. Detroit Lions: Bijan Robinson – RB – Texas

SURPRISE. The Lions let Jamaal Williams walk in free agency and there is a good chance that they are without a number one guy in a year’s time.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Broderick Jones – T – Georgia

I think the Bucs would have liked Branch, but offensive tackle is a major concern as well.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Quentin Johnston – WR – TCU

I love this wide receiver out of TCU and he would make a terrifying duo with DK Metcalf.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Kincaid – TE – Utah

Time to get Justin Herbert a legit tight end in the passing game.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Zay Flowers – WR – Boston College

They have Odell but who else is there at WR for a currently unsigned QB to throw to?

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Addison – WR – USC

They dropped Adam Thielen and can now replace him with Addison to take coverage off Justin Jefferson.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Mayer – TE – Notre Dame

This is going to be a very fun Jacksonville offense to watch for years to come.

  1. New York Giants: Deonte Banks – CB – Maryland

The Giants simply must improve at the position and Banks is a solid option here at 25.

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Jalin Hyatt – WR – Tennessee

They need a piece to go along with CeeDee Lamb and Hyatt is exactly that guy late in the first round.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Jack Campbell – LB – Iowa

They could use an extra piece in the middle of this defense and this guy grades out as a total leader at the next level.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Emmanuel Forbes – CB – Mississippi State

How many more games can we watch where Eli Apple gets cooked?

  1. New Orleans Saints: Myles Murphy – EDGE – Clemson

The Saints need to get back to what makes them great and it’s a scary defense, Murphy contributes to that mission.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: O’Cyrus Torrence – G – Florida

The Eagles line is getting older and bringing in a legit depth piece who will turn into a legitimate full-time starter is a smart move.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Calijah Kancey – DT – Pittsburgh

The Chiefs can go a lot of directions here, but I would love to see them upgrade their defensive line with a guy that is quickly moving up draft boards.