2023 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Changes in all four rounds.
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  1. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State Ohio State
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    The Panthers need a franchise quarterback, which is obviously why they traded up to No. 1 (check my NFL Trade Grades page for more.) They didn’t want to settle for the third or fourth option in this class. Instead, they surrendered D.J. Moore and a package of picks to move up for the signal-caller of their choice. That’s likely to be Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud, though I wouldn’t completely rule out Anthony Richardson. I’d say it’s Stroud for now, but it’s definitely close between him and Young. Stroud completed 71 percent of his passes this past season. He’s a lethal passer, and as we saw in the college football semi-final, he can run if he needs to with his 4.65 speed.

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  2. Houston Texans NFL Draft 2023 Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama Alabama
    As mentioned prior to the Bears-Panthers trade, the Texans wouldn’t be able to get the quarterback they wanted because of their foolish decision to win in Week 18. They could have traded up to No. 1, but that would make them look extra stupid.

    Houston passed on all the quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. No one blamed them for doing that, but they won’t be able to repeat that strategy this upcoming April.

    Bryce Young has size issues – he’s 5-10, 204 – but he has drawn comparisons to Kyler Murray.

  3. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon Oregon
    Now that the Bears and Panthers traded picks, the Cardinals are in a great position to negotiate. The Colts, Raiders, Falcons, and Titans all need quarterbacks, yet they can no longer move up to No. 1. They won’t even be able to land a quarterback if they don’t move up to No. 3 now because one of the other teams will put the trigger. Then, the Colts will choose the final signal-caller at No. 4. Thus, I would be shocked if Arizona remained at No. 3.

    This pick is not Will Anderson because it assumes that the Cardinals will trade down to No. 4, 7, 8, or 11. I think No. 7 is most likely because, as Charlie Campbell reported, the Raiders love Anthony Richardson. If the Cardinals trade down to No. 7, they’ll have a choice between Jalen Carter, the top cornerback in this class, or the best offensive lineman available. I wouldn’t count out Bijan Robinson either. Christian Gonzalez fills a huge need as the top cornerback.



  4. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky Kentucky
    The Colts need to find a permanent solution at quarterback, rather than play musical chairs at the position. In my previous scenario, the Colts were trading up with the Bears to leapfrog the divisional rival Texans to obtain the quarterback they want in this class. Now, they have to hope that the team that moves up to No. 3 doesn’t take the signal-caller they like. Perhaps they’ll make the move themselves.

    Will Levis has a big arm and could be chosen in the top 10.

  5. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Will Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama Alabama
    It’s amazing that at No. 5, the Seahawks could end up with the top prospect in this class. With the Panthers moving up to No. 1, we now know for sure that the top two picks will be a quarterback. If the Cardinals trade the third choice, there will be four quarterbacks gone after four picks, leaving the Seahawks with Will Anderson, who will provide a huge boost to their pass rush.



  6. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions: Tyree Wilson, DE/DT, Texas Tech Texas Tech
    Charlie Campbell mocked Tyree Wilson to the Lions often throughout the pre-draft process, and it’s easy to see why. The Lions had a huge boost from Aidan Hutchinson last year, but their front seven is still starved for pass-rushing talent. Tyree Wilson would look fantastic across from Hutchinson, and he could also slide inside on pass-rushing downs to really create havoc for opposing quarterbacks.

  7. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida Florida
    I’m stealing this pick from Charlie Campbell’s trade mock draft. This was the prototypical Al Davis pick, and Mark Davis may want to make a big splash. Besides, what else are the Raiders going to do at quarterback? And if Mark Davis ages very quickly, we could get a quote from him saying, “Anthony … Richardson … is a … great playa.”

    And no, the Jimmy Garoppolo signing won’t preclude the Raiders from selecting a quarterback. The 49ers used the No. 2 pick on a quarterback with Garoppolo on the roster, so the Raiders could do the same at No. 7, or a bit higher.

    Anthony Richardson is raw, but has a huge arm and great athleticism. He had a great 2022 debut, but struggled versus Kentucky the following week. He was inconsistent after that, but he looked great at the combine.



  8. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Peter Skoronski, OT/G/C, Northwestern Northwestern
    The Falcons possessed a great offensive line when they went to the Super Bowl during the 2016 season. That has since changed. They need a huge boost in the interior right now and a left tackle for the future. Bijan Robinson is also an option if the Falcons think he would be a big upgrade over Tyler Allgeier.

    Peter Skoronski is an athletic tackle who has kept his quarterback clean. He can play every position up front.

  9. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia Georgia
    Thanks to the incompetence of the Houston Texans, the Bears were able to obtain the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. They have since moved down to No. 9 in a very successful trade. This then begs the question, what do the Bears do with the ninth pick? Offensive line seems like an obvious choice, but the team’s dreadful defense must be addressed as well.

    Charlie Campbell reported on Twitter that the Bears have really been digging into Jalen Carter because they believe he could fall to No. 9. He would be an amazing value at that spot.



  10. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa Iowa
    Brandon Graham won’t be around much longer, so the Eagles will need an edge rusher for the future. Philadelphia’s pass rush was horrendous in the Super Bowl anyhow.

    Lukas Van Ness has a relentless motor, but is a bit raw. He was a great performer at the combine.

  11. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans: Paris Johnson, OT/G, Ohio State Ohio State
    Taylor Lewan is a 32-year-old coming off a knee injury. He was also due $14.8 million next season, so the Titans released him. Nate Davis and Ben Jones are gone as well. I imagine the Titans will want to find help with their poor blocking.

    Paris Johnson has good athleticism for an offensive lineman, and he can play both tackle and guard.

  12. Houston Texans Houston Texans: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State Ohio State
    The Texans needed a second receiver across from Brandin Cooks before they traded him. Now, they need someone to replace him.

    Jaxon Smith-Njigba has incredible speed and athleticism. He had a huge 2021 campaign, which included a terrific Rose Bowl performance.

  13. New York Jets New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT/G, Georgia Georgia
    Mekhi Becton has been a huge disappointment, so the Jets may use this pick to find a new offensive tackle.

    Broderick Jones is a raw lineman who showed great upside at the combine.

  14. New England Patriots New England Patriots: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU TCU
    The Patriots need offensive line help, but they also could stand to address their pedestrian receiving corps. JuJu Smith-Schuster is not the answer.

    Scouts are smitten with Quentin Johnston, who has drawn comparisons to Julio Jones.

  15. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame Notre Dame
    The Packers need a receiver, but with the two top prospects at the position off the board, they can focus on bolstering their offensive line or front seven. The latter is an issue, as Green Bay had to blitz frequently last year as a result of four players not being able to get to the quarterback consistently.

    Isaiah Foskey had a huge 11-sack campaign. He possesses great potential.



  16. Washington Commanders Washington Redskins: Brian Branch, CB/S, Alabama Alabama
    The Redskins can’t cover anyone, thanks to William Jackson being a complete bust as a free agent signing. They desperately need someone new to stay with A.J. Brown and CeeDee Lamb.

    Brian Branch has nice size and cover ability. He can play anywhere in the secondary.


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