2023 Backward NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-31

This is our 14th-annual backward mock draft. It’s what it sounds like: What would the 2023 NFL Draft look like if the order were reversed? Who would the Chiefs take with the first pick? My annual Backward NFL Mock Draft is listed below.

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  1. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
    The Seahawks waited until Russell Wilson was gone to improve their offensive line, and so the Packers could finally select a first-round wide receiver or tight end after Aaron Rodgers leaves. This is no accident. Seattle’s front office knew that Wilson could bail out the poor blocking with his legs, much like Rodgers could get the most out of mediocre receivers and tight ends.

  2. New England Patriots New England Patriots: Peter Skoronski, OT/G/C, Northwestern Northwestern
    Mac Jones took a huge step backward in his second season. The primary reason for this was some horrendous offensive line play. I’m sure Bill Belichick will want to address that as soon as possible.

  3. 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.



  4. Houston Texans Houston Texans: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU TCU
    The Texans needed a second receiver across from Brandin Cooks before they traded him. Now, they need someone to replace him.

  5. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky Kentucky
    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Will Levis fell out of the first round. However, I could see the Titans having some interest in him at No. 11, as they are beginning the rebuilding process.



  6. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Myles Murphy, DE/DT, Clemson Clemson
    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.

  7. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears: Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland Maryland
    The Bears must address their poor offensive line. Their guards are set, but they need lots of help at tackle.



  8. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Nolan Smith, DE/OLB, Georgia Georgia
    The Falcons have ranked dead last in pressure rate in each of the past two seasons. Something must be done about this, so Atlanta could select a talented pass rusher with this pick.

  9. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia Georgia
    The Raiders have struggled to defend the pass for years, so perhaps they’ll spend an early pick on a cornerback to help them in that regard.



  10. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa Iowa
    I think the Lions would consider Jack Campbell at No. 18 to improve their linebacking corps, so I could definitely see them picking him at this spot.

  11. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Addison, WR, USC USC
    Tyler Lockett is 31, so he won’t have much time remaining with the Seahawks. Besides, Seattle needs a third receiver to go along with Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

  12. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
    The Colts need to find a permanent solution at quarterback, rather than play musical chairs at the position. This could happen via Hendon Hooker in the second round.

  13. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
    The Cardinals will be losing DeAndre Hopkins in a trade soon, meaning they need to find a replacement so the offense doesn’t skip a beat when Kyler Murray returns from his torn ACL.

  14. Houston Texans NFL Draft 2023 Houston Texans: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
    If the Texans can’t obtain a franchise quarterback, they can at least bolster their defense, which hasn’t been able to stop the run in a very long time.

  15. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame Notre Dame
    The Panthers traded up to No. 1, only to find themselves drafting last. What fools! In all seriousness, the Panthers could obtain another play-maker in a tight end despite signing Hayden Hurst.





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