2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





* Walt taking 2014 and 2018
Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Round 2 added.
Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell for updates.
Led all NFL media in draft rumor accuracy in '15, '16, '17, '18, '20, '21, and '22
Led all NFL media in correct picks for the 2017, 2019, and 2022 NFL Drafts
2nd Place in all NFL media with correct picks for 2021

2023 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

If Davis Mills doesn't play well in 2022, the Texans will have to find a true replacement for Deshaun Watson.

In 2022, Young has completed 68 percent of his passes for 644 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He has picked up 144 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as well. Young (5-11, 194) took over as Alabama's starting quarterback in 2021, and there is a lot of hype about him in the scouting community. Some sources with college teams say they think he could end up being a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones. Some NFL sources believe Young's skill set and style of play are similar to those of Kyler Murray. In 2021, Young completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 20  |  Click here to jump to the Texans' second-round pick.

2. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

The Bears need a long-term defensive cornerstone after trading away Khalil Mack.

In 2022, Anderson has 15 tackles, two sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was the rare freshman to start on Nick Saban's defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb 2020 season. He was third in the SEC with seven sacks while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 52 tackles. Anderson was phenomenal in 2021, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three passes defended. Not only was he a dominant pass rusher, but Anderson was a strong, tough run defender. He has size, speed and athleticism, plus is an explosive playmaker. Anderson could be even better as a junior.


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3. NFL Team Logo for Commanders Washington Commanders: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Carson Wentz is getting a shot to be the franchise's starter, but more than likely, Washington needs a long-term starter.

In 2022, Stroud has completed 73 percent of his passes for 941 yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a highly talented dual-threat quarterback who could end up as a first-round prospect - and perhaps at the top of Round 1. He won Ohio State's starting quarterback position following Justin Fields' departure to the NFL. In 2021, Stroud completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was a dominant passer, showing good accuracy and the ability to push the ball vertically.



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4. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Levis has completed 67 percent of his passes in 2022 for 882 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Penn State transfer Levis has a good skill set, and it wouldn't be surprising if he puts together a huge 2022 that turns him into a hot prospect, similar to Kenny Pickett in 2021. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Levis has a cannon for an arm and easy velocity to push the ball downfield. He thrived running the Kentucky offense during 2021. Levis completed 66 percent of his passes that season for 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also had nine rushing touchdowns. For the NFL, Levis projects as a big-armed pocket passer. He needs to cut down on the interceptions and continue to improve at reading the field in 2022.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 16  |  Click here to jump to the Seahawks' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 17

5. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

The Falcons grab an interior disruptor to go with Arnold Ebiketie.

Carter has four tackles and a pass batted in 2022. Despite Georgia's crowded defensive line filled with future early-round picks, Carter flashed as a sophomore in 2021 with 37 tackles and three sacks. He could break out in 2022 because of Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt moving on to the NFL. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Carter has quality size to go along with speed and athleticism.



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6. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

The Jaguars need a No. 1 receiver for Trevor Lawrence.

So far in 2022, Johnston has five receptions for 44 yards. He flashed in 2021, catching 33 passes for 612 yards and six touchdowns. Sources from around the NFL are high on his skill set. "He's 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and can win on all three levels. He puts up 20 yards per catch, runs great routes, is super smart, an alpha, and the hardest worker on the team," an area scout told WalterFootball.com.

While Johnston still has more to prove with pro evaluators, they are high on him across the board. He could end up being the top receiver prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft.


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7. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Antonio Johnson, CB/S, Texas A&M

The Jets add another playmaker to their secondary and get a corner/safety hybrid defender.

Johnson has 25 tackles and a sack thus far this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is a massive slot corner who broke out for the Aggies in 2021. The sophomore recorded 79 tackles, an interception and five passes defended on the year.

Johnson has phenomenal length and size to match up against NFL receivers while also showing fabulous instincts and tackling ability as a safety. Johnson has also lined up as a slot corner, safety, and dime linebacker. He is an outstanding defensive back who is a Swiss Army knife to solve coverage problems for his defense.



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8. NFL Team Logo for Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Dolphins grab a backfield weapon to go with Tua Tagovailoa and their speed receivers.

In 2022, Robinson has averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 311 yards and five touchdowns. He has seven receptions for 132 yards and a score.

Robinson was one of the best players in college football in 2021, producing a superb season for Texas. The sophomore averaged 5.8 yards per carry in 2021 for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also took 26 receptions for 295 yards and four scores. In 2020, Robinson flashed his big-time skill set with 703 yards on only 86 carries - 8.2 average - and four touchdowns. He had 15 catches for 196 yards and two scores that season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Robinson has power, speed, cutting ability, and natural instincts as a runner.


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9. NFL Team Logo for Vikings Minnesota Vikings: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Adam Thielen is aging and declining. Here's a wideout to go with Justin Jefferson.

Smith-Njigba has four catches for 36 yards in 2022. Against Notre Dame, Smith-Njigba left the game early due to injury and then missed Week 2. Smith-Njigba had a fantastic 2021 season despite being the third receiver behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. In 2021, Smith-Njigba caught 94 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns, including an amazing Rose Bowl performance to lead the comeback win over Utah. The 6-foot, 197-pounder has serious speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability to go along with decent size.



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10. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M

The Giants could continue to get younger, cheaper, and more talented at cornerback.

Jones has nine tackles and pass broken up in 2022. Over the past few seasons, Jones really flashed for the Aggies, including the 2021 season when he recorded 35 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended. Team sources think Jones has a lot of potential as a cover corner for the NFL. He has really impressive movement skills, including speed and athleticism. Along with a good skill set, Jones displays solid instincts and is a willing tackler. However, Jones has some raw elements to his game, such as grabbing and holding at times and giving up balls he shouldn't occasionally. Thus, if Jones is more consistent in 2022, he could be a high pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.


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11. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

The Steelers could use more edge-rush talent to go with T.J. Watt.

In 2022, Foskey has 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder broke out for the Fighting Irish in 2021, recording 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and 52 tackles. In 2020, he flashed his potential with 4.5 sacks and 20 tackles in a backup role. With his quality size and speed, Foskey could be a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Some preseason evaluators said Foskey has high potential.


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12. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

The Panthers continue to build up their offensive line with a difference maker to plug in at guard.

Skoronski impressed as the replacement for Rashawn Slater over the previous two seasons. "He's athletic, moves well, and is smooth," said an AFC Director of player personnel. "He has very short arms, like 32 inches - he plays with better length than he has - but he doesn't have a tackle body and looks more like a guard. Some guys I have spoken with compare him to Jonah Williams and some others have said Jonah Jackson." Some teams will project the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Skoronski to guard while others might think he can remain at tackle.


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13. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama

The Raiders badly need some young talent at corner.

Ricks notched two tackles in Week 1 has not played since then. He is new to Alabama for 2022 and could be a breakout star for the Crimson Tide. Ricks started out his collegiate career at LSU and had an excellent debut there in 2020 with four interceptions, five passes broken up and 20 tackles. In 2021, he notched 11 tackles and an interception for the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is a big corner with ball skills.

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14. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

The Patriots could use an edge rusher across from Matt Judon.

Murphy did not play against Georgia Tech in the 2022 season opener, but he has six tackles and a sack on the year. Murphy (6-5, 275) was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. In 2021, he totaled 37 tackles and seven sacks. Murphy has versatile size with speed and athleticism. With his skill set, he has upside to develop for the next level.


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15. NFL Team Logo for Titans Tennessee Titans: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida

The Titans grab more defensive line talent to go with Justin Simmons.

Dexter has 12 tackles, .5 sacks, one pass batted, and an interception so far this season. The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder flashed in 2020 with 19 tackles and an interception before having a breakout 2021 season with 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pass batted. While Dexter is strong and powerful as a run defender, he has the speed and athleticism to become a more potent pass rusher. If he can produce more rush and sacks in 2022, he could be a fast riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.



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16. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

The Seahawks grab an interior disruptor to build their defense around.

To open 2022, Bresee has six tackles and .5 sacks. Bresee (6-5, 300) was impressive in 2020, recording 33 tackles, four sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two passes defended. He totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception in 2021 before tearing his ACL versus N.C. State. Bresee has good size to go along with some quickness and athleticism. He should only get better as he gains experience and develops physically. Bresee has the upside to rise.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 4  |  Click here to jump to the Seahawks' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 17

Go To: Round 1 (1-16) Round 1 (17-31) Round 2 (32-63)








 








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