2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Round 1 added.
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2023 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Spencer Rattler, QB

The Texans have to find a replacement for J.J. Watt.

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 has good size to go along with some quickness and athleticism. Bresee should only get better as he gains experience and develops physically. He has the upside to be a riser in 2021 and 2022.

2. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Justyn Ross, WR and George Karlaftis, DE

Detroit could give Jared Goff a couple of seasons and then look for an upgrade.

Uiagalelei (6-4, 250) was very impressive in 2020 as the backup to Trevor Lawrence. He almost beat Notre Dame on the road in his third start, taking the Fighting Irish to double overtime in a 47-40 loss, and Uiagalelei showed dual-threat talent with a live arm, good size, and running ability. In 2020, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 914 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran for two scores. Uiagalelei has a ton of potential to explode in 2021 and 2022.

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3. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Harrison-Hunte, DT, Miami

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Matt Corral, QB

By the time of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Eagles could be in the market for some defensive line youth.

As a freshman in 2020, Harrison-Hunte (6-4, 285) flashed some pass-rush potential and an ability to cause disruption behind the line of scrimmage. He totaled three sacks, a forced fumble, and 17 tackles as part of a rotation that season. Harrison-Hunte has a lot of upside to break out in 2021 or 2022.

4. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Malachi Moore, CB/S, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Adam Anderson, OLB and Kaiir Elam, CB

The Jets could use a difference maker in the secondary.

Moore is a versatile defensive back who plays the STAR position that was previously manned by the likes of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Xavier McKinney. Moore had a phenomenal freshman season in 2020, totaling 44 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and six passes broken up. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has quality size to go with speed and instincts.

5. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Murphy, DT, Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Kayvon Thibodeaux, OLB

Urban Meyer has always emphasized the defensive line and utilized a rotation up front. If Taven Bryan doesn't turn things around, the Jaguars will need to improve their interior defensive line.

Murphy (6-5, 275) was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level.

6. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Derek Stingley, CB

The Falcons take their replacement for Matt Ryan.

Young (5-11, 194) will take over as the starting quarterback for Alabama 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 be a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones. Some NFL sources believe Young's skill set and style of play are similar to those of Kyler Murray. Young could take college football by storm in 2021 and/or 2022.

7. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Nick Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Kyle Hamilton, S

Perhaps Brady Christensen fixes the Panthers' problems at left tackle, but he might be a better fit at guard or right tackle in the NFL. Adding a tackle to go with Taylor Moton could remain a big need in Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Petit-Frere won the starting right tackle job for the 2020 season and played really well. He was superb in pass protection barely allowing any pressures all season. There are projections of the Tampa, Florida product being moved to left tackle for 2021 with senior Thayer Munford kicking inside to guard.

8. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Will Anderson, OLB/ILB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Tariq Castro-Fields, CB

The Bengals could use an edge defender across from Trey Hendrickson.

Anderson (6-4, 235) was a 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 has size, speed and athleticism, and is an explosive playmaker. He could be even better as a sophomore and/or junior.

9. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Aidan Hutchinson, DE

It will be interesting to see if the Broncos are able to land Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson. If Denver can't land one of them, quarterback will be a big hole to fill in via of the following drafts.

Stroud (6-3, 215) is said to be a highly talented dual-threat quarterback with the skill set to be a first-round prospect. He has won the starting quarterback position following Justin Fields' departure to the NFL and should take off thanks to the Buckeye's excellent supporting cast. Stroud could rise into top-of-the-first-round contention.

10. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Brandon Joseph, CB, Northwestern

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Brandon Smith, OLB

The Chargers could use a young No. 1 corner.

Joseph (6-1, 192) was one of the breakout stars of 2020, putting togther a dominant season for the Wildcats and helping get them to the Big 10 Championship. Joseph was a ballhawk in 2020, producing a lot of splash plays among his six interceptions, two passes broken up and 52 tackles. Joseph has good size, instincts, quickness and athleticism for the next level.

11. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeff Sims, QB, Georgia Tech

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Evan Neal, OT/G

The Steelers need a lot of young talent for their offensive line.

Sims (6-3, 210) has a phenomenal skill set and flashed huge playmaking ability as a freshman. At times, he looked like Robert Griffin III at Baylor and seemed capable of dominating defenses completely on his own. While Sims is talented, he is streaky and inconsistent. Sims completed 55 percent of his passes in 2020 for 1,881 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rumbled for 492 yards and six touchdowns.

It will be interesting to see if Sims can develop into a more consistent pocket passer, or if he is flash in the pan like some other freshman quarterbacks who never took the next step in development. That graveyard includes, among others, Christian Hackenberg, Brad Kaaya and Kellen Mond.

12. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Jordan Davis, DT

New England could move on from Stephon Gilmore and/or J.C. Jackson over the next year or two. Here's some young cornerback talent.

In 2020, Grimes flashed some special ability for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has good size and could be even better as he gains experience. Grimes totaled 14 tackles, an interception and three passes defended in 2020, but he actually played better than the numbers illustrate and has a lot of upside.

13. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Ali Gaye, DE and Roger McCreary, CB

The Giants could lose Evan Engram in free agency and need a tight end to replace him.

As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Mayer stepped in for Cole Kmet, and the Fighting Irish didn't miss a beat in the transition. Mayer caught 42 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. He has a good skill set and upside to produce more over the next year or two.

14. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Jermaine Johnson, DE

The Cowboys could use a young understudy for Tyron Smith, and by the time of the 2023 NFL Draft, Smith could be off the roster.

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Nelson showed a good skill set with serious upside as a freshman for Miami. He earned the starting left tackle job in the 2019 preseason and made all 13 starts for the Hurricanes. He was solid again in 2020 and looks to have the potential to develop into an early-rounder as junior or senior.

15. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): None

The Bears grab another weapon for Justin Fields.

Mims flashed special ability as a freshman when he caught 37 passes for 610 yards and nine touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 177-pounder could be a speed and big play receiver for Spencer Rattler in 2021.

16. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Lathan Ransom, CB, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/3): Perrion Winfrey, DT

If Damon Arnette and Trayvon Mullen don't improve significantly by the 2023 NFL Draft, the Raiders are going to need to find some upgrades.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Ransom worked his way onto the field as a freshman and earned more playing time as the year progressed. He has excellent size with some natural cover skills. Ransom could break out as a full-time starter in 2021 or 2022.

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