2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell
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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
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The Steelers grab a left tackle to protect Kenny Pickett.
Jones (6-5, 311) started at left tackle for the Bulldogs in 2022 and was solid there for them. While he is young and underdeveloped, Jones has a big time skill set with size, speed, and athleticism. Team sources felt he has huge upside, but called him raw and did not see him as a first-rounder for the 2023 NFL Draft. Some sources say there are character and technique issues with Jones.
Click links to see the Steelers' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Steelers' first second-round pick. | Rd: 2 Pk: 18 | Rd: 3 Pk: 17 | Rd: 4 Pk: 18 | Rd: 7 Pk: 24 | Rd: 7 Pk: 34
Detroit grabs one of the best players in the 2023 NFL Draft. Gibbs is a lightning-bolt of a running back who is a dynamic receiver and fabulous returner. Gibbs is a perfect receiving and speed back to pair with David Montgomery.
In 2022, Gibbs averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 926 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 44 receptions for 444 yards and three scores. Gibbs only landed at Alabama for 2022 after leaving Georgia Tech. He could end up as the latest early-round running back from the Crimson Tide. Gibbs is a beast of a back who is put together well and plows ahead hard. He has speed, natural running instincts, and a lot of upside. Gibbs has crazy speed, and his 4.3-second 40 at the combine is reflected in how he plays. He is a threat to score on any touch and is a faster, tougher version of Alvin Kamara. Team sources have also raves about Gibbs as a worker, teammate and leader.
In 2021 for Georgia Tech, Gibbbs averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 746 yards and four touchdowns. He also recorded 35 receptions for 465 yards and two touchdowns. In 2020, Gibbs averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 460 yards and four touchdowns. He also showed impressive receiving ability with 24 catches for 303 yards and three scores.
Click links to see the Lions' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 6 | Click here to jump to the Lions' first second-round pick. | Rd: 2 Pk: 24 | Rd: 3 Pk: 18 | Rd: 5 Pk: 17 | Rd: 5 Pk: 24 | Rd: 6 Pk: 6 | Rd: 6 Pk: 17
Tampa Bay could use a tackle to pair with Tristan Wirfs.
Harrison (6-4, 315) was an impressive left tackle for the Sooners over his career. He has quality size with good athleticism and quickness, but lacks physicality and is a finesse blocker. Harrison broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and held down the left tackle spot afterward.
Click links to see the Buccaneers' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Buccaneers' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 19 | Rd: 5 Pk: 18 | Rd: 5 Pk: 40 | Rd: 6 Pk: 2 | Rd: 6 Pk: 4 | Rd: 6 Pk: 19 | Rd: 7 Pk: 35
The Seahawks could use some youth at receiver. Here's a wideout very similar to Tyler Lockett.
In 2022, Flowers collected 78 receptions for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. He totaled 44 catches for 746 yards and five touchdowns in 2021 while playing most of the year without his starting quarterback. The 5-foot-9, 182-pounder was impressive in 2020, breaking out for the Eagles. He flashed some in 2019, but was significantly improved as a sophomore. Flowers does not have much size, but he possesses game-breaking speed and is a threat to produce a big play on any reception.
Click links to see the Seahawks' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 5 | Click here to jump to the Seahawks' first second-round pick. | Rd: 2 Pk: 21 | Rd: 3 Pk: 20 | Rd: 4 Pk: 21 | Rd: 5 Pk: 16 | Rd: 5 Pk: 19 | Rd: 6 Pk: 21 | Rd: 7 Pk: 20
The Chargers grab a weapon for Justin Herbert.
Smith-Njigba recorded five catches for 43 yards in 2022. He left the season opener against Notre Dame early due to injury and was in and out of the lineup while missing most of the games. 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-1, 196-pounder has serious speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability to go along with decent size.
Click links to see the Chargers' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Chargers' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 22 | Rd: 4 Pk: 23 | Rd: 5 Pk: 21 | Rd: 6 Pk: 23 | Rd: 7 Pk: 22
The Ravens grab a big corner to pair with Marlon Humphrey.
Overall, Porter was steady coverage in 2022 while recording 27 tackles and 11 passes broken up. However, he really did not provide any big plays and did not record an interception. Porter rotated in as freshman in 2020 and had a quality debut. In 2021, he collected 51 tackles, one interception, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr., has an NFL pedigree. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder possesses excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player. Porter has freakishly long arms, which makes him a superb fit for press-man corner to take on big receivers.
Click links to see the Ravens' picks across all rounds:Rd: 3 Pk: 23 | Rd: 4 Pk: 22 | Rd: 5 Pk: 13 | Rd: 6 Pk: 22
The Vikings could use more safety and nickel corner talent. Branch could be a plug-and-play starter at safety and slot cornerback. He should also be a great fit for Brian Flores.
Branch recorded 90 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2022. He was all over the field for the Crimson Tide as a safety and slot cornerback. Branch (6-0, 190) played well in 2021, showing size and cover skills while recording 55 tackles and nine passes broken up. In 2020, he had 27 tackles and two interceptions and seven breakups. Team sources think Branch could be a hybrid cornerback/safety similar to Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Click links to see the Vikings' picks across all rounds:Rd: 3 Pk: 24 | Rd: 4 Pk: 17 | Rd: 5 Pk: 23 | Rd: 6 Pk: 34
The Jaguars could use multiple cornerback additions. Banks needs development, but he has the upside to be a No. 1 corner.
Banks (6-0, 197) is a natural cover corner with speed, height, strength, quick feet, and agility. He is very fluid and does a nice job of running the route with receivers to prevent them from gaining separation. He keeps receivers from coming open and is quick to recover if they get a step. For a big cornerback, Banks has very nice hips to turn and run downfield with speed receivers. Entering the NFL, Banks has to get more disciplined in coverage. Pro quarterbacks and receivers will test him with double moves and confusing bunches to see if Banks' lack of discipline comes back to bite him. Hence, teams feel Banks needs some development.
Banks had a solid freshman debut in 2019, recording 28 tackles, an interception and two passes broken up. Maryland then only played five games in 2020 due to COVID-19, and Banks put up 11 tackles and a pass breakup over that span. Banks' 2021 season ended after two games due to a shoulder injury. He returned to the field in 2022 to collect 38 tackles, an interception and eight passes broken up.
Click links to see the Jaguars' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Jaguars' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 25 | Rd: 4 Pk: 19 | Rd: 4 Pk: 25 | Rd: 6 Pk: 8 | Rd: 6 Pk: 25 | Rd: 6 Pk: 31 | Rd: 7 Pk: 9
The Giants grab another receiving upgrade for Daniel Jones.
Addison was a plug-and-play point producer for USC in 2022, recording 59 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns. While playing for Pittsburgh in 2021, Addison benefited from quarterback Kenny Pickett having a phenomenal year to produce a massive sophomore season himself. Addison caught 100 passes in 2021 for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 173-pounder displayed the speed to get vertical and threaten defenses downfield. For the NFL, he could stand to get stronger and fill out his frame.
Click links to see the Giants' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Giants' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 26 | Rd: 4 Pk: 26 | Rd: 5 Pk: 25 | Rd: 5 Pk: 37 | Rd: 6 Pk: 32 | Rd: 7 Pk: 23 | Rd: 7 Pk: 26 | Rd: 7 Pk: 37
The Cowboys take a replacement for Dalton Schultz.
Mayer notched 67 catches in 2022 for 809 yards and nine touchdowns. He recorded 71 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. As a freshman, the 6-foot-5, 249-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 the upside to produce more.
Click links to see the Cowboys' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Cowboys' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 27 | Rd: 4 Pk: 27 | Rd: 5 Pk: 41 | Rd: 6 Pk: 35 | Rd: 7 Pk: 27
The Bills want to get bigger, tougher, and meaner in the trenches. Here's a plug-and-play starter for them.
Torrence blocked well for the Gators in 2022 and was especially a beast in the ground game. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder is a load who generates movement as run blocker with surprising athleticism and quickness in pass protection. Torrence was a 3-year starter at La.-Lafayette, but after the 2021, he transferred to Florida to continue his playing career under the same head coach, Billy Napier. Team sources say Torrence plays well, but he has a terrible body that could be a big problem in the NFL.
Click links to see the Bills' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Bills' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 28 | Rd: 4 Pk: 28 | Rd: 5 Pk: 2 | Rd: 6 Pk: 28
I think the Bengals are targeting Emmanuel Forbes, Michael Mayer or Sam LaPorta with this pick. Of those three, only LaPorta is available here. LaPorta could be an excellent pick for Cincinnati.
LaPorta recorded 58 receptions for 657 yards and a touchdown in 2022. A number of team sources say they really like LaPorta (6-3, 245) and think he could be a steal in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft - provided he doesn't sneak into the bottom of Round 1. LaPorta is a touch undersized, but definitely has the ability to contribute as a receiving tight end at the next level. That was given further proof at the combine, where LaPorta ran fast and looked fantastic at running routes. Teams think he could be a dangerous receiving tight end in the NFL. LaPorta totaled 53 catches for 670 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 after notching 27 receptions for 271 yards and a score in the shortened 2020 season.
Click links to see the Bengals' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Bengals' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 29 | Rd: 4 Pk: 29 | Rd: 5 Pk: 28 | Rd: 6 Pk: 29 | Rd: 7 Pk: 29
The Saints could use more defensive end help and a replacement for Marcus Davenport.
The 6-foot-5, 268-pound Murphy has the skill set to dominate at the next level. Not only did he put together a season of excellent tape over 2022, but Murphy is a freak athlete in possession of a crazy combination of size, speed, athleticism and strength. He has the skill set to do whatever he wants on the football field as he can burn tackles with speed, use his strength to set the edge in the ground game, dominate tight ends, and simply take over games.
In 2022, Murphy recorded 40 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. He 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.
Click links to see the Saints' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Saints' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 8 | Rd: 4 Pk: 13 | Rd: 5 Pk: 11 | Rd: 5 Pk: 30 | Rd: 7 Pk: 10 | Rd: 7 Pk: 40
The Eagles brought back Brandon Graham, but he's just on a short-term deal. Here's a long-term starter.
The vast majority of redshirt sophomores return to school, but Van Ness was a surprise early-entrant into the 2023 NFL Draft. In 2022, Van Ness recorded 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He recorded 33 stops and seven sacks in 2021. Van Ness is quick off the ball, plays with a steady motor, and gives relentless effort. However, team sources feel he gets caught on blocks, does not use his hands well, is a stiff athlete who lacks wiggle, lacks pass-rushing moves, and has instincts that are just sufficient. Thus, teams are not as high on him as some of the media hype. The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder lined up as a defensive tackle often for the Hawkeyes in 2022. As a pro, he doesn't have the size to be an every-down tackle, but he could play end in the base defense and move inside for the sub package.
Click links to see the Eagles' picks across all rounds:Rd: 1 Pk: 10 | Click here to jump to the Eagles' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 31 | Rd: 7 Pk: 2 | Rd: 7 Pk: 31
The Chiefs could use an edge rusher to replace Frank Clark. McDonald would be a great fit for Kansas City.
Team sources rave about McDonald's pass-rush ability and his natural skills at getting after the quarterback. He is fast and athletic, allowing him to shoot past blockers and put steady heat on the signal-caller. NFL teams, however, say McDonald (6-4, 245) is terrible versus the run and even bad opponents can destroy him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a Sam linebacker in base defense who moves to end in the sub package.
McDonald recorded 36 tackles, five sacks and four passes batted in 2022. The year before, he totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted. McDonald recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.
Click links to see the Chiefs' picks across all rounds:Click here to jump to the Chiefs' second-round pick. | Rd: 3 Pk: 32 | Rd: 4 Pk: 20 | Rd: 4 Pk: 32 | Rd: 5 Pk: 31 | Rd: 6 Pk: 1 | Rd: 6 Pk: 40 | Rd: 7 Pk: 32 | Rd: 7 Pk: 33
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