2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





* Walt taking 2014 and 2018
Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Monday, June 20, 2022. Round 1 added.
Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell for updates.
Led all NFL media in draft rumor accuracy in '15, '16, '17, '18, '20, and '21
Led all NFL media in correct picks for the 2017 and 2019 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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Go To: Round 1 (1-16) Round 1 (17-32)

17. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

The Seahawks grab some cornerback talent.

In 2021, Ringo collected 34 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is a big cornerback who has a lot of upside. Ringo played well in 2021 as one of the replacements for Tyson Campbell. Ringo could end up being a riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 9

18. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Storm Duck, CB, North Carolina

The Eagles need more cornerback talent.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder is a massive cornerback, and it will be interesting to see if he can play corner in the NFL given his height. The preseason advance scouts gave Duck a favorable grade, so they are high on his potential for the 2023 NFL Draft. In 2021, Duck collected 16 tackles and a pass broken up. In 2019, he notched 37 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defended.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 20

19. NFL Team Logo for Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

The Dolphins take an end to team with Emmanuel Ogbah and Jaelan Phillips.

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 had 37 tackles and seven sacks. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 10

20. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami

The Eagles need more young talent on the offensive line. Nelson could start out at guard and eventually move to tackle if they need a replacement for Lane Johnson.

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 a senior. Nelson had some struggles in the 2021 season opener against Alabama, but improved after that. Nelson has upside with size, quickness and athleticism.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 18

21. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Maryland

The Texans grab a No. 1 receiver for their quarterback.

Demus was producing really well for Maryland in 2021 before being was carted off the field against Iowa in early October and going out for the season. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Demus was on his way to being a first-rounder thanks to showing a special combination of size and speed prior to getting hurt. In 2021, he averaged 18.1 yards per catch over 28 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns. Demus flashed big-play ability in 2020 (24-365-4), 2019 (41-625-6) and 2018 (13-278). Team sources think he could have still been a second-round pick had he entered the 2022 NFL Draft despite his torn ACL.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 1

22. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Brad Holmes has delivered two excellent drafts to lay a foundation for the Detroit roster. One position that remains in need of a fix is cornerback. Jeff Okudah has been a bust up to this point, and he was a pick of the prior regime. If he doesn't break out in 2022, Detroit will need an upgrade. Additionally, Amani Oruwariye is in the final year of his contract. Thus, corner has the potential to be a big need for the Lions.

Phillips is a talented cover corner who can run the route and prevent separation. In 2021, he collected 61 tackles, two interceptions and 13 passes defended. The big question with Phillips will be size because he is listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds. It would help Phillips to add a little weight, and if he measures in shorter, he might be regarded as a slot corner only.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 8

23. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Wil McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State

The Cowboys grab a replacement for Randy Gregory.

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 destroyed him in the ground game. Hence, he might be more of a designated pass rusher as a pro. McDonald totaled 36 tackles, 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three passes batted in 2021. He recorded 10.5 sacks and 33 tackles in 2020 after recording six sacks in 2019.

24. NFL Team Logo for Colts Indianapolis Colts: K.J. Jefferson, QB, Arkansas

The Colts traded for Matt Ryan, but he is not a long-term starter and showed signs of decline with Atlanta in 2021. Here's an understudy to eventually take over as the franchise's quarterback.

Jefferson (6-3, 236) broke out for the Razorbacks in 2021, displaying impressive dual-threat ability. He completed 67 percent of his passes on the year for 2,676 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, he accounted for 664 yards and six touchdowns, showing good size and toughness as a runner. If Jefferson continues to develop his pocket passing, he could be a fast riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.



25. NFL Team Logo for Ravens Baltimore Ravens: Lathan Ransom, CB, Ohio State

Baltimore could use some youth at corner to go with Marlon Humphrey.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Ransom worked his way onto the field as a freshman in 2020 and earned more playing time as the year progressed. He has excellent size with some natural cover skills. Ransom recorded 38 tackles, a forced fumble and five passes defended in 2021.


26. NFL Team Logo for Packers Green Bay Packers: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins are not long-term contributors. Here's a wide receiver for Green Bay to pair with Christian Watson.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Tillman was a tough receiver in 2021 for the Volunteers, showing good size and playmaking ability. During his breakout season, Tillman caught 64 passes for 1,081 yards with 12 touchdowns. He has the upside to be better now that he has some experience.


27. NFL Team Logo for Bills Buffalo Bills: Paris Johnson, G, Ohio State

The Bills signed Rodger Saffold, but he is aging and declining. Here's a guard upgrade.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Johnson has an excellent skill set with size, quickness and athleticism. That made him a top recruit in the nation. Johnson started at guard in 2021, but he could move to tackle as an upperclassman. Johnson has lot of upside to break out for the Buckeyes.

28. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Rashad Torrence II, S, Florida

The Bengals may not sign a long-term deal with Jessie Bates. Here's a potential replacement or a partner to go with Bates, while they could move Daxton Hill to cornerback full time.

Florida fired Dan Mullen in large part because the Gators had not recruited good talent, as evidenced by their pathetic defense in 2021. The one exception was Torrence (6-0, 205). He was very impressive, covering well, doing a quality job against the run, and showing impressive instincts. Torrence collected 87 tackles, three interceptions and two passes defended in 2021.

29. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Nolan Smith, OLB, Georgia

The Cardinals need some youth at edge rusher after losing Chandler Jones.

Smith was a dangerous edge rusher for Georgia in 2021. He played hard and totaled 55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. Smith (6-3, 235) is quick off the edge, but he needs to grow stronger for the NFL. In 2020, Smith had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He flashed ability as an underclassman and should improve as he gains experience. Smith has taken on a bigger role as a pass rusher and run defender in 2022.

30. NFL Team Logo for Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs: Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina

The Chiefs grab more defensive tackle talent to go with Chris Jones.

Pickens was decent in 2020 with 35 tackles, but he was a breakout performer as a junior in 2021, racking up four sacks, 38 tackles and a pass defended for the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder has good size to go along with quickness and athleticism. He could be riser if he continues to show interior pass-rush ability.

31. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon

The Chargers could stand to upgrade their linebackers.

Sewell was all over the field for the Ducks during the 2021 season, totaling 114 tackles, four sacks, one interception, five passes broken up and two forced fumbles. To go along with his production, Sewell is a big and imposing linebacker at 6-foot-3, 251-pounds. If he shows good pass-coverage skills, Sewell could rise in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.


32. NFL Team Logo for Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Considering some contracts are coming up, the Bucs could add more cornerback talent to go with Carlton Davis.

The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr., has an NFL pedigree and played well in 2021. He rotated in as freshman in 2020 and had a quality debut. In 2021, Porter collected 51 tackles, one interception, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder possesses excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player.


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