Houston Texans (1-7-1)
With the 1st Overall Pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…
Bryce Young! The consensus QB1 here at couchpotatogm.com. Armed with what is projected to be two Top 10 picks and 12 draft selections overall, the Texans will have plenty of draft capital to outfit the roster with perimeter weapons and improve the front seven (defense). Houston doesn’t have a wideout with >400 yards receiving thru 10 weeks and the defense has allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL thus far.
Las Vegas Raiders (2-7)
The Raiders have to come out of the 2023 offseason with a signal caller that can enhance the offense. Derek Carr can’t get you out of a bad play and makes the types of mistakes you’d expect from an inexperienced starter not a 9-year veteran. However, they have needs at EVERY level of the defense. If Bryce Young is on the board, he’s a no brainer. Otherwise, I like Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter or Alabama’s Will Anderson in the Silver & Black. Followed by an all-out-effort to draft a dynamic signal caller even if he has some warts.
Carolina Panthers (3-7)
Another QB needy team. Interim head coach Steve Wilks and current starting QB P.J. Walker has Carolina looking competent but quarterback isn’t a position of strength. The Sam Darnold/Baker Mayfield experiments haven’t worked out and I’m assuming the next regime prefer not hitch their wagon to third round selection Matt Corral (2022 NFL Draft). Enter C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) or perhaps the Panthers roll the dice on Anthony Richardson (Florida).
New Orleans Saints (3-7)
Life after Drew Brees has proved difficult. No first round selection and only two picks during the 1st two days of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Saints NEED a quarterback (seeing a trend here) BUT given their lack of draft capital, best player available may be the most prudent approach.
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
I wouldn’t be appalled if the Jags took a blue-chip defender like edge rusher B.J. Ojulari (LSU) or cornerback Christian Gonzalez (Oregon) early in the 2023 NFL Draft. The team need may in fact meet the draft board. However, I prefer concentrating on getting better around Trevor Lawrence. Offensive tackles Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State) and Olu Fashanu (Penn State #74) would go a long way to keeping Lawrence upright and paving the way for Travis Etienne. Wide Receivers Quentin Johnston (TCU) and Rashee Rice (SMU) could certainly pair nicely with Christian Kirk. Better yet, Jacksonville may be able to defer until later in the draft to net Jordan Addison (USC), Kayshon Boutte (LSU) or Jaxon Smith-Njigba at a discount due to injury/usage.
Chicago Bears (3-7)
Not unlike the Jaguars. The Bears 2023 NFL Draft Class must place an emphasis on supporting Justin Fields. The game is slowing down for Justin Fields and the coaches seemingly have gotten their act together. He’s played very well over the last few weeks BUT there simply isn’t enough firepower on the roster nor is the offensive line good enough. I’m not saying the Bears’ brass should ignore the draft board if a defensive star is staring them in the face, particularly a pass rusher. But I am saying, if you don’t improve the offensive line and perimeter weapons substantially this offseason, it’s an abject failure.
Denver Broncos (3-6)
Thought the acquisition of Russell Wilson would cure whatever ailed the Broncos. Maaaann, was I wrong. Instead, the Wilson struggles seemingly have exacerbated Denver’s flaws. I believe the Broncos need to prioritize the offensive line. That being said, could you imagine Cam Smith (South Carolina) or Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State) playing opposite Patrick Surtain II? The Broncos have a good pass defense, but that might be “No Fly Zone” reincarnate.
Cleveland Browns (3-6)
The Browns don’t have a Day 1 selection and only two picks in the first three rounds. It would be nice to have someone who can consistently win their 1-on-1s opposite Myles Garrett but that may not be in the cards. Got to keep pace with the Bengals and Ravens. I like the idea of Josh Downs working the slot, flanked by Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
Got to figure out a way to not completely fall apart defensively if T.J. Watt isn’t dominating. But more importantly… FIX YOUR OFFENSIVE LINE!
Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
In my humble opinion the Cardinals need a hard reset in the front office and coaching staff. Otherwise, solidify the interior of the offensive line and continue to add defensive talent. There’s a litany of intriguing edge rushers to consider including: Isaiah Foskey (Notre Dame) and Nolan Smith (Georgia). However, there’s a versatile down lineman that has been shining in Pac 12 after dark that would be a terrific addition.
Detroit Lions (3-6)
I insisted that the Detroit Lions would play themselves out of the first round rookie quarterback sweepstakes this season (@7:38) before the season got underway. The masses keep trying to throw dirt on Jared Goff but outside of Bryce Young I’m using what will likely be two Top 15 draft selections in the 2023 NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball. Take your pick, best player available. As long as they can make an immediate impact Day 1, like this guy…
Green Bay Packers (4-6)
If Aaron Rodgers decides to call it quits after the 2022 NFL Season then quarterback is priority #1. Regardless of Rodgers’ status Green Bay needs to keep investing at the wide receiver position (early). But their work doesn’t stop there. The offensive line, tight end and safety positions, as well as pass rush all need an injection of young talent.
Los Angeles Rams (3-6)
The Rams effectively mortgaged the future for a Lombardi Trophy but It was the ONE item worth the cost. Now they’ll have to replenish a top heavy roster leveraging nine 2023 draft picks between rounds five thru seven. Considering the sheer depth at running back in the class finding a potential starter in Day 3 isn’t farfetched. The bigger more, glaring issue is an offensive line that was previously led by 40-year-old Andrew Whitworth. Needless to say, Whitworth rode off into retirement after getting his ring but the remnants of the offensive line have struggled mightily. Gonna take some creativity and quite the effort from the scouting department to right the ship.
Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1)
Musical chairs at quarterback since Andrew Luck’s career was derailed by injury. Stop kicking the can down the rode and invest in a quarterback early in the 2023 NFL Draft. Anthony Richardson (Florida) is oozing with talent, but our resident Gator fan CPGM Drew likes this guy more….
Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
Hopefully Desmond Ridder is the panacea. Need to find out sooner rather than later considering the depth at the QB position in the anticipated 2023 NFL Draft Class. That being said, Atlanta just needs to add talent. In whatever form they can get it. I have a tendency to start with the offensive line, but every unit on the defense needs help and the Falcons lack explosiveness on offense.
Washington Commanders (4-5; chance to go 5-5 Monday Night)
The 2nd and 3rd levels of the defense need work, nice spot for a Drew Sanders type along with a Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson on Day 2 of the draft. The offensive line needs a face lift as well. Never ceases to amaze me how many unsettled quarterback situations there are in the NFL any given season. Cut your losses on Carson Wentz, find yourself a quarterback.