2023 Way too Early NFL Mock Draft

2023 Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft 2.0

The 2022 College football and NFL regular seasons are fast approaching. Couch Potato General Manager (CPGM) is deep in film study for the upcoming draft class. During the interim I wanted to drop another 2023 Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft! It’s a fluid situation and my preseason big board is rounding into shape. Let’s see how different this NFL Mock is compared to my previous 2023 Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft from May.

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) runs for a big gain against Utah Utes cornerback Malone Mataele (15) during the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
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1. Atlanta Falcons – Will Anderson – EDGE/OLB – Alabama Best defensive player in college football since I don’t know when. Add in the Falcons drafted Desmond Ridder in April this makes the decision to go with Anderson that much easier. As a pass rusher he is the total package and has the versatility to play in coverage.

2. Houston Texans – Bryce Young – QB –  Alabama Texans picking here means the Davis Mills project isn’t working. Young is decisive, accurate and the moment is never too big.

3. Seattle Seahawks – Jaren Hall – QB – BYU With the quarterback position up in the air going into the 2022 NFL season, I anticipate the Seahawks will finish last in the division. Quarterback has to be on the brain and if it is not, fire everybody! It’s widely considered a two-man race for top QB in the class. But Hall is the guy I believe can vault his way up to being the top quarterback overtaking Bryce Young and CJ Stroud . He may be the most accurate quarterback of the bunch, especially on the run. His ability to turn his back to the defense then find the open guy rivals Will Levis and Young.

4. New York Jets – Jalen Carter – DL – Georgia How would offenses fair faced with Carl Lawson and Jermaine Johnson on the EDGE and Quinnen Williams and Jalen Carter in the interior? All four can rush the passer and all four can defend the run just as well. Carter gives you an even blend of devastating quickness, speed and power.

5. Detroit Lions – CJ Stroud – CJ Stroud – QB – Ohio State Much like the Texans the Lions picking this high (with their own pick) means the Goff trade just isn’t working and with an out in Goff’s contract in 2023, insert CJ Stroud. There is so much to love and very little to be concerned about. I can see a scenario where Stroud is the top guy if he can be a little more aggressive both when there are lanes for him to take off and run as well as push the ball down the field.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Isaiah Neyor – WR – Texas We all know the Jaguars made some moves at the wide receiver position this past off-season and I think most were very disappointed especially with the salary associated with those moves. I don’t believe there is anyone currently on the roster that can be as consistent as Neyor can be. A fusion of size, speed and ability to attack the ball in the air. Can turn a wayward throw into a catch. UPDATE: Isaiah Neyor suffered an injury recently that may cost him the 2022 season.

7. Carolina Panthers – Will Levis – QB – Kentucky Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Matt Corral if you have three, you have none. If the Panthers are picking this high Mayfield and Darnold are out and Corral is not attached to the next coach. Levis is a big man who is exceptional with his back to the defense and looking to make a play down the field with a strong strong arm.

8. Chicago Bears – BJ Ojulari – EDGE – LSU I’d love to go offensive line here but I cannot pass up the most explosive at the snap EDGE player in this class in Ojulari. The Bears need help on both sides of the ball in the trenches and at this point I am going to go with the most talented player available on either side of the line of scrimmage. Simple math!

9. New York Giants – Anthony Richardson – QB – Florida Giants picking this high means Daniel Jones didn’t work out and so we must find his replacement. Let’s go ahead and select the highest ceiling prospect at the position in Anthony Richardson. There is nothing he can’t do at the position we just need to see it for a full season.

10. Washington Commanders – Cam Smith – CB – South Carolina Kendall Fuller and William Jackson III, are slated to unrestricted free agents after the 2023 season. Considering you can never have enough corners, the is a pre-emptive move. Smith is my top rated cornerback. He has the ability to play both left and right side as well as in the slot and balanced in both man and zone coverage.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers – Blake Freeland – OT – BYU Whether it’s Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett at QB the Steelers need an upgrade on the offensive line as this past off-season they didn’t do much of note to move the needle here. I believe Blake Freeland is the best pass protector that I have watched to this point. However, he has some flaws in his run game sets that need to be adjusted for him to round out as the full package.

12. Miami Dolphins – ForfeitedTampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton.

13. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Foskey – EDGE/OLB – Notre Dame Notre Dame always has a guy that is the moving piece within the defense. Two years ago it was JOK , last year it was Kyle Hamilton and this year I believe it to be Foskey who is outstanding in pass coverage. He can also rush the passer with a bevy of moves and shows up at the biggest moments in games.

14. Dallas Cowboys – Kyu Blu Kelly – CB – Stanford Playmaker Trevon Diggs on one corner and Kyu Blu Kelly on the other. Both get their hands on the ball, Kyu Blue Kelly managed eleven pass breakups a season ago.

15. Houston Texans (Browns) – Zion Tupuola-Fetui β€“ EDGE/OLB β€“ Washington The Texans chose to take care of the second and third levels of their defense in the 2022 NFL draft. So my hand is forced here in pairing Johnathan Greenard with Zion Tupuola-Fetui. He has late, yet quick heavy hands that devastate offensive linemen. He had seven sacks in 3 games in 2020 before he suffered a season-ending injury. Health is a concern considering his missed most of the 2021 season as well.

16. Seattle Seahawks (Broncos) – Byron Young – DL – Alabama When the Seattle Seahawks were the dominant team we remember years back they had a dominant rotation of defensive linemen that made everything go. So selecting a versatile, power player on the EDGE in a 34 who can also make his living on the inside in a 43 with his first step quickness, heavy hands, speed to power and closing speed, puts Seattle one step closer to them glory days.

17. Arizona Cardinals – Kelee Ringo – CB – Georgia Cornerback is the biggest need I thought the Cardinals had this off-season and they didn’t really address it. So the addition of the gifted Kelee Ringo makes a lot of sense here. He is fluid, feisty, physical with speed and closes quick, fast, and in a hurry.

18. New England Patroits -Jaxon Smith-Njiba – WR – Ohio State The Patriots need a consistent weapon at wideout. You know exactly what you are getting with JSN, particularly in the slot and this is exactly what the Patriots need right now. This is the safest draft selection at the wide receiver position and the right choice for Mac Jones and that wide receiver room.

19. Tennessee Titans – Michael Mayer – TE – Notre Dame Traded for Robert Woods, drafted Treylon Burks (AJ Brown replacement) and Kyle Philips (quicker/ speed version of Adam Humphries), the Titans understand that just running behind Derrick “King” Henry is not going to get the job done through the gauntlet that is the AFC. So they add another weapon to not only the passing game but also to the running game in Mayer. He is a huge, wide, stout frame that is hard to move in the running game and hard to bring down in the open field when he is gets going.

20. Baltimore Ravens – Kayshon Boutte – WR – LSU With the loss of Hollywood Brown, the Ravens need a wide receiver who can be a big play threat. Although, Boutte is not the same type of threat Brown is, he is a threat nonetheless. Especially with the ball in his hands. Staying healthy this college football season will be huge for him.

21. Miami Dolphins (49ers) – Jaelyn Duncan OT – Maryland The goal this past off-season was to provide bolster the offense. The Dolphins made significant improvements to the skilled-position. However, they left off the most important position (group) in doing that… offensive line. Well, I’m do it for them! Selecting offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan, a guy who is impossible to get around when he is right with great feet and hands to match.

22. Las Vegas Raiders – Noah Sewell – LB – Oregon The Raiders have sured-up EDGE with the Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. Sewell is an instinctual tackling main stay in the center of any scheme’s defense. Denzel Perryman was a great add last year but the Raiders have lacked a player of Sewell’s talent at the 2nd level for years now.

23. Philadelphia Eagles –  Joey Porter Jr. – CB – Penn State A defense that is predicated on keeping everything in front of it and then swarm to the ball. Joey Porter Jr. can be just that. As he has closing speed and the ability to separate man from ball. He is strong, long and physical. He is also adept at tracking the ball down the field and attacking at its highest point to break it up.

24. Los Angeles Chargers – Nolan Smith – EDGE/LB Georgia One of the few teams in the league who don’t have many holes. So when this presents itself there are a few positions you can add depth too, defensive line, cornerback or offensive line. Extremely stout vs the run and a guy who can be super effective in dropping back in the pass game. Another piece added to the Brandon Staley defense he can enjoying drawing up plays for.

25. Indianapolis Colts – Eli Ricks – CB – Alabama Rock Ya-Sin traded to the Raiders this pass off-season. Then signing Stephon Gilmore to a two-year deal, with an out after this season. Colts will simply need another guy they can count on. LSU transfer Eli Ricks can be that guy. He’s more than a guy who can turn and run at the snap which LSU cornerbacks are often asked to do.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (Saints) – Derick Hall – EDGE/OLB – Auburn Josh Sweat, Bandon Graham, and Hassan Reddick are all gone after 2023. So who can step into the EDGE/outside linebacker position? Derick Hall from Auburn is used in many different ways including pass rusher, run stopper or pass defender.

27. Green Bay Packers – Layden Robinson – G – Texas A&M With concerns on the offensive line specifically the right side. I figure adding another to the mix can’t hurt as the incumbents are still a work in progress. Green Bay was very fortunate last year to be able to plug and play when someone got injury upfront. That usually doesn’t bode well for two running seasons. Layden Robinson is a perfect fit as he works well in space, getting his hands up and out quickly and effectively.

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28. Cincinnati Bengals – JL Skinner – S – Boise St. Jessie Bates… out? Word on the street is the Bengals and Bates are far apart on contract talks. Skinner is the perfect replacement and can make the Bengals more multiple on the back end. He can play single high, down in the box and in the slot due to his speed and decisiveness.

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Bijan Robinson – RB – Texas Why the hell not?!?! Better than any running back on the current roster. Excellent blend of speed, burst, patience, vision contact balance and HANDS! Another weapon to add to the Andy Reid/Patrick Mahomes lead offense.

30. Detroit Lions (Rams) – Bryan Bresee – DL – Clemson With the Lions planning to be more multiple on defense, Bryan Bresee would be a perfect fit at this point in the draft as he can play both in a one or two gap scheme causing chaos and disruption upfront with his size and power.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin Leary – QB – NC State This is regardless of Tom Brady staying, retiring or leaving next year. Trask didn’t get much run last year in preseason. Whether it was in practice or games. He is supposed to get plenty of work this preseason and as much as I loved him coming out he is still struggling in camp currently. Leary is the least athletic quarterback out of my top ten. But he plays that traditional style as good if not better than most in my top 10. Pre/post snap recognition, the ability to manipulate the defense and a willingness to throw it up for his guy to make a play.

32. Buffalo Bills – Henry To’o To’o – LB – Alabama Finally I am hearing what we have been waiting on here at couchpotatogm.com! Tremaine Edmunds is making instinctual plays in training camp. Will that stick? Only time will tell this season to be exact as Edmunds fifth year option was not picked up. With Sewell off the board I have the Bills taking the next best in terms of instincts at the linebacker position.

The NFL Mock Draft order was based on odds of winning the Super Bowl. It is also where I think teams will finish. You want to discuss or fight me on the order? Head over to the YouTube video subscribe and comment!

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