It’s time for another 2023 NFL Mock Draft! While CPGM Drew kept you pacified during the long summer months void of football it’s back! College Football Week 0 is in the books and the 2023 NCAAF season is set to get underway officially tonight. Which means Week 1 of the 2023 NFL Regular season is soon to follow. CPGM Headley enters the fray with his first Mock Draft of the 2023 draft cycle.
1. Atlanta Falcons – Will Anderson – Edge – Alabama It would be tempting for the Falcons to take a QB at the top of the draft. But the selection of Desmond Ridder in the 2022 draft gives Atlanta the flexibility to select the best prospect in the class. Will Anderson is the edge rusher Falcons fans have dreamt of for years as he’s a big time disruptor in the pass and run game.
2. Houston Texans – Bryce Young – QB – Alabama Bryce Young and CJ Stroud has been competing for the top QB pick in the 2023 class since the start of 2021. Will the Texans prefer the larger, pocket passing QB in Stroud or the mobile “undersized” playmaker in Young. The NFL trend is to select the guy that can win outside the pocket more frequently, Young is the pick.
3. Seattle Seahawks – CJ Stroud – QB – Ohio State The aforementioned Stroud would fill a huge need for the Seahawks. Once Geno Smith and Drew Lock take turns turning over the football, it would be a relief for the Seahawks to select a guy that can get the ball out of his hands quickly and avoid the costly mistakes.
4. New York Jets – Jalen Carter – iDL – Georgia The Jets war room may debate need vs. talent as the offensive line would be a need for their zone based scheme. However, the talent of Jalen Carter is too much to ignore in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Carter could be the best player in this entire class and the best player on the Georgia Bulldogs 2022 championship defense.
5. Detroit Lions – Kelee Ringo – CB – Georgia Let’s mix it up a little and get the best CB in the class. The Lions like most teams want to get after the quarterback and cover on the back-end. Aidan Hutchinson will have the former covered so the Lions selection of Kelee Ringo to solidify the back-end. Ringo is a size/speed corner with mirror and match ability who is fluid, smart, and instinctive.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Peter Skoronski – OT – Northwestern The anticpated 2023 offensive tackle class still doesn’t have a consensus number one guy. Therefore, the tape will be very important to watch this season. The Jaguars need to protect their franchise QB Trevor Lawrence. It doesn’t matter what receiver they give the bag to if Lawrence doesn’t have the time to find him. Enter Peter Skoronski who’s one of the better tackles from a technique standpoint. If he shows that dog/aggressiveness, he will be the first tackle taken in the 2023 NFL Draft.
7. Carolina Panthers – Kayshon Boutte – WR – LSU My guess is that Baker Mayfield does just enough to get another season to be the starting QB for the Panthers. So they put more weapons around him in by drafting Kayshon Boutte. After going down with an injury last season, Boutte will need to showcase his big play abilities in order to secure a top 10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft Class. He’s the prototypical size/speed wide receiver prospect that the Panthers have been missing.
8. Chicago Bears – B.J.Ojulari – Edge – LSU As evidenced by this 2023 NFL Mock Draft I believe Ojulari will be one the biggest draft risers. All he needs to do is add some weight and showcase his exceptional pass rushing abilities this season. Ojulari’s lethal first step, dip, bend, and closing ability makes him an offensive tackle’s nightmare in the passing game. The Bears need help at WR and offensive line, but Ojulari has the potential to be a difference maker at the next level.
9. New York Giants – Will Levis – QB – Kentucky The new regime will be itching to get their QB once Daniel Jones does more Daniel Jones things this season. As a one time believer in Jones ability, it’s time to call a spade a spade. Will Levis has some work to do in order to garner a top 10 selection, but transferring to Kentucky was a great decision as he can better showcase his physical abilities.
10. Washington Commanders – Bryan Bresee – iDL – Clemson The defensive line was the strength of Washington’s team not too long ago. A Chase Young injury and Daron Payne contract situation makes it a possible need in the 2023 NFL Draft. Bryan Bresee can fill that need as he’s tough to deal with inside due to his lean, hand usage, and angles as he attacks within the gap.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jaelyn Duncan – OT – Maryland Here’s a guy not getting much buzz to start the season that will climb draft boards once he puts up another solid year for the Terrapins. A senior bowl watchlist member. Jaelyn Duncan possesses all the tools to be a starting caliber tackle at the next level. He has that bully mentality on the field mixed with quickness and power to keep defensive linemen away from the QB and ball carrier. He is the 2nd offensive lineman off the board in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
12. Miami Dolphins – Forfeited Pick
13. Minnesota Vikings – Cam Smith – CB – South Carolina The Vikings addressed the secondary in the 22 class with Andrew Booth and Lewis Cine, but they can use more help as Patrick Peterson can’t play forever. Hence, my 2023 NFL Mock Draft selection of Cam Smith. Smith will add physicality to an already physical unit as he plays with energy and competes through the catch point. He’s also sticky in coverage with plus ball skills.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Paris Johnson – OT – Ohio State The Cowboys’ need across the offensive line looms even larger with the health concerns of Tyron Smith. A versatile offensive lineman like Paris Johnson is just what the doctor ordered. In 2023, Johnson will be a full time starting tackle where he can showcase his length, feet, and athleticism.
15. Houston Texans – Myles Murphy – Edge – Clemson Something tells me the Texans wants to get more physical along their defensive line. After addressing the second and third level in the 2022 NFL Draft, it’s time to add to the trenches. Murphy is athletic, has long arms, and makes a lot of plays when crashing down using leverage and power on his way to the ball carrier.
16. Seattle Seahawks – Jaxon Smith-Njigba – WR – Ohio State The Seahawks continue to build the offense after the departure of Russell Wilson. Teams have had success pairing QB/WR combinations from college to the NFL recently. Stroud to JSN will be big for the Buckeyes this season so why not replicate their chemistry at the next level. JSN has something to prove after the departure of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. He’s the go-to-guy that defenses will be focused on this upcoming season. I expect him to eat all season long in the middle of defenses.
17. Arizona Cardinals – Antonio Johnson – S – Texas A&M Is Antonio Johnson a corner? Or safety? It doesn’t matter where you put him in the Cardinals defense, just expect him to ball. Johnson excels in the run game as he roams the field like a predator on the hunt. He explodes to the ball, very disruptive as a blitzer, and has click and close ability in the passing game.
18. New England Patriots – Eli Ricks – CB – LSU The Patriots can use a long, press man corner after losing J.C. Jackson to free agency this past offseason. Eli Ricks is a good fit for the Patriots man-to-man defense and he fills a huge need. He’s at his best when he can play physical and put hands on wideouts at the line.
19. Tennessee Titans – Broderick Jones – OT – Georgia We all know what the Titans want to do on offense. Hand the ball to Derrick Henry over and over and over and over again. So the goal should be to get physical linemen that allows him to get out of the backfield in the open field. Broderick Jones needs to improve his hand placement and technique but he’s a physical beast that plays with tenacity and is very athletic for his size.
20. Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Addison – WR – USC The Ravens need to continue to put weapons around Lamar Jackson. Specifically at wide reciever. Hollywood Brown is gone and Rashad Bateman needs a new running mate. Jordan Addison is transferring from Pittsburgh to USC and will put up big numbers under new Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley. I love Addison’s ability to get vertical and his run after catch ability. Both of these traits will help Jackson keep opposing defenses honest.
21. Miami Dolphins – Isaiah Foskey – Edge – Notre Dame The Dolphins offense could be a track meet for the foreseeable future. Good idea to get pass rushers to get after the QB as opposing teams try to keep up. Isaiah Foskey has the size and the tools NFL teams covet. He converts speed to power utilizing his hands through contact. Foskey is a dual threat also as he drops back in coverage effortlessly and is suited for the 3-4 outside linebacker/edge position in Miami.
22. Las Vegas Raiders – Blake Freeland – OT – BYU The Raiders have weapons all around Derek Carr but a poor offensive line. The offense will put up points but if they want to beat their rivals consistently in the AFC West, they need to be able to block. Enter Blake Freeland who’s one of the better pass protectors in the class. Freeland is hard to get around in pass protection as he has active hands with dancing bear movements. If he improves his functional strength and ratchets it up in terms of physicality he can be the best tackle in the class.
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Felix Anudike-Uzomah – Edge – Kansas State Felix Anudike-Uzomah looks the part and has a relentless motor. He’ll be a perfect replacement for Brandon Graham as the veteran is getting up there in age. Anudike-Uzomah is a long strider with bend and burst to the QB. If he can unlock his hands more frequently he’ll be hard to contain at the next level.
24. Los Angeles Chargers – Trenton Simpson – LB – Clemson The Chargers are stacked on both sides of the football. But the linebacker position is in need of an upgrade. Trenton Simpson is not your typical LB as he has the versatility to line up at safety or the nickel. He’s an intriguing prospect due to his ability to close to the ball carrier and his athleticism to do it all. Simpson is oozing with potential and if you want to get after the QB he can do that too.
25. Indianapolis Colts – Joey Porter Jr – CB – Penn State The Colts recently traded Rock Ya-Sin to the Raiders for Yannick Ngakoue. Why not get his replacement in Joey Porter Jr.? Porter Jr. plays with the same kind of physicality and edge as Ya-Sin but has a little more confidence and swagger you need from the cornerback position. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Porter Jr. has the same energy as his father.
26. Philadelphia Eagles – Bijan Robinson – RB – Texas This is a match made in heaven for the Eagles fans if they can draft Bijan Robinson. The Eagles and Howie Roseman are building yet another powerhouse team on both sides of the ball. They are just missing that workhorse 3-down back that can score from anywhere on the football field. Bijan is RB1 due to his versatility in the passing game and open field prowess once he gets to the second level.
27. Green Bay Packers – Nolan Smith – Edge – Georgia The Packers get a steal here in Nolan Smith. He’s yet another Georgia Bulldog 1st round pick on defense over the last couple years. Smith has the ability to drop into coverage effortlessly and burst off the edge to wreak havoc in the opponent’s backfield.
28. Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Mayer – TE – Notre Dame The Bengals have done a really great job rebuilding a once laughable roster. After revamping the offensive line, now is the time to add more weapons around Joe Burrow. Chase, Higgins, and Mayer will form one of the best trio of pass catchers in the league.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Siaki Ika – iDL – Baylor A man that big shouldn’t be moving that fast. At 350 pounds Siaki Ika reminds me of Vita Vea. The big man can accelerate through gaps into the opponent’s backfield. It will be fun watching him work this upcoming season. Just imagine him lining up next to Chris Jones in the middle of the Chiefs defense. Interior offensive linemen will be up all night before a game.
30. Detroit Lions – Noah Sewell – LB – Oregon More defense in Motown. Noah Sewell will help fill the void at the second level. A position group that has haunted the Lions since the days of DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch. Sewell’s anticipation in the pass game reminds me of Eric Kendricks and in the run game he has teleporting capabilities to close quickly.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tanner McKee – QB – Stanford The Buccaneers need to consider life after Tom Brady. Compared to other QBs in the class, Tanner McKee does a great job of working through progressions, throwing with anticipation, and throwing the ball into tight windows.
32. Buffalo Bills – Zion Nelson – OT – Miami Zion Nelson have tons of potential when you watch him, but his tape is also littered with inconsistency. The good news is that he’s improved every season in Miami and will probably continue to get better. Play strength is a concern but you got to love his nastiness in the trenches. The Bills can stand to improve at right tackle so getting a guy like Nelson can help keep Josh Allen upright.
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