2023 NFL Mock Draft


Nick’s Mock

1) Carolina Panthers (from Chicago) – C.J Stroud, QB, Ohio State

No surprises here. The Panthers traded an absolute haul to attain the number one overall pick and I think they had Stroud in mind all along. With the additions of D.J Chark and Adam Thielen, this offense with Stroud will look miles better than it did at the conclusion of last season.

2) Houston Texans – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

1A and 1B. Bryce Young and Stroud have extremely similar talent levels coming out of college and I think the Texans will be just fine with the former Heisman Trophy winner on their side. I like this move for the new Demeco Ryans regime.

3) Arizona Cardinals- Will Anderson, Edge, Alabama

Arguably the best player in the draft outside of quarterback, Anderson has all the tools for a Hall of Fame caliber player. Anderson, who had his best year as a Sophomore in 2021 with a team-leading 17.5 sacks, is a do it all type of guy. He is a great tackler and can get to the quarterback extremely well considering his youth. The Cardinals get a leader on that defense.

4) Indianapolis Colts – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

This one is tough. Between Levis and Anthony Richardson, I think Levis is the more consistent and complete QB. However, Richardson’s explosiveness and elusiveness make him a prime candidate for this selection as well. Shane Steichen gets a great young leader with an absolute cannon for an arm at this selection with Levis.

5) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

Carter is an absolute monster of a man at the IDL spot. His size and run-stuffing ability are perhaps some of the best we’ve seen in recent years coming out of college. However, his pass-rushing disruption and his off-the-field issues give me a little pause here. Seattle has been in desperate need of some help in that front seven specifically in the run defense. Carter is a really nice fit for the Seahawks.

6) Detroit Lions (from L.A. Rams) – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Even after signing former Steelers defensive back Cameron Sutton, there is still a considerable hole in that secondary. As of right now, the Lions’ depth chart has 2022 seventh-round draft pick, Chase Lucas starting opposite of Sutton. The Lions need another outside corner and they get arguably the best one in the entire draft.

7) Las Vegas Raiders – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Gonzales had a career year at Oregon. After compiling 0 interceptions in his first two years at OU, Gonzales broke out with four in 2022. He locked down some top-notch talent on the other side and moved himself up the rankings big time after his performance this year. According to PFF, the Raiders ranked 31st in defense last year. The secondary was getting torched every game and they looked lost. Adding Gonzales would help solidify that back end for Vegas.

8) Atlanta Falcons – Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech

Wilson possesses elite size with his massive wingspan which allows him to disrupt not only the pass but also the run. Wilson had 14 TFLs in his 2022 campaign at Texas Tech. Atlanta has been working on rebuilding the front seven with the signing of David Onyemata and the extension of Grady Jarret, but they lack a consistent presence on the edge. Bringing in Wilson will stabilize that Atlanta front.

9) Chicago Bears (from Carolina) – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Wow, what an offseason it has been to this point for Chicago. They have gained multiple first-round picks in future years whilst also acquiring talented young players such as D.J Moore, T.J Edwards, and Tremaine Edmunds. However, Chicago has yet to address their most pressing need; offensive line. Here, they snag arguably the most polished offensive linemen in the class, which is a big boost to Justin Fields and that Chicago offense.

10) Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans) – Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

The Eagles went on a wild postseason run last year, and their roster is extremely talented. However, they have lost a number of players to free agency, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Former first-round selection Derek Barnett is not getting the job done, so the Eagles select the former Hawkeye here at ten.

11) Tennessee Titans – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
12) Houston Texans (from Cleveland) – Jaxon Smith – Njigba,WR, Ohio State
13) New York Jets – Brodrick Jones, OT, Ohio State
14) New England Patriots – Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State
15) Green Bay Packers – Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
16) Washington Commanders – Joey Porter, CB, Penn State
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
18) Detroit Lions – Kalijah Cancey, DT, Pittsburgh
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brain Branch, S
20) Seattle Seahawks – Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
21) Los Angeles Chargers – Jordan Addison, WR, USC
22) Baltimore Ravens – Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
23) Minnesota Vikings – Quinten Johnston, WR, TCU
24) Jacksonville Jaguars – O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
25) New York Giants- Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
26) Dallas Cowboys- Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
27) Buffalo Bills- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
28) Cincinnati Bengals- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
29) New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver)- Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
30) Philadelphia Eagles- Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
31) Kansas City Chiefs – Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Hunts Mock

1) Carolina Panthers (from Chicago) – CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State

This should be a surefire pick for the Panthers. The best quarterback and overall prospect of this year’s draft goes 1st overall to Carolina. Stroud was phenomenal out of college and it seems he’s ready to challenge himself at the next level and take this franchise to where it needs to be. He’s an athletic guy with a football mind who the Panthers can just plug and play.

2) Houston Texans – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

This kid is special. He has already seen success at the highest level. After winning the national Championship with Alabama in 2021, Young has skyrocketed on everybody’s draft board as his talent was unearthed in front of millions of watchers across the country. The guy is a magician in the pocket, senses danger at the perfect time, and has a great arm with pinpoint accuracy. A true top prospect that the Texans would love to acquire.

3) Arizona Cardinals – Will Anderson, LB, Alabama

The Cardinals have needed a relevant Linebacker presence in their defense for years now. Anderson is the perfect guy to fill that role for them. He’s a generational talent on defense and is always around the ball. He flies around with power and tenacity and would be a huge get for this Cardinals defense.

4) Indianapolis Colts – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

Tyree Wilson is a huge guy with variety in terms of the positions he can play at. Another freak athlete on the defensive line who gets drafted very highly. The guy can disrupt both the run and pass game and is capable of blocking passes, getting to the quarterback, and generally just wreaking havoc and clogging the lanes.

5) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Seattle gets a future superstar with the 5th overall pick selecting Jaxon Smith-Njigba. This guy is the best receiver in the draft. The low center of gravity, combined with his unwillingness to go down to an arm tackle and his short burst speed makes him so dangerous. Hard to tackle, fast, strong at the point of attack, solid route runner, and high volume.

6) Detroit Lions (from L.A. Rams) – Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

The perfect man to put opposite of Aidan Hutchinson. He is a 6’6 specimen with grizzly strength and twitchy movements off the line. This could be a historic pass rush from Detroit if they can end up locking him up.

7) Las Vegas Raiders – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Raider’s luck with defensive backs is awful. In general, they aren’t good at drafting players. They need to draft Witherspoon with this pick. He’s a great corner who’s been tested by the best-receiving groups in college and he’s held his own just fine. Skyrocketing up teams’ draft boards, Witherspoon has the tools to go to the very top. Hopefully, the Raiders take their chance on him.

8) Atlanta Falcons – Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

A lot of reasons Carter goes to the Falcons here. Hometown hero, freakishly athletic, would’ve gone in the top 5 if it weren’t for some major controversies over the offseason, and nevertheless, he’s a champion. Still a great player and a great fit for the Falcons with this pick.

9) Chicago Bears (from Carolina) – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Skoronski is and looks to be the most polished tackle in this current draft class. His size and athleticism bring in another dimension to the Bear’s offense, which allows Justin Fields more time in the pocket, and that was arguably their biggest concern this offseason. They can bet on a guy like Skoronski to immediately come in and fill the role to protect the quarterback on his flank.

10) Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans) – Bryan Branch, S, Alabama

Alabama DNA + Super athletic + fills in the hole CJ Gardner-Johnson left. The Eagles are strong in every area except at the safety position. This is necessary for the Eagles to draft Branch as he can slot right into the team and be a positive contributor to another championship run for this team.

11) Tennessee Titans – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
12) Houston Texans (from Cleveland) – Kalijah Kancey, DL, Pitt
13) New York Jets – Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
14) New England Patriots – Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
15) Green Bay Packers – Jordan Addison, WR, USC
16) Washington Commanders – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn States
18) Detroit Lions – Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bryan Bresse, DL, Clemson
20) Seattle Seahawks – Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
21) Los Angeles Chargers – Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
22) Baltimore Ravens – O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
23) Minnesota Vikings – Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
24) Jacksonville Jaguars – Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
25) New York Giants – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
26) Dallas Cowboys – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
27) Buffalo Bills – Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
28) Cincinnati Bengals – Emmanuel Forbes Jr., S/CB, Mississippi State
29) New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver) – Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
30) Philadelphia Eagles – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
31) Kansas City Chiefs – Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia