2023 Mock Draft - ROUND 1

Updated 9/23/22
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1) Texans - C.J. Stroud | 6'2 | 215 | QB | Ohio State

Davis Mills will get his shot. But, if the Texans are selecting here, they'll go with the top QB on their board. 

2) Falcons - Bryce Young | 6'0 | 200 | QB | Alabama

Desmond Ridder does have quite a bit of upside, but the fact that he fell to Round 3 evidences that no one in the league viewed him as a franchise player. Meanwhile, Bryce Young is. 

3) Panthers - Will Anderson | 6'3 | 243 | EDGE/DE | Alabama

The Panthers did little to improve upon last year's average pass-rush attack. Anderson is elite.

4) Jets - Jalen Carter | 6'3 | 305 | DT | Georgia

The Jets take another step toward fortifying themselves up front. At this juncture, Carter is far and away the best DT in the draft, an absolute menace.  

5) Jaguars - Jaxon Smith-Njigba | 6'2 | 196 | WR | Ohio State

The Jags look very solid at the WR position. However, I see at least one guy not living up to his advance billing, paving the way for this selection. 

6) Seahawks - Kelee Ringo | 6'2 | 205 | CB | Georgia

The positional need screams QB, but it'd be too far of  a reach here. Instead, they grab the wildly gifted Ringo to be an upgrade at CB.

7) Bears - Peter Skoronski | 6'3 | 295 | LT | Northwestern

The Bears need an upgrade at LT, and the in-state product Skoronski has the makings to be the best in the draft.

8) Raiders - Noah Sewell | 6'3 | 250 | LB | Oregon

The Raiders need an infusion of talent on defense. Sewell is a prodigy.

9) Lions - Myles Murphy | 6'4 | 265 | DE | Clemson

If selected here, the Lions would have one of the better EDGE combos in all of football. Murphy is gifted.

10) Commanders - Michael Mayer | 6'4 | 250 | TE | Notre Dame

It's rare that a TE comes off the board within the first ten selections, but Mayer is that good, and he addresses a need. 

11) Cardinals -  Bryan Bresee | 6'4 | 290 | DT | Clemson

The Cardinals didn't replace Chandler Jones up front, and they need to get someone that can be a disruptor. Bresee is a big body who plays the run and pass very well. 

12) Eagles (via Saints) - Nolan Smith | 6'3 | 235 | EDGE | Georgia

The Eagles opted to address other positions, doing little to makes upgrades along the edges of their defense. That changes this draft. 

13) Texans (via Browns) - Jordan Addison | 5'11 | 175 | WR | USC

With the Texans sitting firmly in rebuild mode, they grab a top-shelf WR to make their passing game more prominent. Addison is projected to have a monster year. 

14) Vikings - Trenton Simpson | 6'3 | 230 | OG | Clemson 

The Vikings haven't been great defending the pass or run as of late. Simpson is a sparkplug who plays with good range.

15) Titans - Brandon Joseph | 6'1 | 192 | SAF | Notre Dame

The Titans haven't been great at defending the pass, so going after a high caliber safety like Joseph could be in the cards for them.

16) Patriots - Kayshon Boutte | 6'0 | 185 | WR | LSU

The Patriots need WR help, so they should consider themselves quite blessed if Boutte finds his way to them here. 

17) Colts - B.J. Ojulari | 6'2 | 230 | EDGE | LSU

The Colts should be looking to add more depth in terms of edge rushers. Ojulari is primed for a big year, should get many Round 1 looks. 

18) Seahawks (via Broncos) - Will Levis | 6'3 | 232 | QB | Kentucky

While Stroud and Young are competing for QB1 rights, the third slot is wide open right now. Levis has looked good thus far.

19) Steelers - Tyler Davis | 6'2 | 300 | DT | Clemson 

The Steelers need to bolster their run defense. Enter Mr. Davis. 

20) Ravens - Clark Phillips | 5'10 | 184 | CB | Utah

After finishing dead last in passing yards allowed, the Ravens added some secondary help, but no real studs at CB. That changes here.

21) Dolphins (via 49ers) - Bijan Robinson | 6'1 | 220 | RB | Texas

It's almost become overdone to mock Robinson to the Dolphins here, but it makes too much sense not to if he falls to them.

22) Giants - Cam Smith | 6'0 | 185 | CB | South Carolina

The Giants were heavily eyeing CBs early on in the 2022 draft. Seeing them grab one here would be of little surprise.


23) Bengals - Jordan Battle | 6'1 | 210 | SAF | Alabama

The Bengals drafted Tycen Anderson as an insurance play, but Battle would be a considerable upgrade. 

24) Cowboys - Paris Johnson | 6'6 | 315 | LT | Ohio ​State

The Cowboys are pretty stacked, but one position that sticks out is RT. After losing Collins to the Bengals, I'm not sure they adequately replaced him.

25) Buccaneers - Anthony Richardson | 6'3 | 240 | QB | Florida

I think the Bucs have to take a flyer on a QB here. Richardson has insane talent as a dual threat signal caller. 

26) Eagles - Eli Ricks | 6'2 | 195 | CB | Alabama

There could be a run on CBs in Round 1, and the Eagles could use some help there. 

27) Chargers - Isaiah Foskey | 6'5 | 257 | DE | Notre Dame

The Chargers don't have many needs, so there in the position here to take the best player on their board. Foskey is coming off of an 11 sack season, would certainly be a great depth play if taken here.

28) Packers - Quentin Johnston | 6'3 | 193 | WR | TCU

Jokes aside, the Packers truly do need to invest more at the WR position. Johnston is a very capable WR who'd make the existing WR corps in Green Bay stronger.

29) Chiefs - Connor Galvin | 6'7 | 310 | OT | Baylor

The  Chiefs need at least one insurance policy at the OT position. Freeland is a great pass blocker who'd be a nice talent plug

30) Lions (via Rams) - Tyler Van Dyke | 6'3 | 220 | QB | Miami

The Jared Goff experience is expected to end soon. Van Dyke is a reach here, but a distinct possibility.

31) Bills - Christopher Smith | 5'10 | 185 | SAF | Georgia

The Bills are another team that's loaded, so it's tough to land on a prediction here. With Jordan Poyer set to become a 32-year old UFA, they could look for his replacement here.