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2023 Mock Draft - ROUND 1

Updated 1/27/23
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1) Bears - Will Anderson | 6'3 | 243 | EDGE/DE | Alabama - 51 Tackles, 17 TFLs, 10 Sacks

The Bears should be looking for a trade-down suitor here, namely a team that is needing to move up to get their guy at QB. If the Bears can't make a move, they draft Anderson to help their woeful defense out.

2) Texans - Bryce Young | 6'0 | 200 | QB | Alabama - 3,328 Passing Yards, 32 TDs : 5 INTs, 64.5% Completion Rate

Davis Mills flashed at times, but his TD to INT ratio of 17:15 isn't anywhere good to keep this team from grabbing his replacement. As of right now, it looks like Young will be the one.

3) Cardinals - Jalen Carter | 6'3 | 305 | DT | Georgia - 32 Tackles, 3 Sacks

Like the Bears, the Cardinals are are another team that could/should look to trade-down here. They have needs on both sides of the ball, with not enough current draft capital to address all their gaps. If they stay put, they grab Carter to help fill the D-line void left by Watt. 

4) Colts - C.J. Stroud | 6'2 | 215 | QB | Ohio State - 3,688 Passing Yards, 41 TDs : 6 INTs, 66.3% Completion Rate

The Colts need major help on their O-line, but with no long-term answer at QB, they can grab their franchise signal-caller here. Stroud looked great in the playoffs against Georgia, could be a top-5 selection. 

5) Seahawks (via Broncos) - Tyree Wilson | 6'5 | 275 | DE | Texas Tech - 61 Tackles, 14TFLs, 7 Sacks

The Seahawks really struggled on defense this year, especially against the run. Even if one of the top two QBs were to fall, Geno Smith's play allows them to address the aforementioned need. While Wilson looks great off the hoof, he impressed with some great game tape.

6) Lions (via Rams) - Christian Gonzalez | 6'2 | 200 | CB | Oregon - 51 Tackles, 7 PBUs, 4 INTs

The Lions proved to be able to move the ball on offense on ground and through the air. Unfortunately, opposing teams were able to do the same against them. After finishing 30th in passing yards allowed per game, they grab Gonzalez, arguably the nation's best CB.

7) Raiders - Will Levis | 6'3 | 232 | QB | Kentucky - 2,406 Passing Yards, 19 TDs : 10 INTs, 65.4% Completion Rate

The benching of Derek Carr points to the Raiders wanting a new guy at the helm to run their offense. While Levis' play wasn't always consistent, he had little talent surrounding him. He plays with a ton of moxie, will get several early looks.

8) Falcons - Myles Murphy | 6'4 | 265 | DE | Clemson - 40 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks

After finishing 27th in totals yards allowed per game, and 31st in sack production, it's clear the Falcons need help on defense. Murphy is a complete DE, a stout run-defender with plus pass-rush abilities.


9) Panthers - Quentin Johnston | 6'4 | 215 | WR | TCU - 60 Receptions, 1,069 Yards, 6 TDs

The Panthers ranked 29th in total yards per game, mostly due to their anemic passing attack. With little QB draft options available here, they target the WR position. Johnston is a big-bodied target who's proven to be dangerous both before and after the catch. 

10) Eagles (via Saints) - Bryan Bresee | 6'4 | 290 | DT | Clemson - 15 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks

While this could be looked upon as a luxury pick, the Eagles currently have four DTs set to hit free agency, all of whom are on the wrong side of the 30-year-old mark. Bresee didn't always look like a 1st-rounder this past season, but his overall resume is strong.

11) Titans - Paris Johnson | 6'6 | 315 | LT | Ohio ​State

Taylor Lewan was once a great LT, but has struggled to stay healthy. Health concerns aside, his play has dwindled significantly. Johnson played well enough to be the first OT off the board. 

12) Texans (via Browns) - Trenton Simpson | 6'3 | 230 | LB | Clemson - 73 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 3 PBUs

The Texans ranked dead last in run defense this year. Jake Hansen is a solid player, but simply doesn't have the ceiling that Simpson does. If Simpson tests out as well as expected, he could work himself into the top-15. 

13) Jets - Anthony Richardson | 6'4 | 237 | QB | Florida 2,549 Passing Yards, 17 TDs : 9 INTs, 53.8Completion Rate

The Jets have moved on from Zach Wilson, and Mike White is an UFA. Richardson was less than clean this past season. His stats don't support a 1st-round selection, let alone a top-15 pick. However, he gushes enough potential for a team of need to reach.

14) Patriots - Jordan Addison | 5'11 | 175 | WR | USC - 59 Receptions, 875 Yards, 8 TDs

In order for the Pats to be a consummate threat in the AFC East, they need to bolster their passing attack. Enter Addison. His play did drop off at times, but he's still a very good prospect. 

15) Packers - Michael Mayer | 6'4 | 250 | TE | Notre Dame - 67 Receptions, 809 Yards, 9 TDs

Both Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis are UFAs. Even if one is retained, it would be hard for the 'Pack to pass up on the opportunity to grab the nation's best draft-eligible TE. 

16) Commanders - Peter Skoronski | 6'3 | 295 | LT | Northwestern

The Commanders ranked 26th in sacks allowed. Regardless, there could certainly be an upgrade to be had at LT. Skoronski is the biggest or strongest guy, but he's very proficient.

17) Steelers - Broderick Jones | 6'4 | 315 | LT | Georgia 

The Steelers are due for an upgrade on their O-line. Jones is one player who elevated his stock this early, proven to be a good blindside protector for the national champs.  

18) Lions - Joey Porter | 6'2 | 195 | CB | Penn State - 27 Tackles, 8 PBUs, 0 INTs

The Lions were horrible on defense for much of the 2022 season. With needs across the board, they could easily target the CB position. Porter is one of the nation's best at his position. 

19) Buccaneers - Bijan Robinson | 6'1 | 220 | RB | Texas - 1,580 Rushing yards, 314 Receiving Yards, 2 Fumbles

No team was worse running the ball this year than the Bucs, a trend that they have to reverse course on if they have any chance of making a real run in the post-season. Robinson is the nation's best back, could give this team the infusion they need. 

20) Seahawks - Kelee Ringo | 6'2 | 205 | CB | Georgia - 42 Tackles, 7 PBUs, 2 INTs

Brock Purdy toyed with the Seahawks in their playoff loss, as they simply had no one to slow him down. Ringo was picked on at times throughout the season, but his ceiling is undeniable. He'd help this secondary out. 

21) Dolphins - Forfeited

22) Chargers - Isaiah Foskey | 6'5 | 257 | DE | Notre Dame - 45 Tackles, 11 Sacks

After seeing their playoff run fall short due to a number of issues, their defense really looked porous down the stretch. Their anemic run defense needs some serious help. While Foskey is known for his pass-rush game, he's a solid in all aspects of play. 

23) Ravens - Jaxon Smith-Njigba | 6'2 | 196 | WR | Ohio State - 5 Receptions, 43 Yards, 0 TDs

The Ravens have one of the league's worst passing attacks. Knowing that they can't rely on their QBs legs as much going forward, they go after one of the nation's best WRs. Smith-Njigba falls here after missing the season, but his 2021 game tape is legit.

24) Vikings - Cam Smith | 6'0 | 185 | CB | South Carolina - 27 Tackles, 5 PBUs, 1 INT

The Vikings were bad all season against the pass, and that trend continued in their loss to the Giants in the playoffs. Smith is an accomplished CB who should step in and contribute early.

25) Jaguars - Devon Witherspoon | 6'0 | 180 | CB | Illinois - 42 Tackles, 14 PBUs, 3 INTs

The Jaguars need a ton of help on defense, namely with their pass defense. Witherspoon is coming off of an impressive, a prospect who should get many Round-1 looks. 

26) Giants - Rashee Rice | 6'2 | 203 | WR | SMU - 96 Receptions, 1,355 Yards, 10 TDs 

The Giants have some role-players within their WR corps, but they could use a legit alpha male. Rice really improved his draft stock over the year, a guy who could sneak into the first round. 

27) Cowboys - Noah Sewell | 6'3 | 250 | LB | Oregon - 56 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks, 4 PBUs

The Cowboys are set to lose a couple LBs in free agency. Even if those guys are retained, they need depth at the position. Sewell is a beast in the middle who moves well for his size. 

28) Bills - O'Cyrus Torrence | 6'5 | 335 | OG | Florida

Despite winning a very close game to the Dolphins in the playoffs, they O-line is absolutely throttled. Grabbing a solid player to challenge for a starting spot should come as no surprise. 

29) Broncos (via 49ers) - Nolan Smith | 6'3 | 235 | EDGE | Georgia - 18 Tackles, 3 Sacks

30) Bengals - Brian Branch | 6'0 | 193 | SAF | Alabama - 90 Tackles, 7 PBUs, 2 INTs 

Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell are both set to become FAs next year. Each is a mainstay on defense, yet one will most likely be lost. Branch is a versatile DB who may be snatched up to fill a void.

31) Eagles - B.J. Ojulari | 6'2 | 230 | EDGE | LSU - 58 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks

The Eagles defense was nothing short of dynamic this year, leading the league in sacks. They are set to lose a few major contributors over the next two years, however, so depth is needed. Ojulari is great when firing on all cylinders.

32) Chiefs - Antonio Johnson | 6'3 | 200 | SAF | Texas A&M - 71 Tackles, 1 PBUs, 0 INTs

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