Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers force trades? Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo sign with new teams? Anything can happen in the NFL, and in this three-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft, everything does. With veteran QBs on to greener pastures, the NFL draft landscape takes a new look.
2023 NFL Mock Draft
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Big Names in New Places
- Aaron Rodgers: Traded to Jets
- Lamar Jackson: Traded to Falcons
- Derek Carr: Traded to Commanders
- Trey Lance: Traded to Titans
- Sean Payton: Traded to Broncos
- Tom Brady: Signs with 49ers
- Jimmy Garoppolo: Signs with Raiders
1) Indianapolis Colts (From CHI): Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Trade: Indianapolis receives Pick 1, Chicago receives Picks 4, 35, 79, 2024 first-round pick, and 2024 second-round pick
I’m no betting man, but if I was, I’d lay a pretty penny on the Bears trading out of the No. 1 overall selection. Bryce Young is the only surefire QB prospect in the class, and there are a plethora of teams that would cough up whatever it takes to secure the rights to draft him.
In this mock draft, that happens to be the Colts, who are desperate for a new face of the franchise. If Young held the same physical stature as Trevor Lawrence, we’d be talking about them in the same light.
2) Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
As DJ Khaled once said, “Congratulations, you played yourself.” The Texans played themselves out of the top QB in the class, but C.J. Stroud isn’t just a consolation prize. Although he isn’t a creative passer that can operate outside of the pocket like Young, within the system, Stroud can deliver dimes all over the field.
3) Arizona Cardinals: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
The Cardinals are entering a pivotal offseason that will set their trajectory for years to come. They fired Kliff Kingsbury, Steve Keim stepped down as GM, J.J. Watt retired, Kyler Murray suffered a torn ACL, and DeAndre Hopkins is apparently on the trade block.
Jalen Carter won’t solve the majority of Arizona’s problems, but he’s one of a handful of can’t-miss prospects in this class.
4) Chicago Bears (From IND): Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Trading down is the best decision the Bears can make on draft night. This isn’t a roster ready to compete, so they need to focus on acquiring assets. Not only did they do just that, but they’re still able to land arguably the No. 1 player in the entire class: Will Anderson Jr.
With Chicago trading Roquan Smith, Robert Quinn, and Khalil Mack in 2022, recouping defensive talent is paramount in the 2023 NFL Draft.
5) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
The Seahawks would love Carter or Anderson, but Myles Murphy is a freak of nature in his own right. Not dissimilar to last year’s No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker, Murphy is already a dominant run defender but requires polishing as a pass rusher. Still, his tools at 6’5″ and 275 pounds are worth banking on.
6) Detroit Lions (From LAR): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Devon Witherspoon is my CB1 this cycle. Yet, traits win out in the draft, and no corner has more/superior traits than Christian Gonzalez in 2023. Size (6’2″), speed, length, fluidity, ball skills — he’s got it all. If the Lions can get the defense to perform at even a league-average level, they could challenge for the NFC North title next season.
7) Las Vegas Raiders: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Derek Carr is on his way out, and in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Jimmy Garoppolo is on his way in. Josh McDaniels didn’t want to part ways with him while in New England, but some guy named Tom Brady just wouldn’t call it quits. To keep their new QB upright, the Raiders take Paris Johnson Jr. — a 6’6″ and 310-pound OT that ticks all of the physical boxes at the position.
8) Baltimore Ravens (From ATL): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Trade: Baltimore receives Picks 8 and 44, 2024 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick, and DT Grady Jarrett, Atlanta receives Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson wants a fully-guaranteed contract similar to Deshaun Watson’s. Who was the only owner that was openly critical of the deal when it happened? The Ravens’ Steve Bisciotti:
“It’s like, ‘damn, I wish they hadn’t guaranteed the whole contract. I don’t know that he should’ve been the first guy to get a fully guaranteed contract. To me, that’s something that is groundbreaking, and it’ll make negotiations harder with others.’” — via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic
In this alternate reality, Bisciotti sticks to his guns, slaps the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, and ships him to the highest bidder: the Falcons.
So, welcome to the Will Levis era, Baltimore. Levis has played in two pro-style offenses, has a compact, quick release, and owns one of the top arms in the draft. There are serious concerns about his play under pressure and decision-making, but he has the skill set to be a starting QB in the league.
9) Carolina Panthers: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Three QBs have come off the board, and yet, none sniff the physical talent of Anthony Richardson. He’s a true dual threat with an arm that would make the inventor of the howitzer shake in his boots. Oh, and Richardson will only be 22 as a rookie.
Yet, he’s nowhere near pro-ready. Thus, Carolina re-signs Sam Darnold in this scenario, affording Richardson time to hone his accuracy and processing.
10) Philadelphia Eagles (From NO): Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
No fifth-year senior made as much money as Tyree Wilson did this season. The 6’6″ and 275-pound EDGE showcased his inside/outside versatility while remaining a pass-rush threat and run stuffer. Boasting near-36″ arms definitely helps — for those that need a visual, that’s three two-liter soda bottles!
11) Tennessee Titans: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
The Titans take a swing for the fences and trade for 49ers QB Trey Lance in this mock draft — a move that makes even more sense after they hired former San Francisco executive Ran Carthon. Now, protecting their new asset becomes the No. 1 priority.
Taylor Lewan has missed large portions of two of the last three seasons, and Dennis Daley was a liability at left tackle. Peter Skoronski can be the future at tackle, but Tennessee could also start him at guard to begin his career to get their best five on the field.
12) Houston Texans (From CLE): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
If the Texans want Stroud to hit the ground running, they need to surround him with more weapons. There isn’t much beyond Brandin Cooks — who’s no guarantee to make the final 53-man roster –, so taking the prototypical outside receiver in this class makes too much sense.
Quentin Johnston is a laboratory-built boundary WR with some Chemical X mixed in. He shouldn’t move the way he does at 6’4″ and 215 pounds, and his ability to stretch the field will open lanes underneath.
13) Green Bay Packers (From NYJ): Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Trade: Green Bay receives Picks 13 and 43, New York Jets receives Aaron Rodgers
The Zach Wilson experiment failed, and with a win-now roster, the Jets are squarely in the veteran QB market. Aaron Rodgers is once again adding fuel to the “will he stay or will he go” narrative, and in this MCU (Mock Cinematic Universe), Mister Rodgers is leaving his neighborhood.
After riding the pine for four seasons, it’s Jordan Love’s time to shine. But to do so, he’ll require an improved receiving corps. Enter Jordan Addison. The twitchy USC WR is the most efficient separator in the class, making Love’s life job that much easier.
14) New England Patriots: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Devon Witherspoon may not be an elite athlete, but he’s the top cover corner in the class. And he’s ready-made for the Patriots’ press-man defense, a skill set he perfected at Illinois. Heck, throw him at safety or in the slot with his downhill explosion and proven run defense, and you’ll have a potential All-Pro on your hands.
15) Green Bay Packers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Packers continue to bolster the offense around Love, selecting OT Broderick Jones. David Bakhtiari has struggled with injuries, but even if he remained healthy for a full season, Jones would allow Elgton Jenkins to finally settle in at guard.
16) Washington Commanders: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Derek Carr makes sense for the Commanders, but do the Commanders make sense for Carr? It’s a dysfunctional organization at the top, but Ron Rivera is a respected head coach, and the team is talented enough to compete in the playoffs with the right QB at the helm.
Washington cuts bait with Carson Wentz and uses their first-round pick to give Carr another weapon he needs to drive the offense with Michael Mayer. A true junior with over 2,000 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns under his belt, Mayer is as polished as they come.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Cam Smith is no Jaycee Horn, but he’s one heck of a draft prospect in his own right. With quick feet, fluid hips, and coveted ball skills, Mike Tomlin won’t let the Gamecocks’ corner slide past him.
18) Detroit Lions: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Were it not for injury concerns, Bryan Bresee would be a surefire top-10 pick. Alas, at 6’5″, 300 pounds with impressive movement skills, he’s still a Round 1 lock. The Lions have a pair of rising edge rushers in Aidan Hutchinson and James Houston. It’s time to acquire serious pass-rush potential on the interior.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa
With Tom Brady gone, the Buccaneers will have to hand the keys to Kyle Trask or a veteran option such as Jacoby Brissett. In short, it’s time to start the rebuild and tank in 2023. Lukas Van Ness is a power rusher through and through at 6’5″ and 270ish pounds, but he’s uniquely flexible.
Van Ness’ only knock is a lock of inexperience (less than 1,000 career snaps), but he’ll get plenty of that on a Buccaneers squad that should aim to give their young players extensive looks.
20) Seattle Seahawks: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
This is a dream scenario for the Seahawks. They nailed their selection of Tariq Woolen last season, and the 6’2″, 210-pound Kelee Ringo was designed to play in Seattle’s press-heavy scheme. He has his warts and inconsistencies from a technical standpoint, but it’s all there for Pete Carroll to tap into.
21) Los Angeles Chargers: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
If it wasn’t clear all season, the Chargers are bereft of dynamic weapons in the passing game. And you won’t find a receiver as dynamic as Zay Flowers outside of Round 1. He owns a similar horizontal skill set to the Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddle, with the deep-ball tracking you don’t often see in smaller WRs.
22) Baltimore Ravens: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
With Levis in town and a new OC on the way, the Ravens replenish their pass-catching arsenal. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a set-it-and-forget-it slot receiver with the route running and ball skills Baltimore can depend on.
23) Minnesota Vikings: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Vikings practically lived in Cover 6 this year, rarely calling man or “middle field closed” looks. But it’s not all former DC Ed Donatell’s fault — he didn’t have the corners to run a variety of coverages. Joey Porter Jr. is the size/speed/length athlete Minnesota needs on the outside to fundamentally change their defensive philosophy.
24) Jacksonville Jaguars: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Tyler Shatley has been less than serviceable at guard for the Jags, and Trevor Lawrence has suffered because of it. This offense has already improved by leaps and bounds under Doug Pederson. Yet, to solidify their growth, bringing in a mammoth like O’Cyrus Torrence to wall off the interior is a must.
25) New York Giants: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Brian Daboll has done miracles in New York and deserves Coach of the Year, but one aspect of Daniel Jones’ game is still concerning. He has refused to push the ball downfield, and it’s not as if the opportunities haven’t been there.
Whatever his reason, the Giants would be wise to rid him of his excuses next season and bring Josh Downs into the fold. The UNC WR can carve defenses up in space and generate downfield plays from the slot.
26) Dallas Cowboys: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Trenton Simpson isn’t Micah Parsons, but he does have a similar build. While Parsons transitioned to edge rusher, Simpson can lock down the second level for the Cowboys. He has the range, fluidity, and versatility linebackers need to thrive in this era, playing 300+ snaps on the defensive line, in the slot, and in the box during his Clemson career.
27) Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State
It’s safe to say the Bengals still need offensive line help after addressing the unit last offseason. Whether La’el Collins can return to his dominant form has yet to be seen, but Cody Mauch can line up wherever he’s needed most.
Mauch is of the most athletic and violent OTs this cycle, and although there’s talk of moving him inside, he should get a chance to prove his worth outside first.
28) New Orleans Saints (From DEN): Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
Trade: New Orleans receives Pick 28, Denver receives HC Sean Payton
With their newfound Round 1 pick following the Sean Payton trade, New Orleans begins rebuilding from the trenches out. With Siaki Ika as their defensive centerpiece, the Saints would likely face a lot more outside runs. The 6’4″, 358-pound nose tackle possesses uncanny explosiveness for his size and provides a legitimate pass-rush presence.
29) Buffalo Bills: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Realistically, Bijan Robinson will be off the board at this point in the draft. He’s a top-five prospect when taking positional value out of the equation. Robinson’s stop/start capacity and easy acceleration make him one of the hardest ball carriers to tackle in the sport. He’ll be gone robbin’ someone else of their ankles before the first defender can even flinch.
30) Kansas City Chiefs: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
Rejoice, Kansas City, BJ Ojulari could be the catalyst to a pendulum swing in defensive production next season. Expecting improvements from their young corners is warranted. With George Karlaftis bull rushing tackles on one edge and Chris Jones manhandling matchups inside, Ojulari can clean up with his speed and hand usage.
31) Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Slot defenders are becoming increasingly valuable in the NFL, and Brian Branch may just be the best among them in 2023. He slides perfectly into Jonathan Gannon’s defense in Philly and makes for a perfect replacement for C.J. Gardner-Johnson if he packs his bags in the offseason.
32) Pittsburgh Steelers (From CHI): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Darnell Wright is a massive (6’6″, 335) right tackle that can actually operate fluidly in his cylinder. He flashed in his matchup against Will Anderson and has the strength to torque defenders against their will at the next level.
33) Houston Texans: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Houston has so many holes on the roster — taking talented players with immense ceilings matters more than filling “needs.” Nolan Smith fits the bill of the new-age undersized edge defenders that burst around the arc with speed. But he can grow into a three-down player, as he was actually a greater run defender than pass rusher at Georgia.
34) Arizona Cardinals: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
You couldn’t tell Clark Phillips III is 5’10” and 183 pounds by the way he plays football. His high-level instincts and viscid coverage athleticism will make it easy for a team to select Phillips, walk him into the locker room, and announce, “he’s the captain now.”
35) Chicago Bears (From IND): Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Noah Sewell has fallen down the ranks some due to his limitations, but he fills his role better than most in the draft. A 6’2″, 250+ pound bone-rattler, Sewell patrols the box and flies downhill with a “see ball, get ball” mentality. And he’ll bowl through whoever is brave enough to stand in his way.
36) Los Angeles Rams: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Without a first-rounder, the Rams can’t afford to whiff on the rest of their selections if they want to return to prominence. Anton Harrison is a nimble 6’6″ with the movement skills to mirror most edge rushers. He’ll need time in the weight room and shouldn’t start right away, but the upside is there.
37) Seattle Seahawks (From DEN): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Kayshon Boutte was my WR1 entering the season. Yet, a tumultuous season saw him declare his return to the collegiate ranks before questionable circumstances forced him to once again put his name in the proverbial NFL draft hat. Boutte’s ability after the catch and vertically translate to the NFL, but it will be up to him to reach his potential by honing the details of the position.
38) Las Vegas Raiders: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M
Las Vegas needs to take a few gambles in order to cash in during McDaniels’ tenure, but Antonio Johnson isn’t one of them. His 6’3″ frame blankets slot receivers and comes equipped with a wide tackling radius.
39) Carolina Panthers: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard had their time in the sun, but neither are adequate replacements for Christian McCaffrey. You know who is? Jahmyr Gibbs.
The former Georgia Tech back transferred and put his video game-like skill set on full display at Alabama. There’s a reason he’s received Alvin Kamara comparisons.
40) New Orleans Saints: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
I’m a bit hesitant about the Darnell Washington hype compared to others in the industry. Yes, he’s a massive target at 6’7″ with the maneuverability of a smaller frame. Still, he’s a bit labored out of breaks and doesn’t create much separation for himself. Nonetheless, traits win out in the draft, and Washington is no exception.
41) San Francisco 49ers (From TEN): Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Trade: San Francisco receives Picks 41 and 2024 third-round pick, Tennessee receives Trey Lance
This mock draft operates under the premise that Tom Brady lives up to his childhood dream and signs with the 49ers. As such, 49ers leadership should aim to get the premier deep threat in Jalin Hyatt to add a new dynamic to Kyle Shanahan’s already overpowered offensive scheme.
42) Cleveland Browns: Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida
Gervon Dexter is another case of banking on the upside rather than the current floor. 6’5″, 318-pound defensive tackles with his athletic ability are rare, but Dexter’s inconsistent motor and technique shouldn’t be overlooked.
43) Green Bay Packers (From NYJ): Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
With 20.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss over the past two seasons, Isaiah Foskey doesn’t lack production. And with high-end explosiveness and length, he doesn’t lack traits, either. Foskey will need a defensive coordinator to scheme him advantageous angles, but he’d be a welcome addition to any DL grouping.
44) Baltimore Ravens (From ATL): Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
All you need to know about Deonte Banks lies in his tape against 2024 WR1 Marvin Harrison Jr. At 6’2″ and 205 pounds, Banks unveiled his stupendous blend of athleticism, length, and read/react ability all season.
45) Green Bay Packers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
You don’t often see tight ends as the focal point of offenses, but that’s exactly what Dalton Kincaid was for Utah after Brant Kuithe suffered a season-ending injury. Kincaid demonstrated his tremendous receiving ability en route to 70 catches and 890 yards on the year.
46) New England Patriots: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
Rashee Rice is the alpha on the outside that the Patriots have been longing for. He can win before the catch, at the catch point, and after. His route tree was a bit limited at SMU, but Rice ticks all the physical boxes.
47) Las Vegas Raiders (From WAS): Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
Trade: Las Vegas receives Picks 47 and 2024 second-round pick, Washington receives Derek Carr
McDaniels is coaching for his job, so the Raiders must hit on their early-round selections. Eli Ricks is an instinctual corner with the ability to play press or off coverage. Ricks missed a large portion of the year with Alabama, but when he was on the field, he locked down his side of the field.
48) Detroit Lions: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
We only saw Luke Musgrave for two games this season, but he put up 11 receptions, 169 yards, and one score in that span. Musgrave has the long speed and open-field agility to push vertically against defensive backs.
49) Pittsburgh Steelers: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
Mazi Smith turned it on down the stretch of the season, but his production doesn’t match his special athleticism at 337 pounds. If there is a team that can unlock his full capabilities on the defensive line, it’s Tomlin and the Steelers.
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
Whether Trask or someone else starts for Tampa, Tanner McKee may be a worthwhile developmental venture. He has the prototypical build and arm but lacks the tools to extend plays and work out of structure. Regardless, he exhibited quick processing in Stanford’s “pro-style” — somewhat outdated — offense.
51) Miami Dolphins: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
Speed, speed, speed. That’s what the Dolphins’ offense is predicated on, so let’s add some more. Devon Achane is likely the fastest player in the draft and a threat to house any carry or kick return he gets his hands on.
52) Seattle Seahawks: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
With Cooper Beebe, Layden Robinson, and Sedrick Van Pran returning to school, the 2023 NFL Draft interior offensive line class has severely dwindled. As a result, top prospects such as John Michael Schmitz will likely shoot up in value. He has the awareness and refinement you’d expect from a sixth-year lineman.
53) Chicago Bears (From BAL): Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
Even if Chase Claypool pans out, the Bears have to upgrade the depth behind him and Darnell Mooney. Cedric Tillman has the size/speed profile to develop into a WR2, with the body control to become one of Justin Fields’ favorite weapons.
54) Los Angeles Chargers: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Matthew Bergeron hails from Canada, but he bucks the stereotypes we Americans have toward our northern neighbors. He plays with no regard for the man across for him, rather aiming to play through him. And Bergeron owns some of the best movement skills in the class. Not bad, eh?
55) Detroit Lions (From MIN): Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
If you want a linebacker to spice up your third-down packages, Drew Sanders is your guy. He has off-ball range in coverage with edge-rushing-esque moves as a pass rusher.
56) Jacksonville Jaguars: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
The CFB leader in career pick-sixes (6), Emmanuel Forbes has already etched his name into history. But he’s not done displaying his momentum-changing ball skills on the football field. Although he’s skinny for the position, complicating his projection, Forbes will earn his wealth with length, agility, and short-area twitch.
57) New York Giants: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Jack Campbell is a bit of a throwback linebacker at 6’5″ and 240+ pounds. He’s most effective working downhill, although he can hold his own as a zone defender. The Giants just need serviceable LB play, and Campbell can provide that from Day 1.
58) Dallas Cowboys: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
With a boom/bust playmaker like Trevon Diggs, the Cowboys need a steady CB opposite him. Kyu Blu Kelly is comfortable in man coverage and has outstanding technique/eye discipline to rely on.
59) Cincinnati Bengals: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
Despite needing time to become a fully nuanced tight end, Tucker Kraft possesses the athleticism and receiving upside to warrant a selection in the top 60. Joe Burrow has the WRs to incinerate defenses, but there’s a reason why they call tight ends a “quarterback’s best friend.”
60) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
It’s DJ Moore and … not much else in Carolina’s receiving corps. Marvin Mims can stretch the field vertically and horizontally, working at his best in space. But he’s no slouch at the catch point, owning consistent hands and aggression.
61) Buffalo Bills: Jaelyn Duncan, OL, Maryland
Jaelyn Duncan has received recognition at tackle, but I actually believe he’s a better fit at guard. Duncan has the lateral spryness to be an effective puller, and he works to the second level with ease. Wherever he lines up on Sundays, Josh Allen should be pleased.
62) Kansas City Chiefs: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
The Chiefs finally give Chris Jones a viable pass-rush companion on the interior with Calijah Kancey. He’s undersized at 6’0″ and 280 pounds, but Kancey’s first step, leverage, and compact strength make him a quarterback’s nightmare up the middle.
63) Philadelphia Eagles: Kendre Miller, RB, TCU
Miles Sanders played out his final year with the Eagles, and they’d be wise to spend their money elsewhere this offseason. Yet, they can’t enter 2023 with only Kenneth Gainwell in the RB room. Kendre Miller is a creative speed back that would pair well with Jalen Hurts in the backfield.
64) Chicago Bears: Andrew Vorhees, OL, USC
For Fields to succeed, he needs to remain on the field. Chicago adds protection for their investment with Andrew Vorhees — a stalwart guard with the ability to kick out to tackle in case of emergencies.
65) Houston Texans: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
Assuming 2021 first-round pick Kenyon Green can right the ship in Year 2, the Texans have a solid offensive line, bookended by Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard. Yet, Joe Tippmann can take it to a new level from the pivot, shoring up the interior.
66) Arizona Cardinals: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
Taking a running back on Day 2 usually isn’t ideal for a team with as many holes as the Cardinals. But one way to relieve pressure on a young QB is to execute on the ground. Zach Charbonnet is a no-nonsense runner, taking each carry for as many yards as physically possible.
67) Denver Broncos (From IND): Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
With Sean Payton in-house, Denver can focus on building the roster around Russell Wilson. Dawand Jones is a massive tackle with the functional movement skills and strength to start opposite Garett Bolles.
68) Denver Broncos: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
It’s the year of the long corner, and at 6’4″ with near-34″ arms, Julius Brents fits the bill. He notched four picks and four PBUs this season and flashed impressive twitch and agility at his size.
69) Los Angeles Rams: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
Two seasons. 19.5 sacks. 25.5 tackles for loss. Felix Anudike-Uzomah has been a premier collegiate pass rusher, and the Rams need him to maintain his success in the league if they want to return to relevancy.
70) Las Vegas Raiders: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
After addressing the secondary with their last two picks, the Raiders turn their attention toward the trenches. Keeanu Benton is a powerful DT, pairing powerful hands with brutal strength to overwhelm opposing linemen.
71) New Orleans Saints: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
Branch is the crown jewel in Alabama’s defensive backfield this year, but just last year, that label would’ve been Jordan Battle‘s had he declared. Battle is a versatile, high-IQ safety with the fluidity and physicality necessary in today’s NFL.
72) Tennessee Titans: Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn
Truthfully, Derick Hall could go much higher than No. 72 come April, but there’s a ton of EDGE talent in this class. Nevertheless, the Titans land a long, strong pass rusher that can track down QBs attempting to escape the pocket.
73) Houston Texans (From CLE): Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
What Luke Schoonmaker lacks in YAC and contested-catch ability, he more than makes up for with his blocking upside and seam-threatening skill set. He’s not an elite receiving weapon, but he’s reliable in all facets of the position.
74) New York Jets: Mark Evans II, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
With guard Alijah Vera-Tucker flashing at tackle this season, the Jets bring in a potential tackle-to-guard convert in Mark Evans II. They’d benefit from letting the two battle for a starting OT spot, with the loser kicking inside. Evans is nimble on his feet with strong hands and superb movement skills.
75) Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri
With the Falcons trading the farm for Lamar Jackson, they have to make their remaining selections count, beginning with Isaiah McGuire. McGuire is a traits-rich prospect that can set the edge from Day 1.
76) New England Patriots (From CAR): JL Skinner, S, Boise State
When teams see the 6’4″ and 220-pound JL Skinner test at the NFL Combine, he’s going to fly up boards. He possesses eye-catching range and explosiveness for his size and, unsurprisingly, can lay the boom over the middle of the field.
77) Miami Dolphins (From NE): Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are only getting older, and Jones missed the entire 2022 season due to injury. Garrett Williams suffered his own season-ending ACL injury this year, but his tape speaks for itself. He’s ultra-competitive, is near the top of the class in zone coverage, and rapidly clicks and closes.
78) Green Bay Packers: Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State
All-around athlete. Check. Consistent tackler. Check. Versatile. Check. Jammie Robinson is the complete package at safety, playing 600+ career snaps in the box, at deep safety, and in the slot.
79) Chicago Bears (From IND): Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC
Beyond elite traits, NFL franchises seek versatility in their draft prospects. Tuli Tuipulotu checks the box, showing a valuable pass-rush prowess from multiple alignments at USC.
80) Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Morris, DL, Michigan
The Steelers need depth on the edge, but as a 6’6″, 290-pound defender, Mike Morris can slide up and down the line for Pittsburgh. Morris can set the edge with the best in the class and is no slouch rushing the passer.
81) Detroit Lions: McClendon Curtis, G, Chattanooga
While McClendon Curtis needs some seasoning, he has all the physical tools to not just survive but thrive in the NFL. With proper coaching and conditioning, Curtis can start at guard with some second-string swing tackle ability.
82) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State
Ali Marpet’s surprise retirement caused the Bucs to scramble at left guard, and Ryan Jensen struggled mightily in his first game back from an offseason knee injury. Luke Wypler can be the long-term answer at center while supplying above-average play from left guard in the short term.
83) Seattle Seahawks: Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
With nine INTs and nine pass deflections over the past two seasons, there’s no questioning Ji’Ayir Brown’s ball skills in coverage. He’s also reliable in the box, packing impressive physicality into his 5’11” and 208-pound frame.
84) Miami Dolphins: Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State
There isn’t much not to like about Tommy Eichenberg’s scouting report. He’s an effective blitzer, stout run defender, sure-tackler, and has enough range in coverage.
85) Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
Andre Carter II has Round 2 tools, but Army used him in a wide alignment that doesn’t translate to the NFL. Still, 6’7″ and 260-pound edge rushers with his length don’t grow on trees.
86) Baltimore Ravens: Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas
Baltimore has invested in their edge rushers, but it’s time to show the defensive tackles some love. Moro Ojomo can be disruptive from multiple alignments with his burst, natural leverage, and raw power.
87) Minnesota Vikings: Steve Avila, OL, TCU
The Vikings’ interior is softer than cashmere, but Steve Avila is tougher than damn near anything. He’d instantly take over for Ed Ingram at guard but has the versatility and experience to start at center as well.
88) Jacksonville Jaguars: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, and Jamal Agnew will be back next season, but Parker Washington is an insurance policy in case Ridley never returns to his pre-suspension form. Plus, Washington would instantly become the WR4 with WR3 well within reach.
89) New York Giants: Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
Daboll has done wonders schematically to aid an at-best-average offensive line. Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal are an up-and-coming tackle tandem, but the interior is less than stellar. Ricky Stromberg can come in and solidify the center position, putting less pressure on both guards.
90) Dallas Cowboys: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
Tony Pollard is a free agent, and Zeke Elliott is a shell of his former self. The Cowboys need an infusion of talent in the backfield, and Tank Bigsby could be the one-cut runner they need.
91) Cincinnati Bengals: Keion White, DL, Georgia Tech
Keion White is a bit raw as a prospect, but his freakish athleticism and ability to move up and down the defensive line make him the perfect swing of the bat for a win-now roster.
92) Carolina Panthers (From SF): Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State
Two years after his brother went 100th overall to the Cowboys, Rejzohn Wright goes a handful of picks earlier. The 6’2″ corner has the swagger, length, and fleet-footedness to thrive across from Jaycee Horn.
93) Buffalo Bills: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama
Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano have been one of the best LB duos this season. However, Edmunds is a free agent, and Milano is creeping up toward his age-30 season. Henry To’oTo’o adds explosiveness and range to a unit that might be in desperate need of it come April.
94) Kansas City Chiefs: Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
The Chiefs need someone to threaten defenses vertically, and that’s where Andrei Iosivas excels. The Flyin Hawaiian can take the top off while also racking up yards after the catch.
95) Philadelphia Eagles: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
More reinforcements in the secondary, DJ Turner offers a sought-after blend of youth, versatility, and technical refinement.
96) Cleveland Browns: Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State
With Jadeveon Clowney likely on his way out of Cleveland, the Browns give Myles Garrett a new running mate. Will McDonald IV brings speed and bend to capitalize off of Garrett’s collapsed pockets.
97) San Francisco 49ers: Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson will likely be pigeonholed to the slot due to his size, but he’s never backed down from a challenge. He’s a Venus flytrap in coverage, clamping down on whichever WR enters his vicinity.
98) San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
Brandon Joseph may not be the first-round prospect many expected him to be following a six-interception 2020 campaign, but he’s still a high IQ defender with the ball skills to force turnovers.
99) San Francisco 49ers: Isaiah Land, EDGE/LB, Florida A&M
Isaiah Land will either need to gain significant weight to live on the edge or undergo a transition to off-ball linebacker. Either way, he brings another daunting pass-rush presence to the 49ers’ front seven.
100) New York Giants (From SF): Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
At 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Cory Trice has no issue smothering WRs vertically and near the sideline. With his length and overall athleticism for his size, Trice won’t like potential suitors.
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