The 2023 NFL Draft is becoming one of the more interesting in recent years. With four quarterbacks potentially being selected early in the first round, we could see a lot of moving around. This will benefit teams not in the hunt for a franchise-altering quarterback and, more specifically, the Philadelphia Eagles. Everyone loves to discuss what players they would take but fail to incorporate the other 30 teams selecting in the first round.

In this mock draft, I tried to keep selections as realistic as possible. Choosing players for each team while considering their needs was the most critical part. The Eagles are primed to make a splash on draft night, and it’ll be interesting to see what that move ends up being. Could we see another A.J. Brown type of trade? Could we see another pick similar to Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson because he “fits” better? Right now, we don’t know the answers to those questions, but at the end of April, all of those questions will be answered.


1) Carolina Panthers – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Carolina makes the decision to go with the quarterback with the highest floor and chooses the Heisman winner. Bryce Young has the best football IQ and playmaking ability of all the Quarterbacks in the class. Carolina plays it safe and gets their franchise QB.


2) Houston Texans – C.J Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Houston is in a position where they are getting whichever guy Carolina passes on. Stroud and Young are QB 1 and 1A. They take the one that falls, and they should feel good about getting Stroud here. His ball placement is undoubtedly going to translate at the next level. His play will elevate those around him in Houston.


3) Tennessee Titans (From Arizona) – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida(The Titans trade the 11th pick, the 72nd pick, and their 2024 1st and  2nd round pick with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 3rd pick and the 96th pick of this year’s NFL draft)

The Arizona Cardinals trade the 3rd pick to the Tennessee Titans, and the Titans go with the highest ceiling QB in this class. With a new front office in Tennessee that seems out on Malik Willis, they are poised to make a splash by selecting the most athletic quarterback prospect in draft history. With Tennessee selecting Richardson, they create a rushing attack of Derrick Henry and Anthony Richardson—a terrifying combo.


4) Indianapolis Colts – Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama

The Colts stay at 4 and select the consensus best overall player in the 2023 draft class. Will Anderson is as “can’t miss” as they come. Instead of taking Levis here, the Colts chose to select Hendon Hooker in the second round. Hooker is a player who would’ve been a first-round pick if he wasn’t injured.


5) Seattle Seahawks – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

The Seahawks take a chance on Jalen Carter with the hopes he straightens up his off-the-field issues. Some may view it as risky, but Pete Carroll can get the best out of his players. I see this situation being no different.


6) Detroit Lions – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

With the Lions trading Jeff Okudah to the Falcons, they select the best man-to-man cornerback in the draft class. Witherspoon’s weight was a bit of a concern, but coming in 5 pounds heavier at the combine and still looking just as quick as he did at Illinois was a great sign. His tough style of football fits perfectly with what the Detroit Lions are building.


7) Las Vegas Raiders – Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Jimmy Garoppolo is looking for a fresh start in Las Vegas, and there is no better way to help him than to grab the best offensive tackle in this draft. Although Garoppolo isn’t as flashy as other NFL quarterbacks, he is consistent. Tightening up the offensive line needs to be priority number one for the Raiders.


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

Tyree Wilson is an excellent addition to a team that struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks last season. He is explosive off the edge and fits into their biggest hole from last season. Their secondary looks to be a lot better than last year, and they’ll look to bring in a guy that can get after quarterbacks.


9) Chicago Bears – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Chicago now has their franchise quarterback, and they need to protect him. Skoronski is a guy that can play both tackle and guard for them. With the addition of D.J. Moore and Chase Claypool, I’m excited to see what Fields can do with more time in the pocket.


10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Philadelphia) – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky(The Eagles trade the 10th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 19th pick, 2024 3rd round pick, and Devin White.)

With Tyree Wilson, Jalen Carter, and Will Anderson Jr. all off the board, I can’t see a player the Eagles would select at 10 that won’t be there at 19. The Buccaneers make a desperation move and jump to get a falling Will Levis. He has the most question marks of the top 4 Quarterbacks in this draft, but his athleticism and arm strength are a rare combination.


11) Arizona Cardinals (from Tennessee) – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon(The Titans trade the 11th pick, the 72nt pick, and their 2024 1st and  2nd round pick in exchange for the 3rd pick and the 96th pick of this year’s NFL draft)

Although Arizona traded out of position to land Will Anderson Jr., they walked away with future draft capital and a great cornerback in Christian Gonzalez. Cornerback is an area of need, and Gonzalez is a day-one starter. He gives Arizona solid length at the cornerback position and has the ability to make big plays. They can use the future picks from the Titans as an insurance policy in case Kyler Murray doesn’t pan out. A win-win scenario if you ask me.


12) Houston Texans – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

What a first-round for the Texans. They not only add C.J. Stroud, but they add his favorite target from Ohio State, Jaxon Smith-Nijgba. JSN is the best wide receiver in this class, and it is by a pretty wide margin. Many believe he is the only wide receiver in this class deserving of a first-round selection. Houston gets a replacement for Brandin Cooks, and Stroud gets a wide receiver he already has chemistry with.


13) New York Jets – Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

If the Aaron Rodgers deal ever gets done, they will need to protect him. Broderick Jones was solid all throughout his college career and filled the one hole on the Jets roster. Is it playoff time for the Jets?


14) New England Patriots – Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

Myles Murphy has all the upside in the world and is nowhere near the player he can be. His inconsistency at Clemson is a bit of a concern, but his age should balance out those concerns. The Patriots have struggled lately with their early draft picks, and building in the trenches is the safest move for them.


15) Green Bay Packers – Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Green Bay is flipping the page and moving on from the Aaron Rodgers era. Jordan Love will need weapons if Green Bay plans on him being successful. Jordan Addison is one of the younger wide receivers in this class and is impressive in the open field. He could take some pressure off of Love by making plays with the ball in space.


16) Washington Commanders – Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

The Redskins have a lot of holes to fill, and it will take more than this draft alone to contend for anything next season. With all four quarterbacks off the board, they go with another area of need. Cam Smith is ultra-athletic and doesn’t shy away from contact. Building on defense with young talent is a great way to speed up a rebuild.


17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

Lukas Van Ness’s potential is endless. He has all the tools to be an elite defensive player and would thrive in Pittsburg playing for Mike Tomlin. Adding a prospect with as much potential as Van Ness to this defensive line is too enticing to pass up.


18) Detroit Lions – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

With T.J. Hockenson out of the picture, it is time to draft a big, physical target for Jared Goff. Dalton Kincaid is the best pure pass-catching tight end in a deep class. Pairing him with their young wide receivers makes this offense even more fluid than last season.


19) Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay) – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (The Eagles trade the 10th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 19th pick, 2024 3rd round pick, and Devin White.)

First, let’s address Devin White. The biggest hole on this team currently is the linebacker position. Devin White is a top 10 linebacker, and some may even say top 5. He has Super Bowl experience and would be a great mentor to Nakobe Dean. I get the one-year rental argument, but realistically Howie Roseman is great at finding a way. If the top defensive players on Howie Roseman’s draft board are gone before 10, there will surely be a situation where moving back makes sense. Grab a Pro Bowl linebacker and a future 3rd round draft pick while still selecting the player everyone seems to think the Eagles are picking.

Selecting Bijan Robinson with the 10th pick was a little bit of a reach for me. Moving back to 19 and taking him there makes me feel a lot better. His talent is undeniable, and he immediately enters the league as a top 5 running back. This is a move Howie Rosman doesn’t usually make, but this situation is rare. He is the best player still on the board and gives you elite talent at running back for the next five years. If he gets selected between the 11th and 18th pick, then so be it. With Brian Branch and Nolan Smith still, on the board, I’ll take my chances.

I’m all for building for the present and future, but this team is one or two pieces away from solidifying themselves as Super Bowl favorites. Bijan Robinson and Devin White would get you there. It’s Super Bowl or bust if this scenario plays out.


20) Seattle Seahawks – Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

The Geno Smith revenge tour is in full effect. His presence in the pocket was phenomenal last year. Darnell Wright presents a great opportunity to ensure Geno Smith can continue to make accurate passes and minimize sacks from the defense.


21) Los Angeles Chargers – Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia

It seems every year; there is a player who blows up the NFL Combine. This year it happened to be Nolan Smith. His potential is too high for the Chargers to let slip past them at the 21st pick. He is far from a finished product, but I’m excited to see the type of player he turns out to be.


22) Baltimore Ravens – Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

It seems like Lamar Jackson is staying in Baltimore more and more every day. With the Odell Beckham Jr. signing, I think the chances are pretty high that Lamar is wearing purple and gold next season. With that said, the Ravens have some holes to fill on defense, and Joey Porter Jr. can help fill one of them.


23) Minnesota Vikings – Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Minnesota could go wide receiver here, but they need too much help on defense. Branch gives them a guy that will line up all over the field and produce early on in his NFL career. The talent at safety drops significantly after Branch, and it’s a position that surely needs to be addressed.


24) Jacksonville Jaguars – Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Jacksonville has a couple of different positions to address in the 2023 draft, but finding a cornerback to pair with Tyson Campbell should be near the top. Kelee Ringo is speedy and likes to play physically. His draft stock has continued to rise.


25) New York Giants – Quentin Johnson, WR, TCU

Quentin Johnson offers the Giants a true number-one receiver for Daniel Jones, something he’s never had. Johnson has great size and after-the-catch ability. He had constant growth throughout his career at TCU, and I think his size allows him to excel at the next level.


26) Dallas Cowboys – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

With Dalton Schultz gone, the Cowboys need to give Dak Prescott a solid tight end to throw to. Mayers isn’t the best pass catcher or blocker in this draft class, but he can perform both at a high level.


27) Buffalo Bills – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Jahmyr Gibbs to Buffalo makes more and more sense every time I mock it. Gibbs would give a new element to this Bills offense and offer Josh Allen a great passing option out of the backfield.


28) Cincinnati Bengals – Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Cincinnati could do a lot of things at this pick, but with the loss of Jessie Bates III, they need to add a defensive back. If the Bengals plan on making it out of the AFC, they need to have answers to the issues these elite quarterbacks are going to throw at them.


29) New Orleans Saints – Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

The Saints have lost numerous key pieces on their defensive line, and addressing that will be emphasized early in this draft. Bryan Bresee is strong on the line of scrimmage and can easily blow up running formations—a great start for their defensive line rebuild.


30) Philadelphia Eagles – O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

The Eagles love to add depth to their strong position groups, and what better way to do that than by adding the best true guard in this draft class? Once Kelce hangs it up, Jurgens will move into the center position, and Torrence would fill right into the guard position. Next year it gives them depth, and after that, it gives them a future pro bowl talent at guard.

Torrence excels in power block run schemes and is extremely talented as a pass protector. Losing Isaac Seumalo was tough, but Torrence has a much higher ceiling. This offensive line is only getting better if they make this selection.


31) Kansas City Chiefs – Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

Jalin Hyatt may not give Kansas City the deep threat they once had in Tyreek Hill, but he is as close as they’ll get in this draft class. His speed will be an issue for defenses, with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the ball.

 

 

Cover Photo: (Bijan Robinson – Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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