Final Mock Draft (John)

2023 NFL Draft Preview DraftID Podcast

The boys are back to preview the 2023 NFL Draft.

1. Carolina Panthers

Bryce Young | Alabama, QB

The talk among Execs league wide is that Carolina has narrowed it down to two QBs, Stroud and Young. Just in the past few weeks, it has become clear that Carolina favors the 2021 Heisman winner.

2. Houston Texans

Will Levis | Kentucky, QB

Houston rolls the dice and takes the bigger bodied, Josh Allen type framed prospect from the SEC. Houston has done a great job of disguising their intentions. Could also see them going Anderson here as well.

3. Arizona Cardinals

Will Anderson Jr. | Alabama, Edge

Two Bama standouts off the board in the top 3. A Grand Slam for the Cardinals, as Anderson checks all the boxes on and off the field. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals trade back to build future draft capital.

4. Indianapolis Colts

C.J. Stroud | Ohio State, QB

Once the heavy favorite to be the first pick off the board, Indianapolis ends their QB revolving door by landing the incredibly accurate Stroud.

5. Seattle Seahawks

Tyree Wilson | Texas Tech, Edge

Nothing but QB’s and those who rush the quarterbacks in the top 5. Wilson is a BEAST and just makes sense in a Seahawks jersey.

6. Detroit Lions

Anthony Richardson | Florida, QB

Spicy. QB #4 off the board. Detroit has the talent and cap space to add pieces to win now, but decides they would rather take a shot at a QB while they have a top draft pick. Richardson is BUILT diffy as the Gen Z kids say, and has the highest upside of any QB we have seen in a while. His limited tape, and inconsistent production lead to Richardson having one of the lowest floor’s as well.

7. Las Vegas Raiders

Jalen Carter | Georgia, DL

We are seeing a trend here aren’t we… Another pass rusher/QB. Carter, a consensus top 3 pick following the CFB Playoff, falls all the way to 7 due to off the field concerns and a lousy pro day. Carter has all the talent to excel at the next level.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Christian Gonzalez | Oregon, CB

Atlanta gains a do-it-all corner to pair with A.J. Terrell. Gonzalez fits the mold of the modern day corner, and helps Atlanta gain an edge by having one of the best CB tandems in the NFL.

9. Chicago Bears

Peter Skoronski | Northwestern, OT

The first Offensive lineman falls to Chicago at 9 after trading back with Carolina. The Bears land the hometown kid from Northwestern, and help protect brittle Vegan boned Fields. With all the draft capital they earned from trading back, Chicago is set for a rebuild in the up-in-the-air NFC North.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Bijan Robinson | Texas, RB

The rich get richer. After losing Miles Sanders in free agency, Philly lands one of the top overall prospects in this year’s draft. Arguably the best prospect since CMC and Saquon, Robison brings a game breaking talent to one of the top teams in the NFC. Although this may seem like a “luxury” pick, Robinson’s abilities are too much for the Eagles to pass up on.

11. Tennessee Titans

Jaxon Smith-Njigba | Ohio State, WR

Titans land my far and away WR1 of this year’s draft. JSN’s teammates Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave tore up the NFL in their rookie campaigns. I believe that JSN has all the abilities to out shine them both in 2023.

12. Houston Texans

Myles Murphy | Clemson, Edge

Houston goes to the defense for their second pick of 2023. Murphy helps shore up a weak defensive unit. Houston cannot afford to not add components to their pass rush.

13. Green Bay Packers

Zay Flowers | Boston College, WR

I always find myself mocking WRs to the Packers, thinking this year will be different… This year feels different with the Packers moving on from Rodgers. I call this pick a poignant petty pick. Flowers is the clear WR2 in this draft, for me, and separates himself, like literally, from the pack with his elite separation skills.

14. New England Patriots

Joey Porter Jr. | Penn State, CB

Belichick’s defense is at it’s best when they have a dominant corner to the likes of Ty Law, Aqib Talib, and Stephon Gilmore. Joey Porter Jr. is a true lockdown corner, and will pair well with rookie standout Marcus Jones.

15. New York Jets

Paris Johnson | Ohio State, OT

New York owned the 2022 NFL draft landing the offensive and defensive ROY. This year they need some depth on the line of scrimmage. New York is thrilled to have a top OT fall to them at 13. The Ohio State product has elite size and flexibility to play the tackle or guard position.

16. Washington Commanders

Devon Witherspoon | Illinois, CB

The Commanders land what many consider to be the top CB prospect all the way down at pick 16.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Lukas Van Ness | Iowa, Edge

Steelers land a key kog to line up across T.J. Watt. The transition from Hawkeye to Steeler colors comes with ease. Beware off the pass rush when facing the bullies of the AFC North.

18. Detroit Lions

Nolan Smith | Georgia, Edge

The Lions wowed in ’22 with a high powered offense. Detroit looks to add some depth to an improving and young pass rush group. Nolan Smith has all the tools and intangibles to grow into a prominent pass rusher.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brian Branch | Alabama, DB

NFC south winners look to be he favorite to go from first to worst, due to the departure of Brady. Branch just reminds me of a Buccaneer. This just reminds me of a Mark Barron type selection.

20. Seattle Seahawks

O’cyrus Torrence | Florida, IOL

Seattle looks to add the dominant prospect from Florida. Torrence dominated in the SEC, and every phase of the draft process. Torrence will help alleviate pressure for Geno and open holes for second year Walker.

21. LA Chargers

Dalton Kincaid | Utah, TE

Herbert excelled with TE Henry during his rookie campaign. Kincaid will add more issues to pass defenses who already need to game plan against Allen and Williams.

22. Baltimore Ravens

Quentin Johnston | TCU, WR

Baltimore added some talent at the WR position by signing OBJ to a one-year contract. With Beckham’s injury history, Baltimore adds a contingency plan by drafting the high upside big bodied wide out from Fort Worth.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Jordan Addison | USC, WR

The Vikings add another WR to pair with Jettas. With the departure of Thielen, Addison steps right into the WR2 position and immediately produces at the next level.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars

Cam Smith | South Carolina, CB

The Jags impressed in 2022 with a high powered offense and a up and coming QB nicknamed Goldy Locks. The Jaguars understand the need to improve their young defense. Beware of the 95’ expansion team, as they continue to add skill and youth to a hungry team.

25. New York Giants

Jalin Hyatt | Tennessee, WR

The New York Giants have been active this offseason trading for star TE Waller and signing Paris Cambell from the Colts. The giants continue to add weapons as they invest in rising star Daniel Jones.

26. Dallas Cowboys

Michael Mayer | Notre Dame, TE

Dallas loses starting TE Schultz in free agency (Remember when Schultz fumbled the bag last offseason as he turned down $$$ and opted to roll the dice on a contract year) and replace him with the top TE prospect in a loaded TE Class. Mayer is a do it all TE who has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski.

27. Buffalo Bills

Jahmyr Gibbs | Alabama, RB

Buffalo has failed to add a RB worth anything these past few years. Yes, they drafted Cook last year on day two, but Gibbs provides a skill set that takes this offense to another gear, while complementing Cook’s style perfectly.

28. Cincinnati Bengals

Broderick Jones | Georgia, OT

New Year, same story. The Bengals have solidified themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL, with whom many consider a top 3 QB. The Bengals look to add depth at a position of need.

29. New Orleans Saints

B.J. Ojuilari | LSU, Edge

The Saints look to bolster their pass rush, and add a pass rusher who is slowly rising up draft boards. The LSU standout gets a standing ovation from the hometown crowd.

30. Philadelphia Eagles

Darnell Wright | Tennessee, OT

The eagles look to add depth to their Offensive Line with their second pick in the first round. With Kelce and Johnson nearing the end of their Hall of Fame worthy careers, the Eagles add a contingency plan in Wright.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Jack Campbell | Iowa, LB

Linebacker is one of those positions that has been undervalued in today’s NFL. Campbell has shades of NFL great Luke Kuechely, who has been training Campbell this offseason. If Campbell can attribute 50% of what LUKE was able to do in Carolina, the Chiefs will have landed a very good starter with the last pick in the first round.

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