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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Handful Of WRs You Can’t Ignore

  • Brentley Weissman
  • November 14, 2022
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What an exciting Sunday of football we just had and I can’t think of a better way to cap it off than with a new NFL mock draft. It has been a while since my last NFL mock draft came out and plenty of things have changed. Some players have moved up the board with strong seasons while others I once considered worthy of a top pick have now fallen down due to their play. That’s the beauty of this process as it’s always changing and fluid.

With that said, here is my latest 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Let me know what you think about your team’s pick by tweeting at me @Brentley12.

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Brentley Weissman 3.0

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1. Houston Texans

Bryce Young QB, Alabama

My QB1. I know his size is a major issue—I cannot deny that—but his instincts, playmaking ability, and accuracy are off the charts. He has some Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson to his game and we have seen both of those players excel in the NFL. He is simply a player I would not bet against.

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2. Las Vegas Raiders

Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama

When I watch WIll Anderson Jr., I see a young Khalil Mack with a little more bend. Just insane stuff. He is the best player in this class and will be a sack machine in the NFL.

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3. Carolina Panthers

C.J. Stroud QB, Ohio State

C.J. Stroud has the looks of a franchise quarterback. Stroud is accurate, makes good decisions, shows good poise in the pocket, and has good arm strength. While I wish he had one clear defining trait, the sum of his parts is certainly worth a top pick.

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4. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson

The Eagles continue to add to the trenches here with one of the best players in the country. Miles Murphy is an explosive pass rusher off the edge who wreaks havoc with his blend of burst and power. He is still a bit raw with his hands, but his tools are something that all teams covet in their pass rushers.

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5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jordan Addison WR, USC

Throughout this season, Jordan Addison has helped himself become WR1 in my eyes. A shifty and crafty route-runner, Addison is able to create easy separation at the top of routes and displays outstanding hands and ball skills. He has a skill set to develop into a team’s No. 1 receiver and that’s exactly what the Jaguars need.

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6. Chicago Bears

Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State

Justin Fields is playing lights out but he needs help in a big way. Enter Paris Johnson Jr. Johnson Jr. began the year as a potential OT1 candidate and he has certainly made a strong claim to that title with his play this year. He is athletic with very good size and flexibility. He possesses agile feet to mirror in pass protection and very good balance and coordination working to the second level in the run game. He needs to work on his strength—especially in his lower half—but he has the tools to develop into a top-tier tackle.

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7. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Will Levis QB, Kentucky

The Jared Goff era must come to an end if the Lions are ever going to take the next step. The most physically gifted of the big-three quarterbacks, Will Levis has the tools all teams want in a franchise quarterback. He is a big kid who stands tall in the pocket and possesses a whip for an arm to deliver strikes to all three levels of the field. While there are some lapses in his touch and accuracy, I still think his upside is worth the risk.

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8. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia

Jalen Carter is a grown man in the middle of the defense who possesses outstanding size and power to dominate the line of scrimmage. A truly special run defender, Carter is impossible to move off the ball and he has the quickness to uncover and make plays in the backfield. Look for Carter to develop into one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league.

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9. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Quentin Johnston WR, TCU

The Texans found their QB earlier in this NFL mock draft in Young, but they now need to get some more weapons. Quentin Johnston had a slow start to his season but has since turned it on and has been one the best playmakers in all of college football. He’s a vertical threat who has the size, speed, and ball-tracking ability to consistently make big plays. He needs to work on his route tree, but he has the tools to be a go-to option.

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10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Olu Fashanu OT, Penn State

The Steelers have needed to upgrade their offensive line for the past few years and do so here. Fashanu is one of the most intriguing players in this entire class. At just 20 years old, Olu Fashanu is oozing with upside. He has excellent size and length, movement skills, and plays with a physical temperament. If he keeps developing, look for him to be one of the better tackles in the NFL.

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11. Detroit Lions

Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia

Detroit’s defense has been a concern this season and one way to fix that is by adding a lockdown corner. A height-weight-speed prospect who is finally coming into his own, Kelee Ringo is full of potential and looks to be a No. 1 corner. Ringo has rare physical gifts and if we have seen anything from last year’s corner class, that matters.

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12. Atlanta Falcons

Tyree Wilson EDGE, Texas Tech

Atlanta needs to add more pass rushers in order to help this defense. Tyree Wilson has been a terror this season and has established himself amongst the top edge rushers in this class. A physical freak with rare size and explosiveness, Wilson is virtually unblockable off the edge. His ability to convert speed to power is special and will be his go-to calling card in the NFL.

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13. Arizona Cardinals

Christian Gonzalez CB, Oregon

No corner has been more consistent this season than Christian Gonzalez. He offers everything you want in a top corner prospect: Instincts, length, foot quickness, and fluid hips. My only concern with him was his ability to find the football but he has since proven to me that he can, in fact, play the ball. I like him as the best corner in this class.

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14. Green Bay Packers

Jalin Hyatt WR, Tennessee

The Packers’ offense needs more playmakers and that’s exactly what they are getting here. Jalin Hyatt has had a monster year and has pushed himself up near the top of the receiver rankings. A true blazer with low 4.3 speed, he is a threat to score whenever he is on the field. His speed makes him dangerous with the ball in his hands as he can turn a quick slant into a 70-yard touchdown in a hurry. He, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs would be a solid young receiver trio.

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15. Washington Commanders

Cam Smith CB, South Carolina

Cam Smith entered the year as my favorite corner in this class. While he no longer holds that title, he still is a hell of a player. With the size, length, and athleticism to match up against opposing No. 1 receivers, Smith projects as a top cover man at the next level.

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16. Indianapolis Colts

Broderick Jones OT, Georgia

The Colts just missed on the big three quarterbacks and must now turn their attention to another position with their top pick. Outside of quarterback, left tackle is their most pressing need and they select Georgia’s Broderick Jones to fill that void. Jones is a powerful tackle with very good size and athletic ability. He would be a massive upgrade at left tackle.

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17. New England Patriots

Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State

It’s been a rough year for Jaxon Smith-Njigba—who has dealt with a nagging lower-body injury—but he is still worthy of a first-round pick in this NFL mock draft. Smith-Njigba possesses outstanding short-area quickness to create separation and has the instincts and awareness to uncover against almost any coverage. While he may not be the fastest with the ball in his hands, he is smooth and savvy to make defenders miss and pick up YAC. His skill set reminds me of Keenan Allen.

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18. Cincinnati Bengals

Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland

Yes, the Bengals finally draft their left tackle to protect Joe Burrow. Jaelyn Duncan is as solid of a prospect as they come. He has very good size, bend, and balance. He plays in control and is rarely out of position. In the run game, he gets very good push off the ball and is excellent in pass protection.

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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bijan Robinson RB, Texas

The first shocker of this NFL mock draft. While I recognize that Tampa Bay has some other needs they could potentially look to address, I just can’t pass on Bijan Robinson—for my money he is a top-five player in this class. Robinson is the best running back prospect since Saquon Barkley. He is a truly special talent that projects as a big-play, three-down back at the next level. With his explosiveness, power, and vision, look for him to make an immediate impact with the Buccaneers, who are desperate for a consistent running game.

20. Denver Broncos (via SF)

Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern

The Russell Wilson era in Denver is off to an uninspiring start. They have holes across their offensive line and could definitely use more talent. An undersized tackle prospect, Peter Skoronski wins with power, a firm base, and outstanding hands and balance. A true technician, Skoronski is rarely out of position and his hands are always on time and in the right spot. He is steady as both a pass protector and run blocker and projects as a solid NFL starter.

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21. Seattle Seahawks

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson

Two defensive linemen for the Seahawks may seem like overkill, but they have shown us that they want to build through the trenches. When a player like Bryan Bresee falls to their laps, they can’t pass him up. An interior disrupter, Bresee is a lot to handle for opposing offensive linemen. Bresee has good quickness off the line while also showcasing impressive length and power.

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22. Los Angeles Chargers

Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame

Michael Mayer is having another strong season and looks primed to be drafted as the first tight end off the board. He is a crisp route-runner with very good hands and body control. Mayer may not be a road grader, but he gives top-end effort in the run game. Mayer would be a great weapon for Justin Herbert.

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23. New York Jets

Anton Harrison OT, Oklahoma

The Jets are one of the best surprises of this NFL season. They are competitive on both sides of the ball and are a physical football team. Their biggest hole is at offensive tackle, where they were decimated with injuries. This is a bit rich for Anton Harrison, but with four tackles already off the board, the Jets pull the trigger on a player whose arrow is pointing all the way up.

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24. Buffalo Bills

Jahmyr Gibbs RB, Alabama

Similar to Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs projects as a future Pro Bowl player at the next level. His explosiveness and suddenness are rare and he is a threat to score every time he touches the football. He can be utilized in a variety of ways and be a weapon for this offense, which is already loaded with talent.

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25. Baltimore Ravens

Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU

Baltimore must give Lamar Jackson more playmakers to use at his disposal. While Kayshon Boutte isn’t having as strong of a year as we all would have liked to see, he is still a top prospect due to his explosiveness and playmaking ability. Boutte has a chance to be the best receiver in this class when it’s all said and done.

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26. Tennessee Titans

Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame

Isaiah Foskey is one of my favorite pass rushers in this class. He is a nuanced rusher who combines his length, quickness, and body control to move past opposing tackles and get to the quarterback. He is also an outstanding run defender who makes a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He and Harold Landry can form a scary pass-rush duo.

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27. Dallas Cowboys

Jared Verse EDGE, Florida State

The Cowboys’ defense is a very underrated group that has playmakers at all three levels of the field. The one thing that they are missing is another pass rusher to go along with Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence. Jared Verse is an explosive pass rusher who is having a very strong season. He is a sack artist who can come in and get to the quarterback while Parsons garners the double teams.

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28. New York Giants

Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson

New York is building something special under Brian Daboll and they just need to continue to add quality talent. Trenton Simpson is a long and rangy linebacker who excels playing in space. He flies around to the football and makes a ton of plays both in the running game and in coverage. He is the type of athlete you want roaming the second level of your defense.

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29. Minnesota Vikings

Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State

It’s time to start looking for a successor for Patrick Peterson, who is getting up there in age. A long corner who has exceptional ball skills, Joey Porter Jr. is one of the cleanest prospects in this class. He is having an outstanding year and has worked his way to be a first-round pick. He would be an excellent addition to the Vikings.

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30. Kansas City Chiefs

Rashee Rice WR, SMU

The Chiefs’ offense has been dominant this year and Patrick Mahomes is having an MVP-caliber season. With that said, they could still use an upgrade at receiver and Rashee Rice makes a ton of sense here in this NFL m ock draft. A downfield player with big-play ability, he would be a perfect fit for the big-armed Mahomes.

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31. Philadelphia Eagles

Clark Phillips III CB, Utah

The rich get richer. Darius Slay and James Bradberry are arguably the best corner tandem in the NFL, but you can never have too many corners on your team. Clark Phillips III is a player I want on my roster. He is a true alpha with his competitiveness and toughness. He is undersized but his instincts, ball skills, and quickness will allow him to succeed in the NFL for years to come.

 

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