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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trades For QBs

  • Kyle Crabbs
  • January 4, 2023
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New year, new NFL mock draft! And for me, personally, this is the first mock of the cycle that offers a definitive look at what this year’s order is ultimately set to look like. I last did an NFL mock draft around Thanksgiving and a lot has changed since then. With the concrete order solidifying by the day, I took the opportunity to get a *little* nutty. I asked some philosophical questions, like:

  • What if the Texans decided to scorn quarterback at No. 1 in favor of a defensive talent and come back to the well later?
  • What if we experienced another blockbuster trade at the quarterback position this offseason?
  • What new names could creep higher than we’re currently projecting?

And I enjoyed the answers so much that I decided I’d share them all with you. This is a thought exercise just as much as it is a forecast—that’s important context for this NFL mock draft. It’s simply one of the millions of iterations we could receive from the NFL Multiverse. But it’s one that offers change, hope, excitement, and a few twists and turns along the way. I hope you all enjoy it!

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Kyle Crabbs 5.0

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1. Houston Texans

Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia

Jalen Carter is one of the most physically gifted prospects eligible for the 2023 draft. And if I’m the Texans, I’m looking to allocate the best overall talent with this pick and not box myself into a quarterback. The Texans’ roster isn’t ready to compete and I would strongly consider the possibility that Carter + any quarterback > this year’s QB1 + another prospect.

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2. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN/CHI)*

Bryce Young QB, Alabama

TRADE
SEA receives: Pick 1.2
CHI receives: Picks 1.3, 3.85, 4.122, 2024 3rd-rounder

Congratulations, Chicago. You’re now a part of the other side of the coin for the Mitchell Trubisky trade. The Bears will have suitors knocking for the No. 2 overall pick, but if they get this kind of “defensive” offer from the Seahawks, I like this play for both sides a lot. For Seattle, they play defense against the teams trying to trade up in front of them with a quarterback on their mind. For the Bears, they still position themselves to draft one of the elite, blue-chip talents of this class but still land extra draft capital. Bryce Young shined in his swan song with the Crimson Tide and all of the things that people are so ready to buy in on: accuracy, instincts, poise, etc. were center stage yet again. Those skills in the backfield with a heavy running game influence and pass-catchers like D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett on the outside is a dream come true for Young.

3. Chicago Bears (via SEA)*

Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama

TRADE
CHI receives: Picks 1.3, 3.85, 4.122, 2024 3rd-rounder
SEA receives: Pick 1.2

If the parameters of the trade feel familiar, they should. I Xeroxed the Trubisky details and dropped them into Chicago’s future queue. Want more? Want to divebomb to the bottom of the top 10 or potentially further for a treasure trove? No hard feelings, I get it. Maybe that decision has ruined this NFL mock draft for you—in that case, there ARE hard feelings. Chicago secures ammo to move and shake up the board as they please with this deal and still manages to lock down a player many have long considered to be a shoo-in for the No. 1 overall selection—who just so happens to fill a position of need.

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4. Carolina Panthers (via ARI)*

Will Levis QB, Kentucky

TRADE
CAR receives: Pick 1.4
ARI receives: Picks 1.9, 2.61, 3.93, 2024 3rd-rounder

And now the games truly begin. The mad scramble to shoot up the draft board and ensure QB-hungry teams aren’t left at home without a date to the dance will facilitate plenty of craziness. The Cardinals reap the benefits after Chicago accepted a one-spot drop to collect their prize, with the Panthers coughing up the vast majority of this year’s capital to go get a guy to play behind their promising offensive line. Dave Tepper has brought a lot to Charlotte and he’s hoping the team’s next franchise QB can be next on the list. Why Will Levis? There’s been buzz for Levis and Tepper for quite a while and it is easy to see where his potential can take him. As a matter of fact, Ray Garvin and I tackled Levis’ game just this past week on ‘Show Your Work’. You ought to check it out for all you need to know about Levis and his projection:

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5. Indianapolis Colts

C.J. Stroud QB, Ohio State

First and foremost, how about a round of applause for the game C.J. Stroud played against the Georgia Bulldogs?! Stroud saved his best for last, nearly willing a Buckeyes team without four of their best skill players to a win in the CFP. You know who that performance won’t be lost on? The rest of the teams looking for a quarterback this offseason. Indianapolis gets jumped by Carolina in the trade for Levis, but if you told me I had to pick a situation: draft Levis with the extra picks spent in a trade or secure Stroud with no extra cost? I think the Colts’ route to a passer is plenty fine here. And Stroud staying in the heart of the country and playing in an offense that can afford him balance with the running game is a win for him too, in my eyes.

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6. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Tyree Wilson EDGE, Texas Tech

If you’re still looking to catch your breath after the chaos of the top six picks in this NFL mock draft, I got good news for you. We’re staying chalk here. The Lions pick up a scheme and front-versatile defensive lineman with explosive qualities to pair with Aidan Hutchinson in the team’s bid to formulate a winning program. And boy, oh boy, do I love the thought of Hutchinson and Tyree Wilson, with their physical gifts, prowling the same line together.

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7. Baltimore Ravens (via ATL)*

Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson

TRADE
BAL receives: 1.7, 2.41, 4.110, 2024 1st-rounder, 2025 1st-rounder
ATL receives: Lamar Jackson

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU WANT? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

How’s this for a big splash at quarterback? Seattle, Carolina, and Indianapolis land prized prospects at the position, whereas the Falcons land one of the *BIG* fish with a trade for Lamar Jackson in this scenario. The inspiration for the trade package is the deal that sent Deshaun Watson from Houston to Cleveland last spring. Jackson has been angling for a fully guaranteed contract and the Ravens have been seemingly apprehensive to concede that point. Given that the Falcons were players in the Watson market last offseason (and actually held point until a late push from the Browns) gives me confidence the team wouldn’t balk at high guaranteed money or the trade cost.

For the Ravens, the pass-rush group has young talent but the fact that Justin Houston has been the team’s most potent pass rusher should tell you plenty. The Ravens, amid their changing of the guard offensively, land a star pass rusher out of Clemson to help boost the group.

You’re still here? Take your time; let it sink in. But while you’re stewing on the deal, consider this: let’s get Geno Smith to Baltimore as the heir to Jackson while we’re at it. The Seahawks moved up for Young earlier in this NFL mock draft, which means Smith is free to find a landing spot of choice. I’d love to see Smith step in and see what Baltimore can do to reshape the offense.

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8. Las Vegas Raiders

Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State

Las Vegas is making a big change at quarterback this offseason, having clearly pinned the team’s shortcomings on veteran QB Derek Carr. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Raiders’ roster has a lot bigger problems than Carr. That is why I’m electing to give them a position-diverse talent in Paris Johnson Jr. here with their first pick in this NFL mock draft. I would expect the Raiders will have dreams and visions of Tom Brady in their heads, but until we get better talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, all the familiarity in the world with McDaniels’ system will only take you so far. And, as a matter of fact, I would challenge the Raiders to not use McDaniels’ long-term working relationship with Brady as a crutch to explain why the offense wasn’t what it could have been—putting all your eggs in that basket certainly seems like a dangerous risk to take.

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9. Arizona Cardinals (via CAR)*

Christian Gonzalez CB, Oregon

TRADE
ARI receives: Picks 1.9, 2.61, 3.93, 2024 3rd-rounder
CAR receives: Pick 1.4

The Cardinals will be under some new leadership this offseason, which probably offers some more intrigue into pooling day-two draft selections as a part of the trade back. The best part, they still manage to secure my personal top cornerback of the class here at No. 8—they secure Christian Gonzalez and three day-two selections in total as a part of this nightmarish season. Gonzalez is a pretty special physical talent.

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10. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Jared Verse EDGE, Florida State

Few prospects are hotter than Florida State’s Jared Verse. I don’t know about you, but I was a huge fan of the walk-off sack against Oklahoma and the subsequent dog he showed by letting the Sooners tackle know he’s just put his foot in his mouth. Howie Roseman loves to draft the trenches early, and amid some upcoming contract decisions on the edge, Verse is a strong candidate to help reset some money and keep dynamic athleticism present on the edge for the Eagles.

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11. Tennessee Titans

Quentin Johnston WR, TCU

There’s been much made about the Titans’ readiness to move on from Ryan Tannehill this offseason and I certainly think we will see those discussions at least tease becoming a reality. But whether it is Tannehill, Malik Willis, another rookie this season, or a bridge quarterback (like a Mike White?), we’re going to need to bolster the supporting cast significantly. The line is a tattered mess, the team hasn’t found a definitive solution to the departure of A.J. Brown, and Derrick Henry is aging. I love the fit of a big-bodied, height/weight/speed target in the passing game. Burks isn’t the vertical threat that Quentin Johnston is but both will contribute blocking on the perimeter, setting this offense up for complementary skill sets moving forward.

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12. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Anthony Richardson QB, Florida

So now let me ask you this: Is Bryce Young and Bryan Bresee/Quentin Johnston > Jalen Carter and Anthony Richardson? Perhaps you feel the answer is yes—and I don’t have firm convictions yet on which way I see it myself—but it is at least a scenario worth exploring for a Texans team that has the luxury of time given the nature of their rebuild. Drafting Young to play in the Texans’ current state feels like a non-winning formula anyway, so I like drafting a quarterback with elite tools and understanding he’s likely not ready to take the field immediately, forcing the Texans to continue to build the rest of the group before letting their young passer take the field.

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13. New York Jets

Broderick Jones OT, Georgia

New York isn’t likely to be a player in the rookie QB market yet again—I’d envision this team will want a player at quarterback that is established and offers a firm set of answers. Maybe it’s Derek Carr (though it isn’t in this NFL mock draft). Maybe it’s Jimmy Garoppolo (that’d be my guess). Maybe it’s someone else. But whoever it is, they’re walking into a great environment. It’s just that….well, the offensive tackle position is a sneaky need. George Fant is on an expiring contract, Duane Brown is *squints* 38 next season, and Mekhi Becton has not proven to be reliable. Broderick Jones is a mauler up front and has all the tools of Becton but hopefully without the fine print that has cost Becton playing time in his young NFL career.

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14. Washington Commanders

Devon Witherspoon CB, Illinois

The Commanders nailing down one of my favorite players in the class? Yes, please. Devon Witherspoon is physical, instinctual, and a heck of a tackler. You need good tacklers in space and on the edge for what you know you’re going to get in the NFC East with Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, and more. Witherspoon is that dude. By the way… could this be a landing spot for a veteran quarterback like Ryan Tannehill this offseason? I know we just tried the whole veteran QB thing with Carson Wentz, but I would really like Tannehill playing for the Commanders if the Titans move on this offseason.

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers

Peter Skoronski OL, Northwestern

The Steelers have young pieces at the skill players and at quarterback. Yeah, we could use some fortification in the secondary and the second level on defense, but with a first-round quarterback entering into year two, is this not the time to get the offensive cast right? Peter Skoronski could be a tackle or a guard, I don’t care. What he definitely is? An upgrade.

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16. Green Bay Packers

Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame

Green Bay’s playoff push has been one of the fascinating storylines of the second half of the season but there’s no question that this team is going to need more if they want to transition back to perennial contender. How about a special talent in Michael Mayer, a player who helps both Green Bay’s running game and their passing game alike? Mayer would be a potential plug-and-play starter and frequent pass-catcher to add a new layer to all the young wide receivers finding their way.

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17. Detroit Lions

Brian Branch SAF, Alabama

The Lions’ defensive resurgence at the midway point of the season wasn’t seen coming by many, but I’d like to see the team ensure it’s no fluke. Adding a versatile defender like Brian Branch into the mix is one good way to make sure the Lions have all the weapons in the world needed defensively to have potent stopping power week in and week out.

18. Miami Dolphins

[Pick forfeited]

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19. Seattle Seahawks

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson

So to summarize: Seattle traded up for a quarterback in the top three and still gets a chance to secure another top-15 talent in this class. If John Schneider was a real sick dude, he’d find a trade partner and trade down to recoup the three mid-round picks they sent away to move up to No. 2. But we’ll simply stand pat here and pick a diverse defensive lineman to help bolster Seattle’s defense in all phases.

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20. Jacksonville Jaguars

Anton Harrison OT, Oklahoma

Jacksonville’s Cinderella story will be defined next week against Tennessee. I think they do it. But whenever their season comes to a close, the challenge will be how to take things to the next level. They’re going to need better play on the line of scrimmage to sustain their gains this season—and I’m looking at both guard and tackle as spots that need new answers. I like what Anton Harrison brings as a prototype build at tackle and he’s got good athleticism to boot.

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21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia

Find me a more quintessential style fit for player and team than Kelee Ringo as a big, long corner with the Buccaneers. I understand Todd Bowles has had a heavy influence in this and may not be back in Tampa Bay, but with so many player contracts in the defensive backfield up in the air, I’d go get a rookie contract to lock in as a long-term fixture. There are no quarterbacks to be found in play here, unfortunately.

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22. New England Patriots

Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State

The Patriots had a lot of success with both Jack and Marcus Jones (not related!) in the 2023 NFL Draft, but Joey Porter Jr. is a different body type and a different kind of cover player—one that gives New England options in playing man-to-man with size and length. The Patriots’ defense is constructed with the strength coming on the back end, so making sure this unit is elite is a must for New England’s chances of being competitive in the AFC field.

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23. New York Giants

Jordan Addison WR, USC

Now, I’ve watched the tape and here’s what I can tell you: Daniel Jones might not be *THE* answer, but I know darn well he’s not the problem right now in New York. The Giants simply need better talent on the interior of the offensive line and on the perimeter. There are a lot of wins by scheme and design and not based on talent. So let’s remember that Jones is best in the quick game and go get a quick separator who can win one-on-one for him like Jordan Addison. This is a home-run style fit and a home-run need filled here in this NFL mock draft.

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24. Baltimore Ravens

Bijan Robinson RB, Texas

In summary, my NFL mock draft for Baltimore here involves: trading Lamar Jackson to Atlanta for a Deshaun Watson-level package, drafting a blue-chip pass rusher with that first pick, and then drafting the best running back in a few seasons to play in the backfield while signing Geno Smith to be the heir to the offense. Who says no? Not me. Definitely not me. Oh, right. And Baltimore gets another pick at their disposal too when we add Round 2 later this week.

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25. Los Angeles Chargers

Jalin Hyatt WR, Tennessee

Speaking of home runs… the Chargers getting Jalin Hyatt to complement Mike Williams and Keenan Allen is, well, kind of cruel. But I regret nothing and the Chargers likely don’t regret it, either. Justin Herbert’s big arm would make plenty of use of Hyatt’s easy gas down the field and offer depth and insurance for if the big two guys outside get banged up in 2023.

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26. Cincinnati Bengals

Cam Smith CB, South Carolina

Cincinnati seems to have nailed one cornerback spot with 2022 rookie Cam Taylor-Britt. But what about the other? The Bengals have some defensive free agents upcoming and making sure they have the coverage options to stay multiple on defense is prerogative No. 1. Consider Cam Smith a steal this late in the round and a promising talent to pair with Taylor-Britt as a young combo.

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27. Minnesota Vikings

Clark Phillips III CB, Utah

The Vikings have plenty of talent and have mastered the art of situational football this season. How do they encore? How about more talent in the secondary? I’d love to see Clark Phillips III as a new piece running around with a young player like Andrew Booth Jr. and a veteran like Patrick Peterson. Chandon Sullivan is a nice player too, but Minnesota needs more talent in general on the back end and more depth at corner.

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28. Dallas Cowboys

John Michael Schmitz IOL, Minnesota

Dallas has certainly found their groove offensively as of late, but I’d like to think this group could be even better—especially on the inside. If Tyler Smith is the long-term answer at tackle, we’ll need more competition inside for long-term starter status. The good news? John Michael Schmitz can play guard or center and that gives Dallas all the flexibility needed to get the right blend of five guys up front.

29. Denver Broncos (via SF)

Derick Hall EDGE, Auburn

The Broncos traded away Bradley Chubb at the trade deadline to secure this pick. And while you can make an argument that all their assets need to go to the offensive side of the ball, resetting the money in the pass-rush room with a player like Derick Hall extends Denver’s strength as a team. There’s no such thing as too many good pass rushers, especially when you need to face Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes twice a year each.

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30. Buffalo Bills

Rashee Rice WR, SMU

Rashee Rice being added to Buffalo’s wide receiver room brings some new layers and puts more than one player in a position to be successful. I personally think Gabe Davis is most effective as a complementary piece. While he’s complementing Stefon Diggs in 2022, I’d love to see a more versatile talent in that role.

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31. Kansas City Chiefs

Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State

Kansas City has thrived this season regardless of the departure of Tyreek Hill this past spring. But what kind of longevity does the room have with the current pieces? Sure, Kansas City could run things back and sign extensions and all the sort, but if I think about Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s cerebral approach and putting him with Mahomes, I can’t help but feel that’s a win worth pursuing.

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32. Philadelphia Eagles

Christopher Smith SAF, Georgia

The Eagles made a splash with the addition of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson ahead of the season. But getting more talent at safety is a big area of opportunity for the Eagles, especially after already adding Jared Verse to the defense with the first pick of this NFL mock draft. Smith is an incredibly sharp player who offers more versatility and physicality on the back end.

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33. Houston Texans

Darnell Washington TE, Georgia

Adding Darnell Washington to the mix for a physical run game and now Anthony Richardson as the long-term dynamic at quarterback suddenly makes Houston a very physical running game to prepare for.

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34. Pittsburgh Steelers (via CHI)

Antonio Johnson SAF, Texas A&M

Getting a versatile piece in the secondary to step in for expiring contract Terrell Edmunds (plus the potential departure of Cameron Sutton) makes this fit an obvious one.

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35. Arizona Cardinals

Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame

The Cardinals drafted some youth last year to add to the pass-rush room but an accomplished player like Isaiah Foskey is too good of value to pass up here while those young players are still developing.

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36. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

Drew Sanders LB, Arkansas

Seattle’s defense has some really talented young pieces and another high-ceiling addition in Drew Sanders gets me really excited about what this group can be as they gain more experience. Sanders himself is a recent convert from the EDGE.

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37. Indianapolis Colts

Dawand Jones OT, Ohio State

The Colts pair QB C.J. Stroud with his college tackle here in a pick that helps Indianapolis address its deficiencies at premier positions.

38. Los Angeles Rams

Josh Downs WR, North Carolina

Los Angeles’ offense was caught in the mud most of the year with or without Cooper Kupp, and betting on Allen Robinson or Tutu Atwell to save the day long-term doesn’t seem wise.

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39. Las Vegas Raiders

O’Cyrus Torrence IOL, Florida

Feed the trenches, Las Vegas! This team wants to be physical up front but needs to restock the cupboard, which they achieve with this very physical interior presence at guard.

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40. Carolina Panthers

Lukas Van Ness EDGE, Iowa

Brian Burns was so valuable to the Panthers that they scoffed at trading him for two first-round picks. So here’s to them putting their money where their mouth is and finding him a viable running mate to rush the passer.

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41. Baltimore Ravens (via ATL)*

DJ Turner CB, Michigan

TRADE
BAL receives: 1.7, 2.41, 4.110, 2024 1st-rounder, 2025 1st-rounder
ATL receives: Lamar Jackson

The Ravens have a decision to make with CB Marcus Peters, who is set to hit free agency this winter. I would not expect to see him return, meaning a physical corner like DJ Turner could find his way into the lineup quickly.

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42. Tennessee Titans

Cody Mauch IOL, North Dakota State

Cody Mauch will quickly become a draft cycle favorite for many who love blue-collar play and winning the trenches. The Titans need a major amount of help up front to retain their identity as a team.

43. Cleveland Browns

Siaki Ika NT, Baylor

The Browns simply need mass and bodies inside to get this run defense under control. Siaki Ika can do that with some modest upside in the passing game as well.

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44. New York Jets

Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson

The Jets have speed all over this defense, so adding another dynamic threat seems like a no-brainer—especially when Simpson’s third-down value can expand into the pass rush.

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45. Las Vegas Raiders (via NO)*

Tuli Tuipulotu IDL, USC

TRADE
LV receives: Picks 2.45, 2024 mid-round pick TBD
NO receives: Derek Carr

WE HAVE A TRADE! The Saints are exactly the kind of team you’d expect to, as Dr. Ian Malcolm would say, ‘find a way’. The Saints have a veteran core and are clearly committed to infinite credit transfers to make their cap situation work out. I would assume the acquisition of Carr comes with a restructure, converting tens of millions of dollars into a signing bonus and then stacking a slew of void years on the back end of the deal. I have the Saints sending this pick and a future middle-round selection to Las Vegas for Carr’s services, putting the value of Carr above that of recent QB trades like Matt Ryan and Carson Wentz and more in line with the value of Alex Smith when he was traded from Kansas City to Washington (for a 2 and CB Kendall Fuller).

Ahem. As for the Raiders? Feed the trenches, Las Vegas! Tuli Tuipulotu has been a tremendous riser this season with his splash plays. He has positional versatility to line up inside if needed at times, too.

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46. Washington Commanders

Tucker Kraft TE, South Dakota State

The Commanders have plenty of talent at their disposal but a consistent receiving weapon at tight end feels like it could be the next step for the offense (aside of stability at quarterback). Logan Thomas has been a fine option but he’s only gone over 300 yards twice in his career, including this season (307).

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47. Green Bay Packers

Nolan Smith EDGE, Georgia

The Packers seem like a great landing spot for Smith, who suffered a pec injury that ended his season early. They have some depth in the room and will be returning star Rashan Gary next season from an injury of his own, but Smith is fast and physical to bring a new element to the room.

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48. Detroit Lions

Andrew Vorhees IOL, USC

To quote the kids: LMAO. Imagine Andrew Vorhees lining up at one of the guard spots on this Lions’ offensive line, potentially between Frank Ragnow and Penei Sewell? Hal “Big V” Vaitai is a nice player when he’s healthy but he’s due a $12M+ cap hit in 2023 and the Lions can save $9.5M of that if they cut him after June 1.

49. Miami Dolphins

Jahmyr Gibbs RB, Alabama

The need for speed continues for Miami. The run on defensive backs is a bummer for the Dolphins, but an explosive weapon like Jahmyr Gibbs isn’t a bad consolation prize given that three of Miami’s top backs are expiring contracts this offseason. Gibbs has the juice to run Miami’s outside zone concepts and can be a dynamic offensive weapon for Mike McDaniel.

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50. Pittsburgh Steelers

Noah Sewell LB, Oregon

The Steelers’ linebacker group needs a boost and Noah Sewell certainly feels like the right kind of talent. Doesn’t he feel distinctly “AFC NORTH” branded with all that physicality?

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51. Jacksonville Jaguars

Luke Musgrave TE, Oregon State

No one loves a good tight end quite like Doug Pederson. And while Evan Engram has been a success, getting an upgrade at the in-line TE position feels like a must for Pederson and Trevor Lawrence.

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52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jordan Battle SAF, Alabama

The Buccaneers only have one safety under contract for 2023 as things currently stand: Antoine Winfield Jr. Reinforcements are a must.

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53. New England Patriots

Blake Freeland OT, BYU

Care to take the ride with me? Isaiah Wynn? Expiring contract. Yodny Cajuste? Expiring contract. Marcus Cannon? Expiring contract. Conor McDermott? You guessed it!

The Patriots have Trenton Brown and Andrew Stueber on the books next year at tackle and that’s it. Blake Freeland fits their mold as an athletic big with ample length.

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54. Seattle Seahawks

Zay Flowers WR, Boston College

Seattle has already added QB Bryce Young, DL Bryan Breese, and LB Drew Sanders to their ranks. Why not add a third wide receiver to ensure proper depth beyond D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett?

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55. New York Giants

Sedrick Van Pran-Granger OC, Georgia

The Giants need upgrades on the offensive interior as badly as anyone. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger is a sturdy, reliable center that would serve as a major upgrade.

56. Chicago Bears (via BAL)

Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland

Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just adding offensive line help for QB Justin Fields. (He still needs it.)

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57. Los Angeles Chargers

Mazi Smith IDL, Michigan

The Chargers landed a toy for QB Justin Herbert with their first selection but this one is a facilitating move that has tons of beneficiaries, including the LB room and EDGE defenders Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.

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58. Cincinnati Bengals

Matthew Bergeron OT, Syracuse

The Bengals would be wise to start preparing for a transition from OT Jonah Williams or, at the very least, ensuring they have insurance for La’el Collins after a season-ending knee injury.

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59. Dallas Cowboys

Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU

Dallas has teased the Odell Beckham Jr. thing while signing T.Y. Hilton to a deal this season. Maybe Beckham Jr. signs, but if he doesn’t, getting another pass-catcher seems like an internal prerogative to be filled.

60. Detroit Lions (via MIN)

Henry To’o To’o LB, Alabama

Detroit already has one modestly-sized-but-super-intelligent linebacker in Malcolm Rodriguez. How about another to join the 2022 rookie class and fellow mock picks Tyree Wilson and Brian Branch to help fill out this defense?

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61. Arizona Cardinals (via CAR)*

Cooper Beebe IOL, Kansas State

TRADE
ARI receives: Picks 1.9, 2.61, 3.93, 2024 3rd-rounder
CAR receives: Pick 1.4

Arizona has this pick courtesy of the trade back with Carolina in the first round of this NFL mock draft and they land a big, strapping offensive lineman to help fortify the trenches.

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62. Buffalo Bills

Joe Tippmann OC, Wisconsin

The Bills are a tough team to mock for until we get a better idea of who is returning and who is not. But I’ll pencil the Bills down for a potential long-term heir to Mitch Morse in Joe Tippmann, who could play guard in the meantime.

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63. Kansas City Chiefs

Keion White EDGE, Georgia Tech

Keion White is expected to be a big riser and his versatility to play all over the front is something the Chiefs and DC Steve Spagnuolo would likely love.

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64. Philadelphia Eagles

Israel Abanikanda RB, Pitt

You’re welcome for resisting the urge to drop a running back to the Eagles in Round 1, Philly fans. But here? At the end of the second of this NFL mock draft? Israel Abanikanda is one of the most productive backs in this year’s class and he’s rumored to have some explosive speed, too. That in the backfield with Jalen Hurts feels like a match made in heaven.

 

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