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Mocking The Mock Draft: Best, Worst Picks From Weissman 2.0

  • Jack McKessy
  • October 5, 2022
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We’re one month into the 2022 NFL season, which has given us all just enough context on where each team stands to completely overreact, right? In all seriousness, there have been tons of fun games through just four weeks of the season already, and it’s going to be super fun to see how everything plays out. Most teams aren’t truly out of it yet, but for those of you (like me) who know your team’s 3-1 or 2-2 start is more fraudulent than not, it’s a great time to keep an eye on next year’s NFL draft and any mock draft action. 

Brentley Weissman did a nice job putting a bunch of the top players in the coming class, well-known or not, in his 2023 NFL Mock Draft 2.0, so let’s break it all down.

Favorite Pick: Darnell Washington TE, Cincinnati Bengals (No. 22 overall)

I love that there was no subscribing to the idea that the Bengals need to further upgrade their offensive line. The Draft Dudes covered the topic recently, but a lot of the sacks quarterback Joe Burrow has taken this year are more his fault than his offensive line’s.

Washington has plenty of upside as a pass-catcher being such a natural mismatch with his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame and good speed. But don’t sleep on the more underrated part of his game: that he’s a capable and willing blocker in the run game. With Washington, the Bengals would not only get an extra pass-catching weapon and red zone target at tight end but something of an extra offensive lineman when they want to get the run game going. This is a great pick that fills a couple of needs with a single player.

Biggest Question Mark: Anthony Richardson QB, New York Giants (No. 10 overall)

This is my biggest question mark for a couple of reasons. For one, I follow the Giants closely and I don’t love the idea of New York taking a quarterback if he isn’t one of the top two or three guys in the class. As of right now, that means any quarterback whose name isn’t Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, or Will Levis. If all three of them are off the board by the time the Giants are picking, I’d much rather see them bolster other positions on the roster, specifically linebacker, cornerback, or interior offensive line.

Another reason this is a big question for me is the fact that Richardson’s outlook as a quarterback prospect has diminished significantly over the last couple of weeks, raising some doubt as to whether he’ll even declare for next year’s draft. He is still very, very raw, and betting on tools or not, it’s hard for me to get around the idea of taking someone so unprepared for the NFL in the top 10. Come back to me in a year after Richardson’s got himself more collegiate reps, and I’ll no doubt be ecstatic about this selection.

Best Scheme Fit: Peter Skoronski OT, Dallas Cowboys (No. 19 overall)

Several of the last few editions of our Mocking the Mock series (including one of my own) have fawned over the fits of certain college running backs with certain NFL teams, so as much as I love Texas running back Bijan Robinson going to the Eagles, I felt the need to mix things up a bit.

Skoronski is a great pick for the Cowboys here both because of their need for some offensive line upgrades and his versatility. Dallas’ current O-line features a rookie left tackle, Tyler Smith, stepping in for a very talented but injured veteran in Tyron Smith and a guard, Connor McGovern, who will be a free agent in the offseason. As Weissman mentioned in his mock draft, Skoronski could play either tackle or guard, meaning he’d slide in next to (Tyler) Smith in next year’s front five and give the Cowboys the extra boost they’re looking for up front.

Best Value: Broderick Jones OT, Indianapolis Colts (No. 18 overall)

Jones is the third tackle off the board here and what a fantastic value the Colts get with him falling to No. 18. The Georgia product very well could end up being the best tackle in the class and the first one off the board when the real thing rolls around next April. He’s got a great build and moves well at his size, which is great for his blocking skills against twists and stunts. 

It’s also worth noting that he played well against Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. in last year’s National Championship game. Anderson is not only our top player in the TDN 100 but also the first pick in this mock draft, heading to the divisional-rival Texans. Jones would provide the Colts with a needed upgrade at left tackle and getting him so late in the first round is fantastic value.

Best Players Not Selected In Mock Draft: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama; Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State

Gibbs: Gibbs transferred to Alabama ahead of the 2022 season and his draft stock has appropriately skyrocketed after some strong showings already this year. He’s speedy, he’s got great vision, and he can power through contact when he has to. Gibbs also has tons of upside in the passing game and is able to run routes—both short and over the middle plus deep and downfield—out of both the backfield and the slot.

Ward: Ward, like Richardson, is another raw quarterback prospect. In fact, he only started playing football at the FBS level this year after transferring to Washington State from FCS program Incarnate Word. But man, the stuff he has as far as ball-handling, arm talent, and ability to keep plays alive is genuinely unbelievable. It’s unclear so far whether he’ll really declare for this year’s draft with so few reps against FBS competition, but if he does, he already has made a good case for himself as a top-four quarterback prospect in his draft class.

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