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NFL Mock Draft
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2023 NFL Mock Draft: 3 QBs Above The Rest

  • Damian Parson
  • September 26, 2022
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We are only a few weeks into the college football and NFL seasons. In that time frame, we have prospects rising on draft rankings and draft needs rising for NFL teams. Sample sizes are still too small to ignore all logic, but we can’t ignore production. The combination of injuries, tricky contract extensions, and team-building concepts will play a part in the altering of team needs as the season progresses. As the win/loss records change, the directions of teams become more and more clear. Take a moment and check out my NFL mock draft to find which prospect I believe can help your team!

The NFL mock draft order is set via BetOnline’s Super Bowl odds on Sunday morning.

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Parson 2.0

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1. Atlanta Falcons

Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama

Most people would select a quarterback here, but I chose to zig instead of zag. Will Anderson Jr. is the best player in the draft and could make an incredible impact on this retooled Falcons defense. I would like to give Desmond Ridder more time to show us who he is as an NFL quarterback and his rookie season would be too small of a sample size for me.

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2. Houston Texans

Bryce Young QB, Alabama

So far in year two of the Davis Mills experiment, the results are not kind to the Texans. If this trend continues throughout this season, they will be in the market for a quarterback. Bryce Young can operate within structure and excel outside of it. His improvisational skills create second-reaction plays. Houston has some young pieces on offense but needs a point guard to run the offense and distribute the ball.

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3. Carolina Panthers

CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State

If the Panthers finish with the No. 3 pick, that seals Matt Rhule’s future as the head coach. A new regime will prefer to have “their” guy at quarterback. C.J. Stroud is accurate with plus ball placement. He has the natural talent as a passer to maximize the Panthers’ wide receiving corps.

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4. Seattle Seahawks

Will Levis QB, Kentucky

The need at quarterback remains a high priority and adding Will Levis to this offense can create an explosive passing game. Imagine, Ken Walker III, Tyler Lockett, and D.K. Metcalf with Levis taking snaps from under center. I like how this looks!

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5. Chicago Bears

Jordan Addison WR, USC

Justin Fields is a part of one of the worst offenses in the league right now. This is evident with the coaching staff not dialing up heavy passing attempts for Fields. The lack of weapons will create those trust issues offensively. Jordan Addison is the best wide receiver in college football at this moment. His route-running, ball skills, and big-play ability will help elevate Fields’ game next season.

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6. New York Jets

Broderick Jones OT, Georgia

Mekhi Becton had weight issues and suffered another serious injury. Even if he returns to form, the lack of availability is concerning. Broderick Jones is a good athlete with plus arm length. Whether in vertical, diagonal, or short sets, Jones has high upside as a pass protector.

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7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia

Travon Walker was a surprise when the Jaguars selected him first overall this past April, but he has proven the gamble was worth it. His development and impact will help elevate this defense. Adding his former teammate Jalen Carter will raise this defense’s potential even higher.

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8. Detroit Lions

Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson

This Lions team is gritty, physical, and tough as nails—exactly how coach Dan Campbell desires. Aidan Hutchinson is flashing his motor and relentlessness as a rusher. Pairing him with Myles Murphy should put every NFC North offensive line on notice. Murphy is an explosive rusher with the desired bend to run the arc to sack quarterbacks. Two bookend pass rushers will make force quicker passes by opposing passers to help this young secondary.

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9. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland

Different season, different quarterbacks, but the same problems for the Steelers offense. The offensive line has not been consistent in run or pass blocking. Jaelyn Duncan is a riser up the OT rankings since the summer. He has the physical traits, body profile, and athleticism you seek in a starting left tackle. Protect Kenny Pickett and generate more push in the run game next season to help Najee Harris.

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10. Washington Commanders

Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson

The Commanders’ defense has not been stellar to this point of the season. The linebacker corps leaves a lot to be desired. Jamin Davis is still developing, but this group needs an influx of talent. Trenton Simpson is a versatile LB that can play off-ball and walked up as a rusher. Will teams try to replicate Micah Parsons? I expect it. Simpson’s playmaking ability and athleticism are too much to pass up for Washington.

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11. Tennessee Titans

Henry To’o To’o LB, Alabama

The Titans are off to a slow start to the season. They have invested in their pass rush and secondary, leaving the linebacker corps with a clear need. Henry To’o To’o is an instinctive defender that plays with physicality. He showcases lateral agility and athleticism to drop into coverage and disrupt throwing lanes. Improving the talent at the second level of the defense is important for the Titans.

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12. New York Giants

Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia

The Giants moved on from veteran cornerback James Bradberry this past offseason. Although the team is 2-0, their secondary gives me concern going forward. Kelee Ringo is the perfect depiction of a top CB as a height, weight, and speed prospect. A rocked-up and physical cornerback with great recovery speed, his physical and athletic profile will allow him to match up with those bigger receivers in the NFL confidently.

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13. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson

Changing the culture begins with adding culture-changing players. After selecting a talented quarterback with a proven winning mentality, a defensive stalwart would fit nicely. Bryan Bresee is healthy again and opposing offensive lines are aware. His quickness, reach, and power allows him to create havoc inside to dirty the quarterback’s lap. The Texans are trying to build an AFC South contender, the selections in this NFL mock draft can help them.

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14. New England Patriots

Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State

Mac Jones is a limited quarterback from a physical standpoint but the Patriots’ offense does not have a great arsenal of weapons at his disposal. Tyquan Thornton will return later this season and offer an explosive element at wide receiver. I love the idea of pairing the savvy route-runner Jaxon Smith-Njigba with him to create a nice 1-2 punch that would benefit Jones well. Smith-Njigba runs great routes, understands pre-snap leverage, and is a YAC machine. Bill Belichick, build around Jones the right way for his sake!

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15. Las Vegas Raiders

Andrew Vorhees IOL, USC

One of the bigger storylines for the Raiders in recent seasons revolved around their changes on the offensive line. Two games in and it remains an issue. Quarterback Derek Carr has been sacked six times to start this season. In the run game, I feel this line lacks an attitude. Andrew Vorhees brings that every snap. He is physical and finishes blocks with tenacity. Also, he provides tackle and guard flexibility. If you win the trenches, typically, you will win the game.

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16. Arizona Cardinals

Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame

Most NFL mock drafts have the Cardinals selecting a cornerback in the first round. The problem is, GM Steve Keim has been reluctant to invest top capital to improve this position. The Cardinals do not have “A GUY” at the edge position that can go out and rack up sacks, like Chandler Jones. Isaiah Foskey is an athletic and toolsy defender that aligns in multiple spots. As a full-time pass rusher, Foskey can bend the edge and disrupt blockers’ balance with his outstanding long-arm technique. The Cardinals must invest in improving this sub-par defensive unit.

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17. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Christopher Smith SAF, Georgia

This selection may be a shock if you do not know who Christopher Smith is. Smith is an instinctive defender with alignment flexibility. He can align at free, strong, and nickel. As a former cornerback, he has good, reliable ball skills to force takeaways if tested in coverage. The Eagles and Jalen Hurts are rolling, which could lead to a nice payday in the QB’s near future. If so, using cost-controlled draft picks to continue to improve the team is best for business.

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18. Indianapolis Colts

Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State

Do the Colts have their QB of the future? Highly doubt it, but the offensive line must be better regardless. Matt Pryor has allowed four pressures, two hurries, one QB hit, and a sack. Needless to say, his performance is troubling. Paris Johnson Jr. is finally playing at his normal and natural position for the Buckeyes. He checks the boxes from a physical and athletic standpoint. Finding a potential cornerstone left tackle can solidify this offensive line altogether.

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19. Dallas Cowboys

Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU

Losing Amari Cooper was sure to be a bigger deal than most anticipated. The wide receiver corps at the moment looks solid but there is room for improvement. If LSU’s dynamic wide receiver Kayshon Boutte falls to this spot, I find it hard to believe Jerry Jones will pass on him. Boutte would mesh well with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup due to his ability to play from different positions. He is dangerous with the football in his hands and gives Dak Prescott more talent at his disposal.

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20. Cincinnati Bengals

Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame

The Bengals are off to a slow and unexpected start. Defenses are using more two-high safety shells to limit those explosive passing plays from the Joe Burrow/Ja’Marr Chase connection. One way to combat this going forward is featuring the tight end position. I love the potential addition of Michael Mayer to this offense. Mayer would have advantageous matchups and opportunities with those talented receivers around him. Burrow would have a guy that can control the middle of the field and attract the eyes of those safeties.

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21. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

Sedrick Van Pran IOL, Georgia

Pete Carroll has his QB of the future to create his offensive nucleus in Levis. As talented as he is, protection is pivotal for his success. Austin Blythe has not performed well or consistently over his career at center. Sedrick Van Pran is an outstanding run and pass blocker. He has a high football IQ and plus athleticism to make blocks in space. He can become the quarterback of the offensive line and provide immense value for this Seahawks offense.

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22. Minnesota Vikings

Cam Smith CB, South Carolina

The Vikings’ new regime has shown positive signs on the offensive side of the ball. The concerns remain with the center and cornerback positions. Van Pran would have been great with this selection but he was selected right in front of the Vikings. Cam Smith would be a welcomed addition to this secondary. Smith plays with a feisty and tough style. He can line up against a variety of wide receiver archetypes. Smith’s dawg mentality will be good for this defense.

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23. Miami Dolphins (via SF)

Bijan Robinson RB, Texas

The Tua Tagovailoa/Mike McDaniel era is off to a strong start. This could mean Tagovailoa’s job is safe. Adding the best running back and one of my top-10 prospects would be icing on the cake. Imagining Bijan Robinson versus light defensive fronts with McDaniel’s wizardry play-calling is tantalizing. An offensive skill position group that boasts, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Robinson is terrifying defensively.

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24. Baltimore Ravens

Kyu Blu Kelly CB, Stanford

Lamar Jackson could be in the MVP conversation at the end of this season but the Ravens must secure him for the long-term with a contract extension. Finding talented players on cost-efficient deals makes paying Jackson top dollar easier to compartmentalize. Kyu Blu Kelly is a good cover corner that plays with toughness and grit. He fits the press-man style of defense Baltimore has played over the years. Marcus Peters is on an expiring contract this off-season, so it is time to add more talent in the backend.

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25. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Anthony Richardson QB, Florida

As the No. 1 hype man for Anthony Richardson, the past two weeks have been tough, to say the least. The traits and tools are there and evident—it is about getting the reps and consistency in his game. We’ve seen this before with QBs throughout history. Factor in Richardson having time to sit behind Jared Goff and under the tutelage of Dan Campbell, and I love the fit and possibilities.

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26. Los Angeles Chargers

Noah Sewell LB, Oregon

The linebacker position has not played great for the Chargers. In this tough division, the more defensive playmakers, the better. Noah Sewell adds a violent and physical downhill play style. He is disruptive as a blitzer attacking the line of scrimmage. Sewell can have a big impact downhill versus opposing running attacks. Continue to build this defense to complement star QB Justin Herbert.

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27. Green Bay Packers

Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern

How long will Aaron Rodgers play for the Packers? Only he and God know. In the meantime, this Packers offense will operate through the running game as the wide receivers and Rodgers gain chemistry/trust. This puts an emphasis on the offensive line going forward. I envision the addition of Peter Skoronski as a great fit in Green Bay. He more than likely is kicked inside at guard, but his lateral quickness and agility mesh well with this zone running scheme.

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28. Philadelphia Eagles

Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State

More defensive secondary help? Absolutely. Bradberry is not a long-term answer at cornerback opposite of Darius Slay. Joey Porter Jr. is a nice option for the Eagles’ versatile coverage schemes. The NFL bloodlines will help his draft stock but his arm length, athleticism, and instincts will help sell his potential to NFL GMs.

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29. Kansas City Chiefs

Christian Gonzalez CB, Oregon

I love what the Chiefs’ offense has shown early this season and the defensive additions have paid off also. Why stop that trend now? I wanted to add more coverage and speed in the secondary and Christian Gonzalez could be the best coverage corner in this class. His sticky play style keeps him in phase versus vertical threats. Patrick Mahomes with a competent defense is the last thing NFL teams want to see.

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30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tyree Wilson EDGE, Texas Tech

This looks like the final season of Tom Brady for the Buccaneers. Finding a new quarterback will be priority No. 1 if Brady walks into retirement. That said, building a stout defense to help whoever takes snaps under center is important. Tyree Wilson is an unreal specimen from a physical profile standpoint. He can play inside and on the edges. Giving Todd Bowles another versatile weapon to harass opposing quarterbacks is unfair!

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31. Buffalo Bills

Xavier Hutchinson WR, Iowa State

What do you give someone that has everything? Well, in this NFL mock draft: MORE! Josh Allen and the Bills are the best team in the NFL currently. Allen has Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, and a solid cast of weapons. I decided to give him another talented wide receiver. Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder aren’t viewed as long-term options. Xavier Hutchinson is a three-level receiver that can create more explosive passing opportunities for arguably the best downfield passer in the NFL.


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