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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Shakeup At The Top

  • The Draft Network
  • October 10, 2022
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Welcome to Draft Network’s latest 2023 NFL Mock Draft. This one is a little different than the ones you’re used to. Instead of all the picks being made by just one of our scouts, the entire writing team got together and did a live NFL mock draft of our own. These are the results.

Without further ado, let’s get into the picks and explanations. Even though you won’t read this and will yell at us on social media, the order for this NFL mock draft is determined by the odds to win the Super Bowl as of Sunday morning.

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Writing Team 1.0

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1. Houston Texans

Bryce Young QB, Alabama

We know how the NFL operates; it’s all about the quarterback position. Davis Mills can have a nice career as a high-end backup and spot starter, but he’s not someone that prevents Houston from taking a franchise cornerstone. Bryce Young has the “it factor” that’s so crucial to playing the position and something that simply can’t be taught. The decorated Crimson Tide star can kickstart the Texans’ return to relevancy. — Jaime Eisner

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2. Seattle Seahawks

CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State

Geno Smith is playing quality football for the Seahawks right now, but general manager John Schneider shouldn’t pass on an opportunity to draft his quarterback of the future if the Seahawks are drafting this high. Schneider has proven he’s willing to take a cautious approach at quarterback after passing on last year’s class on multiple occasions. CJ Stroud is the type of prospect Schneider should feel comfortable investing in. Stroud possesses every trait necessary to become a dynamic quarterback in the pros. — Justin Melo

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3. Chicago Bears

Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland

It’s time the Bears gave quarterback Justin Fields some help with the blocking up front. As great as Anderson or receiving help might be, the lack of protection has been detrimental to Fields’ development. Jaelyn Duncan has a massive frame and is a true athlete at the left tackle position that has even more upside with extra development at the NFL level. — Jack McKessy

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4. Washington Commanders

Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama

Um, THANK YOU! Look, I get Chase Young and Montez Sweat are on the roster, but frankly, figure it out if this were to happen and you’re general manager Martin Mayhew. Will Anderson Jr. is a legit game-wrecker at the next level whose power, speed, and length will overwhelm opposing linemen from the moment he straps up. — Ryan Fowler

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5. Carolina Panthers

Will Levis QB, Kentucky

The Panthers just can’t do it anymore—stop putting half-busted Band-Aids on the problem and actually reset your offense with a young passer with upside. I fully expect the Panthers to clean house in the offseason at the latest. Carolina’s defense has some building blocks, but the offense is stuck in the mud because of Ben McAdoo and their quarterback woes. Will Levis (and new offensive coordinator TBD) can start the process of fixing that. Levis is far from perfect—every Saturday shows flashes of excellence as well as some SMH moments—but he’s the best chance the Panthers have of not being stuck in NFL purgatory for the next half-decade. — Jaime

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6. Atlanta Falcons

Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia

A quarterback or premier EDGE rusher would be an option if the Falcons were drafting higher in this scenario, but Georgia’s Jalen Carter is quite the consolation prize. Carter is firmly in the mix for the No. 1 overall selection, and keeping him in the state of Georgia would be appealing. Grady Jarrett will likely be a Falcon in 2023 given his restrictive contract (releasing him would carry a dead cap hit of $28.875 million, per Spotrac). The Falcons haven’t paired Jarrett with another high-level interior defender in years. Jarrett and Carter would immediately form one of the league’s best one-two punches inside. Carter is the next freaky pass rusher to emerge from the Bulldogs’ pipeline. — Justin

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7. New York Jets

Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern

I was watching some Jets film a couple of weeks ago, and what I kept noticing is the left side of the Jets’ offensive line was a huge detriment to their overall offensive production. When it wasn’t left guard Laken Tomlinson missing a block, it was left tackle George Fant and vice versa. Peter Skoronski gives the Jets a super-talented, fundamentally sound, versatile O-lineman for the left side of their line. Skoronski is a tackle for Northwestern currently and has more than held his own there, but his build may project better to play on the interior. As the Jets continue to figure out their offensive line, Skoronski can contribute (and thrive) in whatever role New York chooses. — Jack

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8. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia

Pittsburgh’s secondary is in desperate need of pop, and who better to add than the smoothest corner in the class that can run hip to hip with any wideout that aligns opposite him? Kelee Ringo’s alpha mentality showcases a Mike Tomlin guy through and through, and he would provide the Steelers with a cornerstone outside to build around with Minkah Fitzpatrick roaming the roof. — Ryan

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9. Detroit Lions

Cameron Ward QB, Washington State

Let’s get SPICY with this NFL mock draft pick. It’s no secret that the Lions are looking to draft a quarterback, but… Oh no!… the top three guys came off the board before their pick. No matter. Cameron Ward’s potential is sky-high with unbelievable arm talent, mobility, confidence, and poise. He’s an incredible—if not a bit raw—talent that would give the Lions everything they’d want in a future franchise QB. — Jack

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10. New England Patriots

Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State

Contrary to popular belief, the Patriots have a solid group of complementary playmakers on offense. However, the group is missing an “alpha” playmaker that strikes fear into the heart of defenses. The hope is that Jaxon Smith-Njigba can be that player. — Alonso Cervera-Pizana

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11. New York Giants

Cam Smith CB, South Carolina

This is a bit of a bummer. The Giants obviously need a quarterback, but all of the top guys in the class went in the top 10—if that ends up happening for real, it just makes more sense for the Giants to build up the rest of their (already weak) roster and prepare to draft a quarterback in 2024. New York already has a solid front seven with two young edge rushers and a talented interior duo, but cornerback is still a need. Cam Smith is a physical cornerback with good speed and high upside in man coverage with great ball skills. The Giants are the only team without an interception through four weeks, and Smith would give their passing defense a big-time playmaker. — Jack

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12. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson

More athletes. A defense that looks like one of the league’s elite early in 2022, while this has been a popular spot for a corner, give me the uber-versatile Trenton Simpson that can cover in space, provide physicality in the run, and run sideline to sideline with ease. He, T.J. Edwards, and Nakobe Dean would be a nice trio of talents to deploy for years to come. — Ryan

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13. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jordan Addison WR, USC

While the Jaguars spent big on Christian Kirk this past offseason, he’s better off as a 1B option instead of a true WR1. Jordan Addison is the best WR in this class and has the upside to be a true difference-maker at the NFL level. Building an offense around Trevor Lawrence is paramount, and this pick just makes life easier for the franchise QB. — Jaime

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14. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU

Texans general manager Nick Caserio began laying the building blocks by taking a balanced approach to the 2022 NFL Draft. The Texans landed a pair of future defensive cornerstones in Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre. The Texans also drafted some high-level offensive rookies such as Kenyon Green, Dameon Pierce, and John Metchie III. The impending offseason should focus on filling out the rest of their offense. In this scenario, the Texans landed a bonafide franchise quarterback in Bryce Young with the No. 1 overall selection. Pairing Young with a difference-maker like Kayshon Boutte would present a banner of optimism for Houston’s future on the offensive side of the ball. — Justin

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15. Arizona Cardinals

Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State

The Cardinals can never seem to figure out the cornerback position. Sometimes they have one plus-level corner, other times they have none. Arizona needs a true outside corner to rely on and Joey Porter Jr. is a stud. His length is an extremely valuable asset and he’d be a day-one starter for a Cardinals team with persistent playoff aspirations with Kyler Murray at quarterback. — Jaime

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16. Las Vegas Raiders

Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson

Don’t get caught up in helmet-scouting, Raiders fans. I promise you Myles Murphy is different. While Maxx Crosby has become one of the premier edge threats in football, Chandler Jones has left much to be desired on the opposite side. With the addition of Murphy, a 275-pound combination of length and power, his alignment versatility would allow Las Vegas to be creative along its defensive front. — Ryan

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17. Tennessee Titans

Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State

The Titans have invested a ton of draft capital into the tackle position lately with few results to show for it. Titans general manager Jon Robinson may not be done addressing the position. Starting left tackle and three-time Pro Bowler Taylor Lewan just suffered his second season-ending torn ACL injury. The Titans can save nearly $15 million in cap space by releasing Lewan in the offseason. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel both played for and coached at Ohio State. He’ll have terrific intel on Paris Johnson Jr., who would step in nicely opposite another Ohio State tackle album in Nicholas Petit-Frere to give the Titans their bookends of the future. — Justin

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18. Indianapolis Colts

Broderick Jones OT, Georgia

Colts general manager Chris Ballard clearly mismanaged the left tackle position this past offseason. The Colts replaced Eric Fisher by handing the keys to the blindside to in-house candidate Matt Pryor. It was a curious decision given the importance of the position. Pryor has been below average at best. Third-round rookie Bernhard Raimann is another option, but the Colts can’t afford to pass on a legitimate tackle prospect like Georgia’s Broderick Jones while waiting to figure out if Raimann develops or not. Whether Ballard or another general manager is in charge, fixing the left tackle spot will be a high priority next offseason. — Justin

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19. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson

The Seahawks aren’t getting enough pass-rushing contributions from their interior defensive linemen. Al Woods is a one-trick pony as a run stuffer. The future of Seattle’s EDGE position is in good hands with Darrell Taylor and Boye Mafe. Placing a disruptor like Bresee in the middle of them would immediately upgrade Seattle’s defensive line. This is the rare occurrence where the best player available also fills a need. Breese is a penetrating 3-technique that can get after quarterbacks with consistency. — Justin

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20. Dallas Cowboys

Eli Ricks CB, Alabama

The ball production will keep Trevon Diggs as CB1 as long as he’s in Dallas, but the Cowboys need a pure cover corner with the mirroring ability to holster some of the league’s top pass-catchers when they shade away from Diggs’ side. Eli Ricks hasn’t received a ton of work this fall for reasons unspecified, but the talent is there for him to become a high-level corner on Sundays. — Ryan

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21. Minnesota Vikings

Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame

While this may feel like a luxury pick in this NFL mock draft with Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith on the roster, you can never have too many pass rushers. Plus, given Hunter’s void years to come, he’s only under contract through the 2023 season. Isaiah Foskey is a great value here. While he hasn’t put it all together yet, he’s a speedy, versatile rusher who’s starting to come into his own for Notre Dame. — Jaime

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22. Cincinnati Bengals

Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame

Stop saying the Bengals need to upgrade their offensive line! Quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked a lot, but it’s been his fault much of the time. The bigger issue with their offense is the hole at tight end. Hayden Hurst is alright as a pass-catching weapon, but Drew Sample has been bad as a blocker. Why not get a tight end that’s an upgrade in both facets? Michael Mayer is the top tight end prospect in this draft class because of his elite skills as an extra receiver and his capabilities as a blocker. He’d be a great extra weapon for Burrow in the passing game and a solid extra blocker for Joe Mixon in the run game. — Jack

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23. Los Angeles Chargers

Darnell Washington TE, Georgia

Justin Herbert, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler… Darnell Washington. Chargers fans, grab your popcorn. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, Washington moves in ways humans shouldn’t at his size. Brock Bowers holsters the attention in the Georgia offense, but Washington has all the makings of a mismatch nightmare that can also throw bodies out of the club in the run game. Sign. Me. Up. — Ryan

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24. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Christian Gonzalez CB, Oregon

The Lions’ offense, which already looks high-powered this year, just got an upgrade at quarterback. Let’s give them some extra help on defense, which is among the worst passing and scoring defenses in the NFL, with their second first-rounder. Third-year cornerback Jeff Okudah has played very well so far in what (we hope) is his first full season. Christian Gonzalez, a great press-man cornerback with the willingness and versatility to shadow top receivers, could pair with Okudah on the outside to make the Lions’ passing defense look much more formidable. — Jack

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25. Baltimore Ravens

Henry To’o To’o LB, Alabama

The Patrick Queen experience is nearing its conclusion in Baltimore. Queen continues to be a liability in coverage and as a run defender. Alabama linebacker Henry To’o To’o is very much the anti-Queen in relation to his approach.

To’o To’o is an extremely physical linebacker. His well-developed football IQ, allows him to process rather efficiently. To’o To’o also possesses the sideline-to-sideline speed necessary to cover every blade of grass in today’s pass-happy league. Selecting To’o To’o would upgrade Baltimore’s disappointing linebacker corps. — Justin

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26. Miami Dolphins (via SF)

Bijan Robinson RB, Texas

Bijan Robinson is an elite running back prospect and a good value here near the end of the first round. Putting him in the offense of a Kyle Shanahan disciple like Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel as a zone runner and potential contributor in the passing game is going to take Miami’s offense to the next level. The Dolphins, who already have an elite passing game with their top-tier receiving tandem, show some commitment to their run game here in a big way—especially notable with their current top two RBs on short-term contracts that will see them both hit free agency after 2023. — Jack

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27. Green Bay Packers

Jordan Battle SAF, Alabama

My top safety as we sit here in mid-October, Jordan Battle looks like he’ll be an impact defender from the moment he steps onto NFL-branded turf. He could have very easily been a high-round selection had he come out last year, but another year of football under his belt could provide the Packers with a mature defender primed to set the pro stage on fire from his opening snaps. Pairing him, Jaire Alexander, and Eric Stokes together in the secondary is enticing. — Ryan

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28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jaren Hall QB, BYU

This is a bit of a surprise, but who knows if A) Tom Brady returns to the NFL next season and B) if he does return, will he be a Buccaneer? While taking a cornerback here is a popular NFL mock draft pick, Tampa Bay must find a QB of the future—it’s not Kyle Trask. Jaren Hall needs some experience under his belt and probably won’t start for the Buccaneers in 2023 but he’s a piece to build around. Hall is a dynamic, athletic talent who protects the football. He plays the game beyond his experience from a mental standpoint. He may not have the upside of Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, or Will Levis, but he has all the tools to be an NFL starter. — Jaime

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29. Kansas City Chiefs

Zay Flowers WR, Boston College

Oh no! The Chiefs lost their 5-foot-10 receiver that can burn defenders on deep routes from the slot! Enter Zay Flowers: a quick, 5-foot-10 receiver that can burn defenders on deep routes from the slot. No, I’m not going to say Flowers is the next Tyreek Hill, but there is a ton to like about his game. As a dynamic, explosive receiver that creates good separation with his route-running, Flowers is always a big-play threat. I’d implore any doubters to look past his lack of production—because it really has more to do with his quarterback than him—and #CheckTheTape to see the kind of skill set he’d bring to a Kansas City offense that’s been running through its running backs and tight end and still needs help at the receiver position in Hill’s wake. — Jack

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30. Philadelphia Eagles

Jahmyr Gibbs RB, Alabama

Outside of Anderson to Washington, this was my easiest pick of the mock. A true three-down back whose burst is often the first topic of conversation when discussing his game, Jahmyr Gibbs is a ground-and-pound style of ball carrier who can run through, around, and over defenders. Where Gibbs separates himself, however, is in the passing game, where his receiving ability has NFL scouts drooling over his potential on Sundays. His insertion into the Eagles’ offense would cause nightmares for defensive coordinators. — Ryan

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31. Buffalo Bills

Andrew Vorhees IOL, USC

I toyed with a running back or wide receiver here, but Alabama’s Jahmyr Gibbs went one spot before the Bills came on the clock (damn you, Ryan), and I wasn’t satisfied with the receivers on the board. Bills general manager Brandon Beane could alternatively consider adding a rock-solid guard prospect like USC’s Andrew Vorhees. Bills left guard Rodger Saffold has struggled thus far. The aging Saffold is on an expiring contract and could contemplate retirement in the offseason, especially if the Bills win the Super Bowl. Vorhees is plug-and-play at either guard position. — Justin

 

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