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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Is Bryce Young QB1?

  • Keith Sanchez
  • September 19, 2022
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It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I think the true Super Bowl contenders are starting to show themselves. We all know that the margin between being average and great is very small in the NFL. And for those teams who find themselves in the average category, there are plenty of players in this draft that can help elevate them into the great category. Check out my NFL mock draft and see which player I believe can help each team become better overall.

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

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Sanchez 2.0

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1. New York Jets

Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama

The Jets need offensive line help but there just isn’t an offensive lineman that has earned the privilege to be selected No. 1 overall. So with this pick, the New York Jets select edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. Anderson Jr. will team up with last year’s first-round selection Jermaine Johnson and should give the Jets a dynamic one-two punch on the edge for many years to come.

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2. Atlanta Falcons

Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia

While some may want the Falcons to draft a quarterback with this pick, I believe that the decision-makers are comfortable with giving Desmond Ridder a couple of years to figure things out and figure out if he is the guy. This Falcons roster is at the point where they just need to add talented football players, and that’s exactly what Jalen Carter is. The addition of Carter should give the Falcons another guy besides Grady Jarrett with a physical presence to help establish a culture of toughness and physicality around this team.

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3. Houston Texans

Bryce Young QB, Alabama

The Davis Mills project is underway this season. And while I believe he is a solid quarterback, the Texans can’t help themselves and draft the Heisman-winning quarterback from Alabama, Bryce Young. Young has the arm talent and the playmaking ability that this Texans offense needs. And if there’s one thing we learned last year, this front office likes to draft players from the SEC.

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4. Carolina Panthers

Will Levis QB, Kentucky

Since Cam Newton’s prime ended, the Panthers have taken the approach of trying to rehab journeyman quarterbacks. That trend stops with this NFL mock draft. Will Levis is a dual-threat quarterback with a big arm so he should be able to easily involve receivers like Robbie Anderson and DJ Moore in the deep passing game, giving this offense another added dimension.

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5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Broderick Jones OT, Georgia

It could be argued that even though Travon Walker is playing well, the Jaguars should have drafted an offensive tackle last year. The Jaguars have added skill position players through free agency and now they need to improve this offensive line. Broderick Jones is a massive body that appears to be technically advanced, which should allow him to slide right into either one of the offensive tackle positions.

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6. Detroit Lions

CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State

The Lions have been making calculated decisions and taking their time to overhaul a roster that was decimated after the Matt Patricia era. They’ve slowly added pieces and now have a competitive team. With this pick, they finally decide to address the quarterback position and draft CJ Stroud. Stroud has great arm talent and will be able to get the all to their young playmakers like Amon Ra St.Brown and Jameson Williams.

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7. Seattle Seahawks

Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson

Post-Russell Wilson, it appears that Pete Carroll is trying to rebuild this team in his mold. The only way to do that is by getting back to having a dominant defense. The Seahawks draft Clemson’s Myles Murphy to give them a more reliable edge rusher along this defensive front.

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8. New York Giants

Anthony Richardson QB, Florida

Through only a couple of weeks of college football, we’ve seen the top tools from Anthony Richardson. I think that’s enough to convince Brian Daboll and the Giants’ front office to draft Richardson with their top pick. Richardson’s athleticism combined with Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, and Wan’Dale Robinson could give the Giants one of the more explosive run-after-catch skill groups in the NFL.

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9. Chicago Bears

Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State

The Bears could use an offensive lineman, but I believe they will continue the recent trend of pairing college quarterbacks with their receivers and draft Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Smith-Njigba is a dominant player in the slot, which should be good for Justin Fields because he needs a player that he can rely on in the middle of the field.

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10. Washington Commanders

Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson

The Commanders’ defensive line is loaded, but that back seven leaves much to be desired. With this pick, the Commanders draft one of the most versatile defenders in the draft in Trenton Simpson. Simpson can play at all levels of the defense effectively and should be a welcomed addition to this defense.

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11. Pittsburgh Steelers

Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern

Early signs are that the Steelers are optimistic about rookie QB Kenny Pickett. With that being said, this offensive line is still the worst position group in the Steelers’ offense. Peter Skoronski plays OT but has the versatility to play interior offensive line as well.

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12. New England Patriots

Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU

This should be simple for New England. Watching the Patriots offense, there are no explosive plays due to receivers failing to separate. It doesn’t matter who is calling offensive plays in New England if they don’t vastly improve this receiver corps. Kayshon Boutte allows them to consistently throw the deep ball, but he is also a guy that can take a screen play for 50 yards.

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13. Tennessee Titans

Noah Sewell LB, Oregon

The Titans have built their success on running the football and stopping the run. So following that theme, I believe the Titans draft one of the best run defending players in this draft and select Oregon LB Noah Sewell. Sewell is a traditional inside linebacker that thrives in situations playing downhill. Sewell also has some pass-rush ability, so there shouldn’t be a question about if he can be a three-down linebacker.

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14. Dallas Cowboys

Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State

In only a few years the Cowboys’ offensive line went from one of the best in the NFL to one of the worst. They drafted Tyler Smith last year, and this year I think they draft another offensive lineman. Paris Johnson Jr. has played on the left and right side of the offensive line at Ohio State and can be a plug-and-play starter for Dallas.

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15. Arizona Cardinals

Cam Smith CB, South Carolina

The Cardinals are loaded offensively, but defensively they leave much to be desired. They’ve taken chances on players like Isaiah Simmons that simply haven’t worked out. With this pick, they draft cornerback Cam Smith, a player who has an extremely high ceiling, but more importantly, a high floor. They should definitely get a return on their investment if they follow this NFL mock draft.

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16. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson

Houston already nabbed its quarterback of the future with their first pick of this NFL mock draft and now they need to get a guy that can be a dominant player along the defensive front. Bryan Bresee is a dominant interior defensive lineman and is a welcome addition to this Lovie Smith defense.

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17. Las Vegas Raiders

Andrew Vorhees IOL, USC

The Raiders have all the offensive weapons necessary to make a Super Bowl run, but this offensive line may be an Achilles heel for them. When the Raiders have to go against good defensive fronts, this offensive line struggles—which affects Derek Carr and his ability to get the ball to his playmakers. The Raiders need to go offensive line here to address a position group that is easily the worst part of their offense.

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18. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Bijan Robinson RB, Texas

This Philadelphia roster is quickly becoming one of the best rosters in the NFL. So the Eagles have the luxury of making a “luxury pick” here. And nothing says luxury like grabbing the best running back in the draft to pair with Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and this offensive line. The addition of Bijan Robinson could make this offense unstoppable.

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19. Cincinnati Bengals

Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia

The Bengals had a magical run last year, making it all the way to the Super Bowl. But the truth is that this roster still needs improvements. And one of the improvements needed is the cornerback position. Kelee Ringo is a physically impressive corner that has all the potential to become one of the best corners in the NFL. I believe the Bengals draft Ringo here and make him an immediate starter.

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20. Indianapolis Colts

Jordan Addison WR, USC

The Colts have big-bodied receivers in Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, but they need another element. Jordan Addison is a shifty, explosive receiver that is essentially a change-of-pace guy for the Colts. Most great offenses in the NFL have three reliable receivers and I think the Colts draft Addison here could complete that trio.

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21. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

Henry To’o To’o LB, Alabama

The Seahawks double down here on defense—this time it’s Alabama LB Henry To’o To’o. When the Seahawks were at their best, they had good productivity from their linebacker corps with players like Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright. To’o To’o is a smart, instinctive payer that should fit perfectly within this defense.

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22. Minnesota Vikings

Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame

Everyone knows that the Vikings have Justin Jefferson at receiver and Dalvin Cook at running back, but I believe they need another weapon on this offense. With this pick, they draft Michael Mayer, a guy that could work the middle of the field and help balance this offense out.

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23. Miami Dolphins (via SF)

Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland

The Dolphins are another one of those teams that went all in on upgrading the offensive skill positions, bringing in guys like Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr. But their offensive line is still mediocre at best. I think Jaelyn Duncan could be a day-one starter for the Dolphins and instantly help a position group that has struggled over the past couple of years.

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24. Baltimore Ravens

Kyu Blu Kelly CB, Stanford

The Ravens are a franchise that always seems to do the right thing for their franchise. The cornerback position is one of the oldest on this team and needs to be injected with some youth. Kyu Blu Kelly is a tough, gritty player that can play both on the outside and as a nickel player.

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25. Green Bay Packers

Quentin Johnston WR, TCU

It seems like in the past the Green Bay Packers have been reluctant to give in to pressure from the media and draft a receiver in the first ground. This year I think they have no choice. I don’t see this receiver corps making any significant strides and they need a true No. 1. Quentin Johnson is quick, fast, physical, and already seems to be a high-IQ football player, something this Green Bay receiver room needs.

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26. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Gervon Dexter Sr. IDL, Florida

The Lions are rebuilding this roster piece by piece. The Lions’ offense appears to be in a decent spot but now it’s time to address the defense. Gervon Dexter Sr. will fit perfectly into this Aaron Glenn attack-style defense. Dexter Sr. is athletic and physical and should be a day-one starter for the Lions.

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27. Los Angeles Chargers

Cornelius Johnson WR, Michigan

On one hand, I believe the Chargers have one of the best receiver groups in the NFL. On the other hand, I believe that they may have the most consistently injured receiver group in the NFL. If the Chargers want to truly make a Super Bowl run, they are going to need a healthy receiver group. So with this pick, I think they try to inject some youth into this position and draft receiver Cornelius Johnson.

Johnson is a big-bodied, explosive receiver that can stretch the field vertically. The Chargers need another outside receiver that will allow Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to work the slot positions and I believe Johnson is that guy.

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28. Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Battle SAF, Alabama

This pick helps address the Eagles’ worst position group. The Eagles have a good front seven and solid corners, but their safety position leaves much to be desired. Jordan Battle has the flexibility to play as a FS or in the box. Battle should step in immediately and boost this safety position for the Eagles.

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29. Kansas City Chiefs

Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame

We got a snapshot of the new-look Chiefs so far and I have to say I’m impressed. The front office aimed to make the team more well rounded and it showed over the past two weeks. I think they continue to bolster the edge rush position and take Notre Dame edge rusher Isaiah Foskey. Foskey is a great athlete and has a high ceiling as an edge rusher. Adding Foskey to their rotation should give the Chiefs another edge guy so they can continue to “rush in bunches.”

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30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jahmyr Gibbs RB, Alabama

The Buccaneers have been lucky to get playoff Leonard Fournette in the building, because other than that this would be a struggling situation. Jahmir Gibbs is an electric running back that can be a big-play threat for the Buccaneers out of the backfield. I think this is a smart pick because even if Tom Brady decides to move on, the next quarterback has an electric weapon out of the backfield.

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31. Buffalo Bills

Brian Branch SAF, Alabama

The Bills arguably have the best roster in the NFL and it shows. They dominated the defending Super Bowl champs and this team looks to be in playoff form right now. So with this pick, I believe the Bills go best player available and take Alabama safety Brian Branch. Branch is a versatile defender they can play in the box or in the slot position. The AFC is loaded with high-powered offenses, so taking a defensive back with versatility only makes sense here.

 

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Keith Sanchez