The NFL season is well underway and throughout the first four weeks, the football gods have been kind. There have been so many exciting games and outstanding individual performances that it makes being a football fan one of the best things in the world. It’s a long season and while some teams are off to a hot start, some are not. While I fully believe that no team is out of it yet and there’s plenty of time to turn things around, I also understand that fans of losing teams may start to think about NFL mock draft season.
For all you poor, unfortunate souls, I am here for you. Below is the second version of my 2023 NFL Mock Draft series. As always, the order is set using BetOnline Super Bowl odds as of Sunday morning.
Let me know if you love or hate your team’s selection by reaching me on Twitter @Brentley12
2023 NFL Mock Draft: Weissman 2.0
1. Houston Texans
Will Anderson Jr. EDGE, Alabama
No surprise here at the top of this NFL mock draft. Will Anderson Jr. is the best player in this class and it’s not particularly close. The play of Davis Mills has been up and down so far this year but he has certainly shown enough to allow the Texans to pass on taking a quarterback and going for the best player in the draft in Anderson.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Bryce Young QB, Alabama
Geno Smith has played admirably so far this season but a quarterback of the future is undoubtedly the Seahawks’ biggest need. It’s splitting hairs for me at the top of the QB class, but I have put Bryce Young as my QB1 after originally having C.J. Stroud. Young’s instincts and intangibles are special and I feel more comfortable betting on him to be successful. Young is a great piece for the Seahawks to build around.
3. Atlanta Falcons
CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State
Atlanta has been a tough out this year and Marcus Mariota has played well. That said, we know Mariota isn’t the future for Atlanta so finding a quarterback will be a priority for the franchise. C.J. Stroud, as I mentioned, is neck and neck with Young as QB1 and he keeps getting better and better. He would be a great point guard distributing to the likes of Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
4. New York Jets
Jaelyn Duncan OT, Maryland
If you poll four evaluators for who is OT1, you’ll likely get four different answers. I personally like Jaelyn Duncan the best as I value his blend of power and anchor along with his above-average mobility. All I know is that the Jets desperately need help upfront and as long as they take a swing on a tackle, they’ll be in a better spot.
5. Chicago Bears
Jordan Addison WR, USC
Entering the season, I had Jordan Addison as my WR3 behind Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Kayshon Boutte. Through the first month of the college football season, all Addison has done is dominate—what he has put on tape is impossible to ignore. He has vaulted up to WR1 for me and pairing him with Justin Fields—who has the worst receiving corps in the NFL to throw to—just seems right.
6. Carolina Panthers
Will Levis QB, Kentucky
The Baker Mayfield experiment has gone about as well as we all thought it would entering the season. It’s clear Mayfield is not the answer here and I am sure David Tepper is done trying to find a QB through failed former first-round picks. It’s time the Panthers take a swing for a QB in the draft and Will Levis is well worth it here. He is a big, strong, athletic kid who has a cannon for an arm. Might as well take the shot.
7. Washington Commanders
Kelee Ringo CB, Georgia
Kendall Fuller is a solid player at one corner spot but the Commanders can certainly use another one opposite him. Kelee Ringo is off to a strong start to the season and projects as a CB1 at the next level. A long and physical player, Ringo has the ability to lock down opposing No. 1 receivers.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jalen Carter IDL, Georgia
The first wild card of the draft. I desperately wanted to give the Steelers an offensive lineman to help this putrid offense get on track, but passing on Jalen Carter here was something I just couldn’t do. Carter is one of the most talented players in the draft and is a force inside the defensive line. The Steelers need help at nose tackle and inserting Carter next to Cam Heyward would be dangerous.
9. New England Patriots
Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR, Ohio State
The Patriots’ offense is boring. How can we make them not boring? By adding a No. 1 receiver for Mac Jones to throw to. Jaxon Smith-Njigba has been out with an injury early this season but he should be returning soon. He is an elite route-runner with separation quickness and body control.
10. New York Giants
Anthony Richardson QB, Florida
Anthony Richardson stole the show in week one of the college football season and many including myself were ready to proclaim him as QB1. Unfortunately, Richardson has yet to string together consistent games and even though he has the highest upside in the class, he slides a bit due to his inconsistency. Getting Richardson in the hands of Brian Daboll, who has had success in grooming raw quarterbacks, is a good move for all parties involved.
11. Detroit Lions
Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson
Detroit is a tough football team and they come out every week to kick the crap out of their opponent. Bryan Bresee shares that mentality. He is a game-wrecker inside the defensive line and his blend of short-area explosiveness, length, and power make him a tough match against guards. Him next to Aidan Hutchinson would make for a talented young defensive line.
12. Las Vegas Raiders
Paris Johnson Jr. OT, Ohio State
The Raiders aren’t as bad as their record shows. They’ll get it together and find a way to win some games. What is bad, however, is their offensive line. They desperately need a right tackle or a guard and Paris Johnson Jr. has experience playing both tackle and guard. Johnson is an athletic player who excels in space and in pass protection.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Myles Murphy EDGE, Clemson
Arizona appears to have won the Chandler Jones trade at least initially but they still need to find a replacement for the former star pass-rusher. Myles Murphy is an explosive player off the edge who wins with speed and power.
14. Tennessee Titans
Michael Mayer TE, Notre Dame
The Titans are always a tough team to draft for. They could use an offensive lineman, a receiver, or an edge rusher. That said, I think the safest bet here is to take the best player available and that is Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer. Inserting Mayer into an offense that already has Derrick Henry and an emerging Treylon Burks makes for a nice core for Ryan Tannehill to work with.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)
Cam Smith CB, South Carolina
Darius Slay continues to play at an All-Pro level even at his age-31 season. The team could definitely use some more depth at the position behind Slay and James Bradberry. Cam Smith is an alpha at corner who plays the game with the competitiveness and toughness that the city of Philadelphia will appreciate. He can serve as the team’s third corner until he is ready to take over for one of the older vets.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars
Kayshon Boutte WR, LSU
Kayshon Boutte has had a rough start to the season but his talent is still undeniable. He is an explosive playmaker who excels at all three levels. The Jaguars have been a great surprise this season and under the leadership of Doug Pederson, the offense looks very good. The one thing they are missing is a deep threat for Trevor Lawrence to stretch the field with and Boutte fits that bill.
17. Houston Texans (via CLE)
Trenton Simpson LB, Clemson
I wanted to find an offensive player here in this NFL mock draft that could help accelerate the progression of Mills but there just wasn’t one I saw that fit. Instead, I’ll give them a second-level defender in Trenton Simpson to join a defense that all of a sudden has a ton of youth and explosiveness. Derek Stingley Jr., Jalen Pitre, Anderson Jr., and now Simpson? Let’s go.
18. Indianapolis Colts
Broderick Jones OT, Georgia
Honestly, Indianapolis needs a quarterback. I hope they trade up for one because I am sick of their constant cycle of veteran options who fail. That said, I’m not doing trades in this draft so instead, I’ll give them a left tackle of the future in Broderick Jones. Jones can be a pillar for the offensive line and protect whoever the Colts field at quarterback next season.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern
Connor McGovern is on an expiring contract at left guard and Dallas desperately needs to bolster their offensive line. Peter Skoronski is a player who is a versatile guy that can play either tackle or guard. With the Cowboys, he will slide inside next Tyler Smith and fortify the left side of this front.
20. Minnesota Vikings
Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State
Minnesota needs some help opposite Cam Dantzler as Patrick Peterson isn’t getting any younger. Joey Porter Jr. is one of the best corners in this class and he would be a great addition to this Vikings defense. Porter is an extremely long corner who excels in press but also shows the foot quickness and hip flexibility to stay connected throughout the route.
21. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)
Tyree Wilson EDGE, Texas Tech
The Seahawks just need more playmakers on defense as they look to rebuild their unit. Tyree Wilson just screams “Pete Carroll defensive end.” He has outstanding length and power and his ability to convert power in short areas is special. He is firm against the run and his pass-rush upside is tantalizing.
22. Cincinnati Bengals
Darnell Washington TE, Georgia
Blah Blah Blah take an offensive lineman. Sure, I agree that getting the Bengals offensive line help would make sense, but the sacks Joe Burrow has taken aren’t all on the offensive line. Some of those were on Burrow and him not getting the ball out fast enough. The one other hole on this offense is at tight end—I think they can improve there. Darnell Washington is a freak show and his ability to dominate both as a receiver and blocker would be a great help to this offense.
23. Los Angeles Chargers
Gervon Dexter Sr. IDL, Florida
Man, what a rough week for the Chargers. Losing Rashawn Slater and Joey Bosa in one week is brutal. This team is still talented enough to compete for a playoff spot and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them rally around Justin Herbert and go for a run. Where I do see weakness on this roster is down the middle of the defense. Adding Gervon Dexter Sr. to a front that has Bosa, Khalil Mack, and Sebastian Joseph-Day would go a long way as they look to fortify their run defense.
24. Miami Dolphins (via SF)
Henry To’o To’o LB, Alabama
The Dolphins have steadily built one of the better defenses in the NFL but the one area of the unit that could be improved is their linebacking corps. Jerome Baker has played well this season and so has Duke Riley, but Riley is on an expiring contract and Baker is known to be inconsistent. Henry To’o To’o is a three-down linebacker who can play in space and also be firm against the run.
25. Baltimore Ravens
Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame
Baltimore appears to have hit on Odafe Oweh at one edge spot but they could certainly use help opposite him. Isaiah Foskey is an explosive pass rusher with an outstanding first step. He has shown the ability to close to the quarterback in a hurry and finish with the sack. He and Oweh would make a great pass-rushing duo.
26. Detroit Lions (via LAR)
Christian Gonzalez CB, Oregon
I am happy to report that Jeff Okudah is back healthy and is taking no prisoners as he works to establish himself as a lockdown corner. I love the idea of adding another corner opposite Okudah and really solidifying this defense. Christian Gonzalez is having a tremendous year for Oregon and projects as a starter at the next level.
27. Green Bay Packers
Antonio Johnson SAF, Texas A&M
Adrian Amos is a free agent after this season and that appears to be a massive hole on this roster. I know a receiver here could make sense as well, but Brian Gutekunst has shown to be hesitant in drafting a receiver in the first round. Instead, they take Amos’ replacement in Antonio Johnson to strengthen this secondary.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eli Ricks CB, Alabama
The Buccaneers are set to lose Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting to free agency, so corner will be a massive need come the draft. Eli Ricks is arguably the most talented corner in the class but is not having the year many expected him when he transferred from LSU. Still, his talent is too much to pass on here and the Buccaneers are known for taking gambles on talented players.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Quentin Johnston WR, TCU
Just imagine Patrick Mahomes dropping back and unleashing a bomb to Quentin Johnston down the field for a touchdown. Johnston is a big-bodied receiver who excels at getting vertical and winning in contested-catch situations. While Johnston won’t fully replace Tyreek Hill, he’s at least a step in the right direction.
30. Philadelphia Eagles
Bijan Robinson RB, Texas
I get it, Howie Roseman doesn’t draft running backs, but I don’t care. This late in the first round, I am running the card in if Bijan Robinson is available. Robinson is a talented back who has the speed, vision, and change of direction to score anytime he touches the football.
31. Buffalo Bills
Andrew Vorhees IOL, USC
Rodger Saffold is a free agent at left guard and the options behind him aren’t great. The Bills would be wise to continually invest in their offensive line to ensure that Josh Allen remains upright. Andrew Vorhees is a strong guard with good size and power. He is a plug-and-play guard and would be a contributor for this Super Bowl-ready team.
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