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2023 NFL Mock Draft w/Trades: Dennis Sosic (1.0)

2023 NFL Mock Draft w/Trades: Dennis Sosic (1.0)

With the Super Bowl now complete, there is still NFL football to discuss. Football geeks will be celebrating starting with the NFL Combine next week to March 7, when NFL teams must designate their Franchise or Transition players.

But of course, the pinnacle of the NFL offseason happens in approximately two months with the NFL Draft. Every fan is gearing up to see what their favorite teams will do April 27-29.

Here is what one football geek thinks your favorite teams will do in the NFL Draft.

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2023 NFL Mock Draft with Trades

Round 1

1. Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis (QB – Kentucky) *** MOCK TRADE ALERT ***
The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off with a bang, with the Colts trading up to get the first overall pick and their franchise quarterback. The Colts jump over their division rival and select Wil Levis, the physical prototype NFL QB who fits the Peyton Manning/Andrew Luck mold. New Colts head coach Shane Steichen helped develop Justin Herbert when he was the Chargers OC and turned Jalen Hurts into one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Levis has the tools with his size, cannon arm and athletic ability. Can Steichen work the same magic with Levis?

2. Houston Texans: Bryce Young (QB – Alabama)

You hear a sigh of relief from Houston after the Colts did not take Bryce Young. Young is a fantastic playmaker and possesses excellent poise. The elephant in the room with Young is his six-foot and 194-pound frame, with that weight being slightly exaggerated. The question is if he will be durable enough to take on the punishment in the NFL. His arm talent is not elite, but Young still finds ways to create plays and attack defenses. He should be fun to watch and roster in your dynasty leagues.

3. Carolina Panthers: C.J. Stroud (QB – Ohio St.) *** MOCK TRADE ALERT ***

New head coach Frank Reich and the Carolina Panthers did not want to take a chance in not getting their hands on one of the franchise quarterbacks in this draft. After suffering through Sam Darnold and PJ Walker, the Panthers decided to pull the trigger on moving up to get Ohio State’s, C.J. Stroud. Stroud played with an elite group of wide receivers at Ohio State and possessed great instincts and accuracy. He is very composed in the pocket while displaying good arm strength. However, one of the biggest concerns with Stroud is his ability to throw outside the pocket. He is athletic and is good at extending plays but creating outside the structure of the offense needs improvement. Stroud is an NFL-caliber quarterback now and should be well-coached by Reich and thrive in Carolina.

4. Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter (DL – Georgia)

The Bears moved down three picks and still got the player they wanted all along in Jalen Carter. Carter is an elite athlete for his size at 6-foot-3 and over 300 pounds. His strength and quickness make Carter stand out while producing six sacks and 18.5 TFLs in 33 career games for Georgia. Carter is versatile to play anywhere along the line but will make his impact by showing off his toughness and explosion on the interior. His potential and positional effects make this a no-brainer move by the Bears.

5. Seattle Seahawks: Will Anderson Jr. (Edge – Alabama)

The Seahawks need a serious upgrade on the defensive line and found a decorated gem in Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. Anderson Jr. is an uber-athletic Edge with a highly intense motor that’s relentless on the field. He makes game-changing plays in both the run game and chasing the passer.

6. Detroit Lions: Devon Witherspoon (CB – Illinois)

The Lions continue to impress and come out of this selection with a shutdown corner in Devon Witherspoon. Witherspoon allowed only 22 catches for 206 yards and zero scores. He is a physical defender who excels in defending the run. Witherspoon will team up with Jeff Okudah to create a formidable corner duo that should concern opposing offenses.

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7. Las Vegas Raiders: Paris Johnson Jr. (OT – Ohio St.)

The Raiders will obtain a new quarterback for 2023, and Josh McDaniels should invest in protecting their new signal-caller. The Raiders do just that with the selection of Ohio State Buckeye lineman Paris Johnson Jr. Johnson Jr. is an upper-level prospect with unlimited potential. In addition, he has experience at both tackle spots and guard. As a result, the Raiders have a fixture on their offensive line for the next decade.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Myles Murphy (Edge – Clemson)

The Falcons produced the second-fewest sacks last season (21), so grabbing a pass-rusher here was a no-brainer. Myles Murphy is a complete player who should immediately impact all three downs with his mobility and freakish athletic skills.

9. Arizona Cardinals: Tyree Wilson (Edge – Texas Tech)

With the retirement of J.J. Watt, the Cardinals seek out Edge help with Texas Tech Edge Tyree Wilson. Wilson tallied 50 total pressures and eight sacks last season. Wilson has a high motor, an explosive first step and is an athletic mismatch. Wilson should make an immediate impact on the Cardinals’ defense.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Joey Porter Jr. (CB – Penn State)

Sometimes life isn’t fair. The Eagles just lost in the Super Bowl, and they come back here at the 10th spot to add to a championship roster with few holes. The Eagles can look in a few directions, including adding another pass-rusher. Still, instead, the Eagles decide to improve their secondary with the pick of Joey Porter Jr. James Bradberry is likely to test free agency, and Darius Slay is turning 33 next season. Porter Jr is a tenacious defender with a mean streak and did not allow a touchdown on 30 targets in 2022.

11. Tennessee Titans: Peter Skoronski (OT – Northwestern)
The Titans must focus on upgrading their offensive line, the team’s weakest link. Peter Skoronski is versatile enough to play either tackle or guard and is a plug-and-play option for the next decade. This is a no-brainer selection for the Titans.

12. Houston Texans: Quentin Johnston (WR – TCU)
This selection seems like an obvious pick for the Texans. Matching up their franchise quarterback with a talented wide receiver prospect for the next five to seven seasons seems like a great way to kick-start your offense. Quentin Johnston makes something happen every time the ball is in his hands.

13. Green Bay Packers: Broderick Jones (OT – Georgia) *** MOCK TRADE ALERT ***
In this mock, the Packers decided to move on from Aaron Rodgers, with the New York Jets believing that Rodgers could be the final piece of their championship puzzle. Instead, the Packers grabbed this pick along with conditional picks for Rodgers and decided to solidify their offensive line with Georgia tackle Broderick Jones. Jones is ultra-athletic with power, size and length and will be a plus starter at either tackle spot for the Packers, who can’t seem to keep their offensive lineman healthy and on the field.

14. New England Patriots: Brian Branch (S – Alabama)

Brian Branch is a Bill Belichick-type player. He’s an intelligent and versatile defender who played a hybrid role in Alabama’s defense and can play any position in the secondary. Branch is also a good blitzer, excellent versus the run and, more importantly, a pro-ready cover nickel defender.

15. Green Bay Packers: Michael Mayer (TE – Notre Dame)

As he takes over for Rodgers, new Packers starting quarterback Jordan Love will need reliable pass-catchers. Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer is on top of the list of elite tight end prospects coming out this year. Mayer seems obvious after catching 138 passes and scoring 16 touchdowns across the last two seasons. Pro Football Focus called Mayer “one of the highest-floor players in the draft.” He is a reliable pass-catcher who will thrive in the NFL for the next decade.

16. Washington Commanders: Kelee Ringo (CB – Georgia)

Kelee Ringo possesses physical attributes with his length and 6-2 height that the Commanders should love. Ringo is a freakish athlete and can cover in zone and man coverage and will step into the CB1 role from day one to start alongside Kendall Fuller.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Christian Gonzalez (CB – Oregon)

Despite having a menacing pass rush, the Steelers allowed the second-most passing touchdowns last season. The Steelers address this immediately with the selection of Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez. Gonzalez was first-team All-Pac-12 and is a smooth, explosive athlete. At 6-2 200 pounds with plus length, the former Duck has the ideal CB frame and joins the Steelers’ defense as a year-one starter.

18. Detroit Lions: Anthony Richardson (QB – Florida)

The Lions addressed their need at cornerback with the sixth pick and now pull somewhat of a shocker. Jared Goff solidified his QB1 status with the Lions, but selecting Anthony Richardson here to groom for the future could have a gigantic payoff. Richardson is a raw passing talent but continues to grow as a passer and has a rocket arm. His size and athleticism allowed him to average 6.9 yards per carry. His dual-threat ability is undeniable, and with improvements in his accuracy and decision-making, you have an investment that could develop into a franchise quarterback for the next decade.

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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Smith (CB – South Carolina)

The retirement of Tom Brady has led to numerous questions about where the Bucs will turn in this year’s draft. The defense slipped into mediocrity last season and needs to be addressed. The entire secondary will be free agents and needs to be restructured, starting with South Carolina defensive back Cam Smith. Smith is a physical corner with good ball skills and the length to challenge wide receivers at the catch point. His long speed and lateral range allow him to keep up with the better wideouts. Smith jumps in as the day-one starter.

20. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bresee (DT – Clemson)

The Seahawks found their Edge rusher in Will Anderson with their first pick this round. They double up to fix their defense with DT Brian Breese. His stock took a slight nosedive coming into the season with an ACL injury. However, Breese has continued to prove that he can be an effective pass rusher with a relentless motor and will fit nicely in a rebuilding Seahawks defense.

21. Los Angeles Chargers: Dawand Jones (OT – Ohio St.)

Dawand Jones stood out at this year’s Senior Bowl when his wingspan was measured at 89.5 inches, which is the longest in Senior Bowl history. Jones is 6-8, 360 pounds and has incredible length and quickness. Jones allowed just four sacks over his college career and will form a dynamic bookend tackle duo with Rashawn Slater, protecting Herbert and opening holes for Austin Ekeler.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – Ohio St.)

Jaxon Smith-Njigba set a single-season receiving record in 2021 with 1,666 receiving yards and entered the 2022 season as one of the top wide receivers in college football. A hamstring injury forced Smith-Njigba to miss all but three games. However, Smith-Njigba has proven his playmaking ability. He creates separation and is a smooth route runner. He is projected to be an elite slot receiver and should be an effective weapon for Lamar Jackson (hopefully) and the Ravens’ offense, which desperately needs more offensive weapons.

23. Buffalo Bills: Bijan Robinson (RB – Texas) *** MOCK TRADE ALERT ***
Fantasy managers rejoice! The Bills trade up to move ahead of the Dallas Cowboys to select Bijan Robinson, the best running back prospect seen in years. Robinson is an all-purpose playmaker who can take pressure off Josh Allen and will automatically contend with being one of the best backs in the NFL.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dalton Kincaid (TE – Utah)

Even if the Jaguars retain Evan Engram, they can still grab tight end Dalton Kincaid, who provides another offensive weapon and chess piece for Doug Pederson. Kinkaid hauled in 70 catches for 890 yards and eight scores last season. He is an outstanding pass catcher who is a vertical threat and gains valuable yardage after the catch. If the Jaguars move on from Engram, Kinkaid will shine with the other offensive weapons in Jacksonville and a surging Trevor Lawrence leading the way.


25. New York Giants: Jordan Addison (WR – USC)

The Giants desperately need help at the wide receiver position, and they run to the podium to grab one of the best route runners in this class, Jordan Addison. Addison produced outstanding numbers and is considered one of the top wideouts in the nation. His slight frame at 6-0 and 175 lbs provides concern abouthim playing outside. However, his speed and athleticism make him a game-breaker from the slot and a valuable weapon for the Giants’ offense.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Jalin Hyatt (WR – Tennessee)

Jerry Jones is going to lose his mind. He held his breath that Robinson would fall to the Cowboys and help their running game with Ezekiel Elliot looking broken down and Tony Pollard returning from surgery. So instead, the Cowboys pivot to provide Dak Prescott and new play-caller Mike McCarthy with another offensive weapon in Jalin Hyatt, a polished route runner with field-stretching skills who can take some heat off of CeeDee Lamb.

27. Minnesota Vikings: Emmanuel Forbes (CB – Mississippi State)

New DC Brian Flores loves his cornerbacks, and the Vikings need to get impactful young players on a defense that gave up the second-most yards per game (388.7 yards per game). The defense needs playmakers immediately and found one of the top playmaking corners in college with Emmanuel Forbes. Forbes totaled 14 interceptions, the tops in the NCAA during his three seasons. Forbes is a ball-hawking corner who scored three touchdowns in college. His smaller build may lead to concerns, but his length and game-changing plays will help the Vikings’ defense turn the corner.

28. Cincinnati Bengals: Anton Harrison (OT – Oklahoma)

The Bengals obtaining help in the trenches is necessary after what happened to their offensive line depth in the playoffs with three starters injured. Anton Harrison allowed only nine pressures on 447 pass-blocking snaps this past season while possessing a nasty streak to excel in the running game. In addition, Harrison can play at either tackle spot, making Joe Burrow very happy.

29. New Orleans Saints: Lukas Van Ness (Edge – Iowa)

Lukas Van Ness has ideal size and strength and displays an excellent motor. He can play multiple spots on the line but has yet to prove to be an every-down player who can handle a full workload.

30. Philadelphia Eagles: Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – Alabama)

After solidifying their defensive backfield with their previous first-round selection, the Eagles find their replacement for running back Miles Sanders, who will test free agency. Gibbs possesses dual-threat potential with an advanced route tree, and could be fantasy gold in Philadelphia.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: O’Cyrus Torrence (OG – Florida)

O’Cyrus Torrence is a massive interior blocker who can move bodies with explosive power. Selecting the top interior lineman in this draft to protect your all-world quarterback and move people in the ground game seems obvious.

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Dennis Sosic is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Dennis, check out his archive and follow him @CALL_ME_SOS.

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