The Combine has wrapped, and a few players have made headlines and surged up the draft boards. This will be a much different mock draft than the first because we have some trades, but some position rankings have also changed.
Unlike last year, we have potential franchise quarterbacks, who many teams will be trying to move up and grab.
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Here it is, the Mock Draft 2.0:
2023 NFL Mock Draft: John Supowitz (2.0)
No. 1 Indianapolis Colts (Projected Trade with Bears): C.J. Stroud (QB – Ohio State)
When you watch his tape, he already looks like an NFL quarterback. Stroud put on a stellar throwing performance at the Combine and got better throughout the drill.
No. 2 Houston Texans: Bryce Young (QB – Alabama)
Despite the height issues and not throwing at the Combine, Young is still one of the more talented quarterbacks in the draft. His athleticism and playmaking ability make him unique, and it would be hard for the Texans to have him available and not make the pick.
No. 3 Carolina Panthers (Projected Trade with Cardinals): Anthony Richardson (QB – Florida)
Richardson was a huge winner at the Combine. He has moved over Will Levis, and with his rising stock, a team will need to move up to grab him.
With quarterback whisperer Frank Reich as the new head coach, he will want to start fresh at that position. If they stay at nine, Richardson will be the best available.
His size and rushing ability have people comparing him to another former Panthers quarterback, but there are things to work on. The accuracy can be shaky, and he sometimes makes dangerous throws.
I advocate for raw players going to the right team and system where they can be successful. To me, that’s possible with the combination of Richardson and Reich.
He is a dynamic player on the line and has the talent to move anywhere on the defensive front.
No. 4 Bears (Projected Trade with Colts): Will Anderson (EDGE – Alabama)
You can argue that Anderson is the best player on this board, and if he could have come out last year, he would have been a lock for the top spot.
He is a dynamic player on the line and has the talent to move anywhere on the defensive front. He will become a player an offense will have to plan for specifically.
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks: (From Denver Broncos) Jalen Carter (DT – Georgia)
The situation with Carter could eventually hurt his stock, depending on the result.
Seattle showed last year that their rebuild might not be as extensive as previously thought. Their weak point last season was in the defensive front, and they need guys who can win in the trenches.
Carter is an exceptional athlete with power up the middle and great hands.
No. 6 Detroit Lions: Christian Gonzalez (CB – Oregon)
Gonzalez had an excellent performance at the Combine, solidifying that CB1 ranking.
The Lions have two picks in the first round, and they could wait to grab a DB if Gonzalez goes off the board before they pick. They could also double up and build a secondary.
Their passing defense was so bad last year that it impacted some games, so they must upgrade the position significantly.
No. 7 Las Vegas Raiders: Will Levis (QB – Kentucky)
Levis’ numbers regressed from 2021, but he has the physicality and raw talent of a first-round quarterback. He was turnover-prone last season but did not have his complete offensive line or skill players.
He had an outstanding Combine performance, especially during his throwing drills. Unfortunately, Richardson was much better, which moved the former Kentucky quarterback down in the rankings.
No. 8 Atlanta Falcons: Tyree Wilson (EDGE – Texas Tech)
Wilson has a high motor, a long frame and a great first step. If he adds some weight, he could become that guy who takes over games.
No. 9 Arizona Cardinals (Projected Trade with Panthers): Myles Murphy (EDGE – Clemson)
Murphy didn’t do much at the Combine because of an injury, but he’ll show his talents at his pro day.
He can line up outside and attack the pass rush, but he could also move into the interior and stop the run.
No. 10 Philadelphia Eagles (from Saints): Joey Porter (CB – Penn State)
Porter was one of the winners for defensive backs at the Combine, moving him up to a top-10 pick. He’ll get to stay in Pennsylvania and could be a great replacement if the Eagles don’t bring back James Bradberry
Porter is physical at the line and excellent in press coverage, an ideal fit for this secondary.
No. 11 Tennessee Titans: Paris Johnson (OT – Ohio State)
Johnson was another one who came into the Combine as the best prospect at his position and stayed there.
The Titans will likely need multiple players to fill the offensive line. Johnson has experience at guard and tackle and incredible techniques to be a starter.
His size and agility he showed at the Combine will keep him as the first offensive lineman off the board.
No. 12 Houston Texans (From Cleveland Browns): No. Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR – Ohio State)
Jaxon Smith-Njigba put on a show at the Combine and immediately proved why he was one of the best wide receivers after the 2021 season.
The Texans went after their franchise quarterback with their first pick, and now it’s time to add a young and dynamic weapon.
No. 13 New York Jets: Peter Skoronski (OT – Northwestern)
Regardless of who is behind center for the Jets next year, they must upgrade who protects him.
Skoronski is the 2022 Big Ten offensive lineman of the year and comes in as one of the top prospects in his position.
He has the power and technique to play right away, and the size concern some scouts have shouldn’t matter.
No. 14 New England Patriots: Brian Branch (DB – Alabama)
We know the Saban/Belichick relationship, so I’m sure they’ve had some conversations about Branch. He’s a great fit in the Belichick defense — he can line up in the high post or move down to the nickel.
No. 15 Green Bay Packers: Michael Mayer (TE – Notre Dame)
Mayer is an exceptional tight end and could establish himself quickly at the position.
He’s been deemed “Baby Gronk,” and deservedly so because of his abilities as a pass catcher, but you can confidently have him on the line to block.
With the possibility of a new quarterback in Green Bay, maybe they can find a tight end who could have an offensive impact.
No. 16 Washington Commanders: O’Cyrus Torrence (OG – Florida
I said I felt like I’d be moving Torrence up after the Combine, and after a great showing, he deserves it.
Torrence transferred from Louisiana to Florida and went with his coach, Billy Napier. The improvement in the competition made him look better, and he was voted First Team All-SEC.
The guy is a wall, never allowed a single sack in his over 3,000 snaps played and is an above-average run blocker.
No. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Addison (WR – USC)
Addison said during his Combine interview that he would love to reunite with his Pitt teammate Kenny Pickett and I think chips will fall into place to make that happen.
No. 18 Detroit Lions: Bryan Bresee (DL – Clemson)
The Lions could double up on corners but also need someone else to line up with Aiden Hutchinson.
No. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bijan Robinson (RB – Texas)
The Bucs will move on from Leonard Fournette and will need a new feature back because I don’t think Raachad White is the guy.
Robinson was great at the Combine, and he’s receiving glowing reviews from scouts and analysts as one of the best running back prospects in a long time.
He is tough to take down in the open field and is an excellent pass catcher. They must take him if they stay at 19 and he’s there.
No. 20 Seattle Seahawks: Broderick Jones (OT – Georgia)
Jones is the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft. A crucial part of two national titles, he is an excellent blocker who is tough in the trenches and will give Seattle a much-needed boost at the position.
No. 21 Los Angeles Chargers: Nolan Smith (EDGE – Georgia)
Smith was one of the notable overall winners of the Combine. He didn’t test much as he recovers from a torn pectoral, but the sub 4.4 and 41″ vertical shows what’s on tape and that he’s an explosive player.
No. 22 Baltimore Ravens: Emmanuel Forbes (CB – Mississippi State)
The Ravens need secondary help with one of the worse passing defenses last season.
Forbes shot out of a cannon and grabbed a 4.35 40-time. He’s the complete package of what you want in a cornerback — long strides to stay on his assignment, will contest the catch and is a great ball tracker in the run game.
No. 23 Minnesota Vikings: Kelee Ringo (CB – Georgia)
Ringo put up some stellar numbers at the Combine, including a 4.36 40-time. That was good enough for fifth amongst cornerbacks, but what’s impressive is that he did it at 207 pounds.
He showed off fluid hip motion during the splits, and he’s a guy you can line up on the outside but also has the size to guard a tight end or larger slot receiver.
No. 24 Jacksonville Jaguars: Lukas Van Ness (EDGE – Iowa)
Van Ness solidified himself as a first-rounder with how well he ran at 272 pounds. That quickness was already there on tape, and he can break through the pass protection that allows him to be an impactful player early on.
No. 25 New York Giants: Quentin Johnston (WR – TCU)
Most of the Giants receiving core are free agents, so they must rebuild at that position. Johnston’s size and breakaway speed stand out, but he still needs to improve his route running. Still, he’s someone you want to have to catch the ball for you.
No. 26 Dallas Cowboys: Darnell Washington (TE – Georgia)
Dalton Schultz‘s time with the Cowboys is likely over, so they must fill that void.
Washington’s physical presence was the talk of the Combine at 6’6″ and 264 pounds. He tested well in the speed, agility, and explosive drills and had the catch of the weekend.
No. 27 Buffalo Bills: Zay Flowers (WR – Boston College)
People who are invested in researching NFL prospects love Flowers. He’s a dynamic playmaker who can create separation and get the big play.
The Bills need to give another weapon to Josh Allen and having Flowers and Diggs lineup on opposite sides would be a nightmare for secondaries.
No. 28 Cincinnati Bengals: Anton Harrison (OT – Oklahoma)
The man has an excellent pedigree that will solve the Bengals’ offensive tackle problems. Named to the Big-12 First Team, he is physical and mirrors the movement of the edge rusher. His run blocking is one of my favorite attributes, as he will take his assignment out during a run play.
No. 29 New Orleans Saints (from San Fransisco 49ers through Miami, Denver): Mazi Smith (DT – Michigan)
Smith is a physical specimen who went beast mode with 34 reps on the bench. Well deserving of Bruce Feldman’s top spot on his Freak List, he has so much power but has the tremendous speed to chase down a runner no matter where they break to.
No. 30 Philadelphia Eagles: Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – Alabama)
Miles Sander and Boston Scott are hitting free agency, and I wouldn’t expect both to be back.
Gibbs came in at a solid 220 pounds at just 5’9″. For that frame, he moves like he’s floating, can glide through lanes and explode through the secondary. He’s a two-way player who can run and is an excellent pass catcher.
No. 31 Kansas City Chiefs: Jalin Hyatt (WR – Tennessee)
Hyatt had a breakout season for Tennessee and is shown to have speed, quick bursts and reliable hands. The champs would love to add another weapon to the receiving core, and getting a big play guy like Hyatt would be a vertical dynamic that the Chiefs need.