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2023 NFL Mock Draft #1

round one

November 24, 2022
Aidan Hutchinson
Bryce Young - QB - Alabama
Young is small (6-0, 194) for the position but has virtually every other franchise quarterback trait.
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C.J. Stroud - QB - Ohio State
Stroud has the arm talent and poise to solve Carolina’s quarterback problem.
Will Anderson Jr. - EDGE - Alabama
Widely considered the best overall talent in the class, Anderson is an elite pass-rusher and run defender.
Anthony Richardson - QB Florida
Richardson is dripping with developmental upside. He’s got unbelievable arm strength/velocity and the mobility to extend plays.
Derek Stingley
Will Levis - QB - Kentucky
Geno Smith is a great story — but he’s not the long-term answer in Seattle. Levis is inconsistent but has prototypical tools and All-Pro upside.
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Jalen Carter - DT - Georgia
With the top quarterback options off the board, Detroit ends up with a once-in-a-decade-type defensive lineman.
Jordan Addison - WR - USC
A polished, NFL-ready target for Bryce Young, Addison compares to Chris Olave and Stefon Diggs.
Olu Fashanu - OT - Penn State
Fashanu possesses unbelievable upside and would fill a massive need in Pittsburgh.
Trent McDuffie
Michael Mayer - TE - Notre Dame
A special tight end prospect, Mayer excels in contested catch situations and is ready to help Trevor Lawrence.
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Bijan Robinson - RB - Texas
Robinson is a unique talent who would make the Eagles’ running game nearly impossible to defend. Note that Miles Sanders is a free agent in 2023.
Myles Murphy - OLB - Clemson
An elite athlete, Murphy can help fix Arizona’s pass-rush issues.
Jaxson Smith-Njigba - WR - Ohio State
Smith-Njigba is an instinctive receiver with the route-running polish to help Aaron Rodgers right away.
Trent McDuffie
Kelee Ringo - CB - Georgia
The Lions need someone to cover Justin Jefferson. Ringo is the best corner in the draft class.
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Tanner McKee - QB - Stanford
Another Stanford quarterback for the Colts — McKee has the size, smarts, and arm to develop into a franchise quarterback.
Quentin Johnston - WR - TCU
Johnston (6-4, 215) is one of the most dangerous yards-after-catch receivers in CFB history. He’d create a terrifying trio with Kyle Pitts and Drake London.
Bryan Bresee - DT - Clemson
Bresee carries some medical risk (torn ACL in 2021) but is incredibly disruptive. The Chargers have been seeking an interior force like him for years.
Jermaine Johnson
Peter Skoronski - OL - Northwestern
Skoronski has the makings of a perennial Pro-Bowl offensive lineman. The only question is whether or not he has the length to start at offensive tackle.
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Paris Johnson Jr. - OT - Ohio State
Johnson Jr. can be the long-term solution at left tackle for the Jets. He hasn’t allowed a sack or committed a penalty this season.
Joey Porter Jr. - CB - Penn State
Porter Jr. has elite physical traits and can be a force in coverage and run support. He projects as a replacement for impending free agent corner Jamel Dean, who will likely be too expensive for the Bucs to retain.
Broderick Jones - OT - Georgia
The Broncos need a left tackle upgrade. Jones, a former top recruit, has dominated the SEC in his first year as a starter.
Trevor Penning NFL
Tyree Wilson - EDGE - Texas Tech
A herculean body type (6-6, 270), Wilson has the strength and explosion to wreak havoc.
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Jahmyr Gibbs - RB - Alabama
The Patriots need an explosive element on offense — Gibbs is seen as an Alvin Kamara-type, who is dynamic in both the run and pass game.
Trenton Simpson - LB - Clemson
Simpson, a sideline-to-sideline defender, is the best remaining player on the board. He’s got the skill set to defend against Lamar Jackson.
Brian Branch - S - Alabama
It’s tough to find any flaws in Branch’s game — he’s sticky in coverage and a technician versus the run. He’d project as a replacement for either Micah Hyde (31) or Jordan Poyer (31).
George Karlaftis
Kayshon Boutte - WR - LSU
Boutte is in the midst of a down season but possesses as much pound-for-pound talent as any receiver in the class. He’s got the acceleration to be a lethal underneath target for Lamar Jackson.
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Jared Verse - EDGE - Florida State
Verse has been one of the most explosive pass-rushers in CFB this year. He’s got the size/speed combo to be a force opposite Harold Landry in 2023.
Cam Smith - CB - South Carolina
Smith has the length and aggression Dallas prefers in its corners.
Darnell Washington - TE - Georgia
Washington is a unicorn prospect with the potential to be very special — he’s a huge (6-7, 270) athlete with soft hands and elite blocking ability.
Skyy Moore
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Christian Gonzalez - CB - Oregon
Gonzalez is an experienced defender with a great track record of ball production. He projects as a replacement for Patrick Peterson (32).
Dawand Jones - OT - Ohio State
The only thing that can stop Patrick Mahomes is poor pass protection — Jones (6-8, 360) would be an upgrade on RT Andrew Wylie.
Nolan Smith - EDGE - Georgia
Smith would bolster the Eagles’ run-defense and offers developmental pass-rush upside.
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