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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Lions trade up to secure Jared Goff’s replacement as QBs go 1-2-3

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Houston has made it clear that Davis Mills is not the franchise quarterback, so the Texans cannot pass up an opportunity to add one with the first overall pick. Young is a leader and instinctual playmaker.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Detroit runs the risk of losing a top quarterback if it sticks at No. 5 overall. Meanwhile, Chicago is able to slide back, pick up some additional draft capital and still get one of the two elite defenders in this class. The Lions move up to get a long-term replacement for Jared Goff. Carolina was among the teams lurking.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Losers of two straight games, Seattle determines the long-term outlook with Geno Smith is not worth bypassing a quarterback at No. 3 overall. Stroud is still on the board, but not after the Seahawks selection.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 300 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Pittsburgh finds itself in the perfect situation of not having to decide whether or not to take one of the top quarterbacks while also getting one of the elite defensive prospects. Carter gives the Steelers some flexibility along the defensive line while adding some pass-rush potential up the middle.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 243 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Chicago moves back in the aforementioned trade with Detroit and still lands a franchise cornerstone to rush the passer.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Carolina still has some business to take care of this offseason as it looks to replace Matt Rhule. Murphy is the best player on the board and would be a tremendous option opposite Brian Burns.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Arizona has a few aging pieces along its offensive line, so it brings in a versatile lineman like Skoronski to build for the future.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Jeff Okudah has looked much improved this year, and Kerby Joseph is a promising young piece to that secondary. Ringo, who checks all of the physical boxes, lifts the potential of that unit even more.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

6th

James Bradberry is scheduled to be a free agent after the season, so Philadelphia moves to address the position now rather than allowing it to become a concern again.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Bernhard Raimann has shown improvement as the season has progressed to the point Indianapolis may not need to address the position this offseason. If that winds up being the case, the Colts should look to upgrade edge rusher, quarterback or cornerback.

USC

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Christian Watson has been on fire in recent weeks, accumulating six touchdowns over the past three games. Addison gives the team a bit more speed to work underneath as a compliment to Watson.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

1st

Atlanta just needs to continue stacking talent on that roster. It has a few core offensive pieces with Drake London and Kyle Pitts. On defense, cornerback A.J. Terrell can be a star and edge rusher Arnold Ebiketie has shown promise. Simpson gives the Falcons flexibility at the second level to fit run gaps, rush the passer or use his length to impact passing lanes.

Clemson

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Las Vegas gets more stout up the middle with the addition of the nation’s former No. 1 overall high school recruit.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jacksonville adds some height at wide receiver as it looks to build a young, sustainable unit to support quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

After taking Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with the No. 1 overall selection, Houston turns around and adds a talented, lengthy pass rusher from the state of Texas. The hope is that Young is the leader on offense and Wilson is that player on defense.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

New York’s issues at wide receiver have been well-documented this season. It is difficult envisioning anyone other than Wan’Dale Robinson and maybe Darius Slayton being on that roster long-term. Ohio State has produced NFL-ready wide receivers, so the hope is that Smith-Njigba is ready to hit the ground running.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

New England replaces one Georgia left tackle with another as Jones enters the fold.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

Washington’s defense has been a roller coaster. It was awesome two years ago, underwhelming last year and now impactful yet again. The Commanders have addressed every level of that defense with the exception of cornerback, but that changes here with the selection of Porter.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 347 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

General manager Joe Douglas comes from a Philadelphia situation that places significant emphasis on having a stable offensive line. The Jets are not to that point, hence the selection of Torrence.

Florida State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 248 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Boye Mafe could develop into a larger piece of that Seattle pass rush but, for now, it remains a concern. Verse would be the second edge rusher transfer to become a first-round pick out of Florida State in as many years.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 270 lbs

Los Angeles brings in a big tight end who is not only a weapon in the red zone, but a valuable blocker both inline and in space. He can spring Austin Ekeler for big gains.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Robinson is going to go somewhere in the first round. Every franchise is looking at him saying it has bigger needs and its respective general manager would never take a running back in the first round, but it is going to happen somewhere. The run game is such a big part of Tennessee’s identity, so it is easy to envision the Titans bringing in a workload back to eventually replace Derrick Henry.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Branch brings a well-rounded skillset and football IQ to the table. He essentially allows Tampa Bay to adjust its personnel without tipping off the offense as to what it is trying to do.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Tee Higgins has elevated his profile in the absence of Ja’Marr Chase. Those two feel like the future at the position in Cincinnati. The Bengals could move on from Tyler Body in an effort to create salary cap space, but they do not have to sacrifice the production. Mayer would be that third outlet for Joe Burrow.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

1st

Minnesota added Andrew Booth in the 2022 NFL Draft, but injuries have held him back. The Vikings do not have a clear plan at the cornerback position, so Witherspoon alleviates some of those concerns. He comes out of an Illinois program that has produced smart, instinctual defensive backs under the direction of head coach Bret Bielema and his staff.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Baltimore continues the run on defensive backs with the selection of Smith. Marcus Peters is in the final year of his contract.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to be a free agent next offseason even if he signs with Dallas. James Washington is playing out a one-year deal. The Cowboys would still theoretically need another wide receiver to supplement Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. Boutte has underperformed this season, but Dallas could capitalize with a supreme value.

Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

Denver brings in a player that who compliment Justin Simmons on the back end. The Broncos obviously have bigger issues to sort out this offseason with the futures of head coach Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback Russell Wilson in the air.

S. Dakota St.

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 255 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

Buffalo has chased an upgrade at the tight end position for years; perhaps Kraft ends up being that player.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

6th

Foskey has produced 11 sacks each of the past two seasons. Sack production often translates from college to the NFL. Foskey checks the boxes from a physical perspective.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Gibbs is a first-round talent, so the plan was to wedge him into the first round somewhere. Kansas City makes a lot of sense, as head coach Andy Reid will be able to unlock his potential.



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