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2023 NFL Mock Draft: Three QBs taken in the top 5, Seattle upgrades defensive front with Clemson duo

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Young is a leader and a play extender. His feel for the game sets him apart from other quarterbacks in the class. It is the first of two first-round picks for the Texans.


Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 243 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Justin Fields has established himself as the guy in the Windy City so the team can use resources elsewhere. Anderson is a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball.


Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 300 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Pittsburgh could stick and pick or trade out, but it does not have any bad options. If it sticks and picks, it is not unreasonable to think the Steelers may consider a quarterback, but Carter is the safer bet to pair with Cam Heyward.


Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

In this scenario, Detroit would be faced with a decision between Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Levis. Levis has struggled this season but coaches will look at the situation and say that he did not have the offensive line to allow time to make full field reads and battled through injuries, which limited him to a pure pocket passer.


Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

After the Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield experiments come to an end, Carolina gets a franchise quarterback to build around at No. 5 overall. Stroud is a young prospect with immense upside but, just like any other quarterback, teams need to do a better job of supporting him and making him feel comfortable in the pocket.


Clemson

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Bresee was the top rated high school recruit and he remains one of the top rated draft prospects. His combination of size and athleticism make him one of the most promising young defenders in the draft class. Las Vegas gets stronger up front.


Penn State

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 321 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Perhaps new head coach Jeff Saturday will be able to fix all of the team’s problems but left tackle is a situation that needs to be addressed. Indianapolis is also a contender for the right to move up and take a quarterback.


Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

Geno Smith becoming a quality NFL starting quarterback was the best case scenario for Seattle because now it can use those assets to address other areas of need. The defensive front seven becomes a focal point after adding Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant to the secondary a year ago.


Georgia

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

Washington gets a height, weight and speed cornerback to replace William Jackson on the boundary. The Commanders have been re-invigorated by Taylor Heinicke and now opt to upgrade the defense.


Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

Philadelphia is notorious for preparing for the future and Skoronski is a player with positional flexibility. In the short-term, he can be a utility lineman available to step in for injury while awaiting his moment to be a full-time starter.


TCU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

Jacksonville needs youth at wide receiver to build alongside Trevor Lawrence. Johnston has not been consistent but he has flashed more potential than any other wide receiver in college football.


Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

By selecting Bryce Young No. 1 overall, Houston bypasses on the opportunity to draft one of the top defensive talents. Wilson does not carry the same level of fanfare or production as Will Anderson but he does have all of the traits that excite talent evaluators.


Texas

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Cordarelle Patterson is an outlier in every sense of the word. He is a 31-year-old veteran with significant playing experience albeit at another position. Although productive, he is not a part of the long-term plan in Atlanta. Robinson can be that feature running back as Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom have emerged as key cogs in that Falcons offensive line.


Oregon

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

6th

Arizona needs to upgrade the cornerback position and Gonzalez is a way of accomplishing it. It feels as though the draft will be on the backburner soon with potentially more changes coming to the franchise’s leadership.


Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

After trading T.J. Hockenson to Minnesota, Detroit suddenly has a vacancy at tight end. Mayer is not going to be an athletic standout at the NFL Combine but he will be a reliable target for new Lions quarterback Will Levis.


USC

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Green Bay historically does not use first-round picks on the wide receiver position but this season has been a litmus test for that strategy and it has failed. To maximize the final year(s?) of Aaron Rodgers’ career, the Packers need to jump in feet first and try to resolve their issues.


Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

General manager Joe Douglas has worked wonders on the roster in one year but offensive tackle is still an issue long-term. Johnson has fared well in his first season at left tackle and should fill a starting role with the Jets.


Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Giants need help at the wide receiver position. It feels as though Wan’Dale Robinson is the only player on the roster that can be expected to be on the roster long-term. Smith-Njigba comes from a program of polished route-runners and that should ease his transition in the Big Apple.


North Carolina

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

6th

Downs is a polished route runner that also happens to be elusive in space. He has emerged as a personal favorite in the draft class and his lack of ideal size should not be a problem in the modern day NFL.


Clemson

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

1st

Seattle has two first-round picks as a result of the Russell Wilson trade. The Seahawks struck gold with the 2022 draft class and have revived the career of Geno Smith. The selection of not one, but two Clemson Tigers could set the franchise on a path of sustainability.


Syracuse

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

Tennessee certainly needs a new starter at right tackle and may need a new left tackle in the not-too-distant future. Enough time has passed for the Titans to move on from the heartbreak of Isaiah Wilson’s selection and Bergeron is on the opposite end of the spectrum in regards to his passion for football.


Maryland

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Los Angeles has used first-round picks on the offensive line each of the past two years but it is still a work in progress. It remains to be seen what the Chargers do with Jamaree Salyer once Rashawn Slater returns but the presence of Duncan gives them options to protect Justin Herbert.


Penn State

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 198 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Cincinnati drafting Porter would be hilarious considering all that the franchise went through with his father when he played for the Steelers. The Nittany Lion is at a position of need for the Bengals.


Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Branch is a versatile defender capable of fulfilling a variety of roles. Safety Mike Edwards is a free agent after the season so there is the possibility that they search for his replacement.


Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Dallas adds a versatile piece to its secondary with the physical Aggie. Although originally from Illinois, Johnson has already made quite the career for himself in the state of Texas.


LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

Baltimore will eventually succumb to Lamar Jackson’s financial demands but, what has it done to set him up for success in the future? The Ravens need to upgrade the wide receiver room and Boutte would certainly add immense potential.


South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Minnesota has exceeded expectations this season but there is not much to get excited about as it relates to the future of the secondary. Smith is not going to test off the charts but he can be a reliable presence at what has been a volatile position group for the franchise.


Florida State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 248 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Denver moved on from Bradley Chubb at the NFL trade deadline and while it has some promising young players to which it is giving an extended look, the Broncos lack a difference maker at that position. Verse is a well-rounded player that can supplement the pass rush.


Alabama

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Kansas City took a chance on adding Clyde Edwards-Helaire but Gibbs’ skill set could be so much more impactful in that Kansas City offense. The Georgia Tech transfer is truly a wide receiver playing running back. His skill set is similar to an Alvin Kamara and the thought of that player in Andy Reid’s offense is terrifying.


Illinois

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

50th

POSITION RNK

1st

Philadelphia is all about adding players that can be staples in the locker room for several years. Witherspoon is an intelligent player at a position of need.


Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 270 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

81st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Buffalo could never give Josh Allen too many weapons. Washington would be a better fit for an offense that asks him to block in space as well, but the Bills could use his size to their advantage in red zone opportunities.




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