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2023 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: C.J. Stroud Skyrockets To Top Overall Pick!

Mark Morales-Smith Mar 17th 5:52 AM EDT.

Draft season is here, and we are on to our second mock draft of the year. In this draft we will not be mocking any trades yet. This is straight forward the 31 picks as currently slated. We will begin adding trades as we get closer to the 2023 NFL Draft in April.

1 Carolina Panthers

QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Stroud ends up where he was always inevitably going to end up. In the top spot. Bryce Young’s size will scare teams off from drafting him first overall and Anthony Richardson’s wild inaccuracy and terrible quarterback play will push him down the board.

2 Houston Texans

QB Anthony Richardson, Florida

The Texans like making bad decisions. Here’s another one. Richardson wowed at the combine enough to make NFL GMs pretend his film isn’t atrocious.

3 Arizona Cardinals

DL Jalen Carter, Georgia

This pick will probably be traded at some point, nevertheless, for now, we have Arizona grabbing the top D-lineman in the draft.

4 Indianapolis Colts

QB Bryce Young, Alabama

The Colts are sitting in that four spot hoping to God that no one trades up to No. 3 and steals Young out from under them.

5 Seattle Seahawks

Edge Will Anderson Jr. Alabama

Anderson slips to No. 5 because of the mad dash for QBs at the top of the draft. This is a fantastic pick for Seattle.

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6 Detroit Lions

CB Christian Gonzalez Oregon

Gonzalez has done nothing but impress at every opportunity during the draft process. Teams love what he has shown both physically and mentally every time he gets a chance.

7 Las Vegas Raiders

OT Paris Johnson Jr. Ohio State

The Raiders are bringing in a stud offensive tackle to help protect their new oft-injured QB Jimmy G.

8 Atlanta Falcons

OL O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida

We expect another run-heavy approach from Atlanta next year with Desmond Ridder expected to be the starter. Torrence is built for the type of offense they want to run.

9 Chicago Bears

Edge Myles Murphy, Clemson

The Bears have been out here throwing money around in free agency, but they can still use some help getting to the quarterback.

10 Philadelphia Eagles

RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

The Eagles have very few holes which allows them a luxury pick of sorts. Usually drafting a running back this high isn’t a great idea, but Robinson is a game-changer.

11 Tennessee Titans

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

We now have JSN climbing up and becoming the top wideout off the board and landing with a team who could use another weapon on offense desperately.

12 Houston Texans

DL Siaki Ika, Baylor

Ika is 358 pounds and exactly what the Texans need. This defense was a disaster up the middle last season and they have to address this issue.

13 New York Jets

OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

There is a good chance this pick ends up being traded to the Green Bay Packers, but for now, we still have the Jets grabbing a tackle.

14 New England Patriots

WR Quentin Johnston, TCU

The Pats steal the best WR in this draft after he slips all the way to No. 14. There is a huge drop-off at the position after the top two guys.

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15 Green Bay Packers

Edge Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech

If the Packers do get the Jets’ first-rounder they may grab Wilson at 13 and this pick would become very interesting.

16 Washington Commanders

CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

Witherspoon has been climbing draft boards and we have him now going as the CB2 in this draft to a team that needs help at the position.

17 Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Joey Porter Jr. Penn State

Joey Porter going to the Steelers just feels so right. This is even more likely now that they have signed a bunch of very good linebackers in free agency.

18 Detroit Lions

DL Bryan Bresee, Clemson

The Lions are getting better and on the cusp of being a real threat in the NFC North. Bulking up the middle of their offensive line could go a long way in solidifying this defense.

19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CB Cam Smith, South Carolina

Smith is a steal this late and is only still around because of how deep this draft is at cornerback.

20 Seattle Seahawks

WR Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

The Seahawks have to start considering the future of their wide receiver position and looking for an heir to Tyler Lockett. Hyatt has climbed draft boards almost by default as other receivers have had a terrible month of workouts.

21 Los Angeles Chargers

LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

The Chargers have holes to fill at linebacker and Simpson is the best in the draft.

22 Baltimore Ravens

DB Brian Branch, Alabama

The Ravens have to revamp their secondary and this is a great place to start.

23 Minnesota Vikings

Edge Lukas Van Ness, Iowa

The Vikings address their biggest need here adding a pass rush. They could use a linebacker too, but the top guy is already off the board.

24 Jacksonville Jaguars

OT Broderick Jones, Georgia

Jones has no business still being available this late, but this is how the chips fell and the Jags should be thrilled. He will protect Trevor Lawrence for a long time.

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25 New York Giants

WR Rashee Rice, SMU

We may be higher on Rice than most, but in our eyes, he’s the third-best WR in this draft and we are banking on a smart team making the right call at a position of need.

26 Dallas Cowboys

S Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

The Cowboys love running three-safety packages and Johnson is a special talent they could utilize in their secondary.

27 Buffalo Bills

LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

The Bills need to replace Tremaine Edmunds and Sanders is the best linebacker available. He may not have the same strengths as Edmunds, however, he is a bit more versatile.

28 Cincinnati Bengals

CB Deonte Banks, Maryland

After locking up a stud OT in free agency we now have Cincy grabbing a stud CB in the first round. We hate to be redundant, nevertheless, you will continue to see steals at this position because the draft class is so good.

29 New Orleans Saints

OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma

The Saints have added Derek Carr and secured some solid weapons around him. Now they just have to protect him.

30 Philadelphia Eagles

Edge Nolan Smith, Georgia

The Eagles will look to grab a talented young pass rusher to use in a rotation with the already stellar line they have. Picks like this are how they continuously have a great defensive front.

31 Kansas City Chiefs

WR Zay Flowers, Boston College

Flowers is the exact kind of weapon Andy Reid loves to utilize in his offense. They attack with speed and versatility and that’s what they are getting here.

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