Connect with us

NFL

NFL Mock Draft 2023: QBs taken with top four picks after Cardinals trade back; Cowboys select pass-catcher

Published

on

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Carolina controls its own fate after moving up from No. 9 overall. The Panthers really like Will Levis, and he fits the mold of a Frank Reich quarterback. I am not saying with certainty that he will be the No. 1 overall selection, but I think it would be naïve to ignore the possibility. In 2018, everyone thought the Browns were leaning towards Sam Darnold or Josh Allen until they took Baker Mayfield.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Houston would obviously love a quarterback with some size, but a 6-foot-4 Bryce Young would not be available at No. 2 overall. I think the Texans will favor a quarterback who is accurate, makes good decisions and has mobility.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Las Vegas trades up to take the third quarterback off the board. The Raiders signed Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency but probably do not view him as the long-term answer. A 2024 first-round pick goes back to Arizona as part of the trade.

Florida

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

4th

If Indianapolis does not become more aggressive, then the possibility exists that the Colts could be left with their fourth option at the quarterback position. Or, they could get their top quarterback. No one knows how they view the position.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 243 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

I generally believe that it is in Seattle’s best interest to take a quarterback to develop, but the four best options are off the board. Instead, the Seahawks take the draft’s safest edge rusher to continue building a defensive front that just added Dre’mont Jones in free agency.

Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It is difficult to envision Detroit passing on Jalen Carter, but the reality is that no one knows where he is likely to be taken considering his situation. In this scenario, we consider that teams may be a bit more cautious towards selecting him. As a result, Detroit stays put and picks an edge rusher to line up opposite Aidan Hutchinson.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

Arizona just needs to add young talent to its roster, and it could go in a number of directions from offensive line to defensive line to the secondary. In this scenario, the Cardinals take a cornerback with the best combination of athletic traits.

Iowa

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Lukas Van Ness is a powerful player who showed his athletic potential at the NFL Combine. Arnold Ebiketie and Van Ness is a pass-rush duo that the NFC South franchise can build around.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 300 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

There is a lot going on in Jalen Carter’s world, so it is difficult to say where he is going to be picked. The talent suggests that he could be long gone by now. The Bears traded back and could still theoretically take the player they initially wanted at No. 1 overall.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Philadelphia stays put at No. 10 overall and follows through on its proclivity to draft linemen. Myles Murphy’s tape was better in 2021, but this is a player with a high ceiling.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Tennessee signed Andre Dillard in free agency to play left tackle. Now, it brings in Peter Skoronski to provide more sustainability to that unit. Skoronski could play right tackle, but he could also be a really special interior player.

Clemson

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bryan Bresee tested like a great interior defender at the NFL Combine, but his film did not match. When he shared all that he had been dealing with physically and mentally, it made sense as to why he may not have been playing at 100%. Houston gets a potentially great player at an important position.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Will New York have to part with No. 13 overall in the Aaron Rodgers deal? Will the Jets trust Mekhi Becton and Max Mitchell to man the corners next fall? It sounds unlikely after the murmurings of the last few offseasons. Broderick Jones is another young player to bring in and develop.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

New England made a splash a few offseasons ago by signing tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Smith has been traded and Henry is entering the final year of his deal. The Patriots have favored two tight-end sets in the past, and Michael Mayer makes that possible.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Tampa Bay saw the possibility of Washington and Pittsburgh taking an offensive tackle, so the Buccaneers move up slightly to add a new left tackle to replace Donovan Smith.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

It is unclear how Washington views its offensive line after the offseason additions of Andrew Wylie and Nick Gates. Cornerback remains a big need for the franchise, and Joey Porter Jr. answers that call.

Tennessee

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 335 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

A run on left tackles has occurred, but Pittsburgh could stand to upgrade both positions. Darnell Wright has proven to be an athletic player who has shown improvement since last year. He upgrades the protection for Kenny Pickett and Najee Harris.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Detroit has signed Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley this offseason, but neither has been much more than a journeyman in their respective careers. The Lions need stability in that unit, and Devon Witherspoon already has history with safety Kerby Joseph.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Green Bay was able to move back, picking up an additional third-round selection in the process, and still add a player who will upgrade the secondary. Brian Branch is a smart, instinctual player who should transition seamlessly to the Packers.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

Seattle added pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr. with its first pick, and now it addresses the pass-catching group. Jaxon Smith-Njigba has been sold as a below-average athlete who was little more than a role player. Last I checked, there is value in a polished route runner capable of getting himself open. He can be a great compliment to DK Metcalf.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 220 lbs

Los Angeles has given Austin Ekeler permission to seek a trade. It sounds as though the two parties are destined for a divorce, leaving the Chargers without a suitable option at the position.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

Baltimore needs wide receiver help, but not just any wide receiver. Rashod Bateman is more of an underneath pass-catcher capable of creating opportunities for himself. The Ravens need a big, fast boundary option to keep defenses honest. Quentin Johnston has the athletic profile to meet that expectation.

USC

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Minnesota has made the decision to move on from Adam Thielen. The Vikings need someone to compliment Justin Jefferson in the passing game, and Jordan Addison can be that player long-term.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Tyson Campbell played well last season, but they need more from that position. Cam Smith is a bit volatile in the eyes of talent evaluators, but Smith was much improved this season. He is capable of handling the transition to the NFL with ease.

Maryland

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale adds a lengthy man coverage cornerback to his defense. Deonte Banks is a bit rough around the edges, but I could understand a team getting excited by the potential.

Utah

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Dalton Schultz likely moving on in free agency, Dallas needs a new pass-catcher for Dak Prescott. Dalton Kincaid is not the blocker that Schultz has developed into, but there is no reason to think Kincaid could not also grow in that category.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 347 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

1st

Buffalo’s offensive line has been a disappointment. It signed Connor McGovern in free agency, but needs viable long-term options along the interior. O’Cyrus Torrence is a powerful player who upgrades the floor of that unit.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 270 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

60th

POSITION RNK

5th

Whether it is this offseason or next, Cincinnati can not afford to keep Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase. By adding Darnell Washington, the Bengals replace Hayden Hurst and add another specialized blocker to a line that should be improved with Orlando Brown Jr.

Syracuse

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

New Orleans’ interior offensive line is a concern. It may not make a change this year because of the contracts among that group, but the on-field justifies it. Matthew Bergeron could hold up at tackle, in my opinion, but some in the league project a move to guard.

Pittsburgh

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 280 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

4th

Philadelphia invests in its offensive and defensive lines. They already lost Javon Hargrave and could also lose Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh, so there is a need at the position. The Eagles are able to absorb that loss with the retention of Jordan Davis, Milton Williams, and the addition of Calijah Kancey, who is more of a pass-rusher.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

6th

I believe that Smith is likely to go higher than this in the actual draft, but it is difficult finding a landing spot because he is a bit more scheme-specific. Smith is a bit undersized but an athletic, quick-twitched pass-rusher.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *