The 2022 NFL Draft is just ending, but it is never too early to look ahead. Here is the 2023 NFL Mock Draft April 30.
Note: Draft Order is decided by Super Bowl odds.
1. Houston Texans- C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
If the Texans are selecting first overall, then they need to take their quarterback of the future. Stroud had a great 2021 season for the Buckeyes and showed great touch.
2. Atlanta Falcons- Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Anderson may be the best prospect in this class when all is said and done. After drafting Desmond Ridder, the Falcons may elect to go on the defensive side of the ball with a great pass rusher available.
3. Detroit Lions- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Jared Goff will not be the quarterback if the Lions are picking this highly. Young had a great season for the Crimson Tide and will have to work with some new receivers in 2022.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
The Jaguars will need to address the interior of their defensive line at some point. Carter is very disruptive and will have the spotlight on him after the mass exodus of Georgia players in the 2022 NFL Draft.
5. Carolina Panthers- Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami
Van Dyke had a great finish to the season at Miami and looks poised for a breakout season. The Panthers drafted Matt Corral, but may not be able to pass up Van Dyke.
6. New York Giants- Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Kenny Golladay or Sterling Shepard could be replaced. Smith-Njigba is the next in line of great Ohio State receivers and can be a game-changer for the Giants if they can’t draft a top quarterback.
7. New York Jets- Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
New York has set up Zach Wilson for success. They can add to their defensive line with Bresee who could be a fit in their 3-4 scheme.
8. Seattle Seahawks- Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College
Drew Lock is likely not the answer at quarterback. Jurkovec was a solid prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft before breaking his hand. A big 2022 season could have him be a top pick in 2023.
9. Chicago Bears- Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
The Bears didn’t adequately address the wide receiver position in the 2022 offseason. They can correct that with the selection of Boutte, who has the makings of a number one receiver.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Joe Haden hasn’t been re-signed by the Steelers. They need to get a star corner for their defense to continue being great. Ringo was a big part of the good Georgia 2021 defense.
11. Washington Commanders- Devin Leary, QB, NC State
Carson Wentz is not a long-term answer at quarterback. Leary had a tremendous 2021 season for NC State and could help the Wolfpack compete in the ACC in 2022.
12. Las Vegas Raiders- Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Johnson played guard last season, but will move to tackle in 2022. He can help the Raiders’ offensive line after they acquired Davante Adams to make the offense more explosive.
13. Minnesota Vikings- Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
The Vikings signed Za’Darius Smith this offseason. He has a back issue and may not be as productive. Smith will be one of the more impactful pass rushers in college football for 2022.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)- Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Philadelphia has done a good job of giving Jalen Hurts some support. They can add a good pass rusher in 2023 to help the defense.
15. Miami Dolphins- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Robinson is one of the most talented running backs in recent memory and can really help give the Dolphins’ offense some juice.
16. New England Patriots- Jordan Addison, WR, Pittsburgh
Mac Jones needs more wide receiver help, even after they drafted Tyquan Thornton. Addison was highly productive in 2021 and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver.
17. Philadelphia Eagles- Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
As mentioned, the offense has had a lot of attention, but the defense can really improve in the 2023 NFL Draft. Ricks was good for LSU and is now set to be a star for the Crimson Tide.
18. Arizona Cardinals- Clark Phillips, CB, Utah
Getting a corner across Byron Murphy is a must. Phillips really turned it on at the end of the 2021 season and has good athleticism.
19. Tennessee Titans- Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Robert Woods and Treylon Burks will make a good wide receiver room, but one more might be needed to spread the field for Derrick Henry. Downs was great for North Carolina in 2021, but will have a new quarterback this season.
20. Indianapolis Colts- B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
The Colts’ defense is already solid. Adding an edge rusher can truly make it elite. Ojulari posted seven sacks in 2021 and can build off that in 2022.
21. Houston Texans (via CLE)- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Mayer is one of the best all-around tight end prospects in recent memory. He can be a good target for Stroud and be a great player for a long time.
22. Baltimore Ravens- Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The Ravens traded away Marquise Brown and might want to get some more depth in their receiver room Johnson hasn’t had great quarterback play, but has shown some good flashes of ability.
23. Cincinnati Bengals- Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Cincinnati has a solid roster, but no one can have enough pass rushers. Foskey had a breakout season in 2021 with 9.5 sacks and should be a first-round pick if he can replicate that season.
24. Los Angeles Chargers- Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Over the last few years, the Chargers have lost some of their corners. Drafting Smith, who has played in solid secondaries and still stood out, will help their pass defense.
25. Dallas Cowboys- Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Leighton Vander Esch was brought back on a one-year deal. Getting more of an every-down linebacker who flies around the field like Sewell will allow Parsons to be moved around on defense.
26. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)- Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Seahawks are far away from their Legion of Boom days. Porter Jr. is a physical corner who can help out right away.
27. Miami Dolphins (via SF)- Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan
Miami took some steps towards improving the offensive line, but can do more. Hayes showed good run blocking in 2021 and will be back at left tackle in 2022.
28. Detroit Lions (via LAR)- Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Gibbs transferred from Georgia Tech to Alabama and figures to be a great player for the Crimson Tide. If D’Andre Swift isn’t the answer in the backfield, Gibbs might be.
29. Green Bay Packers- Dontay Demus, WR, Maryland
The Packers drafted Christian Watson in the second round. They can still add more weapons for Aaron Rodgers as he ages. Demus has been a big-play threat for Maryland over the last several years.
30. Kansas City Chiefs- Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
Justin Reid was signed to replace Tyrann Mathieu, but the Chiefs could look at safety again next offseason. Catalon made an impact last year for Arkansas and could’ve declared for the 2022 NFL Draft as a mid-round selection.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brennan Armstrong, QB, Virginia
If the Buccaneers have any hesitations about Kyle Trask, they can get a new quarterback to back up Tom Brady until he retires. Armstrong is a left-handed quarterback who has solid mobility.
32. Buffalo Bills- Henry To’o To’o, LB, Alabama
The Bills have the luxury of taking whoever they want because they have built their team up well. Henry To’o To’o is all over the field making plays for the Crimson Tide.
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