The college football season is over, so it is time to look ahead. Here is the 2023 NFL Mock Draft January 18.
1. Chicago Bears- Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Chicago will be fielding offers for this pick, but if they decide to keep it, they can take a game-changing edge rusher in Anderson, who also play great run defense.
2. Houston Texans- C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The Texans need a signal-caller of the future. Stroud has shown good poise and accuracy throughout his college career, but even showed he could play out of structure in the CFP semifinal against Georgia.
3. Arizona Cardinals- Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
With Kyler Murray out for a lot of next season, the Cardinals need to pick the best player available and rebuild their roster. At no. 3 they can take Carter, who is very disruptive on the defensive line.
4. Indianapolis Colts- Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Bryce Young may be the better prospect, but the Colts will likely take a bigger quarterback. Levis has a good arm and can run, but needs to work on his decision-making.
5. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)- Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
After nailing last draft, the Seahawks can get a good pass rusher to help their young defense.
6. Detroit Lions (via LAR)- Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
The Lions have found some pass rushers, but need some help in their secondary. Gonzalez was a solid player at Colorado before really busting out at Oregon this season.
7. Las Vegas Raiders- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
The Raiders are moving on from Derek Carr. If they don’t get a quarterback in free agency, they will be forced to take a quarterback. With Young sliding here, the Raiders can get a quarterback who has been clutch throughout his college career.
8. Atlanta Falcons- Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
The Falcons have used plenty of draft capital on their offense, but they can improve their defense. Bresee is an athletic defensive tackle who could provide a mismatch on the interior.
9. Carolina Panthers- Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker didn’t work out. Richardson has all the athletic ability and arm strength needed to be a good quarterback, but needs better accuracy.
10. Philadelphia Eagles- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Over the last few seasons, the Eagles have really built up their roster across the board. They can improve the running back position by taking Robinson, who can do it all.
11. Tennessee Titans- Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
The Titans lost Taylor Lewan for the season and their offensive line has struggled. Johnson moved from guard to tackle this season, where he is a much more natural fit.
12. Houston Texans (via CLE)- Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU Horned Frogs
After getting a franchise quarterback, the Texans need to get him a number-one option. Johnston is big and fast, which creates a mismatch outside.
13. New York Jets- Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern Wildcats
The Jets have lost Mekhi Becton to injury, but they still need help on the offensive line. Skoronski was recruited as a center, but played left tackle well for the last few seasons at Northwestern.
14. New England Patriots- Jordan Addison, WR, USC
At some point, the Patriots have to address the receiver position. Addison is quick and runs good routes, which will help the Patriots’ young quarterbacks.
15. Green Bay Packers- Brian Branch, S, Alabama
The Packers have not had great safety play this season. Branch is a good athlete who hits hard.
16. Washington Commanders- Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
There are plenty of needs to address for the Commanders, but at this point, taking Porter Jr., a physical corner, can really help their defense for next season.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
With the Steelers’ offensive line improving, they can address their secondary, which has given up too many big plays this season. Ringo is a big and fast corner, who could bring the physicality the Steelers like.
18. Detroit Lions- Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
Detroit has multiple first-round picks and can use both on defense to help their title hopes. Sewell’s brother Penei already plays on the Lions and he has proven to be great against the run.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Buccaneers need to run the ball better and if Tom Brady ends up returning, they have to protect him.
20. Seattle Seahawks- Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Last season, the Seahawks double-dipped at offensive tackle and picked two solid players. They could do the same and really revamp their pass rush. Wilson is a bigger edge rusher, but also has some athleticism.
21. Miami Dolphins- Forfeited
22. Los Angeles Chargers- Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
With the injuries to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this season, the Chargers may want to get more help at wide receiver. When they are on the field Hyatt can stretch the field and open things up for everyone.
23. Baltimore Ravens- Jaxson Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The more time that goes on without the Ravens really investing in wide receivers, the longer their struggles in terms of competing for championships will be. Smith-Njigba is a good slot receiver to pair with Rashod Bateman.
24. Minnesota Vikings- Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Minnesota has not had a great defense this season and can improve in the secondary.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars- O’Cyrus Torrence, OG/C, Florida
The Jaguars have Calvin Ridley coming in next season, so they may elect to improve the offensive line instead of giving Trevor Lawrence more weapons.
26. New York Giants- Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
The Giants should look into improving their secondary and can do that with the selection of Smith.
27. Dallas Cowboys- Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
The Cowboys started the season off well defensively, but injuries have piled up. Phillips III can help them at corner across from Trevon Diggs.
28. Cincinnati Bengals- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Bengals have had success with Hayden Hurst, but Mayer is a hometown kid who is one of the better all-around tight end prospects in recent memory.
29. Denver Broncos (via SF)- Siaka Ika, DL, Baylor
Denver can get a nose tackle to set the tone in the middle of their defensive line.
30. Buffalo Bills- Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
With struggling in the red zone, the Bills can get a running back to help them convert more touchdowns once they get close to the goal line.
31. Kansas City Chiefs- Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Boutte had a rough year, but still has a lot of talent. The Chiefs can get a new go-to receiver in Boutte after Tyreek Hill joined the Dolphins this past offseason.
32. Philadelphia Eagles- Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
The Eagles have had some injuries to their safeties. Johnson is big, but athletic, making him a unique chess piece for Philadelphia.
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