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Zak Drapeau's Final 2023 3-Round NFL Mock Draft


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We're Finally Here! The 2023 NFL Draft is tonight and the while the sports world is being dominated by the NBA and NHL Playoffs, as well as the opening month of MLB, there is no doubt that the NFL Draft will dominate all sports talks for the next couple days.


The 2023 NFL Draft has been one of the most unpredictable at the top thanks to a battle for the No. 1 QB and thus No. 1 pick, as well as the Houston Texans uncertainty. Bryce Young and CJ Stroud have dominated most talks of being the first 2 quarterbacks taken. Both players have a tremendous skill set in different ways, Stroud is much bigger and has a stronger arm and is slightly more athletic, where Young's precision and decision-making ability seems to have given him a slight edge to most teams.


The No.1 pick will go to the Carolina Panthers who traded up from the 9th slot to assure their QB of the future and with most people believing Young will be the pick, this means the "real draft" will start at the No. 2 pick. Houston has been mocked to select a QB for the last 9 months frankly, with Davis Mills not being able to fill the void left by Deshaun Watson two years ago. However, over the last week or so numerous reports contradicting this have seen Will Anderson, Tyree Wilson or even trading the pick have come up, while a prospect like Will Levis has even come up instead of Stroud's name.


This is easily the most unpredictable draft in years, especially when it comes to the prospect most scouts have as the best in the class, Georgia defensive linemen Jalen Carter. Carter has been the most dominant player on Georgia's defense for two years in a row and seemed to be the next generational d-lineman, however would land in hot water after a National Championship celebration would lead to a player and a recruiter for Georgia dying during a two-car crash in which Carter was driving one of them. Carter is still expected to be a top-10 pick due to his undeniable talent.


When going through this three-round mock, I made the decision to incorporate mock trades. There is no doubt several trades will take place through the next three days especially with this year's QB class being so polarizing.


With all of this pretext out of the way, let's get to the picks!


1. Bryce Young QB Alabama

Carolina Panthers (via Chicago)


2. C.J. Stroud QB Ohio State

Houston Texans


3. Will Anderson Jr. Edge Alabama

Arizona Cardinals


4. Will Levis QB Kentucky

Indianapolis Colts


5. Tyree Wilson Edge Texas Tech

Seattle Seahawks (via Denver)


6. Christian Gonzalez CB Oregon

Detroit Lions (via Los Andeles Rams)


7. Anthony Richardson QB Florida

Tennessee Titans (via Las Vegas Raiders)

Titans Mock Trade Pick 11, 73 and 2024 3rd

Raiders Mock Trade Pick 7


8. Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Ohio State

Atlanta Falcons


9. Jalen Carter DT Georgia

Chicago Bears


10. Peter Skoronski OT Northwestern

Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans)


11. Devon Witherspoon CB Illinois

Las Vegas Raiders


12. Myles Murphy Edge Clemson

Houston Texans (via Cleveland)


13. Paris Johnson Jr. OT Ohio State

Green Bay Packers (via New York Jets)


14. Broderick Jones OT Georgia

New England Patriots


15. Darnell Wright OT Tennessee

New York Jets (via Green Bay Packers)


16. Brian Branch SAF Alabama

Washington Commanders


17. Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn State

Pittsburgh Steelers


18. Bijan Robinson RB Texas

Detroit Lions


19. Dawand Jones OT Ohio State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


20. Herndon Hooker QB Tennesee

Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle)

Minnesota Mock Trade Picks 24 and 2024 2nd

Seattle Mock Trade Pick 20


21. Miami Dolphins Forfeit Pick


22. Dalton Kincaid TE Utah

Los Angeles Chargers


23. Deonte Banks CB Maryland

Baltimore Ravens


24. Zay Flowers WR Boston College

Seattle Seahawks (via Minnesota)


25. Bryan Breese DT Clemson

Jacksonville Jaguars


26. Calijah Kancey DT Pittsburgh

New York Giants


27. Nolan Smith Edge Georgia

Dallas Cowboys


28. O'Cyrus Torrence IOL Florida

Buffalo Bills


29. Emmanuel Forbes CB Mississippi State

Cincinnati Bengals


30. Michael Mayer TE Notre Dame

New Orleans Saints (via San Francisco)


31. Lukas Van Ness Edge Iowa

Philadelphia Eagles


32. Jordan Addison WR USC

Kansas City Chiefs

2nd Round_______________________________________________

33. John Michael Schmitz IOL Minnesota

Pittsburgh Steelers (via Chicago Bears)


34. Quentin Johnston WR TCU

Houston Texans


35. Cameron Smith CB South Carolina

Arizona Cardinals


36. Joe Tippman IOL Wisconsin

Indianapolis Colts


37. Will McDonald IV Edge Iowa State

Los Angeles Rams


38. Cody Mauch OT North Dakota State

Seattle Seahawks (via Denver)


39. Anton Harrison OT Oklahoma

Las Vegas Raiders (via Tennessee)


40. Jack Campbell LB Iowa

Carolina Panthers


41. Mazi Smith DT Michigan

New Orleans Saints


42. B.J. Ojulari Edge LSU

Tennessee Titans


43. Josh Downs WR North Carolina

Green Bay Packers (via New York Jets)


44. Isaiah Foskey Edge Notre Dame

New York Jets (via Green Bay Packers)

45. Julius Brents CB Kansas State

Atlanta Falcons


46. Sam LaPorta TE Iowa

Green Bay Packers


47. Drew Sanders LB Arkansas

New England Patriots


48. Tyrique Stevenson CB Miami

Indianapolis Colts

Colts Mock Trade Picks 80, 106 and 2024 3rd

Commanders Mock Trade Picks 48 and 2024 3rd


49. Daiyan Henley LB Washington State

Detroit Lions


50. Siaki Ika DT Baylor

Pittsburgh Steelers


51. Antonio Johnson SAF Texas A&M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


52. Jahmyr Gibbs RB Alabama

Miami Dolphins


53. Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson CB TCU

Kansas City Chiefs


Chiefs Mock Trade Picks 64 and 2024 3rd

Seahawks Mock Trade Pick 53


54. Matthew Bergeron OT Oklahoma

Chicago Bears (via Baltimore Ravens)


55. Luke Wypler IOL Ohio State

Los Angeles Chargers


56. Tanner McKee QB Stanford

Washington Commanders (via Detroit)

Washington Mock Trade Picks 80 and 2024 3rd (IND)

Detroit Mock Trade Pick 56


57. Jordan Battle SAF Alabama

Jacksonville Jaguars


58. Jalin Hyatt WR Tennessee

New York Giants


59. Luke Musgrave TE Iowa

Dallas Cowboys


60. Trenton Simpson LB Clemson

Buffalo Bills


61. Jammie Robinson SAF Florida State

Cincinnati Bengals


62. Andre Carter Edge Army

Chicago Bears (via Carolina)


63. Kelee Ringo CB Georgia

Philadelphia Eagles


64. Jaren Hall QB BYU

Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)

3rd Round_________________________________________

65. Devon Achane RB Texas A&M

Chicago Bears


66. Steve Avila IOL TCU

Houston Texans


67. Andrew Vorhees IOL USC

Arizona Cardinals


68. Garrett Williams CB Syracuse

Denver Broncos (via Indianapolis)


69. Zach Charbonnet RB Notre Dame

Denver Broncos


70. D.J. Turner CB Michigan

Los Angeles Rams


71. Adetomiwa Adebawore Edge Northwestern

Las Vegas Raiders


72. Cedric Tillman WR Tennessee

New Orleans


73. Clark Phillips CB Utah

Las Vegas Raiders (via Tennessee)


74. Darnell Washington TE Georgia

Detroit Lions (via Houston)

Detroit Mock Trade Picks 80 and 152

Houston Mock Trade Pick 74


75. Nick Herbig Edge Wisconsin

Cleveland Browns (via New York Jets)


76. Felix Anudike-Uzomah Edge Kansas State

Atlanta Falcons


77. Keion White Edge Georgia tech

New England Patriots (via Carolina)


78. Anthony Johnson SAF Iowa State

Los Angeles Rams (via Miami)


79. Sydney Brown SAF Illinois

Green Bay Packers


80. Derrick Hall Edge Auburn

Houston (via Detroit)


81. Marvin Mims Jr. WR Oklahoma

Pittsburgh Steelers


82. Tank Dell WR Houston

Detroit Lions


83. Tank Bigsby RB Auburn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


84. Elias Ricks CB Alabama

Seattle Seahawks


85. Stetson Bennett QB Georgia

Miami Dolphins


86. Keeanu Benton DT Wisconsin

Los Angeles Chargers


87. Blake Freeland OT BYU

San Francisco 49ers (via Baltimore)

San Francisco Mock Trade Picks 100, 155 and 164

Baltimore Mock Trade Pick 87


88. Demarvion Overshown LB Texas

Minnesota Vikings


89. Jaelyn Duncan OT Maryland

Jacksonville Jaguars


90. J.L. Skinner SAF Boise State

New York Giants


91. A.T. Perry WR Wake Forrest

Dallas Cowboys


92. Jartavius Martin SAF Illinois

Buffalo Bills


93. DeWayne McBride RB UAB

Cincinnati Bengals


94. Kayshon Boutte WR LSU

Carolina Panthers (via San Francisco)


95. Riley Moss CB Iowa

Philadelphia Eagles


96. Byron Young Edge Tennessee

Kansas City Chiefs


97. Carter Warren OT Oklahoma

Arizona Cardinals


98. K.J. Henry Edge Clemson

Washington Commanders


99. Cory Trice CB Purdue

Cleveland Browns


100. Jaquelin Roy DT LSU

Baltimore Ravens (via San Francisco)


101. Dorian Williams LB Tulane

Las Vegas Raiders (via New York Giants)


102. Jaylon Jones CB Texas A&M

San Francisco 49ers


103. Isaiah McGuire Edge Missouri

San Francisco 49ers


And there you have it! 3 rounds of hope and excitement for 102 new NFL stars. Each team will leave the draft believing they had a terrific weekend but which teams will truly earn this distinction?


I'd say the Panthers, Seahawks, Lions and Patriots have the best chances of having the best draft. While the Ravens, Jets, Eagles and Packers also deserving a shoutout due to their talented draft classes over the last five years.


Who do you think will go Number 1?

Who do you think will have the best and worst draft classes?

Find out tonight at 8 pm EST on the NFL Network!


Check out fansonlysportz.com for more sports media content posted daily.


Make sure to stay tuned as we continue coverage of the 2023 NFL Draft with post-draft grades and a 2024 Way Too Early Mock Draft posted over the net few days.


-Z.D.

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