Zak Drapeau's Final 2023 3-Round NFL Mock Draft
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
3. Will Anderson Jr. Edge Alabama
4. Will Levis QB Kentucky
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
9. Jalen Carter DT Georgia
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
17. Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn State
18. Bijan Robinson RB Texas
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
24. Zay Flowers WR Boston College
Seattle Seahawks (via Minnesota)