2023 Predictive Mock Draft

This mock draft is predictive. This is trying to pick players based on a combination of fit, need, reports, and overall perspective on how the consensus perceives each prospect. I do not agree with all of these selections and would go in a different direction with a lot of them. Most of these will be wrong, and I'm okay with that. If you want my opinion on the players drafted, you can click on their names to view their individual profiles.
Pick # Team Player POS School Grade
1 CAR Bryce Young QB Alabama 84.33
2 HOU Will Anderson EDGE Alabama 89.33
3 ARI Paris Johnson Jr. OT Ohio St 81.40
4 IND Will Levis QB Kentucky 74.75
5 SEA Jalen Carter iDL Georgia 84.00
6 DET Devon Witherspoon CB Illinois 79.89
7 LV C.J. Stroud QB Ohio St 82.03
8 ATL Tyree Wilson EDGE Texas Tech 80.33
9 CHI Peter Skoronski OT Northwestern 80.67
10 PHI Christian Gonzalez CB Oregon 80.61
11 TEN Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Ohio St 77.67
12 HOU Anthony Richardson QB Florida 76.28
13 GB Lukas Van Ness EDGE Iowa 74.67
14 NE Broderick Jones OT Georgia 78.47
15 NYJ Darnell Wright OT Tennessee 76.27
16 WAS Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn St 76.33
17 PIT Deonte Banks CB Maryland 75.61
18 DET Bijan Robinson RB Texas 83.36
19 TB Nolan Smith EDGE Georgia 75.33
20 SEA Myles Murphy EDGE Clemson 80.00
21 MIA Forfeited N/A N/A N/A
22 LAC Dalton Kincaid TE Utah 76.22
23 BAL Zay Flowers WR Boston College 77.28
24 MIN Cam Smith CB South Carolina 79.18
25 JAX Brian Branch S Alabama 75.42
26 NYG Jordan Addison WR USC 78.86
27 DAL Michael Mayer TE Notre Dame 77.87
28 BUF Quentin Johnston WR TCU 74.90
29 CIN Jahmyr Gibbs RB Alabama 77.13
30 NO Calijah Kancey iDL Pittsburgh 74.16
31 PHI Bryan Bresee iDL Clemson 78.09
32 KC Anton Harrison OT Oklahoma 74.80

For the 5 teams not picking in round 1, here are my thoughts on who I think each team might target with their first pick. Obviously, the board has to fall a certain way for some of these players to become available, but I think these would all be reasonable possibilities at their current draft positions.

Team My Predictions
LAR The Rams have pick 2.37 to start off their draft. I do think they could be a team to trade down and accumulate more picks, but if they hold firm, I could see them taking Forbes or Ringo to add corner depth with the loss of Ramsey.
MIA After losing their first round pick by getting caught tampering, the Dolphins get their first pick of the draft at 2.52. I expect them to prioritize adding weapons around Tua, and with a combination of athleticism and blocking, a TE like Darnell Washington could be just what they need.
DEN The Broncos need to look to build up their interior offensive line and add corner depth. At 3.68 and 3.69, they could look to do both or move up for someone like Wypler or Tippmann if they fall, and add a day 2 corner like DJ Turner or Tyrique Stevenson.
CLE Linebacker and run stopping defensive lineman are keys for the Browns defense to step up from where they were at last year. Guys like Dorian Williams and Siaki Ika could be targets for them on day 2 and 3 as they look to bolster their front 7.
SF The 49ers have a lot of decisions to make with 3 picks at the end of the 3rd round (3.99, 3.101, 3.102). They also have a decision to make on their QB of the future. Regardless of who that is, they could look to add a weapon for them by taking a Tight End like Zack Kuntz or Tucker Kraft.