Fowler Football 2023 Mock Draft

This mock draft is not predictive. It is what I would do if I were the GM of every team picking in the first round. Most of these picks are a BPA at a position of need, but a few are very scheme-specific needs where a player might go a bit higher than you'd expect. These are based on my evaluations of the players and do not reflect what the consensus view on each player is. For teams without a first round pick, I gave some thoughts of potential options at their first selection spot. To learn more about my thoughts 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 C.J. Stroud QB Ohio St 82.03
3 ARI Will Anderson EDGE Alabama 89.33
4 IND Anthony Richardson QB Florida 76.28
5 SEA Jalen Carter iDL Georgia 84.00
6 DET Christian Gonzalez CB Oregon 80.61
7 LV Devon Witherspoon CB Illinois 79.89
8 ATL Tyree Wilson EDGE Texas Tech 80.33
9 CHI Paris Johnson Jr. OT Ohio St 81.40
10 PHI Myles Murphy EDGE Clemson 80.00
11 TEN Peter Skoronski OT Northwestern 80.67
12 HOU Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Ohio St 77.67
13 GB Michael Mayer TE Notre Dame 77.87
14 NE Broderick Jones OT Georgia 78.47
15 NYJ Darnell Wright OT Tennessee 76.27
16 WAS Cam Smith CB South Carolina 79.18
17 PIT Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn St 76.33
18 DET Bryan Bresee iDL Clemson 78.09
19 TB Will Levis QB Kentucky 74.75
20 SEA Nolan Smith EDGE Georgia 75.33
21 MIA Forfeited N/A N/A N/A
22 LAC Bijan Robinson RB Texas 83.36
23 BAL Jordan Addison WR USC 78.86
24 MIN Deonte Banks CB Maryland 75.61
25 JAX Brian Branch S Alabama 75.42
26 NYG Zay Flowers WR Boston College 77.28
27 DAL Dalton Kincaid TE Utah 76.22
28 BUF Derick Hall EDGE Auburn 77.67
29 CIN Jahmyr Gibbs RB Alabama 77.13
30 NO Keion White iDL Georgia Tech 76.78
31 PHI O'Cyrus Torrence iOL Florida 75.12
32 KC Lukas Van Ness EDGE Iowa 74.67

For the 5 teams not picking in round 1, here are my thoughts on who I think each team should target with their first pick. These again are based on my observations and how the board fell in this scenario. I think these would all be reasonable targets for these teams at their current draft positions based on my evaluations of the players.

Team What I would do
LAR The Rams kick things off at pick 2.37 (keeping the Dolphins forfeited pick in the count). The Rams have fallen so far, from Super Bowl champs to one of the worst rosters in the league in the span of 14 months. They really should go BPA, but with holes at corner, they can also address a need with a high level player like Phillips, Ringo, or Forbes.
MIA After losing their first round pick by getting caught tampering, the Dolphins get their first pick of the draft at 2.52. Their needs seem to fall more on the offensive side of the ball, and with the departure of Mike Gesicki, a TE like Luke Musgrave or Darnell Washington could give Tua another weapon, and in Washington's case, an extension of the OL.
DEN The Broncos have an interesting season ahead of them with newly acquired HC Sean Payton. Trying to get the Russell Wilson project back on schedule with back to back picks at 3.68 and 3.69 (Nice), I'd look to add a center like Luke Wypler or just go BPA at a defensive position of need with both a deep EDGE and CB class.
CLE The Browns have needs in the front 7, and in the third round at pick 3.75, they could look to address that need with a number of solid late day 2/early day 3 guys. The likes of Daiyan Henley and DeMarvion Overshown, or someone like Tuli Tuipulotu could be a good pickup to strength that front 7.
SF With one of the most complete rosters in the league, the 49ers have a chance to add depth at key positions and build around either Brock Purdy or Trey Lance. With picks at 3.99, 3.101, and 3.102, look for them to add depth at EDGE with someone like Zach Harrison or Colby Woolen or add another offensive weapon with Davis Allen or Zach Kuntz.