It’s by no means too early to stay up for the NFL Draft, particularly should you’re a soccer sicko like I’m. I do know this complete train is a bit foolish with a complete faculty soccer season to play out, but it surely’s attention-grabbing to see the traits change from now till the pre-draft interval subsequent yr.
As an example, we knew the 2022 class was going to be weak at quarterback from the bounce. In pre-season mocks a yr in the past it was broadly agreed that Sam Howell and Matt Corral could be on the high, then no person else. Clearly that didn’t happen, however we did know that it was going to be a poor class for passers.
Earlier than anybody will get offended concerning the draft order: That is the reverse order of Tremendous Bowl odds over at DraftKings Sportsbook. It’s essentially the most goal factor we’ve got to go off proper now.
2023 NFL Mock Draft
|1||Houston Texans||Bryce Younger||QB||Alabama|
|2||Detroit Lions||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|3||New York Jets||Will Anderson Jr.||EDGE||Alabama|
|4||Atlanta Falcons||Paris Johnson Jr.||OT||Ohio State|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Bryan Bresee||DT||Clemson|
|6||Carolina Panthers||Jaxon Smith-Njigba||WR||Ohio State|
|7||New York Giants||Tyler Van Dyke||QB||Miami|
|8||Chicago Bears||Myles Murphy||DT||Clemson|
|9||Seattle Seahawks||Spencer Rattler||QB||South Carolina|
|10||Washington Commanders||Bijan Robinson||RB||Texas|
|11||Pittsburgh Steelers||Michael Mayer||TE||Notre Dame|
|12||New Orleans Saints||B.J. Olulari||EDGE||LSU|
|13||Minnesota Vikings||Phil Jurkovec||QB||Boston Faculty|
|14||New England Patriots||Malachi Moore||S||Alabama|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Jalen Carter||DT||Georgia|
|16||Las Vegas Raiders||Jahmyr Gibbs||RB||Alabama|
|17||Miami Dolphins||Kelee Ringo||CB||Georgia|
|18||Tennessee Titans||Nolan Smith||EDGE||Georgia|
|19||Arizona Cardinals||Isaiah Foskey||DT||Notre Dame|
|20||Baltimore Ravens||Kayshon Boutte||WR||LSU|
|21||Indianapolis Colts||Hendon Hooker||QB||Tennessee|
|22||Cincinnati Bengals||Eli Ricks||CB||Alabama|
|23||Dallas Cowboys||Trenton Simpson||LB||Clemson|
|24||Houston Texans||Marvin Mims||WR||Oklahoma|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Brandon Joseph||S||Notre Dame|
|26||Los Angeles Chargers||Byron Younger||DT||Alabama|
|27||Miami Dolphins||Will Levis||QB||Kentucky|
|28||Inexperienced Bay Packers||Joey Porter Jr.||CB||Penn State|
|29||Kansas Metropolis Chiefs||Henry To’oto’o||EDGE||Alabama|
|30||Detroit Lions||Clark Phillips II||CB||Utah|
|31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Zach Evans||RB||Ole Miss|
|32||Buffalo Payments||Jordan Addison||WR||Pitt|
These are the large issues to search for throughout the faculty season and what we are able to anticipate a yr from now.
The yr of the quarterback
If you happen to puzzled why a variety of QB-needy groups waited to take passers, or didn’t handle the place in any respect, right here’s your reply. 2023 has been circled as an enormous yr for quarterbacks, and whilst I mock seven within the first spherical, I can’t assist however surprise if we received’t see one other sneak in.
Proper now, Bryce Younger and C.J. Stroud look pretty much as good as any participant we’ve seen on the place previously three years. Nevertheless, the depth of this class at passer is what’s outstanding. I might completely see any of those guys (in addition to Florida’s Anthony Richardson if he progresses) change into beginning quarterbacks within the NFL, and plus-level starters at that.
Maintain up … working backs?
We’ve change into conditioned to the concept no working again is value a primary spherical choose to the purpose that the place has been devalued far too low. A number of groups have drafted effectively and invested cash into their want positions to the purpose now the place working again is the lacking piece of the puzzle.
The upcoming draft has elite expertise at RB. Texas’ Bijan Robinson is a pressure who ought to construct off his 1,127-yard, 15-touchdown yr as a junior showcasing unreal measurement and athleticism on the place. Jahmyr Gibbs transferred to Alabama for a greater alternative to showcase his skill, and appears like a lock to be the most effective all-purpose again within the class.
We nonetheless see RBs go within the first spherical in 2023, and it’ll be a stark departure from latest traits.
Huge receiver would be the massive wild card
As we noticed this yr, there’s an ongoing reckoning occurring at WR. Groups are considering future contractual obligations with the place, and selecting to lock up extra expertise on rookie offers — then jettison them down the highway. This offseason we noticed Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown and Marquise Brown all get traded due to this, and it’s not going to vary any time quickly.
My mock is receiver-light, however I totally anticipate we might see many extra bounce up into the primary spherical if we don’t see some large wage cap adjustments to permit for the fast inflation we’re seeing in wage on the WR place.