# Team Player Pos
1 Will Levis QB

Geno Smith has been good over the first month of the season but if the Seahawks are in position to take a franchise QB they'll give it serious consideration. Levis is coming off a tough loss vs. Ole Miss, but NFL teams are much higher on how Levis' skills translate to the next level than the media.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1405 68.8 12 4
2 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Quarterback could be in play here, too, but Davis Mills has a chance to be a good NFL starter. If Texans stay with Mills, Anderson is a layup. He's the best defensive player to come out of Alabama in the Nick Saban era, and possibly No. 2 all time behind only Derrick Thomas.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5 1
3 Anthony Richardson
Florida, Soph
QB

Richardson is raw -- he attempted just 68 passes in 2021 -- and through four games this season we've seen the highs (Utah, Arkansas) and the lows (Kentucky, South Florida). But what's important to remember is that he's going to get better -- likely a lot better, and he's already doing things with the football that very few people on this planet would even consider.

4 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

The Jets have one of the NFL's worst defenses, and while this could be a prove-it year for Zach Wilson, it's more likely the team addresses needs elsewhere with a high pick. Enter Carter, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury early in the Bulldogs season, but he was arguably the best player on the '21 Georgia defense, a group that had eight players drafted.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
5 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

The Georgia-to-first-round pipeline continues. A year after five Bulldogs went in Round 1, expect a handful this time around, too. Ringo is a long, physical corner who has matched up against some of the best players in the country. The Bears beefed up the secondary with early picks last spring, and perhaps offensive line or wide receiver would be better targets, just not this high.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
6 C.J. Stroud QB

If you told us Sam Darnold was wearing a Baker Mayfield mask to start the season we would believe you because the results have been the same. And maybe that's more a knock on the offense, in general, and not the QB. Either way, it's hard to imagine owner David Tepper doesn't finally address the position this offseason, and if C.J. Stroud is available, it's easy to imagine him being the pick.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1376 68.7 18 2
7 Peter Skoronski OL

This offensive line class isn't deep but Skoronski has gotten off to a strong start to the '22 season. He was dominant vs. Nebraska in the opener and has continued to dominate throughout September. Washington's O-line has struggled at times and if the team is happy with Carson Wentz, protecting him should be a priority.

8 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

Murphy won't be 21 until next spring and while we'd like to see him play with more consistency ... he won't be 21 until next spring. On top of that, when he's on, he's hard to stop, which makes him such an interesting prospect. The Steelers defense has been stuck in neutral since T.J. Watt went down, and adding more depth to the position seems prudent here, especially if there isn't an O-line target they like on the board.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
9 Cam Smith CB

Jeffrey Okudah is healthy for the first time in his NFL career and looks every bit like a top-5 selection. There's still room to add a another top-flight corner as the Lions go about reshaping their defense around young players Aidan Hutchinson, Malcolm Rodriguez and Jeff Okudah at all three levels.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
10 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

Whichever wide receiver you like best, put him here. The Patriots did draft Tyquan Thornton in Round 2 but he's missed the start of the season with an injury. Maybe he returns and transforms an offense that lacks downfield playmakers. But even if that does happen, Mac Jones would no doubt still welcome the chance for more dynamism in the passing offense.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
11 Tyree Wilson LB

We get Boogie Basham vibes watching Wilson, who is long and thick. He's a high-motor player who consistently finds his way into the backfield, and in Las Vegas he'll beef up a defense that has been exposed during the first four weeks of the '22 campaign.

12 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Young would be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick if he was, say, two inches taller and 20 pounds heavier. There's a lot to love about his game but some NFL teams are concerned about his size and durability. But as the old saying goes, it only takes one, and Young is undoubtedly a first-round talent who could easily find his way into the top 10.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1202 67.2 14 3
13 Antonio Johnson S

The Eagles have few holes but perhaps they could use some depth at the safety position. Johnson flies around the field like he's shot out of a cannon, looks to run through the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage, and is a wrap-up tackler in space. He can line up in deep center field or near the line of scrimmage and that versatility makes him one of the best defensive backs in this class.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
14 Kayshon Boutte
LSU, Jr
WR

The Titans miss A.J. Brown. Rookie Treylon Burks (who was injured on Sunday) has been good, but he could use a running mate. Boutte put up impressive numbers in '20 and '21, despite the lack of consistent QB play in LSU, but make no mistake: he's one of the best wideouts in this class.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 11 97 8.8 0
15 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

Is a running back worth a top-half-of-the-first-round selection? Yeah, we think so, especially when that player is Robinson and he's going to an offense like Arizona's, where he could take some of the pressure off Kyler Murray, who spends most Sundays running for his life. Robinson is part Adrian Peterson, Derek Henry and Shaun Alexander, but he's also a threat as a receiver.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
5 88 515 5.9 8
16 Michael Mayer TE

Hey, look at that, the Jags are really good! And paying Christian Kirk and Zay Jones those big-money deals appear to be the right call. Adding Mayer gives Lawrence another downfield weapon, especially with Evan Engram currently playing on a one-year deal.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 22 233 10.6 3
17 Jordan Addison WR

The Texans bolstered the defense by taking Anderson with the No. 2 pick above, and here they give Mills some much-needed help at wide receiver. Addison is off to a strong start for the Trojans, and it's easy to see him having early success in the NFL, too.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
5 29 442 15.2 6
18 Christian Gonzalez
Oregon, Soph
DB

Gonzalez, a Colorado transfer, is a big-time athlete who is still growing into the position. He has the size, strength and speed to line up against NFL wide receivers, who needs to improve in run support.

19 Brian Branch
Alabama, Jr
CB

Branch isn't the first name you hear about when the conversation turns to Alabama's defense, but maybe he should be. He left Saturday's win over Arkansas before halftime because of an injury, but when he's healthy, he's on the field for just about every snap. He's a sure tackler, can blitz off the edge, and is solid in coverage, and if Saban trusts him, that's all you need to know about his NFL prospects.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
20 BJ Ojulari
LSU, Jr
EDGE

Ojulari, whose brother played at Georgia and plays for the Giants, is off to a strong start for the Tigers. He has 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in his last two games against Mississippi State and Auburn, and he has many of the same explosive qualities that made his brother so hard to block for the Bulldogs. Ojulari could end up being better than his brother, and that's saying something.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
21 Nolan Smith
Georgia, Sr
EDGE

Seattle found its franchise QB at the top of the draft and here it adds edge rusher Smith. Smith is listed at just 235 pounds so he'll need to add weight, but he's also scratching the surface on what he'll be able to do at the next level.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
22 O'Cyrus Torrence
Georgia, Jr
OL

Torrence transferred from Louisiana and didn't miss a beat. He's been dominant for Florida and in Cincinnati, the Bengals should make fixing the O-line an offseason priority until they get it right.

23 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

Johnson is a consistently good run blocker, but his pass protection needs refinement. That said, his athleticism jumps off the screen and it's not every day you find a 6-foot-6 offensive lineman who can move the way he does.

24 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

Simpson's athleticism is what immediately gets your attention, and in today's NFL, where sideline-to-sideline speed coupled with the ability to blow up the ball carrier is at a premium, Simpson is easy to like.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
25 Siaki Ika
Baylor, Jr
DL

After addressing the secondary earlier in this mock draft, the Lions beef up the defensive line here with Ika, who is a one-man pocket collapser. Related: We're now living in a world where the Lions have legit playmakers at the skill position, a really good offensive line, and a QB they trust. If they can shore up a few of the holes on defense, this feels like a playoff team in the near future.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
26 Broderick Jones
Baylor, Soph
OL

Jones is a former five-star who is off to a strong start this season for the Bulldogs. The Ravens have had injuries along their O-line but either way, Jones has the talent to be a longtime starter in the league.

27 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn St., Soph
OL

Fashanu is short on experience but it's hard not to love the potential based on what we've seen so far. The Packers could be a team in transition if Aaron Rodgers retires in the offseason but whoever ends up under center in '23 will benefit from the addition of Fashanu.

28 Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama, Jr
RB

Two running backs went in the first round in 2021 (Najee Harris and Travis Etienne) so it has happened recently, but that '21 class feels more like an anomaly than a trend. Whatever happens, you can't ignore what Gibbs, a Georgia Tech transfer, has done for Alabama. Look no further than Saturday's game against Arkansas, where Gibbs took over after Bryce Young left with a shoulder injury. When it was over, Gibbs rushed for more than 206 yards (with two runs of more than 70 yards) and two scores.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
5 43 378 8.8 2
29 Isaiah Foskey EDGE

The Eagles double-down on defense in this mock draft, first adding a big-hitting safety in Johnson and here getting an edge rusher in Foskey. He can line up all over the field, from a seven technique to weakside linebacker to middle linebacker in subpackages. Foskey is a high-end athlete and chess piece who is still learning the position.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
4
30 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

Johnston has gotten off to a slow start in '22 but he's an above-the-rim playmaker whose athleticism and contested-catch abilities reminds us of Chase Claypool.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 12 114 9.5 0
31 Drew Sanders LB

Sanders is a former five-star who transferred from Alabama after the 2021 season and all he's done is dominate for the Razorbacks. He was an edge rusher for the Crimson Tide but he lines up all over the defense for Arkansas and he's been a one-man wrecking crew when he's on the field.

# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud QB

At this point, Stroud seems aligned to be the consensus QB1 in this class. Some people will like Bryce Young, and he's a stud too, but Stroud has prototypical NFL quarterback traits.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1376 68.7 18 2
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Chalk at the top. Young hasn't been challenged much this season to date but has gotten off to a stellar start.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1202 67.2 14 3
3 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Anderson is one of the cleaner edge-rushing prospects over the past decade, and the Falcons have to get better around the corner of their defensive line.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5 1
4 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

Robert Saleh could gravitate toward Simpson with thoughts of Fred Warner at linebacker.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
5
5 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn St., Soph
OL

Riding with Fashanu until he doesn't play precisely like a fast-rising offensive tackle prospect.

6 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

The Bears go receiver to aid the development of Justin Fields, or whoever the next quarterback is in Chicago.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
7 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

The Panthers get Derrick Brown an athletic, movable chess piece to pair with on the defensive line.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
8 Peter Skoronski OL

Skoronski feels like a Steelers type up front. Experienced, no-nonsense blocker who gets after it on every snap blocking for the run and the pass.

9 Anthony Richardson
Florida, Soph
QB

Giving Richardson time to heat up again. He'd be the perfect full-year redshirt behind Jared Goff in Detroit.

10 Will Levis QB

Daniel Jones is not it. The new regime for the G-Men get a swing at the quarterback position with the big-armed, athletic Levis, even though he is an older prospect.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1405 68.8 12 4
11 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

The Patriots have been looking for an alpha edge rusher for a while now, and Murphy's large size for for the defensive end spot is precisely what Bill Belichick likes at the position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
12 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

The Raiders desperately need more playmakers in the secondary, and Ringo has the best size-speed-athleticism combination at the cornerback position in the class. Josh McDaniels will love his man-coverage ability.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
4
13 Cam Smith CB

Another club with serious secondary needs. Smith is a large, feisty cornerback who's had a productive career to date in the SEC.

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GP TKL SACKS INT
4 1
14 Michael Mayer TE

The Eagles load up offensively with a super-clean tight end prospect to pair with Dallas Goedert.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
4 22 233 10.6 3
15 Antonio Johnson S

The Jaguars are surprisingly 2-1 and playing good football, don't get me wrong. But they've still allowed more 20-plus yard plays (12) than they've gained offensively (11). Johnson would be an incredibly useful asset to this defense.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
16 Eli Ricks
Alabama, Jr
CB

Arizona is in dire straits when it comes to its secondary. Ricks is a SEC-tested outside cornerback with fine technique and ball skills.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
2
17 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Carter's been dinged early in the season, which could lead to a fall on draft night, but the Texans would gladly stop his plummet here.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
18 Anton Harrison OL

The Colts go with a powerful, balanced left tackle to bolster their already strong offensive line.

19 Jordan Addison WR

The Titans continue to build the receiver room with Smith-Njigba, who was often the best receiver on the field last season at Ohio State. Quite the feat.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
5 29 442 15.2 6
20 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

CIncinnati doesn't stray too far geographically with the selection of the Ohio State star in the trenches.

21 Broderick Jones
Ohio St., Soph
OL

The Dolphins offensive front is still far from being a sturdy, cohesive group. Jones is a punisher at the tackle spot.

22 Rashee Rice WR

The Vikings love what they have in K.J. Osborn, but it's time to get another receiving piece to draw attention away from Justin Jefferson. Rice is big and electric as a route runner and with the ball in his hands.

23 Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE

More edge-rushing firepower for the Chargers with the bendy, explosive Kansas State star.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
24 Cade Stover TE

Stover is on the rise after a stellar start to 2022. He's a springy, well-built athlete and can block.

25 Jared Verse DE

Verse has been a menace for the ascending Seminoles, and the Lions would love to add another edge rusher opposite Aidan Hutchinson.

26 DJ Turner DB

Mike McDonald pushes for Turner, whom he coached at Michigan. The Wolverines defensive back has been lockdown to start the season.

27 Parker Washington
Penn St., Soph
WR

Washington is the stocky YAC threat Matt LaFleur would love in Green Bay.

28 Michael Penix Jr. QB

This is maybe a bit too high for Penix, but he is the hottest quarterback in college football and has major traits.

29 Matthew Bergeron OL

The Syracuse blocker has repeatedly moved people with ease to begin the year for the Orange. He looks like the type of athlete who could land in Round 1 in April.

30 Devon Witherspoon DB

The Eagles get younger at cornerback with Witherspoon, who's seemingly everywhere when he's on the field.

31 Kingsley Eguakun
Florida, Soph
OL

This could be Eguakun or his Florida offensive linemate O'Cyrus Torrance, who's been tremendous inside for the Gators. Buffalo has to get younger on the interior.

# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud QB

There are a number of reasons why Stroud should be considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall. He has the size that Bryce Young lacks and is a much younger prospect relative to Will Levis -- without losing out on the qualities that define a successful quarterback.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1376 68.7 18 2
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Young is never going to have the size element, but he has a better feel for the game than any other quarterback in this class. How he is perceived will likely vary on a team-by-team basis, but Houston takes a chance on him in this scenario.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1202 67.2 14 3
3 Will Levis QB

Levis is an older prospect who took a circuitous path to becoming the starting quarterback at Kentucky. He has the size, mobility, arm strength and intelligence to continue improving as he receives more playing experience. He benefits having learned from two NFL offensive coordinators in as many years.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
5 1405 68.8 12 4
4 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

New York signed Carl Lawson in free agency of 2021 before drafting Micheal Clemons and Jermaine Johnson II. Where does that leave Anderson? The Jets could move on from Lawson next offseason and save $15 million towards the salary cap in the process.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5 1
5 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

Circle the Commanders and Giants as teams that would love to address their respective cornerback situations early in the 2023 NFL Draft. Washington comes to the table first and is able to upgrade the secondary.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
6 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Chicago needs to stack good players regardless of position. It drafted Jaylon Johnson, Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker to upgrade the secondary over the past two years. This selection does not necessarily benefit Justin Fields, but the Bears had to take Carter in this position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
4
7 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
EDGE

It is difficult to project Carolina's future because it almost certainly will not include head coach Matt Rhule barring a significant turnaround. Murphy is a really talented player who has scheme versatility, which is important for the reason already stated.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
8 Paris Johnson Jr. OL

Pittsburgh's offensive line has not been the same since Mike Munchak departed for Denver. Johnson represents a significant upgrade at left tackle, so maybe the Steelers would not have to double and triple team Myles Garrett twice a year.

9 Antonio Johnson S

Originally from Illinois, Johnson possesses the physical play style that Dan Campbell coveted as part of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Lions certainly had a type when adding to the roster.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
10 Trenton Simpson
Clemson, Jr
LB

The Giants would love a lockdown man coverage cornerback in this spot, but there is little comfort with the options available. Quarterback is the wild card as the team continues evaluating Daniel Jones. Simpson is a very versatile player capable of shooting gaps and making plays in the backfield or dropping into coverage.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
5
11 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

New England's wide receiver room is held together by Scotch tape right now. The jury is still out on Mac Jones, but it is safe to say adding a quality pass-catcher like Smith-Njigba would go a long way towards effectively evaluating him.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
2 4 36 9 0
12 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

Las Vegas has added two dynamic pass rushers to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, but it needs to strengthen the heart of that defense. Bresee has as much talent as any defensive tackle.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
3
13 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn St., Soph
OL

Tennessee is already in need of a right tackle after swinging and missing on Isaiah Wilson, but Taylor Lewan is also 31 years old and has no dead money left on his contract after this year. The Titans have already made some decisions that lead one to believe they could be hitting the restart button, so perhaps this is the next step.

14 Christian Gonzalez
Oregon, Soph
DB

Philadelphia is all about preparing for the future, and bringing in Gonzalez allows a smooth transition when the team parts with James Bradberry and/or Darius Slay. Gonzalez's Oregon career is still in its infancy after transferring in from Colorado this offseason.

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