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The Tom Brady-led Buccaneers could absolutely rebound down the stretch and win the NFC South, and no one would be stunned if they win a playoff game. But with this likely Brady's final season, Tampa Bay has to prioritize the quarterback position early in the 2023 NFL Draft. There's no way around it. 

That's what they do in this mock draft. Also, there's not a No. 27 pick here, as that's the pick the Dolphins forfeited due to tampering violations. 

One other thing, and this is important: the draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds but in reverse order.

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Young's size will be the only knock on him during the pre-draft process. He has a strong arm, pinpoint accuracy, and poise well beyond his years.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
The easiest pick in Round 1. Bears add a premier outside rusher to the defense after trading Robert Quinn.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Seahawks land the super-disruptive Carter with one of the picks they received in the Russell Wilson trade.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Northwestern • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Skoronski's film is impeccable. If he tests well, he could go this high.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Stroud is the perfect eventual replacement for Jared Goff in Detroit.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Kentucky • Sr • 6'3" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Levis hasn't built on an awesome 2021, yet he has all the traits teams want in their franchise quarterbacks today. He can compete with Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield in Year 1 for the starting gig.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Georgia • Soph • 6'4" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Cardinals have to get better blocking up front. Jones has been a brick wall for Georgia this season.
Round 1 - Pick 8
South Carolina • Jr • 6'0" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
4th
Smith is a lockdown SEC cornerback who'll be a welcomed addition to the Lions secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
How about a SEC-tested outside cornerback on the Eagles to learn from Darius Slay and James Bradberry?
Round 1 - Pick 10
USC • Jr • 6'0" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
The Colts have needed better receiver play for a while. Addison is a sudden, big-play weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 11
TCU • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
Despite the recent surge from Christian Watson, the Packers could add more receiving talent to the roster. Johnston is a big, fast, physical wideout.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Clemson • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Murphy and Arnold Ebiketie on the edge would represent a dynamic pass-rushing punch for the Falcons.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oregon • Soph • 6'2" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
6th
The Raiders add some youth to the perimeter cornerback spot on the roster with Gonzalez, who'll be a riser during the pre-draft process because of his size and athleticism.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Clemson • Soph • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Jaguars need to get more consistent pocket push from the inside of their defensive line. Bresee can provide that.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Texas Tech • Sr • 6'6" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Texans have to add more defensive line pieces to this roster. Wilson is a large, multidimensional rusher.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Florida • Soph • 6'4" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
This is what makes the most sense for the Giants. Get a raw, highly talented quarterback to write the next chapter of the franchise's history.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Ohio State • Sr • 6'8" / 359 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
The Patriots could use more blocking consistency, and Jones is a Trent Brown type of behemoth on the outside.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Penn State • Jr • 6'2" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
4th
The Commanders go with a feisty man-to-man corner to add more depth to the secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Ohio State • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
At this stage of Round 1, there's not a quarterback who the Jets feel confident in stepping in and immediately playing better than Zach Wilson, so they go with more offensive line help.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida • Jr • 6'5" / 347 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
More overtly strong blockers in front of Geno Smith. Torrence has been a rock in his debut season with the Gators after transferring from Louisiana.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
81st
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Chargers add one of the cleanest tight end prospects in a while to Justin Herbert's offense. Giddy up.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Maryland • Sr • 6'6" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
68th
POSITION RNK
11th
Duncan is a dancing bear at tackle and would allow the Titans to continue to deploy their against-the-grain, run-heavy philosophy that works.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oregon • Sr • 6'2" / 213 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Nix feels like the type of quarterback who'll ascend boards during the pre-draft process because of his athleticism and arm talent.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Baylor • Jr • 6'4" / 358 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
How about Ika next to D.J. Reader in Cincinnati?
Round 1 - Pick 25
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'2" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jones has been awesome this season for the Aggies, and the Vikings will want to continue the youth movement in the secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 26
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
5th
Boutte has had somewhat of a down year for the Tigers but showed in 2021 he can be a WR1 in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Arkansas • Jr • 6'5" / 233 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Sanders flies around at the second level, and this selection would allow Micah Parsons to solely man edge-rusher duties.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Pittsburgh • Jr • 6'0" / 280 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Broncos get a penetrating defensive tackle to round out their front.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Bills run this pick to the podium. Smith-Njigba essentially lost his entire 2022 to injury yet was an explosive weapon for Stroud in 2021.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Texas • Jr • 6'0" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
1st
I'm not an advocate of choosing a running back in the first round. However, this is a tremendous fit.
Round 1 - Pick 32
North Carolina • Jr • 5'10" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Chiefs will continue to add receivers to the roster, and Downs is a slippery, YAC-type who'll work well in Kansas City.