We are barreling toward the start of the 2023 NFL Draft. And I know this can be more of a marathon with regards to prospect and trade speculation, but you have to gut it out with me here for at least one more mock draft.
What makes this particular mock draft unique is that I am not trying to predict what will happen, or what I think will happen based on what I heard from my sources. Nope. Just purely a mock draft based on what I would do as GM of each team, based on my personal rankings of the prospects and based on what I perceive the weak points are on the roster.
So you may or may not see some names who you have grown accustomed to seeing in many mock drafts, and that's okay. But what you will see is an original mock that helps expand the exercise with some prospects who I feel would be perfect fits for the respective teams.
Here's a look at my "What Would I Do" Mock Draft for 2023.
Remember: There are only 31 picks in this mock draft because the Dolphins were stripped of their first-round pick due to tampering.
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From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 1
Round 1 - Pick 2
Bryce Young QB
Alabama • 5'10" / 204 lbs
Houston's roster isn't as far off as many make it out to be, so adding an experienced talent like Bryce Young will not only give them a steady hand to guide the ship, but offer up some of that magic they lost at the position when things went sour with Deshaun Watson.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Florida • 6'4" / 244 lbs
The combination of new coach Shane Steichen and Richardson is a match made in football heaven. When you add the fact that he gets to play alongside a great RB in Johnathan Taylor, behind a very good OL and better options at receiver than he had at Florida, the Colts could find themselves in the thick of the playoff picture, even with a rookie at QB.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 6
Oregon • 6'2" / 205 lbs
In my opinion, Gonzalez is the best cover corner in the class and with both Emmanuel Mosley and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on one-year deals, it makes sense to grab an elite talent at the position while picking this high in the draft, a spot you hope you're not in next season.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Ohio State • 6'0" / 197 lbs
No one has done more to plug holes on the roster more so than the Falcons. Adding one of the best receivers in college football gives them a young trio of pass catchers in Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Smith-Njigba to help accelerate the development of QB Desmond Ridder.
From Carolina Panthers
Round 1 - Pick 9
Tyree Wilson EDGE
Texas Tech • 6'6" / 275 lbs
Wilson graded out as my No. 1 5-tech in the class and would help bolster the talented on the edge for the Bears. The good news is that he's still got room to develop and expand his game, growing into a top notch 7-technique down the line. But it's hard to pass on the athleticism, versatility and upside here.
From New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 10
Myles Murphy EDGE
Clemson • 6'5" / 275 lbs
With Brandon Graham up there in age, and Derek Barnett under contract until 2024, it makes sense to add Murphy, who is one of the best in the class at defensive end, giving them another threat coming off the edge.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Dawand Jones OT
Ohio State • 6'8" / 375 lbs
Jones would be an immediate stud on the right side, which could potentially allow Max Mitchell to serve more so in a swing role or potential move inside to guard, just helping strengthen the offensive line as a whole.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 265 lbs
Mayer is the classic inline tight end who does a great job on both ends of offense. He'll help keep the Packers' run game going, while giving Jordan Love an excellent safety blanket in the passing game as well.
Round 1 - Pick 16
O'Cyrus Torrence IOL
Florida • 6'5" / 347 lbs
One of the best interior offensive linemen in the draft class would almost immediately help enhance the Commanders' run game. I nearly went with Bijan Robinson here, but decided to build from within first.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Bryan Bresee DL
Clemson • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Bresee is someone who went through a lot the last two seasons at Clemson, but with that being behind him he is still the elite talent we saw earlier in his career and would be a home run fit here in Detroit.
From San Francisco 49ers
Round 1 - Pick 29
Northwestern • 6'2" / 282 lbs
Saints did a lot of retooling on the defensive side of the ball from a depth perspective. Landing the super athletic Adebawore from Northwestern, gives them a 3-tech who can be a disruptive presence on the inside.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Oklahoma • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Where the Eagles continue to have success in the draft is planning for the future, and continuing to stay stout along the line of scrimmage with a guy like Harrison is a great way to do just that.