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Quarterbacks are the focus of the 2023 NFL Draft. There are some teams obviously in the market for a young signal-caller and in position to select one as the draft order is currently constructed. If there are truly three quarterbacks who are viewed as being the cream of the crop, then teams need to be in the top three to guarantee one of those players. However, two teams -- Pittsburgh and Chicago -- may be the gate keepers for making that a reality. Those trade scenarios will be explored in the coming months as the draft order solidifies, but it is something to keep in mind.

The draft order below was determined using SportsLine's Super Bowl odds, but in reverse order. These are your team's betting odds of winning a Lombardi Trophy this season. Miami's selection at No. 25 overall was forfeited.

Without further ado, let's kick this off!

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Pittsburgh is a prime trade candidate for a team looking to move up for a quarterback. It is a year in which multiple teams in need of a quarterback have two first-round picks. The Steelers can afford to slide back, acquire some additional draft capital and still land one of the elite defensive talents or an offensive tackle. If they stick and pick, Anderson is quite the consolation prize.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • Jr • 6'0" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
Young is a winner. He is the type of quarterback who is going to make plays at the end of the game and give his team a chance at victory. His size is going to be a non-starter for some teams, but there are atypical quarterbacks making plays across the league.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Ohio State • Jr • 6'3" / 218 lbs
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Panthers probably did not expect to have the opportunity to select Stroud, but they can restart the quarterback finances with a rookie. Who Carolina selects to lead the franchise next will offer more clues as to which player may interest them.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Georgia • Jr • 6'3" / 300 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Bears could be another destination for teams looking to move up for a quarterback now that Captain Justin Fields has answered the call. Chicago has invested a lot of draft capital into the secondary, so attention turns to upgrading the defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Kentucky • Sr • 6'3" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Indianapolis has tried the veteran path since Andrew Luck left abruptly, and that has not panned out. Levis fits the mold of quarterbacks who have generally appealed to Colts decision-makers but comes in a younger, shinier package.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Georgia • Soph • 6'2" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
It is easy to see Detroit's identity of building through the offensive and defensive lines. Ringo gives the Lions a fast, tall playmaker in the secondary to capitalize on all of those opportunities created by the defensive front.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Northwestern • Jr • 6'4" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
1st
Skoronski has proven that he deserves an opportunity at left tackle, but Washington has more of a need along the interior offensive line. His versatility brings value to any team that drafts him.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Clemson • Soph • 6'5" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
Las Vegas moved veteran defensive Johnathan Hankins before the trade deadline. It could use a difference-making interior defender to play next to Maxx Crosby for the next decade.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Clemson • Jr • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
4th
Arizona is a franchise with a lot of needs and without the resources to address them all. The Cardinals upgrade their pass rush with the selection of Murphy, who has similar size to last year's No. 1 overall selection, Travon Walker.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'4" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
Jacksonville's offensive struggles are lingering even in the post-Urban Meyer era. Meyer tried to fix the team's tight end position but failed. Mayer is a reliable pass catcher who is physical through his routes.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida State • Soph • 6'4" / 248 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Seattle has a promising young pass rusher in Boye Mafe but they could use a certified play-maker and threats from both sides of the line. Verse would be the second transfer edge rusher in as many years to land in the first round out of Florida State.
Round 1 - Pick 12
USC • Jr • 6'0" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Atlanta has officially moved on from Calvin Ridley, so the Falcons could use a dynamic compliment to the twin towers of Kyle Pitts and Drake London. Addison has fared well since transferring from Pittsburgh.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Penn State • Jr • 6'2" / 194 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
5th
James Bradberry is in the last year of his contract and Darius Slay is about to turn 32 years old. Philadelphia can start planning for the future with the selection of Porter. Many in Philadelphia are not going to have a problem with a Nittany Lion wearing team colors.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Penn State • Soph • 6'6" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
2nd
David Bakhtiari is a 31-year-old who has battled injuries in recent years, and the team already had problems at right tackle. Fashanu has been a pleasant surprise this college football season and is just 19-years-old.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Nico Collins can be a good piece in that offense, and the hope is that John Metchie II returns to make his own impact. With that being said, there is value in having a deep wide receiver room in the modern NFL, and no one could say that the team is not doing all it can to support rookie quarterback Bryce Young. Smith-Njigba adds to that room.
Round 1 - Pick 16
TCU • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
New York's wide receiver problems have been well-documented this season, but the Giants have overcome them. Johnston gives them some size to pair with Wan'Dale Robinson. Johnston has recorded a touchdown catch and a reception of at least 48 yards in each of the past four games.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Ohio State • Jr • 6'6" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Johnson has fared well in his first extended playing time at left tackle. New York has issues at both left and right tackle. Johnson would hopefully be the long-term answer on the left side with a few veterans competing on the other side.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Georgia • Soph • 6'4" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
Most expected Isaiah Wynn to move inside in the NFL, but New England kept him at left tackle. It actually went well for awhile, but the relationship between the two parties seems to have soured this season. Wynn is in the final year of his rookie contract, so it is only reasonable to expect Belichick to replace him with ... another Georgia Bulldog.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Oregon • Soph • 6'2" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
43rd
POSITION RNK
6th
The Lions have invested heavily into the defensive front seven and now build up the secondary to capitalize on turnover opportunities.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Syracuse • Jr • 6'5" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
4th
Bergeron is not a flashy player, but he is reliable, similar to what Christian Darrisaw had been a few years ago. Tennessee attempted to solve its right tackle dilemma, but Bergeron instills a bit more confidence than prior options.
Round 1 - Pick 21
North Carolina • Jr • 5'10" / 175 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
44th
POSITION RNK
5th
Downs is a good route-runner who is explosive after the catch. Seattle has been wanting to add a speed element to the offense, but it has not worked out with Dee Eskridge yet. Downs can be that complimentary player in the short-term and eventually replace Tyler Lockett.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • Jr • 6'7" / 270 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
81st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Washington is nearly as big as a lineman, but he does a good job of blocking and his range as a pass catcher is limitless. Los Angeles is able to expand its play-calling options without tipping off the defense with Washington on the field.
Round 1 - Pick 23
South Carolina • Jr • 6'0" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Cincinnati needs more long-term answers at the cornerback position, so Smith is an easy choice.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Florida • Jr • 6'5" / 347 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tampa Bay will probably trudge forward with its current options at offensive guard hoping that one eventually pans out, but the position has been an issue for the team this season, so Torrence should solidify it.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Clemson • Jr • 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
1st
Simpson is an elite talent who only fell because of positional value. He has a unique skillset that allows him to fill the common roles of an off-ball linebacker while providing the occasional pass rush as well.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Texas Tech • Sr • 6'6" / 275 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Wilson is still a developing edge rusher, but his size, speed and athleticism mean he has one of the highest ceilings in this draft class. Dallas lost Randy Gregory in free agency last offseason, and DeMarcus Lawrence turns 31 years old during the offseason. Wilson gives the Cowboys a player who can pair with Micah Parsons for a decade.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Texas • Jr • 6'0" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
1st
Eleven running backs have taken snaps for Baltimore over the past two seasons. J.K. Dobbins missed the entire 2021 season and has already missed five games as part of the current season. The Ravens lean on the run game, so having a three-phase player like Robinson elevates their potential immensely.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Texas A&M • Jr • 6'3" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
Kareem Jackson is playing out a one-year deal, so Denver brings in Johnson to play alongside Justin Simmons. Johnson is a physical safety who does a good job of playing downhill.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Baylor • Jr • 6'4" / 358 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Ika is a stout interior defender who can upgrade the run defense, allowing Chris Jones to work upfield and apply pressure to the quarterback.
Round 1- Pick 31
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
Philadelphia has A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith at wide receiver, but teams are trying to run more three-wide sets and build depth. Wide receivers are coveted right now, so the Eagles could theoretically flip one of those wide receivers for equal or more value down the line.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Alabama • Jr • 5'11" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Buffalo's running backs are like Transformers; it takes five to form one elite running back. What if the Bills were able to land a player who could contribute in every facet of the game so that the defense did not know what was coming when a particular player came on the field?