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Connor Rogers’ Final Three-Round NFL Mock Draft

Anthony Richardson

Anthony Richardson

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The 2023 NFL Draft has finally arrived. The rumors swirling around the top five picks are nearly impossible to track at this point and the biggest variables of course are the quarterbacks and how aggressive teams will be to land them.

Yet, championships are still won beyond the first round. Stars are scattered all over Day 2 and plenty of teams will specifically wait out the running back and wide receiver groups until Friday. Let’s dive into not just one, but how the first three rounds could play out and it’s important to note that I did not include any trades as part of this mock draft.

Rogers’ NFL Mock Draft 2.0

1. Panthers: Bryce Young, QB. Alabama

The Panthers land their franchise quarterback with the undersized, yet brilliant and accurate passer in Young.

2. Texans: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

New head coach DeMeco Ryans gets what he believes is a cornerstone for what makes his defense successful: a gifted pass rusher with unique traits.

3. Cardinals: Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama

I’ve been hearing the Cardinals care more about a prospect’s floor if they are stuck in this slot. Anderson’s production in the SEC throughout his college career speaks for itself.

4. Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

There has been so much smoke about Will Levis and the Colts that I’m not even buying it anymore. Chris Ballard loves traits and home run swings at the quarterback position and no player fits that better than Richardson.

5. Seahawks: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

A surprise for the Seahawks, but how do you pass on Stroud falling into your lap? With the structure of Geno Smith‘s contract, finding the long-term future with huge upside under center can be done now.

6. Lions: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Lions love Will Anderson and Witherspoon at the top of this draft. Jalen Carter would also certainly solve a need and is as talented as any player in this draft, but would Dan Campbell sign off on that pick? I lean Witherspoon, who can be a true shutdown corner anywhere you play him.

7. Raiders: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The Raiders’ secondary needs a difference maker and Gonzalez has the size and athleticism to fill that void. He got even better after transferring from Colorado to Oregon.

8. Falcons: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Falcons spent a lot of money in free agency to rebuild their defense. Does Arthur Smith get his wish and land a superstar playmaker through the draft on offense? This is obviously early for any running back and could be a key trade up spot.

9. Bears: Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

Finally Carter comes off the board. There is clear risk here, but Ryan Poles lands a game wrecker for the middle of Chicago’s defense. The Bears have a lot of draft ammo accumulated which could increase their comfort with this roll of the dice.

10. Eagles: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Johnson started at guard for Ohio State in 2021 before moving to tackle in 2022. He could have a similar trajectory in Philadelphia, giving its offensive line short and long-term help.

11. Titans: Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

The Titans need to revamp their offensive line and GM Ran Carthon has time to figure out the long-term answer at quarterback. Skoronski, at a minimum, should be a stellar guard.

12. Texans: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

If there were trades in this mock, I’d have Houston come back up to grab Levis. But in this scenario, he falls to them at No. 12 anyways. Regardless, one of the top-four signal callers should fit into the Texans’ plans, if they do end up pass on them with the No. 2 overall pick.

13. Packers: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

Pass-catcher at both tight end and wide receiver have been popular choices here, but the Packers’ draft trends point to the power rusher in Van Ness for Round 1. They will get Jordan Love help later on.

14. Patriots: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

With JuJu Smith-Schuster in the fold, the Patriots continue to add talent to their receiving group. Smith-Njigba is excellent in the middle of the field and will give a target for Mac Jones to lean on.

15 Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

The Jets could surprise here if they have confidence in Duane Brown, but they also need to be thinking about this position beyond the 2023 season. Jones’ athleticism and length bring plenty of promise.

16. Commanders: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Ron Rivera gets an outside corner with size and high-end athleticism. This should give his talented front four time to get after opposing quarterbacks.

17. Steelers: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Wright’s size and demeanor would make the Steelers a tougher group up front. They made their bet on Kenny Pickett, now it’s time to make his life easier.

18. Lions: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

The Lions team speed gets a huge upgrade on defense with Smith playing across from last year’s first-rounder in Aidan Hutchinson. With Witherspoon (who was selected earlier) in coverage, this unit is starting to look scary.

19. Buccaneers: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

This might feel early for Harrison, but the Bucs don’t even have a left tackle right now. His growth from 2021 to 2022 is a promising trend for him to be a long-term answer.

20. Seahawks: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Murphy’s size, athleticism and stout run defense is exactly what the Seahawks know they need to add to their front.

21. Chargers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

The Chargers are in on adding a key weapon for Justin Herbert. It will just depend how the board breaks. In this situation they grab Kincaid, who is a unique mismatch threat at tight end.

22. Ravens: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

The signing of Odell Beckham Jr. gives the Ravens some flexibility here. They could still add to their wide receiver room for Todd Monken‘s pass game, but corner is a big priority for them as well.

23. Vikings: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

The Vikings have needs both up front and on the back end of their defense. While there’s been rumors they will take Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker here, I think they look to add someone who can make an impact in 2023 because the NFC North is very much up for grabs.

24. Jaguars: Brian Branch, SAF, Alabama

If Myles Murphy made it to this spot, he makes a ton of sense for Jacksonville. Georgia Tech EDGE Keion White could be the backup plan if they are dialed in on pass rushers, but Branch is a great player at a different need.

25. Giants: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

Big Blue’s wide receiver room is extremely small right now. Darren Waller brings size as a target for Daniel Jones, but Johnston gives the offense a true X receiver.

26. Cowboys: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Dalton Schultz out, Michael Mayer in. He’s a monster when it comes to moving the chains and can play both on the line of scrimmage or in the slot.

27. Bills: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Brandon Beane is no stranger to making aggressive moves in the draft, but in this situation a versatile wide receiver falls right to Buffalo. Addison is a smooth separator who would work well with Stefon Diggs.

28. Bengals: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

It should no longer come as a surprise to see two running backs in Round 1 as teams are completely sold on Gibbs’ explosive talent. He doesn’t have the size for an early heavy workload, but he makes the most of his touches on the ground and through the air.

29. Saints: Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson

The Saints were active in free agency to supplement their defensive line, but Bresee is an addition with long-term thinking in mind. However, he needs to stay healthy to prove he can be a true difference maker up front.

30. Eagles: Calijah Kancey, DL, Pittsburgh

The thought of Jordan Davis and Calijah Kancey playing alongside each other from a contrast perspective alone is amazing. Kancey is simply too explosive and quick for interior offensive lineman to handle in pass protection. The Eagles beat teams in the trenches and they will have knocked it out of the park in this first round with the additions of Johnson and Kancey.

31. Chiefs: Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

McDonald brings burst and speed to a front that already has power from Chris Jones and George Karlaftis. He’d step right into Frank Clark‘s role.

Round 2

32. Steelers: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

33. Texans: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

34. Cardinals: Steve Avila, IOL, TCU

35. Colts: O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

36. Rams: BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

37. Seahawks: John Michael Schmitz, OC, Minnesota

38. Raiders: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

39. Panthers: Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

40. Saints: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

41. Titans: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

42. Packers: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

43. Jets: Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin

44. Falcons: Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

45. Packers: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss

46. Patriots: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

47. Commanders: Matthew Bergeron, OL, Syracuse

48. Lions: Mazi Smith, DL, Michigan

49. Steelers: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

50. Buccaneers: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

51. Dolphins: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

52. Seahawks: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

53. Bears: Joe Tippmann, OC, Wisconsin

54. Chargers: Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami

55. Lions: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

56. Jaguars: Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State

57. Giants: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

58. Cowboys: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

59. Bills: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

60. Bengals: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern

61. Bears: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

62. Eagles: Antonio Johnson, SAF, Texas A&M

63. Chiefs: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

Round 3

Bears: Tuli Tuipulotu, EDGE, USC

Texans: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Cardinals: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Broncos: Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina

Broncos: Chandler Zavala, OG, North Carolina State

Rams: Tyler Steen, OL, Alabama

Raiders: Siaki Ika, DL, Baylor

Saints: Jartavius Martin, SAF, Illinois

Titans: Nick Saldiveri, OT, Old Dominion

Texans: Luke Wypler, OC, Ohio State

Browns: Jordan Battle, SAF, Alabama

Falcons: Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

Patriots: Nick Herbig, EDGE, Wisconsin

Rams: Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State

Packers: Sydney Brown, SAF, Illinois

Colts: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa

Steelers: Gervon Dexter, DL, Florida

Lions: Tank Dell, WR, Houston

Buccaneers: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

Seahawks: Anthony Bradford, OG, LSU

Dolphins: Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

Chargers: DorIan Williams, LB, Tulane

Ravens: Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

Vikings: Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford

Jaguars: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

Giants: Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama

Cowboys: Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

Bills: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh

Bengals: Marte Mapu, SAF, Sacramento State

Panthers; Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane

Eagles: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn

Chiefs: Kobie Turner, DL, Wake Forest

Cardinals: Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri

Commanders: Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati

Browns: Zacch Pickens, DL, South Carolina

San Francisco: Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland

Raiders: Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn

San Francisco: Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma

San Francisco: Sidy Sow, OG, Eastern Michigan