2023 NFL Mock Draft V. 2: Predicting Round 1

With the NFL Combine coming to an end, it's time to project all 32 picks in the first round of April's NFL Draft. The Bears have the first pick of the draft.

Bryce Young, quarterback for Alabama

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Bryce Young, quarterback for Alabama

With the 2023 NFL Combine now in the rear-view mirror, it’s safe to say that draft season is in full swing. As expected, we had a bunch of athletic freaks test out of this world and with the athletic testing portion complete for most players, we can begin to make better evaluations about a player’s stock. Anthony Richardson was the highlight of the NFL Combine after his record-breaking measurements during testing. 


Former Florida QB Anthony Richardson just SET the QB record at the combine with a 40.5" vertical jump

Richardson measured in at 6'4" 244 lbs 😳

(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/g64TBkippb

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 4, 2023

There will be risers and fallers from the previous mock draft and this edition will include trades, which is always an interesting twist. The Chicago Bears are expected to consider shopping the first pick of the draft to move down with Justin Fields as their franchise quarterback so we factored that in this time around when formulating the first round. Our latest mock draft has multiple trades within the top 10 picks including one between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts. With all being said, here’s the second version of our 2023 NFL mock draft. 

2. Panthers- Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama

Bryce Young, quarterback for Alabama

3. Texans- CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Ohio State

CJ Stroud at Ohio State

4. Colts- Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida (TRADE from AZ)

Anthony Richardson of the Florida Gators during the NFL Combine

5. Cardinals- Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama (TRADE from IND)

Will Anderson during All-State Sugar Bowl

6. Seahawks- Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech


7. Lions- Christian Gonzalez, Cornerback, Oregon

Christian Gonzalez Oregon defensive back.

8. Raiders- Will Levis, Quarterback, Kentucky

Will Levis University of Kentucky quarterback

9. Falcons- Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

10. Bears- Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

Jalen Carter Georgia

11. Eagles- Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas

Bijan Robinson, running back, Texas

12. Titans- Paris Johnson Jr., Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Paris Johnson Jr. #77 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Northwestern

13. Texans- Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive end Myles Murphy

14. Jets- Broderick Jones, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

Broderick Jones, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

15. Patriots- Devon Witherspoon, Cornerback, Illinois

Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon

16. Packers- Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

Lukas Van Ness Iowa

17. Commanders- Peter Skoronski, Guard, Northwestern

Northwestern guard Peter Skoronski (77) pass blocks during the Northwestern Wildcats versus Maryland Terrapins

18. Steelers- Joey Porter Jr., Cornerback, Penn State

Joey Porter Jr., cornerback, Penn State

19. Lions- Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah

Dalton Kincaid catching a pass for Utah

20. Buccaneers- Deonte Banks, Cornerback, Maryland

Deonte Banks catching a pass during warmups

21. Seahawks- Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to the bench during a 48-45 win over the Utah Utes at Rose Bowl

22. Chargers- Zay Flowers, Wide Receiver, Boston College

Zay Flowers of Boston College wideout

23. Ravens- Cam Smith, Cornerback, South Carolina

Cam Smith South Carolina defensive back

24. Vikings- Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC

Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC

25. Jaguars- Brian Branch, Safety, Alabama

Brian Branch, Safety, Alabama

26. Giants- Michael Mayer, Tight End, Notre Dame

Michael Meyer, tight end, Notre Dame

27. Cowboys- Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia

Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia

28. Bills- Drew Sanders, Linebacker, Arkansas

Drew Sanders #42 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks over the offense

29. Bengals- Darnell Wright, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee

Darnell Wright from Tennessee

30. Saints- Bryan Bresee, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Bryan Bresee (11)

31. Eagles- Calijah Kancey, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

Calijah Kancey from the Pittsburgh Panthers

32. Chiefs- B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

BJ OJulari from Louisiana State University

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