2023 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 - Wolf Sports (2023)

Mock 3.0 is the first since Carolina moved up to No. 1 overall and Jalen Carter’s legal issues surfaced, but more importantly, free agency gives us a much clearer look at the landscape of the league. Remember, the purpose of a mock draft is to predict rather than provide opinions about what I would personally do, but our positional rankings and big board will be updated early next week.

1. CAR (via CHI): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

The betting markets having Stroud as a heavy favorite to go No. 1 combined with the way quarterbacks coach Josh McCown has gushed over him gives the Ohio State passer the edge over who I believe is the best player in the class (Bryce Young). Carolina’s staff likely believes they are going to assemble a well-oiled machine that Stroud can efficiently run.

2. HOU: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Young feels like the guy for Houston, and head coach DeMeco Ryans has suggested they are comfortable with two signal-callers here—the intrigue would be who they go with if Young is off the board. The former Heisman winner is the total package on and off the field.

3. ARI: Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

There is a ton of smoke about Arizona wanting to move back, and there’s also some smoke about them targeting Wilson—even over fellow edge defender Will Anderson Jr. I’d say Las Vegas is the team to keep an eye on moving up, but executives might want to wisely hold onto their 2024 draft capital considering the strength of next year’s quarterback class.

4. IND: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

For the skeptics, Richardson is well worth an early selection based on not only his upside, but also the clear foundation he has in terms of how to play the position. The question is if Chris Ballard will finally take the chance on a signal-caller—or might he set his sights on Lamar Jackson following the draft?

5. SEA (via DEN): Will Anderson Jr., DE, Alabama

This would be an absolute dream for Seattle, as Anderson is arguably the best player in the class, and he is a perfect pairing with Uchenna Nwosu on the other side. Anderson totaled 34.5 sacks and 58.5 tackles for loss in three seasons at Alabama.

6. DET (via LAR): Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia

Smith to Detroit isn’t one that I have seen before, but he was a borderline top-ten prospect for usbeforeblowing up the Combine, and Dan Campbell will likely love his leadership qualities. The 22-year-old compares favorably to All-Pro pass rusher Haason Reddick.

7. LV: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Cornerback seems to be the major hole for Las Vegas, and Gonzalez—with top-tier speed and fluidity—is the classic Raiders pick. This could also be a spot for a trade down if Josh McDaniels has his eyes on a quarterback from the 2024 class.

8. ATL: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

I’ve slotted Robinson here in all three mock drafts, and a run-heavy offense would be one to get the most out of a top-ten selection on an elite running back. The Falcons are another franchise that might wait until after the draft to go after Lamar Jackson—giving them an exciting quarter of Jackson, Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts.

9. CHI (via CAR): Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Johnson Jr. feels like a Ryan Poles selection to me, and he would slot in at right tackle to complete Chicago’s new-look offense (though I’d expect them to target a running back on Day 2). If not, the defensive line is the obvious area that needs to be upgraded.

10. PHI (via NO): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

I’m skeptical about any team taking Carter in the first half of Round 1, and a slip into Day 2 would not be a shock. That said, many in the media have labeled him as the best talent in the class, and Philadelphia might feel they have the structure in place—including former Georgia teammates Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean—to get the best out of Carter.

11. TEN: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

Left tackle is the primary weakness for Tennessee, and it needs to be filled if they are going to compete with Derrick Henry still in his prime as a top offensive weapon. Jones has a very high ceiling based on his impressive play at Georgia.

12. HOU (via CLE): Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Porter seems to be a polarizing prospect, but he’s a ready-made fit for DeMeco Ryans’ defense—and would make Houston very difficult to throw on in tandem with Derek Stingley Jr. I don’t see wide receiver being a huge priority here with John Metchie III essentially being a part of the 2023 draft class.

13. NYJ: Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

The Jets targeting a prospect that plays in the trenches is a safe bet, so Van Ness—even with a solid collection of talent on the edge for New York—gets slotted here based on his upside. Former first-rounder Mekhi Becton having worked himself into tremendous shape could be the boost needed on the offensive line with Aaron Rodgers likely coming to town.

14. NE: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Witherspoon usually goes higher than this, but he is the prototypical New England cornerback with the ability to play man or zone coverage at a high level. Because of how important Rhamondre Stevenson is to the offense, I don’t buy any talk of them targeting Bijan Robinson or another running back this early.

15. GB: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

Green Bay has often targeted traits in recent years, so maybe Kincaid—as an “older” prospect turning 24 in October—won’t be the pick. However, he’s two weeks younger than Travis Kelce was when he entered the league, and there isn’t a better selection to make here if the goal is having Jordan Love be successful.

16. JAX (mock trade w/ WAS): Peter Skoronski, G, Northwestern

The offensive line for Jacksonville needs to do a bit of shuffling after losing Jawaan Taylor in free agency, so making a move for Skoronski would solidify the left side by slotting in between Cam Robinson and Luke Fortner. Cornerback is the other position to keep an eye on.

17. PIT: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Harrison is a prospect that will move up considerably in our next big board (releasing on Tuesday), and while Dan Moore Jr. has been solid on the blindside for Pittsburgh, Harrison could help take the group to the next level. Don’t sleep on Mike Tomlin and the Steelers with Kenny Pickett expected to take a leap in Year 2.

18. BUF (mock trade w/ DET): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Buffalo being connected to wideouts could result in a trade up for one, and Smith-Njigba is well worth the price as a clean fit between Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis. Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence is another name to keep an eye on if the Bills were to sit tight at No. 27 overall.

19. TB: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Talk of Tristan Wirfs moving over to left tackle would come to fruition with this selection, and Tampa Bay’s pass protection would be greatly improved compared to a season ago. Wright is a very good pass blocker with flashes of dominance in the running game.

20. SEA: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

As stated with Joey Porter Jr., Ringo is another polarizing cornerback—but with a more extreme range of outcomes that could see him slide out of the first round altogether. Still, the Seahawks can develop him behind Michael Jackson in 2023, and the future duo of Tariq Woolen and Ringo has the potential to be the best in football.

21. LAC: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

Khalil Mack will remain in Los Angeles this season, but the team would clear over $23 million off the books by releasing him next year—making Murphy a logical investment if he falls here. Plus, the depth isn’t great on the edge for the Chargers, so Murphy would be counted on for a sizeable role as a rookie despite not being a starter.

22. BAL: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Baltimore fans might go crazy if they don’t take a wide receiver here, but Banks is a local product that fits their scheme and fills a need with Marcus Peters departed (assuming he doesn’t re-sign). Look for a ton of press coverage with Marlon Humphrey and Banks if this pick becomes a reality.

23. MIN: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Reading the tea leaves of free agency, Minnesota signing Brandon Powell could signal the role they have in mind for Flowers with the ability to do damage on designed touches. K.J. Osborn has proven ready for a larger role, but more is needed behind Justin Jefferson.

24. WAS (mock trade w/ JAX): O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

Washington signed Nick Gates to play center and Andrew Wylie to play right tackle, so adding Torrence (right guard) completes the puzzle on the offensive line with Sam Cosmi, Andrew Nowell, and others competing at left guard. Torrence is big and powerful to boost a run-heavy offense.

25. NYG: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

New York has a bunch of options at wide receiver with their signing and re-signings, but none have the skillset that Johnston does with unique field-stretching ability at six-foot-three. I’d imagine opponents would fear the Giants a lot more with Darren Waller and Johnston moving the safeties back to take pressure off Saquon Barkley.

26. DAL: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Dallas has a couple of second-year options in Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot to fill the void left by Dalton Schultz, but Mayer might remind Jerry Jones of Jason Witten—and would give the offense a very impressive group of skill-position talent with Tony Pollard, CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks, Michael Gallup, and Mayer.

27. DET (mock trade w/ BUF): Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

Another prospect out of Georgia that I’m sure Dan Campbell would love, Washington can block like a sixth offensive lineman and has untapped potential in the passing game. It’s easy to see offensive coordinator Ben Johnson getting the most out of Washington down the seams and on over routes.

28. CIN: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Smith going this late would be a steal, and Cincinnati’s roster having limited holes allows them the luxury of taking the best player available. Chidobe Awuzie is still young at 28 (in May), but he’s coming off a torn ACL, so Smith would allow the Bengals to bring him along slowly while Smith starts across from Cam Taylor-Britt.

29. NO (from DEN via SF): Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

Kancey could go higher than this, andAdetomiwa Adebawore is another defensive lineman that was a late removal—but could be a target for a team like the Bears in a possible trade down (or move back up). Any size concerns about Kancey might be lessened considering the bigger options New Orleans has on the edge.

30. PHI: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Gibbs would add another element to the already deadly Philadelphia offense due to his ability to rip off chunk yardage—including as a pass-catcher. A four-man backfield of Rashaad Penny (with Trey Sermon behind him as insurance), Kenneth Gainwell, and Gibbs would be exciting.

31. KC: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

It would almost be unfair for the Chiefs to get Jones as a cheap replacement for Orlando Brown Jr., as he’d arguably carry more upside at a fraction of the cost. At six-foot-eight, the Ohio State right tackle is a wall in pass protection to keep Patrick Mahomes upright for at least the next five years.

FAQs

Who will be drafted first in 2023 NFL? ›

Draft Picks 2023: All the Results From the First Round. The Carolina Panthers selected Bryce Young, the Alabama quarterback, at No. 1 overall.

Where is the NFL draft 2023 date? ›

The next generation of pro football is set to introduce itself to the world this spring as the annual 2023 NFL Draft is set for April 27 to April 29 live from Kansas City.

What is the mock draft for NFL? ›

Mock drafts are practice fantasy sports drafts. Before a league's draft takes place, mock drafts are a way to practice before someone's pride and/or money are on the line. Participating in a mock draft alerts fantasy players to real players that are going higher or lower than one expected.

Who will be the first QB drafted in 2023? ›

At the outset of Thursday evening, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the microphone and announced, "With the first pick in the NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers select Bryce Young, quarterback, Alabama."

Who is #1 QB draft 2023? ›

Player Rankings - Quarterback
#PlayerPos
1Bryce YoungQB
2C.J. StroudQB
3Hendon HookerQB
4Anthony RichardsonQB
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How much does it cost to go to the NFL draft 2023? ›

Attractions, including the Free NFL Draft Experience, Draft Theater, and Draft Red Carpet, will all be accessible to fans within a singular footprint. Admission into the 2023 NFL Draft presented by Bud Light is FREE and fans can register at nfl.com/draftaccess or download the OnePass app at nfl.com/onepass.

Why only 31 picks in 2023 NFL Draft? ›

There are 31 picks in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft because the Miami Dolphins were stripped of their top selection for violations of league policies relating to the integrity of the game.

Which NFL team has the most draft picks in 2023? ›

Which team has the most picks in the 2023 NFL Draft? The Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders are tied for the most 2023 draft picks with 12 apiece. They are actually three of 10 teams with double-digit picks. The Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers each own 11 picks.

Who has the Mr. Irrelevant pick 2023? ›

Mr. Irrelevant history
YearNameTeam
2023Desjuan JohnsonRams
2022Brock Purdy49ers
2021Grant StuardBuccaneers
2020Tae CrowderGiants
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Apr 30, 2023

Why is there no 32 pick in the NFL draft? ›

The first round kicked off on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in Kansas City. One quirk of this year's draft is that there are only 31 picks in the first round instead of 32 because the Miami Dolphins had to forfeit their 2023 first- and 2024 third-round picks.

Who has the most 1st round picks NFL 2023? ›

Which Team Has the Most Picks in the 2023 NFL Draft? The Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders have 12 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, leading the NFL. Houston has each of its own picks in Rounds 1 through 4, plus the Cleveland Browns' first- and third-round picks from the Deshaun Watson trade last year.

Who is the most accurate NFL mock draft for 2023? ›

Final 2023 NFL Mock Draft From Brendan Donahue. Brendan Donahue, the #1 most accurate mock drafter over the past five NFL seasons according to The Huddle Report, gives you his 2023 NFL Mock Draft — making predictions for every team and every pick in the first round.

What round should a QB be drafted? ›

Regardless, we all have players in our fantasy leagues who insist taking a QB early (1st to 3rd rounds) is the best way to go.

What is the most accurate mock draft simulator? ›

When it comes to premium mock draft simulators, your best bet is The Draft Network. While they do have free tools, their $9.99/month plan (or $29.99 for the year) gives you access to advanced features like tradeable picks and expert draft portfolios.

Who is the strongest arm quarterback in the 2023 draft? ›

Bryce Young, Alabama. He's a little outside the top gun, howitzer arms, but I believe Bryce Young (scouting report) is the best quarterback in this draft. “Bryce Cube” is the man, and what I mean is you name all the attributes you're looking for in an NFL quarterback, and he has them.

Who has the strongest arm in college football 2023? ›

Among the 2023 QB prospects, Kentucky Wildcats' Will Levis has the strongest arm. However, he narrowly beats out the University of Florida's Anthony Richardson. Keep reading as we take you through the most solid-armed QBs heading into this year's NFL Draft.

How many quarterbacks were drafted in the 2023 draft? ›

How many QBs were taken in the 2023 NFL Draft? This year, 14 quarterbacks were selected in the 2023 NFL Draft with nine taken on Day 3. That is well above last year's total of nine quarterbacks selected. Here's a look at all QBs selected in this year's draft.

Who is the best dual threat quarterback in the 2023 draft? ›

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA. Everyone thinks the only dual-threat quarterback prospect in the draft is Richardson, but Thompson-Robinson can also get the job done.

Who is the best quarterback in the NFL history? ›

The following is a list of the top National Football League (NFL) quarterbacks in regular season wins. In the NFL, the starting quarterback is the only position that is credited with records of wins and losses. Tom Brady holds the record for the most regular season wins with 251.

Who is the best quarterback in this year's draft? ›

C.J. Stroud comes in as the highest rated QB prospect according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks and the second highest prospect according to ESPN behind Bryce Young of Alabama.

Can you go to the NFL Draft for free? ›

How much are NFL Draft tickets? Fans can attend the 2023 NFL Draft for free all three days. For entry, fans have to download the NFL's OnePass app for more information as the draft approaches.

How much are VIP NFL Draft tickets? ›

"VIP services company On Location sells ticket packages for each day, but tickets for the First Round and an all-rounds package are sold out. Day two tickets are $1,250, and day three tickets cost $550.

How much is a seat at the NFL Draft? ›

The NFL Draft is, somewhat shockingly, free. All fans need to do to attend the event is to register ahead of time, something fans can do here. That's great for fans because they can put their budget toward travel, lodging, food, and peripheral entertainment while they're in town.

Who is Gia Duddy? ›

Duddy, who skyrocketed to fame after being spotted with Levis in the green room for Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft, is a 21-year-old Penn State student. She is also a budding social media influencer, and her Instagram has taken off and is now up to 131,000 followers.

Why do dolphins not have first round picks? ›

Why don't the Miami Dolphins have a first-round pick in 2023? The Miami Dolphins will not have a pick in the first round as punishment for an NFL investigation that found the franchise tampered while trying to lure Tom Brady and Sean Payton to Miami, the league announced in August.

Who will get first round draft pick 2023? ›

First-round contract tracker
PickPlayer (Position)Team
1Bryce YoungPanthers
2C.J. StroudTexans
3Will Anderson Jr.Texans
4Anthony RichardsonColts
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Who has the easiest NFL schedule 2023? ›

What NFL team has the easiest schedule for 2023: Based on projected win totals, the New Orleans Saints have the easiest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season.

What college has the most NFL players drafted? ›

Ohio State

Ohio State also came out of the 2023 NFL Draft with the distinction of having produced the most first-round picks ever (90).

What NFL teams have no first-round picks 2023? ›

There are five NFL teams without a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft: the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers.

Has a Mr. Irrelevant ever been good? ›

Since the NFL draft was cut to its current seven-round format in 1994, players presented with this dubious honor have more often succeeded in making the team that drafted them, with some making significant contributions. Tyrone McGriff was perhaps the most successful Mr. Irrelevant from the pre-1994 era.

How much is Mr. Irrelevant paid? ›

In fact, after his playing time has dropped in recent weeks, Crowder publicly complained about his playing time. In the third year of his rookie deal, Crowder is making $913,872 for the Giants. He will be a free agent in 2024, as well.

What do you get for being Mr. Irrelevant? ›

The honoree also receives the Lowsman Trophy, intended to be the exact opposite of the Heisman Trophy, showing a player fumbling a football. After being selected as Mr. Irrelevant, Irrelevant Week, the organization behind the award, says the player will spend a week attending events held in Newport Beach, California.

What happens if a player refuse a draft pick? ›

However, if a rookie refuses to sign his contract, he could hold out for the entire season and re-enter the draft the following year. NFL teams can't hold onto a player's rights forever, so he'd be eligible to be drafted again the next offseason.

Has a player ever declined a draft pick? ›

Bo Jackson took this route in the 1986 Draft, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named him their number one pick. He refused to join the Buccaneers and chose to hold out, and instead became a baseball player for the Kansas City Royals for a year.

Why did Miami forfeit their pick? ›

The NFL has suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigation stemming from Brian Flores' racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.

Who is the NFL Favourite 2023? ›

Kansas City is the favorite at BetMGM (+650), Caesars Sportsbook (+600) FanDuel (+600) and DraftKings (+600). Caesars Sportsbook lists the 49ers as the second favorite at +750, followed by the Eagles at +750 at and the Bills at +900.

Who has the number 1 defense in the NFL 2023? ›

The Tennessee Titans had the best run defense in the NFL this season, surrendering just 76.9 rush ypg and 3.4 yards per carry. Tennessee's pass rush should also improve in 2023 with the return of Harold Landry.

Who has the most consecutive first overall picks in the NFL? ›

Through the 2023 NFL Draft, 88 players have been selected first overall, with the most recent being Bryce Young. The Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams have each made the most first overall selections in history with seven.

What is the draft order for 2023? ›

What is the 2023 NFL Draft Order?
  • Round 1. 1) Carolina Panthers* (from Chicago) 2) Houston Texans. ...
  • Round 3. 64) Chicago Bears. 65) Houston Texans. ...
  • Round 4. 103) Chicago Bears. 104) Houston Texans. ...
  • Round 5. 136) Chicago Bears. 137) Buffalo Bills (from Arizona) ...
  • Round 6. 178) Kansas City Chiefs (from Chicago through Miami)
May 1, 2023

Who has the best NFL draft 2023? ›

1. Philadelphia Eagles
RoundOverallSchool
19Georgia
130Georgia
365Alabama
366Illinois
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Who are the top players for the NFL draft 2023? ›

  • Keaton MitchellEast Carolina. RB.
  • Anthony JohnsonVirginia. CB.
  • Richard GouraigeFlorida. OG.
  • T.J. BassOregon. OT.
  • Brandon JosephNotre Dame. S.
  • Jaxson KirklandWashington. OT.
  • Malik KnowlesKansas State. WR.
  • Jeremy BanksTennessee. ILB.

Where is the 2023 NFL Draft order? ›

The 2023 NFL draft will take place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The first round, which had 31 picks as the Dolphins were stripped of their selection for tampering violations, took place on Thursday.

Why is there no 32nd pick? ›

The first round kicked off on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in Kansas City. One quirk of this year's draft is that there are only 31 picks in the first round instead of 32 because the Miami Dolphins had to forfeit their 2023 first- and 2024 third-round picks.

What year can you no longer be drafted? ›

Men turning 21 in the year of the draft would be second priority, men turning 22 would be third, and so on until a man turns 26, at which time he is over the age of liability.

Is 2023 a strong NFL draft? ›

For good reason; it is a very strong class. The talent is even better at edge rusher, cornerback and tight end, though, which is why fans should expect plenty of players at those positions being selected throughout Thursday and Friday as the first three rounds unfold. This big board is not a mock draft.

What teams need a qb in 2023 draft? ›

Huge need
  • Carolina Panthers. Obvious. ...
  • Houston Texans. The Texans have been in a hellish wasteland ever since Deshaun Watson made public his desire to get out of Houston prior to a wave of legal backlash. ...
  • Indianapolis Colts. ...
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ...
  • Atlanta Falcons. ...
  • Green Bay Packers. ...
  • Las Vegas Raiders.
  • Los Angeles Rams.
Apr 24, 2023

Who is the youngest player in the 2023 NFL draft? ›

According to the Establish The Run's NFL Draft Prospect Database, the youngest player in the 2023 NFL Draft is Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda. Abanikanda was born on October 5, 2002. This year at Pitt, Abanikanda had a great year rushing for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns on 239 carries.

Who will be the 5th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›

The Seahawks selected Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the No. 5 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, a move that looks to be all about drafting the best player rather than picking for need.

Who has the Mr irrelevant pick 2023? ›

Mr. Irrelevant history
YearNameTeam
2023Desjuan JohnsonRams
2022Brock Purdy49ers
2021Grant StuardBuccaneers
2020Tae CrowderGiants
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Apr 30, 2023

What pick is Mr irrelevant? ›

Mr. Irrelevant is the title given to the last player selected in a given NFL draft.

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