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2023 NFL Mock Draft Consensus – Early April Check-In

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The 2023 NFL Draft is nearly upon us! Here’s another consensus temperature check on what the community sees as the favorite pick for all of our teams. It’s been interesting to see how things have changed since the combine, free agency, and big trades. I will say that looking back I’d think probably 50% or better of these picks will be pretty close to accurate (that’s just a guess at this point though!). As always, I am using the NFL Mock Draft Database to get the information for these mocks.

Last Month’s Consensus Mock Draft (Round 1):

  1. CAR – CJ Stroud, QB Ohio State
  2. HOU –  Bryce Young, QB Alabama
  3. ARI – Will Anderson Jr, Edge Alabama
  4. IND – Anthony Richardson, QB Florida
  5. SEA – Jalen Carter, DL Georgia
  6. DET – Christian Gonzalez, CB Oregon
  7. LV – Will Levis, QB Kentucky
  8. ATL – Tyree Wilson, Edge Texas Tech
  9. CHI – Peter Skoronski, OT Northwestern
  10. PHI – Devon Witherspoon, CB Illinois
  11. TEN – Paris Johnson Jr, OT Ohio State
  12. HOU – Quentin Johnston, WR TCU
  13. NYJ – Broderick Jones, OT Georgia
  14. NE – Joey Porter JR, CB Penn State
  15. GB – Lukas Van Ness, EDGE Iowa
  16. WAS – Darnell Wright, OT Tennessee
  17. PIT – Myles Murphy, Edge Clemson
  18. DET – Bijan Robinson, RB Texas
  19. TB – Brian Branch, S Alabama
  20. SEA – Nolan Smith, EDGE Georgia
  21. LAC – Michael Mayer, TE Notre Dame
  22. BAL – Jordan Addison, WR USC
  23. MIN – Deonte Banks, CB Maryland
  24. JAX – O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL Florida
  25. NYG – Zay Flowers, WR Boston College
  26. DAL – Dalton Kincaid, TE Utah
  27. BUF – Jalin Hyatt, WR Tennessee
  28. CIN – Anton Harrison, OT Oklahoma
  29. NO – Calijah Kancey, DL Pitt
  30. PHI – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Alabama
  31. KC – Dawand Jones, OT Ohio State
  32. PIT – Kelee Ringo, CB Georgia
Jalen Carter, Stock Up
Jalen Carter, Stock Up[/media-credit] Jalen Carter, Stock Up Getty Images

Current Consensus Mock Draft (Round 1):

  1. CAR – CJ Stroud, QB Ohio State
  2. HOU –  Bryce Young, QB Alabama
  3. ARI – Will Anderson Jr, Edge Alabama
  4. IND – Anthony Richardson, QB Florida
  5. SEA – Tyree Wilson, Edge Texas Tech
  6. DET – Devon Witherspoon, CB Illinois
  7. LV – Christian Gonzalez, CB Oregon
  8. ATL – Bijan Robinson, RB Texas
  9. CHI –  Paris Johnson Jr, OT Ohio State
  10. PHI – Jalen Carter, DL Georgia
  11. TEN – Will Levis, QB Kentucky
  12. HOU – Jaxon Smith-NJigba, WR Ohio State
  13. NYJ – Broderick Jones, OT Georgia
  14. NE – Joey Porter JR, CB Penn State
  15. GB – Michael Mayer, TE Notre Dame
  16. WAS – Deonte Banks, CB Maryland
  17. PIT – Anton Harrison, OT Oklahoma
  18. DET – Calijah Kancey, DL Pitt
  19. TB – Darnell Wright, OT Tennessee
  20. SEA – John Michael-Schmitz, IOL Minnesota
  21. LAC – Dalton Kincaid, TE Utah
  22. BAL – Quentin Johnston, WR TCU
  23. MIN – Zay Flowers, WR Boston College
  24. JAX – Brian Branch, S Alabama
  25. NYG – Jordan Addison, WR USC
  26. DAL – Mazi Smith, DT Michigan
  27. BUF – O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL Florida
  28. CIN – Cam Smith, CB South Carolina
  29. NO – Bryan Bresee, DL Clemson
  30. PHI – Nolan Smith, EDGE Georgia
  31. KC – Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE Northwestern
  32. PIT – Trenton Simpson, LB Clemson
Will Levis, NFL Draft Predictions
Will Levis, NFL Draft Predictions[/media-credit] Will Levis Getty Images

We’re Not Seeing As Many Changes in The Players

We are seeing them bounce around a bit but I think the top 32 are getting close to being locked in. It will be interesting to see how things play out, for instance, I don’t see Detroit going CB at 6. We haven’t seen them bring in Jalen Carter for a private visit but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go there. The biggest question with a guy like Jalen is culture and Detroit’s culture is strong now. Seeing him go to Philly would be wild to pair him with Jordan Davis.

With the quarterback-needy teams, it’ll be fun to see how they value these players coming into the draft. Is CJ Stroud the consensus #1 pick? Could Frank Reich want to go with a guy like Bryce Young instead? Either way, he would have had to trade up from 9 (probably) to get either player. I still see Levis/Richardson as the two that are hard to project if the hype from the draft season is pushing them up further or not.

I do like seeing a few new names back on or for the first time because I could see some surprises from pick 14 on really. We know New England sees players much differently, and some of these wideouts may slip to round two just because it’s such a deep, talented class.

Thanks for Stopping By!

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