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FINAL 2023 NFL Draft Consensus Picks!

Can you feel it? We are inching ever so closely to Round 1 of the NFL DRAFT! This will be my last check-in with our friends at Mock Draft Database, and what the consensus for round 1 looks like. 

Previous 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
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2023 NFL Mock Draft[/media-credit] Brian Branch, Mock Draft Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL Consensus Mock Draft for 2023!

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

So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance…

Lukas Van Ness, Myles Murphy, and Will McDonald appear on our final list, what do they have in common? All are Edge rushers. Thanks to that fifth-year option, quarterbacks and Edge Rushers are the premiere pieces to target in round 1. It is crazy to think about Bryan Bresee and Michael Mayer falling that far but stranger things have happened.

Looking over this list, it makes a lot of sense to me, players and team fits. Looking at my Detroit Lions, after the trade of Jeff Okudah, I could see cornerback on the table at either pick. Calijah Kancey seems like more of a reach, I still see him as a 2nd round prospect. 

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I also still think Will Levis is the consensus #3 quarterback in this class, Anthony Richardson really needed some more time in college to develop. Both players have plenty of red flags but at least we have a better idea of the floor with Levis, Richardson could need to sit for 2-3 years while he learns the pro game. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Hendon Hooker snuck up into the 1st round, starting to hear more about a connection to the Minnesota Vikings, who pick at 23.

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