2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Round 2 added.
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2023 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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Go To: Round 1 (1-16) Round 1 (17-31) Round 2 (32-63)

1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Davis Mills isn't horrible, but the Texans need a franchise quarterback who is a true difference maker to replace Deshaun Watson.

In 2022, Stroud has completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,340 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a highly talented dual-threat quarterback who could end up as a first-round prospect - and perhaps at the top of Round 1. He won Ohio State's starting quarterback position following Justin Fields' departure to the NFL. In 2021, Stroud completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was a dominant passer, showing good accuracy and the ability to push the ball vertically.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 10  |  Click here to jump to the Texans' second-round pick.

2. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

The Bears need a difference maker on their defensive line.

In 2022, Anderson has 53 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was the rare freshman to start on Nick Saban's defense, but Anderson proved his special ability with a superb 2020 season. He was third in the SEC with seven sacks while also recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 52 tackles. Anderson was phenomenal in 2021, recording 101 tackles, 17.5 sacks and three passes defended. Not only was he a dominant pass rusher, but Anderson was a strong, tough run defender. He has outstanding instincts and showed a great motor in the 2021 season.



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3. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

The Lions take their future franchise quarterback. They could cut Jared Goff without a salary-cap penalty in the offseason, or they could trade him to a team picking too low to land a viable starter. Goff is playing better football than Matt Ryan or Carson Wentz, and they both were dealt for second-day picks last offseason, so there could be a trade market for Goff this spring.

In 2022, Young has completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,007 yards, 27 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has picked up four touchdowns on the ground as well. Young (5-11, 194) took over as Alabama's starting quarterback in 2021, and there was a lot of hype about him in the scouting community. Some NFL sources believe Young's skill set and style of play are similar to those of Kyler Murray. In 2021, Young completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 13  |  Click here to jump to the Lions' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 30

4. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

The Seahawks continue to build up their defensive line talent. Here's an interior disruptor to go next to Poona Ford.

In 2022, Carter has 25 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. He missed a chunk of time due to a sprained MCL from a dirty hit versus Missouri. Despite Georgia's crowded defensive line filled with future early-round picks, Carter flashed as a sophomore in 2021 with 37 tackles and three sacks. Multiple team sources say Carter is a better player and prospect than Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Carter has quality size to go along with shocking speed and athleticism.



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Rd: 1 Pk: 16  |  Click here to jump to the Seahawks' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 18

5. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Carolina grabs its franchise quarterback.

In 2022, Levis has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has a good skill set and could be a riser throughout the draft process. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Levis has a cannon for an arm and easy velocity to push the ball downfield. He thrived running the Kentucky offense during 2021. Levis completed 66 percent of his passes that season for 2,826 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also had nine rushing touchdowns. For the NFL, Levis projects as a big-armed pocket passer. He needs to cut down on the interceptions and continue to improve at reading the field to close out 2022.



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Click here to jump to the Panthers' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 26

6. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

The Eagles prioritize the offensive and defensive line. Here's a young edge rusher to replace either Brandon Graham or Robert Quinn.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Murphy has the skill set to dominate at the next level and could be a riser throughout the 2023 NFL Draft process. Not only is he putting together a season of excellent tape, but Murphy is a freak athlete in possession of a crazy combination of size, speed, athleticism and strength. He should work out well and impress in the eye ball test. Murphy has the skill set to do whatever he wants on the football field as he can burn tackles with speed, use his strength to set the edge in the ground game, dominate tight ends, and simply take over games.

In 2022, Murphy has 33 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. He was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. In 2021, he totaled 37 tackles and seven sacks.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 31  |  Click here to jump to the Eagles' second-round pick.

7. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

The Cardinals need more offensive line talent.

Skoronski impressed as the replacement for Rashawn Slater over the previous two seasons. "He's athletic, moves well, and is smooth," said an AFC Director of player personnel. "He has very short arms, like 32 inches - he plays with better length than he has - but he doesn't have a tackle body and looks more like a guard. Some guys I have spoken with compare him to Jonah Williams and some others have said Jonah Jackson." Some teams will project the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Skoronski to guard, although others might think he can remain at tackle.



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8. NFL Team Logo for Packers Green Bay Packers: Antonio Johnson, CB/S, Texas A&M

The Packers could use some safety help.

Johnson recorded 71 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles and one pass broken up in 2022. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is a massive slot corner who broke out for the Aggies in 2021. The sophomore recorded 79 tackles, an interception and five passes defended on the year. Johnson has phenomenal length and size to match up against NFL receivers while also showing fabulous instincts and tackling ability as a safety. He also lined up as a slot corner and dime linebacker. Johnson is an outstanding defensive back who is a Swiss Army knife to solve coverage problems for his defense.



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9. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

The Raiders need a No. 1 corner badly.

Team sources have been impressed with Gonzalez (6-2, 201), starting with his 2021 tape and into how he is playing this season. The junior is a big corner who is fast, athletic, and is able to run the route to prevent separation. Entering 2022, Gonzalez did not have an interception, so NFL evaluators wanted to see him show more ball skills, and he has shown improvement in that regard this year. Gonzalez could be a riser who ends up as one of the top corners for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Gonzalez started out his collegiate career at Colorado before transferring to Oregon. In 2022, he has 51 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up. With Colorado in 2021, he collected 53 tackles and five passes broken up. Gonzalez notched 25 tackles and five breakups during the COVID-19-abbreviated season.


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Click here to jump to the Raiders' second-round pick.

10. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

It would not be surprising if Brandin Cooks pushes his way out of Houston this offseason, and the Texans badly need more talent at wide receiver.

So far in 2022, Johnston has 49 receptions for 764 yards and five touchdowns. He flashed in 2021, catching 33 passes for 612 yards and six touchdowns. Sources from around the NFL are high on his skill set. "He's 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and can win on all three levels. He puts up 20 yards per catch, runs great routes, is super smart, an alpha, and the hardest worker on the team," an area scout told WalterFootball.com.


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Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Click here to jump to the Texans' second-round pick.

11. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

The Jaguars need a No. 1 corner to go with Tyson Campbell.

Overall, Porter has kept blanket coverage this season while recording 27 tackles and seven passes broken up thus far. He rotated in as freshman in 2020 and had a quality debut. In 2021, Porter collected 51 tackles, one interception, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr., has an NFL pedigree. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder possesses excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player. Porter has freakishly long arms that team sources say make him look like one of those blue guys from "Avatar."


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Click here to jump to the Jaguars' second-round pick.

12. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Paris Johnson, OT/G, Ohio State

The Steelers could use more offensive line talent. Johnson would be a plug-and-play upgrade.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Johnson has an excellent skill set with size, quickness and athleticism. He has been superb for Buckeyes this season, not allowing a sack and manning the blind side for C.J. Stroud. Johnson started at guard in 2021, but he has moved to tackle as an upperclassmen. Johnson has lot of upside to improve as he gains experience.


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Click here to jump to the Steelers' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 11

13. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Under Brad Holmes, the Lions have taken elite talents and not reached for need. Hence, I could see them passing on Will Levis and taking one of the best players in the 2023 NFL Draft, like Robinson. D'Andre Swift is a talented back, but he is utterly incapable of staying healthy and handling a big work load. Swift is not worthy of a big extension. Jamaal Williams is also a free agent after this season. Here's a running back who has the potential to become a Lions legend who reminds their fanbase of the Barry Sanders days.

In 2022, Robinson has averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also has 19 receptions for 314 yards and two scores. The junior had a painful overtime fumble against Texas Tech. Robinson was one of the best players in college football in 2021, producing a superb season for Texas. The sophomore averaged 5.8 yards per carry that season for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also took 26 receptions for 295 yards and four scores. In 2020, Robinson flashed his big-time skill set with 703 yards on only 86 carries - 8.2 average - and four touchdowns. He notched 15 catches for 196 yards and two scores that season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Robinson has power, speed, cutting ability, and natural instincts as a runner. Team sources also say he possesses outstanding character.



Click links to see the Lions' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 3  |  Click here to jump to the Lions' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 30

14. NFL Team Logo for Colts Indianapolis Colts: Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford

Obviously, the Colts need a long-term starter at quarterback. McKee could be the big-armed pocket passer Indianapolis needs to deliver the ball.

While Stanford has struggled this season, McKee (6-6, 230) has impressed some NFL evaluators. He possesses excellent size, a strong arm capable of firing the ball downfield, and nice loft on touch passes. In 2022, McKee completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 2021, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,327 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven picks. McKee has the potential to rise over the draft process with good interviews, visits, and workouts that show off his arm.

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Click here to jump to the Colts' second-round pick.

15. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

The Falcons could use more pass-rushing talent. Here's a dynamic quarterback hunter for Atlanta.

In 2022, Foskey has 45 tackles, 11 sacks and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder broke out for the Fighting Irish in 2021, recording 11 sacks, six forced fumbles and 52 tackles. In 2020, he flashed his potential with 4.5 sacks and 20 tackles in a backup role. Thanks to his quality size and speed, Foskey could be a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Some preseason evaluators said Foskey has high potential.



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16. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

The Seahawks could use more edge-rush talent and run defense. Wilson would help in both regards.

Wilson recorded 61 tackles, one forced fumble and 6.5 sacks in 2022. He did not do much in 2020 and 2019, racking up 22 tackles and three sacks over that time, but he broke out with an impressive 2021 season. The junior recorded 37 tackles, seven sacks and a pass defended in 2021. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder has the size, length and strength to be a tough edge defender.


Click links to see the Seahawks' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 4  |  Click here to jump to the Seahawks' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 18

Go To: Round 1 (1-16) Round 1 (17-31) Round 2 (32-63)








 








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