2023 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell





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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Round 1 added.
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2023 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | CHARLIE'S ROUND: 1


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1. NFL Team Logo for Texans Houston Texans: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Matt Corral, QB

The Texans have to find a replacement for J.J. Watt.

Bresee (6-5, 300) was impressive in 2020, recording 33 tackles, four sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two passes defended. He has good size to go along with some quickness and athleticism. Bresee should only get better as he gains experience and develops physically. He has the upside to be a riser. Bresee totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception before tearing his ACL versus N.C. State.

2. NFL Team Logo for Lions Detroit Lions: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Aidan Hutchinson, DE and Treylon Burks, WR

Detroit could give Jared Goff a couple of seasons and then look for an upgrade.

Richardson has an amazing skill set that he put on display at the beginning of the 2021 season in games against Florida Atlantic and South Florida. He has a cannon for an arm, speed as a runner, and the size and strength to run through defenders. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder could explode if he gets an opportunity to play.


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3. NFL Team Logo for Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Kyle Hamilton, S and DeMarvin Leal, DT

By the time of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Eagles could be in the market for a new starting quarterback.

Young (5-11, 194) has taken over as Alabama's starting quarterback this season and has a lot of hype about him in the scouting community. Some sources with college teams say they think he could be a better college quarterback than Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones. Some NFL sources believe Young's skill set and style of play are similar to those of Kyler Murray. Young is going to take college football by storm. In 2021, he has completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,124 yards, 15 touchdowns and an interception.


4. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Malachi Moore, CB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE and Justyn Ross, WR

The Jets could use a difference-maker in their secondary.

Moore is a versatile defensive back who plays the STAR position that was previously manned by the likes of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Xavier McKinney. Moore had a phenomenal freshman season in 2020, totaling 44 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions and six passes broken up. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has quality size to go with speed and instincts. Moore has five tackles and an interception so far this season.

5. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Evan Neal, OT and George Karlaftis, DE

The Giants could be looking for an upgrade over Daniel Jones in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Stroud (6-3, 215) is a highly talented dual-threat quarterback who could end up as a first-round prospect - and perhaps the top of Round 1. He won the starting quarterback position following Justin Fields' departure to the NFL and could take off thanks to the Buckeyes' excellent supporting cast. Stroud has completed 62 percent of his passes this season for 963 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.


6. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Adam Anderson, OLB

The Falcons could use a corner upgrade to go with A.J. Terrell.

The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr. has an NFL pedigree and is playing well in 2021. He rotated in as freshman in 2020 and played well. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder has excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player. In 2021, Porter has 17 tackles and two passes broken up.


7. NFL Team Logo for Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Murphy, DT, Clemson

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Derek Stingley, CB

Urban Meyer has always emphasized the defensive line and utilized a rotation up front. If Taven Bryan doesn't turn things around, the Jaguars will need to improve their interior defensive line.

Murphy (6-5, 275) was excellent as a freshman defensive end for Clemson in 2020, recording 51 tackles, 12 for a loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass broken up. Murphy has versatile size and could grow into being a defensive tackle for the next level. In 2021, Murphy has 11 tackles and a sack.

8. NFL Team Logo for Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Will Anderson, OLB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Trevor Penning, OT

The Bengals could use an edge defender across from Trey Hendrickson.

Anderson (6-4, 235) was a 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 has size, speed and athleticism, and is an explosive playmaker. He could be even better as a sophomore and/or junior. In 2021, Anderson has 24 tackles and two sacks.

9. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Jeff Sims, QB, Georgia Tech

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Jermaine Johnson, DE

It will be interesting to see if the Broncos are able to land Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson. If Denver can't land one of them, quarterback will be a big hole to fill in via of the following drafts.

Sims (6-3, 210) has a phenomenal skill set and flashed huge playmaking ability as a freshman. At times, he looked like Robert Griffin III at Baylor and seemed capable of dominating defenses completely on his own. While Sims is talented, he is streaky and inconsistent. Sims completed 55 percent of his passes in 2020 for 1,881 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rumbled for 492 yards and six touchdowns.

It will be interesting to see if Sims can develop into a more consistent pocket passer, or if he is flash in the pan like some other freshman quarterbacks who never took the next step in development. That graveyard includes, among others, Christian Hackenberg, Brad Kaaya and Kellen Mond. Sims has missed some time this season with an injury, but he has completed 14-of-22 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. He has also run for 162 yards and three touchdowns.


10. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Brandon Joseph, CB, Northwestern

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Ali Gaye, DE

The Chargers could use a young No. 1 corner.

Joseph (6-1, 192) was one of the breakout stars of 2020, putting togther a dominant season for the Wildcats and helping get them to the Big Ten Championship. Joseph was a ballhawk in 2020, producing a lot of splash plays among his six interceptions, two passes broken up and 52 tackles. Joseph has good size, instincts, quickness and athleticism for the next level. In 2021, he has 26 tackles and an interception.

11. NFL Team Logo for Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Lathan Ransom, CB, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Spencer Rattler, QB

The Steelers grab a replacement for Joe Haden.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Ransom worked his way onto the field as a freshman and earned more playing time as the year progressed. He has excellent size with some natural cover skills. Ransom could break out as a full-time starter in 2021 or 2022. He has 15 tackles, a forced fumble and two passes defended so far this season.


12. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Jordan Davis, DT

New England could move on from Stephon Gilmore and/or J.C. Jackson over the next year or two. Here's some young cornerback talent.

In 2020, Grimes flashed some special ability for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has good size and could be even better as he gains experience. Grimes totaled 14 tackles, an interception and three passes defended in 2020, but he actually played better than the numbers illustrate and has a lot of upside.

13. NFL Team Logo for Panthers Carolina Panthers: Nick Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Rasheed Walker, OT

Perhaps Brady Christensen fixes the Panthers' problems at left tackle, but he might be a better fit at guard or right tackle in the NFL. Adding a tackle to go with Taylor Moton could remain a big need in Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Petit-Frere won the starting right tackle job for the 2020 season and played really well. He was superb in pass protection barely allowing any pressures all season. There were projections of the Tampa, Florida product being moved to left tackle for 2021 with senior Thayer Munford kicking inside to guard, and that is what has happened. Petit-Frere is playing well thus far in 2021.

14. NFL Team Logo for Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Zion Nelson, OT, Miami

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Travon Walker, DE

The Cowboys could use a young understudy for Tyron Smith, and by the time of the 2023 NFL Draft, Smith could be off the roster.

The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Nelson showed a good skill set with serious upside as a freshman for Miami. He earned the starting left tackle job in the 2019 preseason and made all 13 starts for the Hurricanes. He was solid again in 2020 and looks to have the potential to develop into an early-rounder as junior or senior. Nelson had some struggles in the 2021 season opener against Alabama, but he has improved since then.

15. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): None

It will be interesting to see how Chicago's receivers shape up in the next year or two, but it would not be surprising if the team needs to grab another weapon for Justin Fields.

Washington flashed in 2020, recording 36 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns. While the 5-foot-10, 207-pounder lacks height, he is thickly built and tough. Washington is playing well in 2021 and is a great complement to Jahan Dotson. Thus far this season, Washington has 23 receptions for 301 yards and two touchdowns.


16. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Henry To'oTo'o, LB, Alabama

2022 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 10/1): Perrion Winfrey, DT

Denzel Perryman was a nice addition, but the Raiders need some long-term answers at linebacker. They are still paying dearly for Mike Mayock passing on Devin White in the 2019 NFL Draft.

To'oTo'o looks poised to carry on the tradition at Alabama of strong linebacker play. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder has quality size with speed and athleticism to be a three-down starter. He has 25 tackles so far in 2021 and has played well, minus some stretches in the lucky win over Florida. To'oTo'o played at Tennessee in 2020 and 2019. As a sophomore, he collected 76 tackles, a sack, interception and two passes defended. In his freshman season, he recorded 72 tackles, .5 sacks and two passes batted.


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