Prisco’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: QBs fly off board as four go in top 5; Eagles reload on defense

Prisco’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: QBs fly off board as four go in top 5; Eagles reload on defense

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

He is the best passer in this class. But will the Panthers take a risk on picking a 5-10, 200-pound quarterback first overall? That’s a tough thing to do.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The word is they wanted Bryce Young. But since he’s gone in this mock, they go in another direction. C.J. Stroud is a pure pocket passer and would make sense in terms of building the team around him for the future.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cardinals have to improve their pass rush, so why not take Will Anderson Jr.? His play wasn’t as good last year, but he’s still a quality edge rusher. They could also trade out of this spot to add picks.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 229 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They might have to trade up one to get him, but for now they stay put and he falls into their laps. The word is they really like Will Levis and see his skills translating to the NFL game. Levis is liked a lot more by NFL people than the draft Twitter cult.

Florida

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Seahawks have Geno Smith, so Richardson can wait to play, which he will need to do. He has all the tools to be a star, but inconsistency is his problem.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’1″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

They added some corner help in free agency, especially Cam Sutton, but you can never have enough corners in this league. Christian Gonzalez is the best of this class.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

There was talk about Jalen Carter being the first pick in the draft at some point, but off-the-field issues have impacted his status. Even so, the talent is there. The Raiders need help inside, so they can take the chance.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

They have A.J. Terrell on one side, but need help on the other. Joey Porter Jr. is a long corner who can help upgrade the secondary in a big way. They could also look at pass-rusher here.

Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 271 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Their defensive line needs a lot of help heading into this draft. Tyree Wilson might end up being the best edge player in this class. He does have a foot injury that has limited his offseason work some.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 268 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They are bringing back Brandon Graham on a one-year deal, but they need a young pass-rusher to be ready in a year to take his place. Myles Murphy has those tools.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

They need a speedy player to pair with Treylon Burks in their passing game. Jaxon Smith-Njigba didn’t play much last season because of injury, but he is a pure route-runner who will be the best receiver in this class.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

After getting their quarterback, they land a receiver who would give them size down the field. Quentin Johnson has all the tools to be a big-play threat at the next level.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 313 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

Like 2021 first-round pick Alijah Vera-Tucker, Peter Skoronski would give them versatility up and down the line. He was a college left tackle, but I think he would be an all-world guard.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 313 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They have to get a tackle for the long run, and Paris Johnson Jr. is the best tackle in this class. He would be able to anchor in on the left side for a long time. Johnson’s tape is impressive.

Clemson

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 298 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bryan Bresee is a player whose career was impacted by a lot of factors at Clemson, including injury. But he has the talent, and the Packers have to get better up front. A receiver, maybe Jordan Addison, is also a possibility.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 311 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Charles Leno is the left tackle, but he’s 32. They could always use another big offensive lineman. Broderick Jones also has the look of being able to play guard. They could also look at a corner here.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 181 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Top corner Cam Sutton left in free agency to sign with the Lions, and Patrick Peterson essentially got a one-year deal to replace him. Devon Witherspoon is a perfect Steelers corner since he’s a good tackler.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 249 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

They traded away T.J. Hockenson last year, so why not get his replacement? They have some solid guys, but Michael Mayer can be special. He is the top tight end in this class in my book.

Tennessee

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 333 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Darnell Wright is a player scouts love, especially after he dominated Will Anderson Jr. Wright would step in at right tackle and let Tristan Wirfs move to the left side.

Iowa

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Seahawks were once a dominant pass-rushing team, and Lukas Van Ness can go a long way to getting them back to that level. He didn’t start at Iowa, but he played a lot and showed off a lot of pass-rush ability.

Baylor

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 335 lbs

They have to get better against the run, and Ika is the power player who can do that. He is a force inside. Think Haloti Ngata. He’s a guy who isn’t getting enough first-round buzz.

Boston College

• Sr

• 5’9″

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

3rd

It’s time to get another receiver for this offense. Zay Flowers will thrive in the Todd Monken offense if Lamar Jackson is back, which I think he will be.

USC

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 173 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They let Adam Thielen go, which means they need help in their passing game. Jordan Addison is a great route-runner who would be a nice 1-2 punch with Justin Jefferson. They could go corner here as well.

Georgia

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 238 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

6th

Look, their pass rush has to improve. Nolan Smith is the type of player who can make that happen. They could take him and move Travon Walker to a down spot. They could also take a tight end or corner here.

Maryland

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

6th

They had all kinds of issues at corner last year, so landing a young one who can step in and contribute right away is a must. Deonte Banks has the look of being that guy. They could also opt for more help on their offensive line.

Texas

• Jr

• 5’11”

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

With Zeke Elliott gone, they need another power runner to handle the tough carries. Tony Pollard is coming off a broken leg, so there is concern with him, and he’s playing on a one-year deal. After getting Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore in a trade, they can opt for the luxury of taking a back.

Iowa State

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 239 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

71st

POSITION RNK

11th

I know they have drafted a bunch of players at this spot, and they have Von Miller, but Miller isn’t a kid anymore and the pass rush still isn’t good enough. So why not add another young, talented edge player?

Utah

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 246 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Hayden Hurst gone, they have to get a replacement. Dalton Kincaid is an outstanding receiving tight end, which Joe Burrow needs in this offense.

Pittsburgh

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 281 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

4th

Their interior was decimated in free agency, but they did add some veterans late. But those are smallish deals. They need a player to develop inside, and Calijah Kancey has the quickness to be that player, although he isn’t big.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

They lost Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Lions in free agency, so Brian Branch would be the ideal replacement. He can play down in the slot and also at safety like Gardner-Johnson has done for the Eagles.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 323 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

8th

At some point, they have to get a power player inside to help the run defense. Mazi Smith is that type of player and would really upgrade what they have inside. They also could go for a tackle here to upgrade the line.

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