2023 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders trade with Bears to pick C.J. Stroud; Seahawks use both firsts to bolster D-line


Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Raiders maybe could land Stroud at No. 7, but when you love a quarterback you can’t just hope he falls to you. Stroud is a high-caliber pocket passer who’d thrive with Davante Adams and Co. immediately.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Texans upgrade the quarterback position in a big way with Young, who has all the improvisational brilliance to succeed in today’s NFL.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 300 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Carter is the ideal replacement for the retiring J.J. Watt. He’s a long, hyper-athletic interior rusher who’s disruptive on three downs.

Kentucky

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Colts are ecstatic to pick Levis, who’s a big-armed, highly athletic quarterback ready to lead the team in its next chapter.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 243 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Anderson is one of the best edge-rushing prospects over the last decade, and is the exact type the Seahawks defense needs.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Witherspoon looks like a supreme athlete, and his 2022 film was squeaky clean. He could ascend to the first cornerback off the board in this class.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Simpson can become the quarterback of the Bears defense. He has that type of high-end athletic skill set. In the trade back, the Bears get this pick from the Raiders along with their 2023 picks in Round 2, Round 3 and Round 5, a 2024 first and third, plus a 2025 first and fourth.

Texas Tech

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Wilson is a long, athletic pass-rushing specialist. Music to the ears of GM Terry Fontenot.

Florida

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 232 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Richardson is a project-type prospect, but being an All-Pro is his upside, and he doesn’t have to start immediately.

Iowa

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

Van Ness is going to be a major riser during the pre-draft process. He’s long, plays with a non-stop motor and has pass-rush moves to go along with smooth athleticism. The Eagles have to reload along the defensive line.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Titans want to control the line of scrimmage and had problems doing that this season. Skoronski is one of the safer prospects in this class.

USC

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Addison can either learn lots from the similarly sized Brandin Cooks in Year 1, or act as his instant replacement.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Could the Jets be major players on the veteran QB market? I think they will. So for the draft, they build the offensive line with Johnson, a super-steady tackle prospect.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

Mayer isn’t a big-time athlete,but he does everything well at the position. Safe selection here for the Patriots.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Branch did everything on the back seven of Alabama’s defense this past season. He’ll be a welcomed addition to the Packers roster.

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Commanders have to get better play out of the outside cornerback position. Smith is a big, physical, dynamic athlete at the position.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

4th

Another Joey Porter in Pittsburgh. This one is a lanky, twitched-up perimeter corner who plays the ball well in the air.

Utah

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

Kincaid has a first-round athletic profile and awesome film at Utah. He steps into the vacancy filled by the T.J. Hockenson trade.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

3rd

Jones isn’t ready to be a high-caliber NFL blocker right now. He has to get stronger and play with better balance. His movement skills give him plenty of upside.

Clemson

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

He’s not consistent, but Bresee’s flashes are jaw-dropping. He’s the big-body type the Seahawks need along their defensive line. Anderson and Bresee in Round 1 for Seattle? Giddy up.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Johnston is a long-striding vertical weapon who’d pair perfectly with the cannon-armed Justin Herbert. Here’s to hoping the Chargers let Herbert show off his arm talent more frequently in 2023.

Oregon

• Soph

• 6’2″

/ 201 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Ravens add youth to their secondary with Gonzalez, whose film was super clean in 2022.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

4th

Murphy has an NFL body and stars against the run. He can learn the intricacies of rushing the passer from Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter early in his NFL career.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

6th

The Jaguars add to the offensive front to protect Trevor Lawrence. Harrison is a masher on the outside.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Giants added in the trenches early in the 2022 draft. This time, they go receiver in Round 1. Smith-Njigba is a deceptive YAC type when healthy.

Arkansas

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 233 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Cowboys could be extremely multiple with Sanders on the defense next to Micah Parsons. Sanders is a long, athletic off-ball/edge hybrid.

Mississippi State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Bengals dip into the defensive back well early in the draft again because Forbes is a big play waiting to happen at corner.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

72nd

POSITION RNK

10th

The Broncos add another outside pass-rushing weapon in the refined, athletic and strong Ojulari.

Penn State

• Soph

• 5’10”

/ 212 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

8th

Washington, the Nittany Lions’ leading receiver in 2022, adds a much-needed YAC weapon to Josh Allen’s arsenal.

Kansas State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 255 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

47th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Chiefs again pick a late first-round edge in hopes of eliminating some pressure from Chris Jones on the inside.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Robinson running behind the league’s best offensive line? Sounds like a blast for Philadelphia. Not so much for Eagles opponents.



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