April 24, 2024

Dynasty Pros 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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Dynasty Pros 2023 NFL Mock Draft

 

The 2023 NFL draft is fast approaching, and the first round is starting to take shape with the first few waves of free agency complete.

Analysts of Dynasty Pros completed their first-round mock draft, with the biggest shock coming at #18 to the Detroit Lions.

 

1) Carolina Panthers - Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Franchise QB to run the NFC South for the next 15 years! Fantastic pocket awareness, with a good to great offensive line, nice weapons and a run game to fall back on. Add in a strong defense that should keep scores low, and Young will be able to ease into the league. His size is not an issue for me when he brings the composure of a vet! - Tyler Louder

2) Houston Texans - CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Arguably the most league ready quarterback in this draft class; Stroud can immediately plug into the Texans offense and be their QB1. I won't expect the same level of production mainly because he doesn't have the same caliber of weapons as he did for the Buckeyes. However, if Houston takes Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 12 he could develop a connection outright. - Nick Young

3) Arizona Cardinals - Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama

If Arizona makes this pick instead of trading back, then Will Anderson Jr. from Alabama is the only choice. Anderson Jr. is a hyper-athletic edge rusher who is going to be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year sooner rather than later. He was the leader of that Alabama defense, which is already a group of NFL talent, and is going to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals similar to the likes of Micah Parsons or Aiden Hutchinson these past two seasons. - Sam

4) Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

The obvious choice in this situation. Owner Jim Irsay is done trying to get a veteran QB and will let Shane Steichan build an offense around Richardson, like he did Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. If the Colts get AR here, Jim Irsay is going to give us free tickets to his next concert. - Cody Folden

5) Seattle Seahawks - Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

A lot has been said about Jalen Carter's issues since Georgia won the National Championship in January. From the reckless driving/street racing that killed a teammate and staffer to his underwhelming pro day performance, Carter's stock has seemingly dropped significantly. Once considered a potential number 1 overall pick, Carter's "slide" ends here. His tape is too good to pass up for DT needy Seattle here at 5. - Tommy Harvey

6) Detroit Lions - Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

The Detroit Lions have also been mocked to taking a corner back at this spot. With the free agent signing of Cam Sutton, I believe the Lions will go with the physically-built Wilson to pair with Hutchinson. Wilson still has some work to do, but his size, strength, and motor are too good to pass up for the Lions. - Joe Goodwin

7) Las Vegas Raiders - Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Will Levis has the pro arm you want in a prospect. He still needs some polishing around the edges. Jimmy G is the perfect bridge QB. A good mentor to a QB like Levis. Let Levis learn & develop. When he gets his shot he will be ready. - SC Romero

8) Atlanta Falcons - Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

Pending a surprise player falling out of the top handful of picks, Atlanta feels like a lock to take the talented edge rusher out of Clemson, Myles Murphy. The trending statistic for the Falcons right now is the fact that they have displayed a league worst pressure rate each of the last two seasons. While they have several holes throughout their roster, they desperately need a player who can come in and get after opposing quarterbacks. Athletically, Murphy presents himself closer to a super soldier than he does a football player. At times, he relies a little too heavily on his athleticism, which can be neutralized somewhat at the next level. However, despite being a little raw, he has superstar potential due to his explosion, length, and strength. Murphy will be a disruptive force for years to come and matches the window of the Falcons build. - Dylan Schroeder

9) Chicago Bears - Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

With the Chicago Bears adding to a desperate WR core in DJ Moore, the next move is to protect their QB Justin Fields so he can utilize their new weapon. Justin Fields was tied for being the most sacked QB last season (55). Adding Peter they will hope to significantly reduce that number. - Johnathan Walker

10) Philadelphia Eagles - Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Although the Eagles love to build around the trenches, the ability to draft this year's best cornerback is too great for Roseman to pass up. Also, a calculated risk that the depth at edge will provide the Eagles with their 31st pick. - Joe Goodwin

11) Tennessee Titans - Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio St.

Titans are a mess right now. They have an aging, mediocre QB. Derrick Henry won't last forever. The OL needs an anchor at LT after the release of Taylor Lewan. That seems like a good place to start. Paris Johnson Jr. is one of the best OT prospects in the draft and would give Tennessee a starter (possibly elite) at LT for the next decade. - Tommy Harvey

12) Houston Texans - Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio St.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba is going to be a rookie QBs best friend. His 6.57 3-cone drill and 3.93 short shuttle signal Smith-Njigba is going to be an elite route runner out of the gate. Houston lacks an elite offensive weapon and Smith-Njigba will fill that void. Let’s not forget Smith-Njigba lead Ohio St. in receiving in 2021 even sharing the field with fantasy darlings Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. - Sam

13) New York Jets - Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The talk this off season has been offense, but the HC is still defensive minded. Sauce Gardner showed his elite skills all season & now here is an opportunity to grab another shut down corner. Offenses would struggle getting WRs open. Probably be forced to be one dimensional going against a duo like Sauce & Devon. Take arguably the best CB here & shut down AFC East WRs for years to come! - SC Romero

14) New England Patriots - Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

I like the Patriots taking Broderick Jones here to help replenish their offensive line after the departure of Isaiah Wynn. With a familiar face in Bill O’Brien returning to coordinate the offense, he’s going to want a steady, sturdy offensive line, and Jones will give them the ability to bolster their tackle position. Jones has tremendous feet, strength, and athleticism for a player of his size. While he has shown he can be a little raw at times, as he has less than 20 collegiate starts, the ceiling is tremendous due to a ridiculous motor, intelligence, and dominance he has displayed as a back-to-back national champion. Don’t overlook the fact that Belichick has an obsession with drafting players from Alabama and Georgia while he’s cross-examining the available tackles. - Dylan Schroeder

15) Green Bay Packers - Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

This is the Packers biggest need. Mayer is the best option for this offense which has a huge void at the TE position. Probably the teams most glaring hole on the offensive side of the ball. Mayer is a good route runner, decent blocker, and just what the Packers need to help Love ease into this post Aaron Rodgers offense. - John McGlynn

16) Washington Commanders - Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State

A popular pick for Washington this offseason has been the addition of a star CB. Insert Joey Porter Jr, NFL Royalty. Porter brings a similar trait his father did in his physicality. Porter is a strong CB who is great in press and can disrupt WR's early in their routes with how physical he can get. He will be breaking up passes right away in the NFL with his incredible length. This is one of the most Ron Rivera players in the 2023 draft class! - Tyler Louder

17) Pittsburgh Steelers - Brian Branch, S, Alabama

The Steelers resigned S Damontae Kazee, but after only 19 tackles in 9 games & not much depth behind him they get the best Safety in the class. A two way safety that has a strong zone presence, but can attack the box to make a stop at the line. A pure tackler with explosive actions to get to the ball. A possible day one starter that would give defenses a nightmare paired alongside Minkah Fitzpatrick . - SC Romero

18) Detroit - Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Surprise!!! The million dollar question has been answered. After doubling down on the defensive side of the ball by drafting Tyree Wilson a year after Aiden Hutchinson, Campbell and company will look to boost their offense with a spark. Bijan Robinson is the best skill player in the draft, and he brings everything a team would want to their RB room, then some. As one of the best running back prospects we’ve seen in years, he simply elevates the offense to a different level that most can’t. Robinson essentially eliminates the remaining relevance of Montgomery while simultaneously banishing D’Andre Swift to the shadow realm, but guess what, Campbell doesn’t care. As a #FootballGuy, he’s looking for the juice, and Robinson has all of it. - Johnathan Walker

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

The Bucs could go Offensive Line or Cornerback here, but if Van Ness drops this far he might be to enticing to pass up. If you are drafting Van Ness, you are drafting on upside and potential. He only played 899 snaps and logged 14 sacks in two years at Iowa, despite his role as a rotational player. With outstanding physical traits at 6-5 and 272 pounds, he is a defensive playmaker that the Bucs could use to create some havoc. - Justin Taylor

20) Seattle Seahawks - O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

Torrence is the perfect fit for a Seahawks team who is wanting to protect their offense. a strong run game with Walker gets added protection in the middle with what could be the best IOL in the draft. also, protecting Geno Smith against the dominate pass rushers the West offers is key. Seattle anchors up their offensive line in the best way possible! - Tyler Louder

21) Los Angeles Chargers - Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

Quentin Johnston falling all the way to 21 is exactly what the LA Chargers need right now. Last year Justin Herbert and the Chargers deep passing game was non-existent, in addition to being without Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for large chunks of the season. Johnston will bring that big-play ability to an offense that is going to get a face lift with new Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore. - Sam

22) Baltimore Ravens - Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

When everyone zigs, Baltimore always zags. Regardless of need, they will take the best player available on their board. An athletic linebacker who would pair well with Patrick Queen would definitely be something they would do. I also know they just signed Roquan Smith and have David Ojabo, it won't matter. If they feel a defensive player can help their team they will bet on that. They can grab WR later in the draft. - Cody Folden

23) Minnesota Vikings - Jordan Addison, WR, USC

While Justin Jefferson is on an unprecedented pace to start his career, and TJ Hockenson was a fantastic addition at the deadline, the Minnesota Vikings are still in need of some additional playmaking in their offense. Jordan Addison brings a creative, yet versatile level of route running that has been missing as a compliment for a couple of seasons now. In many ways, he’s nearly a perfect number two and should be able to contribute from day one, as he has shown the ability to operate at each level of the field. His quickness, burst, and sneakiness after the catch remind me so much of Diontae Johnson. If he can become a reliable chain-mover and release some of the defensive focus on Justin Jefferson by making both the routine and splash plays, the Minnesota offense has a ceiling among the league’s elite. - Tyler Louder

24) Jacksonville Jaguars - Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

After seeing Jawaan Taylor leave in Free Agency, the Jacksonville Jaguars will need to add some strength to the ends of their offensive line. Darnell Wright is the best option with the 24th pick, ranked as the #1 offensive linemen according to player profiler, Wright will step into the trenches for the Jaguars and help them build off of their playoff run last season. - Israel

25) New York Giants - Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

They miss on the dream of grabbing WR1 Jaxson Smith-Njigba. Zay Flowers is still on the board, but Hyatt stretches the field further. His ability to separate & crisp route running make him a much needed weapon for Daniel Jones. Even with the emergence of Isaiah Hodgins last season, Hyatt should find success early. Look for to him being the target hog for Daniel Jones in 2023. - SC Romero

26) Dallas Cowboys - Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Wow! An absolute steal at the 26th pick. Dallas grabs the value pick of the NFL draft with Smith. Imagine the EDGE duo of Nolan Smith and Micah Parsons for the next 5+ years!!! QBs beware. - Tommy Harvey

27) Buffalo Bills - Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

An explosive linebacker that can cover sideline to sideline. A natural tackler that won't have a problem getting to ball behind the line of scrimmage. Outside of Matt Milano there is not a reliable linebacker on the team. Get the depth, but also a possible day one starter. He can control the field or attack off the blitz. - SC Romero

28) Cincinnati Bengals - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

Even with the addition of Irv Smith Jr, I don’t believe the Bengals are done addressing Tight End. Dalton Kincaid would be a great addition to an already potent offense. Kincaid is a fluid route runner who can own the middle of the field. Allowing Higgins and Chase a little more space on the outside. - Sam

29) New Orleans Saints - Calijah Kancey, DL, Pitt

This is a no-brainer for me as the Saints were struggling in the interior line this past season. Follow that with linemen David Oneymata and Marcus Davenport leaving in free-agency, they are in desperate need of some life in their defensive line. Calijah Kancey is the man for job after posting 14.5 Sacks and 27.5 TFL in 2 years as a starter at Pitt. He will start as a rotational player but has the playmaking ability to be an every down starter. - Nick Young

30) Philadelphia Eagles - Drew Sanders, Edge, Arkansas

Every chance I get to watch tape of Drew Sanders , the one comp I really like is Hasson Reddick. Athletic, fast, and bursts of technique that will cause havoc on the edge. With all the versatility, the Eagles will enjoy being able to move around this chess piece all over the board. - Joe Goodwin

31) Kansas City Chiefs - Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

With the loss of Hill and JuJu this year the Chiefs filled one spot with Kadarius Toney, Zay Flowers would be the WR they need coming in at 5'10 but ran a 4.42 in the Combine. He would bring great speed to the offense which they have missed with Hill gone. - Johnathan Walker

 

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