TepZepi's Mock Draft 1.0 (Pre-FA)

published on 2/26/2023

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Bears: Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

I see the Bears trading down with Houston and/or Indie to obtain more picks and still be in the market for one of the two blue chip defensive players: Jalen Carter or Will Anderson.

If you want to win a Super Bowl you need to have a closer. That's why I rate Anderson a little bit higher than Carter.

2. Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Did Lovie Smith get canned because he won that final game or did he win that final game because he knew he was going to be canned?

If the Texans fall in love with a QB they won't hesitate and offer two second rounders for the number 1 pick.

Bryce Young's size is a reason for concern but he's a playmaker who's got ice running through his veins. There's also the Bama connection with new Texans head coach Demeco Ryans.

3. Cardinals: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Things can change quickly in the NFL. In the beginning of 2021 the Cardinals looked like Super Bowl contenders. Now they're picking at number 3 in the draft.

Their rebuild starts with obtaining a blue chip player in the trenches.

4. Colts: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

After years of QB-trauma the Colts take their next signal caller in the draft.

Will Levis is often mocked to them because Colts GM Chris Ballard loves traits.

I think there's quite some risk with Levis because of his poor accuracy.

I prefer CJ Stroud because he's a great pocket passer with the ability to move the chains with his legs in short yardage plays. He proved that in the college play off game against Georgia.

5. Seahawks: Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

The Seahawks need someone across Uchenna Nwosu to pressure the QB. Tyree Wilson will blow up the combine with his physical traits.

6. Lions: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

The Lions biggest need is Corner back but the CB-class this year is so deep that they can address that later in the draft.

Myles Murphy is an edge rusher who can also line up in the inside to create mismatches opposite guards.

7. Raiders: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

The Raiders could draft a rookie QB but he would get murdered behind this weak O-line. I'd rather have them take Peter Skoronski here and look for a QB in free agency. Jimmy G would make sense because of the Josh McDaniels connection.

8. Falcons: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Atlanta's biggest need is edge rusher but there's no value here. They can still address that need in round 2.Instead they take the best CB of the board to put him on the other side of AJ Terrell.

9. Panthers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Will Levis is a project who could excel in the right situation. The Panthers make sense to me. They love to run the football so Levis wouldn't have to throw the rock 35 times a game. With his rocket arm Levis can throw it on play action to elite deep threat DJ Moore.

10. Eagles: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

I considered Bijan Robinson here because he would wreak havoc behind this elite O-line next to Jalen Hurts.

But the Eagles have so many first team players hitting free agency that they can't afford a luxury pick here.

James Bradberry will probably demand too much money after his excellent year. Darius Slay is also 32.

Cornerback seems the way to go here. Christian Gonzalez should be a quality day 1 starter for a team that needs to win now.

11. Titans: Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State

Taylor Lewan won't be back next year according to ... Taylor Lewan. The Titans had the worst O-line last season which is problematic for a team that runs the ball so often.

I don't know why Paris Johnson is listed as a guard here. He has the ideal size and length to start at left tackle.

12. Texans: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

There's no consensus on who's WR1 in this years class. I like Jordan Addison best because he's a great route runner with a low drop rate.

He will make a nice target for Bryce Young and will see the field a lot because Brandin Cooks wants out.

13. Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

If everyone's healthy on the Jets O-line they are a decent unit. That's a big if because Mekhi Becton can't seem to stay on the field. He's also on the last year of his rookie deal so even if he stays healthy the Jets will need a replacement next year. Broderick Jones has ideal length and power to take over at LT

14. Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

I'm not giving the Pats a WR because they seem to be unable to hit on them in the first round.

Their other big need is CB. Jonathan Jones is a free agent and JC Jackson left last year.

Joey Porter Jr has elite size, length and speed.

15. Packers: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Aaron Rodgers might be traded. How epic of a troll move would it be for the Packers to draft a skill player in the first round after he leaves?

This year's TE-class is one of the best in years. Michael Mayer is a good pass catcher who also has value in the run game. He will be a big upgrade from Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan.

16. Commanders: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

The Commanders love to play with 5 DB's because they have an elite D-line. Brian Branch would both excel at nickel and safety.

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