NFL Mock by Mike Elworth

published on 1/23/2023


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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Bears: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

The Bears wont be drafting here, a team- Commanders? Raiders? Colts?Falcons?- will trade a ridiculous amount of assets for a QB and I see a team swinging big for Stroud at one. He had a fantastic career at Ohio State, with huge numbers and a lot of wins. As a non-apologetic Bears fan I want them to trade pick one for a lot of assets a


2. Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Bryce Young is my favorite prospect in this class and Houston would be getting their franchise QB. He is a walking star QB and could help the Texans be relevant for the first time in awhile.


3. Cardinals: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

You have to go with a potential superstar defender here and Carter could replace JJ Watt as the defensive stud of the franchise. Carter is a physical monster who could improve their D in a big way. This was 50/50 with Carter and Will Anderson, I just think Carter as a fit for them.


4. Colts: Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

If it wasn’t for the two QB’s, Anderson could be picked first, but at 4 he would be incredible value. He could join an already fantastic defense and give them a spark. As for a QB, they should pick one in round 2-3 and trade for a proven starter.


5. Seahawks: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

Skoronski is a versatile and very talented offensive lineman who could step in at guard or tackle for Seattle’s very young OL. They have to pay big money to Geno Smith, so protecting him and helping Kenneth Walker is a smart idea.


6. Lions: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson


The first few picks will be a lot of drama, this one is easy, as the Lions need to build their defense, so why not pair their young star DE who was just the second pick in his draft with a second potential star here at 5. Murphy is a stud talent in his own right and could make their DL.


7. Raiders: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

The Raiders need secondary help and there are a lot of excellent CB’s in this draft, in fact I have 7 in the first round. Personally I like Joey Porter Jr., but if QB Will Levis is available I can see them taking him.


8. Falcons: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

The Falcons don’t get many sacks, so why not draft a guy who just had 11. They have Grady Jarrett at defensive tackle, but need a big talent like Foskey who can consistently get to or near QB’s. I considered QB Will Levis here, which is a very real possibility to me, as they need a franchise QB, but Foskey is a smart choice.


9. Panthers: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

There are a lot of options here for the Panthers. They can pick a fantastic prospect like Kelee Ringo, pick their favorite QB available or trade for C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young. They aren’t too poor at QB, as they have Sam Darnold and with their division, defense and running game they just need a game manager to make the playoffs, so they aren’t needy. I see them simply taking their favorite prospect here.


12. Texans: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

The Houstons would be smart to pair their franchise QB with a star WR so why not take Johnston who many have as the cream of the WR crop. He is a physically gifted and truly talented player.


10. Eagles: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Robinson is my 4th favorite prospect in this draft, but it’s difficult to place a RB in round 1 no matter how talented he is. Regardless, he would improve a fantastic offense, and as Miles Sanders is a free agent and will be expensive, they could draft a cheaper and stronger talent here.


11. Titans: Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Tennessee plays like a team from the 80’s, as they are a run first smashmouth team that has a strong defense. Improving their lines is key if they want to play like this so adding Wilson to their talented defensive line would be a wise decision.


13. Jets: Paris Johnson, OT/G, Ohio State

What they really need is a QB, as they likely wont be keeping Zach Wilson and Mike White still hasn't proven he’s the guy. Regardless, trading for one is the smart move and helping protect their QB and helping their excellent run game should be their choice. Johnson is versatile and talented and should be a rookie starter.


14. Patriots: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Mac Jones is a talented QB and they have the defense and running game of a playoff team, so what they really need is a star WR to go with their impressive set of second and third option guys they currently have. If he was healthy this season the Ohio State WR would likely have been drafted 5-10 picks sooner.


15. Packers: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

I cannot see Aaron Rodgers staying more than 1 more season and I could see him traded or retired after this season. They need to draft a young QB, but that should be saved for round two and they would be wise to add Addison who is an excellent talent and is solid value at a position of need. He could give the Packers a fantastic young trio of wide receivers with Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson for Rodgers if he’s kept or their next QB.


16. Commanders: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Washington needs a franchise QB like so many teams in the league and here they would get lucky. Levis has the talent of a first round pick and the stats of an XFL QQ, but here is simply a fantastic value. With Taylor Heineke they would be able properly develop him too.


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