Spencer Flohr Mock Draft 5.0 (Two Rounds)

published on 4/12/2023

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Round 1

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

The Panthers made the move to go get their QB and all signs seem to point to Stroud as their guy. I'm not convinced that the Panthers won't eventually decide Bryce Young is the pick but Stroud has been pinpoint accurate throughout his career and has a prototypical stature for an NFL QB. There were questions about his mobility and ability to extend plays, but he seemingly answered those with a phenomenal game against Georgia in the College Football Playoffs.

2. Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

The Texans have seemingly been linked to Bryce Young for ages, so for them to not have to move up to get him is a god send. Young's lack of size rightfully scares teams, but his accuracy, arm talent, and winning intangibles more than make up for it. If Young can hold up physically, the Texans will be set with both their head coach and QB of the future. If Young isn't on the board I wouldn't be shocked to see the Texans pass on a QB.

3. Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

TRADE - The Colts trade their first and third round picks to move up a spot and grab their QB. While Richardson has some work to do with his accuracy, he actually has a relatively high floor as a running QB in Shane Steichen's offense that worked so well for Jalen Hurts. AR15 will take some time to become a fully rounded QB but in the meantime he should be able to contribute enough to give Chris Ballard's job in Indy a lifeline.

4. Cardinals: Will Anderson, DE, Alabama

The Cardinals are in grave need of elite talent anywhere they can get it. Although trading down a second time could be enticing, I think they'll settle on adding one of the blue chip prospects in this draft in Will Anderson. To get an elite pass rusher even after trading down once is not a bad spot to be in.

5. Seahawks: Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech

Seattle may kick the tires on Will Levis here but Pete Carroll has said time and time again how much the Seahawks' front 7 needed to be addressed this offseason. This pick will come down to Wilson and Jalen Carter, and after getting burned by a player with a similar off-the-field profile as Carter in Malik McDowell, I think Carroll and the Seahawks will be content with adding a red-flag-less physical freak in Wilson.

6. Lions: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Lions added some reinforcements to their secondary in free agency but most of those contracts were one year deals. After trading away Jeff Okudah, there's still a boundary corner spot to be had in Detroit and I think that spot will be Witherspoon's. His tape is elite and he's the kind of hard nosed player that Dan Campbell loves.

7. Raiders: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Although they just signed Jimmy G, I can't imagine the Raiders will be able to stop themselves from taking Levis if he's still sitting there at 7. Levis's tape is not the prettiest but he has a huge arm and winning intangibles.

8. Eagles: Prospect not selected

8. Eagles: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

TRADE - With Carter falling down the board I can't help but imagine Howie Roseman would be salivating at the concept of pairing him up with Jordan Davis. The Eagles trade their first and third round picks to move up and grab Carter despite his character concerns.

9. Steelers: Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State

TRADE - Everyone seems to believe the Bears are locked in on O-line at #9 but I think they like the guys they have. The Steelers on the other hand, desperately need a starting left tackle so they send #17 and #49 to Chicago to move up and get their pick of the litter. Johnson is as solid as they come and just feels like a Steeler.

10. Falcons: Nolan Smith, OLB, Georgia

Christian Gonzalez will be in consideration here but after the Okudah trade, corner isn't as big of a need. The Falcons pass rush has basically no difference makers as of now, so they add Smith. He may be undersized but he has elite burst off the edge, plus he's a Georgia boy so it's a fun storyline if he gets to stay home.

11. Titans: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

Mike Vrabel is in control of this draft and he's going to want to attack the trenches. Skoronski is a hard nosed mauler who has versatility to play all over the line.

12. Texans: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

With their second pick the Texans are in position to go best player available and that's Christian Gonzalez. He's a long, rangy athlete and pairing him with Derek Stingley would give DeMeco Ryans an incredibly fun corner duo to play with.

13. Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

The Jets want to keep this pick in the Aaron Rodgers trade for a reason, they need a tackle. Jones is the best tackle on the board and it's a match made in heaven with New York here.

14. Patriots: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Many mocks have the Pats taking a receiver or corner here, and while I agree that is a need, so is tackle. Isaiah Wynn was a bust and New England has multiple expiring deals on their line coming up. Wright is as solid as they come and is an immediate upgrade over Riley Reiff.

15. Packers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

The Packers no longer have the luxury of running nobodies out there at receiver since they no longer have Aaron Rodgers to elevate them. Jordan Love will need a go-to receiver that he can rely on to simply get open and catch the ball. JSN does both of those things extremely well.

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