published on 4/18/2023

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Round 1

Picks 17-31
17. Steelers: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

The Steelers have a number of potential options here that could help, especially at CB, but they add a solid tackle that should come in right away and help their offense succeed.

18. Lions: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Branch seems like an ideal fit in Detroit's style. He can play physical as a slot CB as well as cover some ground as a safety. This is the type of player defensive coordinators love in the modern game.

19. Buccaneers: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

The Bucs are facing a rebuild in the face and so simply need to add quality players. Banks has some good tape and should instantly make their defense more competitive.

20. Seahawks: Nolan Smith, OLB, Georgia

Smith has immense talent and would help to bolster the worst unit by far on the Seahawks last year. I just couldn't help drafting teammates for Seattle as I can imagine it will help the transition for Carter. The veteran leadership of Bobby Wagner should hopefully rub off on these two and they could form a devastating pair for years to come.

21. Chargers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

With Ekeler likely gone, a safety net in the passing game is desperately needed. You don't usually see teams take a receiving back this early in the draft so an elite level TE at 21 is a great pick here.

22. Ravens: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

With a number of high-level CBs still on the board, this is a pure value pick. Joey Porter came into the year as rather highly-touted player (maybe due to his lineage) but has fallen down boards a little in the lead-up. He is still a solid player and a low-risk option at 22.

23. Vikings: Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

I keep finding myself picking guys who probably should have gone earlier and am re-thinking my picks as I go. Van Ness will be a good pro and should really go in the top 15. Vikings get a steal if he's here at this point.

24. Jaguars: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Lawrence could use some better weapons if he's to succeed. The Jaguars are improving steadily and adding an immediate impact receiver like Addison should only further improve their offense.

25. Giants: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

This feels about right for Mayer. Jones will use him a ton as a safety valve and he will help Barkley to have even more success as Mayer is also a solid blocker.

26. Cowboys: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

Murphy is a tough prospect to place. He has the athleticism but I have heard some were disappointed in what they saw in game action. Landing in a spot like this should give him a great chance to step right in and succeed.

27. Bills: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Oh man this is a scary pick. If Flowers can be added to this arsenal, it would be deadly. He wouldn't be expected to be the top option but would be so dangerous on the touches he got each game.

28. Bengals: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

An elite TE prospect who can block and catch is a dream scenario for the Bengals. Joe Burrow could elevate to MVP conversation if he gets a weapon like Washington added to his already-impressive arsenal.

29. Saints: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

Kancey was a tough one to see fall this far. DTs that can collapse the inside of the pocket are truly coveted in the NFL. If he landed on the Eagles, that would have been very scary.

30. Eagles: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

Losing out on Kancey hurts but Smith is a very nice consolation prize. I think the Eagles appreciate the value of building around offensive and defensive line. They have added the weapons on offense already so this should really elevate them.

31. Chiefs: Will McDonald, DE, Iowa State

The Chiefs add an athletic pass-rusher that will likely replace Frank Clark soon. Good teams, like the Chiefs, alway seem a step ahead of their needs.

Picks 17-31