One Day Away Mock

published on 4/26/2023

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Round 1

Picks 17-30
16. Seahawks: Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Seahawks get: Picks 16 and 47
Commanders get: Picks 20, 37 and 151

A few people feel the Seahawks won’t want to leave the first round without a QB. If they pass at 5, Hendon Hooker will have to be their target. To ensure they get him, they jump ahead of the Titans.

20. Chiefs: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Chiefs get: Pick 20
Commanders get: Picks 31, 95 and a 2024 2nd round pick

Washington decides to move down again, and the Super Bowl champions pay a third round pick this year and a second next year for Zay Flowers, who has been working out with Patrick Mahomes recently. Flowers can line up inside or out, is fast and a strong route runner. If he could produce huge numbers at BC, imagine his potential with the Chiefs.

18. Lions: Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa

18 with the Lions feels like Bijan Robinson’s floor, but I don’t think they’d be too disappointed to see Lukas Van Ness still available at this juncture. He’s a bit raw, but the upside is through the roof.

19. Buccaneers: Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy lit up his pro day. With all the offensive tackles worthy of this pick gone, the Bucs pivot to what I feel is the 1A need with their roster.

21. Chargers: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

One rumor I read believes Dalton Kincaid could go off the board before Flowers and Smith-Njigba. His back reportedly heathy, he could become Justin Herbert’s new best friend as a mismatch weapon.

22. Ravens: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

There’s some belief DeAndre Hopkins could be traded to Baltimore in the very near future. If so, that would likely take a receiver off the board in the first round. Local product Deonte Banks is sort of a discount Christian Gonzalez. He’d be an excellent fit across from Marlon Humphrey.

23. Vikings: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

With the rise of Deonte Banks and Emmanuel Forbes, Joey Porter Jr. has suddenly become possibly the #4 or 5 corner in this draft. Minnesota could be in on a QB if they like one drops far enough, otherwise I think they’ll trade back or stay here if someone they may not expect to be around is still available. Porter may qualify.

24. Jaguars: Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Easy selection here as a lot of dots are being connected to Brian Branch and the Jags. He’s played slot corner, boundary corner and safety. A lot of versatility here.

25. Giants: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

TCU’s Quentin Johnston is a rare breed in this draft as he’s not only fast and explosive, but he’s also big. If one of the top receivers isn’t available, tight end or Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell are possibilities.

26. Cowboys: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Dallas lost Dalton Schultz in free agency, and Michael Mayer is arguably the best player available. Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs being taken here wouldn’t be a total shocker, nor would a defensive tackle like Mazi Smith.

27. Titans: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Titans get: Picks 27 and 91
Bills get: Picks 32 and 72

Buffalo might be looking at upgrading the lines, so they trade back, allowing the Titans to take Jordan Addison. The USC product isn’t the best athlete, but his route running is superb and he’s got sticky hands.

28. Bengals: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh defensive tackle Calijah Kancey fits the Aaron Donald mold of undersized, but super athletic and explosive pass rushing specialist at defensive tackle. He fits like a glove with D.J. Reader.

29. Saints: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DE, Northwestern

After an excellent Senior Bowl showing and then lighting up the combine with rare explosiveness, I’d be surprised to see Adetoniwa Adebawore drop out of the first round. A lot of teams feel as though his best position may be at defensive tackle, and the Saints have a huge need there.

31. Commanders: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

Despite weighing in at just 166 pounds at the combine, Emmanuel Forbes has excellent height, ball skills and length. Those traits have him as the #3 corner on some boards, and a likely 1st round pick.

30. Eagles: Keion White, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech

Philadelphia appears to be transitioning to a 3-4 defense, and Keion White is big enough to be a defensive end and athletic enough to stand up and rush the passer.

Picks 17-30