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It’s only been a few weeks, but I believe the true Super Bowl contenders are beginning to emerge. We all know that in the NFL, the difference between being average and great is razor thin. And for those teams that fall into the average category, there are plenty of players in this draft who can help them move up to the great category. Check out my NFL mock draft to see who I believe can help each team improve overall.
On Sunday morning, the draft order is determined by BetOnline’s Super Bowl odds.
Sanchez 2.0 in the NFL Draft in 2023

1. Jets of New York
Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, AL
The Jets require offensive line help, but no offensive lineman has earned the right to be selected first overall. So the New York Jets select edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. with this pick. Anderson Jr. will team up with last year’s first-round pick Jermaine Johnson to form a dynamic one-two punch on the edge for many years to come.

2. Falcons of Atlanta
Carter, Jalen Georgia IDL
While some may want the Falcons to draft a quarterback with this pick, I believe the decision-makers are content to give Desmond Ridder a couple of years to figure things out and determine if he is the right guy. This Falcons roster is at a point where they simply need to add talented football players, which Jalen Carter is. Carter’s addition should provide the Falcons with another physical presence besides Grady Jarrett to help establish a toughness and physicality culture around this team.

3. Texans of Houston
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young
This season marks the start of the Davis Mills project. And, while I believe he is a good quarterback, the Texans can’t help but draft Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young. Young possesses the arm talent and playmaking ability that the Texans offense requires. And if there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that this front office prefers to draft SEC players.

Panthers of Carolina
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis
Since Cam Newton’s prime ended, the Panthers have tried to rehabilitate journeyman quarterbacks. This NFL mock draft puts an end to that trend. Will Levis is a dual-threat quarterback with a big arm, so he should have no trouble involving receivers like Robbie Anderson and DJ Moore in the deep passing game, adding another dimension to this offense.

5. Jaguars of Jacksonville
Georgia OT Broderick Jones
Even though Travon Walker is doing well, it could be argued that the Jaguars should have drafted an offensive tackle last year. The Jaguars have added skill position players via free agency, and now they must strengthen their offensive line. Broderick Jones has a massive body and appears to be technically advanced, so he should be able to play either offensive tackle position.

Sixth. Detroit Lions
CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State
The Lions have been making calculated decisions and taking their time to rebuild a roster that was decimated by Matt Patricia’s tenure. They gradually added pieces until they had a competitive team. They finally decide to address the quarterback position with this pick, drafting CJ Stroud. Stroud has a strong arm and will be able to get the ball to their young playmakers Amon Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams.

Myles Murphy, Seattle Seahawks EDGE, Clemson Post-Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll appears to be attempting to rebuild this team in his image. The only way to do so is to reestablish a dominant defense. The Seahawks select Clemson’s Myles Murphy in order to add a more consistent edge rusher to their defensive front.

The Giants of New York
Florida QB Anthony Richardson
We’ve seen Anthony Richardson’s best tools in just a few weeks of college football. That should be enough to persuade Brian Daboll and the Giants’ front office to select Richardson with the first overall pick. Richardson’s athleticism, along with that of Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, and Wan’Dale Robinson, could give the Giants one of the NFL’s most explosive run-after-catch groups.

Chicago Bears (9)
Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba
The Bears could use an offensive lineman, but I believe they will continue to pair college quarterbacks with receivers and draft Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Smith-Njigba is a dominant player in the slot, which should benefit Justin Fields, who needs a reliable player in the middle of the field.

Washington Commanders 10
Trenton Simpson, Clemson LB
The Commanders’ defensive line is strong, but their back seven is lacking. Trenton Simpson, one of the draft’s most versatile defenders, is selected by the Commanders with this pick. Simpson is capable of playing at all levels of defense and should be a welcome addition to this unit.

Steelers of Pittsburgh
Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski
The Steelers appear to be optimistic about rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett. Having said that, the Steelers’ offensive line remains the weakest link in the offense. Peter Skoronski is an offensive tackle who can also play interior offensive line.

New England Patriots (12th)
LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte
This should be straightforward for New England. There are no explosive plays in the Patriots offense because receivers fail to separate. It makes no difference who calls the offensive plays in New England if the receiver corps isn’t vastly improved. Kayshon Boutte allows them to throw the deep ball consistently, but he can also take a screen play for 50 yards.

Tennessee Titans (13).
Oregon LB Noah Sewell
The Titans’ success has been built on running the football and stopping the run. Following that theme, I believe the Titans will select Oregon LB Noah Sewell, who is one of the best run defense players in this draft. Sewell is a traditional inside linebacker who thrives in downhill situations. Sewell also has pass-rush ability, so there should be no doubt about his ability to play three down linebacker.

Cowboys, Dallas
Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. is an offensive tackle.
The Cowboys’ offensive line went from one of the best in the NFL to one of the worst in just a few years. They drafted Tyler Smith last year, and I believe they will do so again this year. Paris Johnson Jr. has experience on both the left and right sides of the offensive line at Ohio State and can serve as a fill-in starter for Dallas.

Arizona Cardinals (15th)
South Carolina CB Cam Smith
The Cardinals are loaded offensively, but their defense leaves a lot to be desired. They’ve taken chances on players like Isaiah Simmons who haven’t paid off. With this pick, they select cornerback Cam Smith, who has a high ceiling but, more importantly, a high floor. If they follow this NFL mock draft, they should definitely see a return on their investment.

Bryan Bresee IDL, Clemson, Houston Texans (via CLE)
Houston already selected its future quarterback with the first pick in this NFL mock draft, and now they need to find a defensive lineman who can be a dominant force. Bryan Bresee is a dominant interior defensive lineman who will be an asset to Lovie Smith’s defense.

17. Los Angeles Raiders
IOL Andrew Vorhees, USC
The Raiders have all of the offensive weapons they need to make a Super Bowl run, but their offensive line could be their Achilles heel. When the Raiders face strong defensive fronts, this offensive line struggles, limiting Derek Carr’s ability to get the ball to his playmakers. The Raiders must address the offensive line, which is easily the weakest link in their offense.

Eagles of Philadelphia
Texas RB Bijan Robinson
This Philadelphia team is quickly becoming one of the best in the league. As a result, the Eagles have the option of making a “luxury pick” here. Nothing says luxury like acquiring the best running back in the draft to complement Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and this offensive line. Bijan Robinson’s addition could make this offense unstoppable.

Cincinnati Bengals (19th)
Georgia Kelee Ringo CB
Last season, the Bengals went on a magical run that took them all the way to the Super Bowl. However, this roster still needs to be improved. Cornerback is one of the positions that needs to be improved. Kelee Ringo is a physically impressive cornerback with the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. Ringo will be an immediate starter for the Bengals, in my opinion.

Indianapolis Colts (20th)
Jordan Addison, USC Wide Receiver
The Colts have two big-bodied receivers in Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, but they are missing something else. Jordan Addison is a sneaky, explosive receiver who serves as a change-of-pace option for the Indianapolis Colts. Most great NFL offenses have three reliable receivers, and I believe the Colts draft Addison here to round out that trio.

Seattle Seahawks (21st)
Alabama LB Henry To’o To’o
The Seahawks double down on defense here, this time with Alabama LB To’o To’o, Henry When the Seahawks were at their best, their linebacker corps, which included players like Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright, produced well. To’o To’o is a quick, instinctive payer who should fit right in with this defense.

Minnesota Vikings (22nd)
Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer
The Vikings have Justin Jefferson at receiver and Dalvin Cook at running back, but I believe they could use another weapon on offense. With this pick, they select Michael Mayer, a player who can play in the middle of the field and help balance this offense.

Miami Dolphins (23rd)
Maryland OT Jaelyn Duncan
The Dolphins are another team that went all in on offensive skill position upgrades, bringing in players like Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr. However, their offensive line remains mediocre at best. I believe Jaelyn Duncan could be a day-one starter for the Dolphins and immediately help a position group that has struggled in recent years.

Baltimore Ravens (24th)
Stanford’s Kyu Blu Kelly CB
The Ravens are a team that always seems to do the right thing for the team. The cornerback position is one of the oldest on the team and needs to be refreshed. Kyu Blu Kelly is a tough, gritty player who can play on the outside as well as the nickel.

Green Bay Packers (No. 25)
TCU WR Quentin Johnston
In the past, it appears that the Green Bay Packers were hesitant to cave to media pressure and draft a receiver in the first round. I believe they have no choice this year. I don’t see this receiver corps making significant progress, and they desperately need a true No. 1. Quentin Johnson is quick, fast, physical, and already seems to be a high-IQ football player, something this Green Bay receiver room needs.

Detroit Lions (26th)
Gervon Dexter Sr. IDL, Florida
The Lions are rebuilding this roster piece by piece. The Lions’ offense appears to be in a decent spot but now it’s time to address the defense. Gervon Dexter Sr. will fit perfectly into this Aaron Glenn attack-style defense. Dexter Sr. is athletic and physical and should be a day-one starter for the Lions.

27. Los Angeles Chargers
Cornelius Johnson WR, Michigan
On one hand, I believe the Chargers have one of the best receiver groups in the NFL. On the other hand, I believe that they may have the most consistently injured receiver group in the NFL. If the Chargers want to truly make a Super Bowl run, they are going to need a healthy receiver group. So with this pick, I think they try to inject some youth into this position and draft receiver Cornelius Johnson.
Johnson is a big-bodied, explosive receiver that can stretch the field vertically. The Chargers need another outside receiver that will allow Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to work the slot positions and I believe Johnson is that guy.

28. Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Battle SAF, Alabama
This pick helps address the Eagles’ worst position group. The Eagles have a good front seven and solid corners, but their safety position leaves much to be desired. Jordan Battle has the flexibility to play as a FS or in the box. Battle should step in immediately and boost this safety position for the Eagles.

29. Kansas City Chiefs
Isaiah Foskey EDGE, Notre Dame
We got a snapshot of the new-look Chiefs so far and I have to say I’m impressed. The front office aimed to make the team more well rounded and it showed over the past two weeks. I think they continue to bolster the edge rush position and take Notre Dame edge rusher Isaiah Foskey. Foskey is a great athlete and has a high ceiling as an edge rusher. Adding Foskey to their rotation should give the Chiefs another edge guy so they can continue to “rush in bunches.”

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jahmyr Gibbs RB, Alabama
The Buccaneers have been lucky to get playoff Leonard Fournette in the building, because other than that this would be a struggling situation. Jahmir Gibbs is an electric running back that can be a big-play threat for the Buccaneers out of the backfield. I think this is a smart pick because even if Tom Brady decides to move on, the next quarterback has an electric weapon out of the backfield.

31. Buffalo Bills
Brian Branch SAF, Alabama
The Bills arguably have the best roster in the NFL and it shows. They dominated the defending Super Bowl champs and this team looks to be in playoff form right now. So with this pick, I believe the Bills go best player available and take Alabama safety Brian Branch. Branch is a versatile defender they can play in the box or in the slot position. The AFC is loaded with high-powered offenses, so taking a defensive back with versatility only makes sense here.

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