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2023 NFL mock draft

Here's the official NFL mock draft with no trades allowed. We conducted a snake draft where Cat Vasquez selected first and contributor Sam Bissett picked the second and third picks, with the two snaking the rest of the way. Here's how we think things will play out if no trades are made, an admittedly unlikely scenario.

1. Panthers – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

It's starting to look like Young is going to be the guy for new head coach Frank Reich. Young recently canceled trips to NFL teams after visiting with the Panthers and Texans. That makes you think he's got a good indication of where he's going, lack of size be damned. CV

2. Texans – Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama

I believe the top two players on Houston's board are Young and Anderson. There are myriad reasons why C.J. Stroud or Anthony Richardson should be the pick here, but I’m expecting DeMeco Ryans to take the best defensive player who could star on this Texans D-line. SB

3. Cardinals – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

Staying true to the no-trade rules, even though Arizona should trade down, the Texans throwing a wrench into their plans forces their hand into taking the second best defensive player. Despite poor draft preparation and off-field concerns, Carter has star potential. SB

4. Colts – C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

With the Texans taking defense, that opens things up for the Colts to take the second, or maybe even the best, QB in the draft. The Colts and new head coach Shane Steichen will have their QB to right the ship in Indy. Steichen did great things with the Eagles. CV 5. Seahawks – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech Seattle ends up with a great piece to rush the passer and help keep it heading in the right direction. The long wing span and the tremendous upside bode well for any team looking to improve its defense. CV 6. Lions – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois Most have gone back and forth regarding this pick: defensive line or secondary? The Jeff Okudah trade clears the way for either Witherspoon or Christian Gonzalez. Witherspoon brings a little extra nastiness to the secondary and his instincts are the best in the class. SB 7. Raiders – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon It’s so tempting to take a quarterback here, but I believe Josh McDaniels is coaching for his job at the moment and this regime is committed to Jimmy Garoppolo for at least 2023. Gonzalez is an athletic freak and he has speed that this secondary is sorely lacking. SB 8. Falcons – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State They could also go defense here, but I don't think they pass up arguably the best WR in the draft. Smith-Njigba is reliable and not easy to take down. With Kyle Pitts and Drake London on the team, Smith-Njigba's addition would allow few excuses for QB Desmond Ridder. CV 9. Bears – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern Drafts are about filling needs and making value decisions. There isn't a true consensus pick as the best tackle in this draft, but you have to imagine the Bears had the best look at the nearby Skoronski. They'll get protection for Justin Fields. – CV

10. Eagles – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas This makes way too much sense after Philadelphia let Miles Sanders walk. Robinson has the ability to be an elite running back but can also play some slot receiver due to his athleticism. He’s truly a one-of-one running back for a team who could use some extra fire power. SB

11. Titans – Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

The Titans land arguably the best left tackle in the draft as they begin to rebuild one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Skoronski is a common pick for this spot as well, but head coach Mike Vrabel might see him as more of a guard. SB 12. Texans – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

I'd love to see how this pans out if it comes to fruition. Head coach Ryans gets his defensive player early and then gains a possible franchise quarterback with the Texans' second pick. The upside is exciting, but it could definitely backfire. – CV

13. Jets – Brian Branch, S, Alabama

If the Jets land the top safety in the draft, and eventually get Aaron Rodgers, they'll look like world beaters. If one of the corners already taken in this mock draft falls, that could be an option as well as the Jets continue to drive this defense to the upper echelon. – CV

14. Patriots – Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa This was a tougher selection because the Patriots could use a CB or an OT. Van Ness has the athleticism and raw power that Bill Belichick often covets along his D-line. Couple that with the fact Van Ness can rush the passer from inside and he should contribute quickly. – SB

15. Packers – Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson Myles Murphy going to Green Bay can instantly help a bottom-eight rushing D as Rashan Gary recovers from an ACL injury. Murphy might need to refine his pass rushing skills, but the Packers can lean on his athleticism and size to help mix things up on the D-line. – SB

16. Commanders – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky I'll expect the Commanders to make good moves when they prove they can do so. Levis has potential, but we won't look back on this pick as a move that panned out for Washington. Then again, could the Commanders be taking the second best QB in the draft this late? – CV

17. Steelers – Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

They very well could go for Darnell Wright here to address a need, but I think the prospect of Banks is too hard to pass up as he offers top-end athleticism to go with good experience and great physical traits. The Steelers do well picking solid pros on defense. – CV 18. Lions – Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh At just 280 pounds, Kancey is going to likely line up at the 3-technique and perhaps some defensive end. Luckily for him, this Lions D-line is pretty barren outside of Aidan Hutchinson, and Kancey’s elite burst will help a team looking to take another step. – SB

19. Buccaneers – Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Wright is one of my favorite players in the draft and the Bucs will likely give Tristan Wirfs a chance at left tackle. Wright played right tackle for Tennessee and had terrific games against the likes of Will Anderson. Wright has all the makings of a good right tackle. – SB

20. Seahawks – Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

After the special Carter and disruptive Kancey, Bresee is the best interior defensive lineman to help Seattle continue its resurgence. With DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett still running routes, I think they'll pass on Quentin Johnston to stack the defensive line. – CV

21. Chargers – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

There's debate over who the best WR is in this class and you wouldn't be blamed if you thought it was Johnston. Getting Justin Herbert another weapon at wideout could be a big deal for a Chargers team looking to take the next step. – CV

22. Ravens – Nolan Smith, DE/OLB, Georgia

The Ravens make a habit of drafting unique defensive players with elite tools and Smith is just that. He’s undersized, but every other testing metric is elite and teams raved about his combine interviews. The Ravens could use him to contend with the AFC elites. – SB

23. Vikings – Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College Flowers is a smaller receiver and will likely play in the slot and be involved with gadget plays. However, Flowers has rare feel and movement abilities as he finds ways to get open at all levels of the field. Adam Theilen’s departure opens up a lot of targets for Flowers. – SB 24. Jaguars – Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State Lots of directions Jacksonville could go in, but I think they take Porter since I've seen him go higher than this spot in a variety of mock drafts. The Jags could be getting him at a value if he falls to 24. – CV

25. Giants – Jordan Addison, WR, Southern Cal

There's little doubt that Addison would be able to contribute to the Giants from day one. They've been desperate at the position for a while now and they should end up with a good route runner to help maximize Daniel Jones' potential. – CV

26. Cowboys – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

The Cowboys are in a fun spot and have a pretty solid roster. Mayer is one of the most complete tight ends to come out of the draft in a number of years and possesses an elite frame and feel for the game. Mayer has had comparisons to Jason Witten. – SB

27. Bills – O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida You could have sold me on a Cornerback here, but one of the areas of the Bills' roster that doomed their 2022 season was the declining play of their interior offensive line. Enter one of the biggest and best interior pass blockers in the draft with O’Cyrus Torrence. – SB

28. Bengals – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah He's a better receiving tight end than Mayer, and that means he should be another weapon for Joe Burrow. He's not an all-around tight end since he doesn't block too well, but you can give that up if he's as productive as he was in college. – CV

29. Saints – Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State An efficient pass rusher, McDonald doesn't rely on power but has good speed and finds ways to get around opposing offensive tackles. The Saints can use a player that can get to the quarterback just like ever other team in the league. – CV

30. Eagles – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

After taking a big swing with Bijan at No. 10 overall, the Eagles land one of the more polished defensive ends in the draft with Anudike-Uzomah. The Kansas State standout has the stout build (255 pounds) and power rushing mentality the Eagles like on the D-line. – SB

31. Chiefs – Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia Out of all the offensive tackles, Jones’ resume is far and away the most polarizing. He's an elite athlete with impressive 2022 tape, but due to injury and offensive line depth at Georgia, Jones only has one complete season as a left tackle. – SB

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