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2023 NFL Mock Draft (very last one)

Just in the nick of time, gatosclub.com contributor Sam Bissett whipped up a final mock draft. Again, no trades allowed. Credit will be given for matching a player with a team even if it's in a different slot due to a trade. After considering each team’s needs, draft visits and fits, here is how Sam thinks things could go. We'll grade our mocks to see who nailed the most picks in a fun exercise after the draft.


1. Panthers – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama


The draft’s most polished, poised, and pro-ready QB should flourish in Frank Reich’s offense early.


2. Texans – Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama


Anderson had just one visit this draft cycle and it was with Houston. DeMeco Ryans gets his star pass rusher over ownership’s desire for a QB.


3. Cardinals – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech


The Cardinals add the most intriguing defensive lineman in the draft who has rare size, length, athleticism.


4. Colts – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida


Shane Steichen’s offensive scheme paired with Richardson’s elite arm and athleticism will give you visions of Cam Newton and Jalen Hurts’ best highlights.


5. Seahawks – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia


After a brutal draft cycle, the most dominant defensive lineman in college football drops to the Seahawks who have the history and culture to get him back to form.


6. Lions – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois


The Lions get arguably the best CB in the class. His versatility and tough-as-nails demeanor will fit right in with Dan Campbell’s Lions.


7. Raiders – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky


Jimmy G’s contract aside, Josh McDaniels will take a big swing on a QB like Levis, who has better tools and comes from a pro-style offense.


8. Falcons – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon


The Falcons will consider the defensive line but get an incredible cornerback with elite athleticism and start potential here to pair with A.J. Terrell.


9. Bears – Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State


The offensive line is a mess and Justin Fields needs help. Johnson Jr. has the athleticism, length and pass blocking ability NFL teams covet at LT.


10. Eagles – Nolan Smith, EDGE/LB, Georgia


Smith can line up in multiple spots and will have a chance to develop into a star on a loaded front seven.


11. Titans – C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State


However, the most accurate QB in the draft would make for a great heir to Ryan Tannehill in a run-first system.


12. Texans – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State


If the Texans pass on a QB at No. 2, they could very well trade up from 12, and probably should, but drafting a dynamic WR would be a nice boost to a woeful offense.


13. Packers – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah


Jordan Love already has a plethora of young WRs but gets some added help over the middle of the field with the best receiving TE in the draft.


14. Patriots – Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern


Once again the Patriots fall into a terrific player who drops in the draft. Skoronski can be a great guard or tackle for an O-line that has fallen off a bit.


15. Jets – Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia


Jones has the SEC pedigree, youth, and size the Jets could use as they figure out the OT situation.


16. Commanders – Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State


Bit of a reach here, yet OT is a massive need for the Commanders and they met with the 6-foot-8 374-pound monster over several other OTs in the draft cycle.


17. Steelers – Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland


The Steelers are often mocked for a CB here and as much as I’d love to pair Joey Porter Jr. here, Banks has the versatility and ability that Mike Tomlin loves.


18. Lions – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas


Things get fun for Detroit and they add Bijan, my top rated prospect, who is a special running back who will elevate an already very good Lions offense.


19. Buccaneers – Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee


In a rebuilding, this is a prime spot to add the best RT in the draft who has locked up the likes of Will Anderson.


20. Seahawks – O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida


The Seahawks reinforce their interior offensive line and get one of the best run blockers in the draft.


21. Chargers – Jordan Addison, WR, Southern Cal


Keenan Allen is long in the tooth and Mike Williams’ availability comes and goes too often. Addison’s skill set will give this team a new dynamic.


22. Ravens – Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa


Van Ness has an extremely high motor and is the best bull rusher in the draft who can line up in several spots and boost the Ravens’ pass rush.


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


With the Vikings secondary falling apart over the years, Porter Jr. has CB1 technique and toughness this unit sorely lacks.


24. Jaguars – Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson


A year after drafting Travon Walker, the Jaguars will add one of the more powerful and athletic DLs in the draft.


25. Giants – Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU


Daniel Jones gets a new WR1 and Johnston provides a big frame and some downfield ability.


26. Cowboys – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame


He’s Jason Witten 2.0 to me and he will pair nicely with Dak Prescott as his arm strength continues to come and go.


27. Bills – Steve Avila, OG, TCU


After watching Josh Allen get torn up late last year, the Bills continue to fortify their interior OL by adding Avila, who would start at RG and has some experience at center.


28. Bengals – Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma


With the OT situation in flux once again, Harrison’s pass blocking, and mobility make him a Day 1 swing tackle and potentially a starter in short order.


29. Saints – Brian Branch, DB, Alabama


I just can’t see Branch fall out of the first round. The Saints’ secondary is getting older in some spots and Branch could help in the slot and at safety when needed.


30. Eagles – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama


They’re a popular Bijan spot, but Gibbs is a special talent as well who brings a lot of juice on the ground and through the air for a very depleted RB room.


31. Chiefs – Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State


McDonald is a high-quality finesse pass rusher which the Chiefs can use on a talented, but mostly one-dimensional unit when it comes to generating pressure.




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