Mel Kiper of ESPN has revealed his first 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
It’s that time of the year again, and draft season is in full swing for most of the franchises in the NFL. As four teams remain in the hunt for a Super Bowl, the rest wonder what they can do to make it next season.
Prior, Kiper prefaced his mock draft by explaining that he’s not going to be projecting trades, even though the likeliest scenario for the Chicago Bears with the first pick seems to be working out a deal.
“Let’s get into my early projections for the first round of April’s draft,” started Kiper. “I’m not going to project any trades here — it’s still a little bit early to assess which teams could move up and what it would take to get there. As I’ve said before, this is merely an exercise to show you all what I’m thinking three months out from the draft, based on my Big Board rankings and what I’m hearing from execs, scouts and coaches in the league. Everyone is now gearing up for the Senior Bowl next week and the combine in early March.
“Here we go, starting with Chicago at No. 1. I’m going to use ESPN’s Football Power Index to project pick Nos. 28-31, and that model has the Chiefs beating the Eagles in the Super Bowl.”
Here’s Mel Kiper’s first 2023 NFL Mock Draft, which is bound to be polarizing as ever.
Mel Kiper: 2023 NFL Mock Draft 1.0:
- Chicago Bears — Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
- Houston Texans — CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
- Arizona Cardinas — Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
- Indianapolis Colts — Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) — Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
- Detroit Lions (via LAR) — Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
- Las Vegas Raiders — Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
- Atlanta Falcons — Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
- Carolina Panthers — Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
- Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) — Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
- Tennessee Titans — Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State
- Houston Texans (via CLE) — Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
- New York Jets — Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
- New England Patriots — Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
- Green Bay Packers — Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
- Washington Commanders — Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
- Pittsburgh Steelers — Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
- Detroit Lions — Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Deion White, DL, Georgia Tech
- Seattle Seahawks — Byron Young, DE/LB, Tennessee
- Los Angeles Chargers — Tuli Tuipulotu, DT, USC
- Baltimore Ravens — Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
- Minnesota Vikings — Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
- Jacksonville Jaguars — Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
- New York Giants — Jordan Addison, WR, USC
- Dallas Cowboys — Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
- Buffalo Bills — Derick Hall, DE/LB, Auburn
- Cincinnati Bengals — Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
- Denver Broncos (via MIA/SF) — Isaiah Foskey, DE/LB, Notre Dame
- Philadelphia Eagles — Brian Branch, S/CB, Alabama
- Kansas City Chiefs — Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College