# Team Player Pos
1 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

The Bears appear to be a team headed in the right direction, in large part because they've found their franchise QB in Justin Fields. But there's a lot of work to do on the other side of the ball after moving on from Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith. Both Jalen Carter and Will Anderson Jr. will be options here, and both are layup selections. Or, more likely, the team will choose to trade out of the No. 1 pick when a QB-needy team (or teams) comes calling.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Bryce Young might be historically undersized by successful NFL QB standards, but we don't care. He's been that good for Alabama, dragging that team to victory just about every week. And he did it with none of the playmakers who made life so much easier for Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones in previous years.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
3 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Will Anderson Jr. could very easily be the No. 1 pick in this draft, but the Cardinals land the elite pass rusher here after a forgettable season that will see a lot of changes in the coming months.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 1
4 C.J. Stroud QB

Since Andrew Luck's retirement, the Colts have had little success turning to QBs nearing the end of their careers, and it's safe to assume that owner Jim Irsay will be looking for the team's next face of the franchise. C.J. Stroud has flown under the national-media radar all season, but some NFL teams will tell you he'll be in the running for QB1, and his performance in the College Football Playoff semifinal game vs. Georgia showed that he can beat you with his arm and his legs.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
5 Tyree Wilson EDGE

Tyree Wilson is a high-motor player who consistently finds his way into the backfield. He's still raw, but the physical tools are there, and when he puts it all together he is going to be a problem. The Seahawks could go QB here, but Geno Smith remains the best option. In the meantime, the team fixes its front seven.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10
6 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
DL

Murphy turned 21 in early January, and while we'd like to see him play with more consistency ... he just turned 21 in early January. He has all the physical tools you look for in an elite edge defenders, and it's easy to see him in a few years being dominant. And that, in large part, is what makes him such an interesting prospect.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
7 Will Levis QB

Jarrett Stidham balled out in Week 17 against the 49ers, but it's hard to imagine he'll be in the team's long-term plans as a starter. And with Derek Carr set to be somewhere else in 2023, drafting a QB seems to be a high priority. Will Levis, who definitely looks the part, was plagued by injuries and poor play all fall. That said, NFL teams love how he projects to the next level, but he'll be a controversial talking point in the coming months.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
8 Joey Porter Jr. CB

Joey Porter Jr. is the prototypical big, physical cornerback who looks like he belongs in the NFL. He can sometimes get a little too handsy downfield, but he checks many of the boxes of what teams look for when drafting DBs.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10
9 Anthony Richardson
Florida, Soph
QB

Anthony Richardson is one of the most exciting prospects in this class. The problem: he's short on experience, and while his physical tools are rare, the Panthers are in dire need of a starting QB right now. David Tepper could choose to go the free agency route (again), but that has been, shall we say, a crapshoot. At the end of the day, Carolina may have to move inside the top five if it's a quarterback it really wants with Day 1 starter potential.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
10 Christian Gonzalez
Oregon, Soph
CB

Christian Gonzalez, a Colorado transfer, is a big-time athlete who is still growing into the position. He has the size, strength and speed to line up against NFL wide receivers; he just needs to improve in run support.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 4
11 Paris Johnson Jr. OT

Paris Johnson, who played left tackle for the Buckeyes this season, also has experience on the interior; either way, he is a Day 1 starter whom Tennessee could use.

12 Jordan Addison
USC, Jr
WR

Jordan Addison isn't a big target, but he's one of the most dynamic players in the country who can line up anywhere. The Texans drafted their QB of the future second overall, and now they give him an explosive playmaker. The only question is whether Addison or Quentin Johnston will be WR1. Two different body types, two different playing styles -- both dominant.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
13 Broderick Jones
Georgia, Soph
OT

Broderick Jones had had a strong '22 campaign for the Bulldogs, where he faced some of the best defensive players in the country every day at practice for the past two years.

14 Peter Skoronski OT

Peter Skoronski is solid and consistent, which are two of the best things you can say about an offensive lineman. The biggest issue he'll face during the pre-draft process will be arm length and whether his NFL future is at tackle or guard.

15 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

Quentin Johnston is an above-the-rim playmaker whose athleticism and contested-catch abilities make him in the running for WR1. The Packers have inexplicably shied away from WRs in the first round, but it's probably time to change that, no matter who the quarterback will be next season.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
16 O'Cyrus Torrence
Florida, Jr
OL

O'Cyrus Torrence transferred from Louisiana and didn't miss a beat. He was dominant for Florida and is a plug-and-play player at the next level.

17 Devon Witherspoon CB

Devon Witherspoon had a great season for the Illini, and while there will be questions about his slight frame, you wouldn't know it watching him play.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 3
18 Deonte Banks DB

Maryland teammate and fellow CB Jakorian Bennett got much of the buzz in the fall, but Deonte Banks put together the type of season that will land you in the top-50 conversation. He's a fluid athlete who is also a big, physical corner who can match up with NFL wide receivers.

19 Brian Branch
Alabama, Jr
S

Brian Branch isn't the first name you hear about when the conversation turns to Alabama's defense, but maybe he should be. He's a sure tackler, can blitz off the edge, and is solid in coverage. And if Nick Saban trusts him, that's all you need to know about his NFL prospects.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 2
20 Kelee Ringo
Georgia, Soph
CB

The Georgia-to-first-round pipeline continues. A year after five Bulldogs went in Round 1, expect a handful this time around too. Ringo is a long, physical corner who has matched up against some of the best players in the country.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 2
21 Michael Mayer TE

Michael Mayer is more Gronk than Kelce, but that's not a bad thing. And in Los Angeles, he'll get plenty of opportunities with Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Josh Palmer.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
22 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

Bijan Robinson is special, and while he is probably one of the best players in this class, he could still be around late in Round 1 because he's a running back. And while the Ravens and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have parted ways, it's fair to assume the team will still revolve around Lamar Jackson and the run game. J.K. Dobbins showed flashes after returning from ACL surgery, but there isn't a lot of depth behind him. A backfield of Jackson, Dobbins and Robinson is a problem for the rest of the AFC, even if Baltimore has more pressing needs here.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
23 BJ Ojulari
LSU, Jr
EDGE

BJ Ojulari, whose brother played at Georgia and plays for the Giants, had a solid campaign for the Tigers, and he has many of the same explosive qualities that made his brother so hard to block for the Bulldogs. Ojulari could end up being better than Azeez, and that's saying something.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11
24 Dalton Kincaid
Utah, Sr
TE

Dalton Kincaid could end up being one of the best rookie offensive weapons in 2023, especially if Doug Pederson uses him like the Jags used Evan Engram in '22. Engram and two other Jacksonville TEs are currently free agents, though the team could certainly decide to re-up the former Giants first-rounder who is coming off a career year. Even still, Kincaid would only make Trevor Lawrence's life easier in '23.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 70 890 12.7 8
25 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

Jaxon Smith-Njigba barely saw the field during the 2022 season because of injuries, but he's still one of the top wideouts in the class. And with Daniel Jones about to get paid, the Giants might as well get him some more weapons.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
26 Jalin Hyatt WR

Jalin Hyatt wasn't in the first-round conversation heading into the season, but he's a great example of a player who took advantage of his opportunities, thanks in large part to Hendon Hooker's Heisman Trophy campaign. Hyatt is a bona fide deep threat who consistently runs past defensive backs who were helpless to do much about it all season.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1267 18.9 15
27 Cam Smith CB

The Bills don't have a lot of needs -- and safety, interior offensive line, or even running back (if, say, Bijan Robinson is still sitting there) could be options here. But cornerback could be a target, as well. Cam Smith is a first-round talent who can be a Day 1 contributor.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 1
28 Anton Harrison OT

There was some thought that Anton Harrison might return to Oklahoma for an NIL deal that was too good to pass up, but instead he opted for the NFL. He's one of the top tackles in the class, and now the question is whether he finds his way into Round 1 or goes early on Day 2.

29 Drew Sanders LB

Drew Sanders is a former five-star who transferred from Alabama after the 2021 season, and all he's done is show out for the Razorbacks. He was an edge rusher for the Crimson Tide, but he lines up all over the defense for Arkansas and has been a one-man wrecking crew when he's on the field.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 1
30 Darnell Washington
Georgia, Jr
TE

Darnell Washington is listed at 6-7, 265 pounds (he actually plays bigger than that), and while he's growing into his role as a receiver, he's essentially another offensive tackle when he's inline. Basically, he'd serve two roles in Kansas City: receiver in a high-powered offense and an extra blocker.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
15 28 454 16.2 2
31 Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama, Jr
RB

he Eagles haven't taken a RB in the first round since 1986 (!), but we said the same thing about Andy Reid and RBs right until the moment he selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire a few years ago. And while CEH may not be the best example of why Philly might consider a back here, Gibbs has drawn comparisons to Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara as both a runner and a receiver. He would be yet another weapon for Jalen Hurts in this offense.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 151 926 6.1 7
# Team Player Pos
1 Will Levis
Kentucky, SrMOCK TRADE from CHI
QB

Mock Trade from: CHI

The Colts have been aggressive at quarterback of late, but the last two veteran quarterback acquisitions have flopped. It's time to get a youthful passer in Indianapolis, and Levis, while far from perfect, has No. 1 overall pick traits.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

The Texans upgrade the quarterback position in a big way with Young, who has all the improvisational brilliance to succeed in today's NFL.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
3 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Carter is the ideal replacement for the retiring J.J. Watt. He's a long, hyper-athletic interior rusher who disruptive on three downs.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
4 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, JrMOCK TRADE from IND
EDGE

Mock Trade from: IND

Anderson gives me serious Khalil Mack vibes, which makes this perfect for the Bears, particularly after trading back. In the trade, the Bears get this pick, the Colts' selections in Round 2 and Round 4 along with a 2024 first-round pick and third-round pick plus a 2025 second-round choice.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 1
5 C.J. Stroud QB

To get ahead of the Lions and Raiders, the Panthers make an assertive move with the Seahawks, who don't love how the board fell with Carter and Anderson off the board. Stroud is such a polished pocket passer.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
6 Devon Witherspoon CB

Witherspoon looks like a supreme athlete, and his 2022 film was squeaky clean. He could ascend to the first cornerback off the board in this class.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 3
7 Anthony Richardson
Florida, Soph
QB

Richardson isn't exactly the type of quarterback Josh McDaniels has worked with in the past but it's time for the Raiders offense to evolve. Richardson has big-time abilities and can be scary good if those abilities are harnessed.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 2549 53.8 17 9
8 Tyree Wilson EDGE

Wilson is a long, athletic pass-rushing specialist. Music to the ears of GM Terry Fontenot.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10
9 Myles Murphy
Clemson, JrMOCK TRADE from CAR
DL

Mock Trade from: CAR

Murphy is not a finished product. When he is, if he learns how to utilize his hands as weapons as a pass rusher, he can be an All-Pro type. The Seahawks adore freaky athletes. In the move back, the Seahawks get Carolina's second Round 2 pick (No. 62 overall) and a fourth-round selection.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
10 Lukas Van Ness
Iowa, Soph
EDGE

Van Ness is going to be a major riser during the pre-draft process. He's long, plays with a non-stop motor and has pass-rush moves to go along with smooth athleticism. The Eagles have to reload along the defensive line.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
11 Peter Skoronski OT

The Titans want to control the line of scrimmage and had problems doing that this season. Skoronski is one of the safer prospects in this class.

12 Jordan Addison
USC, Jr
WR

Addison can either learn lots from the similarly sized Brandin Cooks in Year 1, or act as his instant replacement. With Young and Addison, this is a quality first-round haul for Houston.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
11 59 875 14.8 8
13 Paris Johnson Jr. OT

Could the Jets be major players on the veteran QB market? I think they will. So for the draft, they build the offensive line with Johnson, a super-steady tackle prospect.

14 Quentin Johnston
TCU, Jr
WR

Yes, Bill Belichick dipping back into Round 1 wide receiver waters with the imposing, long-striding Johnston, who'll instantly be a threatening deep threat in the NFL.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 60 1069 17.8 6
15 Brian Branch
Alabama, Jr
S

Branch did everything on the back seven of Alabama's defense this past season. He'll be a welcomed addition to the Packers roster.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 2
16 Cam Smith CB

The Commanders have to get better play out of the outside cornerback position. Smith is a big, physical, dynamic athlete at the position.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 1
17 Joey Porter Jr. CB

Another Joey Porter in Pittsburgh. This one is a lanky, twitched-up perimeter corner who plays the ball well in the air.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10
18 Michael Mayer TE

The Lions get an instant T.J. Hockenson replacement in Mayer, who joins a fun offense in Detroit.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 809 12.1 9
19 Broderick Jones
Georgia, Soph
OT

Jones isn't ready to be a high-caliber NFL blocker right now. He has to get stronger and play with better balance. His movement skills give him plenty of upside.

20 Bryan Bresee
Clemson, Soph
DL

He's not consistent, but Bresee's flashes are jaw-dropping. He's the big-body type the Seahawks need along their defensive line. Murphy and Bresee in Round 1 for Seattle would be fantastic for this team's future.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
8
21 Jalin Hyatt WR

New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will allow Justin Herbert to push the ball downfield more frequently than the QB did with Joe Lombardi. So it's time to get Herbert a serious vertical weapon. That's precisely what Hyatt is.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1267 18.9 15
22 Christian Gonzalez
Oregon, Soph
CB

The Ravens add youth to their secondary with Gonzalez, whose film was super clean in 2022.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 4
23 Calijah Kancey DL

Kancey's a smaller defensive tackle, but has major juice and a developed set of pass-rush moves. He's the type Minnesota needs on the interior.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11
24 Anton Harrison OT

The Jaguars add to the offensive front to protect Trevor Lawrence. Harrison is a masher on the outside.

25 Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR

The Giants added in the trenches early in the 2022 draft. This time, they go receiver in Round 1. Smith-Njigba is a deceptive YAC type when healthy.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
3 5 43 8.6 0
26 Drew Sanders LB

The Cowboys could be extremely multiple with Sanders on the defense next to Micah Parsons. Sanders is a long, athletic off-ball/edge hybrid.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 1
27 Emmanuel Forbes CB

The Bengals dip into the defensive back well early in the draft again because Forbes is a big play waiting to happen at corner.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 6
28 Andre Carter DL

With Marcus Davenport set for free agency and Cam Jordan the highest cap hit on the team in 2023, it's time for the Saints to reload at the edge rusher spot. Carter is a long, active, athletic defender.

29 Parker Washington
Penn State, Soph
WR

Washington, the Nittany Lions' leading receiver in 2022, adds a much-needed YAC weapon to Josh Allen's arsenal.

2022 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
10 46 611 13.3 2
30 Felix Anudike-Uzomah EDGE

The Chiefs again pick a late first-round edge in hopes of eliminating some pressure from Chris Jones on the inside.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
31 Bijan Robinson
Texas, Jr
RB

Robinson running behind the league's best offensive line? Sounds like a blast for Philadelphia. Not so much for Eagles opponents.

2022 College Stats

GP ATT YDS AVG TDS
12 258 1580 6.1 18
# Team Player Pos
1 C.J. Stroud
Ohio State, JrMOCK TRADE from CHI
QB

Mock Trade from: CHI

Indianapolis trades up from No. 4 overall to select C.J. Stroud from Ohio State. Stroud has shown a complete skillset following the playoff loss to Georgia. He is young and has great size to lead Indianapolis forward with a new head coach.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
13 3688 66.3 41 6
2 Bryce Young
Alabama, Jr
QB

Houston named DeMeco Ryans as the team's next head coach, and now they have a new leader at quarterback. The Texans now need to make sure he has the talent around him to be successful.

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3328 64.5 32 5
3 Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama, Jr
EDGE

Arizona has lost Haason Reddick and Chandler Jones in recent years and are now losing J.J. Watt. It goes without saying that they need to find players capable of applying pressure to the quarterback. Will Anderson Jr. is one of those players.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 1
4 Will Levis
Kentucky, SrMOCK TRADE from IND
QB

Mock Trade from: IND

Indianapolis is faced with a decision between C.J. Stroud and Levis. When you explore the physical skill sets that the Colts have started since general manager Chris Ballard has arrived, it has been more of the big pocket passers. Will a new head coach prefer a different style?

2022 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
11 2406 65.4 19 10
5 Jalen Carter
Georgia, Jr
DL

Seattle should probably aim to take a quarterback this year, but it does not have to be so desperate that it will take any. With a run on the position occurring early, the Seahawks instead elect to address the interior defensive line with Jalen Carter.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
6 Tyree Wilson EDGE

Tyree Wilson is a long, impressive looking prospect but still very much a work in progress. Detroit has bigger needs but are victims of the board. It may lean towards a more explosive talent at edge rusher to pair with Aidan Hutchinson.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10
7 Peter Skoronski OT

It is unknown where Peter Skoronski is going to play at the next level. He succeeded at left tackle for Northwestern but has traditionally short arms. What is known is that Skoronski should be a good player protecting whomever Las Vegas deems fit to run the offense next season.

8 Myles Murphy
Clemson, Jr
DL

Myles Murphy is one of the best talents in this draft class. Atlanta needs to find tentpoles moving forward, and Murphy could be one of those players on defense.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
9 Broderick Jones
Georgia, SophMOCK TRADE from CAR
OT

Mock Trade from: CAR

Broderick Jones is a young, but physically gifted offensive tackle. Chicago may have preferred to address the defense, but after trading back twice, the board led the team to the offensive line. The Bears will have to decide whether to keep Braxton Jones on the left side or flip him to the right.

10 Cam Smith CB

Cam Smith had a much-improved 2022 season and would be a great fit in Philadelphia's defensive scheme. James Bradberry is scheduled to become a free agent, so the Eagles fill that void elsewhere.

2022 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
11 1
11 Paris Johnson Jr. OT