Jack Follman’s Christmas 2023 Pac-12 NFL Mock Draft

A lot of players who likely would have declared early in the past are coming back to college

Posted on December 25, 2022

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

We’re in the midst of bowl season and have a nice little Pac-12 break around Christmas.

We’ve seen NIL make a major change in the draft in that a lot of players who likely would have declared early in the past are coming back to college, so it’s possibly thinning out the Pac-12 in the top of the draft even more than usual.

We’re getting closer to the actual draft, so I’m expanding out to two full rounds, still focusing on the Pac-12 players selected with brief summaries.

First Round

1. Houston – Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama
2. Chicago – Will Anderson Jr., Defensive End, Alabama
3. Seattle – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
4. Arizona – Myles Murphy, Defensive End, Clemson
5. Detroit – CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Ohio State
6. Indianapolis – Will Levis, Quarterback, Kentucky
7. Philadelphia – Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia
8. Carolina – Anthony Richardson, Quarterback, Florida
9. Atlanta – Tyree Wilson, Defensive End, Texas Tech
10. Pittsburgh – Paris Johnson Jr., Tackle, Ohio State
11. Las Vegas – Peter Skoronski, Tackle, Northwestern
12. Houston – Bryan Bresee, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
13. Jacksonville – Cam Smith, Cornerback, South Carolina
14. Detroit – Michael Mayer, Tight End, Notre Dame
15. Green Bay – Darnell Washington, Tight End, Georgia
16. Jets – O’Cyrus Torrence, Tackle, Florida
17. New England – Quentin Johnston, Wide Receiver, TCU
18. Seattle – Drew Sanders, Linebacker, Arkansas
19. Tampa Bay – Joey Porter Jr., Cornerback, Penn State

Trojan WR Jordan Addison | The Draft Wire – USA TODAY

20. Tennessee – Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC

Addison is firmly one of the top receiver prospects in a draft where a ton of teams need them. He’s a proven full package and a lock to go in the first round, snagged by one of the teams that needs one badly like the Titans.

Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez | ESPN

21. Washington – Christian Gonzalez, Cornerback, Oregon

The big corner is one of the best athletes to ever come through the conference at the position and a ballhawk. Hence, he won’t be around long in the draft in a draft that also really needs cornerbacks.

22. Giants – Brian Branch, Cornerback, Alabama
23. Chargers – Dawand Jones, Tackle, Ohio State
24. Baltimore – Devon Witherspoon, Cornerback, Illinois

Utah CB Clark Phillips III | Utah Athletics

25. Dallas – Clark Phillips III, Cornerback, Utah

I think he’d be a top 10 pick if he was six feet tall. Either way he’s the best pure corner in the draft in my opinion and a huge steal for a team to grab a big time playmaker late in the first at CB.

26. Cincinnati – Broderick Jones, Tackle, Georgia
27. Minnesota – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
28. Denver – Anton Harrison, Tackle, Oklahoma
29. Buffalo – Antonio Johnson, Safety, Texas A&M
30. Philadelphia – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas
31. Kansas City – Jaelyn Duncan, Tackle, Maryland

Second Round

32. Houston – Jared Verse, Defensive End, Florida State
33. Pittsburgh – DJ Turner, Cornerback, Michigan
34. Seattle – Jalin Hyatt, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
35. Arizona – Jahmyr Gibbs, Running Back, Alabama

USC offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees | Pro Football Network

36. Rams – Andrew Vorhees, Guard, USC

He played himself into being arguably the top interior lineman in this year’s draft. That should get him off the board pretty quickly in the second round.

37. New Orleans – Hendon Hooker, Quarterback, Tennessee
38. Indianapolis – Darnell Wright, Tackle, Tennessee
39. Carolina – BJ Ojulari, Defensive End, LSU
40. Atlanta – Jaylon Jones, Cornerback, Texas A&M
41. Pittsburgh – Siaki Ika, Defensive Tackle, Baylor
42. Las Vegas – Trenton Simpson, Linebacker, Clemson
43. Cleveland – Isaiah Foskey, Defensive End, Notre Dame
44. Jacksonville – Zion Nelson, Tackle, Miami
45. Detroit – John Michael Schmitz, Center, Minnesota
46. Green Bay – Josh Downs, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
47. Jets – Henry To’oto’o, Linebacker, Alabama
48. New England – Cody Mauch, Tackle, North Dakota State
49. Seattle – Cooper Beebe, Guard, Kansas State

Stanford QB Tanner McKee | Stanford Athletics

50. Tampa Bay – Tanner McKee, Quarterback, Stanford

The Buccaneers want a quarterback for the future there just won’t be one of the four to take in the first available. McKee is the kind of guy they can grab in the second who has a lot of potential and is worth giving a shot with his raw tools.

51. Tennessee – Nick Broeker, Tackle, Mississippi
52. Washington – Blake Freeland, Tackle, BYU
53. Giants – Marvin Mims Jr., Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
54. Miami – Carter Warren, Tackle, Pittsburgh
55. Chargers – Rashee Rice, Wide Receiver, SMU
56. Chicago – Zay Flowers, Wide Receiver, Boston College
57. Dallas – Xavier Hutchinson, Wide Receiver, Iowa State

Utah TE Dalton Kincaid | Rob Gray/USA TODAY Sports

58. Cincinnati – Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah

If you asked me to bet actual money on which Pac-12 2023 NFL Draft prospect will have the best career there’s a good chance I take Kincaid. He’s one of the best pass catching tight ends I’ve ever seen in college and will be a major steal in the second round.

59. Detroit – Gervon Dexter, Defensive Tackle, Florida
60. Carolina – Malachi Moore, Cornerback, Alabama
61. Buffalo – Luke Wypler, Center, Ohio State
62. Philadelphia – Garrett Williams, Cornerback, Syracuse
63. Kansas City – Jonathan Mingo, Wide Receiver, Mississippi

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