Posted on October 26, 2022
The picture of the next NFL Draft is starting to come together and we see a few Pac-12 players in the mix to go in the first round.
Here’s a look at how I think the First Round in 2023 would go if it took place right now, highlighting the Conference players potentially selected.
1. Carolina – CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Ohio State
2. Detroit – Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama
3. Houston – Will Levis, Quarterback, Kentucky
4. Las Vegas – Will Anderson, Defensive End, Alabama
5. Pittsburgh – Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Tackle, Penn State
6. Washington – Anthony Richardson, Quarterback, Florida
7. Arizona – Kelee Ringo, Cornerback, Georgia
8. Chicago – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
9. Philadelphia – Myles Murphy, Defensive End, Clemson
10. Houston – Jalen Carter, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
11. Seattle – Tyree Wilson, Linebacker, Texas Tech
12. Jacksonville – Kayshon Boutte, Wide Receiver, LSU
13. Seattle – Tanner McKee, Quarterback, Stanford
I don’t love McKee as a First-Round pick. What I do like is the need for a lot of teams for a new quarterback and a huge dropoff after the top four.
A team that really needs to restart at QB, like Seattle, I think takes him off the board.
14. Indianapolis – Cam Smith, Cornerback, South Carolina
15. Green Bay – Quentin Johnston, Wide Receiver, TCU
16. Atlanta – Nolan Smith, Defensive End, Georgia
17. New England – Devon Witherspoon, Cornerback, Illinois
18. Baltimore – Clark Phillips III, Cornerback, Utah
Phillips is having one of the best years for a cornerback that you’ll ever see in college football, doing nothing but be a lockdown corner for three years now.
19. Dallas – Jordan Addison, Wide Receiver, USC
Addison is more than NFL-ready, tearing up the Pac-12 right now. It’s only a matter of where he’s going to go in the First Round with a draft hungry for receivers.
20. Jets – Peter Skoronski, Tackle, Northwestern
21. Tennessee – Michael Mayer, Tight End, Notre Dame
22. Giants – Brian Branch, Cornerback, Alabama
23. Minnesota – Christian Gonzalez, Cornerback, Oregon
Gonzalez has come big onto the NFL radar since he started suiting up for Oregon. He’s big, athletic, and skilled with a great shot to land in the first round.
24. Detroit – Antonio Johnson, Safety, Texas A&M
25. Chargers – Paris Johnson Jr., Tackle, Ohio State
26. Cincinnati – Anton Harrison, Tackle, Oklahoma
27. Philadelphia – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas
28. Tampa Bay – Jahmyr Gibbs, Running Back, Alabama
29. Kansas City – Broderick Jones, Tackle, Georgia
30. Miami – Zach Evans, Running Back, Mississippi
31. Buffalo – Trenton Simpson, Linebacker, Clemson
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