WorstBet's Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft
Fan mail came in this week, and the overwhelming request was for an NFL Mock Draft. As a man of the people, I have started constructing this list instantly. That's how we do things over here at WorstBets! Feel free to send in any other topics you want discussed and our team will work day and night to get that content out for you!
Since the NFL is still in season, I will use the current standings for our draft order. This order is subject to change with multiple weeks left in the season, but it works right now for a mock draft. Here is the current list, including picks that have been traded:
Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)
Detroit Lions (from LAR)
Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)
Green Bay Packers
Las Vegas Raiders
Houston Texans (from Cleveland)
Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Jets
New York Giants
Denver Broncos (from SF via MIA)
Kansas City Chiefs
I would first like to start that these are all educated guesses. I have looked at 5 different Mock Drafts that completely differ. So, I am using this information, and my own intuition to create this list. I hope you Enjoy!
With the First Pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Bryce Young, QB, Alabama. Houston is a dumpster fire. They need to upgrade every single position, but most importantly, they need a QB. Young, in my opinion, is the safest play at the quarterback position this year. Stroud has the biggest upside, but I think they go with Young here in a safe first pick.
Chicago Bears select Will Anderson, Edge, Alabama with the second pick. Every single mock I've looked at has Will going #2. I don't think he goes first because of the Texans need for a QB, but I can't see him falling any lower than 2. Unfortunate for the Lions.
Seahawks: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia. Carter is high on everyone's list, he even is number 1 on Mel's board, but Mel is never right. Seahawks are okay at the QB position, so I think they capitalize on the best interior d-lineman in the draft.
Detroit Lions: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson. This is a WorstBets original thought. No one has Murphy going 4, but he is the best edge behind Anderson. Lions desperately need help in all levels on the defense, and I think they are fine with Goff for another year. If not, they can snag a QB later if they want because they will still be available.
Philadelphia Eagles: I can see a trade here since the eagles don't need a QB and stroud is still available. If they don't trade, then the Eagles will select Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern. Philly is all set at wide receiver and have a DL full of hall of fame veterans, so I don't see them getting another d-lineman. I like the eagles continuing to build their offense with the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Carolina Panthers: CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State. I thought the Panthers would snag a QB last year, but after playing musical chairs at QB this year, I can see Carolina grabbing a secure QB. I would love to see Stroud in a Panthers jersey.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU. Lawrence has actually played great this year, so I think the Jags will continue to build around Trevor and give him this absolute stud at WR. Johnston is debatably the best WR in the draft class, and he would be a steal for Jacksonville.
Arizona Cardinals: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas. I personally hate this pick because I think you can get him much later in the draft, but Arizona's offense, even though they have weapons, has been terrible. Why not try adding the best RB in the draft to your offense?
Indianapolis Colts: Possibly a trade with Philly for Stroud, but I'll have them taking Will Levis, QB, Kentucky. Colts are going to get a QB in the first round, the question is who? Levis is best available in this position, but Indy may be getting tired of a pocket passer. I can see them going for more mobility at the QB position.
Atlanta Falcons: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson. I honestly have no idea what the Falcons need, but you can't go wrong with a huge interior D-lineman like Bresee. He is a 6-5, 300-pound monster that will make an immediate difference on your defense.
Green Bay Packers: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame. I love this pick for Green Bay, but if history repeats itself, they will probably get a defensive player. Mayer is the best TE in the draft, and Green Bay could use a solid TE in their offense.
Las Vegas Raiders: Christan Gonzalez, CB, Oregon. Raiders have the star power on offense, so I see them drafting a defensive player. There are three safeties that are rotating as best in the draft, but Gonzalez has been the highest one on average in the mock drafts I've read.
Houston Texans: Joey Porter, CB, PSU. After getting their QB with the first overall pick, I'd imagine Houston would shift their focus to the defense. With a majority of the front 7 taken, I think they will transition to the secondary. Porter is a solid, big-bodied corner who has been ranked highly all year.
Pittsburg Steelers: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech. Steelers have too many young wide receivers. It was evident this year when Watt was out that their dline needs some help and Wilson would make a great addition.
Detroit Lions: Brian Branch, S, Alabama. Really think Lions take two defensive players this year in the first round. Branch is the unanimous best safety in the draft and will help the Lions secondary which is top 3 worst in the league.
Los Angeles Chargers: Paris Johnson Jr, OT, OSU. This could easily be a defensive pick for the Chargers, but I think as a team as offensive minded as them, they will select an offensive player. Their O-line struggles at times, so the addition of Johnson will drastically help keeping Herbert safe.
New England Patriots: Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Who do the Pats even have at WR this year? No one good. They will 100% select a WR with this pick and personally, I think JSN is the best/scariest option.
Washington Commanders: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia. Even though I'm a Commanders nut, I don't really know what they need. Offensively I think their fine with Robinson as RB, and a couple solid wide receivers, so I could see a defensive pick. When in doubt, just pick a cornerback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida. It is a sad thought, but I'm not sure TB12 makes it next year. They will start having to think of replacements and Richardson is a local kid who is solid with his feet and his arm. Sad day if Brady doesn't return.
Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Addison, WR, USC. After getting Jalen Carter with the third pick, I can see Seattle going to offense. Lockett is getting old and Metcalf will need some help. I can see them adding a speedster like Addison to their team.
Tennessee Titans: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M. Titans have the 3rd worst secondary in the league. They will be snagging either a safety or a corner at this spot easily!
New York Jets: Trenton Simpson, ILB, Clemson. Not entirely sure what the Jets need. I know their pretty much set on offense, and their secondary is pretty good as well, so maybe a Linebacker? Simpson is the highest ranked ILB on average in the mock's I've looked at, so it's a possibility he goes to New York.
New York Giants: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee. Giants need help in the passing game. Saquon can't do it all himself, and even though Danny Dimes isn't great, he doesn't have many targets to pick from. Hyatt is another quickster than has a lot of playmaking ability.
Denver Broncos: Nolan Smith, OLB, Georgia. Denver needs help everywhere. Multiple mock drafts have the Broncos taking a defensive player and a lot are in agreement with Smith as their pick. I will follow along because I just don't have the knowledge or care of this team to make an accurate prediction.
Baltimore Ravens: Jared Verse, Edge, FSU. Ravens always seem to draft defensive players and Verse is the best available in my mind. I could also see Baltimore going after a running back, but they might wait because there will be more available later in the draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia. Yup another Georgia player, and yup another lineman for Cincy. I think Cincy will keep reloading o-lineman to protect their young franchise QB.
Dallas Cowboys: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida. Dallas is the most complete team in my opinion ranking 2nd in both offensive and defensive efficiency this year. They've had a couple injuries to the line and Dallas usually doesn't make a lot of risks in the draft. Torrence is the top ranked guard and would be a safe pick for the Cowboys.
Kansas City Chiefs: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College. No one really has this pick, but Kansas City's WR core is not great right now. Juju is borderline WR 2, and Valdes-Scantling is borderline WR 3. We have seen was Mahomes does when he has deep threats and Flowers has the potential to be Tyreek Hill like. He's 5-10 170 pounds.
Minnesota Vikings: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois. Vikings are set on offense, and Witherspoon is a very physical CB that could help the Vikings defense that has looked horrible the last couple weeks.
Buffalo Bills: Christopher Smith, S, Georgia. This is getting to be quite the list. My brain is starting to hurt. If your still reading, I applaud you. Smith is a solid Safety and with Poyer getting hurt and aging, I could see a reload.
Philadelphia Eagles: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan. A Michigan guy always gets drafted it seems in the first round. With the veterans at d-line for the eagles, it would be a perfect learning situation of the athletic unicorn in Mazi Smith. His draft stock could be affected with his decision making off the field, but he is by far the most athletic interior d-lineman in the draft.