5. Seattle Seahawks: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
The Seattle Seahawks have an interesting decision to make at pick five in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Do they opt for Jalen Carter or go elsewhere? In this mock, the character scares them off a bit and they instead go edge. The Seahawks need to get better rushing the passer on the edge, and Tyree Wilson gives them that. Wilson is big, long, and disruptive on the edge and from the interior. He instantly makes that unit better.
6. Detroit Lions: Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
With two picks in the first round, the Detroit Lions can afford to swing for the fences early. Aidan Hutchinson and James Houston drastically improved the pass rush on the edge, but they don’t have the juice on the interior. Jalen Carter packs immense power as an interior defensive lineman and has the athleticism and explosion to boot. He’s going to create pressure instantly in this defense, and hopefully he matures.
7. Las Vegas Raiders: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
The Las Vegas Raiders could go quarterback early even with the Jimmy Garoppolo signing, but they don’t strike this writer as a Will Levis fit. So, the focus shifts to the offensive line and the secondary in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Devon Witherspoon has the mentality the back end needs. He’s got great technique in his pedal and transitions very quickly in man coverage where he thrives. His enforcer mentality in run defense is great as well.
8. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
The Atlanta Falcons could have interest at quarterback, but it feels more likely they stick with Desmond Ridder in 2023. With all the quarterbacks going early, the Falcons could land a blue-chip defender, and they do at pick eight in Christian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has everything in his profile. He’s a tall, long, physical corner who can thrive in man and zone. His athleticism is off the charts and his ball production was excellent in 2022. Gonzalez with A.J. Terrell would be an incredible duo.