29. New Orleans Saints: Calijah Kancey, DL, Pittsburgh
The New Orleans Saints needed to add something at defensive tackle in free agency, and they got a couple guys in the building in Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd. But, Calijah Kancey provides something neither have. Kancey’s quicks and explosion out of his stance are impressive, and he’s got a phenomenal rush toolbox. He can come in and wreak havoc on third downs from the interior and potentially play on the edge.
30. Philadelphia Eagles: Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
It’s back to the trenches for the Eagles in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, and this time it’s adding great value late in the first round. Javon Hargrave left for the 49ers, leaving a hole next to Jordan Davis to rush the passer from the interior. Bryan Bresee has seen his stock tumble, but his power, length, and explosiveness are perfect to add to the rotation and play next to Davis.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs need a tackle opposite Jawaan Taylor, but how fun is this in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft? Well, maybe not for the rest of the league. Michael Mayer isn’t getting the attention other tight ends are right now. Some of it is due to his good, but not great, testing, and some of it is due to boredom. Mayer is a great inline tight end who is a great contested receiver, showing off the nuance to shield the ball from defenders both in tight spaces and against zone coverage. As the Chiefs move to more 12 and 13 personnel, Mayer and Travis Kelce would be downright lethal.