We are just over two weeks from the 2023 NFL Draft, so a fresh two-round mock draft is in order! In this edition, the Titans trade up to No. 5, and the Giants fly up the board to select a game-changing pass catcher.
2-Round NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks Trade Down Twice, Titans Land Will Levis, And More!
1. Carolina Panthers – CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Frank Reich and the Panthers opt for the precise signal-caller out of Ohio State at No. 1 overall. CJ Stroud is the most accurate quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft and possesses the size Reich looks for in a starter behind center. The NFC South should take notice, with Stroud profiling as an immediate difference-maker for the franchise.
2. Houston Texans – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Bryce Young landing in Houston and changing the franchise’s trajectory is well within the realm of possibility, as the Alabama superstar boasts a rare leadership quality few on this planet can match. Young’s arm talent and mental makeup give new head coach DeMeco Ryans a leader for the offense.
3. Arizona Cardinals – Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
Jonathan Gannon took over as head coach after an uneventful stint by the previous regime. The defense features a few impact players but is severely lacking in the pass-rushing department. Will Anderson is a productive, twitchy, and reliable pass rusher who should challenge for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
4. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
The Colts have been searching for an Andrew Luck replacement since the former No. 1 overall pick surprisingly retired before the 2019 season. Anthony Richardson is not the same kind of prospect as Luck, but his upside is on the same tier. Richardson is a one-of-one athlete at quarterback and has the arm talent necessary to be a top-five player at the position.
•No. 5 overall (1st)
•No. 11 overall (1st)
•No. 72 overall (3rd)
•Future first-round pick (2024)
5. Tennessee Titans (via SEA) – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Titans vault up the draft board and snag the final of the ‘big four’ quarterbacks. Will Levis displays awe-inspiring arm strength and creates plays with his legs when necessary. Tennessee sends a few extra picks in return, but Levis gives the franchise what it hoped to find in Malik Willis 12 months ago — optimism.
6. Detroit Lions – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Even after some shroud signings in free agency, the Lions still need one more piece to finish off the cornerback room. Enter Oregon alum, Christian Gonzalez. The Duck defender oozes potential and owns a physical and athletic profile that could turn him into a lockdown corner as early as year one.