29. New Orleans Saints: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
The New Orleans Saints have lost quite a few defensive tackles over the years with Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata, and Shy Tuttle all recently signing elsewhere in free agency. The team did sign former Chief Khalen Saunders, but they still have a long way to go if they want that room to be formidable. Bryan Bresee, a former five-star recruit, is a great complement to Saunders and could develop his game alongside Cameron Jordan. You see the flashes of potential on tape with Bresee and at the next level in New Orleans, he could truly put it all together.
30. Philadelphia Eagles: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
Calijah Kancey is a player that I am not as high on as a lot of other people, but he still goes in the first round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Kancey finds a way to get into the backfield and to the ball carrier on tape, but you have to worry about how his game will translate to the NFL. With his height, weight, and particularly his length, I don’t see how he can become an every-down player at the next level. However, in Philadelphia, especially early in his career, he won’t have to. He is the perfect complement for a monster nose tackle like Jordan Davis and could be a valuable piece of that impressive Philly defensive line rotation.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
There are a few different routes the Kansas City Chiefs could take with the final pick in the first round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. It seems like we have said each of the past couple seasons that the team has some holes it needs to fill, yet they still come out as the top team in the league.
After losing Frank Clark and Carlos Dunlap in free agency, I think the biggest need for Kansas City may be on the edge. They have a good young player in George Karlaftis and signed free agent Charles Omenihu, but I think Myles Murphy is just too good to pass up. Murphy impressed with his athletic testing at his pro day and I really liked his tape. He is explosive, long, and physical, giving defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo some more juice on that defensive front.