The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings shake things up with big trades in this 3-Round 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
It’s draft week!!!! It’s almost time to celebrate, as the 2023 NFL Draft is nearly here. On top of it, we don’t know a whole lot, if anything, about the draft as we sit here just three days out. Back in 2021, we knew so much heading into draft night. In 2022, there was talk of chaos, and it happened right after the Jets picked Garrett Wilson. Now, all we know (maybe) is that the Panthers are picking Bryce Young. Even that, though, isn’t guaranteed.
3-Round 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Vikings, Titans Shake Things Up
This final 2023 NFL Mock Draft from yours truly in this cycle is full of chaos, making it perhaps the wildest mock draft yet. Trades make their way into the first round, with two teams getting aggressive for quarterbacks early, and one near the end of round one. Where will the receivers land? How does the offensive tackle group shake out?
All of that will be answered and so much more in the final Mock Draft Monday. Here we go, three rounds in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Carolina Panthers: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Right now, the odds for Bryce Young to go first is an extreme favorite. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, we’ll stick with it for now. The Carolina Panthers have to nail this selection, and find a quarterback who can initially elevate the skill position talent around him. Young did that to a degree at Alabama in 2022, and his ability to throw with anticipation and command an offense will do that immediately in Carolina. His off-script artistry will also be perfect for the modern NFL.
2. Houston Texans: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama
The Houston Texans definitely wanted Young at two, and they opt for passing at quarterback in order to give head coach DeMeco Ryans a top defender. Will Anderson had a whopping 207 pressures and 37 sacks in his career at Alabama, and his ability to win with power, hand technique in the contact phase, and decimate teams against the run will be a great addition to a struggling front in Houston.
3. Arizona Cardinals: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals don’t find a trade partner, and stick to take their best player available. The league clearly likes Tyree Wilson a ton, and he’s pretty much a lock to go top five with Seattle waiting there. Wilson broke out with 50 pressures and eight sacks in 2022, and showed how disruptive of a force he can be. Wilson leverages really well for a 6’6″ edge rusher, and he has impressive power and explosiveness to attack gaps and trim/flatten his path to the quarterback. His motor is relentless, and he joins an Arizona defense in need of that.
4. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
What will the Indianapolis Colts do in this situation with three quarterbacks on the board? In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, it’s still the upside swing with Anthony Richardson. Richardson’s athleticism is well-documented, but he operates well from the pocket, and his escapability under pressure is extremely good. Not to mention, Richardson has ridiculous arm strength and velocity, and just needs to build mechanical consistency to reach a ludicrously high ceiling.