5. Seattle Seahawks: Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
There’s a lot of talk about the direction the Seattle Seahawks will take. The selfies with quarterbacks are quite interesting. However, they’ve got a guy in Geno Smith, and could work to build an ascending roster. A way to do that is to get the best player in the 2023 NFL Draft, and that’s the way in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Jalen Carter has off the field issues to correct, but Seattle might be the place for him to do that. He could anchor a strong defensive front.
6. Detroit Lions: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
After the Jeff Okudah trade, the Detroit Lions have really only committed to Cam Sutton for the long term, and he’s a versatile player who can play inside and outside. That keeps the door open for corner at six, and the pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft is a Dan Campbell fit. Devon Witherspoon is a tone-setter in every sense, playing physical against the run by laying the boom. His transitional quicks and patience in his technique give him an advantage in man coverage, and he’s a great tackler who can limit yardage after the catch. He’s disruptive at the catch point as well and can create turnovers.
7. Las Vegas Raiders: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
For the Las Vegas Raiders, quarterback could be in play here. In fact, C.J. Stroud is a great fit with Vegas. But, in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Josh McDaniels is content with Jimmy Garoppolo. Instead, they work to protect Garoppolo, getting Paris Johnson here. Johnson has experience playing right guard, and could kick over to right tackle opposite Kolton Miller to form a great bookend duo. Johnson’s athleticism will be coveted in the run game and he has great recovery skills as well in pass pro.
8. Tennessee Titans (via ATL): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Titans send picks 11,72 to Falcons for pick 8
The first trade of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft sees the Titans moving up a few spots to secure their quarterback of the future. Malik Willis was a Jon Robinson selection, and Josh Dobbs getting a start over him should paint the picture. The heir apparent to Ryan Tannehill will be Will Levis, a quarterback who has some shades of Tannehill as a prospect. Levis has impressive toughness, velocity, and flashes anticipation and ball placement. Building consistency is key, and he can do so behind Tannehill.