13. New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The negotiations between the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers are back on, but unless there’s a pick swap, the Jets should retain 13. Here, they get what they need at offensive tackle in Broderick Jones. Jones plays a bit unorthodox in pass pro, using his brute strength in his upper body and core to anchor rather than truly dropping. His athleticism works in space blocking, pulling, and recovering in pass pro. Clean up his hand usage and balance at the point of attack, and his ceiling is OT1 in the 2023 NFL Draft.
14. Seattle Seahawks (via NE): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Seahawks send picks 20 and 83 to Patriots for pick 14
The Seahawks do get aggressive in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, but not for a quarterback. It’s to help the quarterback out in the passing game. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the consensus WR1, and he comes off the board to be the instant slot separator for the Seahawks. His route running, catching instincts, and YAC ability make for a slot for now and a potential “Z” to D.K. Metcalf in the long term.
15. Green Bay Packers: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
What do the Green Bay Packers do? They plan for the future. In this 2023 NFL Mock Draft, it’s a repeat of 2019, where two established edge rushers are joined by a third. Rashan Gary has an extension waiting, and Preston Smith might not be around too much longer. Myles Murphy could join the rotation and develop as a more consistent pass rusher and be a threat in a wicked rotation featuring Gary, Smith, and Kingsley Enagbare.
16. Washington Commanders: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
The Washington Commanders would’ve liked a top three tackle to be available here, but they settle for the next best thing at corner. Joey Porter Jr. has the physicality and length to thrive in press-man, but his eyes in zone coverage are getting much better. If he can convert more at the moment of truth in terms of ball production, the Porter-St-Juste duo could be exceptional.