Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network released his final 2023 NFL Mock Draft ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft. There were several surprises and some new round 1 additions.
It’s 2023 NFL Draft eve here, and the anticipation grows by the millisecond. How crazy will this 2023 NFL Draft be? Is it to drum up interest, or do teams like the Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans (dubbed some of the more interesting teams in this draft) really make this go nuts almost immediately? Time will tell.
We think Bryce Young is the guy for the Carolina Panthers. After that, it’s speculation and working through scenarios. Speaking of, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah released his final 2023 NFL Mock Draft this evening. Jeremiah often has ears inside with NFL teams, and that makes its way into his big boards and mocks.
One of the biggest things to note in the mock starts with the Texans. They end up picking twice in the top three, moving up to Arizona’s slot, landing both C.J. Stroud at two and Will Anderson at three. There’s talk about no quarterback at two, but Jeremiah seems to believe it’s just noise.
Speaking of quarterback, Will Levis over Anthony Richardson at pick four is wild. But, we know that the NFL really likes Levis and the “intangibles” he has, which is a pretty obvious alarm for what we know about the NFL in general.
The Atlanta Falcons have been rumored to go Bijan Robinson, and that’s the case in Jeremiah’s mock. Arthur Smith, as well as Terry Fontenot, have proven that positional value isn’t a big deal to them. Smith will run with Robinson a ton and the offense will be pretty loaded.
The pass catchers are interesting. Zay Flowers going to Tennessee would confirm the suspicion that he’s going higher than many expect. Many believe it’s New England at 14 or the Chargers at 21, but the Titans doing that would be pretty shocking on draft night. Dalton Kincaid continues to be the favorite to Green Bay to inject a strong pass catcher to win over the middle of the field. Jaxon Smith-Njigba to the Bucs feels luxury in nature when a team has other glaring needs, but he’s a good player. Michael Mayer to the Chargers has been popular as well.
Anthony Richardson is the biggest shocker. Falling all the way to 20 with Seattle without someone else (like the Vikings) moving up is not something you’d expect to see. But, the Seattle landing spot for Richardson is one of the best in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft by Jeremiah.
Then, there are some late entries to the first round in the 2023 NFL Mock Draft. Dallas going tight end is popular, but Luke Musgrave in the first is a bit of a surprise. Musgrave is a great height/weight/speed player who can threaten the team and possesses some quick twitch to improve the route tree. Keeanu Benton is the other sneaking into round one, going to the Bengals. The interesting part about this fit is that Bengals have often gone with bigger defensive tackles to handle several gaps and control the inside run game. Mazi Smith might be a better fit, but it would be an interesting subtle change for Cincinnati.
What will happen on draft night? We don’t have much longer to wait and find out. Enjoy the 2023 NFL Draft, and we hope you come back for analysts for every team here at NFL Mocks!