14. Houston Texans (via CLE) - Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
With Nico Collins and Tank Dell showing out in 2023, wide receiver is now less of a need for the Texans. However, if Keon Coleman is still on the board, Houston should scoop him up and not think twice. The triumvirate of Coleman-Collins-Dell will boost C.J. Stroud to the next level of his development.
15. Los Angeles Chargers - Kalen King, CB, Penn State
The Chargers defense needs a pillar at cornerback alongside Asante Samuel Jr. It’s clear that failed free-agent signing J.C. Jackson isn’t in the team’s future plans after being benched in Week 3 and failing to log any snaps this past Sunday. Kalen King is a lockdown cornerback with sparkling PFF grades and is an immediate starter in the NFL.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois
The Jaguars are close to legitimate Super Bowl contender status. One area Jacksonville must improve is upfront in the defensive trenches. Pass rushers Josh Allen and Travon Walker aren’t going anywhere, so a disruptive presence between them should be high on the wishlist. Jer’Zhan Newton is a tad undersized, but his strength and motor will allow him to see action in Year 1.
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17. Washington Commanders - Cam Ward, QB, Washington State
Cam Ward is nowhere to be found in first-round mock drafts and most Big Boards. But I see Ward as a bonafide Day 1 prospect, and his play so far in 2023 backs up that lofty claim. The Wazzu signal-caller is completing nearly 75 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Commanders need more than Sam Howell; Ward is that.
18. Los Angeles Rams - Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
The second Nittany Lion off the board in this mock draft is edge rusher Chop Robinson. With his trademark no-glove, no-sleeve look, Robinson looks the part of a throwback pass rusher. The Rams took Byron Young on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft, and he’s performed well as a rookie. Los Angeles can’t have too many pass rushers.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami
Grady Jarrett is on the wrong side of 30, and even if he has a few more years of high-level play in the tank, the Falcons must begin thinking about life after Jarrett. Leonard Taylor III packs a punch with otherworldly strength inside his NFL frame. The Miami product is still putting it all together, but he is worth betting on in the middle of Round 1.
20. Indianapolis Colts - Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
Michael Pittman Jr. is a quality pass catcher, but the rest of the wide receiver room is young and unproven. Why not add another option for Anthony Richardson to have at his disposal? Emeka Egbuka is the next in a long line of Ohio State receivers with polished route running and sure hands. Between Pittman Jr., Egbuka, Alec Pierce, and Josh Downs, the Colts would be trending the right way.