TheRisen999 Posted January 18 Share Posted January 18 (edited) NFL Mock Draft: Jalen Carter, Bryce Young taken atop the first round, Falcons find help at edge rusher Clemson alum Myles Murphy won't have to travel far to join Falcons in Atlanta Jan 18, 2023 at 10:02 AM Scott Bair Falcons Digital Managing Editor Let's make one thing crystal clear before we move forward: This is way too early for an NFL mock draft. I mean, the full draft order isn't even set. Yet here we are, with tons and tons of them available via a few search terms and a quick click. We figured we might as well join the masses and offer one up to those dying to know exactly how the first 23 picks will play out. I've got that on lock. Well, sort of. But not really. A few notes before we begin: 1. The Dolphins forfeited a pick, so there are only 31 in the first round. 2. We don't make picks for teams without a draft slot. That's just silly. What Jacksonville could get at 24 or 31 would be wildly different. 3. There won't be trades at this point. That's why Bryce Young isn't the first pick. And, 4. This is meant to be fun. Let's not take ourselves too seriously at this stage of the offseason. Deal? Deal. Let's get to the bold predictions: CHI 1 Bears Jalen Carter DT | Georgia Biggest needs (via NFL.com): Edge, DL, OL Analysis: Sure seems like the Bears will eventually trade out of the top spot, considering the QB-starved teams out there and Chicago's seeming comfort with Justin Fields calling signals. They can also probably get Carter a bit later. But, again, no trades. So the Bears get the guy (I think) they really, really want. HOU 2 Texans Bryce Young QB | Alabama Biggest needs (via NFL.com): QB, OL, DL Analysis: You'll see folks overthink things and make Will Levis the first player off the board. Don't do that, no matter what Bryce Young's height/weight comes in at during the combine. ARI 3 Cardinals Will Anderson EDGE | Alabama Biggest Needs (via NFL.com): Edge, CB, OL Analysis: Cardinals may well have gotten the best player regardless of position at the third spot. Good haul. IND 4 Colts C.J. Stroud QB | Ohio State Biggest needs (via NFL.com): QB, OL, WR Analysis: Colts stop the cycle of veteran quarterbacks with this pick. P.S. C.J.'s performance in that semifinal game vs. Georgia made him some cold hard cash. SEA 5 Seahawks Tyree Wilson EDGE | Texas Tech Via Denver Biggest needs (via NFL.com): Edge, DL, QB Analysis: No offense to Bruce Irvin, but the Seahawks brought him back for a third stint with the team because they were desperate for help off the edge. They try to remedy the issue by getting a pass-rusher with freak traits. Something tells me he's going to wow at the Senior Bowl and again at the combine. DET 6 Lions Christian Gonzalez CB | Oregon via L.A. Rams Biggest needs (via NFL.com): DB, DL, LB Analysis: Lions keep stacking on defense, where they need some help if they're going to turn into a playoff team after coming so close in 2022. LV 7 Raiders Peter Skoronski OL | Northwestern Biggest needs (via NFL.com): QB, OL, Edge Analysis: The Raiders need tons of help up front. The Silver and Black snag the best offensive lineman on the board, someone versatile enough to help where the Raiders need it most. ATL 8 Falcons Myles Murphy DL/EDGE | Clemson Biggest needs (via NFL.com): QB, Edge, WR Analysis: The Falcons address the biggest area of concern. No, it isn't quarterback. It's the pass rush. Murphy, a Marrieta native, is a massive human with massive potential, someone who can play in whatever front the new DC implements. CAR 9 Panthers Will Levis QB | Kentucky Biggest needs (via NFL.com): QB, CB, TE Analysis: The Panthers need a new quarterback after using three different passers in 2022. They need stability and get it with the third QB taken in the top 10. PHI 10 Eagles Bryan Bresee DL | Clemson via Saints Biggest needs (via NFL.com): Edge, DB, DL Analysis: Eagles add more firepower to their defensive front, as if they weren't hard enough to handle already. Edited January 18 by TheRisen999 Tim Mazetti, FalconJim, duckhoa and 4 others 2 4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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