The 2023 NFL Draft is a few months away but trade conversations will really be initiated at the NFL Combine later this month and into March. The rumors that come out of Indianapolis will fuel discussion as teams attempt to build a roster capable of contending with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
In today's thought exercise, one team trades up to fill its gaping hole at quarterback. Three AFC teams add quarterbacks as well. The decisions made by Chicago and Arizona will have a massive impact on tthe draft.
The draft order below is now the Dolphins' pick being forfeited due to tampering violations.. There are only 31 picks as a result of the
Without further ado, let's kick this off!
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Round 1 - Pick 1
Will Anderson Jr. EDGE
Alabama • 6'4" / 243 lbs
If Chicago is unwilling to move out of the No. 1 overall selection, then there is going to be more interested in Arizona's selection at No. 3 overall. The Bears did not find a deal worth potentially missing out on one of the elite defenders so they stick and pick Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson.
Mock Trade from Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 - Pick 3
C.J. Stroud QB
Ohio State • 6'3" / 218 lbs
The Panthers are not going to settle for the quarterback option that falls to them, so they get aggressive and trade up to No. 3 overall with Arizona. The Cardinals get some additional draft capital to support a rebuild in head coach Jonathan Gannon's first season. With the No. 3 overall selection, the Panthers select C.J. Stroud, who elevated his stock in the College Football Playoff.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Will Levis QB
Kentucky • 6'4" / 229 lbs
Indianapolis' first order of business was hiring head coach Shane Steichen. Steichen and the Eagles have done a great job building the offense around Jalen Hurts rather than forcing him to do something with which he is uncomfortable. The same is expected of Steichen and Will Levis.
From Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 5
Jalen Carter DL
Georgia • 6'3" / 314 lbs
Seattle has to be hopeful that either Chicago or Arizona trades out to a team looking to a take a quarterback unless they intend to take one themselves. If they do not, and either team trades out, then it ensures the Seahawks one of those elite defensive lineman as it does here with Jalen Carter.
From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 6
Illinois • 6'0" / 185 lbs
Detroit has already added former Illinois safety Kerby Joseph so they reunite him with Devon Witherspoon, who is easily one of the most fiery competitors in this draft class. He will have no problem matching head coach Dan Campbell's energy.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Ohio State • 6'6" / 313 lbs
Jermaine Eluemenor has been a journeyman through his NFL career but actually performed well this past season. Las Vegas has options but opt to take Paris Johnson Jr., who would be playing his third position in as many years after playing left tackle and guard for the Buckeyes the past two years.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Tyree Wilson EDGE
Texas Tech • 6'6" / 275 lbs
Atlanta is looking to upgrade its pass rush a year after taking Arnold Ebiketie in the second-round. Tyree Wilson has elite size and athleticism but the on-field production is still a work in progress.
Mock Trade from Carolina Panthers
Round 1 - Pick 9
From New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 10
Myles Murphy DL
Clemson • 6'5" / 275 lbs
Philadelphia's first selection as a result of a trade with New Orleans a year ago. General manager Howie Roseman believes in building through the trenches so it would not be a surprise to see him keep the cupboards stocked at those positions.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida • 6'4" / 244 lbs
Tennessee could theoretically save roughly $18 million in salary cap space by moving on from Ryan Tannehill. The 34-year-old is entering the final year of his contract so the Titans need to consider its long-term options.
From Cleveland Browns
Round 1 - Pick 12
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • 6'0" / 203 lbs
Brian Branch is a fit for the Jets from many perspectives. He is an intelligent prospect that excelled despite having a lot on his plate at Alabama. Senior advisor Phil Savage has strong connections to the Crimson Tide program and should get a big endorsement from Nick Saban.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Drew Sanders LB
Arkansas • 6'5" / 234 lbs
Speaking of ties to the Alabama program, the relationship between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban are well-documented. Drew Sanders transferred out of Tuscaloosa despite some convincing from Saban. Sanders is a good fit for what New England's scheme.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Notre Dame • 6'4" / 265 lbs
While the world awaits a decision from Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay has to plan for the possibility that he returns and the possibility that he leaves. Michael Mayer is a good option in either scenario.
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Round 1 - Pick 19
Georgia • 6'5" / 311 lbs
Tom Brady is gone and then could spell the beginning of a rebuild in Tampa Bay. There is an opportunity for the Buccaneers to move on from left tackle Donovan Smith and save $10 million in salary cap space this season. Broderick Jones stands in as his replacement.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Texas • 5'11" / 215 lbs
Baltimore's offense has been predicated on having a strong run game but that should change with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. The presence of Bijan Robinson allows them to attack the defense through the air while also being effective on the ground.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Kelee Ringo CB
Georgia • 6'2" / 207 lbs
Kelee Ringo checks the height, weight and speed boxes that teams covet in a man coverage cornerback. Minnesota should get a healthy Andrew Booth back on the field this season but Ringo gives them options at the position.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Clemson • 6'2" / 238 lbs
Trenton Simpson played more of an off-ball role this season and was not given full reign to use his athleticism. With defensive coordinator Dan Quinn returning, Micah Parsons and Simpson should give them a lot of flexibility.
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Round 1 - Pick 30
Mississippi State • 6'0" / 180 lbs
Emmanuel Forbes had 14 interceptions, including six returned for a touchdown, during his SEC career. Numbers that big do not happen with a great sense of awareness and Philadelphia will need that in its zone heavy scheme.