2023 NT NFL Mock Draft

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By popular request....new thread.

***NT NFL Mock Draft is now LIVE***
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Some basic info and rules:
  • Draft will be April 21st at 9am PST
  • Each team will have roughly 30 minutes to select their player (I'm hoping people don't take the full 30, but this allows folks to handle personal stuff that they got going on and can check throughout the day).
  • Trades are welcome, but if you are representing two teams (or more teams), I don't think it'd be fair to trade with yourself - i suppose if it came down to it I can veto if it's a fair trade or not?
  • When making your selection, please use this format: With the # pick of the NT NFL Mock Draft, the (###) select...and do a brief summary of the pick and why for this team so we can all learn and educate ourselves on the team and their wants/needs. Summary could be well thought out, or it could be for the lulz. Either way, lets try to have some fun with it.
  • I suppose if there is a vacant team I'll just make the pick to keep things moving. Even if the draft is live, feel free to join. Just @me with the team you want to select for and we'll make it happen.

Round 1:
1) Carolina Panthers (from Chicago) - Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
2) Houston Texans - aNYone aNYone - Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
3) Arizona Cardinals Trade to Philadelphia Eagles - IATT IATT Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia
4) Indianapolis Colts - elpablo21 elpablo21 - CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
5) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) - DonCigaro DonCigaro - Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama
6) Detroit Lions (from L.A. Rams) - g-time g-time - Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
7) Las Vegas Raiders - raider5 raider5 - Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
8.) Atlanta Falcons - Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia
9) Chicago Bears (from Carolina) - Peter Skoronski, Tackle, Northwestern
10) Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans) Traded to Arizona Cardinals - af1 1982 af1 1982 - Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
11) Tennessee Titans - Jaxson Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
12) Houston Texans (from Cleveland) - aNYone aNYone - Devon Weatherspoon, CB, Illinois
13) New York Jets - Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
14) New England Patriots - DeadsetAce DeadsetAce - Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
15) Green Bay Packers - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
16) Washington Commanders - dwileykyot dwileykyot - Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State
17) Pittsburgh Steelers - Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
18.) Detroit Lions - g-time g-time - Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
20) Seattle Seahawks - DonCigaro DonCigaro - Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
21) Los Angeles Chargers - JustBlaze. JustBlaze. - Michael Meyers, TE, Notre Dame
22) Baltimore Ravens traded to Arizona Cardinals - frshstunna frshstunna - Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
23) Minnesota Vikings - Hendron Hooker, QB, Tennessee
24) Jacksonville Jaguars - Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
25) New York Giants - g-time g-time - Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
26) Dallas Cowboys - Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
27) Buffalo Bills - dwileykyot dwileykyot - Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
28.) Cincinnati Bengals - Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
29) New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco through Miami and Denver) - elpablo21 elpablo21 - Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
30) Philadelphia Eagles traded to Arizona Cardinals traded to Baltimore Ravens - af1 1982 af1 1982 - Jordan Addison, WR, USC
31) Kansas City Chiefs - elpablo21 elpablo21 - Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

Round 2:
32) Pittsburgh Steelers (from Chicago) - Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
33) Houston Texans - aNYone aNYone - Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
34) Arizona Cardinals - IATT IATT - Kelee Ringo, DB, Georgia
35) Indianapolis Colts - elpablo21 elpablo21 - John Michael Schmitz, Guard, Minnesota
36) Los Angeles Rams - Keion White, DE, Georgia Tech
37) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) - DonCigaro DonCigaro - O’Cyrus Torrance, G, Florida
38.) Las Vegas Raiders - raider5 raider5 - Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
39) Carolina Panthers - Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State
40) New Orleans Saints - elpablo21 elpablo21 - Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State
41) Tennessee Titans - Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
42) New York Jets (from Cleveland) - Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh
43) New York Jets - Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
44) Atlanta Falcons - DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
45) Green Bay Packers - Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
46) New England Patriots - DeadsetAce DeadsetAce - Julius Brents, DB, Kansas State University
47) Washington Commanders - dwileykyot dwileykyot - Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
48.) Detroit Lions - g-time g-time - Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
49) Pittsburgh Steelers traded to Las Vegas Raiders - DeadsetAce DeadsetAce - Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
51) Miami Dolphins - Steve Avila, G, TCU
52) Seattle Seahawks - DonCigaro DonCigaro - Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota
53) Chicago Bears (from Baltimore) - Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss
54) Los Angeles Chargers - JustBlaze. JustBlaze. - Derrick Hall, EDGE, Auburn.
55) Detroit Lions (from Minnesota) - g-time g-time - Sam Laporta, TE, Iowa
56) Jacksonville Jaguars DeadsetAce DeadsetAce - Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
57) New York Giants - g-time g-time - Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
58.) Dallas Cowboys traded to Arizona Cardinals - IATT IATT - Jahmyr Gibbs, TB, Alabama
59) Buffalo Bills - dwileykyot dwileykyot - Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
60) Cincinnati Bengals - Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
61) Chicago Bears (from San Francisco through Carolina) - BJ Ojulari, DE, LSU
62) Philadelphia Eagles traded to Arizona Cardinals - IATT IATT - Gervon Dexter, DT, Florida
63) Kansas City Chiefs - elpablo21 elpablo21 - Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati


People are still more than welcome to join at any point, just @me and I'll include you in the list. For vacant teams, I'll be picking for now...Each team will have 30 minutes to make a selection.

And with that...........the Carolina Panthers are now on the clock:

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Pick 1
Carolina Panthers 2020 Mock Draft: Week 17 Edition


And with the 1st pick of the NT NFL Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers select...

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Bryce Young, QB, Alabama.

Summary:
Slightly built with measurables that fall below the standard for the quarterback position, Young’s talent and face-of-the-franchise potential could force teams to focus more on his game film and less on his size.

Strength:
  • Calm demeanor on the field.
  • Played in a pro-style attack that required full-field reads.
  • Shows ability to dial up focus in big fourth quarter situations.
  • Uses eye manipulation to create easier throws.
  • Locates and avoids lurking trouble in zone coverage.
  • Good operation time with a compact release as thrower.
  • Unfazed by incoming rush and makes ball delivery his priority.
  • Good rush awareness and pocket mobility.
  • Actively reroutes his receivers when play extends.
  • Makes defenses pay when he breaks contain and improvises.

Weakness:
  • Weighed in at 204 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine; since 2003, no QB who weighed fewer than 207 pounds at the combine has been drafted in Round 1.
  • Durability will be a concern due to slight frame.
  • Has a tendency to run receivers up against the boundary.
  • Leaves his lower half behind on drive throws at times.
  • Needs to prove he can find reads quickly and stay on schedule.
  • Deep throws come out flat and lose energy late.
  • Doesn’t run as often as he could to counter the rush and pick up first downs.
 
Pick 2
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And with the 2nd pick of the NT NFL Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...

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Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida


Bottom line he’s a freak. We’ve never seen someone like him. I’m part of a new regime and have a time. Might as well shoot for the stars.


Strengths
  • Elite size, strength and athletic ability for the quarterback position.
  • Has potential to perform in a variety of offensive schemes.
  • Can make explosive plays as a passer and runner.
  • Arm strength to throw downfield and into tight windows.
  • Functional pass accuracy when mechanically sound and in rhythm.
  • Willing to take a hit and still deliver the throw.
  • Good awareness of pressure mounting around him.
  • Footwork to slide and throw or scramble for yards.
  • Had touchdown-to-interception ratio of 12:2 over his final six games at Florida.
  • Ran for touchdowns of 45, 60, 73, 80 and 81 yards over the past two seasons.
Weaknesses
  • Inconsistency and inaccuracy made it hard for him to have sustained success.
  • Could use a better feel for the timing of his progressions.
  • Needs to take some spice off short throws.
  • Below average touch and ball placement rolling out.
  • Hasn’t learned to manipulate coverage with his eyes.
  • Struggles to paint intermediate zone holes with anticipatory throws.
  • Accuracy issues are often a function of poor footwork.
  • Loses track of coverage and will throw into danger.
  • Too willing to flip the ball out instead of taking a sack.
 
Pick 3
To keep this moving, the Arizona cardinals are selecting potentially the best player in the draft

While our organization obviously is considered about the potential, rumored, character issues.. we feel the juice is worth the squeeze

Defensive tackle from university of Georgia, jalen Carter

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Pick 4
And with the 4th pick of the NT NFL Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select...
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CJ Stroud, QB, Thee Ohio State.

Summary:
**** a cognition test. The Colts are in need of a true reboot at the QB position since Luck's departure. With CJ having the standard measurables and film to back it up places him as a perfect fit to get the Colts back on track to being a premiere franchise in the NFL

Strength:
  • Accurate from the pocket, especially the deep ball
  • Doesn't run as much but can extend plays when under pressure
  • Goes through his progressions well
  • Ball placement and anticipating is good. Leads his receivers

Weakness:
  • Is a little too hesitant not to use his legs for gains
  • decision making is inconsistent when going off script
  • 18%
  • Manning Passing Academy
 
Pick 5
Seahawks Draft: Are rumors of trading up from No. 5 legitimate? - Seattle  Sports


With the 5th pick in the NT NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select...
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Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama

Summary:
Three-year starter for vaunted Alabama program with eye-popping production that encapsulates his potential impact. Anderson is well-built with long arms. He has the rush get-off and skill level to consistently shave edges or pry open rush paths with inside moves.

NFL Comparison: Demarcus Ware.

Strength:
  • Proportional build and excellent arm length.
  • Get-off juice to attack the corner.
  • Goodie bag filled with tactics and approaches to threaten edges.
  • Couples hands and hip flip to flatten the edge into the pocket.
  • Uses powerful hips to play through blocker’s inside edge.
  • Athleticism and closing burst to hunt down quarterbacks when play extends.
  • Fires first hands and anchors down to set a firm edge.
  • Wide base and torque power allow for block discards.
  • Pursuit speed to catch the runner from the back side.
  • Good lateral fluidity and body control for efficient change of direction.
Weakness:
  • Motor needs to stay turned up throughout the rep.
  • Forced into extended confrontations against linemen at point of attack.
  • Hip tightness limits stride length as a rusher.
  • Needs to develop hand counters to defeat a well-timed punch.
  • Energy as run defender appears to wane at times.
 
Pick 6
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With 6th pick in the NT NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select...
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Tyree Wilson, DE - Texas Tech

NFL Comparison: Carlos Dunlap

Strengths:

POSITIVES

— Great size for an NFL defensive end and carries little to no bad weight.

— Excellent power rusher with the strength, hand placement and leg drive to collapse the pocket with a bull rush or one-arm stab move against offensive tackles. He's also shown the ability to win with a hump-by move.

— Solid rip move to win around the edge as a pass-rusher.

— Against the run, he takes on blocks with good knee bend and pad level (especially for his height) and has a lot of pop in his hands to gain control of the block and get a leverage advantage. He can reset the line of scrimmage.

— Takes on blocks with a wide base, and he's hard to move one-on-one against the run with strength and technique.

— Has little-to-no problems shedding or getting off blocks.

— Hustle player who takes good angles in pursuit, he can make tackles down the field to help save touchdowns and/or more explosive plays.

NEGATIVES

— Sub-par get-off overall, late reaction to the snap, and false steps out of a two-point stance.

— Struggles with the accuracy of his initial chops when working finesse moves.

— Adequate bend at the top of the rush, not the most flexible to turn a tight corner around the edge.

— Lacks a plan when rushing, he doesn't work many counter moves if his initial effort doesn't work.

— Needs to be more gap-disciplined, he has a habit of ducking inside blocks and will get caught popping his gap early.

— Not athletic enough and lacks zone awareness to drop into coverage at the next level.
 
Pick 7
With the 7th pick of the NT NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders select....


Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
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Summary: Raiders can select any defensive player here with obvious holes at all levels of the defense. Gonzalez is an explosive outside cornerback possessing a rare blend of physical and athletic traits. Gonzalez plays with fluid hips and blazing top-end speed, which should help him match against top-end targets in the future. He can rough up the release or use mirror-and-match footwork from press-man coverage and he has all the tools to become a highly capable route shadow. His technique will get away from him at times and he doesn't play with the level of instincts or ball skills that should make heavy ball production automatic. His testing numbers could send his draft stock skyrocketing, but the ingredients are already present to become a feared CB1 if he plays to his gifts.

Strength:
  • Desired blend of size, speed and explosiveness.
  • He’s as fluid and loose in his movements as you’ll find.
  • Length and strength allow him to bully releases from press.
  • Feet and hips create easy skip and flip to match the release.
  • Quick to crowd and push vertical targets toward the boundary.
  • Able to shuffle and swerve in space like he’s gliding on air.
  • Rare recovery kick and top-end speed for a big cornerback.
  • Works his way off perimeter blocks.
  • Huge take-off burst to rocket in and block kicks.
Weakness:
  • Instincts to create more catch challenges are spotty.
  • Below average anticipation to jump route breaks.
  • Inconsistent finding optimal positioning to constrict catch area.
  • Average feel for angles attacking the throw.
  • Slow to get his head around and find the football downfield.
  • Needs to play with better awareness to run plays.
  • Inconsistent coming to balance as open-field tackler.
 
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