2023 NFL Mock Draft: Michael Penix sneaks into Round 1 as Bucs look beyond Tom Brady; Lions add more firepower

Alabama • Jr • 6’4″ / 243 lbs

The Falcons get the first defensive prospect in this class in Anderson. No-brainer here.

Ohio State • Jr • 6’3″ / 218 lbs

The Seahawks like what they’ve gotten out of Geno Smith for two games, but he doesn’t represent the future. Stroud does.

Alabama • Jr • 6’0″ / 194 lbs

Young’s savvy play, athletic ability, and accuracy will lead to him being picked early in April. The Texans probably need to upgrade at quarterback.

Clemson • Jr • 6’5″ / 275 lbs

This is not Carolina’s greatest need, but Murphy has a top-10 pick profile and plays a premium position.

Kansas State • Jr • 6’4″ / 255 lbs

The Bears have gotten amazing return on their investment in Robert Quinn. He’s just well into his 30s. Anudike-Uzomah would be an ideal understudy.

Clemson • Jr • 6’3″ / 240 lbs

CJ Mosley will be 31 next season, and his cap hit swells to $21 million. Simpson can be an eventual new-age replacement at the linebacker spot.

Georgia • Soph • 6’2″ / 210 lbs

The Commanders add some youth to their cornerback room with the large and ultra-talented Ringo.

Georgia • Jr • 6’3″ / 300 lbs

The Jaguars have to fortify the interior of their defensive front. Carter is the ideal prospect for Jacksonville.

Florida • Soph • 6’4″ / 232 lbs

This may seem crazy after back-to-back disappointing games from Richardson, outings in which his rawness was obvious. But he’s the perfect type to learn behind Jared Goff for a season before assuming the starting role in 2024.

Ohio State • Jr • 6’6″ / 310 lbs

The Titans have to bolster the offensive front, and Johnson can do that at left tackle.

Georgia • Soph • 6’4″ / 310 lbs

The Steelers prudently go offensive line to construct better protection for Kenny Pickett.

Kentucky • Sr • 6’3″ / 232 lbs

The Giants front office will love the arm talent, size, and moxie from Levis.

USC • Jr • 6’0″ / 175 lbs

The top of the receiver class has gotten off to a slow start, except Addison, who feels like a receiver the Patriots organization will really like.

South Carolina • Jr • 6’0″ / 188 lbs

The Raiders absolutely need to get more talent in the secondary, and Smith is a big, physical, athletic, and feisty cornerback from the SEC.

LSU • Jr • 6’0″ / 205 lbs

The Colts desperately — and I mean desperately — need more talent at receiver. Boutte has that in spades.

Ohio State • Jr • 6’1″ / 200 lbs

An early-season won’t stop Smith-Njigba from going in the top half of the first round to a Texans team in need of more offensive weaponry.

Texas A&M • Jr • 6’3″ / 195 lbs

The Cardinals have to get better in the secondary. Johnson is built like a strong safety but moves like a nickel corner.

Army West Point • Sr • 6’7″ / 260 lbs

The Eagles love building the defensive front, and Carter can be the new-age edge rusher next to Josh Sweat.

Notre Dame • Jr • 6’4″ / 265 lbs

The Cowboys love Dalton Schultz, but are they going to pay him big money on a long-term deal after 2022? If not, Mayer would be a perfect replacement.

Northwestern • Jr • 6’4″ / 315 lbs

More blocking help for Joe Burrow. Jonah Williams has gotten off to a brutal start this season. Didn’t see that coming.

TCU • Jr • 6’4″ / 215 lbs

The Vikings could use some youth at receiver behind Justin Jefferson, and Johnson is a tall wideout who flies downfield.

Clemson • Soph • 6’5″ / 305 lbs

The Seahawks are more than happy to stop Bresee’s fall and add a threatening pass rusher to their defensive front.

Ohio State • Sr • 6’8″ / 359 lbs

More blocking for Tua Tagovailoa won’t get much criticism from Dolphins fans, and Jones has played well to start the 2022 campaign.

North Carolina • Jr • 5’10” / 175 lbs

How about some more weaponry at receiver for Lamar Jackson?

Alabama • Jr • 6’2″ / 190 lbs

I like the Chargers to add more outside cornerback talent early in next year’s draft. Ricks would be ideal.

Penn State • Soph • 5’10” / 215 lbs

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, and Washington would be a fun, complementary group at receiver in Detroit.

Penn State • Soph • 6’6″ / 321 lbs

Fashanu is super young but has been dominant early in 2022 and would be an exquisite long-term project at tackle in Green Bay.

Illinois • Jr • 6’0″ / 180 lbs

Witherspoon has been a ball magnet to start 2022 and looks the part athletically. More playmaking talent for Philadelphia’s defense.

Washington • Jr • 6’3″ / 213 lbs

Penix is ​​an athletic, strong-arm lefty with an aggressive style. The Buccaneers have to plan for the future at quarterback.

Florida • Soph • 6’6″ / 312 lbs

A colossal space eater with incredible strength next to Chris Jones in Kansas City. Nasty combination.

Florida • Jr • 6’5″ / 347 lbs

The Bills add youth to the interior of their offensive line with the mashing guard from Florida.

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