2023 NFL Mock Draft: Debut 3 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: September 1, 2022.
Atlanta Falcons: Zakhari Franklin, WR, UTSA
- Atlanta uses this second round pick to get a second wide receiver to compliment Drake London and tight end Kyle Pitts. Bryce Young needs one more weapon to compliment Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
- The 6-1 185 lb Zakhari Franklin had 81 receptions, 1,027 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Zakhari Franklin picked apart Illinois cornerbgack Devon Witherspoon who I've seen mocked in the first round of some early 2023 NFL Mock Drafts. Against Illinois, Zakhari Franklin had 10 receptions, 155 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown against an Illinois cornerback that I've seen mocked in the first round of some 2023 NFL Mock Drafts.
- You will see Zakhari Franklin perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. He got off to a strong start, but cooled off near the end of the year. Cornerbacks who used press coverage on him managed to limit his separation in 2021, so there's no guarantee Franklin replicates what he did as a junior.
- At the same time this is a player who has a worse quarterback situation then the other four receivers I mocked in the first round. If he can generate more separation when breaking on his routes there's an outside chance he could improve his draft stock if he improves on his junior season.
Seattle Seahawks: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
- The Seattle Seahawks grab their future number one cornerback here. Kyu Blu Kelly becomes the first Stanford cornerback drafted by the Seattle Seahawks since Richard Sherman.
- The 6-1 188 lb Kyu Blu Kelly had 10 deflections from pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and 12 big plays on defense if you combine the deflections and interceptions for passes defended in 2021. I saw Kyu Blu Kelly in three games against USC, Arizona State, and Kansas State.
- His best game of those three was against USC where he kept Drake London in check. His zone coverage and press coverage against Arizona State and Kansas State was supsect at best. Kyu Blu Kelly displayed outstanding man coverage in all three games, and if the USC game was the only game of Kyu Blu Kelly that you watched, I can understand why you feel like his man coverage warrants an A+ grade.
- I gave Kyu Blu Kelly an A grade in man coverage, a B- grade in zone coverage, and a B grade in press coverage. I think Kyu Blu Kelly may have a better floor than Joey Porter Jr. who was the last cornerback to crack my first round, but he doesn't have Joey Porter Jr.'s ceiling which is the biggest reason he dropped to the second round. If Kyu Blu Kelly outperforms Joey Porter Jr. for a second year in a row, he'll have a chance to enter the first round conversation with a big season in 2022 since Kyu Blu Kelly was phenomenal in his first season taking over Paulson Adebo.
New York Giants: Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
- The 6-4 313 lb Ricky Stromberg has the highest ceiling and potential of any center in this draft outside of Jarrett Patterson. Notre Dame's Jarrett Patterson is the only center I see with Pro Bowl upside. Stromberg has a chance to be a very good starter for the team that drafts him though.
- Ricky Stromberg has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking you want in a center. He does a nice job getting pancake blocks cut blocks from time to time. He's not consistently winning his one-on-ones like Jarrett Patterson though which is why Patterson went in the first round to Seattle at 16 where Denver thanks to the Russell Wilson trade while Stromberg fell to the New York Giants where he replaces Jon Feliciano.
- Rookie quarterback Tyler Van Dyke now has Andrew Thomas at left tackle, Shane Lemieux at left guard, Ricky Stromberg at center, Mark Glowinski at right guard, and Evan Neal at right tackle. New York finally has a quarterback and offensive line to build their offense around.
Houston Texans: Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M
- Houston grabs a nickel cornerback here. Antonio Johnson played cornerback, strong safety, and free safety at Texas A&M in 2021 rotating all around the secondary.
- The 6-3 195 lb Antonio Johnson is a good nickel cornerback addition for the Houston Texans. I gave Antonio Johnson an A- grade in man coverage, an A- zone coverage, and an A- in press coverage. You can argue he's the most consistent defensive back in the 2023 NFL Draft outside of Kelee Ringo. He went 4/4 against Treylon Burks who the Tennessee Titans drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
New York Jets: Steve Avila, C, TCU
- I had both the New York Jets and Washington Commanders going 4-13. Therefore, the Jets pick ahead of Washington in the second round of this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
- The 6-4 330 lb Steve Avila looked good in pass protection against 2022 Senior Bowl MVP Perrion Winfrey. New York needs an upgrade at starting center to complete this offensive line. Steve Avila also did a good job run blocking for former TCU running back Zach Evans.
Washington Commanders: Emil Ekiyor Jr., RG, Alabama
- Washington downgraded at right guard when Brandon Scherff left and Trai Turner came on a one-year deal. Now Washington drafts a starting right guard in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Washington now has Charles Leno Jr. at left tackle, Andrew Norwell at left guard, Chase Roullier at center, Emil Ekiyor Jr. at right guard, and Sam Cosmi at right tackle. Sam Howell would have this offensive line for pass protection while Brian Robinson Jr. has much better run blocking in year two at running back after winning the running back job from Antonio Gibson.
- There was a temptation to mock Devin Leary here. The Commanders don't have a 2023 third round pick and neglecting one area of the offensive line to draft a quarterback that's a year older than Sam Howell felt irresponsible.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
- Pittsburgh drafts a cornerback here. Devon Witherspoon is the best cornerback still on the board in the second round and would qualify for the 2023 Reese's Senior Bowl as a junior redshirt.
- The 6-0 180 lb Devon Witherspoon stepped up as a sophomore redshirt cementing himself as Illinois's number one field cornerback. Witherspoon had 42 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 52 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, 8 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack in 2021. Devon Witherspoon has 1 interception so far in 2022.
- I gave Devon Witherspoon a B grade in man coverage, a B grade in zone coverage, and an A grade in press coverage. He's great at blitzing and stopping the run too giving Pittsburgh a quality replacement for Cameron Sutton if he leaves.
- You can argue he's the most consistent cornerback outside of Kelee Ringo, Antonio Johnson, and Eli Ricks. You could also argue that Devon Witherspoon has the fourth highest floor of any cornerback in this draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Catalon, SS, Arkansas
- Jacksonville gets a second safety to pair with free safety Andre Cisco. Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon is the most versatile safety in the 2023 NFL Draft as he's versatile enough to play strong safety or free safety.
- The 5-10 201 lb Jalen Catalon had 22 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 46 total tackles, 4 deflections from pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 quaterback hurry in 6 games in 2021 before a season ending injury. Jalen Catalon can improve those numbers if he stays healthy in 2022.
- I gave Jalen Catalon a B grade in man coverage, an A+ grade in zone coverage, and a C- grade in press coverage. Jalen Catalon got the exact same man coverage and zone coverage grade as Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph who I mocked in the first round. Catalon is more versatile than Joseph, but less reliable in press coverage.
Chicago Bears: Nolan Smith, ROLB, Georgia
- I had both the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears both going 6-11. I had Carolina picking ninth overall and Chicago picking tenth overall in the first round of this mock draft. That means, Chicago picks before Carolina in the second round.
- Chicago needs three new linebackers for their 4-3 defense and two new linebackers if the Bears wisely opt to re-sign Roquan Smith at 4-3 middle linebacker. Nolan Smith makes a lot of sense here, and some have a first round grade on Nolan Smith.
- The 6-3 235 lb Nolan Smith had 31 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles, 61 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 4 quarterback hurries, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 deflection from a pass breakup in 2021. Playing Nolan Smith at 4-3 right outside linebacker while bringing back Roquan Smith at 4-3 middle linebacker fixes two of Chicago's three holes at linebacker.
Carolina Panthers: Trenton Simpson, ROLB, Clemson
- Carolina gets their 4-3 right outside linebacker here. Pairing Trenton Simpson with 4-3 left outside linebacker Shaq Thompson who moves back to his natural position after playing the weak side a year ago with Reddick on this roster.
- The 6-3 240 lb Trenton Simpson had 41 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 64 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, and 5 quarterback hurries i 2021. Trenton Simpson gives Carolina a day 1 starter on the defensive side of the ball as well as a second good outside linebacker to pair with Shaq Thompson.
Arizona Cardinals: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
- Arizona drafts a second running back to pair with James Conner after losing Chase Edmonds. Jahmyr Gibbs is someone who is just as capable of running and catching out of the backfield as James Conner. Gibbs has the speed, catching, and ball carrier vision.
- Jahmyr Gibbs biggest weakness is in pass protection and that's one of James Conner's biggest strengths. This is a perfect situation for Gibbs since he can spend his first two years as a backup to Conner and then take over as the starting running back by 2024 or 2025 once he improves his pass blocking. Teams will have trouble stopping Kyler Murray, James Conner, and Jahmyr Gibbs.
Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
- Indianapolis gets rid of Parris Campbell and they replace him with Quentin Johnston. The 6-4 215 lb Quentin Johnston would start with Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce at wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts in 2023 despite only having 33 receptions, 612 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2021.
- You will see Quentin Johnston perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. He got off to a strong start, but cooled off near the end of the year. Cornerbacks who used press coverage on him managed to limit his separation in 2021.
- The 2023 NFL Draft has at least six wide receivers that can run all thirty routes on the route tree. The final wide receiver with a second round grade to meet this criteria is TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston.
New England Patriots: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
- New England's getting another weapon for Mac Jones here. North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs is a bargain at this point in the second round.
- The 5-10 175 lb Josh Downs had 98 receptions, 1,273 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Josh Downs already has 9 receptions, 72 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns without Sam Howell after one game in 2022.
- Josh Downs can run 25/30 routes on the route tree which is more routes than any receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft as Garrett Wilson had the most routes of any wide receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft with 24/30 routes on the route tree. New England now has DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Josh Downs, and Tyquan Thornton as weapons for Mac Jones at wide receiver in 2023.
San Francisco 49ers: Malachi Moore, CB, Alabama
- San Francisco drafts a cornerback here. Malachi Moore is a good cover cornerback, but his strength is run stopping.
- The 6-0 190 lb Malachi Moore compliments Charvarius Ward as a number two boundary cornerback quite well. I gave Malachi Moore a B grade in man coverage, a B grade in zone coverage, and a B grade in press coverage. I'd give him an A grade for defending against the run though.
Seattle Seahawks: Jack Campbell, 3-4 MLB, Iowa
- I have Denver going 9-8 and missing the playoffs. Seattle also owns Denver's 2023 second round pick along with their 2023 first round pick.
- Seattle uses this pick from Denver on Bobby Wagner's replacement. Jack Campbell the Iowa middle linebacker who has the same name as the NHL goalie gets drafted by Seattle here.
- The 6-5 243 lb Jack Campbell had 57 solo tackles, 86 assisted tackles, 143 total tackles, 6 quarterback hurries, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery in 2021. Jack Campbell stops the run well, but he needs to do a better job winning his blocks.
Cleveland Browns: Jamal Hines, LOLB, Toledo
- The Cleveland Browns get a replacement to Sione Takitaki here. Jamal Hines is talented enough to start at 4-3 left outside linebacker for the Cleveland Browns right away if he plays like he did with Toledo in 2021.
- The 6-3 250 lb Jamal Hines had 37 solo tackles, 51 assisted tackles, 88 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and 10 sacks in 2021. Toledo's pass rushing specialist who played High School Football in Princeton, Ohio gets drafted by the Cleveland Browns here in the second round.
- This is easily the best pass rusher in the MAC conference since Maxx Crosby. In fact, I'd argue that Hines is more explosive than Crosby and has the burst of a heat seaking missle.
Baltimore Ravens: Zion Nelson, LT, Miami FL
- The Baltimore Ravens draft a second left tackle for depth behind Ronnie Stanley. Zion Nelson out of Miami FL is a good addition here
- The 6-5 316 lb Zion Nelson pass blocked for Tyler Van Dyke and run blocked for running back Jaylan Knighton. Zion Nelson enters his junior redshirt season as a two year starter at left tackle. His play at left tackle is one reason why I picked Miami FL to beat Clemson in the 2022 ACC Championship Game.
Philadelphia Eagles: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
- The 6-0 180 lb Emmanuel Forbes had 46 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 60 total tackles, 5 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 interceptions in 2021. Emmanuel Forbes not Martin Emerson led Mississippi State in both deflections and interceptions last year.
- I gave Emmanuel Forbes an A+ grade in man coverage, a C grade in zone coverage, and a C grade in press coverage. Emmanuel Forbes is the first second round cornerback to get an A+ grade in a coverage category. If Emmanuel Forbes can improve without Martin Emerson, then he'll have a good case for going in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Emmanuel Forbes frustrated the hell out of Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. Emmanuel Forbes gives Philadelphia a good number two boundary cornerback to compliment Darius Slay while Avonte Maddox remains in the nickel. James Bradberry and C.J. Gardner-Johnson are stop gaps for the 2022 NFL Season.
Detroit Lions: Devin Leary, QB, North Carolina State
- The Detroit Lions get a quarterback to groom behind Jared Goff here. Devin Leary one of the captains on North Carolina State is the pick here.
- Devin Leary was one of my favorite quarterbacks in the High School class of 2018. He was also the first freshman redshirt to start for North Carolina State since Russell Wilson starting the final five games in 2019. Devin Leary would be a full-time starter as a sophomore redshirt in 2020.
- The 6-1 215 lb Devin Leary had 3,433 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, and 5 intereptions in 2021. Everything came together for Devin Leary as a junior redshirt.
- Devin Leary can play in a west coast offense, shotgun spread offense, a balanced run first offense, and a vertical offense. Unlike Hendon Hooker, Leary can play in any type of offensive scheme. Hendon Hooker can make up to 5 progressions while Devin Leary can only make up to 4 progressions.
Las Vegas Raiders: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
- The Las Vegas Raiders draft a third wide receiver to pair with Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow. Parker Washington out of Penn State is a bargain at this point as he can Renfrow can rotate in the slot with one playing on the outside next to Adams giving Derek Carr three legitimate receiving targets.
- The 5-10 215 lb Parker Washington had 36 receptions, 489 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman next to Jahan Dotson in 2020. Parker Washington had 64 receptions, 820 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns as a true sophomore in 2021.
- Parker Washington can run 9/30 routes on the route tree. His target volume and the number of routes on a route tree should increase in 2022.
Los Angeles Chargers: Andrew Vorhees, LG, USC
- The Los Angeles Chargers can save $6.5-million if they cut starting left guard Matt Feiler. If the Chargers didn't need to clear up cap space to get under the cap to renegotate Herbert's contract I'd be totally opposed to cutting Feiler, but the Chargers need to create cap space for Herbert's extension in 2023 which should hopefully create cap space for Rashawn Slater in 2024.
- The 6-6 325 lb Andrew Vorhees is the most experienced starter on USC's offensive line. Andrew Vorhees is versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle. In fact, he may be the most versatile offensive lineman in the entire 2023 NFL Draft. I considered mocking him to the Buffalo Bills in the first round, so the Los Angeles Chargers get a player whose just as effective in pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking as Matt Feiler who really stepped up for USC's offensive line after Alijah Vera-Tucker left.
- Andrew Vorhees may have more upside than Alijah Vera-Tucker. However, he's 23-years-old, so he won't have as much time to reach his ceiling as Alijah Vera-Tucker did when the Jets drafted him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
New Orleans Saints: Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson
- New Orleans needs a 4-3 defensive tackle really badly. Tyler Davis is one of the four starters on Clemson's stout defensive line which features four NFL prospects on their defensive line. Tyler Davis is the third starter from Clemson's starting defensive line in 2022 off the board in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.
- The 6-2 300 lb Tyler Davis is one of the best 4-3 defensive tackles in College Football. Tyler Davis is a good addition for the New Orleans Saints at this point in the second round.
Dallas Cowboys: Broderick Jones, LT, Georgia
- Dallas fans may be saying Tyler Smith is fine, but what if Tyler Smith does awful in relief of Tyron Smith and you also end up losing Connor McGovern at left guard before cutting Tyron Smith to save cap space. In that scenario drafting a new left tackle and moving Tyler Smith inside to left guard isn't as crazy as it sounds. That's exactly what happens here with Georgia left tackle Broderick Jones still on the board.
- Georgia is going to have a good offensive line in 2022 despite losing left tackle Jamaree Salyer and left guard Justin Schaffer to the 2022 NFL Draft. You'll have Broderick Jones who started four games at left tackle at left tackle, Sedrick Van Prann at center, Warren Ericson at right guard, and Warren McClendon at right tackle. Broderick Jones cracked the second round for being the lineman with the most upside, but two of these offensive linemen made the third round.
- The 6-4 310 lb Broderick Jones has limited experience as a starter, but his potential is through the roof since he's the first Georgia offensive lineman off the board in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft. He'll get to pass block for Stetson Bennett. Broderick Jones will also get to run block for Georgia's new running back tandem Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton. Georgia's third and fourth string running backs from their National Championship team still saw 58 and 58 carries in 2021. That's even with both Zamir White and James Cook anchoring this backfield which is crazy.
- Broderick Jones could improve his zone blocking. This isn't a deal breaker. I'd be more concerned with him gaining experience as a starter while hoping his wingspan turns out okay. Georgia broke 2004 Ohio State and 2020 LSU as the team with the most draft picks with 15 players from the 2021 Championship Team drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Broderick Jones is one of the guys that will step up despite the loss of Salyer at left tackle.
Miami Dolphins: Habakkuk Baldonado, 3-4 ROLB, Pittsburgh
- The 6-5 260 lb Habakkuk Baldonado would become the first player from Italy to be drafted since Mykkele Thompson the New York Giants 2015 draft pick. Habakkuk Baldonado would also be the first player from Rome, Italy to get drafted and the twenty fourth player from Italy to play in the NFL.
- Habakkuk Baldonado had 25 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and 9 sacks in 2021. I believe Habakkuk Baldonado will have at least 10 sacks for Pittsburgh in 2022 and he impressed me much more on film than defensive lineman Calijah Kancey.
Tennessee Titans: B.J. Ojulari, 3-4 ROLB, LSU
- Tennessee will need another pass rusher if they end up cutting Bud Dupree to save cap space. Luckily, the Titans manage to draft B.J. Ojulari the younger brother to New York Giants 3-4 right outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari here in the second round.
- The 6-3 250 lb B.J. Ojulari had 33 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and 7.5 sacks in 2021. I believe B.J. Ojulari is primed for his biggest season yet at LSU in his draft year since the rip and swim moves are there when you watch his tape.
Minnesota Vikings: Jaren Hall, QB, BYU
- Minnesota drafts Jaren Hall who turns 25-years-old a month before the 2023 NFL Draft as a successor to Kirk Cousins. Jaren Hall has amazing throwing power and accuracy. I think an argument for Jaren Hall having the best deep ball accuracy outside of Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Tyler Van Dyke, and Anthony Richardson can be made despite his age.
- Jaren Hall can play in a balanced run first offense, a shotgun spread offense, or a vertical offense. The one offense he'll have trouble with is a west coast offense. The Minnesota Vikings have been a balanced run first offense historically speaking.
- Jaren Hall can make up to 5 progressions when throwing. That's the exact number of progressions Zach Wilson made at BYU. Jaren Hall also became a father before winning the BYU quarterback job after Zach Wilson. I see Desmond Ridder with Zach Wilson's ability to throw deep passes on the run when I watch BYU's Jaren Hall. I've even seen some mock drafts put this guy in the first round despite his age too.
Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Battle, SS, Alabama
- The 6-1 206 lb Jordan Battle got torched by Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermyer the last two years. However, Battle dominated everyone else while Wydermyer got cut from the Bills. Jordan Battle had 50 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 84 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 1 tackle for a loss in 2021.
- If Cincinnati gets the opportunity to pair Jordan Battle up with Daxton Hill, then they need to take it. This would allow the Bengals to reload at both safety spots with strong safety Von Bell and free safety Jessie Bates III both set to be Unresticted Free Agents in 2023. I only see the Bengals drafting a safety early if the Bengals let both safeties walk. I'd give Jordan Battle a B- grade in man coverage, a B+ in zone coverage, and a B grade in press coverage. He may not dominate any coverage category, but he's pretty good and consistent across the board.
Los Angeles Rams: Andre Carter II, 3-4 LOLB, Army
- The Los Angeles Rams draft a 3-4 left outside linebacker to replace Von Miller with their first pick in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Army pass rusher Andre Carter II is a good candidate for the Rams here if Terrell Lewis, the Rams 2020 third round pick out of Alabama does not step up in 2022.
- The 6-7 260 lb Andre Carter II is versatile enough to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker. Andre Carter II had 34 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, and 15.5 sacks in 2021.
Buffalo Bills: Arik Gilbert, TE, Georgia
- Buffalo drafted Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney in the 2019 NFL Draft. Both of those tight ends will be unrestricted Free Agents in 2023.
- The 6-5 255 lb Arik Gilbert had 35 receptions, 368 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns as a freshman at LSU in 2020. He sat out in 2021 and transferred to Georgia making him a sophomore redshirt tight end whose draft eligible after once being the only other five star tight end in High School outside of Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer.
- Arik Gilbert could catch, block, and run all 30 routes on the route tree in High School. He'll be the number two tight end to Brock Bowers at Georgia who already looks like a 2024 first round pick as Bowers can run all 30 routes on the route tree too.
- You will see Arik Gilbert perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Pairing Arik Gilbert with Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis is going to give Josh Allen an unfair advantage against a majority of the NFL in 2023.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama
- Tampa Bay gets another Alabama tight end to replace O.J. Howard. This time around, they get Cameron Latu.
- The 6-5 244 lb Cameron Latu took the starting tight end job from Jahleel Billingsley. Cameron Latu had 26 receptions, 410 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns with Alabama in 2021.
- Cameron Latu may be the best blocking tight end in terms of both run blocking and pass blocking in this draft class. Cameron Latu can run 13/30 routes on the route tree.
Kansas City Chiefs: Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama
- Kansas City grabs one more wide receiver here to compliment Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore for 2023. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman are Free Agents after this season. Kansas City will draft one more starter while Justyn Ross competes for one of the backup spots in 2023 after being placed on season ending injured reserve in training camp making Ross except from Chiefs roster cuts.
- The 6-0 200 lb Jermaine Burton will be Bryce Young's number one wide receiver at Alabama in 2023. Jermaine Burton had 26 receptions, 497 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Those pedestrian numbers that Burton had at Georgia will skyrocket at Alabama like Jameson Williams numbers did last year after Williams transferred from Ohio State to Alabama.
- Jermaine Burton only ran 7/30 routes on the route tree at Georgia. Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is gonna have to figure out how to improve that number if Burton wants to get picked in the first two rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Green Bay Packers: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
- Green Bay loses both Robert Tonyan Jr. and Marcedes Lewis to Free Agency in 2023. Getting a pass catching tight end like Sam LaPorta would be smart here.
- The 6-4 249 lb Sam LaPorta had 53 receptions, 679 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2021. He's the third tight end in this draft that can run all 30 routes on the route tree. The downside is he sucks at run blocking, but he sold a block against Aidan Hutchinson on a passing play in the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game to make up for this.
- You will see Sam LaPorta perform precise routes with screen passes, streaks, slants, wheel routes, post routes, post stops, curls, curl stops, drags, snags, shoots, out routes, out & ups, corner routes, slugos, slugo posts, slugo stops, IOU's, stop & gos, double stops, and double stop & gos. Can execute any type of route at an elite level. Sam LaPorta still needs to get stronger and add some muscle if he wants to have success in the NFL as a blocker.
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