2023 NFL Mock Draft: Debut 3 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: September 1, 2022.
Atlanta Falcons: Warren McClendon, RT, Georgia
- Atlanta uses this third round pick on a right tackle to replace Kaleb McGary. Warren McClendon won a National Championship at Georgia as their starting right tackle last year.
- The 6-4 300 lb Warren McClendon was able to pass block for Stetson Bennett while run blocking for a running back tandem of Zamir White and James Cook in 2022.
- Atlanta addressed a lot of their offensive needs in this draft. The Atlanta Falcons took Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with the first pick, then Atlanta drafted UTSA wide receiver Zakhari Franklin who can run all 30 routes on the route tree like tight end Kyle Pitts in the second round to pair with 2022 first round receiver Drake London, and in the third round Atlanta got a bookend right tackle to Jake Matthews by drafting Warren McClendon here.
Seattle Seahawks: Calijah Kancey, 3-4 RE, Pittsburgh
- The Seattle Seahawks grab their future 3-4 right end here. Some have a first round grade on Calijah Kancey with many hyping up as Aaron Donald 2.0, but I didn't see that when I watched Kancey's film which is why I have him going to Seattle very early in the third round.
- The 6-0 288 lb Calijah Kancey had 22 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 34 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 7 sacks in 2021. Calijah Kancey did appear unblockable in some games, but he was inconsistent in Pittsburgh's two biggest games of the year against Clemson and Wake Forest.
- I'll mock Kancey to Seattle for now. He could be a riser for the 2023 NFL Draft with a big 2022 College Football season.
New York Giants: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
- The 6-1 220 lb Zach Charbonnet is the best running back on the board. Zach Charbonnet took off last year and had 203 carries, 1,137 rushing yards, 24 receptions, 197 receiving yards, 1,334 total yards, and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2021.
- Zach Charbonnet is the best pass blocking running back outside of first round prospects Bijan Robinson and Sean Tucker. Zach Chabonnet does have a tendency to drop passes on film, but his vision, pass blocking, and speed check out.
- New York loses two running backs to Free Agency with Saquon Barkley and Matt Brieda set to be Free Agents in 2023. I don't see a running back that's an upgrade over Saquon Barkley at this point, but I still see the Giants drafting a running back early for this reason regardless of what happens with Saquon Barkley.
Houston Texans: Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
- Houston grabs a backup running back for Dameon Pierce. Pierce will be the only running back on Houston's depth chart next season.
- The 6-0 213 lb Tank Bigsby had 223 carries, 1,099 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021. Tank Bigsby's stats looked good, but he struggled in terms of pass catching, pass blocking, and displaying good ball carrier vision on game film versus Alabama. The only Tank Bigsby full game film up right now on Youtube that I could find was the Alabama game.
Indianapolis Colts: Will McDonald IV, RE, Iowa State
- Indianapolis uses this third round pick that they got from the Washington Commanders in the Carson Wentz trade to get a potential replacement for Yannick Ngakoue here.
- The 6-4 245 lb Will McDonald IV lined up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right end, 3-4 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, and 3-4 left outside linebacker for Iowa State on film. Will McDonald IV also displayed the rip and swim moves you want to see from a pass rusher. He also does a nice job stopping the run and dropping back into coverage too.
- Will McDonald IV had 24 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 36 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, and 3 deflections from pass breakups in 2021. Will McDonald IV and Kwitty Paye could give the Indianapolis Colts a deadly tandem at 4-3 defensive end if Yannick Ngakoue isn't re-signed by the Colts following the 2022 NFL season.
New York Jets: Darnell Wright, LT, Tennessee
- New York gets a future blindside for Zach Wilson with Duane Brown entering the final year of his two year deal and Mekhi Becton entering the final year of his rookie deal at right tackle since he won't get a fifth year tender in2 2023 thanks to Becton suffering a third consecutive season with an injury as well as a second consecutive season ending injury for Becton. Hendon Hooker had Darnell Wright at left tackle and Cade Mays at right tackle last year allowing Hooker to make a smooth transition at quarterback. Hooker has every offensive lineman except Cade Mays back in 2022.
- The 6-6 335 lb Darnell Wright was a former five star recruit. He's got experience at both left tackle and right tackle. He was Tennessee's right tackle in his first two years. He moved over to left tackle in 2021 and established himself as Hendon Hooker's blindside left tackle. Darnell Wright is going to be a top 100 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, especially if Tennessee wins 10 games.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Gervon Dexter, 3-4 LE, Florida
- Jacksonville gets a 3-4 left end to round out this defensive line. Gervon Dexter is one of three players on Florida's defense that could be a day 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
- The three players on Florida's defense that could be day 2 picks involve Gervon Dexter at 3-4 left end, Brenton Cox Jr. at 3-4 right outside linebacker, and Ventrell Miller at 3-4 middle linebacker. Gervon Dexter may run a sub 4.9 40-time at the 2023 NFL Combine as he ran a 4.82 in the Spring.
- The 6-6 312 lb Gervon Dexter gives Jacksonville their future starter at 3-4 left end. You can make an argument that Brenton Cox Jr. or Ventrell Miller is a bigger star on Florida's defense, but Gervon Dexer fills the greatest need for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittsburgh Steelers: JL Skinner, SS, Boise State
- Pittsburgh drafts a strong safety here. A replacement for Terrell Edmunds could be used next to Minkah Fitzpatrick. JL Skinner showed the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety.
- The 6-4 225 lb JL Skinner had 66 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 92 total tackles, 5 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 intereceptions in 2021. JL Skinner was also the leader of a Boise State secondary that had 13 interceptions and only 12 passing touchdowns allowed in 2021.
- I gave JL Skinner an A grade in man coverage, a A grade in zone coverage, and a B grade in press coverage. He's great at blitzing and stopping the run too. He can play in a cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 defense. He's loud, fiery, energetic, recovers fumbles, calls the plays on defense, screams at the top of his lungs after a big play, and he can play defense on special teams too.
- If the 2023 NFL Draft didn't have two safeties with A+ zone coverage with Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph and Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon, he'd be in the discussion to be the first safety drafted. Alabama safety Jordan Battle is also in this draft, and personally I like JL Skinner more as a prospect than Battle, but realistically Battle is probably gonna get picked ahead of Skinner as I mocked Battle to the Bengals in the second round before watching Skinner's tape.
- Getting the most consistent safety in the third round of the draft is rare, but not unheard of. That's exactly what happens with Pittsburgh here as the Steelers land JL Skinner with this pick since Skinner impressed me in three games against Fresno State, Oklahoma State, and BYU in 2021.
New England Patriots: Jaelyn Duncan, LT, Maryland
- New England got this pick from Carolina thanks to the Matt Corral trade. Now the New England Patriots get a new blindside for Mac Jones since the team is moving right tackle Trent Brown over to left tackle and left tackle Isaiah Wynn over to right tackle.
- The 6-6 320 lb Jaelyn Duncan did a nice job the last two years as a blindside left tackle to Taulia Tagovailoa. He also did a good job run blocking at right tackle for Maryland too. Drafting Jaelyn Duncan as the new blindside to Mac Jones allows you to put Trent Brown back at right tackle where he belongs.
Chicago Bears: Jacquelin Roy, DT, LSU
- The 6-4 315 lb Jacquelin Roy was effective off the bench on LSU's stout run defense in 2021. He'll be a full-time starter in 2022, and could end up blossoming into a day 2 pick getting drafted ahead of former LSU teammate Neil Farrell Jr. with a big season.
Indianapolis Colts: Jeremy Banks, ROLB, Tennessee
- Indianapolis gets a 4-3 right outside linebacker with Bobby Okerke set to be a Free Agent in 2023. Tennessee 4-3 right outside linebacker Jeremy Banks broke out in 2021.
- The 6-1 224 lb Jeremy Banks had 59 solo tackles, 69 assisted tackles, 128 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, and 3 deflections from pass breakups in 2021. Jeremy Banks showed the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, and 3-4 middle linebacker. His pass rushing, run stuffing, and zone coverage are quite spectacular as well.
- Jeremy Banks is on the 2023 Senior Bowl watch list. He's now the fourth player on Tennessee's Senior Bowl watchlist to get drafted. That list includes Cedric Tillman, Hendon Hooker, Darnell Wright, and Jeremy Banks.
Arizona Cardinals: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
- Arizona drafts a cornerback to pair with Byron Murphy. Arizona may need multiple cornerbacks in 2023 if the Cardinals let their best defensive player outside of Budda Baker walk in Free Agency.
- The 6-0 188 lb Garrett Williams had 54 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 64 total tackles, 12 deflections from pass breakups, 3 tackles for a loss, and 2 interceptions as a freshman redshirt in 2020. Garrett Williams had 36 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 52 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, and 5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore redshirt in 2021.
- I gave Garrett Williams an A+ grade in man coverage, a C grade in zone coverage, and a C grade in press coverage. He can cover in a cover 0, cover 1, or cover 2 coverage scheme. This guy was amazing locking down wide receivers in man coverage for Syracuse against both Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham and Liberty quarterback Malik Willis who got drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was flawless against Willis while struggling in plays where his coaches called zone and press coverage against Louisville.
- The final cornerback that got an A+ grade in a coverage category in last years draft was Cam Britt-Taylor for his press coverage at Nebraska. Cincinnati picked him in the late second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Don't be surprised if Garrett Williams rises up draft boards in similar fashion to Cam Britt-Taylor in 2023.
San Francisco 49ers: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
- San Francisco drafts a center here with Alex Mac retiring. Deciding between Minnesota center John Michael Schmitz and Georgia center Sedrick Van Pran was one of the tougher decisions in this mock draft.
- The 6-4 320 lb John Michael Schmitz actually did better against Ohio State in 2021 than Daniel Faalele as hard as that is to believe. That was just Minnesota's opener not the entire course of the season though. John Michael Schmitz missed fewer blocks than Georgia center Sedrick Van Pran while dominating Ohio State's defensive tackles when Minnesota handed the ball off to running back Mohamed Ibraham.
Miami Dolphins: Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
- Miami got this pick from New England in the DeVante Parker trade. New England should also get a third round compensation pick, so that could be subject to change. Miami will get one of those two picks though.
- The 5-9 180 lb Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is the nephew of LaDainian Tomlinson. He was my only cornerback for the 2023 NFL Draft to get an A+ grade in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage meaning he can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 coverage schemes. He got a C grade for foot speed, a D grade for wrapping up tackles, and an F grade for stopping the run which is why he dropped to the third round rather than going in the top 5 like Derek Stingley Jr. or Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner. Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn literally rocked Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson like a hurricane on running plays despite showcasing stout coverage on passing plays.
- JL Skinner of Boise State, Garrett Williams of Syracuse, and Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson of TCU have to be the biggest steals in the third round so far. All three of those draft picks provide incredible value this late in day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Miami will need a nickel cornerback to pair with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is already a beast in coverage, but he needs to improve his foot speed, clean up his ability to wrap up tackles, and stop the run. Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson will be one of the steals of the 2023 NFL Draft if he does those things in 2022 because he reminds me of a rawer version of Asante Samuel Jr. with a higher ceiling.
Houston Texans: Dawand Jones, RT, Ohio State
- The Houston Texans got this draft pick from the Cleveland Browns in the Deshaun Watson trade. I was originally going to give Houston a wide receiver here for depth, but with Houston having Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins, John Metchie III back from leukemia, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tyler Johnson being under contract for one more year in 2023, getting an offensive tackle for depth becomes the priority.
- Both left tackle Laremy Tunsil and right tackle Tytus Howard are under contract until 2024. Houston will have over $50-million in cap space for 2023, so the Texans could bring back both Tunsil and Howard if they really wanted to.
- The 6-8 359 lb Dawand Jones took over as Ohio State's starting right tackle in 2021. Not only did he pass block for C.J. Stroud at quarterback he also did a good job run blocking for Tre'Veon Henderson. He's a former basketball player too who excelled on film against Penn State pass rusher Jesse Luketta. He's got great foot speed and light feet for someone his size, so Houston can develop him for a year until he loses weight and then have him take over as a bookend to Laremy Tunsil in 2024.
Baltimore Ravens: Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn
- The Baltimore Ravens draft a cornerback here. Auburn cornerback Nehemiah Pritchett did a great job complimenting Roger McCreary last year. Now Nehemiah Pritchett will have to lead Auburn's secondary in 2022.
- The 6-1 182 lb Nehemiah Pritchett only had 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2021 after having 10 in 2020. I gave Nehemiah Pritchett an A grade in man coverage, a D+ in zone coverage, and an A- in press coverage. He can only play cover 0 or cover 1. He's not a bad complimentary man coverage cornerback to someone like Marlon Humphrey with both Marcus Peters and Kyle Fuller set to be Free Agents in 2023.
Philadelphia Eagles: Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina
- The Philadelphia Eagles get a quality backup to Jalen Hurts here. Gardner Minshew II will be an unrestricted Free Agent after this year.
- The 6-3 215 lb Grayson McCall is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in this draft as well as a great decision maker. Grayson McCall went 4/4 completing 100% of his passes in limited action before being redshirted in 2019. Grayson McCall went 172/250 completing 68.8% of his passes with 2,488 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions as a freshman redshirt in 2020. Grayson McCall even defeated Zach Wilson in a late season game before Malik Willis and Liberty ruined Coastal Carolina's perfect season with an overtime win in the 2020 Cure Bowl. Grayson McCall went 176/241 completing 73% of his passes with 2,873 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions as a sophomore redshirt in 2021 posting a record of 20-2 in 22 games started with both losses being decided by a field goal missing two games in 2021 due to injuries.
- I've seen Grayson McCall make up to 5 progressions when passing, but he's limited to a shotgun spread offense. McCall should have his degree despite being a junior redshirt. Grayson McCall will be a top 100 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft if he declares for the 2023 NFL Draft after getting his degree.
Denver Broncos: Matthew Bergeron, RT, Syracuse
- If Denver is drafting here, they may get a bookend right tackle. There will be no reason not to.
- The 6-5 322 lb Matthew Bergeron has experience playing both left tackle and right tackle at Syracuse. Denver gets this amazing run blocker for Sean Tucker as a bookend right tackle to Garrett Bolles here in the third round with their first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Denver's offensive line now has Garrett Bolles at left tackle, Dalton Risner at left guard if Denver is smart enough to re-sign him, Lloyd Cushenberry III at center, Quinn Meinerz at right guard, and Matthew Bergeron at right tackle. Quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Javonte Williams have zero excuses in 2023 with that kind of upgrade on the offensive line.
Las Vegas Raiders: Blake Freeland, RT, BYU
- The Las Vegas Raiders draft a new right tackle after cutting Alex Leatherwood. The Las Vegas Raiders 2021 first round pick is no longer with the team.
- The 6-8 305 lb Blake Freeland has experience at both left tackle and right tackle. This is a guy who pass blocked for quarterbacks like Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall. He's also someone who run blocked for BYU running back Tyler Allgeier. Blake Freeland will make a good bookend to left tackle Kolton Miller.
Los Angeles Chargers: Ventrell Miller, 3-4 MLB, Florida
- The Los Angeles Chargers get a second 3-4 middle linebacker to pair with Kenneth Murray here. Two middle linebackers that would fit this bill are Ventrell Miller out of Florida and Carlton Marital out of Troy.
- The 6-0 221 lb Ventrell Miller led Florida with 88 total tackles as a junior redshirt in 2020. A season ending injury limited him, but thanks to Covid-19, Ventrell Miller has one more season of NCAA Eligibility as a senior in 2022.
Detroit Lions: Carlton Martial, MLB, Troy
- The Detroit Lions get a middle linebacker for depth here with Alex Anzalone set to be a Free Agent. Troy Trojans middle linebacker Carlton Martial can become the FBS All Time leader in total tackles, breaking a record that's been held by Luke Kuechly for eleven years simply by geting 90 total tackles in 2022.
- The 5-9 210 lb Carlton Martial can rush the passer, stop the run, or drop back into coverage. He looked good on film against Liberty, Coastal Carolina, and South Carolina in 2021.
- Carlton Martial had 33 solo tackles, 43 assited tackles, 76 total tackles, and 8.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman redshirt in 2018. Carlton Martial had 69 solo tackles, 57 assited tackles, 126 total tackles, and 18.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore redshirt in 2019. Carlton Martial had 54 solo tackles, 59 assited tackles, 113 total tackles, and 10 tackles for a loss as a junior redshirt in 2020. Carlton Martial had 44 solo tackles, 83 assited tackles, 127 total tackles, and 10 tackles for a loss as a senior redshirt in 2021.
- Carlton Martial is still Troy's starter at middle linebacker entering 2022 thanks to getting an extra year of eligibility due to Covid-19. He might have a masters degree in his major broadcasting and journalism due to being on Troy's campus for six years now.
New Orleans Saints: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
- New Orleans gets a quarterback to groom behind Jameis Winston for the future. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis makes sense here, but he only plays in a balanced run first offense and a shotgun spread offense in terms of offensive philosophies. New Orleans ran a west coast offense under Sean Payton, but Dennis Allen did well last year and Payton retired one year after Drew Brees retired.
- The 6-3 232 lb Will Levis is getting compared to Josh Allen because of his throwing power, velocity, and frame with his body. He's raw with his comparision being closer to the lines of Connor Cook end with a better arm than someone with exceptional arm talent like Josh Allen.
- I watched 9 of the 13 games. I saw him against Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville, and Iowa. He can make good throws, but he doesn't make those deep ball throws that wow you that some people in the media thinks he can make. Leading Kentucky to a 6-0 start was impressive, but I felt like playmakers such as running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. and wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson I've seen people compare his arm to Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Kyler Murray.
- Will Levis had 2,827 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 9 rushing touchdwons, 33 total touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 2021. Will Levis only had 3 games with over 300 passing yards in games against Louisiana Monroe, Tennessee, and New Mexico State.
- Will Levis needs to improve his field vision and ability to read progressions as Will Levis is a 1 read quarterback like Trey Lance was coming out of North Dakota State. Levis does not have that godly arm talent that Lance had to make up for his lack of progressions.
- Will Levis is a quarterback with Connor Cook's floor and Ryan Tannehill's ceiling. He's rawer than Tannehill was coming out of Texas A&M, but he's also got a better arm then Connor Cook did coming out of Michigan State.
Miami Dolphins: Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia
- The 6-4 310 lb Sedrick Van Pran is raw, but he's more experienced at center then Connor Williams who I view as a left guard. Sedrick Van Pran is a good pass blocker, but needs work as a run blocker. His pass blocking footwork could improve as well.
Dallas Cowboys: Derick Hall, RE, Auburn
- Dallas gets a 4-3 right end to replace Randy Gregory. Doing this will give Dallas a second pass rusher to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence.
- The 6-3 256 lb Derick Hall lined up at 4-3 right end and 4-3 left end last year. He won more one-on-ones against Evan Neal than Trayvon Walker did against Alabama's left tackle. Derick Hall had 12 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks in 2021.
Tennessee Titans: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
- Tennessee will need another wide receiver to compliment Treylon Burks down the road. One receiver who may finally break out as a senior this year is Zay Flowers.
- The 5-10 172 lb Zay Flowers blossomed as a sophomore with Phil Jurkovec as he had 56 receptions, 892 receiving yards, and 9 receiving touchdowns with tight end Hunter Long complimenting this offense. He only had 44 receptions, 746 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2021 when quarterback Phil Jurkovec was dealing with injuries.
- You will see Zay Flowers 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. Zay Flowers can get around 60 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2022.
- The 2023 NFL Draft could have up to seven receivers that can run all 30 routes on the route tree with that list including Keyshon Boutte, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jordan Addison, Cedric Tillman, Zakhari Franklin, Quentin Johnson, and Zay Flowers. The 2021 NFL Draft also had seven receivers that could run every route on the route tree with Devonta Smith, Ja'Maar Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Rashod Bateman, K'Darius Toney, Terrace Marshall Jr., and Amon-Ra St. Brown. The 2022 NFL Draft had 0 receivers that could run all 30 routes on the route tree and most teams only drafted receivers hoping to get weapons that could replicate what Chase, Waddle, and the Heisman Trophy Winner Smith did as rookies in 2022 since Chase got the Bengals to Super Bowl 56 as a rookie while Cooper Kupp the first receiver who showed he could run all 30 routes coming out of Eastern Washington won Super Bowl 56 MVP.
Minnesota Vikings: Jahleel Billingsley, TE, Texas
- Minnesota drafts a tight end here just in case Irv Smith Jr. doesn't put everything together or just in case Irv Smith Jr. doesn't re-sign after breaking out in a contract year.
- The 6-4 219 lb Jahleel Billingsley had similar speed and pass catching as Irv Smith Jr. coming out of Alabama. Billingsley transferred to Texas from Alabama after losing the tight end job at Alabama to Cameron Latu.
- Jahleel Billingsley had 18 receptions, 287 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2020. Jahleel Billingsley had 17 receptions, 256 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in 2021 before being replaced by Cameron Latu.
Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
- Cincinnati loses two backup running backs to Free Agency in 2023. Getting a backup to Joe Mixon wouldn't hurt here with a luxury pick in the third round.
- The 6-0 215 lb Zach Evans had 92 carries, 648 rushing yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns at TCU in 2021. He'll now start at running back at Ole Miss with Jaxson Dart throwing him the ball in 2022.
Los Angeles Rams: Jordan McFadden, RT, Clemson
- The Los Angeles Rams get a right tackle with Rob Havenstein set to be a Free Agent in 2023. Clemson left tackle Jordan McFadden started out as a right tackle when Jackson Carman was the blindside to Trevor Lawrence at Clemson.
- The 6-2 305 lb Jordan McFadden makes a good bookend offensive tackle to Joseph Noteboom here in the third round. Getting McFadden allows the Rams to keep their offensive line respectable to some degree until Matthew Stafford declines or retires once McFadden's rookie deal expires in 2027.
Buffalo Bills: Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
- Buffalo gets a player with this third round pick that I mocked to the Bills in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft back in May. This is fantastic value for the Buffalo Bills here in the third round.
- The 6-4 305 lb Zacch Pickens is South Carolina's best 4-3 defensive tackle prospect since Javon Kinlaw. A breakout 2022 season could lead to an invite to the 2023 Reese's Senior Bowl which would be the first step towards Pickens having a similar ascension to Kinlaw on draft day. Buffalo still has Ed Oliver, but I felt like Brandon Beane downgraded everywhere else at defensive tackle. If Buffalo isn't in Super Bowl 57, then Brandon Beane may feel the same way when the 2023 Offseason approaches.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Hayes, LT, Michigan
- Tampa Bay gets a legit blindside left tackle for Hendon Hooker. Michigan left tackle Ryan Hayes is a long-term upgrade over Donovan Smith and he'll only cost a fraction of what you're paying Smith.
- The 6-7 305 lb Ryan Hayes might be Michigan's best blindside in a while. He was great in the regular season pass blocking for Cade McNamara while run blocking for Hassan Haskins, Blake Corum, and Donovan Edwards in 2021. Hayes seems like an ideal blindside for Hendon Hooker with Tom Brady retiring.
Kansas City Chiefs: Anton Harrison, LT, Oklahoma
- Kansas City grabs a left tackle here. Worst case scenario, you have to replace Orlando Brown Jr. with another Sooner if he leaves. Best case scenario, you get your backup to Brown assuming he re-signs since backup left tackle Gerod Christian is a UFA in 2023.
- The 6-5 315 lb Anton Harrison started 9 games at left tackle in 2020. Last year, Anton Harrison started all 13 games at left tackle for Oklahoma in 2021. Anton Harrison will go from being Spencer Rattler's blindside in 2020, to Caleb Williams blindside in 2021, to Dillon Gabriel's blindside in 2022.
Green Bay Packers: Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College
- I got Aaron Rodgers retiring following his second Super Bowl win in Super Bowl 57. That means the Packers have to bring someone else in to challenge Jordan Love for the starting quarterback job.
- The 6-5 214 lb Phil Jurkovec can play in a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, a vertical offense, or a shotgun spread offense. He showed he could play in all of these offensive schemes at Pine Richland High School where he posted the highest completion percentage in the WPIAL by a quarterback in WPIAL history breaking a record previously held by Central Catholic's Dan Marino before enrolling at Notre Dame.
- After not getting any playing time at Notre Dame, Jurkovec made a smart decision to go to Boston College. Jurkovec showed promise at Boston College as he's shown an amazing arm and the ability to read up to 6 progressions. The accuracy he showed at Pine Richland hasn't quite been the same at Boston College, but Jurkovec has one more year to put everything together in 2022.
Arizona Cardinals: Ji'Ayir Brown, FS, Penn State
- Arizona is projected to get this compensation pick at 96 for losing wide receiver Christian Kirk. Christian Kirk signed a huge contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2022 NFL Free Agency period.
- The 5-11 208 lb Ji'Ayir Brown fills a need for Arizona as he gives the Cardinals a second safety to pair with Budda Baker. Ji'Ayir Brown complimented Jaquan Brisker at free safety for Penn State in 2021 where he had 6 interceptions. Ji'Ayir Brown got a C grade for man coverage, an A+ grade for zone coverage, and a C grade for press coverage.
New England Patriots: Justin Ford, CB, Montana
- New England is projected to get this compensation pick at 97 for losing cornerback J.C. Jackson. J.C. Jackson signed a huge contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.
- The 6-2 200 lb Justin Ford dominated with Montana last season as he had 29 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 20 deflections from pass breakups, and 9 interceptions in 2021. Justin Ford did amazing on film against Washington in Montana's upset win over the Washington Huskies.
- I gave Justin Ford an A grade in man coverage, an A grade in zone coverage, and an A grade in press coverage after watching him dominate against Washington. Honestly, Justin Ford isn't just the top FCS prospect, he's also one of the five or six biggest steals in the third round of this draft.
Cleveland Browns: Brennan Armstrong, QB, Virginia
- Cleveland is projected to get this compensation pick at 98 for losing assistant general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. The Minnesota Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager replacing Rick Speilman with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
- The 6-2 210 lb Brennan Armstrong would be an upgrade at quarterback over anyone on the Cleveland Browns roster not named Deshaun Watson. Brennan Armstrong has starter potential down the road. You cannot say that about Jacoby Brissett who I had a backup grade on coming out of North Carolina State. You cannot say that about Josh Dobbs who I had a third string grade on coming out of Tennessee. You cannot say that about Kellen Mond who had backup potential, but failed to beat out Sean Mannion for the backup quarterback job in Minnesota.
- Brennan Armstrong had 4,449 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2021. The only left handed quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft can play in a shotgun spread offense or vertical offense. He can make up to 5 progressions, but his wind up looked kind of goofy at times. His windup and quick release stood out in a good way versus North Carolina though. He also defeated my final third round quarterback prospect in a head-to-head games.
San Francisco 49ers: Jaheim Bell, TE, South Carolina
- San Francisco is projected to get this compensation pick at 99 for losing former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and former Vice President of Player Personnel Martin Mayhew. San Francisco lost Saleh to the New York Jets who hired Saleh to be their new head coach while Martin Mayhew became the Washington GM prior to the 2021 season. This is the final year San Francisco gets compensation picks from these hires.
- The 6-3 232 lb Jaheim Bell would make a good backup tight end to George Kittle. He does everything good, but nothing great. He can run routes, catch, and block well for a tight end.
- Jaheim Bell had 30 receptions, 497 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Bell will have Spencer Rattler throwing him the ball as a junior, but he also has been inserted at running back on a few trick plays while also doing some kickoff returns on special teams. There is value with this pick for San Francisco here.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
- Kansas City is projected to get this compensation pick at 100 for losing assistant GM Ryan Poles. Ryan Poles got hired by the Chicago Bears to be their new GM. Chicago will also have the most cap space of any NFL team in 2023.
- The 6-5 255 lb Tucker Kraft replaces Blake Bell whose an unrestricted Free Agent in 2023. This gives Kansas City Travis Kelce, Tucker Kraft, and Noah Gray as their top three tight ends in 2023.
- Tucker Kraft had 65 receptions, 773 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Tucker Kraft turned down a deal from Wyoming through the transfer portal to stay at South Dakota State.
- You will see Tucker Kraft 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 models his game after Dallas Goedert and Trey McBride.
- There's a handful of tight ends in the NFL that can run all thirty routes on the route tree. That list includes Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, T.J. Hockenson, Kyle Pitts, Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz, Trey McBride the top tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft who will begin as a backup to Zach Ertz, Michael Mayer the Notre Dame tight end, Arik Gilbert the Georgia tight end, and Tucker Kraft of South Dakota State who might be the seventh steal of the third round now in terms of value. Those are the leagues best route running tight ends with Rob Gronkowski retiring.
San Francisco 49ers: Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville
- San Francisco is projected to get this compensation pick at 101 for losing former offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel. The Miami Dolphins made .
- The 6-1 190 lb Malik Cunningham is going to be replacing Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco giving the San Francisco 49ers a quarterback room of Trey Lance, Malik Cunningham, and Brock Purdy for the 2023 NFL Season. Malik Cunningham had 2,941 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 1,031 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 3,972 total yards, 39 total touchdowns, and 6 interceptions in 2021.
- I saw Malik Cunningham make up to 5 progressions when staying in the pocket passing the football. Lamar Jackson was able to make 6 progressions at Louisville during his Heisman winning season. Malik Cunningham can play in a shotgun spread offense, a balanced run first offense, or a vertical offense. I felt like Lamar Jackson could play in all three of those offenses, plus the West Coast offense.
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