2023 NFL First Round Mock Draft

21 Apr

With less than a week until the real thing commences, the 2023 Rayonsports NFL round one mock draft is here. There will only be 31 players chosen in the opening round this year, as the Miami Dolphins forfeited their pick due to some suspicious dealings. Compiled by expert analysts Connor Pohlman, Josh Pohlman, Scott Prelewicz and Ray Prelewicz, here are the choices, with trades not allowed:


  1. Carolina Panthers-from Chicago (Connor Pohlman) – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
  2. Houston Texans (Josh Pohlman) – Will Anderson, Edge, Alabama
  3. Arizona Cardinals (Scott Prelewicz) – Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
  4. Indianapolis Colts (Ray Prelewicz) – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
  5. Seattle Seahawks-from Denver (CP) – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
  6. Detroit Lions-from LA Rams (JP) – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
  7. Las Vegas Raiders (SP) – Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
  8. Atlanta Falcons (RP) – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
  9. Chicago Bears-from Carolina (CP) – Paris Johnson Jr., T, Ohio State
  10. Philadelphia Eagles-from New Orleans (JP) – Brian Branch, S, Alabama
  11. Tennessee Titans (SP) – C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
  12. Houston Texans-from Cleveland (RP) – Peter Skoronski, T, Northwestern
  13. New York Jets (CP) – Broderick Jones, T, Georgia
  14. New England Patriots (JP) – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
  15. Green Bay Packers (SP) – Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
  16. Washington Commanders (RP) – Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers (CP) – Darnell Wright, T, Tennessee
  18. Detroit Lions (JP) – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (SP) – Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
  20. Seattle Seahawks (RP) – Nolan Smith, LB, Georgia
  21. Los Angeles Chargers (CP) – Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
  22. Baltimore Ravens (JP) – Jordan Addison, WR, USC
  23. Minnesota Vikings (SP) – Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars (RP) – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
  25. New York Giants (CP) – Joey Porter, Jr., CB, Penn State
  26. Dallas Cowboys (JP) – Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
  27. Buffalo Bills (SP) – Kalijah Kansey, DT, Pitt
  28. Cincinnati Bengals (RP) – Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State
  29. New Orleans Saints-from San Francisco/Miami/Denver (CP) – Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
  30. Philadelphia Eagles (JP) – Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
  31. Kansas City Chiefs (SP) – Keion White, DT, Georgia


The national champion Georgia Bulldogs take the prize for the most first round players in our mock draft with 5, and they have a number of other prospects who could be considered first round material and will likely go high on day 2 of the draft. The power 5 conferences dominated  the mock draft, with Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State having 3 each. Alabama’s trio were all picked in the top 10.


COMING SOON: Our draft experts submit their seven round mock drafts for the local NFL franchise, the three-time reigning AFC East champion Buffalo Bills.

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