2023 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition
With all the news around the NFL rumbling in Indianapolis, here's our updated mock draft
The NFL Scouting Combine is a great time to gather information and listen to conversations to put together a mock draft. It’s also the start of lying season, so while it’s fun to overreact to opinions and news, we’re relying heavily on what we’re hearing around the league for this mock draft.
Will Anthony Richardson leap frog to the top of the quarterback board on the back of a strong workout? What happens to Jalen Carter’s stock following an arrest in Georgia?
We’ve asked NFL sources and have the answers in this new mock.
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1. Chicago Bears — Will Anderson, DE, Alabama
The Bears would love to trade this pick, that much is verified, but will the arrest of Jalen Carter make that harder? This is a true wait-and-see situation, but I do think the Bears trade this pick (probably with the Colts) and slide back to take the best defensive player on their board. Anderson would be an instant impact, Von Miller-like pass-rusher here.
2. Houston Texans — Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
I remain unconvinced that the Texans will actually draft a quarterback given the front office’s need to win quickly. Young is the best of the quarterback group, though, and is best suited to get Houston winning sooner rather than later.
3. Arizona Cardinals — Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Carter’s situation is tricky, but talent trumps all in the NFL. As a player he’s unstoppable with a first-step that’s quick and powerful and calculated. He’s a true difference-making interior pass-rusher. The Cardinals have shown in the past a willingness to roll the dice on players with off-field question marks, but that was the previous general manager.
4. Indianapolis Colts — CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The Colts probably trade up when it’s all said and done, but if they stay here it makes sense for Stroud to come to Indy. A touch passer with accuracy to all levels of the field, Stroud would be a great addition to a team with Michael Pittman, Jr. and Jonathan Taylor in place.