Week 13 NFL Mock Draft
The first two thirds of the NFL season are finished, giving us a solid idea of both draft standings and team needs. It's time for an updated Round 1 mock draft.
1. Houston Texans — QB Bryce Young, Alabama
Young has a long five months ahead of him as "scouts" on TV pick apart his size. They should watch him play. He's poised, smart, patient and throws one hell of an accurate football. He's done a great job with little supporting talent around him this year, too. Young is QB1 for me.
2. Chicago Bears — DE Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
Don't listen to anyone who claims Anderson's drop in stats means he's not an elite prospect. He is, and still produced great numbers this season despite being a target for offensive coordinators. Anderson is the next Von Miller.
3. Detroit Lions (from Rams) — QB Will Levis, Kentucky
Should Levis go this high? No, not based on what he's shown at Kentucky the last two seasons. But will he? Probably. NFL owners, general managers and head coaches are in love with traits thanks to Mahomes, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. Levis has those traits...but can he put them together on the field like those three have?
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4. Seattle Seahawks (from Broncos) — DL Jalen Carter, Georgia
The best-kept-secret in college football. Carter is a beast and could very easily be the top overall player in this class. If the Seahawks re-sign Geno Smith, there's no rush to go quarterback here. Remember, they also have an original Round 1 pick if they like a Hendon Hooker late in Round 1.
5. Carolina Panthers — QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Stroud will get knocked for his scheme, and that's fair to a degree, but the dude can spin a football and makes the right read 99.9% of the time. The Panthers are desperate for a quarterback and Stroud is the total package.