Who’s prepared for an additional NFL draft with quarterback intrigue on the prime? We misplaced somewhat little bit of that final yr, with Kenny Pickett the one passer who went within the first two rounds. Properly, as you will see beneath in my first mock draft for the 2023 class, there’s positive to be loads of buzz round these signal-callers.
With two rounds of the NFL playoffs down, the order for the highest 27 picks is ready. It is somewhat bit completely different this yr as a result of the Dolphins have been stripped of their first-round choice for tampering violations, which implies there are solely 31 picks in Spherical 1. The Bears have the No. 1 choose, whereas the Texans, Seahawks, Lions and Eagles have two first-rounders. Might we see a commerce to the highest of the board?
Let’s get into my early projections for the first spherical of April’s draft. I am not going to undertaking any trades right here — it is nonetheless somewhat bit early to evaluate which groups might transfer up and what it will take to get there. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, that is merely an train to indicate you all what I am considering three months out from the draft, primarily based on my Huge Board rankings and what I am listening to from execs, scouts and coaches within the league. Everyone seems to be now gearing up for the Senior Bowl subsequent week and the mix in early March.
Right here we go, beginning with Chicago at No. 1. I will use ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index to undertaking choose Nos. 28-31, and that mannequin has the Chiefs beating the Eagles within the Tremendous Bowl. Try the “SportsCenter Particular: Mel Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0” at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 on Wednesday, and you may see me and my pal Todd McShay going by means of all 31 picks.