NFL Network's Bucky Brooks releases first 2023 mock draft
Wednesday marks the final day of Senior Bowl practices, and the 2023 NFL Draft is one day closer to its commencement. With the pre-draft process in full swing, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks is one of many experts to release his inaugural mock draft.
Brooks detailed his picks for the first 31 names off the board, including the Giants' first-round choice at 25th overall.
Pick for No. 25: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Analysis: "The Giants could open their checkbook and re-sign Daniel Jones after the quarterback played his best football in 2022. Giving Danny Dimes a bona fide No. 1 wideout could help him take his game to another level in 2023." --Bucky Brooks
As a senior in 2022, Flowers notched the single-season school record for receiving touchdowns (12) and finished his career at Boston College shattering numerous records. He is the school's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving touchdowns (29).
Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 172 pounds
2022 Stats: 12 games, 78 receptions for 1,077 yards (13.8-yard avg.), 12 touchdowns
Accolades: Biletnikoff Award semifinals (2022), First-team All-ACC (2020, 2022), Third-team All-ACC (2021)
Below are Bucky Brooks' projections for the first five players selected in the 2023 NFL draft, along with analysis from the NFL.com draft expert.
5. Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech; Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)
Analysis: "Pete Carroll, whose defense ranked 26th overall this season, has been searching for a dynamic edge rusher to lead a defensive resurgence in the Pacific Northwest." --Brooks
Wilson played one year at Texas A&M (2019) before transferring to Texas Tech. As a senior in 2022, he led the Big 12 with 14.5 tackles for loss and finished second in the division with 7.0 sacks.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 275 pounds
2022 Stats: 10 games, 61 tackles (25 solo), 7.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Accolades: AP Second-team All-American (2022), AP First-team All-Big 12 (2022), Defensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl (2021), AP All-Bowl Team (2021), All-Big 12 honorable mention (2021)
4. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State; Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: "After cycling through a bevy of veteran signal-callers, it is time for the Colts to find a young quarterback to build around." --Brooks
Stroud is Ohio State's first two-time Heisman finalist, and he led the nation in 2022 in pass efficiency rating (177.7) and touchdown passes (44). His performance against Georgia's top-ranked defense in the Peach Bowl offered a glimpse of his ability outside the pocket, too.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 218 pounds
2022 Stats: 13 games, 3,688 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 47 rushing attempts, 108 yards
Accolades: Heisman Trophy finalist (2021, 2022), Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022), Big Ten Quarterback of the Year (2021, 2022), Media & Coaches first-team All-Big Ten (2021, 2022), Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2021), AP third-team All-American (2021)
3. Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia; Arizona Cardinals
Analysis: Carter, a freak athlete, is precisely what the Cardinals need to disrupt opposing offenses from the inside out." --Brooks
Carter is a back-to-back CFP national champion who played in all but two games over three seasons at Georgia. Carter created pressure on 13 percent of his pass rushes last season and amassed a tackle on 17.1 percent of run-defense snaps, according to CBS Sports and TruMedia.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 310 pounds
2022 Stats: 13 games, 32 tackles (16 solo), 3.0 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles
Accolades: CFP National Champion (2021, 2022), AP First-team All-American (2022), AP & Coaches First-team All-SEC (2022), Coaches Second-team All-SEC (2021)
2. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama; Houston Texans
Analysis: "Despite the concerns around Young's size, the Texans opt for the most polished passer in the draft." --Brooks
In three years at Alabama, Young notched numerous school records. He garnered a record-setting five-touchdown games (5) and finished second all-time with 8,356 passing yards. In his sophomore season, Young also tallied single-season school records with 4,872 passing yards and 47 touchdowns.
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 194 pounds
2022 Stats: 12 games, 3,328 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 49 rushing attempts, 185 yards, 4 touchdowns
Accolades: Heisman Trophy finalist (2021, 2022), Sugar Bowl MVP (2022), AP College Football Player of the Year (2021), Consensus All-American (2021), CFP National Champion (2021)
1. Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama; Chicago Bears
Analysis: "Head coach Matt Eberflus needs a disruptive edge rusher to make his version of the Tampa 2 defense work." --Brooks
In three years at Alabama, Anderson's 62 tackles for loss and 34.5 sacks rank second in school history. He finished fifth in 2021 Heisman Trophy voting upon completion of his best collegiate season.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 243 pounds
2022 Stats: 13 games, 51 tackles (24 solo), 10.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 touchdown and 1 pass defensed
Accolades: Chuck Bednarik Award (2022), Lott IMPACT Trophy (2022), Rotary Lombardi Award (2022), Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP (2021), five-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week (2021), Football Writers Association of America National Freshman of the Year (2020), SEC All-Freshman Team (2020), AP Second-team All-SEC (2020)
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