NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah releases first 2023 mock draft
With Senior Bowl practices officially underway, the pre-draft festivities are in high gear. Numerous draft experts have released their projections for the 2023 NFL draft, and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah is one of the latest to do so.
He detailed his picks for the first 31 names off the board, including the Giants' first-round choice at 25th overall.
Pick for No. 25: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Analysis: "The Giants need to add more firepower on the outside, and Addison is the best route-runner in the 2023 draft. The former Trojan possesses excellent play speed, which will add another dimension to Brian Daboll's offense." --Jeremiah
Addison played 11 games for the Trojans in 2022, missing contests against Arizona and California with a leg injury. Addison emerged as a top target for 2022 Heisman Trophy winner QB Caleb Williams after transferring from University of Pittsburgh. In his sophomore season with the Panthers, Addison eclipsed 1,593 receiving yards, earning him the Biletnikoff Award – presented each year to the nation's top receiver.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-0, 175 pounds
2022 Stats: 11 games, 59 receptions for 875 yards (14.8-yard avg.), 8 touchdowns
Below are Daniel Jeremiah's 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 admitted after the season that the Seahawks needed more difference-makers in their front seven. Wilson is a tall, long and rangy pass rusher. He can also set a physical edge against the run." --Jeremiah
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. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky; Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: "The tape for Levis is a roller-coaster ride. The strong-armed passer showed flashes of brilliance and the ability to avoid pressure and create; he also showed a penchant for turning the ball over (23 picks over his last two seasons). Colts GM Chris Ballard has always valued traits and upside. This pick just feels like a good gamble for Indianapolis." --Jeremiah
Levis played two seasons for the Nittany Lions before transferring to Kentucky, where he boosted his draft stock significantly. He posted impressive statistics in 2021 and collected the most passing touchdowns (24) for Kentucky in a single season since Andre Woodson in 2007.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 232 pounds
2022 Stats: 11 games, 2,406 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 72 rushing attempts, -107 yards, 2 touchdowns
Accolades: Two-time Manning Award Quarterback of the Week (2021), Two-time FBS National Offensive Player of the Week (2021)
3. Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama; Arizona Cardinals
Analysis: "The Cardinals are desperate for edge-rush talent, and Anderson is clearly the best in this class. He can win with speed and power." --Jeremiah
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)
2. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama; Houston Texans
Analysis: "Young is a very instinctual player with excellent accuracy and decision-making. However, his lack of bulk is a major concern and that makes his evaluation very difficult. If he can hold up physically, I believe he would fit in beautifully with some of the Texans' talented young pieces." --Jeremiah
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. Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia; Chicago Bears
Analysis: "I'm sure the Bears would love to trade out of this pick. If that option isn't available -- or the offers fail to meet their asking price -- Carter would be an immediate difference-maker on all three downs." --Jeremiah
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)
View the top 20 draft prospects that will be attending the 2023 Senior Bowl, according to NFL.com.