- Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama – The Texans are a quick upcoming team, they have the young talent on offense and defense. While Davis Mills has been decent in his NFL career, he’s miles behind Alabama’s Bryce Young. There’s the concern over his frame, but Young’s put up a career 7471 yards, 70 TD and only 11 interceptions along with winning the Heisman in 2021. Young changes the trajectory of the Texans instantly.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama – The Raiders could go with either CJ Stroud or Will Anderson here. While Derek Carr hasn’t been great this season the Raiders defense has also been straight pathetic. Chandler Jones has a near 17M salary for half a sack and four tackles for loss. Anderson is a generational prospect off the edge with a career 33 sacks, 56 tackles for loss, 195 tackles, and 152 pressures in three seasons. Pairing Anderson with Maxx Crosby would be near impossible to stop.
- Carolina Panthers: CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State – The Panthers have defensive talent, and a new head coach coming in for the 2023 season. They’ve invested a ton in the quarterback position over the last two off-seasons but none compare to Stroud. A new coach is going to want his guy, which Stroud fits with career numbers of 7185 passing yards, 78 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.
- Philadelphia Eagles (via NO): Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia – Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are getting up in age and the team will need to start looking for their replacements soon. Carter and Davis go back to their time at Georgia and played great off each other. Jalen Carter is one of the best defensive tackle prospects we’ve seen in the past decade or more. He’s a massive six foot four, 320 pounds and can dominate the run or as a pass rusher.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State – Fashanu is skyrocketing up boards. He’s an imposing six foot six, 330 pounds and athletic freak. He has wicked fast foot speed, strong arms, and a powerful lower body. Over his career he’s recorded only 627 career snaps but allowed zero sacks and only seven pressures in the Big10. The best part, he’s only 19 years old come draft day. Jawaan Taylor is playing well for the Jags but Cam Robinson isn’t the future at left tackle.
- Chicago Bears: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson – The Bears shipped off Robert Quinn a few weeks ago after shipping off Khalil Mack in the off-season. Once one of the best pass rush duo’s in the country is now down to Dominique Robinson, Trevis Gipson and Al-Quadin Muhammad. It needs some work, and Murphy is a sensational prospect over his time at Clemson. He’s able to play outside or inside the tackle and racked up a career 19 sacks, 35 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.
- Seattle Seahawks (via DEN): Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia – Smith suffered a season ending injury earlier this year which is going to limit his athletic testing but he’s one of the most explosive and athletic prospects in the class and maybe in football. The Seahawks need to pair someone with Nwosu off the edge, and Smith has the flexibility to rush from a two or four point stance.
- Detroit Lions (via LAR): Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina – The Lions secondary currently ranks near dead last in the NFL in terms of yards allowed, QBR allowed, EPA per snap, and yards per game. Cam Smith should be the first corner off the board this year. A physical prospect and natural ballhawk (career seven interceptions, 21 breakups) would pair well with Jeff Okudah, and Amani Oruwariyue in Detroit.
- Houston Texans: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia – The best corner in college football from 2023 pairs with the best corner in the 2022 class down in Houston. The Texans defense is coming along nice with talented pieces and it all starts in the secondary. Derek Stingley is playing great this year along with fellow rookie Jalen Pitre. Ringo has three career interceptions and 12 breakups. He’s only allowed 600 yards in two seasons which is amazing.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern – Dan Moore has allowed 11 sacks, 69 pressures, and 21 hits in 1109 career pass block snaps since 2021. Needless to say he hasn’t been great. Skoronski is a phenomenal prospect, he’s allowed only 12 pressures and zero sacks in 400+ pass blocking snaps over his career. He provides strong run blocking and pass protection for a desperate Steelers offensive line.
- Detroit Lions: Jordan Addison, WR, USC – DJ Chark is a free agent after this year and the Lions just drafted Jameson Williams in the first round last season to pair with Amon-Ra St. Brown. They still can add more offensive firepower to their offense with Jordan Addison. Jared Goff hasn’t been awful and held his own in their offense, so taking a QB hasn’t been necessarily as much a priority as originally made to be. The former Biletnikoff winner is still adding to his impressive college resume with a career 200 receptions, 2846 yards and 28 touchdowns.
- Atlanta Falcons: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU – The Falcons shipped off Calvin Ridley during the trade deadline creating a massive whole at receiver. The Falcons talent wise aren’t necessarily bad but they could definitely afford adding another guy. Johnston is one of the most explosive players in college football at six-four, 193. He’s posted 100 receptions, 1837 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career and only getting better as time goes on. Johnston, Pitts, and Drake London form one of the most athletically explosive offenses in football.
- Arizona Cardinals: Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State – Do the Cardinals finally draft a top corner to try and fix their secondary, probably not. Should they, a hundred percent yes. Porter has been the best college corner in man coverage this season, something the Cardinals are running at a near 67% rate. He’s posted only one career interceptions but 20 breakups. He helps a much needed Cardinals secondary.
- Green Bay Packers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State – Smith-Njigba hasn’t been what he showed he could be last season, mainly due to injuries however the Packers have a huge need at wide receiver and he brings that. An explosive playmaker post catch and someone that’s able to go up and grab the majority of passes. He’d fill the void of Davante Adams and pair with Christian Watson to support a poor Packers offense.
- Indianapolis Colts: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky – Levis needs time to develop, luckily he’ll be going to the Colts who are likely looking for their franchise QB to sit behind Matt Ryan. They are severely underperforming and a new head coach is going to want to bring in his guy. He’s posted a career 5482 yards, 44 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while also adding threat as a scrambler. He can sit for a year and then take over for Ryan.
- Washington Commanders: Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State – Charles Leno and Cornelius Lucas are filler options for the Commanders. Both have played above expectations but neither are long term starters. Sam Cosmi has looked good in limited fashion also and pairing him with Johnson would give much needed stability on Washingont’s offensive line. Johnson is a freak of nature, insanely athletic and has only allowed a career five sacks over three years.