With four weeks left until Round 1 of the 2023 NFL draft begins, I’m looking ahead to all 259 picks. That’s right — a full seven-round mock draft.
Right about now, with the NFL combine long over, teams are debating their draft boards and stacking prospects. They’re trying to decide who could fall to them on Day 2 and which prospects they might want to try to trade up for. Most pro days are in the books, but Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson‘s is later this week, and Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon will work out for teams next week. Both could solidify their spots in the top 10.
Below is my prediction for how all seven rounds will play out. I have full write-ups on each pick in the first three rounds (102 in all), then matched names to teams for the final four rounds. I also picked my favorite prospect-team fits for Rounds 4-7. I’m not including trades in my projection.
OK, let’s begin with the Carolina Panthers at No. 1, a team that has a big quarterback decision to make. The last pick belongs to the Houston Texans at No. 259, and we’re coming off a season when Mr. Irrelevant really mattered — pick No. 262 Brock Purdy looked like a keeper for the San Francisco 49ers. Compensatory picks are denoted with an asterisk.
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C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
The Panthers were aggressive in trading up from No. 9, and it’s clear they have an eye on their top target. They desperately need a franchise quarterback. Stroud could be that player. History has shown new coach Frank Reich has preferred to work with bigger quarterbacks, and the 6-foot-3 Stroud meets a lot of the traits he has worked with in previous stops. The 5-foot-10 Bryce Young is in play, of course, but Reich’s history points toward Stroud.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Houston, which hired coach DeMeco Ryans this offseason, is another franchise in search of its long-term answer at quarterback. Young would reenergize a team in need of a jump start. Despite his size — he measured 5-foot-10⅛ and weighed 204 pounds at the combine, which would make him the lightest Round 1 quarterback since at least 2006 — Young has the skill set to be the face of this franchise. The Texans also own the No. 12 overall pick, which could be used for a playmaker around him.
Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
The Cardinals arguably have the NFL’s worst roster; they are clearly in rebuilding mode. New general manager Monti Ossenfort and coach Jonathan Gannon are tearing down the team around quarterback Kyler Murray, who might not be ready for Week 1. Adding prospects at premium positions should be the focus, and Anderson would give them a cornerstone defender to build around. After losing J.J. Watt (retirement) and Zach Allen (free agency), the Cardinals’ defensive front sorely lacks talent.
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Of all the first-round passers, Richardson fits new coach Shane Steichen’s system the best. Steichen did a great job with Jalen Hurts as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. Richardson’s combination of arm strength and mobility means he has plenty of upside to mold, even though he started just 13 games in college. The last Round 1 quarterback to have that few starts? Mitch Trubisky in 2017, who also had 13. Richardson needs polish, but he would enter a situation in Indianapolis with competent offensive targets and a strong running game to ease his transition.
Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia
Carter’s stock has dropped over the past two months because of off-field issues, including misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing for his alleged role in a Jan. 15 car wreck. Still, speaking to scouts after Georgia’s recent pro day — where Carter struggled — each mentioned they expect Carter to be a top-10 pick. His game film shows he’s arguably the top prospect in the entire class, although teams have continued to do their homework on him. Carter could land in an ideal situation in Seattle, which lacks talent along the defensive line. He has the potential to be the centerpiece as a 3-technique in the Seahawks’ defensive front.
Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
The Lions have quickly turned over their roster, but they still lack depth along the defensive line. No. 2 pick Aidan Hutchinson had a promising rookie season and sixth-round pick James Houston was a pleasant surprise, but they need to keep adding talent. Wilson is a versatile edge rusher who can play multiple positions and fits the traits Detroit has gravitated toward during the Brad Holmes-Dan Campbell era. Wilson’s length, strength and upside are intriguing, and he could be a key part of the Lions’ offseason defensive makeover.
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
With Jimmy Garoppolo now in Las Vegas, the Raiders can take the long view on the quarterback position in this draft. Based on the structure of his three-year, $72.5 million deal, he could be viewed as a reliable bridge option to a potential long-term solution. Levis has the physical profile and competitive nature many teams could target, but his decision-making will need to improve. Will teams get the 2021 or 2022 version of Levis? He was far more inconsistent last season, even though his total numbers are similar. Levis has plenty of fans in the scouting and executive levels of the league, and coach Josh McDaniels is the exact type of tutor he will need to reach his potential.
Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Since general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith took over in 2021, they have placed value on taking the best player available in Round 1. With Gonzalez still on the board here, he’s a no-brainer selection. Casey Hayward is coming off torn pectoral surgery and will turn 34 at the start of the season. The Falcons are in dire need of help on the defensive line and in the secondary opposite A.J. Terrell. Pairing Gonzalez with Terrell and newly signed safety Jessie Bates would give Atlanta one of the best young secondaries in the league.
Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Don’t be surprised if Jones is the top offensive tackle off the board. I continue to hear his name in this range. General manager Ryan Poles covets length and physical traits, and Jones might have the most upside of the tackles in this class. The interesting dynamic about this is that Braxton Jones, a fifth-round pick last year, showed promise as the starter at left tackle. Would Jones slot into the right or left tackle spot here? It’s a great problem to have for a Chicago team that continues to remodel its offense around quarterback Justin Fields.
Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman has been strategic with how he attacks positions in Round 1, anticipating roster needs sometimes a year or two in advance. He has poured resources into the defensive line to supplement the veterans on the roster. Drafting Smith would be another strategic move, as he is a similar player to Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick. Smith is an explosive outside linebacker who can rush standing up or with his hand in the ground. He would be an addition that fits the mold of what the organization covets.
Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
New general manager Ran Carthon is still in the early stages of molding this roster. The Titans’ lack of consistency along the offensive line has been a problem for multiple seasons, and Skoronski has the potential to fix a lot of those issues immediately. Is he a guard or a tackle? Based on the scouts I’ve talked to, that’s still up in the air. The opinions are mixed, but the talent as an immediate starter is evident. Skoronski played all five spots up front in college. With free agent signing Andre Dillard likely to be the starter at left tackle, there’s a massive hole at left guard in Tennessee. Skoronski could slot there as a rookie.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
The trade of Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys means the Texans lack playmakers around whoever their quarterback will be in 2023. With 12 draft picks, this could be the spot to get my top-ranked receiver in this class. Smith-Njigba fits exactly what Houston needs. He has the upside to be a high-end complementary option as a rookie. Even though nearly 90% of his production came from the slot during his time with the Buckeyes, he has the route-running ability, quickness and catch radius to be productive from the outside at the next level.
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Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
With a deal for quarterback Aaron Rodgers still up in the air, the Jets’ biggest need area remains offensive tackle. They dealt with a slew of injuries at both tackle spots last season and must continue to add players to try to fill that hole. Johnson has experience at guard and tackle, but his best position is left tackle, where he got better in each game in 2022. New York could slot him in right away as the blindside protector for Rodgers.
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Selecting a cornerback here would be unconventional for the Patriots, as Devin McCourty is the highest-selected player at the position during the Bill Belichick era (No. 27 in 2010). Corner and offensive tackle are the two biggest holes on the roster, however, and Witherspoon is too good to pass up. At 6 feet, 181 pounds, he plays with a consistent physical nature, and Belichick and the defensive coaches could fall in love with him. With the versatility to play inside in nickel as well as on the outside, Witherspoon has the technique to immediately fit into the complex New England defense.
Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
The Packers need to keep building their edge-rushing group, and Murphy would inject more youth into their defense. Before tearing his ACL in November, Rashan Gary was well on his way to having a career year, while veteran Preston Smith had 8.5 sacks last season. Murphy has shown stretches of being a terror off the edge, although he needs to expand his toolbox as an edge rusher. His powerful hands as a run defender, determination as a rusher and alignment versatility could help him carve out a role early in his career.
Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste is a promising player, but with the Commanders potentially moving Kendall Fuller back inside to the slot, the need for another outside corner is a high priority. With an intriguing blend of size and quickness, Porter is an intriguing option. Patience will be needed with Porter as he works through his aggressive ways in his technique, but he has natural traits that make him one of the top corners in this class. Porter projects as an immediate starter in Washington.
Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Adding offensive tackle help around quarterback Kenny Pickett is crucial for the Steelers. The addition of guard Isaac Seumalo means the interior of the line is set, but they need to add left tackle competition for Dan Moore. Wright would give Pittsburgh a young dependable tackle option. He started 42 games in college, including 27 at right tackle. His top traits are his strength, physicality and sustain-and-strain ability. Wright’s ascension since 2021 arguably has been the highest of any prospect in this class. There are several teams that view him as a prospect who can play either tackle spot or guard at a high level as a rookie.
Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
Detroit, one of the biggest winners of the offseason, has become one of the most intriguing teams heading into next season. Improving the secondary has been a major point of emphasis for general manager Brad Holmes, as he has already added safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and corners Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley. Banks fits the prototype of what NFL teams want from outside corners. At 6 feet, 197 pounds, he’s an aggressive defender who plays the game with lots of savvy and awareness. Detroit adding Tyree Wilson at No. 6 and then Banks here would give it a very promising young defensive core.
Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Harrison gets my vote for the prospect who’ll hear his name called much earlier than most expect. He just turned 21 years old, has been rock solid as a two-year starter at Oklahoma and has spent his entire career at left tackle. He is a polished pass protector, but his biggest hurdle will be sustaining at the point of attack for longer periods of time and continuing to improve his strength. After the release of Donovan Smith, the Bucs could move All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs over to the other side, but why mess with something that works? Drafting a natural left tackle to pair with Wirfs is the better solution.
Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
The Seahawks are always the most unpredictable team in the draft because of their unique board and views on positional value. Their needs going into April are clear, however. They have to improve in the trenches. That’s why I’m projecting them to take defensive tackle Jalen Carter at No. 5 overall, and that’s why I’m giving them raw power rusher Van Ness, who fits the prototype of previous Seattle draft picks. Van Ness is still in the early stages of his development — he played in 27 games for the Hawkeyes but never started a game. The Seahawks relied too much on 35-year-old Bruce Irvin last season and must find younger options to generate pressure. Van Ness would bring that type of potential.
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
After the NFL combine, when I asked people in the league about where Robinson could be selected, the consensus was that it would be a major surprise if he made it past the top 20 picks. I couldn’t find a perfect fit there without a trade, but he is a stellar fit for an L.A. offense that needs a jolt. With Austin Ekeler requesting a trade, the backfield options for the Chargers could be slim. If you leave out positional value, Robinson is a top-five prospect in this class. The Chargers could take the best player available and add him to an offense that now has an exciting young rusher behind quarterback Justin Herbert.
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Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
The Ravens are ushering in a different philosophy under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, and they need help along the perimeter. Johnston is a big target whose skill set aligns well with that of quarterback Lamar Jackson. Johnston is capable of attacking all three levels of the field; he can be used on a variety of routes and has versatility on where he lines up. He’s the exact type of playmaker Baltimore lacks. He could also step in right away and be its go-to target.
Jordan Addison, WR, USC
With only five total picks, I would be surprised if the Vikings actually remained here and made a selection. They are a prime trade-back candidate. Still, after the release of Adam Thielen, there’s a gaping hole at the WR2 spot opposite Justin Jefferson. Addison would give the offense another versatile player who can line up inside and outside. A detailed route runner, Addison has physical traits that are similar to those of Calvin Ridley, who was a first-round pick in 2018. Addison’s success in multiple offensive schemes (Pitt and USC) will help his NFL value. Addison could thrive off the attention given to Jefferson by defensive coordinators.
O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida
The Jaguars were one of the NFL’s biggest surprises last season. With a solid foundation in place, they could be looking to build up the protection in front of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. With a void at left guard on the roster, Torrence would slot in as a Day 1 starter. Arguably the top interior blocker in this class, he has checked a lot of boxes throughout the pre-draft process, including performing well at Senior Bowl practices in February. Despite playing just one season in the SEC — he transferred from Louisiana — his strength and dependability at either guard spot are already NFL-ready.
Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
The Giants have committed this offseason to adding pass-catchers around quarterback Daniel Jones, who got a four-year extension in early March. Tight end Darren Waller was a high-profile trade target, but Flowers would be an explosive addition as well. Although he’s not very big — 5-9, 182 pounds — he’s capable of making plays from the slot and on the outside. He has the strength profile, run-after-reception ability and catch radius to be a creative player in coach Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka’s offense. Flowers not only has alignment versatility but also is a sudden-change player who can completely alter the outlook of games in one play. New York lacked those types of players on the outside a season ago.
Calijah Kancey, IDL, Pittsburgh
The Cowboys have had an active offseason with the emphasis around adding proven players to the roster. They filled their needs at cornerback and wide receiver, and their biggest deficiencies remain in the trenches. Although they have a loaded depth chart at edge rusher, they lack a game-changer along the interior. Kancey would immediately change their ability to get after the passer. His electric first step, quick hands and ability to generate pressure are areas Dallas lacks. He had 14 sacks over the past two seasons.
Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
The loss of Tremaine Edmunds in free agency is big for the Bills. General manager Brandon Beane already has reiterated that he wants to keep Matt Milano at weakside linebacker. This could be a sign the team will be aggressive with addressing middle linebacker in the draft. If Beane wants to add a player with Edmunds’ length, frame and versatility, he could turn to Sanders, who is 6-5, 235 pounds. Sanders has value on all three downs as a second-level defender, and he can be used off the edge — he has an uncanny ability to create edge pressure. The Alabama transfer had 9.5 sacks and 103 total tackles last season.
Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
The makeover at offensive tackle for the Bengals continues. After they signed Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency to play on the left side, the hole at right tackle remains. La’el Collins battled injuries and was inconsistent during his first season in Cincinnati, and Jonah Williams has requested a trade. That leaves room for 6-8, 374-pound Jones, who is the sixth offensive tackle in this Round 1 projection. The Bengals like blockers with bigger bodies who can wall off the inside of the pocket and create elongated edges for pass-rushers. This fit makes a lot of sense for them.
Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Derek Carr is the Saints’ new quarterback, but he has to get more help around him. He’s a passer known to involve his tight ends often, so adding a security blanket would be helpful. Mayer has the potential to be an instant contributor as a run-blocker and as a pass-catcher. He has the potential to be a key target in the middle of the field, as he’s capable of running a diverse route tree. He had 138 catches and 16 scores over his final two college seasons.
Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson
I gave the Eagles outside linebacker Nolan Smith at No. 10, and I’m sticking with the front seven here. Bresee suits the versatility of the Eagles’ scheme. He has played every position along the line but projects best as a 3-technique tackle. His agility and quickness make him capable of playing off the edge in late-down situations, which is what he did frequently in college. Although Bresee must be more consistent, it will help him to go to a team with a veteran defense, which Philadelphia has. He has the potential to be a mainstay next to 2022 first-rounder Jordan Davis.
Adetomiwa Adebawore, Edge, Northwestern
Based on the defenders the Chiefs have targeted in previous drafts, they highly covet prospects who can generate consistent pressure. Watch Adebawore’s performance against Ohio State from last season and you’ll see he’s capable of that. That game film is what scouts and evaluators bring up when mentioning why he’ll be a first-round pick. He didn’t have a sack, but he was really solid. Add on running a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at 6-2, 282 pounds, and Adebawore is a unique player who would be a welcome addition to an ascending defense. Adding him to play with George Karlaftis, a first-round pick last season, and recently signed Charles Omenihu would give Kansas City three options off the edge who all are physical run defenders too.
Brian Branch, S, Alabama
The Steelers have a big hole at nickel corner after Cam Sutton signed with the Lions in free agency. Branch is an ideal replacement. He has the versatility and physicality to step in as a rookie and compete for a starting position. This secondary lacks high-end talent and depth.
Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State
I went offense on the Texans’ first two picks, and McDonald would give them a young and explosive edge rusher for the defense. He will need to continue to make strides as a run defender, but he has the potential to be a player who can generate early pressure on passers. McDonald had 27 sacks over his final three college seasons.
Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Smith, who could play outside or in the slot, has the ability to be Arizona’s Byron Murphy replacement. His confidence, physicality and ball skills would help a defense that allowed the second-most points (449) in franchise history last season. This Cardinals roster has to add more building blocks.
Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Indianapolis traded away veteran Stephon Gilmore, leaving a void at outside corner. Ringo could be a fit here — he needs to play in a scheme that incorporates a mixture of zone and man coverage principles. He has some bad plays on film, but his physical tools are enticing. Ringo, who is 6-2, ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the combine.
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Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Edge, Kansas State
With a roster headed toward a youth movement, edge rusher sits atop the Rams’ needs list. Anudike-Uzomah is a scheme-versatile prospect with a quick first step. He also has enough hand power to be a consistent edge setter against the run. He forced eight fumbles in his final two college seasons, including six in 2021.
John Michael Schmitz, IOL, Minnesota
Schmitz is the exact type of center the Seahawks need. They have been struggling to find consistency at the position, but he’s a plug-and-play center with the upside to be a high-level starter. Seattle should continue its model of putting resources into the trenches.
Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
After the trade of Darren Waller, the Raiders added veterans Austin Hooper and O.J. Howard, but tight end remains one of the biggest holes on this roster. Kincaid would be a dynamic receiving option and a mismatch for linebackers and safeties. His pass-catching ability is arguably the best of any tight end in this class. He could quickly become a go-to target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
If Carolina is going to take a quarterback at No. 1, it needs to add playmakers around him. My comp for Downs is Tyler Lockett. Downs has the potential to be a flexible secondary option from the slot as well as on the outside. He had 195 catches for 2,364 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Mazi Smith, IDL, Michigan
The Saints let David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle leave in free agency, and they brought in Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd as replacements. Still, they could use another priority pick on a defensive tackle. Smith is the best run-stuffer in this class. Despite his lack of pass-rush production — he had one sack last season — he improved over the course of the 2022 season. In a multiple front scheme, Smith would quickly become a key contributor.
Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
It shouldn’t come as a surprise if Hyatt is selected much earlier than this, but opinions in the league are mixed on his next-level projection. One area all scouts agree on is his ability to be a difference-maker as a vertical threat. Coach Mike Vrabel has repeatedly said the Titans need to get faster. Hyatt, who averaged 18.9 yards per catch last season and had 15 touchdowns, ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The Titans lack perimeter talent outside of 2021 first-rounder Treylon Burks.
Joe Tippmann, IOL, Wisconsin
Will Wes Schweitzer be the Jets’ full-time center in 2022? They could upgrade. At 6-6, 313 pounds, Tippman is a quick interior blocker with experience in multiple schemes. It would not surprise me if he turns out to be one of the best players in this entire class because of his strength and pro-ready skill set. And yes, I have New York taking offensive linemen with its top two picks.
Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
With back-to-back picks in Round 2, it’s possible one of these selections could end up going to Green Bay in exchange for Aaron Rodgers. Since the Jets still have this, though, let’s give them a talented defender. Safety isn’t a pressing need, but taking the best prospect available could make sense. Johnson had 150 tackles over his final two college seasons.
BJ Ojulari, Edge, LSU
After finishing with the second-fewest sacks last season (21), the Falcons must add a pass-rusher early in the draft. Ojulari would give them a dynamic edge rusher who understands how to wreak havoc on opposing passers. He had 12.5 sacks over the past two seasons.
Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
It appears the Packers will soon be quarterback Jordan Love‘s team, so getting him an option such as Washington could prove to be key to his development. A powerful blocker at the point of attack, Washington has untapped potential as a pass-catcher — he caught just 45 catches over three college seasons. He is an ascending player in a 6-8 frame.
Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Offensive tackle might be New England’s biggest need, especially as Isaiah Wynn is still a free agent. Bergeron is an intriguing prospect who has shown dominant flashes as a run blocker. He must improve his strength and balance as a pass protector, however. He allowed three sacks in 11 starts last season.
Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
Big and quick blockers like Freeland rarely make it out of the second round. He has been compared to Brian O’Neill and Sam Cosmi. Freeland’s consistency as a pass protector — he allowed just one sack in 12 starts last season — could be appealing for the Commanders, who allowed 48 sacks last season, which was seventh-worst in the NFL. He could challenge Charles Leno at left tackle, but he also could move over to right tackle.
Keeanu Benton, IDL, Wisconsin
I projected the Lions to add edge rusher Tyree Wilson (No. 6) and cornerback Deonte Banks (No. 18) in Round 1, and I’m sticking with defense in Round 2. The interior of Detroit’s line still is a massive question mark. Benton is a heavy-handed rusher who is disruptive against the run and pass.
Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
The Steelers added inside linebackers Cole Holcomb and Elandon Roberts this offseason, overhauling the second level of the defense. They don’t have a versatile linebacker who can play multiple spots, however. That’s Simpson, a jack-of-all-trades defender who can cause problems as a blitzer and make plays in space.
Derick Hall, Edge, Auburn
With veteran Shaq Barrett coming off a torn Achilles and 2021 first-rounder Joe Tryon-Shoyinka searching to unlock the next stages of his development, edge rusher is a top need in Tampa Bay. Last season, Vita Vea (6.5) and Devin White (5.5) led the team in sacks. Hall is a base end who has powerful pass-rush moves — he had 6.5 sacks last season. He’s also capable of dropping into coverage.
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Gibbs could be drafted well before this spot, but running backs are tricky to project. He’d be an ideal fit in coach Mike McDaniel’s outside zone scheme, though. Adding Gibbs to an offense with wideouts Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle would be even more explosive. Gibbs averaged 6.1 yards per carry for the Crimson Tide last season; he also caught 44 passes.
Jahmyr Gibbs makes impressive 26-yard catch
Jahmyr Gibbs makes impressive 26-yard catch
Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Despite the return of veteran Bobby Wagner on a one-year deal, Campbell would provide a succession plan for the Seattle defense. His instincts, aggression as a run defender and feel in coverage would make for a promising young option behind the Seahawks legend.
Isaiah Foskey, Edge, Notre Dame
General manager Ryan Poles should use assets toward a defensive line that struggled last season. To put into context how bad the Bears’ pass rush was a year ago, safety Jaquan Brisker led them in sacks — with four. Foskey put up 11 in back-to-back seasons for the Fighting Irish.
Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
After I projected the Chargers to add running back Bijan Robinson in Round 1, I’m going back to adding another playmaker. Six-foot-6 Musgrave, who played in just two games last season because of a knee injury, can impact the game next to a tight end or flexed out wide. He’d fill a huge need for L.A.
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
The Lions have a stacked roster on paper, and after I went defense for their first three picks, now is the time to look to the other side of the ball. Even after the signing of veteran Nate Sudfeld, they could try to upgrade at the QB2 spot. Hooker, who is still recovering from a late-season knee injury, is widely viewed as the No. 5 quarterback in this class. He could be the eventual successor to Jared Goff.
Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
With Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams manning the outside corner spots, Phillips is an ideal nickel option in Jacksonville. His consistency as a tackler and playmaker on the ball make him an intriguing addition to a team that lacks a slot option. He picked off six passes for the Utes last season.
Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants had just six interceptions last season, tied for the worst total in the league. With 14 career interceptions — including an SEC-record six pick-sixes — Forbes is the exact type of defender the Giants’ secondary lacks. A predominantly Cover 1 scheme corner, Forbes has the speed and quickness to translate in Wink Martindale’s aggressive defense.
Steve Avila, IOL, TCU
The Cowboys might have an opening at left guard, depending where 2022 first-rounder Tyler Smith ends up. Avila has experience at all three interior spots. A durable and strong blocker, he fits the mold of what the Cowboys have gravitated toward in previous years.
Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech
The Bills have invested a lot of money and draft capital into edge rushers, but with Von Miller suffering a late-season ACL tear, the dependable depth off the edge is a sore spot. AJ Epenesa and Boogie Basham have yet to prove they can be relied upon. White is a versatile option who can be used inside and outside.
Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
The Bengals have been searching for years for a consistent and reliable tight end. Many players have flashed, but year-to-year consistency is something LaPorta brings to the table. Not only could he have an immediate impact as a pass-catcher but he also could be an extra blocker in the run game. He caught 58 passes for 657 yards for the Hawkeyes last season.
Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Kyler Gordon bounced back and forth between the nickel and outside spots as a rookie, and it will be interesting to watch which position he plays during his second year. Drafting Brents to play alongside Jaylon Johnson would give the Bears another young option in a secondary that needs a second option to emerge. At 6-3, 198 pounds, Brents is a perfect fit outside in coach Matt Eberflus’ scheme.
Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
The Eagles’ underrated need is depth at wide receiver. It’s a top-heavy group with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, but they don’t have much after those two. Mims, who averaged more than 20 yards per catch over the past two seasons, could compete with Quez Watkins for the WR3 spot, creating an intriguing battle for the vertical threat spot.
Gervon Dexter, IDL, Florida
This means the Chiefs are going defensive line with both of their first two picks, as I gave them Adetomiwa Adebawore in Round 1. At 6-6, 310 pounds, Dexter is a towering presence on the inside who would make for an explosive running mate alongside Chris Jones. He fits the Kansas City system well.
Zacch Pickens, IDL, South Carolina
After going offensive tackle for the Bears at pick No. 9, I’ve projected them to address their defense in three straight picks. They need help along the interior of the D-line, and 6-4, 291-pound Pickens would provide an immediate boost to a unit that lacked talent a season ago.
Luke Wypler, IOL, Ohio State
The Texans have a hole at center. With the top free agents off the market, taking one on Day 2 of the draft is the best solution. I gave Houston quarterback Bryce Young at No. 2, and Wypler, who started 26 games at center for the Buckeyes the past two seasons, could be his new best friend.
Siaki Ika, IDL, Baylor
The Cardinals could commit to building from the inside out, spending assets in the trenches. Adding 6-3, 335-pound Ika here and Will Anderson Jr. at pick No. 3 would completely change the outlook of their defensive line.
Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State
The Broncos need help off the edge, and 6-5 Harrison is a long and intriguing defender. He still needs polish as a pass-rusher, but his traits are worth betting on in hopes of unlocking the next stages of his development. He never topped 3.5 sacks in a season in four tries for the Buckeyes, but he could be a better pro in the right system.
Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
With back-to-back selections early in Round 3, the Broncos should address their lack of depth at cornerback behind Pat Surtain II. Stevenson would give Denver an aggressive man coverage corner who can play on the outside or slide inside to the slot.
Tyrique Stevenson’s NFL draft profile
Tyrique Stevenson’s NFL draft profile
DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
The trade of Jalen Ramsey to the Dolphins means the Rams lack dependable talent in the secondary. Turner would fit in L.A., as he is a disciplined and smooth mover in coverage who has experience in multiple spots in the secondary. Turner ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any prospect at the combine (4.26 seconds).
Jaquelin Roy, IDL, LSU
Defensive tackle is a major need for the Raiders, and Roy would give them a young 305-pounder in the middle of the defense. His combination of hand power and sturdiness at the point of attack is what Las Vegas lacks inside.
Cody Mauch, IOL, North Dakota State
Left guard continues to be an area of concern for the Saints, with Andrus Peat unable to stay on the field because of injuries. Mauch would immediately provide competition at that spot, and he can play all five positions up front.
Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
After Austin Hooper signed with the Raiders in free agency, tight end sits near the top of the Titans’ list of roster holes. Kraft is a middle-of-the-field operator who mixes well with the team’s downhill running scheme as a blocker. He also could take advantage of those areas in the passing game. He would help form a solid one-two punch with Chigoziem Okonkwo, who is coming off a solid rookie season.
Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
This makes the fifth pick for Houston in this draft, and it can stockpile talent in key spots. Henley is one of the few true middle linebackers in this class. He has the savvy mobility needed to affect games in multiple areas. He had 106 tackles, 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles last season.
Keondre Coburn, IDL, Texas
This is Cleveland’s first pick of the draft. Wide receiver arguably was the team’s top need before the Elijah Moore trade, but now it’s defensive line. Coburn would address the concerns of a defense that allowed 4.7 yards per rush last season, which ranked 25th in the league.
Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
Atlanta doesn’t have a receiver like 5-10 Scott. He has plenty of speed — he ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the combine — and his ability to stress the defense’s third level could help unlock the Falcons’ passing game. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch last season.
Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
The Patriots have been aggressive about acquiring more targets for quarterback Mac Jones in free agency, but they shouldn’t stop in the draft. Tillman is a big 6-3 receiver who reminds me of Buffalo’s Gabe Davis. He had 16.9 yards per reception in 2021, but he was used as a short-area target last season — his yards per catch dropped to 11.3.
Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
The Rams rely on the production of Cooper Kupp, but they would be smart to find other options who can take the load off him; he’s returning from a high ankle sprain. Rice is a three-level threat who could line up outside or in the slot. His 41-inch vertical jump tied for the best among the receivers at the NFL combine. He had 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season with the Mustangs.
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
Scouts have been buzzing about Reed during the pre-draft process. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and had a 33.5-inch vertical jump in the combine. He could go higher than this spot. Reed would be another intriguing pass-catcher to add to a Green Bay roster that lost Allen Lazard. Reed had 55 catches for 636 yards last season.
Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama
The Colts haven’t made any offseason moves to improve their offensive line, which signals they could wait until the draft to add depth. With four years of productive tape in the SEC at offensive tackle, many evaluators feel Steen will eventually develop into a starter at tackle or guard.
Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
Veteran Patrick Peterson is a dependable stopgap cornerback for Pittsburgh in 2023, but the Steelers should look to the future with one of their Day 2 picks. Six-foot-2 Rush, who ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the combine, could develop into a solid outside corner.
Braeden Daniels, IOL, Utah
The Lions could use more depth at guard. Halapoulivaati Vaitai recently took a pay cut, and they added Graham Glasgow in free agency. Daniels is a strong and mobile blocker who has experience at multiple spots. He started 43 games for the Utes, seeing time at right tackle, left tackle and left guard.
Jartavius Martin, S, Illinois
Antoine Winfield Jr. is entrenched as the Bucs’ starter at strong safety, but there are question marks at free safety. Martin has the versatility to take on multiple roles in the secondary and be a key component on special teams. He had 3 interceptions, 11 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles last season.
Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
The emergence of rookies Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant propelled the Seahawks’ defense to exciting heights last season. Kelly, who started 34 games for the Cardinal, could compete for the CB3 spot with Mike Jackson and Tre Brown.
Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
The Dolphins lack a receiving threat at tight end after Mike Gesicki signed with the Patriots in free agency. Adding 6-5 Schoonmaker would add competition to a group searching for a player to emerge. He caught 35 passes last season.
Tuli Tuipulotu, Edge, USC
The Chargers have few options behind Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, and Tuipulotu would give them a relentless defender off the edge. At 6-3, 266 pounds, he is a bit of a tweener, but he has a knack for generating pressures on the quarterback. He had a whopping 42 pressures last season, resulting in 13.5 sacks.
Rejzohn Wright, CB, Oregon State
The Ravens have historically favored bigger corners, and 6-2 Wright has intriguing traits. His playmaking skills could help him become a good player, but he’s still raw.
Owen Pappoe, LB, Auburn
Jordan Hicks is entering the final year of his contract, and adding an explosive defender such as Pappoe would prepare Minnesota for the long haul. He is an active second-level defender who checks all of the thresholds the Vikings require. At 225 pounds, he ran a blazing 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The Vikings could pair him alongside Brian Asamoah for the future.
Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn
Travis Etienne is the Jaguars’ clear top running back, but pairing him with a versatile player with whom he can share the workload would be wise. Bigsby is an underrated threat who could be a better pro than college player. In three years at Auburn, he rushed for 2,903 yards and had 25 touchdowns.
Olusegun Oluwatimi, IOL, Michigan
The center spot has been a revolving door for the Giants since the glory days of Weston Richburg. Six-foot-2, 309-pound Oluwatimi has the strength and experience to step in and be a Day 1 starter.
Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
With Ezekiel Elliott released, Dallas needs to find a bigger running back to spell Tony Pollard in spurts. Charbonnet is a tough and determined runner who is dependable as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He averaged 7.0 yards per carry for the Bruins and caught 37 passes for 321 yards last season.
Byron Young, IDL, Alabama
With Ed Oliver, DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle entering the season in the final year of their respective deals, 294-pound Young would provide another young option for the Bills’ rotation. He had four sacks last season, playing snaps at end and at tackle.
Isaiah McGuire, Edge, Missouri
McGuire is a stout base end. At 6-4, 268 pounds, he has a similar stature to prospects the Bengals have drafted in the past, and he would be solid depth paired with Joseph Ossai in the team’s second unit of pass-rushers. He had 12 tackles for loss last season.
Andre Carter II, Edge, Army
Carter could land in an ideal spot in Carolina. He will have a chance to grow with the other young defensive players to add strength and mass to his 6-6 frame, while spending time primarily as a designated pass-rusher early in his career. After racking up 15.5 sacks in 2021, Carter had just three last season.
Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
Even after signing Terrell Edmunds, the Eagles need to add another safety to make up for the losses of C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps. Brown is a versatile defender who will play primarily as a free safety. He finished his final season with the Nittany Lions with 56 total tackles and four interceptions.
A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
The Chiefs, fresh off a Super Bowl without having a receiver with 1,000 receiving yards, should be searching for targets to add on the perimeter. Perry is a 6-3 receiver who had 81 catches for 1,096 yards and 11 scores last season. Four of those touchdowns came when he was lined up in the slot.
Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
Arizona should keep adding players at premium positions. Duncan would be a great addition at this point in the draft, as he immediately could become the swing tackle and develop into a starter in the future.
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
Spears would bring versatility to a backfield that lacks explosiveness. With Washington not having a running back reach over 1,000 rush yards last season, he could be a step up as he tallied 1,581 yards in this final season with the Green Wave.
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Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska
This could be a spot for the Browns to add a young wideout, especially a speedster. Palmer, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the combine, checks the criteria boxes required for Cleveland prospects while also bringing downfield ability. He averaged 14.7 yards per catch on 71 receptions last season.
Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
The 49ers like long corners on the outside, and Jones is exactly that at 6-2, 200 pounds. He would thrive in a zone scheme that sprinkles in man coverage principles.
Byron Young, Edge, Tennessee
The Raiders need depth behind Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. Young is a bendy, urgent pass-rusher who can win off the edge. At 6-2, 250 pounds, he’s a weakside rusher with the potential to succeed early in obvious passing-down situations.
Nick Saldiveri, OT, Old Dominion
Right tackle is a weak point for the 49ers, with Mike McGlinchey having signed a high-priced deal with the Broncos. Six-foot-6, 318-pound Saldiveri has the potential to step in and fill that void over time.
Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
This makes three San Francisco picks in the final four of this round, and the Niners could use this one on a versatile running back. Achane could be a nice fit in this offense. He rushed for 1,102 yards and had 11 total touchdowns last season.
103. Chicago Bears: Ricky Stromberg, IOL, Arkansas
104. Houston Texans: Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland
105. Arizona Cardinals: Dylan Horton, Edge, TCU
106. Indianapolis Colts: McClendon Curtis, IOL, Chattanooga
107. New England Patriots (from LAR): Mike Morris, Edge, Michigan
108. Denver Broncos: Jon Gaines, IOL, UCLA
109. Las Vegas Raiders: Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
110. Atlanta Falcons (from TEN): Anthony Bradford, IOL, LSU
111. Cleveland Browns: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
112. New York Jets: Moro Ojomo, IDL, Texas
113. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford
114. Carolina Panthers: Henry To’o To’o, LB, Alabama
115. New Orleans Saints: Tank Dell, WR, Houston
116. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
117. New England Patriots: Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
118. Washington Commanders: Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
119. Minnesota Vikings (from DET): Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
120. Pittsburgh Steelers: Caleb Murphy, Edge, Ferris State
121. Jacksonville Jaguars (from TB): Thomas Incoom, Edge, Central Michigan
122. Kansas City Chiefs (from MIA): Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
123. Seattle Seahawks: Parker Washington, WR, Penn State
124. Baltimore Ravens: Kenny McIntosh, RB, Georgia
125. Los Angeles Chargers: Terell Smith, CB, Minnesota
126. Cleveland Browns (from MIN): Kendre Miller, RB, TCU
127. Jacksonville Jaguars: YaYa Diaby, Edge, Louisville
128. New York Giants: Chandler Zavala, IOL, NC State
129. Dallas Cowboys: Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
130. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss
131. Cincinnati Bengals: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
132. Carolina Panthers (from SF): Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
133. Chicago Bears (from PHI): Karl Brooks, IDL, Bowling Green
134. Kansas City Chiefs: Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma
135. New England Patriots*: Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
My favorite prospect-team fit in Round 4: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson to the Vikings (119). Kirk Cousins is entering the final year of his contract, and it’s clear the Vikings want to keep their quarterback options open. Thompson-Robinson would provide them with a cheap backup who could be groomed as an eventual successor for Cousins. Thompson-Robinson is viewed as a notch below the top five quarterbacks in this class, but his stock has risen after an impressive pre-draft process.
136. Chicago Bears: Xavier Hutchinson, WR, Iowa State
137. Buffalo Bills (from ARI): Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
138. Indianapolis Colts: K.J. Henry, Edge, Clemson
139. Denver Broncos: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
140. Cleveland Browns (from LAR): Jammie Robinson, S, Florida State
141. Las Vegas Raiders: Atonio Mafi, IOL, UCLA
142. Cleveland Browns: Nick Herbig, Edge, Wisconsin
143. New York Jets: Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati
144. Las Vegas Raiders (from ATL): JL Skinner, S, Boise State
145. Carolina Panthers: Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
146. New Orleans Saints: Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma
147. Tennessee Titans: Nick Broeker, IOL, Ole Miss
148. Chicago Bears (from NE/BAL): Rashad Torrence, S, Florida
149. Green Bay Packers: Asim Richards, IOL, North Carolina
150. Washington Commanders: Cam Jones, LB, Indiana
151. Seattle Seahawks (from PIT): Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford
152. Detroit Lions: Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
153. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Young, IDL, Mississippi State
154. Seattle Seahawks: Colby Wooden, IDL, Auburn
155. San Francisco 49ers (from MIA): Daniel Scott, S, California
156. Los Angeles Chargers: Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan
157. Baltimore Ravens: Ali Gaye, Edge, LSU
158. Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Redmond, IDL, Oklahoma
159. Atlanta Falcons (from JAX): Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh
160. New York Giants: Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
161. Houston Texans (from DAL): Cameron Latu, TE, Alabama
162. Indianapolis Colts (from BUF): Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia
163. Cincinnati Bengals: Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
164. San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Johnson, Edge, Oregon
165. New Orleans Saints (from PHI): Tavius Robinson, EDGE, Ole Miss
166. Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcco Hellams, S, Alabama
167. Los Angeles Rams*: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh
168. Arizona Cardinals*: Jarrett Patterson, IOL, Notre Dame
169. Dallas Cowboys*: Jerrod Clark, IDL, Coastal Carolina
170. Green Bay Packers*: Anthony Johnson, CB, Virginia
171. Los Angeles Rams*: Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
172. New York Giants*: Yasir Abdullah, Edge, Louisville
173. San Francisco 49ers*: Payne Durham, TE, Purdue
174. Las Vegas Raiders*: Jordan McFadden, OT, Clemson
175. Tampa Bay Buccaneers*: Tre Tucker, WR, Cincinnati
176. Indianapolis Colts (from DAL)*: Starling Thomas V, CB, UAB
177. Los Angeles Rams*: Nick Hampton, Edge, Appalachian State
My favorite prospect-team fit in Round 5: RB Zach Evans to the Broncos (139). Evans could go higher than this selection, as NFL scouts have mixed opinions on his outlook. In Denver, with the uncertainty of Javonte Williams, who is coming off a severe knee injury, Evans would enter a situation in which there are carries available. History has shown Sean Payton loves versatile runners who can be used not only as a threat in the run game but as a playmaker in the passing game. Evans would bring upside at multiple spots in the Broncos’ new offense.
178. Kansas City Chiefs (from CHI/MIA): Jay Ward, CB, LSU
179. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from HOU): Aidan O’Connell, QB, Purdue
180. Arizona Cardinals: Puka Nacua, WR, BYU
181. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from IND): Jake Moody, K, Michigan
182. Los Angeles Rams: Anthony Johnson Jr., S, Iowa State
183. Detroit Lions (from DEN): Davis Allen, TE, Clemson
184. New England Patriots (from LV): Matt Landers, WR, Arkansas
185. Jacksonville Jaguars (from NYJ): Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR, West Virginia
186. Tennessee Titans (from ATL): Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State.
187. New England Patriots (from CAR): Juice Scruggs, IOL, Penn State
188. Houston Texans (from NO): Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
189. Los Angeles Rams (from TEN): Jaxson Kirkland, IOL, Washington
190. Cleveland Browns: Jerome Carvin, IOL, Tennessee
191. Los Angeles Rams (from GB): Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
192. New England Patriots: Jaren Hall, QB, BYU
193. Washington Commanders: Warren McClendon, IOL, Georgia
194. Detroit Lions: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Arkansas
195. Denver Broncos (from PIT): Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan
196. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeWayne McBride, RB, UAB
197. Miami Dolphins: Alex Forsyth, IOL, Oregon
198. Seattle Seahawks: Khalan Laborn, RB, Marshall
199. Baltimore Ravens: Richard Gouraige, OT, Florida
200. Los Angeles Chargers: B.J. Thompson, Edge, Stephen F. Austin
201. Houston Texans (from MIN): Andrew Vorhees, IOL, USC
202. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aubrey Miller Jr., LB, Jackson State
203. Houston Texans (from NYG): Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State
204. Las Vegas Raiders (from DAL): Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
205. Buffalo Bills: John Ojukwu, OT, Boise State
206. Cincinnati Bengals: Dante Stills, IDL, West Virginia
207. New York Jets (from SF/HOU): Jovaughn Gwyn, IOL, South Carolina
208. Jacksonville Jaguars (from PHI): Emil Ekiyor, IOL, Alabama
209. New York Giants (from KC): P.J. Mustipher, IDL, Penn State
210. New England Patriots*: Hunter Luepke, FB/TE, North Dakota State
211. Minnesota Vikings*: Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville
212. Dallas Cowboys*: Clayton Tune, QB, Houston
213. Arizona Cardinals*: Trey Dean, S, Florida
214. Las Vegas Raiders*: Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland
215. Washington Commanders*: Nesta Jade SIlvera, IDL, Arizona State
216. San Francisco 49ers*: Ventrell Miller, LB, Florida
217. Kansas City Chiefs*: Shaq Davis, WR South Carolina State
My favorite prospect-team fit in Round 6: LB Aubrey Miller Jr. to the Jaguars (202). Miller, who didn’t receive an invite to the NFL combine, was the heart and soul of one of the best defenses in the FCS at Jackson State. With Devin Lloyd expected to play more of an edge rusher role next season, there are snaps available at backup linebacker behind Foyesade Oluokun and Chad Muma in Jacksonville. Miller is an energetic and physical playmaker who causes problems for offenses when he blitzes. He also has shown he can hold up enough in coverage. Another underrated aspect about Miller is he’ll be an instant contributor on special teams. He is one of my favorite late-round players in this draft.
218. Kansas City Chiefs (from CHI/MIA): Will Mallory, TE, Miami
219. Philadelphia Eagles (from HOU/MIN): Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
220. Las Vegas Raiders (from ARI): Chris Rodriguez, RB, Kentucky
221. Indianapolis Colts: Sirvocea Dennis, LB Pittsburgh
222. San Francisco 49ers (from DEN): Sidy Sow, OT, Eastern Michigan
223. Los Angeles Rams: Mekhi Blackmon, CB, USC
224. Atlanta Falcons (from LV): Tyler Lacy, Edge, Oklahoma State
225. Atlanta Falcons: Keaton Mitchell, RB, East Carolina
226. Jacksonville Jaguars (from CAR): Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
227. New Orleans Saints: Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia
228. Tennessee Titans: Jose Ramirez, Edge, Eastern Michigan
229. Cleveland Browns: Cameron Mitchell, CB Northwestern
230. Houston Texans (from NYJ/TB): Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame
231. Las Vegas Raiders (from NE): Kobie Turner, IDL, Wake Forest
232. Green Bay Packers: Justin Shorter, WR, Florida
233. Washington Commanders: Viliami Fehoko, Edge, San Jose State
234. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brodric Martin, IDL, Western Kentucky
235. Green Bay Packers (from DET/LAR): Cory Durden, IDL, NC State
236. Indianapolis Colts (from TB): Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston
237. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Land, Edge, Florida A&M
238. Miami Dolphins: MJ Anderson, Edge, Iowa State
239. Los Angeles Chargers: Joey Fisher, IOL, Shepherd
240. New York Giants (from BAL): Ronnie Hickman, S, Ohio State
241. Pittsburgh Steelers (from MIN/DEN): Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State
242. Green Bay Packers (from JAX): Evan Hull, RB, Northwestern
243. New York Giants: Marte Mapu, S/LB, Sacramento State
244. Dallas Cowboys: Micah Baskerville, LB, LSU
245. New England Patriots (from BUF/ATL): Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan State
246. Cincinnati Bengals: Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah
247. San Francisco 49ers: Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
248. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Banks, LB, Tennessee
249. Kansas City Chiefs: Dee Winters, LB, TCU
250. Kansas City Chiefs*: Chamarri Conner, S, Virginia Tech
251. Los Angeles Rams*: Chad Ryland, K, Maryland
252. Tampa Bay Buccaneers*: Anfernee Orji, LB, Vanderbilt
253. San Francisco 49ers*: Lance Boykin, CB, Coastal Carolina
254. New York Giants*: Lonnie Phelps, Edge, Kansas
255. San Francisco 49ers*: Elijah Higgins, WR/TE, Stanford
256. Green Bay Packers*: Max Duggan, QB, TCU
257. New Orleans Saints*: D.J. Dale, IDL, Alabama
258. Chicago Bears*: C.J. Johnson, WR, East Carolina
259. Houston Texans*: Brenton Cox, Edge, Florida
My favorite prospect-team fit in Round 7: CB Mekhi Blackmon to the Rams (223). Blackmon could outplay this draft slot if he goes to the right team. The Rams desperately need help at outside cornerback, and he has the skill set to play in multiple coverages. He needs to get stronger, so the Rams could be patient with him as he develops. Blackmon had three interceptions and broke up 13 passes last season.