2023 NFL Draft Review: Comments, bios on all selections
2023 NFL Draft: Pick by Pick
Pick-Rd, Team, First Name, Last Name, Position, School, Ht., Wt., 40 Time
Great trade up top get Anderson, who was the top edge player on most lists. Now he will be asked to be more productive in the NFL than he was in college.
Swinging for the fences, the Colts grabbed a phenomenal athlete who now must show he can become a good quarterback. Big leap to NFL after only 13 college games.
Big payoff for a guy who was a no-star prep recruit and then showed aggressiveness that frustrated receivers—but drew penalty flags.
Looked good in 13 games at left tackle last year and might help keep Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray upright and healthy.
With wingspan of a two-car garage, Wilson should team with Maxx Crosby to bedevil the AFC West's list of dangerous quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and, looking for a bounce-back year, Russell Wilson.
His tremendous talent as a rusher, receiver will change the outdated theory that running backs should be devalued. He can control games. Early candidate for Offensive Rookie of Year.
The rich get richer with Carter, possibly the best athlete in the draft at any position. Eagles must keep him focused on football after a problematic off-season off the field.
Mean-spirited offensive lineman who played all over the front in college but looked better at right tackle and right guard more than at the prized left tackle position.
This athletic beast started in 33 straight games at left tackle, but with short arms (32 1/4 inches) looks like a plug-and-play at NFL guard.
Two in top 12 indicates that some NFL realize that RBs still bring major value. Gibbs blistering speed (4.36 40) means he can score from anywhere.
13 - 1 Packers
Next game he starts will be first since high school as he came off bench in all 27 college games, but devoured blockers in an animalistic manner.
Another star at left tackle in college, but could be a menace at guard immediately.
Surprisingly high pick of a guy who didn’t even watch football until junior year of high school, but had 34 college sacks. Still learning to harness his athleticism.
16 - 1 Commanders
In a cornerback-heavy draft, Forbes was my personal favorite. A skinny terror (166-170 pounds) with larceny in his heart: FBS record six pick-sixes in three seasons, eight in four years (counting high school).
Can start as a rookie in a division full of great quarterbacks.
Coach Dan Campbell got another "knee biter" with this athletic thumper who was expected to be a mid-second round pick.
He dislikes the comparison, but Kancey looks like the second coming of Aaron Donald in terms of size and athleticism, including blink-quick first step and 40-yard time of 4.67 seconds at 281 pounds.
Interesting addition to a team with excellent wide receivers. Was rated best of so-so receiver class. Probably a slot player.
Another addition to a talented wide receiver room, meaning another target for quarterback Justin Herbert on those fourth-down gambles.
Curiously, Flowers made late climb in ratings on many lists the last couple of weeks, after we locked him at No. 51. Compared to feisty Steve Smith Sr., one of our all-time favorites.
Biletnikoff winner at Pitt in 2021 who transferred to USC last season and wasn’t on his game the entire year. Nifty, but small.
Maybe the only corner to have a good game against OSU's Marvin Harrison Jr. With great attitude and 40-yard time of 4.35 seconds, Banks is one of several CBs who will start as rookie.
Look out AFC East. The pick of Kincaid gives quarterback Josh Allen yet another target. Kincaid's receiving yards and 35 touchdowns were career bests among active tight ends last season.
Upon further review, we underrated Smith at 52 overall. Two-year starter is on the ascent and can create havoc all long tine interior defensive line.
27 - 1 Jaguars
Not sure where he will play after lining up in college at RT 27 times, LT 13 and RG twice. Regardless, he will help quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne.
28 - 1 Bengals
Should fit best as base end. Power rusher who will need to add finesse and should start as a rookie.
Outstanding talent, but last season Bresee battled through injuries and the emotional trauma of losing his younger sister to brain cancer.
With DT Jalen Carter (No. 8 overall), the Eagles snagged two of the best athletes in the first round. Smith ran 40 yards in 4.39 seconds at Indy Combine and will be a major menace to opposing QBs. Hard to believe he lasted this long.
This was our lowest ranked player (76) taken in first round (31) and we were wrong. Powerful lower body, huge wingspan and strong hands. Should play plenty as rookie along the interior DL.
The son of the former Steeler great, Porter Jr. is an aggressive cover man who will need to cut down on his penalties to be a top-quality NFL corner.
Levis fell further than expected, likely because of concerns about his mechanics and ‘22 game tape. Still, the physical gifts the strong-armed, charismatic Levis brings to the table are undeniable, and Tennessee seems like a favorable landing spot.
34 - 2 Lions
35 - 2 Raiders
Mayer has the size, strength, smarts and intensity to succeed at the next level. His basketball background and sure hands should make him a reliable third-down receiver.
36 - 2 Rams
Avila will be asked to help stabilize an interior offensive line that put QB Matthew Stafford’s welfare in jeopardy in 2022. The powerful Avila should be a plug-and-play guard with the versatility to play center if called upon.
Long, athletic pass rusher with
The Saints look for Foskey and first-round pick Bryan Bresee to anchor their defensive front for years to come. What he presently lacks in pass-rushing skill, Foskey makes up for in high-energy pursuit.
41 - 2 Cardinals
42 - 2 Packers
Though a bit older of a prospect, this 24-year-old converted tight end brings tantalizing length and speed to the DT spot. He’s a bit of a project but seems to be the type of player Belichick succeeds in turning into a productive NFL starter.
47 - 2 Commanders
50 - 2 Packers
51 - 2 Dolphins
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55 - 2 Chiefs
His average speed and a limited route tree at SMU had some draft experts questioning the fit in an Andy Reid offense. But Rice possesses the YAC and ball skills to emerge down the road as one of Patrick Mahomes’ favorite targets.
Stevenson’s tape shows an athletic corner who struggled with consistency as both a run and pass defender. He needs coaching up to maximize his impressive physical gifts.
The well-regarded Schmitz is light on his feet and skilled enough to both neutralize D-lineman and get to the next level of the defense. Expect him to step in right away and anchor the interior of the Giants’ OL for several years.
With Dalton Schultz gone, the Cowboys needed a TE to give Dak Prescott a middle-of-the-field option. Not only does Schoonmaker present a capable downfield threat, he is a reliable blocker who’ll help Tony Pollard turn the corner.
59 - 2 Bills
At the very least, the Bills need the imposing Torrence to be an immediate road-grader in the run game—and eventually develop into a stout pass-blocker to protect Josh Allen. Buffalo satisfies a need while getting great value at the pick.
60 - 2 Bengals
The newest addition to the new-look Bengals’ secondary, Turner merges wicked speed (4.26 at Indy) and a combative attitude to play bigger than his listed size.
61 - 2 Jaguars
His low production at Penn State belies Strange’s noticeable physical tools, especially his talent at powering through tacklers after the catch. Having Strange and incumbent TE Evan Engram working the middle of the field will help QB Trevor Lawrence continue his ascent.
62 - 2 Texans
What had been to this point a terrific draft for Houston may have hit a speed bump with this reach of a pick. Scruggs has the smarts to play center in the NFL but he’s an average athlete who has struggled with injuries.
63 - 2 Broncos
Though other team needs went unmet with this selection, Mims’ speed and receiving skills can’t be disputed. The pick feels like Sean Peyton announcing to the NFL just how wide open of an offense he intends to run.
Pickens plays like a madman, is a fluid athlete, but will need coaching and reps to upgrade into a quality NFL starter.
The ex-Tide tackle is versatile enough to play both tackle and guard in the NFL, and the Eagles likely will move him inside. With Andre Dillard gone and Lane Johnson getting older, this makes sense as a project pick.
Brown is an experienced, physical in-the-box safety, with excellent ball skills, as his six INTs in 2022 attest. Should get a chance to compete for a starting job following the departure of C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
67 - 3 Broncos
esisting the temptation to draft another wideout, the Broncos go for the first-team All-American Sanders, who runs well and has a nose for the ball. Broncos will pair him on the inside with Josey Jewell.
Hooker went much later than he should have because of a late 2022 knee injury, but the lining in that uncomfortable wait is colored Lions’ silver. Hooker has everything you want in a QB—size, arm strength, and leadership.
69 - 3 Texans
The homegrown Dell may be small but he possesses speed and quickness aplenty, and should be a hellish threat from the slot.
An experienced 2-gap player and stout run-stuffer who will bring toughness and leadership to Raiders defensive front.
Not all that elusive but a tough inside runner who went higher than we thought he’d go. Look for him to complement Alvin Kamara.
A bit on the small side and injured, Williams is still athletic and instinctive enough to carve out a solid NFL career.
Skilled wideout whose speed and acceleration will help take the top off defenses for QB Daniel Jones.
Tougher-than-hell receiver who doesn’t have blazing speed but will bail out his QB by making contested catches. Could be a productive red-zone threat.
A good selection at this spot. Harrison may never develop into an elite edge performer, but we expect him to become a fixture in the Atlanta defense.
76 - 3 Patriots Marte Mapu, OLB, Sacramento State, 6030, 221, 4.67
Belichick caught us off guard with this selection. Mapu is a tough, heady player who led his team to a stellar record in 2022.
77 - 3 Rams Byron Young, OLB, Tennessee, 6023, 250, 4.40
The widespread post-draft opinion is that Young is too old (25) and went a round or two early. But he’s a physical and quick defender who still seems poised for a promising NFL career.
The Packers are stacking TEs in this draft to meet the team's biggest need. Kraft has the frame and body control to develop into a very capable receiving threat in the pros.
Shifty and fast, Downs is also a competitor who plays bigger than his 171 pounds. Those traits give him a chance to be a top-notch NFL slot receiver.
A stunning athlete who played all over the Ducks’ defense. Could develop into something special if Carolina can find a specific position for him and keep him there.
Spears could be a steal here. Showcases balance and speed, and promises to be an excellent complement to the powerful Derrick Henry.
A late-bloomer at Louisville, Diaby could mature into a force coming off the edge. Struggles a bit diagnosing plays, but Tampa still has reason to be excited about his potential.
83 - 3 Broncos
Fast, big and experienced, Moss can play corner and safety, and that versatility is where his value lies.
84 - 3 Dolphins *Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M, 5084, 188, 4.32
A blazing offense just got faster with the addition of Achane. We see him as a key component in Miami’s RB-by-committee approach.
85 - 3 Chargers Daiyan Henley, ILB, Washington State, 6007, 225, 4.54
An undersized but fleet-footed prospect, this converted tight end offers every-down versatility. He could also turn into a special teams demon.
86 - 3 Ravens *Trenton Simpson, OLB, Clemson, 6023, 235, 4.43
As they did with Brian Branch, the Ravens nab a player projected to go higher than they did. Tremendous athlete who flies to the ball.
87 - 3 49ers Ji'Ayir Brown, SS, Penn State, 5113, 203, 4.65
A tough and productive run-stopping safety with average speed, Brown could be viewed as another Talanoa Hufanga, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, whether Tashaun Gipson will be the long-term replacement for the departed free safety Jimmie Ward remains a question.
88 - 3 Jaguars *Tank Bigsby, RB, Auburn, 5115, 215, 4.56
An explosive, patient runner, the aptly named Bigsby finishes off his runs with the best of them. Will be a great complement to incumbent RB Travis Etienne.
89 - 3 Rams Kobie Turner, DT, Wake Forest, 6024, 293, 5.09
Turner is an undersized but experienced playmaker who led Wake Forest in forced fumbles despite not starting. Age and size probably limits his upside in the NFL.
90 - 3 Cowboys DeMarvion Overshown, OLB, Texas, 6025, 229, 4.56
An energetic, at times frenetic, 'backer who has to overcome a smaller frame and injury history if he's to have a productive NFL career.
91 - 3 Bills Dorian Williams, OLB, Tulane, 6010, 228, 4.49
Williams has sideline-to-sideline range and is a danger coming on blitzes. As with Overshown, his size will likely be a drawback at the next level.
92 - 3 Chiefs Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma, 6053, 307, 5.10
Poor OL play has usually been the culprit whenever the Mahomes-led offense struggles. The Chiefs hope the long-armed and nimble Morris will bolster an improving unit.
93 - 3 Steelers *Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia, 6065, 272, 4.64
A tremendous physical presence in the middle of the football field, the 6-7 Washington is a force both as a blocker and a receiver. He could be the player in this draft that a number of teams regret passing on.
94 - 3 Cardinals Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford, 6017, 213, 4.58
A big, fluid route-runner and quality leader who could be a solid fallback should Arizona part with DeAndre Hopkins.
95 - 3 Bengals Jordan Battle, SS, Alabama, 6010, 209, 4.55
A well-named prospect, this safety is physical, durable, with loads of experience in high-pressure games.
96 - 3 Lions Brodric Martin, DT, Western Kentucky, 6046, 330, 5.36
Likely doesn't have the explosiveness off the snap to star in the NFL, but Martin's a forceful presence who has the reach and overall power to demand the occasional double-team.
97 - 3 Commanders Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas, 6032, 306, 5.26
A lot to like about Stromberg—he not only stands to anchor for some time the interior of the Commanders OL, but he'll also soften fan disappointment at the eventual departure of owner Dan Snyder.
98 - 3 Browns Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor, 6027, 347, 5.39
A cement mixer drum in football cleats, the former Baylor standout is really tough to dislodge, but he also has the get-off to make plays in the opposition's backfield.
99 - 3 49ers Jake Moody, K, Michigan, 6005, 209, 5.08
A pick that inspired eye rolls in the Bay Area and rolling laughter among league observers. But, if one of the best kickers in college football turns out to be as proficient as Robbie Gould, then consider the selection a success.
100 - 3 Raiders Tre Tucker, WR, Cincinnati, 5085, 182, 4.40
A lightening-quick prospect who runs great routes and is explosive in and out of his cuts. We see Tucker as a potentially dynamic slot receiver who could right away wreak havoc on NFL secondaries.
Salivating for a punter with this selection, GM John Lynch instead gives way to reasonableness. Latu lacks the speed and catch radius to be a formidable receiving option but he should be a nice fit in Kyle Shanahan's two-TE packages.
The Vikings secondary needs bodies and Blackmon's blend of toughness and ball skills means he'll likely compete for a starting job somewhere on the back end.
Has the footwork and balance to wall off speed-rushers in pass protection and block defenders in space on bubble screens and running plays. May very well emerge as the best all-around tackle from this draft class.
A tough prospect to get a feel on, Bennett was productive at the collegiate level but just as often his eye-popping speed (4.30 at the combine) didn't translate into stopping opposing receivers. If the Vegas coaching staff polishes his footwork and mechanics, they may have a find.
And now a third member of college football's best defense last year trades in Georgia red and black for Eagle green. Given his impressive physical and leadership traits, Ringo's slide to the fourth round is a bit surprising.
His height could prove to both a blessing and curse at the NFL level. Freeland needs a develop a stronger base to be a reliable NFL pass-protector.
A curious pick, as we had a number of centers rated higher than Andrews. But because it's Belichick, it's probably wise to take a wait-and-see approach.
Seattle continues to stock high-value picks. The powerful Bradford delivers a massive payload of nasty and has the versatility to line up at tackle or guard.
A physically punishing, violent competitor at the point of attack with an impressive burst off the ball, Horton must craft some countermoves to improve his pass rush. But if he does, look out.
Adebawore's measurables were off the charts, but the game film shows performance that switches between impactful and invisible as often as his name alternates consonants and vowels.
Given his eye-popping presence it's hard to imagine Jones playing in someone's shadow. While he likely won't be a OL cornerstone as Paris Johnson Jr. seems ready to be, the other Buckeye tackle offers enough potential to take a fourth-round flyer on.
Ryland has perhaps the strongest leg in the draft. But the ex-Terrapin also holds the distinction of being the only player in draft history whose last name makes up the last seven letters of the school he played for. Find another NFL draft resource that gives you that kind of critical insight.
While not offering the size and length wanted for the position, the explosive Phillips nonetheless exhibits the quickness and competitive nature to mirror and disrupt slot receivers. Could be one of this draft's sleepers.
114 - 4 Panthers Chandler Zavala, OG, North Carolina State, 6034, 316, 5.23
Zavala's unlikely path from Division II player to starting guard in the ACC bodes well for him overcoming the learning curve he'll face in the NFL. The fact that he'll be reunited with college line mate Icky Ekwonu should also help smooth the transition.
In Johnson, the Bears get a tough inside runner who brings a hard-hat work ethic to the field. Wouldn't be surprised if he's a special-teams demon from the get-go.
An already stout run defender whose combination of get-off and powerful hands give him a shot at being a dominant rusher from either the interior or off the edge.
A project whose play was getting more notice as the draft approached. Played a lot of games in college; we'll see if that experience allows him to get a foothold on the Pats' roster.
A good athlete who may not have enough bulk to start right away. But he could demonstrate the versatility that'll make new OC Eric Bienemy fall in love with him.
A physical safety who doesn't shy away from contact. Given that he supports the run, plays well closer to the line, and lacks top-shelf speed, Conner might be better suited to play strong safety.
Went higher than NFL Draft Scout projected, likely because Warren is already a pretty solid technician as a pass-blocker. Needs to be more aggressive in his run-blocking at the next level.
A tough undersized backer who's quick to diagnose plays and get downhill. Likely a rotational player and special teams fixture.
The light-footed but light-in-the-pants guard is athletic and skilled but needs to add some girth—he's not yet stout enough to fend off NFL bull rushes.
With the reach and hand power to shed blocks in the interior, Young is being asked to help fortify what was one of the league's worst run defenses in 2022.
Likely a project, Robinson is the type of athletically gifted, energetic and intelligent edge player that's been a staple of Baltimore's pressure defense over the years.
125 - 4 Chargers Derius Davis, WR, Texas Christian, 5083, 165, 4.36
Graced with hell-fire speed and open-field escapability, the pipsqueak Davis showed himself to be a dynamic returner at TCU (six career TD returns). We expect that'll be his calling card in the NFL.
A potent rip move, suddenness off the snap, and an urgent playing style makes McGuire an intriguing prospect as a pass-rush specialist.
Put Haener's feet, compact delivery, and arm strength on a bigger frame and you'd have yourself a potential first-round pick. He reminds some of ex-Bulldog David Carr. We suspect a productive showing in an exhibition game or two will have Saints fans comparing him to Drew Brees. Just stop already.
The feeling among many is that college football's ultimate winner will be exposed as an underwhelming QB at the pro level. But, you know what? Leadership and smarts travel, so it's not too difficult to imagine Bennett at least becoming a longtime, capable NFL backup.
Fehoko may possess only a highest-floor-in-a-mid-rise potential, but he plays with a jackhammer urgency that coaches and teammates will notice.
An instinctive read-and-react interior player, Lacy packs a punch for his size but needs to develop better leverage to be anything more than a rotational piece.
Not to be confused with the longtime NBC announcer, the slightly built receiver Charlie Jones does his best work within a quick passing offense. Could ring up a lot of catches as a slot option for Joe Burrow.
Need meets value here. The Steelers need Herbig to be a relentless ball of energy to take pressure off T.J. Watt. Good chance Herbig delivers.
This diminuitive but electric prospect consistently shows off polished route-running. A potent slot receiver is just what Justin Fields needs to take that next step.
That Ward went this high is a surprise. Still, he showed himself to be a hard-hitting DB with a penchant for making highlight-reel plays.
Whether the Raiders consider him the long-term replacement for Jimmy G is not likely, but O'Connell is an accurate rhythm passer not afraid to take chances downfield.
Stockpiling outside backers over the past two drafts, the Jags will likely take advantage of Abdullah's speed and acceleration and have him exclusively rush the QB.
The Commanders add to a position of strength. Playing with Young, Sweat, and Allen may allow Henry to reach the elite potential he showed coming out of high school.
A CB with good size and sudden closing speed, Rush should adapt seamlessly to Gus Bradley's zone-coverage packages.
A mobile, confident signal-caller who works efficiently in the short and intermediate areas of the field, Tune looks to bring leadership and stability to the Arizona QB group.
And the Browns go for someone they hope will be a long-term backup to DeShaun Watson, to whom DTR is sometimes compared. Quality athlete and leader.
His fluidity and knack of slithering between offensive lineman could make him a disruptive force at the NFL level. Sometimes struggles to disengage from blocks at the point of attack.
Having spent earlier picks to upgrade their DL, the Browns look to boost their secondary with this selection. Mitchell went quite a bit higher than most expected, but his advocates believe he's a solid all-around player.
A decisive runner with a good burst who led the ACC in rushing last year, "Izzy" falling to the fifth round hints at how much today's NFL values the RB position. That New York got him at this spot makes this a high-value get.
144 - 5 Patriots Atonio Mafi, OG, UCLA, 6025, 329, 5.52
Having already selected a center and a guard, the Pats going for the wrestling-bearish Mafi indicates just what the franchise thinks about the interior of last year's offensive line.
A compact, competitive DB, Robinson's at his best when playing downhill. But he demos just enough coverage skill that Carolina may try to play him all over the back end.
An experienced DB with good measurables. Will bolster the depth in the New Orleans secondary.
Rangy TE who runs good patterns, stresses the back end of a defense on seam routes, and is better after the catch than you'd think. Needs to improve his blocking.
NFL Draft Scout pegged Sewell going much higher. Some question his instincts, but we like his athleticism, how he manhandles blockers, and his apparent love of collisions.
149 - 5 Packers Sean Clifford, QB, Penn State, 6020, 218, 4.62
An older prospect (25), this ruggedly mobile QB brings to the dance WTF-decision-making moments that'll stir memories of Brett Favre—now suddenly a selling point with cheeseheads since the departure of Aaron Rodgers.
150 - 5 Bills Justin Shorter, WR, Florida, 6042, 229, 4.55
His name doesn't do him justice, since Shorter often overpowers DBs, thanks to his size and skills at high-pointing contested throws. Buffalo needs WR depth, so this is a sensible selection.
Blessed with long arms and a jolting tenacity, Morris sets the edge well on running plays and was on an upswing as a pass-rusher in 2022.
152 - 5 Lions Colby Sorsdal, OT, William & Mary, 6053, 304, 5.17
Not much seems to be known about Sorsdal. Good length but not a ton of bulk. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt and predict a solid career as a backup, before he follows W&M alums Sean McDermott and Mike Tomlin into the NFL head-coaching ranks.
Nothing about Dennis' measurables stand out but the Steelers hope he'll be a solid backup and special-teams menace.
A crafty, high-character player and leader who fits the type of center the Seahawks have gone for in the past.
A long-armed corner who plays the ball well, Luter will be at his best in zone packages.
Not an especially mobile player, McFadden will need to bulk up to be an effective NFL guard.
Worthy of being picked higher, Kelly boasts the competitiveness and coverage skills typical of corners who thrive in the Baltimore system.
A smooth, athletic gifted prospect, Scott could become a capable cover man, though his tackling leaves a lot to be desired for a strong safety.
Shaky hands and a drop in production cratered the draft prospects of Wicks who at times flashes elite route-running and ball skills. When he returns to the Pack in 2024, QB Aaron Rodgers is gonna love this guy.
Only concerns about consistency can explain the fall of Johnson, whom we had going in Round 2. Instinctive in coverage and an aggressive, sure tackler, he could have an impact from this draft spot similar to that of Talanoa Hufanga.
With long arms, explosive movement, and flexible bend, Hampton has a number of physical traits you look for in a dangerous edge rusher.
Mallory could be a factor as receiver at the NFL level, but he needs to improve his blocking to be anything more than a No. 2 TE.
Has the kind of speed where "chase Brown" becomes something NFL coaches periodically yell at their defenses. An explosive, decisive runner, Brown is a threat to take it to the house from anywhere on the field.
Probably won't be more than a capable pro backup, Hall nonetheless can make all the throws asked of an NFL QB.
Older and injury prone, Smith may not offer a ton of potential. Yet, he still has the size, speed, and footwork of someone capable of competing for a starting role in a couple of seasons.
Went higher than expected, this lengthy DE could excel as a spot performer in Steve Spagnuolo's defense.
167 - 5 Texans Henry To'oTo'o, Alabama, ILB, 6010, 227, 4.62
A really smart, efficient player who apparently isn't big enough or failed to make enough highlight-reel plays to warrant a higher selection. We think the Texans got a very solid long-term starting linebacker.
A fall perhaps even more puzzling than To'oTo'o's. Pappoe is Exhibit A that an otherworldly 40 time won't always nullify concerns about a lack of size and collegiate production. Still...the fifth round?
Cowboys get a seasoned player who brings a mauler's intent and temperament to the middle of the OL.
The third pick among the last four who fell much further than he should have. Smith's football IQ, communications skills, and versatility are exceptional and somehow went unappreciated in this draft.
The former Boilermaker displays great hands and the physical presence to warrant the "Bull" Durham moniker. But is his blocking prowess enough to overcome his limitations as a receiver?
Not a home-run threat by any means, Gray still shows good vision and is underrated as a receiver.
One of those intriguing prospects whose production didn't measure up to his physical ability. He's the quintessential boom-or-bust prospect.
The Rams may move McClendon from his right-tackle position at Georgia, where he gave up zero sacks over the past two seasons. Noticeable upper-body strength but some worry about his inconsistent technique and effort.
Not much in terms of showing a burst off the line or an ability to separate, Allen still possesses an impressive catch radius that could make him a downfield option for Matt Stafford (or whichever able-bodied QB is playing in his stead).
Hull showed well at the Senior Bowl and could land a spot as a change-of-pace option to Jonathan Taylor.
A physical receiver with a stout frame, Nacua performs suprisingly well as a vertical passing-game threat. Reminds some of Cooper Kupp, but presently shows nowhere near the route-running skill.
178 - 6 Cowboys Eric Scott Jr., CB, Southern Miss, 6010, 204, 4.54
The Cowboys starts off Round 6 by selecting a corner with good size but questionable upside. Not sure that Scott has the speed to play meaningful snaps for the Dallas D.
Green Bay will move the extremely productive college end inside. Given Brooks' bulky frame, the position shift makes sense.
A smallish corner who plays with a peppery urgency. His build and skill set seem suited for a slot corner.
181 - 6 Bucs Josh Hayes, FS, Kansas State, 5111, 197, 4.47
Another player whose quickness suggests that the Bucs will use him as a nickel back. The film shows a player comfortable at playing both off and press coverage.
A waif of a corner, THT does have a competitive streak that could allow him to stick as slot corner.
Skinner's size and physicality make him an attractive late-round prospect. Will do better the closer he plays to the line of scrimmage.
Experience as a special-teams stud in college should serve Barnes well in the NFL.
An interesting wideout whose physical gifts and collegiate production didn't align for some reason. Expect him to compete for a slot-receiver role.
A rangy OT with good feet who played a lot of snaps at Maryland. That combination of athleticism and experience could come in handy as he tries to make an NFL roster.
Boutte was a draft darling after an abbreviated but sensational 2021...then the bottom fell out. Perhaps the New England system can help this playmaker-in-waiting resurrect his performance.
McKee has touch and throws a nice deep ball, but how well would the Eagles offense perform should he ever be asked to step in for a QB (Hurts) who plays so differently?
189 - 6 Rams Ochaun Mathis, DE, Nebraska, 6046, 250, 4.74
A long DE with a combustible first-step, Mathis hopes Aaron Donald stays around long enough to allow him to develop into a quality pass-rusher.
A stocky center, Wypler is a technician with nice lateral agility. A good value pick stays in state.
Palmer is a flat-out blazer who enjoyed a productive 2022 campaign after transferring from LSU. Some believe the Bucs found a treasure with this pick.
Not the directional punter that New England usuallys goes for, Baringer boasts a powerful leg and experience kicking in cold weather.
A physical, downhill runner who could prosper as a short-yardage back.
Built like a bar ATM, Coburn could somewhere down the road make an impact as a two-down run-stuffing 0-technique player. Old-timers hope he's the second coming of Curley Culp.
A penchant for drops led to Perry's drop in the draft. NFLDraftScout.com thinks he's a top 80 player, so the Saints should feel pretty good about this selection.
A shorter DE whose thick frame and burst off the snap are good foundations on which to build a pass-rushing repertoire. Think of him as a poor-man's Dwight Freeney.
Higgins is a physical mismatch who will complement Tyreke Hill and the rest of a Dolphin offense predicated on speed.
198 - 6 Seahawks Jerrick Reed II, SS, New Mexico, 5096, 196, 4.46
May have the versatility to stick in the NFL. Or he may not. Now that's versatile.
Will have NFL refs thankful that they identify the perpetrator of a penalty by number rather than name. Aumavae-Laulu is definitely a project but, starting with his size, there's a lot to like.
A high-character, hard-working prospect and decent athlete who'll vie as a rotational piece on the Chargers' DT.
Patterson's 6-5 frame is atypical for NFL centers, but he has the brains and versatility to play center or either guard position.
202 - 6 Jaguars Christian Braswell, CB, Rutgers, 5103, 183, 4.49
A smaller DB who nonetheless can enough acrobatic plays to draw notice in camp this summer.
Gifted with terrific straightahead speed, Burney is also good at working his way through traffic, which should be useful during the typical Vegas morning rush hour.
Brings experience, good size and speed, and is a solid tackler. JBC has the skill set to play in Robert Saleh's defense.
We thought he'd go higher. Hutchinson is a quality receiver who offers more size and physicality than third-round pick Dell.
Another wideout we saw going earlier, Iosivas is a nice package of size, smarts, speed and route-running skills. In Cincy's offense, he could be a very productive player.
207 - 6 Packers Anders Carlson, K, Auburn, 6050, 219, 4.79
Will battle longtime incumbent Mason Crosby. Good leg with experience kicking in big games, but we're betting on Crosby.
208 - 6 Jaguars Erick Hallett II, FS, Pittsburgh, 5096, 195, 4.50
We didn't have Hallett getting drafted, but the Jags get a shifty fireplug to play over the slot.
209 - 6 Giants Tre Hawkins III, CB, Old Dominion, 6017, 188, 4.42
The Giants looked at the blend of length and speed and asked "why not?"
210 - 6 Patriots *Demario Douglas, WR, Liberty, 5082, 179, 4.44
Nice burst off the line but doesn't showcase the elite speed to offset concerns about his size. The Pats must have liked what they saw at the East-West Shrine Game.
Small-school prospect who flies around the field. Likely needs to stand out on special teams if he's to make the Indy roster.
Set aside the measurables. The tape shows a battling, productive runner who can embarrass tacklers. Stands to be an exhibition-season darling who could very well make the roster as Pollard's backup.
Lean as far as defensive tackles go, the relentless Stills may be a tweener who struggles to find a comfortable positional fit in the NFL.
Ameer has speed in abundance. Size and physicality, too. Blame a lack of production for why he wasn't a higher pick.
Injuries held Evans down on the field and in the draft. But he's a patient runner who could be very successful in Sean McVay's offense.
Undersized 'backer who's an instinctive playmaker and solid tackler. Uses his speed to shoot gaps but lacks the bulk to take on blockers.
Not just Jake Moody's wingman, Robbins is a dependable directional kicker and solid at pinning opposing teams deep.
218 - 7 Bears Travis Bell, DT, Kennesaw State, 6000, 310, 5.03
Not a ton of film on Bell, but his dimensions suggest a 0-technique run-stuffing superstar. Are we off, here?
219 - 7 Lions Antoine Green, WR, North Carolina, 6016, 199, 4.47
Has the speed and size to take the top off NFL defenses. Green needs to sharpen his route-running but uncertainty with the Lions receiver depth gives him a puncher's chance.
Not many drafts have produced a tight end with Kuntz's sheer size and straightline speed. He'll be a downfield mismatch against most NFL safeties.
Has the size, physicality, and fearlessness you like in a corner, but the pedestrian speed means he might be better suited at safety.
Shoulda went much earlier. McBride is at times a scintillating back with excellent vision and balance who routinely powers through that first tackle attempt. Forecasts to be an excellent change-up to Dalvin Cook.
223 - 7 Rams Ethan Evans, P, Wingate, 6034, 238, 5.12
Been a long time between drinks for Wingate and the NFL (last player selected in 2007). We know that "Double E" has some pop in his leg and was one of only four Division II players invited to the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl.
What Hellams denies in eye-popping measurables, he brings in leadership, smarts, and big-game experience.
Atlanta doubles-up on SEC prospects. Gwyn is an undersized center but he's a good technician who played against tough competition.
Jaguars double down on interior offensive linemen (see Anton Harrison, Round 1), selecting a college tackle who'll be moved inside. Hodges has the frame to pack on some needed weight.
227 - 7 Jaguars Raymond Vohasek, DT, North Carolina, 6022, 306, 5.10
With the second of their back-to-back picks, the Jags address the interior of the DL, selecting a prospect with an interesting collegiate background.
228 - 7 Titans Colton Dowell, WR, Tennessee-Martin, 6027, 212, 4.44
The size and speed you like in a wideout, Dowell impressed at his Pro Day. The local pro team took notice.
How shortsighted and callous can the draft process be? Projected to be a Round 3 or 4 pick, Vorhees blew minds at the combine, doing a memorable 38 bench-press reps one day after suffering a significant knee injury. Nice to see such toughness and willingness to sacrifice getting rewarded.
Bills keep the focus of their draft on the OL. Another tackle-to-guard conversion to add depth in the middle.
Unspectacular but dependable, Silvera shows enough lateral movement and raw power to help anchor the middle of the Vegas DL.
Valentine is a battler with a good closing burst. He needs to improve his technique if he wants to crack a talented Green Bay secondary.
233 - 7 Commanders Andre Jones, DE, Louisiana, 6044, 248, 4.78
Uses his hands well and at time plays with solid leverage when setting the edge. Diversifying his pass-rush moves is the next step.
A well-built, solid safety who possesses terrific leaping ability (43" vertical), Taylor does his best work in the box, close to the line of scrimmage.
235 - 7 Packers *Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan, 5101, 220, 4.61
A between-the-tackles thumper who might stick around as a special teams performer and short-yardage specialist.
236 - 7 Colts Jake Witt, OT, Northern Michigan, 6071, 302, 4.89
Witt's basketball background and related ranginess and athleticism make him an intriguing project.
McIntosh has big-game experience and soft hands as a receiver to fall back on. Seattle scores two solid backs in this draft.
We graded Hayes higher than the seventh round. Miami also thinks that he has the versatility to become a quality swing tackle.
Won't pose much of a threat to the still-blossoming Justin Herbert, Duggan still oozes the toughness and intangibles you want in a backup QB.
Possibility that the Jags also play Parish some at FB, as he has the strength and tenacity to be a solid lead blocker.
A nice combination of size and straight-ahead speed. Trice struggles to turn his hips and run, which will be a liability in the NFL.
Might have the body and skill set to play both safety positions, though he doesn't seem to possess much in the way of upside for either role. Some analysts like Johnson more than we do.
243 - 7 Giants Jordan Riley, DT, Oregon, 6053, 338 5.31
Normally teams would be enthusiastic about the potential payoff of molding a project with such tremendous size. But Riley's elders-statesman stature (he's 25) will dampen that enthusiasm a bit.
244 - 7 Cowboys Jalen Brooks, WR, South Carolina, 6010, 200, 4.69
Body control and ball skills are evident but the lack of speed will make it difficult to separate from NFL corners.
245 - 7 Patriots Isaiah Bolden, FS, Jackson State, 6022, 201, 4.35
A productive collegiate kick returner, Bolden the safety might have landed with the ideal organization for maximizing his thrumming physical potential.
246 - 7 Bengals D.J. Ivey, CB, Miami, 6005, 189, 4.46
Has a nice set of physical tools. Ivey will need to refine his coverage skills in order to make his imprint.
Niners again trying to find that quality No. 2 TE behind George Kittle. A solid blocker, Willis joins second-round pick Cameron Latu in that quest.
Only attempt by Houston to add depth to their secondary. A tad undersized, Hill is a forceful player we had going a few rounds earlier.
Ojomo is a bit lean but has the quick first step and mobillity to be decent pass-rusher from the inside. With a DT pick that bookends the selection of Jalen Carter, Philly finishes off a noteworthy 2023 draft.
NFL Draft Scout ranked Jones as our 250th best overall player and he's the 250th prospect picked. Coincidence? The Chiefs get a special teams buzzsaw, and we'll be out buying lottery tickets.
251 - 7 Steelers Spencer Anderson, OT, Maryland, 6050, 309, 5.18
Played guard at Maryland but has the length to swing out to tackle, which is where the Steelers plan to try him.
At first blush, the Bills defensive backfield looks stellar but they had depth issues last year. So getting an astute CB with some decent length works here.
A combative, gritty athlete, Bell looks to reprise his role as a big-play return man and contribute in three-receiver sets.
The Giants may be doing nothing more than filling out their positional bingo card with this pick. Some observers, however, like Owens' experience and playmaking.
San Francisco hopes that Graham's versatility and ability to suss out plays make up for his underwhelming size and speed.
256 - 7 Packers Grant DuBose, WR, Charlotte, 6023, 201, 4.57
Not often does the word "exciting" attach itself to a seventh-round pick, but the powerful DuBose someday could be a lethal red-zone threat with his penchant for winning jump balls.
Has the IQ and probably the versatility to play center and both guard positions in the NFL.
258 - 7 Bears Kendall Williamson, SS, Stanford, 6004, 202, 4.49
Doesn't play as fast as his 40 time would indicate. Still, Williamson is an extremely heady player who packs a wallop in run support.
259 -7 Rams Desjuan Johnson, DT, Toledo, 6021, 314, 5.04
After the stunning success of last year's Mr. Irrelevant, people won't be so quick to dismiss a player with Johnson's relentless work ethic. Expect him to learn a lot playing behind Mr. Extremely Relevant, Aaron Donald.