Mel Kiper 2023 Mock Draft: First Look At Round 1 Projections

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It’s officially NFL Draft season! With the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and Pro Days around the corner, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. is busting out his first mock draft for 2023.

After a year where only one quarterback (Kenny Pickett to the Steelers) was selected in the first round, Kiper has three quarterbacks slated inside of the top five and four in the top 10.

However, the No. 1 overall pick is on the defensive side of the ball, with the Chicago Bears taking Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter in Kiper’s projections.

The first quarterback off of the board is Ohio State’s CJ Stroud to the Houston Texans at No. 2, while the Indianapolis Colts take Alabama’s Bryce Young at No. 4. The other top 10 quarterbacks in Kiper’s mock draft are Kentucky’s Will Levis and Anthony Richardson of Florida.

Who does Kiper have your favorite team drafting in his first 2023 mock draft?

A look at his top 10 projections can be seen below, while the full first-round mock draft can be seen by heading over to

  1. Chicago Bears – Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
  2. Houston Texans – CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
  3. Arizona Cardinals – Will Anderson Jr., DE/OLB, Alabama
  4. Indianapolis Colts – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
  5. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver) – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
  6. Detroit Lions (via LA Rams) – Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
  7. Las Vegas Raiders – Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
  8. Atlanta Falcons – Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson
  9. Carolina Panthers – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
  10. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) – Calijah Kancey, DT, Pitt

Who do you want your favorite team to select in the upcoming draft? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions.

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