9. New York Giants- Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Kelee Ringo is one of the most supremely physically talented cornerbacks to come out of college in the past five years. At 6’2 and 205 pounds, it’s rumored that Ringo will run in the 4.30-second range in the 40 yard dash at the 2023 NFL Combine. If that’s true, it makes Ringo nothing short of a lock for the draft’s top defensive back. I doubt the Giants will want to pick up the option on Daniel Jones, or even keep him on the roster past 2022, so Brian Daboll and Co. will have to cobble together a solution to this quarterback room. They simply can’t pass on a prospect like Ringo, though.
10. Washington Commanders- Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Will Levis slide stops here, if you can even call it a slide. I’m personally not super high on Levis, but the Commanders have simply got to stop with this quarterback carousel. Pick a guy and stick with him, just once. I’m begging. Levis has been described as “an athlete who sometimes plays quarterback” and I can totally get behind that description. If Ron Rivera can reign him in and teach him how to process and play the position, he could be great. But running around, showing obvious signs of panic, and whipping deep balls down the field won’t fly in the NFL like it does at Kentucky.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers- Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
This pick is a personal shout-out to my writer friend Ryan Seiple, who I just introduced to Baylor’s Siaki Ika in our group chat. Ika is awesome, and with his movement skills at 6’4 and almost 360 pounds, there are shades of Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea in his game. Ika has deadly moves he uses against these poor Big XII centers who, by the way, look like wide receivers standing next to him. His tape is nothing short of comical, so if you have a free afternoon, go familiarize yourself with Siaki Ika.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from NOLA)- Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
During the 2022 draft, the Eagles traded for star receiver A.J. Brown from the Titans in hopes of making Jalen Hurts more comfortable out there. For 2023, I think they could afford to load up at the position a bit. Philly could use a defensive back here, but I don’t think there’s one available here that matches the value of the No. 12 overall pick. LSU’s Kayshon Boutte has a chance to develop into this class’s top receiver. Don’t be surprised to see him go in the top ten come draft night in April.
13. Minnesota Vikings- Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
This is maybe a little bit of a reach, but I’m not sure it will be by the time the real draft rolls around. Antonio Johnson is a stud at the safety position. A playmaker with all the tools in the world, as well as height, weight, and speed at elite levels, Johnson could be the best A&M player to come into the NFL since Myles Garrett in 2017. The Vikings take a little bit of a swing here, but I think that Johnson fits their defensive style perfectly.
14. Houston Texans (from CLE)- Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
The Texans have needs at just about every position right now. They showcased this in the 2022 NFL Draft by kick-starting a rebuild with a cornerback and an interior offensive lineman as their two first-round picks. Peter Skoronski fits that mold a bit, as he can play just about any position on the offensive line. Skoronski was ready at the end of last season, and his final college year will be mostly about refining his already-great game. Nice job, Houston!
15. Las Vegas Raiders- Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
The Raiders need some kind of force next to Maxx Crosby on the defensive line. Enter former top recruit out of high school and general mountain of a man Bryan Bresee out of Clemson, and you might have something cooking there. Bresee has dealt with injuries over the past year or so, and has underperformed a bit for a No. 1 recruit, but he has every chance to put together a fantastic season this year. That would lock him into the first round for sure, and I think the Raiders could pick him up here.
16. Miami Dolphins- Pick Forfeited
Whoops, I guess.