Martin McConnell’s Pre-Postseason 2023 NFL Mock Draft

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Pittsburgh’s getting a long and physical corner in Joey Porter Jr. I fear he might risk becoming a penalty machine on account of how handsy he is at the top of the route, but it should be alright. Porter is a great option at corner, though, and that will clear out the top tier of cornerbacks in this draft. The Steelers had Porter’s dad in black and yellow for about seven years in the early 2000s. Now, they get the younger Porter who has shut-down corner potential.

18. Detroit Lions- Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

Another falling Clemson defender, the Lions snatch up the class’s second-best interior defensive lineman. Bryan Bresee was a five-star recruit out of Maryland, and hasn’t fully lived up to his potential at Clemson. I would bet that Dan Campbell can get the most out of his power-first skillset, and he’ll be terrorizing the NFC North in no time. Great value pick!

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

I love Cam Smith, and I think the Bucs will feel the same. Smith is one of the best pressing corners in this class, and ranked as my No. 2 corner coming into the year. He’s No. 4 now, but he’s still one of the most suffocating defenders in the 2023 NFL Draft. He’s coming in at 6’4, 216, according to Google. The Buccaneers missed out on the three tall and physical corners in this draft, so they’ll just take the fourth one.

20. Seattle Seahawks- Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Miami forfeited their pick, which means the Seahawks are able to grab the draft’s top linebacker. Trenton Simpson is a physical specimen that is rare among modern ‘backers. 6’3, 240, and can cover a ton of ground in not-that-much time at all. Pete Carroll is all about defense, and instead of going for a tight end or other offensive playmaker, he double-dips on the front seven here.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars- Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

The Jags give Trevor Lawrence a game-breaker at tight end in the form of Darnell Washington. He’s been compared to “What is LeBron James played football?” and “an oversized fifth-grade football player” and both of those are perfect. Washington is 6’7, 260, and loves to jump over people. His tape absolutely rocks. Seriously, go watch it.

22. New York Giants- O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida

Full disclosure, I’m not super familiar with O’Cyrus Torrence. What I do know is that the Giants need offensive line help in Brian Daboll’s scheme, and Torrence is perfect for what they’re looking for. He can be a dominating presence in the run game to help out Saquon Barkley. Not to mention, he’ll be an effective pass-protector for Daniel Jones, or whoever’s back there in 2023.

23. Baltimore Ravens- Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

I was tempted to give the Ravens Bijan Robinson here, but I think they would rather opt for a big defensive end like the 6’5, 265-pound Isaiah Foskey. Foskey’s been a double-digit sack artist for his last two seasons with the Fighting Irish. The Ravens collect these guys like they’re Funko Pop figures in 2015. Expect Foskey to develop nicely under John Harbaugh.

24. Los Angeles Chargers- Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

The Chargers go for a home-run hitter at No. 24, taking the uber-speedy Jalin Hyatt from Tennessee. Justin Herbert has a beautiful deep ball, and now he has someone to actually catch those who has getaway speed. Hyatt can thrive in the L.A. offense as he gets his suspiciously-long (serious, go look at him) legs under him and learns to run more diverse routes.

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