Martin McConnell’s Pre-Postseason 2023 NFL Mock Draft

25. Dallas Cowboys- Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

Siaki Ika is my favorite player in this class, and imagine how much he’s going to do to help Micah Parsons. Ika is a massive 6’4 and about 350 pounds. He can open up so much for this Cowboys defense just by eating up blocks in the run game. He makes what Dallas is trying to do make so much more sense. Absolutely red-hot fire draft pick.

26. Cincinnati Bengals- Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech

I could’ve gone cornerback here as well, but the Bengals desperately need trench help. Tyree Wilson was a one-man wrecking crew in his final season with the Red Raiders. Wilson has rare size, even for a defensive end, and can dominate even the strongest tackles at the line of scrimmage. I have questions about his ability to diagnose plays, but he can be a bull in a china shop for Lou Anarumo until he learns what he’s doing out there.

27. Minnesota Vikings- Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Honestly, I have no idea what the Vikings are going to do in this spot. Not a clue, at all. I think Devon Witherspoon is a bit of a reach here, but what other choice do they have? The receiver cupboard is bare, they’re not going to take Bijan Robinson, I don’t think there are any worthy tackles. Witherspoon is aggressive, physical, and could replace Patrick Peterson soon.

28. Denver Broncos (from SF, via MIA)- Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

A quick refresher: Denver has this pick thanks to the Bradley Chubb deal to Miami, who got it from the Trey Lance draft trade with the 49ers. Yeah, I forgot about the Bradley Chubb trade too.

I’m sure that the Broncos would rather take some kind of quarterback to replace Russell Wilson, or something to that effect. That being said, Antonio Johnson is a total freak on defense, and was the best player on the Aggies by a country mile this past, disappointing season. Pair him with the rest of that defensive backfield in Denver? Goodnight.

29. Buffalo Bills- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Oh my goodness.

If you haven’t seen Robinson’s highlights yet, go do yourself a favor. This prospect is a potential multi-time All-Pro running back, and he does so much more than just run north-south. He is, perhaps, the surest thing in this draft. Nick Chubb meets Saquon Barkley, with extreme speed and genius change of direction. What a pick.

30. Kansas City Chiefs- Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

You always need offensive linemen, and even the league’s modern dynasty is no different. I considered Jahmyr Gibbs here because speed kills, but Gibbs isn’t going anywhere without a solid offensive line. Harrison has prototypical size for the position, and has a well-rounded (yet quite raw) skillset to go with it. If anyone can get the best out of him, it’s probably Andy Reid. I mean, he did basically the same thing with Patrick Mahomes.

31. Philadelphia Eagles- Andrew Vorhees, IOL, USC

The Eagles have the best offensive line in football; let’s beef that up a little bit. Andrew Vorhees was a monster interior blocker for the Trojans this year, and recently declared for the draft in April. I’m a big fan of his, and although I’m supposed to be doing what I think will happen, but I had to make sure he got into the first round.


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