2023 NFL Mock Draft: Will Levis lands in Houston

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2023 NFL Mock Draft

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Will Levis lands in Houston

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2023 NFL Mock Draft

This 2023 NFL Mock Draft has four quarterbacks going in the top-10 picks, including Will Levis being selected second overall by the Houston Texans.

1. Carolina Panthers (Via CHI) – Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

There has been a nonstop drumbeat for the past three weeks that the Panthers want Bryce Young. I was skeptical at first, but it’s tough to think otherwise at this point.

2. Houston Texans – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

There are rumors that the Texans won’t take a quarterback second overall. Rumors have them preferring Will Levis to CJ Stroud, so if they do select a quarterback, it could be Levis. We also have to factor in that ownership may overrule Caserio on selecting a defender and standing pat. Rolling out Davis Mills for another year is, frankly, demoralizing.

All that being said, absolutely no one knew what the Texans were doing last year until about 24 hours before when some reporters got wind that they may be interested in Derek Stingley Jr over Sauce Gardner.

3. Arizona Cardinals – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

The Cardinals are very, very likely to trade down. If they aren’t able to, I imagine they take the top defender at a premium position, and Tyree has the most upside.

4. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

The Colts are one of the most desperate teams for a QB right now, with just Gardner Minshew on the roster and a rotation of failing veterans leading the way for them post-Andrew Luck. Chris Ballard has preferred a certain stature during his tenure (every quarterback has been 6’1 or taller) and recently said they have “stringent” height requirements.

Richardson is a bit of a project, but Shane Steichen (their new head coach) comes from Philadelphia, where he worked with a mobile QB in Jalen Hurts and had fruitful success. I think Levis is their top quarterback on the board, but he is already gone before they can pick in this 2023 NFL Mock Draft.

5. Seattle Seahawks – Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama

The Seahawks could opt for Stroud here, but I imagine with Will Anderson falling this far, he would be a pretty easy pick for them.

6. Detroit Lions – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Lions added Cameron Sutton and Emmanuel Mosely, but the latter is on a one-year deal, while Sutton only has two years of guarantees. They also traded away Jeff Okudah.

They could also add another edge here if Tyree Wilson falls, but they sunk the second overall pick into an edge last year and may opt to go elsewhere to continue bulking up the defense. I think Witherspoon gets the nod here. He’s extremely physical and would fit their defense well. The Lions played a top-10 rate of man coverage last season, and Witherspoon played man at a 75%+ rate at Illinois. There have also been reports about teams strongly preferring Witherspoon over Gonzales.

7. Las Vegas Raiders – Paris Johnson Jr, OT, Ohio State

The Raiders need to continue building their offensive line if they want to support the fragile Jimmy Garoppolo. They are in the mix of teams looking to trade up for a quarterback.

8. Atlanta Falcons – CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Once the -400 favorite to go first overall, Stroud has dealt with a landslide of negative reports in the past two weeks. His slide stops here with Atlanta, who can’t pass on a significantly better passer than Desmond Ridder.

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Author: Connor Allen

Connor Allen utilizes advanced analytics and his knowledge of football to create an edge in sports betting and fantasy leagues. He writes a weekly player prop article that's won over 57% of the time in each of the past two seasons. He placed first and 10th in the FFPC Divisional Round Playoff Contest along with fellow 4for4 writer, Joe Paeno. Connor currently resides in Chicago where he owns a small business and can be found on twitter @ConnorAllenNFL.