Mel Kiper’s first-round predictions for 31 picks

Who’s set for another NFL Draft with the quarterback intrigue at the top? We lost a bit of that last year, with Kenny Pickett the only passer who went in the first two rounds. Well, as you’ll see below in my first mock draft for the Class of 2023, there’s sure to be a lot of buzz surrounding these callers.

With two rounds of the NFL playoffs, the order of the top 27 picks is set. It’s a little different this year because the Dolphins were stripped of their first-round pick for a tampering violation, which means there are only 31 first-round picks. The Bears have the No. 1 pick, while the Texans, Seahawks, Lions and Eagles have two first-round players. Could we see a trade up the chart?

Let’s get into my early projections for the first round of the April draft. I’m not going to project any trades here – it’s still a bit early to gauge which teams could progress and what it would take to get there. Like I said before, this is just an exercise to show you all what I think three months out from the draft, based on my Big Board ranking and what I’m hearing from the executives. , league scouts and coaches. Everyone is now gearing up for the Senior Bowl next week and the combine in early March.

Here we go, starting with Chicago at No. 1. I’m going to use ESPN’s Football Power Index to project numbers 28-31, and that pattern has the Chiefs beating the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Check out the “SportsCenter Special: Mel Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0” at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Wednesday, and you can catch me and my buddy Todd McShay going through all 31 picks.

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