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2023 NFL Draft: Billy Riccette’s stab at predicting the first round

It’s been a long wait but we’re finally ready to kick off the 2023 NFL Draft. With the draft finally here, I think it’s a good time to finally try a first-round mock and take a stab at predicting the first 31 picks of the draft. Of course, these are picks sure to go wrong, but that’s the fun of this, right? We can at least feel confident in the first pick of the draft, but from there, it’s anyone’s guess. So let the guessing begin! This is also my entry into the Huddle Report‘s Mock Draft contest.

1) Carolina Panthers (via CHI) - Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

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2) Houston Texans - Will Anderson, Edge, Alabama

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3) Tennessee Titans (via AZ) - C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

4) Indianapolis Colts - Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

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5) Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) - Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

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6) Detroit Lions (via LAR) - Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

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7) Las Vegas Raiders - Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

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8) Atlanta Falcons - Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech

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9) Chicago Bears (via CAR) - Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

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10) Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) - Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

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11) Arizona Cardinals (via TEN) - Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

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12) Houston Texans (via CLE) - Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

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13) Green Bay Packers (via NYJ) - Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

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14) New England Patriots - Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

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15) New York Jets (via GB) - Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia

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16) Washington Commanders - Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

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

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18) Detroit Lions - Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

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19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

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20) Seattle Seahawks - O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

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21) Los Angeles Chargers - Jordan Addison, WR, USC

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22) Baltimore Ravens - Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

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23) Minnesota Vikings - Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

24) Jacksonville Jaguars - Brian Branch, S, Alabama

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25) New York Giants - Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

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26) Dallas Cowboys - Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

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27) Buffalo Bills - Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

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28) Cincinnati Bengals - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

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29) New Orleans Saints (via DEN through MIA/SF) - Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

30) Philadelphia Eagles - Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

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31) Kansas City Chiefs - B.J, Ojulari, Edge, LSU

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Story originally appeared on Jets Wire