2023 NFL mock draft 4.0: QB prospect makes big jump into top 10 as scouting combine beckons

NFL draft season is in full swing with the scouting combine starting up next week. A brand new mock draft, with four quarterbacks in the top seven picks, is what you need to get your own takes percolating.

Here is Charles McDonald's 2023 NFL mock draft 4.0. (Moe Haidar/Yahoo Sports)
Here is Charles McDonald's 2023 NFL mock draft 4.0. (Moe Haidar/Yahoo Sports)

1. Chicago Bears

Georgia DL Jalen Carter

This guy is the best player in the draft. A defensive tackle going first overall might seem a bit rich, but Jalen Carter has the talent to be among the best in the league as a rookie. He’s really that special of a talent.

2. Houston Texans

Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

The Texans are almost guaranteed to draft a quarterback with this pick and C.J. Stroud might have the cleanest floor with a high ceiling to improve and become a gamebreaker for Houston.

3. Arizona Cardinals

Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr.

Jonathan Gannon is going to need a massive upgrade in defensive line talent if he wants to recreate the success he had in Philadelphia. Will Anderson is a great start on that, but even he will need some help around him in free agency and the later rounds of the draft.

4. Indianapolis Colts

Alabama QB Bryce Young

Bryce Young might be a nice fit for the offense that new head coach Shane Steichen is going to install with the Colts. Young will be one of the smallest quarterbacks to get drafted this highly, but his play warrants it.

5. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos)

Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson

Tyree Wilson should see a big boost in his draft stock after the NFL combine next week. Wilson is a big, productive, athletic pass rusher that has a chance to be a dominant pro if he ends up with the right team.

6. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

Florida QB Anthony Richardson

Anthony Richardson has a massive skill set that needs some time to marinate, but he will hear his name called fairly early in the upcoming draft. This is an ideal spot for Richardson, where he can compete with veteran Jared Goff while he tweaks his game a bit to make him a productive pro quarterback.

7. Las Vegas Raiders

Kentucky QB Will Levis

The Raiders need a quarterback and this is the last viable one they can take at this spot.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy

Grady Jarrett deserves better. He needs a running mate to ease some of the heavy lifting as he hits the back nine of his career. Myles Murphy might not project to be a leadoff pass rusher, but the Falcons can’t be picky. He’s still a high upside talent at a major position of need.

9. Carolina Panthers

Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon

This may seem like a worst-case scenario for the Panthers, but they can still add some premium defensive talent to their roster. Devon Witherspoon would give them a hellacious young secondary for Ejiro Evero to work with.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints)

Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez

The rich get richer. The Eagles can add an uber-talented, physical corner to make their defense even better than it was this past season.

11. Tennessee Titans

Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.

Taylor Lewan is officially gone from the Titans, creating a massive hole at left tackle for the short and long term. Paris Johnson Jr. is a plug-and-play left tackle that has the profile of a franchise cornerstone.

12. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns)

Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

The Texans can pair their newly drafted franchise quarterback with a familiar face. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a bit of a specific fit due to his slot wide receiver profile, but the Texans would need talented bodies for C.J. Stroud to throw to in this scenario.

13. New York Jets

Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski

The Jets can add some insurance at tackle by picking Skoronski at this point. If Mekhi Becton can get back to moving in the right direction, they would have a kickass tackle duo for the long term.

14. New England Patriots

USC WR Jordan Addison

New England needs offensive talent to go along with the scheme overhaul. Jordan Addison would fit well in the offenses that Bill O’Brien has run in the past, so he gets added to a group that needs polish and big-play ability at wide receiver.

15. Green Bay Packers

TCU WR Quentin Johnston

Whether or not the Packers’ quarterback is Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love, they need to upgrade their wide receiver room. Quentin Johnston has the size and skills to be a quick fix and long-term option.

16. Washington Commanders

Florida G O'Cyrus Torrence

The Commanders need help up front, and Torrence has a chance to be a lockdown guard on the interior. Assuming the Commanders are really serious about this Sam Howell thing, they need to build up this supporting cast.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison

The Steelers need an anchor at tackle for Kenny Pickett and the rest of their young offense. Anton Harrison is a younger tackle, but he has massive upside to be one of the better tackles in the league.

18. Detroit Lions

Alabama CB/S Brian Branch

A versatile defensive back to put in the middle of the Lions’ secondary. Branch and Jeff Okudah would give Detroit two young, physical defensive backs to continue to build around.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer is the clear-cut best tight end in the draft and adds a lot to a Buccaneers offense just by being an elite talent at his position. Not a huge need, but he’s the best player available here.

20. Seattle Seahawks

Iowa EDGE Lukas Van Ness

Double dip! The Seahawks already took Tyree Wilson, but now they can add another player who has a bit more positional flexibility along the defensive line. Lukas Van Ness played a fair amount of interior snaps for the Iowa Hawkeyes during his time there.

21. Los Angeles Chargers

Maryland CB Deonte Banks

A little boost at cornerback for a defense that played way better down the stretch without the talent they thought they would have at the start of the season.

22. Baltimore Ravens

Georgia OT Broderick Jones

Broderick Jones is a high-upside offensive tackle that moves well, but he’s a little raw in terms of his technique. Still, he makes sense as an option across from Ronnie Stanley for the Ravens’ offense.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.

New defensive coordinator Brian Flores needs more athleticism at cornerback than he currently has with the Vikings setup. Joey Porter Jr. can fix that.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars

Clemson DT Bryan Bresee

Bresee’s stock seems to be all over the place, but he’s a good fit for what the Jaguars can continue to add on defense, especially if they’re really serious about Travon Walker being strictly an edge rusher.

25. New York Giants

Utah TE Dalton Kincaid

An athletic tight end to give the Giants another bonafide offensive weapon beyond Saquon Barkley, should they bring him back.

26. Dallas Cowboys

Michigan DL Mazi Smith

Mazi Smith might end up being the star of the Combine if he performs up to standards of being on Bruce Feldman’s annual freak list. He’s supposed to have a dominant showing even though he weighs more than 330 pounds.

27. Buffalo Bills

Ohio State IOL Luke Wypler

The Bills need a little more force up front to help take the load off of Josh Allen. Here’s a young, talented interior lineman from Ohio State that can help with that.

28. Cincinnati Bengals

Ohio State OT Dawand Jones

Once again, the Bengals need a right tackle. Jones is a little rough around the edges, but it’s hard to find guys at his size that can play on the edge in the NFL.

29. New Orleans Saints (via San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos)

Georgia CB Kelee Ringo

Kelee Ringo’s fall ends here. The Saints might have the best corner trio in the league with Marshon Lattimore, Alontae Taylor and Ringo.

30. Philadelphia Eagles

Texas RB Bijan Robinson

Jalen Hurts and Bijan Robinson is too tempting of a pairing for the Eagles to pass on here.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Boston College WR Zay Flowers

Another young wide receiver for the Chiefs since apparently that’s their secret sauce to winning the Super Bowl.

(One first-round pick was forfeited by the Miami Dolphins as a result of the NFL's tampering investigation.)

Teams without a first-round pick

37. Los Angeles Rams

Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs

An explosive running back to help give the Rams a higher floor than they’ve recently had.

43. Cleveland Browns

LSU WR Kayshon Boutte

The Browns have revamped their defense and special teams with new coordinators, but they go offense here, with a weapon for Deshaun Watson who flashed top-10 talent at times during his college career.

52. Miami Dolphins

Georgia TE Darnell Washington

The tight end that can take Mike McDaniels’ running game to another level. He blocks better than most offensive linemen.

68. Denver Broncos (via Indianapolis Colts)

Stanford QB Tanner McKee

A young quarterback to pair with Davis Webb, who's in town for the sole goal of coaching Russell Wilson.

100. San Francisco 49ers

Alabama S Jordan Battle

Battle fits the attitude that the 49ers defense plays with and he’s got some upside as someone who played early in Nick Saban’s defense.