2023 NFL Mock Draft: Projections after Bears/Panthers trade… and an Aaron Rodgers move

Now that the Carolina Panthers have jumped everyone else in the 2023 NFL draft following a massive trade with the Chicago Bears, it’s time to reset all our mock drafts and take a new look at the entire first round.

Based on my research, I think the Panthers moved up to take Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, leaving Alabama’s Bryce Young to the Houston Texans with the second overall pick.

Since we’re re-setting the mock anyway, let’s throw in the Green Bay Packers/New York Jets trade that sends Aaron Rodgers to Gang Green, since that seems to be all but a formality at this point.

As part of that (for now) hypothetical trade, let’s give the Packers the Jets’ 13th overall pick as they head for their own big re-set with Jordan Love as their quarterback.

So… now that we have the ultimate NFL Friday News Dump, here’s how the first round might look under these particular circumstances.

(Note: The Miami Dolphins, who would have had the 21st overall pick in the first round, forfeited that pick as punishment from the NFL for tampering). 

1. Carolina Panthers (from Chicago Bears): C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

(Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch)

2. Houston Texans: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

(Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Arizona Cardinals: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

(Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos): Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams): Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Las Vegas Raiders: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Atlanta Falcons: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

9. Chicago Bears (from Indianapolis Colts): Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

(AP Photo/David Dermer)

10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans Saints): Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

(Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Tennessee Titans: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns): Jordan Addison, WR, USC

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

13. Green Bay Packers (from New York Jets): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

14. New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

(AP Photo/Barry Reeger2

15. Green Bay Packers: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

16. Washington Commanders: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

(Syndication: USA TODAY)

18. Detroit Lions: Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson

(Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

20. Seattle Seahawks: Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

(Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

21. Los Angeles Chargers: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

22. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

(Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

23. Minnesota Vikings: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

25. New York Giants: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

26. Dallas Cowboys: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

27. Buffalo Bills: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

28. Cincinnati Bengals: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

29. New Orleans Saints (from Denver Broncos): Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

30. Philadelphia Eagles: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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