2-round projections heading into Senior Bowl week

Whereas 4 groups stay within the chase for the Lombardi Trophy, the remainder of the league has already moved on to the offseason, and preparations for the 2023 NFL draft will kick into one other gear subsequent week.

That’s as a result of the NFL world will as soon as once more descend upon Cellular, Alabama, for one more installment of the premier occasion on the predraft all-star circuit.

The Senior Bowl offers among the high prospects in each draft class an opportunity to spice up their inventory with a powerful week of apply towards high competitors, and the chance to work with NFL coaches and meet with crew representatives earlier than ending the week with the all-star recreation itself.

Earlier than we get there, let’s take an up to date take a look at how the primary two rounds of this yr’s draft may shake out:

NOTE: The Miami Dolphins forfeited their first-round decide in subsequent yr’s draft because of the NFL’s investigation into tampering violations.

*projected commerce

1. Indianapolis Colts (from CHI)* | Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

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If the Bears are going to maneuver down, the Colts take advantage of sense as a commerce associate. Chicago would keep excessive sufficient within the draft order to seize one of many elite defenders on this class, and Indy would be capable to bounce a division rival that additionally wants a QB (with no less than a further first-round decide and second-round decide going to the Bears, and sure extra). If the Colts have any issues about Bryce Younger’s measurement, it wouldn’t be surprising if Stroud was there goal right here.

2. Houston Texans | Alabama QB Bryce Younger

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This may be the very best state of affairs for the Texans, who misplaced out on the No. 1 decide with a dramatic win over the Colts, however nonetheless find yourself with the most effective quarterback within the draft because of that very same Indy crew. Younger’s lack of preferrred measurement may concern some groups, however he’s so good at every thing else, he ought to simply be the primary passer off the board. If he’s not, he’ll be a steal.

3. Arizona Cardinals | Alabama EDGE Will Anderson

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An enormous win for the Cardinals, who get the most effective general prospect in the whole draft outdoors of the highest two slots. Anderson would have been the simple No. 1 general decide final yr, and with J.J. Watt retiring a yr after Chandler Jones left in free company, Arizona desperately wants his dominant presence to bolster their cross rush.

4. Chicago Bears (from IND)* | Georgia DL Jalen Carter

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What a win for the Bears, who transfer down three spots, load up on further decide, and nonetheless land one among this yr’s high general prospects at an enormous place of want. Carter is a disruptive drive on the level of assault, and would give the Bears an instantaneous cornerstone round whom they will rebuild their as soon as proud protection.

5. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) | Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson

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The Russell Wilson commerce is the present that retains on giving for the Seahawks, who’re headed to the playoffs, and nonetheless have a top-five decide at their disposal. It is a good spot for them to assist out their defensive entrance, both alongside the inside or on the sting, and Wilson is a high-upside prospect who is an ideal match for what Seattle desires on the place.

6. Carolina Panthers (from LAR by way of DET)* | Kentucky QB Will Levis

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If the Lions don’t worth the remaining quarterback prospects as potential successors to Jared Goff, don’t be stunned in the event that they’re prepared to maneuver down right here. The Panthers is likely to be prepared to leap forward of the Raiders (giving up one among their two second-rounders) for the quarterback of their alternative, and although he’s nonetheless obtained loads of query marks, it gained’t be shocking if Levis finally ends up being that subsequent one off the board.

7. Las Vegas Raiders | Florida QB Anthony Richardson

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Derek Carr is clearly on his manner out, however even when the Raiders usher in a veteran quarterback, spending this decide on a high-upside passer wouldn’t be a nasty concept. Richardson might take some persistence, however he’s obtained most of the similar traits that ultimately made Josh Allen a celebrity.

8. Atlanta Falcons | Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy

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It is a nice state of affairs for the Falcons, who need assistance alongside the whole defensive entrance, and have a number of choices from the identical program that might fill that want in numerous methods. We’ll have them go together with the sting participant in Murphy, giving them an entire defender who can anchor towards the run in addition to rush the passer.

9. Detroit Lions (from CAR)* | Clemson DL Bryan Bresee

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A incredible state of affairs for the Lions, who drop down a couple of spots, add one other early decide, and nonetheless find yourself with the participant they in all probability wouldn’t have taken at their authentic slot. Bresee is precisely the form of disruptive drive they want alongside the inside of the defensive position.

10. Houston Texans (from NO by way of PHI)* | TCU WR Quentin Johnston

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After touchdown this yr’s high quarterback prospect at No. 2, the Texans bounce forward of a division rival (seemingly for a mid-round decide) to land the most effective pass-catcher on this yr’s draft. As an alternative of letting the equally WR-needy Titans have a shot and Johnston (and having to face him twice a yr), the Texans give Bryce Younger an enormous goal with tons of size, athleticism and big-play capability.

11. Tennessee Titans | Ohio State OT Paris Johnson Jr.

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With Johnston off the board, the Titans shift their focus to the offensive line, which desperately wants assist each in and out. On this state of affairs, they take the primary blocker off the board, touchdown a battle-tested prospect who has performed each sort out spots in addition to guard, all with a monitor report of success towards high competitors.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from CLE by way of HOU)* | Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon

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A win-win state of affairs for the Eagles, who add an additional mid-round decide in return for dropping down two spots, and nonetheless touchdown the highest prospect at one among their largest positions of want. Witherspoon checks each field from a bodily standpoint, and his movie reveals a refined cowl man able to make an instantaneous affect from Day 1.

13. New York Jets | Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski

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Robert Saleh is likely to be tempted so as to add extra expertise for his protection right here, however the crew’s largest want is at offensive sort out, and Skoronski is simply too good a worth to cross up right here. He’s been among the many most constant blockers within the nation over the previous two seasons, with the polish to make an instantaneous affect from Day 1.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from NE)* | Alabama DB Brian Department

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Pete Carroll’s protection added tons of expertise in final yr’s draft, however there are nonetheless some key items lacking, and one among them is a hybrid defender who can line up everywhere in the secondary. Department performed this position in Nick Saban’s protection, which ought to have him ready to do it at a excessive degree within the NFL, and makes him worthy of dealing a few mid-round picks to maneuver up for him forward of a number of groups that might goal such a defensive weapon.

15. Inexperienced Bay Packers | Iowa EDGE/DL Lukas Van Ness

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It’s straightforward to maintain mocking pass-catchers right here, however in some unspecified time in the future, we’ve obtained to understand the Packers are likely to prioritize different positions within the first spherical. Van Ness is a flexible defender who can line up everywhere in the trenches, with spectacular bodily traits that give him a sky-high ceiling.

16. Washington Commanders | Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez

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This secondary wants a real shutdown artist to take over the No. 1 nook spot, and this provides Washington the right likelihood to do exactly that. A switch from Colorado, Gonzalez has the dimensions, size, athleticism and ball abilities to change into a big-play machine from Day 1, similar to he did in Eugene.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers | Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.

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Offensive sort out is a large want, however the Steelers by no means take them within the first spherical. As an alternative, they deal with their want at nook with a well-known title. Porter is a shutdown artist with preferrred measurement and size, and he performs the sport with the identical competitiveness and physicality that made his dad a Professional Bowl defender with the identical crew.

18. Detroit Lions | South Carolina CB Cam Smith

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The run on high corners continues, because the Lions seize an improve on the skin to proceed their defensive overhaul. Opposing quarterbacks realized shortly to check Smith at their very own threat, and he dominated regardless of dealing with high competitors on a weekly foundation within the SEC.

19. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (from TB)* | USC WR Jordan Addison

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Patrick Mahomes didn’t want Tyreek Hill to have one other MVP season, however free company may depart the receiver cabinet naked heading into subsequent season. With the Bucs prepared to maneuver down after watching three corners come off the board in entrance of them, the Chiefs are greater than prepared to ship their second-rounder to Tampa Bay in return for leaping forward of a number of WR-needy groups to seize an explosive playmaker in Addison.

20. New England Patriots (from SEA)* | Georgia OT Broderick Jones

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Barely lacking out on Addison hurts, however offensive sort out is definitely simply as excessive on the wants record as broad receiver for the Pats. Jones is the final sort out on the board who ought to be a first-round lock, so touchdown him right here after buying and selling again six spots can be an enormous win for New England.

21. Los Angeles Chargers | Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt

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Justin Herbert already has a pair of massive, bodily receivers who can win in contested-catch conditions all day lengthy (Keenan Allen, Mike Williams), however he may use one who can separate constantly. Hyatt’s breakout season was fueled by his explosive, big-play capability, which is precisely what this offense wants.

22. Baltimore Ravens | Boston Faculty WR Zay Flowers

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The Ravens’ offense isn’t doing Lamar Jackson any favors nowadays, each when it comes to their restricted scheme that lacks stability, and the absence of explosive weapons within the passing recreation. Flowers could also be undersized, however he’s a refined pass-catcher with elite quickness and route-running capability that might immediately assist Jackson take this passing recreation to a different degree.

23. Minnesota Vikings | Georgia CB Kelee Ringo

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Minnesota’s horrible protection ultimately caught up with them within the postseason, sending them to an early exit. They should deal with it at nearly each degree this offseason, and the most effective worth on this state of affairs comes at nook. Ringo’s movie was a roller-coaster this season, however his bodily traits give him tons of potential.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars | Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer

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There are larger wants on protection, however even when Evan Engram re-signs, giving Trevor Lawrence one other weapon for the passing recreation wouldn’t damage. Along with his receiving capability, Mayer’s blocking prowess would additionally carry a component to the offense it doesn’t at the moment have in Engram.

25. New York Giants | Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

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If there’s a worse receiver state of affairs within the NFL proper now, I’d like to see it. The Giants desperately want an infusion of expertise right here, and regardless of lacking many of the 2022 season as a consequence of harm, Smith-Njigba’s 2021 tape was spectacular sufficient to warrant first-round consideration.

26. Dallas Cowboys | Arkansas LB Drew Sanders

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Free company may deplete the Cowboys’ beginning lineup on the second degree of the protection, so linebacker could possibly be an early-round goal on this draft. A former five-star recruit and Alabama switch, Sanders has the flexibility and athleticism to line up everywhere in the protection, and making huge performs from any spot.

27. Buffalo Payments | Texas RB Bijan Robinson

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The offensive line is a much bigger situation, but when Robinson falls to this spot, the Payments won’t be capable to cross him up. He’s in the identical echelon of prospect as Saquon Barkley was popping out of school, and if Buffalo can bolster the offensive trenches in free company or later within the draft, he may instantly carry much-needed stability to this offense.

28. Cincinnati Bengals | Georgia TE Darnell Washington

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It feels unfair to offer Joe Burrow one other weapon, however most of this tight finish room is headed without cost company this offseason, and the place is significant on the subject of profiting from the eye paid to Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Washington’s large body, uncommon athleticism, and blocking capability would make him an instant-impact playmaker on this offense.

29. New Orleans Saints (from SF by way of MIA, DEN)* | Florida OL O’Cyrus Torrence

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It appears like Sean Payton can have his decide of many suitors this offseason, and if anybody can save Russell Wilson, he’s in all probability Denver’s finest guess. In return for letting Payton out of his contract, the Saints get the chance to seize the most effective inside blocker on this yr’s class. Don’t rule out a quarterback right here, both.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from KC)* | Clemson LB Trenton Simpson

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Lavonte David is headed without cost company, and even when he returns, he’ll be 33 subsequent season. The Bucs additionally Devin White arising for a long-term extension, so linebacker may shortly change into an enormous want. Simpson is a flexible defender with unbelievable athleticism and instincts who can line up everywhere in the discipline and make huge performs on each down.

31. Philadelphia Eagles | Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs

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I’ve been mocking this decide for some time now, and I don’t assume I’ll cease anytime quickly. This offense is already one of the crucial dominant and entertaining within the league, so including a flexible weapon like Gibbs would simply make it downright unfair.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers (from CHI) | Baylor DL Siaki Ika

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33. Houston Texans | Kansas State EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah

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34. Arizona Cardinals | Utah CB Clark Phillips III

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35. Chicago Bears (from IND)* | Georgia EDGE Nolan Smith

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36. Los Angeles Rams | LSU EDGE BJ Ojulari

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37. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN) | Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave

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38. Las Vegas Raiders | North Dakota State OL Cody Mauch

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39. Carolina Panthers | North Carolina WR Josh Downs

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40. New Orleans Saints | Stanford QB Tanner McKee

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41. Tennessee Titans | SMU WR Rashee Rice

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42. Cleveland Browns | Ohio State EDGE Zach Harrison

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43. New York Jets | Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

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44. Atlanta Falcons | Michigan DL Mazi Smith

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45. Inexperienced Bay Packers | Texas A&M S Antonio Johnson

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46. New England Patriots | LSU WR Kayshon Boutte

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47. Washington Commanders | Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison

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48. Detroit Lions | Alabama S Jordan Battle

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49. Pittsburgh Steelers | Maryland OT Jaelyn Duncan

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50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes

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51. Miami Dolphins | Oregon LB Noah Sewell

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52. Seattle Seahawks | Oklahoma WR Marvin Mims Jr.

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53. Chicago Bears (from BAL) | Tennessee OT Darnell Wright

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54. Los Angeles Chargers | USC OL Andrew Vorhees

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55. Detroit Lions (from MIN) | Utah TE Dalton Kincaid

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56. Jacksonville Jaguars | Wisconsin DL Keeanu Benton

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57. New York Giants | Iowa LB Jack Campbell

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58. Dallas Cowboys | Maryland CB Deonte Banks

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59. Buffalo Payments | Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman

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60. Cincinnati Bengals | Notre Dame EDGE Isaiah Foskey

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61. Detroit Lions (from SF by way of CAR)* | Texas A&M RB Devon Achane

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62. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from KC)* | Auburn EDGE Derick Corridor

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63. Philadelphia Eagles | Georgia Tech DL Keion White

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