Full 2-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Browns make difficult decision
By Randy Gurzi
The Cleveland Browns are on the clock at No. 42 and have a tough decision on their hands with a couple of players available that could help right away
There’s going to be a lot of waiting for the Cleveland Browns during the 2023 NFL Draft as they’re without a pick in Round 1 for the second season in a row. That doesn’t mean they can’t find some solid talent in the second round, however — especially with several quarterback-needy teams likely skipping on skill players.
Here, we look at how things could shake out in the first two rounds of the draft and see what direction the Browns could go.
1. Houston Texans: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
He played the game of his life but Ohio State fell short. Still, it was enough for C.J. Stroud to pass Bryce Young.
2. Chicago Bears: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Star defensive player from Georgia drafted early? Shocker.
3. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos): Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Pass rushers are always at a premium.
4. Arizona Cardinals: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
J.J. Watt didn’t tell them he was leaving, but the Cards were probably replacing him anyway.
5. Indianapolis Colts: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Young has all the tools but his size could scare teams off.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Just one year of play at a high level was enough for Jared Verse to show off his talent.
7. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Explosive and athletic.
8. Carolina Panthers: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Could be a major bust. But someone will reach for him because he has the measurables.
9. Las Vegas Raiders: Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
The only question with Tyree Wilson is where he fits best on the D-line.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints): Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Thanks to the Saints, the rich get richer.
11. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns): Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Quentin Johnston is that dude. Pairing him with Stroud will be unfair.
12. Tennessee Titans: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
That ESPN graphic was awful, but the Titans do need to get more durable players on the line.
13. Seattle Seahawks: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Another risky pick. Anthony Richardson is a developmental player but will have to be taken early. In Seattle, he could be eased into the plans.
14. New England Patriots: Paris Johnson, OT, Ohio State
New England needs wideouts but they struggle to draft them. Might as well get a sure thing and fix the offensive line.
15. New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Jets need a new quarterback but for now, they get someone to play left tackle.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh also needs offensive line help. Anton Harrison is very experienced and knows how to get the job done.