2023 NFL Draft Day 2 mock draft: Projecting Picks No. 64-71 (Round 3)
After getting the defense some real help in the second round, the Bears go back to protecting Fields. Tippman is larger than most centers but his film shows a quality player who can be worked in as the likely replacement for Cody Whitehair in the near future.
The Texans need some serious reinforcements on the defensive line and I love what Kobie Turner brings. He’s not overly explosive but he’s a smart, strong rusher who consistently made plays in the ACC, even against the best competition. He can be a starter for Houston immediately.
The Eagles made a luxury pick with Charbonnet but now it’s back to business. Chandler Zavala is a plug-and-play starter at guard but can more importantly be immediate depth on the offensive line in 2023 as the NFC champions are a bit thin at the position right now.
Denver is hurt by the best three center prospects going off of the board but the defense needs some work too. Julius Brents is all upside as he has good athleticism for a 6-foot-3 cornerback with crazy length on top of that. He should be a real boost to a secondary that needs it.
Back-to-back picks for the Broncos after they had to wait until the third round and now they add some coverage ability to the linebacker group. Hensley needs to add some weight but the converted receiver has tremendous instincts when dropping back, a testament to his background.
As mentioned, the Rams are more or less just taking good football players because, frankly, their roster doesn’t have too many right now. Antonio Johnson had a bit of a letdown 2022 season but he’s shown elite potential at times and the Rams have nothing to write home about outside of (maybe) Jordan Fuller in the secondary.
The Raiders would currently be starting Duke Shelley and David Long Jr. as outside cornerbacks right now. They need help and Darius Rush is an absolute steal. He doesn’t get the pub his teammate Cam Smith gets but he might be just as good of an outside coverage player.
If Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson weren’t 5-foot-7.5, he would likely be a Top 40-ish pick. That’s something the Saints will take at this spot, though, with a need for coverage players. The TCU product is a ballhawk with elite toughness and a clear gamer mentality you can see on his tape.