Monday, January 16, 2023

Las Vegas Raiders 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Las Vegas Raiders Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Las Vegas Raiders from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Raiders:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

7. Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

With the Raiders reportedly exploring trade options for Derek Carr -- and releasing him if none come to fruition -- a new QB will be under center in Las Vegas in 2023. My guess is it's a veteran, since the Raiders have the offensive skill players to compete in the AFC. With that in mind, Las Vegas adds protection for its future signal-caller in the form of Paris Johnson Jr., who was dominant at left tackle for the Buckeyes this season after moving over from right guard.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

7. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

The Raiders are a darkhorse in a potential QB derby for this draft — I believe they'll target the position in free agency with Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo potentially searching for new homes — but regardless of who's under center, the protection will have to improve. Skoronski took over for Rashawn Slater as a true freshman in 2020 and the offense didn't miss a beat. Some scouts may say his size better suits him to play guard, but they also said that about Slater.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

7. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Well, current Raiders coach Josh McDaniels all but escorted estranged quarterback Derrick Carr out of the team's facility and future plans. Considering McDaniels is the guy that drafted Tim Tebow in the first round and sent Jay Cutler (Bears all-time leading passer) packing, having him select a franchise signal caller might be questionable. What isn't up for debate, is just how athletically gifted Levis is and how tantalizing his potential projects at the pro level.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

7. Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

With the top three quarterbacks off the board, the Raiders can upgrade another offensive spot. Johnson has all the traits to be a long-term starter and can immediately slide in as the starter at right tackle.

Walter Football (1/11)

7. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

I'm stealing this pick from Charlie Campbell's trade mock draft. This was the prototypical Al Davis pick, and Mark Davis may want to make a big splash. Besides, what else are the Raiders going to do at quarterback? And if Mark Davis ages very quickly, we could get a quote from him saying, "Anthony ... Richardson ... is a ... great playa."

Anthony Richardson is raw, but has a huge arm and great athleticism. He had a great 2022 debut, but struggled versus Kentucky the following week. He's been inconsistent ever since.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

7. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

At this point, I can't envision Tom Brady joining Josh McDaniels with the Raiders in a division with Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. Vegas will be deeply involved in the draft class of quarterbacks, and Levis has a big-time skill set.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

7. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

Derek Carr's late-season ouster as starter heightened intrigue about what's next not only for the veteran signal-caller, but also the Raiders. While Las Vegas could roll the dice on a rookie quarterback, it seems like a stretch to do so on what would likely be the third or fourth passer chosen. An offensive line in disarray could get a lift from Skoronski, a well-rounded blocker who can thrive either as a tackle or guard.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

7. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

Like other franchises in front of them, the Raiders need to decide whether they're going to go all-in with a quarterback in this year's draft or find a veteran solution elsewhere.

"The possibility of going after a quarterback like Kentucky's Will Levis or Florida's Anthony Richardson might be tempting," Holder agreed, "but either of those two can be considered reaches here based on B/R's draft board.

"Meanwhile, the Raiders desperately need to get Maxx Crosby some pass-rush help, especially along the interior. Clemson's Bryan Bresee steps in and picks up some of the slack since he's a great athlete for the position and can really get after the quarterback.

"However, he's missed quite a bit of football due to injuries over the last couple of seasons. The former 5-star recruit is more tools and traits than a finished product."

Purely from a talent perspective, Bresee is as gifted as any prospect in the class. Yes, the majority of his reps come from working along the interior. But film can be found of him lining up at defensive end and beating offensive tackles, too.

Granted, the difficulty level among the professional ranks increases significantly. Yet the defensive lineman's ability to do so against good collegiate opposition provides a glimpse of the damage he can inflict for a defense.

Bresee's medical check-ups will be the most telling aspect of his entire evaluation after missing 12 out of a possible 24 games across the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The 33rd Team (1/9)

7. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Derek Carr is on his way out, and the Raiders might have their eye on a former big-name New England Patriots QB. If they can't make that happen, Stroud has the tools for coach Josh McDaniels to develop. The junior passed for more than 8,100 yards and had an 85-12 TD-interception ratio during the past two seasons.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

7. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

The Raiders are ready to hit the reset button at the quarterback position, and Stroud is just the player to help them do so. With his quick trigger and pinpoint accuracy, Stroud looks like arguably the draft class' best fit for Josh Mcdaniels' offense. He's coming off the best performance of his career from a draft perspective, earning a 92.2 overall grade against Georgia in the playoff.

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