Triple Take Mock Draft 1.0
Triple Take Mock Draft 1.0
The Triple Take team of Mike Prisuta, Dale Lolley and Matt Williamson have released Mock Draft 1.0.
Don't forget to follow along with their position-by-position draft previews as we lead up to the NFL Draft here.
The opinions of these Steelers Radio Network personalities do not reflect the views of the Steelers organization.
Dale's Pick: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Analysis: The Panthers traded up for a quarterback. Maybe they want Anthony Richardson, but the bet here is they're coming up to get Bryce Young.
Mike's Pick: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Analysis: Stroud's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis was potentially game-changing at the position as it relates to the pecking order. As NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah observed, "Some guys are just kinda meant to throw a football and some guys look like they've been doing it their whole life, and that's CJ Stroud."
Matt's Pick: CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Analysis: The Panthers made a blockbuster move to move up to get their franchise quarterback. But what quarterback will that be? Stroud's stock has been on the rise with his showing against Georgia and at the Combine. He very well could be the first overall selection.
Dale's Pick: C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Analysis: With Carolina jumping ahead of the Texans, they go ahead and take Stroud, who had a great throwing session at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mike's Pick: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Analysis: Young sat out the running and throwing in Indy. He'll have a chance to wow evaluators at Alabama's Pro Day, but he won't have gotten any taller by then.
Matt's Pick: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
Analysis: Young is very undersized, but he is also extremely dynamic and was a simply fantastic college football player. There's a new era in Houston now led by DeMeco Ryans and now Young.
Dale's Pick: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Analysis: Even if Carter slips in the draft, I don't think he'll slip too far. He's a dominant player.
Mike's Pick: Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
Analysis: The tape hasn't changed. And the word out of Indy according to NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales was Anderson is perceived as a "first class individual" and possesses an "infectious personality." He's a first overall-worthy selection.
Matt's Pick: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
Analysis: Because of his current off the field concerns, Carter drops from the first overall pick in this mock draft to the third. But let's not hold what is going on against this young man before more facts come out.
Dale's Pick: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Analysis: The Colts have tried to put duct tape on their quarterback position for years. They need a long-term solution. Richardson will take some time to develop, but he could be worth the effort.
Mike's Pick: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Analysis: Levis, when healthy, looks the part. And he can make plays with his legs while he figures out what he needs to know in the passing game. Time for the succession of fill-in veterans at quarterback in Indianapolis to end.
Matt's Pick: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Analysis: Since Andrew Luck's retirement, the Colts have been going through veteran quarterback after veteran quarterback. It is time to stop that trend and hand things over to a promising prospect like Richardson and the Colts new coaching staff could very much implement the Jalen Hurts offensive system.
Dale's Pick: Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
Analysis: The Seahawks could have taken a quarterback here if one of the top three were available, but instead settle for a nice consolation prize in Anderson.
Mike's Pick: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
Analysis: Wilson will need to confirm he's all the way back from a fractured foot at his Pro Day. Accomplishing that, he won't last long. Not after his wingspan was confirmed at 84.5 inches.
Matt's Pick: Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Alabama
Analysis: Pass-rush was a big problem for the Seahawks. They had an exceptional draft class a year ago and now with Anderson and another first round pick coming in 15 picks from now, Seattle could have an enviable young nucleus.
Dale's Pick: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
Analysis: The Lions get a gift here as Wilson falls into their lap. Wilson is a high-level edge rusher the Lions can put opposite 2022 first-round pick Aiden Hutchinson.
Mike's Pick: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Analysis: He's the best cornerback available and he's one of the best defenders. He's reportedly told teams he's a "hard worker and a competitor." Sounds like he's Dan Campbell's kind of guy.
Matt's Pick: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Analysis: There is some debate who the top cornerback will be in this class, but Gonzalez just brings so much to the table from a playmaking a traits perspective. And the Lions really need a top corner. This is an excellent match.
Dale's Pick: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Analysis: The Raiders get caught up in the quarterback race and take the final first rounder in this draft.
Mike's Pick: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Analysis: He lacks experience and will need some seasoning. But Richardson also left no doubt at the Combine that he's the Greek God of QBs.
Matt's Pick: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Analysis: Derek Carr won't be back of course, so Josh McDaniels pivots to Levis, a highly talented player that the Raiders head coach can mold.
Dale's Pick: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
Analysis: The Falcons need to seriously upgrade their pass rush. Murphy can get after the quarterback.
Mike's Pick: Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech
Analysis: White can help the Falcons' defense in a variety of ways. And he's still developing as a do-it-all defender after starting his college career at Old Dominion as a tight end.
Matt's Pick: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
Analysis: Atlanta's defensive front could use a lot of work and starting with a talent like Wilson makes all the sense in the world. He has rare traits and is dripping with upside.
Dale's Pick: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Analysis: The Bears likely will address their offensive line issues in free agency. Gonzalez is a silky-smooth corner who's too good to pass up.
Mike's Pick: Jaylen Carter, DT, Georgia
Analysis: That trade down from first overall will get even better when the Bears still get Carter. Assuming his off-the-field concerns are resolved to teams' satisfaction, he won't make it out of the Top 10.
Matt's Pick: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
Analysis: The Bears move down from one to nine, but still are in a prime spot to build up their roster. Offensive line could be in play here, but Murphy has a lot of similarities to last year's first overall pick, Travon Walker, and could be used all over Chicago's defensive front.
Dale's Pick: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Analysis: Porter stays in state, but to the other side of the state, as the Eagles grab a top corner to pair with Darius Slay.
Mike's Pick: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Analysis: This would be an out-of-character selection in Philadelphia. But Robinson is special and the Eagles ought to appreciate that in a running back more than anyone else.
Matt's Pick: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Analysis: The Super Bowl runners-up defense is riddled with free agents including James Bradberry. Witherspoon could pair with Darius Slay to give the Eagles excellent outside corners with staggered ages.
Dale's Pick: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Analysis: After releasing Taylor Lewan, the Titans could use a true left tackle such as Johnson to rebuild their line around.
Mike's Pick: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Analysis: There's an opening at the position after the release of Taylor Lewan. Mike Vrabel can find a replacement at the old alma mater.
Matt's Pick: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Analysis: The Titans need help all over their offensive line. Skoronski isn't a prototypical left tackle, but Tennessee could start him there and bump him inside if that doesn't work out. Skoronski would help the Titans line in some way without question.
Dale's Pick: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Analysis: Skoronski might be viewed as a tackle or guard. Either way, he's a good lineman and the Texans need to protect their investment at quarterback.
Mike's Pick: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Analysis: After getting their QB at No. 2, the Texans can have their pick of the wide receivers at No. 12. It's a matter of perception at the position but Addison is in the conversation as the best wide receiver available.
Matt's Pick: Quentin Johnson, WR, TCU
Analysis: After landing Young, Houston gives the rookie quarterback a potential number one target to grow and mature with. Johnson's size gives him the benefit of the doubt as the top wide out off the board.
Dale's Pick: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Analysis: A run on offensive linemen cleans out the players who will be high first-round picks at the position.
Mike's Pick: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Analysis: Jones is a redshirt sophomore who checks all the boxes and is still developing. The Jets get some protection for whoever ends up being their quarterback.
Matt's Pick: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
Analysis: Mekhi Beckton hasn't worked out as planned for the Jets at left tackle. New York is set at guard, but offensive tackle as a whole is a problem area.
Dale's Pick: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Analysis: The Patriots like tough, feisty corners and need to start replenishing their secondary, which has been hit hard by free agency and retirements the past two years.
Mike's Pick: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Analysis: Skoronski lacks the prototypical length desired at the position. But Bill Belichick has always been more interested in the player than the measurables or the resume.
Matt's Pick: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Analysis: Isaiah Wynn is an upcoming free agent. Jones, another Georgia product that is a bit undersized, should slide right in as the Patriots left tackle.
Dale's Pick: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Analysis: The Packers haven't taken a wide receiver in the first round since 2002, and they took multiple receivers in the draft last season, but Johnston has a chance to be special. And whether Aaron Rodgers returns or they turn things over to Jordan Love or someone else, they need the help.
Mike's Pick: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Analysis: The Packers, presumably, won't be able to pick Branch fast enough if he gets to No. 15. Is he a free safety? Is he a slot corner? Does he play in the box? Yes.
Matt's Pick: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Analysis: The Packers always go defense in the first round. Bresee had an excellent Combine performance and would bring a physicality to the middle of Green Bay's defense paired with interior pass-rush ability.
Dale's Pick: Deontae Banks, CB, Maryland
Analysis: Banks was one of the biggest winners at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's big, fast and athletic, with good tape to match.
Mike's Pick: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Analysis: Gonzalez backed up his tape with a "phenomenal Combine," in Jeremiah's estimation. He doesn't have Witherspoon's thump but Gonzalez makes all the plays.
Matt's Pick: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
Analysis: It is uncertain what Washington will do at quarterback this offseason, but there is a chance that they hand that job to Sam Howell. Either way, reinforcing their offensive line with a plug and play guard like Torrence would go a long way to solidifying the offense.
Dale's Pick: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Analysis: Branch didn't put on a show at the NFL Combine like some of the other defensive backs, but he might have the best tape of the group. He's just a football player and can play in the slot or at either safety spot.
Mike's Pick: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Analysis: He thinks he can run better than he did at the Combine (4.46), at least his dad thinks that. The father also considers the son someone who can "beat you up at the line of scrimmage and play physical football." Sounds about right.
Matt's Pick: Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State
Analysis: Will Porter be available to the Steelers? That seems like a less than 50% chance of actually happening, but it did with the way this mock fell, and Pittsburgh ran the card up to the podium to add Porter to their defense.
Dale's Pick: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Analysis: Mayer is a do-it-all tight end who will help the Lions in the run and passing game.
Mike's Pick: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Analysis: Monster size (6-foot-6 5/8, 264 pounds) and a captivating upside as it relates to the passing game. In the meantime, Washington can "enter the league and function as a sixth offensive lineman. That's what he can do in the run game," Jeremiah maintained.
Matt's Pick: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Analysis: TJ Hockenson was traded to Minnesota during the year last season. Mayer, a physical nasty player that fits the Lions persona, would be a perfect replacement.
Dale's Pick: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Analysis: With Tom Brady retired and Leonard Fournette released, the Bucs have plenty of needs on offense – and defense. But a special running back will make things easier on whomever their quarterback happens to be in 2023.
Mike's Pick: Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
Analysis: Smith lit up the Combine with a 4.39. He has the tools if not the numbers (three sacks in eight games last season) to juice up a pass rush that was led by nose tackle Vita Vea's 6.5 sacks.
Matt's Pick: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Analysis: Times are changing for Tampa Bay, a team that now looks like a rebuilder. It doesn't look like the long-term quarterback is in place, but having an elite running back like Robinson would ease that transition whenever it does happen.
Dale's Pick: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
Analysis: The Seahawks have rebuilt their secondary. Now, they need to add some pass rush.
Mike's Pick: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Analysis: Bresee has had to deal with injury and adversity in recent seasons. He's done good work since last season ended establishing that he's healthy again and that his best football is ahead of him.
Matt's Pick: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
Analysis: Seattle has a history of doubling down at one position in the draft. They have already drafted Wilson and now add Van Ness. That should really spike an ailing pass-rush.
Dale's Pick: Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
Analysis: Smith could line up opposite Joey Bosa for a little pass rushing help, especially with reports that Khalil Mack will be released. The 4.39-second 40 Smith ran the the Combine won't hurt his stock.
Mike's Pick: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Analysis: Hyatt's Alabama game (207 receiving yards and five receiving TDs) continues to resonate. He's a one-year wonder, but what a one year it was (an 18.9-yard average per catch and 15 touchdown catches in 2022).
Matt's Pick: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Analysis: Team speed is a problem for Los Angeles' offense. Hyatt would immediately change that. This is an offense that had a tough time driving the ball down the field despite having a top-notch quarterback in Justin Herbert.
Dale's Pick: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: The Ravens can't continue to ignore their wide receiver position. Smith-Njigba might be the best of this year's group.
Mike's Pick: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Analysis: If at first you don't succeed, keep drafting wide receivers until Lamar Jackson has the targets he needs down the field. Johnston already looks good in purple.
Matt's Pick: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: Who is to say what Baltimore's offense will look like schematically next year. But one thing is for certain: they must get the ball to wide receivers with more regularity as well as upgrading this position.
Dale's Pick: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Analysis: Smith is a nice, feisty developmental cornerback with some ball skills for new defensive coordinator Brian Flores.
Mike's Pick: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
Analysis: Now that they've hired Brian Flores, it's time to give him some players to coordinate on defense. A big, physical corner who's fast fits the description.
Matt's Pick: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
Analysis: The Vikings pass defense was very problematic last year and Minnesota went out and hired Brian Flores, who traditionally puts a lot of pressure on his outside cornerbacks. Banks could be exactly what they need to pull such a change off.
Dale's Pick: Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State
Analysis: The Jaguars add another talented edge rusher to the equation.
Mike's Pick: Lukas Van Ness, Edge, Iowa
Analysis: If the Jaguars commit to this type of investment in Van Ness, he might even get to start a game (something he never did at Iowa). Either way he'll be disruptive from a number of spots up front.
Matt's Pick: Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Analysis: Branch didn't light up the Combine, but he is a tremendous football player that can help any NFL secondary in just so many ways and would bring leadership to Jacksonville's defense.
Dale's Pick: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Analysis: The Giants continue to build on the offensive line. They're good at LT with Andrew Thomas. They get him a bookend to play the right side.
Mike's Pick: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
Analysis: His stock has been rising now that he's performing for scouts and not in relative obscurity and anonymity for what was a bad BC offense. The Giants would be wise to take the time to stop and smell the Flowers.
Matt's Pick: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Analysis: Daniel Jones threw to one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the league last year. To kickstart their passing game, New York must improve this position.
Dale's Pick: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
Analysis: Once a huge strength, the Cowboys' line isn't as good as it once was. They get a road grader here.
Mike's Pick: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Analysis: Everything's bigger in Texas except Forbes, who only tips the scales at 166 pounds. He may not weigh much, but he's long and he's a ball hawk.
Matt's Pick: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Analysis: Dallas could go a lot of different directions here, but they go with Smith to team with Trevon Diggs. Smith put on a very solid showing in Indianapolis and is very much in the Round 1 mix.
Dale's Pick: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
Analysis: The Bills could go a number of ways, but acquiring a speedy target for Josh Allen would help, even though Dawson Knox is on the roster. Musgrave is essentially a big receiver.
Mike's Pick: Cody Mauch, IOL, North Dakota State
Analysis: The offensive line is in need of fortification. Mauch could potentially help anywhere and everywhere, and would seemingly fit right in with the jump-off-a-bus-and-smash-a-folding-table crowd after the game.
Matt's Pick: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Analysis: Buffalo would have loved for Robinson to fall to them, but Gibbs is more the type of receiving back they have been adding the past several years. He could be a special weapon for Josh Allen in this offense.
Dale's Pick: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Analysis: The Bengals can't afford to go into the veteran tight end market and Hayden Hurst is set to be a free agent.
Mike's Pick: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Analysis: The Bengals can get Hayden Hurst's replacement later on in the draft, assuming Hurst leaves via free agency. But when Joe Burrow is your quarterback, why wait?
Matt's Pick: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
Analysis: Soon the Bengals will likely have a ton of money invested in Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins. And with Hayden Hurst hitting the open market, getting a cheap young pass catcher makes sense for Cincinnati.
Dale's Pick: Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech
Analysis: White has a similar size to Saints star Cameron Jordan. He can pair with Jordan and play inside or outside.
Mike's Pick: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson
Analysis: With multiple needs on defense, the best value pick fits here. Murphy falling to No. 29 overall would make for an easy decision in the Big Easy.
Matt's Pick: Adetomiwa Adebawore, DT, Northwestern
Analysis: The Saints are another team that could go in many different directions in this neighborhood of the draft. Adebawore was one of the amazing stories from the Combine and can help New Orleans defensive line in just so many ways while learning his craft from Cameron Jordan.
Dale's Pick: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
Analysis: The Eagles are going to lose a lot on defense this offseason. They need to keep stocking there.
Mike's Pick: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Analysis: The Eagles can put a hold on a potential Super Bowl hangover if they grab Ringo with their second first-round pick. This wouldn't be grasping at straws. It might well prove to be a clutch selection.
Matt's Pick: Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
Analysis: With the Eagles first pick they grabbed a cornerback. At 31, Philadelphia grabs what looks very much like a Hassan Reddick clone in Smith, who can also play off the ball. Both of Philadelphia's starting linebackers have expiring contracts.
Dale's Pick: Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
Analysis: Both starting OTs are free agents for the Chiefs this offseason and they might not be able to afford both.
Mike's Pick: Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State
Analysis: Even the champs could use a little help rushing the passer. The Chiefs' need for more in that area might accelerate depending on how things play out in free agency.
Matt's Pick: Calijah Kancey, DT, Pitt
Analysis: Kancey might not be for everyone as an interior upfield disruptor but imagine what he could do next to Chris Jones-especially when Kansas City is playing the lead late in games.