2023 NFL Mock Draft: Insane run on quarterbacks has Steelers going defense

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Finally, the season is officially over for the NFL after the Kansas City Chiefs were crowned Super Bowl champions. Now it is time to turn the rest of our attention to the offseason and the NFL Draft as clubs try to get to their main goal of winning a championship next season.

Pittsburgh does not select until the 17th overall selection, but this recent mock draft allowed them to have many different options by the time their selection rolled around. Here's a new look as to how Round 1 could shape up between the first pick all the way until the Steelers are on the clock.

1. Chicago Bears select: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

. 57. 1. player. . DT. Georgia. Jalen Carter

The Bears are going to have a lot of trade offers for a quarterback, but they do not want to miss out on Jalen Carter. They take one of the best defensive prospects to come out of college in years and someone that should stabilize their defense. Some wonder if this crew will take a quarterback of their own, but they take the smarter route here with Carter.

2. Houston Texans select: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Quarterback. Bryce Young. player. 10. . Alabama. 2.

Houston can just sit still and have the pick of the litter with this group of quarterbacks. Bryce Young has some physical limitations from his stature, but he is a natural with how the position is played nowadays. The Texans are still rebuilding but if they get the quarterback spot right, this group should be back on track for the playoffs soon.

3. Arizona Cardinals select: Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

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Will Anderson Jr. is being mocked to the Cardinals in most simulations up to this point. It makes a ton of sense after J.J. Watt retired and they need a dominant edge rusher to attack their enemy. Anderson is another highly-rated defensive prospect that is overlooked in this draft because of the quarterbacks and Carter.

4. Indianapolis Colts select: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

. . Will Levis. 4. 46. Quarterback. Kentucky. player

Many have projected the Colts trading up to land a quarterback, but they sit still here after a couple of failed attempts to move up. They still get their guy in Will Levis to hopefully fix their carousel at the quarterback position. Levis has a lot of physical tools that NFL clubs will love, but he has struggled against top competition at the college level for most of his career.