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

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11. New York Jets select: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

30. . Offensive tackle. Ohio State. Paris Johnson Jr.. 11. player.

Who will be quarterbacking the Jets next season? That is the million-dollar question right now as it could be anyone from a rookie to Aaron Rodgers. Either way, the Jets go with the top-ranked left tackle Paris Johnson out of Ohio State to stabilize the blindside for whoever plays quarterback for them next season.

12. Houston Texans select: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

. Wide receiver. TCU. Quentin Johnston. . 12. player. 10

Houston got their young quarterback earlier, now they decide to go get a weapon for him by taking Quentin Johnston out of TCU. He is a huge target for Young to use in the passing game. Brandon Cooks has been begging to get out of the Texans organization for a couple of years now, but these first two picks might have him changing his mind around.

13. Tennessee Titans select: Lukas Van Ness, EDGE, Iowa

. Iowa. 13. player. 35. . EDGE. Lukas Van Ness

Another club with a sneaky need at quarterback after it seems like they want to move on from Ryan Tannehill. There will not be too many options for them during the draft to address that position unless they trade up. They go with an edge rusher here with Lukas Van Ness to add some pressure with their defense needing to become a strength.

14. New England Patriots select: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

47. . Anton Harrison. Oklahoma . 14. player. . Offensive tackle

It seems like every year the Patriots select someone off the radar of the first round and they continue that trend here with Anton Harrison. He is a project at tackle, but he does have the size of a first-rounder so this would not be as much of a reach as Cole Strange. They are losing some depth on their offensive line this offseason and could use a guy like Harrison in their group.

15. Green Bay Packers select: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

. Tight end. Notre Dame. player. 49. . Michael Mayer. 15

Aaron Rodgers' future with the Packers is in limbo for the second offseason in a row. They will either have him or Jordan Love as the top signal caller and either of them will need weapons. There are plenty of free agent issues for Green Bay and they address that concern with Michael Mayer becoming one of the best young tight ends in the NFL.

16. Washington Commanders select: O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

O'Cyrus Torrence. 16. player. . Florida. 58. . Offensive guard

O’Cyrus Torrence seems like he could rise draft boards like Zion Johnson did last year around this time. Both had good weeks at the Senior Bowl and the Commanders need some help on the offensive line. All of the young quarterbacks are gone by this point, so they decide to continue to build their roster elsewhere.