NFL mock draft 2.0: Steelers think outside the box with run on cornerbacks early

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6. Detroit Lions, Christian Gonzalez: CB, Oregon

Even with the offseason addition of former Steelers cornerback, Cameron Sutton, the Lions desperately need more help in the secondary. Jeffrey Okudah may have taken a step forward last season, but he hasn't been the player they signed on for while the depth is despicable at the position. Christian Gonzalez is the best pure cover corner in the 2023 draft with a well-rounded skill set and outstanding athletic traits.

7. Las Vegas Raiders: Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Considering this is a player who has been linked to the Raiders often from the beginning of the pre-draft process, Las Vegas would probably love to have Will Levis fall into their lap with the 7th overall pick. The addition of QB Jimmy Garoppolo isn't going to prevent them from looking for their quarterback of the future.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Falcons have some major issues on the defensive side of the ball, and they must find a way to get better in the secondary. After a very impressive second season, cornerback A.J. Terrell took a big step backward in 2022. Outside of Terrell, the Falcons signed an inconsistent Mike Hughes and have a 33-year-old Casey Heyward. Witherspoon might be the best player on the board, and this could be an easy selection if things fall this way.

9. Chicago Bears: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

The more I watch Peter Skoronski, the easier it is to see that he's probably just a guard in the NFL. Regardless, this is a player who has been linked to the Bears very often, and they are certainly familiar with the Northwestern product. Chicago has a need at both guard and offensive tackle and Skoronski projects as a plug-and-play starter at either position.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

The rich get richer with this selection. As a talent, Carter is far too good of a prospect to fall this far, but very concerning character and work ethic issues could cause teams to pass on him. I've heard whispers that the Eagles won't let him slip through their grasp if arguably the best player in the 2023 NFL Draft falls to the 10th overall selection. Talk about a good way to replace DT Javon Hargrave.