Steelers trade up for their draft crush in final first-round 2023 NFL mock draft

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12 Houston Texans: Quentin Johnson, WR, TCU

Any team with two selections in the top 12 picks can turn around a team quickly. Since they are taking a quarterback with their first selection, and you have a decent running back, giving him a target to throw to only makes sense. If Atlanta does not take Jaxon Smith-Njigba, then he becomes a Houston Texan, not Quentin Johnson. Either way, the Texans take a wide receiver here.

13 New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

If Will Anderson going to the Cardinals is the most chalked pick of the year, then this is the 2nd. Regardless of Arron Rodgers, the Jets need offensive line help. Either way, Skoronski, and Johnson will not be available at 13. Broderick Jones will be available. Problem solved; the Patriots' are now on the clock.

14 New England Patriots: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Bill Belichick is anything but predictable. Last year he took offensive lineman Cole Strange, who was omitted from nearly all NFL mock drafts. So there is no telling who they could take here. However, the Patriots do need a cornerback. Considering we are not using a crystal ball here, let's assume it will be Devon Witherspoon. However, Joey Porter Jr. could go here too. Nevertheless, when it comes to the Patriots, expect the unexpected, like trading to draft Mac Jones in 2021.

15 Green Bay Packers: Lukas Van Ness, edge, Iowa

The assumption is that Aaron Rodgers is gone on draft day. What the Packers get in return is up in the air yet. Jordan Love is no Aaron Rodgers. The Packers, in mock drafts, have no clear favorite in this selection. Michael Mayer leads the pack but only has an 11.9% chance of landing here. The Packers must start rebuilding somewhere, and defense seems the most likely spot. If so, Van Ness would be a nice player to have. But anyone's prediction might be valid for who the Packers take.