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

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16 Washington Commanders:  Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State

Numerous mock drafts have Porter falling to the Steelers, which in honesty, would be a dream pick. Nevertheless, The Steelers want an offensive tackle. The Commanders is the next logical place for Porter to land. Look for Porter to play in Washington this season. 

17 Chicago Bears: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

Since the Bears traded back, they will not land Paris Johnson. With Skoronski and Broderick Jones off the board, the logical selection for them is Darnell Wright; he would be the only other tackle left except for Dawand Jones, who would be marginal at 17. If they do not take Wright, it’s hard to say who they end up taking.

18 Detroit Lions: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

If the Lions take Tyree Wilson at six and then take Banks, here, it makes sense. A solid corner helps the pass rush, and a solid pass rush helps the secondary. If they take both players, the Lions could have a solid defense and become contenders assuming they draft the right players in the latter rounds. 

19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Believe it or not, the Buccaneers are back to a rebuilding stage after being Superbowl champs. Uncle Lennie is gone. If they can not get an offensive tackle, then perhaps Robinson is the logical outcome. Although, it wouldn’t be surprising if they make a trade to try to get a quarterback.