The 2023 PML Draft has come to a close, and we turn the page on one of the whackiest off seasons in recent memory, which had draft analysts going insane from all the movement of picks. We have seen trades of multiple superstars such as Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Joe Burrow, Deshaun Watson as well as trades of the 1st and 2nd Overall picks of 2023 PML Draft. The dust has finally settled and this fresh bunch of collegiate athletes will be looking to start long and successful professional careers. Let’s take a look at how the first round shook out and how each prospect will fit in with there new club.
DJ Uiagalelei. QB Detroit Lions
The consensus overall #1 pick by draft analysts had general managers drooling, will step right into the starting role in Detroit and will be working with one of the most lethal combination of wide receivers in the PML in Kenny Golladay and Amon-Ra St Brown. Expect huge numbers for Uiagalelei as he will be a pre season front runner for Rookie of the Year.
2. Bryce Young. QB. Green Bay Packers
The consolation prize of the PML Draft, the Packers select Young as their new starting signal caller to replace Jordan Love who they traded earlier in the off season. The dual threat Young will rely heavily on veteran receivers Davante Adams and newly acquired Tyler Boyd as he try’s to right the ship in Green Bay
3. Bryan Breese DT. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs hit a home run as they solidify there defensive line in selecting Breese out of Clemson University who will slide in right next to Chris Jones to form a solid 1-2 punch on the interior.
4. Tyreke Johnson. CB. Green Bay Packers
The Packers could of went WR here, but decided to focus on the defensive side of the ball and they grabbed the #1 CB in the PML Draft class in Tyreke Johnson. Johnson will join a cornerback room that includes Jaire Alexander and Kevin King, so he will most likely start the season as 3rd in the depth chart and working in the slot, but it won’t be long before we see this speedster guarding the leagues best.
5. Julian Fleming. WR. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have been one of the leagues most active teams this off season and they look to fill the void of Julio Jones whom they traded and select Julian Fleming out of Ohio St. The speedster will probably start as third on the depth chart behind Calvin Ridley and Drake London but shouldn’t be long until he moves into a WR 2 role for Atlanta.
6. KJ Henry. LE. Cleveland Browns
The Browns get an A+ as they add the 2023 Draft’s best pass rusher in Henry to a defensive line that already features Myles Garrett and will now form one of the scariest pass rushes in the league. Henry will slide right into the starting LE position. AFC north quarterbacks beware.
7. Jaylon Jones. CB. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons turn there attention to the defensive side of the ball and address an area of need in the cornerback position which had a void from the trade of Aj Terrell. Jones should start the season as 3rd on the depth chart but with some game experience move up into a #2 role.
8. Michael Penix Jr. QB. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams address the most glaring need on the roster and select the Heisman Trophy winner out of Indiana University. The left hander will be given the reigns and newly acquired Keenan Allen and Pro Bowler Tutu Atwell will look to ease the growing pains for the young signal caller as the Rams look to turn around the leagues worst offense.
9. Myles Murphy. LE. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys select Murphy out of Clemson University as a potential replacement for upcoming free agent Demarcus Lawrence. Expect Murphy to shuffle around on both sides of the defensive line and making an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher with Solomon Thomas as well as Lawrence.
10. Jadon Haselwood. WR Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers had needs in the front 7 of their defense but opted to grab the best player available, #1 receiver Haselwood. He joins a veteran group of Juju Smith-Schuster and Julio Jones to form a dynamic trio which will give defensive coordinators nightmares. Haselwood will be third on the depth chart, but a pass friendly offense in Pittsburgh should help his production.
11. Eli Ricks. CB. New York Jets
The Jets try to sure up there secondary and select Ricks out of LSU who will slide into #3 on the depth chart as they try to match up with the high powered offenses of the AFC East.
12. Charles Cross. LT. Washington Football
The WFT selected Cross the highest rated tackle in the class as they add to there talented offensive line. Cross should start the season as the starter but if he underperforms a move to guard would not be out of the question as the WFT has multiple options in house already.
13. Arik Gilbert. TE. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars selected the tight end out of LSU who will be a matchup nightmare for linebackers with his combination of speed and size. Gilbert will split time with Albert Okwuegbunam but don’t be surprised to see multiple sets with them on the field at the same time.
14. Maurice Hampton SS. Houston Texans
The Texans selected the best SS of the class in Maurice Hampton who will have a great mentor in fellow LSU alum Tyrann Mathieu to learn from. Expect the Texans to ease Hampton into action as he will sit at #2 on the depth chart behind Mathieu as he develops and eventually takes over as the SS of the future for Houston.
15. Andrew Booth CB. Denver Broncos
The Broncos address an area of need and select the cornerback Andrew Booth out of Clemson University. Booth will make an immediate impact in the secondary and will start off as 3rd on the depth chart for the Broncos and will develop into a solid # 2 opposite Amani Oruwariye by seasons end.
16. Baylor Cupp. TE. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys select Cupp out of Texas A&M who will split time with Blake Jarwin to start but will eventually take over as the future tight end for the Cowboys as they hope that they have found there next Jason Witten.
17. Will Anderson. LOLB. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams turn to the defensive side of the ball with there second pick of the first round to address another glaring need the linebacker position. The rookie out of Alabama will be thrown right into the fire and should start right away in LA.
18. Akeem Dent. CB. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks selected the speedy corner Dent out of Florida St who will join a crowded secondary in Seattle. Dent will start the season as 4th on the depth chart but his combination of speed and size will accelerate his development and he will be a solid #3 corner by seasons end.
19. Jordan Burch. RE. Detroit Lions
The Lions address the loss of Trey Flowers who they traded in the off season by selecting the power rushing Burch out of South Carolina University. He should make an immediate impact slotting in as a starter on the Lions defensive line.
20. Justin Flowe ROLB. New Orleans Saints
The Saints add another weapon to there linebacker room in the speedy Justin Flowe out of Oregon. Expect Flowe to see immediate action in New Orleans with his 87 speed as they can potentially switch to a 3-4 scheme with the plethora of speed they have in the linebacking core.
21. Demond Demas. WR. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals select Demas out of Texas A&M giving Kyler Murray another toy to play with. The Cardinals have the luxury of bringing Demas along slowly as he will start the season 4th or 5th on the depth chart but could play a big factor in the red zone by seasons end due to his size at 6’3”.
22. Tyler Vrabel RT. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles turn to the offensive line with there first round pick selecting Vrabel out of Boston College. A no brainer pick for the Eagles as they have 3 starters in there mid 30s on the offensive line. Expect Vrabel to see starting time at one of the positions on the line as they try to accelerate his development.
The Ravens opt to add to there defensive backfield instead of addressing the defensive line who lost Calais Campbell to retirement. Steele will start the season as 4th on the depth chart but should develop into a nice piece for the reigning AFC North champs.
24. Quavaris Crouch. MLB. New England Pats
The Patriots add another speedster to there linebacker core with Crouch out of Tennessee University. Look for Crouch to step into the a starting role in the middle of one of PML’s top defenses.
25. Will Putnam. RG. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts address the offensive line and select Will Putnam the guard out of Clemson as they try to mitigate the loss of Anthony Castonzo to retirement. Look for Putnam to slide into a starting role on the right side of the line for one of the leagues best rushing attacks.
26. Vincent Gray. CB. Washington Football
The second pick of the first round for the WFT and they go to the defensive side for this one to address an area of need and select the cornerback Gray out of Michigan University. Gray will slide into 3rd on the depth chart and make an immediate impact on the WFT defense.
27. Nakobe Dean. MLB. New York Giants
The Giants address an area of need and select the MLB of the future in Nakobe Dean out of Georgia. Dean should move into a starting role right out of the gate for the G-Men as they look to build on last seasons playoff berth.
28. Jordan Wilmore. RB. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers made some noise across the PML world with the selection of the speedy Jordan Wilmore out of Utah as the first running back off the board in the 2023 draft. The 49ers will lean on Wilmore early as they look to replace last seasons lead back Ty Chandler who was traded this off season.
29. Mac Jones. QB. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are look to find there identity on offense with a replacement for Joe Burrow whom they traded this off season and they turn to the University of Alabama and select Mac Jones. An interesting pick for the Bengals as they have recently acquired Jordan Love from the Green Bay Packers. Look for Jones to start as #2 behind Love as he try’s to win the job in the pre season.
30. Demarckus Bowman. RB. Buffalo Bills
The rich get richer as the Super Bowl Champion Buffalo Bills find the replacement for Tevin Coleman in the #1 rated running back in the PML draft in Demarckus Bowman from The University of Florida. Expect Bowman to split carries with Jalen Hurd as he slowly works his way into the NFL before taking over as the lead back.
31. Taron Vincent. DT. Minnesota Vikings
The NFC champion Vikings add another chip to the puzzle in the run stuffer from Ohio State Taron Vincent. Expect Vincent to play more of a reserve role with the team as they bring him along slowly to eventually join Michael Pierce in the middle of the defensive line.
32. Jordan McFadden RG. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars turn to the offensive line with the last pick of the first round and select Jordan McFadden out of Clemson University. McFadden is more of a depth pick for the Jaguars as they have a solid group of lineman on the roster already. Look for the Jags to bring him along slowly as a potential 2024 starter.