Official website of the New England Patriots

replay
Replay: Best of Patriots Radio Thu Feb 02 - 02:00 PM | Tue Feb 07 - 11:55 AM

2023 Patriots Mock Draft Tracker

Our staff has compiled what the top 'experts' are predicting the New England Patriots will do in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Pictured is Illinois defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31). AP Photo.
Pictured is Illinois defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31). AP Photo.

Our staff has compiled what the top 'experts' are predicting the New England Patriots will do in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Illinois defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31).
Illinois defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31).

EXPERT: Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN Football Analyst

PICK: Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

LAST UPDATED: January 25, 2023

Kiper's Analysis:
"Will the Patriots bring back free agent corner Jonathan Jones? That could determine what Bill Belichick & Co. do here, because this is a strong cornerback class in the back half of Round 1. There could be a run on defensive backs in the 20s. Witherspoon is my top-ranked corner, a long and physical player who shut down an entire side of the field for the Fighting Illini. He also is not afraid to stick his head in and make a tackle. Outside of corner, New England could target offensive line or wide receiver with this pick to try to support quarterback Mac Jones, who struggled in Year 2."

Click here for Mel Kiper's full mock draft.

Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87).
Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87).

EXPERT: Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports NFL Writer

PICK: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

LAST UPDATED: January 25, 2023

Trapasso's Analysis:
"Mayer isn't a big-time athlete,but he does everything well at the position. Safe selection here for the Patriots."

Click here for Chris Trapasso's full mock draft.

Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11).
Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11).

EXPERT: Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com

PICK: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

LAST UPDATED: January 25, 2023

Cherepinsky's Analysis:
"The Patriots need offensive line help, but they also could stand to address their pedestrian receiving corps. Jaxon Smith-Njigba has incredible speed and athleticism. He had a huge 2021 campaign, which included a terrific Rose Bowl performance."

Click here for Walter Cherepinsky's full mock draft.

TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).
TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).

EXPERT: Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

PICK: Quentin Johnston WR, TCU

LAST UPDATED: January 24, 2023

Iyer's Analysis:
"The Patriots need to try again to get a bona fide No. 1 wideout for the sake of Mac Jones with Jakobi Meyers and others heading into free agency and DeVante Parker not being reliable with his health ahead of his Age-30 season. Johnston is ideal size-speed prospect for the outside in the vein of Mike Evans and Mike Williams and also offers route-running savvy and good hands."

Click here for Vinnie Iyer's full mock draft.

TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).
TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).

EXPERT: Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports Writer

PICK: Quentin Johnston WR, TCU

LAST UPDATED: January 24, 2023

Wilson's Analysis:
"The Patriots need to get Mac Jones more weapons on the outside after the offense stalled in 2022. Johnston's an above-the-rim playmaker whose athleticism and contested-catch abilities put him in the running for WR1."

Click here for Ryan Wilson's full mock draft.

Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87).
Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer (87).

EXPERT: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com Analyst

PICK: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

LAST UPDATED: January 23, 2023

Brooks' Analysis:
"The Patriots could elect to go back to the future by drafting a tight end who allows them to utilize more jumbo packages. "

Click here for Buck Brooks' full mock draft.

Alabama defensive back Brian Branch (14).
Alabama defensive back Brian Branch (14).

EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media Analyst

PICK: Brian Branch, CB/S, Alabama

LAST UPDATED: January 23, 2023

Jeremiah's Analysis:
"Branch is one of my favorite players in this draft class. He's an outstanding nickel defender with the versatility to move around the secondary."

Click here for Daniel Jeremiah's full mock draft.

Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77).
Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski (77).

EXPERT: Phil Perry, NBC Sports Boston

PICK: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

LAST UPDATED: January 20, 2023

Perry's Analysis:
"The Patriots have a few clear needs headed into this offseason. None are clearer than the spot they tried to man with spare parts all season: seemingly tackle. While Trent Brown was a staple on the left side -- if inconsistent with his performance -- the right side was a revolving door: Isaiah Wynn, Marcus Cannon, Yodny Cajuste, Conor McDermott. They need someone there. In this scenario ... it might be Brown, who has played plenty of right tackle in the past. The reason? Skoronski looks like he has the chops to pass-protect effectively from Day 1 on the left side."

Click here for Phil Perry's full mock draft.

TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).
TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1).

EXPERT: Josh Edwards, CBS Sports NFL Draft Writer

PICK: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

LAST UPDATED: January 19, 2023

Edward's Analysis:
"New England gets younger, cheaper and taller at the wide receiver position with the addition of Johnston. He battled injuries this season but played at a high level when healthy."

Click here for Josh Edwards full mock draft.

Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy (98).
Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy (98).

EXPERT: Dane Brugler, The Athletic

PICK: Myles Murphy, Edge, Clemson

LAST UPDATED: January 19, 2023

Brugler's Analysis:
"Smooth, strong and long, Myles Murphy has a lot of the traits that would appeal to Bill Belichick. Given his expected testing numbers at the scouting combine, Murphy will create buzz throughout the process, even though his rush plan and setup are still in the development phase."

Click here for Dane Brugler's full mock draft.

Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones (59).
Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones (59).

EXPERT: Luke Easterling, DraftWire.com

PICK: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

LAST UPDATED: January 19, 2023

Easterling's Analysis:
"Offensive tackle is easily just as high on the needs list as wide receiver for the Pats. Jones is the last tackle on the board who should be a first-round lock."

Click here for Luke Easterling's full mock draft.

Iowa defensive lineman Lukas Van Ness (91).
Iowa defensive lineman Lukas Van Ness (91).

EXPERT: Rob Rang, Fox Sports NFL Draft Analyst

PICK: Lukas Van Ness, DL, Iowa

LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2022

Rang's Analysis:
"Given the Patriots' season-long struggles on offense, it seems a near-certainty that the club will focus on that side of the ball in the draft. Given how often Bill Belichick has stuck to predictable options, however, adding a physical tone-setter on defense like the ascending Van Ness is probably the more likely outcome."

Click here for Rob Rang's full mock draft.

Related Content

Advertising

Latest News

Presented by
Advertising

Trending Video

Advertising

In Case You Missed It

Presented by
Advertising