2023 NFL Mock Draft: NFL.com analyst includes 3 Pac-12 players in latest Round 1 projections
Thirty-one players will hear their names called on April 27, and be welcomed into the NFL as first-round picks. As the 2023 NFL Draft inches closer, how many prospects from the Pac-12 could be in the running for Day 1 praise?
According to NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, 3 Pac-12 prospects are expected to be selected on night one.
- No. 5 — Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon — Seattle Seahawks
- No. 12 — Jordan Addison, WR, USC — Houston Texans
- No. 26 — Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah — Dallas Cowboys
Gonzalez became a superstar for the Ducks’ secondary in Year 1 of the Dan Lanning era. Transferring over from Colorado, the 6-1 cornerback used his physical play style and elusive athleticism to become one of the top defenders in the nation on the boundary.
Addison, who transferred from Pitt this offseason, could become the future No. 1 pass-catcher down in Houston to pair alongside its new quarterback. A technician when it comes to route-running, Addison averaged 14.8 yards per catch and scored 8 touchdowns as the new leading man for Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams.
With the departure of Dalton Schultz to Houston, the Cowboys could use a new leading tight end. Kincaid fits the bill after registering a career-high 70 catches for 890 yards and 8 TDs. During his 5 seasons at San Diego and Utah, Kincaid finished with 3 8-touchdown campaigns.
Check out Reuter’s predictions for Rounds 2-4 here.