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2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 1.0: Local Players Projected As First Round Picks

Jan 23, 2023, 5:59 PM | Updated: 6:00 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Multiple college football players with ties to the state of Utah landed in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft in our initial roundup of mock drafts.

The 2023 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri from April 27-29.

Local players from universities and high schools in the Beehive State are expected to be selected during the seven-round event, including the first round.

#LocalsInTheNFL Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Dalton Kincaid – Tight End – Utah

Mock Draft:

NFL.com – Daniel Jeremiah 2023 NFL mock draft 1.0

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 21

NFL Team: Los Angeles Chargers

Analysis:

“Kincaid is a little older and coming off an injury, but his tape is outstanding. His short-area quickness is phenomenal, and he is incredibly tough and productive with the ball in his hands.” – Daniel Jeremiah

Mock Draft:

The Athletic – Dane Brugler’s NFL mock draft 2023, 2.0

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 45

NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

Mock Draft:

CBS Sports – Ryan Wilson’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 25

NFL Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis:

“Kincaid could end up being one of the best rookie offensive weapons in 2023.” – Ryan Wilson

Mock Draft:

Tankathon

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 41

NFL Team: New Orleans Saints

Mock Draft:

Athlon Sports – Bryan Fischer’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 24

NFL Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis:

“Evan Engram is a free agent and Trevor Lawrence still needs a good security blanket, so Kincaid feels like a perfect fit in Duval. He’s a better blocker than Engram while providing plenty in the passing game as a guy that seems to always be in the open field.” – Bryan Fischer

Clark Phillips III – Cornerback – Utah

Mock Draft:

ESPN – Todd McShay’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 25

NFL Team: Baltimore Ravens

Analysis:

“The Ravens are tied for second in interceptions (14), and Phillips would only add to their ball-hawking ways.” – Todd McShay

Mock Draft:

ESPN – Jordan Reid’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 31

NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis:

“Phillips is a savvy corner who would slot in immediately opposite Darius Slay.” – Jordan Reid

Mock Draft:

The Athletic – Dane Brugler’s NFL mock draft 2023, 2.0

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 34

NFL Team: Arizona Cardinals

Mock Draft:

Pro Football Network – Joe Broback’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 22

NFL Team: Baltimore Ravens

Analysis:

“It’s difficult to find a better fit for the Ravens than Clark Phillips III…Forget the size disadvantage he yields to his man — he’s going to put in work off the field to win on it.” – Joe Broback

Mock Draft:

Tankathon

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 30

NFL Team: Denver Broncos

Mock Draft:

Draft Network – Damian Parson’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 26

NFL Team: New York Giants

Analysis:

“Clark Phillips III is a flat-out dog in coverage. His ability to take the football away may be his best trait.” – Damian Parson

Blake Freeland – Offensive Lineman – Herriman High/BYU

Mock Draft:

Tankathon

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 63

NFL Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Siaki Ika – Defensive Tackle – East High/Baylor

Mock Draft:

The Athletic – Dane Brugler’s NFL mock draft 2023, 2.0

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 26

NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys

Analysis:

“Ika is a hard guy to move at the point of attack, but he also has the short-area quickness to be disruptive.” – Dane Brugler

Mock Draft:

Yahoo! Sports – Pete Fiutak’s First Round Mock Draft First Look

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 20

NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks

Mock Draft:

Pro Football Network – James Fragoza’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 28

NFL Team: New Orleans Saints

Analysis:

“The 6’4″, 358-pound nose tackle possesses uncanny explosiveness for his size and provides a legitimate pass-rush presence.” – James Fragoza

Mock Draft:

CBS Sports – Chris Trapasso’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 20

NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks

Analysis:

“He’s the large human being — with impressive athleticism — the Seahawks need along their defensive line.” – Chris Trapasso

Mock Draft:

Tankathon

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 33

NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mock Draft:

Draftwire – Luke Easterling’s 2023 NFL mock draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 26

NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys

Mock Draft:

Draft Network – Damian Parson’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 27

NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys

Analysis:

“Dallas’ defense is good but could become great with some more help. Siaki Ika is a big mountain that is difficult to move on the defensive interior.” – Damian Parson

Mock Draft:

Athlon Sports – Bryan Fischer’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 31

NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis:

“The Eagles were struggling to find depth in the interior and will be losing several defensive linemen to free agency or retirement this offseason. Teaming Ika up with Jordan Davis doesn’t seem fair and might be the closest you can get to building a literal wall in the middle of a defense.” – Bryan Fischer

Noah Sewell – Linebacker – Orem High/Oregon

Mock Draft:

Pro Football Network – Joe Broback’s 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Round: 1

Overall Pick: 14

NFL Team: New England Patriots

Analysis:

“It’s not the out-of-the-box pick we all expect the Patriots to make, but it makes their defense better. Noah Sewell plays the game how Bill Belichick wants: physical and fast.” – Joe Broback

Mock Draft:

Tankathon

Round: 2

Overall Pick: 44

NFL Team: New York Jets

Local 2023 NFL Draft Prospects

  • BYU
    • Christopher Brooks
    • Lorenzo Fauatea
    • Blake Freeland
    • Jaren Hall
    • Houston Heimuli
    • Harris LaChance
    • Puka Nacua
    • Gunner Romney
    • Payton Wilgar
  • Utah
    • Braeden Daniels
    • Mohamoud Diabete
    • Solomon Enis
    • R.J. Hubert
    • Dalton Kincaid
    • Logan Kendall
    • Clark Phillips
    • Gabe Reid
    • Tavion Thomas
  • Utah State
    • Logan Bonner
    • Brian Cobbs
    • Hunter Reynolds
    • Calvin Tyler Jr.
  • High Schools
    • Siaki Ika (East/Baylor)
    • Noah Sewell (Orem/Oregon)

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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