2023 NFL mock draft: Cowboys land WR, Lions land star QB prospect

2023 NFL mock draft, Bryce Young, Alabama Crimson Tide - Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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2023 NFL mock draft, Christian Gonzalez, Oregon Ducks – Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

18. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

player. 60. Pick Analysis. CB. 18. Scouting Report. Oregon. Christian Gonzalez

Kudos to the Minnesota Vikings for having arguably the most impressive overall victory in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. The Vikings have a new general manager, a new coaching staff, and a lot of major changes to the roster defensively, but they were able to come away with a very convincing win over the Green Bay Packers. Looking forward to the future a little bit, the Vikings — and every NFL team — probably need more cornerbacks.

Veteran Patrick Peterson has been a good pickup for the Vikings, even late in his career, but how much time does he have left? Is he already on borrowed time? The Vikings went out and grabbed Andrew Booth in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Clemson, and I love that pickup. I think even looking forward with he and Cam Dantzler likely in this team’s plans, a playmaker like Christian Gonzalez makes plenty of sense.

The former Colorado transfer is very well-built at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, and he just picked off his first pass of the season for the Ducks last week looking like a wide receiver doing it.

19. Indianapolis Colts: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah

Pick Analysis. Utah. 46. Scouting Report. CB. Clark Phillips III. 19. player

Did I mention that more NFL teams need good cornerback play? Although things didn’t work out for him as a head coach with the Denver Broncos, Vic Fangio is one of the great defensive minds in league history, and he made an excellent point. To paraphrase a quote of his, he essentially stated that out of 32 teams, you essentially have 96 starting cornerbacks with how much teams play in the nickel these days. There aren’t 96 high-quality corners in the NFL, so you can never have too many.

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the teams right now with some pretty darn good ones at cornerback when you look at guys like Kenny Moore III, Stephon Gilmore, and Brandon Facyson, but that’s really it. Beyond this season, what do the Colts have at this spot? It’s looking slim.

Clark Phillips III makes it back-to-back Pac-12 cornerback picks and he could play inside or outside looking at his projection to the next level.