2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #16

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Emmanuel Forbes

Mississippi State


Ron Rivera and Co. have never been good at hiding their hand from the rest of the league, but I don't think they care. It was clear from the outset that this team was a) happy with Howell at QB, b) wanted help at corner and c) wanted to bolster the offensive line. While I don't love that process, this group has drafted fairly well overall. Getting Emmanuel Forbes at 16 is a nice value, as he will be a plug-and-play starter at corner; but I have to wonder why Forbes was the pick over Christian Gonzalez. The argument would be that Forbes has better ball skills and might have better instincts in zone. I trust Rivera and Del Rio to identify a DB for their scheme.

Grade: B

-Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

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