2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #16

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Antonio Johnson

Texas A&M


Even an aging Russell Wilson cannot be taken lightly, and Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes are as bright of talents as the league has seen in some time. This puts a tremendous premium on pass rushers - which, in Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones, the Raiders now have. And elite defensive backs, which the Raiders don't possess. The jury is out on whether or not Trayvon Mullen and Rock Ya-Sin could be a long-term solution. Tre'von Moehrig showed promise as a rookie as did nickel Nate Hobbs. Those four are still question marks, but there is hope.

Unfortunately, there's really not much hope with former first rounder Jonathan Abram, who has showed a knack for injuries, penalties, and getting burned in coverage. A rangy safety would make a major difference in this defense, and represents the pick in this mock. Offensive line is a major question mark as well, as is the interior of the defensive line. The linebacker corps? They could need an infusion of young talent by next offseason. Look for another draft heavy on beef, high on value, and with an emphasis on countering the moves of their highly competitive AFC West opponents.

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