By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell
Published: May 2, 2023.
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Gibbs is a dynamic playmaker with game-breaking speed as a runner; he is basically a tougher version of Alvin Kamara. Like Kamara, Gibbs is a phenomenal receiver, plus Gibbs is a superb blocker. He also is a dangerous kick returner. Gibbs is a hard worker and great teammate as well who will be a real upgrade over the now-departed and oft-injured DeAndre Swift.
Campbell will be a huge upgrade for the Detroit defense. He is a tackling machine and a force as a run defender. On top of being a player who will probably average well over 100 tackles per year, Campbell is a skilled in pass coverage and possesses excellent instincts. He will be a plug-and-play upgrade at linebacker next to Alex Anzalone.
Both Gibbs and Campbell are just flat out good football players. On top of landing them, they also were able to move down to add pick 34 and get another future starter with a high second-round pick. Gibbs and Campbell could both easily contend for Rookie of the Year honors next season, so don’t be surprised if the Lions have the last laugh over a lot of clueless NFL media.
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
With Robinson leading the Falcons’ rushing attack, defenses are going to be in a very difficult position to stop their playmaking weapons. If the opponent’s safeties stack the box to stop Robinson, that will open up the deep part of the field for Kyle Pitts and Drake London. If the defense play its safeties back, Robinson could run roughshod over weak boxes. Robinson will be a huge help to Desmond Ridder in his first year as a starter. It would not surprise me if Robinson becomes one of the greatest players in Falcons franchise history.
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Jordan Addison, WR, USC
The Vikings fielded one of the worst, if not the worst, defense in the NFL during 2022. The organization had the opportunity to land a good young starter for that side of the ball with available prospects like defensive end Myles Murphy, defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah, outside linebacker Nolan Smith, cornerback Joey Porter Jr., defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and Mazi Smith. Any of them would have been a bigger upgrade for Minnesota compared to adding a third option at wide receiver. The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft was a missed opportunity for the Vikings to add an infusion of talent for their defense.
New England Patriots
Christian Gonzalez, WR, Oregon
Gonzalez seems like an odd fit for the Patriots. He is a smooth cover corner with size, speed, and fluid athleticism. He is also very good at maintaining tight coverage and not allowing separation. However, Gonzalez slid out of the top 10 because he is a finesse defender who lacks physicality. His missing grit was put painful on painful display against Georgia in 2022.
Gonzalez’s unwillingness to tackle at times, along with allowing himself to be pushed around and bullied, is a real concern for fitting in with Bill Belichick. It would not surprise me if Belichick gets frustrated with Gonzalez’s lack of fight and tackling. That could lead to New England being a bad fit for Gonzalez and him not meshing with the organization.
Green Bay Packers
Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
With so much riding on Love playing well, it would have made more sense for the Packers to help him with their first-round pick. Green Bay has used a ton of first-round pick capital on its defense. Aside from Love in 2020, the last time the Packers drafted an offensive player in Round 1 was Derek Sherrod in 2011. The Packers are not spreading out their resources to both sides of the ball, and that could come back to really hurt Love, Gutekunst, and the coaching staff.
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