This is a look at the first-round order for the 2023 NFL Draft heading into Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season, along with the top three needs for each team. The order is determined by record, using strength of schedule as the first tiebreaker (click here to see a full list of the draft-order tiebreakers). Keep in mind -- teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today are marked as PL (short for playoffs) in the order below. The draft order for playoff teams is determined by the results of postseason play.
Arrows reflect movement from last week's order.
NOTE: The NFL announced in August that the Miami Dolphins will forfeit their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick following an investigation into whether the team violated league policies pertaining to the integrity of the game.
Biggest needs: QB, WR, DT
Week 13 opponent: vs. Browns
EE: There’s a real likelihood that the Texans will be in position to draft their quarterback of the future with their first pick in Round 1. But with the second (via Cleveland), Houston can attack any number of areas and help their QB, including a speed receiver or more help on the offensive line.
Biggest needs: Edge, DL, OL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Packers
DP: Chicago finds itself in what seems like an advantageous situation right now, as far as the draft is concerned. If a quarterback is selected first overall, the Justin Fields-led Bears would be able to land the top non-QB available or sell the pick to the highest bidder.
Broncos' record: 3-8 (.447)
Broncos' Week 13 opponent: at Ravens
See Pick No. 16 for analysis of the Seahawks' needs and the playoff teams section of this article for analysis of the Broncos' needs.
Rams' record: 3-8 (.516)
Rams' Week 13 opponent: vs. Seahawks
See Pick No. 13 for analysis of the Lions' needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Rams' needs.
Biggest needs: QB, CB, DL
Week 13 opponent: Bye
DP: This is a rough week for Panthers fans intent on having the highest pick possible to spend on a quarterback in next year’s draft. A decisive win over the Broncos pushed Carolina out of the No. 2 spot and the team has only one game left against a squad that’s currently above .500.
Saints' record: 4-8 (.481)
Saints' Week 13 opponent: at Buccaneers
NOTE: See the playoff teams section of this article for analysis of the Eagles' needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Saints' needs.
Biggest needs: OL, CB, Edge
Week 13 opponent: Bye
DP: The Cardinals were supposed to be taking another step in 2022 after exiting in the first round of the playoffs last season. Instead, they’re flirting with a top-five pick heading into December with a game against the Patriots awaiting them after the bye, and they will be without starting left tackle D.J. Humphries for the rest of the season.
Biggest needs: S, WR, TE
Week 13 opponent: at Bears
DP: Safety tops the needs list now, but it would behoove the Packers to find any players who can help them stop the run after the Eagles racked up 363 yards on the ground on Sunday. That’s the most rush yards allowed by Green Bay in a single game since 1977.
Biggest needs: OT, Edge, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Chargers
EE: Depending on where the Raiders end up drafting, they could consider picking a quarterback or looking for immediate O-line or defensive help. The decision might come down to how Derek Carr plays during the remainder of the season and whether the team is willing to carry his $34.8 million salary-cap figure in 2023.
Biggest needs: DL, TE, CB
Week 13 opponent: at Lions
EE: GM Trent Baalke has traditionally been a big fan of loading up with defensive linemen, and it just so happens that the position is among the biggest (if not the biggest) offseason needs. They’ve not received great play inside, and there could be big changes next year, with Dawuane Smoot, Adam Gotsis and Arden Key headed for free agency and Roy Robertson-Harris a cut candidate.
Browns' record: 4-7 (.545)
Browns' Week 13 opponent: at Texans
See Pick No. 1 for analysis of the Texans' needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Browns' needs.
Biggest needs: OT, CB, DL
Week 13 opponent: at Falcons
EE: Offensive tackle figures to be a big box that will need checking this offseason, perhaps more than once, after taking Kenny Pickett in Round 1 this year. But there arguably are also needs on every level of the defense, especially with so many pending free agents on that side of the ball.
Biggest needs: QB, DB, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Jaguars
DP: In addition to the positions listed above, running back will be a spot to watch for Detroit in 2023. D’Andre Swift is the only rusher on the roster signed beyond this season.
Biggest needs: QB, WR, Edge
Week 13 opponent: at Cowboys
EE: The question of which quarterback the Colts might target in the coming offseason brings the natural follow-up: What type of quarterback? The Colts have favored pocket-style passers in recent years with one exception (Sam Ehlinger).
Biggest needs: Edge, WR, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Steelers
DP: After putting very little heat on Taylor Heinicke in a loss to the Commanders on Sunday, Atlanta now ranks dead last in the league with a sack rate of 3.9 percent. They were last in that category in 2021, too. Arthur Smith must find more players who can create pressure.
Biggest needs: OT, DL, DB
Week 13 opponent: at Raiders
EE: If the Chargers decide they need a large plugger inside to help shore up the run defense, this could end up being a pretty good draft cycle to look for one. There might be multiple nose tackles in the upcoming class who can perform as space-eaters and block-absorbers.
Biggest needs: OL, WR, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Bills
EE: Despite adding big investments to the position the past few years, wide receiver remains a position that likely will see big changes again in 2023. Nelson Agholor is due to hit the open market, and Jakobi Meyers might earn bigger money elsewhere as a free agent than he would in New England. If the Patriots draft a receiver, expect it to be a different style from speedster Tyquan Thornton.
Biggest needs: QB, DB, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Saints
DP: A Bucs front seven that was gashed by the Browns’ running game on Sunday could look a bit different next year. Five of the seven starters up front in Week 12 have contracts that either expire or void after this season.
49ers' record: 7-4 (.397)
49ers' Week 13 opponent: vs. Dolphins
Broncos' needs: OL, WR, CB
EE: The need at receiver can’t be ignored. Courtland Sutton’s contract means he likely isn’t going anywhere, but the futures of Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler and even Jerry Jeudy appear to be less settled longer term. This team could use another playmaker outside to add life to a dormant offense.
NOTE: See the bottom of this article for analysis of the 49ers' and Dolphins' needs.
Biggest needs: QB, WR, interior OL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Commanders
DP: The good vibes around Daniel Jones and the Giants are starting to fade amid the team’s recent downturn. A huge opportunity to regain positive momentum awaits with five of the final six games against NFC playoff contenders, including four contests against NFC East squads, but is he up to the task?
Biggest needs: OL, WR, CB
Week 13 opponent: at Eagles
EE: With Caleb Farley on injured reserve again, it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever break through. Plus, with Terrance Mitchell and Lonnie Johnson set to hit free agency, there’s a depth concern. The biggest need would be an outside corner, preferably one with some length who can play press coverage.
Biggest needs: OL, LB, QB
Week 13 opponent: at Vikings
EE: This team could use an injection of life at linebacker. C.J. Mosley has a $21.4 million cap number next year and has lost a step, even if his instincts remain top notch.
Biggest needs: CB, OT, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Chiefs
EE: Offensive tackle is a spot the Bengals shouldn’t mess around with. Neither Jonah Williams nor La’el Collins has played particularly well this season. Williams might be better suited long-term inside, but he’s a free agent after next season. Collins can be cut if the Bengals find better options. Joe Burrow’s health is the priority here.
Biggest needs: DB, OL, WR
Week 13 opponent: vs. Colts
DP: Dallas has spent four picks on defensive backs in the last two drafts, but those players have yet to truly establish themselves on defense. With free agency threatening to leave some holes on the back end, someone will need to step up.
Biggest needs: OL, S, WR
Week 13 opponent: at Patriots
EE: Could the Bills stand to add depth at receiver? I think so. The majority of snaps there have been played by Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir this season. With Davis entering a contract season in 2023, the Bills might want to add more outside help to protect against a potential loss in ‘24.
Biggest needs: OT, DL, WR
Week 13 opponent: at Bengals
EE: Kansas City, the 2023 NFL Draft host, likely will have to wait a bit until it gets a chance to make a pick. And the question will be: Is there an offensive tackle worth drafting in what figures to be the latter stages of Round 1? Even if Orlando Brown is back, the Chiefs could use an upgrade on the other side.
Biggest needs: DB, WR, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Jets
DP: The Vikings keep finding ways to win but Patriots quarterback Mac Jones found holes in Minnesota’s coverage to the tune of a career-high 382 yards and season-high two touchdown passes on Thanksgiving night. The secondary might require more attention than any other spot this offseason.
Biggest needs: DB, Edge, DL
Week 13 opponent: vs. Titans
DP: Philly has an embarrassment of riches, with the first-round pick acquired from the Saints knocking on the door of the top five. The biggest needs for the Eagles are on defense, but it appears they will be in position to select one the best prospects available, regardless of position, in 2023.
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Biggest needs: DT, WR, S
Week 13 opponent: at Texans
EE: Safety might not be the highest-priority position the Browns will choose to attack this coming offseason. But it can’t be overlooked, as primary starters John Johnson III and Grant Delpit have underwhelmed this season. Johnson’s salary might make him tough to move on from in the offseason, but Delpit’s spot can be upgraded and the depth after that is sub-par.
Biggest needs: Edge, OL, DB
Week 13 opponent: vs. Seahawks
DP: How bad are things for the Rams right now? Well, they’ve lost five straight games for the first time in the Sean McVay era and are on the verge of becoming the first reigning Super Bowl champs to post a losing record since the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2023 first-round pick they gave up in the Matthew Stafford trade has a good chance of being a top-five selection.
Biggest needs: OL, CB, TE
Week 13 opponent: at 49ers
EE: Kader Kohou has been a tremendous find, and Nik Needham is a serviceable piece. But the Dolphins have learned that counting on Byron Jones can be risky business, and Xavien Howard hasn’t had his finest season to date. Replenishing cornerback -- always a good idea -- might be one of the bigger needs this offseason.
Biggest needs: QB, DL, WR
Week 13 opponent: at Buccaneers
DP: The Saints’ 2023 first-round pick, held by the Eagles, is trending toward the top five, a spot where New Orleans hasn’t selected since the first draft of the Sean Payton Era in 2006. Figuring out how to jumpstart an offense averaging 12.5 points per game over its last four contests without having that valuable draft capital is quite the puzzle.
Biggest needs: OL, DL, DB
Week 13 opponent: vs. Dolphins
DP: San Francisco currently isn’t holding a pick in the first or second rounds, which means there is going to be even more pressure than usual on the front office to get it right in free agency. It is worth nothing, though, that the Niners are projected to receive four compensatory picks in 2023.