2023 mock NFL Draft 3.0: Final 11th-hour edition (with trades)

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
7 of 34
Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns
Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

6. player. 851. . Running Back. Longhorns . Bijan Robinson

On the clock: Pick No. 6: Detroit Lions – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas

Mock Draft 1.0 – Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
Mock Draft 2.0 – Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas

The idea of running back Bijan Robinson as a selection this high isn’t a common one, but while I can’t claim to have started this bandwagon I definitely jumped on it early as Bijan Robinson is, in this writer’s opinion, the best prospect in this draft class by a considerable margin.

On the surface, this seems like a luxury pick, but this could very well be a selection that pushes the Detroit Lions on top of the NFC North. While the team has D’Andre Swift and David Montgomery, the former is often injured and hasn’t been trusted by the front office, while Montgomery is just a replacement for Jamaal Williams.

Robinson is an extra-special prospect and arguably the best running back prospect in the draft in the 21st century. A prospect that has no weaknesses and is incredible to behold, Robinson is a rare running back a team could spend a premium selection on.

Robinson ran for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns at 6.1 yards per carry this season. He also notched 19 receptions for 314 yards and two scores.

Robinson is one of those players who doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses and does everything well. He’s an amazing route runner and is as good as almost any receiver in recent memory. He’s twitchy but strong, elusive but rugged. He can run over the top of defenders or run rings around them. He’s not the fastest, but he’s fast enough.

Don’t be fooled thinking this is another overvalued pick on a running back, Robinson is the real deal and a rare game-changer in a pass-driven league.