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The 2023 NFL Draft is heading to Kansas City — let’s speculate wildly about which Missouri players will get picked that year

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

The 2023 NFL Draft is KC-bound, so which Mizzou players could hear their names that year?

The NFL announced the locations of the 2021 (Cleveland) and 2023 (Kansas City) drafts on Wednesday, meaning that fans in the Show Me State will have the opportunity to stand awkwardly around Union Station and — potentially — hear some Mizzou players get drafted.

With that in mind, let’s start off today’s links post a little differently:

Which Missouri players could get drafted in 2023, in the state in which they played college football?

Currently, Missouri players that are true freshmen or redshirt freshmen would be eligible for the 2023 draft, meaning that we’re going to have to speculate wildly about their draft futures. But if we don’t do that, who will?

Let’s start with just a couple:

Redshirt freshman tight end Messiah Swinson

He’s 6-7, 230-pounds and he’ll get bigger before the 2023 draft. Swinson was on track to play as a true freshman — he looked damn impressive early in fall camp — before tearing his ACL. If he can stay healthy and continues to add size, Swinson would have the size and speed combination that would make him valuable at the tight end position.

Redshirt freshman receiver Khmari Thompson

Thompson isn’t just a receiver for Missouri — he’s also the track team and reportedly runs a 4.3-second 40. Can’t teach speed! He also had four catches for 53 yards in the spring game. Receiver is crowded for Missouri this year, but there’s a lot of time before 2023!

Freshman QB Connor Bazelak

You’ve gotta throw a quarterback on here, just simply based on Missouri’s track record — over the last 15 years, Missouri has had three quarterbacks drafted and two more (Chase Daniel, James Franklin) were signed as undrafted free agents but were in consideration during their respective drafts. So, Bazelak would be draft eligible and the hope has to be that he’ll become a multi-year starter.

Freshman S Jalani Williams

He’s tall (6-2) and talented (4-star) at a position (safety) that’s incredibly important on defense. He also enrolled early and has a lot of expectations for him at Mizzou. If Williams is as good as some think he is, however, he may be gone before 2023.

Freshman DE Darius Robinson

I’m super bullish on Robinson. At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, he already has incredible size for the position — and he could be a guy that adds weight and slides inside to defensive tackle. Did you know Missouri has a history of sending linemen to the NFL? Robinson could be a good bet to do that in 2023.

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