2023 NFL Draft Odds: Quarterbacks Expect to Fly Off the Board in the 2023 NFL Draft

Could Three Quarterbacks Go In The Top Four Picks in April's NFL Draft?

Picks By Indianapolis Colts and Las Vegas Raiders Could Shake Up First Round

Five of the top 10 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft have already changed hands so buckle up for what could be quite the ride before the first round gets underway on April 27.

The Chicago Bears shook things up by shipping the No. 1 overall pick for the No. 9 pick, a first-round selection in 2024, two second-round picks and star receiver D.J. Moore.

After only one quarterback went in the first round in last year’s draft, there is a chance that Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Florida’s Anthony Richardson could go in the top four picks in 2023.

The 2023 NFL Draft odds have Stroud (-300) as the current front-runner to be taken first overall. However, many mock drafts are going with Young as the first overall pick.

Here’s a look at how the top 10 could shake out.

1. Carolina Panthers: QB Bryce Young, Alabama

The last time the Carolina Panthers picked a quarterback with the top selection in the NFL Draft, it took Cam Newton, the Panthers were in the playoffs in Newton’s third season and in the Super Bowl in season No. 5.

The Carolina brain trust would be just fine with a similar timeline with the team’s latest quarterback of the future.

The Bryce Young/C.J. Stroud debate could rage on for years to come.
Young is clearly trending in the right direction and he is priced at +300 to be the No. 1 pick according to the 2023 NFL Draft odds.

Whoever the pick is, they will get to play behind a building block as offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu was picked sixth overall in last year’s draft.

2. Houston Texans: QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Houston didn’t make out that badly even after a late two-point conversion gave Houston a win over the Indianapolis Colts in a game that cost Houston the No. 1 overall pick.

Stroud’s numbers were off the charts during his time at Ohio State. It didn’t hurt that Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, the two most productive rookie receivers in the NFL last season, were among Stroud’s targets in 2021 and future NFL star Marvin Harrison Jr. was there this past season.

Keep an eye on the NFL Draft odds to see if Stroud continues to be listed as the front-runner.

3. Arizona Cardinals: DE/LB Will Anderson, Alabama

J.J. Watt retired and Zach Allen is now a member of the Denver Broncos so Anderson would fill a need.

His numbers were down a bit from a sensational 2021 season, but Anderson has the makings of being an elite pass rusher in the NFL. According to the college football lines, Anderson is priced at -300 to be the first defensive player selected in this year’s draft.

4. Indianapolis Colts: QB Anthony Richardson, Florida

This is the pick that will impact how the rest of the first round plays out.

Richardson has all the talent in the world. However, he is coming off a season when he completed 54% of his passes with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He did have nine TD passes and just two interceptions in six games against ranked opponents.

Richardson adds a running threat at quarterback and that is huge in the present-day NFL.

If draft order was decided by NCAA football predictions, Richardson would not be a top-five pick. However, his physical traits will push him up the board as teams look for the next Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen.

5. Seattle Seahawks: DL Jalen Carter, Georgia

It could be argued that Carter is the best player in the draft. There were reports that Carter underwhelmed at his pro day and his role in a car crash that resulted in the death of a former college teammate and a staff member at Georgia.

As far as the football part of the equation goes, the 300-pound Carter should be a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line sooner than later.

6. Detroit Lions: CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

The final pick as part of the Matthew Stafford trade can be used to upgrade a defense that needs plenty of help.

The 6-foot-2 Gonzalez has the size and speed to be a shutdown corner at the next level. He has helped himself since the season ended and the four interceptions he came down with during the 2022 season displayed his ball skills.

7. Las Vegas Raiders: QB Will Levis, Kentucky

Levis probably deserves to be taken somewhere in the teens. However, these are the Raiders and with Derek Carr now with the New Orleans Saints, Levis would give the Raiders the type of strong-armed quarterback that their late owner Al Davis would love to build around.

It would not be a surprise to see the Raiders make a run at the No. 3 overall pick, especially if one of the top two quarterbacks are available at that spot.

8. Atlanta Falcons: CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

Atlanta went with an offensive player with its top pick in four of the last five drafts. Now it is time to start working on the defense.

With A.J. Terrell on one side and Witherspoon on the other, Atlanta could have one of the most talented cornerback duos in the league.

9. Chicago Bears: OL Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

One of these years the Bears need to start using quality picks to address the offensive line.

The trade that sent the top pick to Carolina was a sign that the Bears are moving forward with Justin Fields at quarterback. D.J. Moore, acquired in that trade, gives Chicago a proven playmaker at receiver.

Now Skoronski will help give Fields more time to throw whether he lines up at guard or tackle.

10. Tennessee Titans: DL Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech

Wilson is priced at +450 to be the first defensive player drafted so this would be a potential steal for the Titans.

Having Wilson line up next to Justin Simmons would not be a fun experience for opposing offenses.
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