A college football star takes the first steps toward becoming a professional football star (or flop) in the 2023 NFL Draft. Expect to hear lots of ‘Alabama’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Ohio’, ‘Acceleration’, ‘Physical’, ‘Football IQ’ and more.
when is the draft?
The draft begins Thursday night and runs Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.
How can I watch it?
Coverage for Round 1 will begin Thursday at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. Friday coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 will begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while Rounds 4 through 7 will begin Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Who has the top pick?
The Chicago Bears’ worst 3-14 record qualified them for the first pick. But the Bears chose to trade that pick to the Carolina Panthers, giving him his ninth pick overall and wide receiver DJ Moore, 26, who has a three-season career with at least 1,000 yard catches. won his package of four picks, including; A blockbuster trade could be a win or a disaster for either team, depending on how Carolina’s selection at No. 1 plays out, and what the Bears do with the group of picks they get.
So who will Carolina choose?
Although they haven’t made an official announcement, the Panthers are widely expected to pick Alabama’s Bryce Young, who is considered to be the best of the strong group of quarterbacks available.
Young is the undisputed leader with an illustrious record leading Alabama’s superteams. The big question mark is his height: at 5-foot-10, he’s considered shorter than the quarterbacks usually favored by NFL teams.
The Bears traded the No. 1 pick because it seemed like a year for the No. 1 quarterback. After a standout performance as a rusher last season, he is happy with 24-year-old Justin Fields.
What is going on with Jalen Carter?
Defensive lineman Jalen Carter led Georgia to the back-to-back title. But last month he did not contest reckless driving and racing misdemeanor charges related to a car accident following the team’s championship parade that killed two people, including a teammate. Declared community service.
He was once a solid top pick, but the team’s concerns over the incident, as well as Carter’s poor performance in workouts, call into question.
Carter could still be an early pick if the team decides to go for his undoubted talent, and the No. 5 Seahawks are a potential landing spot. Or, if the team decides his ability isn’t worth the risk, he could go low, as some players always do on draft day.
Which quarterback could be rated higher, aside from Young?
Quarterbacks could fill the top four overall, with three signalers other than Young (Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Kentucky’s Will Levis, and University of Florida’s Anthony Richardson) expected to rise. increase. Richardson is a particularly interesting case, a very talented player that some scouts still feel hasn’t been able to get the most out of his talent. It can drop from 10.
Who else would come close to the top?
The names you hear most often are Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon, and Texas Tech edge rusher Tyree Wilson. Running backs are currently out of fashion in the NFL draft.
Which team has the highest placement overall?
The Houston Texans have the No. 2 pick and No. 12 pick to turn around a franchise that has won just 11 games in the past three seasons. Also well positioned are the Seahawks (5th and he’s 20th, 2nd pick) and the Detroit Lions (6th and he’s 18th, 2nd pick).
The Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers probably can’t count on getting superstars. They don’t draft until the third round.
There are 32 teams. Why are there only 31 picks in the first round?
The Miami Dolphins are the 21st pick after being found to have “unforgivable communication” with Tom Brady in two different seasons while he was under contract with another team. lost.
Who is Mr. Irrelevant?
A title given to the last drafted player. Most of those players make little impact in the league. But last year’s Mr. Airilevant was former Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy, who defied his low draft status. After injuries to 49ers first and second string quarterbacks Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, Purdy got his starting opportunity. He went 5-0 in the regular season and led the team to the conference championship game.
Before you rush to dismiss your favorite team’s draft class as a bust, remember Purdy.