Who Will Go First in the 2023 NFL Draft? We Have the Early Odds

Who Will Go First in the 2023 NFL Draft? We Have the Early Odds
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Kenny Pickett was the lone quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, going No. 20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the latest a quarterback was drafted since 2013 when E.J. Manuel went No. 16 to the Buffalo Bills. 

It’s safe to assume it won’t take as long for that to happen in the 2023 NFL Draft. 

At DraftKings Sportsbook, six of the nine favorites to go No. 1 are quarterbacks.

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Here’s a rundown of the favorites for the No. 1 pick at DraftKings. 

C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, +200

In just 12 career starts, Stroud has been impressive. During his first year at Ohio State, Stroud completed 71.9% of his passes for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns to six interceptions. 

Stroud recorded a memorable Rose Bowl performance, rallying Ohio State to a 48-45 win over Utah with 573 yards passing and six touchdowns. 

Bryce Young, Alabama, +225

Expect the Stroud vs. Young debates to continue for the next year. The top two quarterback prospects have been dynamic in their first years as a starter. 

Young is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner after completing 66.9% of his passes for 47 touchdowns and throwing just seven interceptions in 547 attempts. 

Will Anderson, Alabama, +330

Young advocated for his teammate to join him in New York for last year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, and for good reason. Anderson, an outside linebacker, led the country in total pressures (81) and finished the season with 17.5 sacks. 

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Paris Johnson, Ohio State, +1000

As one of the top offensive lineman prospects, Johnson’s chances to go No. 1 likely will come down to a team’s needs. If the team with the No. 1 pick has an established quarterback and needs to bolster its line, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Johnson could get a look.

Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, +1500

Jurkovec is a prototypical NFL quarterback. At 6-foot-5, he has the size and arm strength to make him one of the top quarterback prospects in next year’s draft. But 2021 was a rough year for Jurkovec, who suffered a hand injury in the second game of the season and estimates he was only about 50% healthy for the final four games of the year.

Other favorites

Jaxon Smith-Nijigba, Ohio State, +1500

Tyler Van Dyke, Miami, +1800

Will Levis, Kentucky, +2000

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina, +2000

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