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The 2023 NFL Draft will be held from Thursday, April 27, 2023 through Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri, just outside of Union Station. NFL teams will select the top college players with the first round being held on Thursday, April 27. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday, April 28, while rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 29. The Chicago Bears have the No. 1 overall pick but there is a good chance the Bears will trade that pick and move down in the NFL Draft. There is an oddity in the 2023 NFL Draft, as there will only be 31 picks in the first round. The Miami Dolphins forfeited their first-round pick for violation of the NFL’s anti-tampering policy. There are four teams that have two first-round picks, the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the odds-on favorite to be taken with the first overall pick. ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ABC and NFL Network will provide television coverage of the 2023 NFL Draft.

2023 NFL Draft at a Glance

Date: April 27-29, 2023

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Television Coverage: ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network

2023 NFL Draft Betting Odds

Bryce Young -165
CJ Stroud +350
Anthony Richardson +800
Will Levis +900
Jalen Carter +1400
Will Anderson +1400

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy for the 2021 college football season and he was really good again in 2022, as he threw for 3,328 yards with 32 TDs and just five interceptions. He has all the looks of a franchise quarterback with poise, vision and pocket awareness. Some people are concerned about his height, but there are plenty of NFL quarterbacks today that don’t fit the traditional mold.

CJ Stroud threw for 3,688 yards with 41 TDs and just six interceptions for Ohio State last season. He is bigger than Young, as Stroud is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. The question about Stroud is whether he has the same poise and vision that Young has and whether he is truly a franchise quarterback.

Richardson has the frame of an NFL quarterback and he has a strong arm and can run. What he doesn’t have is a lot of experience and he makes a lot of mistakes. In terms of raw talent, Richardson looks great, and some teams will take a chance on him becoming a franchise quarterback, but he is not going to step right in and start.

Levis really shouldn’t be a first round pick, but quarterbacks almost always go higher than they should. Levis threw for 2,406 yards with 19 TDs and 10 interceptions last season for Kentucky. He has the build of a quarterback, as he is 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds.

Jalen Carter might just be the best player in the draft, but quarterbacks almost always get more love, so Carter likely won’t go first overall. He is an excellent defensive tackle who is 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds with great quickness. He had some ankle and knee injuries this season that held his numbers down.

Another outstanding defensive player is Will Anderson who had 27.5 sacks, 54 tackles for loss, 130 pressures, a forced fumble and an interception over the last two years. He probably would have been the first overall pick last year if he had been in the NFL Draft.

2023 NFL Draft Order

1. Chicago Bears

2. Houston Texans

3. Arizona Cardinals

4. Indianapolis Colts

5. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN)

6. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

7. Las Vegas Raiders

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. Carolina Panthers

10. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

11. Tennessee Titans

12. Houston Texans (via CLE)

13. New York Jets

14. New England Patriots

15. Green Bay Packers

16. Washington Commanders

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

18. Detroit Lions

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20. Seattle Seahawks

21. Los Angeles Chargers

22. Baltimore Ravens

23. Minnesota Vikings

24. Jacksonville Jaguars

25. New York Giants

26. Dallas Cowboys

27. Buffalo Bills

28. Cincinnati Bengals

29. New Orleans Saints (via SF via MIA via DEN)

30. Philadelphia Eagles

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft there are a total of four teams that will be picking twice, the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks. As noted earlier, the Miami Dolphins had to forfeit their pick. The San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams traded away their first-round picks.

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All-Time No. 1 Picks

2022 Jacksonville Jaguars Travon Walker DE
2021 Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence QB
2020 Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow QB
2019 Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray QB
2018 Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield QB
2017 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett DE
2016 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB
2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB
2014 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher OT
2012 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB
2011 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton QB
2010 St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford QB
2009 Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford QB
2008 Miami Dolphins Jake Long OT
2007 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB
2006 Houston Texans Mario Williams DE
2005 San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith QB
2004 San Diego Chargers Eli Manning QB
2003 Cincinnati Bengals Carson Palmer QB
2002 Houston Texans David Carr QB
2001 Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick QB
2000 Cleveland Browns Courtney Brown DE
1999 Cleveland Browns Tim Couch QB
1998 Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning QB
1997 St. Louis Rams Orlando Pace OT
1996 New York Jets Keyshawn Johnson WR
1995 Cincinnati Bengals Ki-Jana Carter RB
1994 Cincinnati Bengals Dan Wilkinson DT
1993 New England Patriots Drew Bledsoe QB
1992 Indianapolis Colts Steve Emtman DT
1991 Dallas Cowboys Russell Maryland DT
1990 Indianapolis Colts Jeff George QB
1989 Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman QB
1988 Atlanta Falcons Aundray Bruce LB
1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vinny Testaverde QB
1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bo Jackson RB
1985 Buffalo Bills Bruce Smith DE
1984 New England Patriots Irving Fryar WR
1983 Baltimore Colts John Elway QB
1982 New England Patriots Kenneth Sims DE
1981 New Orleans Saints George Rogers RB
1980 Detroit Lions Billy Sims RB
1979 Buffalo Bills Tom Cousineau LB
1978 Houston Oilers Earl Campbell RB
1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ricky Bell RB
1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon DE
1975 Atlanta Falcons Steve Bartkowski QB
1974 Dallas Cowboys Ed Jones DE
1973 Dallas Cowboys John Matuszak DE
1972 Buffalo Bills Walt Patulski DE
1971 New England Patriots Jim Plunkett QB
1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw QB
1969 Buffalo Bills O.J. Simpson RB
1968 Minnesota Vikings Ron Yary OT
1967 Baltimore Colts Bubba Smith DE
1966 Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis LB
1965 New York Giants Tucker Frederickson RB
1964 San Francisco 49ers Dave Parks WR
1963 Los Angeles Rams Terry Baker QB
1962 Washington Redskins Ernie Davis RB
1961 Minnesota Vikings Tommy Mason RB
1960 Los Angeles Rams Billy Cannon RB
1959 Green Bay Packers Randy Duncan QB
1958 Chicago Cardinals King Hill QB
1957 Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung RB
1956 Pittsburgh Steelers Gary Glick DB
1955 Baltimore Colts George Shaw QB
1954 Cleveland Browns Bobby Garrett QB
1953 San Francisco 49ers Harry Babcock WR
1952 Los Angeles Rams Bill Wade QB
1951 New York Giants Kyle Rote RB
1950 Detroit Lions Leon Hart WR
1949 Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Bednarik LB
1948 Washington Redskins Harry Gilmer QB
1947 Chicago Bears Bob Fenimore RB
1946 Boston Yanks Frank Dancewicz QB
1945 Chicago Cardinals Charley Trippi RB
1944 Boston Yanks Angelo Bertelli QB
1943 Detroit Lions Frank Sinkwich RB
1942 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Dudley RB
1941 Chicago Bears Tom Harmon RB
1940 Chicago Cardinals George Cafego RB
1939 Chicago Cardinals Ki Aldrich C
1938 Cleveland Rams Corbett Davis RB
1937 Philadelphia Eagles Sam Francis RB
1936 Philadelphia Eagles Jay Berwanger RB

Many fans don't realize that the NFL Draft has been occurring annually for 85 years. Of course, it has taken a long time for the draft to become the standalone event it has become today.

Players in the 1930s were basically just drafted sight unseen because of their prowess in college. The 1940s and 1950s were only slightly better in terms of scouting, but the early 1960s saw the creation of BLESTO, and that organization brought scouting into prominence.

The NFL Draft became a huge television spectacle back in the 1980s when ESPN started broadcasting it with luminaries like Chris Berman and Mel Kiper Jr. By the time the draft moved to New York in 1995, it was a two-day event that was sucked up by the NFL-hungry public. Now, the draft is three days long, starting with the first round on Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds coming on Saturday.

No. 1 NFL Picks By Position

34 Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, 2021
23 Running Back Ki-Jana Carter, 1995
15 Defensive Line Travon Walker, 2022
7 Offensive Line Eric Fisher, 2013
3 Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson, 1996
3 Linebacker Aundray Bruce, 1988
1 Defensive Back Gary Glick, 1956

Quarterbacks are the cornerstones of every successful NFL franchise, and not surprisingly, teams jump over each other all the time to try to find that quarterback that can lead their team for the next decade and a half. As a result, 34 of the No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft have been quarterbacks, representing nearly 40 percent of the top choices. Running backs used to be incredibly popular to pick as top choices as well, but we will likely never see a running back selected No. 1 overall again due to their shorter than average careers.

No. 1 NFL Picks By Team

7 Indianapolis Colts 2012
7 Los Angeles Rams 2016
5 Cleveland Browns 2018
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015
5 Arizona Cardinals 2019
4 Detroit Lions 2009
4 Atlanta Falcons 2001
4 Buffalo Bills 1985
4 New England Patriots 1993
4 Cincinnati Bengals 2020
3 Pittsburgh Steelers 1970
3 San Francisco 49ers 2005
3 Dallas Cowboys 1991
3 Philadelphia Eagles 1949
3 Houston Texans 2014
2 Chicago Bears 1947
2 Boston Yanks 1946
2 Washington Redskins 1962
2 New York Giants 1965
2 Green Bay Packers 1959
2 Minnesota Vikings 1968
2 Tennessee Titans 1978
1 New Orleans Saints 1981
1 New York Jets 1996
1 Los Angeles Chargers 2004
1 Oakland Raiders 2007
1 Miami Dolphins 2008
1 Carolina Panthers 2011
1 Kansas City Chiefs 2013
1 Jacksonville Jaguars 2021
0 Baltimore Ravens ---
0 Denver Broncos ---
0 Seattle Seahawks ---

It's amazing that for as long as the NFL Draft has been going on, no team has had the first overall pick more than seven times. The Colts and Rams share that dubious distinction. Of course, the team that "earns" the top pick thanks to having the worst record in the NFL isn't always the one that picks first. The No. 1 pick is traded from time to time, most recently in 2016, when the Rams traded up to get Jared Goff. We also saw Atlanta trade a king’s ransom for the right to select Michael Vick in the 2001 NFL Draft.

There are other examples where the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft never plays for the team that drafted him. The most notable were John Elway, who never played for the Baltimore Colts, Bo Jackson, who left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Eli Manning, who essentially demanded to be traded to the New York Giants from the San Diego Chargers.

The Broncos, who were the beneficiary of Elway's move from Baltimore, have never actually possessed the No. 1 overall pick themselves. They're one of three teams, joining the Seahawks and Ravens as teams that have never chosen first.

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