Alabama quarterback Bryce Young throws a pass in the second half the Cotton Bowl Classic in the College Football Playoff national semifinal Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Syndication The Enquirer
- Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud is the +200 opening-line favorite to be the first player chosen in the 2023 NFL Draft
- Alabama QB Bryce Young is the second betting choice at +225
- Young’s teammate, Crimson Tide defensive end Will Anderson (+330) is the only other player with odds shorter than +1000
Quarterbacks took a back seat in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Only one QB, Kenny Pickett of Pitt, was selected during the opening round.
Apparently, more QBs than that will be off the board in the first two picks of the 2023 NFL Draft if the opening betting line is proven correct.
Ohio State Buckeyes QB CJ Stroud is the +200 betting favorite to be the first player selected in the opening 2023 NFL Draft odds. Alabama QB Bryce Young is the second betting choice at +225.
2023 NFL Draft Odds
|CJ Stroud-QB (Ohio State)||+200|
|Bryce Young-QB (Alabama)||+225|
|Will Anderson-DE (Alabama)||+330|
|Paris Johnson Jr-T (Ohio State)||+1000|
|Jaxon Smith-Nijigba-WR (Ohio State)||+1500|
|Phil Jurkovec-QB (Boston College)||+1500|
|Tyler Van Dyke-QB (Miami)||+1800|
|Spencer Rattler-QB (South Carolina)||+2000|
|Will Levis-QB (Kentucky)||+2000|
|Bryan Breese-DT (Clemson)||+2500|
|Peter Skoronski-T (Northwestern)||+2500|
|Eli Ricks-CB (Alabama)||+3000|
|Hendon Hooker-QB (Tennessee)||+3000|
|Anthony Richardson-QB (Florida)||+3000|
|Jalen Carter-DT (Georgia)||+3500|
|Nolan Smith-LB (Georgia)||+4000|
|Justin Flowe-LB (Oregon)||+4000|
|Malik Cunningham-QB (Louisville)||+4000|
|Jaren Hall-QB (BYU)||+4000|
|Trenton Simpson-LB (Cincinnati)||+4000|
|Kayshoun Bouette-WR (LSU)||+5000|
|Josh Downs-WR (USC)||+5000|
|BJ Ojulari-DE (LSU)||+5000|
|Myles Murphy-DE (Clemson)||+5000|
|Kedon Slovis-QB (Pitt)||+5000|
|Brennan Armstrong-QB (Virginia)||+5000|
|Tanner McKee-QB (Stanford)||+6000|
|Kelee Ringo-CB (Georgia)||+8000|
|Ryan Hayes-T (Michigan)||+8000|
|DJ Uiagaleilei-QB (Clemson)||+8000|
|Isaiah Foskey-DE (Notre Dame)||+8000|
|Michael Mayer-TE (Notre Dame)||+10000|
|Bijan Robinson-RB (Texas)||+10000|
|Zion Nelson-T (Miami)||+10000|
|JT Daniels-QB (Georgia)||+10000|
|Sam Hartman-QB (Wake Forest)||+10000|
|Jahmyr Gibbs-RB (Alabama)||+10000|
|Jordan Addison-WR (Pitt)||+10000|
|Brandon Joseph-S (Northwestern)||+13000|
Odds as of May 7th at DraftKings Sportsbook
The 2023 NFL Draft is slated for April 27-29 at Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Scouts Love Stroud’s Powerful Arm
In his first year as the starter for the Buckeyes, Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns. That included a 573-yard performance in Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win over Utah.
He’s equipped with a strong arm, but it’s also accurate. Stroud’s completion percentage was 71.9 and he was only picked off six times.
I think about this throw every day pic.twitter.com/5ux651mfjk
— Brodie (@StroudHEISMAN) May 5, 2022
Stroud will be needing to have another big year, since with only 12 NCAA starts under his belt, his resume isn’t as deep as some other draft-eligible QBs. He’s also battling the stigma of past Ohio State QB failures in the NFL.
Even though he lost receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to the NFL, Stroud still has Jaxon Smith-Nijigba to target. Another highly-rated 2023 NFL Draft prospect, Smith-Nijigba actually led Ohio State last season with 95 receptions, nine for TDs.
Young And Restless
Unlike Ohio State, Alabama’s QB history in the NFL is rich. There was Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler in the past. Currently, three NFL starting QBs – Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins), Mac Jones (Patriots) and Jalen Hurts (Eagles) – are connected to the Crimson Tide.
look at the throws under pressure bryce young was making in the natty. if even 2 of those many drops were caught…man. can’t believe people sit on here everyday & act like this kid isn’t great. pic.twitter.com/s8uFomM1mb
— Kyron Samuels (@kyronsamuels) May 6, 2022
Will Bryce Young be the next to be added to this list? The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is only a six footer but an alleged lack of size hasn’t slowed 2019 first overall pick Kyler Murray one bit.
Heisman Trophy winner Young passed for 4,872 yards and 47 TDs last season, against just seven interceptions.
Anderson Might Be Best Player In Draft
For all the greatness that Alabama has brought to the gridiron, there’s one thing the Tide hasn’t turned up in 84 years – the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Back Harry Gilmer in 1948 remains the only Alabama player to come off the draft board first.
This could be the year that all changes for them. And Young might not be the guy who gets it done.
On pure talent, Crimson Tide edge Will Anderson is the best player available in the 2023 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4 , 243-pound defensive lineman is a one-man wrecking crew.
Will Anderson is my top prospect in the 2023 draft, and I know it’s early, but I’d be shocked if that changes.
The Alabama EDGE makes the game of football look easy. Some of the best first-step quickness I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/tKMMRNlCbU
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) May 6, 2022
Last season, Anderson led the nation in sacks (17.5), tackles for loss (34.5) and QB pressures (79). He’s an absolute stud.
Often, the player who goes first overall can be impacted by a team’s needs. If the NFL team that ends up picking first #1 is one in need of a starting QB, Anderson won’t be the guy. If not, he most certainly will be.
Either way, at this stage and those odds, it’s worth taking the value.
Pick: Will Anderson (Alabama) +330.
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.