The NFL Draft is still months away, but the order for the first half of the draft is set, with the Falcons set to pick No. 8 for the second year in a row. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that Bryce Young would go No. 1, but with the Texans winning their season finale and the Bears rostering Justin Fields, it’s no longer obvious who will be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The odds still favor Young to be the first player selected, but the Alabama star isn’t considered a heavy favorite according to oddsmakers, followed closely by C.J. Stroud, Jalen Carter, Will Anderson, and Will Levis.
Who will be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 #NFLDraft?
Bryce Young (-125)
C.J. Stroud (+170)
Jalen Carter (+500)
Will Anderson Jr. (+500)
Will Levis (+850)
[Odds via @FDSportsbook]
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The Bears could choose to auction off the No. 1 overall pick to the highest bidder if the organization is convinced Justin Fields is a better choice to build around. Chicago could also take Bryce Young and trade Fields. Knowing the dysfunctional team that the Bears are, they’ll likely play it all wrong and end up selecting Jalen Carter or Will Anderson with their original selection.
Assuming the Falcons remain at No. 8, there’s a chance at least one of the aforementioned players is still available when Atlanta is on the clock. I don’t know what it would cost to trade up for one of Young, Carter, or Anderson, but I would love it if Terry Fontenot was aggressive and moved up to get his guy. Even if they sit at No. 8, there will be an opportunity to land a blue chip prospect.