2023 NFL Draft reaction: Predicting Rookies of the Year, bounce-back teams, No. 1 pick in 2024 and more (2023)

After months of speculation, NFL teams have made their draft selections and actual situations can be evaluated rather than making projections. With that in mind, I called CBS Sports NFL Draft analysts Josh Edwards and Chris Trapasso to the virtual table to explore impact rookie performers, the teams now in a position to bounce back from a poor season and much more in a series of questions below.


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1. Who had the most success during the 2023 NFL Draft?


"Pittsburgh found value with essentially every selection while checking off needs. Some teams have an easily identifiable identity, and each addition felt like a Steeler." -Josh Edwards


"I completely agree with Josh on the Steelers, so I'll go with the Colts. Chris Ballard always drafts high-caliber athletes, but this year, he actually picked high-caliber athletes who are good football players. And they picked my QB1, Anthony Richardson. WR Josh Downs, TE Will Mallory, and RB Evan Hull will all contribute to Richardson's development instantly." -Chris Trapasso

2. Who had the worst/most underwhelming draft class?


"I understand the aspirations of this team and why they may have felt obligated to take an offensive tackle in the first round following the suspension of Cam Robinson. It felt as though they were prepared to take whomever was the best available offensive tackle at that spot, and Harrison was not the best value -- a theme that would carry on over three days. They took more players who I had not only not watched, but had never heard about during the process than maybe the rest of the league combined." -Edwards


"The Falcons got my lowest draft grade, so I'll go with them. I can't be swayed on my "don't draft running backs in the first round philosophy," even if Bijan Robinson is a stud. Which he is. The only pick I thought was made at correct value was the Ohio State edge rusher, Zach Harrison, in the third round. Although Clark Phillips III could outplay where he was selected." -Trapasso

3. Who will be the Offensive Rookie of the Year?

QB Bryce Young (Panthers)

"If a rookie quarterback is relevant and has the requisite playing time, it will be difficult for that player not to win the award. I believe Young will start in Week 1 and be consistent enough to earn this honor. Falcons running back Bijan Robinson and Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs would be the others considered." -Edwards

QB Anthony Richardson (Colts)

"Staying true to the Colts love theme here. Richardson won't be as polished a passer as Young and Stroud, but his legs will lead to a variety of splash plays on the ground, and he'll hit enough home runs with the deep ball to win the award." -Trapasso

4. Who will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year?

CB Christian Gonzalez (Patriots)

"I nearly went with Will Anderson Jr. because players who record at least 8.5 sacks usually win the award. However, Gonzalez should be given an opportunity to create a narrative similar to Sauce Gardner last season. Bill Belichick is going to put the Oregon product on an island and, if he plays to his potential, he could quickly become known as one of the best in the league." -Edwards

LB Jack Campbell (Lions)

"This award typically goes to an edge rusher or cornerback. I'll go against the grain here (Josh's pick is very good). Campbell was a draft crush of mine from the jump, and he's on an upstart defense that will be better in 2023 than it was a season ago. That, coupled with the Lions in the playoffs, means Campbell will get enough consideration to win. He's a complete, three-down second-level defender." -Trapasso

5. Which rookie is most likely to be a Pro Bowl selection in Year 1?

RB Bijan Robinson (Falcons)

"Pro Bowl selections are often created by mainstream perception. While Robinson was never projected as a top selection in the NFL Draft, most understand why: positional value. There was never any disbelief in Robinson's talent. With the running back position fluctuating year over year, he has a golden opportunity to get early recognition." -Edwards

RB Bijan Robinson (Falcons)

"This is a selection I just can't pick differently from Josh's. It'd take for a colossally bad rookie year for Robinson to not be in position to be named to the Pro Bowl in Year 1, given his talent, situation, and hype." - Trapasso

6. Who will be the most impactful selection outside of the first round?

RB Devon Achane (Dolphins)

"A quarterback would be an easy selection because they have the biggest impact on the game. However, Hendon Hooker and Will Levis are stuck behind veterans this year and may not get ample opportunity. The choice essentially boiled down to Lions tight end Sam LaPorta, who should see increased target share with Jameson Williams' suspension, and Dolphins running back Devon Achane. Achane is a dynamic talent who landed in the ideal situation with a horizontal scheme and a head coach with a past of maximizing the speed element of his players' skillsets." -Edwards

LB Drew Sanders (Broncos)

"If the Broncos let him pin his ears back on the edge, Sanders can be an instant impact rookie. He's long and rangy, too. He'll just miss some tackles as a classic off-ball run defender. Getting after the quarterback is where the athletic, flexible Sanders thrives." -Trapasso

7. Excluding the Eagles and Seahawks, which team with a top-10 selection is most likely to contend for a playoff spot?


"Head coach Frank Reich should have a calming presence on that roster, and I am a believer in defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero. Carolina's roster is not in terrible shape and the division is wide open. Young could be the best quarterback in the NFC South on Day 1." -Edwards


"Even though I did not like their draft, the rest of the offseason has been solid for a team that was a phantom roughing the passer call on Tom Brady last season away from possibly winning the NFC South." -Trapasso

8. Who will be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft?

QB Caleb Williams (USC)

"The conversation is going to be between USC quarterback Caleb Williams and North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye. I lean towards Williams right now because of the improvisational skills. Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is another to consider, but a team picking No. 1 overall will either be looking to add a quarterback of their own or in a position to trade out." -Edwards

QB Caleb Williams (USC)

"I know, I know -- we've seen hyped-a-year-out quarterbacks fall flat and go nowhere near the first round. But Williams does appear to be exactly what the league as a whole loves at the position. Given that Bryce Young just went with the top pick, Williams' lack of size shouldn't be a problem." -Trapasso

Fellow CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Ryan Wilson agrees with Edwards and Trapasso, pegging Caleb Williams as the No. 1 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in his 2024 NFL mock draft. The Cardinals and Buccaneers are among the teams who could be in position to select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at the top of the draft.


What team has number 1 pick 2023? ›

CHICAGO – The San Antonio Spurs won NBA Draft Lottery 2023 presented by State Farm, which was conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Spurs will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 22.

Who has the worst draft 2023? ›

The Worst Draft Classes of 2023
  1. Denver Broncos.
  2. Miami Dolphins. ...
  3. Washington Commanders. ...
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars. ...
  5. Los Angeles Chargers. This was a pivotal draft for the Chargers, considering how many significant players might be moving on from the franchise after the 2023 season. ...
May 2, 2023

How many draft picks in 2023? ›

Player selections

The following is the breakdown of the 259 players selected by position: 36 cornerbacks. 33 wide receivers.

What team has the most number 1 picks? ›

Through the 2023 NFL Draft, 88 players have been selected first overall, with the most recent being Bryce Young. The Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams have each made the most first overall selections in history with seven.

Why 31 first round picks? ›

There are 31 picks in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft because the Miami Dolphins were stripped of their top selection for violations of league policies relating to the integrity of the game.

Who is the most accurate draft predictor? ›

Brendan Donahue, the #1 most accurate mock drafter over the past five NFL seasons according to The Huddle Report, gives you his 2023 NFL Mock Draft — making predictions for every team and every pick in the first round.

Who is #1 QB draft 2023? ›

Player Rankings - Quarterback
1Bryce YoungQB
2C.J. StroudQB
3Hendon HookerQB
4Anthony RichardsonQB
8 more rows
Apr 24, 2023

Who has the number 2 draft pick 2023? ›

2023 NFL Draft, day 2 order
263Marvin Mims Jr.
364Zacch Pickens
365Tyler Steen
64 more rows
Apr 28, 2023

Who was Mr irrelevant 2023? ›

Desjuan Johnson is Mr. Irrelevent in 2023. Johnson is a defensive lineman who played his college ball at Toledo. The 6-2, 285-pounder played five years for the Rockets and was a monster in his final two seasons with the team.

Why does the number of draft picks change? ›

There are 32 teams in the league over 32 rounds, but it's also important to note that the number of picks can change via forfeiture or the awarding of compensatory picks—of which there are up to 32 awarded in any offseason.

Do the Raiders have a number one draft pick in 2023? ›

As the Raiders get set to pick No. 7 in the 2023 NFL Draft, take a look back at photos of past players the Raiders took in that spot.

Has a WR ever went 1st overall? ›

Fryar went No. 1, becoming the first wide receiver ever to be taken in that spot. Fryar was a member of the Patriots when the team advanced to Super Bowl XX, and was a five-time Pro Bowl pick (four of those five came with teams other than the Patriots).

Has a RB ever been drafted #1? ›

Lowdown: Carter suffered a serious knee injury in his first exhibition game with the Bengals. He scored 15 rushing TDs from 1996-97 with the Bengals before bouncing after seven NFL seasons. He's the last running back to be selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft.

What NFL teams have never had a #1 pick? ›

What NFL teams have never had the first pick? The Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are the only NFL franchises to never hold the No. 1 draft pick.

Why is there no 32nd pick? ›

The first round kicked off on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in Kansas City. One quirk of this year's draft is that there are only 31 picks in the first round instead of 32 because the Miami Dolphins had to forfeit their 2023 first- and 2024 third-round picks.

Has a first round pick ever been traded? ›

It had last happened in 2016, when the Tennessee Titans traded the first pick to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks before the draft, with the Rams moving up all the way from No.

Who gets the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›

About the 2023 NFL Draft

The Carolina Panthers selected QB Bryce Young as the first pick in the draft after trading with the Chicago Bears .

Which draft pick is Mr irrelevant? ›

The Los Angeles Rams selected Toledo defensive tackle Desjuan Johnson as the last pick in the 2023 NFL draft on Saturday, making him Mr. Irrelevant. Johnson spent five seasons at Toledo, and in 2021 he was on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award and Bronko Naguski Trophy.

Who has been the best at predicting the NFL draft? ›

Here's how four of the most well-known NFL draft analysts did in predicting the outcome of the first round of the 2023 NFL draft:
  • Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: 6 picks correct.
  • Todd McShay, ESPN: 4 picks correct.
  • Peter King, NBC Sports: 2 picks correct.
  • Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: 1 pick correct.
Apr 28, 2023

Who has the most accurate fantasy football predictions? ›

John Paulsen

He also hosts The Most Accurate Podcast (TMAP), a weekly podcast in which he sums up the fantasy football week and makes his predictions for the upcoming games. For over a decade, Paulsen has been one of the most accurate fantasy football experts on the internet.

What is the best position group in the 2023 NFL draft? ›

Strongest positions in 2023 NFL Draft Class, according to Zierlein:
  • Cornerback.
  • Tight end.
  • Edge defender.
  • Wide receiver.
  • Quarterback.
  • Interior defensive line.
  • Interior offensive line.
  • Offensive tackle.
Mar 30, 2023

Which NFL teams need a QB in 2023 draft? ›

Need a quarterback
  • Washington Commanders. Starting quarterbacks: Carson Wentz/Taylor Heinicke. ...
  • Atlanta Falcons. Starting quarterback: Marcus Mariota. ...
  • New Orleans Saints. Starting quarterbacks: Jameis Winston/Andy Dalton. ...
  • Carolina Panthers. ...
  • Seattle Seahawks. ...
  • Indianapolis Colts. ...
  • Houston Texans. ...
  • New York Jets.
Apr 11, 2023

Who will be the 5th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›

The Seahawks selected Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the No. 5 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, a move that looks to be all about drafting the best player rather than picking for need.

Who will be the 4th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›

The Colts entered the 2023 NFL Draft with one overarching goal: Find their quarterback of the future. Mission accomplished. Indianapolis selected Florida's Anthony Richardson fourth overall Thursday night, marking the first time in general manager Chris Ballard's seven-year tenure that he chose a QB in the first round.

Will Stetson Bennett be drafted? ›

Los Angeles on Saturday selected Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett No. 128 overall in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Who was the best Mr. Irrelevant in NFL history? ›

Since the NFL draft was cut to its current seven-round format in 1994, players presented with this dubious honor have more often succeeded in making the team that drafted them, with some making significant contributions. Tyrone McGriff was perhaps the most successful Mr. Irrelevant from the pre-1994 era.

Has a Mr. Irrelevant ever made the Hall of Fame? ›

No, Mr. Irrelevant has never made the Hall of Fame. Perhaps the closest one was Jacque MacKinnon. He was drafted last in the NFL Draft but played in the AFL with the Chargers.

Who has the most 2023 draft picks nfl? ›

Alabama and Georgia tied with 10 picks each in the 2023 NFL Draft, leading all other schools. Here's what you need to know: Michigan was next in line with nine picks and TCU was third with eight.

Can a player reject a draft pick? ›

If the player truly does not want to join the team that drafted him, he will have the option, in theory, of holding out and re-entering the draft the following year. This option, however, could mark him for other possible suitors as someone with an attitude problem, and also cost the NFL hopeful a year's salary.

Has a player ever declined a draft pick? ›

But Skoronski wasn't going to hear his name called in Kansas City, where the draft was being held. The only one of 18 players to turn down the NFL's invitation to attend the draft, Skoronski instead chose to share the moment at a local pizzeria called Piece, where he was christened, in which his father is an investor.

Has a team ever missed their draft pick? ›

FOR THE BRIEFEST of moments, the Minnesota Vikings' 2003 draft room swelled with relief. A frenzied effort to trade their No. 7 pick had seemingly concluded with a last-minute deal.

How many times have the Raiders had the No 1 overall draft pick? ›

The Raiders have selected first once. They have also selected the second overall pick twice.

Is Michael Mayer going to the NFL? ›

With the 35th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders selected tight end Michael Mayer.

How many picks do the Eagles have in 2023? ›

How Many Draft Picks Did the Eagles Have in the 2023 NFL Draft? The Eagles had seven draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Most importantly, the Eagles' picks were frontloaded. Four of their seven selections came within the first 66 picks — including two first-rounders — and another just outside the top 100 (105).

What is the best NBA team 2023? ›

Boston Celtics

Who is the top pick for the 2023 NBA draft? ›

Victor Wembanyama

Who are the first round fantasy football picks 2023? ›

It's never too early to start your fantasy football season
  • Patrick Mahomes, KC.
  • Josh Allen, BUF.
  • Jalen Hurts, PHI.
  • Joe Burrow, CIN.
  • Lamar Jackson, BAL.
  • Justin Fields, CHI.
  • Justin Herbert, LAC.
  • Deshaun Watson, CLE.

What NFL teams have no first round picks 2023? ›

As it stands a month out from the 2023 NFL draft, five teams are set to skip the first round, all having traded away their top selections. That means the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers need to nail their picks on Day 2.

What team is Steph Curry on 2023? ›

Share All sharing options for: Stephen Curry has been selected to the 2022-2023 All-NBA Second Team. The NBA has just announced its All-NBA Teams, with the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry being selected into one of the guard slots of the Second Team.

Who is most likely to win MVP NBA 2023? ›

Who is most likely to win MVP NBA 2023? The current MVP odds NBA suggest that Nikola Jokic has the best chance of winning the award.

Who is most likely to win the 2023 NBA championship? ›

2023 NBA championship odds: Denver Nuggets new favorites to win title. Despite holding a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat currently have the longest odds to win the NBA Championship with three teams remaining.

Who is the best prospect since LeBron? ›

4 things to know about Victor Wembanyama, the top NBA prospect since LeBron. Victor Wembanyama has played far above his competition in France. At 19, he's now heading to the NBA.

Who will be the top NFL fantasy defense in 2023? ›

1San Francisco 49ers
2Philadelphia Eagles
3Dallas Cowboys
4New York Jets
28 more rows
3 days ago

Who are the best players to draft in fantasy football? ›

Consensus of 51 Experts (63 available) - May 23, 2023
RKPlayer NamePOS
Tier 1
1C. McCaffrey(SF)RB1
2J. Taylor(IND)RB2
3B. Robinson(ATL)RB3
28 more rows

Who was the first pick in the 2023 fantasy draft? ›

While there is plenty of debate among our analysts how the first round should play out, there was unanimous consent that Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson is the No. 1 player on each of their draft boards heading into the season. Let's get to how each of our analysts rank their top-12 players for 2023 drafts.

What NFL team has the hardest schedule 2023? ›

Based on projected win totals, the New England Patriots have the hardest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season. NFL teams with the hardest schedules in 2023: New England Patriots. Las Vegas Raiders.

Has a team ever had 4 first round picks? ›

New York Jets | 2000

This marked the only time in NFL Draft history that a team has made four first-round picks. Two of them came the Jets' way because of the Keyshawn Johnson trade, which yielded them two first-rounders in the same draft.

What is the best position group in the 2023 NFL Draft? ›

Strongest positions in 2023 NFL Draft Class, according to Zierlein:
  • Cornerback.
  • Tight end.
  • Edge defender.
  • Wide receiver.
  • Quarterback.
  • Interior defensive line.
  • Interior offensive line.
  • Offensive tackle.
Mar 30, 2023


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