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2023 NFL Draft: Colts, Panthers headline five teams most probably to take a quarterback in the primary round


The 2022 NFL Draft was lackluster with regard to the available quarterback talent. When Thursday night had concluded, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett was the one quarterback off the board. The 2023 NFL Draft is establishing to be more lively on the quarterback front. 

Listed here are five teams that might be probably the most aggressive in securing a top talent on the position:

1. Houston Texans

Houston’s Week 18 victory over Indianapolis was potentially costly. Unless Chicago sticks and picks No. 1 overall, the Texans won’t have its selection of quarterback prospect barring a trade up at No. 2 overall. In the event that they do trade up, it can cost them. History suggests that not having the primary selection of quarterback isn’t necessarily the tip of the world. Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson were the second, third and fifth quarterbacks taken of their respective drafts. 

2. Carolina Panthers

Carolina currently holds the No. 9 overall selection. Their position in line is masked by the stench of desperation to search out a quarterback. The team traded a second-round pick, one third-round pick, two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick to construct a quarterback room of Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Matt Corral. Two of the three could thoroughly be gone before next season commences. 

If the Panthers miss out on Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young and Kentucky’s Will Levis, then it could not be a surprise in the event that they were to take a flier on Florida’s Anthony Richardson. Richardson is a young quarterback with the physical traits to develop into best in show. Nevertheless, he remains to be very much a piece in progress by way of processing, decision-making, etc.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Since general manager Chris Ballard was hired as general manager in 2017, the team has had a sort at quarterback. Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan have began games for the AFC South franchise. Those players average 6-foot-4 inches, 232 kilos. Will they follow that pattern with a rookie quarterback or take Young if given the chance?

The veteran route has not worked out since Luck left them on the altar so it might be time to change up the strategy and pick a rookie.

4. Atlanta Falcons

There was a narrative that Atlanta could punt on the pursuit of a recent quarterback if Desmond Ridder proved himself worthy. The fact is that it was at all times going to be difficult for Ridder to make that magnitude of an impression in such a brief time frame. He played a complete of 262 snaps this season and left loads of questions unanswered. 

With the No. 8 overall selection, the Falcons are in peril of missing out on all the highest options. In the event that they covet any of the quarterbacks, they may likely must move up with a purpose to secure him. General manager Terry Fontenot was hired in January 2021. Months later, the team chosen Florida tight end Kyle Pitts as an alternative of moving up to accumulate a quarterback or choosing one in every of those available: Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones. They didn’t allow themselves to select of desperation so there is no such thing as a reason to imagine they might this 12 months either.

5. Seattle Seahawks

Has 33-year-old Geno Smith done enough to increase his stay within the Pacific Northwest? In that case, would general manager John Schneider still consider adding a rookie at No. 5 overall to eventually take over? The Seahawks have a case as best 2022 rookie class in order that they have done a very good job of increase the roster and will plug and play a rookie quarterback. It is probably going of their best interest so as to add a quarterback now while they’re ready to achieve this. Pete Carroll took a roster wherein many had low expectations only to guide this system to the No. 20 overall selection. They is probably not ready to choose this early again for awhile. 

Other teams to think about 

There are a half-dozen other teams that would conceivably consider a quarterback depending upon how they feel concerning the incumbent starter and the way the free agency and trade markets play out. The Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Washington Commanders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fall into this category. Has Tom Brady taken his final snap in Tampa? The Buccaneers will likely take the roster all the way down to the studs if Brady departs and be in contention for a top pick next 12 months. Will Tennessee recommit to Ryan Tannehill? Is Sam Howell truly going to be given a likelihood within the nation’s capital? Does Detroit view Jared Goff as a player able to taking the franchise to the subsequent level? These are all questions with answers unknown outside of team headquarters.

The Las Vegas Raiders have already made their intentions clear with Derek Carr. They might prefer to sign a veteran considering how much they’ve invested in that roster and its ability to contend in 2023-2024. Is it too soon for the Recent York Jets to peruse the rookie portal or has the Zach Wilson experiment officially drawn to a detailed?

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