Anthony Richardson Might Be Drafted First Overall In The 2023 Draft

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The 2023 NFL Draft is shaping up to be a quarterback-heavy affair, with some even believing that raw Florida QB Anthony Richardson could be the first overall pick.

According to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, who spent this past week at the 2023 combine in Indianapolis, there is a rumor circulating that Richardson is in the running for the top spot.

Eisen: “A rumor I’ve heard is don’t discount Anthony Richardson as the first overall pick.”

An NFL evaluator recently said that Richardson has the best upside in the Draft and an executive said he is a “blend of Josh Allen, Cam Newton and Justin Fields.” This is high praise for the Florida signal-caller, who has already shown flashes of playmaking ability on the field in his young career.

Deserved Hype

The hype surrounding Anthony Richardson has been building for some time, and he certainly did not disappoint at the 2023 NFL Combine. In fact, Richardson put on a show, ranking first among all players in attendance.

Richardson’s impressive physical attributes were on full display, as he measured in at 6’4 1/4″ and 244 pounds. But it was his speed that really turned heads, as he posted a remarkable 4.43-second 40-yard dash time.

What’s even more impressive is that Richardson also set two combine records. He recorded a vertical jump of 40.5 inches, which is the highest ever recorded by a quarterback. He also set a new record for the broad jump, leaping an incredible 10’9″.

All of these measurements indicate that Richardson is a true physical specimen, with the speed, agility, and explosiveness to excel at the next level. It is no wonder that many NFL scouts and analysts are predicting that he could be the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Of course, the combine is just one part of the evaluation process, and there is still plenty of work to be done before the draft. But based on his performance at the combine, it is clear that Anthony Richardson is a special talent, with the potential to be a game-changing quarterback in the NFL.

Who Goes First

Richardson will have some stiff competition for the top pick. The likes of Bryce Young and CJ Stroud are also expected to be top quarterback prospects in the 2023 Draft. It will be fascinating to see how these players perform in the lead-up to the draft and how they are evaluated by NFL teams.

As it stands, the Chicago Bears hold the number one overall pick in the 2023 Draft. However, they are widely expected to trade it, with several teams reportedly interested in moving up to snag their preferred quarterback. Among the teams rumored to be in the mix are the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Las Vegas Raiders.

All in all, the 2023 NFL Draft is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, particularly for quarterback-hungry teams. It remains to be seen who will emerge as the top pick, but one thing is for certain: the competition will be fierce, and the stakes will be high.