Five Most Intriguing Draft Prospects

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We are just three days away from the 2023 NFL draft. A new class of rookies are about to experience a life-changing moment in their careers. Every draft is full of storylines, surprises, and intriguing prospects. With the next wave of young talent ready for their place, let’s look at five intriguing players that the football world can’t wait to see where they will end up. 

 

Anthony Richardson 

Let’s start with who is likely this draft’s biggest boom or bust prospect. It’s no secret that Richardson is the most talented quarterback physically in this year’s draft at 6’4” and 244 lbs. The former Florida Gator has the elite size, strength, and athleticism teams dream of in a quarterback. Just look back to March and his display at the combine. The downside is his lack of ability to read coverages and throw with accuracy. Richardson’s first and only season as the full-time starter ended with a disappointing completion percentage of 53.8%. However, he did throw for 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his final nine games. Nonetheless, Richardson has been all over the draft boards. “It will not surprise me at all if we get to pick 12 and he’s still on the board,” said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. It will be interesting overall to see which team takes a chance on the Florida product. 

Potential Landing Spots: Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

 

Jalen Carter 

The 2022 NFL draft was full of defensive talent Aiden Hutchinson, Sauce Gardener, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and much more. There certainly were debates on who was the best. I think this year’s draft; it’s pretty obvious Will Anderson from Alabama and Georgia’s defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Tough, strong, and explosive. These are a few of the many traits to describe the Georgia product. At 6’3” and 314 lbs, Carter has all the tools to become a pro bowl talent and a force for an NFL defense. There is no questioning his talents. Of course, the issues come off the field after Georgia’s second straight national championship. Carter faced charges for a fatal crash that killed his teammate Devin Wilcock and recruiting staff member Chandler LeCroy. The accident occurred after the individuals involved were racing and ended in the loss of two lives. Since then, Carter has faced questions involving the situation. An unfortunate incident could leave Carter sliding down the draft. However, in terms of talent, it will be tough for some teams to pass him up. Overall, Carter will be a major storyline going into Thursday. 

Potential Landing Spots: Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons 

 

Bijan Robinson 

If I had to pick the most exciting player and arguably the best in the draft, Texas star running back Bijan Robinson is my vote. The best running back prospect entering a draft since Saquon Barkley. Robinson is a three-down back with talent in all areas. He has the makings of a workhorse back and has a chance to become a productive player early on. Any offense would benefit with him in their backfield. The question is, where does he go? Remember, this is a position we don’t see much in the first round. However, Robinson’s talents are hard to overlook. I expect him to be selected in the top 20. 

Potential Landing Spots: Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

 

Will Levis 

Similar to Anthony Richardson. Will Levis is another physically gifted quarterback entering the draft. At 6’4” and 229 lbs, he looks like an NFL quarterback. However, can he play the part? Levis has the arm talent to make tight-window throws, comes from a pro-style scheme, and is athletic. He did struggle to sustain high-level play but dealt with injuries throughout last season. His talent could be worth taking if placed in the right situation. Recent reports came out saying Levis could be the number-one pick. This is more of a storyline to get fans on the edge of their seats. I’d still expect Bryce Young or CJ Stroud to go first overall. 

Potential Landing Spots: Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans 

 

Hendon Hooker 

Every draft has that one quarterback whose name floats around the first round. Hendon Hooker is that guy this year. The Tennessee product completed nearly 70% of his passes and passed for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Unfortunately, his season ended after suffering a torn ACL against South Carolina. He has good arm talent and good athleticism. The downfall is that he is an older prospect entering this draft at 25. While I don’t think he will go in the first round, the quarterback position is unpredictable. 

Potential Landing Spots: Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers