UPGRADE ; DAY
While many observers had reservations about the latest crop of quarterbacks, three of them found takers at the top of the NFL Draft, with Bryce Young leading the way for the Panthers. Carolina.
It's no surprise that the center was the first to take the stage in Kansas City. He became the first player in the history of the University of Alabama to be claimed at the first echelon of the auction.
In the case of Young, no one questions his skills and his reading of the game, but he will have to stay upright despite his frail frame, at 5ft 10in. The Panthers have been struggling to find a solution to this position since the decline of Cam Newton.
In fact, Newton was the last quarterback selected in the first round by the Panthers, in 2011. < /p>
Texans steal the show
After this selection, the Texans allowed themselves to dip twice in the sauce. They went first to quarterback C.J. Stroud, who threw 85 touchdown passes in two seasons as a starter at Ohio State.
They then caused the first upset of the night by trading with the Cardinals for the third pick in order to get their hands on quarterback fighter Will Anderson.
After drafting quarterback C.J. Stroud with the second pick, the Texans made a trade to select all of sequel after the coveted Will Anderson.
They traded the Cardinals the 12th overall pick, as well as the 33rd and 1st-round and 3rd-round picks next year. The Texans desperately need to apply pressure and Anderson is second in Alabama history with 34.5 sacks.
Many would say it's very expensive to advance only nine spots, but the Texans have another first-round pick next year and both needs filled were dire.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, were hyperactive in using the 12th pick they just got in order to trade with the Lions to move back up to sixth and pick tackle Paris Johnson Jr.
Richardson at the Colts
The third quarterback selected in the top 4 was the tantalizing but enigmatic Anthony Richardson of the Colts.
< p>An extraordinary athlete of imposing size, Richardson made only 12 starts at the University of Florida, obtaining mixed results. The Colts will have to be patient to hone his apprenticeship, but they hold a potential diamond in the rough.
Surprised, however, the other quarterback who was tipped for the first round, Will Levis of the University from Kentucky, slipped and slipped and slipped, to the point where it never found a taker. As recently as Wednesday, he was tipped by the bookmakers to be the second overall pick. Quite a tumble for several fallen bettors!
The best at the Eagles?
Finalists of the last Super Bowl, the Eagles have potentially achieved the big blow of the draft by getting their hands on the tackle Jalen Carter. They had to advance from tenth to ninth place by dealing with the Bears.
Carter was for months considered the best player in the draft, all positions. However, an arrest warrant was issued against him during the winter for dangerous driving, he who was allegedly involved in a car race which claimed the lives of two people.
On the ground, however , he's a destructive force and the Eagles have a knack for developing their players effectively on the defensive front.
The Falcons meanwhile made an increasingly uncommon move by opting for running back Bijan Robinson of the University of Texas.
It was commonplace until the early 2000s, but since then porters have been devalued and often slip despite their talent. Robinson is however considered an exceptional player, who can contribute with ease both on the ground and in the aerial game.
He is the first carrier selected in the top 10 since Saquon Barkley, in 2018.
The Lions caused an even greater upset by selecting another running back who excels at catching passes, Jahmyr Gibbs.
This first round has shown that teams still want to build first and foremost on the fronts with 16 of 31 players playing on the offensive line or the defensive line.
FIRST ROUND PICKS
1. Bryce Young, quarterback, Alabama (Panthers)
2. CJ Stroud, quarterback, Ohio State (Texans)
3. Will Anderson, winger/linebacker, Alabama (Texans)
4. Anthony Richardson, quarterback, Florida (Colts)
5. Devin Witherspoon, cornerback, (Seahawks)
6. Paris Johnson Jr., tackle, Ohio State (Cardinals)
7. Tyree Wilson, wing/linebacker, Texas Tech (Raiders)
8. Bijan Robinson, running back, Texas (Falcons)
9. Jalen Carter, tackle, Georgia (Eagles)
10. Darnell Wright, tackle, Tennessee (Bears)
11. Peter Skoronski, blocker/guard (Titans)
12. Jahmar Gybbs, running back, Alabama (Lions)
13. Lukas Van Ness, wing/linebacker, Iowa (Packers)
14. Broderick Jones, tackle, Georgia (Steelers)
15. Will McDonald, winger/linebacker, Iowa State (Jets)
16. Emmanuel Forbes, running back (Commanders)
17. Christian Gonzalez, cornerback, Oregon (Patriots)
18. Jack Campbell, linebacker, Iowa (Lions)
19. Calijah Kancey, tackle, Pittsburgh (Buccaneers)
20. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, receiver, Ohio State (Seahawks)
21. Quentin Johnston, receiver, TCU (Chargers)
22. Zay Flowers, receiver, Boston College (Ravens)
23. Jordan Addison, receiver, USC (Vikings)
24. Deonte Banks, cornerback, Maryland (Giants)
25. Dalton Kincaid, tight end, Utah (Giants)
26. Mazi Smith, tackle, Michigan (Cowboys)
27. Anton Harrison, tackle, Oklahoma (Jaguars)
28. Myles Murphy, wing/linebacker, Clemson (Bengals)
29. Bryan Bresee, tackle, Clemson (Saints)
30. Nolan Smith, wing/linebacker, Georgia (Eagles)
31. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, winger/linebacker, Kansas State (Chiefs)