CJ Stroud is the betting favorite to be picked third on April 27
The 2023 NFL Draft is going to get very interesting by the time the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock. Bryce Young is expected to be the first pick in this draft, while CJ Stroud is no longer favored to be second. With that said, things could get pretty messy at this spot. With Kyler Murray in the fold, the Cardinals likely won't be looking to draft a quarterback. However, CJ Stroud, Anthony Richardson and Will Levis are all hot commodities in this draft class, and plenty of teams seem interested in trading up for their services.
Will the Cardinals stay put and draft the best player available? That's the million dollar question for fans and bettors.
Odds to be the No. 3 Pick
|Paris Johnson Jr.
(Odds as of April 27, 10:30 a.m. PT)
CJ Stroud scouting report
Stroud has a big arm and is more of a prototypical pocket passer than Young, but there are some questions about his mobility to avoid the rush. He seemed to quell some of those concerns with his display in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia. Stroud posted an 85/12 TD/INT ratio over two seasons as the starting QB for an Ohio State team with absurd amounts of talent at the wide receiver position.
Tyree Wilson scouting report
Wilson was sidelined with a foot injury suffered in November, but he is well on his way to a return and teams seem to be pleased enough with his medicals that he has been climbing draft boards. He’s a mountain of a linebacker at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds. He had 32 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over four collegiate seasons, with one at Texas A&M and three at Texas Tech. He had 99 of his 121 tackles over his final two seasons as a Red Raider and will be an edge lineman that can disrupt plays by getting in the backfield.
Will Anderson scouting report
We’ve been hearing about Anderson as a high-level NFL prospect for three full years now. The 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker amassed 34.5 sacks over three years in Nick Saban’s Alabama defense, and he is viewed as a can’t-miss star at the next level. Anderson’s quickness off the line is downright scary, and he should live in the backfield in the NFL. That’ll make him an elite pass rusher, but also a great option against the run. And Anderson also has the foot speed required to make plays in the open field. There really aren’t many holes in his game, but he can stand to add some weight to his frame.
Paris Johnson Jr. scouting report
The Ohio State product is the favorite to be the first offensive lineman drafted, but it is a weak crop of hogmollies this draft cycle. He started every time his sophomore and junior season in one of the best offenses in the country and his versatility to play guard or tackle should excite coaching staffs, along with the athleticism in his 6-foot-6, 313-pound frame.
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