2023 NFL Draft 10 Days Away So Who'll Be Picked in the Top 10?
The 2023 NFL Draft is almost here (Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29) and you can get tons of information here.
But what I’m here to inform you about today is, which players are speculated to be among the top 10 selections.
It’s not anybody’s guess. Oddsmakers take this betting stuff seriously and post many NFL Draft wagering options.
I’ve already written about whether former Georgia standout Jalen Carter should be a top-10 pick.
That’s an absolute lock at this point because he will be.
A couple of weeks ago, there was this from his agent Drew Rosenhaus who told ESPN's Adam Schefter:
“I'm confident Jalen will go in the top 10. He's a good person, a family man, loves football and is a generational talent.”
Before we move on, let’s look at what DK has listed:
2023 NFL Draft Top 10
Jalen Carter -2500
OK, so that’s a given for Jalen. Likely the Seahawks (fifth pick) or Lions (sixth pick) take him.
Obviously, they’re not even listing quarterbacks Bryce Young – I’ve said since March he’s going No. 1 overall – or C.J. Stroud (who’ll go No. 2 to some team; could be a trade), because, c’mon?
That’s silly, meaning why even list them?
I’m also skipping these top-10 givens: Tyree Wilson (-1000), Anthony Richardson (-1000), and Will Levis (-500, although his post-combine interviews didn’t go well, but that could just be typical pre-Draft bluster.)
But the rest of the betting board is interesting.
Here are the two best bets to make and they’re both offensive linemen.
NFL teams have become increasingly aware of how valuable it is to have a big bad-ass anchor on the offensive line for their franchise quarterbacks.
Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State, OT (+100)
The Bears appear to be locked in on PJJ because they desperately need more help to protect emerging star QB Justin Fields, who knows Johnson from his playing days with the Buckeyes. It also doesn’t hurt that Paris is being compared to another former OSU stud: NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Orlando Pace. There’s some symmetry here, folks.
Peter Skoronski, Northwestern, OT (-125)
Chicago currently sits at No. 9 in the first round and if they don’t take Johnson Jr. I’m betting they go with this local kid, who had the highest pass-blocking grade in college football last year (93.0) per Pro Football Focus (PFF). Plus, can’t you just see Skoronski’s name on a jersey for Da Bears? Yes. Yes, you can.