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That includes betting on who will be the number 1 overall pick in the draft as well as who will be the first quarterback and first wide receiver drafted out of numerous options available for both positions.

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Let’s begin though with a quick review of when and where the 2023 NFL Draft will take place, before we give you the current 31 Draft Picks that will be made in the first round by NFL Teams.

Then we will give you our top ten prospects, as well as where they are a good fit based on the needs of the teams in this year’s draft.

2023 NFL Draft

  • Venue – Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Round 1 Picks – April 27th
  • Rounds 2 & 3 Picks – April 28th
  • Rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 Picks – April 27th
  • Number of Selections – 259 across the 7 rounds.

2023 NFL Draft First Round Pick Order

The Miami Dolphins (scheduled to pick 21st based on their record this season) forfeited their first round pick this year due to a penalty imposed by the NFL meaning that only 31 teams will pick in the first round.

Teams shown in italics have traded away their pick to the team shown in bold.

  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Denver Broncos – Traded to Seattle Seahawks
  6. Los Angeles Rams – Traded to Detroit Lions
  7. Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. New Orleans Saints – Traded to Philadelphia Eagles
  11. Tennessee Titans
  12. Cleveland Browns – Traded to Houston Texans
  13. New York Jets
  14. New England Patriots
  15. Green Bay Packers
  16. Washington Commanders
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Los Angeles Chargers
  22. Baltimore Ravens
  23. Minnesota Vikings
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars
  25. New York Giants
  26. Dallas Cowboys
  27. Buffalo Bills
  28. Cincinnati Bengals
  29. San Francisco 49ers – Traded toDenver Broncos
  30. Philadelphia Eagles
  31. Kansas City Chiefs

The Houston Texans (2nd & 10th), Seattle Seahawks (5th & 20th), Detroit Lions (6th & 18th), Philadelphia Eagles (10th & 30th) all have two picks in the first round this year.

The Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams all do not have a first round pick this year.

There is expectation that we could see a number of teams trading up, or down, the first round to acquire the player available that best fits their need with teams like the Texans, Colts, Panthers, Falcons and Raiders all linked with a draft day deal with one or more teams.

So who are the top ten draft picks for 2023 and where would they fit in the NFL at present?

NFL Draft First Round The Hottest Top Ten Picks

  1. Bryce Young (QB – Alabama)

There’s debate about whether Young or Stroud are the best prospect at QB in the draft, while some prefer Kentucky’s Will Levis. However, Young is a great fit for either the Texans or Colts, who pick high up in the draft and who may trade with the Bears in order to get their signal caller.

Best Fit – 1. Houston Texans, 2. Indianapolis Colts, 3. Carolina Panthers

  • C.J.Stroud (QB  – Ohio State)

An outstanding signal caller and an NFL calibre option that will certainly be on the radar of every QB-needy team at the top of the draft, whoever out of the Colts or Texans don’t get Young, expect them to pick up Stroud with the second pick of the draft.

Best Fit – 1. Indianapolis Colts, 2. Houston Texans, 3. Carolina Panthers

  • Jalen Carter (DT – Georgia)

Perhaps the best and most NFL-ready player in the draft and part of the hugely successful Georgia Bulldogs defense, Carter would have been an early first round pick had he been in the draft this year. Good enough to go number 1 if the Bears decide to pick there, but I think they could trade back perhaps even to number 4 which means an opportunity for Arizona.

Best Fit – 1. Chicago Bears, 2. Arizona Cardinals, 3. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Will Anderson Jr. (EDGE – Alabama)

Pass Rush experts are always high on most teams draft boards and Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. is arguably the best prospect in that area of the team. Fast, powerful he will be a big upgrade to someone’s defense when he is taken somewhere in the top five.

Best Fit – 1. Chicago Bears, 2. Arizona Cardinals, 3. Seattle Seahawks

  • Will Levis (QB – Kentucky)

There are many who believe that Levis is the best prospect QB in this draft and with so many teams in dire need of a signal caller to be the head of the franchise going forward, I think Levis talents will be in high demand and I can see a team trading up to pick him up early in the draft.

Best Fit – 1. Las Vegas Raiders, 2. Carolina Panthers, 3. New Orleans Saints

  • Paris Johnson Jr. (OT – Ohio State)

Arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft will be appealing to many teams in dire need of help on the offensive line. There are enough needy teams drafting around this point to ensure that Johnson Jr. is early off the board.

Best Fit – 1. Las Vegas Raiders, 2. Atlanta Falcons, 3. Tennessee Titans

  • Tyree Wilson (EDGE – Texas Tech)

A big powerful edge rusher is exactly the sort of player a number of teams around the 7th pick in the draft need. Wilson certainly is that and his big body, power and sack threat would make him an obvious pick for a number of teams.

Best Fit – 1. Seattle Seahawks, 2. Atlanta Falcons. 3. New Orleans Saints

  • Christian Gonzalez (CB – Oregon)

There’s not too many corners in the top ten of most draft boards, but Christian Gonzalez from Oregon is one of them that does feature in a great many. Powerful, quick, with great hands, he will be a day one starter in the secondary when drafted.

Best Fit – 1. Detroit Lions, 2. Tennessee Titans, 3. Houston Texans

  • Bijan Robinson (RB – Texas)

Robinson will probably go just inside the top ten, but much depends on the Philadelphia Eagles and what they elect to do with their out of contract trio of running backs Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott. If they get rid of Sanders, Robinson is a perfect replacement.

Best Fit – 1. Philadelphia Eagles, 2. Carolina Panthers, 3. Chicago Bears

  1. Myles Murphy (EDGE – Clemson)

Lots of talented players could go in the 10th position in the draft, but Clemson’s Edge rusher Myles Murphy would suit a number of teams who are in need of a difference-maker on the edge when it comes to the pass rush.

Best Fit – 1. Atlanta Falcons, 2. Houston Texans, 3. Chicago Bears

Just Outside the Top 10 but could make it in:

  • Dalton Kincaid (TE – Utah)
  • Anthony Richardson (QB – Florida)
  • Calijah Kancey (DT – Pittsburgh)
  • Broderick Jones (OT – Georgia)
  • Jason Smith-Njigba (WR – Ohio State)
  • Peter Skoronski (OG – Northwestern)
  • Lukas Van Ness (EDGE – Iowa)
  • Michael Meyer (TE – Notre Dame)
  • Brian Branch (CB – Alabama)
  • Jordan Addison (WR – USC)
  • Joey Porter Jr. (CB – Penn State)

Check back nearer the draft for more information on who is topping the lists for each team.