Most individuals appear to imagine it’s a foregone conclusion that both Bryce Younger of the College of Alabama or C.J. Stroud of Ohio State can be taken with the primary choose within the 2023 NFL Draft.
However there’s one other stud quarterback who’s lurking on everybody’s draft boards — Anthony Richardson from the College of Florida.
NFL draft analyst Benjamin Solak says that the Carolina Panthers, who maintain the highest choose this 12 months, ought to take Richardson over Younger and Stroud.
I’ve completed charting Anthony Richardson.
I feel the Panthers ought to take him first general.
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) April 6, 2023
If one had been to evaluate Richardson sorely based mostly on his stats, one would surprise why he ought to even be thought-about a possible No. 1 choose.
He threw for two,549 yards and 17 touchdowns whereas finishing simply 53.8 p.c of his passes in 2022, though he did run for 654 yards and 9 touchdowns as effectively, which is a expertise neither Younger nor Stroud possess as a lot.
However Richardson reportedly impressed a variety of groups throughout final month’s NFL Mix through the one-on-one interview course of, which prompted him to rise a number of notches on many observers’ draft boards.
The interview course of is vital, because it serves as one thing of a window into a person’s character and mentality whereas permitting groups to select his mind on his course of and the way he offers with totally different conditions.
Richardson nonetheless looks as if a protracted shot to be the primary participant chosen, and even the No. 2 choose, when the draft commences later this month, however maybe he can have a protracted and profitable profession within the NFL it doesn’t matter what place he falls to.