Welcome to the 2023 NFL Draft. It's the *singsong voice* most wonderrrrful timmmmeeee of the yeaaaarrrrrrr! This is the season of endless possibilities. Tis the season to see the dreams of the most talented players college football has to offer come true.
It'll be an interesting draft, to say the least, especially in the first round with the plethora of talent, from Bryce Young to Bijan Robinson to wild card Jalen Carter... we're bound for some surprising picks!
Let's dive into all you need to know before Roger Goodell takes the stage (with inevitable boos to follow).
Where is it? The draft takes place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.
When: Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29. Round 1 takes place on Thursday, Rounds 2 and 3 are on Friday, and Rounds 4-7 take place Saturday.
Format: The NFL Draft is seven rounds, with the draft order determined by the reverse order of team finishes in the previous season. Essentially, the previous season's "bad" teams get to pick earlier, helping to promote parity in the league.
Each round has 32 picks... with the exception of this year's (and next year's) first round. More on that in a minute, though!
Round 1: 10 minutes
Round 2: 7 minutes
Rounds 3-6: 5 minutes
Round 7: 4 minutes
Carolina Panthers (via Bears)
Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
Detroit Lions (via Rams)
Las Vegas Raiders
Chicago Bears (via Panthers)
Philadelphia Eagles (via Saints)
Houston Texans (via Browns)
Green Bay Packers
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Bucs
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints (via 49ers)
Kansas City Chiefs
The Miami Dolphins made a whoopsie! The NFL announced that the team would lose their 2023 and 2024 first-round picks after an investigation that revealed "violations of NFL policies relating to the integrity of the game."
In short, the team engaged in conversations with QB legend Tom Brady while he was still under contract with the Patriots, then again when he was under contract with the Bucs, then engaged in conversations with HC Sean Payton while he was under contract with the Saints.
That, my friends, is called "illegal tampering". You can't engage in discussions with a player or coach under contract with another team (without said team's permission).
Here's a look at the list of 17 players attending the 2023 NFL Draft, broken down by position.
Quarterbacks: Bryce Young (Alabama), C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Anthony Richardson (Florida), Will Levis (Kentucky)
Running backs: Bijan Robinson (Texas)
Wide receivers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State), Zay Flowers (Boston College), Jordan Addison (USC)
Offensive line: Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State)
Defensive line: Jalen Carter (Georgia), Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama), Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech), Keion White (Georgia Tech)
Defensive backs: Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State), Christian Gonzalez (Oregon), Devon Witherspoon (Illinois), Brian Branch (Alabama)