Winners, Losers & Best Available

04/28/2023 Winners, Losers & Best Available

By: Jeff Yoder

Winners: Texans, Eagles & Seahawks

Three of the four teams with multiple first-round picks were the biggest winners of Day 1. The Texans used their draft capital from last year’s Deshaun Watson trade to nab the No. 2 and No. 3 picks. The Eagles were also big winners with the two Georgia defenders. And the Seahawks nailed both picks with the top cornerback and top wide receiver on the board.


Honorable Mention (Winners): Colts, Cardinals, Falcons, Patriots, Ravens, Bills & Bucs


Losers: Lions, Steelers & Cowboys

The Lions also had two first-round picks, but they moved out of the top 10 and used No. 12 on running back Jahmyr Gibbs — a player who likely would’ve been there at their 18th pick. And they used No. 18 on a linebacker with a second-round grade. Detroit’s picks weren’t bad, but they reached on two players way above their projected value. The Steelers also moved up three spots to go offensive line, and the Cowboys passed on TE Michael Mayer to grab a defensive tackle with a second-round grade.


Teams Without 1st-Round Picks: Rams, Dolphins, Broncos, Browns & 49ers


Best Available Players: QB Will Levis (Kentucky), CB Joey Porter Jr. (Penn State), TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame), DE Keion White (Georgia Tech), S Brian Branch (Alabama), TE Luke Musgrave (Oregon State), QB Hendon Hooker (Tennessee), OG Steve Avila (TCU), OG O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida), WR Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee)


One round down. Six to go.


NFL Draft Schedule

Rounds 2-3: Today (7:00 pm ET)

Rounds 4-7: Tomorrow (Noon ET)


Additional Storylines

PFF: 2023 NFL Draft: Grades & Analysis for All 31 First-Round Picks

SI: NFL Draft 2023: Best Available Players for Day 2

The Ringer: Winners & Losers From Round 1 of the NFL Draft

USA Today: Bryce Young’s Status as No. 1 Selection Comes With Loftiest of Expectations

B/R: Will Levis Toe Injury Cause of Draft-Day Slide; Team Feels QB May Need Surgery

Yahoo! Sports: Eagles & Cardinals Settle Jonathan Gannon Tampering Investigation With Draft-Day Trade


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