CJ Stroud With Ohio State Background

C.J. Stroud Way Too Early Favorite to Be Top Pick of 2023 NFL Draft

CJ Stroud With Ohio State Background

  • Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud is the +250 odds-on-favorite to be the no. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • 2021 Heisman Trophy winner and 2023 Heisman Trophy favorite Byce Young is second with his +300 odds.
  • Young’s teammate, linebacker Will Anderson in third at +350 odds.

With the 2022 NFL Draft in the books, it’s never too early to look ahead to the next one.

The 2023 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place on April 27-29, 2023 in Kansas City, marking the first time that Kansas City will be hosting. While it’s highly unlikely that the hometown Chiefs will get the first overall pick, the best NFL betting sites already have an idea of who the top pick of the 2023 NFL Draft could be.

Stroud Way-Too-Early Betting Favorite to be 2023 Top Pick

Ohio State signal-caller C.J. Stroud is the way-too-early betting favorite to be the no. 1 pick for the 2023 Draft. According to the online sportsbook BetOnline, Stroud is the +250 odds on favorite to be the first player taken off the draft board next year.

The 20-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California closed his redshirt freshman year in spectacular fashion by leading the Buckeyes to a 48-45 win over Utah. Stroud finished the game with a school-record of 573 yards and equaled a school mark with six passing touchdowns in a thrilling win.

The performance capped a season where Stroud completed 317 of 441 passes for 4,435 passing yards with 44 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He finished the season ranked second in the nation in passer efficiency at 186.6 and third in TD passes (44) and completion percentage (.719). His passer rating of 198.6 and passing yards per game average of 345.1 were also school records. Stroud was a finalist in the Heisman Trophy award and finished 4th in the voting to, well, the guy next to him on the betting boards.

Young 2022-23 Heisman Favorite

Alabama’s Bryce Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy by a wide margin and with Young returning next season, he also opened as the +250 betting favorite to win the award again this year. Young is the first QB from Alabama to win the Heisman Trophy and now that he’s the betting favorite, he has a chance to become only the second player in college football history to win the award twice, after Archie Griffin.

Like Stroud, 2021 was Young’s first season as starting QB. The Crimson Tide signal-caller ranked second in the nation with 47 touchdown passes completed while also throwing for 4,872 passing yards. Alabama went all the way to the national title game where they were beaten by the Georgia Bulldogs. However, Young looked far from his best form when the Tide lost 18-33 to the Bulldogs in the Natty.

Third behind Stroud and Young is the latter’s teammate in linebacker Will Anderson at +300. Anderson finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting and was the Bruno Nagurski Trophy winner as the nation’s top defensive player after leading college football with 17.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. Anderson was also the SEC Defensive Player of the Year awardee.

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Author: Micheal May