The NFL Draft seems to be getting more and more entertaining year after year, with all 32 teams becoming more willing to roll and negotiate to improve their draft standings.
In the 2023 NFL Draft, a record number of deals were made, with 41 deals completed throughout the annual event, according to PFF’s Brad Spielberger, which is remarkable to say the least.
41 Draft trades now a record (at least in the era of the rookie pay scale)
A ton of movement this year
-Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) April 29, 2023
It seemed like every team in the league was ready to talk about making deals, and that may be a testament to the fact that many thought it was a weak draft class, so teams weren’t being sold to certain players and were not afraid to negotiate or at least discuss options.
Long before the start of the 2023 NFL Draft last Thursday, the Chicago Bears traded the No. 1 overall pick for the Carolina Panthers, who ultimately turned out to be the former star quarterback in the league. Alabama Crimson Tide, Bryce Young.
Although it was a massive trade, the biggest surprise of draft day was that the Houston Texans moved up to No. 3 in order to select linebacker Will Anderson Jr. from the University of the Alabama.
The Texans had just signed CJ Stroud from Ohio State University at No. 2 overall to be the new face of the franchise team, and no one expected Houston to recover. immediately to work and strikes a deal with the Arizona Cardinals for the next pick. .
Perhaps this draft sets the standard for the next few years, as trades become more frequent in a league where trades rarely happened in the past.
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