The latest NFL rumors have Florida’s Anthony Richardson soaring to the top of the draft board.
Absolute shenanigans, I tell you. But you know what? I’m kind of down for it. Richardson has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in the draft, but he has abysmal bust potential. Oh, he is definitely going top 10 now, especially after going Freakazoid! at the NFL combine, but him going first? Ridiculous! Then again, people are hearing things about him in the wake of the NFL combine.
Apparently, Rich Eisen of The NFL Network says he heard rumors about the former Florida quarterback going No. 1 overall.
"“A rumor I’ve heard is don’t discount Anthony Richardson as the first overall pick.”"
Dov Kleiman of Bro Bible echoed similar sentiments of Richardson being some variation of Josh Allen, Justin Fields and Cam Newton coming out. Those are three incredible comps, but only Fields felt fail-proof leaving his Power Five institution. Then again, he went 11th, Allen went seventh and Newton went first, so what do we really know anyway? Oh, I so wish Al Davis was alive for this…
If someone traded up for Richardson for the No. 1 overall pick, hell is freezing over and we will die!
NFL rumors: Florida QB Anthony Richardson may be No. 1 pick in 2023 NFL Draft
Look. I think the growing consensus of Richardson going inside of the top 10 is totally valid. You can rip his accuracy issues and lack of starts in college, but you cannot deny what a physical specimen he is. He is without question the biggest boom-or-bust quarterback slated to go in the first round, even more so than Kentucky’s Will Levis. So someone will use a top 10 pick on him.
The thing that seems baffling is that Richardson would go ahead of Alabama’s Bryce Young or Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, the two quarterback prospects who feel like sure things in this process. If Young falls past the Indianapolis Colts at No. 4, something went horribly wrong. The same principle applies to Stroud with the Carolina Panthers picking at No. 9. What about the Raiders???
I think that is the team to watch out for absolute shenanigans to unfold. Richardson would have been the ultimate Al Davis pick, but even with his son Mark running the show now, there is a lot to like here. Mark Davis, for better or worse, gives his head coaches considerably more leeway than his late father. Even he can see the massive upside Richardson has at his disposal at quarterback.
Factor in Josh McDaniels needing to find his quarterback or he will be forever a coordinator in a few years, keep an eye on the Silver and Black to trade for him. Let’s not look past the Detroit Lions picking at No. 6 because of the Los Angeles Rams’ worst attempt at a Super Bowl repeat we have ever seen. Jared Goff is more than fine, but Richardson could be a fricking Lions wagon, man.
Ultimately, I think if you can get to three in a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, Richardson will be there. At this juncture, only Young and maybe Stroud feel worthy of going first not to the Bears at the quarterback position. Not to say we will see four quarterbacks go consecutively to start the draft, but Indianapolis is definitely taking one no lower than fourth. This is about to be wild, man.
Richardson is not getting past No. 10 and teams may need to get inside of the top five to land him.