NFL Draft 2023 Rumors: Biggest Buy or Sell Buzz Including Texans Ignoring QB, Tyree Wilson First on ‘D’

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This is perhaps the most dramatic week on the football calendar. On Thursday night, the NFL and college football worlds will unite in the 2023 NFL Draft as the college’s young stars graduate to the next level. The NFL draft is the most important event of the off-season when it comes to building a roster, so teams will be aggressive and maybe some misinformation will be spread on purpose.

It’s no secret that you can’t trust everything you hear around this time of year. But at the same time, legitimate messages and legitimate developments are also coming to light. Which stories should we believe and which should we ignore? That’s what we want to discuss here as we analyze the biggest concept rumors and buy or sell them.

All odds are through Caesars Sportsbook

Rumor: The Texans will not take QB at number 2 overall

While this has been a rumor for about a month now, it has gained momentum in recent weeks. NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah even said these “whispers” have evolved into “roars”. You look at the odds in Vegas, and they kind of agreed with these rumors. But now a surprising quarterback is favored to take No. 2 overall in Kentucky’s Will Levis.

CJ Stroud’s storyline was fascinating to watch. To some, he’s the best quarterback in the league. At the very least I thought he was a consensus top two quarterback. Does he deserve to fall off mock draft boards? Who is the better choice between him and Levis? Or do you wave at Anthony Richardson’s high ceiling? The bottom line is that I believe the Texans should take a quarterback at number 2 overall.

For example, if Houston passes Stroud, the Texans say they believe Davis Mills or the quarterback they pick later in the draft can beat Stroud. It’s even more than that. The Texans are potential donate Stroud (or Levis) to the rival Indianapolis Colts at No. 4 overall. So you’re telling me the Texans are not only comfortable passing on a top quarterback, but playing against him twice a year? That’s a big decision to make.

The Texans could move out of second place if an eleventh-hour suitor shows up, but if they stay where they are, I say they draft a quarterback. Reports indicate that no one knows what Nick Caserio will do, but I’ll do my best.

Pronunciation: To sell

Rumor: Tyree Wilson is being drafted for Will Anderson Jr.

Will Anderson Jr. is CBS Sports’ No. 1 in this class, but he won’t be the No. 1 overall with the Carolina Panthers. In fact, he may not even be the first player to leave the board in his position. Some teams apparently like Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson more. This is a rumor that has has been around for several weeks now, and Peter King of NBC Sports has talked about it several times. Apparently DeMeco Ryans could be looking for his Nick Bosa at No. 2, and then there’s the Arizona Cardinals at No. 3.

An NFL GM told King, “Tyree Wilson is a swing for the fences. Will Anderson is a solid double.” It’s not hard to see why teams are intrigued by Wilson. He’s a long-framed 6-foot-6, 271-pound monster who should be an NFL star. But why are we limiting Anderson’s ceiling to a “solid double?” He’s probably the cleanest candidate in this class.

I can’t say with conviction that I ‘sell’ this rumor. I have no evidence to tell you it’s smoke and not going to happen. In fact, the opposite is probably more true. There is more evidence indicating that Wilson will indeed be drafted before Anderson, even if I disagree.

Pronunciation: To buy

Rumor: Will Levis stock is rising

With all the quarterbacks in this league, Levis is the hardest to analyze in my opinion. He’s got the size and the arm you want but he didn’t have the kind of production you were hoping for in 2022. Part of that was due to injury and maybe a lack of talent around him but the bottom line is that Levis has potential. Who’s going to take a chance on him now?

The Draft Network’s Jaime Eisner recently said he’s heard “loud rumblings” that the Minnesota Vikings want to trade for a quarterback like Levis — who, as we mentioned earlier, is the new favourite select No. 2 overall. I don’t think I buy that theory specifically, but I believe there are teams that will consider trading for Levis. Even if we don’t see a big trade early on opening night, the Colts need a new starting quarterback at No. 4 overall, and reports say their interest in the Kentucky signal caller is “very real.” Who knows? They may even trade a spot or two for him.

Eisner believes there is a “major discrepancy” between how fans and people in the NFL view Levis as a prospect. As every year, we will see many of these “disconnects” over the course of the design. Remember when Justin Herbert was a hated prospect? It didn’t take long for him to change people’s minds. Perhaps Levis will follow that route with some next-level stability. I’m not ruling anything out.

I don’t know if Levis will be number 2 in the general classification, but I no longer believe he falls late on the first lap as some spotters have suggested.

Pronunciation: To buy

Rumor: Bijan Robinson will be a top 10 pick

Robinson is CBS Sports’ number 5 in this league, but he plays the position the league no longer seems to value. The Texas product avoided a whopping 113 tackles last season. That’s the most tackles an FBS player has avoided in the last five years! When it comes to him as a prospect, it is also thought that he might be more of a dual threat weapon on the next level. The bottom line is that Robinson has so much potential that he will be a first choice.

How high he will go on Thursday night remains to be seen. Some believe the Atlanta Falcons at number 8 overall are a potential landing spot, and the Philadelphia Eagles have also been a popular mock destination. I say both pass Robinson as he falls out of the top 10.

Pronunciation: To sell

Rumor: Jahmyr Gibbs is a top choice

This year’s running back class leader is Bijan Robinson, but he may not be the only running back to be knocked out in the first round. Robinson is considered an opening night slot to be taken, but Peter King reports that there are a few teams in this draft that run over him like Alabama Jahmyr Gibbs!

Gibbs was third in the SEC last season in yards from scrimmage with 1,370. What stands out about Gibbs as a prospect is his ability to catch passes and how he makes people miss. I already feel sorry for the linebackers who will have to pick him up in cover. Maybe he’s not as “complete” as Robinson, but it’s hard not to believe that this guy would automatically add to your offense.

King continues, saying that Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel would like to trade for the first round to grab Gibbs if he could. If the Dolphins like Gibbs that much, I bet there are a few other teams that share those sentiments as well. Perhaps one of those teams will have a pick from the first round to use.

I believe in this rumor. There are random developments that we get every year late in the design process that end up being true. With how weird this design feels, and with how much people think it lacks overall talent, I can see Gibbs creeping in at the end of the first round.

Pronunciation: To buy

Rumor: Trey Lance will be traded during the draft

It was reported last week that the San Francisco had 49ers handled calls from different teams about quarterback Trey Lance. Most automatically assumed the 49ers had issued this report and were interested in selling the former No. 3 overall pick. Maybe, but this doesn’t feel like the right time. Brock Purdy is recovering from elbow surgery and may not be ready for Week 1. Sam Darnold is the only other quarterback on the roster.

“Absolutely, I expect Trey to be here,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said this week via Yahoo Sports.

Pronunciation: To sell

Rumor: This wide receiver class is overrated in the first round

Just a few weeks ago, Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, tweeted that the NFL as a whole is not as high in this year’s wide receiver class as those making mock drafts. This report didn’t have a drastic impact on mocks, as most still have about four to six wideouts in the first round, and Caesar’s Sportsbook is quite sold, the number of wideouts made on Thursday night will be less than 4.5 (-750). Remember last year when pretty much all mock draft artists had Malik Willis in the first round? Often things don’t go the way our spotters predict they will. Sometimes we miss important information, like what Nagy threw out earlier this month. I believe in this rumor. Up to four wideouts in the first round.

Pronunciation: To buy

Rumor: Hendon Hooker will be taken higher than expected

It seems increasingly likely that the Tennessee quarterback will be a Day 1 pick. I can agree with that, even though I don’t think it’s a guarantee, but some believe he could be a top 15 pick. That’s what I disagree with.

The team associated with this rumor is the Texans, although NFL Media’s Peter Schrager also recently mocked Hooker to the Tennessee Titans at No. 11 overall. If they pass on a quarterback ranked No. 2 overall, Hooker could be there to shovel. Hooker is truly one of the most intriguing prospects in this class. He’s 25 years old and coming out of his sixth year of college football, and that maturity has reportedly really shown itself in interviews. Hooker is talented enough to be a next-level starter, and he’s someone who can clearly empathize with a system and operate it exactly as the coach envisions it. That said, I don’t think any team is going to do that range on him early on day 1.

I think Hooker will be a top pick, but I’m not putting him in the top 15.

Pronunciation: To sell

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