Justin Baltes – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The National Football League (NFL) draft is right around the corner, and it is an exciting time for fans at LRHS.
The NFL draft is scheduled to start Thursday, April 27 and conclude on Saturday, April 29.
There has already been a blockbuster trade as the Chicago Bears traded the number one overall pick for pick number 9, a 2024 first round pick, a 2025 second round pick and star wide receiver D.J. Moore.
Moore last year had 63 receptions for 888 yards and seven touchdowns and is a welcome addition to the Bears.
Many analysts now expect the Carolina Panthers to draft their future quarterback with the number one pick.
Many analysts are predicting either quarterback C.J. Stroud from Ohio State or Bryce Young from Alabama to be the number one overall pick. Both quarterbacks have been college football standouts for two years.
Stroud had an outstanding two seasons with over 40 touchdowns each season and only six interceptions both seasons.
Young also had an incredible 2022 season with 32 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Junior Conall Fisher said, “I think that Bryce Young is a great fit for the panthers, but the talent of C.J. Stroud is too good to pass up on.”
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The second overall pick belongs to the Houston Texans, who are also predicted to draft a quarterback. Many predict it will be either be Stroud or Young depending on who falls in their lap.
The third pick belongs to the Arizona Cardinals who are predicted to draft defensive star Will Anderson from Alabama.
Anderson had an outstanding 2021 season with being a Heisman finalist with 17.5 sacks 57 solo tackles and 44 assisted tackles.
Sophomore Dominick Kerman said, “He is a once-in-a-generation talent off the edge. He has the talent to change the game.”
With the fourth pick of the draft the Indianapolis Colts are projected by many analysts to pick Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson.
Richardson showed flashes of greatness at Florida with many great quarterback scrambles for a lot of yards.
The fifth overall pick belongs to the Seattle Seahawks from the Russel Wilson trade from last year.
Seattle is projected to take Jalen Carter from the University of Georgia. He was instrumental in Georgia’s most recent championship having two solo tackles in the route against Texas Christian University.
Mustangs will tune in on April 27th to see future NFL careers begin.