2 top NFL QB prospects tied at pre-draft odds

Ohio State's CJ Stroud participates in a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 04, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Many people think the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft will go to Bryce Young of the University of Alabama or CJ Stroud of Ohio State.

The Carolina Panthers have that top pick, and they will have a tough decision to make, as both quarterbacks have great strengths.

Young and Stroud are both tied for the highest odds to go No. 1 in the draft later this month, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

For a while, the feeling was that Young was the solid favorite to be the first player selected in the draft.

He is an excellent passer who has a good instinctive feel for the game, not to mention good mobility to break out of the pocket and avoid pass rush.

However, Young is more than six feet tall, and weighs less than 200 pounds, which has raised concerns among some scouts and pundits.

There have been very few successful NFL quarterbacks of modest stature, and with all the concern over brain trauma and player safety over the past several years, some may feel Young is cursed to suffer some significant injuries at the next level.

Meanwhile, Stroud doesn’t lack size, and he’s been a bit of an accurate passer the past two seasons.

Plus, there’s Anthony Richardson of the University of Florida, a quarterback who didn’t put up dazzling statistics but impressed scouts during the interview process at last month’s NFL Combine.

After several notable additions this offseason, the Panthers could have a very competitive team next season as long as they pick the right signal-caller in the draft.

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