The 10 Most Interesting Teams In The 2023 NFL Draft

Lions GM Brad Holmes speaks to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Allen Park.Lions
Lions GM Brad Holmes speaks to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Allen Park.Lions /
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From the potential of trading up, to having the capital to put together a watershed draft, these 10 teams in the 2023 NFL Draft are the most interesting.

We are ever so close to the 2023 NFL Draft, and the months of speculation, evaluation, and wading through gobs of information trying to decipher what’s real. Everything will play out over the next few days, and while some teams might fumble the bag, others will rise from a strong draft and elevate themselves either to a contender or over the top.

The Most Interesting Teams In The 2023 NFL Draft

For these 10 teams listed here, they provide the most intriguing storylines. It isn’t shallow like “will the Packers finally draft a first round WR” or “how much will they invest at position X”. It’s more along the lines of pushing themselves over the top, trading around like madmen, or finding that player or two to reach the mountaintop. Let’s dive in to the 10 most interesting teams in the 2023 NFL Draft.

1. Houston Texans

Let’s get this one out of the way. Whether you buy into Lance Zierlein’s connections and the recent rumors or not, the Houston Texans dictate the 2023 NFL Draft. We (probably) know what’s happening at pick one with Carolina, but there’s no player that leads the way right now.

If it isn’t quarterback, the two players are Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson and Alabama’s Will Anderson. Wilson is a big edge rusher with great disruptive capabilities in attacking gaps. His explosiveness creates that disruption, as does his ability to change direction and generate power from an impressive leverage point at contact. He can play on all three downs and win effectively. Anderson’s production is off the charts, and his ability to win with power, technique, and dominate as both a pass rusher and run defender is the reason he’s included among the top players in the class overall.

Anderson should be selected of the two (in this writer’s opinion, anyway) but if it’s true that the Texans don’t like the quarterbacks outside of Bryce Young, it gets even more interesting at pick 12. Yes, one of the quarterbacks could be available there, and maybe it’s less of a strenuous risk to take them there (for some reason), but maybe DeMeco Ryans wants to double down on defense. Another pass rusher in Myles Murphy or Lukas Van Ness? Or, pairing Anderson with Nolan Smith? Good night. But also, what if a top corner falls there? Pairing Derek Stingley Jr. with Christian Gonzalez would be incredible.

The, the Houston Texans, in wild fashion, could go the route of trading for Trey Lance or Mac Jones. There are connections to both New England and San Francisco in Houston’s building, and maybe that’s the route for them.

It’s easy to see them prioritize either side of the football. Imagine going from the potential of C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Darnell Washington, and Luke Wypler to Anderson, Gonzalez, Jack Campbell, and Sydney Brown. Either way, the Texans are building something to watch and might do some absolutely gnarly things come draft time.