The 2023 NFL draft finished up Saturday and through 5 rounds, 12 quarterbacks were picked — the most in the typical draft period. When the draft ended, there was an overall of 43 trades, climaxing of 40 trades embeded in 2019.
Three basic supervisors ran their very first NFL drafts this weekend: Tennessee’s Ran Carthon, Arizona’s Monti Ossenfort and Pittsburgh’s Omar Khan. Were they able to reduce some concerns surrounding their groups? Regardless of whether your preferred group got a quarterback, running back or the future take of the class, you most likely can discover factor for optimism. Did your group address the greatest concern it dealt with getting in the draft? What’s next?
We asked our NFL Nation press reporters to inform us both what the most important concern is coming out of this weekend and to address it. Read their post-draft insight listed below.
Check out what ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay idea of each groups’ class, scan the complete classes for every single group and take a look at the big-picture takeaways coming out of Round 7.
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NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | 10 | WSH
What does the future at protective deal with appear like for the Bills?
Uncertain. Bills basic supervisor Brandon Beane stated that he intended to include a protective deal with in the draft, however that “it just didn’t fall our way.” None of the group’s protective takes on are under agreement past the 2023 season consisting of Ed Oliver, who is presently set to use his fifth-year choice however is a prospect for an extension. Some responses may can be found in the next couple weeks, as the group remains in interaction with seasoned complimentary representatives, and it’ll be a post-draft concern for the Bills. — Alaina Getzenberg
How do Cam Smith and Devon Achane suit the Dolphins’ instant strategies?
Neither Smith, a cornerback, nor Achane, a running back, were need-based choices. But considering they were taken in the leading 100, it’s affordable to anticipate them to see some level of playing time. Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel hinted after the draft that their defense under brand-new protective planner Vic Fangio provides “a lot of different ways” for protective backs to get on the field once they comprehend the plan, significance Smith might share the field with Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard if he vanquishes Kader Kohou, in 2015’s novice standout. McDaniel lobbied greatly for Achane and his speed can be used in myriad methods — he’s a gamer to watch on this summertime. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Did the Patriots do enough to assist quarterback Mac Jones and the offense?
The Patriots’ very first 3 choices were protectors, which Bill Belichick stated was just the method it exercised. Belichick likewise kept in mind that most of seasoned complimentary representative finalizings previously in the offseason began offense (e.g. pass receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, tight end Mike Gesicki and offending takes on Riley Reiff and Calvin Anderson). Still, OT, TE and WR appeared like locations that might utilize an increase getting in the draft and there weren’t any significant draft-based financial investments there. — Mike Reiss
Did the Jets do enough to safeguard Aaron Rodgers?
The Jets included maybe the leading center in the draft in second-round choice Joe Tippmann, who need to change Connor McGovern eventually. But they left themselves susceptible at deal with by not resolving it till the 4th round (Carter Warren). This implies they’re relying on 37-year-old Duane Brown and oft-injured Mekhi Becton, who has actually played just one video game because 2020, his novice year. That’s dangerous, thinking about the financial investment in Rodgers. — Rich Cimini
Who’s the Ravens’ other beginning cornerback?
The Ravens have one cornerback starter set with Pro Bowler Marlon Humphrey however a substantial enigma on the other side. Baltimore hasn’t re-signed Marcus Peters, a four-year starter for the group, and didn’t prepare a cornerback till the 5th round. Ravens basic supervisor Eric DeCosta insinuated the group will include a veteran cornerback after the draft, stating, “That’s a fast way to get beat is to not have enough corners on the field.” The Ravens might include Rock Ya-Sin, who consulted with Baltimore last month. — Jamison Hensley
What takes place now at running back?
Joe Mixon is coming off a dull year and is set to count $12.8 million versus the wage cap. Third-down back Samaje Perine left in complimentary company. Cincinnati prepared RB Chase Brown in the 5th round. The Bengals might chance by cutting Mixon and playing Brown and Trayveon Williams, pursue a veteran running back by means of trade or complimentary company or re-work Mixon’s agreement. — Ben Baby
Did the Browns do enough to strengthen their protective line?
Cleveland had among the worst run defenses in current NFL history in 2015. After finalizing Dalvin Tomlinson, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Trysten Hill and Maurice Hurst in complimentary company, the Browns utilized 2 of their very first 4 draft badger more protective linemen, including 335-pound defensive deal with Siaki Ika (Baylor) and protective end Isaiah McGuire (Missouri). GM Andrew Berry has actually hinted that the Browns might still sign another complimentary representative in advance however the Browns currently stand to have up to 6 brand-new gamers in their DL rotation, providing the pieces to substantially enhance at stopping the run. — Jake Trotter
Can Matt Canada utilize the brand-new offending playmakers successfully?
That concern will not be completely addressed till the season, however Canada — Pittsburgh’s offending planner because 2021 — need to have whatever he requires to enhance the Steelers’ red zone performance and scoring. Not just did the group include a first-round offensive deal with in Broderick Jones (Georgia) who will assist the run video game, however the Steelers likewise prepared flexible tight end Darnell Washington (Georgia), who can be utilized as a huge red zone target and a powerful blocker. The Steelers have actually utilized their last 3 first-round choices to get fundamental offending pieces. Now they need to equate that to success on the field. — Brooke Pryor
Do the Texans have sufficient playmakers at receiver?
Simply put, no. The Texans still require more as their predicted No. 1 wideout is Robert Woods, who is coming off a season in which he ended up with a career-low 527 getting lawns. They traded their previous No. 1 receiver, Brandin Cooks, to the Cowboys. They included Nathaniel Dell and Xavier Hutchinson in the draft to a space that consists of holdover Nico Collins and complimentary representative pickup Noah Brown, however there isn’t enough there today to raise novice quarterback C.J. Stroud. — DJ Bien-Aime
Did the Colts sufficiently resolve their offending line?
Indy included swing deal with Blake Freeland from BYU in the 4th round and took a flier on Jake Witt, a seventh-round deal with from Northern Michigan. But the greatest concern in the system stays the starter at best guard. The position had a revolving door of substandard efficiencies in 2022, which affected the remainder of the system. Look for a veteran addition in the coming weeks. — Stephen Holder
Did the Jaguars do enough to assist their pass rush?
No … not yet. That was their greatest weak point, however they didn’t include a pass-rusher till the 5th round (Yasir Abdullah). In truth, he was the only edge rush the group prepared. Doug Pederson stated they’re relying on a huge leap from 2022 No. 1 general choice Travon Walker (3.5 sacks as a novice) and having Josh Allen set up much better numbers while he’s using the fifth-year choice. However, GM Trent Baalke didn’t dismiss including among the complimentary representative pass-rushers that are still on the marketplace. — Michael DiRocco
Did the Titans correctly resolve their pass receiver space?
After completing with just 3 100-yard getting efficiencies last season, Tennessee’s just complimentary representative receiver acquisition was seasoned Chris Moore. They didn’t choose a wideout till the seventh round of the draft (Colton Dowell). Although in 2015’s first-round choice, Treylon Burks, returns as the most likely top choice, the pass receiver space still does not have a tested playmaker. Perhaps that’s why Titans coach Mike Vrabel stated they’ll continue to search the waiver wire for possible additions. — Turron Davenport
Do the Broncos have sufficient depth at running back?
Everything the Broncos have actually done so far in the offseason, consisting of complimentary company and the draft, have actually indicated Sean Peyton’s offense utilizing a lot of play-action in the death video game in addition to a more effective, physical run video game. But Javonte Williams is still working back from last season’s knee injury/surgery and complimentary representative signee Samaje Perine hasn’t had more than 95 brings in a season because his novice year in 2017. With just 5 choices in the draft, the Broncos didn’t choose any running backs, so it is a position that will still require attention in the weeks and months to come — Jeff Legwold
Do the Chiefs have sufficient playmakers at WR?
The Chiefs lost more than 100 catches and 1,200 lawns from last season when JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman Jr. left as complimentary representatives. They have no lack of prospects to change that lost production, a list led by Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore and second-round draft choice Rashee Rice. But none of those gamers has actually been a constant NFL manufacturer, so this is among the essential problems to expect the Chiefs when training school starts. — Adam Teicher
What, no offending linemen for the Raiders?
True, right deal with was among the Raiders’ greatest requirements getting in the offseason. Then they re-signed in 2015’s presumptive starter Brandon Parker prior to re-upping ultimate starter Jermaine Eluemunor. And the Raiders, for simply the 2nd time because 2010, did not prepare an offending lineman. The O-line was not as horrible as numerous forecasted, leading the way for Josh Jacobs to end up being the league’s leading rush while improving as the season advanced. Las Vegas will no doubt include undrafted novices on the O-line in the coming days, however it appears the Raiders like where they are … in the meantime. — Paul Gutierrez
Are the Chargers set at tight end?
It appeared unavoidable that the Chargers would prepare a tight end provided the viewed absence of depth at the position. However, a tight end was not amongst the 7 choices made by the Bolts. “It’s fair to say it was definitely a deep tight end class, but the way the board fell, the timing wasn’t right for us,” stated coach Brandon Staley, who revealed self-confidence in their existing group of Gerald Everett, Donald Parham Jr., Tre’ McKitty and Stone Smartt. Everett is getting in the last season of a two-year agreement, Parham returns after investing a substantial part of last season sidelined due to a hamstring problem and McKitty is wanting to recover from a dull year. — Lindsey Thiry
Who’s the kicker in Dallas?
You anticipated me to question if Ezekiel Elliott will return? Highly uncertain, however the Cowboys got in the draft with a strategy to take a kicker, which never ever emerged. Owner Jerry Jones yielded the group will take a look at veterans presently offered, such as Robbie Gould. He likewise stated he would not rule the prospective return of Brett Maher, who had an excellent routine season and set a group record for points in a season in 2022 prior to missing out on 6 additional point efforts in the last 3 video games, consisting of 4 in the wild-card win versus the Buccaneers. The just kicker on the lineup at the minute is Tristan Vizcaino. — Todd Archer
What now with Saquon Barkley?
The Giants and Barkley’s side will “reconvene” today to see if it makes good sense to open back up settlements on a brand-new offer. In the meantime, Barkley stays far from the offseason program and hasn’t signed his franchise tag. After not attending to the running back position till the 5th round of the draft, it’s more particular than ever that Barkley will bet the group this season … whether it’s on a brand-new agreement or not. — Jordan Raanan
Did the Eagles discover the treatment to the Super Bowl hangover?
The last NFC group to lose the Super Bowl and make it back to the video game the list below year was the 1974 Vikings. But that will not moisten the optimism in Philly after the Eagles got Georgia standouts Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith in the preliminary and traded for D’Andre Swift to liquidate the weekend. There are a couple positions that might utilize additional reinforcing, consisting of linebacker, however it’s not difficult to image Philly being the class of the NFC again provided the relocations they have actually made up until now this offseason. — Tim McManus
Did the Commanders enhance their offending line?
Washington’s front had a hard time last season, permitting the seventh-most sacks in the NFL (48). The Commanders did include 2 beginners in complimentary company in center Nick Gates and tackle/guard Andrew Wylie however did not prepare a gamer that would be predicted to begin in 2023. That implies they still have a space at left guard. But among their previous drafts may yield the winner there — Saahdiq Charles (4th round, 2020) or Chris Paul (seventh round, 2022). Third-round choice Ricky Stromberg likewise will take a crack at, however his finest area may be center. The Commanders have excellent skill at running back and receiver and interesting young tight ends however require a more powerful line to safeguard unskilled quarterback Sam Howell. — John Keim
How will the Bears resolve deep space at edge rush?
The Bears prepared 3 protective takes on to enhance their interior pass rush, however a glaring hole stays on the edge. Chicago signed DeMarcus Walker in complimentary company, a 28-year-old rotational edge rush who has inside-outside flexibility, and requires to generate more competitors at protective end. Several complimentary representative choices stay, such as Yannick Ngakoue, Leonard Floyd and Frank Clark, and it’s possible Jets DE Carl Lawson might quickly be a cap casualty and offered. Either method, Chicago’s front still requires work after the Bears got 7.5 sacks from their protective linemen last season. — Courtney Cronin
Will the Lions remorse trading below No. 6 general?
At No. 6, the Lions had a shot at getting a possible protective effect gamer such as Georgia’s Jalen Carter or Texas Tech’s Tyree Wilson however stunned numerous by trading down, then remarkably picking Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs at No. 12. Then they chose Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, who was predicted to be off the board later on, at No. 18. But basic supervisor Brad Holmes firmly insists that Gibbs and Campbell will make an instant effect for a group in win-now mode. “Look, we don’t want to take a step back and we don’t want to stay stagnant,” Holmes stated. “So, we got to get to the point where we can put ourselves in a position where we can get in the postseason and ultimately make some noise.” — Eric Woodyard
Will the Packers search for a veteran to support Jordan Love?
It does not seem like it. At least not till they get a great take a look at the vibrant in between Love, returning practice team QB Danny Etling and novice fifth-round choice Sean Clifford. At this point, all a veteran would do is require time far from the work that the more youthful trio requires in the offseason program and OTA practices. Said GM Brian Gutekunst after the draft: “I like that room right now and all those guys need reps, so I think we’ll probably see how these guys do before we think about bringing in a veteran right away.” — Rob Demovsky
Is this Kirk Cousins’ in 2015 with the Vikings or not?
Here’s what we understand: Cousins’ agreement is set to end after the 2023 season. The exact same holds true for backup Nick Mullens. But the Vikings weren’t able to prepare an apparent beneficiary and end up picking BYU’s Jaren Hall in the 5th round. Hall is an appealing possibility however not one any company would construct around sight hidden. So if the Vikings are going to change Cousins — and basic supervisor Kwesi Adofo-Mensah stated no such strategy remains in location — they’ll need to get his replacement in other places. — Kevin Seifert
How might Atlanta divvy up the offending work?
After 2 years of wage cap problems, the Falcons reinforced their offending ability positions getting in 2023. So what might this appear like? Expect a more well balanced offense than the run-heavy method in 2022, with the concentrate on Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Jonnu Smith and first-round choice Bijan Robinson as pass-catchers and Robinson and Tyler Allgeier as rushes. Atlanta is establishing second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder for success with a wide variety of gifted choices around him — with all other than Smith, receivers Mack Hollins and Scotty Miller and offending choice Cordarrelle Patterson on novice agreements. — Michael Rothstein
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How long will it take Bryce Young to continue of Andy Dalton on the depth chart?
Listen, the Panthers need to pencil in the veteran Dalton for the minute. But they understand their finest opportunity to challenge in the NFC South and move on as a company is with the leading choice of the draft. Look for Dalton to stay the noted starter till the start of training school, however someplace prior to the opener it will end up being clear that Young is the starter. What coach Frank Reich wishes to do offensively is tailored around Young’s unique capability as a thrower and runner. — David Newton
Will the Saints sign a tight end after losing one throughout the draft?
Saints coach Dennis Allen stated he enjoys with the tight end group after trading Adam Trautman to the Broncos on Saturday, however the Saints may still have work to do at that area. They generated complimentary representative Foster Moreau previously in the offseason prior to finding a medical problem, so it’s possible they check out this position after the offsetting choice window closes next week. — Katherine Terrell
The Bucs didn’t prepare an offensive deal with, which was expected to be a top priority, so who begins opposite Tristan Wirfs?
Luke Goedeke, who had a hard time at left guard as a novice in 2015, is the front-runner at right deal with area (with Wirfs relocating to left deal with), with Brandon Walton and Matt Feiler contending. The Bucs see second-round choice Cody Mauch as a guard although he played deal with at North Dakota State. “I felt like we wanted a tackle, but you just can’t get everything you want in the draft,” Bucs vice president of gamer workers John Spytek stated. “We saw Luke play right tackle in an NFL game, we saw Luke play right tackle in Baton Rouge against some really good edge rushers in college. Am I betting my house that he’s going to be great at it? I wouldn’t bet my house on anything, probably — but I know he’ll go out there and compete.” — Jenna Laine
Did the Cardinals do enough to improve their lineup and win in 2023?
The Cardinals definitely resolved some huge problems with their lineup. They had substantial holes at offending line, pass-rusher, protective line and cornerback that were resolved throughout the draft, and they even resolved requirements at pass receiver, which was a small issue compared to the other positions. But was it enough? With the Cardinals not signing any big-ticket names in complimentary company, this year’s draft class, while fine, will not suffice to move the season outlook. That might occur after matching next year’s 11 choices (currently) with this year’s class. Some of the choices this year by brand-new basic supervisor Monti Ossenfort might be fundamental, however some will be fliers. — Josh Weinfuss
Did the Rams do enough to assist DT Aaron Donald?
The Rams entered into the draft with a glaring requirement for gamers who can get to the quarterback, and they included pass-rushers at a number of points in the draft. Los Angeles ranked 20th in the league with 38 sacks throughout the 2022 season. Although the Rams included pass-rushers, the very first was available in the 3rd round, and the group as a whole may require some advancement. Still, the Rams took the initial step in assisting Donald in an effort to have more success getting to quarterbacks in 2023. — Sarah Barshop
How will the 49ers’ quarterback circumstance play out?
The Niners and quarterback drama have actually been connected at the hip because Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch shown up in 2017. All indications indicate Brock Purdy being the man when healthy, however there’s still no set timeline for when or if that will occur, though the Niners are positive about his healing. After Purdy, the Niners still have Trey Lance and Sam Darnold, both of whom are anticipated to get first-team associates in the offseason program and may seemingly be contending for the beginning task while Purdy recuperates. There’s plenty that needs to play out here, and the result will go a long method in figuring out whether this group can compete for a Super Bowl once again. — Nick Wagoner
Have the Seahawks closed the space on the 49ers?
Three losses to San Francisco last season by a combined 46 points highlighted just how much work the Seahawks needed to perform in order to legally challenge the 49ers for the NFC West title. Seattle’s offense isn’t the concern, particularly after including Jaxon Smith-Njigba, perhaps the very best receiver in the draft, at No. 20 general. The Seahawks invested the majority of their complimentary representative dollars to repair their frustrating defense and utilized the 5th general tease cornerback Devon Witherspoon, however they waited till Day 3 to resolve their thinnest position group, taking protective linemen Cameron Young in the 4th round and Mike Morris in the 5th. — Brady Henderson