First Overall Pick Odds Favor the Bears Trading Back

  • The Chicago Bears have the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • Bryce Young (-130) is the favorite to be selected first overall.
  • Quarterback-needy teams such as the Indianapolis Colts or Las Vegas Raiders are expected to trade for the #1 pick.

KANSAS CITY – The 2023 NFL Draft odds favor Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (-130) to be selected first overall.

The Chicago Bears drafting first explains why Will Anderson’s odds at +700 are so long. Based on the large number of teams searching for their franchise quarterback, oddsmakers expect the Bears to trade their first overall pick.

2023 NFL Draft Odds – First Pick

  • Bryce Young -130
  • CJ Stroud +275
  • Will Levis +500
  • Jalen Carter +550
  • Will Anderson +700
  • Anthony Richardson +4500

The players with the three shortest odds to be selected first overall are all quarterbacks.

The Chicago Bears made the right choice drafting quarterback Justin Fields in 2021 and will likely focus on drafting key defensive pieces to bolster their roster.

The Bears are projected to draft Will Anderson to help their defense that ranked 31 in the NFL in sack percentage.

With that being said, Bears management likely believes they can still get their guy a few picks later based on how many teams are hoping to take advantage of a stellar quarterback draft class.

2023 NFL Draft Order Top 10

  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Detroit Lions
  7. Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. Philadelphia Eagles

The Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Las Vegas Raiders are three teams needing a quarterback, making them likely suitors to trade up for the first overall pick.

Colts’ owner Jim Irsay was vocal with his decision of drafting a quarterback in 2023.

During their press conference introducing new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, Irsay went on to say that “…were going to have to find a young quarterback to develop…”.

Irsay went even further, expressing his feelings towards top quarterback prospect Bryce Young.

Jim Irsay said “the Alabama guy doesn’t look bad, I’ll tell ya.”

This is great news for Bryce Young bettors looking to cash his -130 odds at online sportsbooks .

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Is this all a façade to make other teams trade their assets to get the number one pick?

Or is Jim Irsay showing his cards too early?

It’s possible that the Colts are trying to apply pressure to the Houston Texans to trade for the #1 pick.

If this were to happen, the Colts would keep their future picks they would’ve had to trade and retain solid draft position to draft the second-best available quarterback.

The Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals will be targeting top defensive prospects in Jalen Carter and Will Anderson, leaving the door wide open for the Colts to draft Ohio State product C.J. Stroud with the fourth overall selection.

Either way, the Colts have clearly expressed their aspirations to draft Bryce Young, and they only need to move up three spots to guarantee it.

If their desire to draft Bryce Young forces the Texans to move up, this confirms that the Texans want to draft Bryce Young and will still cash his first overall selection odds at -130.

NFL betting sites have taken note of Irsay’s comments, but still provide great value for Bryce Young to be selected first overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.