Most people expect University of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.
After that, there is some uncertainty about what will happen, especially when it comes to the next few picks.
It isn’t a foregone conclusion that the Houston Texans will take a QB at No. 2, and it isn’t a foregone conclusion that the Arizona Cardinals will hold onto the No. 3 selection.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network say that if the Texans do not select a QB at No. 2, the Cardinals could move the No. 3 pick.
From NFL Now: The conversations at No. 3 begin as soon as we find out if the #Texans take a QB at 2. pic.twitter.com/GtBufdtuRR
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2023
Arizona already has Kyler Murray under center, and although he may not be an elite signal-caller, he is a two-time Pro Bowler who led the team to a 7-0 start and an 11-6 finish in 2021.
The two insiders noted that the team may take offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. if they hold onto the No. 3 pick, especially to make sure Murray has some solid pass protection moving forward.
Murray is currently recovering from a torn ACL he suffered late last season.
If the Cardinals do decide to move the No. 3 pick, there will be a number of teams that will have interest in acquiring it.
Could the Indianapolis Colts, who sit at No. 4 and ended up benching the 37-year-old Matt Ryan after a disappointing season, move up one pick?
Maybe it will be the Atlanta Falcons, who have the No. 8 pick and had to endure a disappointing season from Marcus Mariota.
Or maybe it will be a team no one expects that will end up trading with Arizona in order to draft a franchise QB.NEXT: NFL Insider Reveals A Potential Texans Trade For Thursday