Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is the most intriguing signal-caller in the 2023 NFL Draft. Richardson enjoyed a historically impressive showing at the NFL Scouting Combine by posting a 40.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Both marks are now all-time records among quarterbacks.
Richardson also measured in at 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds. A dual-threat quarterback made in the mold of prime Cam Newton, Richardson could get drafted as high as No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers. He’s certainly in the mix alongside Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Will Levis.
Richardson possesses the highest ceiling of any quarterback prospect in the 2023 draft. His landing spot will be critical to determining his pro success. We’ve identified four ideal fits for Anthony Richardson.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard owns the No. 4 overall selection. If the Colts aren’t pursuing Lamar Jackson, they must alternatively land a franchise quarterback in this draft. It places Ballard in a conundrum. The Arizona Cardinals are a threat to trade the third overall selection to a QB-needy franchise that could look to leapfrog the Colts. Ballard should consider executing the rare one-overall trade-up with the Cardinals to prevent that from happening.
Stroud and Young are the two current favorites to go one-two overall, but Richardson is the biggest threat to that expectation. New Colts head coach Shane Steichen is an offensive-minded leader that helped develop Jalen Hurts from a raw project into an MVP-worthy quarterback. Steichen is the perfect candidate to help mold Richardson into an unstoppable force at the next level.
The Seahawks have openly admitted their willingness to draft a quarterback with the No. 5 overall selection. It could be a smokescreen to ignite trade-up interest, but Seattle should strongly consider drafting Richardson to be their quarterback of the future if he remains on the board.
The Seahawks recently re-signed Geno Smith to a three-year contract worth $75 million. But Smith is also entering his age 32 campaign, and the Seahawks structured his extension to include an out after paying Smith $28 million the first year. Drew Lock is a non-factor after signing a one-year contract that guarantees him less than $2 million. The Seahawks are equipped with two first-round picks. They should use one on Richardson if applicable.
The Titans have spent a considerable amount of time with at least five quarterback prospects. They attended the Pro Days of Young, Stroud, Levis, and Richardson. They interviewed Levis privately at Kentucky, according to reports. They’ve also spent time with Hendon Hooker, per The Draft Network’s Ryan Fowler. The Titans are clearly thinking about drafting a quarterback.
And why wouldn’t they? Starting signal-caller Ryan Tannehill is entering a contract year in 2023 and has been the subject of trade/release rumors. Malik Willis didn’t enjoy a successful rookie campaign. Among the 2023 contenders, Richardson seems to have captured the majority of Tennessee’s interest. The Titans will host Richardson on a private Top 30 visit.
The Titans would have to trade up for Richardson from 11th overall, but there is an existing relationship between new Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort and head coach Mike Vrabel to consider.
The Ravens continue to participate in a contract-related standoff with Lamar Jackson. The Ravens slapped Jackson with the non-exclusive franchise tag, which Jackson has yet to officially sign. Jackson isn’t showing any intention of playing under the tag in 2023.
In fact, Jackson submitted a trade request. The Ravens have a long way to go to trade up from 22nd overall in order to position themselves to draft Richardson, but general manager Eric DeCosta could get aggressive. Head coach John Harbaugh showcased a terrific willingness to build his offense around Jackson’s strengths. He could do the same for Richardson, which makes Baltimore an ideal landing spot.
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