Jaguars draft: AFC South is a new division after Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft
By Beau Adams
The Houston Texans hit it out of the ballpark in Round 1 of the NFL Draft
The 2023 Draft belonged to the Houston Texans. It was a euphoric night for Texans’ fans, probably the biggest in the franchise's history. David Carr was the first overall pick in their expansion year, and then in 2014, they used the first overall selection on Jadaveon Clowney. Tonight trumps all of them.
With the second pick in the draft, the Texans took C.J. Stroud, Quarterback, out of Ohio State. They finally have the all-go big gun franchise quarterback of the future. He was a pretty obvious pick. Watch this guy in his Buckeye days throw in this clip, he has a touch you can't teach.
Scouts love his big arm strength, and he can air out the deep ball toward the sideline with superb accuracy. He has size and poise and will be a solid quarterback by his second year. Hopefully, the Jaguars make him look like this in his rookie year, check out this side of Stroud.
The Magical night didn't end there for the Texans, they still had the 12th overall pick. In a move of legends, they traded the No. 12 to the Cardinals and moved up to the No. 3. This is where their franchise fortune changes, with the 3rd pick, the Houston Texans drafted Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr.
Anderson is good, really good. His draft profile compares him to Demarcus Ware, and he is as disruptive as Chase Young with the leadership qualities of JJ Watt. Please look at this video of him terrorizing a running back before he can even take the handoff.
This is not ideal for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and these are two formidable players that will contest the Jaguars in the AFC South for years. Anderson will stalk Trevor Lawrence twice a season and threaten his health at every chance. But time will tell, and my money is still on the Jaguars reigning on top of the AFC South for the next three years, at least.