Young and González, the winners of the first round of the Draft

As anticipated, the quarterbacks (or well, almost all) were the protagonists in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, which began Thursday night in Kansas City.

They and a player of Latino blood.

Bryce Youngfrom Alabama, became the first overall pick when drafted by the Carolina Panthersand immediately the owner of the franchise, David Tepper, spoke of “Super Bowls.”

A few weeks ago, Carolina did a trade with the Chicago Bears to obtain the first pick of this Draft, dominated by the passers.

Thus, the Houston Texanswith the second overall pick, took C.J. Stroudfrom Ohio State, who is on a mission to make Deshaun Watson forget.

Watson left the franchise through the back door, first after having a series of disagreements with the team’s general management and then after being denounced by about twenty women for alleged sexual assaults.

Today Watson is in Cleveland, the Texans need a new franchise quarterback, and Stroud is, according to many scouts and pundits, the best passer in the Class of 2023. He could be the perfect pairing.

Two teams later, with the fourth overall, Anthony Richardson He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, who will start their sixth straight season with a different starting quarterback.

Richardson is considered the quarterback with the highest ceiling in the Class of 2023, but he lacks experience, having only started one season in Florida.

Colts owner Jim Irsay is a fan of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurtsand he believes Richardson has a similar ability to make big plays.

Hurts, in just his second year in the league, led the Eagles to the Super Bowl, which they eventually lost to patrick mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The one who didn’t hear his name was Will Levisfrom Kentucky, apparently because teams fear his recent toe injury.

Levis was invited to Kansas City and it was -as always- painful to see a player fall victim to nerves, anxiety and despair. The phone did not ring and now he will have to wait until this Friday someone wants to take the risk. Among the candidates are Washington Commanders and the Tennessee Titans.

González, King of the Draft

The other great protagonist of this Draft was a player of Latin blood: the Colombian cornerback christian gonzalez.

The New England Patriots they waited patiently, then moved three spots to finally use pick 17 to fill a hole in their secondary defense with Gonzalez, a product of Oregon. son of Colombian father.

“I am very excited about this opportunity that means a lot to me and to Colombia, where my father was born; I am very happy to be here,” said González.

Christian was born in Carrollton, Texas. His father, the Colombian Héctor González, played basketball with the Bogotá Pirates between 1996 and 2000; he won a scholarship to study at the University of Texas, where his son grew up.

González, who traded to Oregon after spending two seasons in Colorado, has proven effective against the pass and run, with four interceptions and 50 tackles last season.

Coach’s Patriots bill belichick they were looking for a cornerback to play on the opposite side of Jonathan Jones and González can be that player.

He is the fourth Colombian to play in the NFL.

At the Scouting Combine, Gonzalez impressed NFL coaches and scouts by clocking a 4.38-second dash for 40 yards, ideal speed for man-to-man coverage, a staple of Belichick’s defense.

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