Biggest Losers From Round One Of The 2023 NFL Draft

The 2023 NFL Draft saw some clear losers, and here's a rundown of the team's, and player, that really stuck out:

Will Levis

Quarterback Will Levis was highly-touted heading into the draft, with many believing he would go 2nd overall, but surprisingly went unselected in the first round. While this doesn't necessarily impact his long-term prospects in the league, it did cost him a significant amount of money and potentially a bruised ego.

Buffalo Bills

Despite their need for additional weapons on the outside, the Bills traded up for the 25th overall selection and drafted Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid. This pick could make sense if the Bills didn't already have a young, skilled tight end in Dawson Knox. While the Bills may choose to use more two-tight end sets, they still need more options at wide receiver to take pressure off Allen and improve their passing game.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons took running back Bijan Robinson at No. 8, a puzzling move for a team not close to contending. While Robinson is a talented player, Atlanta would have been better off addressing another position of need, especially since they had the opportunity to select Jalen Carter or Christian Gonzalez and passed up, an odd decision. Also, they already have RB Tyler Allegier, and he looked very good as a rookie last season.

Detroit Lions

The Lions made some puzzling decisions in the first round, selecting Jahmyr Gibbs to pair with D'Andre Swift and David Montgomery, despite having other pressing needs. They also reached for LB Jack Campbell with their second pick, passing up on top corners and wide receivers still on the board. These moves may not significantly improve their team for the upcoming season and it's likely those players would have been available later on as well.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers had a chance to send a message of support to new starting quarterback Jordan Love by selecting a top wide receiver, but instead, they opted for defender Lukas Van Ness. While Van Ness is talented, the Packers could have either traded back if they really wanted him or taken a wide receiver at No. 13. This move may not provide Love with the necessary weapons to succeed in his new role.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins lost their first-round pick due to owner Stephen Ross's failed attempts to woo Tom Brady and Sean Payton to the franchise. The punishment handed down in August came to fruition on draft night as the Dolphins were left without a first-round pick. It's a humiliating punishment for the team and shows their ineptitude in their illegal courtship of two guys who eventually chose to go elsewhere.

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