NSN's weekly poll: Which quarterback from the 2023 NFL draft will have best career?

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Every Monday, Nevada Sports Net will post a weekly poll question on its main Twitter account. On Tuesday’s NSN Daily, we will reveal the final poll results and discuss the topic for a segment. On Wednesday, we will post the results and NSN Daily segment while I offer my vote on the question.

This week’s poll

NSN Daily segment

Murray’s take

Our voters went in the same order as the quarterbacks were drafted with first overall pick Bryce Young getting the most votes (41.7 percent), second overall pick CJ Stroud getting the second-most votes (28.8 percent), fourth overall pick Anthony Richardson getting the third-most votes (16.7 percent) and second-rounder Will Levis getting the fourth-most votes (12.9 percent).

I will eliminate Richardson from my top choice because he wasn’t good in college. And if you’re not good in college, you’re almost never good in the NFL. At Florida, Richardson had 24 touchdowns to 15 interceptions with a 54.7 competition percentage. I know he’s drawn comparisons to Cam Newton from an athleticism standpoint, but Newton was a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion at Auburn. He was good in college. Richardson was not. Levis falls in the same category to a certain degree. He was better in college than Richardson but far from elite with his physical skills and potential outweighing his productivity. I’ll eliminate him as well.

That leaves Young and Stroud. Obviously the Panthers prefer Young, trading for the first overall pick to select him. But Young measured 5-foot-10.125 and 204 pounds at the NFL Combine. I don’t trust quarterbacks my height unless they’re freak athletes like Mike Vick, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson. Young is not a freak athlete. Perhaps Young hits the ceiling reached by 6-footer Tua Tagovailoa last year, but I think Young is much more likely to be the next Baker Mayfield than the next Drew Brees among short-king quarterbacks.

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That means I’m picking Stroud, who as a two-year starter at Ohio State threw for 8,123 yards, 85 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and posted a 182.4 quarterback rating while completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 9.8 yards per attempt. He’s also 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and a solid, albeit not great, athlete. I was sold when he completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns against an elite Georgia defense in the College Football Playoffs. While I don’t like that he landed in the dumpster fire known as the Houston Texas, he’s my pick for the top quarterback from the 2023 class.

But who knows? Brock Purdy was the last of nine quarterbacks selected in the 2022 draft by people paid millions of dollars to figure out which college prospects are good, and he’s going to be the best quarterback in that class. If NFL general managers are guessing, we’re all guessing.

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.