It was a wild three days in Kansas City, Missouri, at the 2023 NFL draft. We saw 259 players find new homes, a record 43 in-draft trades, three teams invest first-round picks in quarterbacks and an uncountable number of surprises. In all, 86 of my top 100 prospects were drafted in the first 100 picks, and I particularly loved what the Eagles and Seahawks did over the course of seven rounds. But I'll leave the team grades to Mel Kiper Jr. -- I want to focus instead on what every team did right.
So I'm picking out the single best pick for each of the 32 franchises, from the perfect Day 1 matches to the Day 3 steals. To be clear, "best pick" does not necessarily mean "best player." In fact, it's quite the opposite in most cases, since I'm looking mostly at value. Of the 32 excellent selections I'm about to run through, 20 were great additions found in Rounds 2-7. Team needs -- in which a player was picked in relation to my board -- scheme fit and any trades involved in the selection all factored in here.
Here are 32 of my favorite selections this year, grouped by division. Let's get things rolling with the Cowboys and the NFC East.
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH