This year’s NFL Draft was one of the most entertaining drafts in recent memory. It seemed like every other pick was traded away and big moves were happening left and right. There were plenty of winners in the draft, and three teams addressed their most pressing need of quarterback in the first four picks.
Before we get into the top three, let’s look at some of the other quarterbacks that could be sleeper picks for collectors. Will Levis is probably the biggest name not in the top three. He was hyped as being a first rounder but fell to the second pick of the second round when Tennessee traded up to grab him. In the fifth round Green Bay took Rose Bowl MVP Sean Clifford, which means he will probably end up being the backup to newly named starter Jordan Love. Back-to-back National Champion Stetson Bennett was taken in the fourth round by the Rams. With Matthew Stafford’s injury woes lately, there is a chance that Bennett will see playing time for Los Angeles this season.
Now, let’s get to the top three quarterbacks.
The Carolina Panthers made a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bears to move into the first overall pick in the draft. They decided that Bryce Young is going to be the cornerstone of their franchise. He will most likely be Carolina’s starter when the 2023 season kicks off. Young’s cards will undoubtedly start the season among the hottest rookie cards in the hobby. Still in rebuild mode, the Panthers are not planning on being a contending team this season, but collectors are looking to the future when it comes to rookies like Young. They have plenty of cards to already choose from, with nearly 1,000 cards in the Beckett database. There are plenty more to be released in the months ahead.
With the second overall pick in the draft the Houston Texans took CJ Stroud. He is another highly touted rookie quarterback that collectors are already chasing. There are even more cards for Stroud than there are for Bryce Young, with more than 1,300 already out there. Houston is making the right kind of moves to improve their team and they play in a weak division. That could spell early success for the Texans and Stroud. Nobody is expecting them to contend right away for the division, but they could be making the right acquisitions for their future. Collectors can expect to pay top dollar for Stroud’s cards this season.
The Florida quarterback was the fourth overall pick that went to the Indianapolis Colts. A lot of scouts said that Richardson was the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft this year. Most likely, you’ll see him starting in Week One. His cards will start out selling strong, but most likely not as strong as the first two picks from the draft simply based on his draft spot. The Colts are serious about winning and getting back in the division hunt in the south. That could only help his values. Richardson already has more than 700 cards in the Beckett database but that is going to soar quickly.