2023 NFL Draft: Breaking down the complete Round 1 order

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks onstage to kick off round one of the 2022 NFL Draft (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks onstage to kick off round one of the 2022 NFL Draft (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) /

The 2023 NFL Draft order is set. And while the 49ers don’t have a first-round pick, how they finished influences how teams are picking in Round 1.

Things are probably going to be pretty boring for the San Francisco 49ers to kick off the 2023 NFL Draft.

After all, general manager John Lynch is without a first- or second-round pick in this year’s selection process, thanks to both the 2021 trade-up that netted quarterback Trey Lance and last year’s midseason trade for All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.

The Niners start selecting at the tail end of Round 3, so that’s where their action will heat up.

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But, as is always the case, the focus will be on what teams do in Round 1 even if San Francisco isn’t selecting.

Why don’t the 49ers have a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft

The 49ers traded away their first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, along with Round 1 picks in the 2022 and 2023 drafts, to the Miami Dolphins in order to obtain the No. 3 overall pick that year. Additionally, the Niners traded a 2022 Round 3 compensatory selection as part of the package to Miami.

With the No. 3 overall pick, San Francisco selected Lance.

Full first-round order in the 2023 NFL Draft

  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos)
  6. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)
  7. Las Vegas Raiders
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans Saints)
  11. Tennessee Titans
  12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland Browns)
  13. New York Jets
  14. New England Patriots
  15. Green Bay Packers
  16. Washington Commanders
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers
  18. Detroit Lions
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  20. Seattle Seahawks
  21. Miami Dolphins (forfeited)
  22. Los Angeles Chargers
  23. Baltimore Ravens
  24. Minnesota Vikings
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars
  26. New York Giants
  27. Dallas Cowboys
  28. Buffalo Bills
  29. Cincinnati Bengals
  30. New Orleans Saints (from San Francisco 49ers)
  31. Philadelphia Eagles
  32. Kansas City Chiefs

Yes, the Saints now own that 2023 first-round pick that the Niners originally traded away to Miami and moved through the Denver Broncos to New Orleans.

Interestingly enough, the Dolphins also forfeited their original first-round pick after being found guilty of tampering with both then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton back in August of 2022.

The Chicago Bears clinched the No. 1 overall pick by having the worst regular-season record (3-14), while the Super Bowl-winning Chiefs own the final pick in this year’s draft.

San Francisco would have picked 30th if it didn’t trade that pick for Lance.

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