The 49ers likely won’t see any of their picks in the 2023 NFL Draft make their way to the podium this year, but which prospects will otherwise be there?
One of the more entertaining aspects of the NFL Draft each and every year is watching players’ reactions when they hear their name called, especially if it’s in person and that player gets to walk up on the stage and accept a hat and jersey from the drafting team.
2020 was different, of course, because of the pandemic. However, the stage-walking part of the draft is nevertheless a big part of the festivities.
And those almost entirely encompass Round 1 only.
Typically, first-round prospects (or at least those who are projected to go that early) are invited to attend the NFL Draft itself. For the rest, they stay somewhere else and often spend the event with friends and family at home.
So, for the 2023 NFL Draft that kicks off on Thursday, April 27, who of the entire list of draftable prospects will actually attend the event taking place in Kansas City, Missouri?
Every player attending the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t have the luxury of drafting a player in Round 1, thanks to the 2021 trade-up to grab quarterback Trey Lance.
Again this year, the Niners won’t be on the clock until Round 3, so they won’t see their jersey and hat donned on day one.
In fact, there aren’t too many prospects attending this year’s draft anyway. Only 17 in total, and here’s the full list:
- WR Jordan Addison, USC
- EDGE Will Anderson, Alabama
- S Brian Branch, Alabama
- DL Jalen Carter, Georgia
- WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
- CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
- OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
- QB Will Levis, Kentucky
- CB Joey Porter Jr, Penn State
- QB Anthony Richardson, Florida
- RB Bijan Robinson, Texas
- WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
- QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
- EDGE Keion White, Georgia Tech
- EDGE Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
- CB Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
- QB Bryce Young, Alabama
The big quarterbacking names, such as Young, Stroud and Levis, are shoo-ins to be picked in Round 1 (unless one experiences a dramatic and unforeseen fall), but the awkwardness of slipping into the second round can often prompt players on the fringes of the two rounds to stay somewhere else.
It seems as if the proverbial “red carpet” for the NFL Draft has lost some of its luster.
Round 1 of the 2023 draft begins on Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET from Kansas City, Missouri.