Bryce Young Now Enormous Favorite Over CJ Stroud to Go No. 1 in 2023 NFL Draft

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Bryce Young has extended his meteoric rise in the betting markets to become the far-and-away favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers over CJ Stroud in the 2023 NFL Draft.

On Monday, reported Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama canceled the remainder of his pre-draft visits after conferring with the Panthers. While Young visited with the Houston Texans — who have the No. 2 overall pick — the outlet said all signs point toward Carolina due to the move.

As a result of the news, FanDuel moved its odds on Young to go first overall from -450 to -1350. In a corresponding move, Stroud moved from a +350 underdog to +850.

Bryce Young, CJ Stroud 2023 NFL Draft Odds

Stroud had been the favorite as recently as seven days ago, when the former Ohio State quarterback had been roughly -125 across the market to go No. 1. Young was about even money at the time.

Since then, it's been all Young. First, the Bama QB fell to -300 late last week, after multiple reports indicated the Panthers' brass preferred the SoCal kid. That line continued to deteriorate to -450 by the end of the weekend, largely on account of this momentum.

Young's current odds at -1350 imply a probability of 93.1% that he'll be a Panther come April 27.

In yet another interesting development, Stroud's fall from the prohibitive No. 1 overall pick doesn't mean he's guaranteed to go No. 2 to the Texans.

As of Monday afternoon, FanDuel is listing Will Anderson — the edge rusher from Alabama — as the favorite to head to Houston, despite the Texans' desperate need for a franchise quarterback.

Anderson has +175 odds to go No. 2 overall at the time of publish relative to Stroud's +190 clip.

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