With the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft coming and going, several teams added future stars to their rosters. After trading up to pick No. 24, the New York Giants added a starter to the secondary in Maryland's Deonte Banks. In this Wink Martindale defense, he has the ability to thrive from Day 1.
Along with the quality selections from the first round, there were also many that were met with skepticism. Whether it be due to positonal value, or not being touted as the best player on the board, many picks have already been met with doubt. With that being said, here are the four worst moves from opening night.
4. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB Detroit Lions: Round 1, Pick 12
To the shock of many, the Detroit Lions added Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs with the 12th overall selection. During his lone season at Alabama, and two previous seasons at Georgia Tech, Gibbs was explosive out of the backfield.
While taking the field in 31 total games, and carrying the ball 383 times, he rushed for 2,132 yards and 15 touchdowns. Through the air, he added 103 receptions for 1,212 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
In his lone season at Alabama, Gibbs was the driving force in the backfield. Over 12 games, he rushed for 926 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He also played a major role through the air, adding 44 receptions for 444 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.
With his arrival, the Lions add a strong option to the backfield. But it may not have been needed, and the pick came far earlier than expected. The Lions have already invested heavily in the backfield with De'Andre Swift. In addition, they brought in Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery in free agency.
In place of Gibbs, the Lions could have looked to address several other positions. Players such as Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez and Iowa's Lukas Van Ness were on the board. Either of these players could have addressed bigger needs for this Detroit team.