Cristian Gonzalez, a Colombian who plays in the NFL with the New England Patriots

The Carolina Panthers selected quarterback Bryce Young out of the University of Alabama with the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday, while Christian Gonzalez was selected by the New England Patriots and showed off his Colombian roots on stage.

The American Football League (NFL) draft will be held for three days in Kansas City (Missouri), where thousands of fans came to see how the teams distribute the best promises in the game.

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After only one quarterback was selected in the first round in 2022, three of the top four spots this year were taken by players at that position.

In the last decade, seven quarterbacks have been drafted in the top spot.

While Young was already wearing the Panthers cap, the Houston Texans surprised by selecting quarterback CJ Stroud (Ohio State) second overall and last-minute sought-after linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama) third overall. .

The Arizona Cardinals, who own that third pick, traded it to the Texans in exchange for picks No. 12 and 33 this draft, plus a first-round pick and a third-round pick in 2024, according to NFL Network.

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At fourth, the Indianapolis Colts selected Anthony Richardson (Florida), the quarterback with the best physicality and perhaps the most potential in the draft, but the least experience in college football.

Among all of this new generation of ‘quarterbacks’, the Panthers lived up to expectations by selecting Bryce Young with the first pick in a March trade with the Chicago Bears.

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Cristian Gonzalez, Colombian label for NFL

Christian Gonzalez (Oregon), of Colombian parentage, was selected 17th overall, but in return he will be part of the New England Patriots.

Gonzalez, 20, will lead veteran Bill Belichick for the record for league championship rings with six.

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“It means everything. I’m really excited about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting out there and starting to work,” said Gonzalez, considered by many analysts to be the best cornerback in the class.

After a long wait to hear her name, Gonzalez took the stage wearing an all-white outfit.

Before getting into the Patriots’ uniform, the defender took off his jacket in front of the fans and opened it wide to reveal the colors of the Colombian flag printed inside.

“This (flag) is Colombia. It means everything. I have worn it for all the people of Colombia. I love that they appreciate me,” he explained as he stepped off the stage.

Gonzalez was born and raised in a family of athletes in the state of Texas.

His father, a native of Cali, played basketball at the University of Texas at El Paso but was not selected in the NBA draft. Her three sisters, Melissa, Samantha and Lily, have represented Columbia in different athletic events.

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