The NFL never sleeps! It’s been less than a month and a half since Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured a dominating win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. With that, the quest to win next year’s Super Bowl has already begun. Teams that missed out on the postseason have already been doing their due diligence for months in an attempt to better their own respective rosters and get on a path that leads to more overall success. The 2021 NFL Draft will be here before you know it. By then, much of the value on the current betting board at online sportsbooks will have already dried up. The time to strike is now! The following relays information on draft day investments I’ve already made, as well as some players to keep an eye out for should any late breaking news catapult them up the draft board.
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Second QB Selected: Justin Fields +150
I’m not wasting any time trying to sell the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting anyone other than Trevor Lawrence with the first pick; ultimately making him the first quarterback taken off the board. The former Clemson Tiger is -5500 and an even larger favorite in other spots to hear his name called first by Roger Goodell. But which quarterback goes second? That all depends on whether the Jets have decided the Sam Darnold era is over. Most pundits expect BYU’s Zach Wilson to go to the Jets evidenced by him being a lofty -265 favorite to be the second pick and a -365 chalk to be the second quarterback selected.
I’m not buying it. While he shined last season leading the Cougars to a memorable season, I’m not sure he’s the type of player New York wants to roll with. For my money, Justin Fields has the body frame, athleticism, power arm and nimble legs that fit more in line with the modern day NFL quarterback. With a plus-money return on investment, I’m taking a shot. Hopefully for the Jets sake he pans out much better than Dwayne Haskins did in Washington.
Total QBs Drafted in the First Round: Over 4.5 -590
I count six teams heading into the NFL Draft whose primary roster need comes at the quarterback position. Luckily for them, there’s a rich of spoils looking to hear their name called on draft day. We already know we’ll chop one off this impost once Lawrence is selected No. 1. From there, we’d need four more shot callers to have their names called in the first round to cash this chalky ticket. Wilson and Fields are locks to go in the first round. That puts the running tally to three.
Coming out a winner would ultimately come down to whether Trey Lance and Mac Jones are selected within the first 32 picks. Atlanta looks to be smitten with Lance, and I find it hard to believe that the 2020 Heisman Trophy runner up that I’d take on my team any day would remain on the board into the second round. His first round O/U currently sits at 15.5 with heavier juice attached to the under. While you have to lay a lot to make a little, over 4.5 QBs taken in the first round looks like a – dare I say it – stone cold lock! If you got the money to burn, go for it!
First WR Drafted: DeVonta Smith +200
With Marvin Jones just bolting the Motor City for Jacksonville to catch passes from the Jags No. 1 pick for at least the next two years and it still unknown as to whether Kenny Golladay will resign with the Lions, Detroit finds itself needing an upgrade at the wide receiver position in the worst of ways. With that, it would be shocking if they don’t select a pass catcher with the No. 7 pick. Who they ultimately decide on will go hand-in-hand with what Miami – a team also in need of a game changer at the position – decides to do with their No. 3 pick; many draft forecasters have them pegged to trade down. Regardless of what actually goes down on draft day, a wide receiver will be selected; but which one?
Going by the current odds offerings, it looks to be between LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Alabama’s DeVonta Smith. The former opted out of last season, but proved to be a key cog in the Tigers 2019 championship run with Joe Burrow at the helm. The latter went on to win the Heisman Trophy this past season and followed it up with the National Championship’s MVP Award even though he only got to play just over a half of football. With Smith’s mastery of the sport fresh in GM’s minds, I can’t help but think the reigning Heisman winner is the first pass catcher taken off the board. Catching 2-1 on my investment should it come to a fruition makes the decision between the two excelled wide receivers a no-brainer in my book.
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