Odds and Best Bets NFL Draft
As the NFL season is about to come to a close, we can start getting excited about the upcoming NFL draft. Every year we watch action-packed college football with star players that we want to see excel in the NFL.We often wonder if that player has what it takes to make it in the pros and whether the coaches in the NFL value the player the same way we do.
Odds and Best Bets: Trevor Lawrence
This year we expect to see Trevor Lawrence as the first pick in the NFL draft. The odds for Lawrence are at -6000 and for very good reason.Lawrence played football at Cartersville high school in Georgia, where he threw for over 3,000 yards every year and broke Deshaun Watson’s State record for passing yards and touchdowns.
Trevor didn’t lose a football game in high school. At Clemson, Lawrence started his college career in 2018 and became a starter in his freshman year after Kelly Bryant announced his transfer decision. Lawrence led the Clemson Tigers to the National Championship, defeating Alabama 44-16. The next year he led his team to the National Championship again but was delivered his first loss of college football by LSU.
In this most recent season, he had some complications with Covid-19 but could still throw 24 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Lawrence finished his college career with over 10,000 passing yards and 90 touchdowns only after 3 seasons.Trevor is a very polished quarterback, and It’s no surprise that he is the favorite for the first pick in the draft.
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Odds and Best Bets: Justin Fields
The next player with the best odds is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. His odds are +1000 to be the first pick. Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State, and in his first year with the Buckeyes, he was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Fields completed the season with over 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Going into the 2020 season, Fields was the leading candidate for the Heisman trophy.He helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season and then beat Clemson in the Semifinals to move on to the National Championship.
He was defeated by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide 33-17. In his two seasons with the Buckeyes, he threw for 5,373 yards and 63 touchdowns.He showed perseverance, character, strength, and athleticism during his time at Ohio State, placing him at the top of the draft board.
In the last 24 NFL drafts, only a quarterback or offensive line has been picked first overall. With that being said, our next player with the best odds to go number 1 overall is Penei Sewell. His odds are marked at +1100.
In his freshman year, he was an immediate starter at Oregon, playing in only 7 of the 13 games due to injury. The next year in 2019, he won the Morris Trophy and became the first true Sophomore to win the Outland Trophy. Sewell, in my mind, will go second overall in front of Fields.
Odds and Best Bets: Zach Wilson
Lastly is BYU quarterback Zach Wilson whose odds are +3000. Recently Ex-NFL player Joe Theismann recently said that he would prefer to take Zach Wilson over Trevor Lawrence. He feels that Wilson has more tools in his bag and feels he is an overall more skilled athlete.
Zach Wilson was the Cougars’ starting quarterback for almost 3 full seasons. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 7,562 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. As we near the draft, expect to see some odds change.There are some real quality players in the draft this year at -6000.
It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Trevor Lawrence will go first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.