Odds and Best Bets to Be Selected First in the NFL Draft
The 2021 NFL Draft is being held from April 29 through May 1. This year’s NFL draft yields a handful of prospects that have been on the NFL team’s radars for a while. Notable names include quarterback Trevor Lawrence who has been labeled as the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, Heisman trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith, and monster offensive lineman Penei Sewell to name a few. This year’s draft is different than some of the previous drafts as the number one pick is heavily expected to be a quarterback, specifically Trevor Lawrence. Now we all know that anything can happen, including trades, but experts are very confident Lawrence will hear his name called first.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence (-5000)
Trevor Lawrence appears to be the perfect quarterback prospect, according to scouts. At 6’6″ 220 lbs, Lawrence fits the build of an NFL quarterback and has the desired size to play in the league. In three years as Clemson, Lawrence’s starter threw for 3,000 yards each season, finishing with 10,098 yards passing and 90 touchdowns.
Quarterback Justin Fields (+1400)
Justin Fields is a playmaking quarterback who led a very talented Ohio State team deep into the College Football Playoff despite a Covid-19 shortened season. Fields defeated Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the playoffs this year, and he is an interesting name to watch as a real threat to Lawrence. Something else to note, Jacksonville Jaguars’ new head coach Urban Myer used to coach Ohio State, the school Fields attended.
Offensive Lineman Penei Sewell (+2000)
Penei Sewell is a monster of a prospect at the Offensive Line. Sewell should be an excellent player in the NFL, but the two quarterbacks and potentially multiple wide receivers will be going before him. At 6’6″ 331 lbs. Sewell is expected to be the first offensive lineman off the board.
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Quarterback Zach Wilson (+2000)
Quarterback Zach Wilson is a very intriguing prospect who had a very electrifying season at BYU. Wilson, a three-year starter, improved each season and carried BYU to an 11-1 season topped off with a win against the University of Central Florida in the RoofClaim Boca Raton Bowl. Wilson does not have big-time experience playing against top teams in the ACC or SEC. Wilson is expected to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft but will not be going number one.
Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith (+8000)
DeVonta Smith has been a key contributor on a loaded Alabama offense for years. Playing time is hard to come by at Alabama, but Smith made a name for himself at a young age and, in his final season, was the clear number one target for Mac Jones. Smith compiled 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. Smith is an incredible talent and should be drafted top 5.
Wide Receiver Ja’Marr Chase (+10000)
Ja’marr Chase is a very intriguing prospect that should be a top 10 NFL draft pick. Chase opted out of the 2020 NCAA football season, but when on the field at LSU, Chase shined and made many highlights. In two seasons at LSU, Chase caught 107 passes for 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns. Chase was a significant target for quarterback Joe Burrow during the Tiger’s championship run in 2020.
Prediction: Trevor Lawrence will be the first overall pick. If Jacksonville already had a quarterback, this could be a different story or a trade could happen, but Jacksonville needs a quarterback, and Trevor Lawrence is the guy. Urban Meyer, the Jaguar’s new coach, said that the team will be evaluating all options, but it seems very tough to pass on Lawrence’s potential.