There are only four NFL teams left in pursuit of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which means the fan bases of 28 other teams have turned their attention to the offseason. The crown jewel of the offseason is the NFL Draft, which instills young talent in the league and breathes hope into downtrodden teams’ fanbases.
With the draft deadline in the rearview mirror, we now know which players are eligible for the draft. as a result of, BetMGM has released betting odds About who will be the first overall pick. Let’s take a look at how odds makers expect the top of the draft to turn out.
Bryce Young preferred to go to the first place
Mac Jones He left Alabama for the NFL after the 2020 season and was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by New England Patriots In 2021. Alabama’s quarterback room has been fine, with Bryce Young taking over from Jones.
In his first season as a starter at Alabama in 2021, Young completed 67% of his passes while throwing for 4,872 yards. He had a 47-7 touchdown to interception percentage, which led Alabama to the SEC championship and a playoff berth. Young was recognized for his stellar season as he won the Heisman Trophy.
Young followed up his season at Heisman with another strong season in 2022. He completed over 64% of his passes for 3,328 yards. He threw 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions. While his sophomore season wasn’t as impressive as his senior year, Young finished sixth in Heisman voting in 2022.
In early January, Young announced that he would forgo his senior season at Alabama and instead declare for the NFL Draft. Young is the current betting favorite to be the first player to be drafted In the 2023 NFL Draft at odds of -120.
CJ Stroud has the second best odds
While Young is likely the favorite to be the first player to be drafted, there is no certainty that things will unfold that way. Draft prospects still need to go through the combination and draft process, and that always changes things up. This time last year, Aidan Hutchinson was a clear favorite to take the top spot, but he’s been taken behind Travon Walker.
If you think the draft process might hurt Young because of his size (questionable 6-foot-1, 194 pounds) or other factors, it would be smart to look down the prospect plate.
CJ Stroud has the second best odds of being the first player drafted. Much like Young, Stroud was a starter for two seasons in college after taking over as a quarterback in the current NFL (NFL).Justin Fields) in Ohio. Over two seasons at Ohio State, Stroud completed over 69% of his passes and threw for over 8,000 yards. He threw for 85 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions.
His most impressive performance came in a losing effort, pinning 41 points on a vaunted Georgia defense in this past season’s College Football Playoff semifinal. He’s older than Young, as Stroud is listed at 6-foot-3 and 218 lbs. Aged 250+, Stroud will be the first player to be selected in late April.
Behind the quarterbacks are a pair of SEC defensive players. Jalen Carter of Georgia and Will Anderson of Alabama Both +500 to be the first player to be selected. Carter is a defensive lineman with 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks over the past two seasons, while serving as an inside power blocking what was the best defense in college football. Anderson is a talented enthusiast who saw his production dip slightly last season. He had 17.5 sacks in 2021, but only had 10 sacks in 2022.
behind these two, Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has odds of 10 to 1 To be the first player to be drafted. Levis is a polarizing prospect who has all the physical attributes but doesn’t exactly have the production one would expect from a top prospect. He also eats his bananas with the skin on and drinks his coffee with mayonnaise It certainly raises some red flags.
Clemson crack player Miles Murphy was 50-to-1 to be the first player to be drafted. Every other player has chances of 100 to 1 or higher.
Will the quarterback go in one?
The top two favorites and three of the top five favorites to be drafted first overall are quarterbacks, which might lead you to believe there’s a good chance the quarterback will appear at the top of the draft. However, this is not certain.
The Chicago Bears currently have the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Of course, they already have their young quarterback who has shown flashes and seems to be developing well at Justin Fields. There’s no reason to think they’ll draft a quarterback unless they make the surprising move on the trading fields. This is a team with holes all over the roster that need to be filled that will likely be served better in the draft.
Will the Bears trade downs and thus allow another team to draft their quarterback with their first overall pick? This seems like a consensus opinion, but it’s also far from a guarantee. It would require another team to be desperate enough to move important future assets to try to move up. While this is a good class of quarterbacks, it is not considered an elite class like 2021 or 2018. Will another team see these players as worth it to advance?
If the Bears keep the pick, they will likely go with one of the two defensive players currently going off with a +500 chance. However, this is inconsistent with recent history. Since 2015, only twice has a non-quarterback been named first overall. Miles Garrett in 2017 and Travon Walker in 2021 are the only players not to hit the top spot. At that time, we saw James WinstonAnd Jared GoffAnd Baker MayfieldAnd Kyler MurrayAnd Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence they all go at the top of the draft.
There are still four months until the NFL Draft and a lot will change during those four months. However, if you want to take a position early and possibly get a good price for the player, Draft betting is now open at BetMGM.