Drew Lock Draft Position: Bet Under 10.5 -130 at BookMaker.eu
After the Cardinals select Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the draft, figuring out which quarterback goes next is nothing more than a crapshoot. The quadrant of Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones are all expected to be off the board once the first round comes to a close. I’m wondering if that’s more a byproduct of teams reaching in hopes of duplicating the success teams had with drafting QB1s in the first round a season ago. Honestly, this year’s QB crop pales in comparison to what was offered up a short season ago. Targets for the former Mizzou field general could possibly be Tampa Bay at No. 5 with Bruce Arians now at the helm, The Giants at No. 6 who sorely needs to find Eli Manning’s successor, the Denver Broncos at No. 10 even though Joe Flacco was signed in free agency, and Miami at No. 13 even though South Beach will get a taste of FitzMagic this season.
A scenario that could however throw a wrench into the whole draft machine is the Washington Redskins trading up to snag the quarterback of their future. Alex Smith won’t be suiting up this season and if a trade for Josh Rosen fails to come into place, you know darn well Daniel Snyder will have no problem reaching to prevent other quarterback needs teams in front of him from “Locking” up his guy. Linemakers are suggesting this prop is nothing short of a coin flip. Lay the small chalk and look for Lock to land within the top-10.
Josh Jacobs Draft Position: Bet Under 24.5 +200 at BookMaker.eu
There isn’t a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft in the same atmosphere as Saquon Barkley. Heck, likely not even in the same stratosphere! With that, the former Alabama running back looks to be the best of the crop ahead of guys like teammate Damien Harris, Devin Singletary, David Montgomery and Miles Sanders. Cut from the same type of cloth as Alvin Kamara, NFL execs and coaches have been seen drooling over Jacobs’ shifty running ability that mixes power with finesse. With three first round picks and a number of holes to fill, you know darn well John Gruden will be clamoring for a running back to call his own, and Jacobs fits the profile to a “T.” Oakland ranked No. 25 in the league running the football last season. That simply won’t cut it for Chucky! I liked the Isaiah Crowell pick up in the offseason for now. But the future needs more star power and Jacobs is it!
D.K. Metcalf Draft Position: Bet Over 12.5 -165 at BookMaker.eu
So we’ve gone over a quarterback and running back to this point. Now it’s time to look at the wide receiver position and the one we’ll be targeting on draft day is Ole Miss’s D.K. Metcalf. The kid tore it up for the Rebels with his straight-line speed, and he’ll make for a fantastic weapon down the road for whichever team that snags him. However, his 12.5 draft position is absurd and it’s one of the reasons why we’re currently seeing some heavy chalk attached to the over at top rated sportsbooks. Teams that currently own picks 1-12 drastically need to shore up other areas of the roster before turning their attention to a pass catcher. While Metcalf put for some gaudy numbers at the combine, I don’t think it will be enough for him to go in the top-12.
If Washington goes out and trades for Josh Rosen but is still able to hold onto pick No. 15, it could look to snag a wide receiver in this spot. Their current corps of pass catchers is laughable at best! Another possibility is Indianapolis further along into the draft. T.Y. Hilton isn’t getting any younger and injuries have really started to take their toll the last couple seasons. Having another guy to stretch the field should he continue missing games will have Andrew Luck thrilled. If nothing else, it will beef up a less than intimidating cast of characters when Hilton is out. Regardless of whether they go with Metcalf, teammate A.J. Brown or Marquise Brown means nothing so long as Metcalf gets scooped up at No. 13 or higher.