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QB Jordan Love's landing spot of interest to bettors as Draft
14th April, 16:34With live sporting events on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the eyes of the sports world will be glued to the Draft on April 23.
And that means the eyes of the sports betting world will also be all over the Draft. There are countless wagers to be made on the draft and I will take a look at a handful over the next couple weeks.
Some eyebrows were raised in the D.C. area over the weekend when ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Washington was one of six teams doing "homework" on Utah State QB Jordan Love. Love is intriguing. The classic big-armed but raw quarterback prospect. As a redshirt sophomore in 2018, Love threw 32 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. This past season, however, he had just 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
In addition to his 6-3, 224 pound frame, another intriguing attribute for Love is his hand size. Before you laugh, at 10 ½ inches, Love's hands are at least ½ inch larger than any of the other top quarterbacks in this year's Draft.
New England, Miami, the Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay, and New Orleans were the other teams that have reportedly done extended research on Love. With that many franchises doing their due diligence, will Love be gone early next Thursday evening?
If Miami passes on Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert at five, they could use the 18th pick on Love. Las Vegas is picking at 19 and its quarterback situation is not very stable entering year one in Sin City.
New England is interesting. The Patriots own the 23rd pick and also have three third-round picks, one fourth, one fifth, four sixth-round picks, and three seventh-round picks. With Tom Brady in Tampa and Jarrett Stidham penciled in as the starter, wouldn't a raw prospect with a high ceiling be an intriguing option to trade up for?
I think there is another team on Jordan Love heading into the draft. The Patriots make sense here.
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There is no such thing as a lock, but it seems likely that LSU's Joe Burrow will be first overall pick and Washington will select Ohio State defensive end and DeMatha Catholic alum Chase Young second. It's reflected in the odds. Burrow is -10000 to go first and Young is -2000 to be the second pick. So how do you make money on Chase Young (likely) returning to the DMV? Predict who will be the third overall pick.
After losing cornerback Darius Slay to Philadelphia in free agency, trading CB Quandre Diggs to Seattle during the season, and no glaring need at quarterback, it seems obvious that Detroit would take Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah with the third overall pick.
But, what if Miami comes calling for Detroit's pick? Miami has six of the first 70 selections, including three in the first round (5, 18, 26). In an ideal situation, Detroit would drop to five, get more draft assets, and still draft Okudah. The front office in the Motor City also has connections with Miami. GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia were in New England with Miami head coach Brian Flores.
An intriguing option, with juicy odds, is Oregon QB Justin Herbert going third. There has been some smoke that Miami is not in love with Tua and might prefer Herbert more. If that is the case would Miami need to move up to secure Herbert?
I remain bullish that Miami is going to use some of its draft capital to secure the quarterback that most people believed they were tanking the 2019 season for...
Last week, I looked at the odds for who will be the first wide receiver selected next Thursday. Due to the value in the play, I said Jerry Jeudy's college teammate at Alabama, Henry Ruggs III, was the best bet at +250. According to most draft analysts, Jeudy is the best route runner in this year's class and will likely make an immediate impact. The New York Jets own the 11th pick and the Raiders are at 12. Both teams need lots of help at wide receiver.
Yes, it is a historically deep wide receiver class this year, but I find it hard to see a potentially elite wide receiver in Jerry Jeudy being available at pick 13.