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NFL Draft Update: Quarterbacks To Fly Off Board

With the Kansas City Chiefs wrapping up a second consecutive Super Bowl title, the focus will turn to the 2024 NFL Draft.

The list of the 321 players invited to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine was released with the event starting later this month. The NFL odds will certainly change after the combine.

NFL Draft Update: Quarterbacks To Fly Off Board
NFL Draft Update: Quarterbacks To Fly Off Board

Multiple mock drafts have the first three picks in the draft being quarterbacks led by the Chicago Bears selecting USC’s Caleb Williams.

When looking at the top players by position, Williams is priced at -900 by the BetUS sportsbook to be the top pick with those odds holding steady over the last few weeks. When it comes to the odds for the top players at other positions, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. (+1000) leads the receivers, Florida State’s Jared Verse (+8000) tops the edge rushers with Notre Dame’s Joe Alt (+8000) leading the offensive linemen.

The 2024 NFL Draft is set for April 25-27 in Detroit.



Is Williams the One?

The last two Heisman Trophy winners are among the top prospects available in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Williams is priced at -900 in the odds to be the No. 1 overall pick followed by North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye at +450.

Late in the regular season, Williams was priced at -400 to be the top pick with Maye at +250.

In the odds to be the first quarterback selection, Williams is the overwhelming favorite at -1000 followed by Maye at +450, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels, the most recent winner of the Heisman Trophy, at +1200.

Being the top quarterback selected is not always a ticket to stardom.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs was selected eight picks after Mitchell Trubisky. Mahomes just won his third Super Bowl title and Trubisky was recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Speaking of the Steelers, Kenny Pickett was the top QB chosen in 2022 only to be upstaged by the final pick in the draft, Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers. Stroud, who went second to the Houston Texas, was much more productive than former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young.


Harrison Ready to Catch On

The first receiver wasn’t selected until the 20th overall pick in 2023 when Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks. That started a run on receivers with the Los Angeles Chargers taking Quentin Johnston, the Baltimore Ravens picking Zay Flowers, and Jordan Addison going to the Minnesota Vikings.

There won’t be that long of a wait for the top pass catchers to come off the board in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison is viewed as a lock to go in the top five and there are those who think he might be the best player in the draft.

Washington’s Rome Odunze could also land in the top 10.

Harrison is priced at -480 to be the first non-quarterback selected. Georgia tight end Brock Bowers comes in at +2500 according to the BetUS sportsbook to be the first non-QB to be picked.

LSU’s Malik Nabers might also land in the top 10 and that could make four pass catchers in the top 10 picks.

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Doubling Their Pleasure

Four of the top six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft were traded elsewhere, including the blockbuster that saw the first overall selection going from the Chicago Bears to the Carolina Panthers.

As we speak, only one of the top 26 picks has been traded and that was part of the aforementioned transaction with the Carolina Panthers’ pick (No. 1 overall) going to Chicago.

The draft will ultimately be determined by what the Bears do with that pick. If Chicago grabs Williams, current starting quarterback Justin Fields will be traded. The Bears could always trade down and take somebody other than a quarterback with their top pick. Perhaps another quarterback could be selected when Chicago picks again at No. 9.

The NLF draft odds have the Pittsburgh Steelers at -125 to be the next team for Fields.


A Look Back

In the All-Rookie team posted on NFL.com, 9 of the 25 players selected were first-round picks.

Three quarterbacks went in the first four picks with No. 2 overall selection C.J. Stroud as the QB on the All-Rookie team.

The first running back, receiver, and tight end selected in the 2023 NFL Draft failed to make the team.

Detroit’s Jahmyr Gibbs was a first-round pick but the other running back was third-round selection Devon Achane of the Miami Dolphins.

Puka Nacua of the Los Angeles Rams was the 20th receiver selected. He finished fourth in the NFL with 1486 receiving yards.

The best value came from a player who wasn’t among the 259 players drafted as Minnesota’s linebacker Ivan Pace finished with 102 tackles.

Much of the focus will be on the first 10 players but there will be playmakers who come out of every round in the draft.

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Top 10 Draft Order

  1. Chicago Bears (from Carolina 2-15)
  2. Washington Commanders (4-13)
  3. New England Patriots (4-13)
  4. Arizona Cardinals (4-13)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-12)
  6. New York Giants (5-12)
  7. Tennessee Titans (6-11)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)
  9. Chicago Bears (7-10)
  10. New York Jets (7-10)



Questions Of The Day

Which player has the best odds to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Southern California’s Caleb Williams is viewed as the top prospect available in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Which team holds the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?

The No. 1 overall pick belongs to the Chicago Bears, who own the Carolina Panthers’ selection.

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