After what seems like a flipping eternity since the Rams hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, we finally have some form of NFL action to sink our teeth into, and also it tends to signify the start of a new season after what was an incredibly crazy free-agency period. There is no staking plan when it comes to these bets, it merely a bit of ‘fun’ so if you do decide to follow keep stakes sensible.
Malik Willis to be the 1st Quarterback drafted @ 1.73 with Paddy Power
Most of the time when it comes to the NFL Draft it is always potential that outweighs production when determining draft position which I think is something we’ll see with the 1st overall pick as Aidan Hutchinson who amassed 14 sacks in college last season is passed on for Travon Walker who had only 6 sacks but possesses a “higher ceiling”. This is what I also see happening with the quarterback position as Malik Willis is the first one off the board. He really isn’t NFL ready but for me he seems a lot like Josh Allen coming out of college with his rocket arm and decent mobility. The knock-on Allen was his accuracy and that’s the same for Willis. Realistically Kenny Pickett is the safer choice, but an NFL franchise doesn’t want safe, it wants a game changer. I think that maybe the Panthers will be the ones to take Willis at 6, and that’s if someone doesn’t trade up to grab him sooner. Maybe the Steelers, or Falcons.
Jameson Williams to be the 1st Wide Receiver drafted @ 3.25 with Betfred
It’s been an up and down 4 months for the Alabama wide receiver, prior to tearing his ACL he looked a lock to be the first wideout taken in the draft and potentially a top 3-5 pick. But following the knee injury most experts then had him falling out of the 1st round completely, some even into the 3rd round. However, from the chatter that’s floating around the NFL it would appear he’s way ahead of schedule with his recovery and has a very realistic shot of starting on opening day in early September. The numbers he put up in 2021 were ridiculous (79 receptions, 1572 yards, and 15 touchdowns) and most would agree he’s the most talented receiver in this year’s class. I think someone in the top 10/12 picks will fall in love with what they see on film and taken him ahead of Ohio States Garrett Wilson. Maybe Atlanta, the Jets, or even Washington. For me the value at 2/1 or better is big enough to take the chance on a guy flying up draft boards.
That’s it from me as far as the draft is concerned, as a Texans fan it’s nice to know that I can watch my team draft not once, but twice in the first round this year. Barring a trade, of course.
You’ll be hearing from me again very soon regarding next season, but for now, enjoy draft night y’all.