It’s been nearly three months since NFL bettors have been able to place any action on football games, but with the NFL Draft just eight days away it provides football fans the perfect three-day thrill to get back in the betting game.
Betting the NFL Draft is different than anything else out there for a sports bettor. The variety, value, and randomness this annual event provides is second to none. But, with that being said, it is important to pick your spots carefully.
This week, we turn our attention to the most talked about position in the 2021 Draft – Quarterback. There are five quarterbacks expected to go in the first round, but it can be difficult to find value when betting this position if you aren’t looking in the right places.
Lucky for y’all, I have found three bets that are available on DraftKings in which I fully expect to cash on Draft Day:
Third Overall Pick:
Justin Fields (+160)
The San Francisco 49ers are slated to pick at No. 3 overall and have not been bashful about which position they are targeting. With questions hovering around Jimmy Garoppolo’s health, it appears head coach Kyle Shanahan is deciding between three players: Mac Jones, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance.
While Jones (-150) is the current leader in the clubhouse, the momentum certainly is trending towards Fields (+160) at the moment. A lot can change in eight days, but Fields is closing in on Jones according to DraftKings Sportsbook which labeled Fields at +175 just a week ago.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 14, 2021
There are a couple of big knocks on Jones such as his mobility in the pocket and his accuracy throwing down the field. I don’t see the Niners’ perceived interest in Jones serving as anything other than a smoke screen. Fields is the pick at No. 3.
New England Patriots: Exact Playing Position of Team’s First Drafted Player
While Cam Newton certainly did not impress last season, he did enough to get asked back on a one-year deal for the 2021-2022 season. While it is clear that the former NFL MVP is not the same player he once was, Newton would be an excellent quarterback to learn from.
New England would be an ideal landing spot for Trey Lance, who has just one year of starting experience at North Dakota State, to come in, get developed, and learn behind an NFL great.
The Patriots have not drafted a QB in the 1st Rd since 1993 (Bledsoe)
-The Seahawks drafted a QB in the 1st Rd in 1993 (Rick Mirer)
Only the Saints (1971: Archie Manning) & Cowboys (1989: Troy Aikman) have gone longer without drafting a QB in the 1st Rd in the Common Draft Era
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 9, 2021
The Patriots currently hold the No. 15 pick, but have been rumored to be in the market of moving up. There are trade partners such as Atlanta (No. 4), Miami (No. 6), Carolina (No. 8), and the New York Giants (No. 11) that would make sense for a Draft day deal.
Which Round will Kyle Trask be drafted in?
Second Round (+250)
While the top-5 quarterbacks in this draft are pretty clear cut, Trask is the most attractive quarterback option in the next tier of gunslingers. With such an early quarterback run expected, teams with needs at the position will not be hesitant to pull the trigger on Trask after they address their primary need in the first round.
In his latest mock, ESPN’s McShay is finally on board w/ Pitts to my Falcons at #4 (no-brainer!) & has Kadarius Toney to the Bears at #20 AND Kyle Trask to Chicago in Round 2 at #52 overall.
— Brian Edwards Sports (@vegasbedwards) April 1, 2021
Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver and Houston are just a few potential landing spots for the former Gator. Round 3 (+125) is also available if you want to hedge your bet. I’m not a gardener, so hedging is not what I suggest, but do what makes you happy.
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