NFL Draft First Overall Pick odds (As of March 8)
Kyler Murray: 1.24
Nick Bosa: 3.60
Quinnen Williams: 10.00
Josh Allen: 15.00
Dwayne Haskins: 20.00
Drew Lock: 40.00
In case you missed it, the National Football League’s silly season is upon us.
We have the Antonio Brown trade saga – which ballooned to new levels on social media Thursday night when it was reported a trade for the star receiver between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills appeared to be in the works.
Reports now indicate that any potential trade between those two clubs will not happen.
NFL free agency begins Wednesday. Keep an eye on Le’Veon Bell, the former Steelers star running back. The New York Jets appear to be the clear favourites to land Bell and they have the cap space – about $93 million, per OverTheCap – to make something work.
Which team will pay big money for quarterback Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP from 2018 who has thrown only 12 touchdowns and six interceptions as a regular season starter for the Philadelphia Eagles during times when Carson Wentz has been injured.
Look beyond the month of March and the NFL will once again be front and centre in the sports world on April 25, when the first round of the NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville.
The Arizona Cardinals hold the first overall pick. And right now, there are reports suggesting that they will snag Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray at that coveted draft position – one year after taking quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall selection.
Betting odds on which player will go first overall in next month’s draft are now available. Murray has the best odds at 1.24 at PlayNow.com, as of Friday. At the age of 21, Murray threw 42 touchdown passes compared to just seven interceptions, and ran for more than 1,000 yards as the pivot in the Sooners’ highly potent offence.
Now, if the Cardinals go that route – and latest mock drafts suggest that is, indeed, their course of action --- it could set up a situation in which they make a trade for Rosen, who is only 22 years of age and could still develop into a good quarterback in the NFL.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement for Rosen’s future in Arizona when asked at the NFL Combine about his quarterback situation, saying that Rosen was the team’s quarterback, “…right now, for sure.”
Not exactly slamming the door on rampant speculation with that comment.
Nick Bosa, the highly touted edge rusher out of Ohio State, has the second best odds of going first overall in the draft, currently at 3.60 at PlayNow.com.
Do the Cardinals – with Kliff Kingsbury going into his first season as the team’s head coach – select the potential star QB in Murray at No. 1? Or do they bolster their pass rush by going with the edge guy in Bosa?
Last year, Sam Darnold was – for a significant portion of time – the favourite to go No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Saquon Barkley also held that distinction at various times leading up to the day. The odds, however, underwent a massive shift in the remaining hours leading up to the draft when word started circulating that the Cleveland Browns were going to stun most pundits by taking Baker Mayfield with the top selection.
The latter came to fruition.
It’s the NFL offseason, when anything, however unlikely, seems possible.
The best part: It makes it much easier to forget that dud of a game in Super Bowl LIII.