The Ohio State Buckeyes are the newly minted college football champs but which marquee players will bolt for greener pastures in the NFL? Let’s take a look and get a jump on the NFL draft odds right now!
Gone Baby Gone
We all know that Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will be the plum prize in this year’s NFL draft if he decides to skip his senior season and begin his career in the NFL. As a matter of fact, NFL draft odds are offering -400 that he will be the number one overall selection with a get back of +350 if he is not selected as the top pick, if indeed he does declare.
Jameis Winston has already made that tough choice of eschewing the world of academia for a more lucrative career plying his trade as a professional passer as opposed to neurosurgeon, theoretical physicist or quantum mechanics engineer. Society weeps.
Online sportsbooks have offered up an NFL draft prop total on Winston of 3 ½ which is the over/under on where he will be taken in the first round. Assuming Mariota declares and the Bucs take him first overall then Winston could very well slip to number four or beyond. The Tennessee Titans, at number two, have expressed openly their affection for Zach Mettenberger at quarterback for next season which means, if they are to be believed, that Winston would be bypassed. We know the Jacksonville Jaguars will not be looking to draft a QB in the third spot after drafting Blake Bortles in the identical spot last year.
And now that Winston has dropped to under 3 ½ it doesn’t matter who takes him after that in terms of cashing in on the NFL draft odds proposition play. Even Oakland at number four would look elsewhere with Derek Carr expected to be under center for his sophomore NFL campaign. But of course, teams do trade and clubs salivating over Winston could deliver enough to swap positions with either Tampa Bay, Tennessee or Jacksonville and flip the script entirely on that wager.
Other notable underclassmen reportedly moving out of the classroom and onto the gridiron are as follows:
Leonard Williams - DE/DT USC
Surrounding Blake Bortles with a blindside bodyguard should be priority numero uno for the Jaguars but they could very well be wooed into taking an immense defensive talent by the name of Leonard Williams.
Randy Gregory – DE Nebraska
Speaking of immense defensive talents there is one 6’6” dynamic pass rusher out of Cornhusker country named Randy Gregory who could easily get plucked by Jacksonville at number three or could slide onto the laps of the Raiders with the number four overall college football pick.
Ronnie Stanley – OT Notre Dame
RGIII may have a new best buddy and his name is Ronnie Stanley. The Redskins are deficient in a number of areas so this is far from a certainty at this spot but Stanley is definitely ready for primetime.
Dante Fowler – DE Florida
The Gators’ Dante Fowler will be on anyone’s big board early and he could land in a number of spots including Chicago or Atlanta.
Amari Cooper – WR Alabama
Though there is no such thing as a sure thing in the NFL draft teams will be salivating over the prospect of adding Crimson Tide sensation Amari Copper to their roster. If he slides to five he could give RGIII a dynamic target or perhaps at number six could give the Jets the offensive propulsion they so desperately need.
Shane Rae – DE/OLB Missouri
Just another top level talent at this position and one that could give the Bears some defensive punch or even bring another layer of depth to the Rams.
The online sportsbooks will be offering a complete list of NFL draft odds and props so stay tuned SBR readers. There’s cash to be made on draft day…and not just for the rookies!
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