The 2019 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 25th at 8pm EST in Nashville, TN. The new location-based NFL Draft rotation has been a huge hit for the league. Speaking of huge hits. PointsBet Sportsbook has become an important player in the NJ Sports Betting market. PointsBet currently has NFL Draft Odds set for the first WR taken off the board with 13 choices to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the odds and how you can potentially profit.
Which WR Will Be Drafted First?
D.K. Metcalf -167
Marquise Brown +250
Hakeem Butler +500
A.J. Brown +600
N’Keal Harry +1100
Kelvin Harmon +1300
Parris Campbell +3000
Riley Ridley +3300
Deebo Samuel +4000
Terry McLaurin +4000
JJ Arcega-Whiteside +5000
Andy Isabella +5000
Miles Boykin +6600
D.K Metcalf NFL Draft Odds (-167)
The current odds on favorite is Metcalf out of Mississippi. He checks off three of the most important boxes that teams look for when drafting a first-round receiver and that’s height, weight and speed. At 6’3 228 pounds, Metcalf ran a 4.33 40 at the combine, which ranked amongst the fastest in the class behind Parris Campbell and Andy Isabella, who both clocked 4.31.
Through his college career, Metcalf totaled 67 receptions for 1228 yards and 14 touchdowns from 2016-2018. A neck injury cut his season short last year as he underwent season-ending neck surgery. It truly couldn’t have come at a worse time as he started the year with 26 receptions, 569 yards and five touchdowns. While that does bring some concern, the majority of analysts believe he will be the first receiver off the board, hence the 2019 NFL Draft odds being where they are. The injury narrative could be a deterrent for some teams but his talent is certainly undeniable.
Depending on who you trust in mock drafts, the overall consensus has Metcalf going somewhere in the mid to late first round. Some experts believe that he may be the only receiver that goes in the first round as well. Regardless of these sentiments, Metcalf looks like he’ll live up to his predraft hype and be the first overall amongst wide receivers.
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Marquise Brown NFL Draft Odds (+400)
At just 5’9” and 166 pounds, the Oklahoma receiver has a huge size difference compared to Metcalf. However, Brown possesses some elite pass and catch abilities and is both a deep and short threat on the field. With that in mind, he’s expected to be a highly sought after receiver, especially if Metcalf is currently off the board.
One of the issues with Brown and what likely will keep him on the board before Metcalf is taken is the concerns of his durability. At his size, teams have an obvious concern about how his body will sustain playing in the NFL. He will no doubt be asked to bulk up a bit but some are concerned if that will take away from his highly sought after speed.
Brown is also coming off Lisfranc surgery, which prevented him from participating in the combine. He will, however, be ready for training camp with whichever team takes him. Even without the participation, many analysts believe teams will go for the hype with his speed, as many compare him to the likes of DeSean Jackson.
Brown has the best odds to upset Metcalf as the first overall off the board. If you believe the narrative that teams could balk at Metcalf due to his recent injuries, Brown could be your man.
Hakeem Butler NFL Draft Odds (+500)
Hailing from Iowa State, Butler will create plenty of mismatches in his time with the NFL. At 6’5” and 227 pounds, Butler posted a 4.48 40 at the combine. His after the catch abilities will make him an attractive option at the draft, as he’s displayed his aggressiveness during his time at Iowa.
Projected as a late first to second round pick, Butler will need some polishing once entering the NFL and likely won’t be that impact player into a couple of years in the league. His high number of drops will be a concern, as he dropped 15.2% of his targets. Still, his skill and very high potential will keep him in the mix early in the draft, whether that be Day 1 or Day 2.
With the odds as high as they are, Butler would be a long shot to be the first off the board. As I mentioned earlier, we could see one receiver taken in the first round overall. With so much attention on Metcalf and even Brown, Butler would need a miracle to be the first receiver of the 2019 class.
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