Are you willing to wager on who the Philadelphia Eagles will select in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night? If so, you’re in luck. DraftKings Sportbook recently put out the following odds for Philadelphia’s pick:
Josh Jacobs: +600
Marquise Brown: +800
Deandre Baker: +1200
Jeffery Simmons: +1400
Johnathan Abram: +1600
Garrett Bradbury: +1600
Dexter Lawrence: +1600
AJ Brown: +1800
For those who don’t know what these numbers mean, allow me to explain. Let’s say you’re among those who thinks the Eagles will take Jacobs at No. 25 overall. If you dropped $100 on that bet and the Eagles actually drafted Jacobs in the first round, you’d win $600. Not too bad.
Of course, it’s hard to feel super confident about who the Eagles will pick. It feels like they could go in a number of different directions in the first round.
It’s interesting to see that Jacobs is listed as the option with the shortest odds. On one hand, there was that: “Don’t be shocked if the Eagles take a running back in the first round. They really like Josh Jacobs.” rumor from last month. The Eagles have also been showing a lot of interest in Jacobs leading up to this year’s draft. He does have some fans in the front office. On the other hand, it’s not easy to envision the analytically-driven Eagles using a first-round pick at such a fungible position. I wouldn’t feel so great about betting on Jacobs.
Brown to the Eagles has been gaining steam as we get closer and closer to the draft. Is that buzz real or is it a smokescreen, though? It’s interesting that plugged in guys like Daniel Jeremiah and Peter King have the Eagles taking Hollywood. Is that because they truly know the Eagles’ intentions? Or are the Eagles feeding them misinformation to create a smokescreen? Philadelphia HAS been doing a lot of homework on wide receivers so it seems like they’re going to draft one at some point. Is it going to be Brown?
As I’ve said repeatedly leading up to the draft, I just don’t see the Eagles taking a cornerback in the first round. I think it’s safe to not bet on Baker. (Now watch them draft him.)
Simmons, like Brown, is another player who has been more and more recently linked to Philly. I think that could be a smokescreen because the Eagles could prefer some other team to take that risk while pushing another player down the board. Or they could have me fooled and revisit the Sidney Jones approach from 2017.
Abram isn’t the kind of safety that fits what the Eagles want. I don’t think a team that’s never drafted a safety in the first round is going to make Abram the first one.
Bradbury was the Eagles’ selection in the BGN Community Mock Draft so you can read the case for that pick by [CLICKING HERE]. I think the Eagles would love to have him as a future Jason Kelce replacement. We know how much this team loves to invest in the trenches. If you’re feeling risky, you could bet $100 to win $1600 here.
Lawrence would fill the Eagles’ need for a run-stuffing defensive tackle. I just don’t know that he fits their ideal use of resources in the first round. The Eagles might feel he can offer more pass rush ability than what he showed in college. Wouldn’t be the worst bet with long odds here. Lawrence finished as the second most popular pick in our latest mock draft roundup.
Brown seems like an Eagles pick in a potential trade down scenario. We know he’s on the team’s radar considering he had a pre-draft visit in Philly. Still, I wouldn’t feel confident betting on this option.
So, what do you think? Which option do you like best?
Which bet do you like the most for the Eagles’ first round pick?
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