If you’re starting to think about your draft day bets, one prop to keep in mind should be Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, landing somewhere between the 10th and 15th pick. Jones is unlikely to drop any lower than that because the league seems to be starving for new blood at the quarterback position.
When you think about Drew Brees retiring, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan likely on their last legs, and even a diminishing Cam Newton, there’s a big need for new quarterbacks in the league. And if Jones is still on the board after the first nine picks, teams will start bidding against one another for the right to move up and go him.
The Eagles, Vikings, and Patriots all pick 12th, 14, and 15th in that order. Each one of those teams could potentially use a quarterback with their pick. That’s not to say that the teams behind them would be willing to sit idly by either. Washington and Chicago pick 19th and 20th, so it might not be too big of a move for them to trade up to grab Jones.
If the Bears can finally find their quarterback of the future, the regime of head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace might actually be allowed to stick around a little while longer.
Get a jump start on this year’s NFL Draft by heading to FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can find odds on which player will get selected first out of each position group, the number of players for each position group taken in the first round, and so much more.
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