The biggest sporting event of the week is Thursday’s NFL Draft, which is expected to have more than 300,000 fans in attendance at Kansas City’s Union Station, and another 10-plus million people watching on television.
The Aaron Rodgers trade has been completed, and it will change things for Thursday and Friday. The two teams swap first round picks, giving Green Bay the No. 13 pick and the Jets the No. 15 pick.
The Packers also get a second round pick (No. 42), a sixth round pick (No. 207), and a second round pick in 2024 that will move to a first round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps.
Along with the QB in question, the Jets get Green Bay’s fifth round pick this year (No. 170).
With at least one big draft day trade off the table, the betting markets are heating up.
NFL Draft – First Overall Pick
- Bryce Young (-2000)
- C.J. Stroud (+900)
- Anthony Richardson (+1500)
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is now the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall to Carolina. Just a couple of weeks ago, this was supposed to be a close race.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud is now playing +900, and Florida QB Anthony Richardson is third at +1500. No one else is a real possibility.
NFL Draft – Second Overall Pick
- Will Levis (-130)
- Tyree Wilson (+240)
- C.J. Stroud (+275)
- Will Anderson (+285)
- Anthony Richardson (+1800)
What is happening at No. 2, the pick currently owned by the Texans? There was talk that Houston would skip on a quarterback and take the best defensive player available, which was going to be Will Anderson from Alabama. But now Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson is above him, and Kentucky quarterback Will Levis has somehow risen to the top.
NFL Draft – Third Overall Pick
- C.J. Stroud (+230)
- Tyree Wilson (+250)
- Will Anderson (+250)
- Paris Johnson Jr. (+350)
- Anthony Richardson (+500)
- Will Levis (+900)
The Arizona Cardinals currently own the No. 3 overall pick, so if Stroud really does go here, it is likely to be after a trade. But Arizona has a lot of needs, so Wilson, Anderson, or offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. would all make sense.
NFL Draft – Quarterbacks Taken in First Round
- Over 4.5 (-200)
- Under 4.5 (+250)
We can get to four first round quarterbacks quite easily, with Young, Stroud, Richardson, and Levis. If there is going to be a fifth quarterback taken, it would likely be Hendon Hooker from Tennessee or Tanner McKee from Stanford.
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