The city of Arlington defeated 14 other cities to become the host the 83rd annual NFL Draft event, to be held at the AT&T Stadium between the dates of April 26th and 28th. The different NFL franchises will make their first picks before the cameras of both Fox and the NFL Networks, who will do a joint broadcast of the event during the initial two evenings of the draft. In the meantime, the NFL Scouting Combine kicked off this Tuesday, Feb. 27th (ending on Monday March 5th), with a series of performance tests that will shed a better light at this year’s top selections, and provide us with some early insight into the NFL Team odds for the upcoming season.
While many well-respected pundits contest the true efficacy of the Combine at predicting any given player’s future performance, it still draws lots of attention from the scouts and coaches, who make use of this advantageous early showcase opportunity to rearrange their picking card ahead of the NFL draft. The week-long contest will see a selected group of pro hopefuls match their skills in a number of physical and mental tests that include bench presses, vertical and broad jumps, 40-yard dashes as well as interviews, all aimed at earning the highest point score possible that might catapult them on top of early draft’s pick list.
College QB talent up for action grabs.
Unsurprisingly, the coveted Quarterback posts have received the most attention from NFL betting odds makers and UCLA’s Josh Rosen is the unmistakable lead of QB hot picks at a -120/-110 money line price. The California native outperformed in the ranks from the very start, being featured in the exclusive 2014 USA Today High School All American list, and later joining the Bruins for a remarkable 3-year run as QB. He is closely followed by Sam Darnold (+170 money line), the former USC star who led the Trojans through a formidable run during the 2016-17 season that culminated in their Rose Bowl victory. Next in the list we find Wyoming’s Quarterback Josh Allen (+500 money line), whose 16 touchdown & 6 interception record last year steered him in the course of becoming Cleveland’s prime choice above Rosen and Darnold.
Appearing also within the betting experts catalog is Louisville’s Lamar Jacskon (+1000), who despite opposition to his wide receiver post shift is still expected to land the quarterback role in either NFL team that might need it the most; Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, also at a +1000 price, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (+2000), West Virginia’s Will Grier (+2200), Washington State’s Luke Falk (+2500) and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (+5000) complete the top 10 list for prime QB choices.
Other note-worthy talent to match strengths at the NFL Scouting Combine includes 6 foot 5 tall and 225 pounds-heavy Auden Tate, who made a strong impression on the field with the Seminoles but ultimately proved to be something of an unrealiable QB choice; Ohio State’s over athletic Sam Hubbard, who displayed an impressive agility in his defensive edge stand is also expected to pull rank during the tests alongside Arizona’s Kalen Ballage, who was the talk of town for his running back capabilities.