NFL Draft Odds: Eagles favored to draft an offensive lineman at #10?
The NFL Draft is a little over a week away and speculation continues to build as to what the Eagles will do with their first-round picks. FanDuel actually has a betting market for the player who will be selected with the 10th overall pick and the odds leader is interesting.
NFL Draft odds: Eagles in-line to draft O-line?
|Peter Skoronski (OL)||+200|
|Paris Johnson (OL)||+400|
|Nolan Smith (DL)||+600|
|Jalen Carter (DL)||+600|
|Lukas Van Ness (DL)||+700|
|Bijan Robinson (RB)||+1000|
These are murky waters to place your tea leaves because all signs would point towards the Eagles moving out of the 10th spot. But there’s no questioning that these will be the players within reach at #10 and if the Birds do decide to hit, an offensive lineman may well be their decision.
Lane Johnson isn’t getting any younger and injuries are beginning to hinder the future Hall of Famer. Jeff Stoutland has done a brilliant job developing young talent and getting him an agile tackle and one of the elite linemen in this class would be a home-run hit.
There may be extra incentive to bolster the trenches especially following the $255M extension given to Jalen Hurts. Protecting the biggest investment any NFL team has ever made would have to be a logical priority going into next week. The NFL Draft odds seem to agree.
It’s interesting that both offensive linemen are priced ahead of the leading defensive linemen candidates in this range, with Jalen Carter’s slide being priced the same as a Nolan Smith selection. You can debate which player out of these two, or even three when you include LVN, all you want, but a decision to add an elite talent to the trenches would be very on-brand for Howie Roseman, regardless of what side of the ball it’s on.
As for Bijan Robinson, the Texas RB is +1000 to be taken with the 10th overall pick. Maybe that’s an omen? The Eagles did show him some love on a pre-draft visit, but as we all know, Howie Roseman really doesn’t like paying or using significant capital to acquire running backs. Perhaps Bijan will break the trend and be the first Eagles RB taken in the first round since 1986. The NFL Draft odds do offer some value here if that does happen.