“Between Bets” is an article series revealing our staff’s best wagers across the NFL, NASCAR and PGA Tour. This week’s bet features our favorite 2023 NFL Draft odds for where TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston will land.
(Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)
NFL Draft Odds: Which Team Will Draft Quentin Johnston (WR, TCU Horned Frogs)?
Minnesota Vikings (+700)
Various reports have slipped out of NFL front offices come Draft season. One that hit the headlines recently should shock all of those who are following this year’s Draft. Reports claim that many teams believe Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the only first-round caliber wide receiver on the board.
So, for those who have been heavily scouting this wide receiver rookie class, it’s a shocking revelation. Most analysts had promising players like Quentin Johnston, Jordan Addison and Zay Flowers in that first-round tier.
I choose to take reports of teams believing that Johnston and Addison are not first-round caliber wide receivers with a grain of salt. Teams may believe JSN is a whole tier above the rest of the wide receiver class. However, this could just be a way to get Johnston and Addison to slide back into the early 20s of the 2023 NFL Draft. That is where wide receiver-needy teams feel comfortable grabbing them without having to trade up to the middle of the first round to get them.
Often, teams and organizations use their media resources to stir up false narratives in the direction they are going in. So it’s always good to remember that you’re probably hearing this information because certain teams want this specific narrative out. We won’t find out until Draft day which teams are in on the ruse, but it doesn’t matter if teams believe Smith-Njigba is a tier above the rest of the WR class. There are not 29 prospects in this Draft class who are better than Johnston or Addison.
Johnston and Addison will be selected in the first round. There are teams looking for another explosive playmaker on offense. These teams include the Seahawks, Chargers, Vikings, Giants, Cowboys, Bills, Saints and Chiefs.
A Justin Jefferson x Quentin Johnston duo would be scary ???? pic.twitter.com/azsRxkW2BB
— PFF (@PFF) March 20, 2023
The Seahawks could potentially pass on a first-round wide receiver in favor of addressing some other glaring needs. However, the Chargers and Vikings desperately want to add another young playmaker to contend for a championship. With the Los Angeles background, it seems more likely for Addison to stay in California, as that’s where he’s shown he can thrive. Whereas Johnston could land in the perfect spot for him in the 2023 NFL Draft, staying in his native purple colors on the other side of Justin Jefferson for years to come.