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2024 NFL Draft Betting Guide: Top-Five Picks Overview & Predictions

by IBT Media Staff

Following the culmination of another exhilarating Super Bowl, the focus of the NFL world shifts towards the much-anticipated 2024 NFL Draft, set to commence on April 25. This year’s draft promises to be as unpredictable and thrilling as ever, with the draft order for the first round now officially set in stone, outlining the destiny of the 32 teams aiming to bolster their rosters with fresh talent.

The NFL Draft season is officially upon us, offering a beacon of hope and excitement for teams looking to make significant strides in the upcoming season. With that, let’s dive into the 2024 NFL Draft betting odds, analysis and predictions for the top-five picks.

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2024 NFL Draft Betting Guide: Top-Five Picks Overview & Predictions

1. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears stand at a pivotal crossroads this offseason, with speculations swirling around the future of Justin Fields. Amidst these uncertainties, the Bears find themselves in a powerful position, holding the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The buzz around the league suggests it would take a “historic” trade proposition for the Bears to part ways with this coveted draft spot. Should they choose to disregard the clamor of trade offers, all signs point toward Caleb Williams as the frontrunner to be selected first.

Williams is currently leading the draft board with the shortest odds to be taken first overall (-1200), according to FanDuel Sportsbook’s NFL Draft bets. However, the Bears are also contemplating the strategic move of trading down. This approach would not only open up the possibility of still securing a quarterback but also allow them to acquire a skilled player poised to become a crucial asset for whoever commands the helm as Chicago’s quarterback in the ensuing season. If they can wind up with their quarterback of the future and an impact wide receiver like Marvin Harrison Jr. or Malik Nabers, it would be a home run for the Bears.

Still, it’s tough to predict what team would be willing to give up enough draft capital to move the Bears off the first pick. Though it’s too much juice to play without being parlayed, Williams is the pick.

Our Pick: Caleb Williams (-1200)

2. Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders find themselves in a crucial position, with the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and an urgent need to address their quarterback situation. Last season, Sam Howell‘s performance fell short of expectations, ranking 30th in adjusted yards per attempt, a statistic that underscores the team’s pressing need for a more reliable signal-caller.

With Caleb Williams expected to be off the board as the first pick, the Commanders’ sights are set on either Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels. Although acquiring the top draft pick from the Chicago Bears remains a possibility, it seems increasingly unlikely as the draft approaches. Given the odds and the urgent need for consistency at the quarterback position, Maye appears to be the frontrunner for the Commanders at No. 2 overall (-155). This selection would address their immediate need and signal a new era for the franchise, aiming for stability and success in the seasons to come.

Our Pick: Drake Maye (-155)

3. New England Patriots

Amidst a significant transition period, the New England Patriots are navigating their first draft in the post-Bill Belichick era, with Jerod Mayo stepping in as the new head coach. The Patriots are grappling with a pressing need to revamp their quarterback position after finishing the previous season with the third-worst schedule-adjusted pass offense.

The underwhelming performances from both Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe have ignited discussions about the future of the quarterback role, making Maye or Daniels prime candidates for the Patriots’ pick.

However, there’s a whirlwind of speculation that New England might pivot away from selecting a quarterback and stick with Jones, whom they selected with their first-round pick back in 2021. Rumors suggest the possibility of the Patriots either choosing another offensive powerhouse or even trading back, with Marvin Harrison Jr. emerging as a potential top choice, holding the third-shortest odds to be drafted by New England at +650.

The 2024 NFL Draft presents a pivotal moment for the Patriots, encapsulating the dawn of a new era and the strategic decisions that will shape the team’s future.

Our Pick: Marvin Harrison Jr. (+650)

4. Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals, holding leverage in the early stanzas of the 2024 NFL Draft, face minimal deliberation at the quarterback position, with Kyler Murray firmly entrenched as their franchise helmsman.

However, their attention is unambiguously focused on augmenting Murray’s arsenal, especially in light of the team’s dismal seventh-worst schedule-adjusted pass offense last year. With the impending free agency of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, injecting a dynamic wide receiver into the lineup emerges as an imperative strategy for the Cardinals. Marvin Harrison Jr., with the shortest odds (-175) to land in Arizona, stands as a compelling prospect to revitalize their receiving corps.

Nevertheless, should the Cardinals opt for a different path in their quest for a wideout, especially if Harrison Jr. is off the board, Malik Nabers looms as a prospective dark horse, potentially offering an unexpected twist to their draft strategy. The Cardinals’ decision at this juncture is pivotal, underlining their commitment to building a formidable offense around Murray for the 2024 season and beyond.

Our Pick: Malik Nabers (+900)

5. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers, under the fresh leadership of Jim Harbaugh, find themselves at a crucial crossroads in this year’s 2024 NFL Draft. With a clear focus on maximizing Justin Herbert‘s potential, the priority seems to be bolstering the team’s offensive firepower.

The imminent age considerations for Keenan Allen and potential cap space implications surrounding Mike Williams have nudged the Chargers to evaluate their options closely. Widely speculated, the Chargers are contemplating strengthening their receiving unit, with both Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze being viable first-round considerations.

However, a more intriguing prospect lies in addressing the tight-end position, where Brock Bowers emerges as a standout candidate. Holding the shortest odds to be drafted by the Chargers at +250, Bowers represents a pivotal addition to the squad and a strategic move aiming to reconfigure the team’s offensive dynamics.

This draft decision could very well dictate the Chargers’ offensive strategy, ensuring Herbert has the requisite tools for success in upcoming seasons.

Our Pick: Brock Bowers (+250)

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