2021 NFL Draft Recap

Screens show the Jacksonville Jaguars selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Screens show the Jacksonville Jaguars selection of Trevor Lawrence with the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

The 2021 NFL Draft is complete so I take my chance to have a recap of the 259 picks and select some of the more eyebrow-raising decisions made over the weekend.

It was a tough year for the teams making their selections after a lot of players either opted-out of last season, or played limited games. For that reason it shouldn’t be a surprise that 41% of the players drafted were involved in the Senior Bowl which gave teams a chance to get up close with prospects and get their hands on them.

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NFL Draft Preview and Best Bet

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence warms up.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence warms up. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

With the NFL Draft happening later in the week I take a look at the event as a whole and give you my best bet of the night.

Taking place in Cleveland there’s a jump back to reality after the virtual draft of last season being hosted from Roger Goodells’ basement, there will be fans in attendance to add to the atmosphere as the world transitions back to some sense of normality.

Goodell will be there in person ready to hug the newly minted rookies and give them their jerseys. It’s going to be a strange affair compared to a standard year with many of the predicted first round picks choosing to stay at home and celebrate their moment with family rather than travel to Ohio led by Trevor Lawrence with the expected first pick staying home.

Every year the range of markets available increases and that will continue while sports betting is expanding across the states, so I’ll have a look at some of the main markets.

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What to Expect From Sam Darnold Next Season

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFP

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFP

The Carolina Panthers made a move to improve their QB position when giving up their 6th round pick this year and a 2nd and a 4th in 2022. But what can we expect from Darnold for next season?

The Panthers gave Teddy Bridgewater to prove himself when they brought him in as their starting QB last year, and in fairness, I thought he did all that was expected of him. The team was without their stud running back for most of the season as Christian McCaffrey played 3 games, and none of them at full health.

Teddy finished the year with 15 TDs, 11 INTs in 15 games, averaging 248 yards per game and providing the Panthers with 2x 1,000 yard players as DJ Moore and Robby Anderson went over that mark, so can Sam Darnold improve on those numbers?

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Can the Bills Reach Super Bowl LVI?

 

The Buffalo Bills were just a game away from the Super Bowl last season. In fact, they were just 45 minutes away. Buffalo jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in last year’s AFC Championship Game before getting steamrolled by the defending champs, who’d go on to lose to the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

Entering the postseason, many Bills fans had title dreams and thought this may be the beginning of years and years of domination in the AFC. By the end, though, there was this lingering cloud of doubt about whether or not the Bills would even get back to the Super Bowl in such a tough conference, let alone win it.

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Odds Markets React Following NY Jets Trading Sam Darnold to Carolina Panthers

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before a game. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets warms up before a game. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

NY Jets trade Sam Darnold To Carolina Panthers, answering another off-season quarterback question that has been a source of hot debate since the conclusion of the 2020 NFL season.

In this space, we look at Sam Darnold’s trade from both perspectives as well as look at what some of the early implications are on the NFL betting odds.

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