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Mayfield’s Odds To Go First Overall Skyrocketing

For the entire draft process, it seemed like the Cleveland Browns were deciding between Sam Darnold and Josh Allen with their first overall pick. However, less than 48 hours before the NFL draft was set to start, news started to buzz around Baker Mayfield.

The day before the draft, Adam Schefter reported that Mayfield was “definitely” in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick. Then, on the morning of the draft, Schefter also reported that head coaches and general managers around the NFL are working under the assumption that the Browns would take the Oklahoma signal-caller first.

Since all these Twitter-breaking reports hit the internet, Mayfield’s betting odds to go first overall have been drastically climbing. On the evening of April 24 (two days before the draft), Mayfield was +1000 to go first. By midnight on April 25, Mayfield was +450. And following the tweet by Schefter on the morning of the draft, Mayfield climbed as high as -500.

Mayfield has been climbing up big boards after interviewing with teams where he showed off his passion and intelligence for the game. There is no doubting his production at the college level – he produced the top two seasons in college football history in terms of efficiency. Though there are concerns about the system he played in at Oklahoma and his size, there is no doubt Mayfield has the ability to throw receivers open and rarely makes poor decisions with the football.

All that being said, Darnold remains in the conversation. The USC QB looks the part of a signal-caller with statuesque size, amazing timing and mobility in the pocket. Darnold has ball security issues and he openly talked about his battles with his own confidence but he feels like the safest pick of all the quarterbacks in this draft.

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Who Will Be Drafted First Overall in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Odds as of April 26 at BetOnline

  • Baker Mayfield (QB) -500
  • Sam Darnold (QB) +175
  • Josh Allen (QB) +1200
  • Saquon Barkley (RB) +1600
  • Josh Rosen (QB) +1600
  • Bradley Chubb (DE) +4000