2018 NFL Draft: Who will be the first QB selected?

2018 NFL Draft: Who will be the first QB selected?

Prior to Week 2 of the 2017 College Football season, BetOnline posted a prop bet on which QB would be selected first in the 2018 NFL Draft. This doesn’t mean that they have to go #1 overall, just the first of the quarterbacks to be drafted. Since then, they’ve re-posted odds which are shown below:

QBSchoolJan 5Dec 28Oct 24Sep 21Sep 14Sep 9
Josh RosenUCLA-120+250+275+350+350+300
Sam DarnoldUSC+175+175+400+200+175+250
Josh AllenWyoming+500+600+450+650+400+400
Lamar JacksonLouisville+1000+650+600+1000+1000+1400
Mason RudolphOkla St+1000+700+600+800+1200+800
Baker MayfieldOklahoma+2000+1400+2000+4000+5000+6600
Will GrierWVU+2000+1600+1600+1400+1600+1400
Luke FalkWash St+2500+1200+1000+1000+1400+1200
Nick FitzgeraldMiss St+5000+5000+5000+3300+4000+2800
Riley FergusonMemphisN/AN/A+3300+5000+8000+8000
Ryan FinleyNC StateN/AN/A+5000n/an/an/a
Chase LittonMarshallN/AN/A+3300+3300+4000+4000
Jake BrowningWashingtonN/AN/A+6600+6600+8000+10000
Jarrett StidhamAuburnN/AN/A+8000+8000+10000+4000
Kyle AllenHoustonN/AN/A+8000+8000+10000+10000
JT BarrettOhio StN/AN/A+10000+10000+25000+25000
Brent StockstillMTSUN/AN/A+12500+12500+10000+12500
Tanner MangumBYUN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000+10000
Richard LagowIndianaN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000+8000
  • Sam Darnold was the Heisman favorite heading into the season but it was Baker Mayfield who ended up winning the award. Even though Mayfield has seen his odds get better to be the 1st QB selected, it’s very likely that others go before him.
  • Darnold and Rosen didn’t have the best seasons, but they remain the top-2 favorites.
  • Lamar Jackson’s odds have gotten a little better throughout the year, and he’s a QB to keep an eye on. It’s hard to determine whether his style of play will be successful in the NFL, but there’s no denying how impressive he was in college.

Who would you rather take to build an NFL team around, Darnold or Rosen? Do you see a team that would pass on both QBs and select someone like Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph?

Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at dan.mcguire@actionnetwork.com.

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