Who Will Intercept the Most Passes in 2017?

Who Will Intercept the Most Passes in 2017?

Honest to goodness, I just can’t keep up with all of these gosh darned Ladbrokes league leader props. You’ll be going broke if you bet on this prop, though, because this one is tough to predict. There have not been any players to lead the league twice this decade, but it’s not all that surprising if you think about it. The best defensive backs in the league get targeted less and less as their reputation grows, thus opening the door for lesser known players to pick off more passes. Last year, Casey Hayward led the league with seven picks after collecting zero in 2015.

Player (Team)8/3 (Ladbrokes)
Marcus Peters (KC)+800
Reggie Nelson (OAK)+900
Brent Grimes (TB)+1100
Kurt Coleman (CAR)+1100
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB)+1200
Landon Collins (NYG)+1200
Casey Hayward (LAC)+1400
Tyrann Mathieu (ARI)+1400
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (NYG)+1600
Malcolm Butler (NE)+1600
Quintin Demps (CHI)+1600
Stephon Gilmore (NE)+1600
Glover Quin (DET)+1800
Aqib Talib (DEN)+2000
Chris Harris (DEN)+2000
Earl Thomas (SEA)+2000
Richard Sherman (SEA)+2000
Xavier Rhodes (MIN)+2000
Eric Berry (KC)+2500
Eric Weddle (BAL)+2500
Josh Norman (WAS)+2500
Patrick Peterson (ARI)+2500
Reshad Jones (MIA)+2500
Trumaine Johnson (LAR)+2800
Harrison Smith (MIN)+3300
Joe Haden (CLE)+3300
Kam Chancellor (SEA)+3300
Logan Ryan (NE)+3300
Micah Hyde (BUF)+3300
Mike Adams (CAR)+3300
Rashad Johnson (FA)+3300
Vontae Davis (IND)+3300

The favorite this season is Marcus Peters, who was tied with Reggie Nelson for the lead in 2015 and was one behind Hayward last season. Peters has a great track record in his short career, but I’d be shocked if quarterbacks don’t start avoiding passing in his direction altogether this year. You can’t intercept a lot of passes if balls aren’t thrown your way.

At +900, the 2015 co-leader Nelson is second on the list. He has picked off 13 balls over the past two seasons, but will be turning 34 in September. Some of the all-time great defensive backs in the league have played at a high level well into their thirties, but I wouldn’t put Nelson in that category.

If you think Hayward can become the first to lead the league in consecutive seasons since Everson Walls in 1981 and 1982, you can snag him at 14/1 odds. Seems highly unlikely, though.

I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the leader is not listed. Last year’s sack leader, Vic Beasley, wasn’t listed on the 2016 preseason sack leader odds list.

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Mark Gallant

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