With the NFL Draft coming at the end of April, sports bettors are focused on the futures, props, and more for the lone PA sports betting market available amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily for us, there are a ton of Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft odds and props available on DraftKings Sportsbook. One of the more interesting betting markets out there is focused on whoever the Eagles will take with their first pick. Not the player, but the position. There is a betting market that quite literally is betting on the exact position of the Eagles’ first drafted player. Let’s take a look.
Eagles Odds -143 to Draft a Wide Receiver in 1st Round
“I would never say the Eagles are guaranteed to get a receiver in round one. They’re guaranteed to get some receivers in this draft. They just might not be in round one”
Do you want Eagles to take a receiver in first round?https://t.co/JFJlSLqrKk
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 3, 2020
The overwhelming favorite for this market is for the Eagles to draft a wide receiver with their first selection, priced at -143 at DraftKings Sportsbook PA. That is very significant, given that the second option is over 500 points away at +400 (cornerback and linebacker). The Eagles definitely need a wide receiver, but as Adam Schefter was quoted in the above tweet, they are not guaranteed to pick one in the first round. With the depth at the position, -143 does not seem to hold high value in a volatile market anyway.
The Eagles could trade up, trade back, or just select a different position. For -143, it’s best to safe that money for another value bet. For example, with Howie Roseman’s draft history of defensive lineman and the Eagles needing at least one defensive end, betting on a defensive lineman is a value at +1600.
Could the Eagles Draft a Cornerback First?
One of the Eagles’ biggest needs this off-season was cornerback, and they filled one hole by trading for Darius Slay. The Eagles may not be done adding at that position, as the cornerbacks on the current roster may not be sufficient enough. The Eagles have a plethora of nickel corners in Avonte Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, but adding another outside corner opposite of Darius Slay will really help out what could be a weaker safety position with Malcolm Jenkins leaving in free agency.
DraftKings Sportsbook has listed a price of +400 for the Eagles’ first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to be a cornerback, tied with linebacker but second behind wide receiver. Possible cornerback targets could be TCU’s Jeff Gladney, LSU’s Kristian Fulton, Alabama’s Trevon Diggs, or Clemson’s A.J. Terrell. Should the Eagles trade down, Jeff Gladney is a great fit.
Philadelphia Eagles Draft Needs
Love this move by the Eagles. Special cover corner with outstanding ball production. They still have plenty of draft ammo to address other needs. https://t.co/Vm0CrH87m3
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 19, 2020
The Eagles entered this offseason with a very broad list of needs. Our friends at TheDraftNetwork.com has the Eagles’ team needs listed as:
- Wide Receiver
- Defensive End
- Left Guard
The Eagles’ lack of receiving options was very evident last year, which makes that a top-tier need. In addition, the Eagles’ current linebacking corps are Nathan Gerry, TJ Edwards, and Duke Riley after cutting Nigel Bradham. Another underrated need for the Eagles is safety, as Jalen Mills has moved over from corner to pair with Rodney McLeod. They did sign Will Parks, but the Eagles could use a play-making safety such as Grant Delpit in the draft. The Eagles’ needs are quite evident, and with Jason Peters currently a free agent there is limited depth along the offensive line as well. Take advantage of the Eagles’ draft needs, and bet on the Eagles at your favorite legal PA online sportsbook.
Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft
Many Eagles and NFL beat writers have focused on the Eagles drafting a wide receiver in the first round, hence the massive juice on the Eagles taking a receiver first at -143. Eagles beat writer Martin Frank has the Eagles trading up to get Henry Ruggs III, from Alabama.
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) April 6, 2020
Eagles beat reporter Mike Kaye has the Eagles selecting WR Justin Jefferson in the first round.
It’s Saturday and you’re stuck inside and bored.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) April 4, 2020