Matt McEwan from SportsBettingDime.com may have put together my favorite mock draft this season with his first-round made from the odds of what each team will do according to various odds-makers.
Here’s some more on the methodology they used to compile the mock.
The @SBD First Round NFL Mock Draft 1.0 from the odds-makers at SportsBettingDime.com, is based upon the actual over/under NFL Draft props being offered by the major sportsbooks including, but not limited to: odds to be a top 5/10 pick, player draft position over/unders, odds to be first player taken at each position, first round position totals, offense or defense with first pick for each team. Trades were created to ensure a player was picked in his average draft position by a team with the specific need.
Because of those trades, they ended up with quarterbacks being taken with their first four picks, and the fifth QB coming off the board at nine overall. While that seems unlikely, teams are hungry for a franchise quarterback and the board does seem to favor teams looking to move up.
McEwan goes on to give his take on all the trades made, but he also shares some thoughts on a few players, including the Chicago Bears being favored to grab Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins with the 20th overall pick.
Bears add to offensive line at 20 – Andy Dalton is not the long-term answer under center for Chicago, and he may not even be much of a short-term improvement either. To give Dalton the best chance, though, they need to get better up front. The odds heavily favor Chicago taking an offensive player with their first round pick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re the team who picks off Kellen Mond or sells everything to move up for Fields/Lance. But no. 20 is probably too early for Mond, and will be very pricey for the latter.
As I’ve scoured draft boards and mock drafts these last couple months, the one player I keep coming back to for the Bears is Jenkins.
He was a dominant force at right tackle for the Cowboys, but he also has some experience at left tackle and at guard during his three years in Stillwater. He plays the game with a mean streak, but he has the talent to back it up.
Would you guys be good if the real board fell this way for the Bears?