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Tue 17/04/2018 - 10:35 EDT

2018 NFL Draft Vegas Betting Guide

Browns Need Franchise QB

Rumors say that the Cleveland Browns are going to draft USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 26.

The speculation the next day is that the lowly franchise is leaning towards Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley first overall and then grab one of the remaining young quarterbacks with the No. 4 overall selection out of Darnold, Allen and UCLA pivot Josh Rosen? Chances are Barkley won’t be around with the fourth pick.


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With just one win in the last two seasons (1-31), Cleveland has little to lose. The Browns have not had a winning record since the 2007-08 season when they went 10-6. Their record since that year is 38-122 (.238). And they haven’t come close to making the playoffs.

Darnold is the overwhelming No. 1 pick by oddsmakers at -220 (odds provided by TopBet). Allen is next at +125 with Barkley the top non-quarterback at +450.

While Darnold seems like the consensus top pick among experts, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey has a track record of taking young gunslingers with game-changing potential over productive pivots.

VGB’s pickAllen (+125)


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Five Legendary QBs Overlooked In Draft

  • Tom Brady (Drafted: 2000, Round 6, Pick 199) — The greatest draft steal in NFL history has won five Super Bowls and led his team to more division titles (15) than any other quarterback in the game’s history.
  • Joe Montana (Drafted: 1979, Round 3, Pick 82) — No. 16 won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers as he was named Super Bowl MVP three times and an All-Pro six times.
  • Kurt Warner (Drafted: 1994, Undrafted) — No. 13 won one Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and led the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl appearance in 2009.
  • Roger Staubach (Drafted: 1964, Round 10, Pick 129) — No. 12 won two Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys while being named to six Pro Bowls and retiring with an 83.4 quarterback rating.
  • Bart Starr (Drafted: 1956, Round 17, Pick 199) — Starr won five NFL Championships with the Green Bay Packers while tossing 152 touchdowns and retiring with a 80.5 QB rating.

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NFL Draft Order For First Round

  • Top 10 — 1. Cleveland (0-16), 2. New York Giants (3-13), 3. New York Jets (5-11), via Colts, 4. Cleveland, via Texans, 5. Denver (5-11), 6. Indianapolis (4-12), via Jets, 7. Tampa Bay (5-11), 8. Chicago (5-11), 9. San Francisco (6-10), 10. Oakland (6-10).
  • Next 10 — 11. Miami (6-10), 12. Buffalo (9-7), via Bengals, 13. Washington (7-9), 14. Green Bay (7-9), 15. Arizona (8-8), 16. Baltimore (9-7), 17. Los Angeles Charger (9-7), 18. Seattle (9-7), 19. Dallas (9-7), 20. Detroit (9-7).
  • The last 12 — 21. Cincinnati (7-9), via Bills, 22. Buffalo, via Chiefs, 23. New England (13-3), via Rams, 24. Carolina (11-5), 25. Tennessee (9-7), 26. Atlanta (10-6), 27. New Orleans (11-5), 28. Pittsburgh (13-3), 29. Jacksonville (10-6), 30. Minnesota (13-3), 31. New England, 32. Philadelphia (13-3).

VGB’s Top 10 NFL Teams

(Current odds to win Super Bowl LIII listed after 2017 regular season record. Odds provided by Bovada.)

  • Philadelphia (13-3) +850 — Champs improve defensive line with Bennett.
  • New England (13-3) +600 — Amendola, Solder, Lewis bolt for free agency.
  • Minnesota (13-3) +900 — Vikings guarantee $84 million to QB Cousins.
  • Pittsburgh (13-3) +1200 — Steelers’ all-time sack leader Harrison retires.
  • Los Angeles Rams (11-5) +900 — Multiple moves put Rams all-in this season.
  • Jacksonville (10-6) +2200 — Playoff-hopeful Jags improve at guard, tight end.
  • New Orleans (11-5) +2000 — Saints lock up Hall of Fame QB for two years.
  • San Francisco (6-10) +1200 — Garoppolo gives Niners’ fans reason for hope.
  • Oakland (6-10) +2200 — “Unfinished business” draws Gruden back as coach.
  • Houston (4-12) +2200 — QB, Watt to return as Texans land easiest schedule.