The Detroit Lions have the third pick in the draft and there’s no hiding away from the fact they need help at cornerback since the exit of Darius Slay. With the Bengals almost certain to draft Joe Burrow as the number one pick, and the Redskins firm favorites to take Young, the Lions will be left with a whole host of talent to choose from.
Online bookmaker, DraftKings currently have the Detroit Lions at -167 to sign Jeffrey Okudah in the NFL Draft. The odds imply a 62% chance that Okudah will be part of Detroit’s secondary next season.
If you were to place $50 on Jeffrey Okudah being picked up by the Detroit Lions in the NFL draft, you could potentially win $80 ($30 profit).
Despite the Lions being short in the market for Okudah, there are still plenty of other options left on the table. Obviously, Detroit could still trade out of the number three pick with either Miami Dolphins (No.5) or Los Angeles Chargers (No.6) being the most likely. This would allow either of these teams to select quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, or maybe even Justin Herbert, and would mean the Lions could still potentially grab Okudah and gain some extra picks.
The Lions are 8th favorites in the betting market to sign Tua Tagovailoa at +2500, if the front office were to take the unlikely step of moving on from Matt Stafford. Given that both the Miami Dolphins and LA Chargers are under +150, it’s likely Tagovailoa will end up at either of these franchises.
There’s still a possibility the Lions could scupper both the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers draft by making a move for the versatile, former-Clemson star, Isaiah Simmons. The Lions are currently the third-favorites to sign Simmons at +700.
Another potential yet unlikely option could be Chase Young, the Lions are the current second-favorites in the market behind the Washington Redskins. DraftKings currently have them priced at +600, which implies a 14% chance of that happening. That would need the Redskins to take the bold move of selecting a QB at second overall, or trade out of that spot to a QB-needy team. Given the Redkins are -1250 to sign Young, the books believe that to be very unlikely.
Odds to draft Jeffery Okudah