Anthony Richardson Is Worth the Odds at +650
After an insane combine, Anthony Richardson is currently sitting at +650 to be the first pick. With odds like that for what could be a generational quarterback, the risk is worth every penny, and you should place a bet on Richardson to hear his name first.
After a 4.44 40-yard dash, 40’5” vertical jump, and 10’9” broad jump Richardson showed why he is one of the most athletic quarterbacks to enter the draft ever. Richardson also showed his insane arm strength with his throwing session at the combine.
Scoring a 99 out of 100 on athleticism grading via NFL.com, Richardson has all the physical tools to be a star, and NFL teams noticed that. Richardson stands 6-foot-4 inches tall and weighs 244 pounds.
Compared to another potential number one pick Bryce Young having size and durability concerns, Richardson offers the team that picks number one a safer choice.
History of Number One Pick
Since 2000 16 first-overall picks have been a quarterback. As the most important position in sports, teams are always looking for a savior at the position, and you can be almost guaranteed that a team will trade with the Chicago Bears for a chance to take their quarterback of the future.
Now more than ever, with pressure from owners, general managers have decided to take a chance on a quarterback in hope that he will save them from being fired. Also, the Bears have announced they have an interest in moving the number one pick, and usually, teams only move up for a quarterback.
With this year’s quarterback class, all projected to go early teams will be leap-frogging each other, and it will start with the number one pick, so even if you don’t like Richardson, a quarterback should still go first.
The only concern about Richardson is his inconsistent tape. He shows flashes of being the best quarterback in this class but also had under a 60 percent completion rate, and his footwork on film backs up the inconsistencies.
Richardson also has shown to tuck and run if his first read is taken away from him, but that could be fixable with the right coordinator and if he sits for his first year. Although, teams don’t let first-overall picks sit too long before fans start asking for him to play.
Overall, the return at 6.5 to 1 on your money is still worth the risk, and after a combination, he should make you feel even better. So, do yourself a favor and place the bet that Anthony Richardson will be the first overall pick.