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NFL Draft Betting: Who Will Be the No. 6 Overall Pick?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
NFL Draft Betting: Who Will Be the No. 6 Overall Pick?

The sporting action is largely geared toward basketball during this time of year, but for gridiron diehards, the 2024 NFL Draft can't come soon enough.

With the annual event taking place in Detroit this year, football's draft day (April 25-27) is just one month away. As always, there are myriad looming questions and storylines to dive into. Still, this draft is tougher to gauge than most. The opening round is projected to be quarterback heavy.

Naturally, FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered with various NFL Draft betting markets. For the sake of this article, let us see who are the most likely candidates to be drafted sixth overall.

At the moment, the New York Giants hold pick No. 6; can we use that information to our advantage here? Head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen are entering their third year together.

Of course, the following odds are not dependent on Big Blue making the selection but on which specific player is chosen at that (No. 6) spot.

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2024 NFL Draft - Sixth Overall Pick
Position
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Malik NabersWR+130
J.J. McCarthyQB+450
Joe AltT+450
Rome OdunzeWR+450
Quinyon MitchellCB+3000
Dallas TurnerLB+3500
Olu FashanuT+3500
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2024 NFL Draft Sixth Overall Pick Odds

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU (+130)

As one of college football's top field burners of the past two seasons, LSU Tigers receiver Malik Nabers is sure to be an exciting player at the NFL level. Simply, this is a guy who caught 89 footballs at a 17.6 YPC clip in 2023.

Should the Giants stand pat at No. 6 in the 2024 NFL Draft, Nabers would be an excellent fit for New York. True, Saquon Barkley just departed from the Big Apple and Daniel Jones is returning from injury, but it is unlikely NYG takes a player sixth overall at either of those positions. So, why not grab a game-changing wideout in Nabers?

A year ago, the Football Giants went for a cornerback with their initial pick (No. 24). Fast-forward to now, and Big Blue is slated much closer to the front of the line. Whether drafting on specific need or best available talent, Nabers would certainly check both boxes.

In late March, it appears the first three teams in the draft -- the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders and New England Patriots -- all have eyes on quarterback prospects (although New England has expressed some willingness to trade the No. 3 pick). That can equate positive news for "Nabers to New York."

Considering many experts have the LSU speedster as the second-best receiver in the upcoming draft, Nabers could be available for the G-Men if a fourth QB is selected and the Arizona Cardinals or Los Angeles Chargers select star wideout Marvin Harrison Jr.

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan (+450)

Here stands a man whose personal stock has steadily ascended over the past month. Fresh off of a CFP national title, Michigan Wolverines signal-caller J.J. McCarthy is looking to prove he was more than just a game manager in Ann Arbor.

With a recent boost from his former head coach, Jim Harbaugh (who is now leading the Los Angeles Chargers), scouts around the NFL have taken an increased notice of McCarthy's abilities. Additionally, the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback shined at Michigan's pro day, displaying NFL level arm talent. From there, it doesn't hurt at all that he finished 2023-24 with a 89.2 QBR and 72.3% completion clip.

It is not out of the question for New York to draft a quarterback at No. 6 overall, but the presence of Jones does deter that scenario. Still, for franchises that are certain about taking a signal-caller, the sixth selection could be a lucrative bargaining chip.

If Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye are the first three names called at the 2024 NFL Draft, following teams could be inspired to trade up for one of the remaining quarterbacks. If said team makes it worth the Giants' while, I'm sure Big Blue would part ways with the sixth overall pick.

And, if a trade at No. 6 does occur, you can almost guarantee it will be for a signal-caller. Still, does that mean it is McCarthy who gets picked?

Joe Alt, T, Notre Dame (+450)

Representing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, offensive tackle Joe Alt is one of the top O-line prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. Standing at 6-foot-8, 320+ pounds, Alt is a two-time First-team All-American. Additionally, he is the son of former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl offensive tackle John Alt -- that never hurts!

According to Pro Football Focus, the younger Alt (90.7) was the second-highest graded O-lineman of 2023. He managed to rank within the top 10 in both run blocking (86.5) and pass blocking (91.2). Overall, he was the very best offensive tackle in terms of PFF grades.

For Big Blue, Alt could be a Day One starter at right tackle. On the other side, LT Andrew Thomas was selected fourth overall by New York back in 2020. However, journeyman Jermaine Eluemunor is slated to start on the right. Given that Daniel Jones has a history of injuries, the Giants might desire more from their bookends. Alt would instantly be an upgrade over Eluemunor.

Like McCarthy, Alt currently yields +450 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook to be selected sixth overall in Motor City. Still, at this moment for NYG, a generational tackle seems like a more practical choice compared to a quarterback.

Rome Odunze, WR, Washington (+450)

Not unlike to Nabers at the top, Washington Huskies receiver Rome Odunze would make a marvelous fit in the Big Apple.

Odunze did well to light up the 2024 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The Las Vegas native boasted impressive athletic scores all around. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, broad jumped 10-feet-4 and reached 39 inches on his vertical.

Offering similar explosiveness as Nabers, Odunze operates with a larger physical frame. Odunze stands at 6-foot-3 and 210+ pounds, which is noticeably bigger than Nabers. Size is not everything at the wideout spot, but it can certainly help with hauling in 50-50 balls (which Odunze excels at).

In 2023, Odunze caught 92 passes for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns. Along with quarterback Michael Penix, he was a major factor in the Huskies scoring 36.0 PPG.

Simply, do not be shocked if the Giants take Odunze over Nabers. To this point, Odunze has proven to be the more consistent possession receiver. For Jones, Odunze just might be the more complementary pairing. If the Cards and Chargers start a run of wideouts, Odunze might also be the last name in this range at the position for the G-Men to select.


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