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Which Team Will Take Xavier Worthy in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Aidan McGrath
Aidan McGrath@ffaidanmcgrath

The past few years of NFL action have made clear just how much of a difference having an elite wide receiver can make for a franchise. Trading for A.J. Brown to complement DeVonta Smith took the Philadelphia Eagles all the way to the Super Bowl. Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa changed the trajectory of his career once he started to throw to Tyreek Hill.

Basically, having an elite wide receiver has become a requirement to running a successful offense in the pros -- unless your name is Patrick Mahomes and you have an elite pass-catching tight end. And as Hill has proven with both Mahomes and Tagovailoa, speed can absolutely kill at the wide receiver position.

So when Texas Longhorns wide receiver prospect Xavier Worthy ran a record-setting 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Combine, you can bet his name vaulted up draft boards -- he is now tied with several other strong prospects with the fourth-best odds to be the first receiver drafted (+10000), per FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft odds.

Given that Worthy had already put together an impressive resume of production at the college level prior to becoming the fastest player to ever run at the NFL Combine, it would be a surprise to see the talented wideout fall out of the first round. That means most teams might get only one chance to take him before another team jumps at the opportunity.

Which teams have the best odds to draft Xavier Worthy in the 2024 NFL Draft?

NFL Draft Odds

Odds to Draft Xavier Worthy

Team
Odds
Kansas City Chiefs+400
Buffalo Bills+900
Houston Texans+900
Dallas Cowboys+1100
Carolina Panthers+1100
New England Patriots+1500
Los Angeles Chargers+1500
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Kansas City Chiefs (+400)

Just because Mahomes proved he could win a Super Bowl without an elite wide receiver doesn't mean the Kansas City Chiefs should bank on that continuing to happen -- in fact, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft odds, the Chiefs are the most likely team to draft Worthy.

The Chiefs lacked consistent downfield playmaking throughout the regular season, which made Marquez Valdes-Scantling's, Mecole Hardman's and Justin Watson's post-season explosive plays stand out all the more. The team has since released both Valdes-Scantling and Hardman, making wide receiver a serious position of need for KC this offseason.

The Chiefs won't pick until the final pick of the first round, so they might need to trade up to get a chance at adding Worthy. Previous 40-yard-dash record-holder John Ross leveraged his 4.22-second dash into becoming the eighth overall pick back in 2017, while Henry Ruggs went 12th overall after running a 4.27.

Worthy would absolutely fit a need for Kansas City and looks like receivers they've drafted before -- dynamic players with insane speed.

Buffalo Bills (+900)

Tied for the second-shortest odds to draft Worthy, the Buffalo Bills have a ton of questions they'll have to answer this offseason.

Buffalo's top wideout, Stefon Diggs, struggled down the stretch in 2023, averaging just 51.2 yards per game from Week 7 on. Gabriel Davis underwhelmed, as well, and is set to become a free agent. Khalil Shakir and 2023 first round pick Dalton Kincaid came on as the season progressed, but Buffalo could benefit from adding a weapon on the outside.

The Bills are among the elite tier of contenders, currently holding the fourth-shortest Super Bowl odds (+1200), and adding a playmaker like Worthy could take this offense to the next level.

The Bills could be in a better position than the Chiefs to draft Worthy, though not by too much -- they'll select 28th overall. That means that if Worthy falls further than Ross and Ruggs did before him, the Bills would have the chance to select him before the Chiefs unless KC trades up. And since the Chiefs (+400) are the current frontrunners in this market, that makes Buffalo an interesting bet with their longer +900 odds.

Houston Texans (+900)

The Houston Texans are tied with the Bills for the second-best odds to snag Worthy in the draft (+900), but in my opinion, they don't seem like a great fit.

If anything, their relatively strong odds to take Worthy seem to be a product of the team hitting on a different 160-pound wideout in last year's draft. Even if lightning in the form of fast, small receivers strikes twice, an actual NFL team might have a hard time getting production out of multiple of them at the same time.

Folks had serious doubts about 2023 third-round pick Tank Dell last year due to his diminutive size. Dell had incredible production at the college level but weighed in at just 165 pounds during his pre-draft process. The Texans bet on Dell's skillset, and it clearly worked out as Dell put together a super productive rookie campaign with 47 catches for 709 yards and 7 touchdowns in just 11 games.

Most NFL teams could find a way to use Worthy's elite speed, but his skillset and frame could be more redundant for the Texans than it might be for other teams.

Dallas Cowboys (+1100)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves to make splashy draft picks, and adding the fastest player in combine history to Dak Prescott's arsenal of weapons could be a pretty excellent fit.

The Cowboys have made an effort to keep their offense loaded with wide receiver talent. They traded away a first-round pick for Amari Cooper in 2018, drafted CeeDee Lamb in the first in 2020 despite having Cooper on the roster at the time, and traded for Brandin Cooks to help bolster their pass-catching group before the 2023 season. It would make sense if they drafted another high-profile receiver heading into 2024.

The Cowboys almost certainly realize that they play in a division featuring some of the worst cornerback play in the league -- the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants ranked first, second, and ninth in most yards allowed to opposing receivers in 2023. Adding another receiving threat could help solidify Dallas' position at the top of the division -- they already the favorite, sporting +110 odds to win the NFC East.


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