Who Should You Bet on to Be the Second Pick in This Year's NFL Draft?

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Who Should You Bet on to Be the Second Pick in This Year's NFL Draft?

The 2024 NFL Draft is about two months away with draft night slated for April 25th. With the draft order set and mock season officially underway, FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft odds are available and are offering various betting lines.

Deciding who will be the first player off of the board is often a popular bet. However, 2024's edition seems like a near done deal for the No. 1 pick with Caleb Williams at -1500. This is only becoming more and more likely with trade rumors surrounding Chicago Bears' Justin Fields; the Pittsburgh Steelers have been one rumored suitor. If the Bears -- who hold the No. 1 pick -- trade Fields, taking a QB with the top selection seems like a no-brainer.

As you can tell, there may end up being little intrigue for the No. 1 pick. With that said, FanDuel's NFL odds for the No. 2 pick could be the most intriguing bet among the top picks. This has far more debate with the Washington Commanders holding the pick.

Let's look at the latest odds for the No. 2 pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. Who are the favorites to be the second player off of the board?

NFL Draft No. 2 Pick Odds

2024 NFL Draft - Number 2 Overall Pick
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Drake Maye-160
Jayden Daniels+175
Caleb Williams+1000
Marvin Harrison Jr.+1500
J.J. McCarthy+3000
Joe Alt+4800
Olumuyiwa Fashanu+5500
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Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina Tar Heels (-160)

Before diving into the most likely prospects for the second pick, we should focus on what the Commanders need. Washington is transitioning into a new era. After Josh Harris became the new owner of the franchise ahead of the 2023 season, he is beginning to make major shakeups. This includes hiring Dan Quinn as the new head coach, and they cleared house during the 2023 season by trading edge rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young.

One could argue that the Commanders should target a defensive end, but the 2024 class lacks an edge-rushing prospect that could crack the top-three picks. Plus, Sam Howell didn't exactly establish himself as a franchise QB in his first year starting due to his tendency to hold onto the ball too long. Howell was even benched at one point.

Taking a potential franchise signal-caller seems like the obvious answer. This young QB could be setup for success, too, as Washington is armed with the most cap space in the league.

So, who will the Commanders likely target? For nearly the entire draft process the top two prospects for the 2024 NFL Draft have been pretty clear -- Caleb Williams and Drake Maye. If Williams is not available, look for Washington to go after Maye.

The former Tar Heel has the coveted arm and can make all of the "big-time" throws. Plus, Maye has solid mobility. With his 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Maye checks most of the boxes for a QB prospect. There are a few concerns surrounding Maye's consistency and decision-making, but his frame and arm are oozing with talent. Maye's sky-high ceiling helps overlook his few flaws.

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (+175)

Drake Maye's best competition to be the second QB off of the board looks to be LSU's Jayden Daniels. This could simply be weighing whether to take the risk on Maye due to his potential, or Washington could select Daniels following his outstanding 2023 season.

Daniels posted 3,812 passing yards paired with 40 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on his way to the Heisman Trophy. He was just as successful on the ground with 1,134 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. LSU's signal-caller even set some records like becoming the first player to record 300 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in one game.

Thanks to his fantastic swan song with the Tigers, Daniels has seen his name shoot up draft boards. The college production is certainly there, but what about his potential for the big leagues?

Daniels is an elite playmaker due to his mobility while being able to make accurate throws on the fly. He also possesses the arm strength to consistently drop dimes down the field. While Daniels is excellent when scrambling out of the pocket, there could be some concerns with how his game will translate to the pro level, which could require to mostly sit in the pocket.

Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+1000)

This is where we get into some of the unlikely picks. As previously mentioned, Caleb Williams is likely gearing up to the top selection of the 2024 class. Williams checks pretty much any box you could want from arm strength and athleticism to playmaking and arm elasticity (making throws at various angles).

Some have even labeled Williams as a generational prospect. How would there be any scenario where Williams drops to the No. 2 pick?

Some rumors are claiming that Williams does not want to play for the Bears. If this ends up being true and Chicago holds onto the top pick, Williams could slide to the No. 2 pick.

One thing's for sure: if Williams falls to two, he will be selected before you can blink. The D.C. native also worked with Commanders new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury during his time at USC.

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (+1500)

The only non-QB that could have any chance of going No. 2 is Marvin Harrison Jr. Usually, the top of the draft board drastically changes throughout the college football season. Outside of Jayden Daniels joining the party, that really hasn't been the case thus far. Harrison is yet another prospect that has been hailed as a top-five pick for virtually the whole way.

Harrison has the chance to be the highest receiver selected since Calvin Johnson was the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. There is also a longshot scenario where Harrison is the first player off the board, becoming the first No. 1 pick as a wideout since Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. This would likely require the Bears to keep Justin Fields while holding onto the top selection.

The Ohio State product is certainly an elite prospect by nearly all accounts thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame and elite body control while having vise grips for hands, allowing him to reel in most contested catches.

Even with his long list of impressive attributes, there would need to be some kind of trade for Harrison to be selected second. The Commanders' receiver room is set with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson.

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