NFL Draft Odds Paint Clear Picture of Eagles' Plan With First-Round Pick

By michael obermuller
Justin Jefferson headlines the wide receiver group in odds to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Justin Jefferson headlines the wide receiver group in odds to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles on FanDuel Sportsbook. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

With the bulk of NFL free agency in the rear-view mirror, we now shift our focus to the 2020 NFL Draft. All draft odds, including specific props and team odds for first-round picks, are available as we speak on FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the franchises with posted odds for their 21st overall pick in the first round, and those odds are staggeringly one-sided in terms of position. The seven players with the highest odds of getting drafted by the Eagles are currently all wide receivers, the favorite being Justin Jefferson out of LSU. Fans have taken to Twitter in agreement.

Even if it isn't Jefferson, the Eagles' draft plan seems pretty obvious, get Carson Wentz a new number one target of the future in 2020. The Eagles also currently have -186 odds to draft an offensive player with their first-round pick, compared to just +144 odds of drafting a defensive player. The first non-receiver on the list is safety Xavier McKinney at +1600.

This makes perfect sense when you look at how 2019 ended. Wentz led the Eagles to the playoffs, but he did it by throwing passes to Greg Ward Jr. at one point, who was an undrafted college quarterback that converted to slot wide receiver.

Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson have proven they can do a lot with a little, but if they're going to win another Super Bowl they will need more reliable options than Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, who both missed significant time last season.

They also need more from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who was trending toward bust status in his rookie campaign. The 2019 second-round pick was drafted ahead of DK Metcalf, among others.

With Nelson Agholor officially gone in free agency and Philly having many doubts about their current wide receiver core, this is a no-brainer really. The only questions will be which wide outs are available at 21, and who will the Eagles prefer if they have their pick of the litter.

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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.