The NFL Combine came to a conclusion last week, which means now the focus will shift to free agency and then the 2023 NFL Draft. Prospects had a chance to significantly elevate their draft stock this past week or – at the very least – not lose their draft position based on previous perceptions and considerable draft hype. There are always a few players who rise up the board and make themselves a lot of extra money based on how they graded out at the combine. On the other hand, there are always players who lose a lot of money and tumble down the draft board.
Let’s take a look at the NFL Draft odds at BetAnySports.eu and see how the lines are looking now that we’re through the combine:
Players Who Improved Their NFL Draft Stock
Anthony Richardson is the poster child for the player who has enormous but unrealized potential. You can see what is possible but you also know that the reality is falling far short of the dream.
Richardson’s accuracy as a passer is still lacking, but in every other aspect of his evaluation at the combine, he soared to the top of the board. The 6-4, 244-pound prospect established NFL combine records for a quarterback with a 40.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump. He clocked in at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the fourth-best time for any quarterback at the combine in the past 20 years.
There is so much upside here that one NFL team is going to fall in love with Richardson, thinking it can be the team to harness these skills and provide a level of coaching which will turn potential into results. He’s now at +300 at BetAnySports.eu to be the first quarterback off the board.
Nolan Smith, the edge rusher from Georgia, registered a blazing-fast 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is the second-fastest time for any edge rusher at the NFL combine since 2003. Smith posted a 41-inch vertical leap, which put him ahead of a lot of other edge rushers. He is undersized at 238 pounds, but in terms of a speed rusher, he is the real deal, and it will be hard for teams to look past him in the first round of the draft. If he is still on the board after the first 15 picks, it will be a legitimate shocker on draft night. He’s now at +5000 to be the first defensive player off the board, which is probably not worth a bet. However, keep an eye on his draft position over-under when it comes out.
Players Who Hurt Their NFL Draft Stock
LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is an impressive natural athlete, but a 5-11, 195-pound receiver has to show leaping ability and extra-noticeable speed to compensate for the lack of height. Given that context, Boutte certainly disappointed. He posted less-than-great jumps (29-inch vertical, 9-10 broad jump) along with a modest 4.50-second 40-yard dash. That is just not going to cut it. Boutte almost certainly lost several draft spots. He has to hope it’s not more than several. Some players drop 30 or 40 slots compared to what is expected. We will see if Boutte pays that kind of price. He’s now at +10000 to be the first wideout off the board.
Clark Phillips III of Utah is a 5-9, 184-pound cornerback. His physical measurements – short arms in particular – leave something to be desired, so he needed to make a statement about his speed and his tracking ability. Clocking in with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash will downgrade his overall draft position. Phillips knew where he needed to perform well at the combine, and he didn’t come through. He’s now at +4000 to be the first corner off the board.