Jets NFL Draft Props: CeeDee Lamb And Jerry Jeudy The Favorites

Posted on April 17, 2020

The New York Jets finished 7-9 in 2019 and they were clearly better on one side of the ball than the other – the Jets finished 29th in ESPN’s offensive efficiency ranking and 15th in defense.

So it’s likely that the Jets add an offensive player with their first pick, as their current wide receiver depth chart is kind of, you know, sad. Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman are New York’s top two options out wide, and this is thought to be a receiver-heavy draft.

The Jets could also use offensive line help, and DraftKings and FanDuel have posted odds on the first player New York will choose – they mostly consist of receivers and offensive linemen up top. Here they are:

 

DraftKings Jets NFL Draft odds

Jerry Jeudy +400

CeeDee Lamb +400

Mekhi Becton +500

Henry Ruggs III +600

Jedrick Wills +600

Tristan Wirfs +600

Andrew Thomas +800

K’Lavon Chaisson +2500

Jeffrey Okudah +2500

Isaiah Simmons +2500

Derrick Brown +3300

Javon Kinlaw +3300

C.J. Henderson +3500

 

FanDuel Jets NFL Draft odds

Jerry Jeudy +280

CeeDee Lamb +350

Andrew Thomas +450

Jedrick Wills +550

Mekhi Becton +600

Henry Ruggs III +750

Tristan Wirfs +900

Derrick Brown +2000

A.J. Epenesa +3000

 

FanDuel position of first Jets player drafted

Offensive Lineman +100

Wide Receiver +120

Defensive Lineman +1100

Cornerback +2900

Linebacker +3100

Quarterback +5000

Running Back +5000

Safety +5000

Tight End +9500

Kicker/Punter +11000

A quick note: Offensive lineman first position to be drafted at +100 feels off at FanDuel – if that’s the route you’re looking to go, wait for some line movement (or just pick a specific player). Wide receiver at +120 feels like decent value based on every mock draft you read, but it’s not crazy juice for the 11th pick in the draft.

Jeudy and Lamb have the shortest odds at both books, and it’s easy to see why. As previously mentioned, the Jets have a weakness at wide receiver and there are several first round-caliber wideouts in this draft class, so it’s a natural fit.

DraftKings offers more options (for instance, it’s not listed above but Tua Tagovailoa is listed at +50000) and you even get better value going with a favorite like Jeudy or Lamb. But if you’re looking for more of a long-shot play yet still think the Jets go with a receiver, Ruggs III +750 at FanDuel is interesting. DraftKings offers props on the first wide receiver drafted, and they are as follows:

Jerry Jeudy +110

CeeDee Lamb +140

Henry Ruggs III +225

And yet, Ruggs III to the Jets would pay out more than double Jeudy or Lamb at the other book. Either take one of the two favorites at DraftKings (or even both as a hedge?) or consider Ruggs III at FanDuel.

 

Jets in need of O-line help

New York is also in need of offensive line help, as it ranked 29th in sacks allowed last season and should want to keep Sam Darnold upright. The Jets could reasonably argue that a wide receiver or an offensive lineman would benefit Darnold more, and the tackle spots are weaknesses. Again, there are several first round-caliber tackles in this draft.

Consider this from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who mocked Wills to the Jets at No. 11.

“The Jets have a solid interior line, but the tackles are still an area that needs to be addressed. The biggest concern with Wills is he has been a right tackle only his entire life so a move to left tackle would be a projection, but he has all the talent to make the move and thrive.”

If you think the Jets will go with a lineman but aren’t sure who to choose, Wirfs is an intriguing choice – he’s +900 at FanDuel and the NFL Network’s Peter Schrager has the Jets taking him in his latest mock draft.

The Jets are in a position of strength, as they have two obvious needs at positions where this draft class is rich. Fans and bettors will be curious to see what Joe Douglas has in store.

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