Charles Cross Draft Position
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What exactly is happening here, and how are we getting these odds? Don’t get me wrong, I understand that Cross is moving up draft boards and Evan Neal is moving down at this point. That doesn’t necessarily mean Cross jumped Neal on every teams board, though.
Let’s break this down in somewhat of a mock draft perspective. Only five players can be selected ahead of Cross for his under to hit. We can start with the two obvious locks - Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson. Oddly, Hutchinson doesn’t have top 5 odds, but Walker is sitting at -1600. I personally feel comfortable with these two players going first and second, but it’s virtually a lock that neither will fall out of the top 5.
The Texans sit at third, and I’m expecting them to take a cornerback or offensive tackle. This could be an extremely influential pick for this bet. If the Texans draft Ahmad Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. ahead of Ikem Ekwonu, that will push the offensive tackles down slightly more. If Stingley is the pick, that creates more of an issue for Cross, as Gardner is clearly the more talented player.
Ultimately, we can expect the top two edge rushers (Walker, Hutchinson) along with Ekwonu, who -200 odds to be the first offensive lineman draft, and one of the two cornerbacks to safely be drafted ahead of Cross.
The fifth player that we haven’t talked about yet is Kayvon Thibodeaux. He currently boasts -750 odds to be a top 5 draft pick with the thought that he’ll be selected by the New York Jets. There are other reports that Jermaine Johnson could be the Jets’ choice at four, which could create even more issues for Cross being selected this early. I don’t truly expect this, although with Thibodeaux being the fifth option in the top 5, there’s only one spot left for Cross to be selected.
Essentially, this pick should come down to the Carolina Panthers. This is what most would expect, though. They need an offensive tackle, and Cross could be the selection. With that being said, Evan Neal should also be available, and he’s been ahead of Cross throughout nearly the entire draft process.
It’s also possible that the Panthers draft Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis, as they desperately need to improve their quarterback situation.
Furthermore, Carolina could opt to trade this pick if they are locked in on Pickett and believe he’ll be available later in the draft. If that’s the case, the team trading would need to have a hole at tackle and Cross graded higher than Neal.
Other high-end players that would potentially be available with this pick are Stingley and Johnson, who are the final players available in their tiers at priority positions.
It’s also important to note that teams could be looking to jump the Atlanta Falcons if Carolina opts to trade back. In that case, Garrett Wilson (or another wide receiver) and Kyle Hamilton could become options.
The teams that are true contenders to select Cross are the Giants and Panthers, but the draft would have to go perfect for him to be selected by either of those franchises. There is far too much that could go wrong for us to be getting +155 odds on this.
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