Ducks in the draft
The 2021 NFL Draft was as frantic as ever, with 259 college players lucky enough to find a place amongst the 32 teams of the NFL. Now that the dust has settled on the draft, it’s time to take a look at where the Oregon Ducks will be flying off to, and to consider what awaits them when they get there. In total, five Ducks were chosen by the elite sides: Penei Sewell, Jevon Holland, Deommodore Lenoir, Brady Breeze and Thomas Graham Jr, and they will be spreading their wings from Miami to Chicago, San Francisco to Tennessee.
American Samoan offensive tackle Penei Sewell was one of the top players in the draft, chosen as seventh pick overall in the first round by the Detroit Lions. An exciting young talent, he is sure to invigorate his new team, but he will have his work cut out with the Detroit Lions, who are rated 31 st out of 32 teams by sports betting PA. The Lions went 5-11 for the 2020 season and were bottom of the NFC North for the third year running. Not only that, but their defense registered one of the worst seasons ever, letting in a massive 519 points and giving up 6,716 yards, both the third worst figures in the history of the NFL.
Canadian safety Jevon Holland heads south to the Miami Dolphins as forth pick in round two, and 36th pick overall. This could be a very good move, with the Dolphins getting closer to success with every season. Ranked 13/32 in the betting, they have every chance of making the playoffs this season. The Dolphins were incredibly unlucky in 2020, ending the season 10-6 yet still missing out on a playoff place. They were the first team to win ten games and miss out since the New York Jets in 2015.
Picked lower down the draft, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir was 28th pick in round five by the San Francisco 49ers, making him 172 nd pick overall. Nonetheless, he is heading to the highest ranked team in the betting, with the 49ers rated 7 th of the 32 teams. The 49ers finished 6-10 to prop up the NFC West last season, but with the addition of 3 rd pick quarterback Trey Lance from North Dakota State, they should enjoy a more successful season this year.
Further down in the 6th round of the NFL Draft, safety Brady Breeze was picked up by the Tennessee Titans as 215 th overall pick. Despite making the playoffs last year, the Titans are rated just 20 th out of 32 in the betting. Their 2020 campaign came to an abrupt halt in the first round of the playoffs with a 20-13 defeat to Baltimore, following an impressive 11-5 season which saw them top the AFC South.
Thomas Graham Jr
Last but not least, cornerback Thomas Graham Jr was picked 44 th in round six, as 228th overall by the Chicago Bears and will join former teammate Penei Sewell in the NFC. Following an 8-8 season in 2020, which led them to second place in the NFC North, they too were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs following a 21-9 defeat by New Orleans. The
Bears are 22nd overall in the betting.