While all the draft experts focus on where and when certain players were taken and give their opinion how teams did overall, football bettors who wager large amounts of money view things differently.

They look at the draft and try to calculate what impact individual players may have on team's this season, which can help them win more bets and money.


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These are bettors I speak to regularly and none of them wants or enjoys the spotlight. They prefer to toil behind the scenes and have a low profile. I asked them to help me out with this article and they agreed to so, as long as I use their first name only, which I agreed to.

Larry's been a professional gambler for almost 15 years and he loved what Atlanta did in taking WR Calvin Ridley in the first round. "The Falcons had other needs they could have addressed in the first round. Taking Ridley was genius. Having him as the third option in the offense with Julio Jones and  Mohamad Sanu, are you kidding me! This helps Matt Ryan immensely and helps make up for the shortcomings of (Steve) Sarkisian as a play-caller."


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Sal has over 30 years as a pro gambler and is of the opinion Denver placed itself right back into contention to win the AFC West. "Though (Case) Keenum was not bit a draft pick, he's like one. The Broncos and Minnesota are built in similar fashion, defense and a balanced offense reliant on the run. That fits Keenum's skill set. (Bradley) Chubb is the perfect complement to Von Miller. I'm high on both their other top defensive picks DB (Isaac) Yiadom and LB (Josey) Jewell, who will contribute from the start. And watch for that Oregon running back, Royce Freeman, to generate a load of big plays."

Betting expert Kendall came away impressed with the new sheriff in Green Bay, GM Brian Gutekunst. "The Pack's new GM aced his first draft. I had Green Bay eighth in the NFC going into the draft, but I could see them moving up to fifth if the new players match expectations. The Packers secondary was a disaster last year. With (Kevin) King back for his second year and rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the fold, the talent, if not the experience is in place. New DC Mike Pettine will aggressively manufacture a pass rush to protect the back-end. Taking three wide receivers was smart, looking to replace (Jordy) Nelson. The organization finally understands Aaron Rodgers isn't going to be around forever. Great moves!"


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Shawn is the straight-talking type and didn't mince words about Oakland's draft. "When Reggie McKenzie finally was given free rein to draft without interference, Oakland immediately got better players and improved. Last year's mess was on the head coach (Del Rio). Owner Mark Davis gave the keys to Jon Gruden and he already screwing up. Let's not forget, Gruden was such a pain in the a**, Al Davis got rid of him. Gruden goes to Tampa and wins a Super Bowl with Tony Dungy's team. In no time he wants control of drafting players, gets it and the Bucs start losing and he's fired. He gets ESPN gig, makes it seem like him and Belichick are the two smartest guys in football. Immediately, Gruden gains control of the Raiders draft picks and makes more questionable choices than Kayne West. Not one guy will be a difference-maker for Oakland from this draft in 2018. He's all yours, Raiders Nation, enjoy."

About the Author

Doug Upstone has been involved in sports handicapping in some form or another his entire adult life. NOBODY watches and studies games more than he does. Whether it is live or going back and watching later, Doug has game notes and observations dating back two decades. (Yes, somehow he’s still married to his original wife.)

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