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Marquise Brown Now Favored to be First WR Off the Board at NFL Draft Tonight

Ole Miss WR DK Metcalf catching a pass.
Ole Miss' DK Metcalf, once the heavy favorite to be the first WR drafted in 2019, is now an underdog to Oklahoma's Marquise Brown. Photo from @HogsHaven (Twitter)
  • The NFL Draft takes place tonight in Nashville, Tennessee (8:00 PM ET)
  • Many project D.K. Metcalf or Marquise Brown to be the first wide receiver selected
  • Buffalo & New England are two of the teams who could look for a WR early in the draft

The best part of the NFL draft, for my money, is the mystery that surrounds so many of the selections.

The newest debate is which wide receiver will be the first called to the stage tonight in Nashville. For much of the pre-draft process, D.K. Metcalf from Ole Miss was projected to earn that distinction, but now things have shifted with buzz surrounding Marquise Brown from Oklahoma.

Which WR Will Be Drafted 1st?

Wide Receivers First WR drafted odds at Bookmaker First WR drafted odds at BetOnline
Marquise Brown (Oklahoma) -350 -200
D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) +175 +175
A.J. Brown (Ole Miss) +1500 +600
N’Keal Harry (Arizona State) +2200 +1600
Parris Campbell (Ohio State) N/A +2500
Kelvin Harmon (NC State) +5000 N/A
JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford) N/A +5000

*odds taken 4/25

The odds suggest this is a two-horse race that will come down to Brown and Metcalf. I’m siding with the new underdog for two big reasons.

Size Matters at the WR Position

Stacking up the measurements of the two wideouts, it’s clear to see Metcalf has a big advantage, literally.  He is three inches taller, standing at 6’3, and slightly heavier, weighing in at 228 pounds.

Despite being bigger and heavier, Metcalf is also faster. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, while Brown ran a 4.49.

Metcalf’s physical gifts can’t be ignored and when you consider two of the most WR-needy teams in the first round play in cold climates (Buffalo and New England), Metcalf’s frame could be a big factor.

Will Family Ties Hurt Brown?

Marquise Brown is the cousin of Antonio Brown.  Where Nick Bosa may get a bump up for being the brother of a proven star in Joey Bosa, Marquise could be hurt by all the antics from Antonio Brown over the last year.

Is Marquise necessarily going to cause the same problems as his cousin?

Of course not.  But in a league where talent evaluators will ask anything to find dirt, this one seems pretty close to the surface for GMs to miss.

Unless you believe Marquise is far and away the best talent, why pass on Metcalf or even one of the other comparable players on the board to assume the risk?

Take the Value and Bet on Metcalf

The fact you can get the player the majority of people believe is the best talent at the wide receiver position at plus-money is too good to pass up. I’ll be laying some action on the Ole Miss beast.

PICK: D.K. METCALF (+175)

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Ryan has been working at TSN for over nine years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That's Hockey. Over the years, he's launched and hosted TSN's first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That's Hockey 2Nite.