J.J. McCarthy's Odds to be Drafted by Commanders Continue to Skyrocket

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) against the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) against the / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

As we approach the NFL Draft, reports will start to come out and rumors will begin to circulate about which players each team is targeting to draft with their first round picks.

The hottest topic surrounding that each year is which order the top quarterbacks will be drafted in. This year is especially interesting with the teams who hold the top three picks all in desperate need of one. The Chicago Bears are near locks to take Caleb Williams, but there's still plenty to debate about who the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots will take at two and three.

One of the best things to do to get a better indication of what team's are doing is to look at the betting odds because if there's information that's out there, bettors will bet based on it and sportsbooks will shift the odds as a result.

Jayden Daniels is still the betting favorite to be selected No. 2 overall, but there's been some significant movement in the odds for J.J. McCarthy, the Michigan quarterback, to be taken in that spot.

Odds to be No. 2 pick in NFL Draft

J.J. McCarthy wasn't being considered to be an option at No. 2 overall with Daniels, Drake Maye, and even Caleb Williams being much more likely outcomes. That was until Monday when NFL insider, Tom Pelissero, revealed that he has spoken to people around the league who believe the Commanders could look at McCarthy with their second overall pick.

As a result, sportsbooks that offer betting options on the NFL Draft have adjusted their odds. As you can see above, FanDuel has dropped McCarthy down to +430 to be the No. 2 overall pick. BetMGM Sportsbook has moved his odds from +2500 yesterday down to +800 today.

Bet365 has moved his odds all the way to +350 to be the No. 2 overall pick. If you translate all of those odds to implied probability, the Commanders now seem to have anywhere from an 11.11% to 22.22% chance of drafting the former Michigan Wolverine.

Of course we have to remember that there are always similar types of reports leading up to the draft and we will never know for sure until Washington is officially on the clock. With that being said, we should all keep an eye on the list of odds to get the best idea of what the Commanders are considering doing.

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