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Our partners at BetOnline.ag have draft position bets posted for all of the top prospects. Below I take a look at the top secondary players in this year’s draft, and give my pick on where they’ll be taken:
Ahmad Gardner Draft Position
The Scoop: “Sauce” Gardner is the top corner in this class. He helped carry the Bearcats to a CFB Playoff berth – something a non-Power five school had never done before, and will be highly compensated for it. A team in the top five will rush to the podium to turn in the card.
The Pick: UNDER 5.5
Andrew Booth Draft Position
The Scoop: Gardner being picked in the top six will presumably start a run of defensive backs being taken, and Andrew Booth will benefit from that. The junior from Clemson was First-Team All-ACC in 2021, and is ready to lock down receivers in the pros. A team in the top 28 will get a good one in the former Tiger.
The Pick: UNDER 28.5
Daxton Hill Draft Position
The Scoop: Dax Hill ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at this year’s combine, but at 6-feet tall 191 pounds – he’s not blowing anyone away with his size. The lightning-fast safety from Michigan will probably fall out of the first round and make an NFL team very happy on Friday.
The Pick: OVER 28.5
Derek Stingley Jr. Draft Position
The Scoop: With the abundance of talent in the secondary this year, Derek Stingley Jr. has sort of become the odd man out. The 2x First-Team All-SEC corner only played in three games in 2021, but posted solid numbers at the combine in February. He’s also only 20 years old. Teams are making a big mistake, but Stingley will fall out of the top 10.
The Pick: OVER 9.5
Kyle Hamilton Draft Position
College: Notre Dame
The Scoop: Kyle Hamilton is by far my favorite player in this draft class. The 6’4″ 220-pound safety from Notre Dame was an absolute monster in college. He has the size to succeed in the pros – and although he didn’t test well, he has the pure instincts to be a Pro-Bowl safety as soon as this year.
The Pick: UNDER 11.5
Trent McDuffie Draft Position
The Scoop: McDuffie is 5-10, 193 pounds but plays like the biggest guy on the field. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at February’s combine, and is presumed to be a day-one NFL starter. Could we see him in New England? I think so. McDuffie falls into the Patriots lap at pick 21.
The Pick: OVER 16.5
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