2010 NFL Draft: Don’t be Surprised at these Surprises

Last Updated: April 21st, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)

Every single season, there are surprises that happen in the NFL Draft that just shock us all. Here at Bankroll Sports, we’re prognosticating about some of the potential surprises, and how you can cash in by betting on some of the props available to you at BoDog Sportsbook!

The Buffalo Bills are going to have their chance to grab Jimmy Clausen, but they’re going to pass… as will a ton of other teams: Now here’s a shocker! First of all, Clausen lasting all the way to #9 seems like a bit of a surprise, as the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders are all potential prospects for Clausen as well. But it seems as though Buffalo is the likely destination for the Notre Dame quarterback, right? Think again. The Bills may see value in grabbing RB CJ Spiller or WR Dez Bryant just as much and take one of them off of the board. At that point, the free fall could be on. It doesn’t seem like that Jacksonville, Denver, or Miami are great candidates for Clausen. That’s when the fall could stop. San Francisco would love to see Clausen fall to it at pick #13, its first of two first round draft picks. You can grab that to happen at 5/2 at BoDog Sportsbook right now! You can also wager on him to slip past pick #9 as well at -110.

The prospects of getting a franchise left tackle may be enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade Ben Roethlisberger: Sure, these rumblings have been going on for awhile now that Big Ben will be dealt for a first round draft pick, and though you may find that concept crazy, don’t discount the idea. Roethlisberger has definitely fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh, and with the way that the Steelers play football, many in Steel Town feel as though backup QB Charlie Batch could lead the team to wins just as easily as Roethlisberger could. Are you paying attention Buffalo? What about you, Jacksonville? The blockbuster very well could happen, and if it does, expect to see the Steelers try to grab a left tackle to sure up an offensive line that was woeful at times in 2009.

After Sooners go #1 and #2, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to get the best player in this draft at pick #3: If the St. Louis Rams did this right, they’d draft Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh with the #1 overall pick in the draft. But they won’t… They’ll grab Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. That would make the Detroit Lions foolish to pass on him. But really, they’re the Detroit Lions… For whatever reason, they seem to prefer Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy. If that’s the case, the Bucs should be running up to the podium with their selection right after Commissioner Roger Goodell start to utter “Ger-“. By all accounts, Suh was accepted as the top player in this draft after the Big XII Championship Game when he totally dominated a solid offensive line of Texas. Suh is a huge force in the middle of a defense, and he will anchor Tampa Bay for years to come at that position, where DT Warren Sapp made a living. Regardless of what else happens in this draft, if the Bucs end up with Suh, they’re going to be thrilled with their findings.

Tim Tebow Will be Drafted in the First Round: Ok, so maybe this isn’t that much of a surprise to all of you, but Tebow is a proven winner and he brings a ton of versatility to the table to the right team. There are a number of teams that have shown a tad bit of interest in the Florida Gator, but no one is ready to commit to him, particularly as the team’s top draft pick quite yet. Still, we think that the New England Patriots may be willing to take a flier on him at pick #22. If not then, at some point, someone is going to become enamored with the idea of having an arm and legs that strong on their team and will snare him before Thursday is complete. You can bet on Tebow to go in the first 29 picks right now at even money at BoDog Sportsbook.

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