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Goff Clear Betting Favorite Over Wentz on NFL Draft Odds

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California Golden Bears pivot Jared Goff is listed as a heavy -850 betting favorite to be taken by the Los Angeles Rams with the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Rams made headlines earlier this month when they shipped a bevy of picks, including their first-round selections in both 2016 and 2017, to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the top pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

Goff threw for 4,719 yards and 43 touchdowns in his junior year last season, leading the Golden Bears to an 8-5 record. Goff twice took home Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors and was named 2015 Armed Forces Bowl MVP after leading his team to a 55-36 win over Air Force for their first bowl game victory in seven years.

Carson Wentz, a 6’5″ senior who led the North Dakota State Bison to the FCS national championship last season, follows Goff with +500 odds to be the first overall pick, while the odds of any other player going first overall sit at a longshot +5000.

Wentz missed considerable time last season after suffering a broken wrist, returning in time for the national championship game, and is an expected target of the Philadelphia Eagles, who moved up to the second pick in the NFL Draft in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

With Wentz and Goff leading the way on the NFL Draft odds this week, the betting line on the total number of quarterbacks taken in the first round is set at 2.5, with the OVER a heavy -1200 favorite while the UNDER pays out at +650.

Ohio State Buckeyes rusher Ezekiel Elliott and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry are viewed by most observers as the top two running backs available in this year’s NFL Draft.

However, oddsmakers do not expect both Elliott and Henry to be selected in the first round of the draft, setting the total number of running backs picked in the first round at 1.5, with the UNDER at solid -350 odds while the OVER is a +260 bet.

Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss, the Baylor Bears’ Corey Coleman, and Buckeyes wideout Michael Thomas then lead a strong class of wide receivers at this year’s NFL Draft.

The line on the total number of wide receivers selected in the first round of the draft is set at 3.5 at the sportsbooks, with a wager on the OVER paying at +110 odds; the UNDER is set as the -140 favorite on the prop.

Drew Brees, Le’Veon Bell Favorites in NFL Season Leader Props

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When it comes to betting props on NFL individual leaders, the tried-and-true works for picking a passing yards leader while rushing and receiving leaders are a little more random.

With training camps set to open in a matter of days, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a +300 favorite to lead the NFL in passing yards at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Brees has led (or co-led) the NFL in aerial yards five times in the last six seasons, with the lone exception coming in 2013 when Peyton Manning complied a NFL-record 5,477.

Brees will still have Willie Snead and Michael Thomas as outlets for his passes and, assuming the Saints’ defense stays near the bottom of the league, will have the opportunity to get into a few offensive shootouts.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan (+400) and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (+500) are the next two on the board. Ryan and the Falcons are likely to face a tougher schedule than what it turned out they had in 2016. Brady has only led the NFL in yards once, in 2007, and would be the oldest player to do so if he succeeds this season.

Based on 2016 won-loss records, the Indianapolis Colts and QB Andrew Luck (+1400) have the easiest schedule in the league, which could lead to Luck putting up some big numbers against softer competition. Another valid darkhorse play is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (+1600), since he will have a 1-2 punch at receiver with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson and a team that still relies on being pass-heavy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (+300) and Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (+350) are tightly bunched atop the NFL rushing champion futures board. Bell will no doubt be among the leaders in yards from scrimmage per game, but he’s only played 16 games once in four seasons. While there hasn’t been a back-to-back rushing leader in 10 years, Elliott will be running behind an excellent Dallas offensive line.

The Los Angeles Rams’ third-year workhorse Todd Gurley (+2000) will be in a new offensive system and, hopefully for the Rams, will be better complemented by second-year QB Jared Goff in the passing phase. That would give Gurley a fairer shot at breaking big runs on the regular.

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (+400) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (+400) are co-favorites on the odds to tally the most receiving yards, with the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham (+500) also coming in highly touted. Brown had two fewer targets per game in 2016 than in ’15, meaning he might be a less high-volume receiver now that he is 29. Jones has a receiving title from 2015, but last season the Falcons were most efficient when they spread the ball around.

Last year, the Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (+1200 this year) led the league in yards after being listed at +3300 in the preseason. Among the potential 2017 replicants are New England’s Brandin Cooks (+3300), who is expected to be the field-stretching target the Patriots have managed to do without since the Randy Moss days a decade ago. The aforementioned Mike Evans (+1200) is also close to a sure thing to get 11-12 targets per game in Tampa Bay and the continued development of Winston could make him a 1,500-yard receiver.

The last 12 league leaders in receiving yardage have been less than 30 years old at the start of the season. That trend has been consistent dating to the mid-1990s, with 19 of the last 21 receiving leaders being players who were no older than 29 at the start of the season.

Internet reacts to O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing

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In case you weren’t aware, O.J. Simpson was granted parole and the internet went crazy.

Cue hilarious tweets.