The one thing that’s certain about this year’s NFL Draft is that nothing is set in stone. Each team is fishing through potential draft prospects, looking for talent that can change the course of their franchise.
Among that talent are four second-generation players who hope to make an immediate impact in the league.
Coming from NFL bloodlines can improve a franchise’s confidence level in certain prospects. Legacy athleticism paired with a pure knowledge of the game gives second-generation athletes an edge over the competition.
Below, we dive into the betting angles of four prospects who hope to leave their own National Football League legacies while following in the footsteps of their ancestors.
Darryl Stingley had a prolific career as a wide receiver, rushing for 1,883 yards and 14 touchdowns in five years with the Patriots. Sadly, he is best known for the tragic blow that shattered his neck and back, leaving him paralyzed.
Derek Stingley Jr. is Darryl’s grandson and thinks of him every time he steps onto the court.
Stingley has been called the top cornerback in the NFL Draft since his first season with LSU. He has a prototypical height for an NFL defensive back with enormous length. He uses his experience as a wide receiver to help with his ball-peddling skills.
A foot injury has kept him out of all but three games this season. If Stingley had avoided his injuries, he would be a shoo-in for the first cornerback taken in the draft. This has left some value in the betting markets given the recent buzz around Stingley.
Derek Stingley, Jr. in Top 10 Picks?
This is where the buzz is all the rage. He and Sauce expected to come off the board there with 3-4 points and 3 tackles.
…and 2 WRs?
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 18, 2022
The Jets and Giants are among several teams in desperate need of a cornerback and each has two top-10 selections.
Stingley’s draft position odds are set at 11.5, with under bets reduced to -150. Rather than lay the juice, I’m going to take it to be drafted into the top 10 at odds of -105 at DraftKings.
To take: Stingley Drafted into Top 10 (-105)
Tim Watson was a safety who bounced around several NFL franchises during the 1990s.
His son, Christian, a wide receiver from North Dakota State, jumped onto the draft boards after dominating the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. It’s not often that a 6-foot-4 wide receiver runs a dash below 4.30 for 40 yards.
Watson has proven to be one of the most explosive wide receivers available in this year’s draft, averaging over 20 yards per reception during his four years at NDSU. He returned kicks while often fueled by wide receiver screens and backhands. Watson is a threat to take it home every time he touches the ball.
We’ve seen plenty of talent from the North Dakota State program jump into the NFL Draft, such as Carson Wentz, Dillon Radunz, and Trey Lance. Watson is poised to do the same in a first round that wide receivers are expected to excel in.
DraftKings has the wide receiver O/U taken in the first round at 6.5. I anticipate seven or more will be chosen from the top 32 picks, with Watson included in that group. I’m playing Watson below the 39.5 draft position at +100 odds.
To take: Watson Under 39.5 (+100)
Kaiir is poised to be the next Elam to make his mark in the NFL after his dad (Abram) and uncle (Matt), who were both league safeties.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the cornerback position in this draft class after the top three prospects. Elam is widely predicted to be between the fifth and eighth cornerback selected in the 2022 draft based on the millions of fictional drafts floating around the internet.
This is largely due to Elam’s lack of brilliance after returning from an injury which kept him out of action for three games.
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay’s latest mock draft brought Elam to the Chicago Bears with the 48th overall pick as the seventh cornerback coming off the board.
My projections are for Elam to pass in the middle of the second round and see the value in him to surpass his total set at 35.5 on PointsBet.
To take: Elam More than 35.5
Quentin Lake is the son of Carnell Lake, who is one of the best safeties in Pittsburgh Steelers history. Carnell was named a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team after earning five Pro Bowl appearances.
Quentin enters the draft after playing four seasons at his father’s alma mater at UCLA. He has shown the ability to play both deep safety and man cover when needed. While not the brightest defensive back in the squad this year, he takes his father by playing with incredible knowledge and technical form.
Lake is slated for the final round of this year’s draft, and it’s hard to imagine his father’s success not attracting some front offices. He has no current odds on the betting board, but I’ll jump at the odds of him being drafted if the opportunity arises.
To take: lake to draft
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