Biggest surprises from day two of the NFL Draft, according to the sportsbooks

Tim Murray
NBC Sports Washington

On Thursday night, Green Bay stunned the sports world by trading up to select Jordan Love. Another quarterback stole headlines on Friday when Philadelphia picked Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick. What were the odds of that happening? 
 
Here are the biggest surprises from night two of the draft:
 
1. (Jalen) Hurts so good (+10000)
 
Jordan Love being selected by Green Bay was the most discussed first-round pick. In the second round, it was the selection of another quarterback that raised the most eyebrows. Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts was picked by Philadelphia with the 53rd pick on Friday night. Carson Wentz is under contract through the 2024 season so the odds for Hurts landing in the City of Brotherly love were 100-1. 
 
It was not a big surprise to see the former Oklahoma/Alabama quarterback be the fifth QB picked. Hurts was -155 to be the first quarterback selected on Friday and -167 to land in the second round.
 
2. Higgins to Cincinnati (+3000) to start the night
 
Joe Burrow being the first pick of the draft was not a surprise but Cincinnati selecting Clemson wideout Tee Higgins to open the second round was. Higgins was 30-1 to be the 33rd pick. 
 
Additionally, Higgins over/under entering the night was set at 37.5 with the under being the underdog at +116.
 
3. Indianapolis uses Washington's pick on Pittman (+900)
 
Last year, Washington traded back into the first round to select Montez Sweat. Indianapolis acquired Washington's second-round pick in 2019 and 2020 for that trade. With the 34th pick, Indianapolis selected USC WR Michael Pittman Jr. While Indy picking a wide receiver was expected (-143), Pittman being the pick was a solid payday at +900. 
 
4. New York lands a safety at 36 (+350)
 
A safety was not selected in the first round but with the 36th pick, New York selected Alabama safety Xavier McKinney. McKinney was the favorite to be the first safety picked at -177. While it was not a stunner, oddsmakers believed safety (+350) was third most likely choice for New York at 36 behind defensive lineman (+225) and wide receiver (+300). 
 
5. Division II star headed to New England
 
After trading out of the first round, New England's first pick of the draft was at 37th overall. Oddsmakers did not know where New England would go with this selection. Defensive lineman, tight end, and safety were the co-favorites at +400. Safety was the winner. New England picked Kyle Dugger from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University. 
 
Dugger was one pick away from being the first safety selected, which would have cashed at +2500.
 
6. Long wait for Diggs and Jones
 
Gaithersburg, Md. native and younger brother of former Maryland star and current Bills WR Stefon Diggs, Trevon Diggs finally heard his name called when Dallas selected him with the 51st pick. The over/under on Diggs entering Friday night was 40.5. 
 
Houston OT Josh Jones had a longer wait. With the 72nd pick, Arizona finally picked Jones. The over/under on where Jones would land was set at 36.5.
 
7. Pittsburgh goes wide receiver at 49 (+800)
 
Entering the night, there was some speculation that Pittsburgh would be looking for Ben Roethlisberger's replacement in the second round. Instead, Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool was the pick. Defensive lineman and quarterback (+350) were the co-favorites for Pittsburgh's selection. Wide receiver was +800.
 
8. Another tight end headed to Chicago (+600)
 
Notre Dame's Cole Kmet (-400) was the heavy favorite to be the first tight end off the board in the draft and he was. Chicago was a bit of an unlikely destination. After signing Jimmy Graham this offseason, Chicago entered the night with nine tight ends on the roster. With the 43rd pick, GM Ryan Pace added another tight end to the team in Cole Kmet. Chicago's odds to use its first pick in the draft on a tight end were +600. Offensive lineman was the favorite at +350.
 










































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