A week after a well-regarded draft haul, Las Vegas experts moved up the chances of a Redskins Super Bowl win, albeit slightly. In two previous releases this year, Bovada.lv gave Jay Gruden's Washington team 50-1 odds of winning the next Super Bowl.
On Wednesday, after evaluating the recent draft class that started with TCU WR Josh Doctson and USC LB/SS Su'a Cravens, Bovada released updated odds, moving the Redskins chances up to 40-1 to take the next Lombardi Trophy.
At 40-1 the Redskins have the same odds of winning the next Super Bowl as the New York Jets - just behind the Ravens and Texans at 33-1 and just ahead of the Falcons, Bills, Bears, Rams, and Eagles at 50-1.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Cowboys and Giants odds shifted following the draft. Dallas made headlines with the selection of Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, but Vegas saw the move as a negative, with their Super Bowl winning odds dropping from 20-1 in March to 22-1 in May. Even at 22-1, the Cowboys still have the best Super Bowl odds in the division. The Giants, even with the curious selection of Eli Apple in the first round, saw their odds improve from 33-1 in March to 25-1 in May.
No surprise, but the Patriots and Seahawks have the best odds to win the Super Bowl at 7-1 and 8-1, respectively. Right behind those two powerhouses came the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at 10-1. Last season's Super Bowl losers, the Carolina Panthers are 11-1 to win the Super Bowl, and the defending champion Denver Broncos saw their odds drop from 10-1 in March to 16-1 in May to win the Super Bowl.
Real-life Kirk Cousins was certainly pleased that the Redskins drafted football-snatcher Josh Doctson, but you know who else is feeling good about the selection? Virtual Kirk Cousins.
Both versions of Washington's signal caller will benefit from Doctson's presence, but while the actual wideout's pro debut is still months away, his counterpart in Madden has already been assigned a rating for the next edition of the game. Therefore, it's already known how much he'll help out on gridirons across the world's Xbox's and Playstations, even though he won't play in a real contest for a while.
And, judging by the aforementioned attributes that the folks at EA Sports gave Doctson, they expect him to be quite productive in the NFL.
The TCU product checks in as an 80 overall, a nice grade for a rookie pass catcher. Alongside that 80 is a 92 in the speed category, plus a 94 in agility. In other words: When you use the Burgundy and Gold, get this guy the rock with space around him.
For comparison's sake, Cleveland's Corey Coleman boasts the highest overall mark for an incoming receiver (82), while Houston's Will Fuller and Minnesota's LaQuan Treadwell are tied with Doctson. Meanwhile, Scot McCloughan's first pick from last year, Brandon Scherff, also was initally ranked as an 80.
As of now, those are the only three metrics that Madden's developer released, meaning Doctson's jumping ability is still unknown. If it's anything less than a 106, though, it may be time to boycott the successful franchise. Doctson can get up, and that better be appropriately reflected in the numbers.
Over the next week, we’re featuring each of the Redskins’ 2016 draft picks and spotlighting three things you need to know about them. Up today…
Name: Kendall Fuller
Drafted: 3rd round (84th overall)
School: Virginia Tech
1—‘Microfracture surgery’ are two of the scariest words in pro sports. The Redskins, though, decided Fuller was worth the risk because, well, players who possess his level of talent aren’t typically available in the third round. And, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan, because team doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who performed the microfracture procedure, are confident the former Hokie (and Good Counsel Falcon) will make a full recovery. “I trust my doctors,” McCloughan said this week. “We passed him on the physical. He’s going to be okay. Now, 100 percent for sure? Who knows? But I felt good enough to know the kind of player he is, the kind of person he is, where he comes from family-wise, he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure he’s a football player for us. When you get to the third round, to get a corner that I think can be a starting corner, is [an] excellent [value].” Coach Jay Gruden said Fuller won’t participate in next week’s rookie minicamp and conceded that Fuller might be held out until training camp in late July. Fuller’s health, obviously, will be one of the bigger storylines to monitor this summer.
2—The Redskins envision Fuller (5 foot 11, 187-pounds) filling the nickel corner role in 2016—though nothing is set in stone just yet. “Well, I think he’s big enough to play corner, but we also think he’s got a skill-set to play nickel, which is very important,” Gruden told ESPN 980 this week. “Ideally, we’d like to keep him at nickel and keep [Bashaud] Breeland outside. If he can play outside, we can move Breeland inside to nickel.” Fuller played inside and outside at Virginia Tech. Either way, though, a trio of Josh Norman, Breeland and (a healthy) Fuller should provide a big time boost for a defense that yielded a whopping 65 passing touchdowns over the past two seasons.
3— Like second round pick Su’a Cravens, Fuller comes from a football family. In fact, the Baltimore native will be the fourth Fuller brother to play in the NFL, joining Vincent, Corey and Kyle. Vincent and Corey sat in the front row at Kendall’s introductory news conference at FedEx Field last Saturday. Vincent played 76 games as a reserve safety spread over seven seasons for the Titans and Lions. Corey is a fourth-year wide receiver for the Lions, while Kyle, a corner, was the Bears' 2014 first round selection and has started 30 of 32 games the past two seasons for Chicago. The Redskins, by the way, play the Lions in Week 7 and the Bears in Week 16. “It definitely helped me,” Kendall said of being the youngest. “My brother, Corey, he probably beat me up the most. But just being able to watch them, they definitely said something when they needed to, shared some knowledge and influence when they needed to. They knew I was watching, so they knew that they had to carry themselves right because they didn’t want me to follow their footsteps if they were doing the wrong thing. It was definitely fun growing up in that household.”