WATCH: Examining why odds have CJ Stroud dropping in 2023 NFL Draft

WATCH: Examining why odds have CJ Stroud dropping in 2023 NFL Draft
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“Bayou Bets” hosts Zach Ewing and Jim Derry have been saying all spring that when it comes to predicting what’s going to happen in one of sports’ most unpredictable event — the NFL draft — you’re better off listening to the odds instead of the multitude of media mock drafts.

This is, after all, the sports betting show that airs live twice weekly on and the Bayou Bets YouTube channel. It’s sponsored by Caesars Sportsbook, official odds partner of The Advocate and Times-Picayune.

And yet, neither host was able to put his finger on exactly why Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was quickly sliding down the odds boards for the draft, which begins Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri. Stroud was a -180 favorite to be the No. 1 pick less than a month ago — that slot now clearly belongs to Alabama quarterback Bryce Young — and now he’s been passed as the favorite for the No. 2 pick as well, this time by Kentucky QB Will Levis.

One reason? The S2 aptitude test, which Stroud apparently struggled with while Young and Levis excelled.

Either way, Ewing and Derry tried to read the tea leaves from the odds — and will do so again Thursday during the live NFL Draft Edition of Bayou Bets, which airs starting at 7 p.m. and will go throughout the first round of the draft, with live updates from Saints headquarters on Airline Drive and up-to-the-minute odds for each pick.

Also discussed in Monday’s show were NBA playoffs picks and post-spring college football odds.


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