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NFL draft odds: 49ers expected to select offensive player at No. 13

NFL draft odds: 49ers expected to select offensive player at No. 13

At this point in the NFL draft process, sportsbooks often can be just as helpful as mock drafts to narrow down which players are going where. 

The 49ers have two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, selecting at No. 13 and No. 31. Will they pick an offensive or defensive player at No. 13?

The consensus from sportsbooks is clear: Offense.

FoxBet, DraftKings and FanDuel all have listed props for each NFL team’s first-round selection, and whether that selection will be an offensive or defensive player. 

All three have the 49ers favored to take an offensive player over a defensive player with pick No. 13.

FoxBet has offensive player favored at -182 ($182 bet wins you $100) while defensive player is listed +140 ($100 bet wins you $140). 

DraftKings has offensive player favored at -177 ($177 bet wins you $100) while defensive player is listed +145 ($100 bet wins you $145).

FanDuel has offensive player favored at -168 ($168 bet wins you $100) while defensive player is listed +132 ($100 bet wins you $132).

If you take a deeper dive and look at player draft position props, the expectation is that a wide receiver will be selected at No. 13, and it either will be Alabama's Jerry Jeudy or Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. 

All three books have set Jeudy’s draft position at an OVER/UNDER of 12.5. 

Essentially, if you are placing a bet on this prop and you take the UNDER, you win if Jeudy is selected with any pick 1-12. If you bet the OVER, you win your bet if Jeudy is selected 13th or later. 

FoxBet and FanDuel had Lamb’s draft position at an OVER/UNDER of 12.5 as well, but DraftKings listed Lamb at an OVER/UNDER of 13.5. 

Here are FanDuel’s odds for Jeudy and Lamb: 

Jeudy 

Picks 1-12: -152 ($152 bet wins you $100) 

13th or later: +120 ($100 bet wins you $120)

Lamb

Picks 1-12 : -126 ($126 bet wins you $100)

13th or later: -102 ($102 bet wins you $100)

FoxBet’s odds: 

Jeudy 

Picks 1-12: -133 ($133 bet wins you $100) 

13th or later: +100 ($100 bet wins you $100)

Lamb

Picks 1-12: -120 ($120 bet wins $100)

13th or later: -105 ($105 bet wins $100)

DraftKings’ odds

Jeudy 

Picks 1-12: -134 ($134 bet wins $100)

13th or later: +110 ($100 bet wins $110)

Lamb 

Picks 1-13: -150 ($150 bet wins you $100) 

14th or later: +123 ($100 bet wins you $123)

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If you're feeling confident in either Jeudy or Lamb going to the Niners, there's value betting on one of them. 

Henry Ruggs III also has been talked about as a potential fit for the Niners, but each book had his OVER/UNDER for draft position listed at 14.5.

The oddsmakers often aren't wrong, and these props make it seem likely that either Jeudy or Lamb will be starting their rookie season in Kyle Shanahan’s offense in Santa Clara. 

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Akiem Hicks shades Mike Glennon to argue Colin Kaepernick blackballed

Akiem Hicks shades Mike Glennon to argue Colin Kaepernick blackballed

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks needed just four words to sum up why he thought former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had been blackballed by the NFL.

"We signed Mike Glennon."

Hicks said as much in a video press conference with reporters Wednesday, referring to Chicago's decision to sign Glennon to a contract worth $18.5 million guaranteed in 2017. Kaepernick, who had kneeled during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and institutional racism throughout the 2016 season, went unsigned that entire offseason and since then.

Kaepernick's protest has received renewed attention as protestors demonstrate around the world against the same societal issues the QB sought to highlight. George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died last Monday in Minneapolis police custody after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Floyd's death also occurred within months of Louisville police fatally shooting a 26-year-old African American woman named Breonna Taylor, and nearly four months after two white men allegedly followed and shot Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African American man, as he jogged in his Georgia neighborhood.

Kaepernick argued his protest against police brutality cost him his job as part of a collusion lawsuit he ultimately settled with the NFL last February, and he has been a free agent since opting out of his contract with the 49ers -- after they said they would release him otherwise -- in 2017. Former 49ers teammate Alex Smith said last month it's "absurd" Kaepernick, who led San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance and an NFC Championship Game berth in back-to-back seasons, has not been employed by an NFL team since then.

“I think he would have gotten a good deal if he had not protested,” Hicks said. “Does he have all the qualifications that we seem to be looking for in NFL quarterbacks? Athletic. He can get the ball down the field. I think that he fits a lot of those categories. Do I know if he would have gotten a huge deal and gone onto be a Hall of Fame quarterback? I don’t know these things. I just know that when he took a knee, he was silenced -- or they attempted to silence him.”

Some of Kaepernick's critics argued he played his way out of a job. Yes, the 49ers went just 1-10 after a healthy Kaepernick regained the starting job from Blaine Gabbert in 2016. But the QB posted a 90.1 passer rating and 16 touchdowns (to four interceptions), all while playing on a team that current general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan couldn't wait to strip for spare parts the following offseason.

Nine 49ers caught at least 10 passes from Kaepernick in 2016, and seven didn't return to San Francisco the following season. Only one of those nine players, depth tight end Garrett Celek, was on the 49ers' roster in 2019. Three haven't played in an NFL game since then, and another (Rod Streater) has only played in three games -- all in 2018 -- during that time.

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Of course, the Bears might have seen enough when Kaepernick completed just one of five passes for 4 yards against Chicago in the middle of a December snowstorm. Kaepernick's 45 snaps in that game could've been plenty, considering Glennon played all of 15 snaps in 2016 before the Bears signed him to a three-year contract worth up to $45 million.

But Glennon didn't last a season as the Bears' starter, losing his job to Mitchell Trubisky -- who the Bears selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft following a trade with the 49ers -- after just four games. The Bears eventually cut Glennon in 2018.

Glennon has played for three teams since then, and Kaepernick hasn't played for one.

“What I will say is this, though: It’s not a Chicago problem, it’s an entire-league problem," Hicks said of Kaepernick remaining unsigned. "There’s 31 other teams.”

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Why 49ers' George Kittle 'loves' playing for head coach Kyle Shanahan

Why 49ers' George Kittle 'loves' playing for head coach Kyle Shanahan

George Kittle has rapidly ascended during his three NFL seasons. Originally a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, Kittle has become one of the league's best tight ends playing in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

When asked what it's like to play for the young head coach, Kittle couldn't be more thrilled about having Shanahan at the helm in San Francisco.

"Awesome, Kyle is the man, I love playing for him," Kittle told Will Compton and Taylor Lewan on this week's episode of the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast. "One of my favorite things about him is he just loves football so much. And when you have a guy that loves football and its not work for him, it makes it pretty easy to play for the guy. He doesn't have to give a pump-up speech, you can just tell how much it means to him."

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Kittle also appreciates that Shanahan doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to communicating with his players.

"He's just straight up with everybody," Kittle said. "We were 4-12 (in 2018), and he still got up in front of the team and didn't bulls--t us or anything like, he's like, 'This is why we're not good, this is what we have to do to be better, we just have to work hard and practice better.' So he's always straight up with us."

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He certainly has evoked a similar reaction from many of his players, as Shanahan's passion helped players gravitate towards the head coach.

Shanahan, Kittle and the rest of the 49ers' roster will come to training camp hungry, looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.