NFL Draft Betting Guide: Draft Order, #1 Pick Odds & Mock Draft

 


After the Super Bowl, the next part of the NFL betting industry is not futures, but betting on the NFL Draft. Each and every year, there are props, over/unders on draft position, and more on the draft and where players will be selected. With the increasing industry of legal sports betting, this year’s NFL Draft will be bigger than ever from a betting perspective.

Where: In-Studio. Was Las Vegas before coronavirus concerns
When: Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25
TV: ESPN, NFL Network, ABC

NFL Draft Schedule
Round 1 – Thursday, April 23, 8 PM EST
Rounds 2-3 – Friday, April 24, 7 PM EST
Rounds 4-7 – Saturday, April 25, Noon EST

 

“The Show Goes On” – Commissioner Goodell Says Draft Will Happen in April

Amidst coronavirus concerns, there was some pessimism on whether or not the NFL Draft would still happen at the end of April. Commissioner Roger Goodell put those rumors to rest, saying that the draft will happen April 23-25, 2020. He even warned against public scrutiny too, which certainly drew some attention from owners and the NFL Media. Is this a power move from Goodell? Either way, the draft will happen at the end of April barring unforeseen circumstances. This means, there will be NFL betting of some sort.

 

2020 NFL Mock Draft Predictions

Draft PickTeamSelection
1Cincinnati BengalsJoe Burrow, QB, LSU
2Washington RedskinsChase Young, DE, OSU
3Detroit LionsDerrick Brown, DT, Auburn
4New York GiantsJedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
5Miami DolphinsTua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
6Los Angeles ChargersJustin Herbert, QB, Oregon
7Carolina PanthersIsaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
8Arizona CardinalsJeffrey Okudah, CB, OSU
9Jacksonville JaguarsJavon Kinlaw, DT, SCAR
10Cleveland BrownsAndrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
11New York JetsTristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
12Oakland RaidersJerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
13San Francisco 49ersA.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
14Tampa Bay BuccaneersMekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
15Denver BroncosHenry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
16Atlanta FalconsTerrell Lewis, DE, Alabama
17Dallas CowboysGrant Delpit, S, LSU
18Miami (via Pittsburgh)CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
19Oakland (via Chicago)Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
20Jacksonville (via LA Rams)Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
21Philadelphia EaglesYetur Gross-Matos, DE, PSU
22Buffalo BillsBrandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
23New England PatriotsAustin Jackson, OT, USC
24New Orleans SaintsJalen Reagor, WR, TCU
25Minnesota VikingsCJ Henderson, CB, Florida
26Miami (via Houston)Josh Jones, OT, Houston
27Seattle SeahawksK'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
28Baltimore RavensKenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
29Tennessee TitansKristian Fulton, CB, LSU
30Green Bay PackersLaviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
31San Francisco 49ersTee Higgins, WR, Clemson
32Kansas City ChiefsTrevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

 

NFL Draft Big Board

Here is a look at Action Rush’s updated NFL Draft Big Board, with our Top 50 Prospects.

RankPlayerPositionSchool
1Chase YoungDE/LBOhio State
2Joe BurrowQBLSU
3Isaiah SimmonsLBClemson
4Mekhi BectonOTLouisville
5Tristan WirfsOTIowa
6Jeffrey OkudahCBOhio State
7Jedrick WillsOTAlabama
8Jerry JeudyWRAlabama
9CeeDee LambWROklahoma
10Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama
11Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama
12Andrew ThomasOTGeorgia
13K'Lavon ChaissonDE/LBLSU
14Javon KinlawDLSouth Carolina
15Kristian FultonCBLSU
16C.J. HendersonCBFlorida
17Justin JeffersonWRLSU
18Derrick BrownDLAuburn
19Patrick QueenLBLSU
20Xavier McKinneySAlabama
21A.J. TerrellCBClemson
22Yetur Gross-MatosDE/LBPenn State
23Zack BaunDE/LBWisconsin
24Grant DelpitSLSU
25Cesar RuizOLMichigan
26Justin HerbertQBOregon
27A.J. EpenesaDE/LBIowa
28Damon ArnetteCBOhio State
29D'Andre SwiftRBGeorgia
30J.K. DobbinsRBOhio State
31Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota
32Jeff GladneyCBTCU
33Laviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado
34Ross BlacklockDLTCU
35Denzel MimsWRBaylor
36Jalen ReagorWRTCU
37Kenneth MurrayLBOklahoma
38Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsin
39Clyde Edwards-HelaireRBLSU
40Matt HennessyOLTemple
41Noah IgbinogheneCBAuburn
42Justin MadubuikeDLTexas A&M
43Joshua UcheDE/LBMichigan
44Brandon AiyukWRArizona State
45Trevon DiggsCBAlabama
46Josh JonesOTHouston
47Lucas NiangOTTCU
48Cam AkersRBFlorida State
49Jordan LoveQBUtah State
50Terrell LewisDE/LBAlabama

 

NFL Draft Team Needs

A look at the updated team needs for each NFL team heading into the NFL Draft.

NFL TeamTeam Needs
San Francisco 49ersWR, OG, DT, CB
Chicago BearsOG, CB, S
Cincinnati BengalsQB, DE, LB
Buffalo BillsCB, DT, DE, LB
Denver BroncosWR, DT, CB, OL
Cleveland BrownsDT, LB, S
Tampa Bay BuccaneersOL, DL, QB
Arizona CardinalsOL, DT, LB
Los Angeles ChargersQB, RB, OL, CB
Kansas City ChiefsRB, OL, CB
Indianapolis ColtsQB, WR, DT
Dallas CowboysDE, CB, S
Miami DolphinsQB, RB, OL, DE
Philadelphia EaglesCB, S, LB, WR
Atlanta FalconsRB, DE, DT, CB
New York GiantsOL, DE, LB
Jacksonville JaguarsDT, DE, LB, S
New York JetsWR, OL, DE
Detroit LionsDT, DE, CB
Green Bay PackersWR, TE, DET
Carolina PanthersQB, OL, DL, LB, CB
New England PatriotsQB, WR, TE, OL, DE/LB
Las Vegas RaidersWR, LB, CB
Los Angeles RamsOL
Baltimore RavensOL, LB
Washington RedskinsOL, LB
New Orleans SaintsWR, OL, LB
Seattle SeahawksOL, DE
Pittsburgh SteelersTE, OL, DL
Houston TexansWR, DL, DE
Tennessee TitansOL, DE/LB
Minnesota VikingsWR, OL, DT, CB

 

2020 NFL Draft Order

Draft PickTeam
1Cincinnati Bengals
2Washington Redskins
3Detroit Lions
4New York Giants
5Miami Dolphins
6Los Angeles Chargers
7Carolina Panthers
8Arizona Cardinals
9Jacksonville Jaguars
10Cleveland Browns
11New York Jets
12Oakland Raiders
13San Francisco 49ers
14Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15Denver Broncos
16Atlanta Falcons
17Dallas Cowboys
18Miami (via Pittsburgh)
19Oakland (via Chicago)
20Jacksonville (via LA Rams)
21Philadelphia Eagles
22Buffalo Bills
23New England Patriots
24New Orleans Saints
25Minnesota Vikings
26Miami (via Houston)
27Seattle Seahawks
28Baltimore Ravens
29Tennessee Titans
30Green Bay Packers
31San Francisco 49ers
32Kansas City Chiefs

 

#1 Overall Pick in NFL Draft Odds

PlayerFirst Overall Pick Odds
Joe Burrow-1000
Tua Tagovailoa+1600
Chase Young+2000
Justin Herbert+2500
Jordan Love+10000
Jeffrey Okudah+10000
Isaiah Simmons+10000
Jedrick Wills+15000
Derrick Brown+25000
Andrew Thomas+25000
Meki Becton+25000
Tristan Wirfs+25000
Jacob Eason+50000
Jake Fromm+50000

 

Top NFL Draft Prospects

 

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner is fully expected to be the first overall pick after setting records in his final year at LSU en route to an undefeated season and a National Championship. Burrow completed 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns for LSU, including 956 yards and 12 touchdowns in the College Football Playoff against Oklahoma and Clemson, combined.

 

Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

If not for Joe Burrow, Chase Young would bet the number one overall pick. Some NFL Draft analysts say he is by far the best player in the draft, but teams need quarterbacks. Young had 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles for Ohio State last season, including at least a share of one in every game in the regular season. Young had zero sacks and only eight total tackles in the B1G Championship game and the College Football Playoff semifinal, combined. There are a plethora of Chase Young NFL Draft bets, check them out.

 

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

There was much discussion about Tagovailoa returning to Alabama after injuring his hip last season, but he decided to enter the NFL Draft early and all indications are that he will be one of the first players taken after Joe Burrow. Odds have Tua on the Dolphins, but will another team trade up for him? We will see. Check out Tua Tagovailoa NFL Draft props, bets, odds and more.

 

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Herbert is this year’s “Looks like a quarterback” prospect. Every year, there is at least one player that has all the tools needed to succeed in the NFL, and Herbert is that guy. Scouts have raved about his mental abilities during Senior Bowl week as well, and we could see Herbert go much earlier than originally expected.

 

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

Jeudy highlights one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, and some experts say there could be six or more wide receivers selected in the first round this year. Jeudy’s speed and route-running ability presents him as a future WR1 in the NFL.

 

How to Bet on the 2020 NFL Draft

Betting on the NFL Draft will be very easy for legal sportsbooks when the time comes. Currently on sportsbooks like DraftKings Sportsbook, you can bet who will be drafted #1 overall. Expect there to be a large market of prop bets to bet on when the draft approaches. The most popular style of betting for the NFL Draft looks like this (examples only):

  • Tua Tagovailoa draft position – 3.5 (over or under)
  • Justin Herbert as second quarterback taken (+150)
  • Who is drafted higher between Player X and Player Y?
  • Who is the first running back drafted?

These types of bets allow for a vast selection of betting for NFL Draft fans and bettors alike.

Bet the NFL Draft at DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

DraftKings Sportsbook NFL Draft Betting Markets

Some of the current betting markets available for the NFL Draft on DraftKings Sportsbook are:

  • 1st Overall Pick
  • 2nd Overall Pick
  • Tua Tagovailoa Draft Specials
  • 1st Round Picks by Position
  • 1st Pick by Position
    • Cornerback
    • Defensive Lineman
    • Linebacker
    • Offensive Lineman
    • Quarterback
    • Running Back
    • Safety
    • Tight End
    • Wide Receiver
  • Second QB Drafted
  • Third QB Drafted
  • Position of Mr. Irrelevant (last overall pick)
  • and more!

In addition, you can find DraftKings Sportsbook having some special bets such as the exact top three in the draft.

 

FanDuel Sportsbook NFL Draft Betting Markets

The current betting markets available for the NFL Draft on DraftKings Sportsbook are:

  • Total QBs Drafted in Round 1
  • Total WRs Drafted in Round 1
  • Total RBs Drafted in Round 1
  • Total OLs Drafted in Round 1
  • Drafted First: Justin Herbert or Jordan Love?
  • Team to Draft Chase Young
  • Team to Draft Justin Herbert
  • Team to Draft Jerry Jeudy

 

Top NFL Draft Props to Bet

Mekhi Becton – First Offensive Lineman Drafted

At DraftKings Sportsbook, Becton is +175 to be the first OL drafted behind Jedrick Wills at +250. There will be many offensive lineman drafted in the first round, but given Becton’s size and combine performance there is little doubt that he will be set to be taken as a future cornerstone at left tackle for years to come. The others that could be first are Jedrick Wills Jr, who is 6-4, and Tristan Wirfs who is 6-5. Both are terrific players, but given that Wills is “smaller” and Wirfs played right tackle in college. While both could be better players, Becton’s ceiling is out of this world at 6-7 364 pounds and ran just over a 5-second 40 yard dash. For 2:1 odds over someone that may be deemed undersized and a collegiate right tackle, that is worth the risk and potential reward.

On FanDuel Sportsbook, Becton’s odds to be the first OL taken has fluctuated but has been above the current +175 at times. Be sure to shop for the best odds!

Under 5.5 Wide Receivers in the 1st Round

On FanDuel Sportsbook, UNDER 5.5 receivers is a good value at -152. Six receivers is a ton. There is little doubt the following receivers will be drafted in the first round:

  • Jerry Jeudy
  • Henry Ruggs
  • CeeDee Lamb

After that, there is no general consensus on the next prospect in the first round. There are many good prospects at WR, but there’s no reason to believe that six will go. Let’s think about it this way, there are 32 picks, with nearly 14 locks on the offensive side of the football to go in the first round:

  • QBs – Burrow, Tua, Herbert, and maybe Love (4)
  • RBs – Swift (1)
  • WRs – Jeudy, Ruggs, Lamb (3)
  • OL – Becton, Wirfs, Wills, Thomas, Jones and maybe Jackson (6)

From the defensive side of the football, there are at least 12 that are nearly guaranteed to go in the first round:

  • DL – Young, Kinlaw, Brown, Gross-Matos (4)
  • LB – Simmons, Chaisson, Queen, Murray (4)
  • DB – Okudah, Fulton, Henderson, McKinney (4)

That leaves us with a total of 26 picks that are nearly destined to go in the first round with just three receivers. The bet of under 5.5 means that of those other six picks, that less than half will be wide receivers. We’ll take those odds.

 

2020 NFL Draft News

 

Who Will Tampa Bay Draft to Pair with Tom Brady

Since news has released about Tom Brady signing with the Bucs, Adam Schefter tweeted that a large number of players have reached out to the Bucs expressing interest in signing with Tampa. This will affect who the Bucs will draft, as they may sign Antonio Brown, Robby Anderson, or other receivers. Keep an eye on who signs with Tampa, as it will affect the Bucs’ draft plans, and possibly cause a trade or two.

 

Philadelphia Eagles Set to Draft Wide Receiver After Slay Trade?

After the Eagles traded for former Lions CB Darius Slay, it filled a great need and allows the Eagles to focus elsewhere in the upcoming NFL Draft. Will the Eagles finally acquire a receiver in late April? This draft is certainly filled with talent at the position.

The Eagles are in a tremendous position entering this draft if they fill their needs at wide receiver. From Jerry Jeudy to Henry Ruggs to CeeDee Lamb, the first round talent is there. But the talent in the second and third rounds is what separates this draft from other WR classes. Expect the Eagles to take at least one pass-catcher in this year’s NFL Draft.

 

Los Angeles Rams Need RB Help After Releasing Todd Gurley

Due to contract and injury concerns, the Rams decided to release Todd Gurley, who was quickly signed by the Atlanta Falcons. This certainly has an effect on how the Rams will approach this NFL Draft, as it is filled with talented running backs. The Rams will need to replace Gurley, so could they be looking at drafting his replacement? The Rams’ first pick is 52nd overall, which could be prime territory to select Gurley’s replacement.

 

Tua Tagovailoa Throws on Social Media

There has been some concern on former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s hip as he recovers from a season-ending injury last year, leading up to the NFL Draft. Tagovailoa broke the silence by posting a short workout video on his twitter account, and he looks good. Of course, there are many props on the former Alabama quarterback. Tagovailoa is +1600 to be drafted first overall, +200 to go second, and has other props built around which team drafts him and his draft position. Tagovailoa will be the talk of the draft leading up to the late-April event, and this video proves he continues to progress in his return from injury.

 

Raiders and Chargers Set to “Meet” with QB Justin Herbert

During the coronavirus pandemic and isolation, it has really prevented teams from having and pre-draft visits, meetings, and even pro days for some athletes. With that being said, NFL teams still have to meet with prospects for a variety of reasons. With Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa likely to be the first two QBs taken, the attention on former Oregon QB Justin Herbert has become a topic of interest. Per Ian Rapoport, Justin Herbert will meet with the Las Vegas Raiders and has already spoken to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers currently have Tyrod Taylor on the roster and are likely to draft a quarterback in April’s draft. The Raiders have Derek Carr under a huge contract, but Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are likely doing due diligence given their draft capital. Herbert is far more likely to be a Charger than a Raiders, but this piece of news is quite interesting either way.

 

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager Releases First Mock Draft

NFL Network and FoxSports’ Senior National NFL writer Peter Schrager released his first mock draft on NFL.com. Schrager claims that he has talked to many coaches and general managers before making his mock draft. Here is what his top 5 looks like:

  • Bengals select Joe Burrow
  • Redskins select Chase Young
  • Lions select Jeffrey Okudah
  • Giants select Jedrick Wills
  • Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa

One of the more interesting quotes in his mock draft is when he mentions about what he has heard from “multiple coaches” about Jedrick Wills being the first offensive lineman off the board. If you believe Schrager’s information is good, Willis is +250 to be the first offensive lineman drafted.

 

NFL Draft History

 

1st Overall Picks

Here is the first overall pick for each of the last 20 NFL Draft classes.

YearTeamSelectionPosition
2019Arizona CardinalsKyler MurrayQB
2018Cleveland BrownsBaker MayfieldQB
2017Cleveland BrownsMyles GarrettDE
2016Los Angeles RamsJared GoffQB
2015Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis WinstonQB
2014Houston TexansJadeveon ClowneyDE
2013Kansas City ChiefsEric FisherOT
2012Indianapolis ColtsAndrew LuckQB
2011Carolina PanthersCam NewtonQB
2010St. Louis RamsSam BradfordQB
2009Detroit LionsMatthew StaffordQB
2008Miami DolphinsJake LongOT
2007Oakland RaidersJaMarcus RussellQB
2006Houston TexansMario WilliamsDE
2005San Francisco 49ersAlex SmithQB
2004San Diego ChargersEli ManningQB
2003Cincinnati BengalsCarson PalmerQB
2002Houston TexansDavid CarrQB
2001Atlanta FalconsMichael VickQB
2000Cleveland BrownsCourtney BrownDE

 

NFL Draft Facts

  • Since 2009, eight of the last 11 #1 overall picks have been quarterbacks.
  • The NFL Draft was held in New York City from 1965 until 2015.
  • Chicago hosted the 2015 and 2016 NFL Draft(s), while Philadelphia, Dallas, and Nashville hosted in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.
  • Only two first round picks have been forfeited in history, both by the New England Patriots (2008 and 2016 for cheating).
  • Round 1 begins on Thursday, April 23 at 8 PM, but rounds 2-3 are on Friday at 7 PM, and the rest is on Saturday starting at noon.

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