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
Report: NFL draft moving out of Las Vegas amid coronavirus outbreak, planning for in-studio version
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 22, 2020
“The Show Goes On” – Commissioner Goodell Says Draft Will Happen in April
The NFL Management Council Executive Committee discussed issues relating to the draft today and “was unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled on April 23-25, 2020,” Commissioner Roger Goodell told clubs in a memo tonight.
The show goes on.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 26, 2020
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.
Roger Goodell not only told teams yesterday that the NFL Draft will still be held April 23-25, but that anyone who criticizes the decision publicly can be punished pic.twitter.com/uw9PQbQGrK
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 27, 2020
2020 NFL Mock Draft Predictions
|1||Cincinnati Bengals||Joe Burrow, QB, LSU|
|2||Washington Redskins||Chase Young, DE, OSU|
|3||Detroit Lions||Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn|
|4||New York Giants||Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama|
|5||Miami Dolphins||Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers||Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon|
|7||Carolina Panthers||Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson|
|8||Arizona Cardinals||Jeffrey Okudah, CB, OSU|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||Javon Kinlaw, DT, SCAR|
|10||Cleveland Browns||Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia|
|11||New York Jets||Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa|
|12||Oakland Raiders||Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama|
|13||San Francisco 49ers||A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville|
|15||Denver Broncos||Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama|
|16||Atlanta Falcons||Terrell Lewis, DE, Alabama|
|17||Dallas Cowboys||Grant Delpit, S, LSU|
|18||Miami (via Pittsburgh)||CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma|
|19||Oakland (via Chicago)||Patrick Queen, LB, LSU|
|20||Jacksonville (via LA Rams)||Jordan Love, QB, Utah State|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles||Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, PSU|
|22||Buffalo Bills||Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State|
|23||New England Patriots||Austin Jackson, OT, USC|
|24||New Orleans Saints||Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU|
|25||Minnesota Vikings||CJ Henderson, CB, Florida|
|26||Miami (via Houston)||Josh Jones, OT, Houston|
|27||Seattle Seahawks||K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU|
|28||Baltimore Ravens||Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma|
|29||Tennessee Titans||Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson|
|32||Kansas City Chiefs||Trevon 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.
|1||Chase Young||DE/LB||Ohio State|
|6||Jeffrey Okudah||CB||Ohio State|
|11||Henry Ruggs III||WR||Alabama|
|14||Javon Kinlaw||DL||South Carolina|
|22||Yetur Gross-Matos||DE/LB||Penn State|
|28||Damon Arnette||CB||Ohio State|
|30||J.K. Dobbins||RB||Ohio State|
|31||Antoine Winfield Jr.||S||Minnesota|
|33||Laviska Shenault Jr.||WR||Colorado|
|42||Justin Madubuike||DL||Texas A&M|
|44||Brandon Aiyuk||WR||Arizona State|
|48||Cam Akers||RB||Florida State|
|49||Jordan Love||QB||Utah State|
NFL Draft Team Needs
A look at the updated team needs for each NFL team heading into the NFL Draft.
|NFL Team||Team Needs|
|San Francisco 49ers||WR, OG, DT, CB|
|Chicago Bears||OG, CB, S|
|Cincinnati Bengals||QB, DE, LB|
|Buffalo Bills||CB, DT, DE, LB|
|Denver Broncos||WR, DT, CB, OL|
|Cleveland Browns||DT, LB, S|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||OL, DL, QB|
|Arizona Cardinals||OL, DT, LB|
|Los Angeles Chargers||QB, RB, OL, CB|
|Kansas City Chiefs||RB, OL, CB|
|Indianapolis Colts||QB, WR, DT|
|Dallas Cowboys||DE, CB, S|
|Miami Dolphins||QB, RB, OL, DE|
|Philadelphia Eagles||CB, S, LB, WR|
|Atlanta Falcons||RB, DE, DT, CB|
|New York Giants||OL, DE, LB|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||DT, DE, LB, S|
|New York Jets||WR, OL, DE|
|Detroit Lions||DT, DE, CB|
|Green Bay Packers||WR, TE, DET|
|Carolina Panthers||QB, OL, DL, LB, CB|
|New England Patriots||QB, WR, TE, OL, DE/LB|
|Las Vegas Raiders||WR, LB, CB|
|Los Angeles Rams||OL|
|Baltimore Ravens||OL, LB|
|Washington Redskins||OL, LB|
|New Orleans Saints||WR, OL, LB|
|Seattle Seahawks||OL, DE|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||TE, OL, DL|
|Houston Texans||WR, DL, DE|
|Tennessee Titans||OL, DE/LB|
|Minnesota Vikings||WR, OL, DT, CB|
2020 NFL Draft Order
|4||New York Giants|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers|
|11||New York Jets|
|13||San Francisco 49ers|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|18||Miami (via Pittsburgh)|
|19||Oakland (via Chicago)|
|20||Jacksonville (via LA Rams)|
|23||New England Patriots|
|24||New Orleans Saints|
|26||Miami (via Houston)|
|30||Green Bay Packers|
|31||San Francisco 49ers|
|32||Kansas City Chiefs|
#1 Overall Pick in NFL Draft Odds
|Player||First Overall Pick Odds|
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.
Joe Burrow is Favored To Go #1 in the #NFLDraft & Loved By Bettors….What about Chase Young?
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) February 6, 2020
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.
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
- Defensive Lineman
- Offensive Lineman
- Running Back
- 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.
1. Joe Burrow
Do you know how the NFL Draft will go?
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) March 26, 2020
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.
Since word surfaced that Tom Brady is expected to land in Tampa, an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots’ QB there, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
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.
Per an #NFL personnel director to me this morning on reason why WR market has been slow:
"When you look at this draft, how much better are the guys on the street versus those guys?"
Could be one of the most historically talented draft classes EVER.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 19, 2020
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
Forever a part of our history.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 19, 2020
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
— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) March 24, 2020
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
With no pre-draft visits due to Coronavirus, teams have turned to FaceTime meetings with prospects instead. For instance, #Oregon QB Justin Herbert has a video call with the #Raiders today, and he’s spoken with the #Chargers, too. Everyone is adjusting to new realities.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 30, 2020
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.
I did a video from the basement responding to your tweets about it: https://t.co/dO0ky1IMGB
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 2, 2020
NFL Draft History
1st Overall Picks
Here is the first overall pick for each of the last 20 NFL Draft classes.
|2019||Arizona Cardinals||Kyler Murray||QB|
|2018||Cleveland Browns||Baker Mayfield||QB|
|2017||Cleveland Browns||Myles Garrett||DE|
|2016||Los Angeles Rams||Jared Goff||QB|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jameis Winston||QB|
|2014||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney||DE|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT|
|2012||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB|
|2011||Carolina Panthers||Cam Newton||QB|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||Sam Bradford||QB|
|2009||Detroit Lions||Matthew Stafford||QB|
|2008||Miami Dolphins||Jake Long||OT|
|2007||Oakland Raiders||JaMarcus Russell||QB|
|2006||Houston Texans||Mario Williams||DE|
|2005||San Francisco 49ers||Alex Smith||QB|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||Eli Manning||QB|
|2003||Cincinnati Bengals||Carson Palmer||QB|
|2002||Houston Texans||David Carr||QB|
|2001||Atlanta Falcons||Michael Vick||QB|
|2000||Cleveland Browns||Courtney Brown||DE|
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.