NFL Draft Odds 2021: How To Bet, Strategy & Mock Drafts

While last year’s NFL Draft was an unprecedented one during the coronavirus, as the draft was held virtually, the 2021 NFL Draft will take place as planned in Cleveland, Ohio. With legal sports betting booming in the United States, this becomes one of the more popular off-field sports betting markets available. Bettors in legal states can wager on which players will be drafted when, which players are drafted first at their position, and more. With dozens of NFL Draft betting markets, it becomes one of the more popular betting events of the year.

Let’s take a look at the NFL Draft order, our mock draft, the betting markets available, NFL Draft history and more.



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Time and Info – 2021 NFL Draft

Where: Cleveland, Ohio
When: Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1
TV: ESPN, NFL Network, ABC


Watch the NFL Draft – TV Schedule

Round 1 – Thursday, April 29, 8 PM EST
Rounds 2-3 – Friday, April 30, 7 PM EST
Rounds 4-7 – Saturday, May 1, Noon EST



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NFL Draft Odds Shift on Draft Day

Draft Day for the 2021 arrived, and many odds shifted heading into the first round.

Former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones is the favorite to go third overall per DraftKings Sportsbook, as his odds jumped to -150. After Jones, QB Trey Lance moved to +150 to be the third pick. Who will the Niners take?


Public Betting for the NFL Draft

DraftKings and William Hill have provided public betting information for the NFL Draft.

We detailed the public betting information, here. Due to massive line movement on some of these bets, the juice and public money has really changed.


2021 NFL Draft Order

A look at the updated NFL Draft order for the first round.

Draft PickTeam
1Jacksonville Jaguars
2New York Jets
3San Francisco (via MIA via HOU)
4Atlanta Falcons
5Cincinnati Bengals
6Miami Dolphins (via PHI)
7Detroit Lions
8Carolina Panthers
9Denver Broncos
10Dallas Cowboys
11New York Giants
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA via SF)
13Los Angeles Chargers
14Minnesota Vikings
15New England Patriots
16Arizona Cardinals
17Las Vegas Raiders
18Miami Dolphins
19Washington Football Team
20Chicago Bears
21Indianapolis Colts
22Tennessee Titans
23New York Jets (via SEA)
24Pittsburgh Steelers
25Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)
26Cleveland Browns
27Baltimore Ravens
28New Orleans Saints
29Green Bay Packers
30Buffalo Bills
31Baltimore Ravens (via KC)
32Tampa Bay Buccaneers


First Overall Pick NFL Draft Odds

Here is a look at the odds for which player will be selected first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

PlayerFirst Overall Pick Odds
Trevor Lawrence-10000
Zach Wilson+1600
Justin Fields+3300
Penei Sewell+6600
Trey Lance+8000
Mac Jones+10000
Ja'Marr Chase+20000
Kyle Pitts+20000
Rashawn Slater+25000
Patrick Surtain+25000


Second Overall Pick Odds

After Trevor Lawrence presumably goes first, the second pick odds are as follows:

  • Zach Wilson (-10000)
  • Justin Fields (+1500)
  • Trey Lance (+3300)
  • Trevor Lawrence (+3300)
  • Kyle Pitts (+3300)
  • Mac Jones (+5000)


NFL Draft First Running Back Taken Odds

For the first running back to be taken, the odds are very close. Here is a look:


First Wide Receiver Drafted Odds

Will Ja’Marr Chase be the first receiver drafted? The latest odds from DraftKings:


First Offensive Lineman Drafted Odds

While there is a heavy favorite to be taken first at the lineman position, there is still a betting market available.


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1. NFL Draft Odds 2021: How To Bet, Strategy & Mock Drafts


Who will be drafted third overall?

The biggest question mark for this year’s NFL Draft is who will go third overall. A week before the draft, Jones was -110 as you can see here.

At DraftKings Sportsbook, the odds have moved a few times. Lately, Mac Jones and Justin Fields keep flip-flopping as the favorite. As of five days before the draft, Mac Jones was the favorite at -200 with Justin Fields at +250. During draft week, those odds rose significantly.

One name to watch for is Trey Lance, whose odds have risen all the way to +250, while Mac Jones climbed to -250 and higher.


Four QBs in a row to start 2021 NFL Draft?

There is growing buzz that there will be four straight quarterbacks to start the 2021 NFL Draft. As Field Yates tweeted here, that is extremely rare.

The general consensus is leaning this way though, as it looks to be Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, then Justin Fields as the first four picks in the NFL Draft. This is great news for teams like the Bengals who already have their quarterback, as they will have a choice of Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts, and others at the five spot.


San Francisco 49ers Trade Up to #3, Eagles Trade Back

It’s already happening. The speculation has begun, as the 49ers have traded two future first round picks and #12 overall to move up to #3. This almost assures the 49ers are taking a quarterback. This means two things:

  1. Where is Jimmy G going?
  2. Who will be the 49ers QB?

The Dolphins then traded back up, and now have the sixth pick while the Eagles pick 12th.


NFL Comp Picks Announced

With NFL rules permitting teams to receive compensation picks, there are always nearly three dozen or more awarded each year. Here’s a look at the 2021 NFL compensation picks.

Per NFL communications, here are the compensation draft choices for this year’s NFL Draft, by round and overall selection.

Round 3 Comp Picks

There were 10 round three comp picks awarded for this year’s draft, here’s a look.

  • Patriots (96)
  • Chargers (97)
  • Saints (98)
  • Cowboys (99)
  • Titans (100)
  • Rams (101
  • 49ers (102)
  • Rams (103)
  • Ravens (104)
  • Saints (105)

Round 4 Comp Picks

There were seven fourth-round comp picks awarded this year, here they are:

  • Cowboys (138)
  • Patriots (139)
  • Steelers (140)
  • Rams (141)
  • Packers (142)
  • Vikings (143)
  • Chiefs (144)

The remaining compensation picks take place in the fifth and six rounds, from picks 177 to 183 and 216 to 227. Here they are.


Top 2021 NFL Draft Prospects

There is a massive selection of top-tier NFL prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft, but here is a quick look at three of the top players available.


Trevor Lawrence Scouting Report

Lawrence was destined to go number one for years and is one of the best NFL prospects of all time. Here is why.


Justin Fields Scouting Report

Fields may be the second QB taken, but does he have the best tools in the class? Here is his highlight reel.


Ja’Marr Chase Scouting Report

Chase did not play in 2020, but here is his highlights from the impressive 2019 CFB season where LSU went undefeated.


How To Bet on the NFL Draft

Betting on the NFL Draft will be very easy for legal sportsbooks when the time comes, in 4 states that have NFL draft betting online available via mobile apps. 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):

  • Kyle Pitts draft position – 8.5 (over or under)
  • Zach Wilson as second quarterback taken (+150)
  • Which of the two players is drafted higher between Player X and Player Y?
  • Who is the first wide receiver drafted?
  • How many QBs taken in the first round (4.5)

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
  • 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)
  • Total QB Taken in First Round
  • Draft Position Props
  • and more!

In addition, you can find DraftKings Sportsbook having some special bets such as the exact top three in the draft. After the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft is the most attractive betting market for many bettors.



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2021 NFL Mock Draft Predictions

A look at our NFL Mock Draft for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Draft PickTeamSelection
1Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2New York JetsZach Wilson, QB, BYU
3San Francisco 49ers (via MIA via HOU)Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
4Atlanta FalconsKyle Pitts, TE, Florida
5Cincinnati BengalsPenei Sewell, OT, Oregon
6Miami Dolphins (via PHI)Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
7Detroit LionsDeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
8Carolina PanthersTrey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
9Denver BroncosJaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
10Dallas CowboysMicah Parsons, LB, Penn State
11New York GiantsPatrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
12Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
13Los Angeles ChargersJaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
14Minnesota VikingsChristian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
15New England PatriotsJustin Fields, QB, Ohio State
16Arizona CardinalsCaleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
17Las Vegas RaidersKwity Paye, DE, Michigan
18Miami DolphinsGregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
19Washington Football TeamAlijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
20Chicago BearsJeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
21Indianapolis ColtsZaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
22Tennessee TitansChristian Barmore, DL, Alabama
23New York Jets (via SEA)Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
24Pittsburgh SteelersNajee Harris, RB, Alabama
25Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
26Cleveland BrownsTrevon Moehrig, S, TCU
27Baltimore RavensKadarius Toney, WR, Florida
28New Orleans SaintsTerrace Marshall, WR, LSU
29Green Bay PackersElijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
30Buffalo BillsJavonte Williams, RB, UNC
31Baltimore Ravens (via KC)Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
32Tampa Bay BuccaneersTravis Etienne, RB, Clemson


Latest NFL Draft Big Board

Here is a look at Action Rush’s updated NFL Draft Big Board, with our Top 25 Prospects.

1Trevor LawrenceQBClemson
2Penei SewellOTOregon
3Kyle PittsTEFlorida
4Ja'Marr ChaseWRLSU
5Justin FieldsQBOhio State
6Rashawn SlaterOLNorthwestern
7Micah ParsonsLBPenn State
8Caleb FarleyCBVirginia Tech
9Jaylen WaddleWRAlabama
10DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
11Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame
12Zach WilsonQBBYU
13Christian DarrisawOTVirginia Tech
14Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
15Patrick Surtain IICBAlabama
16Najee HarrisRBAlabama
17Zaven CollinsLBTulsa
18Mac JonesQBAlabama
19Jaycee HornCBSouth Carolina
20Alijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
21Wyatt DavisOLOhio State
22Rashod BatemanWRMinnesota
23Kwity PayeDEMichigan
24Travis EtienneRBClemson
25Creed HumphreyOLOklahoma


Team Needs for the NFL Draft

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

NFL TeamTeam Needs
San Francisco 49ersOL, DB
Chicago BearsQB, OL, DB
Cincinnati BengalsOL, DL, LB
Buffalo BillsRB, DL, DB
Denver BroncosRB, QB, DL, OL
Cleveland BrownsDL, LB, DB
Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB
Arizona CardinalsOL, DT, LB
Los Angeles ChargersOL, DL, DB
Kansas City ChiefsOL, DB
Indianapolis ColtsWR, DL, DB
Dallas CowboysQB, OL, DL, DB
Miami DolphinsRB, WR, OL, DL
Philadelphia EaglesDL, WR, OL, LB, DB
Atlanta FalconsRB, DL, DB
New York GiantsWR, OL, DE, LB
Jacksonville JaguarsQB, DL, DB
New York JetsRB, WR, OL, DB
Detroit LionsQB, WR, OL, DL
Green Bay PackersWR, DL, DB
Carolina PanthersQB, OL, DL, LB, DB
New England PatriotsQB, WR, TE, OL, DE/LB
Las Vegas RaidersDL, LB, DB
Los Angeles RamsOL
Baltimore RavensWR, DB
Washington RedskinsQB, OL, LB, DB
New Orleans SaintsQB, WR, DB
Seattle SeahawksRB, OL, DL
Pittsburgh SteelersRB, TE, OL, DB
Houston TexansWR, DL, LB
Tennessee TitansWR, TE, DB
Minnesota VikingsWR, OL, DL


NFL Draft History

A look at some history for past NFL Drafts, to help aid your betting research.

First Overall Picks

Here is the first overall pick for each of the last 21 NFL Draft classes, since the turn of the century.

2020Cincinnati BengalsJoe BurrowQB
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, nine of the last 12 #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).
  • The 2021 NFL Draft will take place from April 29th to May 1st.




What are the dates for the 2021 NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, Ohio from April 29th to May 1st, 2021

What time does the NFL Draft Start?

The start time for Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 29 is 8 p.m. ET. The start time for Rounds 2-3 of the NFL Draft, scheduled to take place Friday, is 7 p.m. ET. The start time for Day 3 of the NFL Draft, which includes Rounds 4-7, is 12 p.m. ET.

How Can I Watch The NFL Draft?

ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network will air all 7 rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. You can live stream the NFL Draft via the ESPN app and NFL app.

Which team has the first pick in the NFL Draft?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the 1st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They are projected to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence

Can I Legally Bet on the NFL Draft?

Yes, the following states offer online sports betting sites and mobile apps: New Jersey, Indiana, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, and more soon

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