NFL Draft 2020: Latest Odds and Prop Bets for the First Round

The 2020 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night and, as ever, it will be met with it a mixture of hopes, doubts, and precious little certainties.

Ironically, in a draft where convictions are at a premium, the first overall pick is the only aspect of the draft not up for debate, with the Cincinnati Bengals set to use to it to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

Behind Burrow, Ohio State edge rusher is widely expected to be the second player off the board, although his destination remains unclear after reports the Washington Redskins have been listening to offers for their second pick.

What is certain is that the 2020 edition of the draft will be a financial bonanza for bookmakers. With sport fans starved of live sports over the last five weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, betting has fallen. That, however, has changed in the lead-up to the drafts with sportsbooks across the U.S. reporting record numbers in terms of the number of bettors and the total amount wagered.

Here's a round-up of the best prop bets for draft night.

Who will be third player picked?

While Joe Burrow and Chase Young are all but guaranteed to be the first two picks, the identity of the third player off the board is far from clear. A number of bookmakers have Young's Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah as the favorite to be selected, but with the Detroit Lions fielding calls for the right to the their third overall pick the situation could change.

"Joe Burrow and Chase Young are pretty much certainties to go first and second but the third overall pick is up in the air," Steve Baumohl, co-founder and head of trading at RedZone.bet, told Newsweek. "We have Jeffrey Okudah as 11/10 favorite but it really is quite open, especially with this pick being a possible trade spot for teams looking to jump up."

Oddschecker has Okudah at 8/5 to be drafted third, while DraftKings has him at 3/5 to be the second defensive player selected behind Young.

Who will be the second quarterback selected?

Joe Burrow is a shoo-in to be the first overall pick, but nothing is set in stone as far as the second quarterback to be selected is concerned. Alabama's quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked certain to be the second signal caller off the board, but concerns over his fitness have since dampened that conviction.

DraftKings has Tagovailoa as a 3/5 favorite to be the second quarterback selected, with Oregon signal caller Justin Herbert at 23/20 and Utah State's Jordan Love at 25/1. Fox Bet also has Tagovailoa at 3/5 and Love at 25/1, while Herbert is even odds.

Which team will pick Tua Tagovailoa?

For months, the Miami Dolphins have seemingly been intent on using their No. 5 pick on Tua Tagovailoa, but on Wednesday NFL Network Ian Rapoport suggested Miami may trade up to land an offensive tackle and shore up an offensive line that ranked as the league's worst last season.

Despite the rumors, the Dolphins remain the favorite to land the Alabama quarterback. DraftKings and has Miami as a 4/5 favorite to draft Tagovailoa, followed while the Dolphins are 17/25 favorite with Fox Bet.

The Los Angeles Chargers are second favorite at 2/1 and 11/4 with the two bookmakers, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars at 12/1 and 8/1.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama looks on during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe Robbins/Getty

Which players will be picked in the top five?

Aside from Joe Burrow and Chase Young, bookmakers believe Tua Tagovailoa and Jeffrey Okudah are almost guaranteed to be picked in the top five. According to DraftKings, both players are 1/2 to be among the first five players picked, followed by Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills at 3/5 and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert at 4/5 and Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 7/4.

FanDuel, meanwhile, considers Burrow, Young and Tagovailoa nailed-on top-five picks. Clemson safey/linebacker is 9/10 to be one of the first five names off the board, with Herbert and Wirfs at 9/5 and 5/2 respectively and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton at 7/2 and Wills at 4/1.

First RB drafted

Georgia D'Andre Swift is the bookmakers' tip to be the first running back off the board. The Georgia product is a 1/2 favorite with Sugar House, Bet MGM and DraftKings, followed by Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor at 2/1 and 4/1 respectively.

Ohio State star J.K. Dobbins is 5/1 with Bet MGM and 6/1 with both Sugar House and Draft Kings, while LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is 7/1 with the former and 3/1 with the latter pair.

Total WR drafted in the first round

The 2020 draft is stacked with talent at wide receiver, so much so that a number of franchise have openly spoken about not selecting a wideout until the later rounds given the pool of talent available.

The over/under line on the number of wide receivers selected in the first round is set at 5.5. The over is 7/10 with Bet MGM and DraftKings, while the under is 6/5 and 34/20 respectively.

First wide receiver drafted

Despite the level of talent in the position, the race to be the first wide receiver selected in the 2020 NFL Draft will come down Oklahoma speedster CeeDee Lamb and his Alabama counterpart Jerry Jeudy. The former is a 19/20 favorite with DraftKings and Sugar House and even odds with Fox Bet, while Jeudy is a 5/4 with the former pair and 21/20 with the latter.

Total QB drafted in the first round

The over/under line is set at 4.5. The over is 23/5 and 9/2 with DraftKings and Bet MGM respectively, while the under is at 3/20 with both bookmakers.