Cincinnati Bengals Odds and Betting Preview

By, Faux John Madden (Special to OddsUSA.com) 

Free Agents Who Somehow Got Talked Into Signing Here: 
DT D.J. Reader (Texans) 
CB Trae Waynes (Vikings) 
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Cowboys) 
CB Mackensie Alexander (Vikings) 
LB Josh Bynes (Ravens) 
S Vonn Bell (Saints) 
CB LeShaun Sims (Titans) 
WR Mike Thomas (Rams) 
 
Franchise Tag aka One-Year Prison Sentence 
WR A.J. Green 

Players Fortunate to Escape Cincinnati 
DT Andrew Billings (Browns) 
QB Andy Dalton (Cowboys) 
TE Tyler Eifert (Jaguars) 
S Clayton Fejedelem (Dolphins) 
OT Cordy Glenn (Free Agent) 
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Free Agent) 
CB Tony McRae (Lions) 
LB LaRoy Reynolds (Falcons) 
LB Nick Vigil (Chargers) 

Bengals 2019 Season Review

As far as 2-14 teams go, the Bengals weren’t exactly the worst 2-14 team we’ve seen in the NFL.   

But… they weren’t a very good team either.  And at times, they not only looked bad but they were almost hard to stomach as well. 

(Which is an eerily similar description to Cincinnati’s famous Skyline Chili.)   

The 2019 season ushered in a new beginning to the Queen City, as Zac Taylor was hired from the Los Angeles Rams to take over for Bengals’ lifer Marvin Lewis who was fired after roughly 40 years coaching in Cincinnati.  

The aforementioned Taylor got his big break when Bengals owner Mike Brown was carousing the LinkedIn connections from Sean McVay and happened to land on his profile.   

The rest is history. 

So what went wrong for a Bengals team that wasn’t expected to be picking first in the draft? 

A few things created a lot of problems for Cincinnati.  The biggest issue the Bengals faced in 2019 came with their offensive line.  The Bengals o-line could have been swapped out with an Ohio State Fair turnstile and you’d be none the wiser. 

Per Pro Football Focus, only two teams in the league (Rams and Dolphins) had a worse offensive line than the Bengals did last season. 

Cincinnati was without 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams for the entire season, forcing the Bengals to turn to the likes of Cordy Glenn, Andre Smith and John Jerry to protect Andy Dalton’s blindside. 

Naturally, this didn’t go very well. 

The Andy Dalton Saga for 2019

Andy Dalton, to his credit, did not play the worst football of his career.  Doubly impressive considering the Bengals were also without their franchise-player A.J. Green for the entire season as well.  Bengal wideouts John Ross and Auden Tate also missed several games due to injury.  

The shoddy offensive line also hampered Joe Mixon’s ability to get a consistent running game going, as Mixon would not hit 100 yards rushing in a game until Week 10 in a blowout loss to the Ravens. 

Mixon finished the season strong for the Bengals, rushing for 494 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last four weeks of the season.  Prior to that, Mixon had only 643 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns in 12 games.  

Defensively in 2019, the Bengals were dreadful.  

Per Football Outsiders, the Bengals ranked 30th in defensive DVOA, including 28th against the pass.  They surrendered the most rushing yards in football, giving up nearly 150 yards a game on the ground. 

The data backs up the results.  Time and time again, the Bengals defense would surrender big plays and an abundance of yardage.  This would put the Bengals offense in a terrible situation given all their issues on the offensive line, and the Bengals would not have much of a chance to hang around for the entire game to pull off the win, as hard as they may have tried. 

Bengals 2020 Offensive Preview

The Bengals reward for their pain came with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  

The Bengals then selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with that selection, bringing Burrow back to the state of Ohio where he once dominated at the high-school ranks.  

Burrow joins the Bengals after having the greatest season in college football history.   

That statement does not come with hyperbole either. 

Burrow led the LSU Tigers to their first National Championship since 2007, while compiling stats that you would only see in an NCAA Football 14 dynasty. 

Here’s what Burrow did in 2019. 

  • 5671 yards passing  
  • 6055 yards of total offense   
  • NCAA single-season record 60 touchdown passes 
  • NCAA single-season record 202.0 passer rating 
  • Five touchdowns rushing 
  • Maxwell Award Winner 
  • Heisman Trophy Winner   
  • And he was filmed doing this after smacking Clemson around for four quarters. 

To say the Bengals don’t have high hopes for their new quarterback after the Andy Dalton era would be quite the understatement. 

All things considered, Burrow is coming into a situation that’s actually not that bad for a #1 overall pick.  

The Bengals will have A.J. Green back at WR, where alongside Tyler Boyd, John Ross, Auden Tate and former Clemson star Tee Higgins, the Bengals actually have quite a bit of weapons for Burrow to get the ball to.    

Even more importantly, the Bengals will also have Jonah Williams back at LT, who gets to pull a Ben Simmons and have his rookie year come in his second season.  The Bengals also added veteran guard Xavier Su’a-Filo in free agency to replace released John Miller.  

All eyes will be on the inexperienced head coach Zac Taylor to try to work some of that Sean McVay like magic on his young Bengals offense in 2020.   

However, if there is cause for concern for the Bengals improving on the offensive side of the ball in 2020, beyond that of their offensive line anyway, it would be how quickly Burrow is able to pick up the offense considering how abbreviated the offseason will be due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Bengals 2020 Defensive Preview

The Bengals rarely spend money in free-agency, but in 2020 Mike Brown went deep into the Bengals coffers to sign defensive-tackle D.J. Reader and cornerback Trae Waynes to big deals.  

The addition of Reader (four-year, $53 million) is especially noteworthy, as he will play alongside eight-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson on the Bengals defensive line. 

The Bengals big issue in 2019 on the defensive side of the ball came in their secondary, as they were constantly picked apart by offenses throughout the season. 

Cincinnati turned to free agency to try to remedy some of this, signing Vikings’ castaways Trae Waynes (three-year, $42 million) and Mackensie Alexander (four-year, $4.31 million), alongside former Saints safety Vonn Bell (three-year, $18 million).  

The Bengals other weakness on defense a year ago came at linebacker, so naturally the team decided to select three linebackers in the draft this year, with Logan Wilson (3rd round) and Akeem Davis-Gaither (4th round) expected to produce the most.  

The defensive has been revamped and has seen a lot of changes from a season ago.  Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo will need to improve the Bengals fortunes on this side of the ball for them to have any chance of competing in a suddenly stacked AFC North division. 

2020 Bengals Outlook & Bengals Betting Prediction

This is going to be a really fun team in a few years, but they’re not quite ready for primetime just yet.  Joe Burrow has franchise quarterback potential and the Bengals offense is ripe with talent at key skill positions. 

The Bengals offensive line and holes on defense though will be too much to overcome with a rookie quarterback in a loaded division.   

Look for Cincinnati to improve, but in an offseason disrupted by a pandemic and practices being all sorts of choppy, we expect the young QB to have some growing pains early before becoming more comfortable in his new digs.  

Bengals 2020 Projection:  4-12, 4th AFC North 

2020 Bengals Betting Preview 

From a betting perspective, I would lean on the following futures bets involving the Bengals: 

  • Bengals Under 5.5 wins; (+115) FanDuel Sportsbook
    This will be a close bet that likely comes down to the end, but looking over the Bengals schedule I see a team that’s right at 4-5 wins. Taking the plus-money pick here.
  • Joe Burrow to win Offensive Rookie of the Year (+225)
    After Chiefs RB Damien Williams elected to opt-out of 2020 with COVID-19 related concerns, that made their first-round selection Clyde Edwards-Helaire (+400) a formidable foe on Burrow’s quest to win Rookie of the Year. I may still place a bet on CEH, but will also be sprinkling a little bit on Burrow to win yet another award.
     
  • Bengals to finish in 4th Place AFC North (-250) 
    The -250 price is a bit steep, so probably would not go too crazy with this, but barring disaster from another team in the division, I do not see Cincinnati climbing out of the basement just yet.

Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

Harry’s 2020 NFL Draft Winners and Losers

Harry Gagnon’s 2020 NFL Draft Recap Winners and Losers

We all figured that with nothing going on in the sports world that the ratings for the 2020 NFL draft would be pretty good, but not only were they that, they were record breaking. Roger Goodell got a grade of a B+ from me and overall seemed to do a fabulous job. There were two moments that caught my eye and the first was the virtual hugging (a little weird, no?) and when he messed up the cities and the dates of Las Vegas getting the draft back in 2022.

Goodell first said Dallas for some reason, then changed back to Las Vegas but announced they were getting the draft back in 2020 and he meant 2022 (The NFL Draft is scheduled to be in Cleveland next year). Aside from those two incidents, the couple of days of the draft went smooth. Overall, it was honestly fun, with the key being we actually had something to watch that was live and sports related. So, here are a few of my opinions on who bettered themselves and who didn’t. 

Who Were the Winners of the 2020 NFL Draft?

All Three Florida Teams 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Over/Under Wins: 8.5  

Wins Over (-285) Under (+220) 

Tampa Bay went out and got Rob Gronkowski this past week to join his buddy Tom Brady. That would have been a good enough week by itself, but then they solidified the offensive line by grabbing Tristan Wirfs from Iowa in the Draft. Plenty of mocks had Wirfs going as high as 4th to the Giants and head coach Bruce Arians got him at thirteen.  

Tampa Bay also grabbed two excellent players from the University of Minnesota; Wide receiver Tyler Johnson, who had more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns, and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. who had 7 interceptions and 85 tackles last season for the Golden Gophers. Winfield comes from great pedigree, as his dad played 14 seasons in the NFL. 

Miami Dolphins 

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Miami Dolphins Over/Under Wins Total: 6  

Wins Over (-130) Under (-110) 

The Dolphins finally spent some money in free agency by grabbing four potential starters. They then went and drafted what they hope to be their quarterback of the future in Tua Tagovailoa. Tua does have injury concerns (hip/ankle) but he is worth the risk.  

The Dolphins also helped out their offensive line, taking USC’s tackle Austin Jackson in the first round. Then on Friday, Miami made a deal acquiring running back Matt Breida from the 49ers. This team won five of its last nine games a season ago for head coach Brian Flores and, with the new playoff format, the Dolphins might be good enough to grab that 7th playoff spot. 

Jacksonville Jaguars 

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Jacksonville Jaguars Over/Under Wins Total:  

Wins Over (+130) Under (-150) 

Look, the Jags are probably the worst team in the league regardless of their draft picks, but they chose to go defense with their two first round picks which is always an extremely smart thing to do.  

Cornerback CJ Henderson was highly regarded and is a Florida kid, plus edge defender from LSU, K’Lavon Chiasson, will quickly fill the void as Yannick Ngakoue moves on. These two players should be able to help keep games fairly close as the Jags continue to rebuild behind the legend known as Gardner Minshew. 

No Mistake on the Lake? 

Cleveland Browns 

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Cleveland Browns Over/Under Wins Total: 8.5  

Wins Over (-110) Under (-110) 

The Browns snagged offensive lineman Jedrick Wills out of Alabama with their first round pick. He is an explosive run blocker and, with the Browns signing right tackle Jack Conklin for $42 million dollars in free agency, quarterback Baker Mayfield has no more excuses.  

After taking care of the offensives side of the ball in the first round, the Browns flipped to the defensive side in the second. They tabbed safety Grant Delpit who, before last season, was possibly the best defensive player in college football and the Browns landed him in the middle of the second round (some guy named Chase Young took that mantle from him last year). 

Who Were the Losers of the 2020 NFL Draft?

Chicago Bears 

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Chicago Bears Over/Under Win Total: 8.5 

Wins Over (+115) Under (-135) 

Chicago screwed up again but that is par for the course when it comes to them and the draft. They spent a ton of money signing tight end Jimmy Graham from Green Bay, and didn’t have a first round pick. Knowing that, what did they do with their second round pick? You guessed it, they drafted a tight end. If that wasn’t enough, they took a cornerback out of Utah when potential corners Kristian Fulton of LSU and Alabama’s Trevon Diggs (brother of Stefan Diggs) were still on the board and were considered better prospects. 

Green Bay Packers 

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Green Bay Packers Over/Under Wins Total: 9.5  

Over (+120) Under (-140) 

The Packers management really seems like they slapped star quarterback Aaron Rodgers across the face when they traded down in the first round to grab QB from Utah St, Jordan Love. The Packers were fortunate last season and Rodgers got Green Bay to the NFC championship game pretty much by himself (or at least it felt like that).  

Love had only 20 TDs against 17 interceptions for the Aggies last season so if things don’t go right early for Green Bay this pick could be the reason why. 

NFL Draft Day Three Results

We have all the picks made during the second and third rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft

We are two-thirds of the way through the NFL Draft now that days one and two are in the books. We have all the results from Day Two of the draft which was held tonight virtually. Here are the picks that were made in rounds two and three of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Round Four

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (107)CINLB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian St2019 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year
2 (108)WASOT Saahdiq Charles, LSU
3 (109)(DET to LV)
LV
OG John Simpson, Clemson2019 Consensus First-Team All-American
4 (110)NYGCB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
5 (111)(MIA to HOU, HOU to MIA)
MIA
OG Solomon Kindley, Georgia
6 (112)LACRB Joshua Kelley, UCLA2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
7 (113)CARCB Troy Pride, Notre Dame
8 (114)ARZOT Leki Fotu, Utah2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
9 (115)CLETE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
10 (116)JAXOT Ben Bartch, St. John’s (Minn.)
11 (117)(TB to SF, SF to MIN)
MIN
EDGE DJ Wonnum, South Carolina
12 (118)DENTE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
13 (119)ATLLB Mykal Walker, Fresno St
14 (120)NYJRB La’Mical Perine, Florida
15 (121)(LV to DET)
DET
OG Logan Stenberg, Kentucky2019 Second-Team All-SEC
16 (122)INDQB Jacob Eason, WashingtonCareer Stats; 26 Starts, 59.8% completion, 5590 Passing Yards, 39 Passing TDs
17 (123)DALCB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa
18 (124)PITRB Anthony McFarland, Maryland
19 (125)(CHI to NE, NE to NYJ)
NYJ
QB James Morgan, Florida International
20 (126)(LA to HOU)
HOU
OT Charlie Heck, UNC
21 (127)PHIS K’von Wallace, Clemson2019 Third-Team All-ACC
22 (128)BUFWR Gabriel Davis, UCF2019 First-Team All-AAC
23 (129)(NE to BAL, BAL to NE, NE to NYJ)
NYJ
OG Cameron Clarke, Charlotte
24 (130)(NO to MIN)
MIN
DE James Lynch, Baylor
25 (131)(HOU to ARZ)
ARZ
DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU
26 (132)MINLB Troy Dye, Oregon2017, 2018, & 2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
27 (133)SEATE Colby Parkinson, Stanford
28 (134)(BAL to ATL)
ATL
S Jaylinn Hawkins, California
29 (135)(TEN to MIA, MIA to PIT)
PIT
OG Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette
30 (136)(GB to MIA, MIA to HOU, HOU to LA)
LAR
TE Bryce Hopkins, PurdueAP Big Tight End of the Year, 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
31 (137)(SF to DEN, DEN to JAX)
JAX
CB Josiah Scott, Michigan St
32 (138)KCS La’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech
33* (139)(TB to NE, NE to LV)
LV
CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
34* (140)(CHI to JAX)
JAX
LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami2018 & 2019 First-Team All-ACC
35* (141)(MIA to HOU)
HOU
CB John Reid, Penn St
36* (142)WASWR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
37* (143)BALOG Ben Bredeson, Michigan
38* (144)SEARB DeeJay Dallas, Miami
39* (145)PHIOT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
40* (146)(PHI to DAL)
DAL
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin2019 Rimington Trophy Winner, 2019 Consensus All-American
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Five

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (147)CINEDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
2 (148)(WAS to CAR, CAR to SEA)
SEA
EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse2018 Second-Team All-ACC
3 (149)(DET to IND)
IND
OG Danny Pinter, Ball St2019 First-Team All-MAC
4 (150)NYGOG Shane Lemieux, Oregon2018 & 2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
5 (151)LACWR Joe Reed, Virginia
6 (152)CARS Kenny Robinson, West VirginiaPreviously played in the XFL in 2020
7 (153)(MIA to SF)
SF
OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
9 (154)(JAX to PIT, PIT to MIA)
MIA
DE Jason Strowbridge, UNC
10 (155)(CLE to BUF, BUF to MIN, MIN to CHI)
CHI
DE Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
11 (156)(DEN to SF, SF to WAS)
WAS
C Keith Ismael, San Diego St
12 (157)(ATL to BAL to JAX)
JAX
S Daniel Thomas, Auburn
13 (158)NYJCB Bryce Hall, Virginia2018 Second-Team All-American
14 (159)(LV to NE)
NE
K Justin Rohrwasser, MarshallTeam cut K Stephen Gostkowski this off-season
15 (160)(IND to CLE)
CLE
C Nick Harris, Washington
16 (161)TBWR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
17 (162)(PIT to SEA, SEA to WAS)
WAS
LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
18 (163)CHICB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
19 (164)(DAL to PHI, PHI to MIA)
MIA
EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise St
20 (165)(LA to JAX)
JAX
WR Collin Johnson, Texas
21 (166)(PHI to DET)
DET
WR Quintez Cephus, WisconsinLed Badgers in Receptions, Receiving Yards, and Receiving TDs
22 (167)BUFQB Jake Fromm, GeorgiaCareer Stats: 63.3% completion rate, 8236 yards, and 78 Passing TDs
23 (168)(NE to PHI)
PHI
WR John Hightower, Boise St
24 (169)(NO to MIN)
MIN
CB Harrison Hand, Temple
25 (170)(MIN to BAL)
BAL
DT Broderick Washington, Texas Tech
26 (171)HOUWR Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island
27 (172)(SEA to DET, DET to NE, NE to LV, LV to DET)
DET
RB Jason Huntley, New Mexico St
28 (173)(BAL to LA, LA to MIA, MIA to PHI, PHI to CHI)
CHI
WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane2018 Second-Team All-AAC
29 (174)TENDT Larell Murchison, North Carolina St
30 (175)GBLB Kamal Martin, Minnesota
31 (176)(SF to MIN)
MIN
WR KJ Osborn, MiamiTransferred to Miami from Buffalo
32 (177)KCEDGE Michael Danna, Michigan
33* (178)DENLB Justin Strnard, Wake Forest
34* (179)DALEDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah2019 Consensus First-Team All-American
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Six

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (180)CINOG Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 2018 Second-Team All-Big 12
2 (181)(WAS to DEN)
DEN
OG Netane Muti, Fresno St
3 (182)(DET to IND, IND to NE)
IND
OG Mike Onwenu, Michigan
4 (183)NYGLB Cameron Brown, Penn St
5 (184)CARDT Bravvion Roy, Baylor2019 Pre-Season All-Big 12
6 (185)MIALS Blake Ferguson, LSU
7 (186) LACS Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame2019 Preseason Second-Team All-American
8 (187)(ARZ to CLE)
CLE
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones2018 & 2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
9 (188)(CLE to BUF)
BUF
K Tyler Bass, Georgia SouthernNamed to an All-Sun Belt Conference team three straight years
10 (189)JAXQB Jake Luton, Orgeon St2019 Honorable Mention All-Pac 12
11 (190)(ATL to PHI, PHI to SF)
SF
TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
12 (191)NYJP Braden Mann, Texas A&M2019 Second-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-SEC
13 (192)(LV to GB)
GB
OG Jon Runyan, Michigan2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
14 (193)INDDT Rob Windsor, Penn St
15 (194)TBDT Khalil Davis, Nebraska2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
16 (195)(DEN to NE)
NE
OG Justin Herron, Wake Forest
17 (196)(CHI to PHI)
PHI
LB Shaun Bradley, Temple
18 (197)(DAL to MIA, MIA to IND, IND to DET)
DET
OG John Penisini, Utah
19 (198)PITS Antoine Brooks Jr, Maryland
20 (199)LARS Jordan Fuller, Ohio St2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
21 (200)(PHI to CHI to PHI)
PHI
WR Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Conference USA
22 (201)(BUF to MIN, MIN to BAL)
BAL
WR James Proche, Southern Methodist
23 (202)(NE to ARZ)
ARZ
LB Evan Weaver, California2019 First-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
24 (203)(NO to MIN)
MIN
OG Blake Brandel, Oregon St
25 (204)(HOU to NE)
NE
LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
26 (205)MINS Josh Metellus, Michigan
27 (206)(SEA to JAX)
JAX
TE Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech
28 (207)(BAL to NE, NE to BUF)
BUF
WR Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon St
29 (208)(TEN to GB)
GB
C Jake Hanson, Oregon
30 (209)GBOG Simon Stepaniak, Indiana2019 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
31 (210)(SF to PHI)
PHI
OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
32 (211)(KC to NYJ)
NYJ
DB Isaiah Rodgers, Massachusetts
33* (212)(NE to IND)
IND
WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington St
34* (213)(NE to IND)
IND
LB Jordan Glasgow, Michigan
35* (214)SEAWR Freddie Swain, FloridaLed Gators in receiving TDs in 2019
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Seven

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (215)CINLB Markus Bailey, PurdueOhio-Native
2 (216)WASS Kamren Curl, Arkansas
3 (217)(DET to SF)
SF
WR Jauan Jennings, TennesseePlayed in all games this season despite suffering a knee injury this summer
4 (218)NYGEDGE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
5 (219)(MIA to MIN, MIN to BAL)
BAL
S Geno Stone, Iowa
6 (220)LACWR KJ Hill, Ohio St
7 (221)CARCB Stanley Thomas-Oliver, Florida International
8 (222)ARZRB Eno Benjamin, Arizona St2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
9 (223)JAXCB Chris Claybook, Memphis
10 (224)(CLE to TEN)
TEN
QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii2019 Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
11 (225)(NYJ to BAL, BAL to MIN)
MIN
DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan St
12 (226)(LV to CHI)
CHI
OG Arlington Hambright, Colorado
13 (227)(IND to MIA, MIA to PHI, PHI to CHI)
CHI
OG Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee St2019 All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention
14 (228)(TB to PHI, PHI to ATL)
ATL
P Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse
15 (229)(DEN to WAS)
WAS
EDGE, James Smith-Williams, North Carolina St
16 (230)(ATL to NE)
NE
C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
17 (231)DALQB Ben DiNucci, James Madison
18 (232)PITDT Carlos Davis, NebraskaAlso participated in Track at Nebraska
19 (233)(CHI to PHI)
PHI
EDGE Casey Toohill, Stanford2019 finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy
20 (234)LARLB Clay Johnston, Baylor
21 (235)(PHI to NE, NE to DET)
DET
DT Jashon Cornell, Ohio St
22 (236)(BUF to CLE, CLE to GB)
GB
DB Vernon Scott, TCU
23 (237)(NE to DEN, DEN to TEN, TEN to KC)
KC
CB Bopete Keys, Tulane2019 All-AAC Honorable Mention
24 (238)(NO to NYG)
NYG
LB TJ Brunson, South Carolina
25 (239)(MIN to BUF)
BUF
CB Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh2019 Second-Team All-ACC
26 (240)(HOU to NO)
NO
QB Tommy Stevens, Mississippi St
27 (241)(SEA to NE, NE to TB)
TB
LB Chapelle Russell, TempleTemple’s Male Comeback Athlete of the Year in 2018
28 (242)(BAL to GB)
GB
EDGE Jonathan Garvin, Miami
29 (243)TENDB Chris Jackson, Marshall
30 (244)(GB to CLE, CLE to NO, NO to MIN)
MIN
QB Nate Stanley, Iowa2019 Big-Ten Honorable Mention
31 (245)(SF to TB)
TB
RB Raymond Calais, Louisiana-Lafayette
32 (246)(KC to MIA)
MIA
WR Malcolm Perry, Navy2018 AAC Offensive Player of the Year, Played QB at Navy
33* (247)NYGCB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
34* (248)(HOU to LAR)
LAR
K Sam Sloman, Miami (Ohio)
35* (249)MINS Brian Cole II, Mississippi St
36* (250)(HOU to LAR)
LAR
OG Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson2019 First-Team All-Acc
37* (251)(MIA to SEA)
SEA
TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU
38* (252)DENWR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida
39* (253)MINOG Kyle Hinton, Washburn
40* (254)DENEDGE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota St
41* (255)NYGLB Tae Crowder, Georgia2020 Mr. Irrelevant (Title given to last player picked in the NFL Draft)
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

This concludes the 2020 NFL Draft. Continue checking oddsusa.com for more NFL Off-Season and Preseason updates.

NFL Draft Day Two Results

We have all the picks made during the second and third rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft

We are two-thirds of the way through the NFL Draft now that days one and two are in the books. We have all the results from Day Two of the draft which was held tonight virtually. Here are the picks that were made in rounds two and three of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Round Two

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (33)CINWR Tee Higgins, Clemson
2019 First-Team All-ACC, 2018 CFP National Champion
2 (34)(WAS to IND)
IND
WR, Michael Pittman Jr, USC
2019 Second-Team All-American, 2019 & 2017 First-Team All-Pac 12
3 (35)DETRB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
2019 First-Team All-SEC, 6th in UGA History in Yards From Scrimmage
4 (36)NYGS Xavier McKinney, Alabama
2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2018 Orange Bowl Defensive MVP
5 (37)(LAC to NE)
NE
S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
2019 Cliff Harris Award for Small College Defensive Player of the Year
6 (38)CARDE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn St
2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
7 (39)MIAOG Robert Hunt, Louisiana-Lafayette
2019 First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference, 2018 Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference
8 (40)(ARZ to HOU)
HOU
DT Ross Blacklock, TCU
2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 2017 Freshman All-American
9 (41)(CLE to IND)
IND
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
2018 & 2019 First-Team All-American, 6th in Career Rushing Yards in DI History
10 (42)JAXWR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12, 2018 First-Team All-Pac 12
11 (43)(LV to CHI)
CHI
TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
Highest Graded TE Draft Prospect on NFL.com
12 (44)(IND to CLE)
CLE
DB Grant Delpit, LSU
2018 & 2019 Consensus All-American, 2019 CFP National Champion
13 (45)TBDB Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota
2019 Unanimous First-Team All-American, Dad played in NFL
14 (46)DENWR KJ Hamler, Penn St
2019 Second-Team All-Big Ten
15 (47)ATLDT Marlon Davidson, Auburn
2019 First-Team All-SEC
16 (48)(NYJ to SEA)
SEA
DE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
38 college games: 118 Tackles, 26.5 TFL, 19.5 Sacks, 6 FF, 4 FR, 7 PBs
17 (49)PITWR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s Leading Receiver in 2019
18 (50)CHICB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
2019 Second-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
19 (51)DALCB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2018 CFP National Champion
20 (52)LARRB Cam Akers, Florida St
2019 Second-Team All-ACC, #1 RB coming out of High School
21 (53)PHIQB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
2019 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, 2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 2018 CFP National Champion
22 (54)BUFDE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
23 (55)(NE to ATL, ATL to BAL)
BAL
RB JK Dobbins, Ohio State
2019 First-Team All-American, 2nd in career rushing yards in Ohio State history
24 (56)(NO to MIA)
MIA
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
2018 & 2019 Second-Team All-SEC, 2017 CFP National Champion
25 (57)(HOU to LAR)
LAR
WR Van Jefferson, Florida
Career: 175 Rec, 2159 Rec Yds, 16 Rec TDs
26 (58)MINOT Ezra Cleveland, Boise St
2018 & 2019 First-Team All-MWC
27 (59)(SEA to NYJ)
NYJ
WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
2019 First-Team All-Big 12
28 (60)(BAL to NE)
NE
LB Josh Uche, Michigan
2019 Second-Team All-Big Ten
29 (61)TENCB Kristian Fulton, LSU
2019 Second-Team All-SEC, 2019 CFP National Champion
30 (62)GBRB AJ Dillon, Boston College
2017 2018 & 2019 First-Team All-ACC
31 (63)(SF to KC)
KC
LB Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi ST
Career: 99 tackles, six sacks, three interceptions, and a touchdown
32 (64)(KC to SEA, SEA to CAR)
CAR
DB Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
2019 Second-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team ALL-MVFC
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY

Round Three

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (65)CINLB Logan Wilson, Wyoming2019 First-Team All-MWC, 2016 MWC Freshman of the Year
2 (66)WASWR/RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis2019 First-Team All-AAC
3 (67)DETOLB Julian Okwara, Notre Dame2019 Second-Team Preseason All-American, 2019 Team Captain
4 (68)(NYG to NYJ)
NYJ
DB Ashtyn Davis, California2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12, 2018 First-Team All-Pac 12
5 (69)(CAR to SEA)
SEA
OG Damien Lewis, LSU2019 Second-Team All-SEC
6 (70)MIADB Brandon Jones, Texas2019 Second-Team All-Big 12
7 (71)(LAC to NE, NE to BAL)
BAL
DT Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M2019 Second-Team All-SEC
8 (72)ARZOT Josh Jones, Houston2019 Second-Team All-AAC
9 (73)JAXDT Davon Hamilton, Ohio St2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
10 (74)(CLE to NO)
NO
LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
11 (75)(IND to DET)
DET
OG Jonah Jackson, Ohio St2019 Third-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
12 (76)TBRB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt2018 SEC Newcomer of the Year
13 (77)DENCB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
14 (78)ATLC Matt Hennessy, Temple2019 Third-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-AAC
15 (79)NYJDE Jabari Zuniga, Florida2019 Preseason First-Team All-SEC, Missed time Senior Season due to injury
16 (80)LVWR Lynn Bowden, Kentucky2019 Paul Hornung Award Winner for the most versatile all-around player
17 (81)(CHI to LV)
LV
WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina2019 Second-Team All-SEC
18 (82)DALDT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma2019 Second-Team All-Big 12
19 (83)(PIT to DEN)
DEN
C Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2019 CFP National Champion
20 (84)LARLB Terrell Lewis, Alabama2019 Second-Team All-SEC, 2017 CFP National Champion, Missed 25 career games due to injury
21 (85)(PHI to DET, DET to IND)
IND
S Julian Blackmon, Utah2019 First-Team All-Pac 12, Tore ACL in 2019 bowl game
22 (86)BUFRB Zack Moss, UtahUtah Career leader in yards, carries, TDs and 100+ yard games, 2019 First Team All-Pac 12, 2019 Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year
23 (87)NELB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2015 & 2017 CFP National Champion
24 (88)(NO to CLE)
CLE
DT Jordan Elliot, Missouri2019 Second-Team All-American
25 (89)MINDB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi St2018 Second-Team All-SEC
26 (90)HOULB Jonathan Greenard, Florida2019 First-Team All-SEC
27 (91)(SEA to HOU, HOU to LV, LV to NE)
NE
TE Devin Asiasi, UCLA2019 Honorable Mention All-Pac 12
28 (92)BALWR Devin Duvernay, Texas2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 3rd in the country receptions last season
29 (93)TENRB Darrynton Evans, Appalachian St2019 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, 2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference
30 (94)GBTE Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati2019 First-Team All-AAC
31 (95)(SF TO DEN)
DEN
DT McTelvin Agim, ArkansasLed Arkansas in Sacks and Tackles For Loss in 2019
32 (96)KCOT Lucas Niang, TCU2018 Second-Team All-Big 12, missed seven games last year due to injury
33*
(97)
(HOU to CLE)
CLE
LB Jacob Philips, LSULed LSU players in tackle in 2019
34* (98)(NE to BAL)
BAL
LB Malik Harrison, Ohio St2019 Third-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
35* (99)NYGOT Matt Peart, UConn2019 First-Team All-AAC
36* (100)(NE to LV)
LV
LB Tanner Muse, Clemson2019 Third-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-ACC
37* (101)(SEA to NYJ, NYJ to NE)
NE
TE Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech2018 All-ACC Honorable Mention
38* (102)PITLB Alex Highsmith, Charlotte2019 Third-Team All-American, Charlotte record 20 career sacks
39* (103)PHILB Davion Taylor, Colorado2019 All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention, ran track at Colorado
40* (104)LARS Terrell Burgess, Utah116 career tackles and one interception
41* (105)(MIN to NO)
NO
TE Adam Trautman, Dayton2019 Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year, 2019 First-Team All-PFL, Highest player drafted to NFL in Dayton history
42* (106)BALOT Tyre Phillips, Mississippi StPlayed both Tackle positions in college
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

The third day of the NFL Draft continues tomorrow with rounds four through seven. The fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft begins tomorrow at 12 PM EST.

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First Round Of NFL’s Virtual Draft Goes Smoothly

NFL announced record viewership for the first round of the league’s first-ever fully-virtual draft

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was a complete success. The NFL announced earlier today that the first round of the virtual draft was the most-watched draft telecast in league history. More than 15.6 million people tuned in to watch the Draft. The previous record was 12.4 million viewers during the 2014 NFL Draft.

It is also worth noting that the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft did not present any technical or broadcasting issues. This comes after the league held a mock virtual draft on Monday that featured a wide variety of issues like communications difficulties and bandwidth problems.

The first three picks went as predicted. LSU QB Joe Burrow was selected with the first overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. After that, the Washington Redskins chose Ohio State DE Chase Young with the number two overall pick. Lastly, the Lions picked Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah with the third pick in the first round. The three became the first three former teammates ever selected with the first three picks in the NFL Draft. Okudah, Young, and Burrow were all members of the 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes’ football team.

The SEC also set a new draft record. On Thursday night, 15 SEC players were selected in the first round of the draft. ESPN Stats and Info is saying that this is an NFL common draft record. The previous record for first-round picks from a single conference was 12 by the ACC in 2006 and 12 by the SEC in 2013 and 2017.

Four Quarterbacks were drafted in the first round yesterday. Joe Burrow was chosen by Cincy, Tua Tagovailoa was picked by Miami, Justin Herbert was selected by the Chargers, and the Packers traded up to the 26th spot from 30 to draft Utah State QB Jordan Love. The Packers’ GM said, “I haven’t connected with Aaron yet, but obviously he’s been through this and he’s a pro and it’s something that’s a long-term decision… the way the board fell, this was just the best decision for the Packers. Aaron has been around a long time, and he understands what we’re playing for.” Aaron Rodgers will be turning 37 this coming December.

The Miami Dolphins ended up using three first-round selections last night. They had the most first-round picks of any team in this year’s draft. The following teams did not have a first-round pick last night: the Rams, the Texans, the Bills, the Bears, the Colts, and the Steelers.

The NFL Draft continues later tonight with the second and third rounds. The second round of the draft is scheduled to begin at 7 PM EST on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network.

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2020 NFL Draft First Round Results

The first 32 picks of this year’s NFL Draft were made this evening.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was held virtually earlier tonight. Here are all the selections that were made in tonight’s portion of the NFL Draft.

PickTeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1CINQB Joe Burrow, LSUWon 2019 Heisman Trophy & 2020 CFP National Championship Game
2WASEDGE Chase Young, Ohio StWon 2019 Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year award
3DETCB Jeff Okudah, Ohio St2019 Unanimous All-American
4NYGOT Andrew Thomas, Georgia2019 Unanimous All-American, 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner
5MIAQB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama2018 All-American, 2018 SEC Player of the Year, 2018 CFP National Champion
6LACQB Justin Herbert, OregonNamed 2019 “Academic Heisman” (William V. Campbell Trophy winner)
7CARDT Derrick Brown, Auburn2019 Unanimous All-American, 2019 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
8ARZLB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson2019 Unanimous All-American, 2019 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 2018 CFP National Champion
9JAXCB CJ Henderson, Florida2019 First-Team All-SEC
10CLEOT Jedrick Wills Jr, Alabama2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2017 CFP National Champion
11NYJOT Mekhi Becton, Louisville2019 First-Team All-ACC, 2019 Jacobs Blocking Award Winner, 6’7″ and 364 lbs
12LVWR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama4.27 40-yard-dash, Fastest 40-yard-dash at 2020 NFL combine
13(IND to SF to TB)
TB
OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa2019 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year
14 (TB to SF)
SF
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina2019 First-Team All-SEC
15DENWR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama2018 Biletnikoff Award Winner, 2018 & 2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2017 CFP National Champion
16ATLCB AJ Terrell, Clemson2019 First-Team All-ACC, 2018 CFP National Champion
17DALWR CeeDee Lamb, OklahomaConsensus 2019 All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 2019 Biletnikoff Award Finalist
18(PIT to MIA)
MIA
OT Austin Jackson, USC2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
19(CHI to LV)
LV
CB Damon Arnette, Ohio St2019 Second-Team All-Big Ten
20(LAR to JAX)
JAX
EDGE, K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU2019 First-Team All-SEC, 2020 CFP National Champion
21PHIWR Jalen Reagor, TCUTwo-time Second-team All-Big 12
22(BUF to MIN)
MIN
WR Justin Jefferson, LSULed Country in Receptions (2019), 2020 CFP National Champion
23(NE to LAC)
LAC
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma2019 First-Team All-Big 12
24NOC Cesar Ruiz, Michigan2019 Second-Team All-Big Ten
25(MIN to SF)
SF
WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona St2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
26(HOU to MIA to GB)
GB
QB Jordan Love, Utah St2018 Second-Team All-MWC
27SEALB Jordyn Brooks, Texas TechFirst-Team All-Big 12
28BALLB Patrick Queen, LSU2019 CFP National Champion
29TENOT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia2019 Secon-Team All-SEC
30(GB to MIA)
MIA
CB Noah Igbinoghene, AuburnPlayed WR as a Freshman, 91 tackles & one interception in two seasons as a starter
31(SF to MIN)
MIN
CB Jeff Gladney, TCUFirst-Team All-Big 12
32KCRB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSUFirst-Team All-SEC, 2020 CFP National Champion
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY

The NFL Draft continues tomorrow with rounds two and three. The second round of the NFL Draft begins tomorrow at 7 PM EST.

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Joe Burrow Welcomed To Cincinnati A Day Before The Draft

Report: Bengals’ President officially welcomed the LSU QB to Cincinnati on Wednesday

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Mike Brown, the President of the Cincinnati Bengals, officially welcomed LSU QB Joe Burrow to the team on Wednesday. Schefter tweeted that Brown sent a letter to Burrow and his family saying “… that he looks forward ‘to building championship football teams with you for many years to come.'” Burrow is the top-ranked QB prospect on ESPN.com and NFL.com.

Schefter said the letter from Brown to the Burrow family also came with a special gift. Brown sent jerseys with the number nine to the entire family. Adam Schefter is saying Burrow will officially wear number nine while playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joe Burrow had one of the best seasons of all-time as a College Football Quarterback this past year. In 15 games as a starter his senior year, he went 15-0 and led LSU to a victory in the 2020 College Football National Championship Game. Last season, Burrow threw for 60 Touchdowns and had a Rating of 202.0, both of which are single-season College Football records. He also led the NCAA this year in passing yards and completion percentage.

The first round of the NFL Draft will air tonight. The Draft is set to begin at 8:00 PM EST and can be viewed on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network.

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2020 NFL Draft Starts Tonight

The three-day-long, virtual drafting process begins this evening

The long off-season wait for football’s next stars is over. The 85th NFL Draft will begin tonight starting at 8:00. Tonight will be the first round of the annual selection process. The draft will be held virtually for the first time in NFL History. The 2020 Draft was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, NV live, but the NFL decided to move ahead with a virtual format for the safety and protection of players, staffers, and fans amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The NFL Draft is the league’s annual selection process where professional teams pick college players to join their franchise. The draft consists of 255 total selections in seven rounds. This year’s draft is spread across three days. The first-round will be held tonight, then the second and third round tomorrow, followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday.

The Miami Dolphins have the most picks in this year’s draft with 14 overall. Meanwhile, the Saints and Chiefs are tied at five for the fewest total picks. There are six teams that do not have a first-round pick tonight: Pittsburgh, the LA Rams, Chicago, Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Houston.

The Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick in the 2020 Draft. This will be the fourth time in team history that the Bengals have had the top choice in the draft and the first time drafting number one overall since 2003. There seems to be a consensus that LSU QB Joe Burrow will be who the Bengals take with the top pick. Bleacher Report, NFL.com, ESPN, and CBS Sports all predict Cincy winds up taking Joe Burrow, but we will find out tonight.

The NFL Draft will be airing live starting tonight on the NFL Network, ABC, and ESPN. The NFL will also be hosting “Draft-A-Thon Live,” a live-stream supporting COVID-19 relief efforts featuring former NFL Greats and other celebrities. Round One of the 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8:00 PM EST.

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NFL Draft: The Top Five Fallers

NFL Draft Odds: The Top Five Fallers and Guys to Watch Slip in the NFL Draft

Many of the best NFL draft prospects spend nearly a full year being hyped as a first-round pick before they are actually drafted.

And many of those maintain that status all the way up until Roger Goodell calls their name on the draft’s opening night. 

But for some, more time spent in the spotlight means more time being picked apart and having weaknesses poked at. Some inevitably slip, and you can bet it will happen again this year. 

Of course, medical concerns often factor as well, often bringing greater slides down the draft board than any other red flags. 

For one reason or another, Field Level Media expects each of the five players below to be drafted lower than public perception and expectation. 

The Top Five Guys to Fall Down the 2020 NFL Draft Board

Auburn DT Derrick Brown: This is not a knock on Brown’s tape. There are many who believe Brown was more dominant last year than Alabama’s Quinnen Williams was in 2018, no small feat. 

But it’s hard to justify taking a defensive tackle in the top five or 10 if he isn’t a great pass-rusher, and Brown isn’t quite there yet. He’s great at pushing pockets and can finish with sacks at times, but his tape doesn’t show elite athleticism (which was backed up by testing). 

There are some possible top-10 fits — Carolina at No. 7, Arizona at No. 8, Jacksonville at No. 9 — but each of those teams has several other needs. It’s not impossible that South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw (a better pass rusher) goes before Brown. 

Iowa DE AJ Epenesa: Players with Epenesa’s production (21.5 sacks, 30.5 tackles for loss from 2018-19) in a major conference rarely last long, but he could slip into the second round. 

Nobody expected Epenesa to test well, but he still underwhelmed at the NFL Scouting Combine. His size, stiffness and lack of explosiveness make for a tough fit, especially 4-3 defenses who prefer speedy, bendable edge rushers. But Epenesa might not fit 3-4 teams, either, because he struggles against double teams in the run game. 

Epenesa’s best hopes for Round 1 might be New England or Miami, who both value big defensive ends with outside-inside versatility in the Bill Belichick-style scheme. Detroit (at 35th overall in Round 2) would also fit that bill. 

Colorado WR Laviska Shenault: Pegged as first-round pick last May, Shenault’s stock has cooled since the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in a disappointing 4.58 seconds and then had core-muscle surgery. 

Round 2 remains possible, but we could see Shenault fall to the third or even fourth round, given the combination of medical concerns and a deep receiver draft. Shenault is more of a playmaker than a true receiver for now, and some might even see him as a running back. There are several more polished receivers who could be had in Round 2. 

LSU CB Kristian Fulton: Fulton is very talented and has been a popular pick for the first round, labeled by some as the third-best cornerback. 

But there are reasons for concern, including off-the-field issues and questions on tape. Fulton won a lot of reps in college by recovering quickly — which is much tougher in the NFL — and he struggled against top competition. 

There are a slew of cornerbacks in the late-first, early-second-round area, and Fulton could get lost in the shuffle. 

Georgia RB D’Andre Swift: Most have regarded Swift as the draft’s top running back, and most sportsbooks have pegged him as the likeliest first-round back. 

But teams are willing to wait to draft running backs, and this year’s crop is jumbled at the top. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins or LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be higher on many teams’ boards. 

Others to watch: LSU S Grant Delpit, Alabama edge defender Terrell Lewis, Houston OT Josh Jones 

Update: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

We have new information regarding the trade between New England and Tampa Bay

An NFL legend is coming out of retirement and returning to the football field. According to Adam Schefter’s sources, Tight End Rob Gronkowski officially passed his physical, which means he is now officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronkowski will now be reunited with former teammate Tom Brady.

Around 4:00 PM EST earlier today, Adam Schefter reported that sources told ESPN the Pats were trading Gronk to the Buccaneers. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that the Patriots will receive the Bucs’ Fourth-Round pick in the NFL draft in exchange for Gronkowski and a Seventh-Round Pick. The trade was later confirmed by Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus also told Schefter that “he [Gronkowski] will honor his current contract at this time.”‬ The Five-time Pro Bowler currently has one year remaining on his contract and is owed $9 million. He is set to turn 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially retired in March of 2019 following nine years with the New England Patriots. In his time off, Gronk joined Fox Sports as an analyst and also signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. While with the company, he hosted Wrestlemania 36 and won the WWE 24/7 Championship.

This will be just the second team Rob Gronkowski has ever played for in the NFL. During the first part of his career with the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro four times.

Report: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly agreed to a trade involving Rob Gronkowski

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have agreed to trade TE Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are expected to send Gronk and a Seventh-Round pick to the Bucs for Tampa Bay’s Fourth-Round pick. The trade will become official once Gronkowski passes a physical.

Earlier, Schefter’s sources told him that the teams had been discussing a trade ahead of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Rob Gronkowski is currently under contract for one year and $10 million. He will be turning 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially announced his retirement from the NFL in March of 2019 after a nine-year career. He was named to five Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro four times during his time with the Patriots. He was also an integral part of three New England Patriot Super Bowl wins.

Gronk had an exciting career outside of football, even though it was brief. He served as an analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL Programming team. He also signed a contract with the WWE in 2020. He went on to host Wrestlemania 36 which aired earlier this month. He also became the WWE 24/7 Champion during his time with the WWE.

Gronkowski never ruled out a return to football during his time away from the game. ESPN says that Gronk always indicated he wanted to reunite with former teammate Tom Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in March. Now, he will get that opportunity.

This upcoming season will be Gronk’s tenth in the NFL and his first with a team besides the Patriots. He has recorded 521 career receptions for 7861 career receiving yards and 79 Touchdowns during the first nine years of his career.

NFL Draft Prop Bets: Conference vs. Conference

NFL Draft Prop Bets: Conference vs. Conference Odds

By: Travis Pulver

While there is still hope that the NFL season is not going to be impacted by the Coronavirus, it is too soon to tell. But fans can rest assured on one thing, though; the NFL Draft is going to go down as scheduled this week. It is going to look more like a fantasy football draft than the dog-and-pony show the NFL usually puts on– and hey, that’s okay.

Holding the Draft despite not getting the usual chance to evaluate players in-depth will give football fans everywhere something to think about and focus on other than how much they want to be anywhere but home. 

It will give them a sense of normalcy, along with something to bet on. Most sportsbooks are offering a wide range of prop bets related to the NFL Draft. Some will even give college football fans a chance to get their competitive juices flowing. 

NFL Draft Prop Bets: Which Conference Will Produce More First Round Picks?

The SEC is the unquestioned king of the NFL Draft. Seemingly every year, the draft ends with more players getting drafted out of the SEC than any other conference. This is true overall and also in the first round. 

More than likely, the 2020 draft will be more of the same. So, putting any conference up against the SEC in a head-to-head competition would just be—well, it wouldn’t be much of a contest. But BetMGM is offering odds on three head-to-head competitions that could be pretty interesting. 

  • More First Round Picks Odds—Head-to-Head: Big 12 vs. Pac-12 
  • Big 12   -1.5                       -130 
  • Pac-12 +1.5                      +110 

The Big 12 is a lock to have one guy inside the top 15, CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma). But other than Lamb, the outlook for the Big 12 is not crystal clear. Many experts have Jeff Gladney (TCU) and Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma) going inside the top-25. 

A few have Denzel Mims (Baylor), Ross Blacklock (TCU), and Jalen Reagor (TCU) among the last few selections. But late round projections could easily become early second-round picks.   

As for the Pac-12, the only lock is Justin Herbert, who some have going as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 20. Other than him, many experts have Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona St.), Austin Jackson (USC), and Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado) potentially going in the first. 

The Big 12 does seem to have more potential than the Pac-12. But does it have enough to cover the spread? 

NFL Draft Prop Bets: Pac-12 vs. ACC: Can the West Coast Cover the Spread?

  • More First Round Picks—Head-to-Head: Pac-12 vs. ACC 
  • Pac-12                  +145 
  • ACC                       -176 

We already know what we can expect from the Pac-12, so let’s examine the ACC. The conference is expected to have a top-5 pick in Isaiah Simmons (Clemson). Mekhi Becton (Louisville) is expected to go pretty high as well, but with news of a flagged drug test breaking recently, he could slide into the second. 

Many experts have A.J. Terrell (Clemson) going in the first, and a few think Tee Higgins (Clemson) could as well. But that is probably it on Day One. 

So, both conferences have one guy that is considered a lock. The ACC had two, but teams tend to get scared off guys in the first because of drug test issues. Both have other guys that could go in the first, but the Pac-12 has more.    

  • More First Round Picks—Head-to-Head: Big 12/ACC 
  • Big 12   -.5                          -139 
  • ACC       +.5                         +115 

This bet may be a little hard to call. Both have one guy that is widely considered to be a lock in the first (Big 12— CeeDee Lamb; ACC— Isaiah Simmons). Other than those two, there are a handful of guys that could go in the first. But there is no consensus on anyone else. 

Mekhi Becton may be the guy most likely to go in the first. Some projections had him as a top-ten pick while others had him going inside the top-15. But over the weekend news broke of a flagged drug test. While he never had a failed or flagged test in college, teams may be wary of taking him in the first because of it. 

No one has said what the test was flagged for. Rumor has it that he has discussed the test with teams. But until draft night, we are likely not going to get much more information, if any. 

Both conferences have one guy that is a lock. The ACC has one guy that could very well be one (Becton), but it is hard to say without additional information. But the Big 12 has more potential first-rounders (Jeff Gladney (TCU), Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma), Denzel Mims (Baylor), Ross Blacklock (TCU), and Jalen Reagor (TCU)) than the ACC (A.J. Terrell and Tee Higgins (both Clemson)). 

Conclusion 

Which conferences should you bet on? That is hard to say. The SEC and Big Ten look like they are going to dominate the first round this year. But teams will regret passing on the stars from the ACC, Big 12, and Pac-12. 

So, the question is if teams will be willing to pass on a superstar from those three or miss out on one from the other two. Then there are the Group of Five conferences to consider as well…

Troubles Arise During NFL’s Mock Virtual Draft

The NFL’s trial run of the virtual drafting system did not go as planned yesterday

Yesterday, the NFL’s 32 teams participated in a mock virtual draft to prepare for the actual draft which is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Reports came out after the event saying that the draft did not go exactly as planned.

Adam Schefter tweeted that a draft participant texted him saying, “… Mock draft today already technical glitch w Cincinnatis 1st pick!!! Brutal.” The tweet came out just 24 minutes after the mock draft began. Coaches and GMs told ESPN’s Dianna Russini there were issues with bandwidth and communication. The New York Post also said that one GM had a problem forgetting to hit the mute button.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter later went into detail about the issues that occurred during the mock draft for Cincinnati. According to his sources, the Bengals did not do anything wrong to cause the technical issue. However, the source did go on to say that the error resulted in a two-and-a-half-minute long delay in the drafting process.

It wasn’t an entire disaster though. After a rocky start, things smoothed themselves out. One head coach texted Russini, “… After the start, its running smoothly. Its quiet actually on the call…”

The NFL Draft “dress rehearsal” was held at 1:00 PM EST yesterday. ESPN reported that teams were encouraged to select former greats rather than current prospects so that nobody would reveal their draft strategy. The simulations were run so that teams will be prepared for the real virtual drafting process later this week.

On April 6th, Roger Goodell announced that the 2020 NFL Draft will proceed with a fully virtual format. This news came after the draft had originally been scheduled to take place from April 23rd to April 25th in Las Vegas. The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM EST on April 23rd.

Top Five NFL Draft Surprise Picks

Top Five 2020 NFL Draft Surprise Picks

Pre-draft projections are not science and mostly based on what prospects were able to put on film against the competition in their conference.  

What makes the mystery of draft evaluation problematic are the wide variables between players.  

Take quarterbacks, for example.  

There was no true basis for Carson Wentz to be compared in an apples-to-apples exercise with Rayne Dakota (Dak) Prescott in 2016. 

Wentz was drafted second overall out of North Dakota State despite some injury concerns and no definitive measure for how he’d perform against elite competition. Jared Goff from Pac-12 program Cal went No. 1 to the Rams. 

Prescott was a fourth-rounder. Paxton Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler and Connor Cook are among the quarterbacks that went ahead of Prescott, despite his proven SEC pedigree. Even the Cowboys weren’t convinced Prescott would hit this stratosphere. 

With their initial fourth-round pick, the Cowboys selected defensive end Charles Tapper from Oklahoma 101st overall. They had also tried to trade up for Lynch in Round 1 and then Cook in Round 4. 

At the tail end of the fourth round and some 133 picks after small-schooler Wentz, Prescott was picked to be Tony Romo’s backup.  

Scouts and fans fall in love with measurables, with flashes and with purported ceilings. Prescott was not considered accurate or a prototype passer despite a collection of school records and national honors.  

For one reason or another, the five players listed below are not being discussed on par with their peers, but Field Level Media expects each of them to be drafted higher than public perception and expectation. 

The 2020 NFL Draft Top Five Surprise Picks  

Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland: Boise State is no longer viewed as a small school, but a few things work against Cleveland besides level of competition. His arms are on the short side (33 3/8 inches) considering his 6-6, 311-pound frame, and he wasn’t consistently matched up against pro-caliber pass rushers.  

Cleveland could be a fit for the Baltimore Ravens in the first round. They always draft the best player and have made a hearty commitment to keeping the offensive line in tip-top shape. The retirement of guard Marshal Yanda after 13 years also created a hole at guard, meaning Cleveland could start inside and move back to tackle in the future. 

Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos: Lanky and explosive will get a man drafted, and Gross-Matos is that in spades. At 6-5, 266 with 34 7/8-inch arms, he still has some scheme flexibility but would likely be best suited in a traditional 4-3. 

Production-wise, he can’t stack up to fellow Big Ten peers Chase Young (Ohio State) and AJ Epenesa (Iowa). It might take an out-of-the-box thinker to draft him before No. 20, but we love his chances to be picked in the first round by the Miami Dolphins or Seattle Seahawks. 

Washington QB Jacob Eason: Quarterbacks rise on draft day, and quarterbacks with tools are coveted in the bottom of the first round. Eason can be compared to Josh Allen (Bills) and Joe Flacco, a pair of former first-round picks with playoff starts (and a Super Bowl MVP award for Flacco). 

He’s not going to run away from anyone, but at 6-6, Eason has a rocket for an arm and traits that could be developed.  

Michigan OLB Josh Uche: Uche doesn’t come with an owner’s manual because of his size — 6-1, 245 — but a creative coach will refuse to allow this prospect to be painted into a box. 

He’s a sawed-off edge player who might need to get in the rotation at strong-side linebacker or be taken in by a predominantly 3-4 team. 

But in a class light on defensive ends, Uche could make a serious splash. 

We like him to be under consideration starting at No. 23 to the New England Patriots. 

Penn State WR KJ Hamler: Working against Hamler are the depth of the 2020 wide receiver class and the tape measure.  

At 5-foot-9, Hamler is a pocket rocket who makes his bread running around and away from defenders.  

He’s a multi-use weapon in the mold of Tyreek Hill, and a team that wants an explosive weapon on offense and the return game will invest.  

He’s more polished at this stage than 2019 first-rounder Hollywood Brown (25th overall, Ravens) and weighed in 12 pounds heavier (178 to 166). 

Hamler would be a fit for the Seattle Seahawks (hello, Tyler Lockett) or Minnesota Vikings, who need a big-play replacement for Stefon Diggs. 

Others to watch: Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz, Florida CB CJ Henderson, Alabama S Xavier McKinney. 

How Will be the First Defensive Linemen to Come Off the Board?

Who Will be the First Defensive Linemen Chosen in the NFL Draft?

The best player in the 2020 NFL Draft is not a quarterback.  

Yes, Joe Burrow is the prevailing favorite — nearly 15 to 1 odds per PointsBet — to be the top pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.  

But Field Level Media’s consensus top player in the draft is Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. Young, who had 16.5 sacks last season at Ohio State, is widely expected to follow Burrow off the board at No. 2 and join former Buckeyes teammate Dwayne Haskins with the Washington Redskins. Haskins was the 15th overall pick in 2019.  

Young is regarded as “the total package,” with former NFL general manager Charley Casserly rating Young ahead “by a good margin” of the college prospect versions of Jadeveon Clowney and Mario Williams, two former No. 1 picks taken by the Houston Texans (Casserly’s one-time employer). 

Young didn’t work out in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine, and his pro day was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic, but it was clear speaking with coaches and general managers at the event that Young was very highly regarded. Falcons coach Dan Quinn, whose team is in the market for a pass-rush push, joked that Young could skip the combine and pro day circuit entirely and still be in the running for the top pick.  

Young is now 1/5 odds to land with the Redskins. The next closest team, the Detroit Lions, pick No. 3 and are +350 followed by the Giants at +500. To pry this pick out of the hands of new coach Ron Rivera, some team would to need to bring multiple picks to the party. As committed as Washington has been to building on the defensive line, Rivera doesn’t want to pass on an elite player.  

“I feel like I’m the best player in the country,” Young told Field Level Media before he was recognized as the top defensive player in college football last season at the Maxwell Football Club. “I think I was the best player at the combine. I feel like I’m the best, that my name should be up there, and that’s not off of being cocky, that’s off of being real confident. To be in this game, if you don’t have that mentality, you shouldn’t be playing it.” 

So Which Defensive Linemen Gets Picked Next After Young in the NFL Draft?

What isn’t clear: Which defensive end will follow Young off the board.  

While position classification can blur that line to a certain degree, this class is not rich in defensive line talent.  

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown is all but a lock to be drafted in the top 12. He could go as high as No. 3 to the Lions. 

But there’s no guarantee from there. 

MGM set the over-under on first-round defensive linemen at a mere 4.5. That would mean Young plus Brown and two or three others, depending on which side of that bet you like.  

The under seems far-fetched in a league married to passing and rushing the passer. But outside linebacker and edge players are not being counted in that total.  

We have rising confidence that South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw will be in the top 20. Kinlaw isn’t a prototype, but he does a lot of things that matter in today’s NFL and could draw consideration from the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars in the top 10. 

Can two others ride a run on DLs to make it 5? 

Don’t rule it out.  

One player not being discussed enough is Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos. He’s a long and lean right defensive end who can get to the quarterback.  

And TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and Auburn’s Marlon Davidson are names teams will bandy late in the first round.  

If the run on defensive linemen comes — as expected at positions such as offensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback — earlier than many project, there’s also a good chance the total on defensive players in the first round (14) could be in play. 

MGM set the over-under at 14.5 (of 32 picks). Based on what we know, expect four apiece at QB, OT and WR to be gone by pick 28. That leaves us to project how the other 20 picks might be invested.  

If you’ve done any homework, we like five linebackers, five cornerbacks and one safety to be first-round picks (11). If the defensive line gets any deserved love late in the first round, we are looking at the over. 

Harry’s Favorite NFL Draft Prop Bets

Harry Gagnon’s Favorite NFL Draft Prop Bets Nobody is Talking About

The excitement is palpable as we finally have something to salivate and wager over in the U.S. No need to check out ping pong or Belarussian soccer, here is something we know. The NFL and the NFL draft. And what better way to enjoy it than by hopefully putting some extra cash in your bank account with my favorite NFL Draft prop bets that nobody is talking about. 

NFL Draft Prop Bet No. 1: 2nd Quarterback Drafted

-130 Justin Herbert, Oregon 

-115 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama 

+2800 Jordan Love, Utah State 

+3300 Field 

With Joe Burrow of LSU the first pick, the most interesting situation revolves around the 2nd QB taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert is good but I don’t think he is great. The Dolphins need to do the right thing whether it is trading up to the No. 3 pick (owned by the Lions) or the No. 4 (owned by the Giants) and grab the Crimson Tide star.  

With the Dolphins’ history of picking poor QB’s it should make them cautious if they are thinking of taking Herbert, and I think them doing so would be a monumental mistake. Tua needs to be the play here whether he goes at 3, 4, or 5 and I think he will be selected just ahead of Herbert. This late push by Herbert is unwarranted and could be a huge mistake for anyone thinking of taking him ahead of the Hawaiian. 

-115 Tua Tagovailoa 

NFL Draft Prop Bet No. 2: Will Cornerback Trevon Diggs be Selected in the First Round

-175 Yes  

+145 No 

Trevon Diggs is something you may heard of before, a shutdown corner out of Alabama. I think he would be an absolute perfect fit with the Jaguars. Even if the Jaguars pass on the opportunity, I could also see the Vikings making a move here since they possess the No. 22 and No. 25 pick in the first round. 

-175 Yes 

NFL Draft Prop Bet No. 3: Will Wide Receiver Brandon Aiyuk be Selected in the First Round

No -125 

Yes -115 

Brandon Aiyuk, the wide receiver out of Arizona State, has shot up Mel Kiper’s mock draft to No. 22 and honestly, I can’t blame Mel. Aiyuk is athletic and had five games last season where he went for more than 140 yards. I could see him going No. 30 to the Packers and 31st to San Francisco who lost wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. 

Yes -115 

NFL Draft Player Prop Bet Over/Unders 

Xavier McKinney, Safety Alabama 

Over 24.5 -120 

Under 24.5 -120 

McKinney is a stud who led the Crimson Tide in tackles and had seven combined picks and forced fumbles last season. 

Under 24.5 -120 

CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver Oklahoma 

Over 12.5 -180 

Under 12.5 +140 

I got in one of my picks early, tabbing Lamb at under 14.5 and I still feel confident in the under sitting at 12.5. The Jets could use a receiver after losing leading receiver Robby Anderson to free agency. Knowing that, I think he’s the Las Vegas Raiders guy at No. 12 because the Raiders need and are always looking for a flashy player and that means Lamb at No. 12. 

Under 12.5 +140 

Bonus NFL Draft Prop Bet: Will Commissioner Roger Goodell be Wearing a Suit at the Beginning of the Draft

-950 Yes  

+500 No 

This bet seems like it would be easy, but the yes opened up at -1100 so something might be up. It would cool to see Goodell, since he is doing the draft from his basement, take a more mild, relaxed approach to the draft. Heck, knowing he can’t get hugged by any of the players, he might end up knowing he has to do something to loosen things up and have a lot of fun with it. So, let’s lose the tie and the jacket Commish, and let us fans cash a +500 underdog. 

+500 No 

Harry’s Favorite NFL Draft Prop Picks

Harry Gagnon’s Favorite 2020 NFL Draft Prop Picks

Finally, we have the NFL draft coming up this week and we can take a look at all the wonderful things that may and may not happen from April 23-25. Despite the draft being virtual and from Commissioner’s Roger Goodell’s basement, it is something for all of us sports fans to enjoy and relish until we have real live games available again. With the draft comes draft wagering and here are a few of my favorite NFL Draft prop picks to hopefully put some extra money in your pocket. 

NFL Draft Odds: Exact Outcome of First 3 Overall Picks

No. 1-Joe Burrow, QB LSU 

No. 2-Chase Young, DE Ohio St 

No. 3-Jeff Okudah, CB Ohio St 

Regardless if it is the Cincinnati Bengals (who have the first pick) or if it’s the Miami Dolphins moving up via trade, Joe Burrow is going to be the first pick overall. At No. 2 is the perfect pick for the Washington Redskins in defensive end Chase Young (16.5 sacks last season at OSU; he’s a huge favorite at -900 to be the second pick in the draft. To conclude this bet, Jeff Okudah is a shutdown cornerback who has the ultimate speed and ability and should be a lock for whichever team is picking at No. 3 (in case there is a trade, if not, it’s the Detroit Lions). 

Best NFL Draft Prop Bets: Players Over/Under Draft Position Number

Grant Delpit, Safety LSU 

Over 32.5 -200 

Under 32.5 +150 

Delpit is an excellent safety and if this was his draft number after the 2018 season, I would implore you to take the over, but his stock has dropped a bit considering a somewhat underwhelming 2018 season and you can bang the over with the plus money and make yourself a decent pay day. 

Under 32.5 +150 

Jonathan TaylorRB Wisconsin 

Over 37.5 -135 

Under 37.5 -105 

Taylor is an absolute stud and I’ll be shocked if he drops this far especially when I look at the board and feel he could go at 26th overall to the Dolphins. Taylor is quite durable and led the Badgers in rushing in every game except for one over the last three seasons. A. Workhorse! Taylor also compiled over 6,000 yards rushing at his time in Madison and while yes, it was behind a great offensive line, Taylor is one of the best pure running backs we have seen in a long time. 

Under 37.5 -105 

Josh Jones OT Houston 

Over 25.5 +105 

Under 25.5 -145 

Jones can play inside or outside and for somebody weighing 320 pounds, he’s incredibly athletic. Jones is not only athletic, but he is also long-armed, which NFL teams LOVE and could quite possibly be the best tackle in the draft when we look back on this 10 years from now. With all that being said, I see him going 29th to the Titans who need a replacement for right tackle Jack Conklin after Conklin went to the Browns in free agency. 

Over 25.5 +105 

Jordan Love QB Utah St 

Over 19.5 -130 

Under 19.5 -110 

I’m not sold on Love who is getting way too much “love” at 19.5. Love went for 32 touchdowns and versus only six picks two seasons ago, but this past year he had only 20 touchdown passes while throwing 17 interceptions. 

Over 19.5 -130 

Bonus NFL Draft Prop Pick

Jordan Love to be drafted exactly at No. 23 to the New England Patriots +600 

This is a shot in the dark, but it does make sense considering the Pats did not make a move for a quarterback in free agency. With no Tom Brady anymore and no experience (outside of Brian Hoyer) at quarterback on the Patriots current roster Love could be the play here. 

Love No. 23 to the Patriots +600 

NFL Draft Odds: School vs. School

NFL Draft Odds: Which School Will Have the Most Players Drafted in the First Round

By: Travis Pulver

The coronavirus has brought the sports world to a screeching halt, but football fans are still hopeful that their season is not going to be impacted. To that end, teams are having to prepare as if the show will go on. That includes making sure they select the best possible players in the draft. 

Who the ‘best’ players are is subjective, to a degree. But the search, at least in the first round, is going to lead teams and fans to some of the usual college programs: Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, and Georgia. 

Alabama usually produces a few first-round picks. It would not be shocking to see LSU have a few this year. Clemson has done well in recent drafts, as has Oklahoma. Ohio State has a long history of success in the NFL draft.

The same could be said for Auburn and Georgia. 

That success is a strong recruiting tool for attracting the best and brightest high school talent. But while many schools can claim success via the NFL draft, recruits are going to be more interested in the programs that produce more relative to the other ones. 

It is a point of pride for fans of those college football programs and gives them something they can hold over their friends that support other programs. To satisfy their desire to gamble, they can put their money where their mouth is at the sportsbooks.    

NFL Draft Head-to-Head Odds: Will Success on The Field Lead To Success In The Draft?

When we think of programs like Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Auburn, Georgia, and Ohio State, we often use the phrase ’football factories’ because these guys turn out so many NFL players. This year is projected to be more of the same. 

Alabama often leads the way along with the rest of the SEC. But there is a chance they do not lead LSU this year. But oddsmakers seem to think they will: 

  • More 1st Round Picks odds—Head-to-Head: Alabama vs. LSU 
  • Alabama             -173 
  • LSU                      +140 

The over/under for both is set at 5.5, with Alabama having a better chance (47.62 percent) of covering than LSU (35.34 percent). Plenty of mock drafts have six players selected in the first with LSU having an outside shot at seven. But projections via mock drafts and reality do not always match up. 

However, it is worth mentioning that many experts have more Alabama players going inside the first 16 picks. Most of LSU’s potential selections are coming in the second half. Anyone can slide, but late round projections are more likely to slide into the early part of the next round.   

  • More 1st Round Picks Odds—Head-to-Head: Clemson vs. Oklahoma 
  • Clemson +.5      -164 
  • Oklahoma -.5    +135 

Both schools have seen a handful of guys go in the first round in recent drafts. But the expectations are not too high this year for either. The over/under for Clemson is set at just 1.5 while it is set at 2.5 for Oklahoma. 

However, the odds favor Clemson covering the over (66.67 percent) while the under is favored for the Sooners (80 percent). But with Clemson getting .5, should they both end up with just two, the Tigers win. 

So—how will each do? 

Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons is expected to be a top-five pick. Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb is considered a first-round lock.  Both have one more expected to go in the latter half of the round (Clemson—A.J. Terrell; Oklahoma—Kenneth Murray). 

How close they will be to the end of the round (making it possible they go in the second) depends on which expert’s opinion you read. It is also worth mentioning that Clemson’s Tee Higgins is projected by some to go in the first, as is Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore. 

The College Football Playoff Mainstays: Who Will Have the Most First Round Picks?

  • More 1st Round Picks Odds—Head-to-Head: Clemson vs. Ohio State 
  • Clemson +.5      -157 
  • Ohio State -.5    +125 

We have already established that Clemson is looking at two, maybe three first-round picks. So, the question here is how Ohio State is going to fare? The over/under is set at 2.5, and the odds heavily favor the under (80 percent chance). 

There is a strong chance that the Buckeyes have two top-five selections (Chase Young and Jeff Okudah). But they may not see another player get selected until late in the second. However, some think David Arnette and maybe even J.K Dobbins could go in the first. 

  • More 1st Round Picks—Head-to-Head Auburn/Georgia 
  • Auburn +.5         -189 
  • Georgia -.5         +155 

Much of the best talent drafted out of the SEC will come from Alabama and LSU. But other schools in the SEC, like Auburn and Georgia, will likely be well-represented with a few guys going in the first. An over/under is being offered on Georgia (1.5 with the over being favored at -182). 

However, there is no similar offering for Auburn. The Tigers will likely have Derrick Brown going inside the top-ten. But they may not see another player get selected until mid-way through the second (Noah Igbinoghene). 

As for Georgia, offensive lineman Andrew Thomas is considered a lock for the first round. Many also think D’Andre Swift will go in the first, but some see him more as a Day Two selection. 

Conclusion 

You can get a good idea of how the first round is going to go by studying mock drafts. But it is important to keep in mind that many experts like to work through different possibilities, i.e., trades. While these guys are considered ‘experts’ for a reason, they aren’t mind-readers. 

They don’t know what teams are going to do any more than the rest of us, so have fun and choose wisely

NFL Draft Odds QB Order After Burrow

NFL Draft Odds: Which Quarterbacks Come Off the Board After Burrow

There is no denying Joe Burrow is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  

His statistics — 60 touchdown passes — alone would draw the attention of scouts in the NFL feeder league that is the Southeastern Conference. They also helped LSU go undefeated, win the national title and bagged Burrow a Heisman Trophy. 

Along the way, he made fans with his composure and approached the game like a professional quarterback with his offensive coaching staff.  

Opposing coaches took notice. Including Alabama’s Nick Saban.  

“I think Joe Burrow’s got great vision, does a good job with pre-snap reads and knowing where he’s going to go with the ball,” Saban said on ESPN’s “Detail.” “He also can extend plays, scramble to throw, which I think is really, really important and puts a lot of pressure on the defense.” 

The Bengals sound all but decided on Burrow with the top pick. 

Of course, that’s customary in the NFL draft, to open with a quarterback even if the top overall player -– Ohio State defensive end Chase Young -– tempts a team to take a long look.  

Saban said accuracy and pre-snap decision-making are the attributes that make Burrow special. Burrow had only six interceptions in 2019 and a 76.3 completion percentage. 

Need helps drive Cincinnati’s call at the top.  

Second-year head coach Zac Taylor said Monday the team is not likely to be interested in trading out of the No. 1 spot. Last season, he ushered the franchise into a new era when Andy Dalton was benched. The dominoes equate to Burrow starting from Day 1.  

We Know Burrow is the No. 1 QB… But What are the Odds for the Second QB Off the Board?

There is much less certainty around which quarterback will be drafted next.  

Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama is viewed as a top-10 prospect, but the weight teams place in his medical history –- two ankle surgeries, a hand injury and hip surgery -– could be a deterrent. 

Saban said Tagovailoa was given a grade within the top 15 picks of the draft. PointsBet set the over-under on Tagovailoa’s draft position at 4.5.  

Tagovailoa leaves the storied Alabama program as No. 1 in school history in completion percentage (69.3 percent), touchdown passes in a season (43 in 2018), passing touchdowns (87) and touchdowns responsible for (96). Again, production is not the concern.  

The team most often linked to Tagovailoa is the Miami Dolphins, who have three first-round picks and a starting quarterback nearly old enough to be Tagovailoa’s father. Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the league in 2005, when Tagovailoa was 7, and the Harvard product turns 38 in November.  

To avoid taking a quarterback with their first of three picks –- No. 5 overall –- the Dolphins could stick to the best player available approach. The top offensive tackle, linebacker, defensive tackle and wide receiver should all still be on the board at 5. 

But the Los Angeles Chargers are looking over Miami’s shoulder at possible QB options.  

The Chargers let Philip Rivers walk in free agency –- to the Indianapolis Colts -– and are sitting with Tyrod Taylor as QB1 on the depth chart at the moment. The Chargers pick sixth and are thought to be enamored with Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.  

Herbert is on the No. 2 quarterback on some team’s draft boards, Field Level Media’s Rob Rang assessed, and despite four years leading the Ducks’ offense, he just turned 22 in March and is more than a full year younger than Burrow.  

Some analysts are pushing Herbert higher of late. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Herbert ahead of Tagovailoa in his most recent mock draft.  

The Chargers are 7-to-5 favorites to pick Herbert, according to William Hill.  

The Dolphins are 9-to-5 for Herbert.  

Los Angeles is also the most likely team to trade up, according to FanDuel. But that projection is a high-risk estimation.  

The Wild Card When it Comes to the QB Order in the NFL Draft

No general manager is less predictable than Tom Telesco, who rarely allows a peep to leak out of his scouting staff and has almost never tipped his hand as to which direction he’s leaning.  

There are other wild cards to consider in a trade-up scenario.  

The Las Vegas Raiders have two first-round pick quarterbacks on the roster –- Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota –- but the franchise’s stated goal of eternally looking for upgrades at all positions and Jon Gruden’s affinity for kid QBs persist. Yes, we were alive when he used Brad Johnson (Tampa Bay) and Rich Gannon (Oakland), but Gruden always chased the next big thing, and we don’t expect him to stop.  

That’s why William Hill has the Raiders at 12 to 1 to get Herbert.  

Should Herbert slide, there’s another scenario that could make too much sense -– the New England Patriots at No. 23. FanDuel and William Hill put the Patriots at 15 to 1 for a Herbert connection. 

Among the wild-card prospects who could tempt a team -– even ahead of Herbert or Tagovailoa –- is Utah State’s Jordan Love.  

William Hill put the over-under on Love’s draft position at a lofty 16.5. Yes, Tagovailoa and Herbert are expected to be gone by that time.  

But one team –- consider the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars in the top 10 could also be chasing QBs -– is all it takes to turn the draft upside-down. 

Field Level Media ranks Love as a second-round pick, but quarterbacks always rise on draft day.