Odds on First/Second Player Selected at Each Position in 2020 NFL Draft

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Running back Jonathan Taylor sits among a number of players offering exceptional value in the odds to be the first player at their position picked in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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  • Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert remain in a tight race to be the second quarterback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft
  • Exceptional value exists in the odds to be the first running back, and the second cornerback taken in this year’s draft
  • Get all the odds and insight on who will be picked first at each position in the story below

As a the countdown to the 2020 NFL Draft continues, little has changed in the race to be the first overall pick, with Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow still widely expected to be taken by the Cincinnati Bengals. However, little else has been decided beyond the first pick going into the first round, as the trade rumor mill heats up, and NFL general managers finalize their plans for the first-ever virtual NFL Draft, which kicks off on Thursday night.

Here’s a look at where odds stand by position.

Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Running Backs
Offensive Linemen

Second and Third Quarterback Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be Second Quarterback TakenOdds to be Third Quarterback Taken
Tua Tagovaiola-155+120
Justin Herbert+105-135
Jordan Love+2800+650
Jacob Easonn/a+5000

All odds taken April 21, 2020

While the NFL Draft is expected to open with the coronation of Burrow as the top pick, he is unlikely to be the only quarterback to be taken with an early pick. An early-season favorite to win the Heisman Trophy last year, Tua Tagovaiola has been the favorite to be the second pivot selected. However, questions may linger about Tagovaiola’s long-term durability after he saw his final collegiate campaign ended by a gruesome hip injury.

Conversely, Justin Herbert managed to silence many of his critics with a solid campaign in Oregon, where he led the Ducks to a Pac-12 conference title, and followed up by claiming Offensive MVP honors at both the Rose Bowl and Senior Bowl. The 22-year-old has closed the gap on Tagovaiola after opening as a lengthy +275 bet, but still offers considerable value as a +105 bet to be the second quarterback taken.

Pick: Justin Herbert to be  second quarterback drafted (+105)


First Wide Receiver Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Wide Receiver Taken
CeeDee Lamb-110
Jerry Jeudy-110
Henry Ruggs III+325
Ted Higgins+15000
Justin Jefferson+5500
KJ Hamler+50000

This year’s wide receiver draft class is considered to be one of the deepest in years. That has created questions as to how NFL GMs will set their first-round priorities. It remains a dead heat between Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb atop the odds to be the first wide receiver taken.

That could change if the Denver Broncos follow through on their reported intentions to move up in the first round by making a trade. If John Elway has his way, look for the Broncos to use their first selection to bring Jeudy to the Mile High City

Pick: Jerry Jeudy (-110)

First Tight End Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Tight End Taken
Cole Kmet-300
Adam Trautman+333
Albert Okwuegbunam+550
Harrison Bryant+700
Hunter Bryant+2000
Thaddeus Moss+4000
Jared Pinkey+15000
Colby Parkinson+15000

There has been considerable debate as to when Cole Kmet will here his name called at this year’s NFL Draft.

While the Notre Dame star failed to crack the first round in Sports Betting Dime’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft, his impressive size and strength, along with a solid performance at the NFL Combine make him a strong bet to be the first tight end selected.

Pick: Cole Kmet (-300)

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First Running Back Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Running Back Taken
D’Andre Swift-175
Jonathan Taylor+210
JK Dobbins+700
Clyde Edwards-Helaire+500
Zack Moss+17500
AJ Dillon+50000

Unlike the upcoming class of wide receivers, there are no running backs expected to be selected in the first round. Some backfield intrigue remains, with D’Andre Swift emerging as the favorite to be drafted first. However, it is tough to overlook two-time All-American Jonathan Taylor, whose explosive speed and receiving ability make him an attractive pick as a +210 second favorite.

Pick: Jonathan Taylor (+210)

First Offensive Lineman Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Offensive Lineman Taken
Jedrick Wills-110
Tristan Wirfs+155
Andrew Thomas+425
Mehki Becton+1200

Along with the quarterbacks at the top of this year’s draft class, offensive linemen are well represented in the Sports Betting Dime Mock Draft. Each of the four players cracking the odds to be the first offensive linemen picked sit among the Top 14 on our Mock Draft. However, with a growing number of reports indicating the New York Giants are set to take Jedrick Wills at No. 4, solidifying his spot atop the odds board.

Pick: Jedrick Wills (-110)

First Linebacker Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Linebacker Taken
Isaiah Simmons-10000
Patrick Queen+1400
Kenneth Murray+1400
Troy Dye+3300
Akeem Davis-Gaither+3500
Willie Gay Jr.+3800

At the top of this year’s draft class of linebackers, there is Isaiah Simmons, and then everyone else. If the Giants decide to pass on Wills, it will likely be due to a decision to take Clemson star Isaiah Simmons. Should Simmons fall past No. 4, look for the Carolina Panthers to scoop him at No. 7. Consequently, there is little value in looking elsewhere in the odds on the first linebacker picked.

Pick: Isaiah Simmons (-10000)

First and Second Cornerback Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Cornerback TakenOdds to be Second Cornerback Taken
Jeff Okudah-1250+600
CJ Henderson+400-500
AJ Terrell+2000+7000
Kristian Fulton+3300+2000
Trevon Diggs+10000+3300
Jeff Gladney+10000+3300
Jaylon Johnson+10000+5000
Damon Arnette+25000+6600
Noah Igbinoghene+25000+15000
Cameron Dantzler+50000+15000
Bryce Hall+50000+15000
Darnay Holmesn/a+15000

There is little intrigue in the odds to be the first cornerback picked, with Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah perched as a clear favorite, as a well as a short +125 bet to be the third overall selection. There is plenty of value to be found further down the odds.

Pegged as a lengthy +2000 bet to be the second cornerback taken, Kristian Fulton made steady gains during LSU’s undefeated campaign, enough for NFL GMs to get past the bad behavior that ended with him getting suspended for the entire 2017 season.

Pick: Kristian Fulton to be second cornerback drafted (+2000)

First Safety Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Safety Taken
Xavier McKinney-450
Grant Delpit+350
Antoine Winfield Jr.+750
Ashtyn Davis+3300
Geno Stone+15000
Terrell Burgess+15000
Jalen Elliot+15000

Xavier McKinney leads the way in what is a deep class of safeties available in this year’s NFL Draft. The SBD Mock Draft has McKinney going 22nd overall, speculation is heating up that the Alabama star could here his name called much earlier. Either way, there is little value to be found elsewhere on the odds to be the first safety selected.

Pick: Xavier McKinney (-450)

First Kicker Drafted at 2020 NFL Draft Odds

PlayerOdds to be First Kicker Taken
Rodrigo Blankenship-450
Tyler Bass+300
Dominik Eberle+600
Sam Sloman+1600
JJ Molson+2400
Jonathan Song+2400
Cooper Rothe+6600
Logan Justus+6600
Matt Ammendola+6600

Not surprisingly, the first kicker taken in the 2020 NFL Draft is favored to go in the fifth round. But plenty of questions remain as to who will go first. Rodrigo Blankenship enjoys the best name recognition due to playing at Georgia, and is the favorite.

But don’t sleep on Dominik Eberle. The German soccer player turned kicker is coming off a breakthrough campaign at Utah State and could get the call from an NFL GM looking to add a reliable leg.

Pick: Dominik Eberle (+600)

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