2020 NFL Draft betting picks

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The NFL swoops in and rescues sports bettors everywhere confirming the draft will take place as scheduled here in April. Plenty of chances to make money in the upcoming draft and we’re here to help you cash in next Thursday night. All lines listed here can be found on BetOnline, which currently has close to 100 prop bets available.

Here are 20 of the best options for you to cash in on the 2020 NFL Draft.

More first round picks

Big Ten -260
Alabama +175

The absolute max I see Alabama getting is 6 players with Trevon Diggs, Jerry Jeudy, Xavier McKinney, Henry Ruggs, Tua Tagovailoa and Jedrick Wills. The Big Ten has 5 with Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State), Jeff Okudah (Ohio State), Cesar Ruiz (Michigan), Tristan Wirfs (Iowa) and Chase Young (Ohio State). They have 5 more players in Zack Baun (Wisconsin), J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State), A.J. Epenesa (Iowa), Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (Minnesota) who could all be first round picks. Worst case scenario is a push here, but my money is on the Big Ten.

Total Big Ten players drafted in round 1

Over 5.5 -155
Under 5.5 +115

This goes with the above bet and frankly should be parlayed if the option is available. The over is the clear and easy choice with 5 guaranteed first rounders, only 1 more is needed to hit. I’ll take those odds every day, slam the over.

Will Brandon Aiyuk be a first round pick?

Yes +145
No -185

Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) is a good receiver with athletic upside but still super raw. Nearly all draft experts have second round grades on him and in a deep receiver class, there won’t be teams trading up or reaching for a player like Aiyuk in the first round. Max bet no on this line.

Will Cesar Ruiz be a first round pick?

Yes -160
No +120

Yes, yes, yes. Multiple interior offensive linemen were taken in the first round of the draft 4 of the last 5 years. Cesar Ruiz (Michigan) is the best interior player in the offensive line class, has positional versatility and is only 20 years old entering the draft. History and traits say this is a yes all the way, book It.

Will Laviska Shenault be a first round pick?

Yes +212
No -325

Medicals are the key here. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault (Colorado) is an exciting player when on the field, but he has injury red flags that require a team-by-team evaluation for comfort. With COVID-19 causing the cancellation of all team visits, Shenault was unable to be checked out by team doctors and will likely fall to the second round due to the simply unknown medical report. Take the no.

Will AJ Terrell be a first round pick?

Yes -120
No -120

Cornerback AJ Terrell (Clemson) is a solid player, but he lacks that one elite trait other corners in this class have that make them first round caliber. He got lit up by LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase the last time he played a game and was never really a shut down guy in college. Bet the no here and expect Terrell to go in the second round.

Total tight ends Drafted in Round 1

Over 0.5 +750
Under 0.5 -1400

Summary: Yes -1400 is not a great line but that should tell you all you need to know about the strength of the tight end class. Cole Kmet (Notre Dame) leads the group as a favorite, but there’s no consensus top pick in this group. If you have the money, place the bet and take the under for an easy win.

Atlanta Falcons first pick

Defensive player -600
Offensive player +350

With head coach Dan Quinn’s job on the line, defense is where they will go. The 2 biggest holes for the Falcons are at corner and defensive tackle with rumors connecting them to players at both spots. Take defense to the bank and cash that bet.

Total players from Ohio State drafted in round 1

Over 2.5 +325
Under 2.5 -550

This bet hinges almost entirely on running back J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) and if he is a first round pick. There’s no question the running back market is devalued, but even if 1 or 2 go in the first round, I don’t think Dobbins will be among them. Take the under with confidence.

Total Players from Alabama drafted in round 1

Over 5.5 +120
Under 5.5 -160

Alabama has four locks in wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills that should be drafted round 1. To reach 6 and hit the over, the most probably outcome is cornerback Trevon Diggs and safety Xavier McKinney getting drafted. I don’t see that happening considering both are defensive backs and likely 3-4 DBs will have already come off the board before 1 of the 2 hears their name called. Smash the under here.

Which pick will Mekhi Becton be drafted?

Over pick 9.5 -120
Under pick 9.5 -120

Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (Louisville) had a ton of hype around him during the NFL Combine, but that hype since wore off and I expect he will be the third or fourth offensive tackle taken in this class. Assuming Chase Young (Ohio State), 2 offensive tackles and 3 quarterbacks go before Becton, that leaves only 3 teams who could potentially select him. It also leaves top defensive players Derrick Brown (Auburn), Jeff Okudah (Ohio State) and Isaiah Simmons (Clemson) on the board as well as another offensive tackle, and playmakers like Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Ceedee Lamb (Oklahoma), and Henry Ruggs (Alabama). Roll with the over.

Total QBs drafted in round 1

Over 4 -120
Under 4 -120

This is almost like playing with free money. Joe Burrow (LSU), Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama), Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Jordan Love (Utah State) will almost certainly go in the first round. To bet the under is to not only say one of Love, Herbert or Tua does not go round one, but also say that Jacob Eason (Washington), Jake Fromm (Georgia) or Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) will not be a first round pick. I’d rather bet on the other side and assume that one of those 3 sneaks into the first round and be happy with my push if they don’t. Take the over and the free money play here.

Will AJ Epenesa be a first round pick?

Yes -300
No +200

Before the combine, defensive end AJ Epenesa (Iowa) was a lock to go in the first round. However, poor testing and a status of a bit of a tweener threw that into question for some. In a draft class that lacks pass rushing depth and a league that values it, I find it highly unlikely that a player of Epenesa’s status will fall out of the first round. Take the yes to the bank.

Which Pick Will Andrew Thomas be Drafted?

Over pick 11.5
Under pick 11.5

Of all the offensive tackles in the draft, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) is probably the best true left tackle. Before pick 12, the Giants, Chargers, Panthers, Cardinals, Jaguars, Browns and Jets all have a need at offensive tackle to fill. With 7 teams and 4 top offensive tackles, the math here favors Thomas going in the top 11. Take the under to the bank.

Highest drafted wide receiver

Justin Jefferson -265
Denzel Mims +275
Brandon Aiyuk +750
Tee Higgins +1100

This is straight forward. Justin Jefferson (LSU) is widely considered the fourth best receiver in the draft and should be the highest drafted of these players. His combination of testing and tape are just much better than the rest of this group. Take Justin Jefferson big but if you’re truly worried, I’d hedge it with a smaller bet on Tee Higgins (Clemson), who should be picked ahead of Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) and Denzel Mims (Baylor).

Total WRs drafted in round 1

Over 5.5 -280
Under 5.5 +185

Four locks to go in round one include Justin Jefferson (LSU), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) and Henry Ruggs (Alabama). However, nearly every team in the draft needs a wide receiver. According to various analysts, Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State), Tee Higgins (Clemson), Denzel Mims (Baylor), Jalen Reagor (TCU) and Laviska Shenault (Colorado) all are considered potential first round picks. If even 2 of the 5 get picked, the over hits. Take the over here.

Will Trevon Diggs be a first round pick?

Yes +155
No -220

Cornerback Trevon Diggs (Alabama) is a fine player with a ton of traits, but first round is a bit rich for a player who only played the position for a couple of years. Nearly all big boards and mock drafts have him as a second round player and I’m going to trust the experts on this one. No is the pick, book it.

Will Jeff Gladney be a first round pick?

Yes +100
No -150

Outside of wide receiver, corner is the second deepest position in the draft this year. Jeff Gladney (TCU) consistently went up against NFL caliber receivers in the Big 12 and showed he can more than hold his own. Gladney goes round 1, bet the yes.

Total players from Big 12 drafted in round 1

Over 3.5 +120
Under 3.5 -160

The Big 12 has wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma) as a lock for a first round pick and linebacker Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma) as another near lock. That leaves 2 more first round picks to hit the over. Wide receiver Jeff Gladney (TCU) is a strong bet for a first round pick and adding in other potential first rounders defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (TCU), wide receiver Jalen Reagor and Denzel Mims (Baylor) gives this over a strong chance of hitting. Take the over.

More first round picks

LSU +0.5 -225
Alabama -0.5 +160

The Bama vs. LSU rivalry finds its way to the NFL Draft with Alabama being a 0.5 player favorite. This comes down 3 players and the all-important 0.5 player. Alabama is a lock to have 4 players drafted round 1 with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs. LSU has 5 players likely locked in with quarterback Joe Burrow, edge K’Lavon Chaisson, cornerback Kristian Fulton, wide receiver Jefferson and linebacker Patrick Queen giving them a leg up right away. This comes down to Alabama needing both cornerback Trevon Diggs and safety Xavier McKinney to go first round. If former top 5 prospect safety Grant Delpit somehow sneaks his way back into the first round, then the LSU +0.5 will be a virtual lock. LSU +0.5, take it to the bank!

Bonus rapid fire five:

Buccaneers first pick: Offense -300
Chiefs first pick: Defense -220
Dolphins first pick: Offense -900
Lions first pick: Defense -500
Jets first pick: Offense -550

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