NFL Expert Picks: NFL Draft Tips
The 2021 NFL Draft gets underway on April 30th. While we are deep into the offseason, this is still a major NFL betting occasion.
Big money is thrown at various different NFL Draft markets, including first running back, first wide receiver and predicting how many quarterbacks will go in the first round.
British NFL players may await their fate over draft weekend. This can be a definitive moment in careers or an unfortunate setback for those undrafted. Here’s a quick run through the top NFL Draft betting markets.
To Go First Overall
This is the first market to come to mind with the NFL Draft. It’s often a better bet months before the draft, however, as the closer draft weekend is, the more likely there’s a consensus first overall pick.
In 2021, that’s Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence starred in college and has long been tabbed as the 2021 first overall pick.
There isn’t always such certainty over who will go first, though. It was a surprise when the Cleveland Browns moved for Baker Mayfield, for instance, and Kyler Murray’s baseball interests meant his future in the NFL was unclear.
It’s all about Lawrence in 2021. He’s the overwhelming favourite to be taken with the first pick. It would be one of the great NFL Draft shocks if anyone else went first overall.
First Running Back
Only one running back went in the first round in 2020. That was rookie starlet Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was picked with the 32nd overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 2021 NFL Draft is expected to be similar. CBS Sports tabs just one running back in its top 32 on its prospect rankings.
That’s Clemson RB Travis Etienne. Etienne isn’t the bookies’ favourite to be the first running back drafted, however. That honour goes to Najee Harris out of Alabama.
This is an interesting market given the reluctance to spend high draft picks on running backs – are Harris or Etienne good enough to warrant a first round pick?
First Wide Receiver
Wide receivers have been a point of contention in the build up to the 2021 NFL Draft. JaMarr Chase is the bookies’ favourite, but Alabama duo DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle could both go in the top 10.
This could be a question of need for teams drafting high up. Miami could swing for a receiver if they are planning to stick with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. The Chargers would love to get another weapon for Justin Herbert.
Other than that, though, there are a lot of teams with greater concerns to address. It’ll be fascinating to see where Chase, Smith and Waddle land.
First Offensive Lineman
Penei Sewell weighs 330 lbs and stands at 6’6. While this is a draft stacked with offensive line talent, with numerous offensive linemen expected to go in the first round, Sewell is the undisputed number one at the position.
Sewell is likely to be a top five pick. The Niners’ big trade means three quarterbacks could go in the top three, but Sewell might go to the Atlanta Falcons at four.
Don’t be surprised to see six or more offensive linemen go in the first round.
Team To Draft Trevor Lawrence
Given the Tank For Trevor race last season, it would be a league altering stunner if the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t draft Trevor Lawrence. There’s barely a trade package in the league that could make the Jags give up the first overall pick.
Lawrence is heading to Jacksonville, and the odds reflect this. Betting markets are almost as confident in Zach Wilson going second, too.
Some would say the 2021 NFL Draft starts at three. The Jaguars are hoping they have their quarterback of the future after a painful 2020 regular season.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 3rd September 2020