- The LegalSportsBetting NFL Mock Draft was made by analyzing the betting lines for the NFL Draft.
- With team projections and player over-under prop bets, the first round could be completed.
- Each pick comes with betting odds to support why the pick would work for the favorites to hit.
LAS VEGAS – With the NFL Draft having its first round on Thursday, many are looking to NFL mock drafts as a way to get excited about their team’s future. Those on the sports betting side though, are checking out the online betting sites to see where money can be made.
With the NFL bettors being some of the most active bettors in the country, the betting lines on the 2020 NFL Draft are not scarce.
Taking the favorite isn’t always recommended but certain betting lines can project what events are the most likely to happen. While this mock draft takes the favorite in nearly every case, it also involves three trades that LegalSportsBetting drew up to make the odds work.
Mock Draft Trades
#6 Los Angeles Chargers swap with #9 Jacksonville Jaguars
#13 San Francisco 49ers trade back for both of the Minnesota Vikings’ picks (#22 and #25)
#15 Denver Broncos and #32 Kansas City Chiefs swap picks
LegalSportsBetting NFL Mock Draft
Pick # 1 Round 1: Joe Burrow – QB
Burrow was the Heisman winner at LSU and also hoisted the national championship trophy at the end of the season. With rumors of the Bengals moving on with Any Dalton, look for Burrow to fulfill his impressive -10000 odds to be selected first.
Burrow has odds of -10000 to be the first pick
Bengals are -10000 to choose an offensive player
Pick # 2 Round 1: Chase Young – DE
Chase Young was a defensive powerhouse at Ohio State University. If it weren’t for a suspension from miscommunication, Young could have won the same accolades as Burrow. With many needs, look for the Redskins to draft Young, who has -3000 odds to be taken at two.
-105 odds to be the third overall pick
-175 odds of this exact 1/2/3 order
Pick # 3 Round 1: Jeff Okudah – CB
As rumors have circulated about this selection, Okudah seems to be the only real option. With favorite status as the third overall pick for the Ohio State corner, the exact order of Burrow, Young, and Okudah is set with odds of -175 – leaving no other combination even close to this expectation.
-105 odds to be the third overall pick
-175 odds of this exact 1/2/3 order
Pick # 4 Round 1: Jedrick Wills Jr. – OL
New York Giants
The Giants can meet many needs with pick number 4, which could see them trading back to gather more picks. However, assuming no trade happens, oddsmakers setting even odds on Wills Jr. to be the first pick by the Giants puts him safely as number four here and the first Alabama player off the board.
Wills Jr. is the favorite (EVEN odds) to be the Giants’ pick first
-280 odds that the Giants would draft offense first
Pick # 5 Round 1: Justin Herbert – QB
With the battle of Tagovailoa and Herbert being a nailbiter, recent movements on the odds board favor the Dolphins to make a splash at Herbert. The Oregon quarterback is the favorite to be drafted by Miami and to be the second quarterback selected in the draft.
-140 odds to be the second quarterback drafted
Favorite (-120) to be drafted by the Dolphins
* Pick # 6 Round 1: Derrick Brown – DT
Jacksonville Jaguars(from LA Chargers)
With Herbert off the board, this opens up a LegalSportsBetting trade opportunity. With their quarterback safely on the board, the Chargers would trade to 9 (Jaguars) to give them the power. Giving up the fifth-highest rushing yards per game last season, the Auburn defensive tackle is a perfect fit to clog the middle.
-175 odds for Jags to draft a defensive player
Brown is favored (-150) to be drafted below 7.5
Pick # 7 Round 1: Isaiah Simmons – LB
The Panthers drafting a running back would seem farfetched, but as Luke Kuechly is retired, the Panthers have a huge hole to fill. Leaning heavily from oddsmakers to draft a defender, the Panthers should have no issues with the Clemson linebacker.
Carolina is a heavy favorite to select a defensive player (-600)
Simmons has -125 odds to be drafted at 7 or higher
Pick # 8 Round 1: Tristian Wirfs – OL
There aren’t many real options here assuming the Jaguars jump the Cardinals. This would leave the Cardinals to select Iowa’s Tristian Wirfs, who is a heavy favorite to be drafted before pick 9. As the Cardinals will look to protect their young quarterback, Wirfs is a lock to Arizona.
Wirfs has -220 odds to be drafted under 8.5 picks
Cardinals are -280 to draft offensively first
* Pick # 9 Round 1: Tua Tagovailoa – QB
Los Angeles Chargers (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
Moving back may not have helped the Chargers too much but their player in Tagovailoa would still be available. Fitting the odds board of being the third quarterback selected and the Chargers drafting offensively first, Tagovailoa is the answer that the Chargers need after separating from Rivers.
-400 odds for Chargers to draft an offensive player
Tua has even odds to be the third quarterback taken
Pick # 10 Round 1: Mekhi Becton – OL
As a zone-blocking specialist, Becton going at 10 would work in his odds to be drafted over pick 8. As the Browns have plenty of weapons, their one true need is time for their quarterback to make plays happen. Look for the Louisville tackle to be taken as the first double-digit pick.
Browns are -400 to draft an offensive player first
Becton has -380 odds to be drafted over pick 8.5
Pick # 11 Round 1: CeeDee Lamb – WR
New York Jets
Without Robby Anderson anymore, the Jets will need a playmaker. Though it may be a stretch for some, oddsmakers believe that Lamb is to be the first wide receiver drafted and is co-favored to be drafted by the Jets first. The Oklahoma wideout should fit nicely with Sam Darnold and company.
Lamb is co-favorite (+400) to be Jets’ first pick
At -110 odds, Lamb is favorited to be the first WR drafted
Pick # 12 Round 1: Jerry Jeudy – WR
Las Vegas Raiders
Noted as the 1a and 1b of the wide receivers in the draft, Jeudy would be next to go. Co-favored as the Raiders’ selection and to be drafted at 12 or higher, these stipulations leave the Alabama receiver in the newest NFL city come next season: Las Vegas.
Raiders are co-favorite (-290) to draft Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy is favored (-145) to be drafted over pick 11.5
*** Pick # 13 Round 1: Henry Ruggs III – WR
Minnesota Vikings (from San Francisco 49ers)
Though three wide receivers in the first 13 picks seem crazy, it could happen this year, as odds boards believe Ruggs III will be drafted before 14. Still, LegalSportsBetting sees the Vikings trading up to grab the second Alabama receiver after Diggs headed east. The Niners would capitalize on pick 22 and 25.
Ruggs has -125 odds to be drafted under pick 13.5
The Vikings are -145 to draft an offensive player first
Pick # 14 Round 1: Andrew Thomas – OT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thomas has been all over the online betting sites. However, if he is on the board at 14, Tampa Bay will not let him slide. Needing to protect their newest acquisition, the Bucs have -500 odds to go offensive first and Thomas is slate to be a middling first-round pick.
Buccaneers have -500 odds to draft an offensive player first
Thomas has -130 odds to be drafted at 11 or higher
**** Pick # 15 Round 1: CJ Henderson – CB
Kansas City Chiefs(from Denver Broncos)
In the third LegalSportsBetting trade, the Chiefs would jump from the last pick of round 1 to pick 15. As teams are expected to be trailing the Chiefs, a cornerback is never a bad idea. Henderson is projected to be selected under pick 17 and the Chiefs could certainly use the Florida corner.
Henderson is -500 to be drafted under pick 16.5
The Chiefs are -190 to select a defensive player first
Pick # 16 Round 1: Javon Kinlaw – DT
Kinlaw may be lost on the odds board but the Falcons are in desperate need on the defensive end of the ball, shown by their wildly high odds to select a defender. Ready to stop the run and start immediately, the South Carolina interior defensive lineman is slightly favored to be picked above 13.5.
Kinlaw is -130 to be drafted at 14 or higher
The Falcons are -650 to draft a defensive player first
Pick # 17 Round 1: K’Lavon Chaisson – EDGE
The LSU edge player would give help to the Cowboys’ defensive right off of the rip. Chaisson’s floor is Pick 17 at online betting sites and the Cowboys are expected to go with a defender. Needed to help keep them above the division lead, the Cowboys should find a solid pick here.
The Cowboys are -290 to select a defender first
Chaisson is -160 to be drafted over pick 16.5
Pick # 18 Round 1: Jaylon Johnson – CB
Miami Dolphins(from Pittsburgh)
There isn’t much into this pick, as oddsmakers do not offer odds on Miami’s “other picks”. With Johnson not given over-under odds on a draft position either, this pick comes with other mock drafts having the Utah corner in this area. Miami’s secondary is solid, but their defensive with Johnson will be on the rise as a unit.
Pick # 19 Round 1: Patrick Queen – LB
Las Vegas Raiders(from Chicago)
As the second pick for the Raiders, limited betting odds are given. Still, Queen is a talent that can not be overlooked. With a front seven that looks rough nearly every game, the LSU backer can bring all of the second-level help that the Raiders are looking for.
Queen has -145 odds to be selected at pic 25 or lower.
Pick # 20 Round 1: Jordan Love – QB
Jacksonville Jaguars(from Rams)
The Jaguars have no idea what is going on at their quarterback position, so the best thing to do? Draft another quarterback. With Love projected to fall in this area and the Jaguars as the favorite to land him, look for the Utah State quarterback to find a first-round exit.
Love has -155 odds to be drafted over pick 19.5
The Jaguars are the favorite (+300) to land Love
Pick # 21 Round 1: Justin Jefferson – WR
Jefferson’s unheard-of numbers last season at LSU give teams the belief he is ready for the big stage. The Eagles are needing an offensive player and another Carson Wentz target should never be overlooked. With Jefferson expected to be in the middle of the draft, don’t look for him to fall further than here.
The Eagles are -280 to select an offensive player first
Jefferson is favored (-230) to be drafted under 21.5
** Pick # 22 Round 1: Austin Jackson – OT
San Francisco 49ers(from Minnesota Vikings)
Falling back from Pick 13, the Niners also have Pick 25 in our LegalSportsBetting trade. Jackson is all over the online betting sites, having him post -120 odds for both the over and under at pick 25.5. Giving the 49ers some added o-line protection and as the 49ers should draft defense first, the USC lineman looks set in San Fran.
San Francisco has odds of -180 to drafted an offensive player first
Jackson has standard odds for betting over and under 25.5
Pick # 23 Round 1: Kenneth Murray – LB
New England Patriots
With two linebackers en route to Miami and another in Detroit, the Patriots are in desperate need of a defensive field general. The Oklahoma prospect should be that guy, as Murray is expected to land at pick 22 or higher and the Patriots are expected to use their first pick on a defender.
Murray has -145 odds to be drafted over pick 21.5
The Patriots have -140 odds to draft a defender first
Pick # 24 Round 1: Xavier McKinney – S
New Orleans Saints
With heavy odds to be the first safety taken, McKinney is a perfect fit for the Saints. Expected to be drafted below 25.5 (-170), the Alabama safety should provide extra coverage help. With his versatility, McKinney could move all around the field in the division of great quarterbacks.
Saints are favored (-160) to draft a defensive player first
McKinney -400 odds to be first safety drafted
** Pick # 25 Round 1: Kristian Fulton – CB
San Francisco(from Minnesota Vikings)
With the LegalSportsBetting trade giving the 49ers the Vikings’ second pick as well, the Niners may look to bolster their defense here. With yet another pick later on, taking Fulton would a strong play for the 49ers. With the LSU’s corner slightly falling in projections, Fulton is expected to be drafted pick 25 or higher.
Fulton has -135 odds to be drafted over pick 24.5
Pick # 26 Round 1: Josh Jones – OT
Jones is projected to be drafted much higher on most mock drafts but oddsmakers have the Houston lineman sitting at 25.5 and the over is favored. Because this is the Dolphins third pick, there are no other betting odds for this pick. Instead, the protect-your-rookie-quarterback mindset was applied here.
Josh Jones is slightly favored (-135) to be drafted over 25.5
Pick # 27 Round 1: Yetur Gross-Matos – DE
As the odds line up well for a defensive player to be drafted by the Seahawks, Gross-Matos fits the mold. With much more to develop, the Penn State Edge is expected to remain above this mark. He won’t be a Jadeveon Clowney replacement but he could help the Seahawks defense.
The Seahawks have -175 odds to go with a defensive player first
Gross-Matos is projected to not fall past spot 27 (-175)
Pick # 28 Round 1: A.J. Terrell – CB
With the Ravens’ offense setting records last season, there wasn’t much need for improvement. They could draft a lineman to attempt to replace Marshal Yanda, but oddsmakers believe the Ravens will focus on defense. With the Clemson corner still on the board and a massive first-round favorite, this pick just works.
The Ravens are favored to draft a defender with -150 odds
Terrell has odds of -330 to be selected in the first round
Pick # 29 Round 1: AJ Epenesa – DE
Set to be drafted before pick 32.5, Epenesa is also projected to be drafted after Gross-Matos (-170). The Titans are a defensive-focused organization and the Iowa edge player may be exactly what coach Mike Vrabel is looking for. Hoping to take over the division, the Titan’s defensive line is only Epenesa away.
The Titans have -155 odds to draft a defensive player first
Epenesa has -200 odds to be drafted in the first round
Pick # 30 Round 1: Denzel Mims – WR
Green Bay Packers
With an unbelievable performance at the combine – not to mention his three consecutive seasons at Baylor with 55 or more receptions – Mims would be a great fit with Aaron Rodgers’ offense. With the Packers expected to be drafting an offensive player, look for them to get Rodgers some support.
The Packers are favored (-200) to draft an offensive player
Mims is projected to be drafted in the first round (-160)
Pick # 31 Round 1: D’Andre Swift – RB
San Francisco 49ers
With so many picks in the first round, the 49ers would be taking their third player at this point. In a run-heavy offense, don’t be surprised to see Shanahan take a chance on the Georgia running back. Expected to be an RB1, Swift is also projected to be right at the end of the first round.
Swift has -165 odds to be the first running back drafted
Late action on Swift has moved his first-round odds up to -140
*** Pick # 32 Round 1: Brandon Aiyuk WR
Denver Broncos(from Kansas City Chiefs)
The Broncos need a lot of help but taking a chance on Aiyuk would be a great benefit. In a wide-receiver heavy draft, finding a great compliment to Courtland Sutton in the Arizona State receiver fits the odds to be drafted in the first round and for the Broncos to look for offensive help first.
The Broncos have odds of -370 to draft an offensive player first
Aiyuk is slightly favored (-130) to be drafted in the first round
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