As the NFL Draft draws closer, sportsbooks are starting to adjust their lines for the April 29-May 1 event.
Bettors have begun to put money down on the draft and more projections are starting to be released. One thing that hasn’t changed are the odds for the top pick—Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is -10000 to be the No. 1 pick, which belongs to Jacksonville.
There has been a major adjustment in the market for the second pick, though. Two months ago, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson was a slight +120 ‘chalk’ at BetOnline to be the second selection in the draft.
Wilson’s odds have skyrocketed, as he is now priced at -2500 to be the second name off the board. He completed 73.5% of his passes for 3,692 yards last season. Wilson had a ridiculous 33-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones has seen his stock rise since the initial odds were released following the Super Bowl. Jones is now a -175 favorite to be the third overall pick. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was the +200 ‘chalk’ for the third pick back in February, but he is now priced at +125.
Fields is priced at -170 to go ‘under’ a selection number of 4.5. North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is +450 to be the third pick.
The first defensive player off the board is projected to be Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II. Pro Football Focus has the Cowboys selecting him with the tenth pick in the draft and BetOnline has him priced at -120 to be the first defensive player selected.
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons has the second-shortest odds to be the first defensive player off the board at +200. Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season for PSU, enters the draft as one of the top blitzing linebackers in college football.
Penei Sewell is a heavy -400 favorite to be the first offensive lineman selected in the draft. Pro Football Focus has Sewell heading to Detroit as the No. 7 pick.
“The first pick of a new regime is often about setting a culture, and Penei Sewell represents a potentially generational talent at tackle,” PFF analyst Sam Monson said Monday.
BetOnline has Rashawn Slater priced at +250. He is the only other offensive lineman offered in that prop market. Alabama’s Najee Harris is -175 to be the top running back selection and Ja’Marr Chase is -700 to be the first wide receiver selected.
The draft will take place from April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio and will be broadcast on ESPN.