The 85th NFL Draft will be held April 23-25 of 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip less than five months before the Raiders make their debut in Sin City. On that note, bettors can expect more NFL Draft proposition wagers available than ever before.
The Westgate SuperBook has already started by listing the odds for the draft’s No. 1 overall pick.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagavailoa has been installed as the -300 favorite. Tagovailoa finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a sophomore in 2018 when he led the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff finals.
Tagovailoa completed 69.0 percent of his passes last year for 3,966 yards with a 43/6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He ran for 190 yards and five TDs.
With Clemson and Alabama sporting easy schedules in 2019, the expectation is that these programs will meet again in the CFP for a fourth straight season. If that rematch occurs, Tagovailoa and his team will be looking to avenge a blowout loss to the Tigers in last year’s finals.
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence didn’t make the board because he’s a rising sophomore. Therefore, he has two years of eligibility remaining for the Tigers, although gamblers can expect to see him in a similar “chalk” spot for this prop bet at this time next year.
The second-shortest odds to become the 2020 NFL Draft’s top overall pick belong to Georgia QB Jake Fromm and Oregon QB Justin Herbert, who are both listed at 7/1 or +700. Fromm completed 67.3 percent of his throws in 2018 for 2,749 yards with a 30/6 TD-INT ratio. Fromm has a 54/13 career TD-INT ratio and a 23-5 record in 28 starts over two seasons in Athens.
Herbert connected on 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,151 yards last season. He had 29 TD passes compared to eight interceptions, and his career TD-INT ratio is 63/17 during three years with the Ducks.
The next-shortest odds belong to Ohio St. defensive end Chase Young, who is listed at 16/1. As a sophomore in 2018, Young produced 33 tackles, 9.5 sacks, nine QB hurries, five tackles for loss, five passes broken up and one forced fumble.
Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy share 30/1 odds. Brown had 48 tackles, six TFL’s, six QB hurries, 4.5 sacks, two PBU and one forced fumble last season. Meanwhile, Jeudy had 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 TDs.
Three other players on the board share 40/1 odds. They include Alabama DE Raekwon Davis, Georgia OT Andrew Thomas and Stanford OT Walker Little.