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NFL Draft: Odds on Exact Position of Each Team’s First Drafted Player

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Apr 22, 2020 · 6:10 AM PDT

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There are odds on offer asking bettors to pick the exact position of each team's first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Photo by swimfinfan from Chicago (Wikimedia).
  • There are odds on offer asking bettors to pick the exact position of each team’s first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
  • Which teams figure to follow the form charts? Who will go against the grain?
  • Take a look at the analysis of all of the options, and study the odds in the story that follows

How exact can you position the start of the NFL Draft?

You’ve studied mock drafts since the Super Bowl concluded. Then you’ve analyzed depth charts, slotted in players that were added via free agency and through other forms of transactions.

Finally, you think you’ve come to a conclusion on the exact area that is the #1 position of need for each NFL team. And now, all that hard work can pay off in the form of winning wagers.

There are odds asking bettors to peg the exact position of the first pick for each and every one of the NFL’s 32 teams.

Will the Dallas Cowboys take a cornerback? Are the New York Jets going with an offensive lineman? Is filling a need at wide receiver the #1 priority of the Las Vegas Raiders?

Maybe you think teams will go completely against the form charts and make a selection via outside the box thinking. Now’s your chance to test your mettle and prove your worth as an NFL Draft prognosticator against the views of the oddsmakers and the many NFL draft gurus.

Odds on Exact Position of NFL Teams First Pick of 2020 Draft

Team Offensive Odds Defensive Odds QB odds RB odds WR odds TE odds OL odds DL odds LB odds CB odds S odds K/P/LS odds
Arizona Cardinals -250 +200 +25000 +15000 +400 +25000 -143 +500 +600 +400 +5000 +50000
Atlanta Falcons +300 -400 +3300 +1600 +1000 +10000 +1400 +175 +600 -167 +2500 +50000
Baltimore Ravens +110 -134 +15000 +900 +275 +6600 +300 +400 +175 +800 +2000 +50000
Buffalo Bills* +100 -121 +3300 +400 +400 +2000 +500 +300 +500 +350 +1000 +15000
Carolina Panthers +225 -286 +1600 +20000 +1400 +30000 +600 +150 +200 +225 +10000 +50000
Chicago Bears* -121 +100 +700 +3300 +450 +800 +300 +700 +1000 +350 +400 +15000
Cincinnati Bengals OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF
Cleveland Browns -335 +260 +15000 +8000 +500 +25000 -200 +450 +700 +700 +2500 +50000
Dallas Cowboys +200 -250 +2500 +6600 +1100 +6600 +500 +200 +400 +175 +700 +50000
Denver Broncos -278 +220 +5000 +10000 -200 +15000 +500 +400 -600 +700 +3300 +50000
Detroit Lions +400 -560 +1200 +10000 +2000 +25000 +1400 +225 +600 -200 +10000 +50000
Green Bay Packers -225 +180 +750 +2200 +150 +2600 +450 +700 +400 +600 +1000 +30000
Houston Texans* +118 -143 +10000 +1400 +1400 +2000 +300 +250 +400 +275 +700 +20000
Indianapolis Colts* -182 +149 +300 +2000 +150 +3000 +800 +300 +1200 +1000 +1400 +10000
Jacksonville Jaguars +125 -155 +300 +8000 +600 +15000 +250 +200 +900 +400 +3300 +50000
Kansas City Chiefs +149 -182 +25000 +500 +800 +10000 +450 +400 +300 +200 +600 +30000
Las Vegas Raiders -225 +179 +500 +10000 -167 +15000 +1200 +1200 +800 +300 +5000 +50000
Los Angeles Chargers -715 +490 -400 +10000 +2000 +25000 +300 +1100 +800 +2500 +15000 +50000
Los Angeles Rams* +103 -125 +2500 +700 +1000 +2500 +175 +400 +600 +300 +700 +15000
Miami Dolphins -1000 +625 -835 +10000 +1400 +50000 +600 +1200 +1800 +1600 +10000 +100000
Minnesota Vikings +137 -167 +10000 +10000 +250 +10000 +300 +600 +1100 -110 +3300 +50000
New England Patriots -110 -110 +350 +5000 +450 +700 +700 +400 +300 +800 +1200 +25000
New Orleans Saints +110 -134 +300 +2000 +175 +10000 +1400 +800 +250 +600 +1600 +50000
New York Giants -400 +300 +5000 +10000 +2500 +25000 -455 +1200 +350 +1600 +10000 +50000
New York Jets -455 +335 +8000 OFF +125 +15000 -125 +900 +1400 +700 +2500 +50000
Philadelphia Eagles -210 +170 +15000 +4000 -200 +25000 +1100 +1000 +450 +450 +800 +50000
Pittsburgh Steelers* -125 +103 +300 +400 +800 +2000 +400 +300 +800 +600 +1200 +15000
San Francisco 49ers -177 +300 +2000 +5000 -177 +25000 +700 +300 +1000 +700 +3300 +50000
Seattle Seahawks +137 -167 +15000 +3000 +600 +6600 +200 +200 +1000 +500 +400 +30000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -400 +300 +2000 +1200 +800 +10000 -400 +700 +2000 +1200 +3300 +50000
Tennessee Titans +110 -134 +2000 +1100 +700 +3000 +250 +275 +700 +300 +800 +30000
Washington Redskins OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF

Odds taken April 22nd. *Teams without a first-round pick.

The NFL Draft begins at 8:00 pm EST on April 23rd and continues through April 25th.

Offense/Defense Wagering

Since the original offense/defense props were established earlier this month, a number of teams have seen their odds do a complete 180 when it comes to whether they will pick an offensive or defensive player with their first pick.

The Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams are among this group.

Chiefs Could Defy Odds

Originally, the oddsmakers couldn’t make heads or tails out of what Kansas City might opt to do to open draft day. Sportsbooks didn’t even offer odds on whether the Chiefs would select an offensive or defensive player with their first selection of the draft in the original betting line.

In the latest posting, defense is the side of the ball where the bookmakers have the Chiefs leaning toward. Kansas City is -182 to take a defensive player, and +149 to select an offensive talent.

Theoretically, that makes logical sense. Super Bowl champion KC lit it up on offense last season. The Chiefs were the NFL’s #7 offense (379.2 per game). However, they were the league’s #16 defense (349.6).

However, it appears that the Chiefs believe that the best defense is a powerful offense. Considering that the Lombardi Trophy currently resides at Arrowhead Stadium, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment.

There’s growing expectations that Kansas City will look to give quarterback Patrick Mahomes more weapons to work with when the Chiefs have the ball. They might go for Georgia running back D’Andre Swift. Or they could opt to protect Mahomes and add Michigan center Cesar Ruiz.

As well, there’s a rumor gaining steam that KC is seeking to trade up in a bid to draft Alabama speed merchant wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to further bolster their Legion of Zoom.

Pick: Kansas City Chiefs take an offensive player (+149)

Titans Will Tackle Area of Need

The oddsmakers don’t seem to know what to make of the Titans. The original betting line offered negative odds for both offensive (-126) and defensive (-102) first selections by Tennessee.

The current line leans to the defense at -134, compared to +110 for the offense. But it might be leaning in the wrong direction.

Losing free agent tackle Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee must fill a key void. And guys who can do that for the Titans include USC’s Austin Jackson or Georgia’s Isaiah Wilson.

Pick: Tennessee Titans take an offensive player (+110)

Exact Position Wagering

There are some players that just make sense as a fit with certain NFL teams. These ones also come with a decent betting payout attached to their arrival.

Jaguars Must Address D Line

The oddsmakers have always leaned toward the Jaguars getting some help for the defensive side of the ball. Defense was at -280 in opening odds. It’s still favored but now at -155.

The position that is of urgent need is the defensive line. The Jags already said goodbye to defensive ends Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus. Disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngkoue wants a trade.

Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars select a defensive lineman (+200)

Jets Will Help Out Darnold

The thinking was that the New York Jets would look to provide protection for QB Sam Darnold and draft an offensive lineman. But the Jets need something for their fans to get excited about.

They will instead look to provide Darnold with a first-rate receiving target. Look for the Jets to move for either Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb or Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy.

Pick: New York Jets select a wide receiver (+125)

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