2020 NFL Draft Props for Top Skill Position Picks

2020 NFL Draft Props for Top Skill Position Picks

The annual NFL player draft for the top college prospects was always a big deal for diehard football fans that never had an interest in other major sports leagues. When late April rolled around, this group would know more about a player’s time in the 40 than which NBA or NHL team had the best odds to win that season’s league title.

That has changed radically in recent years as the overall popularity of the draft continued to soar. One of the biggest driving forces was the ability to bet on the draft at online sportsbooks through a variety of different prop bet options.


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This season’s draft in the NFL (April 23-25) is expected to be bigger than ever from a betting standpoint.

Many of the early props on the board across a wide spectrum of online sportsbooks cover the first player off the board in the opening round by position. The three most popular betting props cover quarterback, wide receiver and running back.

Top Drafted Quarterback

Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow turned in a season for the ages in 2019. He led his team to a national title behind a perfect 15-0 run. He also won the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player.

It is almost a given that he comes off the board first overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. There is no such thing as a lock, yet the betting prop for this position starts with the second quarterback off the board.


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Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovaiola is the heavy favorite at -550 followed by Justin Herbert (Oregon) at +375 odds. Jordan Love is next (+1200) followed by the Field at +2000.

Crazy things happen in the draft, especially at this position. Tua is still coming off a season-ending injury and Herbert’s stock is high enough to warrant a small play with a big return.

Top Wide Receiver

This has been described as a strong draft for the wide receiver position. Going over a summary of mock drafts for NFL.com, as many as six or seven receivers could come off the board in the first round.

Both CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma and Jerry Jeudy from Alabama have the best odds to be the first receiver taken at +115. The odds that former Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III is chosen first are set at +350.


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The rest of the best are expected to go in the later rounds to open up a betting opportunity on the Field at +2800.

Most mock drafts have Lamb and Jeudy at the top of the list as well with some support for Ruggs as the top pick. I like Jeudy going first to the Las Vegas Raiders with the 12th overall pick of the first round.

Top Running Back

Running backs were an afterthought for the opening round of the NFL draft for years. However, they have been back in vogue with high profile backs like Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Saquon Barkley taken early in the first round over the past few drafts.

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The top back on the board for this draft is D’Andre Smith at -185. He played his college ball for Georgia. Next on the list is former Wisconsin back Jonathon Taylor at +180. He is followed by JK Dobbins (+800) and the Field at +1400.

There has not been all that much fanfare for either of the top plays in this prop. Both are showing up as late picks in the first round with many of the mock drafts. Yet, there is no guarantee that either player will come off the board in the first 32 picks.

That is why I am taking the added value in Taylor’s +180 odds as the first to go.