At the beginning of a peak at the NFL draft betting lines, top names from the top college programs dominate. The LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Oklahoma Sooners are perennial College Football Playoff contenders. As well as the Auburn Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs. That success and status translate to the NFL Draft board. The aforementioned teams are expected to have the most number-one picks. Let’s look at some matchup odds between them for Draft Night!
2020 NFL Draft Teams with the Most First Round Picks
LSU +.5 -170 vs. Alabama -.5 +130
Naturally, the LSU group is headlined by quarterback Joe Burrow as the expected number one overall draft pick. Edge defender K’Lavon Chaisson, CB Kristian Fulton, and S Grant Delpit are other Tigers that should go in round one. Alabama is led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Correlate WR Henry Ruggs III, WR Jerry Jeudy, and OT Jedrick Wills as likely first-round Tide players.
Burrow is by all accounts headed to the Cincinnati Bengals. By contrast, Tagovailoa is the most interesting case of all for the 2020 NFL Draft. Numerous teams are being named as potential landing spots. Wills could be a quietly more valuable and durable pick. While Chaisson is the second-ranked Edge defender after Ohio State’s Chase Young.
It follows that three other LSU players could crack the first round. WR Justin Jefferson, LB Patrick Queen, and S Grant Delpit are all in range and have such ability.
Clemson +.5 -200 vs. Oklahoma -.5, +150
First among Clemson players is LB Isaiah Simmons with CB AJ Terrell also expected to go in round one. For Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb and LB Kenneth Murray are almost certain to go in round one.
Simmons is the top-ranked linebacker in the draft with Terrell rated as one of the nation’s best defensive backs. In like manner Lamb is the top-ranked receiver in the entire 2020 NFL Draft. Murray was one of the few standouts on a rather leaky Oklahoma defense.
Auburn +.5 -240 vs. Georgia -.5, +165
DL Derrick Brown of Auburn is top sports betting choice for the first round. Another potential Tiger in the first round is CB Noah Igbinoghene. Georgia is led by OT Andrew Thomas and RB D’Andre Swift.
Specifically, Brown is a hot commodity as the top-ranked defensive lineman in the draft. Almost as coveted is Thomas, who could be serviceable for a decade as a top offensive lineman.
Clemson +.5, -160 vs. Ohio State -.5, +120
Namely Edge defender Chase Young is Ohio State’s top choice for the NFL draft betting lines. CB Jeff Okudah is the other top Buckeye expected to in the first round. It should be noted that Young is actually considered by many to be the top-ranked player in the entire draft. Clemson’s Simmons has consistently been ranked third.
At the onset of any 2020 NFL Draft analysis is team need vs. player ability. This is where the players ranked within the top 32 could rise or fall based on specific team needs. To be exact LSU has far and away the most players ranked in the top 32.
Pick: LSU Tigers over Alabama Crimson Tide