Who Oddsmakers See Going First By Position in 2019 NFL Draft

Who Oddsmakers See Going First By Position in 2019 NFL Draft
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There are many nuances to the NFL Draft, but that doesn’t stop sportsbooks from offering their particular insight to NFL betting fans as to whom will go first at the key positions. Let’s take a closer look to see how the pros see the April 25 NFL draft shaking out.

Who will be the first QB picked in the 2019 NFL Draft?

The first QB picked in the 2019 NFL Draft will be Kyler Murray, who is listed at -590 at most sportsbooks.

Murray has been the odds-on favorite to be the top overall pick shortly after he changes his mind from committing to baseball’s Oakland A’s. Speculation is heavy that the Arizona Cardinals will use the No. 1 overall pick on the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.Last week, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury (who last year while at Texas Tech said he’d make Murray the top pick if it was his choice) said Murray is one of the best pass-run quarterbacks he’s ever seen. This one seems close to being a slam dunk.

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Dwayne Haskins (+400): Perhaps Kingsbury is playing games and he is secretly on Haskins. The Ohio State quarterback is the preferred player by some teams. If the Cardinals bypass Murray, the New York Giants, who have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks, could move up and take Haskins. That possibility exists.

Drew Lock (+800): The Missouri quarterback could be a longshot choice here if something crazy happens. And that would be a team like Denver (No. 10) or Washington (No. 15) makes an unexpected trade up and prefer him over Murray and Haskins. Seems unlikely.


 Josh Jacobs rushes against Clemson during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game.
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Josh Jacobs rushes against Clemson during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game.

Who will be the first RB picked?

According to oddsmakers, the first RB picked will be Josh Jacobs (-400). The big tailback from Alabama is the big favorite here. He appears to be the only running back who is a first-round pick. Scouts like Jacobs because of his size-speed combination and angry running style. Oakland (No. 24) and Philadelphia (No. 25) are scouting him closely.

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Mile Sanders (+500): The Penn State product is likely to go in the early portion of the second round. Unless Jacobs has some sort of setback, Sanders seems like a pretty big long shot.


Who will be the first WR picked?

The first WR picked will be D.K. Metcalf (-167). Like Murray and Jacobs, Metcalf is a heavy favorite at his position. He had an unreal performance at the NFL combine. He is 6-3, 228 pounds and runs a 4.3 40. Those type of measurables translate into a top-10 pick. Jacksonville (No. 7) and the Broncos are among the teams closely monitoring Metcalf.

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Marquise Brown, +500: The Oklahoma product -- who is the cousin of Oakland star receiver Antonio Brown – has been slowed by a foot injury. He is also very small at 5-10, 168 pounds. He’s a first rounder, but it may be tough to catch Metcalf as the first receiver taken.

Who will be the first OL picked?

The first OL picked will be Jawann Taylor (-150): The Florida product could go as high as No. 5 to Tampa Bay and should go in the top 10.

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Andre Dillard (+250): This is may be the best odds on the offensive side. Dillard is a riser. The Washington State product could push past Taylor. If there is an early run on quarterbacks and defensive players, the offensive linemen can fall. All it takes is one team preferring Dillard to Taylor.

Cody Ford (+2000): This is a lottery ticket. The problem is the Oklahoma product is guard and tackles usually go before guards. But some teams really like him.


 T.J. Hockenson runs with the ball as Mississippi State tries to tackle him.
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T.J. Hockenson runs with the ball as Mississippi State tries to tackle him.

Who will be the first TE picked?

The first TE picked in the 2019 NFL Draft will be T.J. Hockenson, (-182). Some scouts think the Iowa product will end up having one of the best careers of a anyone in this class. He is a first-class field stretcher. Many teams could trade up to the top 10 to take him.

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Noah Fant (+140):Fant, also from Iowa, is moving up draft boards. It would be a surprise if he bypasses Hockenson, but he could go in the top 15 picks as well.


Who will be the first DB picked?

The first DB picked will be Greedy Williams (+100). The LSU cornerback has long been considered the top defensive back available. But he may be slipping some. His name may not be as hot as it once was.

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Byron Murphy (+300): The Washington product had a strong combine and some teams are very high on him. His odds are tempting.

DeAndre Baker (+550): The Georgia product should be a top-25 pick like Williams and Murphy. He recently said he’s the best cornerback available in the draft. But that doesn’t matter. It’s all what teams thinks. It may be tough for him to leapfrog both Williams and Murphy.

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