NFL Draft Odds 2024

2024 NFL Draft Odds: Where Will JJ McCarthy Be Picked?

The 2024 NFL selection show is nearly here, which means it's time to break down NFL Draft odds.

Nick Holz has an updated 2024 mock draft ahead of the show, but on this page I'll break down the different specific odds and markets available for the NFL Draft. I've compiled all the draft props and handicapped some of my best picks:

2024 NFL Draft Odds: First Overall Pick

Best Odds for the 2024 NFL Draft 2nd Overall Pick
QB Caleb Williams-10000
QB Jayden Daniels+3000
QB Drake Maye+4000
WR Marvin Harrison Jr.+10000
QB JJ McCarthy+10000
Michael Penix Jr.+20000

Odds as of April 17th, 2024

Williams Clear Favorite to go first overall in the 2024 NFL Draft

The NFL draft odds are pretty clear, USC QB Caleb Williams is now a lock to go first overall on April 25th. The Chicago Bears, who own the top pick, have paved the way for the 2023 Heisman winner to become their new franchise quarterback. Williams' spot as 1.1 was kind of up in the air (his odds were about -1000 at the start of the offseason) but after Chicago traded Justin Fields to the Steelers we knew for sure.

After his 2023 showcase, Williams did have a 'down' year in 2024, where he saw the interception rate tick up and failed to lead USC to the College Football Playoff once again. But those minor flaws, if you even want to call them that, will not prevent Williams from being the first name called on draft day. With the talent GM Ryan Poles has now put in place around Williams in Chicago, he's a potential franchise quarterback who can carry a team to the Super Bowl in a few years — there's no doubt in my mind.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: Second Overall Pick

Best Odds for the 2024 NFL Draft 2nd Overall Pick
QB Jayden Daniels-300
QB Drake Maye+220
QB JJ McCarthy+2000
QB Caleb Williams+5000
WR Marvin Harrison Jr.+10000

This slot is where we've seen most of the movement ahead of the draft, as LSU QB Jayden Daniels has skyrocketed up to 2nd-overall favorite. It's a tough choice here between the big potential of Daniels and the high floor and safe play of Drake Maye, but the current odds seem to think the LSU man is the pick.

I might sprinkle on Maye if the odds get any longer, but given where the odds are right now, I'd bet that Daniels will go second. After a monster season with the Tigers this year, Daniels locked himself as one of the best QB prospects in this draft with a great arm and dangerous running skills. If these odds continue to move, though, I'd honestly just bet whichever of Maye or Daniels supplies the best line value.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: 3rd Overall Pick

Best Odds To Go 3rd Overall in the 2024 NFL Draft
QB Drake Maye-145
QB Jayden Daniels+250
QB JJ McCarthy+380
WR Marvin Harrison Jr.+2200
QB Malik Nabers+7500
OT Joe Alt+7500

The safe pick here is for the Patriots to take Maye if he falls to third. So, for that reason I think there's some potential guaranteed betting profit here.

If I'm handicapping this draft overall, I'd put a half-unit wager on Maye to go second overall (at around +220) and then a full unit wager on him to go third at these current odds. Given where the odds currently sit, you're guaranteed to see profit as long as the UNC QB is a top-three pick.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: J.J. McCarthy Odds

Best Odds To Draft J.J. McCarthy
Minnesota Vikings+105
New York Giants+275
Washington Commanders+275
New England Patriots+350
Denver Broncos+550

There was a point this season when J.J. McCarthy was favored to win the Heisman and looked like a potential top-10 pick in the draft. He fell off a bit since that point (still won a National Championship, though), but the JJ hype is ticking back up ahead of draft day.

The Vikings just traded back into the first round and now own the 11th and 23rd picks, which many people think they'll use to draft or trade up for McCarthy (as these odds suggest). But lately, we've heard a lot of buzz around him going third to New England. NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline recently reported that Pats exec Eliot Wolf is "pushing hard" for McCarthy, seeing the upside of the Michigan product at QB. I get the Mac Jones comps and fear of missing out on a Maye/Daniels, but I believe the buzz. If you're going to give me big plus money on JJ to go to the Pats, I'll take it for now.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: Michael Penix Jr.

Best Odds To Draft Michael Penix
Minnesota Vikings+250
Las Vegas Raiders+320
Seattle Seahawks+400
Denver Broncos+500
New England Patriots+700
New York Giants+950

The Seahawks just traded for Sam Howell to pair with Geno Smith in the QB room, but I don't think they're content with the quarterback situation. Picking in the middle of this first round gives them the perfect opportunity to snag my favorite player in the draft, Michael Penix Jr.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: 1st Non-QB Selected

Who will be the first non-quarterback drafted?
WR Marvin Harrison Jr.-500
WR Malik Nabers+300
OT Joe Alt+1000
WR Rome Odunze+4000
EDGE Dallas Turner+5000

After the QBs go at the top of the draft, things start to get interesting. WR Marvin Harrison Jr. has long been expected to be the top non-QB selected after racking up massive seasons for Ohio State, but questions are starting to pop up about if he's even the top receiver in the class.

The Cardinals pick fourth, which makes them a natural home for Harrison. But in most of the mock draft projecting I'm doing right now, I have the Cards trading back. Teams like the Broncos, Raiders, and Vikings could take a QB in this draft, and move up to fourth to get their guy. If even one of those teams moves up with the Cardinals, Harrison Jr. could fall.

With questions popping up about if Harrison Jr. can separate and make defenders miss in the open field, I'm going to take the value on this board. I like Nabers at +300 and Alt at +1000 as sprinkles on the top non-QB taken this year.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: First Defensive Player Taken

odds To Be First Defensive Player Taken in 2024 NFL Draft
Dallas Turner-200
Quinyon Mitchell+350
Jared Verse+650
Terrion Arnold+800
Laiatu Latu+1800
Byron Murphy II+2200

For most of the last college season, Laiatu Latu was discussed and mocked as the top player in this defensive class. But, in the last few weeks, the UCLA pass-rusher has fallen down the boards and is now seen as a mid-to-late-first-round pick by some.

While some teams may be concerned by his early-college neck injury, I think Latu is still a great fit for teams drafting 10-15 in the upcoming Draft.

Dallas Turner seems like a natural fit to go to the Falcons at the eighth pick, but if they trade out or go a different direction, I think Latu will end up being the top defensive player selected. Grabbing this +1800 value is a smart play.

2024 NFL Draft Odds: 1st RB Selected

Who will be the first Running Back drafted?
RB Trey Benson+210
RB Jonathan Brooks+210
Blake Corum+380
RB Jaylen Wright+600
RB Marshawn Lloyd+650

This is a pretty weak running back class, so I could see this first RB pick not happening until the late second or early-third round. For that reason, I love the value of Brooks here.

The Texas runner was great in his 11 games for the Longhorns last year, racking up 11 touchdowns on 6.1. yards per carry. The reason he won't go high, though, is his torn ACL, which happened in November against TCU. He's expected to be back for training camp, though, so I think a team will bank on his upside, especially if all the RBs fall.

Previous NFL First Overall NFL Draft Picks

Since 2001, 17 of the 23 players drafted first were quarterbacks. WR Keyshawn Johnson (1996) was the last player drafted No. 1 overall who wasn't either a QB or a lineman.
In the past 10 drafts, there were six QBs, three DL, and one OL selected first.

List of previous first overall NFL Draft Picks
YearPositionPlayersSchoolNFL Team
2023QBBryce YoungAlabamaCarolina Panthers
2022DETravon WalkerGeorgiaJacksonville Jaguars
2021QBTrevor LawrenceClemsonJacksonville Jaguars
2020QBJoe BurrowLSUCincinnati Bengals
2019QBKyler MurrayOklahomaArizona Cardinals
2018QBBaker MayfieldOklahomaCleveland Browns
2017DEMyles GarrettTexas A&MCleveland Browns
2016QBJared GoffCalLos Angeles Rams
2015QBJameis WinstonFlorida StateTampa Bay Buccaneers
2014DEJadeveon ClowneySouth CarolinaHouston Texans

2023 NFL Draft FAQs

Where can I learn more about how to bet on the NFL draft?

If you love the NFL draft but are new to betting or love betting but haven’t put any money down on the draft before, our guide helps you understand how to bet on the NFL draft. It explains the types of bets you can make, so that you can tackle the NFL draft like Aaron Donald takes down quarterbacks.

Who is favored to be selected first overall in the NFL draft?

Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young is the current betting favorite to be selected first overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud and Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter are the next two most likely candidates to be selected first overall in the NFL draft.

What other NFL draft prop bets can I make?

NFL draft prop betting involves wagers on just about anything to do with the NFL draft and ranges from who will be the first running back drafted, to whether the No. 1 overall pick hugs his mom or dad first, to how many players from the Big 12 will be drafted in the first round.

Who has the No. 1 pick?

The Carolina Panthers hold the No. 1 pick after trading up with the Chicago Bears.

When is the NFL Draft?

The First Round starts Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET and the draft concludes April 29.

Where is the 2023 NFL Draft held?

Get ready to see lots of red, as the draft is in Chiefs' back yard at Union Station in Kansas City Missouri.

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