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Burrow is the Heavy Favorite to be the First Overall Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

NFL 2020 Draft First Overall Pick Odds

Joe Burrow opened the 2019 college football season as an afterthought in the Heisman Trophy discussion, but the standout LSU quarterback has since become the favorite to win both the Heisman and go first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Burrow is the -225 favorite at BetOnline to be the first player taken off the board on April 23 in Las Vegas. Chase Young (+175) and Andrew Thomas (+1600) are also available to wager on at the shop. On December 5, Burrow was -115, with Young’s price at +185 and Thomas’s at +1200.

With the Cincinnati Bengals tabbed as the heavy favorites to attain the top pick in the draft and in need of a franchise quarterback, it’s highly unlikely the Bengals would pass on Burrow. But on the off chance the New York Giants – who drafted former Duke signal-caller Daniel Jones a year ago – get the first selection, Young is a much likelier option. 

Burrow is On Another Level Right Now

Burrow, who’s in his second season with the Tigers after transferring from Ohio State, has taken the college football world by storm this year. The 22-year-old is one of only 15 FBS passers since 2000 to throw for 4,500-plus yards and 45 touchdowns in a season. Of that group, only Case Keenum (5) and Burrow (6) threw for seven or fewer interceptions. 

Burrow now holds the LSU single-season record for passing yards (4,366) and touchdowns. He also broke Kentucky QB Tim Couch’s SEC passing yards record (4,275) that was set in 1998 and tied Missouri QB Drew Lock’s SEC touchdown passes record set in 2017. Burrow also became the first LSU player to be chosen as the AP Player of the Year.

Simply put, this guy is the real deal and has franchise NFL quarterback written all over him. Burrow wasn’t even available to wager on in this prop prior to the season and was +200 to go at No. 1 on November 7.

Tua’s Injury Has Shaken Up the Oddsboard

Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury effectively hurt both his draft stock and Alabama’s chances of winning yet another championship. The Hawaii native, who was the -150 favorite to be selected with the first overall pick prior to his injury, was carted off the field and helicoptered to a hospital during Alabama’s win over Mississippi State in Week 12.

Tagovailoa underwent a successful surgery on November 18 and is expected to make a full recovery. Clearly oddsmakers aren’t expecting him to be in the mix to go off the board at No. 1 anymore, but there’s no shortage of Tua-related props available for bettors ahead of the draft.

What About Young?

That leaves Young as the main challenger to Burrow. The Ohio State defensive end was enjoying a stellar campaign before being hit with a two-game suspension for accepting a loan from a person Young described as a “family friend” whom he had known since the summer before his freshman year with the Buckeyes.

Even though the suspension eliminated his Heisman chances, he oozes star power and is the unquestioned top defensive player in the draft.

Who do you think is going to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? Have your say in the comment section. For more college football betting information, head over to our NCAAF page.

Odds to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
Joe Burrow-225
Chase Young+175
Andrew Thomas+1600

Odds as of December 14 at BetOnline

How to Read NFL Draft Odds

When you check out any of the top online sportsbooks, you’ll see prop odds listed like so:

Tua Tagovailoa -150

Joe Burrow +200

Justin Herbert +600

Chase Young +750

Jake Fromm +800

In this scenario, Tua is the favorite to go first overall. You can tell this by the minus sign (-). The rest are considered underdogs. You can see this because of the plus sign (+). If there is no clear fave, then the player with the lowest odds would be it. For instance, if Tua was at +150 instead of -150, he’d still be the fave since his odds are the smallest.

Let’s say you think that Joe Burrow is going to put on a clinic this year, and you bet $100 on him. You’d get a payout of $300 – your original $100 comes back along with your winnings of $200. Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is a Football Prop Bet?

When you bet on NFL draft odds, you’re making a prop bet. This is a bet on the occurrence or non-occurrence of certain player or team milestones that may not necessary correlate to the outcome of a particular football game. You can make this kind of bet as soon as draft odds are announced. If you see odds you like, we suggest jumping on them quickly as the lines will move as the college football season progresses and players succumb to injury or their performance starts to lag.