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Odds to be First Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft: Tua Favored Ahead of LSU Matchup

2020 NFL Draft Odds First Overall Pick

The 2019 college football season has been full of surprises so far, but one thing has remained the same: Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the odds-on favorite to be the first player drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Hawaii native is the -150 fave to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft at Bovada, with Joe Burrow (+200), Justin Herbert (+600), Chase Young (+750) and Jake Fromm (+800) available at plus money.

Tua Looks to be Locked In as the Fave

Prior to the 2019 campaign, Tagovailoa was the +150 front-runner but has seen his price come down through 10 weeks of the season. The signal-caller suffered a right ankle injury in Alabama’s 35-13 victory over Tennessee in Week 8, but head coach Nick Saban said shortly after: “Hopefully in a couple of weeks, we’ll be able to have him back on the field.” The second-ranked Tide, who play No. 1 LSU on November 9, expect to have Tagovailoa back in the fold for the high-profile matchup.

Burrow Has Been Lighting it Up in the Bayou

Speaking of LSU, Burrow’s rise to prominence this season has been something to behold. Burrow wasn’t even available to wager on in Heisman odds before the season but has been instrumental in leading the Tigers to a perfect 8-0 SU record. Burrow has 30 touchdowns and 2,805 passing yards along with only four interceptions in 2019.

The 22-year-old’s decision to transfer to LSU from Ohio State in 2018 has made him into a household name among college football fans, and NFL teams are clearly viewing him as the No. 2 option at QB behind Tagovailoa. Burrow has outplayed both Fromm and Herbert, along with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, who’s widely projected to be the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Despite Burrow’s hot play, it would be a surprise to see him go before Tagovailoa in the draft, but stranger things have happened in the NFL.

Odds to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
TeamOdds
Tua Tagovailoa-150
Joe Burrow+200
Justin Herbert+600
Chase Young+750
Jake Fromm+800

Odds as of November 7 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 nonoccurrence 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.