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2020 NFL Draft Odds: Tagovailoa is the Undisputed Favorite to Go First Overall

Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.

The NFL might not be a year-round sport on the field, but when it comes to the hype that surrounds the league, the machine never stops in media circles. Despite the 2020 NFL Draft being nine months away, sportsbooks have released odds on which player will be selected with the first overall pick.

At BetOnline, Tua Tagovailoa is the +150 favorite, with Justin Herbert (+325), Jake Fromm (+500), Chase Young (+700), Derrick Brown (+700) and Jerry Jeudy (+900) available to wager on.

Is it Tua Time?

Tagovailoa, who came on in relief of Jalen Hurts in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship to lead Alabama to a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia, is coming off a fantastic season.

Despite missing out on the Heisman Trophy and losing to Clemson in the title game, the Hawaiian had 3,966 passing yards along with 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions to firmly establish himself as the top prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft.

A lot can change between now and next year, but it would be a major shock to see Tagovailoa not get selected early in the draft. Tagovailoa and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence are co-favorites to win the Heisman. Alabama trails only Clemson on the odds list for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship at +230.

Oregon QB Herbert is Primed for Big Things

Herbert is the biggest threat to Tagovailoa’s case to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. He could’ve entered the 2019 draft but decided to go back to Oregon for his fourth year – a decision that raised eyebrows around the NCAA.

Herbert is considered to be a franchise quarterback-in-waiting and had 3,151 yards through the air and 29 touchdowns in 2018. He stands six-foot-six and weighs 240 pounds, yet he’s sneaky fast with his legs and has a powerful right arm.

There’s seemingly never any shortage of quarterback-needy teams in the NFL, and Herbert looks like a prime target in the early part of the first round.

Who will be selected with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Tua Tagovailoa+150
Justin Herbert+325
Jake Fromm+500
Chase Young+700
Derrick Brown+700
Jerry Jeudy+900

Odds as of July 29 at BetOnline

The 2019 NFL Draft is set to get underway on Thursday, April 25, and oddsmakers are united in who they believe will go off the board with the first overall selection.

Kyler Murray is the -375 favorite to be taken at No. 1.

When it comes to odds on which standout college player will be selected with the first overall pick, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray is the -375 favorite. Nick Bosa (+375), Quinnen Williams (+450) and Josh Allen (+5000) are also available to bet on at the shop.

Murray skyrockets up the board

In mid-March, Bosa was the -200 favorite with Murray coming back at +200. But since then, it’s become clear the Arizona Cardinals, who possess the top pick in the draft, have become enamored with Murray. New Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has stated his glowing opinion of the former Sooner in the past, and it looks like he’s found his quarterback of the future at No. 1.

That means last year’s 10th overall selection, Josh Rosen, could be looking for a new home in 2019. With Arizona reportedly fielding offers for Rosen, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the former UCLA signal-caller dealt before the draft.

According to ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper, there is a “99.9 percent” chance the Cardinals will take Murray with the top pick. There’s been some buzz over the past few days that Arizona may look to take a defensive prospect at No. 1, but it would be a major surprise if the Cards didn’t opt to choose the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Is Bosa’s injury history a concern?

Bosa, the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa, withdrew early from Ohio State last year to rehabilitate from core muscle surgery.

A starter from his true freshman campaign of 2016 through his shortened junior season, Bosa had 17.5 sacks and 77 tackles (29 for a loss) in 29 games at OSU. The 21-year-old’s decision to enter the draft early and undergo rehab wasn’t a surprising one, but there is some concern from scouts surrounding his injury history.

Then again, the same thing was said about Adrian Peterson in 2007 and he turned out to be one of the most prolific running backs the league has ever seen.

Which player will be chosen with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?
  • Kyler Murray -375
  • Nick Bosa +375
  • Quinnen Williams +450
  • Josh Allen +5000
Odds as of April 25 at BetOnline