NFL Draft Betting – Early Predictions for Round One of 2020’s NFL Draft
The NFL Draft is forever a fluid entity. The hype surrounding the NFL’s biggest offseason event is insane, and it even has its own season.
Immediately following the Super Bowl, draftniks and NFL executives start preparing their big boards and assessing which talented college football players could make the jump to the next level.
There has been chatter over who will be the first pick in the NFL draft since the last draft ended, but as we’ve seen in the past, that’s not something we can hammer into concrete until the final weeks before the draft.
Just look at Ohio State phenom Chase Young, who is at least a threat to go #1 overall but has an off-the-field scandal unfolding. The situation has been resolved, but you just never know what will alter any given player’s draft stock.
Then there is the constant battle for who the top quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft will be.
First it was Tua Tagovailoa, but he got hurt, and that opened the door for his competition to ramp up interest. We’re still months away from finding out who gets drafted first overall in 2020, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The fact that you can bet on the NFL Draft only creates more excitement. Fancy yourself a pro scout or mock draft expert? Then it may be time for you to take a serious look at the top college football prospects and where they may land.
If you know what you’re talking about, it’s possible you can make some money at the top NFL Draft betting websites.
To aid you in that goal, let’s get the ball rolling now that the NFL season is halfway over. Here’s an early NFL mock draft for 2020’s first round (draft order is current as of week 11).
1. Cincinnati Bengals – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
It’s still only November as I write this, so my mock (and yours) will look a lot different once the 2020 NFL Draft rolls around. This top spot may not even be the same, which is a big reason why NFL Draft betting sites offer odds year-round on who the top NFL Draft pick will be.
It really depends on who picks here and what their top need is. Right now, that looks to be the Bengals, and it’s arguable they do not have their long-term answer under center.
Joe Burrow is the flavor of the month and is a very real threat to take Tua’s throne, but the best quarterback prospect is still the Crimson Tide star. Cincinnati can’t mess this up.
2. Washington Redskins – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Initially, I had the Redskins pegged for pass rush help via Chase Young, who is a monster on the outside. But he’s had some off-field drama, and the Trent Williams situation creates a huge hole on Washington’s offensive line.
Dwayne Haskins is hopefully going to be the answer under center in DC, but if the Redskins are smart, they’ll work to protect him. Young is a scary talent and the sexier pick, but I like Thomas to fill a huge need.
3. New York Giants – Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
Many will mock stud wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to the G-Men. I see the need for impact talent on offense, but the Giants need to get back to their bread and butter and upgrade this defense.
New York is still hanging around the middle of the pack in terms of getting after the quarterback, so bringing in a stud pass rusher could give a once-proud defense a much-needed jolt.
4. Miami Dolphins – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
I’m not in the business of projecting draft day trades this early in the game, but I’m 100% aware Miami or another team could consider trading up to make sure someone else doesn’t snag Burrow.
Absolutely in the conversation to go first overall, Burrow is presently in the front of the 2019 Heisman Trophy race due to gaudy stats and flat-out dominance.
Burrow appears to be NFL-ready when it comes to reads, anticipation, timing, and accuracy. Some question his athleticism and mechanics, but Burrow is a star in the making and could be the franchise savior that has eluded the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired.
5. New York Jets – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
I haven’t a clue what to make of the Jets, who could load up a talented offense with a truly elite wide receiver. The Jets just committed to head coach Adam Gase for 2020, though, so logic suggests they’ll give the once-bright offensive mind any extra pieces he deems necessary to win.
New York could still use pieces on defense and their o-line, but if they’re going to give Sam Darnold a legit shot at proving himself, landing a marquee receiver is a good way to do it.
Deep threat Robby Anderson could leave in free agency, so bringing in the best wide receiver in college football is a pretty nice move.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Falcons seem largely set on offense. Their defense has regressed horribly under Dan Quinn over the past couple of years, and they specifically need to improve their pass defense.
Pass rushing help is an option, but Atlanta is in the same division as Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. They need to make sure they have the ability to cover these studs — or at least give them a chance to do so.
Okudah is a good athlete with nice size, and after playing in the Big 10, he has proven he can handle some talented receivers.
7. Cleveland Browns – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
It’s pretty likely that what the Cleveland Browns have on offense now is what they’ll roll out in 2020. If Baker Mayfield can’t get it going by then, it’s back to the drawing board, regardless.
To help him out a bit, Cleveland needs to continue to enhance their defense. Simmons looks like a fine addition, as he’s a potential hybrid prospect that can compete for snaps at safety or linebacker.
The Browns could honestly use help at both spots, so inserting a high-quality athlete to compete for a starting gig makes good sense.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
You could argue Jacob Eason or another quarterback here. It all depends how you rank the top quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. I still slot Herbert in as the third-best option, and given the turnover struggles for Jameis Winston, it could be time for the Bucs to make a change.
Let’s face it. Winston has a lot of upside statistically, but he’s not a great character guy, he turns the ball over too much, and his play hasn’t consistently translated into wins.
Unless Winston just goes ham down the stretch and Tampa Bay makes a run at a wild card spot, the Bucs could move on at quarterback. Insert Herbert, who offers a little more athleticism than Winston and is known for his accuracy and ball protection.
9. Denver Broncos – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Denver’s defense hasn’t been as nasty as we’ve come to expect over the years. Von Miller rushes from one side, and going forward, Bradley Chubb (injured) will be on the other side.
The Broncos still have some talent in the secondary, too, but they lack a difference-maker up front. A middling unit (17th in rushing yards allowed per game) could lose Derek Wolfe in free agency this year and needs to make sure they have some type of a contingency plan.
That, or they just need to re-sign him and address other issues.
The problem is similar in the middle, where Shelby Harris could also walk. That’s where someone like Derrick Brown comes in.
Once somewhat in the mix for the #1 overall pick discussion, Brown is a man-eater who can sniff out the run, take on double-teams, and create openings for his teammates. If the Broncos want to get back to being a truly elite defense, Brown looks like a heck of a place to start.
10. Arizona Cardinals – A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
Arizona won’t know for a while yet what they have on offense. Rookie head coach and franchise quarterback Kyler Murray have earned another year to show if they can get better, though, while early returns are at the very worst promising.
Where the Cardinals need to work to get better is on defense. Chandler Jones is a lock on one side of their 3-4 scheme, but Terrell Suggs is ancient. He’s helped the Cardinals crack the top 10 in sacks, but he won’t be around (or effective) forever.
Arizona can address issues in the secondary and up front, but I think adding a little more juice to their pass rush could work wonders. That brings us to A.J. Epenesa, who is a massive body who can get after the quarterback and help sniff out the run.
11. Detroit Lions – Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Now that we’re outside of the top 10, we can start condensing things a bit and get to the fat of the pick.
Matt Patricia preaches great defense, and while he has a talented group in Detroit, he lacks an impact safety. Tavon Wilson hasn’t been bad, but he’ll enter free agency this offseason and is part of a secondary that has allowed the 5th-most passing touchdowns in the NFL.
Detroit needs to get a bit bolder at the back of their defense, and if they have the 11th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, they should spend it on LSU beast Grant Delpit.
Easily the top safety prospect in this year’s draft, Delpit is a flat-out playmaker who seems to always have a hand in the action. With the ability to cover, scout the run, and line up in numerous spots, Delpit is a star worth snagging here.
12. Los Angeles Chargers – Tristan Wirfs, OL, Iowa
Russell Okung was a nice pickup on the outside, but the Bolts have had problems on their offensive line for years, and they’ve popped back up in 2019.
LA has issues getting their running game going at times, and at the time of this writing, they ranked just 26th in rushing yards per game on the year.
The pass protection hasn’t been terrible, but part of that is quarterback Philip Rivers being so quick to get the ball out. He’s still absorbed 21 sacks and has been rushed on a lot of throws.
LA has a ton of playmakers on both sides of the ball. They require more help in the trenches, and someone like Wirfs (who can play on either side of the line) could be rather useful.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
The Jags are another team that is in an interesting spot. They just paid Nick Foles a ton of money to fix their quarterback room. If he isn’t the guy for whatever reason, it looks as though they unlocked a gem in Gardner Minshew II.
Leonard Fournette heads a pretty talented offense, too. Jacksonville’s main issue is surprisingly their defense, which has jettisoned huge names like Dante Fowler Jr. and Jalen Ramsey over the past two seasons.
Just like that, one of the best defenses in football is now just another average unit. With Yannick Ngakoue almost certainly gone this offseason and Calais Campbell another year older, it may be wise to continue to inject new life into the pass rush.
14. Oakland Raiders (From Bears) – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Raiders are slowly piecing together some talent on both sides of the ball, and through the first 10 weeks of the 2019 NFL season, it’s shockingly translated into a winning season.
Oakland still has a long way to go before they can really think about taking back the AFC West, though, and I’d admittedly hear numerous options at this 14th pick.
However, if the Raiders are dead set on Derek Carr, they better at least get him some help. Josh Jacobs gives the Raiders a strong rushing attack, and guys like Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller have been nice surprises in the passing game.
But the Antonio Brown fiasco left a big hole in this offense. Oakland can make up for it by taking CeeDee Lamb, who has the strength and explosiveness of a next-level superstar.
15. Tennessee Titans – Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma
I’m sure Mike Vrabel — if he’s still the coach — wouldn’t mind beefing up Tennessee’s defense with this pick. However, the Titans remain pretty good defensively, and contrary to popular belief, they also have some nice offensive weapons.
Tennessee’s problem has been quarterback play as well as atrocious pass protection (42 sacks allowed — 1st in NFL!). The team seems to like Ryan Tannehill, and I’m not sure if there is a quarterback they’ll force at this pick, so the next-best move is to improve their o-line.
The Titans do have talent on the line, but they’ve been mired by bad plays and too many penalties. Star tackle Taylor Lewan will be the first to admit it, too.
One way or another, the Titans could use some help here. Humphery is one of the best interior offensive linemen this draft has to offer. At the very worst, he can start his career as an elite depth piece and go from there.
16. Philadelphia Eagles – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
You can toy with the idea of a few different positions, but I won’t waste your time here. The Eagles have had an atrocious pass defense for the past two years. It’s done their elite run defense a great disservice and held them back as a whole.
Shoring up the secondary could go a long way in helping the Eagles take back the NFC East, so look for them to be in the market for a stud corner.
Trevon Diggs is arguably the best cornerback for them to target here, but guys like Kristian Fulton and Bryce Hall are certainly in the mix.
17. Oakland Raiders – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Raiders landed an impact wide receiver with their first pick in this mock draft opening round, and with number two, they’ll get someone who can stop the opposition.
Oakland has a lot of nice pieces to work with, but their defense still needs a lot of work. They could grab pass-rushing help here, but they’re hanging right in the middle of the league in terms of the effectiveness of their pass defense.
I don’t know if it makes sense to give up on Clelin Ferrell after just one season, while the team has reason to be high on Maxx Crosby. I say wait and see if their pass rush develops and just make sure the back of their defense can hold onto their end of the bargain.
18. Indianapolis Colts – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
This pick is a bit of a preemptive strike. Indy actually has a pretty good defense, and it’s anchored by a 30-year-old Justin Houston. However, the Colts are a bit long in the tooth when it comes to their pass rush, which collectively ranks just 25th in sacks on the year.
Indy has talent at every level of the defense, but they could use a jolt in terms of getting after the quarterback. I think they can get that via Chaisson, who has ridiculous upside due to his elite versatility, fluidity, and amazing athleticism.
Production hasn’t been easy to come about, though, but that’s mostly due to injury. On paper, Chaisson is an incredibly useful chess piece that could perhaps put a solid Colts defense over the top.
19. Carolina Panthers – Jared Pinkey, TE, Vanderbilt
Is the end finally here for tight end Greg Olsen? Whether by injury, retirement, or the Panthers just looking to save some cash, it certainly could be.
Olsen still runs very well, knows how to get open, and as recent as the 2019 season, remained quite productive. But the Panthers can’t trust a guy who will turn 35 in March and has a history of foot problems.
It may make sense to bring on a nice young tight end prospect. Pinkey is a great athlete who should be able to get open at the next level and make plays. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a competent blocker, either.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams) – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
I don’t know if I can allow Ruggs III to slide much further. He’s just such a gifted playmaker with the ball in the air, and if someone needs guys who can haul in tough passes, he’s an easy fix.
That may very well be the Jaguars. It’s tough to know what to make of their passing game until Nick Foles plays a few more games with this unit, but Dede Westbrook is still trending toward bust territory.
Perhaps that’s reversed, but I don’t see the harm in getting Foles a shiny new toy for 2020.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
The Cowboys were supposed to have a difference-making defense, but injuries and some tough matchups saw this unit slide as a whole.
It’s quite arguable the secondary has disappointed the most, even though the Cowboys are tied for dead last in sacks. Dallas needs to get healthy to ensure their secondary can effectively do their job, but they also need more talent in the back of their defense.
Bryce Hall gives them a potential stud corner who is physically imposing but also a simply intelligent defender.
22. Miami Dolphins (From Steelers) – D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
I don’t know if Miami will actually take a running back in the first round of the draft. What I do know, however, is that they traded away the best back they had in Kenyan Drake.
All the Dolphins have now are the plodding Kalen Ballage and a bunch of fringe NFL bodies. This team needs a new “everything,” but they might as well at least consider bringing in fresh blood for their offensive backfield.
Swift has showcased superstar talent at Georgia and very much looks to be the best running back in this draft. Congrats, Miami.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Nobody is demanding the Chiefs add more offensive playmakers. They could stand to shore up their offensive line a tad, but their biggest issues undoubtedly continue to stem from their defense.
Kansas City actually made efforts to improve during the offseason, and it helped them rank 5th in sacks. However, they’re still giving up almost 24 points per game.
The Chiefs look pretty good up front and on the outside, but Bashaud Breeland is probably their best cover man. He may exit in free agency, though, so suddenly a thin defensive backfield could turn ghastly.
Adebo isn’t a lock to be the pick here, but he’s a solid cover man and reliable tackler. That type of balance could be useful for KC’s classic bend-but-don’t-break defense.
24. Minnesota Vikings – Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin
The Vikings have looked amazing after some early-season struggles. Give credit where credit is due; Minnesota has put together some brilliant game plans, and Kirk Cousins responded to his critics.
But that’s all masked a fatal flaw, which is often shoddy pass protection. At least, that used to be the case.
Admittedly, the Vikings have reworked their o-line to the point where it’s been highly effective. They’re running the football at an elite level, and Kirk Cousins has enough time to slice up defenses.
Minnesota just needs to make sure it stays that way. They have several veterans who could prove to be costly or run into injuries. A versatile o-lineman like Biadasz could make for amazing depth to start his career.
25. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Bills don’t have many holes to fill. Assuming quarterback Josh Allen keeps developing and goes in the right direction, they have enough weapons to compete offensively, and their defense is among the best units in football.
One area where they could use a jolt might be wide receiver, though. John Brown gives the team a deep threat, and Cole Beasley dominates the slot as well as anyone, but they lack a go-to guy who can win in one-on-one situations.
That could end up being Higgins, who has the size and playmaking ability to win contested balls, move the chains, and finish drives in the endzone.
26. Miami Dolphins (From Texans) – Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
The Dolphins need help everywhere, but they traded away Laremy Tunsil last year, and their o-line needs help. Feel free to pencil just about anyone in for them, but if they want to get better, they need to run the football and protect their quarterback.
Leatherwood is a flat-out steal this late in the draft, and there’s a strong argument he doesn’t last nearly this long. It’s a shame for his sake that he could be headed to South Beach, but a bad team would be getting a player with great size and elite athleticism.
27. New Orleans Saints – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
The Saints are loaded on both sides of the ball. They could use a cornerback upgrade across from Marshon Lattimore, but replacing A.J. Klein, who has graded out extremely poorly per Pro Football Focus, has to be near the top of the list.
That shouldn’t be hard, as Dylan Moses is a freak athlete that can literally do everything New Orleans will ask of him. He may be late to the game due to a torn ACL, but that just helps make him one of the best 2020 NFL Draft value picks.
28. Seattle Seahawks – Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
It’s annoying how good the Seahawks are at stockpiling talented players they often don’t even need. They’re doing it at wide receiver right now with Josh Gordon and D.K. Metcalf, and it’s something they do to keep their roster as deep as balanced as possible.
This could be a situation where they simply grab the best player available. Kinlaw is arguably that at this point, as he has the goods to go a lot earlier than 28th.
Seattle’s run defense isn’t abhorrent (12th), but Kinlaw can help most in that regard. Seattle’s depth should allow him some time to work on his pass rushing chops.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
Baltimore has such an amazing system. They keep losing viable bodies, but they plug new guys in and just keep going. That still has them in play for help at linebacker, but most of their draft work this offseason should be directed to the defense.
The Ravens still have a very good defense, too. Davis is a guy that can be dropped in at the front of the line, and this unit won’t miss a beat. A big, physical presence up front, Davis can do the dirty work to free up pass rushers and has also shown adept ability against the run.
30. Green Bay Packers – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Packers have one glaring weakness: they can’t stop the run. That’s partially due to a scheme that sells out to defend the pass and get pressure on the quarterback, but my goodness.
One thing they can do to rectify this is go get another viable linebacker. Blake Martinez is a fantastic leader for their defense and a sure tackler, but he’s just one guy.
Green Bay will cross their fingers that an elite talent like Dylan Moses falls to them, but I think they’d be plenty pleased with Murray. The Oklahoma product has the type of speed and athleticism the Packers lack in their linebacking corps.
31. New England Patriots – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Is it time to finally get the guy that will eventually replace Tom Brady? Who knows, but if it is, the Pats are probably looking at Love, Jacob Eason, or perhaps Jake Fromm.
Fromm gets knocks for being more of a game manager, which makes me wonder if New England will prefer him and see how long they can wait before taking him.
Maybe that happens, but Brady is getting to the point where you can bet on if he’ll retire or not.
It’s anyone’s guess, and this pick of Love is a pure talent and upside play. Love hasn’t done much from a production perspective to wow anyone. But if his pocket presence, arm strength, and touch are any indication, he’s special.
32. San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Niners are positively loaded no matter where you look on their roster. The only real blemish that stands out is cornerback, simply because Richard Sherman is getting older.
A.J. Terrell isn’t for sure the best defensive back at this point in the draft, but he’s certainly in the mix to crack the first round. Physicality and championship pedigree are two nice things to add to a Super Bowl contender.
It’s important to remember just how early in the process we really are. It’s November as I piece my first 2020 NFL Draft mock together, and so many things can change.
Some star players could sink due to their positions being deep or even devalued. Quarterbacks can fall due to injury or poor play. Others can turn into interesting sleepers and rise up draft boards thanks to offseason workouts, bowl game performances, or even pro days.
And of course, then there’s the 2020 NFL Combine.
Players should usually be assessed based on what they do on the field, but when you check in as a physical marvel, teams tend to take notice.
Things will change a lot between now and April, especially with the actual 2020 NFL Draft order not even close to being decided. But we’ve seen #1 overall pick wagers up on the best football sportsbooks for the past year, and other NFL Draft prop bets are sure to come in droves.
Prepare yourself for all of those wagers by reading mock drafts, pouring over NFL Draft player rankings, watching games, and hey, putting together a few mocks of your own.
Hopefully, I can provide a little insight or send you off in the right direction. For all other NFL betting needs, check out our NFL betting guide for updated odds and expert predictions.