2021 NFL Draft Betting Odds - Football Picks

2021 NFL Draft Betting Odds

2021 NFL Draft Betting

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held from Thursday, April 29, 2021 though Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be the 87th annual NFL Draft where the top college players are selected by NFL teams. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick and they are expected to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Quarterbacks have dominated the top position in the NFL Draft over the last decade, with five of the last six No. 1 picks being quarterbacks. BookMaker has a number of NFL Draft props on the board, including quarterback props.

2021 NFL Draft at a Glance

Date: April 29-May 1, 2021

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Television Coverage: ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network

2021 NFL Draft Betting Odds

Trevor Lawrence -4050
Justin Fields +750
Penei Sewell +3300
Zach Wilson +3000
Zach Wilson -185
Penei Sewell +450
Justin Fields +140
Trey Lance +3000
Justin Fields +209
Penei Sewell +262
DeVonta Smith +404
JaMaar Chase +404
Rashawn Slater +593
Zach Wilson +442
Trey Lance +1152
Zach Wilson -365
Justin Fields +150
Trey Lance +387
Mac Jones +3030
Trevor Lawrence +4532
Kyle Trask +5000
Justin Fields -175
Trey Lance +185
Zach Wilson +200
Mac Jones +800
Kyle Trask +5000
Trevor Lawrence +5000

Trevor Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Lawrence is considered a franchise quarterback and one of the best quarterbacks to come out of college in many years. Lawrence is listed as a -4050 favorite at BookMaker to be the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The first major question to be answered in the 2021 NFL Draft is who will be taken second. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has gotten a lot of attention recently and he is the favorite to be taken second at odds of -150 at BookMaker. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the second choice in the betting odds at +135. Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell is the third choice at odds of +375, while North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is the longshot at +1800.

Another NFL Draft betting prop is who will be taken with the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Fields is the favorite at odds of +209, while Sewell is +262. DeVonta Smith and JaMaar Chase are co-third choices in the betting odds at +404. Zach Wilson is listed at +442, while Rashawn Slater is +593 and Trey Lance is +1152.

You can also bet on who will be the second quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL Draft with Wilson the favorite at -305. Fields is the second choice at +140, while Lance is +375. Mac Jones is listed as a longshot at +2581.

Odds on who will be the third quarterback selected are also on the board at BookMaker with Fields the favorite at -145. Wilson is next at +175 and he is followed by Lance at +185, Jones at +824 and Kyle Trask at +5000.

2021 NFL Draft Order

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. Miami Dolphins

4. Atlanta Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

6. Philadelphia Eagles

7. Detroit Lions

8. Carolina Panthers

9. Denver Broncos

10. Dallas Cowboys

11. New York Giants

12. San Francisco 49ers

13. Los Angeles Chargers

14. Minnesota Vikings

15. New England Patriots

16. Arizona Cardinals

17. Las Vegas Raiders

18. Miami Dolphins

19. Washington Football Team

20. Chicago Bears

21. Indianapolis Colts

22. Tennessee Titans

23. New York Jets

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

26. Cleveland Browns

27. Baltimore Ravens

28. New Orleans Saints

29. Green Bay Packers

30. Buffalo Bills

31. Kansas City Chiefs

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Three teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have two first round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Three teams do not have a No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Those teams are the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. The Texans traded with Miami last year to acquire tackle Laremy Tunsil and part of the price was this year’s first round pick. The Rams traded their pick away last year to Jacksonville in exchange for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Seattle traded their pick to the Jets as part of the deal for Jamal Adams.

All-Time No. 1 Picks

2020 Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow QB
2019 Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray QB
2018 Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield QB
2017 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett DE
2016 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB
2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston QB
2014 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher OT
2012 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB
2011 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton QB
2010 St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford QB
2009 Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford QB
2008 Miami Dolphins Jake Long OT
2007 Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell QB
2006 Houston Texans Mario Williams DE
2005 San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith QB
2004 San Diego Chargers Eli Manning QB
2003 Cincinnati Bengals Carson Palmer QB
2002 Houston Texans David Carr QB
2001 Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick QB
2000 Cleveland Browns Courtney Brown DE
1999 Cleveland Browns Tim Couch QB
1998 Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning QB
1997 St. Louis Rams Orlando Pace OT
1996 New York Jets Keyshawn Johnson WR
1995 Cincinnati Bengals Ki-Jana Carter RB
1994 Cincinnati Bengals Dan Wilkinson DT
1993 New England Patriots Drew Bledsoe QB
1992 Indianapolis Colts Steve Emtman DT
1991 Dallas Cowboys Russell Maryland DT
1990 Indianapolis Colts Jeff George QB
1989 Dallas Cowboys Troy Aikman QB
1988 Atlanta Falcons Aundray Bruce LB
1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vinny Testaverde QB
1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bo Jackson RB
1985 Buffalo Bills Bruce Smith DE
1984 New England Patriots Irving Fryar WR
1983 Baltimore Colts John Elway QB
1982 New England Patriots Kenneth Sims DE
1981 New Orleans Saints George Rogers RB
1980 Detroit Lions Billy Sims RB
1979 Buffalo Bills Tom Cousineau LB
1978 Houston Oilers Earl Campbell RB
1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ricky Bell RB
1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lee Roy Selmon DE
1975 Atlanta Falcons Steve Bartkowski QB
1974 Dallas Cowboys Ed Jones DE
1973 Dallas Cowboys John Matuszak DE
1972 Buffalo Bills Walt Patulski DE
1971 New England Patriots Jim Plunkett QB
1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw QB
1969 Buffalo Bills O.J. Simpson RB
1968 Minnesota Vikings Ron Yary OT
1967 Baltimore Colts Bubba Smith DE
1966 Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis LB
1965 New York Giants Tucker Frederickson RB
1964 San Francisco 49ers Dave Parks WR
1963 Los Angeles Rams Terry Baker QB
1962 Washington Redskins Ernie Davis RB
1961 Minnesota Vikings Tommy Mason RB
1960 Los Angeles Rams Billy Cannon RB
1959 Green Bay Packers Randy Duncan QB
1958 Chicago Cardinals King Hill QB
1957 Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung RB
1956 Pittsburgh Steelers Gary Glick DB
1955 Baltimore Colts George Shaw QB
1954 Cleveland Browns Bobby Garrett QB
1953 San Francisco 49ers Harry Babcock WR
1952 Los Angeles Rams Bill Wade QB
1951 New York Giants Kyle Rote RB
1950 Detroit Lions Leon Hart WR
1949 Philadelphia Eagles Chuck Bednarik LB
1948 Washington Redskins Harry Gilmer QB
1947 Chicago Bears Bob Fenimore RB
1946 Boston Yanks Frank Dancewicz QB
1945 Chicago Cardinals Charley Trippi RB
1944 Boston Yanks Angelo Bertelli QB
1943 Detroit Lions Frank Sinkwich RB
1942 Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Dudley RB
1941 Chicago Bears Tom Harmon RB
1940 Chicago Cardinals George Cafego RB
1939 Chicago Cardinals Ki Aldrich C
1938 Cleveland Rams Corbett Davis RB
1937 Philadelphia Eagles Sam Francis RB
1936 Philadelphia Eagles Jay Berwanger RB

Many fans don't realize that the NFL Draft has been occurring annually for 85 years. Of course, it has taken a long time for the draft to become the standalone event it has become today.

Players in the 1930s were basically just drafted sight unseen because of their prowess in college. The 1940s and 1950s were only slightly better in terms of scouting, but the early 1960s saw the creation of BLESTO, and that organization brought scouting into prominence.

The NFL Draft became a huge television spectacle back in the 1980s when ESPN started broadcasting it with luminaries like Chris Berman and Mel Kiper Jr. By the time the draft moved to New York in 1995, it was a two-day event that was sucked up by the NFL-hungry public. Now, the draft is three days long, starting with the first round on Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds coming on Saturday.

No. 1 NFL Picks By Position

33 Quarterback Joe Burrow, 2020
23 Running Back Ki-Jana Carter, 1995
14 Defensive Line Jadeveon Clowney, 2014
7 Offensive Line Eric Fisher, 2013
3 Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson, 1996
3 Linebacker Aundray Bruce, 1988
1 Defensive Back Gary Glick, 1956

Quarterbacks are the cornerstones of every successful NFL franchise, and not surprisingly, teams jump over each other all the time to try to find that quarterback that can lead their team for the next decade and a half. As a result, 33 of the No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft have been quarterbacks, representing nearly 40 percent of the top choices. Running backs used to be incredibly popular to pick as top choices as well, but we will likely never see a running back selected No. 1 overall again due to their shorter than average careers.

No. 1 NFL Picks By Team

7 Indianapolis Colts 2012
7 Los Angeles Rams 2016
5 Cleveland Browns 2018
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015
5 Arizona Cardinals 2019
4 Detroit Lions 2009
4 Atlanta Falcons 2001
4 Buffalo Bills 1985
4 New England Patriots 1993
4 Cincinnati Bengals 2020
3 Pittsburgh Steelers 1970
3 San Francisco 49ers 2005
3 Dallas Cowboys 1991
3 Philadelphia Eagles 1949
3 Houston Texans 2014
2 Chicago Bears 1947
2 Boston Yanks 1946
2 Washington Redskins 1962
2 New York Giants 1965
2 Green Bay Packers 1959
2 Minnesota Vikings 1968
2 Tennessee Titans 1978
1 New Orleans Saints 1981
1 New York Jets 1996
1 Los Angeles Chargers 2004
1 Oakland Raiders 2007
1 Miami Dolphins 2008
1 Carolina Panthers 2011
1 Kansas City Chiefs 2013
0 Baltimore Ravens ---
0 Denver Broncos ---
0 Jacksonville Jaguars ---
0 Seattle Seahawks ---

It's amazing that for as long as the NFL Draft has been going on, no team has had the first overall pick more than seven times. The Colts and Rams share that dubious distinction. Of course, the team that "earns" the top pick thanks to having the worst record in the NFL isn't always the one that picks first. The No. 1 pick is traded from time to time, most recently in 2016, when the Rams traded up to get Jared Goff. We also saw Atlanta trade a king’s ransom for the right to select Michael Vick in the 2001 NFL Draft.

There are other examples where the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft never plays for the team that drafted him. The most notable were John Elway, who never played for the Baltimore Colts, Bo Jackson, who left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Eli Manning, who essentially demanded to be traded to the New York Giants from the San Diego Chargers.

The Broncos, who were the beneficiary of Elway's move from Baltimore, have never actually possessed the No. 1 overall pick themselves. They're one of four teams, joining the Jaguars, Seahawks and Ravens as teams that have never chosen first.

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