This Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio, the 2021 NFL Draft will take place, starting with the first 32 picks in the First Round. Across Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 32 NFL teams will have their pick of this years draft class, with over 250 players being snapped up by the teams, including Mr Irrelevant as the final 259th pick.
However, at the other end of the scale, 32 young men will become very rich after they receive the phone call they have dreamed of to become a professional player with one of the 29 teams that have picks in the first round this year (Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans all do not have a First Round pick this year).
Interest in the NFL Draft in the UK is intense nowadays with the popularity of the NFL growing every year. As such, many betting sites in the UK, such as bet365 Sport, are offering extensive betting markets on the draft and the many permutations that can crop up during the process of picking the First Round selections.
Remember too that the NFL Draft is huge across the United States, with expectant fans tuning in across the country to voice their delight, or displeasure, at the picks made by their team in that key First Round. As such, many sites in the U.S. also offer a range of draft-themed offers and promotions and you can find out more about the best of them by checking out bestbetusa.com.
Let’s begin our look at the best bets for this year’s NFL Draft by taking a look at the draft order for the First Round.
NFL Draft 2021 – Order Of Picks
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
- New York Jets (2-14)
- San Francisco 49ers (via Miami, from Houston 4-12)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
- Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
- Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia 4-11-1)
- Detroit Lions (5-11)
- Carolina Panthers (5-11)
- Denver Broncos (5-11)
- Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
- New York Giants (6-10)
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami, from San Francisco 6-10)
- Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
- Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
- New England Patriots (7-9)
- Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
- Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
- Miami Dolphins (10-6)
- Washington Football Team (7-9)
- Chicago Bears (8-8)
- Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
- Tennessee Titans (11-5)
- New York Jets (from Seattle 12-4)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams 10-6)
- Cleveland Browns (11-5)
- Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
- New Orleans Saints (12-4)
- Green Bay Packers (13-3)
- Buffalo Bills (13-3)
- Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
The Jaguars, Dolphins and Jets all have two picks in the first round this year.
So which players are these teams likely to pick with their First Round picks? We have broken some of the likely First Round pick candidates down into their respective positions below.
Prospective First Round Picks In The 2021 NFL Draft
- Quarterback – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Zach Wilson (BYU), Justin Fields (Ohio St), Mac Jones (Alabama), Trey Lance (N.Dakota St.)
- Running Back – Najee Harris (Alabama), Javonte Williams (N.Carolina), Michael Carter (N.Carolina), Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis)
- Wide Receiver – Ja’Marr Chase (LSU), Jaylen Waddle (Alabama), DeVonta Smith (Alabama), Rondale Moore (Purdue), Rashod Bateman (Minnesota), Kadarius Toney (Florida)
- Tight End – Kyle Pitts (Florida)
- Offensive Line – Penei Sewell (Oregon), Rashawn Slater (Northwestern), Christian Darriswa (Virginia Tech), Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC), Teven Jenkins (Okla State),
- Defensive Line – Kwity Pate (Michigan), Azeez Ojulari (Georgia), Jaelan Phillips (Miami Fla), Christian Barmore (Alabama), Levi Onwuzurike (Washington), Joseph Ossai (Texas)
- Linebackers – Micah Parsons (Penn St), Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame), Zaven Collins (Tulsa)
- Cornerback – Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech), Patrick Surtain (Alabama), Asanta Samuel Jr. (Florida St), Jaycee Horn (South Carolina), Greg Newsome II (Northwestern)
- Safety – Trevon Moehrig (TCU), Richie Grant (UCF)
What’s The Buzz Around the 2021 NFL Draft?
Much of the buzz around this year’s draft has been on the quarterbacks on offer. Trevor Lawrence is rated by many as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and he seems certain to be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first pick of the draft.
With the Jets and 49ers picking next, and both also in need of help at the quarterback position, many are speculating that we could well see at least three quarterbacks come off the board with the first three picks, with Zach Wilson and Mac Smith being touted as the two most likely to go second and third.
The intrigue generally begins with the Atlanta Falcons in fourth. The Falcons don’t need a quarterback but with a run on signal callers in the top three picks makes Justin Fields (if he is the player left) a must-have selection for a number of teams. I think that the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots or even Washington could make an offer to the Falcons for this pick, which would really then throw the draft wide open.
I can’t see the Bengals passing on Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth pick, having selected Joe Burrows with the first pick in the draft last year, the temptation to team him with the wide receiver he had so much success with at LSU will be very hard to resist, even with the likes of Kyle Pitts and Penei Sewell still available, although I would expect both those players to be selected within the next couple of picks.
Other good calls seem to be for the Chargers to go with a pick for their offensive line to help protect Justin Herbert, the Titans to strengthen what was an abysmal pass rush last season and the Patriots to perhaps look at a quarterback in the first round, possibly Kyle Trask, if they don’t trade up for that Falcons pick.
What Are Our Top Betting Picks For This Year’s Draft?
With a number of picks seemingly well set in this draft, especially early on, it does look like the best value bets in this year’s draft will come further down the picking order.
I do think the first non-quarterback selected market is a good one. Penei Sewell and Kyle Pitts are the favourites in this market, but I do feel that if the draft pans out as I expect then it could well be Ja’Marr Chase that is first off the board to the Bengals and he is a 13/5 option in this market and that looks a good value bet to me.
Another option to look at is the Draft Position market with a number of players and their odds on where they are likely to go in the draft shown. Some of the best value options in this particular market are as follows:
- Caleb Farley – Draft Position – Under 25.5 – 5/6
- Kwity Paye – Draft Position – Under 16.5 – 10/11
- Kyle Pitts – Draft Position – Over 5.5 – 11/5
- Najee Harris – Draft Position – Under 26.5 – 20/29
- Trey Lance – Draft Position – Over 6.5 – 17/10
Finally, you can also get 20/21 on Kwity Paye to be the first defensive lineman selected in this years draft and I think that is an excellent value bet to consider.