The NFL Draft starts Thursday in Las Vegas, and betting on what wide receiver will be taken first should be a relatively wide-open battle.
That’s in stark contrast to other positions such as linebacker, safety, and running back, where the favorites are heavy odds-on choices.
DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM are among the many sportsbooks offering odds on the NFL Draft. There’s even money to be made by checking the odds on FanDuel on the chances of a team picking a WR with its first selection. For instance, if the Bengals do what they did last year and take a WR with their opening selection, no matter what round, the odds are +3400.
Favorites To Be The First WR Selected
Oddly, three of the top four receivers on the draft board played for Ohio State based on odds at DraftKings. The +110 favorite is the Buckeyes’ Garrett Wilson, who played three years for the Buckeyes. He had 143 receptions in his college career.
Close behind is Jameson Williams at +200. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch playing for national runner-up Alabama last season a year after transferring from Ohio State.
Listed fourth is the other Buckeye, Chris Olave, but his odds are quite steep at +1800.
Third on the list is USC’s Drake London, whose odds of +250 are likely tempered because he missed the end of last season with an ankle injury. He’s dropped a little under the radar.
Then there’s Arkansas’ Treylon Burks at +2000, who averaged 16.4 yards a reception for the upstart Razorbacks. He’s proven to be quite elusive after the catch.
A real longshot is Penn State’s Jahan Dotson at +5000. One national analyst pegged him as Green Bay’s choice in the No. 22 draft slot and referred to him as being “fast, fast, fast.”
Which WR will go first? Williams, who showed his worth competing in the SEC title game against eventual national champion Georgia by catching seven balls for 184 yards and two TDs.