While Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert are lock first round picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft, it remains to be seen whether the ACC or Pac-12 will see more of their players go off the board in the opening round. Let’s check the 2020 NFL Draft Odds for the First Round Most Picks
2020 NFL Draft Odds More 1st Round Picks AAC, Pac-12, Big 12, LSU & Alabama
In keeping with the theme of which conference will see more players picked in the first round, I’m also going to examine whether the ACC will see more of their players picked in Round 1 or whether the Big 12 could beat them out in this draft odds wager. Last, but not least, I’m going to offer up an expert prediction on whether defending national champion LSU will see more of their players picked in the opening round than perennially-powerful SEC rival Alabama. Now, let’s get started.
More First Round Picks AAC vs Pac-12
- ACC Players -½ -130
- Pac-12 Players +½ +100
If there were more linebacker needy teams in the 2020 NFL draft, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons could very well have been the top overall pick in this year’s draft. The do-it-all ‘freak of nature’ is a lock top 10 pick and he’ll be joined as an opening round pick by teammate and wide receiver Tee Higgins, a late round pick projection. Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton is easily a top 15 selection, but that’s it from the ACC.
The Pac-12 conference hasn’t produced a ‘real’ national championship hopeful in quite some time, but the conference will see Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert become a top 10 pick while speedy Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault will also go off the board in the opening round, somewhere between the 20th and 28th overall picks. My third and final Pac-12 player to be picked in the opening round is USC tackle Austin Jackson, possibly to Miami with the 26th overall pick. Play the Pac-12 at +½ to narrowly win this wager.
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Pac-12
More First Round Picks Big 12 vs AAC
- Big 12 Players -½ -150
- ACC Players +½ +120
Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb should be the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft (sorry Jerry Jeudy). Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray is also expected to go in the middle portion of the first round while TCU wideout Jalen Reagor and TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock are also expected to go off the board in the opening round. In the ACC, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons will go inside the top 10 and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton will go off the board shortly thereafter. Fleet-footed Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins should go off the board later in the first round to give the conference three players picked in the first round. Go with the Big 12 to scratch out the narrow win in this draft odds wager.
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: Big 12
More 2020 NFL Draft First Round Picks LSU vs Alabama
- LSU Players +½ -180
- Alabama Players -½ +140
A pair of quarterbacks will highlight LSU and Alabama’s 2020 NFL draft as Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa both go off the board inside the top five picks. LSU will also see linebackers Patrick Queen and K’Lavon Chaisson drafted in the opening round as well as wide receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit, making it five Tigers being selected in the opening stanza. For Alabama, I’m expecting tackle Jedrick Wills, wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs and safety Xavier McKinney to all join Tagovailoa as first round selections, making it five former Crimson Tide players to go off the board in the opening round. Back the LSU Tigers +½ here!
2020 NFL Draft Prediction: LSU