Best First Round Prop Bets For The 2021 NFL Draft

  • Total defensive players drafted in first round set at 13.5 with under odds at -130.
  • Patriots to draft a quarterback in first round listed at -120 pick ’em odds.
  • Under 0.5 running backs selected in round one at +200.

CLEVELAND – The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft is only days away which means there are dozens of NFL Draft prop bets to choose from.

NFL betting fans will have a wide variety of options, but these are some interesting lines and odds that may be worth betting on for round 1 of the draft.

Total Defensive Players Selected O/U 13.5

Everyone knows the famous Bear Bryant quote, “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.” According to online sportsbooks, teams are looking to sell tickets. The line for defensive players selected in the first round is set at 13.5, a sizable amount less than projected offensive players.

Total Defensive Players Draft in First Round Betting Odds

  • Under 13.5 Players -130
  • Over 13.5 Players -110

The temptation to draft the flashy offensive player will always be prevalent for NFL teams. The Dallas Cowboys for example desperately need a defensive player, but reports say that Dallas is interested by Kyle Pitts.

Oddly enough, both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have 13 defensive players projected in the first round.

Patriots To Draft a QB in First Round Listed as a Pick ‘Em

Ever since Tom Brady left New England, the question of who was next in has been at the forefront of every Patriot conversation. The Cam Newton test trial seems to have run its course and the verdict is that he’s barely able to keep the team afloat.

Many analysts have New England as a team likely to trade up in the draft to get a quarterback, so why is this listed as a pick ‘em? The answer? Bill Belichick. Belichick trades back as much as, if not more than, anybody in the league.

Will the Patriots Draft a QB in Round 1 Betting Odds

  • Yes -120
  • No -120

It’s clear the Patriots need a quarterback moving forward, but don’t expect Belichick to take just any QB. If he doesn’t see the ability to get the quarterback he wants, whichever prospect that may be, Belichick may be perfectly fine waiting to find his quarterback of the future.

Total Running Backs Selected in First Round Set at 0.5

There has been at least one running back taken in the first round in each draft since 2015. Betting odds project the streak will continue with Over 0.5 running backs selected set at odds of -300. Many mock drafts don’t project a running back to be drafted and there isn’t even a consensus top running back in the class.

Running Backs Drafted in 1st Round Betting Odds

  • Over 0.5 RBs -300
  • Under 0.5 RBs +200

The most popular pick to take a running back with their first pick is the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 24, but it’s far from a lock. Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to pick 32 to draft the only running back in the first round, this round could cut it close again.

Considering there is no true top running back prospect and no team desperately needing one, betting on the Under 0.5 running backs selected may be worth it due to the +200 odds.

How to Watch

The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft will start Thursday, April 29 and will be aired at 8 p.m. on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.

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