NFL Draft Odds: Bet Bengals Select Joe Burrow First Overall?

Frank Doyle | Updated Mar 20, 2020

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It’s fair to say Joe Burrow had the greatest FBS season ever for a quarterback in leading the Tigers to the national championship.

The 2020 NFL Draft will begin as scheduled on April 23, but it will not be in Las Vegas and in a very, very different format due to the coronavirus. It might be the last live major sporting event to wager on for a while. Today, a look at LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.

Joe Burrow a Huge Favourite to go First at NFL Draft

When Sports Interaction posts updated 2020 Heisman Trophy odds, consider a long-shot bet on some quarterback from a power conference school. It’s pretty much a lock these days that the only criteria for the winner is that he is a quarterback from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 or SEC. Long-shot bet explained below.

This is mentioned regarding the 2020 NFL Draft because of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. He’s an Ohio native who attended Athens High School in the state and won Ohio’s Mr. Football Award in 2014. It was Burrow’s dream to play for The Ohio State University, and he did commit to the Buckeyes as a four-star recruit in the Class of 2015.

However, after Burrow redshirted his first year he couldn’t win the starting job the next two seasons and opted to transfer to LSU in May 2018 after he had recently graduated – which meant Burrow, a very smart kid, was eligible immediately in the ’18 college football season.

That first year at LSU, Burrow was nothing overly special, completing 219 of 379 passes for 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Burrow also rushed for 399 yards and seven scores – tying an LSU record by a quarterback.

Those were solid numbers but didn’t exactly scream Heisman Trophy candidate. That’s why Burrow was priced as high as +20000 in the very early 2019 Heisman odds. Of course, he won college football’s biggest award by the largest margin in history. It’s fair to say Burrow had the greatest FBS season ever for a quarterback in leading the Tigers to the national championship. Burrow set several national, conference and school records in completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards, a whopping 60 touchdowns and just six picks. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder also rushed for 368 yards and five scores.

Burrow the Next Cincinnati Bengals Starter?

Burrow was not on the radar of NFL scouts before last season, but now is considered the consensus No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2020 behind Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. While Young is a fine player and should go at No. 2 to the Washington Redskins, teams will not pass up a franchise quarterback in the draft unless they already have one. Young superstar quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes) on their rookie contracts are the biggest commodity in sports.

Cincinnati still has long-time starter Andy Dalton under contract for one more season, but he’s either going to be traded or released any day now – Dalton is +600 at Sports Interaction to be the Week 1 starter this NFL season for the Patriots after New England lost Tom Brady.

It’s such a sure thing that the Bengals will take Burrow No. 1 that there’s just a yes-only option on Burrow NOT being the first pick: +1900 at Sports Interaction.

The Miami Dolphins covet Burrow and have a treasure trove of draft picks that they could in theory trade to Cincinnati to move up to No. 1 and take Burrow – but, remember, this prop is essentially on Burrow going first overall and not to a certain team. Important designation.

There has been some scuttlebutt that Burrow isn’t thrilled about playing for the Bengals, who aren’t exactly the best-run franchise in the NFL. Cincinnati hasn’t won a layoff game since 1991. Even the state-rival sad-sack Browns have since then.

There is another Burrow-related draft prop: Most-first round picks of all SEC players against all other conference combined. Both are -120. The SEC annually has by far the most first-round picks because it’s easily the best conference in college football. Still, all other conferences is the smart there as there were 10 SEC first-rounders a year ago and there would need to be 17 of them in 2020 to win a wager on the SEC.

NFL Draft Predictions

Bet all other conferences (-120) vs. SEC in first-round picks.