NFL Draft Prop Betting 2020: First Offensive Lineman Drafted NFL Picks
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Who Will Be The First Offensive Lineman Drafted In The 2020 NFL Draft?
2020 NFL Draft
The offensive lineman has evolved over the years, from being the bigger guys up front to one of the most coveted positions in the NFL draft today. The 2020 draft class is no different, as it’s loaded from top to bottom. Let’s take a look at some of the guys that could have their name called first out of the offensive linemen on Thursday and try to make some money off of this prop bet.
Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama, -130, Wills has shot up the boards over the last couple of weeks, and I personally had him going around 9th or 10th when I did my mock just a couple of weeks ago. However, Wills makes complete sense going off of the board first. He’s big and strong for 6’4” and 312, but he’s also extremely quick and quite the athlete. Wills also has the ability to play in both tackle spots as a pro as he protected Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side with Tua being a rare left-handed QB. Wills holds up well in pass protection while also possessing the strength to open gaps on the ground for running backs and can block on the edge and move in screen/trap sets.
Tristan Wirfs, Iowa, +135, Wirfs made some noise at the combine, running a super quick 4.85 40-yard dash. Wirfs showed some solid skills for the Hawkeyes, with nice length at 6’5” as well as athleticism as a run blocker and Wirfs holds his blocks up well in that regard. The drawback with Wirfs comes in pass blocking, as he needs to take deeper kick strides to avoid getting beat by edge rushers around the outside. Wirfs started as the top tackle off of the board in many drafts, and at decent plus money, he’s worth a look here.
Andrew Thomas, Georgia, +375, Thomas could be one of the steals in the draft as many scouts view Thomas as the most NFL ready and best player at the position. Georgia played a tough schedule, and still managed to come out with 12 wins. A lot of that had to do with a healthy Jake Fromm and the pass protection that he had from guys like Thomas. Thomas excelled in key spots against teams like Florida, neutralizing their speed guys around the outside.
Mekhi Becton, Louisville, +1100, the big flag for scouts on Becton was a flagged drug test at the combine, so I’m expecting him to drop a bit because of that. However, crazier things have happened in the draft, and I could see someone reaching up for Becton. Becton’s a house, standing 6’7” and 357 pounds, but he moves a lot quicker than that as we saw in the 40 at the combine where Becton ran a 5.10 40-yard dash. Becton’s not a power protector, but he bullies defenders with his size. The mechanical drawback on Becton is that he can have his hands too wide sometimes, and thus makes him ineffective when it comes to high speed rushes, but when the technique is there, Becton is as solid as they come and could be a diamond in the rough for the team willing to take the chance.
Pick: I think a case can be made for all four of these guys, and that’s why these props are so tough. However, my money is going to be put on two different picks here. My top play is for Jedrick Wills Jr. to be taken first, as he’s just skyrocketed up draft boards in the last few days and going to the Giants just makes sense (If New York can’t ship out the #4 pick). I’m also going to put a little bit on Andrew Thomas out of Georgia at +375. Comparing Wills to Thomas isn’t an easy comparison to make as Wills is arguably more athletic and quicker than Thomas. However, Georgia played the tougher schedule of the two, and Georgia did have one of the better records in the SEC this season. Thomas did a solid job of protecting Jake Fromm, and there’s no denying that Thomas is as pure of a football talent as they come.