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2025 NFL Draft Betting: Who Will Be the First Overall Pick Next Year?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic

Now that the 2024 NFL Draft is complete, draft experts, analysts and bettors alike will turn eyes toward the 2025 class. Naturally, FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered with all the relevant markets via their NFL Draft odds.

Next year's NFL Draft will be hosted in "Titletown" -- aka Green Bay, Wisconsin. After seeing how Motor City and the Detroit Lions' following showed out in 2024, I'm sure the Green Bay Packers have a spectacle in mind for next April.

As per usual, we see a crop of quarterbacks atop the incoming amateur class. Among all FBS players, who has the best odds to be selected first overall at the 2025 NFL Draft? FanDuel Sportsbook shows five QBs amongst the seven players with the shortest odds.

With college football season still a ways out, let's survey which players have a realistic shot to have their name called first next year in Green Bay. With look-ahead markets like this, the early bird often gets the worm.

For an interesting note, all franchises are currently in control of their own opening round picks for the 2025 NFL Draft.

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NFL Draft Odds

2025 NFL Draft First Pick Odds

Player
Pos.
School
2025 NFL Draft -- Odds to Be Seleced No. 1 Overall
Carson BeckQBGeorgia+300
Shedeur SandersQBColorado+450
James Pearce Jr.DLTennessee+650
Quinn EwersQBTexas+1400
Cameron WardQBMiami-FL+1700
Drew AllarQBPenn State+1900
Travis HunterWR/DBColorado+2200
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Carson Beck, QB, Georgia (+300)

As the returning quarterback on what could be the nation's best football team, Carson Beck and the Georgia Bulldogs will be on a revenge tour throughout the 2024 campaign. Last year, they were unable to complete the CFP national-title three-peat, but Beck proved himself to be a stellar player nonetheless.

In his only full campaign as Georgia's starter, Beck showcased an impressive 85.2 QBR. He also passed for 3,941 yards on a 72.4% completion clip. Of course, these are numbers earned via the SEC; the Dawgs certainly run into their share of strong defenses.

A fifth-year senior, Beck will turn 22 during the upcoming season. He stands just under 6-foot-4, which is quality height for an NFL passer. Prior to arriving in Athens, he was named Florida's Mr. Football in 2019.

Intriguingly, five different players from between the hedges -- Trevon Walker, Matthew Stafford, Harry Babcock, Charley Trippi and Frank Sinkwich -- have been taken first overall at the NFL Draft. If Beck follows suit, he'll be the sixth No. 1 for UGA, which would tie the USC Trojans for most of all time.

At FanDuel Sportsbook, Beck currently shows three-to-one odds to do exactly that.

Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado (+450)

For college football's most well-known player, see here. Entering his second campaign as quarterback of the Colorado Buffaloes, Shedeur Sanders and Coach Prime have major expectations for 2024 -- can they fulfill them?

In 2023, Colorado experienced highs and lows, but there were some staggering improvements year over year. Prior to the Sanders trio's arrival in Boulder, the Golden Buffaloes produced a 1-11 record. They moved up to 4-8 last season, but there is still plenty of work to be done.

If CU can improve their pass protection this year, Shedeur will have every opportunity to showcase his skills. He has certainly displayed flashes of brilliance with the Buffs. In his first FBS contest, Sanders set a University of Colorado record by passing for 510 yards in a victory over the TCU Horned Frogs.

Notably, the 6-foot-2 Sanders was sacked 52 times in 2023, which was tied for most in Division I football. That number will need to come down this season for both his body's and draft stock's sake.

Keep in mind: Sanders and the Buffaloes are headed to the Big 12 next year. We'll see how the quarterback transitions to his third conference in as many campaigns.

Sanders' 27-3 TD-INT ratio at Colorado is razor sharp. From there, his 69.3% completion rate is also top notch. As it is now, FanDuel Sportsbook labels Shedeur with +450 odds to go No. 1 overall at the 2025 draft. Of course, whichever NFL franchise lands that pick will play a significant factor for this market.

James Pearce Jr., EDGE, Tennessee (+650)

In the years in which it is not a quarterback or offensive tackle coming off the board at No. 1, we often see game-wrecking pass rushers taken with the first overall selection. Transparently, James Pearce Jr. of the Tennessee Volunteers appears to check a few boxes in that department.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Pearce plays the "Leo" position for a stout defense from Knoxville. His body type and athleticism have long garnered interest from NFL scouts, as Pearce fits that OLB/EDGE mold.

Last season at Tennessee, Pearce was a terror en route to earning First-team All-SEC honors. He produced 10.0 sacks, 14.5 TFL and 2 forced fumbles -- all of which were team highs for the Vols. For good measure, Pearce even found the end zone once in 2023, taking back an interception versus the Iowa Hawkeyes.

A baller of Pearce's dynamic skill set is always sought after in today's NFL. Given the advancement of offensive schemes and quarterbacking abilities, athletic edge players are key to thwarting top passing attacks.

Pearce should strive to bulk up some over the next 16 months, as his professional career will benefit from increased muscle mass. Playing along the defensive line or in the tackle box on Sundays requires both tenacity and durability. Simply, this is a position where you can never be in too good of shape.

After Pearce at +650 odds, we don't see another defender in this market until Colorado's Travis Hunter (CB/WR) and Georgia's Mykel Williams (EDGE) at 22-to-1. That signifies a fair amount of separation between the Volunteers' pass rusher and the remaining defensive field.


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