What a difference two games can make in the world of college football.
If you had said Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would have four other names ahead of his own in the most likely players go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft seven days ago, you probably would have been laughed out of the building.
However, one marquee-matchup loss to Joe Burrow's LSU Tigers and a season-ending hip injury later, and the nation's previous year-long consensus leader to be the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is firmly on the outside looking in, with Tagovailoa staring at +1100 odds to go No. 1 overall next April, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Odds to Be No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft
Instead, Burrow has replaced Tagovailoa as the most likely candidate to come off the board first at +100 odds. Not far behind him, Ohio State star DE Chase Young boasts +175 odds to be selected first overall.
Oregon star senior QB Justin Herbert, who was widely believed to have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft had he forgone his senior year, rounds out the top 3 by the odds at +300 behind Burrow and Young. After Herbert, we see a steep drop-off, with Georgia OT Andrew Thomas looking at +1000 odds to be the first offensive lineman taken with No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft since Eric Fisher in 2013.
Thomas' teammate, Georgia QB Jake Fromm, is behind Tagovailoa at +1900 odds. As for some of the notable dark horses, a pair of wide receivers between Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb and Alabama's Jerry Jeudy are tied at +6000, with only Utah State QB Jordan Love trailing them at +8000 odds.
We've still got plenty of time between now and next April, but it's certainly an interesting look at the top names in the conversation for next year's NFL Draft.
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