As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, a lot of the talk has been about the abundance of talent in the first round at the quarterback and offensive line positions. However, there are also some very talented receivers that could be selected in Round 1 as well.
FanDuel Sportsbook has set the total number of wide receivers to be drafted in Round 1 at 4.5, with the over being at -205 odds while the under is at +158. Keeping that in mind, that means they're favoring at least five receivers to be drafted in the first round.
To get a better perspective on this possibility, here's a look at how many wide receivers were selected in Round 1 of the last three drafts: Two in 2018, two in 2019 and six in 2020.
NFL Draft Odds 2021: Over/Under for WRs Selected in Round 1
For the over to be reached, there would need to be at least five teams who'd be willing to draft a wide receiver in the first round. At least three receivers are locks to go early in the first round, with Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Wadle all not expected to last long. But several more WRs could come off of the board as well.
The Tennessee Titans have a hole at the position with A.J. Brown as their only credible receiver, so they could use the No. 22 pick on someone like Kadarius Toney, Rondale Moore or Rashod Bateman.
The Baltimore Ravens (No. 27) could also draft a receiver, considering they averaged the fewest passing yards per game (171.9) out of any NFL team in 2020. There are also the Indianapolis Colts (No. 21), Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 32) who could all make the case to draft a receiver early on.
It could come down to how many first-round-worthy wide receivers teams think there are. Toney, Moore and Bateman are sure to be targets of WR-needy teams in the back half of the first round if they're eager to address that need.
There's more than enough wide receiver prospects that could be drafted in the first round. It's just up to the teams now to see if they value them as much as the experts do.
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