Underdog Clyde Edwards-Helaire Becomes First Running Back Selected in 2020 NFL Draft

Jason Schandl
Clyde Edwards-Helaire became the first running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, going No. 32 to the Chiefs.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire became the first running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, going No. 32 to the Chiefs. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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Clyde Edwards-Helaire's draft stock started to surge in the days leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, and that came to a crescendo on Thursday night.

At No. 32 overall, the Kansas City Chiefs closed out Round 1 by making the LSU running back the first RB off the board.

Even with the late surge in draft value, Edwards-Helaire was not expected to be the top running back off the board. That honor was expected to belong to Georgia's D'Andre Swift, who was -200 to be the first RB selected, according to odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Edwards-Helaire had passed Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins (+700), but at +500 he was still behind both Swift and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor (+350) when Round 1 kicked off.

Edwards-Helaire gives the Chiefs' offense yet another fun weapon to work with, and he proved himself to be incredibly versatile at LSU. In his 2019 junior season, Edwards-Helaire racked up 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns on 215 carries, while also adding 453 yards on 55 receptions.

Edwards-Helaire bettors may be the only people more excited than Chiefs fans about this pick, getting that sweet 5-to-1 payout on his being the top RB drafted.


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