Who Will Be the First Defensive Player Taken in the NFL Draft?
The latest rumblings surrounding the 2021 NFL Draft suggest that we could be seeing history made on Thursday night. Some analysts project the first 10 players picked in this class will all be offensive guys, which would be the first time that has happened in the common draft era.
But that doesn't mean there aren't good defensive players available in this class. There are game-changing defenders available at pretty much every position this offseason.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the odds for who will be the first defensive player selected in the NFL Draft, using FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft position odds.
NFL Draft Best Available Defenders
1. Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Draft Position Over/Under: 10.5 – Over: (+146) | Under: (-178)
2. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina Gamecocks
Draft Position Over/Under: 12.5 – Over: (+144) | Under: (-178)
3. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Nittany Lions
Draft Position Over/Under: 12.5 – Over: (-174) | Under: (+142)
4. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan Wolverines
Draft Position Over/Under: 16.5 – Over: (-126) | Under: (+100)
5. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami Hurricanes
Draft Position Over/Under: 18.5 – Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
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