First Wide Receiver Taken: 2020 NFL Draft Props
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Who Will Be The First Wide Receiver Drafted?
2020 NFL Draft
There are some talented wide receivers in the 2020 draft. A few of the wide receivers that have a chance to get drafted in the first round are: CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Justin Jefferson, and Tee Higgins. Let us take a look at which wideout has the best chance to be taken first.
CeeDee Lamb/Oklahoma -170: CeeDee Lamb has the best odds to be the first receiver taken in the 2020 draft. During the 2019 season, Lamb registered 1,327 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. He is an athletic and premier athlete who is good at high pointing the football. His strength and quickness makes it difficult for defenders to get a grasp of him in the open field. For more on his college career, pros, cons, and more check out his draft profile.
Jerry Jeudy/Alabama +150: Jerry Jeudy has the 2nd best odds to hear his name called first from the receiver group in this upcoming draft. The standout from Alabama registered 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns, while hauling in 77 receptions during this past college football season. His quick first step off the line has helped make him a dynamic receiver at the college ranks. Don’t expect Jeudy’s availability in the draft to last long. For more on his college career, pros, cons, and more check out his draft profile.
Henry Ruggs III/Alabama +400: Ruggs III doesn’t have better odds than his college teammate Jeudy, but Ruggs is an athletic wideout in his own game. Ruggs may not have the height as other wideouts in this draft, but his quickness can set him apart from others. He did wonders once in the open field and players had a hard time bringing him down. The wideout could come in and produce right away for an organization. For more on his college career, strengths, weaknesses, and more check out his draft profile.
Justin Jefferson/ LSU +5000: Jefferson doesn’t have as good of chance hearing his name called first, as the odds indicate. However, Jefferson still should not be overlooked by teams, as he should be off the board by the time the 1st round ends. After having back to back solid performances the last 2 seasons, the LSU wideout has made a name for himself. He finished the 2019 season with over 1,500 yards receiving, thanks to reeling in 111 passes, while recording 18 touchdowns. Jefferson showed great hands during his LSU career. For more on his college career, pros, cons, and more check out his draft profile.
Tee Higgins/Clemson +20000: Higgins made an immediate impact when he stepped on campus, needing just 3 seasons to prove himself. The Clemson product hauled in nearly 60 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2019 campaign. He is a lengthy wideout that should help him when facing some of the bigger defensive backs in the NFL. Like Jefferson at LSU, Higgins displayed great hands throughout his time at Clemson. For more on his college career, strengths, weaknesses, and more check out his draft profile.
While all these players display great strengths in their own right, the two that have the best chance of being drafted first are CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy. This is one of the best receiver groups in recent years. In many years, Lamb would be the first wideout off the board and his odds would suggest that. However, I’m going to side with Jeudy as he comes out of the SEC. Jeudy had great accomplishments, while having one of the other best receivers in the draft alongside with him. Also, Nick Saban year in and year has players drafted in the first so many picks. With Saban’s connections in the NFL, I’m going to side with the odds for Jeudy to be the first receiver drafted. This is not a knock on these other receivers, as all five should be taken in the first round.