Betting odds to be the first Wide Receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft

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You’re going to hear the following statement at nauseam over the next several weeks: The 2020 NFL Draft class is loaded with talent at the wide receiver position.

In fact, it has been suggested by several draft pundits that as many as seven or eight wideouts could be taken in the first round of April’s draft.

With that much talent at one position, there will be a plethora of opinions floating around as to who is the best of bunch.

Here’s who the oddsmakers at FanDuel have given the best odds at being the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Odds as of January 31, 2020.

Laviska Shenault, Colorado (+1000)

Shenault kind of flew under the radar during his college career due to the fact that he played for some bad teams at Colorado. But make no mistake about it, this guy is the real deal and could very well turn into a big play machine at the NFL level.

Colorado coach Mel Tucker, who coached Shenault for one season, compared the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder to future Hall of Fame wideout Julio Jones. Having seen him play in person multiple times, I see where Tucker is coming from.

The big knock on Shenault during the pre-draft process will be his injury history. If he can ease those concerns, the DeSoto, Tex. native will skyrocket up draft boards this spring.

Expect Shenault to blow scouts, coaches, and executives away at the NFL Combine. Can he leapfrog the other wide receivers on this list? Time will tell, but probably not.

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama (+500)

In a draft class loaded with lightning fast wide receiver prospects, Ruggs III may be the fastest. According to reports, Ruggs III was timed in the 4.25 second range in the 40-yard dash last spring at Alabama’s junior pro day.

With ample time to train for the 2020 NFL Combine, a sub-4.2-second 40 is not out of the question for the 6-foot, 190-pound playmaker. If he does just that, there is no telling how high he will be taken in April.

Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma (+200)

Lamb was massively productive during his time at Oklahoma, and unlike others, his skillset should allow him to be similarly productive at the NFL level.

In space, Lamb is a nightmare for opposing defenses, and he may be the top vertical threat in the 2020 draft class. He will need to fine tune his route running to become a perennial Pro Bowl candidate as a pro, but with his natural ability, there is no reason to believe that won’t happen.

Jerry Jeudy, Alabama (-250)

Jeudy (pictured above) is the current odds-on favorite to be the first wide receiver off the board in April.

The former Alabama standout is off the charts explosive and his ability to release off the ball and create separation are elite. What may separate him from others, though, is his route running.

Like his counterparts on this list, Jeudy is going to test really well at the Combine in both straight-line speed, explosiveness, and lateral agility.

At worst, Jeudy is a top-10 pick this year.

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