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Prop bet: Which rookie WR will have the most yards in 2020?

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Jerry Jeudy stretches at Broncos Training Camp. | Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

There is a very strong chance that the 2020 NFL Draft class will be remembered for its immense talent at the wide receiver position.

In total, 34 wideouts heard their names called this past April, with 15 of them coming off the board in the draft’s first three rounds. This class was so deep that obvious first round talents such as Tee Higgins, Laviska Shenault, and Denzel Mims fell into the second round.

The first three receivers off the board, former Alabama stars Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy, and for Oklahoma Sooner CeeDee Lamb, were widely considered to be in a class of their own among draft eligible pass catchers — which says a lot considering the amount of talent at this position. All three landed in situations where they will have the opportunity to play significant roles in their respective teams’ offenses as rookies in 2020.

DraftKings Sportsbook has taken notice and offered up an enticing prop bet on if it will be Ruggs III, Jeudy, or Lamb with more total receiving yard at the end of the 2020 season.

Here’s a look at their current odds.

Odds courtesy of and available at DraftKings Sportsbook (as of August 20, 2020).

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CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (+200)

Of the three wide receivers on this list, Lamb will likely face the toughest battle for consistent targets. His talent, particularly after he has the ball in his hands, is undeniable. But at the end of the day, the Cowboys still have Amari Cooper, a four-time Pro Bowler, and Michael Gallup, who head coach Mike McCarthy recently called a clear ‘No. 1 wide receiver’, in place.

Lamb may prove to be the best of this bunch, but I don’t see that happening until he becomes more established in Dallas.

Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders (+180)

The Raiders targeted Ruggs for one reason: Tyreek Hill. Hill’s speed, quickness, and overall gamebreakinig ability have been well-documented, and the Raiders have had to deal with containing the Kansas City speedster twice a year since he entered the league in 2016. Ruggs is built from the same cloth.

Ruggs isn’t as polished as the other two rookie wideouts on this list, but his elite speed and vertical ability, combined with the lack of a true No. 1 wide receiver in place in Las Vegas make him an obvious threat to come out on top here.


Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (+160)

Jeudy has been on the receiving end of rave reviews all offseason. Before the draft, former Pro Bowl WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh said Jeudy was, “head and shoulders above the rest of his draft class.” Recently, Mike Pritchard, another former NFL wide receiver, said Jeudy is the best wide receiver prospect he’s seen since Randy Moss.

And after his first few professional practices, it sounds as though the praise was well deserved.

“He can get in and out of his breaks better than anyone I’ve ever seen before,” Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said. “For him to be rookie, his tempo and his routes — the way he can change pace and the way he sells things is very rare. It’s going to be a challenge for opposing defenses and guys in the secondary.”

When it comes to Jeudy’s potential statistical production as a rookie, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Denver has a young quarterback (Drew Lock) who has yet to truly prove himself in the NFL, a questionable (at best) offensive line, and a lot of mouths to feed on the offensive side of the ball (Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, K.J. Hamler, Phillip Lindsay, and Melvin Gordon).

That said, if Jeudy is as good as advertised and stays healthy, he will likely end up becoming just the ninth wide receiver to go over 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie in the last decade. This is where I would put my money.

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