With Trevor Lawrence a virtual guarantee to go No. 1 overall to the Jaguars and Zach Wilson expected to go No. 2 to the Jets, the drama at the 2021 NFL Draft really begins with the No. 3 overall pick and the 49ers. For weeks reports have circulated about Mac Jones being the pick, but many have argued it's a potential smokescreen. The latest 2021 NFL Draft odds from William Hill Sportsbook now list Trey Lance as the favorite to go No. 3, as he's listed at -200 (risk $200 to win $100), while Jones is +160 and Justin Fields is +850.
However, that's just one of literally hundreds of ways you can place 2021 NFL Draft bets. Sportsbooks like William Hill are listing 2021 NFL Draft props for just about everything you could think of as the draft begins on Thursday night in Cleveland. Before locking in any 2021 NFL Draft prop bets, be sure to see the top 2021 NFL Draft picks and predictions from renowned NFL handicapper and draft expert R.J. White.
White is uniquely qualified to help you crush your NFL Draft bets. The CBS Sports gambling and Fantasy editor has been SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert over the past few years, returning over $2,600 on his NFL spread picks from 2017-20.
In his time as a CBS Sports NFL editor, White was also widely recognized as one of the nation's premier NFL Draft experts. Every spring, he put together seven-round mock drafts read by millions, including trades he expects. No stone is left unturned in White's draft analysis.
This is the same expert who, very early in the 2018 draft process, bet Baker Mayfield to go No. 1 overall at 25-1. Over the past two years, White went 4-1 in 2019 and 3-2 on his top five picks in 2020.
Last season, he hit Tua Tagovailoa to Miami (+110), C.J. Henderson drafted under 12.5 (+150) and hit the over on total corners in Round 1 (4.5), saying, "I wouldn't be that shocked to see a team fall in love with someone like Bryce Hall or Damon Arnette or even Cameron Dantzler." Arnette wound up being the biggest shock of the first round, going to the Raiders at No. 19, helping that prop cash.
Now, with books taking 2021 NFL Draft bets, White has scoured the latest NFL Draft odds 2021 and found 10 bets worth backing big plus a bonus long shot. He's only sharing them over at SportsLine.
Top 2021 NFL Draft prop picks
One of the 2021 NFL Draft prop bets White recommends: Go over 4.5 cornerbacks selected in the first round for a -115 payout. In an era where analytics are having an increasing influence, passing games continue to become more efficient and difficult to defend, and that has created an increasing premium for cornerback play.
Length, speed and short-area quickness are valuable commodities with wide receivers continuing to evolve their games and that's a big reason why White has at least five cornerbacks going in the first round on Thursday night. White has Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn as first-round locks, as many do, and doesn't see Caleb Farley slipping much further. Then he likes Greg Newsome and Tyson Campbell as more likely than not to be selected on Thursday to get to five. But he sees added value beyond that even.
"Once we get toward the end of the first round, you can see some contenders like the Bills, Saints and plenty of others prioritizing the corner position in an attempt to have enough depth at the position come playoff time," White told SportsLine. "That could also push fringe first-rounders like Kelvin Joseph and Aaron Robinson up, so if I can get good plus money on over 5.5, I'd look at playing that as well."
How to make 2021 NFL Draft predictions
White also loves several other underdog props, and is a releasing a monster 50-1 long shot pick. See which 2021 NFL Draft props to jump on only at SportsLine.
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