2021 NFL Draft Race for No. 1 Pick Expert Analysis

2021 NFL Draft Race for No. 1 Pick Expert Analysis

Written by on December 14, 2020

With Week 14 of the 2020 NFL regular season now in the books, it’s time to take a look at the most recent odds to win the No.1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Let’s jump right into action so you can start planning ahead your bets against their NFL Draft odds.

Updated 2021 NFL Draft Race for No. 1 Pick

With Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence expected to be the top pick in next year’s draft, let’s find out which teams are in line to land the top overall pick and which teams could potentially get there. The New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals all lost while continuing to hold down the top three spots. The LA Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys both won while decreasing their odds of landing a Top 5 selection. Now, let’s look at every team entering Week 15 currently in line for one of the top 10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft!

1. NY Jets (0-13)

The Jets remained entrenched in the top spot to get the No. 1 overall pick following its 40-3 blowout loss at Seattle on Sunday. Could the lowly Jets mess it up by actually winning a game? I don’t see it happening, but then again, it’s the Jets we’re talking about!

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12)

The Jaguars started off the season with Gardner Minshew under center, but since then, the AFC South cellar dwellers have gone through Jake Luton, Mike Glennon and now back to Minshew. Jacksonville is coming off a humbling 31-10 smackdown loss against Tennessee on Sunday and will likely try to lose each of their three remaining regular season games in order to ensure then land either Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1)

The Bengals were on the wrong (right?) end of a dismal 30-7 loss to lowly Dallas on Sunday to remain locked into the No. 3 spot in next year’s draft. The good news is that the Bengals don’t need a quarterback after getting it right by drafting Joe Burrow in this year’s draft!

4. LA Chargers (4-9)

The Bolts snapped a two-game skid by upsetting the Falcons 20-17 on Sunday, but they also worsened their chances of getting the top overall pick in doing so.

5. Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

The Cowboys also saw their odds of landing the top pick in next year’s draft get worse by beating the lowly Bengals 30-7 on Sunday.

6. Carolina Panthers (4-9)

The Panthers put up a furious fourth quarterback comeback attempt against Denver on Sunday, but came up just short of getting it in their narrow, 32-27 home loss. The good news is that the loss helped the Panthers remain in great shape to get a Top 5 pick in the 2021 NFL draft!

7. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

After winning three of its previous four games, Atlanta has now lost two straight including their 20-17 loss against the Chargers on Sunday. The Falcons might not be inline to draft one of the top quarterbacks on the board, but they could start looking for Matt Ryan’s eventual successor at No. 7.

8. Miami Dolphins (via) Houston Texans (4-9)

The Dolphins have a winning record this season, but the quickly improving AFC East playoff hopefuls remain in line to get a top 10 pick next year as they own Houston’s pick for trading Pro Bowl offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil to the Texans two years ago. Houston never showed up in its embarrassing 36-7 blowout loss against Chicago on Sunday.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1)

The Eagles picked up a huge, 24-21 win over New Orleans to keep their hopes of winning the NFC East alive. However, the Birds also decreased their slim chances of getting into the top three with the win.

10. New York Giants (5-8)

The G-Men might have had their four-game winning streak unceremoniously snapped in their 26-7 home loss against desperate Arizona on Sunday, but did get back in the hunt for a top 10 pick with the loss. Now, just a game behind red-hot Washington in the NFC East standings and with three games left, the Giants will surely try to reach the playoffs – even though their desire to win games now will lessen their chances of remaining i the top 10 in next year’s draft!


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