There’s no shortage of NFL odds available for Thursday’s NFL draft – including a special on how many players from the Alabama Crimson Tide will make the first round.
The Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t win the College Football Playoff this past season, but they’re still the top program in the FBS and we’ll be reminded of that early and often when the NFL Draft gets underway Thursday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Philadelphia. The first round will be loaded with ‘Bama players. How many? The fine folks at Bovada have a total of 4.5 on the NFL odds board, and the 'over' is favored at -140.
So which side of this total should we choose? Let’s take a gander at these prospective first-rounders and see where they fit on the mock drafts.
Jonathan Allen, DL: ESPN’s leading draftnik Mel Kiper has Allen going fourth overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Walter Cherepinsky, one of our go-to guys for advanced football thinking, has Allen in the same spot. If the Jags go with LSU running back Leonard Fournette instead, Allen could fall to the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 7.
Reuben Foster, ILB: Another lead-pipe cinch for the first round. Kiper has Foster at No. 5 for the Tennessee Titans, while Cherepinksy thinks he’ll be there for the Arizona Cardinals at No. 13.
O.J. Howard, TE: And the hits just keep on coming. Howard slots in at No. 6 (New York Jets) on Kiper’s board and No. 14 (Philadelphia Eagles) for Cherepinsky. This is one of those “best player on the board” picks that someone will make regardless of positional needs.
Marion Humphrey, CB: We’re still in the middle of the first round, and we’re already at four players for the Crimson Tide. Kiper and Cherepinksy both recommend Humphrey for the Titans at No. 18.
Cam Robinson, OT: Here’s our bubble boy – but is he really going to slip to the second round? Kiper has him at No. 25 for the Houston Texans; Cherepinksy likes Robinson even more, putting him ahead of Humphrey at No. 16 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Free NFL Pick: 'Over' 4.5 (-140)Best Line Offered: Bovada
Given that Robinson is the top prospect for offensive linemen, someone needy will snap him up while he’s still available. We’re happy to recommend the 'over' for your NFL picks; enjoy the draft, and we’ll see you on the other side.