The value of running backs is a hot topic in today's NFL and it could shape the 2021 draft. Clemson's Travis Etienne and Alabama's Najee Harris dominated the college ranks, but they're still not locks to go in the first round. Recent mock drafts released ahead of Thursday's first round provide insight on NFL draft betting odds for the top RBs.
WynnBET has set the over/under for running backs selected in the first round at 0.5, with -300 odds on the over and +175 on the under. Just one RB needs to be taken for the over to cash. There's money-making potential there even if you have to risk $300.
NFL experts have given clear indication on where bettors should put their money. Both Peter King and Albert Breer have RBs going in the first round of their latest mock drafts. That's a notable projection this close to the event.
Running Back NFL Draft Odds
King's latest mock draft featured two first-round RBs in fact. He sees the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbing their new lead back in Harris with the No. 24 pick. Then he has the Buffalo Bills selecting Etienne to go all-in on offense and finally find an RB1 for Josh Allen. Albert Breer had the same projection for the Bills in his latest mock as well.
The amount of noise surrounding at least one RB going in the first round should get over bettors' attention. Pittsburgh has been linked to Harris throughout the pre-draft process, and they wouldn't let James Conner walk for pennies in free agency unless they were planning to invest early in the draft.
Buffalo could come through if the Steelers don't. Neither Zack Moss nor Devin Singletary has proven they're worthy of being an RB1. Adding an explosive back like Etienne to the mix could give the Bills the extra juice they need in the backfield and provide another dimension to this top offense.
The over of 0.5 RBs selected in the first round on WynnBET is looking mighty appealing heading into Thursday's draft.