Nick Bosa, Kyler Murray Co-Favorites to be Selected No. 1 Overall in NFL Draft

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  • Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are co-favorites to go first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft at +110 odds.
  • Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is the only other player listed at odds shorter than 10-1 (+450).

We’re just seven weeks out from the NFL Draft, and as is usually the case, the question most fans are wondering is: Who will be drafted first overall?

Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has been at the forefront of the conversation for much of the offeseason. After a hot stretch to end the year propelled him to winning the Heisman Trophy, he opted to shift his plans from professional baseball and enter the NFL Draft.

Since then, he’s become a popular pick to be the first player selected.

Even this week, rumors of Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling Murray a “done deal” to go first overall circulated, but despite that, the Heisman Trophy winner isn’t an odds-on favorite to be the first overall pick.

In fact, at FanDuel Sportsbook, he’s not even alone atop the odds board: Murray is joined by Ohio State’s Nick Bosa as a +110 co-favorite to go No. 1.

Odds to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

  • QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (+110)
  • DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State (+110)
  • DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama (+450)
  • DE Josh Allen, Kentucky (+1200)
  • QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (+1400)
  • QB Drew Lock, Missouri (+4000)
  • DT Rashan Gary, Michigan (+6000)

Bosa entered the 2018 season as the consensus top NFL prospect, but missed most of the season due to injury. He’s since undergone surgery and was a full participant in the combine on Sunday. He ran a 4.79 40-yard dash, posted the third-best 20-yard shuttle time among defensive linemen and edge-rushers, and had the 11th-fastest three-cone drill.

The only other player shorter than 10-1 odds to go No. 1 is Alabama’s Quinnen Williams. The 300-pound defensive lineman ran a ridiculous 4.83 40-yard dash, making him just the fourth 300-pounder to record such a fast time since 2003.

Still, the draft buzz surrounds Murray. Will the Cardinals make it two consecutive years of drafting quarterbacks in the top 10, or will they make a move to bolster up a defense that ranked 26th in points per game last year?

According to our Matthew Freedman, even if it’s the latter, there’s value on Murray to be taken within the first two picks.

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