NFL Draft Odds: Defensive Line

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Last year’s edge class is tough to follow up. While there’s no top-three prospect like Will Anderson, this year’s defensive line class offers value deeper down the list. UCLA’s Laiatu Latu, Florida State’s Jared Verse, and Alabama’s Dallas Turner lead the class of edge rushers. Two Texas products – T’Vondre Sweat and Byron Murphy – quite literally anchor a strong interior defensive line group. Below, we’ll look at NFL Draft odds for defensive linemen, including edge rushers and interior players.

NFL draft odds: First DL drafted

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Dallas Turner
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Byron Murphy II
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Laiatu Latu
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Jared Verse
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Teams picking early in the first round in need of defensive line help include:

  • Bears (No. 1, 9)
  • Commanders (No. 2)
  • Cardinals (No. 4, 27)
  • Falcons (No. 8)
  • Vikings (No. 11)
  • Broncos (No. 12)
  • Saints (No. 14)
  • Rams (No. 19)
  • Dolphins (No. 21)
  • Texans (No. 23)
  • Buccaneers (No. 26)

How to bet on first DL drafted

One of the most common NFL Draft prop wagers are those that involve betting on which player will be the first drafted at each position. To find these wagers in an online sportsbook, click the NFL tab to navigate toward the 2024 Draft section. Once there, click on “First Pick by Position” to view the odds.

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NFL Draft: 2024 DL Prospects

Prospects below are taken from Dane Brugler’s Top 50 prospects list.

  • Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
  • Byron Murphy, DL, Texas
  • Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
  • Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
  • Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
  • Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri
  • T’Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

NFL Draft DL History

Here is a list of the first DL taken in each NFL Draft going back to 2010.

YearTeamPlayerCollegePick (No. overall)
2023HoustonWill AndersonAlabama3
2022JacksonvilleTravon WalkerGeorgia1
2021MiamiJaelen PhillipsMiami18
2020WashingtonChase YoungOhio State2
2019San FranciscoNick BosaOhio State2
2018DenverBradley ChubbNC State5
2017ClevelandMyles GarrettTexas A&M1
2016San DiegoJoey BosaOhio State6
2015NY JetsLeonard WilliamsUSC3
2014HousonJadeveon Clowney South Carolina1
2013MiamiDion JordanOregon3
2012Kansas CityDontari PoeMemphis11
2011BuffaloMarcell DareusAlabama3
2010DetroitNdamukong SuhNebraska2

NFL Draft odds, strategy and trends

Last year’s defensive line class was one of the strongest in recent draft cycles. That’s naturally followed up with a weaker top class, although interior defensive line run deep this year. Two pass rushers have been taken first overall since 2014: Myles Garett (2017, Browns) and Jadaveon Clowney (2014, Texans). In three of the last four drafts, pass rushers went top three just behind quarterbacks (Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Will Anderson).

With all three teams at the top of the draft in serious need of pass rushers, there’s no reason to think at least two won’t come off the board in the top three picks.

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