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Isaiah Simmons leading the way as likely first linebacker taken in 2020 NFL Draft

We take a look at what players have the best odds to be the first linebacker selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons stands on the field after his workout session is finished during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There are some talented linebackers entering the 2020 NFL Draft, and we’re breaking down the DraftKings Sportsbook odds for which one could have his name called first in April. Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons (-1250) is the favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook, and he’s trailed by LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson (+600) and Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray (+3300).

Simmons tested extremely well at the combine. He’s 6’4”, weighs in at 238 pounds, and has a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. His combination of size and burst gives him versatility few other prospects can compete with. Teams will be salivating over a player who can battle in the trenches but also be a valuable contributor in pass coverage.

It’s unlikely that any linebacker will go before Simmons, but Chaisson is a sleeper you should keep an eye on. He missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL, but returned to lead a talented LSU defense in tackles for a loss (13.5) in 2019 while notching 6.5 sacks on the year. He’s said to be fully recovered and has the length, flexibility, and change of direction to be a difference-maker.

One notable dark horse to watch is also from LSU, and his name is Patrick Queen (+3300). Queen has seen tremendous movement on draft boards. He only started as a junior and doesn’t have the full body of work others have, but was the Tigers’ defensive MVP in the national championship. Lack of experience might be evident, but his ceiling his high. He boasts the same kind of speed and versatility that other top linebacker prospects possess.

Odds for first LB taken in 2020 NFL Draft

Player Odds
Player Odds
Isaiah Simmons -1250
K'Lavon Chaisson +600
Kenneth Murray +3300
Patrick Queen +3300
Zack Baun +5000
Curtis Weaver +5000
Terrell Lewis +6000
Jordyn Brooks +10000
Akeem Davis-Gaither +10000
Willie Jr. Gay +10000
Joshua Uche +10000
Malik Harrison +15000
Darrell Taylor +15000
Troy Dye +25000
Afernee Jennings +25000
Evan Weaver +25000
Logan Wilson +50000

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