2012 NFL Draft Props: Which player will be drafted first? Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:25

(The Spread) – With the first round of the NFL draft now just two days away, let’s look at some more prop odds surrounding some of the individual prospects in this year’s class.

Who will be drafted first: Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon?

Claiborne, the cornerback out of LSU, is a –350 money line favorite over Blackmon, who is +225 on the money line. Claiborne is expected to be drafted somewhere in the top 5, either by Minnesota at No. 3 or Tampa Bay at No. 5. (Cleveland could also potentially take him at No. 4, although it seems less likely that Claiborne will wind up with the Browns than the Vikings or Bucs.) Blackmon, meanwhile, could go No. 3 overall to the Vikings but it would be an upset. He’s projected to go No. 6 overall to the Rams.

Who will be drafted first: Riley Reiff or Dontari Poe?

Reiff is arguably the second best offensive tackle in the draft behind USC’s Matt Kalil. The Iowa product is –200 on the money line compared to Poe, who is +150 on the ML for this pro. Many mock drafts have Reiff projected to go No. 10 overall to the Bills, while Poe could be drafted as high as No. 9 to the Panthers or fall into the second round. The Memphis defensive tackle lit up the scouting combine back in February but scouts question whether or not he’s a “workout warrior” and thus, he could fall into Friday’s second day.

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Who will be drafted first: Courtney Upshaw or Nick Perry?

Alabama’s Upshaw is a –350 money line favorite over USC’s Perry, who is +225 on the ML. It’s understandable that Upshaw is the favorite to win this prop seeing as how he gives versatility as either a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. The Jets could snag him at No. 19 while Perry falls into the bottom half of the first round. That said, if teams are concerned about whether or not Upshaw is a “tweener,” then Perry could pull off the upset here.

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 8:00PM ET and will continue on Friday, April 27 starting at 7:00PM ET with the second and third rounds. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 28 at 12:00PM ET with the final three rounds.

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