2024 NFL Draft: Dallas Turner is the favorite to be the first defender picked, but how early will a defensive player get chosen?

Simply when will a defensive participant get picked Thursday evening within the first spherical of the 2024 NFL draft?

With quarterbacks broadly anticipated to occupy the highest three picks and Ohio State huge receiver Marvin Harrison thought-about the most effective non-QB prospect within the draft, it’s a foregone conclusion {that a} defender received’t go within the prime 4 and even the highest 5. And there will not be a defender within the prime 10, both.

In accordance with Yahoo Sports activities’ newest mock draft, a defender received’t get chosen within the prime dozen picks. Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell was the primary defensive participant off the board at No. 13 to the Las Vegas Raiders. That’s partially backed up by BetMGM’s odds. The favorites for the primary seven picks are all offensive gamers.

If a defender isn’t chosen within the prime 10, some fashionable NFL draft historical past might be made. No less than one defensive participant has been picked within the prime 10 in each NFL draft since 1990. The longest defensive gamers have needed to wait in that span is thru the primary seven picks in 2021. That season, the Carolina Panthers took South Carolina DB Jaycee Horn as the primary defender with the No. 8 decide.

Mitchell, nevertheless, isn’t the favourite at BetMGM to be the primary defensive participant off the board. That honor goes to Alabama’s Dallas Turner. The sting rusher is at present -125 to be the primary defender chosen and he was slotted in at No. 15 to the Indianapolis Colts in our final mock draft. Based mostly on the percentages at BetMGM, Turner is at present the favourite to go to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8.

If Turner isn’t the primary defender, the percentages favor one other move rusher to go first. UCLA’s Laiatu Late is the second favourite at +200 and forward of Texas’ Byron Murphy at +400 and Florida State’s Jared Verse at +500. Verse is favored to be picked at No. 9 by the Chicago Bears.

Latu appears to have a variety of draft potentialities Thursday evening. Although he’s one of many favorites to be the primary defender taken, he went to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 27 in Yahoo’s mock. Murphy was mocked at No. 18 to the Cincinnati Bengals and Verse was chosen with the No. 23 choice.

Mitchell is nice worth to be the primary defender taken primarily based on Yahoo’s mock draft. His odds are at present at +1200 because the No. 5 favourite. That’s a 12-1 return if he’s taken forward of each different defensive participant.

Favorites to be first defensive participant chosen

  • Alabama Edge Dallas Turner (-125)

  • UCLA Edge Laiatu Latu (+200)

  • Texas DT Byron Murphy (+400)

  • Florida State Edge Jared Verse (+500)

  • Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell (+1200)

  • Alabama CB Terrion Arnold (+2000)

  • Iowa CB Cooper DeJean (+10000)

  • Clemson CB Nate Wiggins (+10000)

  • Illinois DT Jer’Zhawn Newton (+15000)

  • Penn State Edge Chop Robinson (+15000)

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