NFL Draft Odds – Athletic Offensive Draft Prospects

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 24: Rashod Bateman #0 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers catches a pass against Josh Ross #12 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first quarter of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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NFL scouts love for a prospect to be fast and strong, but that perfect blend of both can create explosiveness — and that’s exactly what the vertical jump is designed to display during the NFL Combine and on-campus pro days. A good showing can help increase NFL Draft betting odds that an athlete will get taken early.

But this spring, we didn’t get to have the annual combine in Indianapolis. Thanks to the global pandemic, it was deemed too much of a logistical pain in the rear end to assemble nearly 350 athletes from all over the country. Instead, NFL teams decided the localized campus pro days would take on even more meaning than usual.

Typically, pro days give players who were not invited to the combine a shot to impress pro scouts. Also, an athlete who may have been slightly injured or ill during the combine gets another chance to impress in a more familiar, less stressful environment.

The vertical jump not only measures an athlete’s ability to leap high in the air but also raw explosiveness from a standing position. 

As with the 40-yard dash and bench press, the vertical jump is more important at some positions than others — particularly for wide receivers and defensive backs who need to get in the air to make plays.

So how did prospects perform who are atop the NFL Draft odds to be among the top athletes taken at their respective positions? We combed through the site DraftScout.com as a source for pro-day data.

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The Vertical Jump  – By Offensive Position

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Wide Receivers

Vertical Jump — Measured in how many inches an athlete can jump, measuring explosiveness.

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of inches)

45.0 — Chris Chambers, Wisconsin (2nd round pick – 2001)

45.0 — Chris Conley, Georgia (3rd round pick – 2015)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCE BY POS. – 2021 (number of inches)

46.5 — Josh Imatorbhebhe, Illinois (projected free agent)


TOP WR PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

JaMarr Chase, LSU

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: -800

PRO DAY VJ: 41.0 (tied for 5th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 7 overall)

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: +700

PRO DAY VJ: opted out

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 16 overall)

Devonta Smith, Alabama

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: +800

PRO DAY VJ: opted out

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 10 overall)

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: +5000

PRO DAY VJ: 36.0 (tied for 9th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd round (No. 44 overall)

Kadarius Toney, Florida

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: +5000

PRO DAY VJ: 39.5 (tied for 6th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st to 2nd round (No. 34 overall)

Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

ODDS OF FIRST WR PICKED: +8000

PRO DAY VJ: 39 (tied for 10th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd round (No. 48 overall)


CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 14: Michael Carter #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels scores a touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the fourth quarter of their game at Kenan Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won 59-53. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Running Backs

Vertical Jump — Measured in how many inches an athlete can jump, measuring explosiveness.

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of inches)

43.5 — Jay Hinton, Morgan State (undrafted in 1999)

43.5 — Jerry Azumah, New Hampshire (5th round pick – 1999)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES BY POS. – 2021 (number of inches)

40.5 — Chris Evans, Michigan (projected 7th rounder)


TOP RB PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Najee Harris, Alabama

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +140

PRO DAY VJ: opted out

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 28 overall)

Travis Etienne, Clemson

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +165

PRO DAY VJ: 33.5 (tied for 13th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st to 2nd round (No. 33rd overall)

Javonte Williams, North Carolina

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +600

PRO DAY VJ: 36 (tied for 9th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd to 3rd round (No. 66 overall)

Michael Carter, North Carolina

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +4000

PRO DAY VJ: 34.0 (tied for 12th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd to 3rd round (No. 74 overall)


LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brevin Jordan #9 of the Miami Hurricanes dives for the goal line against the Louisville Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tight Ends

Vertical Jump — Measured in how many inches an athlete can jump, measuring explosiveness.

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of inches)

43.5 — Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh (7th round pick – 2010)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES BY POS. – 2021 (number of inches)

38.0 — Carson Williams, Western Kentucky (projected free agent)


TOP TE PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Kyle Pitts, Florida

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: -10000

PRO DAY VJ: 33.5 (tied for 7th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 5 overall)

Brevin Jordan, Miami (Fla.)

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: +2000

PRO DAY VJ: 34.0 (tied for 6th overall)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 3rd to 4th round


Offensive Linemen

Vertical Jump — Measured in how many inches an athlete can jump, measuring explosiveness.

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of inches)

36 — Eric Steinbach, Iowa (2nd round pick – 2003)

36 — Chris Brown, Georgia Tech (undrafted free agent – 2001)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES BY POS. – 2021 (number of inches)

35.5 — Kendrick Green, Illinois (projected 3rd round)


TOP OL PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Penei Sewell, Oregon

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: -500

PRO DAY VJ: 28.0 (tied for 11th)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 2 overall)

Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +250

PRO DAY VJ: 33 (tied for 5th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 9 overall)

Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +2500

PRO DAY VJ: opted out

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 13 overall)

Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern Cal

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +3500

PRO DAY VJ: 32 (tied for 7th best)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 21 overall)

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has covered the national recruiting scene in football and basketball for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All-America selections, and handled FCS college football for HERO Sports. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.

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