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2024 NFL Draft odds: Texas' Jonathon Brooks again favored to be first RB taken
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2024 NFL Draft odds: Texas' Jonathon Brooks again favored to be first RB taken

Updated Apr. 22, 2024 12:01 p.m. ET

The offseason has been headlined by big-name running backs making moves in free agency, but there are still options left in the draft. 

The 2024 NFL Draft is set for April 25-27, and unlike many other positions, there appears to be no clear No. 1 running back prospect.

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However, it feels like a back-and-forth contest between Florida State's Trey Benson and Texas' Jonathon Brooks for who will be the first RB taken, with Michigan's Blake Corum making a late charge to join the party.


Let's take a look at the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.


Jonathon Brooks, Texas: -110 (bet $10 to win $19.09 total)
Trey Benson, Florida State: +220 (bet $10 to win $32 total)
Blake Corum, Michigan: +400 (bet $10 to win $50 total) 
Jaylen Wright, Tennessee: +750 (bet $10 to win $85 total)
MarShawn Lloyd, USC: +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)

* odds as of 4/22/24

Blake Corum and Bucky Irving in Joel Klatt’s top five running backs

Corum recently sat at +750 to be the first running back selected, but has since seen his odds dip to +400, slotting him third on the oddsboard behind Brooks and Benson. 

In his latest mock draft, FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt had no running backs being taken in the first round, before listing Benson as his top player at the position.

"I like his vision. There are times when Benson can be a bit upright, but that's usually the case for taller running backs, like Derrick Henry. I'm not trying to compare him to Henry, but he's shown that playing upright can work at the next level. His style will play well in the NFL."

Klatt is a little more hesitant about taking Brooks early, ranking him as the third-best running back heading into the draft and acknowledging that Brooks' knee injury has to be factored into his evaluation.

"It's a bummer that Brooks tore his ACL late in the year because I think he would've been the top running back in the class. But you've got to mix that injury in with the evaluation of Brooks. He's great catching it out of the backfield, and he's got home run ability, and he barely cracked the 200 rushing attempts mark. Many of these other guys have double or triple that number."

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