The NFL Draft isn’t just for die-hard fans who curse their favorite team’s decision makers over a seventh round selection they don’t agree with. It’s also for sports bettors.
Sportsbook.com has a list of several propositional wagers that can be made. With the 2011-12 NFL season still in doubt, you might not want to pass up this opportunity to make some money betting on the NFL.
Here’s the list along with my opinion on a few of the props:
Number of Quarterbacks taken in round one – Over 3.5 (-200)/Under 3.5 (+150): I believe Auburn’s Cam Newton, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Washington’s Jake Locker are the only quarterbacks coming off the board in round one so I’m taking Under 3.5.
Number of Running Backs taken in round one – Over 0.5 (-260)/Under 0.5 (+180): I have Alabama’s Mark Ingram as the only tailback being taken in the first round. It only takes one for us to win this bet so I’m taking the Over 0.5.
Number of Wide Receivers+Tight Ends taken in round one – Over 2.5 (-105)/Under 2.5 (-125): I believe Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones will be the only wide receivers taken in round one, and I don’t have any tight ends coming off the board until round two. We’ll take Under 2.5 here.
Number of Offensive Linemen taken in round one – Over 6.5 (-150)/Under 6.5 (+120): I have USC’s Tyron Smith, Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, Colorado’s Nate Solder and Mississippi State’s Derek Sherrod going in the first round for a total of five offensive tackles. I also have Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey and Baylor guard Danny Watkins coming off the board in round one. That’s a total of seven offensive lineman so I’m taking the Over.
Number of Defensive Tackles taken in round one – Over 4.5 (-170)/Under 4.5 (+135): Alabama’s Marcell Dareus, Auburn’s Nick Fairley and Illinois’ Corey Liuget are first round shoo-ins. There is also a possibility that North Carolina’s Marvin Austin and Baylor’s Phil Taylor will go in round one. Because one of these two could get left out until round two, I’m leaning to Under 4.5 here.
Number of Defensive Ends taken in round one – Over 7.5 (-115)/Under 7.5 (-115): By my count, there could be as few as seven and as many as 10 defensive ends taken in round one, but I believe we’ll see eight or nine so I’m taking the Over here. These players will most likely be Robert Quinn, Muhammad Wilkerson, Cameron Jordan, Ryan Kerrigan, J.J. Watt, Aldon Smith, Da’Quan Bowers, Adrian Clayborn and Brooks Reed. Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward could also sneak into round one.
Cam Newton – What will his draft pick position be – Over 1.5 (+170)/Under 1.5 (-240)
Blaine Gabbert – What will his draft pick position be – Over 4.5 (-135)/Under 4.5 (+105)
A.J. Green – What will his draft pick position be – Over 4.5 (+130)/Under 4.5 (-160)
Patrick Peterson – What will his draft pick position be – Over 6.5 (even)/Under 6.5 (-130)
Jake Locker – What Will his draft pick position be – Over 23.5 (-115)/Under 23.5 (-115)
Julio Jones – What Will his draft pick position be – Over 9.5 (+130)/Under 9.5 (-160)
Mike Pouncey – What will his draft pick position be – Over 17.5 (-115)/Under 17.5 (-115)
Total SEC players drafted in the 1st round – Over 8 (-240)/Under 8 (+170)
Total ACC players drafted in the 1st round – Over 5 (+140)/Under 5 (-180)
Total Big 12 players drafted in the 1st round – Over 7 (even)/Under 7 (-130)
Total Big Ten players drafted in the 1st round – Over 5.5 (-145)/Under 5.5 (+115)
Total Pac-10 players drafted in the 1st round – Over 3.5 (-130)/Under 3.5 (even)
Mr. Irrelevant – last player drafted will be – Offensive Player (-120)/Defensive Player (-120)