2014 NFL Draft Bits ‘n Bets

In the arena of ‘people will bet on anything’, today is the NFL Draft. And of course, there is wagering available and has been for several years. Most mock drafts have defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina going to the Houston Texans who are the owners of the 1st pick tonight.

In the arena of ‘people will bet on anything’, today is the NFL Draft. And of course, there is wagering available and has been for several years.

Most mock drafts have defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina going to the Houston Texans who are the owners of the 1st pick tonight. You can bet whether he is the first pick at Bovada where “yes “ to the #1 overall NFL Draft pick is -500 (1/5). But you can also take him at over/under draft position 1.5 at 5Dimes for -675 for under. The last time there was this much consensus on the #1 overall pick was in 2012 when surely it was going to be Andrew Luck. There were no odds available to take him. At least this year, even with the inflated price, you can still have action on pick #1.

After the first pick, the wagering gets a bit more interesting and potentially profitable. Sportsbooks are offering player matchups, over/unders for draft positions and how many players will be drafted in the 1st round for different positions like Wide Receiver.

Every online sportsbook that offers NFL Draft betting odds has a wager available on when Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M) gets selected. The number is 5.5 and the oddsmakers (and the public) think he will be going with pick #6 or later. Over 5.5 sits at -280 and even at those odds looks like a decent play. However, if the Cleveland Browns take him with pick #4 or another team in need of a QB trades up, you could get 2/1 on Johnny Football.

Player Matchups are also very interesting and using mock drafts from ESPN, CBS Sports and Bleacher Report it is easy to identify the need for each team and if a player will be available.

Derek Carr (QB, Fresno State) is featured in a matchup with Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville). The quarterback generating the most buzz in the days prior to the draft has been Derek Carr not Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater had his stock tarnished a bit at the annual NFL pro day and many projections have him slipping into round 2. Take Derek Carr in this matchup at (-140 at Diamond Sports) as just about every mock draft has him as a top 20 pick.

The final wager to look at only comes from 5Dimes. They offer both 6.5 and 7.5 for the total number of WRs and TEs taken in the first round of the NFL draft. The key here is the addition of the tight end. Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina) is projected to go somewhere in the first round along with at least five wideouts. However, thinking that there will be 8 taken is just too many. The number at 5Dimes for over 6.5 is (-320) but under 7.5 is just (-160). We will take Under 7.5 all day long.

With all of the mock drafts that are out there, and all of the talking heads’ opinions and the added NFL Draft odds this year, the 2014 NFL Draft has the potential to bet a winner for a savvy bettor.

Check out the full list of NFL Draft prop odds at Bovada. Here are a few interesting ones:

2014 NFL Draft – How many Defensive Players will be drafted in the 1st Round?
Over/Under  – 17

2014 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Khalil Mack (LB Buffalo)
Over 3½ (+150, 3/2)
Under 3½ (-200, 1/2)

2014 NFL Draft – Who will be drafted 1st?
Johnny “Football” Manziel (QB Texas A&M)  -150 (2/3)
Blake Bortles (QB UCF)  +110 (11/10)

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