The ongoing coronavirus outbreak may have shuttered its original site in Sin City, but for the folks organizing the 2020 NFL Draft, the show must go on – Read on to discover the 2020 NFL Draft Betting Props.
Forced to scramble after the Las Vegas Strip shut down on March 17, the NFL elected to hold firm on its April 23-25 schedule – but for the first time ever, the Draft will be held remotely via telephone and virtual conferencing.
And while sportsbooks worldwide are currently scrambling in their own right – offering obscure leagues and markets in lieu of the usual lineup courtesy of coronavirus cancellations – bettors everywhere are lining up to wager on Draft Day with the festivities kicking off on Thursday, April 23.
Number One and Two Overall Picks Practically a Lock, Unless…
After his scintillating senior season – one capped off with a National Championship, the Heisman Trophy, and every major offensive award in the game – LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is widely considered to be a “can’t miss” pick at the top of the draft.
And after out-tanking the Miami Dolphins to “earn” the number one overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals
are widely expected to cash in their Draft capital by replacing longtime starter Andy Dalton with Burrow.
Accordingly, the oddsmakers at the Bovada sportsbook have Burrow as an extreme (-10000) favorite to be drafted first.
From there, Ohio State’s ferocious sack master Chase Young is a (+1000) underdog, followed by Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (+1500), Oregon QB Justin Herbert (+2500), and Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (+7500).
The Bengals have a second-year head coach in Zac Taylor who is looking to improve on last year’s dismal 2-14 campaign. And as a former starting signal caller in college himself, Taylor undoubtedly knows the importance of elite talent under center.
Barring a trade down of epic proportions – and only the Dolphins have the arsenal of first round picks needed to pull that off – expect Cincy to play it safe by selecting Burrow first overall.
Next up, the Washington Redskins own the #2 pick, and let’s let newly hired defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio explain his thoughts on how the team should proceed:
“Having a guy like Von Miller or a guy like Khalil Mack, who are premier pass-rushers, they put a lot of pressure on the offense and help the defense.
It all starts for us with the penetrative, disruptive defensive linemen.”
If a disruptive DL is the goal, Young certainly fits the bill after his record-setting junior year with Ohio State. The Heisman Trophy finalist – no small feat for a defensive player – piled up a Buckeyes record 16.5 sacks last season, along with 46 tackles, seven forced fumbles, three passes knocked down, and a blocked field goal to boot.
Knowing the ‘Skins are set at QB, having taken fellow Buckeye Dwayne Haskins at #15 overall in last year’s Draft, the market likes Young as a big (-1200) favorite to be taken second for 2020 NFL Draft Betting Props.
Other options include Tagovailoa (+600) and Okudah (+2500), but once again, these alternatives would require Washington to trade down.
Rest of the Draft a Crapshoot as Teams Jockey for Tua and Okudah
Once destined for #1 overall status, Tagovailoa saw his junior season at Alabama end early after he suffered a brutal dislocated hip. That’s the same injury that cut the legendary Bo Jackson’s career short way back when, leading to talk that Tua might slide down the Draft ladder.
As a result, Tagovailoa isn’t even the favorite to go third overall at (+225). Instead, Okudah gets the nod with a (-110) price.
And if you’re interested in betting on the 1-2-3 trifecta, the (-110) favorite has Burrow, Young, and Okudah in that order. You can also take Burrow / Young / Tagovailoa at (+250), or bet on a trade shakeup with a Burrow / Tagovailoa / Young trio at (+750).
In terms of positional betting, Georgia’s D’Andre Swift is a (-200) favorite over Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (+210) to be the first running back off the board. And if special teams tickle your fancy, look for Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (-400) to be the first field goal artist taken.