Betting The 2019 NFL Draft at Online Sportsbooks
The first regular season game of the 2019 NFL regular season is more than four months away, but one of the biggest offseason betting events takes place this week with the annual NFL Draft. With Nashville hosting this year’s event, the first of seven rounds of picks takes place on Thursday night, April 27 starting at 7 p.m. Rounds 2-3 are scheduled for Friday starting at 7 p.m. and the final four rounds will take place on Saturday afternoon with a scheduled 12 p.m. start.
All 32 teams will be jockeying for the best players on the board as the first major step towards building a roster that can win a Super Bowl title. Adding even more excitement to this event is a grocery list of prop bet options at all of the top online sportsbooks. If it has something to do with the draft, chances are you can bet on it.
The Most Popular NFL Draft Props
Everyone is interested in which player will come off the board first on Thursday night when the Arizona Cardinals are officially on the clock. The general consensus and the betting odds heavily favor former Oklahoma quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. His betting odds to become the first overall pick are set at -600, but there has been some talk that Arizona may go in a different direction.
Former Ohio State standout at defensive end Nick Bosa is second on the list at +400. Quinnen Williams played defensive tackle for Alabama and he has the third-best odds at +1000. Rounding out the four players on the short list is former Kentucky defensive standout Josh Allen at +3300
Another popular draft prop is how many quarterbacks come off the board in the first round. The OVER/UNDER has been set at 3.5 with the odds heavily favoring the OVER at -450. It is hard to find any value in the inherent risk/reward of this bet, but betting the UNDER at +275 is also a risky proposition given how many teams are searching for their next franchise quarterback.
The Hardest NFL Draft Betting Props
Mock drafts are an inexact science to say the least. Most of the 32 teams are not even sure what they are going to do in the first round, so anything can happen on Thursday night. Trying to predict how many wide receivers will go in the first round is hard enough, let alone the OVER/UNDER on a particular player’s draft position.
How many NFL experts posting a mock draft recap just how far they were off base with their first round predictions after the fact?
High Value NFL Draft Betting Props
There are some draft props on the board with quite a bit of value in the numbers, but you need to know where and how to look. If you are a NFL Draft junkie looking to make some money on your picks, it would be worth your while to shop the betting odds and actual prop bet options across two or three of the top online sportsbooks taking action on the NFL Draft.
Book A has former Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf listed at -130 odds that he will come off the board at No. 18 or earlier. The odds he goes past the 18th overall pick are set at -110. Book B’s prop bet odds for this same player are set at -210 that he gets drafted 12th or lower. The odds he is drafted 13 or higher are set at +155.
You could actually hedge this prop by betting the UNDER 18 at Book A and the OVER 12.5 with Book B.