The 2017NFL Draft is less than three weeks away, andfor the first time, official NFL Draft prop bets arehere.
Now thatsportsbooks in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevadahave beengranted permission to take prop bets for the NFL Draft, we have the specifics of on what draftnik gamblerscan wager between April 27 and 29.
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The sheet of initial propscomes from William Hill U.S., whichalso made the request. Although onestill can'tbet on whenspecific prospects will be taken or whatNFL teams do in the draft — two things that could be corrupted by inside information — thereareplenty props.
Here's a look at the list, breaking down each prop along the way.
Alabama players drafted inRound 1
DT Jonathan Allen, TE O.J. Howard and ILB Reuben Foster are the locks, but OT Cam Robinson, CB Marlon Humphrey andOLB Tim Williams aremajor wild cards with their positions being strong early in the draft. From what we know, the total isnot hitting five.
LSU players drafted in Round 1
RB Leonard Fournette and S Jamal Adams both likely will be selectedwithintop 10 overall picks. It's up to whetherCB Tre'Davious White will comeoff the board inRound 1. He's been mocked anywhere from No. 14 to No. 32. It's worth the shot.
SEC players in Round 1
Between Alabama and LSU, there's at least fivewithout blinking. Texas A&M DEMyles Garrett andTennessee DEDerek Barnett are the other first-roundlocks. Include Robinson and White, and there's nine. Then you need three more from the group of Humphrey, Williams, Missouri DE Charles Harris and Florida's defense. Right now, it looks frustratingly short.
SEC vs. Pac-12 playersin Round 1
Line: SEC -5.5
We'll go baseline 10 for the SEC. The first-roundlocks from the Pac-12 are Stanford DE Solomon Thomas andRB Christian McCaffrey,Washington WR John Ross and Utah OT Garret Bolles. UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley is starting to look safe, too. The late-risers include Washington CB Kevin King, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuize and USC CB Adoree' Jackson. The floor is looking good out west.
SEC vs. Big Ten players in Round 1
Line: SEC -4.5
Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore and S Malik Hooker are the Big Ten's no-doubters. Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramcyzk is lookingfine,too.Ohio State CB Gareon Conley, Michigan State DT Malik McDowell and Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt have been late risers. That's before considering theMichigan duo of DE Taco Charlton and S Jabrill Peppers. Put it all together, and we have confidence in the Big Ten.
Pick: Big Ten
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Pac-12 vs. Big Ten in Round 1
Line: Big Ten -0.5
The Pac-12 has more "surefire" picks. But the Big Ten'swild-card sixfeel more likely to help it catch up. That's a two-prospect cushion in the end.
Pick: Big Ten
Offensive vs. defensiveplayers in Round 1
Line: Defensive -5.5
For "defensive" to be a winning bet, it must represent 19 of the 32 picks. From the players and positions we've mentioned above, 13 is a slam dunk. Then add Temple DE/LB Haason Reddick. That's still only 14.
Even if defense has the edge, recent history says itwon't bebig. Last year it was Defense 18, Offense 14. In '15, it was Offensive 17, Defense 15. Two years agoit was Defense 17, Offense 15.
Pick: Offensive players
Round of first kicker taken
Rounds 1-3: Even
Rounds 4-7: -120
Call this the Roberto Aguayo sucker bet. Based on consensus prospect rankings, no kicker will be drafteduntil well into Day 3.
Pick: Rounds 4-7
Quarterbacksin Round 1
This one's tricky. North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are good bets. Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes is getting to that point. That leaves Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and California's Davis Webbto crash the party. There are too many questions about the quality of this class to trust the quantity.
Running backs in Round 1
This one's easy. Three backs taken in Round 1 would meanFlorida State's Dalvin Cook joiningFournette and McCaffrey. Any more than three backs being selected in Round 1 would be shocking,but three is all youneed, and three iswhat you'll get.