12 hours ago The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tied for the seventh-best record in the 2020 NFL regular season at 11-5, but the Bucs will pick last, No. 32 overall, in the first round of the 2021 Draft on April 29 in Cleveland – assuming the draft is held there as that could change if the pandemic is still raging – thanks to winning Super Bowl 55 in an upset of the Kansas City.
With Christmas less than a week away, the NFL is intentionally starting the process of having stand-alone games on multiple days – as opposed to those forced upon the league by COVID-19. This week there has already been a Thursday game and two Saturday. We have a full slate Sunday and finally, Monday Night Football. Next week, there will be games on four straight days from Friday to Monday.
By now, you’re probably aware that you can make money betting on the 2020 NFL Draft and that one venue is a long line of prop bets. Most of them are normal, but I’m here to touch on 7 of the weirdest 2020 NFL Draft prop bets and how you might be able to profit from them. Prop Bets The 2020 NFL Draft takes place on April 23–25, 2020. This year’s NFL Draft is the 85th annual meeting and will be a virtual event where all 32 teams dial into a conference call. Pickswise experts have analyzed every angle for betting on the NFL Draft and will put you in the best shape come draft week. Team Spread Money Line Total Points Team Points; Sunday, Feb 07, 2021 - NFL Football Game 06:30 PM: 101: Kansas City Chiefs.
Here are five player prop bets from the Sunday games that will give you a chance to go to the pay window and buy some last minute Christmas presents.
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You sank my Blankenship
Indianapolis Colts PK Rodrigo Blankenship has been one of the most prolific kickers this season, scoring 10 or more points in seven games. Play free slots online without downloading. His Over/Under this week against the Houston Texans is 7.5 points (Over: +100, Under: -120).
Seeing that division games are often played tighter to the vest because of their familiarity, when teams get in scoring position, they don’t take as many risks – which often leads to more field goals. It will likely take two field goals to hit the Over, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
TAKE THE OVER 7.5 (+100).
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For the Birds
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts are going to meet head-to-head in the NFL for the first time and everyone is expecting both of them to run first and pass second.
While defenses are gearing up to force both of them to pass, Murray’s Over/Under for passing yards is 262.5 (O: -105, U: -115). He has the ability and the weapons to surpass that number, but his penchant for running will likely make it more difficult.
TAKE THE UNDER 262.5 (-120).
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For much of the season, Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers appeared to be a wasted pick in the post-Todd Gurley era. He seemed stuck at being second or third fiddle in the offense, but all that has changed in the last two weeks. It seems as though the organization wants a longer look at him to see if he can be a featured back.
Over the last two weeks, he has ran the ball 50 times for 243 yards and the other backs have taken a back seat. With an Over/Under of just 68.5 yards (O: -115, U: -105), if he continues to the get the carry-share he has the last two weeks, he should blow past that number.
TAKE THE OVER 68.5 (-115).
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The Brady Hunch
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the thick of the playoff hunt after getting past the Minnesota Vikings last week to create some separation in the wild-card race. This week against the Atlanta Falcons, QB Tom Brady has an Over/Under of 309.5 yards (O: -112, U: -110).
If this was Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes or Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, I would be much more likely to chase a point that high, but Brady picks defenses apart with short passes that require a ton of completions. If the Bucs get up early, they will mix in more of the run and make it even more difficult to hit that passing total.
TAKE THE UNDER 309.5 (-110).
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The Baltimore Ravens have the most diverse rushing attack in the league and rookie J.K. Dobbins is the latest piece of puzzle. When Mark Ingram went down, Dobbins took over a larger role and hasn’t looked back. His Over/Under for rushing yards is 69.5 (O: -115, U: -105).
While there is always a concern QB Lamar Jackson will cut into his yardage, the Ravens are riding Dobbins more now than at any point this season.
TAKE THE OVER 69.5 (-115).
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What is the NFL Draft?
The 2020 NFL season is underway and so is the 2020 College Football season.
After those campaigns conclude with the postseason and championship games, NFL and College Football bettors will turn their attention to the 2021 NFL Draft.
More importantly, they'll start placing wagers on the NFL Draft with America's top online sportsbooks, like FanDuel.
The 2021 event takes place in Cleveland, Ohio and will kick off on Thursday, Apr. 29 and run through Saturday, May 1. The NFL Draft has seven rounds and all 32 clubs will participate in the event, drafting players from college football schools.
Odds To Be The 1st Overall Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a heavy favorite (-650) to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lawrence has been the favorite to go No. 1 in his draft class since he led Clemson to a national championship over Alabama at the conclusion of his freshman season.
He has led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in each of his two years at Clemson, and they are considered likely to make it to the CFP for the sixth straight season despite losing to Notre Dame.
Top 3 Contenders
- Trevor Lawrence -650
- Justin Fields +500
- Penei Sewell +750
A quarterback has been taken with the No. 1 overall pick in five of the last six drafts. Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns was the lone exception within that time span.
The No. 1 overall pick has been a quarterback or a lineman in each of the last 24 drafts, making it highly unlikely that a running back, receiver, linebacker, or defensive back will be the first player whose name we hear on April 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the odds-on favorite to be the top pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. (AP)
Who will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft?Quarterback Joe Burrow went first to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 Draft as he led LSU past Clemson for the National Championship. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has taken the Tigers to a pair of National Championship appearances in 2018 and 2019, including knocking off Alabama in 2018 for the title. Lawrence is expected to not only be the Heisman Trophy favorite in 2020, but also walk across the stage as the top selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. The 20-year old signal-caller has thrown for 66 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions in his first two seasons, while leading Clemson to an impressive 25-1 record as a starter.
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Clemson QB - Trevor Lawrence
Trevor Lawrence might be the most polished quarterback we’ve seen coming out of college since Andrew Luck. He has been elite since he first stepped onto the field at Clemson. His accuracy and ability to hit deep throws has increased with each season, and he has currently completed over 70 percent of his passes for 9.6 YPA with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions thus far in 2020.
Every mock draft has Lawrence being the first name off the board. He has been considered a phenom since he was in high school, and New York Jets fans have already shown up at college stadiums to cheer him on.
There are a few teams that are currently languishing near the bottom of the NFL standings that don’t need a quarterback. That could prevent some quarterbacks from going No. 1 overall, but Lawrence is so coveted that suitors would be immediately lining up. Injury is the only reason that Lawrence wouldn’t be the No. 1 overall pick next year.
Ohio State QB - Justin Fields
Kirby Smart is certainly regretting his decision to start Jake Fromm over Justin Fields during the 2018 season. Fields decided to transfer away from his native Georgia to Ohio State after being passed over, and he has been incredible with the Buckeyes.
In his first season in Columbus, Fields completed 67.2 percent of his passes for over 3,200 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He proved that he was a dynamic runner in Ryan Day’s system, averaging 6.5 YPC when you take out sack yardage. It’s rare to see him make the wrong decision in RPOs, and there are many that are excited to see what he does after Lamar Jackson was named 2019 NFL MVP.
There are some things working against Fields though. Not only is he in the same class as a generational talent, but there are doubts surrounding Ohio State quarterbacks after Dwayne Haskins has already been benched by Washington.
Oregon OT - Penei Sewell
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Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell opted out of the 2020 college football season and has already declared his intention to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. That decision isn’t expected to hinder his draft stock though, as almost every mock draft has Sewell listed as the best offensive lineman available in this year’s class.
Sewell became the first true sophomore ever to win the Outland Trophy last year. He has the size and athleticism teams desire at left tackle, and he was the second-best draft prospect according to ESPN entering the 2020 college football season.
We’ve seen two offensive tackles taken with the No. 1 pick in the last 13 drafts. Jake Long beat out Chris Long and Matt Ryan to be the first choice in the 2008 NFL Draft, and Eric Fisher was the top selection when there was no clear-cut elite quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft.
There is a possibility that Sewell is the first player taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is likely atop the draft board of any team not in need of a quarterback, so a team desperately in need of a standout offensive tackle like the Cincinnati Bengals might be hard-pressed to deal the pick if they covet Sewell.
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Players to Watch - 2021 NFL Draft
Taking Lawrence to be the first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft doesn't provide much return and while he's expected to go No. 1, it all depends on what team is selecting first.
There are other players to keep an eye on and we believe they could be used in this betting market and others as the seasons continue for both the NFL and College Football.
BYU QB - Zach Wilson
It’s been a banner year for BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Wilson turned a lot of heads as a freshman in 2018. However, he did not look like a future first-round pick as a sophomore, completing less of his passes despite having better protection.
He has surged into the Heisman Trophy conversation by completing 75 percent of his passes for 11.4 YPA with 21 touchdowns and two interceptions. His play under center has led the Cougars to an unbeaten start, and they have scored at least 41 points in seven of their first eight games.
Wilson is surely a longshot to be the No. 1 overall pick, but we saw a similar situation take place last year. A red-hot player (Joe Burrow) ended up supplanting the established favorite (Tua Tagovailoa) as the top pick in the NFL Draft, and Wilson has a chance to do the same although he is playing at a program with a lesser profile against worse competition.
Alabama WR - Devonta Smith
We've seen what Devonta Smith is capable of as the clear No. 1 choice in Alabama’s offense. In one standout game against Mississippi State, he caught 11 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns.
Smith will be QB Mac Jones’ top option the rest of the year with Jaylen Waddle out for the season with an ankle injury.
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Given the track record of Alabama receivers in the NFL, Smith has a slim chance of being the first receiver to be a No. 1 overall choice since Keyshawn Johnson in 1996.
However, make a note that former Tide WRs Julio Jones and Amari Cooper are potential Hall of Famers with a combined 12 Pro Bowl selections between them, and Calvin Ridley has shined alongside Jones in Atlanta.
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NFL Draft Order Process
- The NFL Draft order is determined by the standings at the end of the regular season
- The team with the worst record will select first in the NFL Draft and each team will follow up to the 20th selection
- The remaining 12 teams that qualified for the playoffs will be placed in order of their elimination during the postseason
NFL Draft History No. 1 Picks
Looking at the recent NFL Draft History, quarterbacks have been selected first in five of the last six drafts and nine of the last 12 going back to 2009.
NFL No. 1 Draft History
- 2020 - Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
- 2019 - Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
- 2018 - Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
- 2017 - Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
- 2016 - Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
- 2015 - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2014 - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans
- 2013 - Eric Fisher, T, Kansas City Chiefs
- 2012 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
- 2011 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
- 2010 - Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
- 2009 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
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