With 2017 NFL draft odds now available, pro football fans and betting enthusiasts everywhere can now continue their offseason love affair with the most popular sport in North America while adding to the annual betting bankroll long before the start of the 2017 regular season.
The Cleveland Browns have first pick and the Dawg Pound hopeful are praying that the brain trust can avoid another Johnny Football fiasco when the draft takes place on Thursday, April 27th
Thanks to the expert picks that you’re about to get on some of the more intriguing 2017 NFL Draft odds that are currently on the board, you could very well add to your summer travel funds in a big way. Now, let’s get down to business.
NFL Draft Props Are Available – And Here are the Picks!
What: 2017 NFL Draft
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Stream: Watch ESPN
Number of Alabama players selected in Round 1
Over 4.5 (-140)
Under 4.5 (+120)
Analysis: Defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard, linebacker Reuben Foster and cornerback Marlon Humphrey are all expected to go in the first round and in the order I just picked. I guess it’s possible that another Crimson Tide player could sneak into the first round, but I don’t see it right now.
Pick: Under 4.5 Players
Number of LSU players selected in Round 1
Over 2.5 (+110)
Under 2.5 (-130)
Analysis: Safety Jamal Adams is projected to go as high as third overall while running back Leonard Fournette is also expected to go in the top 10 picks. Cornerback Tre’Davious White is also expected to go later in the first round, giving the Tigers three first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. Play the Over.
Pick: Over 2.5 Players
Number of SEC players selected in Round 1
Over 11.5 (EVEN)
Under 11.5 (-120)
Analysis: Starting with Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and ending with Missouri hybrid linebacker/defensive end Charles Harris, I’m expecting a whopping 13 SEC players – and 12 minimum – to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Pick: Over 11.5 Players
Round 1 conference matchup
SEC players -5.5 (-110)
Pac-12 players +5.5 (-110)
Analysis: Stanford’s Solomon Hill and Christian McCaffery, along with Washington wideout John Ross, head up a group of what I believe will be five, Pac-12 players at most, to get drafted in the first round. Bet the SEC -5.5 layers to cover the spread here with room to spare!
Pick: SEC -5.5 Players
Round 1 conference matchup
SEC players -4.5 (-110)
Big Ten players +4.5 (-110)
Analysis: Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk, Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt, all going in the first round, Still, that leaves the Big Ten at least five players shy of what I expect to be a minimum of 12 SEC players taken in the first round.
Pick: SEC -4.5 Players
Round 1 conference matchup
Pac-12 players +0.5 (+130)
Big Ten players -0.5 (-150)
Analysis: The Pac-12 is projected to have four players selected in the first round (Solomon Thomas, John Ross, Garrett Bolles and Takkarist McKinley) and no more than five, while seven Big Ten players will likely go in the draft’s opening round.
Pick: Big Ten -0.5 Players
More offensive or defensive players selected in Round 1
Offensive players +5.5 (-120)
Defensive players -5.5 (EVEN)
Doesn’t include: Kickers, punters, long snappers
Analysis: This is going to be a fairly close wager, but in the end, I’ve got 19 defensive players going in the first round and 13 offensive players. Defensive players look like they’ll dominate the top third and bottom third of this year’s NFL Draft, but not enough to cover the 5.5-player spread.
Pick: Offensive Players +5.5
Round of first place-kicker taken
Rounds 1-3 +240
Rounds 4-7 -280
If no PK is selected, bet is a refund
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round a year ago, but that marked the first time a kicker has been chosen in the first three rounds in 11 years. Only two kickers have been chosen in the first three rounds since 2001, but there is a strong sentiment that Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez could go in the second or third round, especially seeing as how making extra points ha now become an issue for so many kickers. Maybe it’s me, but I think Gonzalez looks special enough to warrant a third round pick by some kicking-staved franchise.
Pick: Rounds 1-3
Number of QBs selected in Round 1
Over 3.5 (+140)
Under 3.5 (-160)
Analysis: Only four quarterbacks have a chance to go in the first round in North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II. However, with Mahomes II and Kizer being considered more of projects that will take longer to reach their full potential, I think only Trubisky and Watson will go in the first round. Having said that, If I owned the first pick in this year’s draft, I’d seriously consider taking Watson, who, in my mind, ha a ton of superstar potential.
Pick: Under 3.5
Number of RBs selected in Round 1
Over 2.5 (-160)
Under 2.5 (+140)
Analysis: I’ll get right to the point by saying that I will be completely stunned if LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffery and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook aren’t all drafted in the first round.