The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was completed over videoconference on Thursday evening, offering punters a rare sports betting opportunity amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The absence of mainstream sports has seen many gamblers starved of live action over the past five weeks, which was predicted to make this a particularly attractive event for bettors.
Tua Tagovailoa’s exact draft position was one of the biggest question marks heading into the Draft, though the Alabama quarterback ended up being picked by Miami at #5, as was largely projected.
The Dolphins were the clear favorites to select Tagovailoa pre-Draft but were still available at a price of +100 with some bookmakers.
Following directly behind at #6 was the third quarterback to be picked, Justin Herbert, who joined the Los Angeles Chargers and was priced at around -110 to go at over 5.5. However, there was even greater value available on Herbert to join the Chargers specifically, priced at +140.
Darren Rovell ofwrote that the New York Giants’ decision to select Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the #4 pick took many by surprise. He was available at 14/1 (15.00) on April 14 to join the Giants, and a $400 wager with DraftKings at those odds returned a $6,000 profit.