It won’t be business as usual at the 2020 NFL Draft. The event, slated for April 23-25, was supposed to be held at the lavish Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Instead, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the event will be held online, with NFL executives and potential draftees self-isolating at home.
Nonetheless, that hasn’t prevented US sportsbook apps from coming up with the usual crop of intriguing prop bets on the draft. Some are draft related, while others are based on outcomes caused by the unusual course this year’s draft has been forced to take.
Let’s look at some of more intriguing 2020 NFL Draft prop bets and odds on offer.
First Wide Receiver Drafted (Bet365 NJ)
There’s a rich crop of wideouts in this year’s draft and no clear frontrunner. For the longest time, the battle to see who would be the first one to come off the board looked to be between Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy (5-6) and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb (5-4).
But a late entry into the race, and one worth considering at a price, is speed merchant Henry Ruggs III (4-1), Jeudy’s Alabama teammate.
Tua Tagovailoa Draft Position (William Hill NJ)
A year ago at this time, Alabama quarterback Tagvailoa was the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
A season-ending dislocated hip not only squandered that opportunity, it left his NFL future in doubt. Adding further to the uncertainty over Tua is the coronavirus, which has prevented him traveling to work out for teams. The total on his draft position is 3.5. You’ll get odds of -110 whether you bet the over or the under.
Position of Mr. Irrelevant (DraftKings NJ)
The final player chosen in the draft is handed the handle of Mr. Irrelevant. Every year since 1976, that year’s Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to spend a week in Newport Beach, Calif.
Why are we named Mr. Irrelevant?— Mr. Irrelevant: A Draft Podcast (@IrrelevantDraft) April 6, 2020
Every year, the NFL Draft’s last pick is dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant”.
This player is treated to a trip to Disneyland, a golf tournament, a regatta, a roast, and is given the epic Lowsman Trophy, opposite of the Heisman.
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They are treated to a golf tournament, a regatta, a trip to Disneyland, and a roast is held in his honor, where he is presented with the Lowsman Trophy. The prop is on what position will Mr. Irrelevant 2020 play? Offense is worth -121 and defense +100. But if you go with kicker/punter/long snapper, that offers odds of +1400.
Match Bets (FanDuel NJ)
FanDuel’s sportsbook is offering odds on a series of head-to-head match bets where you’re asked to wager on which player will go first.
Among the more interesting pairings is Washington QB Jacob Eason (-176) against Georgia QB Jake Fromm (+138). It was Fromm who beat out Eason for the Georgia job, causing the latter to transfer to the Huskies.
More First Round Picks: Offensive Line Or Defensive Line?
Will NFL teams go whole hog for offensive lineman, or will defensive linemen rule the day? Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young is expected to go second overall to the Washington Redskins.
Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton are both highly-rated. The O-line gets odds of 1.61, while the D-Line is set at a betting line of 2.35.