The NFL Draft is right around the corner.
Although the league canceled all of the in-person events in Las Vegas over COVID-19 concerns, the draft will still go on as scheduled from April 23-25.
The NFL hasn’t announced an official decision on the format for this year’s draft since it won’t be in person. However, the league is reportedly moving towards having the draft in a studio setting.
Despite the changes to the event’s format, Indiana’s sportsbooks are continuing to gear up for betting on the draft.
Joe Burrow and quarterback Draft betting
Joe Burrow is by far the favorite to become the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals own the first pick, and drafting LSU’s golden boy could solve some problems.
After a tough start to the season, the Bengals benched veteran quarterback Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley. That tryout period didn’t exactly go well for Finley, as the team still finished with a league-worst 2-14 record.
It’s widely excepted that Cincinnati will take Burrow to plug that quarterback hole.
Right now, FanDuel has Burrow at -3,500 to be the first pick, while PointsBet has him at -3,334. DraftKings and BetRivers have Burrow as the -10,000 favorite to be the first quarterback selected in the draft.
Other quarterback-specific bets are also available for Hoosiers.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa will likely be a top pick in the draft, but it isn’t clear which team will end up taking him.
Sportsbooks are taking bets on which team will draft Tua. Here’s a look at the odds for each team according to FanDuel:
- Miami Dolphins:-150
- Las Angeles Chargers:+195
- Washington Redskins:+340
- Las Vegas Raiders:+1,500
- Detroit Lions:+1,600
- Carolina Panthers:+1,900
- Jacksonville Jaguars:+2,000
- Cincinnati Bengals: +2,100
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +2,400
Right now, you can also bet the over/under on Tagovailoa’s draft position. FanDuel has the total set at 2.5, with the over at -300 and the under at +220.
Over/under betting is also available for the total number of quarterbacks to be drafted in the first round. BetRivers and FanDuel have things set at 4.5 for interested bettors. Both sportsbooks have under 4.5 as the heavy favorite.
Chase Young and defensive player betting
Clemson stomped out Ohio State’s championship aspirations last season in the College Football Playoff.
Despite a disappointing end to their year, Ohio State fans can at least look forward to seeing star defensive end Chase Young get selected in this year’s draft.
Young made the most of his junior year at OSU and was nominated for the Heisman Trophy, which is a rare honor for defensive players.
Now, Young will likely be a top pick in the NFL draft.
A lot of the available bets for Young are similar to the options for Tua. Right now, BetRivers has Young as the overwhelming -5,000 favorite to become the first defensive lineman drafted.
Young is still the favorite to become the first defensive player drafted, although his lead in that category isn’t quite as massive. Here’s a look at those odds, according to DraftKings.
- Chase Young: -2,000
- Jeffrey Okudah: +600
- Isaiah Simmons: +1,200
- Derrick Brown: +3,300
- Javon Kinlaw: +10,000
- K’lavon Chaisson: +15,000
- C.J. Henderson: +15,000
- Yetur Gross-Matos: +25,000
Similarly to Tagovailoa, DraftKings also has odds on which team will end up drafting Young. Young is the favorite to become the second overall pick.
- Washington Redskins: -375
- Detriot Lions: +250
- New York Giants: +1,200
- Cincinnati Bengals: +1,600
- Miami Dolphins: +1,600
- Jacksonville Jaguars: +5,000
- LA Chargers: +5,000
- Arizona Cardinals: +6,600
Other NFL Draft betting options
Although Burrow, Tagovailoa, and Young are probably some of the more popular specials to bet on, there are still plenty of other options.
Specials on tight ends, receivers, offensive lineman, and other positions are also available.
You can even bet on which school will have the most players taken in the draft. Right now, Alabama is the -155 favorite.
Taking that to the next level, betting on the conference with the most players selected is also an option.
Indiana’s online sportsbooks are all offering different versions of those bets. There’s a lot to choose from, such as the most players from a certain conference to be picked in the top 16 of the first round, the first round totals for each conference, and the overall number of players selected from each conference throughout the entire draft.
Those are just a few examples of what Indiana’s sportsbooks are offering right now on the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the actual event, it’s likely that bettors will have even more options to pick from than there are right now.