The first round of the NFL Draft takes place on April 28, which means it’s time to focus on the betting opportunities that exist in the market.
On a recent episode of The Action Network Podcast, NFL expert Chris Raybon was joined by contributor and NFL Draft maven Scott Smith to break down their best early bets to make.
In such a fluid market, it’s important to get involved early instead of waiting as odds tend to move.
Here are the five early bets (plus a bonus) the duo has already made on the NFL Draft.
Derek Stingley Jr. Under 10.5 (-105)
The LSU cornerback’s stock has jumped around, once looking like a potential No. 1 overall pick and then sliding due to injuries.
But after an impressive pro day, this line is already on the move. Still, the duo likes this pick at 10.5.
Washington is mentioned as a possibility to go with him, or a team may trade up to grab the talented corner.
Kayvon Thibodeaux Over 5.5 (-118) & 2nd Overall at +400
You read that right. Going No. 2 is a potential fit for the Oregon lineman, but sliding a bit could happen, too. This is a way to grab value on both numbers.
If you size it right, a bettor can profit off him going No. 2 overall or sliding to sixth or worse.
Kenny Pickett First QB Taken (+140)
This market seems to come down to Pittsburgh’s Pickett or Malik Willis out of Liberty. No. 6 is a possibility with the Carolina Panthers needing a long-term answer at the position.
Will Willis slide? There’s no undisputed top quarterback prospect on the board, so there could be value on the plus-money with Pickett.
Over 5.5 WRs Drafted in Round 1 (+120)
USC’s Drake London and Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson could be gone early. Alabama’s Jameson Williams and Ohio State’s Chris Olave are options, too.
Add in the factor that wide receivers are getting paid at the top of the market, and teams could be interested in drafting receivers earlier to get them locked in on 4-year rookie deals.
Over 4.5 Defensive Backs Taken in Round 1 (+120)
Moving to the other side of the ball, Smith has another plus-money option. The landscape is changing on offense, which means the defense has to adjust, too.
There are specific needs late in the first round for secondary help. That could get this number over the hump.
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