Michigan Sharp compiled a few of the best NFL Draft prop bets at Michigan sportsbooks ahead of Thursday night’s first round. Only the NFL can turn a first-year player selection process into the spectacle that it is. That’s wonderful news for bettors, however, who will have plenty of wagering options across Michigan’s sports betting apps.
We’re focusing on FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook for this particular piece. However, it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. Bettors shouldn’t hesitate to check BetMGM Sportsbook and Caesars Sportsbook as well. Both are quality mobile sportsbook apps that will provide new bettors with attractive welcome bonuses.
Best NFL Draft Prop Bets At Michigan Sportsbooks
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FanDuel lists Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal and North Carolina State OT Ikem Ekwonu with +270 and +200 odds, respectively, to land in the top three on Thursday night. There is a lot of discussion about various edge rushers flying off the board early. However, between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, there are a pair of prime candidates to bolster their front lines. For bettors who anticipate conventional wisdom to play out, the plus-money odds on the drafts’ top offensive linemen are attractive.
From a big picture perspective, the Jaguars’ selection could provide insight into who has the greatest influence on personnel decisions. There’s chatter that GM Trent Baalke and owner Shad Khan disagree on the top choice. Meanwhile, it would make complete sense for the Jags’ newly-minted head coach Doug Pederson to covet a left tackle to protect Trevor Lawrence’s blind side.
DraftKings has tempting odds for those who remain convinced that defense will rule the top of the draft. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Georgia DE Travon Walker are widely considered the top defensive prospects available. Bettors can get +130 odds on those three going off the board first in any order.
Let’s take the edge-rusher angle one step further.
Michigan’s Hutchinson, the consensus No. 1 pick for the majority of the draft process is +140 at DraftKings to be the first name called and +150 at FanDuel. Now, it’s no secret that steam is building behind Walker going at No. 1, but Hutchinson’s long reign as presumptive No. 1 shouldn’t be shrugged aside. Especially with chatter that he’s the preference of owner Khan.
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Wide receivers Garrett Wilson (Ohio State), Drake London (Southern California), and Jameson Williams (Alabama) — the top three receivers in this class — are -250, +100, and +150 on FanDuel, respectively, to go off the board in the top 10. The New York Jets and the equally wide receiver-needy Atlanta Falcons combine for three picks in the top 10, so the scenario appears ripe for a receiver to be selected this early. In a vacuum, Wilson may be the safest of the three to land in the top 10, but bettors would need to lay a relatively large number.
The last two draft classes were especially deep at wide receiver, and this season’s class garnered similar accolades initially. However, before bettors base their decision on the perception of another surplus at the position, they should consider a few things.
One, there has been discussion throughout the pre-draft process that this class ultimately isn’t as good as the past two drafts. And two, with the money top wide receivers are garnering, not only in salary but in trade assets, teams in the receiver market will want to have five years of cost control. That requires using a first-round selection.
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Total First Round Quarterbacks Drafted Under 2.5 (+190, DraftKings)
“The quarterbacks always move up the draft board” is (a version of) the old adage regarding first-round signal-callers. Liberty’s Malik Willis has received the most consistent first-round consideration throughout the pre-draft process. And there are a couple of teams who appear desperate for fresh blood under center. The plus-money odds are attractive enough to roll the dice on the ‘under’.
Detroit Lions to Draft Malik Willis (+350, DraftKings)
These are the third shortest odds at DraftKings. The expectation is the Lions will address their defensive line with their first selection. The Lions have two first-round selections though. Willis falling to No. 32 may be a bit unlikely. However, the Lions have the ammo to move up if they want to anoint their “Quarterback of the Future”.
6.5 Big Ten Players Drafted (FanDuel)
FanDuel posts odds for the ‘over’ at -138 and ‘under’ at +104. The Big Ten has produced highly regarded prospects at wide receiver, offensive line, and defensive line. Bettors who anticipate Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson to sneak into the top 32 may want to race to the ‘over’ before the odds shrink any further.
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