Starting at the end of the Super Bowl until April, the NFL action in Las Vegas is concentrated in the football draft. It is the perfect setting as a celebration of one of the NFL's staple events. Anyway, meanwhile, the NFL betting odds are also available and you can bet on the games and the futures of the next season.
The 85th annual NFL draft will be a combination of the old: 255 of college football's finest players are selected over seven rounds, and the new: each selection will be transported on stage via a boat at the Caesars Forum convention center.
The Cincinnati Bengals will pick first while the Miami Dolphins hold the most picks with 12.
Players to watch
Keep an eye out for these bluechip prospects. NFL draft betting odds will have several of them as potential first overall picks and they are unlikely to go beyond the top-ten.
Joe Burrow (QB)
The consensus first-overall pick took 2019 by the horns earning himself a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship final MVP for leading LSU to a title. Not even the Bungles can be dysfunctional enough to pass on him although stranger things have happened!
Tua Tagovailoa (QB)
He was the consensus top quarterback until a devastating injury all but derailed his hopes of becoming the top pick. Still, reports indicate he is making great progress with his recovery and he is still a bluechip prospect. Expect a team like the Dolphins or the Chargers to make a play for him.
Chase Young (Edge)
Young is the best prospect in this draft and will surely be the first player chosen by a team that doesn't need a quarterback. The OSU product is 6'5", 265 lbs. had a dominant 2019 and collected a glut of awards. Edge rushers are the superstars of the defence and Young has the makings of being the next big thing.
Jeff Okudah (CB)
Overshadowed by his more prestigious Buckeye teammate, Okudah is still a top prospect and could be the best player on the secondary for an anemic defensive team like the Redskins or Cardinals. Okudah is rangy and big for a corner and checks everything off the list. He'll also be a star in his position.
Andrew Thomas (OT)
Linemen are usually underexposed in the draft, but Thomas is one who teams won't miss. He was impressive as a freshman and helped Georgia produce one of the best rushing attacks in college football. Then he moved to the blindside and was just as effective. Any team hungry to bolster their o-line will take him first.
Schedule: When and where is the 2020 NFL draft
The 2020 NFL draft takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 23 to 25, 2020. It will be the 85th edition of this annual draft. This is the full schedule of events:
April 23: Draft Red Carpet
April 23: Round 1
April 24: Round 2 and 3
April 25: Round 4 to 7
The NFL draft will be broadcasted by several TV networks mainly on the NFL Network. ESPN and ABC will also be broadcasting.
You can catch the NFL draft via a multitude of ways. Here are all the ways you can watch:
Mobile & tablet
Connected TV devices
The NFL Network also goes behind-the-scenes and inside war rooms to provide additional coverage of all things draft related. If you're into NFL draft betting, you'll want to know every detail concerning the draft. Being able to watch on mobile and bet on mobile is also a key to success.
The NFL draft odds usually feature which player gets picked first and/or what position and that can be a bit boring sometimes, so enter the NFL draft prop bets: an exotic collection of other zany NFL draft betting odds. This is the nitty-gritty and if you're an NFL draft connoisseur, take your pick of the litter.
This prop is straightforward and asks which player gets taken in what round. The first is a given, but this can go down through second and third but rarely past these.
A team-specific prop is centred on what and who a team drafts. It may include all the teams but is usually limited to the teams with the highest picks. Think of it as a pick-specific prop but for a particular team.
You'll also find more player-specific prop bets, particularly on the big names in the draft. For the 2020 NFL draft, that will likely be Joe Burrows and Tua Tagovailoa. Props include which teams will draft them when they will be drafted, and an over/under total of when they will be drafted.
More over/under totals can be found such as how many players will be drafted from a specific position. The positions are usually the high-profile ones like quarterback and running back but can extend to any position depending on the bookmaker.
College conference props
Tied closely to college, look at the power-5 conferences and guess how many picks each conference will produce in round 1 or in total. These conferences are usually the ones with the big schools, the ones who duke it out at the national stage and in College Football bowls.
NFL prop bets can be tricky to find but books like William Hill have been known to feature prop bets.
Predicting the NFL draft is a tall task and NFL draft betting is an even taller affair. Making profit with NFL draft bets can be a challenge, especially going past the obvious top choice (which will be juiced and yield little return on investment).
Outside of doing research, you'll need to beat bettors to the sportsbooks once you key in on new information. This would mean you also need to find the top sportsbooks, which lay out the NFL draft odds earlier than the rest.
You can compare sportsbooks by visiting each one and listing their odds. It can be an arduous process, but an alternative is to look through Canada Sports Betting to find the NFL betting sites' trends. This can translate to how they tackle their NFL draft betting odds.