For the first time, fans can wager with Las Vegas sports books on the NFL Draft.
Here is a sampling of tonight’s odds, as posted by RJ Bell of Pregame.com [@RJinVegas on Twitter]
Leonard Fournette: 4.5 pick (will the LSU running back go before or after No. 4?)
Jonathan Allen: 4.5 pick
Christian McCaffrey: 8.5 pick
OJ Howard: 8.5 pick
Mike Williams: 9.5 pick
Mitchell Trubisky: 9.5 pick
Deshaun Watson: 12.5 pick
Corey Davis: 17.5 pick
John Ross: 18.5 pick
Patrick Mahomes: 22.5 pick
Over or Under
LSU players drafted in First Round: o/u 2.5
Total RBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total WRs drafted in First Round: o/u 3
Total QBs drafted in First Round: o/u 3.5
Alabama players drafted in First Round: o/u 4.5
Big 10 players drafted in First Round: o/u 6
Pac 12 players drafted in First Round: o/u 7
SEC players drafted in First Round: o/u 11
First overall pick
Myles Garrett -800
Mitch Trubisky +600
Any other player +1400
-600 that Leonard Fournette will be the first RB drafted
-400 that Trubisky will be the first QB drafted
-300 that at least one team will trade up into the top 5 picks
-200 that Mike Williams will be the first WR drafted
+150 that Solomon Thomas will be the second pick in the draft
5/1 if a placekicker is drafted in the first three rounds
6/1 if Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded on draft night
Hours before the NFL Draft, reports out of Cleveland indicate the Browns do, indeed, plan to take the overall top prospect, Myles Garrett, with the No. 1 pick.
Reports have been that the coaching staff wanted the Texas A&M star pass rusher all along, but that parts of the front office/ownership were more keen on North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
Trubisky is a home-town kid for Cleveland, a graduate of suburban Mentor High School and a former Mr. Ohio as the player of the year in the state.
Now the plan is to take Garrett No. 1 and then look into trading up from No. 12 — Cleveland’s second first-round selection — to grab Trubisky. Jacksonville, at No. 4, and Tennessee, at No. 5, are potential trade partners.
The only thing that could change the Browns’ thinking is if someone overwhelms them with a package for the No. 1 choice, or if the asking price to trade up for Trubisky gets too high.
Still, with owner Jimm Haslem and others seeing Trubisky, who started just 13 games at North Carolina, as a potential Bernie Kosar for Cleveland — you know, local boy comes home to save the franchise — you can pretty much bet on the Browns trading up for him.
Problem is, Trubisky is a player generally rated in the 20s and even 30s on most big boards. His upside may be of an Andy Dalton middle-of-the-pack NFL starter. But the Browns do need a quarterback, and Trubisky may be the best of a less-than-stellar bunch this year.
A savvy NFL team would probably either show patience and see which QB is available at No. 12 — or wait til next year when USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen figure to be available. Both are better prospects than any quarterback in this class.