- A series of prop bets have been released relating to the 2020 NFL Draft, which will be held online due to the Coronavius shutdown of public gatherings
- How will the NFL Draft play out in a virtual world without the usual bells and whistles that come with the live event?
- All of the analysis, odds and predictions on these wagers follows in the story below
The NFL Draft, much like every other event in the sports world, changed in an instant thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
It’s had a similar impact on the prop wagers that are on offer about the draft.
Originally, plans for the draft called for the event to be held outside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. As part of the schematics for the event, players would’ve been shuttled to and from the stage by boat past the famous Bellagio fountains upon announcement of their selection.
At the time, there was a prop bet on offer as to whether any draftee would end up in the water.
Naturally, COVID-19 put an end to those plans and that wager. This changing landscape saw sportsbooks quickly alter plans to instead offer props relating to the virtual world of the online draft that will be taking place.
2020 NFL Draft Prop Bets
|Prop||Over Odds||Under Odds|
|Highest Number of People In The Same Room||Over 9.5 -175||Under 9.5 +135|
|Total Cats Shown During First Round||Over 0.5 -120||Under 0.5 -120|
|Total Dogs Shown During First Round||Over 3.5 -120||Under 3.5 -120|
|Prop||Yes Odds||No Odds|
|Will Any Draftee Be Shown Drinking Beer?||-430||+300|
|Will Any Draftee Pop Champagne?||-1700||+600|
|Will Any Draftee Experience Local Technical Difficulties?||-350||+225|
|Will Any Draftee Put On The Wrong Team Hat?||+300||-500|
Odds taken April 6th.
There are also a series of traditional props to be wagered on relating to such aspects as where certain players will be selected during the draft process.
Do Not Adjust Your Set
Television has entered into a brave, new world of broadcasting thanks to COVID-19. Actually, circumstances have pushed the networks into this new realm of online production of live shows.
If you’ve been watching, technical glitches are commonplace.
The world wide web belongs to everyone. Even major networks can’t control who’s accessing it, or how strong and consistent their signal will prove to be while on air.
For the NFL draft, EA Sports will create a virtual moment of each prospect walking out to meet commissioner Roger Goodell, and draftees will get to give a $2,500 grant to a high school football program of their choice, per @RapSheet pic.twitter.com/0t23UKaUwc
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) April 3, 2020
Bill Maher did his HBO show Real Time from his backyard last week. Guests included Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. There were words dropped. Questions went unheard and required repeating. Audio and video faded in and out.
The NFL set up a Madden tournament last week with eight of its players. One of the entrants, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, lost his game by default when he couldn’t get his game console to play.
Basically, with GMs and HCs and other team personnel ensconced in their homes for the April 23-25 draft, the NFL Draft will be conducted a lot like your fantasy football draft.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2020
You know, kind of like the 49ers in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 54.
If you don’t believe that there are going to be technical glitches during the NFL Draft, you really haven’t been paying attention.
Pick: Yes (-350)
Dog Day Afternoon
Expect to see a lot of dogs. Big, burly, manly-type dogs. This is the NFL after all, where real men have real dogs and Shih Tzus and Pomeranians will be hidden away in a back room. You have to ensure that no one knows that All-American offensive tackle actually has himself a little wee prissy puppy.
— Sparty Fans (@SpartyFans) April 3, 2020
It’s the same with cats. NFLers aren’t supposed to be cat people. Carole Baskin, she’s cat people.
But cats are individuals. They do their own thing. At least one of them will find a way to sneak into the picture.
Count on it. Bet on it.
Pick: Over 3.5 dogs (-120); Over 0.5 cats (-120)
Pop That Cork
Being selected in the NFL Draft is the moment every college player dreams of living. It’s what all the years of hard work were about. The many sacrifices were made so that they could live out a fantasy becoming a reality.
The @NFL officially notified clubs that they’ll have to “conduct their Draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”
As a design junkie, I’m begging: please don’t send out the same backdrop. I want to see kitchens and living rooms and dens!
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 6, 2020
Does anyone honestly think someone isn’t going have the bubbly on ice?
Corks will be popped somewhere, and the cameras – even if it’s a web cam – will capture that moment.
Pick: Yes (+600)
Who Will The No. 1 Overall Pick Hug First?
You’ve seen those Chunky Soup commercials with the NFL players. Who brings New York Giants Saquon Barkley his bowl of soup on the bench?
It’s his mom.
Dad may have been the one driving him to practice but it’s mom who provided the encouragement and nourished the dream, both in reality and in a metaphysical sense.
When it comes time for an embrace, mom’s the word.
Pick: Mom (+125)
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