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Updated 40 Yards of Gold Odds: Ted Ginn Favored Among Offensive Players, Jalen Myrick Favored Among Defensive Players

Marquise Goodwin, wide receiver of the San Francisco 49ers
Marquise Goodwin is one of 16 players who will be taking part in the 40 Yards of Gold this weekend. Photo by Rick Scuteri (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • The 40 Yards of Gold taking place on Saturday, June 29, 2019 is a sprinting tournament for football players with some free time this weekend
  • The event will pit 16 speedsters against each other in head-to-head matchups
  • New Orleans Saints’ WR Ted Ginn Jr is the favorite on the offensive side of the ball, while unsigned corner Jalen Myrick leads the defense

Despite the skepticism of many, 40 Yards of Gold will, in fact, be going ahead this weekend on Saturday, June 29. Sure, the bracket to determine “pro football’s fastest man” only has half its participants currently on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t matter to us; all that matters is the betting possibilities.

When we last examined the odds, the field was reportedly 24 players. That number has shrunk to 16. Apparently some NFL teams weren’t too keen on risking their player’s health on what is essentially a playground race hosted by Chad Ochocinco (or is it Johnson now? I can’t keep track).

40 Yards of Gold Tournament Offense Winner Odds

Player Odds
Ted Ginn Jr +250
Alvin Kamara +300
Jeff Badet +300
Marquise Goodwin +500
Kevin Snead +600
Richie James +750
Robby Anderson +1000
Jacoby Ford +1000

*All odds taken as of 6/27/19

That smaller pool just means your odds of picking a winner have improved. And considering this event is $40 on Pay-Per-View, you’ll want to net some return if you’re watching. So let’s examine some odds.

Shocked to see a 34-year-old man at the top of the leaderboard for a speed contest? I was too. But Ginn Jr.’s straight-line speed is the only reason we can still refer to him as a current NFLer. Still, this a wide-open field and betting a younger specimen is the way to go here.

Ginn Jr is a veteran and that means he knows he doesn’t need to be in tip top shape at this point of the calendar. I don’t like his chances of lasting three straight races in the middle of his offseason. Meanwhile, this is the kind of speed Marquise Goodwin showed up to camp with last year.

Goodwin’s side of the bracket is the unknown or unproven kids. But while they’ll be eager for the chance to prove themselves, I’ll side with the former Olympian.

Pick: Goodwin (+500)

40 Yards of Gold Tournament Defense Winner Odds

Player Odds
Jalen Myrick +200
Donte Jackson +250
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie +350
Terrell SinkField +600
John Franklin III +700
Rashard Robinson +800
Trae Waynes +1000
Charles James II +1000

The idea that this contest is for bragging rights is ultimately laughable when you look at this defensive field.

If a guy like Jalen Myrick does win the defensive side of the bracket, can he really talk trash to a two-time Pro Bowler like DRC or a budding star like Donte Jackson? Teams already knew the Golden Gopher was fast after his blazing 4.28 40-time at the combine. It’s not like he’ll suddenly stick on an NFL roster after this.

So considering this figures to be his last chance at the spotlight and the fact that he is just two years removed from that 40-time, the kid with a chip on his shoulder is worth a play.

Pick: Myrick (+150) 

First-Round Matchup Odds

Player Odds
Ted Ginn Jr -250
Jacoby Ford +170

It would be so Tedd Ginn to figuratively drop the ball here.

Pick: Ford (+170)

First-Round Matchup Odds

Player Odds
Trae Waynes -120
Donte Jackson -120

Let’s go with Trae Waynes here. He has excellent closing speed, ran a 4.31 at his combine and he needs to impress other teams, since he’s in every Vikings trade rumor this offseason.

Pick: Waynes (-120)

Offense vs Defense Odds

Who Will Win the 40 Yards of Gold Tournament? Odds
Offensive Player -130
Defensive Player -110

This has the feeling of the NBA Skills Contest when the bigs started going against the guards. Always go with the side of the ball that is getting slighted. Any level of motivation is helpful in a mid-summer screw around like this.

Pick: Defense (-110)

Odds Anyone Will Run Faster Than 4.29 Seconds?

Result Odds
Yes +100
No -140

While Myrick did break that mark at his combine, most players are prepping for months for that showcase. I’m guessing most of these players are in the same boat as me and just found out about this event this week.

Pick: No (-140)

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