Betting on the NFL Combine

You know just how big NFL betting really is when sportsbooks release an entire page of player prop bet options for the annual NFL Combine. Over the past few years, this week-long event has turned into a major conversation piece for sports bettors this time of the year.

College basketball is heading into its biggest month. Its crunch time in the NBA and NHL for playoff position. Yet, NFL action junkies are more concerned with former Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb’s time in the 40-yard dash.

 


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By the way, the OVER/UNDER for that prop is 4.54 seconds with the betting odds set at -120 for either bet.


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Okay, I get it. The NFL is still the reining champ when it comes to generating online sports betting revenue. Following the NFL Combine, there will be an entire set of props covering player free agency signings starting on March 18.

If you are looking for some NFL action this week, the organized workouts for college players entering the 2020 NFL draft got underway on Monday and it runs right through Sunday, March 1. If you are looking for highlights of the workout schedule, here are the days and positions covered:

- Thursday, Feb. 27 - Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

- Friday, Feb. 28 - Running Backs, Offensive Linemen, Kickers and Special Teams

- Saturday, Feb. 29 - Defensive Linemen, Linebackers

- Sunday, March 1 - Defensive Backs

If you are looking for ways to bet on the proceedings, simply go to your favorite online sportsbook to see what options are available on the NFL board. Some online books go all out for this player’s combine with a grocery list of propositions.

 


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The talk of this year’s draft is former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Coming off a season for the ages with a national title for his team and a Heisman Trophy for his award case, he is projected to be the No. 1 overall selection when the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock with that first pick. 

One of the biggest props to bet on is a player’s time in the 40. Speed is the top measure for every skill position and the OVER/UNDER for Burrow has been set at 4.81 seconds with -120 odds for either bet.

Quarterbacks are also the premier story at the player combines and at the draft. Jalen Hurts, who also played for Oklahoma this past season is expected to be the fastest quarterback among the top prospects. His 40 time has been set at 4.58 seconds with -200 odds he will run slower than that time. The odds he runs a faster 40 are +150.

Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is also expected to go high in the draft. His 40 time to beat has been set at 4.71 seconds. The heavy -400 odds say he is not that fast. The odds he does break this mark are set at +250.

Consulting any player’s detailed stat sheet should reveal some past 40 times they have already run.

This 40 run is indoors under controlled conditions to deliver a fast track. Betting the OVER/UNDER on any player’s time could basically come down to a coin flip. The actual lean should probably go to plus-money odds to boost your overall return.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports. It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games during quite a few pretty dismal seasons. I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 37 years later and am I still waiting patiently for my favorite team to bring home the Super Bowl title my dad never got to celebrate.