How to win at betting on the NFL Draft – Tips and tricks

You can beat the NFL draft.

You should pay attention to the last sentence's third word. It doesn't mean you can “bet on” the NFL draft. Anyone can do that. You can “beat” NFL draft. That is, you can make money betting on the annual job fair of the National Football League.

This is a fascinating assertion that you should ponder. You are not likely to be a professional gambler, so it is unlikely that you will make a substantial profit for a long time. A small number of people can beat tight markets like the NFL. This is evident from the large sample size. The juice, as well as the attention given to injuries and lines by the bookmakers, ensure that only the most skilled people are able to win over the three, five, and ten-year periods of professional football betting.

However, the NFL draft is an entirely different beast.

The warning “Any Given Sunday” is ominous and exists because of a reason. Urban Meyer's 1-6 Jacksonville JaguarsThe upset Buffalo BillsLast season, the team finished 9-6, despite being 14.5-point underdogs. It exists because of the Cincinnati BengalsThe 2021 campaign was opened at 75-1 to win AFC. He went on to win it. No matter how accurate your information or how skilled your handicapping is, any National Football League team and total can make the transition from betting slips to low-grade toilet papers, regardless of how much they know.

This may surprise you, but it's not true with the NFL draft.

It was an obvious example: Clemson quarterback Clemson had won it 100 percent last spring. Trevor LawrenceWith the first overall pick, he was headed to Jacksonville Jaguars. Everyone knew it. Guess what? It was possible to bet on whether that would happen. You had to bet a lot to win a little but the fact remained: There was a genuine, bona fide certain thing on the board.

Do you long to have Grays Sports Almanac just like Biff Tanner? Welcome to “Back to the Future Part II.”

These are some helpful tips and tricks to help you navigate Thursday's NFL Draft. Notice that I said “Thursday.” This doesn't mean that “any given Sunday” applies.

The insiders are the best

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, a New York City-based ESPN Insider, appeared on SportsCenter to update the audience on his hearings just two hours before the 2013 NFL draft began. A note from West Virginia's wide receiver was found near the end. Tavon AustinWould not be taken past the ninth selection, which belonged at the New York Jets.

My brain started to ring immediately. Austin's over/under proposition was 12.5. Under bets could cash if the pass-catcher was picked before the 13th pick. (Over bets would be paid if Austin was 13th or later). I immediately called my friend, who has access to several sportsbook accounts, to relay the information. I was hesitant at first to place a substantial wager on this information as the juice on 12.5 was close to -250 at time of our conversation. To put this in perspective, we would need to take on $2,500 to make $1,000 profit.

I explained that Adam Schefter was an insider who didn't go on air to throw poop at the wall. Schefter stated that it was actually happening.

Austin was selected eighth overall by St. Louis Rams just two hours later.

However, not all reports from every reporter contain actionable information. Don't get distracted trying to find bets that don't exist. Instead, you should do something rare and uncommon in our day and age: Listen. A deluge potential actionable intelligence is available the day before and day following the first round. One or two golden nuggets are all you need.

Mock drafts and team needs are studied

This one is obvious, but I have to mention it nonetheless as it led to a significant score that you'll learn about in the next section. Let's sum it up: First, familiarize yourself with the top 2 or 3 needs for each 32 team and then go through mock drafts so you can get an idea of who could fulfill those needs. The example of the Detroit Lions selected Oregon OT Penei SewellThe seventh overall draft pick from last year will be paired with the 2016 first round pick Taylor Decker(OT, Ohio State), who will be under contract until the 2024 season. Therefore, it is unlikely that the Lions would choose North Carolina State's OT Ikem Elonu or Alabama's OT Evan Neal as their second overall selection.

Warning: Mock drafts must be studied and not just banked on. A good mock draft could capture 10 of the 32 first round picks. Mock drafts are not meant to be used as an additional research tool to determine which players are considered the best.

This is unless Rick Gosselin (formerly of The Dallas Morning News) decides to retire from mock draft retirement and share his wisdom with us. Rick was the only person who mocked Washington's quarterback Jake Locker. Tennessee Titans8 in 2011. 8.

Connect the dots

Just before the start the 2011 NFL Draft, there was a supper.Denver Broncos general manager John Elway told reporters that his team intended to select Texas A&M pass-rusher Von MillerWith the second overall pick, any clubs interested to trade up for the pick should phone.

This statement opened up a lucrative betting opportunity for those who could see the connections and predict the ripple effect of Denver's planned course of action.

Let's begin with what people thought before Elway made his comments. Carolina was targeting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton as their target for the first pick. This sentiment was not in doubt during the week leading to the big day. Thus, the draft began with pick No. 2, the consensus opinion being that Denver would select an Alabama defensive tackle Marcell DareusMiller was No. 3. Both teams needed help with their respective defensive front sevens.

Elway's comments turned the tables on this narrative, and thus, the odds of which player would finish second overall. These comments opened up a window of one to two hours during which the bookmakers did not make necessary corrections. Miller to the Broncos at Number. Miller to the Broncos at No. Surprisingly, 3 was priced at 8-1. 8-1, which essentially means that there is an 11.1% chance of a certain event happening, is what the conversions mean. Due to the extensive research done on both the team and mock drafts, Dareus was more likely to land in Buffalo than Miller.

What were the top three picks of the 2013 NFL Draft?

1. Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers

2. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

3. Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo Bills

This is a reminder that even a single piece of information may have wider implications, and it's within these wider ramifications that winning bets can often be made.

A bet worth considering

Is it possible to imagine a betting column that didn't include at least one wager worth considering?

I strongly recommend the following: The total Pac-12 players selected for the first round: 4 (Over-125, Below-110).

It's Oregon pass-rusher, as I see it. Kayvon ThibodeauxUSC receiver Drake LondonWashington cornerback Trent McDuffieUtah linebacker Devin LloydAll three are headed to the first round, which gives us a chance in the worst case scenario. Washington cornerback Kyler GordonIs the X factor. He is a common model for some, while others see him as the X factor.

It feels like a freeroll to my ears.

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