Are you looking for some surprise money-making picks in the year’s NFL draft?
One opportunity could be in the running backs category, said John Shaw, sportsbook supervisor at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana.
To prepare for your NFL betting, Shaw said it’s unlikely a running back will be selected in the first round this year.
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In 2021, the Pittsburgh Steelers took Alabama running back Najee Harris in the first round, while the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Travis Etienne of Clemson in the same round.
This year, the over/under at Margaritaville on the total number of running backs taken in the first round is:
- Over 0.5: +145
- Under 0.5: -195
The Bossier City bookmaker said to go with the Under.
“Unlike last year with two running backs being taken, Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, I do not believe a running back goes in the first round,” Shaw told Gambling.com. “I would do under 0.5 total running backs in the first round.”
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Draft Loaded With Cornerbacks
The running backs category isn’t the only place bettors might find value.
The Barstool Sportsbook at Margaritaville has 16 pages of NFL draft options.
Buried in those pages are some potential hidden gems. One possible gem is in the cornerbacks category.
At Margaritaville, the Over-Under on the total number of cornerbacks taken in the first round is:
- Over 4.5: +110
- Under 4.5: -143
Go with the over, Shaw said.
“This year you have four cornerbacks that look to go in first round, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Derek Stingley Jr., Andrew Booth Jr. and Trent McDuffie,” Shaw said. “Roger McCreary and/or Kaiir Elam could also make their way into the first round, so I would go over 4.5 drafted in first round.”
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Who Can Protect Tom Brady?
Another place to look might be the category for “exact position of team’s first drafted player.”
With quarterback Tom Brady returning, look for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beef up the offensive line, Shaw said. That pick is at +150, following by defensive back at +300 and wide receiver at +750.
“Tampa Bay, I would be looking at them to draft an offensive lineman,” Shaw said. “We all know Brady does not like to get hit, and he lost two interior linemen. I like Kenyon Green or Zion Johnson here.”
The draft is set for next Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas.
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