NFL Draft 2020 Recap: Bets That Busted And Picks That Profited

Analysts Winners And Losers in 2020 NFL Draft And Props Bet Recap

In my recent 2020 NFL Draft recap at Forbes, we reviewed analysts winners and losers and popular bet results.

Mock drafts can prove to be a little misleading, and opinions vary. Then the draft grades come in from media members and more notable NFL Draft analysts, and those grades get fans and media talking even more. Here is one of many draft recaps and rankings by some NFL media members.

Comments on the draft from bookmakers at William Hill and Circa confirmed they had written “a ton of bets” and the draft has reached “historical levels” in interest and wagering.

William Hill Director of Trading Nick Bogdanovich added, ““Nevada’s handle for this draft is around five times bigger versus other years,” Bogdanovich said. “It’s the equivalent of a Thursday Night Football game.”

The top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft led by Tua Tagovailoa drew the most betting interest, but the deepest positions in the draft were wide receiver and offensive line. The Las Vegas Raiders drew bettors attention with their need to score in the NFL Draft. And the Raiders took three receivers from the SEC in the first three rounds led by the first receiver off the board at No. 12 in super speedster Henry Ruggs out of Alabama.

VSiN’s ‘Betcast‘, which I featured in Forbes, provided bettors a breakdown during the draft and plenty of betting insight prior to the NFL Draft and post draft analysis.

Overall, as ‘Fairway’ featured in Forbes, the bookmakers were betting on props to drive business during the NFL Draft, and it worked as a record number of props (over 100) were offered at William Hill with a record handle for the NFL Draft as noted by Nick Bogdanovich.

William Hill, Circa Sports, Caesars and BetMGM were the four operators in Las Vegas and Nevada that had wagering available on their mobile apps for the NFL Draft. Other operators shut down sports betting during the coronavirus pandemic, including the sportsbooks usually with the most offerings, the Westgate SuperBook, which will open up in Colorado in May as I featured at TheLines.

More player prop news from the opening two rounds in my update at Offshore Gaming Association. I’ve updated the draft chart, picks and props from Round 1 and Round 2 below with over/under draft position most noted.

I didn’t wager on the draft, but passed on a winner as I thought ‘over’ 12.5 and then the market move up to 19.5 on QB Jordan Love’s draft position was a good bet. The Packers moved up to take Love at No. 26 in the first round. He’ll be sitting on the bench for awhile, or years, learning from Aaron Rodgers, just as Rodgers did from Brett Favre years ago.

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